List of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes (season 1)
|Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Kingdom
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legendary Heroes
Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters
Season 1 DVD cover
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||49|
|Original network||TV Tokyo (Japan)
Kids WB (U.S.)
|Original release||April 18, 2000 – April 3, 2001|
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
|No. in series||No. in season||English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
|Original airdate||English airdate|
|1||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||2||"The Gauntlet is Thrown"
"The Trap of Illusionist No 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||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||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||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, Weevil summons a ravenous Great Moth that grows in power with every turn, which Yugi is able to defeat, winning him the match.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.
"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|
|Joey accepts a challenge from veteran duelist, Mai Valentine. When Mai begins to demonstrate an unnerving psychic-like ability, Joey becomes flustered, although he manages to win the duel.|
|7||7||"Attack from the Deep"
"The Sea-God Leviathan" (海神リバイアサン)
|May 30, 2000||November 10, 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. As they bid Mako farewell, but before they can get away, Mako demands that Yugi duel him. Yugi changes into Yami Yugi and defeats Mako.|
"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, Yugi and his friends head back to the scene of the crime and run into the masked boy. The masked boy wants to duel Yugi, who accepts. Yugi transforms into Yami Yugi and wager all five of his star chips to start the duel. It is soon revealed that the masked boy is in fact Mokuba, Kaiba's little brother, who loses to Yugi.|
|9||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 danger, Yami Yugi must duel a person claiming to be the ghost of Kaiba, betting his last three star chips on the match. Meanwhile, the real Kaiba, who is revealed to have survived his dangerous fall into the ocean, enters 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 (as Yugi's potential loss to Pegasus would enable Pegasus to gain control over KaibaCorp).|
|10||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. He manages to win the duel and Yami uses his "Mind Crush" to send the fake ghost back to the Shadow Realm.|
|11||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||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 helps him eliminate Rex from the tournament, earning not only his star chips, but also his Red-Eyes as well. After the duel's conclusion, the group runs into their old friend Bakura and decide to have a duel just for fun. However, Bakura reveals that he possess his own millennium item, the millennium ring, and an evil spirit within the ring steals their souls so he can take the millennium puzzle from Yugi.|
|13||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. Although the gang manages to save each other, they lose life points rapidly. Yami Bakura draws the change of heart magic card and plans on using it to possess Yugi, but Bakura emerges from the card and possesses one of his own monsters instead. He tells Yugi to destroy him to save the others, but Yami Yugi uses the millennium puzzle to put the real Bakura's soul back into his body. Everyone except Yugi and Bakura wake up believing that the duel was a dream.|
|14||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||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. He eventually wins the duel. 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||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 but loses. Afterwards, Yugi and Bakura notice Bakura's millennium ring is glowing and pointing to Pegasus's Castle.|
|17||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||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. Joey manages to win the duel against Bonz.|
|19||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|
|The group is trapped in the cave by Bonz's gang. Lost in the tunnels, Bakura's millennium ring begins glowing again. Bakura uses its magic to guide them, eventually having to admit that the shadow game between him and Yugi, which the others thought was just a dream, really happened. While searching for a way out of the caves, they 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||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. The brothers start assembling the pieces they need to form the powerful Gate Guardian in an attempt to defeat both Yugi and Joey. Meanwhile, 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||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. They defeat the brothers, winning enough star chips to allow them inside Pegasus' castle. They manage to escape the cave after solving a riddle posed to them by the Paradox Brothers. Meanwhile, Kaiba is able to find Mokuba, but Pegasus suddenly appears and uses his Millennium Eye to steal Mokuba's soul. After doing this, Pegasus then gives Kaiba an ultimatum: Kaiba must defeat Yugi in a duel to win back his brother's soul.|
|22||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 challenges Yugi to a duel. 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||23||"Face Off (Part 2 of 3)"
"Strongest! Splendid! Ultimate Dragon" (最強! 華麗! 究極竜)
|September 26, 2000||April 13, 2002|
|The duel between Kaiba and Yugi continues. Kaiba tricks Yugi into releasing the Crush Card virus, rendering every Monster in Yugi's deck with more than 1500 Attack points unplayable.|
|24||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. This causes the Ultimate Dragon to decay and lose Attack points until it is weak enough for Yugi to attack. But Kaiba stands on a turret; if Yugi attacks the force of the monsters battling will knock Kaiba off the castle and kill him. Yugi surrenders the duel.|
"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, Yugi becomes depressed. He is also worried by the fact that Yami wanted him to win the duel, even though it meant killing Kaiba. In a bid to help him, Téa volunteers to duel Mai, who has more than enough star chips to qualify for the finals, despite her lack of experience. After a bad start, she eventually manages to win.|
|26||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 enter 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||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 loses the game.|
|28||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 17, 2002|
|The line-up for the semi-finals is determined: Mai will battle Yugi while Joey faces 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 emerges and blasts Pegasus with the power of his Millennium Ring. He tricks everyone into thinking this was a dream. Meanwhile, Yugi speaks to his Grandpa in a dream.|
|29||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 semi-finals begin, with Yugi facing off against Mai. Yugi is still emotionally affected by his duel with Kaiba and Mai appears to be winning the duel.|
|30||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, taking control of her Harpie's Pet Dragon and using his own Catapult Turtle to fire it at her Mirror Wall. Mai multiplies her Harpie Lady and revives Harpie's Pet Dragon, which gets a power boost for every Harpie Lady in play. Yugi manages to summon the Black Luster Soldier and defeat Mai.|
|31||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.|
|32||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, who is thrown out of the castle and dropped into the ocean for cheating.|
|33||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|
|Yugi and Joey battle each other to win the tournament.|
|34||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 loses to Yugi.|
|35||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 his 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||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||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 Pegasus transports the duel to the Shadow Realm. Tristan is horrified to learn that Bakura is again possessed by the evil spirit of Yami Bakura.|
|38||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 away the Millennium Ring containing the evil spirit into the forest below. 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.|
|39||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 the rest of Yugi's life points. However, Yami Yugi captures Relinquished using a Mind Control card. 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 to summon the Magician of Black Chaos. Pegasus counters by fusing Relinquished with Thousand Eyes Idol, creating Thousand Eyes Restrict. The Thousand Eyes Restrict paralyzes the Magician of Black Chaos, but Yami Yugi uses Kuriboh combined with his Multiply card. 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 and releases the spirits he stole. Bakura is seemingly back to normal and volunteers to take care of an unconscious Mokuba while the others look for Pegasus.|
"King of Duelists" (キング·オブ·デュエリスト)
|January 30, 2001||October 5, 2002|
|Pegasus is found badly injured with his millennium eye missing. 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. An 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 is covered in children's toys, while the other is mysterious, disconcerting and confusing. When the Egyptian falls victim to a trap in the chamber, 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. The Kaiba brothers are later reunited. As everyone leaves the island, it is revealed that Yami Bakura had found his way back to his host and challenged Pegasus to a shadow game and took his millennium eye, and that the real Bakura had no memory of the possession.|
|No. in series||No. in season||English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
|Original airdate||English airdate|
|41||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|
|Yugi and his friends meet a young girl named Rebecca who demands that Yugi's Grandpa return the Blue-Eyes White Dragon to her. Rebecca claims that Yugi's Grandpa stole the card from her own grandfather many years ago and challenges Yugi to a duel.|
|42||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|
|The duel between Rebecca and Yugi continues until Yugi forfeits the match. Rebecca's grandfather appears and reveals that Yugi could have won the duel by playing Soul Release, but forfeited the match for his friendship with Rebecca, as Yugi's grandfather did for Rebecca's grandfather. He explains that Yugi's grandfather won the Blue-Eyes White Dragon card in a duel, rather than stealing it.|
|43||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.|
|44||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 to locate Kaiba continues with help from Mai.|
|45||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 Joey, Mokuba, and Mai lose all their life points. Yugi and Kaiba, two former opponents, work together to defeat the dragon and they all manage to escape the game.|
Dungeon Dice Monsters
|No. in series||No. in season||English dub title/Original translated title
Original Japanese title
|Original airdate||English airdate|
|46||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, 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 Duke created himself.|
|47||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 bad start. Duke reveals that he had designed Dungeon Dice Monsters with Pegasus' aid and also tells Yugi that he seeks revenge against him for cheating against Pegasus during their past duel. Yugi denies that he cheated against Pegasus but Duke does not listen.|
|48||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 manages to get ahead of Duke in the duel, but falls victim to an unfamiliar rule which prevents him from summoning any more monsters.|
|49||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. Nevertheless, he manages to win the duel and free Joey from his humiliating punishment.|
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|
|3||1||3||November 5, 2002|
|5||1||3||January 14, 2003|
|7||1||3||March 18, 2003|
|9||1||3||May 6, 2003|
|11||1||4||July 22, 2003|
|12||1||3||August 19, 2003|
|13||1||3||September 16, 2003|
|14||1||2||October 14, 2003|
|16||1||4||November 18, 2003|
|Complete First Season||6||49||August 10, 2004|
|1 (Uncut)||1||3||October 19, 2004|
|3 (Uncut)||1||3||February 22, 2005|
- "Volume 1: the Heart of the Cards". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Volume 2: Into the Hornet's Nest". Amazon.
- "Volume 3: Attack from the Deep". Amazon.
- "Volume 4: Give Up the Ghost". Amazon.
- "Volume 5: Evil Spirit of the Ring". Amazon.
- "Volume 6: The Scars of Defeat". Amazon.
- "Volume7: Double Trouble Duel". Amazon.
- "Volume 8: Face Off". Amazon.
- "Volume 9: Champion Vs. Creator". Amazon.
- "Volume 10: Duel Identity". Amazon.
- "Volume 11: Best of Friends, Best of Duelists". Amazon.
- "Volume 12: Match of the Millennium Part One". Amazon.
- "Volume 13: Match of the Millennium Part Two". Amazon.
- "Volume 14: Ties of Friendship". Amazon.
- "Volume 15: Legendary Heroes". Amazon.
- "Volume 16:Dungeon Dice Monster". Amazon.
- "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete First Season". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "4Kids Entertainment Home Video Announces The Release Of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Complete First Season" (PDF). 4kidsentertainment.com. August 6, 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 14, 2006. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
- "Uncut Volume 1: The Shadow Games". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Uncut Volume 2: The Insector Combo". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
- "Uncut Volume 3: Stolen: Blue Eyes White Dragon". Amazon. Retrieved 11 January 2013.