List of Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998) episodes
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||27|
|Original channel||TV Asahi|
|Original run||April 4, 1998 – October 10, 1998|
Yu-Gi-Oh! is the first anime adaptation of the manga with the same name. The series was produced by Toei Animation, and it aired on TV Asahi. It is based on chapters 1-59 (Volumes 1-7) of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series. The first Yu-Gi-Oh! movie also takes place within this series, after the conclusion of the final episode (Episode 27). Many fans outside of Japan call this series Season 0.
|#||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Furious Battle - A Shadow Game"
"Gekiretsu Batoru - Yami no Gēmu" (激烈バトル 闇のゲーム)
|April 4, 1998|
|A shy and meek young boy named Yugi Mutou solves the Millennium Puzzle after working on it for eight years. In the process, he unknowingly changes his own life forever by releasing an alter-ego named Dark Yugi who is the "King of Games" and defeats a man who protected him until he meets Jounouchi and Honda. After all of that, Yugi, Honda, and Jonouchi become life-long friends with Yugi's childhood friend, Anzu Mazaki and Honda's crush, Miho Nosaka joining the group.|
|2||"The Devil Gamer - The Trap of Hell"
"Akuma Gēmā - Jigoku no Wana" (悪魔ゲーマー 地獄の罠)
|April 11, 1998|
|A criminal escapes from jail and upon disguising himself, gets a job at Burger World. However, when his true identity is exposed, he holds the restaurant and the people inside, Yugi, Honda, Jonouchi and Miho hostage while also taking Anzu as a prisoner. When Yugi reacts angrily to the prisoner slapping Anzu, his other self in the Millennium Puzzle emerges and wastes no time in challenging the criminal to a Shadow Game in order to get Anzu back. The game this time is that the two contestants are allowed to choose one finger to use, as soon as the game begins they can do whatever they wish with it, the criminal chooses his pointer to fire a gun, but is outsmarted when Yami uses his to light a lighter to light his cigarette, but then puts it on his hand, so he may not fire, or allow the lighter to fall on the alcohol he is about to consume. But the prisoner doesn't fall for it and attempts to kill Dark Yugi. In revenge, Dark Yugi subjects him to a Penalty Game, causing the prisoner to believe he's on fire. As a result, Anzu develops a crush on the man who saved her, unaware it was Yugi's alter-ego who did so.|
|3||"Clash! The Strongest Monster"
"Gekitotsu! Saikyō no Monsutā" (激突! 最強のモンスター)
|April 18, 1998|
|Seto Kaiba, a new student in Yugi's class is a Duel Monsters (a card game) expert and the head of a company known as Kaiba Corporation. After he steals the Blue-Eyes White Dragon from Yugi's grandfather, Yugi's other self challenges him to a duel where the cards are real. The game remains a tie, and Yugi gets his Grandpa's card back.|
|4||"Theft! The Legendary Super Rare Watch"
"Gōdatsu! Chō Maboroshi no Geki Rea Tokei" (強奪! 超幻の激レア時計)
|April 25, 1998|
Honda buys a watch for Miho, and he gets lucky because he gets the last one. When a guy that obsessively collects watches sees that there aren't anymore watches, he steals the watch from Honda who in turn gets slapped by an angry Miho. Yugi follows and gets beaten up as he attempts to reclaim the watch. But the guy manages to beat him, forcing Dark Yugi to emerge, who promptly challenges him to a Shadow Game for the watch. The watch collector loses and Yugi returns the watch to Miho. As punishment, the man becomes a living watch with watches embedded in his entire body.This episode was not in the manga.
|5||"Now Revealed!! Yugi's Secret"
"Ima Abakareru!! Yūgi no Himitsu" (今暴かれる!! 遊戯の秘密)
|May 2, 1998|
|A man from ancient Egypt comes at the museum where he sees Yugi with the Millennium Puzzle. He travels in Yugi's mind to see if the puzzle really belongs to Yugi. In there, Dark Yugi challenges him to a game where the man from Egypt must find the real door which has the Millennium Puzzle in it. In the end, the man from Egypt loses and he tells Dark Yugi that he really is the owner of the Millennium Puzzle.|
|6||"Desperate Situation!! The Passionate Battle of Friendship."
"Zettai Zetsumei!! Atsuki Yūjō Kessen" (絶体絶命!! 熱き友情決戦)
|May 9, 1998|
|Shadi, the man from Egypt, attacks Yoshimori, and then infiltrates Anzu's room of her mind, in order to make her play Yugi right into his hands, so that he could play a Shadow Game with Yugi.|
|7||"The Underhanded Digital Pet Rebellion"
"Urawaza Dejitaru Petto Sōdō" (裏技デジタルペット騒動)
|May 16, 1998|
|The popularity of Digital Pets leads to a contest, and Honda trains Miho's pet, so they can take the paid trip. Meanwhile, Yugi is worried for his friend Haiyama, who seems to be pressured into some shady business by the bullying Kujirada. But all is not what it seems...|
|8||"The Four Game Masters Finally Move Out"
"Gēmu Shitennō Tsuini Ugoku" (ゲーム四天王ついに動く)
|May 23, 1998|
Yugi is kidnapped by Kaiba, and forced to duel the first of his four Game Masters, Count Ridley Sheldon who has a strong obsession with dolls. Can Dark Yugi defeat his doll monsters?The four game masters are exclusive to this anime.
|9||"Explosion - The Ultimate Secret Yo-Yo Technique"
"Sakuretsu - Yō-Yō Kyūkyoku no Higi" (炸裂ヨーヨー 究極の秘技)
|May 30, 1998|
|The gang is concerned and confused when they see Jounouchi with a gang wielding yo-yos as weapons. Has he turned his back on his friends for good?|
|10||"The Pressing Beautiful Teacher - The Secret Mask"
"Semaru Bijin Kyōshi - Himitsu no Kari" (迫る美人教師 秘密の仮)
|June 6, 1998|
|Anzu clashes with the beautiful but sadistically strict Ms. Chono, and organizes a petition to change the school rules. But Chrono's underhanded counterattack threatens to ruin the petition, forcing Dark Yugi to step in and ensure that Chono gets her comeuppance.|
|11||"The Rumored Capmon - It's a New Arrival"
"Uwasa no Kapumon - Shin Tōjōda ze" (噂のカプモン 新登場だぜ)
|June 13, 1998|
|Yugi's friend Warashibe is obsessed with Capsule Monsters, and Miho. When she spurns his advances, Warashibe decides to eliminate her friends--his competition for her affection. In revenge, Warashibe poisons Anzu, Jonouchi and Honda with tainted water, causing the three teenagers to fall ill during class and forcing them to be sent to the Nurse's Office for treatment. An enraged Miho confronts Warashibe but Warashibe manages to beat her. When things gets crazy, Dark Yugi interveres and challenges Warashibe to a Capsule Monsters game with a difference. Thanks to Dark Yugi's powers, the monsters themselves are brought to life. Now it's up to Dark Yugi to end Warashibe's prank and his unhealthy obsession with Miho once and for all.|
|12||"The Extremely Lucky Enemy - The Invincible Legend"
"Kyōun o Yobu Teki - Fuhai no Shinwa" (強運を呼ぶ敵 不敗の神話)
|June 20, 1998|
|Game show champion Ryuichi Fuwa (Kaiba's second game Master) moves to Domino and starts attending Domino High, putting him in the same class as Yugi and the gang. Although he seems friendly, Ryuichi's tactics for arousing Dark Yugi soon turn dangerous...|
|13||"Target the Schoolgirls - The Fangs of Great Prophecies"
"Onna Seito o Nerau - Dai Yogen no Kiba" (女生徒を狙う 大予言の牙)
|June 27, 1998|
|Fraudulent psychic Kokurano has his eyes on Anzu. Though Anzu doesen't believe his predictions at first, her desire to see her mysterious savior (Dark Yugi) leads her right into Kokurano's grasp. Then Dark Yugi challenges him to a shadow game. The episode ends with Anzu discovering a burn mark on Yugi's hand, causing her to realize that Yugi saved her.|
|14||"A Bomb Game Makes for the Worst Date"
"Bakuha Gēmu de Saiaku Dēto" (爆破ゲームで最悪デート)
|July 4, 1998|
|When Anzu realizes that Yugi is her mysterious crush, Anzu invites him on a date to an amusement park, intending to put herself in danger to see Dark Yugi. But she finds herself in real danger when a mad bomber challenges Dark Yugi to a twisted game of balloons and explosions.|
|15||"An Eerie Woman!! Unable to Transform"
"Kowai Onna!! Henshin Dekinai" (怖〜い女!! 変身できない)
|July 11, 1998|
|A new girl named Risa Kageyama wants to become Yugi's girlfriend (much to Anzu's anger). But Risa is actually intent on obtaining Yugi's rare Violet Hectate card.|
|16||"Turnabout by a Hair's Breadth - The White-Robed Crisis"
"Ippatsu Gyakuten - Hakui no Kiki" (イッパツ逆転 白衣の危機)
|July 18, 1998|
Jounouchi has a crush on Miyuki, the nurse taking care of his sister, Shizuka Jonouchi. But when a corrupt doctor who is most interested in playing golf than caring for the well-being of his own patients fires her, Jonouchi is forced to keep his mouth shut as, if he babbles, then Shizuka will be kicked out of the hospital. As a result of seeing Jonouchi's distress, Dark Yugi emerges, intending to challenge the doctor to a Shadow Game while hoping to stop the doctor for good.In the manga, Shizuka is not introduced until volume 8.
|17||"A Last Minute Match - The Model that Invites"
"Girigiri Shōbu - Izanau Moderu" (ギリギリ勝負 誘うモデル)
|July 25, 1998|
|Kaiba's third Game Master, famous model Aileen Rao who challenges Dark Yugi to a game of Raijinhai. Aileen who also happens to be Anzu's model prides herself on taking away the most important things from the ones she defeats. If Yugi loses, then Aileen's pet tiger will attack Anzu, forcing Dark Yugi to emerge and play a game in hopes of saving Anzu's life.|
|18||"Don't Touch the Forbidden Game"
"Kindan Gēmu ni Tewodasuna" (禁断ゲームに手を出すな)
|August 1, 1998|
|Yugi befriends bullied youth Imori, and the two discover the forbidden game Dragon Block. The evil game overcomes Imori in an accident, and he challenges Yugi to play the game against him, with both their souls on the line.|
|19||"The Great Melee!! A Popularity Contest"
"Dai Ransen!! Ninki Kontesuto" (大乱戦!! 人気コンテスト)
|August 8, 1998|
|With Honda's support, Miho enters a popularity contest against arrogant school beauty Kaoruko Himekoji. Soon Kaoruko resorts to cheating, but when she hurts Miho, she incurs the wrath of Dark Yugi. (Bakura makes a cameo in this episode.) This episode was not in the manga.|
|20||"It's Here!! The Strongest and Final Trump Card"
"Deta!! Saikyō Saigo no Kirifuda" (出た!! 最強最後の切り札)
|August 15, 1998|
|Kaiba's butler Daimon, an old man kept alive through machinery, duels Dark Yugi as the final Game Master. In the process, he reveals how Kaiba used to be, and implores Yugi to restore his kindness.|
|21||"It's Complete!! The Ultimate Game Land"
"Kansei!! Kyūkyoku no Gēmu Rando" (完成!! 究極のゲームランド)
|August 22, 1998|
|Kaiba kidnaps Yugi's grandpa and dares him to come to Death-T, an amusement park full of death trap games. But Yugi is hesitant to put his friends in danger.|
|22||"Breakthrough - The Borderline Shooting"
"Yabure - Genkai Shūtingu" (破れ 限界シューティング)
|August 29, 1998|
|The gang heads through Death-T, making their way through a laser tag game with actual lasers, and a game of wits with a giant killer robot.|
|23||"The Capumon King! The Showdown for the Top!!"
"Kapumon-ō! Chōjō Kessen!!" (カプモン王! 頂上決戦!!)
|September 5, 1998|
|With Honda seemingly dead, an enraged Dark Yugi battles Mokuba, Kaiba's younger brother, in Capsule Monster Chess. This is the first time Jounouchi and Miho see Dark Yugi.|
|24||"Now! The Time of Decision and the Miracle Friendship"
"Ima! Ketchaku no Toki Kiseki no Yūjō" (今! 決着の時奇跡の友情)
|September 19, 1998|
|With the lives of his grandpa and friends at stake, Yugi duels Kaiba, and his three Blue-Eyes White Dragons, while Jounouchi and Miho battle Ryuchi and Aileen (this side event is not in the manga). With his friends's support, Yugi pulls off the unbeatable combo--Exodia.|
|25||"A New Development - The Handsome Boy who Attacks"
"Aratanaru Tenkai Osou Bishōnen" (新たなる展開 襲う美少年)
|September 26, 1998|
|Yugi and his friends meet Ryou Bakura, a gentle new student with an interest in role-playing games. Little do they know that there's another side to his personality, one that seeks Yugi's Millennium Puzzle for himself...|
|26||"Clash of Rivals - The Greatest Pinch"
"Raibaru Gekitotsu - Saidai Pinchi" (ライバル激突 最大ピンチ)
|October 3, 1998|
|Dark Yugi aids the others, reduced to figurines, against Dark Bakura and his RPG's boss, Dark Master Zorc.|
|27||"Friendship - From Legend to Myth"
"Yūjō - Densetsu Kara Shinwa e" (友情 伝説から神話へ)
|October 10, 1998|
Even when seemingly defeated, Zorc rises again and threatens to overwhelm the gang. It's up to Bakura to defeat his evil counterpart with Dark Yugi and the group aiding them.This is the final appearance of Miho Nosaka.
|A Yell of Thirst (渇いた叫び Kawaita Sakebi?)||Field of View||1-27|
|Even if You Break Tomorrow (明日もし君が壊れても Ashita Moshi Kimi ga Kowaretemo?)||WANDS||1-27|