- 3 Seasons
A spin-off of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX aired in Japan from 2004 to 2008. Later, the program was picked up by Warner Bros., translated into English and aired in America on Cartoon Network. It ran for three seasons before being replaced by an English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D in 2008. The plot picks up 10 years after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series. The main character, Jaden Yuki, attends the Duel Academy in hopes of becoming the next King of Games. Yuki is joined by his friends and professors to battle against a variety of enemies. As with other series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, battle in the show takes place through a series of intricately-staged trading card games. These cards tie in with the real life Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that viewers can collect and use to build customized game decks. Each episode is broken into "turns," in the same way as the game play for a card battle would be. This allows the show to closely mirror the experience of a Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game and ties the program together with the rest of the franchise. As with most other programs adapted by the network, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX underwent a few changes from its original Japanese version. Most notably, some of the darker content referencing blood, injuries, death and religion was removed to make the show more family-friendly for an American audience. The soundtrack was also updated to better match the English dubbing, and some characters underwent changes to their names or personalities to fit better with the updated concept.