Good Smile Company’s figma Dark Magician Girl

August 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Good Smile Company's figma Dark Magician Girl figure

The next Yu-Gi-Oh! figure from Good Smile Company is heading our way! 4K Media (Konami) has formally announced the upcoming release of figma Dark Magician Girl, arriving this December straight from the Japan-based producer and distributor of collectible figures.

Dark Magician Girl is a non-scale figure standing about 5.9 inches with posable joints. She includes three face plates, her wand, Magic Formula spell book, bent lower leg, and a figma stand.

Good Smile’s global online shop is now accepting pre-orders for figma DMG for ¥6,480 (approximately $65). Customers who pre-order directly from them will receive the parts for a Dark Burning Attack effect.

figma Dark Magician Girl joins Good Smile’s other two Yu-Gi-Oh! figures — figma Yami Yugi and 1/7th scale Dark Magician Girl — in being available directly to fans in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Europe.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 13: ‘The Adam Factor!’

August 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Ren escaping after his duel with Yugo in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 13

Yugo is in a tight spot. His continuous Trap card, Synchro Panic, stops both duelists from Synchro summoning, while Ren’s Field Spell, Synchro Zone, negates all attacks except those from Synchro monsters. With no Synchro monsters of his own on his field and Ren’s formidable White Aura Whale staring him down, Yugo is moments away from being annihilated. But he is unfazed by the pressure.

“I can do this!” Yugo exclaims. “I’ve got a card I evolved with Yuya!!”

Yugo plays the Spell card Pendulum Transfer, which allows him to move his monsters from his field to his Pendulum zones. Yugo plays his Scale 3 Speedroid Passing Rider and Scale 8 Speedroid Domino Butterfly for a Pendulum summon and calls forth… Clearwing Fast Dragon!

Ren is dumbfounded. This cannot be! Clearwing Fast Dragon is a Pendulum monster?! It’s true, Clearwing has both Pendulum and Synchro abilities, says Yugo, and is thus able to overcome the effect of Ren’s Synchro Zone.

Clearwing Fast Dragon uses its special ability to slash White Aura Whale’s attack to zero, then charges head-on into the colossal Whale, shredding its body into pieces and dropping Ren’s life points to zero. Yugo and Ren’s Duel Runners screech to a halt.

“I may have lost, but I also achieved my goal,” Ren tells Yugo. “Listen, can you hear that pulse?”

The fog around them dissipates and the clouds above their heads open up, revealing a whorl of light and colors and the sound of a heartbeat.

“That is proof that Yuya Sakaki has the Adam Factor,” says Ren.

While Yugo is transfixed by the image and the pulse in the sky, Ren opens a portal and speeds away.

Yuto and Yuri appear alongside Yugo to console him after the tough battle. Yuto suddenly sees a network of roots appear beneath their feet. All along the branches of the roots are glowing orbs, each with an image of little Yuya and Yugo from the past. Yuya and Yugo fixing a pocket bike. Yugo stealing food from Yuya. Yuya cheering as Yugo takes first place in a race. The pair are all smiles and laughs.

“Why are these things…” says Yugo as he falls to his hands and knees, his eyes welling up with tears.

“Because you were rampaging around Yuya’s mind,” says Yuri.

“Maybe the stress called up memories?” wonders Yuto.

“Yuya… You mustn’t remember this stuff!” Yugo exclaims, tears now running down his cheeks. “These memories will make you suffer… They’ll only makes you sad.”

Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri looking at Yuya's memories in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 13

Yugo stands up. He orders Clearwing Fast Dragon to demolish the ground and destroy the web of memories.

“It’s better this way,” says Yugo. “Now Yuya won’t remember us.”

Elsewhere on the outskirts of Maiami City sits an excavation site. Reiji Akaba traverses the tunnels of the site and stops at a heavy steel door. He slowly opens the door and enters the unlit room.

Inside, the floor is littered with broken furniture. Overturned bookshelves and tables, torn-up couches, and shatter mirrors are scattered all over the hardwood floors. Akaba picks up a picture frame on the ground; it holds a photo of himself when he was young standing next to his father, a smiling bald man wearing semi-rimless glasses and a white lab coat. This trashed room that he has locked away was once part of their home.

Akaba thinks back to the days when that photo was taken, back when he was a young prodigy sitting in this very room, unenthused with his college classes. One evening, his father invites him out to dinner.

“Reiji… Do you think the blood of the gods is red?” asks his father while peering at his glass of wine.

His father is working to combine Duel Monsters and Solid Vision with a fellow researcher.

“It’s most intriguing,” he continues. “Duel Monsters may open the door to the divine realm. It’s a challenge to the gods, Reiji!”

His father’s words resonate with him to the present day. Akaba enters a lab and approaches a glass display case. Inside is a Pendulum card.

Thoughts

The first part of this chapter was irritating. Yugo suddenly unleashes a deus ex pendulus machina, yet doesn’t offer any explanation about how it works other than to say that it’s thanks to “a card I evolved with Yuya.” This isn’t like Ren’s Reincarnation Synchro strategy, which is incredibly overpowered yet entirely possible within the mechanics of the game. Yugo literally made something up that cannot be rationalized by the rules of Duel Monsters. We are not in Duelist Kingdom anymore. This game has evolved far enough that making stuff up like this in order to advance a story shouldn’t be necessary.

Fortunately, the remaining two parts of this chapter are more pleasing. First, we get a more vivid depiction of Yuya’s memories; they manifest themselves as roots in the ground, spreading their branches all throughout the depths of his mind. Yuya’s counterparts are on a constant mission to stop these roots from spreading. But the memories that Yugo destroys are clearly happy ones. Why would Yuya suffer if he were to remember these?

Then, we see some of Reiji Akaba as a young boy. Reiji’s memories are at first reminiscent of a young Seto Kaiba being pushed to study, but then it’s clear that Reiji’s father is a different type of person — a kind, attractive man concerned about his research. What was his mission and how is Reiji going to carry on his work?

The excavation site in this chapter — is it the same locale first mentioned in chapter 3? Back then, Reiji said he was focusing all of his resources on searching for the cards that will allow him to perform Pendulum summons. So now he finally has what he needs?

Also, the “Adam Factor”? Haha. So there is a woman named Eve, a connection between Duel Monsters and the “divine realm,” a monster named G.O.D., and concerns about the destruction of the earth. What’s next? A character attempting to bring about Third Impact?

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 13: “The Adam Factor!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 38 (August 22, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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New Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Website Invites Fans to Submit Selfies

August 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Site Updates, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Screenshot of 4K Media's new Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions website

4K Media launched a new website for the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie this weekend. Check it out: http://www.yugioh.com/movie

In addition to summarizing the movie, profiling the main characters, and collecting the English-language trailers, the website also invites fans to take a selfie while holding their favorite card to earn a chance at appearing in the home video release of the movie. Check out all of the photos that fans have already submitted!

Live Performance of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Scene

August 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Kaiba, Yugi, Dan Green, and Eric Stuart in a live performance of a Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD scene at the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship

This weekend’s 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship was historic for many reasons. But for fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, the event will be well remembered for its two special presentations from voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart.

On Saturday, Dan Green and Eric Stuart performed a scene from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions live. Viewers joined Yugi and Kaiba mid-duel as they summon several new monsters in an attempt to one-up each other.

Then, earlier today, Yugi and Kaiba faced off in a scripted live duel. Clocking in at over 45 minutes, this battle is the longest (and most epic!) of the live duels to date. With both duelists augmenting their game with new summoning plays and plenty of new Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes support cards, this duel is truly one for the ages.

All weekend, attendees got to meet the voice actors for autographs and participate in 4K Media’s voice-over audition contest for a chance to win a speaking role in the movie.

Update (August 24): Twitch.tv video links replaced with YouTube links from Konami.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Heads to Akihabara in October

August 20, 2016 at 10:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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AnimePlaza announces third Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe opening

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe is going gangbusters, so much so that it will return for a third installment this October. That’s the word from the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! anime Twitter @yugioh_anime, which announced that the next cafe will open in Tokyo’s Akihabara district from October 1 through 30. Expect to see new menu items and collectibles!

In the meantime, why not follow AnimePlaza Akihabara’s Twitter @anipla_akiba?

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe is currently running at the AnimePlaza Machida and Sapporo stores where it will be open until August 31.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 70: A Convenient Truth, Mai VS Mai

August 20, 2016 at 5:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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A Convenient Truth -- YGOTAS episode 70

Hooray! It’s a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! How very convenient; I love season 4. Check out episode 70, “A Convenient Truth,” on YouTube and TFS. Yugi and the gang are now one step closer to discovering the origin of the monster attacks around the world. Hopefully, all of the pieces of this mystery will fall effortlessly into place for them. It would be awful if something bad were to happen to complicate things — like someone losing his soul over this mess!

This episode features a new voice for Rebecca performed by Erika Harlacher (Kurapika in the 2011 Hunter x Hunter, Elizabeth Liones in Seven Deadly Sins). Erika replaces ColonelCheru, who played Rebecca in episode 65. LittleKuriboh loved ColonelCheru for the role and was very sad to recast her, he said on Facebook, though he didn’t offer a reason behind it.

Mai VS Mai

Last week, LK released “Mai VS Mai,” an exceptionally serious and in-depth critical analysis of the Mai Valentine from the beginning of his series and the current Mai Valentine. This video was made possible by his Patreon pledgers, who voted on this topic for LK to explore.

LK recorded this video’s dialogue during his July Patreon live stream and offered his viewers some insight into its writing and production. Mai is LK’s least favorite character to play because of his inability to voice a woman, he said. And he didn’t want to have the old Mai appear in the video alone, or even just talking to the new Mai, because he thought this wouldn’t be funny and would devolve into a bunch of accusations of the old Mai being a sexist joke. While it is important to highlight the breasts joke in discussing Mai’s evolution, it’s also important not to shove that down people’s throats or make people feel bad about themselves, LK explained.

During the live stream, LK noticed that the title of the video, “Mai VS Mai,” sounds like a play on “Spy vs. Spy,” but this was completely unintentional. But if anyone asks, yes, he meant to do that!

Convention Updates: Meta Con

LittleKuriboh has added one new stop to his anime convention schedule! He will be guesting at Meta Con in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from September 2 through 5 alongside other voice actors like Greg Ayres and John Swasey. LK last attended this event in 2012.

YGOTAS Turns 10

You may have noticed that Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series turned 10 years old last month on July 14, but the date came and went without any fanfare from LittleKuriboh. This was intentional, explained LK in one of his We’re Still Here vlogs. LK had been tremendously dreading the occasion and felt like he had disappointed his viewers. I’m sure many of his friends and fans would quickly disagree with that though.

“I will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of YGOTAS some time later this year,” he tweeted three weeks later. “I’m sorry I wasn’t feeling it for the actual anniversary.”

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! August Sweepstakes

August 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2016 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media (Konami) might be busy at the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship this weekend, but that isn’t stopping them from launching a new giveaway with some sweet prizes in the Yu-Gi-Oh! August Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will win the following prizes:

  • Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG The Dark Illusion booster packs.
  • Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragons of Legend -Unleashed- booster packs. This set was just released today!
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle Collector’s Coin Bank from USAopoly

As always, 4K Media’s sweepstakes are open to U.S. residents ages 6 and up. The entry period begins today, August 19, and ends August 25. See the official rules for all of the details.

Dan Green, Eric Stuart Return in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

August 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba facing off in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions trailer

Dan Green, the voice of Yugi Muto, and Eric Stuart, the voice of Seto Kaiba, will reprise their roles in the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. This announcement comes today from 4K Media (Konami), just in time for the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship this weekend where both Dan and Eric will be meeting and greeting fans and signing autographs.

“We are thrilled to be working once again with Dan and Eric on this current Yu-Gi-Oh! production,” said 4K Media producer Shane Guenego. “They both bring such energy and passion, not to mention a strong history to these roles. It is fun to have them in the studio once again!”

4K Media also posted an updated version of the English-language Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD trailer, which now features a brief snippet of audio from both actors.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Subbed – Episodes 105-155 Complete

August 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Posted in GX, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yubel and Judai Yuki in the eyecatch of GX episode 155

Today, Crunchyroll reached another major milestone with its Yu-Gi-Oh! GX subtitled videos: the completion of episodes 105 through 155! The Dimension World story arc is now available to all viewers outside Asia in all its uncut, Japanese-language glory with English subs. This arc corresponds to season 3 of 4Kids’ English dub, which ended at episode 155.

Next week, Crunchyroll will enter new territory with the first-ever official release of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 156 for Western audiences. What will become of Judai, and what dark new enemy awaits the students of Duel Academia? Don’t forget to add this anime to your CR queue, and get ready for the fourth and final story arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX!

I’ve updated my page dedicated to subbed Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX episodes with all of the latest links.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Subbed – Episodes 53-104 Complete

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection Anime Highlights the Greatest Duels Ever

August 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection announcement banner

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! continues in Japan with Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection, an upcoming anime series that will replay the “best” duels from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series.

The first episode will premiere on TV Tokyo on September 7 at 2:05 am JST with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episode “Resurrection of the Great Evil God Zorc” (episode 215). TV Tokyo’s sister stations will also carry the show during their own late-night time slots.

TV Tokyo opened a website (in Japanese) for the series yesterday.

For those keeping count, there will soon be a total of four separate Yu-Gi-Oh! series airing on TV Tokyo every week: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Battle City Arc; and now, Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection.

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