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Yu-Gi-Oh (also written as Yu Gi Oh or YuGiOh and stylized as Yu☆Gi☆Oh!) is a Japanese manga series about gaming, written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi. Yu-Gi-Oh was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996 to 2004. The manga has inspired the production of multiple anime adaptations since 1998. In 2001, 4Kids Entertainment obtained the merchandising and television rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters TV series from Nihon Ad Systems, leading to an English version airing in North America on Kids' WB from 2001 to 2006. Along with the manga and anime, other Yu-Gi-Oh media has been developed such as smartphone apps, video games and a trading card game based on the one featured throughout the series.
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Yu-Gi-Oh tells the tale of schoolboy Yugi (also written as Yuugi) Muto, a timid game-lover and victim of bullying. One day, Yugi solves the Millennium Puzzle, an ancient Egyptian artifact that was brought into his grandfather's game shop. Upon completing the puzzle, Yugi's body becomes host to the mysterious spirit of a gambler known as the King of Games. With this, Yami Yugi emerges as the dark and twisted half of the innocent young boy's now split personality. From then on, whenever Yugi or one of his friends enounters enemies, this other Yugi shows himself and challenges them to dangerous Shadow Games which reveal their true nature. The stakes are high, as whoever loses a Shadow Game must endure a dark punishment called a Penalty Game, in which they face the darkness that resides within their own heart.
In Yu-Gi-Oh's initial planning stages, Takahashi had wanted to draw a horror manga. Although the end result was a manga about games, it's clear that some horror elements have influenced aspects of the story. Takahashi decided to use "battle" as his primary theme but since the market was already saturated with fighting-style manga, he found it difficult to come up with something original. He struck gold when deciding on a unique battle game theme which allows characters to fight without using physical contact.
The Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game is a Japanese collectible card battle game developed and published by Konami. Based on the Duel Monsters concept from the original manga series, the game allows players to use a combination of monsters, spells and traps to defeat their opponent. First launched in Japan in 1999, the game has been changed numerous times over the years to include elements such as new monster types that coincide with the anime series releases. It is widely considered to be the top selling trading card game in history, with more than 25 billion cards sold worldwide.