Kids playing card games on any object possible over life or death situations.
- URL: Yu-Gi-Oh!
- Location: Unknown
- Date: 12/1996
Yu-Gi-Oh! is a manga and anime series with a card game running parallel to the comics and television show. Yu-Gi-Oh! became one of the few anime shows that can challenge Pokemon in terms of products and popularity. Yu-Gi-Oh! was also the show that de-throned Digimon from it's original contender spot with Pokemon. The card game and show use to be especially popular in early 2000s when the show first premiered, but has faltered a bit in popularity since then.
Yu-Gi-Oh! anime shows
The large driving force behind this phenomena was one of the original anime series which featured a fictional card game called Duel Monsters. Yu-Gi-Oh! has a distinctive style in which characters compete in the silliest hair contests, with each series having increasingly absured hair. It eventually reaches a boiling point in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal that the show actually becomes hard to put any kind of seriousness into it. Yu-Gi-Oh! is also known for it's rather diverse collection of smut, ranging from yaoi (men on men anime porn) to hentai (straight anime porn), due to the show's rather excessive fan service, in both the card games and show, and the absurd breasts the females are given. If you are compelled by some bizarre force to watch the NAS/Studio Gallop anime, watch the original Japanese version, as the American version by 4Kids cuts out the violence and references to death.
There are two anime adaptations of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the obscure Toei series and the very well known NAS/Studio Gallop show. The Toei premiered only in Japan, has fewer episodes related with the card games, and has little to do with the NAS/Studio Gallop. Everything in the NAS/Gallop series involves the card game called Duel Monsters.
Yu-Gi-Oh!, including the manga and both anime series, follows high schooler Yugi Mutou. Yugi Mutou is very good at puzzles and after Season 0, he is given a box of strange Egyptian puzzle pieces called the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi solves the puzzle and unleashes an Egyptian spirit from the puzzle either named Pharaoh or Yami Yugi. The spirit then decides to hang out with Mutou since he solved the puzzle. (Note: Yugi Mutou is IMMEDIATELY side-lined when this happens)
The rest of the 224 episode series is then Yami Yugi playing card games which just so happen to be based off an ancient game that Yami Yugi played in ancient Egypt, and some how these card games begin to decide the fate of the world as other people get hold of other Millennium items, which will unleash the ultimate power when brought together. Yami Yugi is followed by Joey Wheeler, Tea Gardner, and billionaire rival Seto Kaiba in these events. Later on in the show, three Egyptian God cards are introduced that are tied to the Millennium items and are the most powerful cards in Duel Monsters. The series ends with Yami finding out his true name and defeating an avatar of a destructive force.
The show then flashes forward to 10 years into the future where Duel Monsters has become so popular, that there are now schools that teach Duel Monsters which are ran by Seto's cooperation. The show follows Jaden Yuki who is very good at Duel Monsters, and can talk to their spirits. The show originally starts out extremely similar to the originally, having "Spirit Keys" (read Millennium Items) and "Sacred Beast cards" (read Egyptian God cards). After this, the show then jumps into being sent into space where Jaden and his friends must duel with aliens, Jaden becomes an intergalactic dark emperor, and Jaden fuses with a god. Just...just go with it. This series ends with Jaden and Yugi having a duel, with the winner never being told in order to not piss off fans.
This series takes place a unnamed number of decades after Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and society has progressed so far into the future that everyone uses motorcycles which are modified for dueling. Imagine NASCAR but with card games. The show follows Yusei Fudo and his involvement with Signers, which are marked people that are part of a pre-Incan myth that must protect the world from the Dark Signers. The Dark Signers are quickly defeated before moving onto an ark about Earthbound Immortals with the main one fusing with Jack Atlas, Yusei's rival. An android from the future with three separate incarnations then comes and challenges Yusei and friends to prevent a great disastor. They defeat the android who is revealed to be working for a scientist from the future named Z-One (that's his name, really?). Z-one attempts to crash a meteor into the planet before being defeated by Yusei. The series ends with Yusei riding off into the sunset.
Originally, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds was to be the last incarnation of Yu-Gi-Oh!. But money has a way of talking and Kazuki Takahashi came back to write the show. Early impressions of the show sent fans into a mad frenzy, as it does feature some of the worst character designs for Yu-Gi-Oh! which is really saying something. The show takes place even further into the future where motorcycles have became obsolete, as well as any kind of hairstyle, and have been replaced by virtual reality. The story follows Yuma Tsukumo and his hunt to restore the spirit Astral's memories by, as usual, playing card games.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game
The Yu-Gi-Oh! card game is the card game tie-in with the anime, supposedly bringing the Duel Monsters card game from the show into real life. When, along with the show, the card game came out, it instantly became popular with children as Pokemon did. Unlike Pokemon though, you are considered a nerd if you play beyond the age of 13 as Yu-Gi-Oh! does not nearly hold the same respect as Pokemon does. The card game itself has become so complex at this point, it is best just not talk about it. Just know there are three different types of cards: Monsters, Spell, and Trap. And that the card game is insanely broken.
Kazuki Takahashi created the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in December of 1996. Back then, the manga focused on Yugi Motou playing games and solving puzzles. It didn't become about Duel Monsters until about 59 chapters in. Ever since then, the manga about Duel Monsters. The second, well-known anime series of the manga premiered in April 4, 2000. The rest is history.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal recently premiered and the card game series is still played by neckbeards. It's still going very strong and shows no signs of letting up, though it is arguably not as popular as Pokemon
- Dragons are a favorite of Takahashi.