Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ALEX (lost unreleased Japanese version of anime series; existence unconfirmed; 2006)

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English dub title card.

Status: Existence Unconfirmed

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 Shueisha.[1] The series premiered in western markets on television and as two 90-minute direct-to-video movies in 2006.[2][3] [4]

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.[5] 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.[6] Katsumi Ono, director on this series and various other Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoffs, has expressed interest in seeing the show released in Japan.[7]

See Also

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Singaporean dub - The second Yu-Gi-Oh! series received a little-seen English dub produced in Singapore.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal - The third Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoff series received an unreleased English dub produced in Los Angeles.

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