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A spin-off of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series that places Yugi, Yami Yugi, Joey (Jonouchi), Téa (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 a secret expedition, Yugi and his friends win tickets for a vacation to India. On the way, 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. Yugi and his friends discover a gateway to another world where the Capsule Monsters game is very real. Shortly after arriving, the friends are separated by various wild enemies chasing after them and are forced to assess their situation as they 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 originally aired as a 12-Episode Anime in 2006 after the main series finished its run. It was released as two compilation movies separately, then episodically on the season 5 DVDs.

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: Téa 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 There in the Manual: Many of the monsters the gang fights are named in the Trading Card Game, but not in the anime itself.
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  • All Your Powers Combined: The Armor of Unity is made of Joey, Téa, Tristan and Solomon's dragons merging with Yugi's Duel Armor.
  • The Anime of the Game: There's a real board game and the PS2 game Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum, which are in turn based off of the Capsule Monster Chess 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, Téa and Tristan actually get to contribute to events. Solomon Muto is a straight example, as he's rarely utilized in the original series but is present throughout here.
  • 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.
  • Badass Baritone: During his first appearance, the Celtic Guardian speaks in this.
  • Bad Boss: Alexander is condescending to his vassals and declares them useless when Yugi's friends damage their monsters, and is perfectly willing to sacrifice them for his own gain.
  • 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 monsters, the Seven-Armed Fiend 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.
  • Bowdlerise: 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 as a result.
  • 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:
    • In episode 6 Yugi's grandpa says he doesn't heal like he used to, possibly referencing when he walked off a gunshot wound in his younger years.
    • 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 in the anime. Here, the monster's used by someone else who wielded the Ring.
  • Cast from Hit Points: The first few times he uses the Duel Armor, Yami collapses and is left drained.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The pendant Téa 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, and have no idea why they were trapped there to begin with.
  • 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: Téa'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: Téa and the female vassal face off with Dark Witch versus Demoness Knight. It's later subverted when Joey attacks the vassal's Reflect Bounder and the elderly male vassal attacks Téa's Seiyaryu.
  • Devour the Dragon: Alexander does this to his vassals during the final battle, sacrificing their monsters to summon Reshef the Dark Being and making sure that when his Reshef is attacked, they take damage instead of him.
  • 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. A tornado's 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. Téa counters it by using light, as only the real demon would cast a shadow.
  • Dragon Knight:
    • Joey gets fused with Red-Eyes Black Dragon in a similar way Yami Yugi's Duel Armor works, but it's a corrupted version, due to te Chaos Blade stuck in the dragon's back. It never happens again, after the trial is resolved.
    • Yami Yugi fuses with Blue-Eyes White Dragon to defeat Five-God Dragon in the final trial, and then with the four dragons his team mates collected during the journey during the fight againt Alexander.
  • 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. Joey lampshades it and wonders if they're cheating their way through, but Yugi's grandpa says for all they knew this was the only solution.
  • Early Game Hell: Early on things are very tough for Yugi and his friends, as they're separated by wild monsters and lack enough power to fight large groups of monsters or particularly powerful monsters effectively. Things become more manageable starting around episodes 4 and 5, when Yugi gains his Dark Magician, Joey and Tea gain Flame Swordsman and Dark Witch, and Yugi obtains the Duel Armor.
  • 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.
  • Familial Body Snatcher: Alex Brisbane is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great and ends up possessed by his soul as a result.
  • Famous Ancestor: Alex Brisbane is a direct descendant of Alexander the Great.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • The pyramid being built by Alexander the Great foreshadows his appearance later in the series.
    • When Yugi and Téa are playing Capsule Monsters at school, Téa 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: Two different kinds throughout the series.
    • The Power Booster variety where 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 and has to be healed.
  • 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!
  • Glass Cannon: A near-literal example with the Prisman, a creature made of glass. Joey is able to knock it over himself, but when strengthened by the sun it fires deadly laser beams.
  • Grand Theft Me: Alexander the Great does this on his descendant, 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.
  • Helpless Good Side: While Alexander's good half is able to assist Yugi and his friends, when he merges with his evil half the evil side wins out, suppressing him completely until he's destroyed.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Baby Dragon, Thunder Kid and Happy Lover shield Solomon from Seven-Armed Fiend and die as a result.
  • Human Popsicle: Happens to Téa 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.
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll: Alexander poses as Alex Brisbane when the group meets him, and when the good Alexander attempts to reunite with and overpower his other half, he pretends to have been freed to trick Yugi's grandpa.
  • 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 Téa 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."
  • 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.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: The Millennium Ring split Alexander's soul into two halves, one his peaceful side and the other his war-mongering side. The evil side notes that without him Alexander could never have conquered half the globe.
  • 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.
  • Kneel Before Frodo: After saving Yugi from a Kamakiriman, Celtic Guardian kneels before him and pledges his loyalty and service.
  • 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 episode 9, and do well initially until the dragons revive themselves.
    • Alex Brisbane split up from Solomon Muto to explore the pyramid more thoroughly, which resulted in his possession.
  • Lighter and Softer: It's less dark than the main anime, for the most part.
  • 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: Téa and her Happy Lover, which she uses to heal Tristan, Yugi, 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.
  • More Expendable Than You: In the final battle, Yugi's friends argue that they're more expendable than he is and Alexander may have a point in saying to sacrifice them to win. Yugi says that while he knows there's a lot at stake, they're his best friends and there's no way he'd desert them. He then sends his monsters to help his friends, leaving himself defenseless.
  • Mr. Exposition: The girl from the first trial exists to provide exposition and help the heroes win. This is even seen in-universe, with the NPCs turning into statues when the trial is cleared and Tea saying that maybe they were only there to help them win.
  • 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.
  • Non-Player Character: Episodes 5, 9 and 10 have NPC villagers that the group must help in order to pass the test. They also help the heroes at times, with a little girl giving Tea a pendant to mark their progress and a maiden who volunteered for a sacrifice praying for the Blue-Eyes White Dragon to aid Yugi.
  • Not So Above It All: The maiden from the fifth trial tells Joey that they must solve one more riddle after passing the test, only to reveal she was joking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: After the first battle with the Duel Armor Yami Yugi collapses, and in the subsequent episode Yugi is still feeling the effects. This lessens as the series goes on, but also happens to Joey in episode 7.
  • Powers via Possession: Joey combines with Red-Eyes in the same way Yami does with his monsters while possessed.
  • Psycho Rangers:
    • The five dragons of the fifth trial are evil counterparts to the heroes' dragons and powerful monsters.
    • With his servants, Alexander the Great heads a group of evil counterparts to Yugi and his friends.
  • 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.
    • Happy Lover's healing ability isn't accurate to the card game, but it is accurate to its portrayal in the PlayStation 2 video game Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum. The same goes for La Jinn being a fire-based monster.
  • Similar Squad: Alexander's vassals are deliberately similar to Yugi's group of friends and family, highlighting the contrast between Yugi and Alexander.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The girl from the first trial reveals that someone else passed the five tests, and the pendant she gives Téa turns out to be they key to the final door and what Alexander needs to claim his prize.
  • 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.
  • Split-Personality Merge: Alexander tries to do this to overpower his dark half, but the evil side wins out and suppresses him.
  • Support Party Member: Téa's Happy Lover has no attacks, but is able to heal his teammates.
  • Synchronization: Early episodes show how characters are harmed when their monsters suffers damage. When a group of Trents attack and strangle Celtic Guardian, Yami is also choked despite no one having touched him. The final battle implies that anyone who loses their last Capsule Monster dies.
  • 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 Téa 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 forces Alexander's servants to do this for him, as when he's attacked they receive the damage.
  • 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 Not a Floor: In episode 4 Yugi falls through an invisible hole in the floor and into a trapped room.
  • 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. It's then averted when he fails, and needs Joey and Tristan's help to defeat him.
  • 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 are this to the point that their friendship empowers Yugi's Duel Armor, saving him from a fatal hit.
  • Truer to the Text: Joey's fighting skills are more in line with the manga, as he dodges or blocks several monsters' attacks without breaking a sweat and punches out a Prisman.
  • Turtle Island: The continent the group first lands on is the back of a massive turtle monster called Island Turtle.
  • 12-Episode Anime: It was divided into two movies on DVD at first before being released episodically on the Season 5 DVDs.
  • Undying Loyalty: Alexander's vassals stayed with him even after death, despite how he treats them in the Shadow Game.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Alexander's good half says he failed the five trials, while his evil half says he completed the five trials, but the doorway refused to open. It's implied the latter is correct, as otherwise the final battle couldn't have happened.
  • Vacation Episode: The series starts with Yugi and friends winning a trip to India, which gets derailed when their plane crashes and they enter the Capsule Monsters world.
  • Vertical Kidnapping: Joey's kidnapped by a Kurama this way in the second episode.
  • Victory Pose: Joey and Tristan celebrate early victories with a silly dance.
  • 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.
  • 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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