The YU-GI-OH! Anime Turned 20 This Week! Let's Commemorate the Occasion

This last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. You may be saying to your screens, “But Tommy, the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime came out in 2000! You’re wrong!” Well, yes and no. The anime that many of us think about, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters came out in 2000 and started with the Duelist Kingdom arc where no one knew how to play the freaking awesome card game designed for children. However, there were 27 episodes before that which many fans refer to as Season 0. It featured many other games of chance and the like and was very dark. It followed the first seven volumes of the manga, was made by Toei Animation, and was canceled due to lack of success. Studio Gallop then picked it up and 4Kids (stupid 4Kids) did the dub. Of course, many fans have been posting to social media to celebrate the anniversary, I’m sure others are going out sending people who can’t win a children’s card game to the Shadow Realm, and many are just getting together to talk about this fun series. Here are a few suggestions of things you can watch to commemorate the occasion:

1. The Show

If you can find it, it could be fun to watch the 27-episode season that started it all. This is also great for people who want to celebrate but don’t care about the plot revolving around a children’s card game. You can also watch Duel Monsters on Netflix and Hulu. Plus the spin-offs can be found at a combination of Hulu and Netflix if you want to see how it’s progressed. I would just be very careful if you want to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. It is terrible.

2. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series

This is probably my second favorite Abridged series on YouTube (DBZ Abridged wins). YouTuber Little Kuriboh does a great job of poking fun at how ridiculous the Duel Monsters anime is and how everything is solved by a children’s card game. He even did parts of Season 0!

3. LittleKuriboh Watches YGO GX

Little Kuriboh takes a second spot on this list because this is brilliant. He actually decided to unironically watch the dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and then basically go through each episode and talk about it. He brings a little charm to the crap spin-off GX is and it’s what got me to watch GX so that I could know what he was talking about in each episode. He still pokes fun at the show, but it’s not a redubbing of the show. It’s a commentary on each episode instead and it is hilarious.

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