To download a PDF copy of the General Information Booklet, click here. This article is about the original manga series. This article needs additional citations for verification. Japanese manga series about card index finger games for young children written and illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi.
Yugi Mutou, a timid young boy who loves all sorts of games, but is often bullied around. Whether it be cards, dice, or role-playing board games, he will take on challenges from anyone, anywhere. As the series progresses, Yugi and his friends learn that this person inside of his puzzle is actually the spirit of a nameless Pharaoh from Ancient Egyptian times who had lost his memories. Duel Monsters anime promotes Duel Monsters as the story’s main premise as well as in filler, shifting its universe to a more Duel Monsters-centric universe. In the initial planning stages of the manga, Takahashi had wanted to draw a horror manga. Although the end result was a manga about games, it was clear that some horror elements influenced certain aspects of the story.
Takahashi decided to use “battle” as his primary theme. Since there had been so much “fighting” manga, he found it difficult to come up with something original. When an interviewer asked Takahashi if he tried to introduce younger readers to real life gaming culture referenced in the series, Takahashi responded by saying that he simply included “stuff he played and enjoyed”, and that it may have introduced readers to role-playing games and other games. Takahashi added that he created some of the games seen in the series. Takahashi had always been interested in games, claiming to have been obsessed as a kid and is still interested in them as an adult. In a game, he considered the player to become a hero.
He decided to base the Yu-Gi-Oh! Yugi was a weak childish boy, who became a hero when he played games. With friendship being one of the major themes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Takahashi said that the card game held the strongest influence in the manga, because it “happened to evoke the most response” from readers. Prior to that point, Takahashi did not plan for the card game to make more than two appearances. Takahashi added that this is “a pretty consistent theme.