Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ALEX (unreleased Japanese version of anime series; existence unconfirmed; 2006)
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ALEX, known as Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters outside of Japan, is a 12-episode anime spinoff of Kazuki Takahashi's Yu-Gi-Oh! manga franchise. Produced as a way to promote a Mattel toyline loosely based off of one of the games featured in the manga, the miniseries was a US-Japan co-production between 4Kids Entertainment, Nihon Ad Systems, Studio Gallop, TV Tokyo and Shueshia. The series premiered in western markets on television and as two 90-minute direct-to-video movies in 2006. 
To date, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ALEX remains the only entry in the franchise to not be released in Japan. The prior co-production, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: The Pyramid of Light, was released in the country as a TV film. It's been theorized that the spinoff has been denied a domestic release due to it not being in the same continuity as the main series. The same reason is believed to have kept Toei's 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime from being re-released.
It's not actually known if the series has a Japanese version, though Studio Gallop lists the production under a Japanese-specific name. Katsumi Ono, director on this series and various other Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoffs, has expressed interest in seeing the show released in Japan.
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