Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yugioh gx logo.png
Screenshot of the logo from the english dub.
遊☆戯☆王デュエルモンスターズGX
(Yū-Gi-ō Dyueru Monsutāzu Jī Ekkusu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Anime television series
Directed by Hatsuki Tsuji
Produced by Nihon Ad Systems
Written by Shin Yoshida, Jun Maekawa, Akemi Omode, Yasuyuki Suzuki
Music by Yutaka Minobe
Studio Studio Gallop
Licensed by
4Kids Entertainment (2005-2012)
Konami (2012-present)
Network TV Tokyo (2004-2008)
English network
CITV (2005-2008)
Nicktoons (2006-2011)
Kix! (2013)
Cartoon Network (2005-2008)
FOX (4Kids TV) (2007-2008)
The CW (The CW4Kids) (2008)
Original run October 6, 2004March 26, 2008
Episodes 180 (List of episodes)
Manga
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Written by Naoyuki Kageyama
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine V-Jump
English magazine
Original run December 17, 2005March 19, 2011
Volumes 9 (List of volumes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX (遊☆戯☆王デュエルモンスターズGX Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu Jī Ekkusu?, lit. "Game King Duel Monsters GX"), is an anime spin-off and sequel of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime. It aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 6, 2004 and March 26, 2008, and was succeeded by Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX follows the exploits of Judai Yuki (or Jaden Yuki in the American version) and his companions as he attends Duel Academia. It was later dubbed in English by 4Kids Entertainment and a manga spinoff was created by Naoyuki Kageyama.

Plot[edit]

Taking place ten years after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX follows a young boy named Jaden Yuki (Judai Yuki in the Japanese version) who attends Duel Academy, a special institute founded by Seto Kaiba which teaches young duelists all about the game of Duel Monsters. Using his Elemental Hero deck and a Winged Kuriboh card given to him by Yugi Mutou, Jaden makes various new friends and rivals and takes on many challenges in his quest to become the next King of Games.

Production[edit]

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is produced by Nihon Ad Systems, Inc., and directed by Hatsuki Tsuji.[1] Scripts are prepared by an alternating lineup of writers–Shin Yoshida, Jun Maekawa, Akemi Omode, Yasuyuki Suzuki–with music arrangements by Yutaka Minobe.[1] Takuya Hiramitsu is in charge of sound direction, supervised by Yūji Mitsuya. Character and monster designs are overseen by Kenichi Hara, while Duel layout is overseen by Masahiro Hikokubo.[1] The "GX" in the series' title is short for the term "Generation neXt". "GENEX" was conceived as the series' original title, as can be evidenced in early promotional artwork. It also refers to the GX tournament that takes place between episodes 84 and 104.

The program is divided into episodes classified as "turns". The title sequence and closing credits are accompanied by lyrics varying over the course of the series, with the former immediately followed by an individual episode's number and title. Eyecatches begin and end commercial breaks halfway through each episode; in the first season, there were two eyecatches per episode, usually showcasing the opponents and their key monsters for a given episode while in later seasons, a single eyecatch appears with only the duelists. After the credits, a preview of the next episode, narrated most frequently by KENN and Masami Suzuki, is made, followed by a brief "Today's Strongest Card" segment.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The 180-episode series was produced by Studio Gallop and aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 6, 2004 and March 26, 2008, and was followed by Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's.[2]

It was subsequently licensed by 4Kids Entertainment and adapted into English, picked up by Cartoon Network and 4Kids TV in North America, where it is also distributed by Warner Bros. Television Animation. Like previous 4Kids adaptations, several changes were made from the original Japanese version, including the names and personalities of characters, the soundtrack, the sound effects, the appearance of visuals such as Life Point counters, and the appearance of cards. The story and some of the visuals are also edited to remove references to death, blood, violence and religion in order to make the series suitable for a younger audience.[3] These edits are also used in various localizations of the show in countries outside of Asia where 4Kids had distribution rights.

Dubbed episodes were recently uploaded onto 4Kids' YouTube page until March 29, 2011, when Nihon Ad Systems and TV Tokyo sued 4Kids and terminated the licensing agreement for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.[4] The fourth season has not been dubbed, as it was replaced by the North American airing of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's in September 2008.

The Japanese version uses eight pieces of theme music, four opening themes and four ending themes. For episodes 1-33, the opening theme is "Fine Weather Hallelujah" (快晴・上昇・ハレルーヤ Kaisei Josho Hareruya?) by Jindou, while the ending theme is "Genkai Battle" (限界バトル Genkai Batoru?) by JAM Project. For episodes 34-104, the opening theme is "99%" by BOWL while the ending theme is "Wake up your Heart" by KENN. For episodes 105-156, the opening theme is "Teardrop" (ティアドロップ Tiadoroppu?) by BOWL while the ending theme is "The Sun" (太陽 Taiyou?) by Bite the Lung. For episode 157-180, the opening theme is "Precious Time, Glory Days" by Psychic Lover while the ending theme is "Endless Dream" by Kitada Nihiroshi. In the English version, the opening theme is "Get Your Game On" by Alex Walker, Jake Siegler and Matthew Ordek.

Manga[edit]

A manga spin-off of the series supervised by Kazuki Takahashi and written and illustrated by Naoyuki Kageyama began serialization in V-Jump on December 17, 2005.[5] The chapters have been collected and published in nine tankōbon volumes by Shueisha starting on February 8, 2007. The manga is licensed for English language release by Viz Media, which serialized the first 37 chapters in its Shonen Jump manga anthology. The remaining chapters were published straight to graphic novel, beginning with volume 5. The plot of the manga is more of a continuation to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series with Shadow Games and the Millennium Items playing a major role within the story.[6][7] There are also new monsters and changes to some of the characters' personalities. Unlike the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, all the names used in the English version of the manga are taken from the dubbed anime.

Video games[edit]

Several video games based on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX have been developed and published by Konami.

Two games were released for Game Boy Advance; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Aim to be Duel king! and Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters Expert 2006.

Five games have been released for Nintendo DS; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Nightmare Troubadour, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Spirit Summoner, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters World Championship 2007 and Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2008. A fourth title, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Card Almanac, is not actually a game, but a catalog of cards up to 2007.

The Tag Force series has appeared on the PlayStation Portable, which adds the ability to form tag team duels, with the first three games in the series being based on the GX series (subsequent games are based on Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's). The titles are Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 2 and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 3. The first game was also ported to PlayStation 2 as Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Tag Force Evolution. So far, Tag Force 3 has not been released in North America. It was however, released in Europe, and its follow up, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4, has been released in all regions including North America.

Magazine[edit]

In 2007 Eaglemoss productions signed a deal to release a magazine based upon the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX franchise named Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Ultimate Guide.[8][9] This series of issues (Priced as 99p for Issue 1, £1.99 for Issues 2 to 60 and £4.99 for the Mini Monsters Special Issue) ran from 2007 to 2009 and totalled 61 issues. Each fortnight a collectable would be included in the form a medal (Academy character or duel monster), a Triang (2x shiny or 1x Holographic) or a miniature monster which would stand on its own platform. In Issue 2 a tin was provided to keep medals and triangs in, along with a further 2 collectable file folders to hold the comics in later issues.

Issues[edit]

# Title Collectable Depiction Number in Set Date
01 Dr Crowler Versus Jaden Triang & Academy Medal Elemental Hero Burstinatrix & Jaden Yuki 1 & 1 29/01/2007
02 Chazz Princeton Versus Jaden Triang & Tin Elemental Hero Avian 2 12/02/2007
03 Alexis Rhodes Versus Jaden Monster Medal Winged Kuriboh 1 19/02/2007
04 Chazz Princeton Versus Jaden 2x Triangs V-Tiger Jet & W-Wing Catapult 3 & 4 05/03/2007
05 Titan Versus Jaden Part 1 (Of 2) 2x Triangs Elemental Hero Thunder Giant & Terrorking Archfiend 5 & 6 19/03/2007
06 Titan Versus Jaden Part 2 (Of 2) Mini Monster Elemental Hero Flame Wingman 1 02/04/2007
07 Syrus Versus Jaden 2x Triangs Streamroid & Elemental Hero Clayman 7 & 8 16/04/2007
08 Zane Versus Jaden Academy Medal Zane Truesdale 2 30/04/2007
09 Chumley Versus His Dad HoloTriang Elemental Hero Bladedge 9 14/05/2007
10 Jaden and Syrus Versus The Paradox Brothers Part 1 (Of 2) Monster Medal Chthonian Soldier 2 28/05/2007
11 Jaden and Syrus Versus The Paradox Brothers Part 2 (Of 2) 2x Triangs Elemental Hero Tempest & Elemental Hero Bubbleman 10 & 11 11/06/2007
12 Bastion Versus Chazz Mini Monster Steam Gyroid 2 25/06/2007
Special Mini Monsters Special 2x Mini Monsters Elemental Hero Sparkman & Water Dragon 1a & 2a (6 in original list) 25/06/2007
13 Jaden Versus Wheeler HoloTriang Elemental Hero Sparkman 12 09/07/2007
14 Jaden Versus Jinzo Academy Medal Chumley Huffington 3 23/07/2007
15 Jaden Versus Harrington 2x Triangs Elemental Hero Rampart Blaster & Elemental Hero Wildheart 13 & 14 06/08/2007
16 Jaden Versus The Duel Giant Monster Medal Gyroid 3 20/08/2007
17 Jaden Versus Damon HoloTriang Winged Kuriboh Lv10 15 03/09/2007
18 Jaden Versus Dimitri Part 1 (Of 2) Mini Monster Cyber End Dragon 3 17/09/2007
19 Jaden Versus Dimitri Part 2 (Of 2) 2x Triangs Dark Magician Girl & Jinzo 16 & 31 24/09/2007
20 Jaden Versus Blair Academy Medal Bastion Misawa 4 08/10/2007
21 Jaden Versus Bastion 2x Triangs Hydrogeddon & Ancient Gear Golem 18 & 20 22/10/2007
22 Chazz Versus Czar Monster Medal Vorse Raider 4 05/11/2007
23 Chazz Versus Jaden HoloTriang Blade Skater 19 19/11/2007
24 Jaden Versus Nightshroud Mini Monster VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon 4 03/12/2007
25 Crowler and Zane Versus Camula 2x Triangs Armed Dragon Lv7 & Ojama Yellow 21 & 22 17/12/2007
26 Camula Versus Zane and Jaden Academy Medal Atticus Rhodes 8 31/12/2007
27 Tania Versus Bastion and Jaden HoloTriang Z-Metal Tank 23 14/01/2008
28 Chazz Versus Don Zaloog Monster Medal Red Eyes Black Dragon 8 28/01/2008
29 Abidos the third Versus Jaden 2x Triangs X-Head Cannon & Y-Dragon Head 24 & 25 11/02/2008
30 Alexis Versus Titan Mini Monster Master of Oz 5 25/02/2008
31 Amnael Versus Jaden Academy Medal Syrus Truesdale 6 10/03/2008
32 Jaden Versus Kagemaru HoloTriang Uria, Lord of Searing Fire 32 24/03/2008
33 Zane Versus Jaden Monster Medal Des Kangaroo 6 07/04/2008
34 Aster Versus Jaden 2x Triangs Elemental Hero Necroshade & Elemental Hero Mudballman 27 & 28 21/04/2008
35 Jaden Versus Hassleberry Mini Monster Elemental Hero Thunder Giant 6 05/05/2008
36 Jaden Versus Aster HoloTriang Hamon, Lord of Striking Thunder 39 19/05/2008
37 Chazz Versus Sartorius Academy Medal Aster Phoenix 9 02/06/2008
38 The alien of light Versus Jaden 2x Triangs Chrysalis Dolphin & Dandelion 38 & 42 16/06/2008
39 Zane Versus Mad Dog Monster Medal Cyber Dragon 7 30/06/2008
40 Jaden Versus Aster HoloTriang Elemental Hero Shining Flare Wingman 32 14/07/2008
41 Chazz Versus Alexis Mini Monster Panther Warrior 7 28/07/2008
42 Howard X Miller Versus Jaden 2x Triangs Black Tyranno & Elemental Hero Flare Neos 34 & 36 11/08/2008
43 Hassleberry Versus Sartorius Academy Medal Chazz Princeton 5 25/08/2008
44 Tyranno and Syrus Versus Frost and Thunder HoloTriang Arcana Force VIII - The Strength 29 08/09/2008
45 Jaden Versus T-Bone Monster Medal Etoile Cyber 5 22/09/2008
46 Jaden and Aster Versus Sarina 2x Triangs Elemental Hero Black Neos & Patroid 37 & 17 06/10/2008
47 Bastion Versus Chazz Mini Monster Dyna Tank 8 20/10/2008
48 Sheppard Versus Zane HoloTriang XYZ Dragon Canon 26 03/11/2008
49 Sartorius Versus Prince Ojin Academy Medal Alexis Rhodes 7 17/11/2008
50 Jaden Versus Franz 2x Triangs Destiny Hero - Diamond Dude & Elemental Hero Wild Wingman 33 & 40 01/12/2008
51 Jaden Versus Chazz Monster Medal Dark Driceratops 9 15/12/2008
52 Alexis Versus Jaden HoloTriang Chimeratech Overdragon 45 29/12/2008
53 Syrus Versus Zane Mini Monster Elemental Hero Shining Phoenix Enforcer 9 12/01/2009
54 Jaden Versus Einsenstein 2x Triangs Elemental Hero Aqua Neos & Elemental Hero Necroid Shaman 43 & 41 26/01/2009
55 Dr Collector Versus The D Academy Medal Hassleberry 10 09/02/2009
56 Aster Versus The D HoloTriang Ultimate Tyranno 44 23/02/2009
57 Jaden Versus Prince Ojin Monster Medal Destiny Hero - Doom Lord 10 09/03/2009
58 Aster Versus Sartorius HoloTriang Elemental Hero Neos 35 23/09/2009
59 Jaden Versus Sartorius Part 1 (Of 2) Academy Medal Sartorius 11 06/04/2009
60 Jaden Versus Sartorius Part 2 (Of 2) Mini Monster Cyber Blader 10 20/04/2009

Parodies[edit]

The artist Inu Mayuge (犬 マユゲ?, Dog Brows) parodied Yu-Gi-Oh! GX in the comic De-I-Ko! GX (犬☆眉☆毛DE-I-KO! GX). The parody was posted in the June 25, 2009 V-Jump.[10]

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