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.
The Duelist Genesis and Duel Terminals were designed to introduce this new anime series to Yu-Gi-Oh! card game players. 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.
The character designs are by Shuji Maruyama.
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.
- Main article: Fortune Cup
Escape from Satellite
Jack Atlas stole Yusei Fudo's card "Stardust Dragon" along with the first Duel Runner that Yusei made. He then leaves the poorer "Satellite" area of Domino city and becomes a "Duel King" in the richer area, called "New Domino City". Yusei tries to meet up with Jack to get back what was stolen from him, fighting the Securities, who try to keep Satellite residents from entering New Domino City. Yusei meets Jack in New Domino and has a Turbo Duel with him. After both players ace monsters "Stardust Dragon" and "Red Dragon Archfiend" clash, a mysterious dragon appears causing the Duel to prematurely end. A group of Security guards then arrive to arrest Yusei.
Yusei is sent to the Facility. Here he learns the legend of the Signers. He also fights against unjust treatment of the inmates, particularly by dueling the warden Mr. Armstrong. After defeating Armstrong, Yusei is released. Yusei then takes time to retrieve his confiscated Deck and Duel Runner.
The Yliaster group hold the Fortune Cup in the hopes of gathering the Signers. Yusei is forced to enter, for the safety of his captured friends from Satellite. After much twists and turns on the Cup, four Signers are finally gathered through Rex Goodwin and Lazar's plans.
During Yusei and Jack's Duel, the Crimson Dragon reappears. Through the Crimson Dragon their Duel is transported elsewhere along with Luna and Akiza, who are watching. The four of them are witness the past, when the Sky Temple existed. As they pass it, Yusei notices five individuals on top of the Temple who on that time carried the same birthmarks and were Signers back then. And after that they witness the future, where Satellite is being destroyed by a strange force, where on its remains a Spider mark appears. Jack pushes an intense Duel on Yusei in order to win and keep his title, but Yusei once again wins settling his score and being declared as the new King of Turbo Duels.
- Main article: Dark Signers (arc)
After the Crimson Dragon is seen at the Fortune Cup the Dark Signers take action and begin preaching that its evil and asking the people of Satellite to join them if they want salvation. They intend to open a gate to the underworld in the B.A.D. area of Satellite.
Despite Yusei's distrust of Rex Goodwin, he accepts his help to receive more knowledge of the Dark Signers. Yusei returns to Satellite to save his friends from the new threat. He is then reunited with his friend Crow, who is willing to assist in fighting the Dark Signers.
The Dark Signers turn out to be people who came back from the dead for power, revenge or unfinished business. Their members include Yusei's former friend Kalin who believes Yusei betrayed him, Carly Carmine; a reporter who developed a crush on Jack Atlas, Misty Tredwell; a woman who believes Akiza Izinski is responsible for her brother's death, Devack; a man who unleashes the Zeman the Ape King to spread evil in the Duel Monsters Spirit World, Roman Goodwin; the brother of Rex Goodwin and Greiger who still seeks vengeance on Goodwin.
The four Signers, with Mina, Trudge and Leo followed Goodwin's instructions and try to activate the control units of the Original Enerdy Reactor, to prevent that the King of the Underworld would appear in their world. The Signers, Leo and Crow faced off against the Dark Signers who were guarding their own unit. Although many of the Dark Signers had a change of hearts during their duels, they would then end up being controlled and possessed by the Envoy of the Underworld forcing them to complete their task of defeating the Signer. Still the Signers manage to defeat all of the existing Dark Signers along with their Earthbound Immortals, freeing the souls of those used to summon the Immortals. Each Dark Signer turned to dust after their defeat. Despite defeating all the current Dark Signers, the Signers were unable to activate all the control units on time, thus the King of the Underworld was resurrected.
Rex Goodwin, who had been using both sides as his pawns, acquired the powers of both a Dark Signer and a Signer, through death and Roman's amputated arm bearing a Mark of the Dragon. Goodwin holds the ultimate Shadow Turbo Duel inside his Condor geoglyph as a ritual to welcome the King itself. Yusei, Jack and Crow accepted and engaged against him on a 3-on-1 Duel. Crow and Jack take damage, rendering them unable to continue, leaving Yusei finish the Duel. Goodwin's mark of the dragon relocates on Yusei's arm, while Crow takes Yusei's old Mark of the Dragon.
As Yusei claims victory, the Crimson Dragon destroys the King of the Underworld. With the exception of the Goodwin brothers, the Dark Signers are returned to life, with no recollection of their time as Dark Signers.
World Riding Grand PrixEdit
At the beginning of season 2, a meteor in the shape of a giant tablet falls in the outskirts of the city. A group of servants of Yliaster arrive and manage to get Lazar to tow the tablet out of the crater.
Days after that, a mysterious Turbo Duelist named Ghost, appears and has been making other duelists crash after losing in a Turbo Duel. When Yusei duels him, he gets the upper hand only to have Ghost turn the tables and summon his Synchro Killer monster, "Machine Emperor Wisel". Ghost says to him that Synchro Monsters are proof of humanity's evolution and they are not needed on this world. After being pushed into a corner, Yusei comes out on top by summoning Majestic Star Dragon to defeat Ghost. After the duel, Yusei finds out that Ghost was actually a Riding Roid. Much later after their Duel, Yusei and his friends go on numerous adventures of their own.
Yusei duels Prof. Rudolph Heitmann, at Duel Academy so that Leo, Luna, and their other classmates don't get expelled.
Jack duels Garome, who has been stealing money and possessions from his customers.
Yusei gets kidnapped by a rival team from the World Riding Grand Prix. Later, after being rescued by Akiza, a female Turbo Duelist named Sherry Leblanc appears and duels against him. As direct result of it, Akiza Izinski makes a choice involving Turbo Dueling.
Jack pursuits and duels Syd, the leader of gang of Duel Runner thieves.
Yusei reveals to both Crow and Jack, about Yliaster's involvement with the WRGP and about the Accel Synchro Monsters. Later, the 3 of them are in charge of taking care of an amnesiac young man named Bruno. Yusei spends time with him, as they share common skills and intrest in mechanical engineering. As a result they are able to create an ultimate engine program. However Lazar steals it and the 4 of them go after him. Later Yusei ends up dueling against a Guard Robot, who has lock him and Lazar inside a warehouse.
Yusei receives a letter from a woman named Barbara. Her letter says that Kalin Kesler needs Yusei's help. He is in Crashtown, a town ruled by duels and is part of the Ramon gang, who send other duelists to slavery. Thus he is able to defeat him with the purpose of taking him away from that town. Unfortunately Kalin, Ramon and himself instead end up becoming slaves, due to Barbara´s plotted scheme with Malcolm. Later Yusei tries to escape from the excavation with Kalin, and end up encountaring with West and Nicko. However Lotten along with 2 other comrades appear too, therefore Yusei challenges him to a Turbo Duel, so that Kalin and the kids can escape.
Differences in adaptionsEdit
In the Japanese anime, the class system between the upper class residents New Domino City and the often rejected residents of Satellite is a recurring theme throughout the series. While the class system exists in the English anime, it is not as severe and much less emphasized. Some dialogue referring to the class system such as "Satellite scum" is replaced. Nerve and Blitz also had their names switched, so now they are Blitz and Nervin respectively.
The English dub adds a part to episodes, where the effects of certain cards are explained.
In the English version changes have been made to character names and their personalities as well as altering and removing certain scenes and images and even changing the nature of the show's darker and mature contents to give the show a more Western feel and to make the show suitable for a younger age demographic and younger audiences and even to make the show more marketable across non-English countries.
The original music and sound effects are completely replaced in the English version. Much of the 4Kids dub sound effects are made from the original Japanese sound effects or are made sounding like the sound effects from the original Japanese version.
Many gory details such as blood, weapons, killing, and death are censored in the English version.
Due to FCC regulations as well as to make the show more marketable to non-English speaking countries and even for the purposes of cultural streamlining, intended to make the show more understandable or palatable to Western audiences, instances of Japanese and English text are airbrushed out or replaced with meaningless symbols in the English version. Not only that but this is the first of 4Kids anime adaptations to ever show Japanese and English changed to languages similar to Latin.
And along the similar lines and veins as airbrushing Japanese text, changing the setting of the country from Japan to the United States, and changing the nationalities of the characters originally Japanese to American is done by 4Kids for the purpose of cultural streamlining.
The English dub excluded episodes 36 - 41 from their original television run; however, 4Kids has since put the missing episodes on the 4Kids website. The television broadcast continued from episode 42 onwards. Cartoon Network has started to air the episodes.
Also, episodes 53 and 54 have been added to the playlist on the 4kidstv website, episodes 55 and onward will be added later in 2010.
Japanese opening theme: Kizuna
- Performer: Kra
- Album: Kizuna
Japanese ending theme: START
- Performer: Nakagauchi Masataka
- Album: START / Sun will shine away
Japanese opening theme 2: Last Train - The New Morning
- Performer: Knotlamp
Japanese ending theme 2: CROSS GAME
- Performer: アリス九號 (Alice Nine)
Japanese opening theme 3: FREEDOM
- Performer: La-Vie
Japanese ending theme 3: -OZONE-
- Performer: Vistlip
The soundtrack, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Sound Duel Vol I features music from the anime. An upcoming soundtrack Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Sound Duel Vol II will feature music from the Dark Signers arc, as well as music from Season 2 of the anime.
The 4Kids TV website held an open vote for what should be the theme of the English dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Eight one minute songs were playable. The song with the most votes would be chosen to be featured when the dub premiered on CW4Kids on September 13th. The voting was only open to those who had registered an account on the 4Kids.tv website.
Users could vote for one of the following songs.
- Better be Better than Best
- Hyper Drive
- Let's Ride, Let's Go
- Need for Speed
- Rev it Up
- Secret of Five
- We are the Ones
- We Ride to Survive
English opening theme: Hyper Drive
- Main article: Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (manga)
The Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's manga is published in V Jump. It maintains the characters and settings from the anime, but uses a different storyline and characters are given different cards.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D'S at TV Tokyo (Japanese)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D'S Konami (Japanese)
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's at 4Kids (English)
|Composition||Anime • Manga • Evolving Duel! Stardust VS Red Demons (OVA) • Fusion Ultra! Bond Over Time and Space (Film)|
|Episodes||Season 1 • Season 2|
|Storylines||Fortune Cup • Dark Signers • World Riding Duel Grand Prix|
|Video games||Wheelie Breakers • Stardust Accelerator • Tag Force 4 • Duel Transer • Reverse of Arcadia|
|Plot elements||Signers • Mark of the Dragon (Dragon birthmark) • Five Dragons • Crimson Dragon • Enerdy (Momentum) • Dragon Star • Yliaster • Sector Security • Arcadia Movement • Dark Signers • Earthbound Immortals (Earthbound Gods) • Zero Reverse|
|Other||Duel Runner (D-Wheel) • Turbo Duel (Riding Duel) • Criminal mark • Shadow Duel (Duel of Darkness) • Duel Gangs • Daily Duel|
|Anime||Yu-Gi-Oh! • Yu-Gi-Oh! (Duel Monsters) • Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters • Yu-Gi-Oh! (Duel Monsters) GX • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's|
|Manga||Yu-Gi-Oh! • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist • Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World • Yu-Gi-Oh! R • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's • Yu-Gi-Oh! (bunkoban)|
|Movies||Yu-Gi-Oh! the Movie • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light • Yu-Gi-Oh! VS. GX (cancelled)|
|Episodes||Yu-Gi-Oh! (first series) • Yu-Gi-Oh! (season 1) • (season 2) • (season 3) • (season 4) • (season 5) • Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters|
|Chapters||Yu-Gi-Oh! • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist • Millennium World • Yu-Gi-Oh! R|
|Volumes||Yu-Gi-Oh! • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist • Millennium World • Yu-Gi-Oh! (bunkoban) • Yu-Gi-Oh! R|
|Storylines||The Shadow Games • Death-T • Monster World • Duelist Kingdom • Legendary Heroes • Battle City • Virtual World • Battle City Finals • Waking the Dragons • Grand Championship • Dawn of the Duel • The Ceremonial Battle|
|Plot Elements||Millennium Items • Egyptian Gods • Wicked Gods • Orichalcos • Legendary Dragons|
|Games|| Bandai's Official Card Game • Official Card Game • Trading Card Game • Capsule Monster Chess • Digital Pets • Dragon Cards • Monster World • Dungeon Dice Monsters • Capsule Monsters|