Yu-Gi-Oh! bunkoban - Volume 001

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Volume 1
Contains chapters112
Release dates
JapaneseApril 18, 2007[1]
Japanese (color digital)March 31, 2016[2]
Yu-Gi-Oh! (bunkoban) volumes
NextVolume 2

Volume 1 is the first installment of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga reprinted in bunkoban format.

It included the tarot card, The Magician, featuring Dark Yugi, Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl in its design.


Kazuki Takahashi talks about starting the reprint series. He mentions that he very rarely re-reads a series after completion, fearing the embarrassment. He designed the covers for the occasion and felt there was a considerable gap compared to his artwork back at the beginning of the series, but commented that he still likes his early art.

He divided the story into the following sagas:

Chapter Name
Saga 1 School arc
Saga 2 Death-T arc
Saga 3 RPG (Monster World) arc
Saga 4 Duelist Kingdom arc
Saga 5 D·D·D arc
Saga 6 Battle City arc
Final Saga King's Memories arc

While the card game is more mainstream, he feels attached to the School arc in many ways. He recollects how it felt to overcome difficulties developing characters' personalities and relationships while under the pressure of trying to meet unfamiliar deadlines associated with a weekly series. Every character holding a weakness in their heart similar to the Millennium Puzzle was the key to the story, he felt and each character became a different piece to a puzzle.

He talks a bit about Yu-Gi-Oh GX, commenting that Yu-Gi-Oh! is being extended and thanks all the people involved in making and supporting the series.


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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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.
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#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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#8 "The Poison Man" 毒の男
Doku no Otoko
The Junky Scorpion owner sold Jonouchi a pair of Air Muscle sneakers, then hired a gang to mug Jonouchi and rob him of them. When Yugi found out, Dark Yugi appeared to start a Shadow Game with the store owner.
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#9 "The Cards with Teeth (Part 1)" 牙を持つカード〈前編〉
Kiba wo Motsu Kādo <Zenpen>
Seto Kaiba finds Sugoroku Mutou has a "Blue-Eyes White Dragon". After Sugoroku refuses to trade for the card, Kaiba resorts to dishonest means to get it.
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#10 "The Cards with Teeth (Part 2)" 牙を持つカード〈後編〉
Kiba wo Motsu Kādo <Kōhen>
Dark Yugi continues his Duel with Seto Kaiba to win back his grandfather's "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
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#11 "The Wild Gang (Part 1)" キレた奴ら〈前編〉
Kireta Yatsura <Zenpen>
After Jonouchi misses a day of school, Yugi, Anzu and Honda check it out and find Jonouchi is now hanging out with Hirutani's gang.
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#12 "The Wild Gang (Part 2)" キレた奴ら〈後編〉
Kireta Yatsura <Kōhen>
Jonouchi turns on Hirutani's gang for punching Yugi earlier, but is unable to take them all on at once. Meanwhile, Yugi, Anzu and Honda desperately search for Jonouchi.


  1. "遊・戯・王  1" (in Japanese). Shueisha.
  2. @jump_bookstore (March 31, 2016). "Full color versions of Yu-Gi-Oh!" – via Twitter