ZEXAL is a Japanese manga and anime series based from the big hit anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! which was made popular back in 1996.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is the third main spin-off series of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.
The manga of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL started serialization in Shueisha's V-Jump magazine which later licensed by Viz Media in the Weekly Shonen Jump.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL was later adapted for an anime adaptation which was written by Shin Yoshida and directed by Satoshi Kuwahara together with Studio Gallop.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premiered on TV Tokyo, HERO ABS-CBN networks last April 2011.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL was scheduled for 73 episodes which ended last September 2012.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is set in the fictional city of Heartland in the distant future where card battles are taken to a whole new level.
The story focuses on the young duelist, Yuma Tsukumo, who aims to becoming the next Duel Monsters champion.
On one peculiar day during one of his duel battles, an inconspicuous spirit called Astral appears before him.
Astral explains to him that he is searching for his lost memories which have been transformed into 100 Xyz monster cards called the Numbers which apparently is scattered around the world.
The so-called Numbers have the uncanny ability to possess the duelists who own them and bring out their deepest, darkest desires. Astral teams up with Yuma to retrieve the Number cards.
Along their journey, the two crosses paths with a mysterious young boy named Kaito Tenjo, who is apparently also collecting the Number cards.
The two soon find themselves entering the World Duel Carnival Tournament.
Facing against various contenders, Yuma and Astral are forced to combine their forces using the power of ZEXAL.
Yuma Tsukumo is the 13-year old energetic young protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Despite his cheerful personality, Yuma is actually an underachiever in both school and duels. Despite his shortcomings as a duelist, Yuma never gives up and always takes on every challenge. After a grueling battle, Yuma managed to win the tournament and become the duel champion of Heartland City. Many of his monster cards are Light and Earth attributes. His ace card is the Number 39: Utopia which later evolved into Utopia Ray.
Ryoga Kamishiro is a good friend of Yuma's and a rival duelist. He was actually a championship duelist before he was disqualified after being caught peeking at his opponent's cards. Since then, he has earned a reputation for being a delinquent going by the nickname “Shark”. He relies on his ace card Number 32: Shark Drake which later evolved into Shark Drake Veiss.
Kaito Tenjo was first introduced as Dr. Faker's son who was sent on a mission to collect the “Numbers” in order to help his sickly brother. To help him on his mission, Kite is accompanied by Orbital 7, a robot with the unnerving ability to stop time for everyone except those that are possessed by the Numbers. He wields a Photon Deck specializing in extraterrestrial monsters and magic. His ace-in-the-hole is the Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon card which later evolved into the all-powerful Neo Galaxy Eyes Photon Dragon.
Rio Kamishiro is introduced into the show as Ryoga's younger twin sister. Initially, Rio is portrayed to be more of a polite girl with charming looks and great athleticism. She is later shown to be quite irritable, stern and even to a point, annoying. Her favorite card is the Number 103: Ragnazero which she later upgraded into Ragnafinity.
A manga spin-off series has been released on April 2012 entitled “Yu-Gi-Oh! D-Team ZEXAL” which was written by Akihiro Tomonaga and illustrated by Wedge Holdings. It was serialized in Shueisha’s Saikyou Jump magazine. Studio Gallop also leaked to the public that they were indeed working on a second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL together with lead director Satoshi Kuwahara. Yu-Gi-Oh!! ZEXAL II premiered on TV Tokyo on October 2012. Yu-Gi-Oh!! Zexal II ended on March 2014 with 73 sensationally epic duel battling episodes.