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Yu-Gi-Oh (the correct romanization being 'Yuugiou'), known more commonly as Yugioh, is a manga, anime, and trading card game. The original story revolves around an undersized high school boy named Mutou Yuugi (dub: Yugi Mutoh), who one day solves a puzzle to release the ancient spirit that it contains. Together with the spirit, known simply as 'mou hitori no Yuugi' (the other Yuugi), he uncovers a world of games and supernatural powers. Joining him as main characters are Mazaki Anzu, Jounouchi Katsuya, Honda Hiroto, Kujaku Mai, and Kaiba Seto.
The anime is notable for its international dub, which is criticized by a large number of fans for its heavy censorship and 'Americanization' of the series.
In fanfiction, the fan base is split into the fans of the dub and the fans of the subbed, original Japanese version. On fanfiction.net, the Yu-Gi-Oh category is the second largest in the anime/manga section, with over 48,000 fanfics currently in the database.
Infamously, many authors within the fandom are fond of writing stories focusing on slash pairings, and its most popular pairings are all of the slash variety. Many fans attest this to the profusion of bishonen and lack of female characters in the series.
Below is a partial list of common shippings widely accepted and used by the fan community in no particular order.
Most Popular Pairings
- Bronzeshipping Marik/Malik
- Prideshipping Seto/Yami
- Puppyshipping Seto/Katsuya
- Puzzleshipping Yami/Yuugi
- Tendershipping Ryou/Bakura
A partial list of some of the more common pairings found in the fandom, in alphabetical order.
- Angstshipping Malik/Ryou
- Antagoshipping Seto/Bakura
- Azureshipping Seto/Anzu
- Blindshipping Atem/Yugi
- Blueshipping Seto/Kisara
- Casteshipping Thief King Bakura/Atem
- Citronshipping Malik/Thief King Bakura
- Darkshipping Bakura/Yami
- Dragonshipping Yami/Katsuya
- Euroshipping Ryou/Seto
- Geminishipping Thief King Bakura/Bakura
- Gemshipping Thief King Bakura/Ryou
- Mizushipping Seth/Kisara
- Monarchshipping Atem/Yami
- Peachshipping Yuugi/Anzu
- Polarshipping Katsuya/Mai
- Powershipping Seto/Malik
- Rivalshipping Seto/Yugi
- Roseshipping Pegasus/Cecilia
- Silentshipping Seto/Shizuka
- Stoicshipping Seto/Seth
- Thiefshipping Malik/Bakura
- Trustshipping Seto/Ishizu
- Vexshipping Bakura/Anzu
- Warshipping Seto/Amelda
Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.
- On July 4, 2001, the LiveJournal community animefanfic was created.  Among the fan fiction communities represented on this community include: Bleach, Clamp, Detective Conan, Fushigi Yuugi, Get Backers, Gravitation, Fruit Basket, Inuyasha, Kodocha, Loveless, Mamono Hunter Yohko, Pokemon, Prince of Tennis, Ranma 1/2, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Samurai Troopers, Shaman King, Tenchi Muyo, Weiss Kreuz, Yu-Gi-Oh, Yu Yu Hakusho.
- On January 27, 2003, the LiveJournal community 85percentspikey was founded. 
- On September 24, 2003, an article about Yu-Gi-Oh was created on Wikipedia. 
- On December 31, 2003, the Livejournal community playthedamncard was founded.  It is still the most active Yu-Gi-Oh! community on Livejournal.
- On May 26, 2004, the LiveJournal community ygo_goodfic was created. 
- On December 16, 2004, the LiveJournal community ygo_cardslash was created. 
- On November 17, 2005, the LiveJournal community 10_au was created. It was a fan themed community where fan fiction authors agreed to write ten stories based on the themes that the community stipulated.  Fandoms represented by this community included Final Fantasy VII, Fruit Basket, Gravitation, Gundam Seed, Gundam Destiny, Mulan, Mutant X, Prince of Tennis, Rurouni Kenshin, Weiß Kreuz, Yu-Gi-Oh
- On April 4, 2006, the Yu-Gi-Oh hurt/comfort LiveJournal community ygo_hurtcomfort was created. 
- On May 10, ], the Livejournal community trueduelist is created.  As of July 16, 2009, it is still active.
- On July 14, 2006, the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series is released on YouTube by LittleKuriboh, reviving the fan community and becoming an internet phenomenon.
- On October 12, 2006, the Livejournal community ygo_cosplay is created. 
- March 8, 2007, YouTube removes the first episode of the abridged series claiming copyright infringement. (No claim was ever made by 4Kids themselves.)
- July 16, 2007, LittleKuriboh launches http://www.yugiohtheabridgedseries.com/, an official website where the series can be viewed and downloaded.
- On May 19, 2008, the Livejournal community ygodressing was created.  As of July 16, 2009, it is still active.
- On May 22, 2008, the LiveJournal community ygodressing_ooc was created.  As of July 16, 2009, it is still active.
- On July 13, 2009, LittleKuriboh's Yugioh! The Abridged Series celebrates its Third Anniversary on Youtube with LittleKuriboh's video, 'the YGOTAS Third Anniversary Spectacularmathon'. 
Currently N/A to this series.
See also Category:Yu-Gi-Oh fans.
See also Yu-Gi-Oh fan fiction community size.
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