Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's

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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds
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The logo for the Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (above) and the logo used in Western releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (below)
(Yūgiō Faibu Dīzu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Science fantasy, Racing, Dystopian
Anime television series
Directed by Katsumi Ono
Written by Naoyuki Kageyama
Studio Studio Gallop
Licensed by United States 4Kids Entertainment (2008-2012)
Konami (2012-present)
Network TV Tokyo
English network
CITV, Sky One(1-14), Kix
Original run April 2, 2008March 30, 2011
Episodes 154 + 1 special (List of episodes)
Written by Masahiro Hikokubo
Illustrated by Masashi Satou
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine V-Jump
English magazine
Original run August 21, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (遊☆戯☆王5D's(ファイブディーズ) Yūgiō Faibu Dīzu?, lit. Game King Five Ds) is the 3rd main installment of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series (4th overall). It aired in Japan between April 2, 2008 and March 30, 2011, following the conclusion of the previous series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. In America, most episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's were dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's was succeeded by Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

Much like the previous series, it focuses around characters playing a card game Duel Monsters, despite the fact the 'Duel Monsters' tagline has been dropped from the Japanese title. This series introduces new types of cards such as Synchro Monsters, that are reflected in the Official Trading Card Game. During the series, in addition to regular duels using Duel Disks, a new type of Duel Disk, motorcycle-like vehicles, called "D-Wheels" are used, and the duelists engage in games called "Riding Duels".[1] The show is set in the distant future, where the upper class population live in Neo Domino City and the lower class in a remote island where Domino's sewage is transported, Satellite. Yusei Fudo, the 18 year-old main protagonist, lives in Satellite and makes it his objective to reach his rival Jack Atlas, who lives in Domino. The series focuses on the five Signers, people embodied with a mark of one of the legendary Five Dragons, of which Yusei and Jack are two, and their conflict with the main antagonists Dark Signers and the Three Emperors of Yilaster.

As with the previous two series (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), this series was acquired by 4Kids Entertainment for broadcasting in the United States in September 2008.[2] and aired on The CW4Kids, from September 13, 2008 to September 10, 2011, although with many episodes left undubbed.[3][4] The English language dub premiered on July 24 at San Diego Comic-Con 2008,[5] where the first English dubbed episode was previewed. Like the previous two series, changes have been made to the plot, cards, localized character names. On June 1, 2009, Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's started airing 5 days a week on Cartoon Network.[6][7] A manga based on the show began serialization in V-Jump Monthly Magazine from August 2009.



Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is set in New Domino City some time after the events of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

The game of Duel Monsters has changed; a new addition has been introduced to the future of dueling as seen in 5D's: "Riding Duels" ("Turbo Duels" in the English dub). These duels are played in giant stadiums, and duelists ride motorcycles with built-in duel equipment known as "D-Wheels" ("Duel Runners" in the English dub). Domino City has also changed, under the guidance of the head of its Public Security Maintenance Bureau, Rex Goodwin. Rich and powerful people live in what is now known as "Neo Domino City" ("New Domino City" in the English dub), while the poorer class are shunned and live mostly in the slums area, known as "The Satellite." They are referred to as "Satellite slime" by the inhabitants of New Domino City.

Plot and characters[edit]

An aspiring duelist from Satellite, Yusei Fudo, builds his own Duel Runner, but is betrayed by his best friend, Jack Atlas, who steals his vehicle and his most precious monster, Stardust Dragon. Two years later, Yusei has built another one and sets out to win back his Dragon. Jack, now known as the King of the Riding Duels (Duel King in the English dub), has made a name for himself and his monster, Red Demon's Dragon (Red Dragon Archfiend in the English Dub), in New Domino City. Yusei and Jack face each other in a Turbo Duel, and during the duel Yusei is able to regain control of Stardust Dragon. As Stardust and Red Dragon Archfiend battle, a third dragon appears and brings an abrupt end to the fight. This attracts the attention of Rex Goodwin, who reveals to Jack a thousand year old secret, involving the "People of the Stars" (星の民 Hoshi no Tami?), a pre-Incan civilization, the "Crimson Dragon" (赤き竜 Akaki Ryū?), and "Signers" (シグナー Shigunā?), identified by a red birthmark on their arm. Goodwin also reveals that he, Jack, and Yusei are descendants of them and are destined to face the Dark Signers. Yusei, along with fellow Signers Jack Atlas, Aki Izayoi (Akiza Izinski in the English dub), and Luca (Luna in the English dub) head to the Satellite to face these foes, with the help of Yusei and Jack's childhood friend Crow Hogan, who becomes the fifth Signer, and Luna's brother Lua (Leo in the English dub).

The Crimson Dragon, as seen during Yusei and Jack's Turbo Duel.

After the Dark Signers' defeat, New Domino City and Satellite are finally reunited into one prosperous city with the building of the "Daedalus Bridge," an intricate net of roads linking both communities with some sections also used for Turbo Duels. Yusei and his friends, now calling themselves "Team 5D's," get ready for the upcoming World Racing Grand Prix (WRGP) tournament. A new threat appears whose main monsters, the "Machine Emperors" (Meklord Emperors in the English dub), can absorb Synchro Monsters from their opponents to empower themselves. During this time, Yusei encounters a fellow competitor, Sherry LeBlanc, who is investigating an organization named "Yliaster," who are reportedly responsible for her parents' deaths. Team 5D's is also joined by a mysterious amnesiac mechanic named Bruno, who teaches Yusei about the secrets of "Accel Synchro" that allow him to bring new powers to his Stardust Dragon. The WRGP soon begins, with Team 5D's facing against tough opponents before eventually confronting the emperors themselves, who are revealed to be three different incarnations of Aporia, a cyborg sent from the future to destroy Neo Domino City in order to prevent a great calamity from befalling mankind in the future.

Although Team 5D's defeat Aporia and win the WRGP, a massive citadel known as the Ark Cradle appears and threatens to crash into New Domino City. Team 5D's climb aboard it in order to stop it. Before reaching the core of the fortress, they confront Sherry, who was promised to have her parents returned to her; Bruno, who recovered his memories and was revealed to be Antinomy (Vizor in the English dub), another member of Yliaster; and Aporia, where Leo awakens his dormant powers and becomes the sixth and final Signer. When the Signers finally come face to face with Z-one, Yliaster's supreme leader, Yusei borrows his friends' dragons, adding them to his deck, and challenges Z-one to a final duel to decide New Domino City's future. During the duel, Z-one is revealed to be a scientist from the future who assumed Yusei's identity and traveled back in time to prevent the destruction of humanity. Battling against all odds, Yusei manages to use his friends' cards to summon his most powerful monster ever, "Shooting Quasar Dragon". After Z-one is defeated by Yusei, Z-one decides to entrust the future of mankind to Yusei, and sacrifices himself to save New Domino City from destruction.

A few years pass after the Signers' victory over Yliaster, and the former members of Team 5D's move on with their lives following separate paths. Jack and Yusei put all their skills into one more duel to settle their rivalry once and for all, which Yusei wins. They then part ways, except for Yusei, who decides to stay in Neo Domino City. The other Signers decide that after fulfilling their dreams, they will return. As they ride together one last time, the Crimson Dragon removes their Signer marks, as their mission as Signers was accomplished.



Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's aired on TV Tokyo between April 2, 2008 and March 30, 2011, following the end of the previous series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX. As with the previous two series (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX), this series was acquired by 4Kids Entertainment for broadcasting and began airing in the United States in September 2008.[2] Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's began airing on The CW4Kids, starting on September 13, 2008, and was later moved to Cartoon Network. On May 29, 2010, the series once again began airing in 1-hour episode blocks on The CW4Kids. The series moved over to the Toonzai block from September 18, 2010. The dubbed series ended on September 10, 2011, leaving out several episodes from the Japanese broadcast. Because of this, this is the second Yu-Gi-Oh! series not to have a complete English dub (the first is Yu-Gi-Oh! GX). Like the previous two series, changes have been made to the plot and cards, character names have been localized, violent scenes have been edited, and Japanese and English text have been edited out or replaced with unreadable content due to FCC regulations and to make the English dub more marketable across non-English speaking countries, but any Japanese cultural differences are left out unedited and used in the English dub.

As 4Kids Entertainment also owns the international distribution rights to the show outside of Asia, the edited American version was then provided to most of the other countries of the world, including most of the countries of Latin America and Europe. The voices were dubbed into the corresponding languages of the various countries, but with the pre-existing edits of the American version, including all edits made to the visuals, the sound effects, and the music. The scripts were also adapted from the revised English scripts, most likely as a way of maintaining consistency with the edited footage.[citation needed] In Germany, however, the dub stopped using the 4Kids version and began adapting the show directly from Japan from episode 65 onward for unknown reasons. While the original voice cast from the first 64 episodes was still used, the show no longer edited quite as much, used the original music (including the original Japanese opening and ending themes), and adapted their scripts directly from the original Japanese scripts rather than from the revised English scripts.[citation needed]

On September 22, 2010, subtitled episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's began uploading to Toonzaki and Hulu, along with the dubbed episodes.[8][9] These episodes use the English names for the cards instead of the Japanese names. In an Anime News Network interview with Mark Kirk, Senior Vice President of Digital Media for 4Kids Entertainment, Kirk claimed this was due to legal reasons.[10] It was stated on their Facebook page that new episodes will air every Monday and Thursday.


Opening themes
  1. "Kizuna" (絆-キズナ-?, Bond) by Kra (Episodes 1-26)
  2. "LAST TRAIN -Atarashii Asa- (LAST TRAIN -新しい朝-?, Last Train (New Morning)) by Knotlamp (Episodes 27-64)
  3. "FREEDOM" by La Vie (Episodes 65-103)
  4. "BELIEVE IN NEXUS" by Masaaki Endoh (Episodes 104-129)
  5. "Asu e no Michi ~Going My Way!!~" (明日への道〜Going my way!!〜?, Road to Tomorrow ~Going My Way!!~) by Masaaki Endoh (Episodes 130-154)
Ending themes
  1. "START" by Masataka Nakagauchi (Episodes 1-26)
  2. "CROSS GAME" by Alice Nine (Episodes 27-64)
  3. "-OZONE-" by Vistlip (Episodes 65-103)
  4. "Close to You" by Alvino ~Alchemy vision normal~ (Episodes 104-129)
  5. "Mirai Iro" (みらいいろ?, "Future Colors") by Plastic Tree (Episodes 130-154)
Insert songs
  1. "You say... Asu e" (You say…明日へ Yūsei... Asu e?, "You say... To Tomorow") by La Vie (Episodes 72, 90, 92)
  2. "Clear Mind" by Masaaki Endoh (Episodes 109, 110, 121, 129, 134, 154)
  3. "YAKUSOKU NO MELODY" ("The Melody of Promises") by Masaaki Endoh (Episode 154)
4Kids held a poll on its website allowing viewers to vote for their favorite out of several potential theme songs for the dub. At certain intervals, songs were eliminated from the competition. In the end, "Hyper Drive" by Cass Dillon received the most votes.
  1. "Hyper Drive" (German-dubbed version, Episodes 1-64)
  2. "Freedom" by La Vie (Episodes 65-103)
  3. "Believe in NEXUS" by Masaaki Endoh (Episodes 104-129)
  4. "Asu He no Michi - Going My Way!!" (明日への道〜Going my way!!〜?, Road to Tomorrow ~Going My Way!!~) by Masaaki Endoh (Episodes 130-154)


A manga series based on the show written by Sato Masashi began serialization in V-Jump Monthly Magazine from August 21, 2009. Like the manga adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, the adaptation features an original storyline, different monsters, and various differences from the anime version. The series has been licensed by Viz Media for North America.[11]

Video games[edit]

There are several video games developed by Konami based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's franchise.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Wheelie Breakers is a racing game for the Wii console in which players can use cards to lower other people's life points and overtake them. Unlike the card game, monsters use Speed Counters in order to attack their opponents, and players don't lose if their life points hits zero, rather they spin out before they can continue racing. Characters ride in Duel Runners, whilst those without them use holographic versions. The Promotional cards are Skull Flame, Burning Skull Head and Supersonic Skull Flame. The game was released in Japan on March 26, 2009, North America on May 19, 2009 and Europe on September 18, 2009.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator for the Nintendo DS is more representative of the trading card game, continuing the World Championship series of games. The game uses World Championship 2009 software, and also features a story mode, in which a duelist tries to get his memory back, though it more or less follows a similar plot to the first season. The Promotional Cards are Infernity Archfiend, Infernity Dwarf and Infernity Guardian. The game was released in Japan on March 26, 2009, Europe on May 15, 2009 and North America on May 19, 2009.[12] Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Reverse of Arcadia, also for the Nintendo DS, is also part of the World Championship series. Set during the Dark Signers arc, the player controls a former member of the Enforcers who has been brainwashed by the Arcadia movement. The promotional cards are Stygian Security, Samurai Sword Baron and Stygian Sergeants. It was released in Japan on February 18, 2010, North America on February 23, 2010 and Europe on March 26, 2010. Another game, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011: Over the Nexus, was released on Japan on February 24, 2011, and in North America on May 10, 2011. The game will feature over 4,200 cards, and a Puzzle Editor.[13]

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4, for the PSP system, is the fourth game in the Tag Force series, the previous games being based on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. The game also features the Dark Synchro and Dark Tuner monsters from the 2nd season of the anime. The game was released on September 17, 2009 in Japan[14] and in North America and Europe in November 2009. The Promotional Cards are Warm Worm, Worm Bait, and Regret Reborn.[15] This was followed by Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 5, set during the third season of the anime, released in Japan on September 16, 2010 and in North America on October 26, 2010. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 6 was released in Japan on September 22, 2011, introducing Xyz Monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duels was released on Xbox Live Arcade on November 3, 2010.[16][17] The game features online leaderboards and voice chat functionality, as well as the ability to buy extra cards via Xbox Live Marketplace.[18] The game was removed from the service in June 2012. It returned as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Decade Duels Plus on November 21, 2012 but it was removed on the same day for unknown reasons. It reappeared again on February 13, 2013.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duel Transer (known as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Master of the Cards in Europe) for the Wii system features over 4,500 cards and Wi-Fi multiplayer. The game was released in North America on December 7, 2010 with the promotional cards; Fighter Ape, Closed Forest and Roaring Earth. It was released in Japan on April 21, 2011 with a Duel Scanner accessory which allows players to scan their real world cards into the game.[19]


Carlo Santos of Anime News Network gave Volume 1 of the English Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga a "D-".[20]

Notes and references[edit]

  • Though "5D's" stands for "5 Dragons", it has been incorrectly quoted as standing for "5 Dimensions" by 4Kids. V-Jump magazine printed an issue explaining the correct interpretation.
  1. ^ Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Game Anime Sequel Confirmed - Anime News Network
  2. ^ a b ICv2 News - 4Kids to Launch 'Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's'
  3. ^ http://www.cisionwire.com/4sight-licensing-solutions--inc-/r/the-cw4kids-toonzai-fall-lineup-kicks-off-september-17th,c9159972
  4. ^ Anime News Network: "TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Terminated Yu-Gi-Oh! Deal, Sue 4Kids", March 29, 2011.
  5. ^ Comic-Con 2008 :: Programming for Thursday, July 24
  6. ^ 4Kids Entertainment Reports 2009 First Quarter Results
  7. ^ http://schedule.cartoonnetwork.com/xmlServices/ScheduleServices?methodName=mainSchedule
  8. ^ http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4989537&fbid=441907094547&id=373641529547&ref=nf
  9. ^ http://www.hulu.com/yu-gi-oh-5ds
  10. ^ "Kirk Up Your Ears". Anime News Network. 
  11. ^ "VIZ Media Confirms Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Manga License". Anime News Network. 
  12. ^ Ashcraft, Brian. "Nintendo's 120 Game Line-Up, Punch Out, Excitebots Dated". Kotaku. 
  13. ^ http://www.godisageek.com/2011/01/yu-gi-oh-5d%E2%80%99s-world-championship-2011-nexus/
  14. ^ V Jump October 2009 issue p.159-166, The Newest Tag Duel Bible p.01
  15. ^ http://shriek.twoday.net/stories/5707065
  16. ^ http://www.gamesradar.com/xbox360/yu-gi-oh-5ds-decade-duels/screenshots/g-20100409132651427096
  17. ^ Fahey, Mike. "In Case You Missed It, Yu-Gi-Oh! Is Coming To Xbox Live Arcade". Kotaku. 
  18. ^ http://www.konami.com/games/ygo5ddecade/
  19. ^ V Jump October 2009 issue p.13-14, Yu-Gi-Oh-Koku World of Duelist p.14
  20. ^ Santos, Carlo. "RIGHT TURN ONLY!! A Certain Motorcycling Duelist." Anime News Network. July 5, 2011. Retrieved on August 10, 2011.

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