- 3 Seasons
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is the fourth Japanese anime and manga series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. It was produced by TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems of NAS for short. The series debuted in February 2011 in V Jump magazine, a shonen manga serial and the first episode aired on TV Tokyo on April 11, 2011 and was concluded on September 24, 2012, totaling 73 episodes and one special. It was brought to America by the anime production company 4 Kids Entertainment and was broadcasted on Toonzai starting on October 15, 2011 but a lawsuit filed between TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems against 4 Kids Entertainment nearly ended the syndication in America. However, a stay of proceedings was ordered and kept the series alive until 4 Kids declared bankruptcy and all Yu-Gi-Oh! licenses were acquired by Konami's 4K Acquisition Corp. It's currently being broadcasted on Saban's Vortexx block and will be broadcasting new episodes in the future. The series follows the story of Yuma Tsukumo, a duelist who aspires to be the best in the world, but is lacking any skill. Taking place in Heartland City, Yuma is set out to become the best of the best and although Yuma starts off fledgling and weak, a spirit known as Astral appears before Yuma and begins to help the weakling hero. Astral has told Yuma that he is to search for his lost memories that have transformed into 100 Xyz monster cards called Numbers. Upon meeting Yuma's rival Kite Tenjo, who is also searching for the Numbers, Astral and Yuma learn that they can combine their powers using Zexal. Yuma eventually enters the World Duel Carnival Tournament and battles against various foes and rivals who are seeking the Numbers themselves. Yuma battles against various opponents but the two noteworthy, and fan favorites, are Vetrix and the insane Dr. Faker. The final battle between Kite and Yuma ends with a surprise ending and sets the stage for the second part of the series.