List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes (season 1)

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Season 1 DVD cover
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 49
Broadcast
Original channel Japan TV Tokyo
United States Kids WB
Original run April 18, 2000 – April 3, 2001
Home video release
DVD release date August 10, 2004 (Region 1)
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The First Season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, based on the manga by Kazuki Takahashi, premiered in Japan on April 18, 2000 and concluded on April 3, 2001 on TV Tokyo. An English adaptation of the series was made and premiered in the United States on September 29, 2001 and concluded on November 9, 2002 on Kids WB. It was renamed Yu-Gi-Oh! due to the fact that the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series was never released outside Japan. The season was directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, and written by Junki Takegami, Masashi Sogo, and Shin Yoshida. The original version features vocals from Shunsuke Kazama, Hiroki Takahashi, Hidehiro Kikuchi, Maki Saito and Kenjiro Tsuda as the main characters. The English adaptation features vocals from Amy Birnbaum, Frank Frankson, Wayne Grayson, Dan Green, Chuck Powers, Sam Regal, Eric Stuart and Dwayne Tan as the main characters.

It follows Yugi Mutou, a timid, kind-hearted boy, who embarks on a journey with his friends - Katsuya Jonouchi, Hiroto Honda, and Anzu Mazaki (renamed to Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor and Téa Gardener in the English adaptation) - to Duelist Kingdom, a tournament on the island of the same name, to free his grandfather from imprisonment by Pegasus J Crawford (renamed Maximillion Pegasus in the English adaptation) - the season's main antagonist. While on the journey, he begins to learn more about the Millennium items, including his own Millennium puzzle, in which contains a 5,000 year old spirit that takes over when he duels. Katsuya enters the contest with Yugi in order to obtain the prize money to pay for his sister's eye operation. At first an inexperienced duelist, he works his way up to the tournament's top tier with Yugi. It also tells the story of Seto Kaiba - a ruthless, skilled duelist and company owner - who was ranked as the top duelist until Yugi defeated him. Plagued by his defeat, his company's image suffers and his brother gets kidnapped, forcing him to travel to Duelist Kingdom to retrieve him from the same imprisonment Yugi's grandfather faces. The last ten episode deal with the aftermath of Yugi's duel with Pegasus, featuring two episode sagas: "Legendary Heroes" and "Dungeon Dice Monsters".

Between September 24, 2002 and February 22, 2005, Funimation Productions released twenty DVD sets for the season: twelve sets containing three episodes, three containing four episodes, one with two episodes, one containing all forty-nine episodes and the last three containing uncut versions of the first nine episodes. All DVDs were encoded in Region 1.

Cast and characters[edit]

Japanese[edit]

English[edit]

Premise[edit]

The first season takes place mostly on Duelist Kingdom, where Pegasus J. Crawford (Maximillion Pegasus), chairman of Industrial Illusions and creator of Duel Monsters, hosts a tournament that will award the winner a $3 million cash prize, the title of "King of Games", and one wish from Pegasus. Yugi Mutou (Yugi Moto), a timid but kind boy, enters the tournament after Pegasus, who holds interest in Yugi's Millennium puzzle, steals his grandfather's soul. Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler in English adaptation) receives news that his sister Shisuka (Serenity) needs surgery to repair her failing vision. With knowledge of the prize money from the tournament, Katsuya enters the tournament with Yugi while promising to help rescue his grandfather. Hiroto Honda (Tristan Taylor) and Anzu Mazaki (Téa Gardner) join them to offer support in their duels.

Because of Pegasus's interest in Yugi's puzzle, Yugi begins to discover the mystery behind the Millennium items, including his own Millennium puzzle. He faces off against Bakura, a mysterious exchange student who also possesses a Millennium item, the Millennium ring. During their encounter, Yugi learns more about the puzzle, discovering the presence of a 5,000 year old spirit that emerges during his duels.

Seto Kaiba, a power hungry duelist and owner of KaibaCorp, challenges Yugi to duel him after being refused the fourth "Blue Eyes White Dragon" by his grandfather, Sugoroku Mutou (Solomon Moto). He loses this duel, effectively harming his company's image and his faith in his dueling abilities. In an attempt to recover the image, the executives surrender control to Pegasus, as well as Kaiba's younger brother, Mokuba. Kaiba goes into hiding to find out the true meaning of dueling and eventually joins the competition to retrieve his brother, regain control of his company and to challenge Yugi to a duel, hoping to become the top duelist again.

Episodes[edit]

# English Title
Japanese Title
Original air date (Japan) Original air date (English)
1 "The Heart of the Cards"
"The Bloodcurdling Blue-Eyes White Dragon" (戦慄のブルーアイズ·ホワイトドラゴン) 
April 18, 2000 September 29, 2001
Yugi and his friends are in awe over Grandpa's collection of Duel Monsters cards, but when #1 ranked Duelist and ruthless tycoon Seto Kaiba kidnaps Grandpa to get the rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon card, Yugi must face Kaiba in the "ultimate Duel Monsters showdown" and avenge his "Gramps". 
2 "The Gauntlet is Thrown"
"The Trap of the Illusionist's Face (The Trap of Illusionist Faceless Mage)" (幻想師ノー·フェイスの罠) 
April 25, 2000 October 6, 2001
Yugi and his friends take a break from honing their card playing skills to watch Weevil Underwood and Rex Raptor compete in the Duel Monsters Regional Championship. When Yugi opens a package from Duel Monsters creator, Maximillion J. Pegasus, Yugi is forced to face him in the mysterious Shadow Realm, where all the monsters and magic are real. Upon defeating Yugi, Pegasus claims the soul of Yugi's Grandpa. Yugi must travel to the Duelist Kingdom and win Pegasus' tournament if he is ever to see his Grandpa again. 
3 "Journey to the Duelist Kingdom"
"The Lost Exodia" (失われしエクゾディア) 
May 5, 2000 October 13, 2001
When the time comes to head off to the Duelist Kingdom, Yugi is ready and determined to save his Grandpa's soul from Pegasus. Yugi gives up one of his own star chips to Joey so that he can join up with Yugi and board the boat bound for Duelist Kingdom, his reason being is that he wants to duel in the tournament so that he can attempt to save his young sister, Serenity's failing eyesight. Meanwhile, Téa and Tristan stowaway to join their friends, making sure to not get caught by the security guards. When word spreads throughout the entire boat that Yugi was the one who had defeated the World Champion Kaiba, the cunning cheat Weevil Underwood tries to cripple Yugi's deck by tossing his Exodia cards overboard just as they reach the island. 
4 "Into the Hornet's Nest"
"Insector Combo (The Insector Combination)" (インセクターコンボ) 
May 9, 2000 October 20, 2001
Once Yugi and his friends reach Duelist Kingdom, Pegasus announces that there are many strange secrets on the island which will make his ultimate tournament unlike any they have ever had. When Weevil begins to use these mysterious new rules against Yugi from within their duel, Yugi must not only figure the rules out, but master them as well if he is to survive. After Yugi defeats Weevil's first wave of Duel Monsters, he's shocked to discover that Weevil has one last trick up his sleeve; a ravenous Great Moth that grows in power with every turn. Yugi must find a way to destroy this winged beast before it destroys him. The American version was combined into one episode called "Welcome to the Duelist Kingdom". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on November 25, 2006. 
5 "The Ultimate Great Moth"
"The Ultimate Perfect Appearance - Great Moth" (究極完全態 グレート·モス) 
May 16, 2000 October 20, 2001
Once Yugi and his friends reach Duelist Kingdom, Pegasus announces that there are many strange secrets on the island which will make his ultimate tournament unlike any they have ever had. When Weevil begins to use these mysterious new rules against Yugi from within their duel, Yugi must not only figure the rules out, but master them as well if he is to survive. After Yugi defeats Weevil's first wave of Duel Monsters, he's shocked to discover that Weevil has one last trick up his sleeve; a ravenous Great Moth that grows in power with every turn. Yugi must find a way to destroy this winged beast before it destroys him. The American version was combined into one episode called "Welcome to the Duelist Kingdom". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on December 2, 2006. 
6 "First Duel"
"The Beautiful Harpy Ladies (also titled as Mai's Harpy Ladies)" (華麗なるハーピィ·レディ) 
May 23, 2000 November 3, 2001
After seeing Yugi defeat Weevil while eliminating him from the tournament, Joey is amped up for a Duel Monsters challenge and searches for an opponent he stands a chance of beating. Before Joey realizes it, he finds himself courageously accepting a challenge from veteran duelist, Mai Valentine. When Mai begins to demonstrate an unnerving psychic-like ability, Joey becomes totally flustered, leaving him no choice but to figure out Mai's secret strategy before falling victim to it. 
7 "Attack from the Deep"
"The Sea-God Leviathan" (海神リバイアサン) 
May 30, 2000 November 20, 2001
Yugi, Tristan, Joey, and Tea are hungry and realize that they haven't brought any food for the trip. Joey, however, follows his nose to some fish someone has left over a fire. Joey and Tristan eagerly dig in, but are soon surprised by an unknown man who climbs out of the sea. Yugi soon realizes that the unknown man is the fisherman duelist Mako Tsunami and the master of the Sea Deck. After Mako learns who Yugi is, he invites Yugi and all his friends to eat the fish. Happily everyone fills their bellies, having no clue that Mako has nefarious plans for them. Everyone finishes eating and bids Mako a farewell, but before they can get away, Mako demands that Yugi duel him. It turns out that the fish was just a trap to lure in unsuspecting duelists to Mako so that his Sea Deck will have an easier advantage. Yugi changes into Yami Yugi and gladly accepts Mako's challenge, but he must quickly adapt to the new settings if he wants to win this battle. 
8 "Everything's Relative"
"The Stolen Blue-Eyes White Dragon" (奪われたブルーアイズ·ホワイト·ドラゴン) 
June 6, 2000 November 17, 2001
A masked boy escapes from Pegasus' North tower and into the forest, determined to find Yugi for unknown purposes. Within time, Yugi and his friends run into a young kid who had his star chips and duel deck stolen by the same masked boy. Determined to return the stolen property to the young kid, who is in danger of being forced to leave the island with a couple of other eliminated duelists, Yugi and his friends head back to the scene of the crime and run into the masked boy. Instead of taking back the duel deck and star chips, Yugi decides to give the masked boy what he wants, which happens to be a duel. Yugi transforms into Yami Yugi and wager all five of his star chips to start the duel, already guessing on who the masked boy is. It is soon revealed that the masked boy is in fact Mokuba, Kaiba's little brother, and he's determined to take revenge against Yugi for his older brother's past defeat. 
9 "Duel with a Ghoul"
"Revival of the Dead! Magical Silk Hat" (起死回生! マジカルシルクハット) 
June 13, 2000 November 24, 2001
To save Mokuba from the current danger, Yami Yugi must duel Kaiba's "ghost" and bets his last three star chips on the match while Kaiba's "ghost" does the same thing as well. Meanwhile, the real Kaiba, who is revealed to have survived his dangerous fall into the ocean, breaks into one of his secret labs to gather information. Kaiba hacks into Pegasus' computer mainframe to find Yugi so that he can make sure he doesn't lose (learning and knowing that Yugi's potential loss to Pegasus will enable Pegasus to gain control over KaibaCorp). 
10 "Give up the Ghost"
"Blue-Eyes White Dragon Strikes Back" (逆襲のブルーアイズ·ホワイト·ドラゴン) 
June 20, 2000 December 1, 2001
Through luck and faith, Yugi is able to defeat the Blue-Eyes White Dragon with his Dark Magician, but his victory is soon cut short when Kaiba's "ghost" quickly unleashes a second Blue-Eyes and annihilates the Dark Magician with ease, forcing Yugi to immediately come up with a fast strategy or else face both defeat and elimination. 
11 "The Dueling Monkey"
"Friendship Power! Barbarian #1 & #2" (友情パワー! バーバリアン1号·2号) 
June 27, 2000 December 15, 2001
Ever since Joey defeated her from a while back, Mai realizes that she no longer enjoys dueling as much as she used to and vows to get revenge against Joey. When Rex Raptor challenges her to a duel, she says that she'll take him on, but only if he beats Joey first. 
12 "Trial by Red-Eyes"
"Black Flare! Red-Eyes Black Dragon" (黒き炎! レッドアイズ·ブラックドラゴン) 
July 4, 2000 January 19, 2002
When Rex plays his powerful Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Joey has to figure out a way to counter it without Yugi's help. Joey's Time Wizard card come to his aid a second time and that he's able to defeat and eliminate Rex from the tournament, earning not only his star chips, but also his Red-Eyes as well via a bet that Rex had made with Joey during their duel. 
13 "Evil Spirit of the Ring"
"Trap of the Metamorpot! Flame Swordsman in Danger" (メタモルポットの罠!炎の剣士危うし) 
July 11, 2000 January 26, 2002
Yami Bakura lures Yami Yugi into a Shadow Game, where the gang (including Yugi himself) have had their souls sealed into their favourite cards. When a "soul card" is put into play, the person whose soul was sealed within it emerges from the card, dressed in the outfit worn by that Monster. The only way Yugi and the others can be freed is if Yami Yugi defeats Yami Bakura. 
14 "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"
"Pitch-Black Duel! The Castle Hidden in the Darkness" (漆黒のデュエル!闇晦ましの城) 
July 25, 2000 February 2, 2002
Yugi and the others learn that Mai has been defeated by Panik, one of the Duelist Kingdom Eliminators, and faces being axed from the tournament for losing all her star chips. Yugi volunteers to duel Panik and win back Mai's star chips. The American version was combined into one episode called "Panik Attack". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on January 6, 2007. 
15 "Winning Through Intimidation"
"Cut Through the Darkness! Sealing Swords of Light" (闇を切り裂け! 光の護封剣) 
August 1, 2000 February 2, 2002
Yugi unleashes his trump card, the Swords of Revealing Light, which illuminate Panik's side of the field and unmask his monsters. But Panik responds by bolstering his defenses as he and Yugi continue to try to psych each other out. The American version was combined into one episode called "Panik Attack". All other countries received the episode in its two-part form, which was also released on VHS and DVD in the US, but it eventually aired on 4Kids TV on January 13, 2007. 
16 "The Scars of Defeat"
"Clash! Blue-Eyes vs. Red-Eyes" (激突! ブルーアイズvsレッドアイズ) 
August 8, 2000 February 9, 2002
When Kaiba turns up in Duelist Kingdom (intent on confronting Pegasus and rescuing Mokuba), Joey rashly challenges him to a duel - with predictable results. 
17 "Arena of Lost Souls (Part 1 of 2)"
"Terror! Call of the Living Dead" (恐怖! リビングデッドの呼び声) 
August 15, 2000 February 16, 2002
Still smarting from his defeat by Kaiba, Joey vows to prove he isn't a "whimpering dog" and ends up being forced into a duel with Bonz, one of a gang of duelists led by the ruthless Bandit Keith. 
18 "Arena of Lost Souls (Part 2 of 2)"
"Shield in the Right Hand, Sword in the Left Hand" (右手に盾を左手に剣を) 
August 22, 2000 February 23, 2002
Joey is fighting a losing battle against Bonz's Zombie Monsters, who have the ability to come back to life whenever they're destroyed. Yugi and the others are determined to find Joey while Joey himself seeks to find a way to overcome Bonz and his Zombie Monsters. 
19 "Double Trouble Duel (Part 1 of 3)"
"Tag Duel in the Labyrinth" (迷宮のタッグ·デュエル) 
August 29, 2000 March 16, 2002
While searching for a way out of the caves, Yugi and the others come across a room guarded by the scheming Paradox Brothers. Before the gang can progress, Yugi and Joey must face the Paradox Brothers in a two-on-two duel where their Monsters must negotiate a trap-filled maze. Meanwhile, Kaiba is making his own way to Pegasus' castle, determined to find and save Mokuba. 
20 "Double Trouble Duel (Part 2 of 3)"
"Fusion of Three Gods! Gate Guardian" (三神合体! ゲート·ガーディアン) 
September 9, 2000 March 23, 2002
To get their monsters through the Paradox Brothers' maze, Yugi and Joey must work as a team, but the Paradox Brothers attempt to divide and conquer by changing the layout of the maze so that Yugi's Monsters become separated from Joey's own. And, to further complicate matters, the Paradox Brothers start assembling the pieces they need to form the powerful Gate Guardian in an attempt to defeat both Yugi and Joey. While that's happening, Kaiba is able to get into Pegasus' castle and wastes no time in searching for Mokuba, but unknown to Kaiba, Pegasus is watching him with a sinister eye and decides to initiate a plan of his own in order to stop Kaiba. 
21 "Double Trouble Duel (Part 3 of 3)"
"Devil Dragon! Black Demons Dragon" (悪魔竜! ブラック·デーモンズ·ドラゴン) 
September 12, 2000 March 30, 2002
In a bid to defeat the Gate Guardian, Yugi uses Polymerization to fuse his Summoned Skull to Joey's Red Eyes Black Dragon, creating the Black Skull Dragon. The tremendous power of the Black Skull Dragon destroys the Gate Guardian and through this, the Paradox Brothers are defeated, thus giving Yugi and Joey both the win and the star chips that'll enable them to enter into Pegasus' castle. Meanwhile, Kaiba is able to find Mokuba from within his search, but the reunion is soon cut short when Pegasus suddenly appears and uses his Millennium Eye to steal Mokuba's soul. After doing this, Pegasus then gives Kaiba an ultimatum, in which if he's to duel him in order to win back Mokuba's soul, Kaiba must first defeat Yugi in a duel. 
22 "Face Off (Part 1 of 3)"
"The Destined Duel! Yugi vs. Kaiba" (宿命のデュエル! 遊戯vs海馬) 
September 19, 2000 April 6, 2002
Arriving at Pegasus' castle, Yugi and the others are confronted by Kaiba, who must defeat Yugi in a duel in order to claim the right to duel Pegasus and try to win back Mokuba's soul. As the two duelists face off on the castle roof, Kaiba hatches a plan to fuse all three of his Blue-Eyes White Dragons and create the Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. 
23 "Face Off (Part 2 of 3)"
"Strongest! Splendid! Ultimate Dragon" (最強! 華麗! 究極竜) 
September 26, 2000 April 13, 2002
Yugi faces overwhelming odds when Kaiba tricks him into releasing the Crush Card virus, rendering every Monster in Yugi's deck with more than 1500 Attack points unplayable. Restricted to playing his weaker Monsters, plus Magic and Trap cards, can Yugi find a way to overcome Kaiba? 
24 "Face Off (Part 3 of 3)"
"Multiplying Kuriboh! The Shocking Conclusion" (クリボー増殖! 驚愕の結末) 
October 3, 2000 April 20, 2002
Yugi plays a Kuriboh/Multiply combo to protect his Life Points and uses his Living Arrow and Polymerization cards to fuse his Mammoth Graveyard to Kaiba's Blue Eyes Ultimate Dragon. For reasons explained in the episode, this causes the Ultimate Dragon to decay and lose Attack points until it is weak enough for Yugi to attack. But Kaiba, realizing that he can't afford to lose, deliberately puts himself in danger, leaving Yugi with a heartbreaking dilemma in a duel which will literally end in tears for him. 
25 "Shining Friendship"
"A Duel of Tears! Friendship" (涙のデュエル! フレンドシップ) 
October 10, 2000 April 27, 2002
After losing half his star chips to Kaiba, (and with them, the chance to save his grandfather) Yugi is in a state of depression, made worse by the fact that he now fears his "other self" so much that he can't bring himself to duel again. In a bid to help him, Téa volunteers to duel Mai, who has more than enough star chips to qualify for the finals, but as the duel gets under way, Téa's inexperience at competitive level starts to show. She wants her faith in the bonds of friendship help her find a way to overcome Mai's Harpie Lady, and Yugi tries to regain his confidence and start dueling again. 
26 "Champion vs. Creator (Part 1 of 2)"
"Save Mokuba! Kaiba vs. Pegasus" (モクバを救え! 海馬vsペガサス) 
October 17, 2000 May 18, 2002
Yugi and the others have finally entered Pegasus' castle, where they learn that Kaiba is about to duel Pegasus. As the duel gets underway, it becomes clear that Pegasus is using his Millennium Eye to anticipate Kaiba's moves and see every card in his hand. 
27 "Champion vs. Creator (Part 2 of 2)"
"Kaiba Falters! The Invincible Toon World" (海馬散る! 無敵のトゥーンワールド) 
October 24, 2000 May 25, 2002
Pegasus unleashes his secret weapon, the Toon World card, which he uses to turn one of Kaiba's Blue-Eyes White Dragons into the Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon. When Kaiba tries to counter with one of his other Blue-Eyes, it emerges that Toon Monsters have the ability to dodge any attack. Faced with a card so powerful that it was never put into circulation, Kaiba wants to find a way to overcome Pegasus and his Toon World. 
28 "The Night Before"
"The Night Before the Finals! Pegasus's Secret" (決戦前夜! ペガサスの秘密) 
October 31, 2000 August 31, 2002
It's the night before the semi-finals of the tournament, and the finalists and friends are treated to dinner. Eyeballs appear in their soup and determine the matches for the semi-finals - Mai vs Yugi, Joey vs Bandit Keith. Once they go to bed, Tristan, Téa, and Bakura set out to find how Pegasus "cheated" in his match against Kaiba. They are trapped by Pegasus in an underground chamber and he is about to claim their souls when Yami Bakura unexpectedly saves them by blasting Pegasus with the power of his Millennium Ring and afterwards, tricks everyone into believing that the entire event was nothing more than a bad dream in order to cover up both his return and identity. Meanwhile, Yugi finds himself speaking to his grandpa from within his own dream and that Yugi's grandpa tells him that he must defeat Pegasus in order to save him and the Kaiba Brothers. 
29 "Duel Identity (Part 1 of 2)"
"A Desperate Situation! Seductive Shadow" (絶体絶命! 誘惑のシャドウ) 
November 7, 2000 August 24, 2002
The Duelist Kingdom semi-finals get under way, with Yugi facing off against Mai. But Yugi, having seen how far Yami Yugi was prepared go in his duel with Kaiba, is afraid to trust his "other self" and becomes so focused on keeping it under control that he makes several costly errors. Yugi wants to find a way to recover from his past trauma so that he can attempt to defeat Mai and move on to the finals of the tournament. 
30 "Duel Identity (Part 2 of 2)"
"The Ultimate Legendary Soldier - Chaos Soldier Descends" (伝説の最強戦士 カオス·ソルジャー降臨) 
November 14, 2000 August 31, 2002
Yugi starts to make a comeback against Mai by making a truce with the Pharoah, taking control of her Harpie's Pet Dragon and using his own Catapult Turtle to fire it at her Mirror Wall, destroying the card which has been keeping him from attacking. But Mai multiplies her Harpie Lady and revives Harpie's Pet Dragon, which gets a power boost for every Harpie Lady in play. Now, Yugi has only one chance of winning - he must draw the Black Luster Ritual card and use it to call forth the Black Luster Soldier. (This is the first episode in which the two Yugi's communicate within the same body.) 
31 "Keith's Machinations (Part 1 of 2)"
"Cruel - Heavy Metal Deck" (凶悪 重機械デッキ) 
November 21, 2000 September 7, 2002
Just minutes before he is due to duel Bandit Keith in the second match of the tournament's semi-finals, Joey finds that his entry card is missing. Unaware that Bandit Keith had stolen it from last night, he runs back to his room to look for it - to no avail. Mai gives him her entry card and the duel is able to go ahead. Will Joey be able to stand a chance against Bandit Keith's powerful Machine Monsters? 
32 "Keith's Machinations (Part 2 of 2)"
"Travel Through Time! Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon" (時を超えろ! レッドアイズ·ブラックメタルドラゴン) 
November 28, 2000 September 7, 2002
Joey transforms his Red-Eyes Black Dragon into the Red-Eyes Black Metal Dragon, enabling him to take out the strongest Monster in Bandit Keith's deck, the Barrel Dragon. But Joey still has to deal with Bandit Keith's Slot Machine, which Bandit Keith is powering up with the 7 Completed cards he has hidden under his wristband. Joey emerges triumphant against Bandit Keith. 
33 "Best of Friends, Best of Duelists (Part 1 of 2)"
"Finals of Friendship - Yugi vs. Jonouchi (1)" (友情の決勝戦 遊戯vs城之内 前編) 
December 5, 2000 September 14, 2002
Of the many duelists who entered the Duelist Kingdom tournament, only Yugi and Joey are left standing. Now, the two boys, who have supported each other throughout the tournament, must duel against each other for the chance to duel Pegasus. 
34 "Best of Friends, Best of Duelists (Part 2 of 2)"
"Finals of Friendship - Yugi vs. Jonouchi (2)" (友情の決勝戦 遊戯vs城之内 後編) 
December 12, 2000 September 14, 2002
Yugi defeats the Black Skull Dragon (which Joey summoned in the previous episode by fusing his Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Yugi's Summoned Skull) using a combination of the Dark Magician, Magical Hats, Spellbinding Circle and Book of Secret Arts. Joey responds with his Baby Dragon/Time Wizard combo, but even though the Time Wizard's magic does age the Dark Magician, it soon emerges that the Dark Sage (as he is now) has acquired some new powers. 
35 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium (1)"
"Final Duel! Yugi vs. Pegasus" (最終決闘! 遊戯vsペガサス) 
December 19, 2000 September 21, 2002
Yugi prepares for the ultimate battle against Pegasus with the souls of Grandpa, Kaiba and Mokuba on the line. Meanwhile, Tristan and Bakura infiltrate the castle to find the Kaiba brothers. 
36 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium (2)"
"Attacks Ineffective!? The Invincible Toon Army" (攻略不能!? 無敵のトゥーン軍団) 
December 26, 2000 September 21, 2002
Pegasus punishes Yugi using the same Toon Deck and mind-reading abilities he used on Kaiba. As Pegasus turns Yugi's monsters against him, Yugi loses the will to battle. Yugi is worried Pegasus might seal his soul into a card, like Pegasus did to Kaiba and Mokuba. 
37 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium (3)"
"The Counterattack Begins! Mind Shuffle" (反撃開始! マインドシャッフル) 
January 9, 2001 September 28, 2002
Yugi has found a way to counter Pegasus' mind-reading ability: Yugi switches back and forth between his two separate spirits. Yugi is able to destroy Pegasus' Toon World, but the duel has just only begun. The next level of the deadly Shadow Game is about to start. 
38 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium (4)"
"The Evil Eye Activates - Sacrifice" (邪眼発動 サクリファイス) 
January 16, 2001 September 28, 2002
Yami Bakura is after Mokuba's body so that his evil spirit can possess it. Tristan, however, knocks out Yami Bakura and throws aways the Millennium Ring containing the evil spirit into the forest below. Pegasus moves the duel into the Shadow Realm, turning the duel into a Shadow Game, and separating Yugi from his friends. Pagasus summons Relinquished, a fearsome monster that uses its enemies as shields. Yugi crumples in exhaustion, under the crippling strain of maintaining his monsters in the Shadow Game. His friends yell desperate encouragement, but their voices cannot penetrate the sphere of darkness. Only Yami Yugi can duel now, but he is at the mercy of Pegasus' Millennium Eye. Yugi's chance at victory is slipping away, and his very soul is in danger of being shredded across the Shadow Realm. 
39 "Yugi vs. Pegasus: Match of the Millennium (5)"
"Fusion of Light and Darkness - Black Chaos Descends" (光と闇の融合 ブラックカオス降臨) 
January 23, 2001 October 5, 2002
Pegasus' Relinquished has captured Yugi's Dark Magician, and his time bomb monster is ready to blow it to bits and take out what's left of Yugi's life points. Joey, Tristan, and Tea pull together to help Yugi and protect Yami Yugi from Pegasus' mind-reading. Yami Yugi saves his Dark Magician from the waiting time bomb. Using a Mind Control card, Yami Yugi captures Relinquished. Then, with the last card Yugi played face-down, he performs a Dark Magic Ritual, sacrificing the Dark Magician as well as Pegasus' time bomb, summoning the Magician of Black Chaos. But Pegasus counters by fusing Relinquished with Thousand Eyes Idle creating Thousand Eyes Restrict. The Thousand Eyes Restrict paralyzes the Magician of Black Chaos, but Yami Yugi counters with Kuriboh combined with his Multiply card, forcing the Thousand Eyes Restrict to attempt to copy them all. The Kuribohs explode on contact, blinding Thousand Eyes Restrict and freeing the Magician of Black Chaos to attack. Yami Yugi destroys Thousand Eyes Restrict and ends the duel as the victor. Pegasus slips away before releasing the spirits he stole. Despite Tristan's efforts, Yami Bakura returns and plots to take Pegasus' Millennium Eye from him. 
40 "Aftermath"
"King of Duelists" (キング·オブ·デュエリスト) 
January 30, 2001 October 5, 2002
Upon honoring his word in having to release the souls of Yugi's Grandpa, Kaiba, and Mokuba, Pegasus finds himself confronted by Yami Bakura, who challenges him to a shadow game and wins, taking the Millennium Eye for himself. Tea reads Pegasus' diary and the gang learns how Pegasus got his Millennium Eye and the reason of why he held the Duelist Kingdom tournament. A strange Egyptian shows up looking for the person that stole Pegasus' Millennium Eye. Seeing that Yugi has a Millennium item as well, he thinks that he might be responsible. The Egyptian uses his Millennium Key to enter Yugi's mind. There he finds two chambers. One of the chambers is completely innocent. The other however is much more mysterious. Yami Yugi confronts him and demands answers before allowing him passage through him mind. Once inside however the mysterious Egyptian find much more than he bargained for. Yami Yugi's mind is filled with doors and most are traps that the man must navigate. When the Egyptian finally falls victim to a trap, Yugi comes to his rescue. The two journey deeper and are confronted by the Dark Magician. Yugi commands him to back down, causing the Egyptian to realize that Yugi is "the Chosen One". The Egyptian departs leaving Yugi with his name, Shadi, as well as questions about the seven Millennium Items. 
41 "The Wrath of Rebecca"
"The Girl from America" (アメリカからきた少女) 
February 6, 2001 October 12, 2002
After successfully restoring the souls of Yugi's Grandpa, Kaiba, and Mokuba, Yugi and his friends return from the Duelist Kingdom only to meet a young girl named Rebecca who demands that Yugi's Grandpa return the Blue-Eyes White Dragon to her. Rebecca is there to claim back the card that Yugi's Grandpa allegedly stole from her own grandfather many years ago. 
42 "The Ties of Friendship"
"The All-Powerful Shadow Ghoul" (必殺のシャドーグール) 
February 13, 2001 October 12, 2002
Rebecca mistakenly believes that Yugi's Grandpa stole the Blue-Eyes White Dragon from her grandfather. Yugi must defend the Blue-Eyes White Dragon to teach her that it's not the power of the cards, but the heart that's in them that counts. She begin the duel with weak monsters, but reveal a hidden strategy to overpower Yugi using their power to increase the ATK points of one monster. Yugi had the chance to win the duel using the Spell Card Soul Release (which removes five cards from either Graveyard). However, he forfeited the match for his friendship with Rebecca, as Yugi's grandfather did for Rebecca's grandfather. 
43 "Legendary Heroes (1)"
"Big 5's Trap - Duel Monsters Quest" (ビッグ5の罠 デュエルモンスターズクエスト) 
February 20, 2001 October 19, 2002
The two-faced Board of Directors of Kaiba Corporation trap Kaiba inside a virtual reality game. Mokuba recruits Yugi and Joey to free Kaiba from this ultimate game where losing equals death. 
44 "Legendary Heroes (2)"
"DM Quest 2: The Legendary Hero - Yugi" (DMクエスト② 伝説の勇者 遊戯」) 
February 27, 2001 October 19, 2002
The quest for Kaiba continues with a little help from Mai. Yugi and his friends must adapt to a virtual world where the rules and strategies keep changing every step of the way. 
45 "Legendary Heroes (3)"
"DM Quest 3: Master of Dragon Knight" (DMクエスト③ マスター·オブ·ドラゴンナイト) 
March 6, 2001 October 26, 2002
Yugi and friends rescue Kaiba, but they are still stuck in the game. The only exit is past a Five-Headed Dragon, but in the "difficult duel", Joey, Mokuba, and Mai lose all their life points. Yugi and Kaiba, two former opponents, must work together to face "the most difficult enemy of their lives". 
46 "Dungeon Dice Monsters (1)"
"The Mysterious Transfer Student - Ryuji Otogi" (謎の転校生 御伽龍児) 
March 13, 2001 November 2, 2002
A new student, Duke Devlin has his sights set on Yugi and plans to make him pay for an unknown reason. To this end, Duke defeats Joey in a game of Duel Monsters and forces Joey to become his reluctant servant. Duke orders Joey to wear a dog costume and humiliates him in public, leading Yugi to challenge Duke to a duel in order to free Joey from his enslavement. Duke accepts Yugi's challenge, but tells him that instead of playing Duel Monsters, the two of them will be playing a game called Dungeon Dice Monsters, which happens to be Duke's own creation. 
47 "Dungeon Dice Monsters (2)"
"Showdown! Dungeon Dice Monsters" (対決! ダンジョンダイスモンスターズ) 
March 20, 2001 November 2, 2002
In exchange for Joey's freedom, Yugi agrees to give up Duel Monsters forever if he loses. Unfamiliar with the rules of Dungeon Dice Monsters, Yugi gets off to a rough start. His chances do not improve as Duke reveals that he had designed Dungeon Dice Monsters with Pegasus' aid and Duke also tells Yugi that he seeks revenge against him for allegedly cheating against Pegasus during their past duel. Yugi must master the complex new rules of Dungeon Dice Monsters and form an immediate strategy before he is soundly defeated. 
48 "Dungeon Dice Monsters (3)"
"Yugi's Tough Battle - God Orguss's Fierce Assault" (遊戯苦戦 ゴッドオーガスの猛攻) 
March 27, 2001 November 9, 2002
Yugi uses his innate gaming skills to turn the tables on Duke, but Duke has one more rule to mention: all creatures take up territory on the grid-like board. With no room to summon any new monsters, Yugi's position seems helpless. 
49 "Dungeon Dice Monsters (4)"
"The Miracle Dimension - The Black Magician is Summoned" (奇跡のディメンジョン ブラックマジシャン召喚) 
April 3, 2001 November 9, 2002
After Duke's all-powerful Orgoth the Relentless slices and dices Yugi's entire cadre of monsters to shreds, Yugi only has one turn left before he loses all of his heart points. His last hope rests in one final dice roll, in the thrilling conclusion to "Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters". 

DVD releases[edit]

The first ten DVD volumes, as well as volumes 12 and 13, contain 3 episodes each. Volumes 11, 15, and 16 contain four episodes each and the fourteenth volume contains two episodes. The first volume was released on September 24, 2002. The complete first season set was released on August 10, 2004.

Volume Discs Episodes Region 1 release
1 1 3 September 24, 2002[1][2]
2 1 3
3 1 3 November 5, 2002[3][4]
4 1 3
5 1 3 January 14, 2003[5][6]
6 1 3
7 1 3 March 18, 2003[7][8]
8 1 3
9 1 3 May 6, 2003[9][10]
10 1 3
11 1 4 July 22, 2003[11]
12 1 3 August 19, 2003[12]
13 1 3 September 16, 2003[13]
14 1 2 October 14, 2003[14][15]
15 1 4
16 1 4 November 18, 2003[16]
Complete First Season 6 49 August 10, 2004[17]
1 (Uncut) 1 3 October 19, 2004[18][19]
2 (Uncut) 1 3
3 (Uncut) 1 3 February 22, 2005[20]

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