Anime / Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters

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A spin-off of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series that places Yugi, Yami/Yami no Yuugi, Joey (Jonouchi), Tea (Anzu), Tristan (Honda) and Solomon (Sugoroku) Mutou in another world, based on the Capsule Monsters board game. Like Pyramid of Light, it was commissioned and produced by 4Kids.

A week after his grandfather goes on an expedition to India, Yugi and his friends win tickets for a holiday. On the way, however, their plane crashes and they conveniently run into the last man to have seen Yugi's grandpa before he disappeared, Alex Brisbane. Brisbane leads the gang to the pyramid the two of them were exploring when Solomon vanished, to then discover a gateway to another world where the Capsule Monsters game is very real, like the Duel Monsters World of the main series. Shortly after arriving, the friends are separated by various wild enemies chasing after them and are forced to assess their situation and work to regroup. A larger plot lingers in the background as Yugi and the others try to figure out why they are in this other world and how to escape.

The series was aired as a Twelve-Episode Anime in 2006 after the main series finished its run.


This show provides examples of:

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: It's implied that anyone who loses all their Capsule Monsters in the final round will die. In the final battle, the power to control the world is up for grabs.
  • Action Girl: Tea is an active participant in battles, though usually via her monsters.
  • Actionized Sequel: Compared to the normal anime (with the exception of the Memory World). Since the monsters are real, the characters get into physical fights and do stunts more often.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Armor of Unity is made of Joey, Tea, Tristan and Solomon's dragons merging with Yugi's Duel Armour.
  • The Anime of the Game: There's a real board game and the PS2 game Capsule Monsters Coliseum, which are based off of the Capsule Monsters game from the manga.
  • Anyone Can Die: If a Capsule Monster is destroyed, it's forever lost, just like Solomon's Summoned Skull. This trope really takes effect during the final battle, where monsters on both sides are destroyed often.
  • Ascended Extra: While they're always present in the main series, Tea and Tristan actually get to contribute to events. Solomon Muto is a straight example.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Five-Headed Dragon, Seven Armed Fiend and Reshef the Dark Being are all villainous, huge creatures that the heroes must defeat.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Joey and Tristan move behind Yugi in episode 3 as they attack Neo Aqua Madoor while Yugi fights La Jinn.
  • Bad Dreams: Yugi has a couple nightmares about Yami being captured and the armor they later get being not enough to save him against the Seven Armed Fiend. It seems to be Dreaming of Things to Come, but said things never come.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: La Jinn blocks Celtic Guardian's attacks this way. Joey also does this against a Skull Knight.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Alexander the Great had the Millennium Ring, which helped him conquer the world.
  • BFS: Black Luster Soldier has one by default. Yami also gets some with his Black Luster Soldier and Blue-Eyes White Dragon armor.
  • Big Bad: Alexander the Great and his ultimate monster, Reshef the Dark Being.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Solomon appears by electrocuting a monster that Tea and Tristan were struggling to deal with. Yami later appears when Joey and Tristan are struggling with the second trial.
  • Bowdlerize: Succubus Knight is referred to as Demoness Knight, though her outfit is the uncensored OCG version.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Joey and Red-Eyes Black Dragon are cursed by the Chaos Blade in Episode 7, and turn against their friends.
  • Break Them by Talking: Alexander the Great gives a speech to Yami over their different approaches in regards to allies. He tries to persuade Yami that sacrificing his friends is what he needs to be powerful enough to put up a fight. It doesn't help that they essentially tell Yugi that he's right.
  • Brought Down to Normal: After losing Summoned Skull, Solomon has no monsters at all until much later, when he gets Curse of Dragon.
  • Butt Monkey: Joey and Tristan are often the subject of mistreatment, usually due to their own recklessness.
  • Call Back: The Seven-Armed Fiend's only other appearance in the franchise was on a card given to Ryou Bakura's father when he bought the Millennium Ring. Here, the monster's used by someone else who wielded the Ring.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The first times he uses the Duel Armor, Yami collapses, or is at least left drained.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pendant Tea wears is the key to unlocking the door of the final stage.
  • Chest Monster: Joey opens a treasure chest in search of valuables, but it contains a Yamatano Dragon Scroll that captures him.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Yami Yugi struggles with this throughout the series, as he doesn't want his friends hurt to the point that he's unwilling to let others help. Alexander exploits this by saying he doesn't need his friends.
  • Closed Circle: The gang has to complete five trials before being able to return to their world.
  • The Coats Are Off: Alexander tosses off his longcoat just before the final battle.
  • Combat Pragmatist: La Jinn fights dirty, and even attacks Yugi directly instead of his monster.
  • Combat Tentacles: A group of Trents in the second episode use these on Yami and Celtic Guardian.
  • Compilation Movie: The 12 episodes were edited together as 2 movies in the first DVD release.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Yami lampshades this as he wonders how the group could have won a vacation to the place Grandpa was last seen, have their plane crash, and run into the one man who knows where he is. He takes it as a sign that something isn't right.
  • Conveniently Precise Translation: The clues to solving the game Grandpa Muto, Yugi, and their friends are trapped in are written in hieroglyphics. Yet when Grandpa and the Pharaoh read them out loud in English, they rhyme nicely, with proper rhythm and meter.
  • The Corruption: The Millennium Ring aided Alexander's thirst for power and drove him mad.
  • Cue the Sun: In Episode 10, the sun rises after Yami slays the Five-Headed Dragon.
  • Cute Witch: Tea's Dark Witch helps the group and has light powers.
  • Damsel in Distress: The girl from the fifth trial, who volunteers as a human sacrifice if the heroes can't save the day.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark Magician and Magician of Black Chaos are among Yugi's strongest monsters.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Tea and the female vassal face off with Dark Witch versus Demoness Knight. It's later subverted when Joey attacks the vassal's Reflect Bounder.
  • Deus ex Machina: Literally. When Yami is injured in the fight against the Five-Headed Dragon, the girl chosen as a sacrifice prays for the Blue-Eyes to aid him, joined by the other villagers. It awakens and aids Yugi.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: Subverted. The winds kick up debris and sand some distance from the visible funnel during the First Trial.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: This is Demoness Knight's special power.
  • Dragon Rider: All the main characters gain dragons to ride, with the exception of Yugi/Yami.
  • Dungeon Bypass: After being stuck in a maze for way too long, Tristan finds a Shovel Crusher, which lets him destroy the maze walls.
  • Elemental Powers: The gang's monsters have elemental powers.
  • Evil Laugh: Mystical Sand laughs constantly as the heroes attempt to defeat her Medusa Worm minions.
  • Evil Weapon: The Blade of Chaos cursing Red-Eyes Black Dragon that Joey manages to remove.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Tristan makes Joey do this to a Prisman in order to draw its attacks.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Joey does this when possessed, restraining himself from attacking long enough to be turned back to normal.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Yami is forced to do this with Joey, though Yugi isn't too happy about it.
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: After Alexander opens the final door, everyone finds themselves in a new dimension where they must battle him for the fate of the world.
  • Five-Bad Band: The dragons of the fifth trial: Tyrant Dragon, Aqua Dragon, Luster Dragon #2, Serpent Night Dragon and Meteor Dragon.
    • With his servants, Alexander the Great heads another one.
  • Foil: Yami Yugi and Alexander. While they're both rulers of Ancient Egypt, their approach to allies couldn't be more different. Shadi lampshades it after the battle's over.
  • Foreshadowing: When Yugi and Tea are playing Capsule Monsters at school, Tea pits her Happy Lover against Yugi's Celtic Guardian. When they end up in the real version of the game, their first monsters are Happy Lover and Celtic Guardian.
  • Fusion Dance: Of the Power Booster variety, Yami and his monsters can merge, the latter becoming armor that grants him power and abilities to fight with.
    • The Composite Form with the five dragons fusing into the Five-Headed Dragon.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: After being mauled by Flower Wolves, nearly suffocated in ice, and losing his Summoned Skull, Yugi's grandpa is in rough shape by episode 5.
  • Gilligan Cut: This happens early on after Yugi defeats the Trents.
    Yugi: I'm sure by now they've realized we're not in India anymore!
    Joey: This guide to India is useless!
  • Grand Theft Me: Alexander the Great does this on his descendent, Alex Brisbane.
  • Greater Scope Villain: Yami Bakura, who inhabited the Millennium Ring, corrupted Alexander's soul and led him on the path to darkness. He's not mentioned by name at all, but the Ring and its effects tie into the backstory as well as present day events.
  • Groin Attack: After escaping a nest of baby Kurama, Joey crashes into a tree growing out of the cliff groin-first.
  • Happy Dance: Joey and Tristan do a silly victory dance a couple of times.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Most of the gang's monsters in the final battle.
  • Human Popsicle: Happens to Tea and Solomon in the third episode when they're frozen by Neo Aqua Madoor's ice, almost suffocating as a result.
  • Human Sacrifice: A girl volunteers herself for this in a ritual that will keep the Blue-Eyes White Dragon protecting the village.
  • Human Shield: Alexander uses his vassals this way, using their monster's energy to power Reshef. When Reshef is damaged, they feel the pain instead.
  • Hyper Awareness: Alex Brisbane claims this when he, Yugi and his friends go to the inner places of a pyramid, saying that he's learned to pay close attention to his surroundings, preventing them from going into traps. Apparently not true because he's currently possessed by Alexander The Great's Enemy Without, who knows every detail of the pyramid.
  • An Ice Person: Neo Aqua Madoor uses ice to attack, and freezes Tea and Solomon.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Yami's fight against a possessed Joey.
  • If I Can Only Move: Happens to Yami twice, in the second and fourth episodes. Thanks to advice from Yugi and some quick thinking, he's able to save the day.
  • In-Series Nickname: Tristan nicknames his Thunder Kid "Little Dude."
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: All the main characters except Yugi get a dragon. Joey gets Baby Dragon and Red-Eyes Black Dragon, Tea has Seiyaryu, Tristan has Thunder Dragon and Solomon is given Curse of Dragon. The fifth trial revolves around pitting these against enemy dragons.
    • Yami also combines with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and the Armor of Unity is made of everyone else's dragons merging with him.
  • It's All My Fault: Yami Yugi blames himself for the group's entering the game, and thus tries to take on La Jinn alone.
  • Kill the Cutie: Happy Lover, Baby Dragon, and Thunder Kid are among the first monsters destroyed in the final battle.
  • Killed Off for Real: If a Capsule Monster is destroyed, it's forever lost.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Yami in Episode 10, using Black Luster Soldier as armor and wielding the Sword of Divinity.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: The group splits up to deal with the fiendish five dragons in episodes 9 and 10.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than Duel Monsters.
  • Living Statue: The statues the group must mimic in episode 4 turn out to be alive.
  • The Main Characters Do Everything: This trope is examined and deconstructed throughout the series. As the hero, Yami Yugi is generally the most effective battler, but refuses to let his friends help out during a tough fight over fear that they'd be hurt. When Joey and Tristan point out that they don't want to see him hurt, he realizes he can't do everything by himself. Yami goes on to (mostly) save the day himself thanks to his Duel Armor, but the Big Bad tells him to sacrifice his friends to catch up to his power level, saying that he doesn't need them. Yugi's friends actually agree with this, though Yugi himself does not, and in the end it's his friends' power that ultimately saves the day, creating the Armor of of Unity and enabling him to win the fight.
  • The Maze: The group needs to solve one in episode 8, though Tristan gets a monster that simply crashes through the walls.
  • The Medic: Tea and her Happy Lover, which she uses to heal Tristan and Grandpa.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Yami's ability to merge with his monsters in the fifth episode. Dark Magician evolves into Magician of Black Chaos in the eighth, and stays that way.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Joey gets crazed red eyes when possessed. Appropriate, as he's merged with the Red-Eyes Black Dragon.
  • Monster of the Week: There are different monsters to defeat for each of the five trials to return home.
  • Never Split The Party: The group ends up separated for the first two episodes, as they're chased in different directions by monsters.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: When his friends tell him to abandon them for the sake of winning over Alexander the Great, Yugi violently refuses and is adamant to stand by them, even if it means losing.
    • When the gang return from the Capsule Monster world, Alexander's good half hitches a ride with Solomon.
  • Only Smart People May Pass: Yugi's puzzle-solving skills come in handy quite a few times.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: A sword in the village of the fifth trial is like this. Yami has to lure the five dragons to said village before he's capable of lifting it.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The various dragon monsters in this series each have different powers and elemental attributes.
  • Out of Order: Episodes 3 and 4 appeared online before others shortly before the series aired.
  • Playing with Fire: Yugi's Hinotama Soul, Joey's Flame Swordsman, and Solomon's Curse of Dragon are on the heroes' side. Enemy monsters include La Jinn, Tyrant Dragon, and Firewing Pegasus.
  • The Power of Friendship: This is a prevalent theme, as unity makes the team's monsters stronger.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Yami Yugi gains wings after using the Duel Armor to merge with his monsters. Usually, these monsters either have wings themselves or can fly on their own.
  • Power Glows: Battle auras are frequent occurrences.
  • Powers via Possession: Joey combines with Red-Eyes in the same way Yami does with his monsters while possessed.
  • Quirky Mini Boss Squad: The five dragons of the fifth trial, as well as Alexander's four vassals.
  • Reality Ensues: Solomon Muto attempts to hold off an entire pack of Flower Wolves with a torch. He fends off a few, but the rest quickly pounce on him.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Alexander the Great calls Yugi out on his refusal to sacrifice his friends to ensure his own victory, a sentiment his friends actually agree with. Yugi responds with Shut Up, Hannibal!.
  • Rescue Arc: Yugi and his friends initially enter the Capsule Monster world to rescue Yugi's grandpa.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Yami Yugi and Alexander the Great, who were both pharaohs of Egypt.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Alexander's evil half was sealed in the pyramid while his good side was left in the Capsule Monsters world.
  • Secret Test of Character: Shadi set up the Capsule Monsters world to test those who came looking for ultimate power.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Like Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, a red-on-black variation when Yami Yugi deals the fatal blow to Perfectly Ultimate Great Moth.
  • Sharing a Body: Outside the standard Yugi/Yami Yugi, Alexander and Alex and Alexander with Solomon briefly.
  • Shown Their Work: 4Kids doesn't downplay or sugarcoat the fact that Alexander the Great was a ruthless conqueror, and they utilize actual historical facts.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: This stops Joey from flying over the wall surrounding the Fortress of Fear.
  • Spirit Advisor: Alexander the Great guides the heroes on their quest. He accompanies them in person during the fifth trial.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Celtic Guardian and Dark Magician infrequently speak to Yugi, and Mystical Sand speaks quite a bit.
  • Support Party Member: Tea's Happy Lover has no attacks, but is able to heal its teammates.
  • Synchronization: It's implied that anyone who loses their only/final Capsule Monster dies. Early episodes show how characters are also harmed when their sole monster suffers damage. When a group of Trents attack and strangle Celtic Guardian, Yami is also choked (despite no-one having touched him) and captured.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: When it's clear they can't win against a pack of Flower Wolves, the group runs.
  • Taken for Granite: Medusa Worms do this to the main cast in episode 5 via petrifying spit.
  • Taking the Bullet: Yami does this for Tea and Joey when they're targeted by the Five-Headed Dragon. He's not killed, but is badly hurt.
    • Baby Dragon, Thunder Kid and Happy Lover fatally shield Solomon from Seven-Armed Fiend.
    • Reshef's effect basically forces Alexander's servants to do this for him.
  • Tempting Fate: This exchange as Celtic Guardian fights La Jinn.
    Joey: This genie fights dirty. Watch out!
    Tristan: Yeah, but our guy's got a sword!
    [La Jinn easily blocks the sword strikes]
  • Tentacle Rope: Trents use head-roots, which work like tentacles, to restrain Celtic Guardian and Yami Yugi.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Alexander's vassals conclude that the power to control the world is something no man was meant to have regardless of his leadership skills.
  • They Were Holding You Back: Alexander claims this about Yugi's friends and urges him to sacrifice them so they'd be on equal footing. Yugi's friends actually agree with this, but Yugi himself does not.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Unwilling to put his friends in danger, Yami Yugi tries to take on La Jinn alone.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: When trapped and being strangled to death by Trents, Celtic Guardian throws his sword to cut Yami Yugi free.
  • Trapped in Another World: The main premise is about Yugi and his friends being trapped in the Capsule Monster world and working to find a way home.
  • Translator Buddy: Yugi's grandpa is able to translate many of the Egyptian tablets lying around.
  • True Companions: Yugi and his friends.
  • Turtle Island: The continent the group first lands on is the back of a massive turtle monster called Island Turtle.
  • Twelve-Episode Anime: It was divided into two movies on DVD at first before being released episodically on the Season 5 DVDs.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Joey's kidnapped by a Kurama this way in the second episode.
  • Victory Dance: Joey and Tristan celebrate early victories like this.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: In Episode 4, Yugi falls into a pit trap that soon has the walls closing in. He narrowly avoids being crushed.
  • When Trees Attack: Trents, giant tree monsters, are the first major opponent Yugi faces.
  • Wicked Witch: Mystical Sand causes havoc in episode 5, separating and petrifying the group.
  • Woman in White: The girl from the village of the fifth trial.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Yugi and his friends spent several days in the Capsule Monsters world, but only an hour passed in real life.
  • You Can Barely Stand: In the third episode, Yami Yugi demands his friends stay back to avoid danger, even when this is pointed out by the others.
    • Yami Yugi says this to himself in episode 5 as he struggles through a sand hurricane.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Alexander has no qualms with sacrificing his servants' monsters and banishing them from the game. He tries to convince Yugi to do the same, but gets called out about it.

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