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Anime: Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters

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 they escape.

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


This show provides examples of:

  • The Abridged Series: LittleKuriboh's Cr@psule Monsters.
  • 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.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Armour 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. Capsule Monsters was a game from the original manga. The board game and video game are based off it.
  • Any One Can Die: If a Capsule Monster is destroyed, it's forever lost, just like Solomon's Summoned Skull.
  • Ascended Extra: While they're always present in the main series, Tea and Tristan actually get to contribute to events. Solomon is a straight example.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Five God Dragon, Seven Armed Fiend and Reshef the Dark Being.
  • Bad Dreams: Yugi has a couple about Yami being captured and the armour they later get being not enough to save him against the Seven Armed Fiend. It's seems to be Dreaming of Things to Come, but it never does.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Alexander the Great has the millenium ring
  • BFS: Black Luster Soldier. Yami also gets some with his Black Luster Soldier and Blue-Eyes White Dragon armour.
  • Big Bad: Alexander the Great and 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.
  • Blondes are Evil: Alexander the Great. At least, his evil side.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Joey and Red-Eyes in Episode 7.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Solomon, after losing Summoned Skull. He gets Curse of Dragon in the fifth trial, though.
  • Butt Monkey: Joey and Tristan.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The first times he uses the Duel Armour, 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.
  • Closed Circle: The gang has to complete five trials before being able to return to their world.
  • Combat Tentacles: A group of Trents in the second episode use these on Yami and Celtic Guardian.
  • The Corruption: The Millennium Ring aided Alexander's thirst for power and drove him mad.
  • Cue the Sun: In Episode 10 after Yami slays the Five God Dragon.
  • Cute Witch: Dark Witch.
  • Damsel in Distress: The girl from the fifth trial.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Dark Magician. Magician of Black Chaos.
  • Deus ex Machina: When Yami is injured in the fight against Five God Dragon, the girl chosen as a Human Sacrifice is able to awaken Blue-Eyes with her tears and it promptly saves him.
  • Dragon Rider: All the main characters with the exception of Yugi/Yami.
  • Elemental Powers: The gang's monsters
  • Evil Laugh: Alexander the Great.
  • Evil Weapon: There's The Blade of Chaos cursing Red-Eyes Black Dragon that Joey manages to remove.
  • Evil Witch: Sand Witch, the main monster of the first trial.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Joey.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Yami is forced to do this with Joey, though Yugi isn't too happy about it.
  • Five-Bad Band: The dragons of the fifth trial: Tyrant Dragon, Aqua Dragon (technically a sea serpant), Luster Dragon #2, Serpent Night Dragon and Meteor Dragon.
    • With his servants, Alexander the Great heads another one.
  • 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, guess what their first monsters are.
  • Fusion Dance: Of the Power Booster variety, Yami and his monsters can merge, the latter becoming armour that grants him power and abilities to fight with.
    • The Composite Form with the five dragons fusing into the Five-Headed Dragon
  • Grand Theft Me: Alexander the Great on Alex Brisbane.
  • Groin Attack: After escaping a nest of baby Duel Monsters, Joey crashes into a tree growing out of the cliff for this.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Alexander the Great gives one to Yami over their different approaches in regards to allies. He tries to persuage 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Most of the gang's monsters in the finale battle.
  • Human Popsicle: Happens to Tea and Solomon in the third episode.
  • Human Sacrifice: A girl volunteers herself for this in a ritual that will keep the Blue-Eyes White Dragon protecting the village.
  • An Ice Person: Neo Aqua Madoor.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Yami's fight against Joey.
  • If I Can Only Move: Happens to Yami twice - in the second and fourth episodes.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: All the main characters except Yugi get a dragon - Joey gets Red-Eyes, 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 Armour of Unity is made of everyone else's dragons merging with him.
    • Tristan's Thunder Dragon is technically a thunder-type monster. The Aqua Dragon, one of the five dragons the heroes have to fight, is technically a sea serpent-type. It becomes Fridge Logic when the five dragons fuse to become the Five-Headed Dragon, despite only four of them are technically dragon-type monsters.
  • Knight In Shining Armour: Yami in Episode 10.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than Duel Monsters.
  • Living Statue: In Episode 4.
  • MacGuffin: The golden Duel Armour Yugi and Yami get. Alexander the Great also has one. It allows them to merge with their monsters.
  • The Medic: Tea and her Happy Lover.
  • 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.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Joey.
  • Monster of the Week: Each of the trials has a specific monster that the gang have to deal with. And the final test has two major obstacles they have to overcome.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: When his friends tell him to abandon them for the sake 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 the Chosen May Wield: A sword in the village of the fifth trial has one. Yami has to lure the five dragons before he's capable of doing so.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The various dragon monsters in this series. Even though, neither Thunder Dragon nor Aqua Dragon are technically Dragon type monsters (Thunder and Sea Serpent, respectively).
  • 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, Solomon's Curse of Dragon. La Jinn, Genie of the Lamp. Tyrant Dragon. Firewing Pegasus.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Power Gives You Wings: Yami's Dark Magician, Magician of Black Chaos, Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Armour of Unity forms.
  • Power Glows
  • 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.
    • Alexander's four vassals.
  • "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: It starts like this.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Yami Yugi and Alexander.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Alexander's evil part was sealed in the pyramid. While his good side was left in the Capsule Monsters world.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Like The Movie, a red-on-black variation when Yami Yugi deals the fatal blow to Ultimately Perfect Great Moth.
  • Sharing a Body: Outside the standard Yugi/Yami Yugi, Alexander and Alex and Alexander with Solomon briefly.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: Stops Joey from flying over the wall surrounding the Fortress of Fear.
  • Spirit Advisor: Alexander the Great. Shadi later.
  • Synchronization: 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 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 pull this.
  • Take Over the World
  • Taking the Bullet: Baby Dragon, Thunder Kid and Happy Lover for Solomon.
    • Non-lethal example, Yami does this for Tea and Joey when they're targeted by Five God Dragon.
  • They Were Holding You Back: What Alexander claims about Yugi's friends.
  • Trapped in Another World
  • True Companions
  • Twelve Episode Anime
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Happens to Joey in the second episode.
  • Victory Dance: Joey and Tristan celebrate early victories like this.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: Inside the temple during Episode 4.
  • White Knight: Yami when donning the Blue-Eyes armour.
  • Woman in White: The girl from the village of the fifth trial.
  • You Can Barely Stand: In the third episode, Yami Yugi demand his friends stay back to avoid danger, even when this is pointed out by the others.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Alexander has no qualms with sacrificing his servents' 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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