Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Voice Director: Eric Stuart

US Premiere: Sep 29, 2001
US Conclusion: 2006
Japan Premiere: Apr 18, 2000
Japan Conclusion: 2004

Seasons: 5
Episodes: 224

Animation Studio: Gallop

Popularity: 40th All Time, 36th This Week

Franchise: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Characters on BTVA: 91
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said at 10:13 PM on Sun Dec 4 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Yu-Gi-Oh! is an interesting localization. The voice cast is solid, and a lot stronger than the Odex cast. The music may not be as good as the Japanese score, but it's one of the best scores I've heard for a localized dub. (let alone a 4Kids title) It's the scripting left a lot to be desired. It goes without saying there's going to be additional humor and content tone-downs, given the target demographic. But that's not all 4Kids did. Plot points got changed for little to no reason, character development was removed, and even the mood of scenes were changed in some cases. As a result, the dub isn't quite as good as it could have been, even by localization standards.

Because of that, I'd really love to see a proper redub of the series at some point. It would be especially great if they kept the dub cast. Most of the dub VAs turned out solid performances in spite of these issues. Just imagine how good they could be with better material to work with!
said at 6:16 PM on Mon Dec 5 2016
@1dbad 4Kids's edits are a reason I highly prefer the Japanese version so much more.
said at 7:32 PM on Mon Dec 5 2016
Very understandable, however it's really hard (IMO) to watch the show without the dub cast. Dan Green, Eric Stuart, & Co. were perfect in my eyes.
said at 12:55 AM on Tue Dec 6 2016
@FF91 Same here. The dub will always be nostalgic for me, but I find the Japanese version much more interesting nowadays. It's especially nice after reading the manga - a lot of the Japanese dialogue is lifted right off the page!

I think part of why I want a redub so much is I'd love for people to see what they've missed out on. Crunchyroll offering the Japanese version subbed is helping, but a redub would give the original story a lot more exposure.
EPA Deane
said at 1:04 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
 5 Shout Outs!
I had no Idea that Eric Stuart was the Voice Director for The 4Kids Dub.... Fascinating :)
said at 2:41 PM on Sun Nov 20 2016
@EPA Deane
Darren Dunstan & Chris Collet also did additional voice direction.
said at 5:53 AM on Thu Aug 4 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
I always have really liked this dub despite it's faults.
said at 11:09 PM on Wed Nov 16 2016
I'll say this much: the dub has very good voice acting for the most part, and it was actually fairly faithful to the Japanese Version during the Duelist Kingdom, DOMA (Season 4), and KC Grand Prix Arcs in terms of its script writing/dialogue. It's Battle City and the Memory World Arc the dub really messed up with, IMO: those two Arcs where the dub is at its most rewrite and censor happy, and it can get really annoying.

Well, that and the Japanese music is much better, but the dub music score is pretty acceptable and listenable, so I don't mind, but the OST has a much more passionate feeling:

Darkness Dragon
said at 2:17 AM on Tue Aug 2 2016
 1 Shout Out!
The dub was kinda met but I did like the voice actors.
It would be cool if funimation redubbed it
said at 11:27 PM on Sun Dec 6 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
Like Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh is a Series I ironically think was better dubbed by 4Kids, though in this show's case the censorship and re-writes were far greater. That said, I preferred the 4Kids/FUNimation Uncut dub episodes dub the most, I wish that dub wasn't cancelled after 9 episodes:


The Odex dub's voice acting and casting just seemed too miscast and unfitting for me, in particular I cannot comprehend whoever made the decision to have Yami Bakura sound like Peter Lorre in particular, and some of the dialogue was very rigid to me.

Shame Konami/4KMedia have the rights to this franchise now, I'd like to see FUNimation continue their old cancelled dub with the 4Kids actors for this Series, sort of like what they did with Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R.
said at 2:24 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
The only arc I didn't was the one involving Dartz. He brainwashed Rafael, Alister, Valon, and Mai Valentine to do his bidding even though he himself was brainwashed by the Orichalcos.
said at 6:55 PM on Sat Feb 6 2016
I disagree. That was the peak for me, and actually I think it was a lot better dubbed than Battle City, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUDBq2RevDo.

Marik's so overrated to me, I hate that people overlook the Memory World Arc and DOMA because of him.
said at 9:08 PM on Wed Sep 10 2014
The Odex has some really weird choices minus Ishizu who actually sounds better than the 4Kids one
said at 6:39 PM on Mon Jun 24 2013
 2 Shout Outs!
Does anyone else want to see Season 0 released on DVD? I thought that show was a lot of fun and an underrated gem when it comes to anime. Plus, it had an awesome theme song.
said at 1:48 PM on Thu Aug 22 2013
I've watched it in Japanese with subtitles myself and I share your desire to see it released on DVD one day. I must say it's pretty awesome to see how sadistic Yami Yugi, and how he toys with his opponents the way he does. Seto Kaiba has his trademark green hair as well. Miho was an interesting character as well.

I always laugh at one of the episodes where Joey (aka Jounouchi) has that soda can and sprays it on the guy that was bullying Yugi. I don't know why, but I found it extremely funny. XD.
said at 2:02 PM on Fri Aug 23 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I also just like how it took the "game king" concept with Yami Yugi and really ran with it. Plus, it had a much greater sense of mystery to it. I wonder how Dan Green would do as the more sadistic and mysterious Yami Yugi from this show if he got the chance...
said at 11:49 PM on Tue Aug 4 2015
@PsychicVoiceSpy It didn't enjoy it as much as I did the manga version, but I would love to see a release as well, even if only a subtitled streaming one. Unfortunately I fear it's not too likely. Aside from the whole card game issue, it was also produced by a different company than the card game ones (Toei), and they seem they'd rather to forget about it after it's poor success in Japan.
said at 7:58 PM on Mon Nov 26 2012
I love this Yu-Gi-Oh! Great characters (Ryou Bakura is soooo cute! ^_^), I just love this show!!! I wonder if there would be a show called Yu-Gi-Oh but with real people acting and looking exacally like the characters! That would be so awesome!!!
said at 8:54 PM on Sat Jun 16 2012
Personally, I prefer the Abridged dub to the others. Believe it or not, the abridged series has a page on IMDb! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1578694/
said at 2:35 AM on Wed Sep 28 2011
 4 Shout Outs!
Yeah, I don't like the Odex dub either, Taaz Gil seems severely miscast as Marik and Yami Marik...and is it just me, or does their recording equipment seem cheap? There's this low quality sound that is also present in their One Piece dub as will.

Say what you want about 4kids, but at least the voice cast was consistent, fit the personality of the characters and was very good for the most part.
said at 11:02 PM on Sun Nov 13 2011
@Metabad At least 4Kids' dub sounded, oh I dunno... PROFESSIONAL!!!

BTW, according to the ANN interview with the former Geneon CEO, Odex was charging only $2,000 per episode, which is REALLY cheap considering most anime dubs are over $10,000 per episode!
said at 5:41 AM on Tue Nov 15 2011
@PurpleWarrior13 Exactly.

So it was that cheap, huh? Interesting tidbit of information, but then again I'm not really that surprised.
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Who's your favorite character?
Joey Wheeler
21.2% (11 votes)
Seto Kaiba
21.2% (11 votes)
Yami Yugi
13.5% (7 votes)
Yami Yugi / Atem
11.5% (6 votes)
Ryo Bakura
9.6% (5 votes)
Marik Ishtar / Namu
7.7% (4 votes)
1.9% (1 vote)
Maximillion Pegasus
1.9% (1 vote)
1.9% (1 vote)
Yugi Muto
1.9% (1 vote)
Mai Valentine
1.9% (1 vote)
1.9% (1 vote)
Yami Bakura
1.9% (1 vote)
Serenity Wheeler
1.9% (1 vote)
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