What Is The Real Appeal Of YU-GI-OH?: An Anime Abstract

Is there a hidden underlying reason by Yu-Gi-Oh is so popular? After you have enjoyed enough Manga and Anime you are able to read between the lines and can see details many may have missed. Through this and other detailed evidence, you are able to piece together what really happened in a particular series. This results in an abstract idea, a thought which doesn’t have a physical existence but can be speculated. Welcome to Anime Abstract.

Let’s get the jokes out of the way first. Yes, the series is an anime based on a children’s card game. The series has explored such absurd concepts as a boarding school dedicated to teaching the rules, card games on motorcycles, and holograms which can cause people to get hurt in sometimes fatal ways. Still, once you pull back the veneer of these absolutely insane concepts there is an underlying theme which appeals to many.


With shows like Yu-Gi-Oh, the world is built around the card game. Everyone knows about it, they play it, and many aspects of the characters (both main and secondary) orbit around the game. It serves as a positive unifying force breaking down barriers hindering communication between others.

The idea of connection is an appealing concept. Many suffer in silence and wish for a place they could call home and a community willing to accept them for who they are. When the internet was in its infancy, many thought this new technology would finally allow people to come together from all across the world. While some aspects of this have come to pass there still isn’t a unifying concept everyone in the world is familiar with. A series like Yu-Gi-Oh and all of its sequential sequels have presented a setting where everyone one, dating back to ancient times have been united under the fictional game from the series, Duel Monsters. It is this idea of a simple concept possessing the power to unite the entire world in a sense of community many find appealing.

Of course, maybe this is wishful thinking and aggrandizing a concept not present in the first place. Maybe viewers just like the characters, the outlandish story, and the game itself. Perhaps this simple formula is all it takes for a series to have staying power for over twenty years. Or maybe, it’s the idea a game truly can unite a world.

What are your thoughts about the themes of Yu-Gi-Oh? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peaks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His book, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack is available on Amazon.


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