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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX

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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
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Get your Game on!
(Ignore the critics, everyone. This anime is absolutely flawless.)
Genre: Fantasy adventure
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: October 6, 2004 – March 26, 2008
Network(s): TXN
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 180
Previous show: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Next show: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's


Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is an anime spin-off and sequel of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The anime was aired in Japan in October 6, 2004, and was eventually succeeded by Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, which aired in Japan on April 2, 2008.

Summary

Taking place ten years after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX follows a new generation of duelists, including a young boy named Judai Yuki (Jaden Yuki), who attends Duel Academia (Duel Academy), a school founded by Seto Kaiba that trains duelists in the field of Duel Monsters. Judai/Jaden makes various friends and rivals and takes on many challenges alongside his Elemental Hero deck and a Winged Kuriboh card given to him by Yugi Muto.

Why It's Ready to Get Your Game On

  1. Out of all the Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs, GX is the most closely related to the original series, with characters from Duel Monsters often making guests appearances. At the same time however, the series remains focused on its own plot.
  2. Jaden Yuki/Judai Yuki is a very likable protagonist. He is very energetic and optimistic, and cares very deeply about his friends. He also is a very relatable character, especially in season 4 when he became a brooding loner who lost his will to have fun when a bunch of catastrophes involving him and his friends emotionally scarred him in season 3.
    1. In addition, Jaden receives a cool character development, in which you could give him an exotic hair and an Obelisk Blue uniform, and he would look really cool!
  3. Solid balance between lighthearted comedic moments and more serious moments.
  4. The rest of the main cast is great and likable.
  5. The beautiful Alexis Rhodes is a well-written female lead, spawning the beauty that she's "ABSOLUTELY☆★FLAWLESS"! She would be great as Jaden's love interest, but sadly, they didn't fall in love with each other yet.
  6. Great voice acting in both Japanese and English. Especially Kenichiro "KENN" Ohashi/Matthew Labyorteaux as Jaden Yuki, Hiroshi Shimizu/Sean Schemmel as Dr. Crowler, and Hiromi Tsuru/Cassandra Lee Morris as Yubel. The dub also has some cheesy casting that can actually be pretty funny like Sean Schemmel as Mad Dog and Crystal Beast Amber Mammoth.
  7. Great memorable antagonists like Yubel and Sartorius.
  8. Some of the filler episodes are funny, including "The King of Copycats".

Bad Qualities

  1. Unlike most Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs, GX doesn't have an overarching story, as every season has a completely different plot without much relation between each other. Because of this, you could make an overarching plot involving vacations and turbo duels, so it wouldn't make a single difference.
  2. Jaden Yuki's Elemental HERO deck, while quite iconic, isn't very good, and it's very predictable. It focuses mostly on Fusion Summoning, with it done in ways that no one has ever seen that helps him win, and his Elemental HERO support cards that help him win duels aren't very useful in real life.
  3. In the Bulgarian version, the theme song "Get Your Game On" is left voice-covered. This is because this series was dubbed in Bulgarian by Diema Vision, which is infamously known for doing voice-overs of English programming.
  4. As the series reached Season 4, Jaden is tragically flanderized from a laid-back, friendly and carefree duelist into an insensitive, selfish and depressed loner, who constantly loses his love for dueling and keeps his distance from his friends at almost every time. This is excusable as he was suffering from PTSD since he was traumatized for no apparent reason in the Season 3 finale.
    • However, he later redeems himself in the end of the series where he retains his love for dueling.
  5. The fourth season was never dubbed in English (mostly due to pressure of airing 5D's), leaving the dub incomplete as if Jaden was dead and this Jaden, fused with Yubel then appeared in the movie Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time. Because of this, you could make a good alternative to Season 4 that would be likely to air worldwide than the original, so it wouldn't make a single difference.
    • What's worse about the fourth season not being dubbed, many people thought the confusing and melancholy ending of season three was the ending of Jaden's adventures.
  6. The English dub of the third season tries to censor out death by saying the characters "disappear among the stars", which was even unnecessary since the characters don't even technically die.
  7. There have been a lot of filler episodes among the show.
  8. The romantic relationship between Jaden and Alexis seems to be forgotten, mainly because Jaden kept distance from his friends for no apparent reason.

Reception

The series received a mixed to good reception from both the Konami audience and fans of anime.

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