Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters - Recommendations

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Beyblade

Beyblade

Beyblading is the latest rage; gyroscopes battle each other in different environments until one is knocked out. Only a true master can bring out a blade’s full potential and unleash the bitbeast within, though. To find out who the true blade master is, a tournament is held. While going up against a team of bio-enhanced beybladers, can the talented but hard-headed Tyson and his team, the Bladebreakers, master their bitbeasts and bring home the win?

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Both Beyblade and Yu-Gi-Oh are anime meant for younger kids. These two are very similar in plot, as they revolve around a tournament in which mysterious items are used to fight, and only a true master can bring out their max potential in order to keep winning.

sunshinyness sunshinyness says...

Both Yu-Gi-Oh and Beyblade contain strong themes of friendship and teamwork, and involve the need to collect items and engage in combat with peers.

styln styln says...

Do you like anime in which characters battle each other by playing a game? Well then Yu-Gi-Oh and Beyblade are just the series for you. The characters take on their problems with a game of cards and spinning tops, respectively.

batman2004 batman2004 says...

If you liked Beyblade or Yu-gi-oh, you'd probably like the other, as both have a lot of battles, rivalry, and challenges. I really recommend one for the other, for that reason.

vernanonix vernanonix says...

Whether creatures are flying out of trading cards or battling tops, it doesn't matter. If you like big, powerful monsters and flashy effects along with them, either Beyblade or Yu-Gi-Oh will work for you.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, both series contain a story of friendship, loyalty and reaching the final gool after many hardships. Some may think that these anime are just kids shows aired in the moring on TV but they can make you addicted in no time. The stories are quite good and at some point of the show you wolud want to be one of the characters. That's the best proof that these series are fairly better than nowadays commercial sh*t.

thegreatmajeni thegreatmajeni says...

Both are made for more of a Younger audience, They both also battle with things, and may have many tournaments.

Kari5 Kari5 says...

Both of these shows are big flashy shounen titles. If you like tons of episodes, tournaments, best friend speeches, and over-the-top children's card games with a supernatural twist, then these shows are for you.

Pokemon

Pokemon

In a world where creatures known as Pokemon roam and would-be trainers capture and battle the beasts, the young Ash Ketchum can’t be happier; he has finally reached the age when he can have his very first Pokemon! Along with the electrical Pikachu and human buddies Brock and Misty, Ash must embark on a journey to battle countless others and become the best Pokemon Trainer of them all! From the Johto region to the Orange Islands, there’s plenty of Pokemon to catch and adventures to find, even if the infamous Team Rocket stands in the way!

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Foop Foop says...

Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon are about battling with monsters. Whether it is through a card or a Pokeball, it is just about the same concept. You should watch them both.

vernanonix vernanonix says...

Yugi and Ash both have goals, which they reach using tools of their trade. For Ash, it's his Pokemon; for Yugi, it's his cards. Both series involve strategic battles, flashy monsters, and a little humor on occasion. With such similarities, who could love one and not the other?

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Pokemon and YuGiOh both appeal a younger audience using well-drawn monsters to engage in battle. Both include some fighting and some tactics in their battles, yet keep the overall tone relaxed and more aimed towards children.

Kari5 Kari5 says...

People compete in competitions, train, and enjoy friendly matches with their friends-these are basic themes in Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. On the way to become the best in the world at pokemon trainning or dueling, the main characters learn about themselves and the people around them.

Daemon666 Daemon666 says...

The overall feel, the description, the genre, these two animes are so alike that it's impossible to hate one if you liked the other. To describe one is to essentially decribe the other. If you grew up watching one you grew up watching the other. 

Yega Yega says...

Great anime to watch when you dont know what to stream or just want to sit and chill

both shows will get you nostalgic, with countless memories invoked, at the slight muttering of the words, "I want to be the very best, like no one ever was"?

Cardfight!! Vanguard

Cardfight!! Vanguard

Move over, solitaire! Cardfight Vanguard is the card game that all the kids these days are playing. Using carefully prepared decks, players battle it out for fame and glory – the first to receive six damage points loses. After a bully takes Aichi's special card, the boy learns Vanguard to win it back and finds himself inexplicably drawn into the sport. Now determined to prove his skills to himself, as well as to the legendary player Toshiki Kai, Aichi climbs the ranks of Vanguard, making new friends and challenging fierce competitors along the way.

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Drahken Drahken says...

Cardfight is nearly identical to duel monsters. Going beyond the elemental fact of both revolving around a card game, they both feature a meek boy who owns a card which is precious to him for reasons having nothing to do with the game, and who then has said card stolen by an obnoxious punk, then must go on a card dueling adventure to try to get his special card back. Even the special cards themselves are very similar, with both being very powerful cards and having very similar looking white armor. If you wanted more yu-gi-oh, then cardfight is for you. If you can't wait for more episodes of cardfight, yu-gi-oh will keep you happy.

auatarch auatarch says...

Cardfight!! Vanguard is Yu-Gi-Oh 2011. Just the first episode filled me with nostalgia for my days spent at the local bookstore playing children's trading card games. If your craving more card games, look no further.

Renegadefalls Renegadefalls says...

Vanguard is almost a carbon copy of yu-gi-oh! Vanguard has the same style as yu-gi-oh! with the only difference being the rules to the card game itself.

The primary card of Aichi the main character, Blast Blade, has a strikingly similar name to that of one of Yugi's most powerful monsters, Buster Blader.

LadyPsychic LadyPsychic says...

Both anime involve card games.  Some of the characters in Cardfight Vanguard are similar (personality wise) to those in Yu-Gi-Oh.  While Yu-Gi-Oh embaces the supernatural/fantasy stuff from the get go, Cardfight Vanguard starts off a bit more realistic/grounded (though supernatural/fantasy stuff do get introduced later).  In any case, both are decent card game anime and those who like one may like the other (though keep in mind that it takes Cardfight Vanguard a bit longer to get epic than Yu-Gi-Oh).

Rijen Rijen says...

They're both cardgames that revolve around the young protagonist and his adventures. Good introductories into the actual trading card games

Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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jurexplay jurexplay says...

The main simiarity are main characters. Both of them posess "inner" self that they can talk to and that are a masters in Card game/Go. Both anime tell the story of these characters as they learn more about the games and about themselves.

YEROCKY YEROCKY says...

Because they are “cool kids” type anime centered on young protagonists that are introduced to a competitive game, after discovering the secrets of a spiritual artifact.

These talented young individuals are up-and-coming prodigies, aided by the guidance of an ancient spirit that has extensive expert knowledge of the game’s mechanics. Along the way, the young protagonists meet new players, forming friendships and even rivalries to make things interesting.

Both shows premiered in the early 2000’s, though ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ is a card game with more high stakes showdowns, intense mind games, and over-the-top opponents; while ‘Hikaru no Go’ has a more down-to-earth approach on an niche board game, ‘Go’. Both have a mix of comedy, drama, and fun showdowns throughout.

Smartredhead Smartredhead says...

both shows have a young male lead character who gets to share his consciousness with an older soul who teaches the young mind about the game;

while yu-gi-oh gets way over the top sometimes and also has the fate of the world at stakes, hikaru no go is more reality like as we follow the mc on his journey to becoming a top player;

Phi Brain: Puzzle of God

Phi Brain: Puzzle of God

No one loves puzzles more than Kaito Diamon, and when it comes to solving them, he's the best there is. But when a labyrinth underneath his school leads him to an mysterious armband that can unlock his brain's full potential, he is put on the Puzzle Of God organization's radar as one of the children of Phi-Brain. Now he must push his mind to the limit as the P.O.G. challenges him relentlessly to their deadly puzzles. With a plethora of dangerous, laughable, creative, or down-right demented puzzles being thrown at him, will Kaito have what it takes to solve his way to victory or will he fall against the puzzles he adores so much?

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Xetam Xetam says...

Both of these shows has a type of game where they challenge one another. One has a virtual card game and the other has a variety of life size puzzles. There is a punishment for losing during special games. The main characters even have items that make them better at the game. They repeat the game almost every episode. There is also a villian at points trying to ruin the game or destory the world.

vernanonix vernanonix says...

Both of these anime, at their basis, feature some ordinary plaything brought on to a large scale competition with dangerous consequences. Both series can jump back and forth from serious to humorous with thair colorful casts of characters. And of course, the main character is a natural genius at whatever it is the series focuses on.

Manthika Manthika says...

High stakes games? Taking childrens' games far too seriously?  Struggling to solve really simple puzzles and problems for dramatic purposes?  Oh yeah, these two are practically the same.  Except Yugioh has a lot more card games and ancient egyptian subtext.  

D.N.Angel

D.N.Angel

For Niwa Daisuke, turning 14 should be accompanied by romance and the promise of new adventures into adulthood, but instead comes with a surprising revelation: all male children of the Niwa's bloodline inherit the powers (alter ego) of Dark, a phantom thief, upon their 14th birthday! Now, in addition to his ever-present quest to win the heart of his childhood friend Risa, Daisuke must commit acts of thievery (with his doppelganger Dark controlling his body), to steal mysterious pieces of art for unknown purposes. For Daisuke, his growing pains are just beginning!

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aoryou aoryou says...

Both seris are about two young, shy boys, who are possesed by a confident, old Spirit. Both spirit exist to collecting mystical items and fighting with a acient Magic.

jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, both main characters have inner self that are few hundred years old but have a young body. Occasionally they take over the body's when there's a need. Anime about friendship and reaching personal goals.

Duel Masters

Duel Masters

Twelve-year-old Shobu Kirifuda has one goal: to become a top-ranking player at the game of Duel Masters, a card game in which players use spells and summon monsters to break through their opponents' shield cards and subsequently defeat them. Shobu believes he's a great player, but he soon discovers that there is more to the game than he originally thought; true Duel Masters, he learns, are able to make the monsters on the cards manifest themselves during a duel. A mysterious group has taken a keen interest in Shobu, although their reasons are as mysterious as the group itself. Now Shobu and his friends not only have to win the championship, but also try to figure out who these people are and why they're so interested in Shobu.

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949paintball 949paintball says...

if you like anime that are focused on card battles then this show is for you!! both have kind of a seriouse side.. but not rly..

Jdogtoocool Jdogtoocool says...

Duel Monsters or Duel Masters it's all the same here folks. If you're into a group of adolecents ducking it out with magical cards then these are the anime for you. There's a descent plot for those interested in paying attention. If you like one I'm sure you'll love the other.

Digimon Tamers

Digimon Tamers

All Takato ever wanted was his very own Digimon; all Ruki ever wanted was a strong Digimon; and all Jen ever wanted was a partner Digimon. Their wish came true, but along with it a string of Digimon came to destroy the world and conquer it. This unlikely trio must now fight with their partner Digimon created from the mysterious blue card and stop the impending doom that is coming their way. Together with some other friends they explore the Digital Zone to find out what is happening, and to discover the mystery behind the D-Reaper. This is not just a regular digital monsters card game, because this time, the Digimon are real!

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temari816 temari816 says...

Yu-gi-oh and Digimon Tamers have a lot in common. First off, the shows are both based on card games. But, the games become more than games, the monsters in the cards become 'real' and the characters in the series have to fight using the cards and the monsters. The fate of the world lies in the hands of those with the cards and the skills.

Zatch Bell!

Zatch Bell!

Takamine Kiyomaro is a junior high school student who thinks he’s too smart for school, to the disappointment of his mother. On his 14th birthday a surprise literally crashes through Kiyomaro’s window, in the form of… a small naked child?! His name is Gash Bell and his goal is simple: be a mentor for Kiyomaro, at the request of Kiyomaro’s departed father. In return, Kiyomaro must help discover the secrets behind Gash Bell’s amnesia and his past, with only a red book as a clue. As if things weren’t crazy enough, Kiyomaro soon discovers that Gash Bell is a demon -- one of many on Earth -- who can be forced back to the demon world if its corresponding book is burned. Armed with the power of the red book, Kiyomaro must now help Gash Bell defend himself against other demons who want to vanquish him from the Earth, lest his newfound friend vanish forever!

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Foop Foop says...

Yu-Gi-Oh! and Zatch Bell are very similar in the fact that there is battling within the show and the basis is the battling. The only difference is that ZatchBell is little monster things and Yu-Gi-Oh! has cards.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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badazz5001 badazz5001 says...

I know this my be a bit of a strich but bouth series revolve around a highschool student obtaining a magical power and using it to try and make there loved ones lived better. for lelouch his sister and for yugi his grandpa. Also bouth involve a lot of stritegy in the plots and both have simmiler animation and good charecters