Toei is the animation company that was responsible for Yu-Gi-Oh!'s first incarnation as an animated television series. It is also famously known for producing shows including Sailor Moon and Dragonball. Perhaps because NAS's rendition of the show, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is better known and still licensed in many countries, Toei does not widely advertise its version of Yu-Gi-Oh!, whether at its museums in Japan or on its websites in English.
Differences between the Toei animation and NAS animation
The Toei-produced Yu-Gi-Oh series is often incorrectly referred to as 'Season 0,' or 'Yu-Gi-Oh: A Shadow Game' as if it were related to the second Yu-Gi-Oh! animation, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, which was produced by an entirely different company, NAS.
The Toei animation's episodes adapted the first several volumes of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga (approximately volumes 1-7), while the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters animation began after those volumes, incorporating very little of the Toei animation's plot points.
The Toei animation lasted for 27 episodes, while the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters animation lasted for over 200, spanning the bulk of the original manga's length, and adding a few filler arcs inbetween. The Toei animation had several episodes which were not directly related to any arc of the manga, but it retained much of the original manga's early penchant for violence.
Premiere Date: April 4, 1998 (Episode 1)
Series Finale Date: October 10, 1998 (Episode 27)
Original Air Time/Day: 6:00-6:30pm, Saturdays
Original Channel: TV Asahi
Series Director: Hiroyuki Kakudou
Producers: Atsushi Kaji (TV Asahi), Nishizawa Nobutaka (Toei Animation)
|Ep. #||Japanese Episode Title||Translated Title|
Semaru Bijin Kyoushi Himitsu no Kamen
|The Approaching Beautiful Teacher's Secret Mask|
Uwasa no CAPMON Shin Tojou daze
|The Rumored CapMon's New Arrival!|
Kyouun yobu Teki - Fuhai no Shinwa
|The Super Lucky Enemy - The Unbeatable Legend|
||Scary Woman!! Can't transform|
Raibaru Gekitotsu - Saidai Pinchi
|Rivals Clash! The Biggest Pinch|
Yuujou! Densetsu kara Shinwa e
|Friendship! From Legend to Myth|