The Untold Truth Of Yu-Gi-Oh!


Whether you’re a fan of the card game itself
or you’re in it for the story of restoring an ancient pharaoh’s long-lost memories, there
are plenty of little details from Yu-Gi-Oh! that casual fans could have easily missed. Like many popular anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! started
life as a manga, serialized in the popular manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. In this original manga, creator Kazuki Takahashi
had a somewhat different vision for the series than what appears on screen. Protagonist Yugi Muto, whose name was changed
to Yugi Moto in the English dub, is a bullied high school student. His grandfather, who owns a game shop, allows
him to attempt to put together an ancient relic known as the Millennium Puzzle which
Yugi, of course, solves. This should all sound familiar to fans so
far. Where the manga series takes a turn is that
the alter ego that possesses Yugi after the Puzzle’s completion isn’t an unwaveringly
just game master. Instead, this dark entity doles out vigilante
justice against bullies and criminals, going so far as to permanently disfigure, brainwash,
or dispatch them. These early chapters of the manga don’t focus
just on the card game “Magic & Wizards,” as it was originally known, but instead rotate
between various diverse games of chance and skill. When an opponent challenges this dark Yugi,
it’s a bit like challenging Death to a game of chess, with impossible stakes and unsavory
outcomes. “Sorry death, you lose! It was professor Plum!” This early Yu-Gi-Oh! is much more of a horror
series than what it would become later in its serialization. The anime series that is most popular in the
Western world is not the only Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. Before NAS and Studio Gallop had their go
at making one of the most popular shonen anime of the 2000s, Toei Animation produced what
has come to be known by some fans as “Season Zero.” This late-’90s attempt has never had an official
English-language release, unfortunately, but even Western fans are aware of how it differs
from what the majority of us know as Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero hews more closely to the manga’s
original story, exploring those dark themes of vigilante justice meted out by a cruel
and savvy games master. It also sticks more closely to Takahashi’s
original art style, which in the early days was distinguished by his characters’ cuter,
more rounded features. Since licensors have gone this long without
attempting to bring this anime stateside, we don’t think it’s likely to ever find its
way into the North American market. Still, it’s a nifty piece of the history of
the series and its many iterations. In the early manga and the original 1998 anime adaptation, there is a brief story about a character with a penchant for American superheroes. Hanasaki, a classmate of Yugi’s is obsessed
with the American superhero comic “Zombire.” Zombire definitely seems to be a bit of a
spoof on the character Spawn, and it is clear from Takahashi’s story that he has a good
understanding of what the American comics landscape of the mid-’90s was like. In fact, he and comics creator Mike Mignola
even did an art trade, swapping Yu-Gi-Oh! and Hellboy mash-up pieces. More recently, Takahashi has provided the
artwork for Japanese-only Marvel comics involving Spider-Man and Iron Man. It’s clear that Takahashi is a fan of Western
comics, and influenced by them as much as he is by other manga. Whenever something is translated for a different
audience, things end up changing. However, hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! fans are often
disgruntled about some of the changes that occurred between the Japanese version of the
series and the English adaptation by 4Kids Entertainment. The former was intended for a young teenage
audience, while 4Kids, naturally, tried to market it to younger kids. To start out, the majority of the characters
had their names changed from their original Japanese to more English-friendly names: Jounouchi
was changed to Joey, Honda to Tristan, Anzu to Tea, and so on. This is a common enough practice when anime
is intended for younger audiences, but surely there are Japanese kids in America who would
love to hear names like theirs on their favorite television programs. Beyond this, the English adaptation refers
to the Millennium Puzzle as 5000 years old, whereas the original Japanese has it at a
more recent 3000 years old. The opening and closing songs in Japanese
are well-written pop songs, but American kids were rocking out to a high-powered, largely
wordless tune. Perhaps the most shocking change of all is
the addition, in English, of something called the “Shadow Realm.” When Yami Yugi duels opponents and wins, he
occasionally sends their minds to a place referred to by this ominous name. In the original, however…villains just died. There was no sugar-coating the outcomes of
these duels in Japanese. “My millenium puzzle protects me from your
cowardly assault, but nothing will protect you from OBLIVION!” It’s easy to get distracted by all the card-playing
going on in Yu-Gi-Oh!, but the truth is that there is a ton of fascinating lore hiding
in the background. Viewers know that the Millennium Puzzle is
an ancient artifact with dark powers, and at the beginning of the series it seems as
though it brings out a cool, commanding alter-ego of Yugi. As the series progresses, however, it becomes
clear that this alter ego is his own person, albeit one who cannot remember who he is. Though most of the other Millennium Items
contain great dark power, there is only one other, the Millennium Ring, which also houses
a separate entity. The Ring is worn by Ryo Bakura, a likable
and timid young man with a penchant for the macabre. When under the influence of the Ring, he becomes
an entity known as Yami Bakura, an evil character who tries to thwart Yugi’s efforts at every
turn. As Yugi and Bakura deal with their own dark
personalities, it becomes more and more obvious that they are harboring two individuals who
have a long history together. In the final season, Yami Bakura challenges
Yami Yugi to a game set in ancient Egypt, where the story of their conflict is played
out. The stakes involve Yami Yugi’s lost memory…and
the fate of the world itself. “Are you saying that everything we do affects
the events of the past? ARE YOU?!” When the majority of people think of Yu-Gi-Oh!,
they remember the series that is centered solely on Yugi and his friends. But even though the initial viewers grew up
and moved on to other franchises, the success of the series and its real-world trading card
game inspired a slew of spinoffs. Each new iteration keeps the central theme
of dueling with cards, but adds its own spin or unique monster types to keep the action
fresh and the audience involved. The first of these spinoffs, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, follows Judai Yuki, called Jaden Yuki
in English, as he makes his way through the prestigious Duel Academy. As a connection to the first series, the school
was founded by the original series’ antagonist, the hyper-rich super-genius Seto Kaiba. Since viewers seemed to enjoy that, four more
series followed in quick succession: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, and Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. With each new installation comes a further
focus on the intersection of dueling and tech, a theme which has been part of the series
ever since Seto Kaiba stepped onto the scene with his Duel Disks. There is also a new, as of yet unnamed, spinoff
series set to premiere in 2020, four years after VRAINS hit TV, and it’s anybody’s guess
as to how the gameplay will evolve from its most recent digital-world makeover. As we now know, Yu-Gi-Oh! hasn’t always been about the card game, despite
what the merchandising team wants you to think. Even though the most popular anime series
focuses significantly on the cards and their lore and creation, tabletop roleplaying games
also play a significant role in the plot itself. In the manga, the shy new kid on the block,
Bakura, invites Yugi and his friends over to play a game of Monster World, a sort of
in-series version of Dungeons & Dragons. During this game, the spirit of the Millennium
Ring takes hold of Bakura, changing the stakes so that any false move sees one of the players
sealed inside their individual game piece unless Yugi can break them out. This storyline was pretty violent, which was
probably why it was adapted for the Season Zero anime but never made it into the later
adaptations. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, the final season
of the original series saw Yami Bakura as game master once again, taking Yami Yugi on
a trip down ancient memory lane in a tabletop campaign called Memory World. Most people, especially kids, don’t really
think twice about how their anime gets to them. The fact is, there’s a lot of time, negotiation,
and work that goes into acquiring the rights to air an anime in another country, plus all
the work that goes into voice acting and making the series presentable to a new audience. And sometimes, there are issues that arise
as a result of licensing. In 2011, American licensing company 4Kids
Entertainment was sued by TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems for breach of contract. The conflict arose around 4Kids withholding
funds from the licensors that they earned through deals with companies like Funimation
and Cartoon Network. 4Kids ended up filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
following this suit and then claimed to have bounced back from it in 2012. However, they filed again in 2016. Fortunately, 4Kids legal troubles hasn’t stopped
Yu-Gi-Oh from being available to stream. The series is available through streaming
on Funimation’s website, as well as through Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Hulu. Unsurprisingly, dueling in the real world
doesn’t quite match up with dueling as it’s represented in the anime. For one thing, while we call them Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, the characters in-show refer to their
decks as Duel Monsters cards. And in both the manga, and all of the anime
iterations of the series, the rules of Duel Monsters are pretty fast and loose. In order to make a playable game, more structured
rules have been set for those of us playing along at home. Another key difference is the cards themselves,
however. Everyone recognizes the Dark Magician or Blue-Eyes
White Dragon cards, but there are a handful of cards from the series that either never
made it into the physical realm, or are no longer usable when playing by competition
rules. Despite its frequent use, and explanation,
in the series, the spell card Pot of Greed is no longer acceptable in a real-life match. Bakura’s favorite card, Change of Heart, is
also a no-go, unfortunately. If you want to use these in a real match,
well… “And this time you don’t stand a ghost of
a chance.” Using all your allowance on Yu-Gi-Oh! cards as a kid was a common enough experience. But as we age, it becomes less viable to spend
money that way, never mind finding the time and friends with which to duel. Luckily, there are other means of engaging
with the series that can be enjoyed at any age, and within any budget. Like all successful anime series, Yu-Gi-Oh!
has spawned several video games. Many of these games haven’t made it out of
Japan, but there are a few which have. The first was Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories for the Game Boy Color,
which pitted the player against characters from the series in order to progress and acquire
new cards, pretty straightforward. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists of the Roses, however, takes a different
tack. In this game, players chose the side of the
House of Lancaster or the House of York and duel in a plot that is loosely based on the
real-world War of the Roses. The gameplay unfolds on a playing map that
has different terrain, helping or hindering certain monsters in those areas. This game expands upon what fans know from
the series to create a new challenge. Of course, games and game systems cost money,
but most people have a phone or tablet these days. With those devices, you can download the official
Konami app Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, which allows players to duel characters
or real players from across the world in real time, keeping the spirit of one-on-one matches
alive. In other words, it’s always: “It’s time to d-d-d-d-d-duel!” Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
anime are coming soon. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and hit the
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100 comments

  • Looper

    What other anime would you like us to feature?

    Reply
  • Jay Johnson

    I enjoyed this card game More as a show 🏴💙🐧

    Reply
  • Loafy

    The weebs will love this one

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  • Stephen Scott Amv

    Duel links is better than the console versions.

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  • Supreme video's producer

    Ok there is allot of stuff you told wrong in this, firstly if your atleast a casual ygo player you would know all these things, second anzu’s dub name is not tea it’s teà there’s a different way to pronounce that and bakura is usually heard said as bakora in the anime so you were saying that wrong too, thirdly the V in yugioh arc V is Roman numeral for 5 as it’s the 5th show so your supposed to say it as yugioh arc-5 and lastly vrains was not airing for 4 years if that was true it would still be going on right now and only finish next year so yugioh 7 comes out 3 years after vrains not 4, 3 years is how long the spin off series other than gx will last for as seen that 5ds, zexal and arc-V lasted 3 years each. So bottom line why did you somehow get these things wrong if you had to have done research on it first, isn’t that right, anyway that’s the verdict as I’ve said above this isn’t really an untold truth many many people already knew all these things. Peace

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  • Marjay McCool

    It's called Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS and VRAINS aired three years ago in 2017.

    Reply
  • A22

    this card game was popular in the western world early year 2000…..😰

    Reply
  • Player One

    This was a good video, but if you’re a real fan, you know all this information. 💯

    Reply
  • Mr Azza

    OG and GX was the beat

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  • Marjay McCool

    Wait Yu-Gi-Oh isn't on funimation?!?

    Reply
  • Raul Gonzalez

    Would you talk want more of other shonen Super hero genres dragon ball ,one piece, My hero academia,

    Reply
  • chris kosloski

    i was ust talking about how outdated yu gi oh became for me with the partner
    im considering doing magic…
    yu gi oh has added waayyyyy to many new ways to summon monsters….
    from synchro to pendulum most i hate…
    XYZ was a fun one to pull off but that was about it XD

    Reply
  • Raul Gonzalez

    Yeah those people or pretty desperate to change their names in the badd way to try to me things save Sony in every time but they lose their rights after all even other animals go change a bit after that they still got rejected this time to never seen other you kill The no more Yukio anime again ever on TV broadcasting it just only on crochon role and fun AMA tion.

    Reply
  • Xamufam

    What does Pot Of Greed do?

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  • Adam P. Murray

    oh man I wanna read those spiderman and iron man comics! that art looks amazing!

    Reply
  • 246yami

    That’s it? Untold truth is season 0? Fans know this already…

    Reply
  • Hayden Cottrell

    im not gonna listen to this shit if they cant even pronounce characters name right

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  • The Buster Snake

    Love Yu-Gi-Oh with ALL MY MIND, BODY, AND SOUL.
    Easily my all-time favourite franchise.
    The manga, anime, and Trading Card Game have been so integral in my life.

    Reply
  • Apoth T89

    i wish they would make a duelist of the roses remake already!

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  • Quail Banks

    Yu-Gi-Oh started around 2004 for me but I used to like it mainly because it was a card game we played around the neighborhood

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  • storm_soulfighter

    Yu-Gi-Oh the anime that started my love for anime

    Reply
  • Mr. Banana Grabber

    NeoPets when?

    Reply
  • J Skywalker

    Still watch the original English dub series even to this day. Just never gets old!!

    Reply
  • SukoYote

    Just stating, the "Arcana's Dark Magician" hasn't been released in America, either.
    (Though I haven't been keeping up with the latest news with the cards.)

    Reply
  • Kwabena Amanfoh

    Hero and Ando

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  • VigilantKnight005

    I know all about the defilements by 4Kids on the original series and G/X, I know about Takahashi's original intentions, I know about Season Zero, and I know about the banning of cards from tournaments. I wonder if any of the banned cards went out of print.

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  • YTDan

    Untold history? More like Yugioh, the story you already knew…oof

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  • CoCo Puffs

    This makes me not wanna play pot of greed that also lets me draw 2 cards

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  • Roman Empire

    I haven’t played Rose’s in so so long! I forgot that it wasn’t even like the card game rules but played it as a kid because it was Yugioh either way!

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  • Petio Petio

    tea wtf?

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  • Roll265 M

    Thank you for standing up for YGO fans

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  • Brett Barnabas

    Tea – Tay-uh
    Bakura – Buh-Cure-Uh

    Reply
  • Sam Johnson

    Just watched all the original series again always better then pokemon

    Reply
  • Jesse Villalobos

    Who let the intern make the video?

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  • First Last

    Did you know Bruce Willis almost played Tristan but because of scheduling conflicts he was recasted

    Reply
  • royalxkingzz

    Anyone remember dueling network before it got shut down

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  • Desi Merri

    All i know is that the series had one of the best opening song ever!!! And there weren't even any lyrics!!

    Reply
  • The King of Nerds

    Ah the good ol days of yugioh!
    I would watch this all the time on cartoon network!
    Too much pointless censoring tho

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  • Tarik Shell

    Greatest trading card game ever

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  • Isaac

    Just believe in the heart of the cards and it'll all be okay.

    Reply
  • Andrew Cummings

    Just to point out Yu-Gi-oh duel link has a real world version in speed duelling

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  • MCA Cassey

    If you’ve ever read the manga, this isn’t an Untold Truth to you

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  • Ty Rdrgz

    Omg duelist of roses brought back so many memories

    Reply
  • Victoria Moreno

    I haven't started this video yet… I'm prepared to be annoyed pretty quickly, be back in a few.

    Edit: Did you really say Tea? As in the drink…. My expectations are always too high from y'all 💀

    Reply
  • xMentor mentor

    Sun: blows up
    Looper: here's 10 things you missed before the sun disappeared

    Reply
  • jacob drolet

    Amazing I love all things yugioh like the anime, trade card game, video games too. Fantastic job looper

    Reply
  • Mert11asaasdfghjk asdfghjklşi,

    Censored version of yugioh duel monsters series yugioh 0 series.

    Reply
  • Sam Haine

    Thanks for the Yugi list !!!
    Got more ?
    Maybe Digimon?

    Reply
  • Delvon thefutureisourtv BBall academy Matthew

    It was great show and one of best of all time

    Reply
  • Sinner Shadow

    Omg who else is cringing on the fact she keeps trying to pronounce the ENGLISH translation in JAPANESE 🤣😁🤣🤣

    Reply
  • FTD Facts

    4:03 It's pronounced "Tay-ah" but spelled Tea, like the drink

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  • megbro

    I’m a little ashamed to admit that when I was younger I had a crush on Yami

    Reply
  • Robert Areche III

    I hate her pronunciation of their names especially Tea

    Reply
  • Ridwan Ali

    Love Duel links

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  • Ridwan Ali

    I’m Enjoying Yugioh Gx finished Yugioh

    Reply
  • Brandon S

    I'm a huge YuGiOh fan when the show came out back in the early 2000s on Kids WB, YuGiOh and Pokemon were the popular trend back then when it comes to card games along with the shows like Static Shock, Jackie Chan Adventures, and many more. YuGiOh has really fallen off when it comes to card games nowadays, and I'm not talking about video games related card games, I still collect Pokemon cards religiously as my hobby and I still have my most popular YuGiOh cards from around that era.

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  • Mr Golden

    english dub and edit are disaster.. luckily I watched it in my language and no edit on the series..

    Reply
  • Merrill King

    Yu-gi-oh Sevens spin rush duels with Rush duels card and time-limit

    Reply
  • Lee Hiyazaki

    4kidz are stupid

    Reply
  • Lizzie Heyward

    If anyone wants to play Yu gi oh Dark duel stories and has an Android device, i can help with that

    Reply
  • James Chamberlain

    Tea? You mean Tay-Uh?

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  • LeBlazr

    Y'all really scraping the bottom of the barrel huh… I love yugioh btw …still play it at uni …ha

    Reply
  • Directors Choice

    It's time to du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du duel and Subscribe!

    Reply
  • gang gang

    Vrains was so beyond it's maturity in terms of plot. Shit was so good.

    Reply
  • Rogue x Gambit

    I like the dark version so much.. wish they kinda kept it in though but still keep certain changes

    Reply
  • ShanaJahsintaWalters

    I used to watch this a lot as a kid.

    Reply
  • Jwanie

    I DID NOT expect Yu-Gi-Oh! to be featured on this channel. Not complaining though lol

    Reply
  • Harsh Sharma

    I never understood Season Zero, i always thought it was a different approach towards Yu-Gi-Oh!

    Now i know it was the original take and Duel Monsters is a kind of different approach!

    Reply
  • d0su

    I'd love to see a live action version of Season Zero – come on Netflix

    Reply
  • Deshire Singleton

    Yugioh was a Murderer and Kiba was stalker lol I love season 0

    Reply
  • Arkham Knight

    Forgot yugioh dawn of destiny for the og xbox very good game

    Reply
  • John Andrews

    I enjoy playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links.

    Reply
  • Matt Masuda

    lmfao pronouncing tea (pronounced tay-a) like the drink tea.

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  • XxSparkmanxX

    When everyone realizes that shes just reading a script and doesn't even know how to pronounce tea , TAY A 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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  • Finesse The Xyz

    Surely Japanese kids would like to hear names like theirs, as would African American kids would like to see black characters portraying their ancestors which are the ACTUAL Ancient Egyptians, instead we got this plagiarize version. But you know, what else is new 🙂

    Reply
  • Lord Zevallos

    Anzu to TEA lmao. It's pronounced Tay-Uh

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  • Marro Morrison

    Memories, great memories. Until fashion, women and cars peaked my interest as I got older 🤷🏾‍♂️.

    Reply
  • RamsestheGreat

    "most people have a phone" where have I heard that before?

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  • Thomas Henley

    imagine making a video about something you have no idea about, proceeding to mispronounce 90% of things and in general talk a load of crap for 12 minutes

    if thats what you were aiming for with the vid, well done, you nailed it

    Reply
  • Shaul Jonah

    Bah-kur-a and Tay-a get the names right please i watched this show long time ago and still know it my son grew up with it too. Even if it was a bit later. Just spelling it out as it sounds. Thanks

    Reply
  • Dee Jaay

    the "untold truth"
    2 decades old information
    out of ideas.mp4

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  • Jesse Candelora

    She called Tea "tee" 😂😂😂

    Reply
  • Breaking Freedom

    Omg that pronunciation of Tea is absolutely outstanding 😂😂😂😂😂

    Reply
  • deviss42

    first of all, this is one of the more pointless videos because this isn't even untold truth. its just we dont have any of the related season zero stuff but we can still watch it even on youtube. Also how did they mess up Teá's name? ALSO, of course 4kids is going to censor everything, they're called 4kids.

    Reply
  • jaypee dela paz

    The "V" in Arc-V is pronounced as "five".

    Reply
  • captain skimoc

    The horror version sounds interesting? 😗

    Reply
  • Masked Doctor

    I challenge you to a duel!
    The winner takes the title of King of Games
    The looser is banished to the shadow realm
    Who is in?

    Reply
  • Pothien

    Why would I ever watch dubbed anime? no ty
    this is my opinion

    Reply
  • Jaafar M Hasan

    Untold Truth Facts:

    Untold Truth Fact #1 : The Three Egyptian God Cards Are not The Strongest

    Reply
  • Adam Selvig

    They always focus on Yu-Gi-Oh! duel links more than Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel generations or any other duel game that isn’t as crappy than duel links

    Reply
  • Noa10

    well nothing new!!!! real fans knows this already..we watched season 0 and the movie too…and i think it was great.

    Reply
  • Jacky Go

    Ahh… this is my childhood in a nutshell. I was more into this than I ever was into Pokemon.

    Reply
  • LOCAL STARS

    Lol this bitch jus said tea 🍵 as in green tea

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  • Fro Yo

    Needs more Ryou Bakura.

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  • C&M Punk

    Bah-Kula? i dont wanna sound mean but is is that hard to pronounce Bakura?

    Reply
  • carryoutmoth #1

    God YouTube sucks with ads. 12 minute video with 8 ads.

    Reply
  • adavid9155

    Loved this show, never knew its origin until now. The only other spinoff I like based on this was Yu-Gi-Oh GX.

    Reply
  • Nelson phillips

    Did she just say tea it’s teà (ta-ya)

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  • GeekChic87

    You pronounced Tea's (Tay-a) name wrong.

    Reply
  • Mario YungBlood

    thanks this was kool do Shaman King next

    Reply

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