Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Author Responds to New Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

June 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Preview of the artwork of Dragon Maid Husky from the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

New cards coming to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game have caught the eye of a popular manga author. Today, the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news hub YU-GI-OH.jp unveiled three new card themes debuting this August in Japan. One of the themes is called Dragon Maid and features — you guessed it — a human woman with dragon horns, wings, and a tail who is dressed as a maid.

The announcement included pictures of two cards from this theme. Dragon Maid Husky (shown above) is a charming dragon maid ready to serve you. Dragon Maids’ Kindness (below) has Husky and four other dragon maids busily prepping a dining room.

This news quickly made it to coolkyousinnjya, the creator of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, who took an immediate liking to the cards.

Dragon maids are in Yu-Gi-Oh!!” tweeted coolkyousinnjya. “I want to build a deck with them!”

C’mon, Konami, you can make it happen. Send some cards to coolkyousinnjya!

Any fans of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid out there? What do you think of these cards?

Check out the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid manga from Seven Seas Entertainment and the anime on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Preview of the artwork of Dragon Maids' Kindness from the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Dates

June 15, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Poster for Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show

Konami and Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 have unveiled the official poster and the dates for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show. The exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh!, with over 50 of the gallery’s most popular artists creating original pieces and prints inspired by the franchise.

The exhibition kicks off with an invite-only sneak peek and opening reception on July 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Then, the gallery will host a public opening on July 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

After that, the exhibition will run from July 6 to 14 during the gallery’s regular business hours — Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is free to attend.

Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, between Fuller Avenue and Poinsettia Place, across the street from The Groundlings Theatre. If you will be at Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the gallery is about a 20-minute drive away. There are public transportation options that stop at or near the gallery as well.

Photographer Wanted!

Gallery1988 is looking to hire a photographer to work the openings on July 4 and 5.

If you have the skills and equipment and want to play a part in this historic event, please contact Gallery1988 with your resume and samples.

Previously:
Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Dark Magician SDCC 2019 Exclusive Shirt

June 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the exclusive SDCC 2019 Dark Magician shirt design

Dark Magician and San Diego Comic Con fans unite! Today, ShopYuGiOh.com added an exclusive T-shirt just for you. The ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense is posing staunchly in this new design on a heather grey short-sleeve T-shirt. The accompanying Japanese text says “Dark Magician,” with “SD 2019” beneath it.

As always, ShopYuGiOh.com’s exclusive shirts are only available for a limited time online (and not at SDCC). Get yours today in a unisex or women’s cut starting at $23.95.

SDCC 2019 kicks off with preview night on July 17 and runs through July 21. Look for Konami in the exhibit hall at booth 3713, where there will be fun activities, previews of upcoming products, and goods for sale all weekend long. Keep your eyes on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details, coming soon.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Mark of the Dragon exclusive shirt for Anime Expo 2019 is also still available for sale online. Grab these shirts now before they disappear forever.

Konami Hires Former Bandai Namco Community Manager as New Yu-Gi-Oh! Digital Marketing Coordinator

June 11, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Yugi vowing to show Pegasus no mercy in episode 38

Social media maven, gamer, and Twitch streamer Edwin “TalesOfMrE” Chuah announced on Monday that he is the new Yu-Gi-Oh! digital marketing coordinator at Konami’s U.K. office. Previously, Chuah worked at Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe as its events and community manager, where he handled the company’s social media initiatives, PR, and events execution. He was with Bandai Namco for over five years.

You can give Chuah a warm welcome on Twitter, @TalesOfMrE, and also catch him streaming on Twitch with the same username.

Chuah replaces longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! marketing coordinator PJ Tierney, who left Konami on May 24. Tierney, an artist and writer who played Yu-Gi-Oh! for over 10 years, worked freelance for Konami for four years before being hired full-time in 2013. In addition to interacting with fans on Yu-Gi-Oh! EU’s social media channels and helming its live streams, Tierney was also responsible for the production of numerous playmats and online projects, like the Noble Knights Showcase.

Nell Balaban, Wayne Grayson to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2019 North America World Championship Qualifier

June 7, 2019 at 1:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Ishizu Ishtar standing in front of an ancient Egyptian stone carving in episode 52

Ishizu predicts that you will want to attend this year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North America World Championship Qualifier in Pittsburgh. That’s because the event will host two very special guests and a pop-up shop with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! goods.

Making her first ever appearance onto Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament scene is Nell Balaban, also known as Karen Neil. Nell is best known for playing Ishizu Ishtar in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. She is also the voice of Joey Wheeler’s mom, Mrs. Wheeler.

Joining her is Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament veteran Wayne Grayson, whose major roles include Joey Wheeler and Dartz in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and Syrus Truesdale and Professor Banner in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

This could only mean one thing — a live duel featuring a mother taking on her brash son! Right? R-Right…? Nah, it’ll be the gambler Joey Wheeler versus the clairvoyant Ishizu Ishtar. Their duel will showcase some of the cards included in the upcoming 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin, which drops in August.

Nell and Wayne don’t attend very many anime conventions or public events where fans can get their autographs and see them performing live as their iconic characters, so don’t miss this chance!

The 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will take place on June 21 through 23 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to the invite-only WCQ main event, there will be plenty of public events all weekend long where duelists can win prizes. Furthermore, there will be an FYE pop-up shop selling the freshly announced Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal, chocolate bars, and apparel.

Head over to Konami’s 2019 NAWCQ page for more details and a schedule of the weekend’s events.

Coming Soon: Yu-Gi-Oh! Cereal, Halloween Costumes, Loot Anime Crate

June 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon Berry Blast Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal box from FYE

Konami Cross Media NY made a slew of Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing and merchandise announcements at the annual Licensing Expo trade show this week in Las Vegas, including some new takes on old childhood favorites.

This month, FYE will launch an in-house line of Yu-Gi-Oh! products, starting with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal pictured above, which goes up for pre-order today. The entertainment specialty retailer will also carry Yu-Gi-Oh! chocolate bars and apparel merchandise.

Yu-Gi-Oh! will soon be making a triumphant return to the popular subscription box service Loot Crate. The company has signed on to bring exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh!-branded items to its Loot Anime line, which features mystery crates for anime and manga enthusiasts. Yu-Gi-Oh! last appeared in the March 2016 Loot Anime crate, which contained a pair of Millennium Puzzle socks from apparel maker Bioworld.

Pop culture retailer Fun.com and its sister site HalloweenCostumes.com are already prepping for the Halloween shopping season. The company will debut a Yu-Gi-Oh! character costume line, which will be available for purchase worldwide (excluding Asia). Fun.com already makes its own anime costumes from series like Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan, and Sailor Moon.

Dark attribute black steel dog tag and Dark Magician silhouette pendant from Tioneer Jewelry

Personalized jewelry maker Tioneer continues to roll out new Yu-Gi-Oh! products. Since debuting its Yu-Gi-Oh! line in December 2018, Tioneer has expanded its offerings with the Black Metal series, which features solid white designs atop pure black stainless steel rings, pendants, and money clips; and the Shadow series, which showcases the silhouettes of popular monsters.

“There’s a stronger presence for Yu-Gi-Oh! at the retail level thanks to the growing popularity of anime and the fact that anime is more accessible to fans than ever before in today’s streaming marketplace,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at Konami Cross Media NY, in a release. “We are excited to be working with these new licensees to establish a wider assortment of product offerings for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand.”

(News from Konami Cross Media NY)

Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show

June 5, 2019 at 10:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Gallery1988 logo

An official Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibition is happening in Hollywood! Gallery1988, a Los Angeles-based pop culture art gallery, will host a Yu-Gi-Oh! art show next month to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The gallery will display one-of-a-kind pieces and prints inspired by the work of Kazuki Takahashi. Additionally, the fine art fabrication studio Pretty in Plastic will exhibit a “once-in-a-lifetime installation” that promises to be a must-see for all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! exhibition opens on July 4, the same weekend as Anime Expo. Keep your eyes on its website, Gallery1988.com, for more details about the show in the coming weeks.

Opened in 2004, Gallery1988 is the self-proclaimed world’s first pop culture art gallery. It has partnered with numerous big-name properties, like Adventure Time, Star Wars, and The Avengers, to produce art shows and marketing campaigns.

Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, at Melrose and Poinsettia. That’s about a 20-minute drive away from Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’ll be in the area, check it out!

(News from Gallery1988, h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

Update (June 15): Dates for the art show are now set.

More High-End Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectibles Coming Soon

June 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi facing Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon in episode 134

First 4 Figures isn’t the only company with a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue license. Several more companies — including both veterans and newcomers to the high-end collectibles market — have inked new deals with Konami to produce Yu-Gi-Oh! goods at higher price points, with some collectibles expected to sell for several hundred dollars.

Tsume Art, based in Luxembourg, will offer a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue to fans all around the world (excluding Asia). Founded in 2010, Tsume has crafted dozens of premium statues from well-known anime properties. Some of its recent creations include Broly from Dragon Ball, Trafalgar Law from One Piece, Natsu from Fairy Tail, and Sailor Moon.

Taka Corp Studio, a new company founded in late 2018 in France, has a sculpted Yu-Gi-Oh! bust in the works, which will be available for sale throughout Europe. The company’s website is currently blank, but its Facebook page shows its debut product to be a 1/1 scale resin bust of Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter. Taka Corp printed a prototype of this bust a few months ago and will soon offer it for pre-order. It is also planning a 1/6 scale statue of Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho and a statue line for Kuroko’s Basketball.

In the France and Monaco markets, Kitsune Statue will sell a resin statue of Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Kitsune was founded in November 2017 and is based in France. Its only product thus far is a 1/6 scale statue of Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins, which is currently in the pre-order stage. The company also has licenses for Zetman and the manga Sun-Ken Rock.

If limited-edition resin statues are too rich for your blood, don’t worry, Zag Toys has you covered. The toy manufacturer based in Orangeburg, New York, will launch a line of Yu-Gi-Oh! Domez collectibles worldwide (excluding Asia). Domez are miniature figures that are each housed under a plastic dome casing. There are Domez toys for anime series like Digimon, Sailor Moon, My Hero Academia, and more.

Look for these Yu-Gi-Oh! collectibles online and in retail stores beginning this month.

(News from Konami Cross Media NY)

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Mark of the Dragon Exclusive Anime Expo 2019 Shirt

May 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Mark of the Dragon exclusive shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com

In just over a month, Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza will be back at Anime Expo for four days of dueling and fun. To celebrate, Konami today updated ShopYuGiOh.com with an exclusive new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s shirt featuring the six marks of the Crimson Dragon. The bold red designs stand out on a black short-sleeve T-shirt, which is available in unisex and women’s cuts. The text at the top of the design says “LA 2019.”

This shirt is available only on ShopYuGiOh.com for a limited time, with prices starting at $23.95. You won’t find it for sale at Anime Expo, so don’t miss out!

Anime Expo will take place on July 4 through 7 in Los Angeles, California. Keep an eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details about Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza as the date approaches.

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“It’s Time for Yule”: ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Holiday 2018 Shirt

Funimation Acquires Manga Entertainment UK

May 29, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 2 Comments
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Yugi shaking hands with Joey while their friends watch in episode 135

Funimation today announced that it has acquired Manga Entertainment UK, a London-based anime licensor and distributor. Manga UK is the current distributor of all Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on home video in the United Kingdom and has also brought Yu-Gi-Oh! movies to theaters throughout the country. The company offers some Yu-Gi-Oh! Blu-ray and DVD products that are not available in other markets, like the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! movie bundles.

Manga UK confirmed that there will be no changes to its Manga UK brand and that its employees still remain with the company.

Funimation was the distributor of Yu-Gi-Oh! on home video in the United States until 2009.

(News from Funimation, h/t ANN)

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