Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)



  • Action, Adventure, Gaming
Anime series
Directed by

Hiroyuki Kakudo


Flag of Japan Toei Animation


Flag of 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 Game

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.


Japanese character name Seiyū
Yugi Muto / Dark Yugi (Yami Yugi) Megumi Ogata
Katsuya Jounouchi Toshiyuki Morikawa
Anzu Mazaki Yumi Kakazu
Hiroto Honda Ryotaro Okiayu
Ryo Bakura / Dark Bakura Tsutomu Kashiwakura
Seto Kaiba Hikaru Midorikawa
Miho Nosaka Yukana Nogami
Mokuba Kaiba Katsue Miwa
Sugoroku Mutou Takeshi Aono
Shadi Kaneto Shiozawa
Shizuka Katsuya Michiko Neya
Gozaburo Kaiba Unshou Ishizuka
Ushio Ryuzaburo Otomo
Miyuki Sakurai Yuri Amano
Ryuichi Fuha Ryo Horikawa
Aileen Rao Miina Tominaga
Heida Atsushi Kisaichi
Ridley Sheldon Chikao Ohtsuka
Ms. Chono Masako Katsuki
Kiwami Warashibe Nobuo Tobita
Kokurano Shigeru Chiba
Playing Card Bomber Ryusei Nakano
Risa Kageyama A Wakana Yamazaki
Risa Kageyama B Emi Uwagara
Risa Kageyama C Konomi Maeda
Tetsu Nobuyuki Hiyama
Daimon Ryuji Saikachi
Imori Megumi Urawa
Dragon Nobuyuki Hiyama
Kaoruko Himekouji Yumi Touma
Pokii Konomi Maeda
Pao Masaya Takatsuka
Detective Hiroshi Ito
School nurse Michie Tomizawa

Episode list



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