Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
|Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters|
|Anime television series|
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|Original run||September 9, 2006 – November 25, 2006|
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters is a twelve-episode anime mini-series, serving as a spin-off to the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. The series, animated by Studio Gallop, was commissioned, produced, and edited by 4Kids Entertainment and aired on 4Kids TV in North America between September and November 2006. It is currently the only animated media in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise to not see a release in Japan.
Capsule Monsters is set between the Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel story-arcs of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Capsule Monsters involves Yugi, Joey (Jonouchi), Téa (Anzu), Tristan (Honda), and Yugi's grandfather Solomon (Sugoroku) being pulled into a world where Duel Monsters are real. They find monster capsules that they can use to summon monsters. However, in this strange new world, they battle monsters and when their own monsters are attacked, they feel the pain.
|01||"Getting Played"||September 9, 2006|
|02||"Divide and Conquer"||September 16, 2006|
|03||"Reunited at Last"||September 23, 2006|
|04||"Fortress of Fear"||September 30, 2006|
|05||"Eye of the Storm"||October 7, 2006|
|06||"Trial of Light and Shadow"||October 14, 2006|
|07||"Red-Eyes Black Curse"||October 21, 2006|
|08||"Fruits of Evolution"||October 28, 2006|
|09||"The Fiendish Five, Part 1"||November 4, 2006|
|10||"The Fiendish Five, Part 2"||November 11, 2006|
|11||"The True King, Part 1"||November 18, 2006|
|12||"The True King, Part 2"||November 25, 2006|
Discovery and presentation
The first mention of Capsule Monsters came on the retailer website, Talkin' Sports in December 2005. However, this information was not at all widespread, and the existence of the project remained unknown to almost the entire fanbase until 30 January - 2 February 2006, when the Irish children's television strand The Den aired the first four episodes on RTÉ Two.
Historically, it was not unusual for RTÉ Two to premiere episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! some time before other markets; for example, the concluding episodes of seasons 3, 4 and 5 all premiered on it. However, the Den never actually promoted new episodes when they aired, and this held true for Capsule Monsters when it debuted after a re-run of the Grand Championship arc. Like all the series' spin-offs, it was simply referred to as Yu-Gi-Oh!, lacking its subtitle, on the television programme listings of the 28 January - 3 February 2006 edition of the RTÉ Guide, meaning that it was unknown to viewers that it was airing. The third episode was accidentally stumbled across by a LiveJournal user who posted the news and screencaps to a LiveJournal community, Play the Damn Card. There was initial confusion amongst fans - particularly over the discovery of the series in such an unlikely place. 4Kids eventually clarified the nature of the show.
After the first four episodes of Capsule Monsters were aired, RTÉ Two went back to broadcasting Season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. When the channel finished doing this on July 20, 2006, it aired Dawn of the Duel and The Final Duel (both are parts of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5). When that was done, the complete series of Capsule Monsters was aired in Ireland between 25 August - 19 September 2006.
Capsule Monsters then began airing on the British digital television channel, Sky One. 4Kids TV acquired the license to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters Series for the 2006 US Fall Saturday morning lineup. The first episode aired Saturday, September 9.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters also aired on Toonzai, between March 24, 2012 - April 28, 2012.
- Dan Green as Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi
- Wayne Grayson as Joey Wheeler
- Frank Frankson as Tristan Taylor
- Amy Birnbaum as Tea Gardner
- Maddie Blaustein as Solomon Muto
- Pete Zarustica as Dr. Alex Brisbane, Alexander the Great
- Frank Welker as Monster vocal effects (uncredited)
Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media posted a review of the edited American English language version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters anime on Go.com. Ashby stated that viewers who do not like the Yu-Gi-Oh! series will not enjoy the Capsule Monsters series and gave the show two stars out of five.
A full length movie titled Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters was released on DVD in the United States on May 23, 2006. This movie is a compilation of the first six episodes of the series, edited together to form a more seamless storyline. A second disc with the remaining six episodes was released later in the year.  4Kids had hosted a free "screening" of the first disc on May 22, 2006 on the yugioh.com website. During the preview, the movie in its entirety was shown, with the six episodes lasting approximately 90 minutes. This movie has deleted scenes from the movie and extensions of some scenes during the movie. The second DVD, part 2, was released on DVD on September 12, 2006.
- "" Yu-Gi-Oh! World. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- RTÉ Guide, 28 January - 3 February 2006 edition
- "TV Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters," Common Sense Media on Go.com