Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Debuts in United States, Internationally in May/June

May 17, 2022 at 4:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Advertisement featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS from Licensing Magazine issue #3, 2022

The Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime will make its United States and international debut in late May/early June. This monumental announcement arrived in today’s new issue of Licensing Magazine, a trade periodical for the licensing, branding, and entertainment industries from Italian publisher BM. The issue features a three-page profile of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, with discussion focused on the brand’s product licensees and vast array of merchandise and how these companies engage with the Yu-Gi-Oh! community. The article also recognizes the enduring popularity of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will be happy to learn that In June, the newest series in the franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, will make its debut in both the United States and Internationally in late May/early June [sic],” states Licensing Magazine.

The article continues with an overview of the story of SEVENS:

In the new series, Yuga Ohdo may seem like any other 5th grader in Goha City, but he’s about to take his favorite game to the next level by inventing a whole new way to duel – Rush Duels! Unlike previous duels, Rush Duels are faster and simpler, but with awesome new strategies that make each duel more dynamic than the last!

Yuga can’t wait to share Rush Dueling with every Duelist out there, but Goha Enterprises – the megacorp that controls the whole city – is having none of it! They’re the ones who dictate how Duels are supposed to be played, so they’re going to use everything in their arsenal to crush this kid! But if they think that’s going to stop Yuga from building his road to freedom – they don’t know Yuga! Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS – Get Ready for the Rush!

Licensing Magazine does not provide the U.S. network or platform where Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will debut, nor does it give the exact date of the premiere. It also does not name any other countries in the Western market where Konami has landed a distribution deal for the anime.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS English, International Distributors Wanted

Yu-Gi-Oh!, Anime Licensing Strong Performers for TV Tokyo in 2021

May 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Seto Kaiba pointing in front of him in episode 134

TV Tokyo had a tough 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it nevertheless showed an impressive performance thanks in part to its anime properties and its licensing businesses. That’s the word from the Japanese broadcasting conglomerate and Yu-Gi-Oh! licensor, which published its financial results for its 2021 fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2022) last Thursday.

TV Tokyo announced a net profit of ¥6.02 billion ($46.7 million), a 134 percent increase over the previous year. The first half of the year was especially challenging for the company and the Japanese economy as a whole because of the country’s COVID state-of-emergency measures. Once those measures ended in October 2021, business confidence and consumer sentiment improved in the second half of the year. Amid the economic turmoil, TV Tokyo aggressively pushed its licensing business, which includes anime, drama, and news programs, with a focus on international distribution. This contributed to an 11.6 percent increase in spending to ¥139.5 billion ($1.08 billion).

Anime is the keystone of TV Tokyo’s licensing business and raked in ¥18.04 billion ($139.8 million) in revenue, a 13.5 percent increase. The company attributed the growth to the distribution of its anime properties to China and other overseas locations and to the merchandising rights for Naruto in North America. Merchandising rights for Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon were also strong performers in Asia, Europe, and North America.

International sales dominated TV Tokyo’s anime licensing business. The company pulled in ¥14.5 billion ($112.9 million) from overseas, a 26.6 percent year-over-year increase. Its domestic sales decreased to ¥3.5 billion ($27.1 million), a 20.8 percent drop.

Yu-Gi-Oh! once again ranked among TV Tokyo’s top five anime properties in sales, placing third:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  4. Pokemon
  5. Bleach

This is the same position it held last year.

When ranked by gross profit, Yu-Gi-Oh! placed fifth among TV Tokyo’s anime properties, a welcome return after failing to place last year:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Pokemon
  4. Bleach
  5. Yu-Gi-Oh!

Overall, TV Tokyo’s licensing business recorded ¥27.7 billion ($215 million) in revenue, a 23.3 percent increase. A rise in the number of new anime and drama productions compared to the same period last year, when such projects were postponed or canceled due to COVID, helped push licensing profits up 34.9 percent to ¥13.9 billion ($107.9 million).

Anime was also an important contributor to TV Tokyo’s music publishing business. Revenue for royalties from its anime background music, which came primarily from Europe and North America, was roughly double that of the previous year. The strong performance supported TV Tokyo’s music division, boosting its sales by 1.2 percent to ¥3.3 billion ($25.6 million).

Looking forward, TV Tokyo expects there to be uncertainty about the Japanese economy and a growing concern around the world regarding economic slowdowns, prolonged inflation, and supply chain disruptions due to the spread of COVID and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In light of these unclear circumstances, the company expects to “maximize the value of its properties by leveraging the synergy between its three businesses of broadcasting, distribution, and animation.”

(News from TV Tokyo Holdings FY2021 Financial Results Summary, Financial Results Supplementary Materials, h/t The Nikkei)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Fusion Festival Card Sleeves Giveaway

May 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel Fusion Festival Card Sleeves Giveaway announcement

Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel’s Fusion Festival event is underway, and with it comes another chance to win a pack of exclusive physical Master Duel sleeves. Konami is giving 100 fans a pack of sleeves printed with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel logo, just like the digital sleeves depicted in the game. Each pack contains 100 sleeves.

To enter for a chance to win, first follow Konami’s official Master Duel Twitter account, @YGOMasterDuel. Then, reply to its sweepstakes tweet with a screenshot of the deck that you’re using in the Fusion Festival event and the hashtags #Sweepstakes and #YuGiOhMASTERDUEL. Each person may enter only one time and has until May 22 to submit an entry.

This sweepstakes is open to residents of the 50 United States; Washington, D.C.; and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years old or have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction. As always, check the official rules for additional information. (Yu-Gi-Oh! fans residing in Europe may enter a different sweepstakes with its own rules.)

The Fusion Festival ends on May 23. Good luck and have fun dueling!

Limited Drop: Yuma & Astral, Playmaker & Ai Shirts from The Yetee

May 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Posted in VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and VRAINS T-shirt designs, available May 13-15, 2022, by The Yetee

Attention, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and VRAINS fans — The Yetee has two new Yu-Gi-Oh! T-shirts just for you, but they are only available for sale today, May 13, through Sunday, May 15.

Feel the flow with Yuma and Astral on a sapphire blue shirt, and link into the VRAINS with Playmaker and Ai on a black shirt. These designs are available on unisex and junior short-sleeve T-shirts and cost $24 each.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Yuma and Astral shirt design by The Yetee

Both are illustrated by Chilean artist Mikoto and screen printed at The Yetee’s headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.

These are preorder items and will be shipped in late May.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Playmaker and Ai shirt design by The Yetee

For more items designed by Mikoto and other talented artists, be sure to check out The Yetee’s full Yu-Gi-Oh! collection.

Which Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and monsters would you like to see from The Yetee next?

PSD Underwear Launches Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection

May 12, 2022 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi with Slifer the Sky Dragon boxer briefs by PSD Underwear

PSD Underwear, a Los Angeles company specializing in premium designer underwear, today unveiled its new Yu-Gi-Oh! collection. PSD kicks off the collaboration with four Duel Monsters boxer briefs, which are available in men’s sizes for $26 and youth sizes for $16.

PSD’s products are built for performance and for comfort. The company says that its underwear are a great fit for anyone who has an active lifestyle, who’s buying for the designs and comfort, or who just really loves underwear.

Yami Yugi blue camo design boxer briefs by PSD Underwear

Konami announced its partnership with PSD in October 2021. At the time, Konami stated that PSD would also produce Yu-Gi-Oh! boy shorts and sport bras, but those are not included in today’s launch.

Be sure to follow PSD Underwear on Instagram to keep up to date on its newest products and designs.

Pin Club’s Limited Edition Pot of Greed, Kaiba, Blue-Eyes Pins Are Back

May 4, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pot of Greed pin by Pin Club on a limited edition backer card

Three popular, sold-out Yu-Gi-Oh! pins from Pin Club are back. On Tuesday, Shop-YuGiOh.com began selling a Pot of Greed single pin for $13.99 and a chibi Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes White Dragon set for $18.99.

These three hard enamel pins were originally sold directly by Pin Club as limited editions. The reissued versions here come with a special edition backer card similar to Pin Club’s first release. Shop-YuGiOh.com states that they are limited in quantity but does not specify how many are available, so it’s best not to wait to place an order.

Chibi Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes White Dragon pins by Pin Club on a limited edition backer card

Pot of Greed was originally limited to 100 units and sold during Pin Club’s April 2021 online sales event. It was a super hot seller and stock quickly ran out. That version of the pin featured glow-in-the-dark paint; it’s not clear whether the reissued version here does too.

The Kaiba with Blue-Eyes set was also limited to 100 units and was among the first Yu-Gi-Oh! pins sold during Pin Club’s August 2020 virtual sales event. It received one reprinting for New York Comic Con 2021. Do note that the limited edition versions here are not the same as the ones sold at Target. The retail versions are crafted from soft enamel (not hard enamel), lack the glitter effects, are smaller in size, and include a generic backer card.

Which Yu-Gi-Oh! pins would you like Pin Club to reissue next? Or do you think reprinting limited edition pins is a bad idea?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Update, April 2022: FilmRise, Kartoon Channel!, Kidaverse, Amazon Freevee

April 30, 2022 at 8:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Joey, Duke, Tristan, and Téa cheering for Yugi during his duel against Yami Marik in episode 140

Independent streaming network FilmRise announced on April 12 that it acquired the North American rights to the first five Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. The deal grants streaming rights to FilmRise’s free, ad-supported VOD and linear TV services for the English dubs of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL, and ARC-V. FilmRise’s library is available on numerous platforms, apps, and smart devices. Its Yu-Gi-Oh! content can be found on its main FilmRise network along with FilmRise Anime, FilmRise Kids, and FilmRise Action, among others.

Founded in 2012 and based in New York City, FilmRise bills itself as the largest independent provider of streaming content. The company offers over 50,000 licensed and original TV shows and films. Its other anime content includes Bakugan, Beyblade, Case Closed, KenIchi: The Mightiest Disciple, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, and many others.

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Genius Brand International’s ad-free, subscription streaming service Kidaverse launched on April 15 following its January announcement. The service, which costs $3.99 per month, includes Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and ARC-V, which were previously available for free on the company’s Kartoon Channel! service. It also includes Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, which Genius Brands picked up as part of its acquisition of the streaming service Ameba, also announced in January.

Despite promising that its AVOD Kartoon Channel! network would continue to be available after the launch of its SVOD Kidaverse service, Genius Brand has put all of its Yu-Gi-Oh! content behind its Kidaverse paywall. Fortunately, the three series are still available for free on numerous other platforms, like Crunchyroll, Pluto TV, and Tubi.

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Amazon’s AVOD service IMDb TV rebranded itself as Freevee on April 27 in a move to better convey the cost of its service and distinguish it from the IMDb website. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and GX joined IMDb TV in December 2020 and continue to be available on Freevee. Aside from the renaming, nothing else about the service has changed. It can still be viewed on the Amazon website, Prime Video app, and all of the same smart devices and apps as IMDb TV.

The Yetee Unveils Gandora Screen Print Poster, Millennium Puzzle Pin, Yu-Gi-Oh! Hat

April 28, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Three new Yu-Gi-Oh! products from The Yetee, April 2022

The Yetee added three new items to its Yu-Gi-Oh! collection on Wednesday.

First up is “Gandora Screen Print” featuring Yugi Muto posing with Gandora the Dragon of Destruction as it unleashes its special ability.

Gandora screen print poster by The Yetee

This high-quality screen printed poster measures 18 inches by 24 inches and is designed by Mikoto. Price: $35.

Next up is a hard enamel Millennium Puzzle pin.

Millennium Puzzle pin by The Yetee

Measuring one-inch long and designed by Drew Wise, this pin would make the perfect addition to any bag or hat. Price: $10.

Speaking of hats, last but not least is a distressed retro cap with embroidered Yu-Gi-Oh! logo.

Yu-Gi-Oh! hat with embroidered logo by The Yetee

This grey denim dad hat has a curved brim and a plastic snap closure.

Plastic snap enclosure of The Yetee's Yu-Gi-Oh! hat

The inside has a label with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Licensed Seal and seam tape with The Yetee’s name and logo. Price: $20.

Inside of The Yetee's Yu-Gi-Oh! hat

Check out the rest of The Yetee’s Yu-Gi-Oh! collection for T-shirts, acrylic standees, and more, all made at the company’s home in Aurora, Illinois.

(News from @theyetee)

Cruise for a Duel with Madrid Skateboards’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Cruiser Decks

April 27, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Dark Magician Girl cruiser deck by Madrid Skateboards

Madrid Skateboards is back and has brought its Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters designs to its “Grub” cruiser deck.

Measuring 29.5 inches long and 8.2 inches wide, the Grub is the perfect board to ride while looking for your next duel. With a 14.5-inch wheelbase and a kicktail for added maneuverability, the Grub will help you cruise through any terrain no matter where your opponent is.

Madrid is selling complete Grub cruiser boards that include 57 mm urethane Cadillac Clout Cruiser wheels, which offer a fast and smooth ride even on rough pavement. They also come with 8-inch trucks, grip tape, and bearings.

Each complete setup costs $185.95. Six designs are available:

All purchases also include matching character decals.

Madrid Skateboards is a family-owned business based in Huntington Beach, California. All its boards are built by hand using American-made parts and materials.

Madrid Skateboards Launches Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Online

Preorder Amakuni’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Figure

April 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Amakuni's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon PVC figure

“Now I create a Duel Monster without peer, with attack force so great that no monster can stand against him! I create… The Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon!”

From Hobby Japan’s Amakuni brand comes a striking figure of Seto Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Clad in metallic paint and measuring 13.78 inches tall (including the acrylic base), this non-scale PVC figure elegantly reproduces the dragon’s three heads and the fine details of its wings, claws, fangs, and forehead markings.

Side view of Amakuni's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon figure

Several reputable U.S. retailers are accepting preorders for BEUD, including BigBadToyStore, Entertainment Earth, Right Stuf Anime, and Sideshow Collectibles. Your local hobby or comic shop may also be able to special order it for you from Diamond Comic Distributors. Prices vary — from $421.99 at Right Stuf all the way to a catalog price of $734.99 at Diamond — so choose a retailer that you trust will handle pricey collectibles with care.

Delivery is expected in early 2023.

Close-up of the three heads of Amakuni's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon figure

This BEUD figure shows some improvements over its unpainted prototype displayed at MegaHobby Expo Online 2021 last November. It now needs only one support rod instead of three, and the entire rod is translucent and placed further down the length of its center neck instead of right near its chin. The block supporting the tail is now also translucent.

Rear view of Amakuni's Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon figure

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