Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, VRAINS Head to United Kingdom on June 13

May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A wide-eyed Yugi Muto looking at the Pyramid of Light in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom will soon be able to see the digitally remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub on the big screen! Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it is bringing the special screening to over 30 cinemas across the country on June 13.

Advance tickets for the one-night showing are available now at yugiohthemovie.co.uk and at select box offices.

This is the same special event as the ones held in the United States in February and in Canada in April.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: ‘Challenge the Legends!’

May 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Eve asking Yuto if he wants to be with Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 34

Yuto stares up at Eve’s three legendary monsters. With their abilities to recover Eve’s life points, clear her opponent’s field, and inflict effect damage to her opponent, his chances of winning seem bleak. Nevertheless, he pushes on with determination in his fierce eyes. Yuto summons Dark Anthelion Dragon, powering it up with its attack-boosting effect and further supporting it with an Equip Spell.

Meanwhile, Yuya, having withdrawn into the recesses of his mind to recover, finds himself in front of a network of roots and glowing orbs in the ground. He sees that these roots have twined and twisted together, forming a mountainous tree off in the distance in front of him. There is a pulsating sensation all around him — it’s the Adam Factor. Yuya wonders why he and Reiji Akaba have the trigger inside them that will awaken Adam. Yuya sadly recalls the destructive final moments of his future following the World Illusion and his escape from that era. He then looks down at one of the glowing orbs.

Yuri and Yugo get a jolt; they sense that Yuya is at the Adam Factor. The pair speed off after Yuya on Yugo’s Duel Runner, but they’re too late. The painful memories that they’ve worked so hard to destroy have been reconstructed by the Adam Factor. And Yuya has at last stumbled upon them.

Back at the duel, Yuto has managed to wound Eve with Dark Anthelion. But Eve uses her legendary monsters’ effects to regain her life points and decrease Yuto’s, putting him in an even worse spot than before. Eve tells Yuto that if he wants to protect Yuya, he needs to hand over the Adam Factor.

Yuya reemerges, taking control of his body again. He thanks Yuto for giving him time to steel himself. All this time, he had believed that the effects of the World Illusion had tampered with his mind and fragmented his personality. But the glowing orb has shown the truth to Yuya.

He, Yuri, Yugo, and Yuto were brothers.

Thoughts

I think I’m going to cry…

Young Yuri, Yuya, Yugo, and Yuto with Yusho Sakaki in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 34

They are so small, so cute, so innocent.

So did Yuya’s brothers die during the World Illusion? Eve calls Yuto “Yuya Sakaki’s tragic guardian,” so something terrible must have happened. But their personalities became bonded with Yuya’s, at least keeping that part of them alive.

Whatever tragedy befell them, they’ve worked so hard to prevent Yuya from remembering it. But now, it’s all starting to fall apart. It’s heartbreaking to see the brothers fail like this, but the story needs for Yuya to discover the truth in order to move forward. This also adds another layer of mystery to Eve since she is apparently aware of all that has happened and is even willing to spill the truth during the duel. Yuya needs to beat her.

Hello, Yuzu fan service. With all of the Sora fan service in previous chapters, I guess balance is needed. Kurosaki and Sawatari, who haven’t seen much of the spotlight recently, seem like the perfect “lucky pervert” types, hahaha.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 25 (May 21, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

[YGO: TAS] Episode 80 – Roof Raph

May 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Kuribandit in YGOTAS episode 80
“Do da arr arr arr arr arr”

Please don’t talk about how Kaiba touches Joey in the newest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, “Roof Raph,” released today on YouTube. Episode 80 features the cannibalistic cavorting Kuriboh Brothers, a satanic Kuriboh, and a pirate-themed Kuriboh, so it must be good. Oh, and there’s a duelrific metaphor for someone’s inability to move on after the death of his family. Dark!

Episode 80 clocks in at about 16 minutes and is the longest episode of YGOTAS to date. But LittleKuriboh revealed on Twitter that the episode was originally 20 minutes.

“I had to cut a lot of jokes about Tristan being dumb, but rest assured – his dumbness is still implied,” he said.

And remember, don’t talk about how Kaiba touches Joey!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 DVD Box Set Available Now

May 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki plushie with Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 DVD box set

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 is now available on DVD! All 50 episodes are out today from Cinedigm Entertainment in a six-disc, two-volume box set. The region 1 DVDs feature 4K Media’s English dub. Find it now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, or your favorite video store for a suggested retail price of $44.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 is also for sale digitally on all of the usual platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

The Blu-ray version of Season 2, which at one point was available for pre-order and also scheduled for release today, has all but disappeared from the shelves of online video retailers. I’ve reached out to various retailers about this product but have received conflicting details about its availability. I will post an update once I have more definitive information.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Blu-Ray, DVD Box Sets Available Now

Cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V DVD box set

Gemini Elf Prize Card Sold for $175K

May 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of the genuine Gemini Elf T3-04 Asia Championship card
Photo by @youkiozisan

A very old, one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! card is off the market. Japanese Yugituber Yuuki (@youkiozisan) revealed that he has purchased the “T3” Gemini Elf for 19 million yen, or about $175,000. This Gemini Elf was the fourth-place prize in the 2001 Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Asia Championship.

Not only does Yuuki own the card but also the accompanying trophy. He has now placed both items on display at Card Shop Spiral, a trading card store in Akihabara, to thank his followers and let anyone stop by and marvel at these extraordinary pieces of Yu-Gi-Oh! history.

This Gemini Elf is part of the same set as the one-of-a-kind Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon that was on sale for $400,000 earlier this year. BEUD was the first-place prize card in the same 2001 tournament. Yuuki points out that that card is now in the hands of another Japanese Yugituber, Takucchi (@takutti0214), who is aiming to sell it for 1 billion yen, or about $9.17 million.

(h/t Maha Vailo Breaking News)

UNIQLO’s Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! Shirts

May 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi T-shirt by UNIQLO

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine turns 50 years old this year! The home of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, WSJ has teamed up with UNIQLO to develop Jump UT, a new line of T-shirts featuring the hottest WSJ series and characters. In the coming months, the Japanese casual wear maker will be selling 83 different shirt designs in its stores all over the world. Today, Jump UT made its debut in UNIQLO’s online and brick-and-mortar stores in the United States — and Yu-Gi-Oh! has the honor of being one of the first series included at launch!

Currently, there is one Yu-Gi-Oh! design available, pictured above, featuring Yami Yugi. The image is taken from the title page of chapter 200 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. This shirt is only available in kids sizes.

At least two more Yu-Gi-Oh! designs will be available in U.S. stores in the near future. One is a white T-shirt with the three Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards printed on the left breast. The other is a black T-shirt with Dark Magician in his iconic pose. These two shirts will arrive on May 25. These designs are already for sale on UNIQLO’s Japanese website, which lists both shirts as adult men’s cuts.

UNIQLO T-shirt designs featuring three Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards and Dark Magician

UNIQLO’s Jump UT shirts are $14.90 for adult sizes and $9.90 for kids sizes.

Which other Weekly Shonen Jump series will get their own UNIQLO shirts? How did UNIQLO select which designs to use? What special considerations went into developing Jump UT? For insights into this product line, check out the manga The Making of Jump UT!, available in VIZ Media’s free WSJ section.

And for more Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts, don’t forget to visit ShopYuGiOh.com.

Update (May 25): UNIQLO’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician shirts are now up!

Netflix Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 for U.S. Viewers

May 1, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugo on his Duel Runner, yelling, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 54
Listen up!

Great news for Yu-Gi-Oh! viewers in the United States. Netflix today upped its Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V library for American fans, adding 4K Media’s English dub of season 2. Previously, season 2 was only available on the network in other English-speaking markets, like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Both season 1 and 2 are also available on Hulu, while season 3 is ongoing on Nicktoons.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: ‘Eve’s True Skills!!’

April 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yuya and Yuto arriving in Eve's domain in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya Sakaki, restless following his win over Sora Shiunin, calls out to Eve, demanding that she show herself. His voices echoes through the halls of her hideout. A lighted hallway appears before him, inviting him to Eve’s domain. Yuya follows the trail of lights and encounters a vortex at the end of the path. Yuto asks Yuya if he will go after her. Of course he will.

Yuya calmly steps through the vortex. In front of him is a narrow pathway. And all around him is the unending vastness of space, littered with the light of distant stars. Yuto thinks they have entered a gap in space-time, a realm that exists outside their usual time and place. Suddenly, a bright vortex appears above the path just ahead of them. Eve steps through the vortex gracefully.

“You have the Genesis Omega Dragon card,” states Yuya.

“Yes. G.O.D. is in my hands,” Eve responds.

“Ren, Isaac, Sora… All your companions suffered defeat for that card. Is it really worth that much?” asks Yuya.

“If happiness exists only in a time that has been lost, then we must rely upon G.O.D.’s power,” says Eve.

Yuya is upset by her words. Yuya doesn’t understand how Eve can manipulate time and space to achieve personal happiness. But Eve contends that the happiness of the world as a whole is only possible thanks to this selfishness. Yuto thinks it’s fruitless to try to change her mind; to get through to her, Yuya must take the G.O.D. card from her. Eve is confident that she will triumph and lays claim to the Adam Factor sleeping within Yuya. With it, she says, she will truly awaken G.O.D.

The two begin to duel. Yuya quickly Pendulum summons, setting up a field where his monsters can be neither destroyed nor damaged. Eve is unimpressed with his “unbeatable” line up.

Eve readies her field by setting her Pendulum scales, then Pendulum summons Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

Eve's Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya is dumbfounded by the sudden presence of the three high-level monsters before him. But Eve has only just begun. Using these monsters’ abilities to return themselves from the graveyard to the field, Eve is able to use them to Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summon in succession. In mere moments, Yuya finds himself face to face with three legendary monsters: Phantasm Emperor Trilojig, Timelord Progenitor Vulgate, and No. XX Infinity Dark Hope.

“Only I can control this ultimate deck, because I have spent so long crossing space and time,” proclaims Eve. “Someone like you cannot hope to match an opponent like me!”

Thoughts

This chapter is incredible. Eve and her monsters are incredible. I got chills watching her make her plays. There are so many great callbacks to other Yu-Gi-Oh! series and characters.

When Eve Pendulum, Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summons, her chants are very similar to ones that have been used by other Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists.

The monsters themselves seem to reference boss monsters used by other villains. Phantasm Emperor Trilojig evokes the name of the Sacred Beasts, but also looks like it would be right at home as an Arcana Force monster. The Timelord monster is obviously like Z-one’s Timelords, but it’s name — “Progenitor” — suggests that it predates the others. Eve even has one of the Numbers, a mysterious “XX,” which presumably represents an unknown value. Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL ended years ago, the Numbers still haven’t all been revealed, yet here is Eve showing up with a new one. Where did it come from?

All of this inevitably leads to the question of whether the worlds in the different Yu-Gi-Oh! series are somehow connected. Or maybe this is just the author doing something fun for the fans. Regardless, Eve is clearly a special character who has lived her life doing extraordinary things across time and space. And the significance of the location where they are dueling isn’t lost on me. It’s some kind of tear existing outside of space-time. Maybe this is like the Twilight Zone, where fantastical characters like Eve and story elements that would otherwise be impossible can exist.

Amid all the excitement of Eve’s deck, let’s not forget Eve’s opening play — the construction of a gate. Last chapter, Adam tells Reiji Akaba about seeing a gate that opens up to a wasteland of planets. How coincidental is that?

I love this page of Eve here as she descends in front of Yuya.

Eve emerging in front of Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

She looks so elegant, but so sad.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 23, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

STARZ Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

April 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Aigami, and the gang watching down the street and chatting

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is now available on STARZ. Today, 4K Media announced that the premium cable network has picked up the movie for streaming and TV distribution. STARZ subscribers can watch the movie anytime on the web or using the STARZ On Demand app. Additionally, STARZ Kids & Family will air the movie on May 5. Check your local listings for more information.

STARZ is available for $8.99 a month a la carte, or as part of your cable TV subscription package. The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time are also available on the network.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!

March 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Gong hugging Yuya enthusiastically in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 38

March has been a great month for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, which are getting picked up by more and more networks for free viewing — and not just for fans in the United States.

Amazon Prime Video is now streaming the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters season 4 and season 5. This follows the addition of seasons 1 through 3 in January. Furthermore, Amazon Prime now also has Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 in English.

Not to be outdone, Netflix has added seasons 3 through 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. After years of only carrying the first two seasons, the world’s most dominant video subscription network at last has the entire series! Netflix is also swinging into action with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 for its American audience. But — viewers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have access to both seasons 1 and 2! (In the U.S., season 2 is still only on Hulu as of this writing.)

Finally, the American Spanish-language children’s TV channel ¡Sorpresa! (“Surprise!”) announced that it has acquired the broadcast rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The dueling will take place weekdays at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT starting April 2. Check SorpresaTV.com for more network and scheduling information.

And as reported earlier this month, there is plenty more Yu-Gi-Oh! to watch on Tubi TV and YouTube.

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