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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (遊☆戯☆王ゼアル Yūgiō Zearu) is an anime television series based on the manga series written by Shin Yoshida. The series originally aired in Japan between April 11, 2011 and September 24, 2012, consisting of 73 episodes.

Synopsis

The story takes place in the near future in a city called Heartland. The story focuses on Yuma Tsukumo, a young duelist who strives to become the Duel Monsters champion, despite being an amateur. One day, during a duel with a school bully, a mysterious spirit called Astral appears before him, and helps him to win. Astral explains to Yuma he is searching for his lost memories, which have been transformed into 99 Xyz Monsters cards called Numbers and have been scattered across the globe. The Numbers have the ability to possess the duelists who own them and bring out their darkest desires. In order to recover his memories, Astral teams up with Yuma in order to recover the Numbers cards. Using the powers of Zexal, the two must compete with Numbers Hunters, who seek to claim the Numbers cards for themselves in order to destroy Astral's homeworld.

Dubbing History

4Kids Entertainment produced an English dub which debuted in October of 2011. After the company's assets were sold in a bankrupcy sale in June 2012, production and distribution shifted to Konami's newly formed 4K Media. 4Kids' bankruptcy was due to a lawsuit filed by Nihon Ad Systems and TV Tokyo in March 2011, which alleged that 4Kids hid revenue genertated by the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and sought to revoke their license to the property. In the midst of the legal battle and bankruptcy proceedings, Nihon Ad Systems' parent company, ADK, solicited international sales for Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This was found to be in violation of the bankruptcy court, which required the companies to act as though the license dispute wasn't taking place. The courts later determined that 4Kids was still entitled to the Yu-Gi-Oh! property. The lawsuit was settled in March 2012, with ADK/Nihon Ad Systems and TV Tokyo paying 4Kids $8 million. Their English dub would continue with the same production crew and completed its run in February 2015.

Unbeknownst to 4Kids and while the court case was ongoing, Nihon and TV Tokyo had proceeded to produce their own English dub of the series over a 6-8 month period starting in June 2011. Contracted out of the Los Angeles-based Bang Zoom! Entertainment, 26 episodes of this version were fully localized, including the addition of a new musical score, comedic sound effects, and retouched animation. The latter was done as the English production crew was given unprecedented access to the animation files. Two more episodes were in the early stages of production but were abandoned after it became clear the project wouldn't be allowed to see the light of day.

The only footage of this alternate English adaptation to surface has been clips shared through an Armageddon Expo panel hosted by voice director Kristi Reed in October 2012.[1] In late September 2016, a user on the Neo Ark Cradle forums discovered a demo version and the finalized opening theme song for the show uploaded onto some of the music crew's Vimeo accounts. Johnny Yong Bosch, who had been cast as the lead Yuma, performed the track.

Cast

4Kids

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Main Characters
Yuma Tsukumo.png Yuma Tsukumo Tasuku Hatanaka Eli James
Astralygo.jpg Astral Miyu Irino Marc Thompson
Rio portal.jpg Rio Kastle / Marin Megumi Han Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Tori Meadows.jpg Tori Meadows Mikako Komatsu Eileen Stevens
ReginaldShark YugihoZexal02.jpg Reginald Kastle / Shark / Nash Toshiki Masuda Gary Mack
Kite Tenjo.jpg Kite Tenjo Kōki Uchiyama Christopher Kromer
Allies
Kari Tsukumo.jpg Kari Tsukumo Nami Miyahara Rebecca Soler
Haru.jpg Haru Tsukumo Ikuko Tani Kathryn Cahill
Kazuma.jpg Kazuma Tsukumo Ichiro Mikami Sean Schemmel
Mira Tsukumo.jpg Mira Tsukumo Eri Miyajima Veronica Taylor
Tetsuo Takeda.png Bronk Stone Makoto Shimada Sean Schemmel
Cassygo.png Caswell Taishi Murata Jason Griffith
Mr.kayygo.png Mr. K Tomoaki Maeno Darren Dunstan
Flip.jpg Flip Turner Aki Kanada Kevin Kolack
Nelson Andrews.png Nelson Andrews Yuichi Iguchi Wayne Grayson
Mrs. andrews.png Mrs. Andrews Kaori Yamagata Karen Neill
Cathy Catherine.jpg Cathy Catherine Yū Kobayashi Erica Schroeder
Roku.jpg Roku Shōichirō Akaboshi Mick Lauer
Anna Kaboom.jpg Anna Kaboom Rei Mochizuki Suzy Myers
Hart Tenjo.jpg Hart Tenjo Yūko Sanpei Rebecca Soler
Orbital 7.jpg Orbital 7 Tomoaki Maeno Sean Schemmel
(eps. 13-46)
Darren Dunstan
(eps. 72-146)
Enemies
Mr. Heartland.jpg Mr. Heartland Jūrōta Kosugi Marc Thompson
Dr. Faker.jpg Dr. Faker Shinji Ogawa Ryan Stadler
Scorch.jpg Scorch Daisuke Kirii Eric Stuart
Chills.jpg Chills Kenji Fukuda Sam Riegel
Kaze.jpg Kaze Shōma Yamamoto Sean Schemmel
Fortuno.jpg Fortuno Ken Narita Justin Badger
20130411013136!Number 96 dark mist (character).jpg Dark Mist Miyu Irino Marc Thompson
Vetrix.jpg Vetrix Sachi Kokuryu Michael Smith
Trey.jpg Trey Kyousuke Ikeda Brian Munn
Quattro.jpg Quattro Yoshimasa Hosoya Michael Smith
Quinton.jpg Quinton Shōma Yamamoto Jamal Najum Khan
Nistro.jpg Nistro Gō Shinomiya Jason Griffith
Dextra.png Dextra Yumi Fukamizu Eva Kaminsky
Others
Vlcsnap-2013-02-13-19h34m30s38.png The Door Kazuhiko Inoue Marc Thompson
Striker.jpg Striker Mitsuki Saiga Tom Wayland
Cody Callus.png Cody Callus Motoko Kumai Michael Sinterniklaas
Tombo Tillbitty.jpg Tombo Tillbitty Kenji Nomura Dan Green
Charlie McCay.jpg Charlie McCay Daisuke Hirakawa Ryan Stadler
Cameron Clix.jpg Cameron Clix Takuya Eguchi Ted Lewis
Pip.jpg Pip Sumire Morohoshi Lisa Adams
Roscoe.jpg Roscoe Keisuke Ishida David Wills
Spencer.png Spencer Yasuaki Takumi ¿?
Weasel.jpg Weasel Yuki Fujiwara Jamie McGonnigal

Additional Voices

Bang Zoom!

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Yuma Tsukumo.png Yuma Tsukumo Tasuku Hatanaka Johnny Yong Bosch
Astralygo.jpg Astral Miyu Irino Liam O'Brien
Tetsuo Takeda.png Bronk Stone Makoto Shimada Richard Cansino
Tori Meadows.jpg Tori Meadows Mikako Komatsu Cassandra Lee Morris
ReginaldShark YugihoZexal02.jpg Reginald Kastle / Shark Toshiki Masuda Vic Mignogna
Kite Tenjo.jpg Kite Tenjo Kōki Uchiyama Sam Riegel
Cassygo.png Caswell Taishi Murata Spike Spencer

Additional Voices

Notes

  • Sam Riegel is the lone voice actor to appear in both dubs.

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
2011-2015 The CW
(Toonzai / Vortexx)
United States United States
2012-2013 YTV Canada Canada
2013-2015 Hulu/Nicktoons United States United States
2014-2015 Teletoon Canada Canada

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
New Video Group 2015-2016 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
3 Volumes

References

External Links

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Series

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Spin-offs Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule MonstersYu-Gi-Oh! GXYu-Gi-Oh! 5D'sYu-Gi-Oh! ZexalYu-Gi-Oh! Arc-VYu-Gi-Oh! VRAINSYu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS
Movies

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of LightYu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond TimeYu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Video Games

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel LinksYu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel: Dawn Of The Battle Royale

Characters

Yugi MutoSeto KaibaJoey WheelerTéa GardnerRyō BakuraMokuba KaibaTristan TaylorMaximillion PegasusSolomon MutōDark Magician Girl

External Links
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