Yu-Gi-Oh! is the name of several programs, all based on the original manga by Kazuki Takahashi. The programs mainly revolve around a group of characters who play a Collectible Card Game called Duel Monsters. There have been several productions from various companies set in the universe:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998): The first program, created by Toei Animation, based on the early installments of the manga. The Duel Monsters game does not appear much, focusing on a variety of games instead. This program has not been officially translated into English.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: The second program produced, created by Nihon Ad Systems, based on later installments of the manga starting with the Duelist Kingdom arc. This is the program most people are familiar with, as it features the Duel Monsters card game and was translated into several languages and shown across the world.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: A spinoff of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters produced by Nihon Ad Systems and set in the future. This is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! program not based on a manga.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters: A program produced by 4Kids Entertainment, also a spinoff of Duel Monsters and also not directly based on the manga. It made its premiere on the Irish network RTÉ Two and is slated for an American release in September 2006.
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