Most Yu-Gi-Oh! fans are familiar with the original series. There’s the millennium puzzle, the Egyptian God Cards, the Shadow Realm. 4Kids’ English adaptation of the series permeated the globe in the early 2000s, helping spur a massive media franchise ongoing to this day. Well, what if I told you that wasn’t the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series? There was an earlier show produced by Toei Animation that aired exclusively in Japan that aired for 27 episodes in 1998. It focused on adapting the storylines prior to the Duelist Kingdom from Kazuki Takahashi’s manga. Fans occasionally refer to it as “Season 0” and it’s most visually differentiated by Seto Kaiba’s lime green hair.
A year in the making and coinciding with the show’s 20th Anniversary, over 200 fans lent their talents to re-animating the show’s second episode. That episode was chosen due to being accessible to those not well informed of all things Yu-Gi-Oh!. With that many artists, viewers will experience a wide array of different takes on the art style and framing of the shots. The project was spearheaded by Malaysian animator Phui Jing Ling.
For fans interested in more modern Yu-Gi-Oh! content, the third season of Arc-V recently premiered on Nicktoons in the United States. The next spinoff, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, is set for an international rollout later this year. The recent throwback film, The Dark Side of Dimensions, is now available on home video.