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Cover of the first manga volume featuring main characters Astral (left) and Yuma Tsukumo (right)
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Fantasy Comedy|
|Written by||Darrell Firth|
|Original run||December 18, 2010 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Satoshi Kuwahara|
|Written by||Shin Yoshida|
|Network||TV Tokyo (2011-2012)
|Original run||April 11, 2011 – September 24, 2012|
|Episodes||73 + 1 special|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! D-Team Zexal|
|Written by||Akihiro Tomonaga|
|Illustrated by||Wedge Holdings|
|Original run||April 2012 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II|
|Directed by||Satoshi Kuwahara|
|Written by||Shin Yoshida|
|Licensed by||4K Media Inc.|
|Network||TV Tokyo (2012-present)|
|Original run||October 7, 2012 – March 23, 2014|
73 + 1 special(146 + 2 specials total)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (遊☆戯☆王ZEXAL（ゼアル） Yūgiō Zearu?, "Ze-al") is a Japanese manga and anime series and the third main spin-off series of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The manga began serialization in Shueisha's V-Jump magazine from December 2010 and is licensed in North America by Viz Media. The anime series, produced by Nihon Ad Systems and Studio Gallop, aired on TV Tokyo between April 2011 and September 2012, following the previous anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, with an English-language version airing in North America between October 2011 and August 2013. A second season titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II (遊☆戯☆王ZEXAL II（ゼアル セカンド） Yūgiō Zearu Sekando?, "Ze-al Second") began airing in Japan on October 7, 2012 and in North America from August 18, 2013.
The series aired on The CW's Saturday morning cartoon block, Toonzai, and continues to air on its successor, Vortexx, later airing on Nicktoons starting on April 12, 2013. In Canada, the series aired on YTV from June 2, 2012.
Taking place in the near future in a place called Heartland City, the story focuses on Yuma Tsukumo, a young duelist who strives to become the Duel Monsters champion, despite being an amateur. One day, during a duel with a rival named Shark, a mysterious spirit called Astral appears before him, and helps him to win. Astral explains to Yuma he is searching for his lost memories, which have been transformed into 100 Xyz Monsters (エクシーズ モンスター Ekushīzu Monsutā?) cards called Numbers (ナンバーズ Nanbāzu?), which have been scattered across the globe. The Numbers have the ability to possess the duelists who own them, and bring out their darkest desires. In order to recover his memories, Astral teams up with Yuma in order to recover the Number cards. After coming up against a boy named Kite Tenjo, who is hunting after Numbers, Yuma and Astral gain the ability to combine their forces using the power of ZEXAL (ゼアル Zearu?). Entering the World Duel Carnival tournament, Yuma finds himself up against various rivals, including the vengeance-seeking Vetrix and the maniacal Dr. Faker, who seek the Numbers for their own gain.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II takes place right after the end of the first series. In this new story, as the curtain falls on the World Duel Carnival, peace has finally returned to Heartland City. But now, forces from Barian World, a world hostile to Astral World, are aiming at taking the "Numbers" and Astral for themselves. In order to protect Astral, Yuma, Kite, and Shark stand together to combat the Barian threat.
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Introduced to the series are Xyz Monsters, which have also been added to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. By stacking two or more monsters of the same level on top of each other, an Xyz Monster with a Rank that matches that level can be summoned. The overlaid monsters, or Overlay Units, can then be used to activate an Xyz Monster's effect. The most prominent Xyz Monsters in the anime series are the Numbers cards, some of which have Chaos Numbers counterparts.
A manga series written by Shin Yoshida and illustrated by Naoto Miyashi began serialization in the extended February 2011 issue of Shueisha's V Jump magazine, released on December 18, 2010. The first bound volume was released in Japan on June 3, 2011. Viz Media licensed the manga in North America and began releasing the series from June 5, 2012. The manga also began serialization on the digital Shonen Jump Alpha from July 9, 2012. A spin-off manga written by Akihiro Tomonaga and illustrated by Wedge Holdings, titled Yu-Gi-Oh! D-Team Zexal (遊☆戯☆王 Dチーム・ゼアル Yūgiō Dyueru Chīmu Zearu?), began serialization in Shueisha's Saikyō Jump magazine from April 2012.
The anime was first teased on December 9, 2010, revealing details would be unveiled at the Japanese encore screening of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time on February 20, 2011. The series' name was revealed on December 13, 2010, via a leak from the February 2011 issue of V Jump. It was revealed that Satoshi Kuwahara would be the director, that scripts would be supervised by Shin Yoshida, that Masahiro Hikokubo would choreograph the duels, and that Hirotoshi Takaya would adapt the character designs for the anime. A one minute promotional video was released on December 17, 2010. The anime aired on TV Tokyo between April 11, 2011 and September 24, 2012. A second season titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II began airing from October 7, 2012 in a different time slot.
An English adaptation by 4Kids Entertainment premiered on October 15, 2011 on Toonzai. Although, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a lawsuit against 4Kids Entertainment and demanded the termination of the Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing agreement with them in March 2011, a stay of proceedings was ordered preventing the termination of the contract or the resale of the franchise until a ruling is decided. Following the bankruptcy of 4Kids, all Yu-Gi-Oh! assets were acquired by Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp. The series currently airs on Saban's Vortexx block and began airing on Nicktoons on April 12, 2013 with Konami taking over 4Kids Productions (renamed as 4K Media Inc.), dedicated to producing future episodes.
The second official soundtrack CD, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Sound Duel 2, was released by Marvelous Entertainment on September 19, 2012.
The third official soundtrack CD, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Sound Duel 3, was released by Marvelous Entertainment on May 15, 2013.
The fourth official soundtrack CD, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Sound Duel 4, was released by Marvelous Entertainment on November 13, 2013.
- Opening Themes
- "Masterpiece" (マスターピース Masutāpīsu?) by mihimaru GT (Eps 1–25)
- "Braving!" by Kanan (Eps 26–49)
- "Tamashii Drive" (魂ドライブ Tamashii Doraibu?, Soul Drive) by Color Bottle (Eps 50–73)
- "Arenai Heart" (折れないハート Arenai Hāto?, Unbreakable Heart) by Hideaki Takatori (Eps 74–98)
- "Kagami no Dualism" (鏡のデュアルイズム Kagami no Duaruizumu?, Dualism of Mirrors) by Petit Milady (Aoi Yuki and Ayana Taketatsu) (Eps 99–123)
- "Wonder Wings" by Diamond☆Yukai (Eps 124–146)
- Ending Themes
- "Boku Quest" (僕クエスト Boku Kuesuto?, My Quest) by Golden Bomber (Eps 1–25)
- "Setsubō no Freesia" (切望のフリージア Setsubō no Furījia?, Longing Freesia) by DaizyStripper (Eps 26–49)
- "Wild Child" by Moumoon (Eps 50–73)
- "Artist" (アーティスト Ātisuto?) by Vistlip (Eps 74–98)
- "Go Way Go Way" by FoZZtone (Eps 99–123)
- "Challenge the GAME" by REDMAN (Eps 124–146)
- English Opening Theme
- "Take a Chance" by Michael Brady, Shane Guenego, Arthur Murakami, & Surefire Music Group (Eps 1–73)
- "Halfway to Forever" by Michael Brady, Shane Guenego, Arthur Murakami, Jonathan Lattif, & Surefire Music Group (Eps 74–146)
A video game based on the series titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Gekitotsu! Duel Carnival (遊戯王ZEXAL 激突!デュエルカーニバル Yūgiō Zearu: Gekitotsu! Dueru Kānibaru?) was developed by Konami and released for the Nintendo 3DS on December 5, 2013.
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- Official Website - Vortexx
- Website - Nicktoons
- Official website (Japanese)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia