Yu-Gi-Oh! debuted in 1996 as a manga series in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The author of the series was Kazuki Takahashi, who had intended to create a manga where the main character never actually engaged anyone in physical combat. To that end, he created a story based on games, where the characters resolved their differences through skill and luck, rather than through physical prowess.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and its anime adaptation went in two different directions. While the original comic was focused on telling a dark story about reincarnation and sacrifice, the anime was trying to promote the real-life card game. These differences, coupled with the censorship that Yu-Gi-Oh! had to endure ...

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