|Genre||Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shōnen|
|Authored by||Kazuki Takahashi|
|Serialized in|| Weekly Shonen Jump|
Flag of United States Shonen Jump
Flag of Germany BANZAI!
Template:Country data Norway Template:Country data Sweden Shonen Jump
|Original run||1996 – March 2004|
|No. of volumes||38 volumes, with 343 total chapters|
|TV anime : Yu-Gi-Oh! (first series anime)|
|Network|| TV Asahi|
Template:Country data Philippines ABS-CBN, Studio 23, Hero TV
Template:Country data Greece Star Channel
|Original run||April 4 1998 – October 10 1998|
|No. of episodes||27|
|TV anime : Yu-Gi-Oh! (second series anime)|
|Original run||April 8 2000 – September 29 2004|
|No. of episodes||224|
|Movie: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light|
|Directed by||Ryosuke Takahashi|
|Released||August 13 2004|
|Runtime||90 min. (101 min. in the Japanese version)|
Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王 Yūgiō?, a Japanese phrase that means "Game King") is a popular game, Japanese anime, and manga franchise created by Kazuki Takahashi that mainly involves the card game called Duel Monsters (originally known as Magic & Wizards), wherein each player uses cards in order to defeat one another.
Yu-Gi-Oh is both the name of the series for which this wiki was written (see Yu-Gi-Oh! (Toei) and Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters) but is also a variation on the series' running pun: "Yuugiou" which translates to "King of Games."
If you look carefully at the original Japanese characters used in the title image of the show (and even in the English dub, behind the English letters) you will see the following characters: 遊戯王. The hero of the show's name is "Yuugi" and it is written using the same first two characters that appear in the show's title. The last character, 'ou' means "king" and is pronounced like a long o sound, or "oh," hence the h in the English translation of the title.
The other translation of the title is "King Yuugi." Since the hero's name is Yuugi and the character 'ou' or 'oh' translates to "king," it is just as possible that the show's title is making a pun off the fact that not only is Yuugi the "King of Games," but his name is "King Yuugi," and that in Ancient Egypt, he was actually considered royalty (a pharaoh, technically, but close enough).
For the better half of the show, Yuugi's other half, Dark Yuugi (Yami no Yuugi in the Japanese, and Yami Yugi in the first season of the English dub) had no name or any idea of who he was or where he came from. The only thing that everyone knew for sure was that he was more than lucky at games-- he was extremely talented, and possessed a great deal of faith in himself and in the nature of the games he played.