Duel Masters

Duel Masters (デュエル・マスターズ, Dyueru Masutāzu) is a media franchise consisting of a manga, several anime series, a trading card game, and a video game. The original manga sold 4.5 million copies in Japan.[2]

Duel Masters
Duel Masters Volume 1.jpg
Volume 1 cover
(Dyueru Masutāzu)
Written byShigenobu Matsumoto
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runMay 1999March 2005
Volumes17 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Duel Masters
Directed byWaruo Suzuki (eps. 1−90)
Takao Kato (eps. 90−253)
Written bySatoru Nishizono (eps. 1−90)
Shinzō Fujita (eps. 90−253)
Music byJun'ichi Igarashi
StudioStudio Hibari (eps. 1−90)
Nihon Animedia (Zero Duel Masters)
A.C.G.T. (eps. 27−78)
Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment (eps. 90−253)
Licensed by
Allspark Animation
Plastic Cow Productions
Howling Cat Productions
Original networkTV Tokyo
Kids Station
English network
Original run October 21, 2002 March 26, 2011
Episodes265 (List of episodes)


  1. Duel Masters (26 episodes, 2002-2003)
  2. Duel Masters Charge (52 episodes, 2004-2006)
  3. Zero Duel Masters (12 episodes, 2007)
  4. Duel Masters Zero (25 episodes, 2007-2008)
  5. Duel Masters Cross (100 episodes, 2008-2010)
  6. Duel Masters Cross Shock (50 episodes, 2010-2011)
Anime film
Curse of the Death Phoenix
Directed byWaruo Suzuki
Written bySatoru Nishizono
Music byJun'ichi Igarashi
StudioStudio Hibari
ReleasedMarch 12, 2005
Runtime50 minutes
Anime television series
Duel Masters: Sacred Lands
(American exclusive season)
Directed byMickey Corcoran
Produced byMickey Corcoran
Todd Kendall
Written byEugene Son
Music byBrett Perry
Laurie Melan
StudioAllspark Animation
Studio Hibari
Licensed by
Hasbro Studios
Elastic Media Corporation
English network
Original run March 26, 2005 June 17, 2006
Episodes39 (List of episodes)
Duel Masters: Fighting Edge
Written byShigenobu Matsumoto
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runApril 2005June 2008
Anime television series
Shinseiki: Duel Masters Flash
Directed byWaruo Suzuki
Written byKoji Ueda
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
G&G Entertainment
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 10, 2006 March 23, 2007
Duel Masters: Star Cross
Written byShigenobu Matsumoto
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runJuly 2008March 2011
Anime film
Lunatic God Saga
Directed byKeidai Hattori
Written byHideyuki Nishimori
Music byJun'ichi Igarashi
StudioShogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
ReleasedSeptember 19, 2009
Runtime75 minutes
Duel Hero: Dash
Written byShigekatsu Ihara
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runJune 2010January 2013
Anime film
Blazing Bonds XX
Directed byKeida Hattori
Written byKatsuro Hidaka
Music byJun'ichi Igarashi
ReleasedAugust 21, 2010
Runtime75 minutes
Duel Masters: Legendary Champion
Written byFujisaki Machito
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runOctober 2010November 2014
Anime television series
Duel Masters Victory
Directed byTakao Kato (eps. 1-154)
Shinobu Sasaki (eps. 155-305)
Written byKen'ichi Araki (eps. 1-154)
Yoichi Kato (eps. 155-305)
Music byJun'ichi Igarashi
StudioShogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment (eps. 1-154)
Ascension (eps. 155-305)
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 2, 2011 March 26, 2017


  1. Duel Masters Victory (52 episodes, 2011-2012)
  2. Duel Masters Victory V (51 episodes, 2012-2013)
  3. Duel Masters Victory V3 (51 episodes, 2013-2014)
  4. Duel Masters Versus (49 episodes, 2014-2015)
  5. Duel Masters Versus Revolution (51 episodes, 2015–2016)
  6. Duel Masters Versus Revolution Final (51 episodes, 2016–2017)
Duel Masters Victory
Written byShigenobu Matsumoto
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runApril 2011April 2014
Duel Masters Revolution
Written byShido Kanzaki
Illustrated byShinsuke Takahashi
Published byShogakukan
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original runAugust 2012October 2013
Anime film
Hamukatsu to Dogiragon no Curry-pan Dai-bōken
ReleasedMarch 19, 2016
Runtime10 minutes
Anime television series
Duel Masters (2017 TV series)
Directed byShinobu Sasaki
Written byYoichi Kato
Music byJun'ichi Igarashi
StudioAscension (eps. 1-102)
Brain's Base (eps. 103-present)
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 2, 2017 – present


  1. Duel Masters (51 episodes, 2017–2018)
  2. Duel Masters! (51 episodes, 2018–2019)
  3. Duel Masters!! (50 episodes, 2019–2020)
  4. Duel Masters King (2020–present)
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The story centers around the card game Duel Masters, which revolves around five civilizations consisting of Fire, Water, Light, Darkness and Nature. The original storyline follows Shobu Kirifuda, a young boy who likes to play Duel Masters. He and a few duelists are known to bring the monsters on the cards to life in their duels. Shobu engages in this card game so that he can be the best duelist like his father was.


Main charactersEdit

Shobu Kirifuda (切札 勝舞, Kirifuda Shōbu)
Voiced by: Yumiko Kobayashi (child), Kouki Uchiyama (adult) (Japanese); Joshua Seth (Season 1), Liam O'Brien (Season 1.5, 2) (English)
The show's protagonist and Knight's apprentice. He aspires to become a great duelist like his father, Shori Kirifuda. Shobu keeps a positive attitude throughout the series, insisting on dueling for fun as opposed to simply winning. In the first season, Shobu takes on the challenge of defeating the temple champion, Hakuoh, who he feels has become corrupt with power. Throughout this portion of the series, Shobu must defeat Hakuoh's underlings while he struggles to understand the true spirit of dueling. In his duel with Hakuoh, as Shobu faces off against the strongest of all Angel Commands, he is forced to make a crucial decision. He must either accept the help of his friends and "wind up like Ko" (Kokujo having been injured in a Kaijudo duel) or give up on his friends and "end up like Hakuoh", who had become cold and heartless. All in all Shobu is brave, strong, and has the guts never to give up, just like his favorite creatures. He uses a Fire Civilization deck which later becomes a Dragon Deck and even later evolves into a Dragon/Angel Command deck. After being defeated in a later season he loses most of his deck but is guided to his father's deck by the spirits of Bolmeteus Samurai Dragon and Bolbalzak "Sword Flash" Dragon. This new deck is a Dragon and Samurai deck. Soon after he combined elements from the 2 decks and created a Samurai Dragon/Angel Command deck (Fire, Light & Nature civilizations). As of Duel Masters Cross his main cards are: Bolmeteus "Kensei" Dragon, Bolshack Yamato Dragon, Bolbalzak "Sword Flash" Dragon and Saint Bolshack, Spiritual Dragon. After losing Saint Bolshack, Valkiryas Musashi, Ultimate Battle Dragon and Sword Flash Galaxy, Super Champ became his trump cards as well. Later, his trump card becomes Bolshack NEX. He defeated Zakira with Bolpheaus Heaven in the manga. Shobu also appeared in the anime movie "Rockman.EXE: Program Between Light and Darkness."
Hakuoh (白凰, Hakuō)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese); Joe Ochman[3] (English)
Hakuoh is the archrival of Shobu Kirifuda. Hakuoh came from a prominent dueling family, and specialized in Light civilization from a young age. At that time, he was a reflection of Shobu, a young kid who loved the game above all else. This changed, however, when a mysterious duelist appeared and challenged Hakuoh to his first Kaijudo duel. Unaware of the dangers involved in a Kaijudo duel, Hakuoh became overconfident and was nearly killed as a result. Instead of being crushed by his opponent's attack, however, Hakuoh was pushed out of the way by his mother, who was fatally wounded. Since then, Hakuoh has become a cold-hearted villain and Shobu's main rival. Hakuoh no longer sees any fun in dueling and decides that one's value as a human being is determined by their ability to win and will rest at nothing to "be the best". As a result, Hakuoh becomes a dueling champion and the leader of the White Soldiers. To protect his title, Hakuoh is protected by four Temple Guardians. Later in the series, he is challenged by Shobu Kirifuda (who Hakuoh recognizes as a reflection of his former self). As he is consumed with power, Hakuoh not only desires to defeat Shobu, but to crush him entirely and destroy his dreams of dueling. "For when I defeat you, you shall never duel again!". He proclaims himself as "a shadowy reflection" of Shobu. As the dueling intensifies, Shobu realizes the danger in abandoning his friends, as he may wind up like the heartless Hakuoh. Hakuoh is finally defeated by Shobu and later he befriends him for showing him the true nature of dueling. In Duel Masters Charge, Hakuoh allies himself with Zakira (the series' main villain) after being brainwashed into becoming his pawn, "White". In Duel Masters Zero, he becomes similar to his old self and appears to be working with Professor Machi (a mad scientist who lures duelists to a deserted island). In Duel Masters Cross, he tries to stop Zakira by challenging him to a kaijudo duel, but was defeated. Afterwards, his "White" personality overtook him once again. However, after beating Mimi in a duel, he was able to return to his old self after seeing the damage he had caused. Hakuoh uses a Light Civilization deck. In Season one, it is a mono-civilization deck focusing on a combination of Urth, Purifying Elemental, Szubs Kin Twighlight Guardian, and Dia Nork, Moonlight Guardian, with his intent on evolving Urth into Alcadeias, Lord of Spirits. This first deck relies heavily on blockers, which leaves him vulnerable to Shobu's "Scralet Skyterror." Later, in Duel Masters Cross, he is given a Light/Darkness Knight deck by Zakira. His main cards are Urth Purifying Elemental, Hanusa Radiance Elemental, Alcadies Lord of Spirits, Alphadios Lord of Spirits, King Alcadeias, Holy Gaia; Perfect Galaxy, Spirit of Immortality; and most recently, Nero Gryphis, Mystic Light Emperor.
Kyoshiro Kokujo (黒城 凶死郎, Kokujō Kyōshirō)
A self-proclaimed "evil genius" and another of Shobu's main rivals throughout the series. Other characters make fun of his outlandishly styled long hair and all-black leather outfit. He uses a Darkness Civilization Deck, but later on in the subsequent series, it becomes a Darkness/Water deck. He has earned the nickname "Black Death", because of his relentless tactics and masterful use of Darkness civilization. Kokujo claims to have become evil because others said he could not become a kaijudo master. In Season 2 he helps Shobu to defeat P.L.O.O.P. (once again using a mono-Darkness deck). In Season 3, he defeated Mimi but lost to Yumama in the semifinals (due to her using supernatural powers in the end to knock him unconscious). In Duel Masters Charge he helps Shobu in their quest, but still works individually. His ultimate cards are Dorballom, Lord of Demons, Ballom, Master of Death, Ballom Emperor, Lord of Demons, Ballom Monarch, the Dark Reaper King, XENOM, the Reaper King, Dark Strike, Reaper Beast, Bell Hell De Gaul, Footprint of the Reaper and most recently added, Black Ganveet, Legion of Darkness.

Shobu's familyEdit

Shori Kirifuda (切札 勝利, Kirifuda Shōri)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese); Cam Clarke (Season 1), Milton Lawrence (Season 1.5) (English)
Shobu's father and a world famous duelist. Shori left home to continue his training, but he continued to miss his family every day. He reappeared in Season 2 but disappeared again after the defeat of P.L.O.O.P. He makes an appearance in "Duel Masters the Movie" to assist Shobu, only to disappear at its end. In Duel Masters Charge he was believed to have been dead in a Kaijudo duel protecting the "Duel Master's Proof" from Zakira. However, as revealed in Duel Masters Cross Shock, he entrusted Extreme Bucket Man with a deck case to be given to Shobu. It wasn't until later that he was discovered to be alive (only previously 'deleted') and free from exile where he reunites with his son. He plays with a deck similar to, but more advanced than Shobu's, with Bolberg Cross Dragon acting his trump card.
Mai Kirifuda (切札 舞, Kirifuda Mai)
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Cindy Robinson (Season 1), Wendee Lee (Season 2) (English)
Shobu's mother and Shori's wife. To help Shobu on different occasions, she has occasionally taken on the persona of a second "Dragon Mask" (the persona being first used by Knight) and challenged him.

Shobu's friendsEdit

Rekuta Kadoko (角古れく太, Kadoko Rekuta)
Voiced by: Yuka Imai (2002-2010), Emiri Katou (2017-present) (Japanese); Debi Derryberry (Season 1), Sterling R. (Season 1.5), Brianne Siddall (Season 2) (English)
Shobu's best friend and loyal sidekick. Even though he is an expert at the rules Rekuta is a terrible duelist, often going without a single win during a tournament. He's often seen with his portable laptop to keep track of important duels. As a running joke, he is often accidentally sent flying into the air. In one instance which only occurred in the English version, he was sent flying into space (against a live-action backdrop) and crashed into a space station. He has almost every card ever released (since his father Maruo (丸雄, Maruo) owns a card shop) but cannot correctly use the cards. In the manga, his "otakudom" in card collecting often helps Shobu, or at least give him a clue or a hint towards winning a duel.
Sayuki Manaka (真中紗雪, Manaka Sayuki)
Voiced by: Saeko Chiba (Japanese); Debi Derryberry (Season 1), Peggy O'Neal (Seasons 1.5, 2) (English)
Appearing only in the anime, Sayuki Manaka is another one of Shobu's close friends, who is also in his class at school. A kind girl with a sweet and usually soft-spoken disposition, she cares deeply for Shobu and is always ready to help him and comfort him when he's down. In addition, she is always present to see Shobu's matches and constantly cheers him on. Sayuki is shown to participate in duels on occasion, but is mainly there for Shobu throughout the series. In the English version, Sayuki has an attitude despite being soft-spoken, and is very critical.
Mimi Tasogare (黄昏ミミ, Tasogare Mimi)
Voiced by: Saki Nakajima (Japanese); Jessica DiCicco (Season 1), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Seasons 1.5, 2) (English)
Another member of Shobu's posse. Mimi first appeared to be both ditzy and inept at dueling, but was later revealed to be the second of the Four Temple Guardians at the Junior Duelist Center and an expert player. Mimi also has an undisclosed amount of super-strength which enables her to bring down any walls and other obstacles as well as having good martial arts abilities. As the first season closes with the duel between Shobu and Hakuoh, Mimi reveals that Hakuoh was not always a heartless duelist and her personal connection to Hakuoh has developed into a slight crush throughout the series. She mostly uses Nature Civilization cards, but tends to use Shield Triggers from all 5 civilizations.
George Kamamoto (ジョージ釜本, Jōji Kamamoto)
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese); Tim Diamond (Season 1), Terrence Stone (Season 1.5), Brian Beacock (Season 2) (English)
A midget in a pink bear suit and is always seen sucking a pacifier and an 8-year-old boy. He rides around in a motor baby carriage and uses a Water Civilization deck, he is a skillful duelist and has even defeated Mimi (a powerful duelist in her own right) fairly easily. In Season 3, he uses a Darkness/Water deck, he also withdraws from the tournament after losing to Yumama.[original research?]
Dr. Root Westhandler (Dr.ルート, Dokutā Rūto)
Voiced by: Kan Tanaka (Japanese); Doug Erholtz (Season 1.5, 2) (English)
Dr. Root is a mad scientist who is Boy George's boss and an expert duelist. Outside of that, he also a human-resembling robot named Mr. Perfect and a pilotable giant robot. His eccentric methods always have some hidden lesson to help Shobu and his friends. Dr. Root's real name is Leroy. In Duel Masters Zero, he takes charge of training Shobu and his friends. He has a deck of Survivors in season 1 and in charge he has a Darkness/Water deck similar to Boy George's deck.
NAC (ナック, Nakku)
NAC is a manga only character. This character is loosely based on Satoshi Nakamura (中村聡, Nakamura Satoshi), a Japanese card game player who became one of the top Magic: The Gathering players in Asia. He was involved in the making of "Duel Masters", assisting Dai Matsumoto (the manga author's nickname) as a technical advisor (the manga's plot is based around Magic: The Gathering). He has appeared in the manga both as NAC and as a more realistic cameo of himself known as "Nakamura-san". According to one of Dai Matsumoto's omake sections in the manga, NAC was also involved in the development of the Duel Masters card game.
Knight (ナイト, Naito)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese); Milton Lawrence (Season 1-1.5)[4], Kirk Thornton (Season 2) (English)
Knight is Shobu's mysterious and soft-spoken mentor. In the English "dub", his inner monologue is a source of much of the show's mature and subtle humor. Despite being Shobu's mentor, he is usually unable to assist his student in times of need due to either Shobu's stubborn attitude or Knight being unable to show up at the scene (such is the case in Shobu's duel with Hakuoh, when Knight reveals he never taught Shobu about dueling against the Light Civilization). Knight does not appear in the manga, although the manga character NAC is similar to him. On one occasion, Dr. Root had Knight take on a "Dragon Mask" persona to duel Shobu in order for him to reclaim his tournament pass. Knight's character is loosely based on the manga only character NAC.
Extreme Bucketman
Voiced by: Akiko Suzuki (Japanese); Steve Blum (English)
A short duelist who wears a bucket on his head. No one knows if Bucketman is male or female. Rekuta believes that Extreme Bucketman is annoying. Bucketman defeated Kokujo before their official match. He lost to Yumama by surrendering, and later, under Zakira's mind control, duels against Shobu. His Deck is Fire and Nature, mostly involving Earth Dragons and Firebirds. His trump card is Soul Phoenix, Avatar of Unity. In the final duel against Yumama, he gives the card to Shobu. In Duel Masters Cross, he plays a Snow Faerie and Initiate deck.

The TempleEdit

Master (マスター, Masutā)
Very little is known about the leader of the "Temple" (an organization within the Junior Duelist's Center). Throughout the first season he appears in a long black, hooded robe with his face half concealed by his long blond hair. "The Master" appears as Hakuoh's teacher and dueling coach. Knight suggests that the Master has only taken an interest in Hakuoh because he plans to use the young duelist in obtaining his "revenge" against the creature world who defeated him in a duel causing him to never duel again. "Master" seems to be responsible for Hakuoh's brainwashing and even pushes Hakuoh to attack Shobu with Alcadeias after his defeat. Master disappears after Hakuoh's defeat in Season 1 and hasn't reappeared since.
Fritz the Goblin
Fritz is a goblin who works at the Junior Duelist's Center. He is often mistakenly called a squirrel. Anyone who wants to enroll in the Junior Duelist's Center has to answer his riddles.
Kintaro Nanba (難波 金太郎, Nanba Kintarō)
A midget who is the former gatekeeper of the Junior Duelist Center and part of an organization known as the White Soldiers (白い騎士団, Shiroi Kishidan, lit. "White Knights"). He was discharged by Hakuoh after losing to Shobu (who he had quickly befriended). Nobody knows how old he is and he often carries around a man-purse and an abacus. Kintaro returned in Season Three, having regained Hakuoh's friendship. He lost to Extreme Bucketman in the finals.

Temple GuardiansEdit

The Temple Guardians are the elite members of the White Soldiers that work under Hakuoh. Among the members of the Temple Guardians are:

Mikuni (三国, Mikuni, later Johnny Coolburns)
The first of the Four Temple Guardians (四天衆, Shi Tenshū). He uses a Fire deck, and during his duel with Shobu he purposely mimicked everything he did in order to throw him off. Mikuni managed to defeat Shobu, but Mimi managed to convince the Master to invite Shobu to try again in a duel against Mikuni. He is defeated by Shobu the second time around and thus he quickly befriends him. Due to his defeat at the hands of Shobu, Hakuoh ends up discharging Mikuni. He resurfaces in Season Three having regained Hakouh's friendship. He lost to Robby Rotten, where his name mysteriously changed to Johnny Coolburns. It was later "explained" that this and other plot holes in the show were due to Season Three happening in an alternate dimension.
Temple Guardian 2
See Mimi Tasogare
Gyujiroh Japan (邪藩 牛次郎, Japan Gyūjirō) / Benny HaHa
Voiced by: Katsuya Shiga (Japanese); Kerrigan Mahan (Season 1), Michael Sorich (Season 3) (English)
The third of the Four Temple Guardians. In the English dub, Benny is Mimi's "twin brother" where he had different plastic surgeries to look older where he claims that he is one minute older than Mimi. Benny is often seen piloting a robot suit and first appears where he destroys Mimi's access card upon her defeat and wrecks her deck. He often cheats and relies on deceit in his duels. His constant defeat at the hands of the series' heroes has led him to hate both Shobu and Hakuoh. Benny returns in Season Three claiming to have turned over a new leaf, but this is quickly revealed to be an act. Benny forces Hakuoh into dueling before their match in a self-made Duel Masters Battle Arena by taking Aizen and Johnny Coolburns as hostage. As each of Hakuoh's shields are broken, Benny shocks his prisoners with a hidden trap, as a part of his plan to torture Hakuoh by harming his friends. As a result, Hakuoh vows to defeat Benny without losing any more shields, and agrees to forfeit if another one of his shields is broken in order to spare his friends. Hakuoh manages to complete the "perfect duel" and defeat Benny despite his many attempts to cheat. Afterward, Benny detonates a bomb beneath the stadium and seriously injures Hakuoh so that he is unable to duel him the next morning. With Hakuoh eliminated, he ends up dueling Shobu again and loses. It is revealed that he is also working with Yumama. After he lost to Shobu, Benny was banished by Yumama and trapped in a room with Boy George which they both escaped in the same episode. He uses a Water Civilization Deck and later a Wave Striker Deck during his tournament match with Shobu.
Makoto Aizen (愛善 真, Aizen Makoto)
The fourth of the Four Temple Guardians who also worked as the Temple's janitor. He was defeated by Kyoshiro Kokujo before he could fight Shobu. He also lost to Hakuoh in Duel Masters Battle Arena Tournament. In the later season, he is shown to be using a Fire/Light Civilization deck. His trump card appears to be Warlord Aizonius.


Short for Powerful Loyal Order of Princes, P.L.O.O.P. is an evil organization that plot to use monsters from the Civilizations of the Creature World to take over Earth. This organization is seen only in the "second season" that was created for America. Among the known members are:

Prince Irving the Terrible
Shobu encountered him in the Light Civilization.
Prince Melvin the Conqueror
Shobu encountered him in the Water Civilization.
Princess Pollyana of Green Gables
She is a minor P.L.O.O.P. member who Shobu encountered in the Nature Civilization and works with Prince Wilbur the Great. She first appeared in Logville Village where she dueled against Shobu and lost. Princess Pollyana helped Prince Wilbur to capture Master Pangaea. She dueled against Flora (whose father was captured by Pollyana and Wilbur) and lost to her.
Prince Wilburg the Great
Shobu encountered him in the Nature Civilization.
Prince Maurice the Merciless
Shobu encountered him in the Darkness Civilization.
Prince Herbert the Ruthless
He is a minor PLOOP member who Shobu encountered at the gates of the Fire Civilization.
Prince Eugene the Mean
Shobu encountered him in the Fire Civilization. Eugene used to be a dueling champ in the good world and that he even beat Knight in the Season Two episode "Deck Me Baby One More Time." Knight and Eugene meet and Knight explains what happened. Eugene also says "I used to duel for trophies. Now I duel for money."

Black SoldiersEdit

The Black Soldiers are a group of duelists that are the opposite form of Hakuoh's White Soldiers. Most of the Black Soldiers consists of duelists that were unable to defeat Hakuoh when wanting to become a member of the White Soldiers. They entered the Battle Arena Tournament to beat all of its players. After the defeat of most of the Black Soldier, most of the unnamed members left the group when Yumama came into view. Besides its various unnamed members, among its known members are:

Robby Rotten
Leader of the Black Soldiers. He wanted to be a member of Hakouh's White Soldiers, but was denied membership even when he had defeated Mikuni. He formed the Black Soldiers so that he can duel Hakuoh. Unfortunately for him, he was defeated by Shobu and was last seen being interrogated by Yumama about Shobu.
Member of the Black Soldiers and Robby Rotten's right-hand man. He is the strongest of the Black Soldiers. Akakan was defeated by Boy George.
Multi-Card Monty
Member of the Black Soldiers. He likes to tell long stories and confuse his opponent before the duel while shuffling his deck. Akakan was defeated by Mimi.
Member of the Black Soldiers. Ishiguro had previously wanted to meet Hakuoh when he was a student of the Temple. He defeated most of the Temple's students in a duel, but lost to Mikuni (who admitted that his duel against Ishiguro was tough). He joined up with the Black Soldiers in order to duel Hakuoh and took part in the Battle Arena Tournament. Ishiguro was defeated in a duel by Hakuoh who acknowledges Ishiguro as a strong duelist.

Other antagonistsEdit

Yu Fua (不亞 幽, Fua Yū) / Yumama
A mysterious girl who can duel and read a book at the same time. She has the ability to stand on the ceiling and is commonly seen reading her teen heart throb book, filled with 400 pages of pictures of cute boys, although towards the end of the third season, she discovers that the pages are really blank. She defeated Boy George, Yuki and Kokujo right before they were supposed to duel making her win instantly. She was a childhood friend of Extreme Bucketman. While she appears to be the cause of all the disruption in the tournament, she is really a pawn of her malicious older brother, Zakira. After she is released, she becomes an ally of Shobu, along with Bucketman. While brainwashed, her trump cards are Cruel Naga, Avatar of Fate and Super Necrodragon Abzo Dolba. In Duel Masters Cross her deck contains all 5 civilizations and is focused on creatures who have the following effect: "If this card is discarded during your opponent's turn, you may put this card into the Battle Zone instead of the Graveyard". Afterwards, she changes her deck into a Light, Water and Darkness civilization deck based on the Knight race using Brunhilde, Ghost Knight and Nero Gryphis, Mystic Light Emperor as her trump cards.
Zakira Fua (不亞・ザキラ Fua Zakira, real name:ザキラ・ジョール Zakira Joule aka. "Z")
The main antagonist of both the third season, Duel Masters Charge and the Duel Master Cross series. An evil duelist, the nemesis of Shobu's father, and the one controlling Yumama, who is his younger sister, from the start. His goal is to obtain the "Duel Master's Proof" and use it for his evil means. He has multiple agents working under him, and operates from a large castle. His agents are ranked in terms of increasing power from A-Z (Z being himself). He uses a combination of Fire, Darkness and Water cards (most of his creatures are Zombie Dragons) with his deck being focused on sending cards to the graveyard (his and his opponent's), sometimes outright destroying them, and benefiting from it. Later in the series he changes his deck to a Darkness/Light Knight deck, his main trump cards being Romanoff the 1st, Lord of the Demonic Eye, Death Romanoff the 5th, General of the Demonic Eye, King Balcry, Demonic Eye Lord and Supernova Death Dragerion.
Professor March (プロフェッサー・マーチ, Purofessā Māchi)
A character introduced in Duel Masters Zero who is the most recent antagonist. He invited Shobu and his friends to a tournament on an uncharted island, but it was really a trap. After kidnapping Dr. Root, he forces Shobu, Mimi, and George to duel his associates.
Ultimate Master Darcy (白凰)
A character introduced in Duel Masters Zero who is the current Duel Master Champion of the world. Darcy was once an apprentice to Professor March. Zakira is challenged by Darcy in one of the final episodes.
Jura (ジュラ, Jura)
Originally appears in Zero Duel Masters as Shobu's newest rival. He starts out as a subordinate of Professor March but in Duel Masters Cross, he joins Shobu and the others in their struggle against Zakira.

Minor charactersEdit

A 17-year-old guy who dueled Shobu in Episode 8. He was a student at the Junior Duelist's Center. He lost and they became friends. He uses a Water and Nature Civilization Deck.
A red-haired boy who enjoys cheating in his duels. He was a student at the Junior Duelist's Center. He lost every time when he dueled Shobu. Jamira told Shobu lots of interesting stories and he danced the Viper's Dance. He never hesitates to cheat yet he keeps on losing to Shobu.
Tsuyoshi Saroyama
A squirrel-faced short boy on stilts and older brother of Takeshi Saroyama.
Takeshi Saroyama
Tsuyoshi's tall and muscular "little brother."
Red Afro
The leader of an afro-themed dojo. In the episode "Frotime," Mimi had to duel him in order to reclaim her tournament pass which was given to him by Dr. Root.
Master Yuki
The leader of a dojo for baby duelists. In the episode "Frotime," Boy George had to duel him to reclaim his tournament pass which was given to him by Dr. Root. Master Yuki defeated him, but lost in a rematch. He later appeared in the finals of the tournament where he lost to Yumama.



The Duel Masters manga series is written by Shigenobu Matsumoto, and published by Shogakukan in the CoroCoro Comic magazine. While none of manga series have been licensed for the U.S., there was a North American-created comic book by Dreamwave Productions.[citation needed]

The original manga series ran from 1999 to 2005 and was compiled into 17 tankōbon volumes. It was followed by Duel Masters: Fighting Edge from 2005 to 2008 (12 volumes), and Duel Masters Star Cross from 2008 to 2011 (9 volumes). Duel Masters Victory was published from 2011 to 2014 (10 volumes) and features an alternate storyline from the anime of the same name. There is also spinoff manga unrelated to the main series such as Duel Hero:Dash (2 volumes), Duel Masters: Legend Champion VICTORY (3 volumes) and Duel Masters: Revolution (5 volumes).


No.Release date ISBN
1 November 27, 1999ISBN 978-4091425843
2 May 27, 2000ISBN 978-4091425850
3 October 28, 2000ISBN 978-4091425867
4 April 26, 2001ISBN 978-4091425874
5 October 27, 2001ISBN 978-4091425881
6 March 28, 2002ISBN 978-4091425898
7 June 28, 2002ISBN 978-4091425904
8 September 28, 2002ISBN 978-4091426086
9 December 25, 2002ISBN 978-4091426093
10 April 28, 2003ISBN 978-4091426109
11 July 28, 2003ISBN 978-4091431110
12 October 28, 2003ISBN 978-4091431127
13 February 28, 2004ISBN 978-4091431134
14 May 28, 2004ISBN 978-4091431141
15 August 27, 2004ISBN 978-4091431158
16 November 26, 2004ISBN 978-4091431165
17 May 28, 2005ISBN 978-4091431172

Trading card gameEdit

The card game first originated in Japan in May 2002 and was marketed by Takara Tomy. It was produced in English by Wizards of the Coast, who purchased the rights to the name Duel Masters from Reality Simulations, Inc., which ran a play-by-mail gladiator game called Duelmasters, now known as Duel2. The English-language printing of the TCG ran from DM-01 Base Set (May 5, 2004) until DM-12 Thrash of the Hybrid Megacreatures (November 2006). It was the twelfth and final expansion released by Wizards of the Coast for the English-language game before it was discontinued in 2006.

The spin-off product, Kaijudo, was announced by Wizards of the Coast on February 2012.[citation needed] A relaunch of the TCG product line with Wizards of the Coast working along with its parent company Hasbro. It was released on June 26, 2012, with the previous Duel Master cards being rendered incompatible.[citation needed] Wizards of the Coast discontinued Kaijudo in 2014.[citation needed]


The first television series originally premiered in Japan on October 21, 2002 and ran until April 4, 2003. To date, the series has been followed by 13 sequel seasons. Duel Masters was followed by Duel Masters Charge, which is mostly based on the manga[5]; Zero Duel Masters, which takes place in an alternate timeline[6]; Duel Masters Zero, which continues the story from where Charge left off[7]; and Duel Masters Cross & Duel Masters Cross Shock. From Duel Masters Zero until Duel Masters Victory V, the series was broadcast in a 10-minute, quarter-hour format.

Duel Masters Victory premiered on April 2, 2011 and introduced a new protagonist named Katta Kirifuda, the younger brother of Shobu, and centers around his journey to become a champion. Its storyline follows from the events of the Duel Masters: Star Cross manga series.[8] Victory was followed by Duel Masters Victory V, Duel Masters Victory V3, Duel Masters Versus, Duel Masters Versus Revolution, and Duel Masters Versus Revolution Final.[9] The 2017 Duel Masters anime and its sequel, Duel Masters!, introduced Joe Kirifuda and focused on his adventures in the Creature World.[10] In April 2020, Duel Masters King was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] The anime returned on May 31, 2020.[12]

A spin-off series, Shinseiki: Duel Masters Flash aired from April 10, 2006 to March 23, 2007. The series follows Teru Yumemi, who must protect the ARC pendant from the antagonistic Nest organization.


No. Title Run Episodes Protagonist
1 Duel Masters October 21, 2002 - April 4, 2003 26 Shobu
2 Duel Masters Charge April 19, 2004 - March 27, 2006 52
SP Shinseiki: Duel Masters Flash April 10, 2006 - March 23, 2007 24 Teru Yumemi
3 Zero Duel Masters April 9, 2007 - September 28, 2007 12 Shobu (Alternate Timeline)
4 Duel Masters Zero October 6, 2007 - March 29, 2008 25 Shobu
5 Duel Masters Cross April 5, 2008 - March 27, 2010 100
6 Duel Masters Cross Shock April 3, 2010 - March 26, 2011 50
7 Duel Masters Victory April 2, 2011 - March 31, 2012 52 Katta Kirifuda
8 Duel Masters Victory V April 7, 2012 - March 30, 2013 51
9 Duel Masters Victory V3 April 6, 2013 - March 29, 2014 51
10 Duel Masters Versus April 5, 2014 - March 28, 2015 49
11 Duel Masters Versus Revolution April 5, 2015 - March 27, 2016 51
12 Duel Masters Versus Revolution Final April 3, 2016 - March 26, 2017 51
13 Duel Masters (2017) April 2, 2017 - March 25, 2018 51 Joe Kirifuda
14 Duel Masters! April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 51
15 Duel Masters!! April 7, 2019 to March 29, 2020 50
16 Duel Masters King April 5, 2020 to present
Total October 21, 2002 – March 31, 2019 720 + 24 -

Episode listEdit

# Title Original airdate (Japan) Original airdate (US)
1"This is a duel!" ("Playing with a Full Deck")
Transcription: "Kore ga Dyueru da!" (Japanese: これがデュエルだ!)
October 21, 2002 (2002-10-21)March 13, 2004
2"A Stealthy Shadow" ("It's Not Easy Being Green")
Transcription: "Shinobi Yoru Kage" (Japanese: 忍びよる影)
October 28, 2002 (2002-10-28)March 20, 2004
3"The Dark Challenger" ("Toru, Toru, Toru, Part 1")
Transcription: "Ankoku no Chōsen-sha" (Japanese: 暗黒の挑戦者)
November 4, 2002 (2002-11-04)March 27, 2004
4"Aim for Victory!" ("Toru, Toru, Toru, Part 2")
Transcription: "Shōri wo Mezase!" (Japanese: 勝利を目指せ!)
November 11, 2002 (2002-11-11)April 3, 2004
5"At the Battle Arena" ("I'll Be a Monkey's Brother")
Transcription: "Batoru Arīna e" (Japanese: バトルアリーナへ)
November 18, 2002 (2002-11-18)April 10, 2004
6"Hakuoh, Miracle Duel" ("Wok on the Wildside")
Transcription: "Hakuō, Kiseki no Deyueru" (Japanese: 白凰、奇跡のデュエル)
November 25, 2002 (2002-11-25)April 17, 2004
7"The Beautiful Snake's Trap" ("White Boys Can't Charm")
Transcription: "Hebi Bira no Wana" (Japanese: 蛇美羅の罠)
December 2, 2002 (2002-12-02)April 24, 2004
8"Fierce Battle! Evolution Creature" ("Duels of the Futures Past")
Transcription: "Gekitō! Shinka Kurīchā" (Japanese: 激闘!進化クリーチャー)
December 9, 2002 (2002-12-09)May 1, 2004
9"At the Temple" ("A Goblin Shall Lead Them")
Transcription: "Shinden e" (Japanese: 神殿へ)
December 16, 2002 (2002-12-16)May 8, 2004
10"A New Trump Card" ("Shobu Gets Decked")
Transcription: "Arata Naru Kirifuda" (Japanese: 新たなる切り札)
December 23, 2002 (2002-12-23)May 15, 2004
11"Mana the Man Manipulator" ("Ballad of Kintaro, Part One")
Transcription: "Mana wo Ayatsuru Otoko" (Japanese: マナをあやつる男)
December 30, 2002 (2002-12-30)May 22, 2004
12"They're Name is The Imperial Four!" ("Ballad of Kintaro, Part Two")
Transcription: "Sono Na wa Shitenshū!" (Japanese: その名は四天衆!)
January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06)May 29, 2004
13"Speed VS Speed" ("Looney Mikuni, Part One")
Transcription: "Sokkō Tai Sokkō" (Japanese: 速攻VS速攻)
January 13, 2003 (2003-01-13)June 5, 2004
14"A Blazing Turnaround" ("Looney Mikuni, Part Two")
Transcription: "Honō no Dai Gyakuten" (Japanese: 炎の大逆転)
January 20, 2003 (2003-01-20)June 12, 2004
15"Tasogare of the Imperial Four" ("A Strange Twist of Fate")
Transcription: "Tasogare no Shitenshū" (Japanese: 黄昏の四天衆)
January 27, 2003 (2003-01-27)June 19, 2004
16"Mimi's Decision" ("Yes, Master")
Transcription: "Mimi no Ketsui" (Japanese: ミミの決意)
February 3, 2003 (2003-02-03)June 26, 2004
17"The Worst Duelist Ever" ("Oh Brother, Where Art Thou")
Transcription: "Saitei no Deyuerisuto" (Japanese: 最低のデュエリスト)
February 10, 2003 (2003-02-10)July 3, 2004
18"An Approaching Shadow" ("Cable Guy")
Transcription: "Semari Kuru Kage" (Japanese: 迫り来る影)
February 17, 2003 (2003-02-17)July 10, 2004
19"Laughing Death" ("Once More With Feeling")
Transcription: "Warau Shinigami" (Japanese: 笑う死神)
February 24, 2003 (2003-02-24)July 17, 2004
20"Activate! Duel of Truth" ("Kokujo Fights Back")
Transcription: "Hatsudō! Shin no Deyueru" (Japanese: 発動!真のデュエル)
March 3, 2003 (2003-03-03)July 24, 2004
21"Showdown!" ("The One Where Shobu Duels Hakuoh")
Transcription: "Kessen!" (Japanese: 決戦!)
March 10, 2003 (2003-03-10)July 31, 2004
22"Final Trump Card" ("Just Duel It")
Transcription: "Saigo no Kirifuda" (Japanese: 最後の切り札)
March 17, 2003 (2003-03-17)August 7, 2004
23"A New Challenger" ("The Crying Game")
Transcription: "Arata Naru Chōsen-sha" (Japanese: 新たなる挑戦者)
March 24, 2003 (2003-03-24)August 14, 2004
24"Duelist Killer" ("Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?")
Transcription: "Deyuerisuto Kirā" (Japanese: デュエリストキラー)
March 31, 2003 (2003-03-31)August 21, 2004
25"Shobu, Falls into the Sunset" ("Something Wacky This Way Comes")
Transcription: "Shōbu, Yūhi ni Chiru" (Japanese: 勝舞、夕日に散る)
April 4, 2003 (2003-04-04)August 28, 2004
26"Revive, Shobu!" ("What's A Mana with You?")
Transcription: "Yomigaere, Shōbu!" (Japanese: よみがえれ、勝舞!)
April 4, 2003 (2003-04-04)September 4, 2004

English VersionEdit

The English-language version of the series was produced by Hasbro Entertainment and Plastic Cow Productions. It made a truncated three-episode preview premiere on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on February 27, 2004. The series then made its official premiere on April 13, 2004, as part of the Saturday Video Entertainment System block, with fewer edits.[citation needed] When Toonami was moved to Saturdays, the block premiered the rest of the series. It was also aired in a 6:00 AM timeslot on early Weekday mornings, as part of Cartoon Network's Early Prime block, which was aimed at kids who were getting ready to go to school during this time.[citation needed]

Only the first Japanese season was localized for the North American market. Duel Masters Sacred Lands was created specifically for American broadcast and is not based on any storyline from the manga series. The series was produced by Hasbro Studios and Elastic Media Corporation and premiered on Cartoon Network on March 26, 2005.[citation needed] Episodes of the English version are currently available for streaming on Tubi TV.[13]

Duel Masters Charge was eventually produced for the American market as "Duel Masters 2.0", although only the 1st half was aired.[citation needed]

Sacred Lands episodesEdit
# Title Original airdate (US)
1"Atta Boy, George"March 26, 2005 (2005-03-26)
2"Break On Through to the Other Side"April 2, 2005 (2005-04-02)
3"The Duel Goes Ever, Ever On"April 9, 2005 (2005-04-09)
4"Enemy, Mine"April 16, 2005 (2005-04-16)
5"Win, Lose, or Draw"April 23, 2005 (2005-04-23)
6"Go Towards the Light"April 30, 2005 (2005-04-30)
7"The Lights Are on But Nobody's Home"May 7, 2005 (2005-05-07)
8"If Ever A Quiz There Was"May 21, 2005 (2005-05-21)
9"Duel or Alive"May 28, 2005 (2005-05-28)
10"Water You Waiting For?"June 4, 2005 (2005-06-04)
11"Nature Calls, Part 1"June 11, 2005 (2005-06-11)
12"Nature Calls, Part 2"June 18, 2005 (2005-06-18)
13"All Natural"August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12)
14"Tournament Is Fair Play"September 24, 2005 (2005-09-24)
15"In Deep Duel Duel"October 8, 2005 (2005-10-08)
16"The Overlook Hotel"October 10, 2005 (2005-10-10)
17"Desert Storm"October 15, 2005 (2005-10-15)
18"Wonderfalls"October 29, 2005 (2005-10-29)
19"Creatures Of The Night"November 5, 2005 (2005-11-05)
20"Quest for Fire"December 3, 2005 (2005-12-03)
21"Deck Me Baby, One More Time"December 10, 2005 (2005-12-10)
22"One For The Mana, Duel For The Show"December 17, 2005 (2005-12-17)
23"Do That Duel You Duel So Well"January 7, 2006 (2006-01-07)
24"Boy Meets Duel"January 14, 2006 (2006-01-14)
25"Man In The Mirror"January 21, 2006 (2006-01-21)
26"Who Turned Out All The Lights"January 28, 2006 (2006-01-28)
27"Showdown!"February 4, 2006 (2006-02-04)
28"Babytalk"February 11, 2006 (2006-02-11)
29"Fourscore"February 18, 2006 (2006-02-18)
30"Frotime"February 25, 2006 (2006-02-25)
31"Duelusional"March 4, 2006 (2006-03-04)
32"Duel-ercise"March 11, 2006 (2006-03-11)
33"Triple-Threat"April 29, 2006 (2006-04-29)
34"Surprise!"May 6, 2006 (2006-05-06)
35"Cheatery"May 13, 2006 (2006-05-13)
36"Makeover"May 20, 2006 (2006-05-20)
37"Switcharoo"May 27, 2006 (2006-05-27)
38"Creeptastic"June 10, 2006 (2006-06-10)
39"Finalitousness"June 17, 2006 (2006-06-17)

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