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Due to the extreme difference in content between the 4Kids dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh and the original Japanese subtitled release, content will separated into their respective versions for the betterment of parental guidance.

-----DUB-----

1/10

A few of the women in the series have large breasts (such as Mai), however any cleavage is edited out. The same goes for some of the Duel Monsters summoned such as the "Dark Magician Girl", who's cleavage is edited out and her breasts are digitally reduced in size.

Tea is shown showering in one episode, however nothing is shown aside from her bra-straps in a later scene. She is later seen wrapped in a towel as another girl walks in to ask her a question.

-----SUB-----

4/10

All of the girls and women shown in the series are unedited, meaning that on occasion, cleavage is shown (especially with Mai). A few of the female Duel Monsters have revealing attire, such as the Dark Magician Girl, who has larger breasts than the edited version and shows cleavage. In one episode, a monster called Harpie Lady is shown. The inner sides of her breasts are clearly visible and later, she wears battle armor over her chest (which has pointed spikes over her nipples).

An occasional suggestive comment or innuendo made throughout the series.

During the shower scene mentioned above, Mai tells the boys not to peek on Tea, to which Joey blushes. The boys later on try to peek at Tea naked anyway, but are caught and pummeled by Mai (nothing is shown).

In one episode, an adult man is shown to be stalking Tea (who is underage). He is then shown recording her with a perverted expression on his face, we see he is filming her legs from afar while slowly panning up her body. Tea is unaware during all of this.

-----DUB-----

3/10

The series revolves around people called duelists, who play a card game called "Duel Monsters". However, the villains in the series use the card game to invoke mystical and ancient magic duels called Shadow Games. Whoever loses a Shadow Game has their soul forever trapped in a magic void of darkness called the Shadow Realm.

A majority of the duels in the series revolve around the risk of being sent to the "Shadow Realm" upon losing. So there is still some sense of peril in the edited series, just not a lot.

Bakura is shown removing Pegasus' fake eye (as it is a mystical artifact). Nothing is shown however as the scene cuts away, but his scream can still be heard briefly.

A few characters fight throughout the series, although no punching or actual violence is ever shown.

Bakura is shown with a bandaged hand at one point in season 2, although he just says he was in an accident and spends most time at the hospital.

The last season is the most violent by edited means, as an ancient demon named Zorc is shown destroying ancient Egypt. Many buildings are in ruins and flames are scattered everywhere.

-----SUB-----

6/10

This is where the two versions differ the most, as all violence was edited out of the dub. In this original version, the Shadow Realm does not exist at all. Instead, if a duelist loses a Shadow Game, they actually die. This is even more disturbing since almost all of the duelists in the series are children or teens.

Several minor characters are killed throughout the series and even more risk the dangers of being killed. The villains are a LOT more menacing and sadistic. Characters (both main and minor) get into fist fights at times and punch each other or beat each other up. In addition, several main characters are threatened with guns and firearms throughout the series.

During the duel between Umbra and Lumis on a skyscraper, the loser falls to their death from the top of the building.

During the duel between Yugi and Arkana, the loser has their legs amputated with buzzsaws. Yugi wins the duel, but his darker side compels him to leave Arkana to his demise. He doesn't, however.

The villain of Season 3, Marik, wants to kill Yugi because he thinks he murdered his father.

Bakura stabs his own hand to create a convincing injury, thus explaining the bandage he mysteriously has in the edited version.

Bakura uses a card called "Ouija Board". Once it finishes spelling out the word "DEATH" after five turns, the opponent automatically dies.

In a flashback, Marik's father is shown mercilessly whipping his slave, Odion (the scarred flesh on his back is clearly visible). His father then proceeds to whip his own son after he tells him to stop. In an attempt to save their lives, Marik uses magic to pin his father against a wall and then stabs him to death with a dagger. Blood is shown on the wall as his father slumps to the ground dead.

Kaiba's kid brother, Noah, dies in the final battle against him. Mokuba later lays a white lily in the water in-memoriam.

During a flashback, Amelta's little brother is shown being sheltered by a tank. However, a KaibaCorp helicopter bombs the tank, killing his brother instantly. In another flashback, Rafael is nearly killed as a kid after a cruise ship he was on sunk. Everybody else aboard died, however he survived on an island only to escape and discover his relatives spent the entire fortune left to him by his family. He later digs up his parent's graves, not believing they're dead. However, he is later shown touching a human skull and cries in horror, holding the skulls of his parents in his arms.

The Winged Dragon of Ra electrocutes Joey, nearly killing him and sending him to the hospital.

Mai is later trapped by Marik in a magic sandglass and will die within 24 hours.

During the final battle against Zorc, in addition to the destruction, several innocent people and civilians are shown being killed in the chaos - including children.

-----DUB-----

1/10

General name-calling, such as: "jerk", "loser", "nerd", "dork", "dweeb", "lame-o", "dummy", "stupid", "fools", "worms", "idiots" and "imbeciles".

-----SUB-----

4/10

General name-calling, as stated above.

However, in the subtitled version, there is actual swearing and profanity, albeit rarely. Such examples are: "damn", "dammit", "ass", "sucks", "bastard" and extremely rare uses of "sh*t".

-----DUB-----

0/10

Absolutely none.

-----SUB-----

3/10

During the "Duelist Kingdom" saga, Pegasus is shown to be drinking wine on a few occasions.

In a flashback, Mai is shown working at a casino. A few blackjack players can be seen smoking cigars.

Dartz is shown in a few scenes sipping a martini.

-----DUB-----

3/10

Aside from the scariness of the Shadow Realm and a few of the creepy Duel Monsters designs, nothing is really frightening about the dubbed version.

Bakura's deck revolves around demons and zombies, which can be scary for some younger viewers.

Yami Marik's face is disturbing in scenes, as his eyes bulge and veins are shown visibly coursing through his head.

-----SUB-----

6/10

The original subbed series is MUCH more darker and frightening for children and even some young teens. Death is the final outcome of all Shadow Games instead of the fictional "Shadow Realm", however the heroes always win in the end and save their friends.

In the beginning of the series, the spirit of the Pharaoh named Yami Yugi is merciless against those he duels against. He crushes the mind of his losing opponent, usually killing them and if not, leaving them in a permanently comatose state. Yami Yugi is also shown to not care if his friends or opponents die, as shown when he leaves Arkana to have his legs sawn off before normal Yugi intervenes and helps him. This attitude is very dark and can be frightening or disturb some children, since Yami Yugi is the main hero of the series. However, on a lighter note, as the series goes on, Yami Yugi becomes more compassionate and learns to respect and love others.

Many of the villains, especially Bakura, are more disturbing in their motives. Bakura is shown twice ripping the Millennium Eye from a person's head, visibly enjoying the pain he's inflicting. In another episode, he kills a group of kids in a Shadow Game, despite their pleas for mercy. He is later revealed to be the ancient spirit of an Egyptian slave who wants to kill the Pharaoh/Yugi as revenge. This can be disturbing for some younger viewers.

Sensitive topics such as crime, depression, death, coping with loss, religion and abuse are sprinkled throughout the series, so parents should be ready to discuss these with their child in the case of watching the unedited version.

DUB Rating: TV-Y7

SUB Rating: TV-PG VL (Moderate Violence and Infrequent Language)


Certification:
Australia:G (DVD rating) / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G (Quebec) / Denmark:7 / Germany:6 (DVD release) / Iceland:L / Netherlands:6 / Spain:7 / UK:PG (some episodes) / UK:U (some episodes) / USA:TV-Y7 (heavily cut)

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