Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998 TV series)

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Genre Action, adventure, fantasy, supernatural
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroyuki Kakudō
Written by Toshiki Inoue
Music by BMF
Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi (1998)
Original run April 4, 1998October 10, 1998
Episodes 27 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王 Yū-Gi-Ō!?, lit. "King of games") is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation based on chapters 1–59 of the manga of the same name written by Kazuki Takahashi. The series aired on TV Asahi between April 4, 1998, and October 10, 1998.[1] An animated film based on the series was released in Japanese theatres on March 6, 1999. The opening theme is "A Cry of Thirst" by Field of View whilst the ending theme is "Even If You Break Tomorrow" by Wands. The series was followed by a different adaptation produced by Nihon Ad Systems and Studio Gallop, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, which began airing in 2000 in Japan.


Loosely adapting the first seven volumes of the manga series, while also introducing some original storylines, the story follows a boy named Yugi Mutou, who is timid and often bullied. One day, he manages to solve a mysterious item known as the Millennium Puzzle, said to grant a wish to whomever solves it. Upon completing the puzzle, however, Yugi is possessed by a spirit residing in the puzzle. From that day forth, whenever someone with a dark heart threatens Yugi's friends, the spirit appears and challenges these people to Shadow Games, games of incredible risk that reveal a person's true nature.



  1. ^ "番組表." TV Asahi. May 23, 1998. Retrieved on June 1, 2009.

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