Yuya mounts his Duel Runner. There’s a look of earnestness on his face. Yuzu stands beside him and watches nervously. Suddenly, a portal opens behinds them and Ren comes barreling forth on his own Duel Runner. It’s an even more advanced model than his previous bike, with sleek lines and a pointed front fairing like a fighter jet. Yuya smiles.
“There you are,” says Yuya.
“A particle accelerator… You chose an interesting course,” states Ren. “Yuya Sakaki, do you want to duel me?”
But before Yuya can reply, Yugo takes over, pushing Yuya’s consciousness far out of the way. Yugo is raring to go. Yuzu objects to their duel; it’s too dangerous and she wants to protect Yuya, she says. She stands boldly in front of the two duelists as they rev their engines hoping to stop them from dueling, but they bolt right past her.
Ren takes charge and speeds ahead of Yugo.
“This is the most advanced machine of my era!” Ren proclaims. “As long as I ride this Duel Runner, my pride demands that I stay ahead of you!” He quickly sets up his Reincarnation Synchro game, summoning his gargantuan White Aura Whale.
Yugo thrusts his bike up the curved wall of the tunnel then uses the momentum from driving downward to accelerate. But Ren’s Duel Runner is too fast. Yugo won’t be able to get ahead of Ren to pick up any Action Cards, but he’s determined not to let that stop him from winning. Yugo sets his Pendulum scales, then Synchro summons his signature monster — Clearwing Fast Dragon.
All the while, Yuto and Yuri look on. Yuto thinks the power of Yugo’s explosive dueling can give him the edge over Ren’s futuristic machine. But Yuri is still worried about Yugo’s earlier comment about their weakening connection to Yuya.
Yuya, having been pushed out of his body by Yugo, now stands alone in a rocky wasteland in the deepest recesses of his mind. He can’t even see the duel from where he is. He peers over a cliff and is aghast by what he sees.
First of all, those boys almost run over Yuzu when she stands in front of their starting line. Rude! I don’t know about Ren but I wouldn’t expect such ungentlemanly behavior from Yugo.
Why does Yuya choose to duel at this particle accelerator? Where in the city are they anyway? Last chapter, Ren seemed shocked when his saw this particular location. This change in venue comes quite suddenly and with no explanation. And Yuzu just tags along for the ride. “Hey, let’s go duel over there today, okay?” “Err, okay.”
Yugo says that Ren brought his most powerful Duel Runner because he’s “playing for keeps.” But what exactly does that mean? They’ve already dueled, and it’s not well established why Yugo needs to defeat Ren so badly. Yugo knows pretty much nothing about Ren, but Ren knows a lot more about Yugo, and about Yuya’s history.
It seems that the characters have made some decisions without leaving any clues behind their reasoning for the reader. I expect to see a lot of exposition and backstory after this duel.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: ‘Their Whereabouts!’
– Coming soon
Japanese producers of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS returned today to reveal more juicy details about the upcoming anime, including the protagonist’s voice actor, an overview of the story, and the staff helming the series.
Yusaku Fujiki’s Voice Actor
Lead character Yusaku Fujiki and his alter ego “Playmaker” will be voiced by 26-year-old Shouya Ishige. With his selection, the producers have continued the trend of choosing a relative newcomer to the anime voice acting industry to play the protagonist. Up until now, Ishige has predominantly been a stage actor. Between 2009 and 2015, he was a member of Japan’s Shiki Theatre Company where his roles included Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music and Simba in The Lion King.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS takes place in Den City, a futuristic world where people duel in a virtual reality space called LINK VRAINS. This system was developed by a large corporation named SOL Technology. All is not well in this world, however. The Knights of Hanoi, a mysterious group of dueling hackers, has infiltrated LINK VRAINS and is seeking to destroy the AI World “Cyberse” within the network. But one duelist is standing in their way: “Playmaker,” who has become well-known for demolishing the Knights of Hanoi without uttering a single word. Little does anyone know that Playmaker is mild-mannered high schooler Yusaku Fujiki, who pursues the hackers to uncover the truth about a certain event that occurred in the past.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS’s production crew includes plenty of notable and familiar names from past Yu-Gi-Oh! series, including:
- Director: Masahiro Hosoda, an episode director and storyboarder in numerous anime, including Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and the 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! series from Toei
- Series Layout: Shin Yoshida, a prominent and long-time Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga writer
- Duel Layout: Masahiro Hikokubo, the long-time writer of duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga
- Character Design: Kenichi Hara, an animation director and key animator, and the Chief Animation Director of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
- Audio Director: Hiroki Matsuoka from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, ARC-V, and The Dark Side of Dimensions
- Music: Shinkichi Mitsumune, a composer in many anime series, including Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Revolutionary Girl Utena, FLCL, and Rozen Maiden
English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are at last available on Crunchyroll to viewers in the United States, announced the anime streaming platform today. (Note: See update below.) Both series had long been available worldwide on CR except to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.
With this announcement, Crunchyroll also added season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (episodes 99 through 146), completing the series. ZEXAL is still not available to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.
(News from Crunchyroll.)
Update (March 26): Crunchyroll edited its news post. Originally, it announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ZEXAL were available to U.S. viewers. However, ZEXAL has now been replaced by GX. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, including the newly added third season, is not available to the U.S. I’ve updated this post to include the correct information.
Today, producers of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime unveiled the designs of two new characters: Go Onizuka (left) and Aoi Zaizen.
Go Onizuka (鬼塚豪) is described as a rival of protagonist Yusaku Fujiki’s VR alter ego “Playmaker.” When Go Onizuka enters VR space, he uses the moniker “Go Onizuka” (Go鬼塚 — the English word “Go” takes the place of the kanji 豪, which is also pronounced “Go”).
Aoi Zaizen is Yusaku’s classmate. When she enters VR space, she is called “Blue Angel” and is a well-known charismatic duelist.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s final episode will air on Sunday, March 26. Of special note, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will not premiere in April as was previously announced. Instead, it will begin on an as yet unnamed date in May. In the meantime, beginning April 5, TV Tokyo will broadcast a special series titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Fully Dissected! Yu-Gi-Oh! Laboratory.” Each week, Japanese celebrities and personalities will discuss the appeal of the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and the new rules of the card game. The show is intended to be a beginner’s introduction to the anime and game.
– TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Website Now Live
If you’ve been holding off on buying Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, don’t wait any longer. The sales period for the Weekly Shonen Jump issues that ran that story is about to end. VIZ Media’s WSJ back issues are only available for purchase for about three months. Since one-shot stories like Transcend Game don’t normally get reprinted outside the magazine where they initially ran, this is likely your final chance to own the issues.
The WSJ issues containing Transcend Game will no longer be available for sale after 1 pm ET/10 am PT on the following dates:
Tags: grin studios, licensing
Grin Studios is back with even more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise. 4K Media (Konami) is highlighting the Illinois-based toy maker’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains, which feature the designs of Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey’s monsters. Series 1 includes Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull. The size of each figure varies but they stand up to three inches tall.
You can find these and other Grin Studio products at select Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores.
Crunchyroll has hit another milestone in its Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime releases. Episodes 50 through 99 were added to the platform yesterday in Japanese with English subs. This wraps up the Friendship Cup story line in the Synchro Dimension — the equivalent of season 2 of 4K Media’s English dub.
Next, Crunchyroll is entering new territory. Episodes 100 and onward have yet to be played in any Western country, not even the ones that have already finished airing the season 2 English dub. Exciting! Don’t forget to add the show to your CR queue to always be alerted of new episodes.
My Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – SUBBED Episodes page now has links to all of CR’s latest episodes.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete
Photo by @TOWER_Shinjuku
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted on home video in Japan on March 8 and is a huge hit. Oricon’s animation Blu-ray rankings for the week of March 6 to 12 reveal that the limited edition BD from Marvelous sold 11,800 copies, making it the number 1 product of the week. Additionally, the standard edition BD sold 5,720 copies, coming in at number 3.
The standard edition DVD wasn’t far behind with 4,208 copies, which placed it at number 2 on Oricon’s animation DVD rankings.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions limited edition Blu-ray includes a print copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Transcend Game manga, a booklet with key animation, a T-shirt, and more.
Tags: manga, scholastic
Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions definitely won’t want to miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine. VIZ Media’s Spring 2017 edition of its WSJ Jump Pack includes the first part of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga — a two-part story that bridges the gap between the end of his Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the events in DSoD — plus a synopsis of the movie. One-shots like Transcend Game rarely ever get reprinted outside the magazine they originally appear in, even in Japan, so needless to say this is an extra special release from VIZ.
VIZ’s Jump Pack is a semiannual magazine that samples popular Jump manga. It’s printed in a larger trim size (7 by 10 inches) and on better quality paper than a graphic novel, and has a glossy cover. The Spring 2017 issue is available now for $10.99 at Scholastic book fairs being held in numerous schools throughout the U.S. This issue includes:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, part 1
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, chapter 1
- My Hero Academia, chapter 3
- Haikyu!!, chapter 3
And as usual, there are also plenty of extras:
- An Ultra Rare Obelisk the Tormentor Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN004), illustrated and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the January 2010 print issue of SJ.
- A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper game mat and beginner’s guide.
- A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
- A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).
- A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription of Weekly Shonen Jump. (The regular price is $25.99.)
VIZ originally ran Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in its December 19, 2016, and January 2, 2017 Weekly Shonen Jump digital issues. The company then added both chapters to the free Shonen Jump manga section on its website, where the they were available until March 8.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack
Crunchyroll announced yesterday evening that it has expanded the availability of the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to even more countries. Now, viewers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland can watch all 236 episodes of the anime on CR. The series is now available globally on CR except for the United States, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.
Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the U.S. can still watch the dub for free on yugioh.com and other Hulu partner sites like Yahoo! View. The show is also available to subscribers of Hulu (all episodes) and Netflix (episodes 1-97).
(News from Crunchyroll.)