old Jaden Yuki receives the Winged
Kuriboh card from his hero, Yugi Muto, he joins the Duel Academy
with the intention of becoming the next King of Games.
was created by Seto Kaiba (who is 28 at the time of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 18
at the time of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters), who signed the deal some
time after the events of Duel Monsters. The students are devided
into 3 dormitories,
Slifer Red, Ra Yellow and
Obelisk Blue, Slifer Red being the lowest, Obelisk Blue being the
highest. Jaden Yuki, due to the low score he got on his written
exam, was dumped into Slifer Red, along with his friends, Syrus
Truesdale, and Chumley Huffington.
In episode 50,
Chumley Huffington graduated from the school after being held back
several years, and went off to become a card designer for Industrial
Illusions. Zane Truesdale, Syrus' brother, also graduated, and they
were both replaced at the beginning of season two by two new first
years, Tyranno Kenzan, and Aster Phoenix.
Jaden (or Judai as he is called there) is currently nearing the end
of his second year. In the American dubbed version, he is currently
on summer vacation, and is expected to return for season two
sometime in September.
The shift from
the original series to GX is accompanied by the notion of
modernization. Dueling technology has evolved, and cybernetics
surface as a prevalent theme among monsters, either in totality
(Cyber Dragons/Vehicroids), or enhancement through the addition of
machinery (Cyber Girls/Dinosaurs/Tarot) to emphasize the replacement
of the ancient with the futuristic. Furthermore, the displays that
show monster stats and Life Points totals change from blue and gold
print to digital readouts with color-coded energy bars for Life
began airing in Japan on October 6th 2004, only to begin in America
just over a year later, on October 10th 2005.