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Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)

Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)

Yu-Gi-Oh! logo


Action, Adventure, Gaming
Anime series
Directed by

Hiroyuki Kakudo


Japan Toei Animation


Japan TV Asahi

Original run

April 4, 1998 — October 10, 1998

No. of episodes


Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王 Yūgiō, trans. "King of Games", occasionally subtitled "A Game of Darkness" or "The Shadow Games" or incorrectly referred to as "First Season", or "Season Zero" by fans) is the first anime adaptation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series. The 27-episode series was produced by Toei Animation and aired on TV Asahi from April 4 to October 10, 1998.

While this series is not directly connected to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (known internationally simply as Yu-Gi-Oh!, produced by Nihon Ad Systems and aired on TV Tokyo), both anime series are based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga.

Manga plots were re-written so that they could take up an entire episode's worth of time. Also, the level of violence was reduced between the manga and the anime. Finally, a minor character in the manga, Miho Nosaka, became a main character in the first series along with Yugi Mutou, Katsuya Jonouchi, Anzu Mazaki, and Hiroto Honda. Characterization was slightly modified. For instance, Miho is a "ditz" in the anime while in the manga she is a shy student librarian. Also, Honda is Jonouchi's verbal sparring partner instead of his crony in Toei's anime.

New characters and plots, such as those relating to the four game masters, were added, and there are more occurrences of Seto Kaiba and Duel Monsters (Magic and Wizards in the original Japanese manga) than in the corresponding manga. Unlike the second series, the card game (Duel Monsters) is not the sole focus of the show. However, the Duel Monsters rules have been updated, becoming more like those used in the Duelist Kingdom, even though this anime never gets to that point. The last episodes of the series focus on the battle between Yugi and Dark Bakura. This series had different voice actors and different character designs than the second series (e.g. Seto Kaiba's hair is green in Toei's anime). The series has not been licensed for an English-language release.


Yami no GameEdit

In this series, Yami Yugi doesn't challenge people to a duel of Duel Monsters. Instead, he would challenge them to a Shadow Game, or Yami no Game, where he would then explain the rules. However, the person in question would cheat and the Doors of Darkness will open, thus Yami Yugi would do a Penalty Game upon the person, and usually whatever they obsess over the most would be their nightmare, such as their makeup falling off and showing their true face or watches fusing to their being. Duel Monsters was not the main point of the show but was played a few times.


The ending credits of each episode features three pages of voice roles.

  • Characters appearing on the first page are listed below as "main".
  • Characters appearing on the second page, at least once, are listed below as supporting.
  • Characters only appearing on the third page are listed below as minor.
Character Voice actor Episodes
Yugi Mutou / Dark Yugi Megumi Ogata 1–27
Katsuya Jonouchi Toshiyuki Morikawa 1–16, 18–27
Anzu Mazaki Yumi Kakazu 1–27
Hiroto Honda Ryotaro Okiayu 1–16, 18–27
Miho Nosaka Yukana Nogami 1–16, 18–27
Character Voice actor Episodes
Sugoroku Mutou Takeshi Aono 1–5, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24
Ushio Ryuzaburo Otomo 1
Tetsuo Sasaki Nobuyuki Hiyama 2
Jiro the Jorogumo Mahito Oba 2
Chief inspector Hideyuki Umezu 2
Hiroshi Ito 14
Seto Kaiba Hikaru Midorikawa 3, 8, 12, 15, 17, 20–24
Chie Sato (childhood) 20
Shotaro Akaboshi Bin Shimada 4
Shadi Kaneto Shiozawa 5, 6
Curator Kanekura Shin Aomori 5
Professor Yoshimori Akio Nojima 5, 6
Haiyama Daisuke Sakaguchi 7
Kujirada Shozo Iizuka 7
Ridley Sheldon Chikao Otsuka 8
Hirutani Koji Ishi 9
Mayumi Yuko Sumitomo 10
Ms. Chono Masako Katsuki 10, 12
Warashibe Nobuo Tobita 11
Ryuichi Fuwa Ryo Horikawa 12, 24
Kokurano Shigeru Chiba 13
Kokurano groupie Emi Uwagawa 13
Kokurano groupie Maki Yagita 13
Continuous Bomber Ryusei Nakao 14
Risa Kageyama Wakana Yamazaki 15
Kekeru Goyu Banjo Ginga 16
Shizuka Jonouchi Michiko Neya 16
Miyuki Sakurai Yuri Amano 16
Aileen Rao Miina Tominaga 17, 24
Imori Megumi Urawa 18
Kaoruko Himekoji Yumi Toma 19
Student Council Chairman Kozo Shioya 19
Ryo Bakura / Dark Bakura Tsutomu Kashiwakura 19, 21–27
Mokuba Kaiba Katsue Miwa 19, 20, 21, 23, 24
Daimon Ryuji Saikachi 20
Dragon Nobuyuki Hiyama 21
Dark Master Zorc Shozo Iizuka 25–27
Character Voice actor Episodes
Leader Takashi Nagasako 1
Group member Tamotsu Nishiwaki 1
Group member Masaya Takatsuka 1
Schoolboy Jin Domon 1
Schoolgirl Saori Kaneda 1
Schoolgirl Rika Komatsu 1
Schoolgirl Sayuri Fujita 1
Boss-like man Hisao Egawa 2
TV announcer Nobuhiko Kazama 2
Radio announcer Yoshiyuki Kono 2
Professor-like man Naoki Imamura 2
Housewife Airi Yoshida 2
Homeroom teacher Tetsu Inada 3, 8, 12, 21
Bodyguard Naoki Imamura 3
Schoolboy Horie Yasuaki 3
Mother Mizogami Makiko 4
Clock store clerk Yoshiyuki Kono 4
Youth Domon Hitoshi 4
Game room clerk Nobuhiko Kazama 4
Old woman Niki Shizumi 4
Foreigner Naoki Imamura 5
Teacher Tamotsu Nishiwaki 6
Teacher Yoshiyuki Kono 7
Father Naoki Imamura 7
Honda's mother Niki Shizumi 7
Schoolgirl Saori Kaneda 7
Schoolgirl Kanako Okada 7
School nurse Michie Tomizawa 8, 11
Jonouchi's father Tetsu Inada 9
Master Tomohisa Aso 9
Delinquent Yoshiyuki Kono 9
Other school leader Naoki Imamura 9
Student Tamotsu Nishiwaki 9
Vice-principal Masaharu Sato 10
Teacher Nobuhiko Kazama 10
Schoolboy Kazuya Nakai 10
Schoolboy Atsushi Kisaichi 10
Schoolboy Naoki Imamura 10
Schoolgirl Kanako Okada 10
Schoolgirl Miki Otani 10
Elementary school student Miki Otani 11
Chairman Yoshiyuki Kono 12
Shop manager Naoki Imamura 12
Official Jin Domon 12
Student Naoki Kinoshita 12
Child Junko Noda 12
Child Miki Otani 12
Schoolboy Naoki Imamura 13
Schoolboy Naoki Kinoshita 13
Schoolboy Hiroaki Miura 13
Schoolgirl Miki Otani 13
Schoolgirl Chieko Atarashi 13
Official Jin Domon 14
Ticket cashier Yuko Tachibana 14
Policeman Naoki Imamura 14
Policeman Hiroo Kobayashi 14
Policeman Naoki Kinoshita 14
Office lady Miki Otani 14
Office lady Sayoko Kawaguchi 14
Kageyama sister B Emi Uwagawa 15
Kageyama sister C Konomi Maeda 15
Shop assistant Hiroo Kobayashi 15
Old man Tamotsu Nishiwaki 16
Student Naoki Imamura 16
Nurse Sayoko Kawaguchi 16
Nurse Chieko Atarashi 16
Hirata Atsushi Kisaichi 17
Reporter Jin Domon 17
Reporter Naoki Imamura 17
Reporter Tsuyoshi Takishita 17
Reporter Sayoko Kawaguchi 17
Reporter Chieko Atarashi 17
Aristocrat Naoki Imamura 18
Student Jin Domon 18
Man Tsuyoshi Takishita 18
Schoolgirl Chieko Atarashi 18
Schoolgirl Miwa Yasuda 18
Kaoruko bodyguard Konomi Maeda 19
Kaoruko bodyguard Rika Komatsu 19
Officer Hiroshi Kamiya 19
Schoolboy Naoki Imamura 19
Schoolboy Jin Domon 19
Schoolgirl Akemi Misaki 19
Gozaburo Kaiba Unsho Ishizuka 20
High executive Naoki Imamura 20
Doctor Tamotsu Nishiwaki 20
Man with glasses Jin Domon 20
Subordinate Masaya Takatsuka 20
Grade school student Yukari Hikida 21
Grade school student Junko Noda 21
Schoolgirl Kanako Okada 21
Schoolgirl Rika Komatsu 21
Red Hisao Egawa 22
Black Masaharu Sato 22
Blue Hiromi Nishikawa 22
Female announcer Emi Uwagawa 22
Black-suited man Tsuyoshi Takishita 22
Boy Akemi Misaki 22
Computer Kanako Okada 22
Spectator Tsuyoshi Takishita 23
Spectator Munehiro Tokita 23
Spectator Hiroaki Miura 23
Mr. Karita Masato Hirano 25, 27
Pokii Konomi Maeda 25–27
Pao Masaya Takatsuka 26
Monster Tsuyoshi Takishita 26

Episode listEdit



  • Despite being his trump card in the NAS anime and manga, Yugi did not play "Dark Magician" in any episodes of this series. However, Yugi is seen using it in the opening theme and finally plays the card in the movie.
    • "Dark Magician" is also shown to be owned by another Duelist in Episode 3.
  • "Unguard Magic" is the only card shown with English text.
  • Character and card designs more closely resemble those from the earlier chapters of the manga. However, coloring choices do not always reflect those seen in the manga, two notable exceptions being Kaiba's green hair and the female Domino High uniform (orange and green in the show as opposed to pink and blue in the manga).
  • The design for Noah Kaiba in the third season of NAS anime is likely a reference to Kaiba's appearance in this series, both characters sporting green hair and a white, high-collared outfit.
  • Some manga chapters are combined into a single episode (e.g. the three chapters with Hirutani occur in only one episode).
  • Some Millennium Items (the Millennium Ring and the Millennium Scales) are not colored singularly gold and add brown accents to certain parts, giving the impression they are not completely made of metal like in the manga.
  • Most of the Shadow Games are changed or modified in some way from the manga, either to lessen the level of violence employed by the characters or to better fit the scenario presented in the episode.
  • The card backings show stylized "MW" letters for Magic and Wizards even though the characters refer to the game as Duel Monsters, from the beginning.
  • Cards are played on a game mat with different areas depicted. All these areas give a 50% power bonus to monsters placed on a complimentary field (e.g. Insect monsters benefit from the Forest field).
    • This is similar to the "field power bonus" in the Duelist Kingdom arc in the next series.
  • Despite using rules closer to those of the Bandai card game and later manga chapters, a great number of liberties are still taken with regards to how Duel Monsters is played.
  • Only a few Duels use Kaiba's virtual reality system to show monsters.
    • Others ideas used to show monsters are puppets, Shadow Games, illusions, and images imagined by the Duelists themselves.