UDON to Publish Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art Book

July 27, 2014 at 9:22 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Duel Art Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations Japanese art book cover

On Saturday, UDON Entertainment announced at its San Diego Comic Con panel that it will be publishing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art, a collection of Yu-Gi-Oh! art work by Kazuki Takahashi. The 127-page art book includes sketches, line art, and full-color illustrations of characters, monsters, and settings from the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series. It also includes commentary from Takahashi about the creation of some of his artwork. The book will be released sometime in 2015.

The original Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art book was released on December 16, 2011 by Shueisha under its V Jump Special Book line. The first printing promptly sold out, leading the publisher to reprint the book for its second run a mere one month later. To celebrate the release of the book, Konami gave away 10,000 copies of the OCG card The Creator God of Light, Horakhty in a lottery. The card has yet to be released anywhere else in the world.

UDON is an art collective and publisher of comics, manga, and art books based in Canada. It is probably most well known for its numerous books of Capcom properties, like Street Fighter and Mega Man.

RIP Toonzaki: 4Kids’ and 4K Media’s Anime Video Streaming Portal Closes

July 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Konami, Other Stuff | 2 Comments
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A Toonzaki poster and handout from New York Comic Con 2010
RIP Toonzaki
September 15, 2010 — July 24, 2014

Toonzaki.com, a hub for legal and official streaming anime videos, closed its doors late yesterday night, redirecting all traffic to YUGIOH.com. The website, which was originally owned by 4Kids Entertainment and sold to Konami’s 4K Media after the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit, opened in September 2010 and was intended to be a video portal where casual anime fans and passersby could find the majority of anime titles streaming on the web together in one convenient place. Not only were the titles that 4Kids had licensed included, but so were shows from other licensees and content partners, including uncut, Japanese-language series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! series — and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s in particular, whose new episodes were premiering on TV at the time of Toonzaki’s launch — were centerpieces of the website.

In its early days, Toonzaki was rife with potential as it regularly updated with new programming, engaged with fans on Facebook, and even made a big showing at New York Comic Con. Beginning in mid-2012, after the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit wound down and ownership of the website was in transition, Toonzaki began to see a great deal of neglect, resulting in nonfunctioning videos, broken links, missing images, and a general lack of digital housekeeping. Its last significant update came in April 2013, which patched up those problems and added some new shows. But since then, the website once again fell into disrepair before finally shutting down.

Reps from Toonzaki did not respond in time to comment for this story.

The Rise and Fall of Toonzaki

Toonzaki was an ambitious undertaking from 4Kids that was unveiled in July 2010 in an episode of Anime News Network’s ANNCast podcast. The site opened for business on September 15, 2010.

At its inception, Toonzaki’s only non-in-house content delivery partner was Hulu, which was the home of many series from FUNimation, the Anime Network, and other anime content owners. Later, Toonzaki also partnered with Crunchyroll to stream many of its titles. At the time, the partnership raised a few eyebrows since Crunchyroll wasn’t known for sharing its ad revenue with just anyone.

Toonzaki made considerable efforts to reach out to fans with Facebook posts, polls, and contests, and often rewarded them with new content for participating. The website only began streaming subtitled episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s after a successful “Facebook Fan Drive,” which reached its goal of 300 fans in a matter of hours.

Toonzaki was well known for promoting its shows on its homepage with witty one-liners, even crowdsourcing new taglines from fans. But few could have predicted that the innocent attempt at fan engagement would result in a legion of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans descending upon Toonzaki’s Facebook page, all calling for CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES to be used to promote Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. And even fewer could have predicted that 4Kids would indeed adopt the catchphrase as an official promo line.

The first significant sign of trouble for Toonzaki came in late August 2012 when the website abruptly removed all of its Yu-Gi-Oh! videos as part of a transition that involved server changes and that disabled the website for extended periods of time. Nearly three full months would pass before Toonzaki came back online in November 2012, but by then, significant damage had been done. At one point, Toonzaki was among the top results for search engine queries for Yu-Gi-Oh! videos. But no more. Things would never be the same again.

Even after vestiges of the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit were gone and new episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL were being uploaded to Hulu again, Toonzaki still had trouble keeping up with the updates. And although Toonzaki did its best to clean up and stay relevant, it was clear that its best days were behind it.

Toonzaki never became the hub for anime streaming, but today, the landscape of anime availability on the Internet is leaps and bounds beyond that of Toonzaki’s earlier days. Hulu, which was only a minor player in the anime game when Toonzaki launched, is today a dominant force for all things anime. Even the Japanese producers and studios themselves have learned of the potential of anime streaming and have gotten into the game with DAISUKI. There are more options than ever for both the discerning anime otaku and the casual anime viewer to stay entertained in this social and digital age. And still there is no one single entity that has aggregated the videos from all of these options.

LittleKuriboh Con Update: FANdom Con 2014, Anime Revolution, New Video Projects

July 25, 2014 at 7:17 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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FANdom Con 2014's banner on Facebook

Thought LittleKuriboh’s 2014 anime convention schedule was finalized? Nope! Add another stop in Florida to the mix. LK will be attending FANdom Con in Fort Walton Beach, Florida as a guest from November 7 through 9.

Now in its fifth year, FANdom Con will also be welcoming fellow voice actors Scott McNeil, Chuck Huber, and Robert Axelrod as guests.

LK at Anime Revolution in Las Vegas

If you’re in the Las Vegas Valley tomorrow, July 26, and want to see LittleKuriboh, you’re in luck! LK will be stopping by the Anime Revolution store in Las Vegas, Nevada from 6 pm to 9 pm PDT for a super-special meet and greet. This is the first time LK has booked an appearance at a retail location.

Anime Revolution is located at Town Square shopping center. The store specializes in anime goods, cosplay, and clothing. Hooray for supporting small businesses, LK!

“Where’s the New Episode?!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans who have met up with LittleKuriboh at his recent anime convention visits know that he has screened the completed video of YGOTAS episode 62. So, in the eternal words of the baby Kurama monsters from Cr@psule Monsters 2: “Where’s the new episode?!”

“For those of you wondering where my new content is – your patience will be rewarded soon. I promise,” LittleKuriboh tweeted earlier this week. “I’m waiting on a few things, but trust me, you’ll be seeing a lot more LittleKuriboh material. And you’ll like what you see. I’ve actually been very hard at work on a number of projects, and hopefully the work will pay off by entertaining all of you.” What new material might we get…?

At a few of his recent panels, LK revealed to attendees that he has recorded numerous new episodes of his Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines Let’s Play videos. By building up a healthy reserve, he hopes to release them on a weekly basis in the near future. At A-Kon 25 in June, LK also noted that he has begun recording a new Let’s Play series featuring Marik playing Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. Sounds exciting! Hope to see both of these projects (and perhaps even more) very soon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Gets First U.S. DVD Release on September 16

July 23, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 3 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1, volume 1 DVD cover artwork mock-up from Cinedigm

Aww yeah. 4K Media (Konami) has been rockin’ it this month with fresh Yu-Gi-Oh! news, and things just got even better with today’s announcement that Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will finally be coming to the United States on DVD! Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 will hit store shelves on September 16, retailing for $24.95. The two-disc set will include the first 16 episodes of the English-dubbed anime and, like all the other new region 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! home video releases, comes to us from Cinedigm.

Up until now, the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL English dub has only been available on DVD from Australian home video distributor and marketer Roadshow Entertainment, whose region 4 releases have been ongoing since June 2013.

But wait! 4K Media previously revealed that Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL would also be getting a Blu-ray release. Keep your fingers crossed that those are still coming!

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray: An Overview

July 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray menu

Out today is the long-awaited release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie in the United States on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. The film, a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, made its theatrical debut on 300 screens across the U.S. in early 2011 but is only now getting a home video release. The title is licensed by 4K Media (Konami) and distributed by Cinedigm as part of its Flatiron Film Company label and includes both the English-dubbed and original Japanese subtitled versions of the film.

This post will provide an overview of the contents of Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray releases. Comparisons of Cinedigm’s products to Manga Entertainment’s Region 2 UK releases and to the original Region 2 Japanese releases from King Records/Marvelous Entertainment (“MMV” for short from here on) will also be included.

The World of Licensing Restrictions: How to Handicap a Non-Japanese Anime Video Release

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is the first official Yu-Gi-Oh! video product released in the United States to include both an English and Japanese version since FUNimation’s short-lived uncut DVDs of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 2004-2005. Fans in the United Kingdom also received a bilingual release in July 2011 from Manga UK. A Yu-Gi-Oh! title that includes the original subbed Japanese version?! Yes, it’s true! But there must be a catch, right?

Both Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions of the film include subtitles that are permanently fixed; on both of their DVDs and BDs, the subtitles are burned into the video (i.e. they are “hard subs”). While some viewers may see this as an annoyance, this is the price that licensees often have to pay if they want to release some anime titles outside of Japan at all.

The issue of forced subtitles and other crippling restrictions that afflict such anime releases has been discussed extensively by anime fans and pundits as well as industry insiders. Numerous episodes of the Manga UK podcast have touched upon the problems and their causes.

“Reverse importation, as far as some Japanese licensing companies see it, is a big problem on Blu-ray,” said Jerome Mazandarani, the Director of Marketing and Acquisitions at Manga UK, in episode 18 of the company’s podcast. “Blu-ray is where they derive most of their finished packaged goods’ value now in Japan, and they are very, very concerned about it.”

The price of anime outside of Japan is considerably lower than that within Japan, Mazandarani explained. And if large Japanese production companies are very worried about an American or UK edition BD getting imported back into Japan, they have the leverage to curb the perceived threat. For instance, they can mandate that licensees burn the subtitles into the video of the Japanese-language versions of their titles. They can also disallow licensees from releasing a title for a certain amount of time after a DVD and BD are released in Japan, or disallow them from releasing a title in a certain way (e.g. no complete box sets).

In the same vein, the audio tracks of Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions are inferior to the audio tracks on King Records/Marvelous Entertainment’s releases. While MMV’s DVD and BD contain both a 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio track, Cinedigm and Manga UK’s contain only a 2.0 audio track with the Japanese version. The table below summarizes the audio streams found on the six releases.

 

DVD

Blu-ray

Cinedigm

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Manga UK

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

LPCM 2.0

King Records/MMV

 

 

Japanese

Dolby Digital 5.1
& 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
& LPCM 2.0

These types of restrictions are not by any means unique to Yu-Gi-Oh! titles, nor are they unique to English-speaking territories. Forced subtitles have even reared their ugly heads in France, a country whose anime industry is even bigger than that of the United States’, explained Mazandarani in the fifth Manga UK podcast. Ultimately, Japanese companies simply don’t want to give Japanese fans any incentives to import less expensive releases from overseas, so some anime titles — and Blu-rays in particular — released outside of Japan will continue to be marred by these restrictions and deficiencies. It’s an unfortunate issue that the anime industries in Japan and throughout the world need to find a way to deal with.

The Lack of 3D: Falling Flat

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is a historic film in Japan. While 3D movies that use computer-generated graphics are commonplace, Bonds Beyond Time marks the first time anywhere in the world that a traditional, hand-drawn 2D animated feature had been converted into 3D for the big screen. MMV’s DVD and Blu-ray releases preserved this viewing experience for the Japanese home video market, delivering the film in both 3D and 2D formats.

When it first arrived in American movie theaters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was titled Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time. 4Kids Entertainment embraced the film’s 3D elements and even hired Cinedigm to render in 3D a special 10-minute back story of Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei using scenes from their respective anime series.

Sadly, none of the hard work that went into creating the 3D theatrical experience was retained for Cinedigm’s DVD or BD; its releases contain only the 2D version of the film. What happened? Manga UK’s BD included the 3D version of the film, so why doesn’t Cinedigm’s?

Whether one believes that 3D adds an exciting and worthwhile layer to the cinematic experience or is just another gimmick for money-grubbing producers, it’s regrettable to see the hard work of others disregarded for the American home video market, and even more so when the 3D materials had already been provided for another English-speaking territory’s release.

Packaging, Extras, and Artwork

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD come packaged in ordinary plastic keep cases. The case housing the BD is about 25 percent thinner than a standard case.

Extras are something that Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! releases have been lacking, and sadly, its Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD fail to buck the trend. Cinedigm’s bonuses include a “Feature Flashback,” which is just the 10-minute back story exclusive to the English-language version of the movie, and the English-subtitled Japanese version of the movie, which I would hardly consider an extra. (The Japanese licensors probably consider it one heck of a generous extra though, given the dearth of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! media available in the West!)

Manga UK’s DVD and BD fared slightly better in the extras department, having included a Super Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon TCG card with their initial print run. In addition to listing the Feature Flashback and subbed version of the movie as extras, Manga UK also included the original 30-second theatrical trailer.

Neither Cinedigm nor Manga UK’s products hold a candle to MMV’s DVD and BD, which were predictably packed with collectibles while being sold at predictably exorbitant collector’s prices. In addition to including the standard disc and case, MMV’s initial print runs also included an Ultra Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon OCG card, a booklet filled with line sketches and illustrations of the movie’s characters and monsters, and a slipcover that features original artwork of the main characters.

All of the home videos releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time around the world use the same image of Jaden, Yugi, and Yusei striking a pose while crossing their Duel Monsters cards dramatically like swords. Cinedigm’s are no different, though the characters aren’t posed in front of the familiar green wall of hieroglyphs seen on the original English-language movie poster and on other home video covers, including Manga UK’s. Instead, the main characters are standing amidst a backdrop of outer space (or is it the Malefic World?) while being surrounded by a bright ring.

The only home video release that uses different artwork is of course the Japanese release from MMV, whose limited-edition slipcover shows the main characters standing unflappably straight while their monsters leap into action in the background. This exclusive artwork has not been included with any other territory’s video release.

Product Summaries

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Street Date: July 15, 2014
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)

DVD
Region: 1
MSRP: $14.93
Disc count: One double-layer DVD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Blu-ray
Region: A
MSRP: $19.97
Disc count: One single-layer BD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: 1920×1080 (16:9) at 23.976p
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Also available as part of Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set‘ DVD Megaset box and on various digital platforms for rental and download.

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- Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season’ Box Set: An Overview

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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD Box Set Slated for October 14 Release

July 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 1 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

4K Media (Konami) announced today on Facebook that its next Yu-Gi-Oh! anime DVD release will be Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 1! The six-disc box set is scheduled to hit store shelves on October 14 at a suggested retail price of $44.99 and will contain 4Kids Entertainment’s English-dubbed version of the first 52 episodes. Like the DVDs of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX will be distributed by Cinedigm on its Flatiron Film Company label.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was previously distributed by FUNimation between 2006 and 2009. FUNimation released episodes 1 through 52 of the show on four single-disc DVD volumes and two 2-disc DVD volumes. Seasons 2 and 3 of the show have never seen a DVD release in the U.S. and season 4 has not been dubbed in English.

Unlike the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has never seen a single uncut, subtitled episode released on any medium. The last official word about a potential GX subbed release came in July 2011, when 4Kids Production’s music editor bacondevil revealed in a Reddit AMA (As Me Anything) that 4Kids was in the process of subbing season 4 of GX. For absolute clarity, 4K Media confirmed that Cinedigm’s release will not include the original Japanese version.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episodes Now Premiering on Hulu, YUGIOH.com

July 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Astral giving Yuma a thumbs-up in ZEXAL episode 28

The Vortexx on The CW might be on its way out and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL might still be in reruns on that block, but have no fear! New episodes from season 3 are hitting Hulu first! 4K Media’s English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 114, “Tentacles of Terror, Part 1,” made its debut on Hulu yesterday evening. Expect to see the episode on YUGIOH.com as well when the site refreshes with the latest Hulu video feed. Prior to this premiere, the last new ZEXAL episode to air on TV was episode 113, “Memory Thief, Part 2,” on June 7.

This web premiere is the first of many more to come for the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. Every week, new episodes of ZEXAL will be made available online until the conclusion of season 3, 4K Media said in an announcement on Facebook. So, if Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL isn’t already in your list of favorites on Hulu, now you have the perfect incentive to add it! And if you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can also watch the show in HD and on your TV and mobile devices.

If you can’t access Hulu’s streams and the Hulu embeds on YUGIOH.com because you are based outside of the United States, keep an eye out for news about an international streaming solution, which 4K Media has been touting for months.

4K Media assured fans earlier this year that Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will have a complete dubbed and subbed release.

My, how things have changed since 4K Media first picked up the Yu-Gi-Oh! rights in 2012! Back then, new episodes couldn’t be streamed for a minimum of 60 days after its TV broadcast under its agreement with Saban. Somewhere along the line, that time frame was wisely reduced to 30 days. Now, free from the restrictions of its contract with Saban, 4K Media is bringing new episodes to the web first. What’s next? Yu-Gi-Oh! simulcasts? Haha, one can dream…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena Online PC Game Now Live

June 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Posted in Konami | 6 Comments
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Title screen of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena

Konami announced today that its newest Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the PC, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena, is open for play! The game, hosted on Miniclip.com, includes over 6,000 cards and has a single-player mode where duelists can play against AI opponents, as well as an Arena mode where duelists can challenge other people over the Internet in single rounds and matches.

Players start Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena with a mishmash of 50 weak cards, from which they craft their first deck. They can enhance their deck by buying booster packs using either Duel Points (the in-game currency earned from defeating opponents) or Miniclip Credits (purchased with real money). Players can also recruit Partners, from whom they can rent special themed decks for a certain number of games. Players are limited by how many duels they can play in a period of time by their Stamina, which is gradually replenished throughout the day and can also be replenished with Miniclip Credits.

Duel Arena is free to play, but players who want to progress more quickly to make their own decks will want to buy Miniclip Credits.

Prior to today’s launch, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena opened for public beta in late May and ran until June 19. Improvements to the launch version include new Partners and boosters, additional animated effects, and a smoother, more polished dueling experience.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for the PC to be released since the defunct Yu-Gi-Oh! Online game series. Give it a shot! The game is filled with adorable chibi (super deformed) anime characters and monsters!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scheduled for Spring/Summer 2015 International Debut

June 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V promotional image with Yuya, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Stargazer Magician, and Timegazer Magician

After Tuesday’s unexpected revelation of a new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie in the works, this week comes to a close with another exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! announcement. Anime News Network today reports that the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime is set to debut internationally in the spring or summer of 2015! No additional information about which U.S. television network would air the show was presented.

4K Media (Konami) first unveiled its plans to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V to the Western world in February earlier this year and is continuing to search for distributors for the show in all territories outside Asia.

On the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game side, Konami is scheduled to release Super Starter: Space-Time Showdown — the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product that includes ARC-V’s new Pendulum Summoning mechanic — on July 11, 2014, the same day as the North American WCQ. The first full Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG ARC-V booster, Duelist Alliance, is slated for an August 15, 2014 release.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie in Development in Japan

June 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo eagerly awaiting his World Duel Carnival delivery from the mail carrier in ZEXAL episode 26

There’s a new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie currently in development in Japan! That’s the word from YUGIOH.com, which today posted the big announcement and also revealed that 4K Media (Konami) has picked up international rights (outside Asia) for the film. The company has begun seeking distributors for the movie, starting at the Licensing Expo 2014 trade show this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! characters back to theater screens for their enthusiastic fan base,” said Kristen Gray, 4K Media’s SVP of operations, business, and legal affairs, in the announcement. “It’s a major piece in the robust resurgence of the brand that will have significant implications moving forward.”

When will production begin? What will the movie be about? Will characters from the Classic, GX, and 5D’s series make their return to the silver screen, or will characters from ZEXAL and ARC-V get to shine? When will it be released in the West? (In time for the 15th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, perhaps?) Stay tuned.

Update: The official Japanese website for the movie is yugiohmovie.jp. Currently, there’s nothing there other than a splash page with a short message: “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie. The project begins!!”

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