Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

TV (180 eps)
2004 - 2008
Fall 2004
3.115 out of 5 from 11,508 votes
Rank #5,461

At the island-based Duel Academy, young potential duelists gain the skills they need to become a top notch duelist. The students are divided into three classes named after the three Egyptian god cards: the top ranked Obelisk Blue, average Ra Yellow, and beginner Slifer Red. Jaden Yuki is currently a student at the academy, and is a huge fan of the famous Yugi Mutou. Though Jaden must start off slowly in the Slifer Red class, his goal is impressive: to become the next King of Games! Together with Syrus, Chumley, and Bastion, their dueling matches will draw them into the shadow realm, and into trouble. Jaden and the gang must do the only thing possible: get their game on!

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The Next King of Games

Episode 1

The Next King of Games

Yugi's Heir

Episode 1

Yugi's Heir

Welcome to Duel Academy

Episode 3

Welcome to Duel Academy

Flame Wingman

Episode 3

Flame Wingman

Etoile Cyber

Episode 5

Etoile Cyber

A Duel in Love

Episode 5

A Duel in Love

Five-Part Fusion! VWXYZ

Episode 7

Five-Part Fusion! VWXYZ

Raring to Go

Episode 7

Raring to Go

The Shadow Duelist, Part 1

Episode 9

The Shadow Duelist, Part 1

Dark Fiend Deck

Episode 9

Dark Fiend Deck

The Shadow Duelist, Part 2

Episode 11

The Shadow Duelist, Part 2

Winged Kuriboh's Miracle

Episode 11

Winged Kuriboh's Miracle

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mdchan
4

Let's start with the beginning...the opening and ending songs (Japanese version) were great the entire way through from what I can remember.  Even the first English dub opening is appropriate for the series and catchy, and is actually better than the dubbing job, itself.  I suggest, if you can, to watch it subbed; subtract 1-2 points from Overall and about 10 points from Sound for the English dub version, because it's that awful. If your favorite character turns out to be Judai (Jaden), increase the Overall rating by 2-3 points; the show is extremely Judai-centric.  If your favorite character doesn't turn out to be Judai, decrease the Overall by 1-2 points since you probably won't enjoy it as much. The anime, itself, started off strong with a Jounouchi (Joey)-like protagonist.  Unlike its predecessor, GX features your typical headstrong, hot blooded idiot of a main character with a perpetual cheerful attitude and a natural skill for the game. However, the characters are extremely flat, especially the protagonist up until the third season where he changes too drastically and suddenly.  GX, like its predecessor, has the WORST assortment of side-kicks in terms of skill level and screen time.  Shou (Syrus) and Hayato (Chumley) are jokes for the majority of the first season, then eventually fade into the background halfway through the second season (Hayato vanishes completely).  Shou remains as a supporting character throughout the series (with a couple episodes involving him as more than a cheer squad), but it would have been nice to see him and some of the others get a larger role. The third and fourth seasons also completely killed the show.  The third season brought in new characters that all but replaced some of the characters we grew to love in the first two seasons.  The fourth season, with the exception of a couple episodes, was actually painful to watch until the final two episodes. If you like an anime packed full of cliches where it's the main protagonist that handles 99.9% of everything that happens, and everyone else winds up as a cheer squad, then you'll like this anime.  It has the typical shounen protagonist, as well as just about every shounen cliche you can find. If you want an anime where the lead characters (plural, not just the main protagonist) grow and continue to shine and work together through the entire series in every season, and the plot is interesting, engaging, and slightly mysterious, then this anime is not for you.

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