Ward Off COVID-19 with Amabie in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

February 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Amabie giveaway campaign in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Amabie — a half-human, half-fish Japanese spirit monster with three scaly tails and the beak of a bird — has arrived to protect all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. Despite its ghastly physical description, the creature is said to keep infectious diseases away when copies of its image are shown to other people. First popularized in Japanese folklore in the mid-19th century, Amabie has seen a resurgence in fame over the past year in Japan as countless artists create their interpretations of the creature in hopes of warding off the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Today, Amabie brings its protective powers to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. Players will find a Prismatic Amabie card and Amabie sleeves waiting for them in their gift box. The Yu-Gi-Oh! version of the monster is decidedly cuter than suggested by its description from folklore. But Amabie’s benevolence does carry over from legend. When it is revealed during a duel, Amabie helps both players by giving them each 300 life points.

The Amabie card has yet to be printed in the English Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

Have fun and stay safe! Amabie is with you!

Additional reading:
Amid Pandemic, Artists Invoke Japanese Spirit Said to Protect Against Disease, Smithsonian Magazine

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Moves to Sundays Starting April 4

February 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Tokyo Hoteison waving at voice actor Natsuki Hanae, who is in a recording booth

TV Tokyo announced yesterday that Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will see a schedule change this April. Beginning on April 4, the anime will leave its current Saturday, 7:30 a.m. JST, time slot on the network and move to Sunday, 7:30 a.m. JST.

TV Tokyo also announced that on Saturday, March 27, at 7:30 a.m. JST — the week before the switch — the network will broadcast a “moving special.” The program will feature the Japanese comedy duo Tokyo Hoteison visiting the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS recording studio, as pictured above. The duo will speak with the voice cast about the production of the show.

Good Smile Company Opens Preorders for Yami Yugi POP UP PARADE Figure

February 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi POP UP PARADE figure, produced by Max Factor and distributed by Good Smile Company

Budget-conscious Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, Good Smile Company has some figures for you. Yu-Gi-Oh! is the latest series to join Good Smile’s POP UP PARADE line, which is made up of low-cost, non-scale, PVC figures. Each figure in this line stands around 17 to 18 centimeters (6.7 to 7.1 inches) tall and sells for an affordable ¥3,900 ($37.99).

The first Yu-Gi-Oh! entry in the POP UP PARADE line is Yami Yugi. He is produced by Max Factory, the same company that makes figma action figures, and is slated to ship this August.

Fans in the United States and Canada can preorder Yami Yugi right now directly from Good Smile’s U.S. store. Fans residing elsewhere can preorder from Good Smile’s international store. Other Good Smile partner shops might also carry this figure.

Two more Yu-Gi-Oh! POP UP PARADE figures will arrive in the near future. During last week’s WonHobby 32 online figure exhibition event, Good Smile previewed prototypes of Seto Kaiba and Dark Magician Girl.

(News from @GoodSmile_US)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 185-224 Complete

February 9, 2021 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yugi Muto blushing and smiling in episode 224

To all the fans who asked for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime to be released uncut in Japanese with English subtitles, your hopes have been realized. After a journey spanning over five and a half years, today Crunchyroll released the final two episodes of the series. The entire show is available for free, right now!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters subbed anime project was unveiled in July 2015 at Kazuki Takahashi’s panel at San Diego Comic Con. The original plan called for five new episodes to be uploaded every month. But a lot can happen over the course of so many years to change even the most thoughtful of plans announced on the biggest of stages. Although it did take longer than expected to release the entire series, tremendous thanks and congratulations must go to Konami and Crunchyroll for seeing this project to its completion.

Major milestones of this journey:

  • July 11, 2015 – The project begins with episodes 1 through 5.
  • August 11, 2015 – The first new batch of uploads — episodes 6 through 10 — arrives.
  • May 3, 2016 – Episodes 1 through 49 (season 1) are available.
  • February 7, 2017 – Episodes 50 through 97 (season 2) are available.
  • February 27, 2018 – Episodes 98 through 144 (season 3) are available.
  • January 15, 2020 – Episodes 145 through 184 (season 4) are available.
  • April 14, 2020 – The final story arc — episode 199 and onward — begins.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters subbed can be viewed for free worldwide (excluding Italian-speaking Europe and most of Asia) on the web and on Crunchyroll’s numerous apps.

More Information About the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Masterpiece Series: Platinum Blue-Eyes White Dragon

February 9, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba looking at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Masterpiece Series: Platinum Blue-Eyes White Dragon on his computer monitor

There’s been much curiosity about Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Masterpiece Series: Platinum Blue-Eyes White Dragon card, which is part of the grand prize package for the upcoming Virtual Seto Kaiba Challenge. Today, Konami released additional information about this extravagant collectible.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will be able to purchase this card for $1,000 exclusively from Konami when the company begins taking preorders this spring. Despite its name, the card is not made of platinum; rather it’s crafted in 99.9 percent fine silver and is “burnished to a platinum-colored finish.” The all-metal card is encased in a protective acrylic brick.

This item will have an initial run of one thousand copies, with orders limited to one per customer, and will be released sometime this summer. Stay tuned for further details.

What do you think about this grandiose collectible? Will you be buying one? Or will you leave them for Seto Kaiba?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 4th Anniversary Virtual Seto Kaiba Challenge and Sweepstakes

February 6, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Virtual Seto Kaiba is voiced and portrayed by Eric Stuart

Do you have what it takes to defeat Seto Kaiba? Or are you a third-rate duelist with a fourth-rate deck? To celebrate the fourth anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Konami is hosting the Virtual Seto Kaiba Challenge, a two-day live-streamed tournament where a few lucky duelists will get to face off against Virtual Seto Kaiba, portrayed by Eric Stuart. Bragging rights and some incredible prizes are on the line.

But before anyone gets the honor to take on Seto Kaiba, they’ll need to defeat one of his “mini-boss” influencers first. Here’s how it’ll go down.

Tune in to the Virtual Seto Kaiba Challenge on February 11 and 12, 2021

On February 11 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, fire up your Duel Links game and tune in to Konami’s official Yu-Gi-Oh! Twitch channel, OfficialYuGiOhTCG. Three mini-bosses — Slushii, Kripparrian, and ProZD — will be playing in the first phase of the tournament at select times.

During the stream, a tournament moderator will randomly choose viewers to challenge one of the mini-bosses. The moderator will choose a total of 18 viewers to participate — six challengers per mini-boss. At the end of the day, the top three victors against each mini-boss — nine challengers in total — will advance to the second phase of the tournament.

Then, on February 12 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT, those nine duelists will return and will each duel against Virtual Seto Kaiba. The top three duelists who defeat Kaiba will win the grand prize. And what a prize it is!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Masterpiece Series: Platinum Blue-Eyes White Dragon card

Those three winners will receive an advance copy of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Masterpiece Series: Platinum Blue-Eyes White Dragon card, which Konami states is valued at $1,000. This product will be released to the rest of us plebeians this summer. The grand prize also includes a KaibaCorp briefcase containing Duel-Links-branded merchandise — a fourth anniversary playmat featuring Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, a power bank, a ZEXAL coin, and a face mask.

The other six duelists who faced off against Kaiba will receive the KaibaCorp briefcase filled with the Duel-Links-branded goods.

KaibaCorp briefcase with Duel Links merchandise, and Behold The Legendary Gods. poster

The winners in the first phase of the tournament who did not get to duel Kaiba will receive a glow-in-the-dark print of Behold The Legendary Gods. by Dan Mumford from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show.

Other Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and Duel Links players will also have their own chance to win a custom box filled with the same Duel Links merch as in the KaibaCorp briefcase.

Konami is giving away 20 boxes in its Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 4th Anniversary Sweepstakes. To enter, simply fill out the linked form before February 19. Entrants must provide their Duel Links Duelist ID, which is the nine-digit number that’s found in the game under your player profile. (Not to be confused with your Konami ID.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 4th Anniversary Sweepstakes custom box prize

Both the tournament and the sweepstakes are open only to residents of the 50 United States; Washington, D.C.; and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are at least 13 years old. Check the linked rules for more information.

(News from OfficialDuelLinks)

Shop-YuGiOh.com Adds Fanattik’s Millennium Stone, Game Flip Coin

February 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Millennium Stone by Fanattik

Shop-YuGiOh.com has opened preorders for two more Yu-Gi-Oh! items from the U.K. collectibles producer Fanattik.

New for 2021 is a limited edition Millennium Stone, pictured above, priced at $27.99. The individually numbered replica measures 6.5 cm (2.5 inches) in diameter, has an antique gold-style finish, and includes a display stand. Limited to 9,995 worldwide, this item is for decoration only and is not to be used for evil rituals involving human sacrifice.

Millennium Stone by Fanattik in its display box

Shop-YuGiOh.com also has Fanattik’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Game Flip Coin up for preorder for $10.99. This steel coin measures 3.8 cm (1.5 inches) in diameter and is embossed on both sides. This is Fanattik’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product and originally debuted in the European market in September 2019.

Obverse and reverse of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Game Flip Coin by Fanattik

Preorders for both items close on February 15 and orders will ship in mid-March. But don’t sit on these preorders. Shop-YuGiOh.com actually sold out of its allotment of Fanattik’s newest 24-karat gold-plated Yu-Gi-Oh! cards even before reaching their preorder cutoff date.

To see more of Fanattik’s Yu-Gi-Oh! goods, check out the company’s Yu-Gi-Oh! products page. Which of Fanattik’s products would you like Shop-YuGiOh.com to bring over next?

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook Fan Page [1, 2])

Atsuko Adds More Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Shirts: Millennium Mind, It’s time to duel.

February 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Atsuko black short-sleeve T-shirt inspired by Aaron Jasinski's Millennium Mind

Anime lifestyle brand Atsuko added new shirt designs last Thursday inspired by exhibits from the 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show hosted by Konami and Gallery1988.

Aaron Jasinski’s acrylic painting Millennium Mind has found a new home on an exclusive short-sleeve T-shirt, pictured above. It’s available in both black and white for $28.

Close-up of the design on the Atsuko T-shirt inspired by Aaron Jasinski's Millennium Mind

Always a huge hit, Dan Mumford’s It’s time to duel. has Yugi and Kaiba clashing on a black and white short-sleeve T-shirt. Pick one up for $28.

Atsuko white short-sleeve T-shirt inspired by Dan Mumford's It's time to duel.

Close-up of the design on the Atsuko T-shirt inspired by Dan Mumford's It's time to duel.

Both of these shirt designs also have the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo printed on the left sleeve.

Be sure to check out the rest of Atsuko’s Yu-Gi-Oh! collection for more shirts.

And while you’re at it, take a look at Atsuko’s latest giveaway, which includes one of its Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts, a Maximum Gold box, and some Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring game accessories. Check the official rules in the link for more information. The entry period ends on February 11.

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook Fan Page [1, 2])

Previously:
Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon NYCC Shirt Available at Atsuko.com

Shop-YuGiOh.com Adds First 4 Figures Blue-Eyes White Dragon Standard Edition PVC Statues

February 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front view of First 4 Figures' Blue-Eyes White Dragon Standard White Edition PVC figure

If you’re looking to preorder the Standard Edition of First 4 Figures’ Blue-Eyes White Dragon but haven’t yet decided on a retailer, Shop-YuGiOh.com has you covered. The store has opened preorders for the 14-inch PVC figures for $139.99, which is F4F’s suggested retail price.

The Standard Edition is the most basic version of F4F’s BEWD and lacks the light-up effects, individually numbered base, and other bits and bobs included with the pricier editions.

Front view of First 4 Figures' Blue-Eyes White Dragon Standard Silver Edition PVC figure

Shop-YuGiOh.com has also opened preorders for the Exclusive and Definitive Editions of BEWD, even though those are supposed to be exclusive to First 4 Figures’ website. (One of the perks of being the official Yu-Gi-Oh! e-commerce store, I suppose.)

However, if you are interested in buying the Exclusive or Definitive Edition, I recommend that you buy directly from F4F because the company gives its customers reward points equal to 5 percent of the item’s price. Reward points can be redeemed for a discount on F4F’s other products, including its upcoming Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Red-Eyes Black Dragon figures.

Close-up of the upper bodies of First 4 Figures' Blue-Eyes White Dragon Standard White and Silver Edition PVC figures

On a side note, Shop-YuGiOh.com actually added both Standard Edition figures last Thursday, but they were incorrectly labeled as sold out. The store only now corrected the issue. If you attempted to preorder a Standard Edition figure at that time, please try again.

Related:
First 4 Figures Update: Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s Color, Yugi and Kaiba Figures, New Yu-Gi-Oh! Poll

Shop-YuGiOh.com Welcomes Valentine’s Day with Mai Valentine Shirts

January 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Be Mai Valentine Variant 1 black T-shirt from Shop-YuGiOh.com

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. You know what that means: new exclusive punny shirt designs from Shop-YuGiOh.com. Today, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! online store added three “Be Mai Valentine” designs to its catalog. Prices start at $25.99.

Be Mai Valentine Variant 2 and 3 shirt designs from Shop-YuGiOh.com

All three designs are limited editions, so expect them to disappear after Valentine’s Day passes.

Also today, Shop-YuGiOh.com added four more designs to its “Scribble” series of shirts. Prices start at $25.99.

Yami Yugi, Dark Magician, Joey Wheeler, and Seto Kaiba Scribble shirt designs from Shop-YuGiOh.com

What character or monster would you like to see on Shop-YuGiOh.com’s next shirt?

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