Yu-Gi-Oh Goes Viral Over This Perfect Isekai Makeover

Yu-Gi-Oh made its name decades ago, and the series is still thriving today even after all this time. If you didn’t know, Yugi’s legacy is alive and well as new duelists continue to expand the franchise. From video games to anime series and more, Yu-Gi-Oh has staying power, and the series is going viral right now all thanks to a hilarious little meme.

And what is it about? Well, it has to do with Yu-Gi-Oh laying out the foundations for one of anime’s biggest genres these days. The original anime is definitely an isekai, and the revelation is blowing minds online.

Yu-Gi-Oh is technically an isekai so I gave it the title it deserves pic.twitter.com/RIzJ2XyltR

— Nerd Factor (@NerdFactorYGO) January 2, 2022

As you can see above, the meme exploded after the user NerdFactorYGO pointed out how the series aligned with isekai tentpoles. This meant the anime needed a fitting name since isekai series have some… wild titles. So of course, Yu-Gi-Oh went with “An Ancient Pharaoh Got Reincarnated Into This World and Is Now Killing People with Card Games.”

Obviously, the name is funny enough, but fans are geeking out over Yu-Gi-Oh‘s ties to isekai. Some fans refuse to count the original series as such, but others admit Yami fits the bill. After all, an isekai story is primarily defined by a character reincarnating or visiting a world that is different than their own. For Yami, he does this through Yugi. The pharaoh might not have a body of his own, but his access to Yugi allows him to explore a world very different from his own. So if we look at Yami as the protagonist, things start to work out.

Of course, Yu-Gi-Oh has not kept up the isekai theme, but it is not the only series from its time to lean into the now-massive genre. Digimon Adventure and even Spirited Away are considered part of the isekai family. As the genre grew in popularity, series like Sword Art Online and Mushoku Tensei have climbed the ranks. And now, Yu-Gi-Oh fans can call the series part of that family if they’d like.

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