Yu-Gi-Oh! - Volume 001

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"The Millennium Puzzle"
EnglishThe Millennium Puzzle
Japanese name
RōmajiKami no Pazuru
TranslatedThe Puzzle of the Gods
3-in-1 volumeVolume 1
Contains chapters17
Release dates
JapaneseMarch 4, 1997[1]
EnglishMay, 2003[2]
FrenchJanuary 16, 1999[3]
GermanJune 1, 2003[4]
English (na)978-1569319031
English (uk)978-0575077379
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"The Millennium Puzzle", known as "The Puzzle of the Gods" in the Japanese version, is the first Volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. This volume contains the original script for the earliest adventures of Yugi Mutou.

For a limited time a free poster was included.

An English collector's edition version of this volume was released on September 16, 2008. It features larger trim, sturdy deluxe hardcover binding, a protective dust cover and different cover art.[5]


The shy high school student Yugi Mutou is a not so popular kid at school. He spends most of his time thinking about various games and is sometimes subject to bullying. Yugi's life changes after solving the Millennium Puzzle. Unaware to himself, his body now often becomes host to an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh, who punishes bullies and evil-doers, who cross Yugi and his friends.[6]


In the foreword, Kazuki Takahashi thanks people for buying the graphic novel and asks people who are borrowing it, if they could buy one too. He says that he finds Yu-Gi-Oh! to be strange story; at first he had wanted to make a story about "the mysterious" in everyday life, but ended up incorporating that and many different things. He hoped that the reader would become good friends of Yugi, Jonouchi and Anzu.


The volume contains three puzzles that appear between chapters.

  • The first is a maze drawn on the Millennium Puzzle.
  • The second is a spot the difference between two pictures of Anzu serving Yugi and Jonouchi at Burger World.
  • The last puzzle gives the reader a picture of Yugi and nine other pictures. The reader is to find which of the nine is identical to the first.



Image Number English title Japanese title
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 1 - Shonen Jump reader.jpg
#1 "The Puzzle of the Gods" かみのパズル
Kami no Pazuru
Yugi Mutou is been bullied in school. Protected and comforted by his friend Anzu Mazaki, Yugi shows her his secret puzzle, that he has been unable to solve for eight years. Although offered protection by the hall monitor Ushio, Yugi is not happy with Ushio's methods.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 2 - bunkoban - JP - color.png
#2 "Lying Eyes" いつわりの
Itsuwari no Me
Jonouchi is now friends with Yugi. The two of them get excited when they see a ZTV van outside their school. While they hope that means there is a star present, the studio turns out to be doing a documentary about bullying.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 3 - bunkoban - JP - color.png
#3 "Hard Beat!" ハードビート!!
Hādo Bīto!!
"Hard Beat!!"
Yugi is forced to sell tickets for Sozoji's concert or suffer consequences. Not wanting to put his friends through Sozoji's horrible singing or have them pick a fight, Yugi insists that he's fine and won't tell them what he's been made do.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 4 - bunkoban - JP - color.png
#4 "Jail Break!" だつごくしゅう
"Fugitive Prisoner"
Katsuya Jonouchi and Yugi Mutou notice Anzu Mazaki has been behaving strange lately. Investigation causes them to meet up with an escaped convict.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 5 - bunkoban - JP - color.png
#5 "The False Prophet" 妙な予言者
Myōna Yogensha
The alleged psychic Kokurano has gained great popularity at Domino High School. However Yugi Mutou is skeptical of his powers and upset by Kokurano's interest in Anzu Mazaki.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 6 - bunkoban - JP - color.png
#6 "Into the Fire" 熱い死闘
Atsui Shitō
"Hot Life-or-Death Match"
Goro Inogashira takes over Yugi's class' spot at the school festival, where they were making Carnival Games.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 7 - bunkoban - JP - color.png
#7 "The Face of Truth" 真実の顔
Shinjitsu no Kao
Jonouchi gets Yugi to help Honda with his crush on Miho Nosaka. However this gets them into trouble with the teacher Ms. Chono.


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  2. amazon.com Yu-Gi-Oh! Vol. 1
  3. "Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1". Kana. 
  4. "Yu-Gi-Oh 01 (German) Paperback". 
  5. store.viz.com Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vol. 1 (Collector's Edition)
  6. viz.com Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vol. 1 The Millennium Puzzle