The Yardbirds

The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock music's most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.

Formed originally as the Metropolitan Blues Quartet in 1962–63 in London, the Yardbirds first achieved notice on the burgeoning British blues scene (or "rhythm and blues," as the British music press alluded to it) when they took over as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in London—succeeding the Rolling Stones. With a repertoire drawn more from the Delta-soaked Chicago blues titans Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Elmore James than the more commercially-minded Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed influences of the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds began to build a following of their own in London before very long. Their inexperience and their less-than-stellar musicianship was obvious but their commitment was just as powerful, as they hammered away at versions of such blues classics as "Smokestack Lightning," "Got Love If You Want It," "Here 'Tis," "Baby What's Wrong," "Good Morning Little School Girl," "Boom Boom," "I Wish You Would," "Done Somebody Wrong," and "Rollin' and Tumblin'."

They made their first significant lineup addition when singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, and drummer Jim McCarty, replaced original lead guitarist Anthony (Top) Topham with a very boyish-looking art student named Eric Clapton in late 1963. Clapton already knew what he was doing with his instrument; his solo turns, while far enough from the gripping little gems for which he became famous enough soon enough, already set him apart from most of his peers among the British blues clubbers. Between his sleek guitar playing and Keith Relf's improving harmonica style, the group could at least boast two attractive players that made listeners overlook their still-incomplete rhythmic attack. And, of critical importance, Crawdaddy Club impresario Giorgio Gomelsky—who had all but discovered the Rolling Stones but thought it beyond his range to become their manager—learned enough from his previous miss to become the Yardbirds' manager and, as it turned out, first producer.

Under Gomelsky's guidance, the Yardbirds got themselves signed to EMI's Columbia label in early 1964; they set a precedent of a sort when their first album turned out to be a live album, Five Live Yardbirds, recorded at the legendary Marquee Club in London. The group was well enough reputed that none other than blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson himself invited the group to tour England and Germany with him, a union that survives to this day on a live album memorable for Williamson's trouper-like adaptation of his deep troubador style of blues to the Yardbirds' raw, unpolished rock and roll version. ("Those English kids," Williamson said famously of the Yardbirds and other British blues groups like the Animals and the Stones, "want to play the blues so bad—and they play the blues so bad," though he had a personal affection for the Yardbirds' members and even thought of moving to England permanently, until the illness that resulted in his early 1965 death.)

The quintet went from there to cut several singles, including "I Wish You Would," but it was "For Your Love," a Graham Gouldman composition that was anything but the blues, which put the band to their highest chart position yet in England—and their first major hit in the United States, when it was released there in 1965. It also prompted Eric Clapton—at the time a no-holds-barred blues purist—to leave the group and join with John Mayall's Blues Breakers. The loss could have been devastating to the Yardbirds; Clapton had already shown the striking, stabbingly virtuosic style he would later expand and deepen with Mayall and unfurl as a full-fledged virtuoso statement with the improvisational Cream. Clapton recommended Jimmy Page, a studio guitarist he had known (and with whom he would soon cut a series of stirring blues guitar duets, including "Tribute to Elmore" and "Draggin' My Tail"), as his replacement, but Page—uncertain at the time about giving up his lucrative studio work—recommended in turn one Jeff Beck, whose fleet-fingered style and bent for experimentation pushed the Yardbirds to the direction from which they became widely credited for opening the door to "psychedelic" rock.

The Yardbirds in 1965 and 1966 issued a pair of albums in the U.S., slapped together somewhat haphazardly from their British recordings, For Your Love (which included a delightful early take of "Hang On, Sloopy"—they'd gotten hold of a demo of the song before the McCoys had their chartbusting crack at it a year later, and their patented doubletime "rave up" version is a treat) and Havin' A Rave Up With The Yardbirds, half of which came from Five Live Yardbirds.

Beck's tenure in the group, meanwhile, produced a number of memorable recordings, from single hits like "Heart Full of Soul," "I'm A Man," and "Shapes of Things" to the Yardbirds album (known more popularly as Roger the Engineer, and first issued in the U.S. in a bowdlerised version called Over Under Sideways Down), and established him as a top-rank guitarist whose experiments with fuzz tone, feedback, and distortion jolted British rock forward with a bold drop kick. In addition, the Yardbirds began serious experiments with things like adapting Gregorian chant ("Still I'm Sad," "Turn Into Earth," Hot House of Omagarashid," "Farewell," "Ever Since The World Began") and various European folk styles into their blues and rock rooted music, and this gained them a new reputation among the hipster underground even as their commercial appeal had begun already to wane.

It was prior to the sessions that produced Yardbirds that Paul Samwell-Smith decided to quit the group for touring purposes and move behind the boards to co-produce them with new manager, Simon Napier-Bell. Jimmy Page re-entered the picture here, playing bass until rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja could become comfortable with that instrument, and then teaming with Beck for tantalising twin-guitar attacks that proved short-enough lived: Beck either quit or was fired from the group in mid-1966, and the Yardbirds continued as a quartet for the remainder of their career. (Almost the only pronounced examples of what the Beck-Page tandem could have been came on a single, "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," and their half-crazed version of "The Train Kept A-Rollin'," an even crazier rendition of which turned up in the Antonioni film Blow-Up as "Stroll On".) Page was just as bent toward experimentation as Beck, particularly his striking technique of scraping a violin or cello bow across his guitar strings to induce a round of odd and surreal sounds, and his dextrous use of a wah-wah pedal. He also proved an adept fingerstyle guitarist, the shimmering "White Summer," an Indian-influence instrumental composition, joining his full-out hard rock grinder, "I'm Confused" as curlicues to the Yardbirds' unexpectedly forthcoming transmutation.

Increasing chart indifference, record company pressure (their British home label pressed hitmaking producer Mickie Most upon them in a failed bid to re-ignite their commercial success), and drug-related problems meant that by 1967 the Yardbirds' days were numbered. Or were they? After the failure of their final album (the badly-produced Little Games) and their reduction to small venues for touring, the group agreed to split in early 1968.

But Jimmy Page, left with both the rights to the band's name and a touring commitment yet fulfilled in Europe, was compelled to put a new lineup together to make that commitment. Billed as the New Yardbirds, they made the tour, found themselves clicking together decently enough, and then repaired home to England to produce, in a very short time, a very new album by a somewhat different group, although much of the sound derived from Page's sonic experiments (and a baby brother composition to his earlier "White Summer" called "Black Mountain Side"—not to mention a polished rewrite of "I'm Confused," called "Dazed and Confused") with the last edition of the Yardbirds: Led Zeppelin.

The remaining Yardbirds didn't exactly go gently into that good grey night. Paul Samwell-Smith, who had gone on to fame as Cat Stevens' producer in 1970, helped vocalist Relf and drummer McCarty organise a new group devoted to experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms—Renaissance.

Keith Relf resurfaced in the late 1970s with a new quartet, Armageddon, a hybrid of hard, thrusting rock and folk that included former Renaissance mate Louis Cenammo. They recorded one promising album before Relf was killed in an electrocution accident in his home. Meanwhile, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith (who had remained Cat Stevens' producer to the day Stevens converted to Islam and withdrew from pop music entirely), and Chris Dreja offered a nucleus in the 1980s for a short-enough lived but fun-enough kind of Yardbirds semi-reunion called Box of Frogs, which occasionally included Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page plus various friends with whom they'd all recorded over the years.

The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. All six living musicians who had been part of the group's heyday—including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, who had never (contrary to numerous misidentifications over the years) played in the group together (the confusion may have stemmed from a 1971 Epic Records anthology, Yardbirds Featuring Performances By: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, a set which fell out of print and became a very expensive collectors' item for many years)—appeared at the ceremony. "I suppose," Jeff Beck cracked at the ceremony, "I should say thank you, but they fired me—so fuck 'em!"

In 2003, a new album, Birdland, was released under the Yardbirds name by a lineup including Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, and new members Gypie Mayo (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Idan (bass, lead vocals) and Alan Glen (harmonica, backing vocals). Jeff Beck reunites with his former bandmates on one track.


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Jeff Beck reunites with his former bandmates on one track. Each game generaly includes 3 promotional cards for use with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. In 2003, a new album, Birdland, was released under the Yardbirds name by a lineup including Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, and new members Gypie Mayo (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Idan (bass, lead vocals) and Alan Glen (harmonica, backing vocals). The English version video games generally use the 4Kids English anime names, as opposed to the Viz English manga names. "I suppose," Jeff Beck cracked at the ceremony, "I should say thank you, but they fired me—so fuck 'em!". Konami produces all Yu-Gi-Oh!-related video games. All six living musicians who had been part of the group's heyday—including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, who had never (contrary to numerous misidentifications over the years) played in the group together (the confusion may have stemmed from a 1971 Epic Records anthology, Yardbirds Featuring Performances By: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, a set which fell out of print and became a very expensive collectors' item for many years)—appeared at the ceremony. All books are published by Shueisha and credit Kazuki Takahashi as the author.

The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Several books based on the manga and anime have been released in Japan and outside of Japan. Meanwhile, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith (who had remained Cat Stevens' producer to the day Stevens converted to Islam and withdrew from pop music entirely), and Chris Dreja offered a nucleus in the 1980s for a short-enough lived but fun-enough kind of Yardbirds semi-reunion called Box of Frogs, which occasionally included Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page plus various friends with whom they'd all recorded over the years. After Yu-Gi-Oh! become popular, Kazuki Takahashi was asked to modify the storyline to feature more of the card game. They recorded one promising album before Relf was killed in an electrocution accident in his home. In those seven volumes, which were released in the American Shonen Jump, there are only three instances of the game Magic and Wizards, which was changed to Duel Monsters in the English version of the manga as the plot went on. Keith Relf resurfaced in the late 1970s with a new quartet, Armageddon, a hybrid of hard, thrusting rock and folk that included former Renaissance mate Louis Cenammo. The merchandising of Yu-Gi-Oh! products and games has drawn criticism from adults and anime fans, and the series is widely described as toyetic. The original manga did not include Duel Monsters as a regular plot vehicle for the first seven volumes.

Paul Samwell-Smith, who had gone on to fame as Cat Stevens' producer in 1970, helped vocalist Relf and drummer McCarty organise a new group devoted to experimentation between rock, folk, and classical forms—Renaissance. Also, the Duel Disc featured in the later anime has been made available. The remaining Yardbirds didn't exactly go gently into that good grey night. Other collectible games that were originally created as fictitious games for the series but were later turned into real games include Capsule Monster Chess, a sort of pre-Mage Knight collectible miniatures game, and Dungeon Dice Monsters, a dungeon crawl boardgame where the tiles are created by unfolding the faces of 6-sided dice, and which is a variant on an earlier, non-collectible Japanese game called simply Dungeon Dice. Billed as the New Yardbirds, they made the tour, found themselves clicking together decently enough, and then repaired home to England to produce, in a very short time, a very new album by a somewhat different group, although much of the sound derived from Page's sonic experiments (and a baby brother composition to his earlier "White Summer" called "Black Mountain Side"—not to mention a polished rewrite of "I'm Confused," called "Dazed and Confused") with the last edition of the Yardbirds: Led Zeppelin. Related starter decks released in North America include Yugi Starter Deck, Kaiba Starter Deck, Pegasus Starter Deck, and Joey Starter Deck. But Jimmy Page, left with both the rights to the band's name and a touring commitment yet fulfilled in Europe, was compelled to put a new lineup together to make that commitment. After the Duelist Kingdom season of the Duel Monsters anime, the card game became real, and the characters started to play the game by the rules outlined in the real card game.

Or were they? After the failure of their final album (the badly-produced Little Games) and their reduction to small venues for touring, the group agreed to split in early 1968. The behavior of some cards in the real-life game are not the same as the behavior of the card in the TV show. Increasing chart indifference, record company pressure (their British home label pressed hitmaking producer Mickie Most upon them in a failed bid to re-ignite their commercial success), and drug-related problems meant that by 1967 the Yardbirds' days were numbered. Unlike other television shows, books, games and films which have spawned card games (such as those for Pokémon, The Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Star Wars), the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters TV show features the game, and viewers of the show learn how to play the game along with the characters. He also proved an adept fingerstyle guitarist, the shimmering "White Summer," an Indian-influence instrumental composition, joining his full-out hard rock grinder, "I'm Confused" as curlicues to the Yardbirds' unexpectedly forthcoming transmutation. The real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is based on the fictional Duel Monsters game played by the primary characters. (Almost the only pronounced examples of what the Beck-Page tandem could have been came on a single, "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," and their half-crazed version of "The Train Kept A-Rollin'," an even crazier rendition of which turned up in the Antonioni film Blow-Up as "Stroll On".) Page was just as bent toward experimentation as Beck, particularly his striking technique of scraping a violin or cello bow across his guitar strings to induce a round of odd and surreal sounds, and his dextrous use of a wah-wah pedal. The Duel Monsters themselves, as the primary battle agents in the series' card duels, can also be considered major characters, especially the three Egyptian God Cards: Obelisk the Tormentor ("Giant God Soldier of Obelisk" in the Japanese version), the Winged Dragon of Ra ("Winged God Dragon of Ra" in the Japanese version), and Slifer the Sky Dragon ("Sky Dragon of Osiris" in the Japanese version).

Jimmy Page re-entered the picture here, playing bass until rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja could become comfortable with that instrument, and then teaming with Beck for tantalising twin-guitar attacks that proved short-enough lived: Beck either quit or was fired from the group in mid-1966, and the Yardbirds continued as a quartet for the remainder of their career. The main character of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX is Judai Yuki, an energetic boy who possesses great talents in Duel Monsters, but stays in the worst dormitory of duelist academy, Slifer Red (Osiris Red in Japan). It was prior to the sessions that produced Yardbirds that Paul Samwell-Smith decided to quit the group for touring purposes and move behind the boards to co-produce them with new manager, Simon Napier-Bell. Yugi's best friends Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler), Anzu Mazaki (Téa Gardner), and Hiroto Honda (Tristan Taylor) are also primary characters, as well as Dark Yugi's main rival, Seto Kaiba. In addition, the Yardbirds began serious experiments with things like adapting Gregorian chant ("Still I'm Sad," "Turn Into Earth," Hot House of Omagarashid," "Farewell," "Ever Since The World Began") and various European folk styles into their blues and rock rooted music, and this gained them a new reputation among the hipster underground even as their commercial appeal had begun already to wane. The main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga series are Yugi Mutou (Yugi Moto in the English anime), a shy, pure-hearted high school student and gaming expert who possesses the mystic Millennium Puzzle; and the nameless Pharaoh, otherwise known as Dark Yugi, or Yu-Gi-Oh (Yami Yugi), a darker personality hold in the Puzzle. in a bowdlerised version called Over Under Sideways Down), and established him as a top-rank guitarist whose experiments with fuzz tone, feedback, and distortion jolted British rock forward with a bold drop kick. See also:.

Beck's tenure in the group, meanwhile, produced a number of memorable recordings, from single hits like "Heart Full of Soul," "I'm A Man," and "Shapes of Things" to the Yardbirds album (known more popularly as Roger the Engineer, and first issued in the U.S. Main articles:. The Yardbirds in 1965 and 1966 issued a pair of albums in the U.S., slapped together somewhat haphazardly from their British recordings, For Your Love (which included a delightful early take of "Hang On, Sloopy"—they'd gotten hold of a demo of the song before the McCoys had their chartbusting crack at it a year later, and their patented doubletime "rave up" version is a treat) and Havin' A Rave Up With The Yardbirds, half of which came from Five Live Yardbirds. premiere got free Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Clapton recommended Jimmy Page, a studio guitarist he had known (and with whom he would soon cut a series of stirring blues guitar duets, including "Tribute to Elmore" and "Draggin' My Tail"), as his replacement, but Page—uncertain at the time about giving up his lucrative studio work—recommended in turn one Jeff Beck, whose fleet-fingered style and bent for experimentation pushed the Yardbirds to the direction from which they became widely credited for opening the door to "psychedelic" rock. People who attended the movie during its U.S. The loss could have been devastating to the Yardbirds; Clapton had already shown the striking, stabbingly virtuosic style he would later expand and deepen with Mayall and unfurl as a full-fledged virtuoso statement with the improvisational Cream. In the movie, Yami Yugi faces Anubis, his arch-rival from his time.

It also prompted Eric Clapton—at the time a no-holds-barred blues purist—to leave the group and join with John Mayall's Blues Breakers. The movie was aired on TV Tokyo on January 2, 2005. The quintet went from there to cut several singles, including "I Wish You Would," but it was "For Your Love," a Graham Gouldman composition that was anything but the blues, which put the band to their highest chart position yet in England—and their first major hit in the United States, when it was released there in 1965. The unedited Japanese remade version of the movie premiered in special screenings in Tokyo on November 3, 2004 and normal theaters on Christmas Eve, 2004. ("Those English kids," Williamson said famously of the Yardbirds and other British blues groups like the Animals and the Stones, "want to play the blues so bad—and they play the blues so bad," though he had a personal affection for the Yardbirds' members and even thought of moving to England permanently, until the illness that resulted in his early 1965 death.). The characters here are from the 2nd series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The group was well enough reputed that none other than blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson himself invited the group to tour England and Germany with him, a union that survives to this day on a live album memorable for Williamson's trouper-like adaptation of his deep troubador style of blues to the Yardbirds' raw, unpolished rock and roll version. The second movie, referred to as simply "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie" in North America and known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Pyramid of Light, was first released in North America on August 13, 2004.

Under Gomelsky's guidance, the Yardbirds got themselves signed to EMI's Columbia label in early 1964; they set a precedent of a sort when their first album turned out to be a live album, Five Live Yardbirds, recorded at the legendary Marquee Club in London. Main article: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light. And, of critical importance, Crawdaddy Club impresario Giorgio Gomelsky—who had all but discovered the Rolling Stones but thought it beyond his range to become their manager—learned enough from his previous miss to become the Yardbirds' manager and, as it turned out, first producer. Toei once had a site at http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/movie/tv/yugioh/index.html but it is no longer there and web.archive.org did not archive it. Between his sleek guitar playing and Keith Relf's improving harmonica style, the group could at least boast two attractive players that made listeners overlook their still-incomplete rhythmic attack. The characters here are from the 1st series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. They made their first significant lineup addition when singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, and drummer Jim McCarty, replaced original lead guitarist Anthony (Top) Topham with a very boyish-looking art student named Eric Clapton in late 1963. Clapton already knew what he was doing with his instrument; his solo turns, while far enough from the gripping little gems for which he became famous enough soon enough, already set him apart from most of his peers among the British blues clubbers. It was first released on March 6, 1999.

Their inexperience and their less-than-stellar musicianship was obvious but their commitment was just as powerful, as they hammered away at versions of such blues classics as "Smokestack Lightning," "Got Love If You Want It," "Here 'Tis," "Baby What's Wrong," "Good Morning Little School Girl," "Boom Boom," "I Wish You Would," "Done Somebody Wrong," and "Rollin' and Tumblin'.". Produced by Toei Animation, the first movie of Yu-Gi-Oh! is a 30-minute movie released only in Japan. With a repertoire drawn more from the Delta-soaked Chicago blues titans Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Elmore James than the more commercially-minded Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed influences of the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds began to build a following of their own in London before very long. The translator of the English manga is Anita Sengupta. Formed originally as the Metropolitan Blues Quartet in 1962–63 in London, the Yardbirds first achieved notice on the burgeoning British blues scene (or "rhythm and blues," as the British music press alluded to it) when they took over as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in London—succeeding the Rolling Stones. The Duelist Kingdom and Battle City arcs is released as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, while the Egypt arc is released as Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World. Currently, April 2005, the Egyptian arc can be found in Shonen Jump magazine. The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock music's most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Viz released volumes 1 through 7 under the original manga name Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Published in its original right-to-left format, the manga is largely unedited, especially compared to the English anime. The original Japanese character names are kept for most of the characters (Yugi, Jonouchi, Anzu, and Honda, for instance), while the English names are used for a few characters (e.g. Maximillion Pegasus) and the Duel Monsters cards. The English version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga is released by VIZ Media in both the Shonen Jump magazine and in individual graphic novels. Some people mistake Toei's series for a lost first season of the TV show.

The English version only consists of the second series made by NAS. 4Kids has not translated the 27 episodes produced by Toei that make up the first series Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX has been licensed by 4Kids and is set to air in 2005 in North America. Like many anime shows originally created for the Japanese market, a number of changes were made when the Yu-Gi-Oh! television show was released in the United States.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, it is broadcast on Nickelodeon. In Canada, Yu-Gi-Oh! is broadcast on YTV. In the United States it is broadcast on Kids WB and on Cartoon Network. Produced by 4Kids Entertainment, the English version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime is broadcast on many channels.

See: Yu-Gi-Oh! (second series anime). Also produced by NAS, the series was first aired on TV Tokyo on October 6, 2004. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX (遊戯王デュエルモンスターズGX), is an anime spinoff of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, with newly-designed characters in a new plotline, focusing on the life in a duelist academy. Main article: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

The series ended its 224-episode run on September 29, 2004. Titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters (遊戯王デュエル モンスターズ) in Asia and Yu-Gi-Oh! elsewhere, this so-called "second series" of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is the series that introduced Yu-Gi-Oh! to the Western world. Produced by NAS, it was first aired on TV Tokyo on April 18, 2000 in Japan, and later became popular in Japan and other places around the world. Main article: Yu-Gi-Oh! (second series anime). It was first aired on TV Asahi on April 4, 1998 and it ended its run on October 10, 1998.

It is not connected in any way to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series, another Yu-Gi-Oh! anime made by Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), but is often referred to as the "first series" to distinguish it from the latter. Produced by Toei Animation, this 27-episode anime is based on Yu-Gi-Oh! manga volumes 1-7, which do not focus much on Duel Monsters (known as Magic & Wizards in the original manga). Main article: Yu-Gi-Oh! (first series anime). It was first published in Shueisha's V-Jump on April 21, 2004.

Drawn by Akira Itou and supervised by Kazuki Takahashi, Yu-Gi-Oh! R (遊☆戯☆王R) is a spinoff of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, with most of the same characters in a new plotline. Main article: Yu-Gi-Oh! R. Starting around the eighth volume, the Duelist Kingdom arc starts and the plot shifts to a Duel Monsters-centered universe. The plots start out as fairly episodic and there are only three instances of the card game Magic and Wizards (later renamed Duel Monsters in the English version of the manga) in the first seven volumes.

The manga originally focused on Yugi Mutou (Yugi Moto in the English anime) as he uses games designed by himself to fight various villains, and goes into several misadventures with his friends Katsuya Jonouchi (Joey Wheeler in the English anime), Anzu Mazaki (Téa Gardner), and Hiroto Honda (Tristan Taylor). Run from 1996 to March 8, 2004, the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga was one of the most popular titles featured in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump. Begun as a manga in Japan in 1996, the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise has since grown to an immensely successful global brand, spawning various manga and anime series, a real-life version of the card game featured in the story, video games, toys, and many other products. Duel Monsters is believed to be a spinoff of the popular American trading card game Magic: The Gathering.

Yu-Gi-Oh! (遊☆戯☆王 yūgiō, Japanese for "King of Games") is a popular Japanese anime and manga franchise from Kazuki Takahashi that mainly involves characters who play a card game called Duel Monsters (originally called "Magic and Wizards" (M&W) in both the English and Japanese versions of the manga) wherein each player purchases and assembles a deck of Monster, Magic and Trap Cards in order to defeat one another. Takahashi, Kazuki, Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guide Book - The Gospel of Truth (遊戯王キャラクターズガイドブック―真理の福音― Yūgiō Kyarakutāzu Gaido Bukku Shinri no Fukuin), Shueisha, 2002. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 5 Expert 1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Capsule GB.

Yugi Deck. Kaiba Deck. Jonouchi Deck. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 4: Battle Record of the Strongest Duelists (遊戯王デュエルモンスターズ4 最強決闘者戦記)

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    Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters II. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters I. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Beginners Pack. Yu-Gi-Oh! Dawn of Destiny.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists of the Roses (Yu-Gi-Oh! Shin Duel Monsters 2 in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum. Yu-Gi-Oh! Forbidden Memories (Yu-Gi-Oh! Shin Duel Monsters in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! Online.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Yugi the Destiny (North America and Europe only). Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge (North America and Europe only). Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Joey the Passion (North America and Europe only). Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom (Yu-Gi-Oh! Falsebound Kingdom in Japan).

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Duel Stories (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters III: Dark Duel Stories). Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005 (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters International 2 in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 9: Expert 3 in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 7: The Duelcity Legend in Japan).

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 6 Expert 2 in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 8: Reshef of Destruction in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! Eternal Duelist's Soul. Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler (Yu-Gi-Oh! Sugoroku no Sugoroku in Japan). Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour. Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guide Book - The Gospel of Truth (遊戯王キャラクターズガイドブック―真理の福音― Yūgiō Kyarakutāzu Gaido Bukku Shinri no Fukuin) - ISBN 4-08-873363-0 - This book is a character guide related to the manga. Volume 5 ISBN 4-08-782053-X.

    Volume 4 ISBN 4-08-782047-5. Volume 3 ISBN 4-08-782135-8. Volume 2 ISBN 4-08-782041-6. Volume 1 ISBN 4-08-782764-X.

    Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Duel Monsters Official Card Catalog The Variable Book - This is a collection of card catalogues.

      . This also has a Q & A related to certain cards, and the book comes with the "multiply" card. Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Duel Monsters Official Rule Guide -- The Thousand Rule Bible - ISBN 4-08-782134-X - This is a rule book and strategy guide for the Junior and Shin Expert rules. Yu-Gi-Oh! (novel) - ISBN 4-08-703086-5 - This is a novelization of the first two story arcs of the manga.

      Yu-Gi-Oh! Enter the Shadow Realm: Mighty Champions by Jeff O'Hare - ISBN 0439671914 - Published by Scholastic Press - A book with puzzles and games related to Yu-Gi-Oh!. Yu-Gi-Oh!: Monster Duel Official Handbook by Michael Anthony Steele - ISBN 0439651018 - Published by Scholastic Press - A guide book to Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and characters. Millennium World. Waking the Dragons.

      Virtual Realm. Battle City. Duelist Kingdom. Shadow Game.

      Millennium Items. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (for characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX). Yu-Gi-Oh! R (for characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! R). Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, manga or movie only characters.

      Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga characters. Yu-Gi-Oh! main characters.

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