Ten fun facts about Yu-Gi-Oh!

Fact 1
“Yu-Gi-Oh” literally means “Game King” in Japanese.

Fact 2
The manga series has spawned a franchise that includes multiple spinoff manga and anime series, a trading card game and numerous video games.

Fact 3
The plot follows the story of a boy named Yugi Mutou, who solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle, and awakens a gambling alter-ego within his body that solves his conflicts using various games.

Fact 4
The first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime adaptation was produced by Toei Animation and aired on TV Asahi between April 4, 1998 and October 10, 1998, running for 27 episodes.

Fact 5
Based on the Toei animated series, a thirty-minute film about the series revolves around a boy named Shōgo, who is targeted by Seto Kaiba after obtaining a powerful rare card; the legendary Red-Eyes Black Dragon. The movie was released on March 6, 1999 and, like the TV series, was not released outside of Japan.

Fact 6
Most of the incarnations of the franchise involve the fictional trading card game originally called Magic & Wizards and now called Duel Monsters, where each player uses cards to “duel” each other in a mock battle of fantasy “monsters”.

Fact 7
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is the real world counterpart to this fictional game on which it is loosely based.

Fact 8
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, often referred to as simply Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, was first released in North America on August 13, 2004. The movie was developed specifically for Western audiences by 4Kids based on the overwhelming success of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise in the United States.

Fact 9
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Bonds Beyond Time, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds that Transcend Time is a 3-D film released on January 23, 2010 in Japan. The film was released in North America by 4Kids on February 26, 2011 with additional footage, where it also received an encore screening in Japan.

Fact 10
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX, is the first spin-off anime series from October 6, 2004 and March 26, 2008.

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is a Japanese manga series about gaming created by Kazuki Takahashi (Studio Dice), and the inspiration for the trading card game of the same title.