It’s time to… actually you know what? Never mind. It’s almost the end of the June 2020 and that means all the infographics from every variant branch of Netflix’s social media presence are coming out. Netflix has been a staunch supporter of anime in recent years, and that includes older, classic series. In this case, the original Yu-Gi-Oh! season one is scheduled to arrive on July 8, 2020.
Looks like your July's going to be filled with action, adventure, and… lots of spooky ghosts. 👻 pic.twitter.com/kSAzudLaZe
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) June 25, 2020
The original season of Yu-Gi-Oh!, subtitled Duel Monsters, comprises 49 episodes that originally aired in North America from September 29, 2001 to November 9, 2002. The show is based on the manga from creator Kazuki Takahashi, which started running in Shonen Jump in 1996 and grew into a massive media franchise. The Dual Monsters card game is a huge part of that, due to the continued popularity of Konami’s real-life adaptation.
Ironically, the original manga series wasn’t supposed to center around the card game. It was merely introduced in one story, but quickly became the franchise’s focus due to how much readers latched onto it. Beforehand, it was more of a gambling/horror/shonen series about the spirits of ancient Pharaohs possessing children with “Millennium Items” and playing games for life and death stakes. That’s a gross oversimplification of it, but the point is the show and the manga are very different.