Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS is the sixth anime spinoff in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. It will premiere in April 2020. It will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise, and was originally announced with the teasing phrase "the history of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series will change".
At Goha Seventh Elementary, fifth-grade student Yuga Oudou feels that the duels have become cramped by adults. So he develops a new invention, called "Road", as a new rule to make everyone enjoy dueling again, and comes up with new ones every day. Then one day, Luke from the next class over shares news about a rumored "King of Duel." Curious, both Yuga and Luke arrive at a significant stone monument to find a mysterious person in front of it. "The King of Duel" offers them a challenge to win at duels within a limited time to become the new "King of Duel". Yuga and Luke accept the challenge, with Yuga deciding to use his own idea, "Rush Duel". From there, the two boys shall change the cramped world with new duels.
Unlike previous anime series in the franchise, SEVENS is animated by Bridge rather than Studio Gallop (for the first time since the original, largely unrelated Toei adaptation). Nobuhiro Kondo (Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan, Sgt. Frog, Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation) is the director, Toshimitsu Takeuchi (Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan, Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold, elDLIVE) is the composition writer, Masahiro Hikokubo is once again overseeing the duel layout, Hiroshi Yamamoto (Jewelpet: Magical Change) is the sound director, and both Kazuko Tadano (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) and Hiromi Matsushita are the character designers.
This series contains examples of the following tropes:
- Arc Number: SEVENS is obviously associated with the number seven, not only due to it being the seventh entry in the franchise, but also because the Duel Disks in Rush Duel mode are shaped like a "7".
- Art Shift: Unlike previous series, SEVENS deviates completely from the anime series' usual art style and goes more for something along the lines of Future Card Buddyfight and Beyblade.
- The Bus Came Back: Blue-Eyes White Dragon comes back after not having any role in the main anime since the original series, discounting The Dark Side of Dimensions since that's more of an after-story for the manga said original series is based off of.
- Mythology Gag: "King of Duel" sounds like an on-the-nose callback to "King of Games", a title held by Yugi Muto throughout most of the original series.