|Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL|
April 3, 2012 – April 3, 2014
Yu-Gi-Oh! D Team ZEXAL or Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Team ZEXAL (pronounced ZAY-al [IPA: /ˈzeɪ.al/] in Japanese, pronounced ZEK-sul [IPA: /ˈzek.sʌl/] in English) is a Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL spin-off manga series. It was published in the Saikyō Jump magazine. This story is non-canon to the anime and manga series.
In contrast to the first manga, this one focuses on humor and all characters are drawn in a chibi style. Different from the canon series, which aim at a juvenile public, this manga series aims at younger children, and teaches them how to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG with a light and humored plot.
In this story, Yuma Tsukumo, Kotori Mizuki, Takashi Todoroki, and Tetsuo Takeda form a Dueling Team named ZEXAL. Also, Yuma knows Astral since the beginning, but he is still the only one who can see him.
The rules used in the manga, as well as the cards, are the OCG ones. This means that "Number" monsters can be destroyed in battle by monsters that aren't "Numbers".
Differences from other series
- This is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series to illustrate the characters using a chibi style. However, the monsters are illustrated normally.
- The illustrations for the cards are taken directly from the OCG.
- Out of the three Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga series to bear the name ZEXAL, this is the only series to showcase all the different types of Extra Deck monsters known to date (Fusion, Synchro and Xyz).
-  Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL D Team at Saikyō Jump's official site