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Yu-Gi-Oh! - Are you ready to duel?

Yu-Gi-Oh!, known as "Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters" in Japan is a TV anime that first premiered in Japan in 2000, based on the manga of the same name by Kazuki Takahashi. After the release of the first anime adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh the sales of the trading cards boomed, and so Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters was created to fan the flames of the sensation that was sweeping Japan. While it is the second anime adaptation of the manga, it was the first iteration to reach Western shores and was renamed "Yu-Gi-oh!" when it broadcast on Kids' WB. The series enjoyed the same success in the West as it did in Japan, and the trading card game fast became a schoolyard obsession. With a remastered version released in 2015, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters' legacy still lives on almost 20 years later so Yu-Gi-Oh newbies and hardcore fans alike can enjoy the electrifying adventures of Yu-Gi-Oh!.


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The story of Yu-Gi-Oh centers around Yugi Muto, a young boy obsessed with puzzles and games. Yugi inherited this curiosity from his grandfather, Solomon Muto, who gave him an ancient Egyptian artifact known as the Millennium Puzzle. After completing the puzzle, Yugi unknowingly became the host to Yami Yugi, the spirit of Pharaoh Atem. When his grandfather's soul is captured by Maximillion Pegasus, the creator of the Duel Monster card game, Yugi is forced to take part in the Duelist Kingdom tournament. During his duels, Yugi is accompanied by his friends Tristan Taylor (also known as Hiroto Honda) and Téa Gardner (also known as Mazaki Anzu) and faces against his rival Seto Kaiba in order to save his grandfather. His childhood best friend Joey Wheeler also competes in the Duelist Kingdom tournament, starting off as an inexperienced Duelist, but soon becoming one of the greatest Duelists in the world.

During the tournament, Yugi often uses his signature card, Dark Magician (known as Black Magician in the Japanese versions) and Joey his Red-Eyes Black Dragon card to face off with Seto Kaiba's Blue-Eyed White Dragon. Due to these three cards' importance to the plot of the anime, official Trading Card Game counterparts have become very valuable. In fact, since there are only four copies of the Blue-Eyed White Dragon in existence in the anime, many fans believed that this rarity also translated to its TGC version. First press releases of the card depicting the Blue-Eyed White Dragon normally have a starting price of around 10,000 yen on Yahoo Auctions!

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the original manga series, a remastered version of the anime was again broadcast in 2015 titled ""Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters 20th Remaster"". In 2016, the best duels of the series as chosen by fans were broadcast in Japan. Even outside of Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh is considered one of the most well-known anime properties of its time, arguably boosting the following of Japanese animation outside of Japan.