What is Yugioh?
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 & Wizards in the manga. Each player purchases and assembles a deck of monsters, spells, and trap Cards in order to defeat one another.
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. There are three series in total. I'll give you some info on all three of them (only the anime). I'll mainly focus on the third (5d's) because that's the one currently being broadcasted.
Yugioh is sort of dear to me ( shuks yeah :) ). I totally dig yugioh. The original series, gx, and the newest: 5D's. At first I thought it was just a silly kid's game. The opposite is true. Real skills are needed if you want to truly enjoy this game. I've used info that was originally from yugioh.wikia.com and combined that with my own. All credit goes to yugioh.wikia.com, I love yugioh wikia! Go visit! My page is just a fan page with some quik facts and short summary's.
First Series: Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan and the rest of Asia as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 遊☆戯☆王デュエル モンスターズ Yūgiō Dyueru Monsutāzu is an anime based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. It is produced by Studio Gallop and Nihon Ad Systems , and the English adaptation is distributed by 4kis Entertainment.
The series began its 224-episode run in Japan on April 18, 2000 and U.S. on September 29, 2001. The series ended its run on September 29, 2004 in Japan and on [June 10, 2006 in America. In Japan, the series aired on TV Tokyo. The English version is broadcasted on many channels. In the United States it is broadcast on Kids Wb and on Cartoon Network (debuting on 4Kids TV in September 2006). In Canada, Yu-Gi-Oh! is broadcast on YTV. In the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia, it is broadcast on Nickelodeon. In Hong Kong, it is broadcast on ATV from July 13, 2002
This series, Duel Monsters is mainly about the various battles of a high school freshman named Yugi Muto through a card game known as Duel Monsters (Magic and Wizards in the original, although Duel Monsters is also used). Yugi is a very shy and timid kid. He's often being bullied at by the people (the same that would later become his best friends :)) His first and only passion is the Duel Monsters trading card game. Yugi's grandfather learned him how to play, he looks after Yugi and eventually gives him a puzzle. It's a puzzle which no one has ever solved. Yugi gives it a try and he actually succeeds in solving the puzzle. An ancient pharaoh appears and they become friends. He helps Yugi throughout the series overcoming all the obstacles they encounter. The puzzle has the power to make the two of them switch minds. When yugi takes a step back and the pharaoh takes over he's a completely different person. The pharoah is confident and strong. Unlike Yugi who is the opposite. Yugi is sensitive and compassionate, both of them learn from each others strengths.
Second Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX is the anime successor of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
Produced by Nihon Ad Systems Inc., or NAS for short, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX started airing on TV Tokyo in Japan on October 6, 2004. The anime is licensed by 4Kids entertainment.
The TV show airs on Cartoon Network in the United States (Saturdays at 7:30pm), on 4Kids TV (Saturdays at 8:30 A.M.), CW4kids (Saturdays at 11:00 P.M.), in Australia on Network Ten (Monday-Thursday at 7:00am) and Cartoon Network (Weekdays at 7:00 am)also in Australia, in Canada on YTV (Saturdays at 12:00pm), in Ireland on RTÉ 2 (weekdays at 3:20pm), and in the UK on ITV4 / CITV Channel (Weekends at 8:25am) and Nicktoons UK (every day at 6:00pm).
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, a manga spinoff of the series written by Kazuki Takahashi and illustrated by Naoyuki Kageyama, is published in Shueisha's V-Jump magazine in Japan. The manga appears in the United States Shonen Jump magazine.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX begins with the lead character, Jaden Yuki, obtaining a card, "Winged Kuroboh", from Yugi Mutou, the renowned Duel Monsters champion. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX follows the exploits of Jaden and his companions as he attends Duel Academy (Duel Academia). Jaden is a fun-loving and talented duelist who enjoys to duel and never worries about a thing. During his time at the Academy he makes many friends but also encounters many threats. He feels a strong bond with his cards and never stops believing in them. The series follows jaden as he progresses through the academy and learns about life and growing up.
Third Series: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, that began airing in Japan on April 2, 2008, as the successor to the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime.
This series was acquired by 4Kids Entertainment for broadcasting in the United States on Saturday, September 13th 2008. On June 1st 2009, Cartoon Network began airing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episodes weekly, but it is no longer aired in the UK on CITV.
The world English Premiere of this series was shown at the San Diego Comic Con 2008, on Thursday, July 24th 2008, where the first English dubbed episode was shown.
This series uses newer game mechanics and mechanics known as the Master Rules. The new Synchro Summoning rule in particular is popular amongst some characters, who often feature their Synchro Monsters as the centerpiece of their Duels.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is set in New Domino City some time after the events concerning Yugi Muto and Jaden Yuki. A new form of dueling, "Turbo Duels", now take place on motorcycles called "Duel Runners". While regular dueling still exists, Turbo Duels have become a popular form of entertainment for spectators, who watch them in specially-designed stadiums. The protagonist of this series is the 18 year old Yusei Fudo. He's know for his genius style duelling. Yusei is a courageous and serious duelist. He believes in the bond between him and his cards. Yusei parents died when he was still very young. He lives in what is known as the poor part of New Domino City, there is also an upperclass society that live in another part. In the beginning of this series Yusei learns about the origin of his tail-shaped birthmark. He's actually one of five signers, five people that were chosen by a dragon called the "Crimson Dragon" to protect the world. He struggles together with his friends against the dark forces that threaten New Domino City and the planet.
A short clip of Yusei summoning his "Ace" monster:
An animated yugioh film will be released spring 2010 called Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie: Ultra Fusion! Bonds over Time and Space. This movie will star all three protaganists!