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Yu-Gi-Oh! Makes the Guinness World Records Twice for One Event

Whether it’s the manga, the anime, or the cards (or all of the above), Yu-Gi-Oh! has a major fanbase. In fact, its fanbase just helped it get not one, but two Guinness World Records!

Guinness explained on its website:

A total of 7,443 people competed at a recent Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament in Tokyo, making it the largest trading card game tournament ever.

The event, organized by Konami, was the 10th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Japan.

It also set a record for the most entrants in a trading card game tournament, which is a similar but more specific record that only includes participants who are playing in the same venue at the same time.

According to Guinness, the last time Yu-Gi-Oh! broke records for players showing up was in 2012 at the Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament. That time 4,364 players were there, showing what a step up this latest number is.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game’s official social media was pretty excited by the news, as you would expect, and shared it.

This one was translated as:

# OCG [Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG] Guinness World Records ™ Certified

At the “YCSJ TOKYO 2024”
(venue: Tokyo Big Sight)
held on April 28th and 29th, 2024,
two records were recognized by Guinness World Records.
Thank you to all duelists


This one was translated as:

\Thank you /
Yu Gi Oh! Duelist Festival
. –

Thank you to all the duelists,
the largest number ever,
who came to the event today
After 4pm, you will receive
a commemorative token card at the exit


VIZ Media publishes the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and gave this description for the first volume:

Sitting by himself in the back of the class, 10th-grader Yugi always had his head in some game–until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, an Egyptian artifact containing a powerful spirit from the age of the pharoahs! Awakened after three thousand years, the King of Games possesses Yugi, recklessly challenging bullies and evildoers to the Shadow Games, where the stakes are high, and even the most ordinary bet may result in weirdness and danger beyond belief! Let the games…begin!

Source: ANN, Guinness


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.