Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)
|Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)|
Action, Adventure, Gaming
April 4, 1998 — October 10, 1998
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Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王 Yūgiō, lit. "King of Games"), occasionally subtitled "A Game of Darkness" or "The Shadow Games", 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. To distinguish the two series, some fans refer to this series as "Season Zero"; however, it is a different series entirely, not merely an earlier season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.
This series has never been released in English.
Manga plots were re-written so that they could take up an entire episode's worth of time, and the level of violence was reduced.
Miho Nosaka, who was a minor character in the manga, became a main character in the anime series, joining Yugi Mutou, Katsuya Jonouchi, Anzu Mazaki, and Hiroto Honda. With her expanded role, her personality was also changed; Miho is a "ditz" in the anime, but in the manga she is a shy student librarian. Additionally, Honda is Jonouchi's verbal sparring partner instead of his crony in this anime series.
New characters and plots, such as those relating to the four game masters, were added. While Duel Monsters (Magic and Wizards in the original Japanese manga) is not the sole focus of the anime, it and Seto Kaiba appear more often than they did in the corresponding manga arcs that were adapted. Duel Monsters' rules have been updated to more closely match the rules used in Duelist Kingdom in the manga, even though this anime series did not adapt the Duelist Kingdom arc.
The series ends with the battle between Yugi and Dark Bakura.
Nihon Ad Systems' Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime re-adapted the manga in a different way to this series. Voice actors and character designs differ from this series (e.g. Seto Kaiba's hair is brown instead of green).
In this series, Yami Yugi doesn't challenge people to a duel of Duel Monsters. Instead, he would challenge them to a Shadow Game (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.
- 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.