So, yes, Yu-Gi-Oh (I need to stop saying that, it's getting annoying to type) is a manga/anime based on a card game. I think it was the first one that got spun off a lot. I think Magic:The Gathering probably came out before, but Yu-Gi-Oh (damnit) is quite easier to play. I've played Magic, and it took me longer to grasp the rules, once you do you'll be fine though. A part of that may have come from playing Yu-Gi-Oh so much.
When we were younger me and my brother would play it quite a lot really, and he had a gigantic stack of cards. I don't remember what happened to them, I just think I was partly to blame for losing them. I think it was a time I took them to school. Who really knows? But yeah, we played it a lot, and it was pretty good. There are more than enough games of it out there on the GBA and PC and home consoles for you to be able to play even if you have no real life people to play it with, and I'm tempted to get one now.
I must confess I haven't read a great deal of the manga. But I've watched a fair bit of the anime. I'll say this now, don't judge it based on the English dub version. It was done by 4-kids. If you really like your anime, you're now foaming at the mouth from the mere mention of those....things. I don't think you can class the "people" at 4kids as "people". In Pokemon for example (something else they did) if you listen to it backwards one of the characters says "4Kids is the devil!"
Anyway, back to Yu-Gi-Oh. I'm just going to insist now that if you want to watch it, and enjoy it, try and find the Japanese version, if you don't mind subtitles. It was called Duel Monsters over there. So if you can't find "Yu-Gi-Oh Jap" try searching for Duel Monsters. Anyway, it follows the adventures of Yugi Motou and his friends, but mostly him. All animes have a main character, but then so does anything really. It follows him as he becomes "King of Games" I think Yu-Gi-Oh literally means King of Games. Or something like that. Anyway, the card game itself is a major plot point of course, but it's not always the central focus, but usually to make things better they come up with better cards, or more kick ass ways to play. Rather than power up the characters themselves.
Though some of the characters do have powers, which are given to them by their millennium items. Such as Pegasus' Millennium Eye, which lets him read the minds of people and other cool stuff, and Yugi's Millennium Puzzle. It doesn't seem to have much power besides containing the spirit of a guy called Yami. Either that or Yugi has very very bad emotional issues. Possibly both.
Anyway, I'm really dragging on here, so all I can really say as a wrap up is put movies on at appropriate times. As in when people will watch them. Yu-Gi-Oh both as a series and a card game are pretty cool, and worth checking out, and if you want to check out the anime, the Japanese version would be better. If you want to check out the games, then I'm sorry but I can't recommend a particular one.
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