|Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime)|
April 4, 1998 — October 10, 1998
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Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei anime).
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, a dangerous challenge 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 enact 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 wristwatches fusing to their being. Duel Monsters was not the main point of the show but was played a few times, and due to popular demand it subsequently became the main focus of the series.
The ending credits of each episode features three pages of voice roles.
- Characters appearing on the first page are listed below as "main".
- Characters appearing on the second page, at least once, are listed below as supporting.
- Characters only appearing on the third page are listed below as minor.
|Yugi Mutou / Dark Yugi||Megumi Ogata||1–27|
|Katsuya Jonouchi||Toshiyuki Morikawa||1–16, 18–27|
|Anzu Mazaki||Yumi Kakazu||1–27|
|Hiroto Honda||Ryotaro Okiayu||1–16, 18–27|
|Miho Nosaka||Yukana Nogami||1–16, 18–27|
|Sugoroku Mutou||Takeshi Aono||1–5, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24|
|Tetsuo Sasaki||Nobuyuki Hiyama||2|
|Jiro the Jorogumo||Mahito Oba||2|
|Chief inspector||Hideyuki Umezu||2|
|Seto Kaiba||Hikaru Midorikawa||3, 8, 12, 15, 17, 20–24|
|Chie Sato (childhood)||20|
|Shotaro Akaboshi||Bin Shimada||4|
|Shadi||Kaneto Shiozawa||5, 6|
|Curator Kanekura||Shin Aomori||5|
|Professor Yoshimori||Akio Nojima||5, 6|
|Ridley Sheldon||Chikao Otsuka||8|
|Ms. Chono||Masako Katsuki||10, 12|
|Ryuichi Fuwa||Ryo Horikawa||12, 24|
|Kokurano groupie||Emi Uwagawa||13|
|Kokurano groupie||Maki Yagita||13|
|Continuous Bomber||Ryusei Nakao||14|
|Risa Kageyama||Wakana Yamazaki||15|
|Kekeru Goyu||Banjo Ginga||16|
|Shizuka Jonouchi||Michiko Neya||16|
|Miyuki Sakurai||Yuri Amano||16|
|Aileen Rao||Miina Tominaga||17, 24|
|Kaoruko Himekoji||Yumi Toma||19|
|Student Council Chairman||Kozo Shioya||19|
|Ryo Bakura / Dark Bakura||Tsutomu Kashiwakura||19, 21–27|
|Mokuba Kaiba||Katsue Miwa||19, 20, 21, 23, 24|
|Dark Master Zorc||Shozo Iizuka||25–27|
|Group member||Tamotsu Nishiwaki||1|
|Group member||Masaya Takatsuka||1|
|Boss-like man||Hisao Egawa||2|
|TV announcer||Nobuhiko Kazama||2|
|Radio announcer||Yoshiyuki Kono||2|
|Professor-like man||Naoki Imamura||2|
|Homeroom teacher||Tetsu Inada||3, 8, 12, 21|
|Clock store clerk||Yoshiyuki Kono||4|
|Game room clerk||Nobuhiko Kazama||4|
|Old woman||Niki Shizumi||4|
|Honda's mother||Niki Shizumi||7|
|School nurse||Michie Tomizawa||8, 11|
|Jonouchi's father||Tetsu Inada||9|
|Other school leader||Naoki Imamura||9|
|Elementary school student||Miki Otani||11|
|Shop manager||Naoki Imamura||12|
|Ticket cashier||Yuko Tachibana||14|
|Office lady||Miki Otani||14|
|Office lady||Sayoko Kawaguchi||14|
|Kageyama sister B||Emi Uwagawa||15|
|Kageyama sister C||Konomi Maeda||15|
|Shop assistant||Hiroo Kobayashi||15|
|Old man||Tamotsu Nishiwaki||16|
|Kaoruko bodyguard||Konomi Maeda||19|
|Kaoruko bodyguard||Rika Komatsu||19|
|Gozaburo Kaiba||Unsho Ishizuka||20|
|High executive||Naoki Imamura||20|
|Man with glasses||Jin Domon||20|
|Grade school student||Yukari Hikida||21|
|Grade school student||Junko Noda||21|
|Female announcer||Emi Uwagawa||22|
|Black-suited man||Tsuyoshi Takishita||22|
|Mr. Karita||Masato Hirano||25, 27|
- Despite being his trump card in the next series, Yugi never played "Dark Magician" in this show.
- "Unguard Magic" (the Toei equivalent of "Stop Defense") is the only card in English.
- Kaiba is seen with green hair and wears a white outfit like Noah Kaiba in the third season of the next series.
- Some manga chapters are packed together in one episode (eg. the 3 chapters with Hirutani occur in only one episode).
- The Millennium Items are not gold-colored only. In fact, they are colored gold and brown (except for Yugi's Puzzle).
- Most of the Dark Games are changed, except for the Dragon Card against Himori and Shadi's tests.
- Most of the monsters are colored differently, except for "Blue-Eyes White Dragon".
- The card backings show stylised "MW" letters for "Magic and Wizards", even though the characters refer to the game in-show as Duel Monsters.
- Cards are played on a duel mat with different areas depicted. All these areas give a 30% bonus to monsters placed in the right area.
- This is similar to the "field power bonus" in the Duelist Kingdom arc in the next series.
- Only a few duels use Kaiba's virtual reality system to show monsters.
- Other ideas used to show monsters are puppets, Dark Games, etc.