New Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Coming in 2016

December 12, 2014 at 7:20 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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White silhouette of Yugi and Kaiba on YUGIOH.com

The upcoming new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie is slated for a 2016 theatrical release in commemoration of the manga’s 20th anniversary! That’s the word from Shueisha’s January 15, 2015 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, which hits newsstands in Japan on Monday. The leaked announcement also reveals that the film will contain an original story that focuses on protagonist Yuugi Mutou and rival Seto Kaiba and will include a duel between the pair. Further details will be unveiled at a launch event at Jump Festa next week. A website has been set up at yugioh20th.com but is currently empty.

At the beginning of this week, yugiohmovie.jp posted its first update since the site opened in June 2014: a clock counting down to 10 am JST on December 15. Information about the movie is expected to be formally announced on that date. YUGIOH.com will also be updated with news roughly 12 hours later, noted a 4K Media rep on Facebook.

Development of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! film was initially announced in June by 4K Media, who has already been seeking international distributors for the movie.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to be Remastered

The same issue of WSJ further announces that the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime will be remastered, also in celebration of the franchise’s 20th anniversary. Numerous duels, including Yuugi vs. Kaiba and Jounouchi vs. Marik, will be remastered as part of this project. The series will begin airing on February 7, 2015 at 7:30 am JST on TV Tokyo and its sister stations.

Currently in Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters has been running on BS Japan since 2010 and began streaming online in August 2014.

The scant details of this remastering initiative released thus far suggest that it may be comparable to that given to Sunrise’s Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, another SD digital anime from the aughts that was mastered on video tape and that received an “HD remaster” featuring a 16:9 crop and some reanimated scenes.

Cinedigm to Launch CONtv Entertainment Network for Anime, Gaming, Convention Fans

December 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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CONtv logo

Today, entertainment distributor Cinedigm and convention organizer Wizard World unveiled CONtv, an upcoming digital network for television and film content catering to pop culture fandoms across a multitude of genres. As its name suggests, CONtv hopes to attract convention enthusiasts who embrace anime, gaming, sci-fi, horror, martial arts, cult classics, and superhero programming.

CONtv’s launch offerings will include Yu-Gi-Oh! as well as other big-name anime titles like Angel Beats, Beyblade, Clannad, Digimon, Ghost in the Shell, High School of the Dead, and Saint Seiya. Also part of its initial line-up are titles like Sonic The Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, the Legend of Zelda, and Voltron. More titles are listed in today’s press release. Its programming will be available in a free ad-supported format and for a $6.99/month subscription that includes exclusive content.

When Cinedigm and Wizard World first announced their partnership and plans for an entertainment network in February 2014, the duo noted that some of their programming would be drawn from Cinedigm’s library of nearly 2,000 anime episodes and Wizard World’s 150-200 hours of new convention footage captured this year. Wizard World also hoped to tap into its network of vendors, exhibitors, and artists to develop a shopping venue for viewers.

CONtv is scheduled to launch in 2015. Interested parties can check out CONtv.com where they can sign up for a newsletter for more information.

Cinedigm is an independent distributor of DVDs, Blu-rays, and digital programming and has the U.S. video distribution rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. Wizard World is a pop culture convention organizer whose numerous events, called Comic Cons (not related to San Diego Comic-Con International or other independently-produced conventions), are held across the country.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Game Returns to App Store, Launches on Google Play

December 5, 2014 at 6:59 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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IN4-M8 introducing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation campaign game mode
Nice to see you again, IN4-M8!

It’s back! Yesterday evening, the mobile app game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation returned to the U.S. App Store and also made its debut on Google Play. The game is free to play and is now available to iPad and Android tablet users in all Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG territories. iPad users who downloaded the game when it was first released (version 0.502) will want to update their app to the latest version (0.508).

For a brief overview of the game, check out my previous write-up, “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Mobile App Game Launches in U.S.” And to read official news and updates straight from Konami and get support for the game, visit the official Duel Generation website.

Duel Generation first soft launched in Canada’s App Store on October 24. It then made a brief appearance in the U.S. App Store on October 29 before it was pulled a mere one day later, likely prompted by reports that the game had been crashing repeatedly. Between then and now, the game nevertheless remained in the Canadian App Store (as well as the App Stores of a few other countries), but yesterday’s Google Play launch and return to the U.S. App Store mark the first time the game has become available globally for both iPad and Android. Konami has still not yet made any wide-reaching formal announcement regarding Duel Generation’s release and availability, but expect to see that soon.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Mobile App Game Launches in U.S.

Update: Konami has issued a press release announcing the game. It notes that a Kindle Fire version of the game is forthcoming.

Crunchyroll to Stream All Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Worldwide Starting November 15

November 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Posted in 5D's, Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 7 Comments
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The Millennium Puzzle against a backdrop of Egyptian hieroglyphs in episode 81

Extraordinary news for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans worldwide! 4K Media (Konami) announced today that Crunchyroll will begin international streaming of all four English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! series — Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL — starting tomorrow, November 15. The availability of the series is as follows:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City

Today’s tremendous news follows the addition of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix, which was announced at the beginning of this month. Netflix’s streams are available to viewers based in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United States can also continue to find all of the series on Hulu and on YUGIOH.com.

4K Media again reiterated today that there will be even more news regarding the international streaming of subtitled and local language versions in the coming months.

Three cheers to 4K Media for making such phenomenal progress!

* The excluded Asian countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa (Western), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Update: There were some discrepancies between 4K Media and Crunchyroll about which territories have access to each of the series. My list above has been updated with the correct availabilities.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 63 – Yu-Gi-Oh Kai!

November 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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It looks like this meme... is really old. YYYEEEEEAAAAHHH! From YGOTAS episode 63

Hey, remember when Tea and Serenity wander around the city, reminiscing about the events of the past two seasons? Let’s have a flashback about it! I’m sure this will be both memorable and hilarious. Check out LittleKuriboh’s new YGOTAS video uploaded earlier today: episode 63, “Yu-Gi-Oh Kai!” with special guests TeamFourStar, the cast of Pokémon ‘Bridged, and Kirbopher! Pingu fans might want to skip this one though…

“There are way too many references in these flashbacks.” Righto, Serenity. You’d think that with 1KidsEntertainment doing the editing, the references would have been left on the cutting room floor, resulting in a 30-second episode. Wait, what…?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged’s New Editor: 1KidsEntertainment

It’s true, LittleKuriboh is no longer editing YGOTAS. Instead, he has handed over the reins to his friend and fellow abridger 1KidsEntertainment, with “Yu-Gi-Oh Kai!” being the first ever episode to be edited by him.

“I’d like to formally announce that @OneKids will be taking over editing duties for Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged,” LK tweeted last week. “I will still be writing and voicing the show, but in order to deal with my current schedule and still give you videos consistently, I turned to @onekids, knowing that he is skilled and experienced enough to edit my crappy humor into a watchable video. I want you guys to get more videos, more quickly. This decision was made in order to give you better content, at a more consistent rate. I will still be editing Naruto Spoof. And yes, there is more Naruto Spoof content on the way.”

For anyone who thinks this might affect the contents and direction of the show, 1KidsEntertainment sets the story straight.

“For the record, @yugiohtas maintains 100% creative control over his show,” he tweeted. “Does all of the writing, voicing, and comedic timing.”

And how will this affect 1KidsEntertainment’s own project, his famed Pokémon ‘Bridged series?

“[T]hat will still be happening. It can’t get much slower than it is,” he quipped. “By contrast, editing is all on my time. I can make progress on projects pretty much every day if they’re written and voiced already.”

Sounds good to me. He did one heck of a job on this episode!

Update (November 18): YGOTAS episode 63 has now been added to LK’s CardGamesFTW YouTube channel.

[YGO: TAS] Marik Plays Bloodlines Returns / LK’s 2015 Anime Con Appearances

November 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Title card for LittleKuriboh's Marik Plays Bloodlines episode 11

It’s been almost one year since Marik last powered up his PC and settled down for a game of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, but he’s back! Today, LittleKuriboh’s Let’s Play series featuring everyone’s favorite Egyptian villain returned with episode 11, “Face/Off”! What crazy antics will Marik get into this time? Will he build a rapport with a fellow evil, sexy, blond megalomaniac with a split personality? Will there be characters wearing hot pants? Or will Marik just be enjoying the city’s many back alleys and rear entrances? Spoiler: Some deadly frenching goes on.

LittleKuriboh is committed to keeping Marik Plays as a regular thing, having already recorded enough content for several new episodes.

“Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines’ just got patched to 9.0 – Jesus, has a game ever had this committed a fanbase for fixing its problems?” asked LK back in May. “I’m gonna patch the game and add a bunch of mods that make it considerably prettier for the next time I record footage for it. Which may be sooner than you all think. I’ve actually recorded all the way to getting out of Santa Monica already, which is enough for another 5 or 6 videos.”

At a few of his convention panels earlier this year, LK confirmed that he has built up a healthy cache of Marik Plays and hopes to release them on a consistent weekly basis.

Keep it tuned to TeamFourStar.com to see more of LK’s Let’s Play videos.

LittleKuriboh first began publishing Let’s Plays in December 2010, releasing episode 1 of Marik Plays Bloodlines and himself playing the comic book-style game Red Hawk for the Commodore 64 to his YouTube channel ObeyMyRod.

LK’s Super Anime Convention Appearance Update

Yesterday, Marianne Miller posted a huge list of LittleKuriboh’s convention appearances for 2015. They include conventions like MTAC, which had previously announced LK as a guest but had only recently finalized the event’s date and venue, and completely new announcements like Anime Expo.

Here are LK’s 2015 stops from the post:

There are more announcements to come, but don’t be too surprised if LK doesn’t make as many appearances as he’s done in previous years.

“Gonna be super happy when we cut back on cons next year and don’t have to deal with leaving multiple times a month,” tweeted Marianne earlier this year.

LK has one more stop to make before the end of this year: Yama-Con in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from December 5 through 7.

See a list of all of his previously announced stops on my page for LK’s Anime Convention Schedule.

Netflix Adds Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime

October 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pegasus viewing updates of the Duelist Kingdom tournament in episode 8

It’s been a long time coming, but the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has at last found its way onto the holy grail of video streaming platforms: Netflix! 4K Media (Konami) announced earlier today that English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! are coming to Netflix, beginning with season 1 tomorrow, November 1. The videos will be accessible not only to fans residing in the United States, but also to those in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. International fans will have even more streaming options to look forward to on YUGIOH.com in the coming months, 4K Media noted.

Yu-Gi-Oh! streams have come a long, long way since the early 2000s when they were only available on 4Kids Entertainment’s websites. In the U.S. alone, various Yu-Gi-Oh! videos can today be found on a slew of online platforms, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, iTunes, Nicktoons, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Xbox Video, and more. Adding the coveted Netflix deal to the list is quite a feather in 4K Media’s cap.

4K Media’s announcement also highlights Manga UK’s DVD release of Yu-Gi-Oh! season 1 across the pond on November 17. Manga UK formally announced the release just prior to the MCM London Comic Con last weekend, though eagle-eyed fans may have spotted it when it was first added to Manga UK’s store earlier this month.

ADK, NAS, Other Anime Producers to Establish ‘Anime Consortium Japan’ Video Streaming Development Firm

October 31, 2014 at 6:37 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Yugi cooking up a strategy against Johnson in episode 112

On Thursday, Japanese anime producers Asatsu-DK (ADK), Bandai Namco Holdings, and Aniplex announced the upcoming launch of Anime Consortium Japan, Inc. (ACJ), a new company that will develop a platform for streaming anime worldwide and selling anime-related merchandise. The trio bring to the table ¥500 million (about $4.5 million) and will be further backed by the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Fund, which will contribute another ¥1 billion (about $9 million). The new online video platform will deliver simulcasts of new titles in multiple languages as well as previously aired programs.

Other shareholders in this endeavor will include ADK’s wholly-owned subsidiary Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, Dentsu, and Bandai Namco Holding’s subsidiary Sunrise, all of whom were also shareholders in the Japanese streaming and E-commerce website Daisuki. Daisuki will be folded into ACJ.

Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans might recognize ADK and NAS as members of a consortium that own and license the Yu-Gi-Oh! property. ADK and NAS together owned nearly 40 percent of Daisuki.

ACJ will be set up on November 7 and expects to have its streaming platform ready in April 2015. Full details about the initiative are available in releases from ADK and the Cool Japan Fund.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Mobile App Game Launches in U.S.

October 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Title screen of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation

Konami is back with another new Yu-Gi-Oh! game! Today, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation, a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for mobile tablets, quietly launched in the U.S. market with a release on the Apple App Store. The free-to-play game includes over 6,000 cards and allows players to duel both online and offline.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation has some similarities to Xbox and PSN’s Millennium Duels game. Duel Generation features a single-player Campaign mode that allows players to duel against 80 characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series and win Duel Points (the in-game currency) and new cards. Players who register for a Duelist Account can also play against opponents online in the Duel League for a chance at becoming an internationally ranked duelist.

Duel Generation starts new players off with a mediocre selection of weak cards to build their first deck. Players have the option to enhance their collection by purchasing Decks and Support Packs. Pre-constructed Decks sell for $4.99 and are themed collections each containing 40+ cards and provide players everything they need to duel. Support Packs sell for $3.99 and are archetype-specific collections that provide players three copies of all of the cards from that archetype. About half of the game’s 6,000+ cards can be purchased using DP and won through the Campaign mode, while the remaining must be purchased with real money.

Prior to today’s release, Duel Generation was previewed at some of Konami’s major Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events and soft launched last Friday in the Canadian market.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation complements Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena, a browser-based Flash game that officially launched in June earlier this year and that features a different monetization model.

Although today’s soft launch only offers Duel Generation to iPad users, Konami notes that the game will also be available for Android tablets and the Kindle Fire. Expect to hear more about those options once Konami formally announces Duel Generation’s release.

Update (October 30): Konami has pulled the game from the U.S. App Store. Some players have noted that the game has been repeatedly crashing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force Games Return with ARC-V Tag Force Special

October 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jack Atlas laughing at Yusei Fudo in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 5

Thought you’d seen the last of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force games? Guess again! Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special is the newest addition to the series and is scheduled to hit the Japanese market this winter, reports Siliconera (via Crunchyroll). The game continues the fine tradition of appearing on the PSP, though this installment will also be compatible with the PS Vita.

Tag Force Special will feature over 7,000 cards, including those from the upcoming Secrets of Eternity booster set, and will bring together the heroes from the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series: Yugi Muto, Jaden Yuki, Yusei Fudo, Yuma Tsukumo, and Yuya Sakaki. Crunchyroll has collected some photos of the announcement captured from the upcoming December issue of V Jump magazine.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force games first debuted in 2006 for the PSP with Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force. Up through 2011, Konami had been releasing one new game annually, with the Japan-exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 6 being the most recent installment. There’s no word yet whether Tag Force Special will see a release outside Japan.

A new Tag Force game, eh? Who’d have thunk it! What’s more surprising? The fact that the series is still alive? Or that it’s still being made for an aging game console?

Update (October 21): Konami’s official website for the game is now live.

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