Kazuki Takahashi’s Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Illustration & Comment

July 14, 2018 at 11:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kazuki Takahashi's Weekly Shonen Jump 50th anniversary illustration featuring Yami Yugi

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump debuted on July 11, 1968, in Japan. Since then, the manga magazine has serialized a legion of beloved stories, not the least of which is Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi. Now, to commemorate the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Takahashi and a hundred other serialized manga creators each inked their own special illustrations on a shikishi board. Takahashi’s is shown above. The text says “Celebrate! Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your first issue, Jump!”

In the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump (published today in Japan instead of on its usual Monday date because of the Marine Day holiday break), Takahashi and other Jump manga creators leave more well-wishes and comments commending the magazine.

Kazuki Takahashi's Weekly Shonen Jump 50th anniversary comment in issue 33
Photo by @bang_ipp

“Congratulations! I’m thrilled to have a Yu-Gi-Oh! character also taking part in Jump’s 50th anniversary event!” says Takahashi.

To see a larger version of Kazuki Takahashi’s artwork and the other one hundred shikishi, head over to Shueisha’s official Weekly Shonen Jump website.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Gets Blu-ray, DVD from Manga UK in October

July 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pyramid of Light artifact on display at a museum in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it will release Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie on DVD and, for the first time ever, on Blu-ray this October. The London-based distributor’s upcoming release slate shows two Yu-Gi-Oh! video listings, both with a street date of October 8:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Triple Pack, which includes Pyramid of Light, Bonds Beyond Time, and The Dark Side of Dimensions

Manga UK stated on Twitter that only the English-dubbed version by 4Kids Entertainment is included. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie was first released on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2004 by Warner Home Video. That version also included only the English dub and is no longer in print.

A remastered English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and the first English episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS were screened in cinemas in the United Kingdom on June 13.

There has yet to be a formal announcement from any American distributor regarding similar products for this side of the globe.

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive SDCC 2018 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Shirt

July 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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ShopYuGiOh.com banner ad showing the exclusive SDCC 2018 Blue-Eyes White Dragon shirt design

The summer convention season is in full swing! Today, 4K Media unveiled an exclusive new T-shirt design on ShopYuGiOh.com, its official Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise store, just in time for San Diego Comic Con. The black San Diego 2018 T-shirt features Kaiba’s three fearsome Blue-Eyes White Dragons, ready for battle. The shirt is available in men’s and women’s cuts with prices starting at $23.95.

You’ll only find this shirt on ShopYuGiOh.com for a limited time, not at SDCC, so don’t miss it!

San Diego Comic Con 2018 will take place from July 19 to 22. Konami will be exhibiting at booth 3713. Keep an eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page to see what activities and products will be available there this year.

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Gets Revamp, New Shirt Designs, Movie Exclusives

Yu-Gi-Oh! Family Nights at Ovation Brands Restaurants, Furr’s Fresh Buffet

July 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Promotional image for Yu-Gi-Oh! Family Nights from Ovation Brands and Furr's Fresh Buffet

It’s time to e-e-e-e-eat! Ovation Brands, the owner of several American buffet chain restaurants, and Furr’s Fresh Buffet are bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! to the dinner table with their upcoming Family Night promotion. Every Thursday night, from July 5 through August 9, kids of all ages can participate in various educational and interactive activities at each restaurant. Each week has its own theme:

* Week 1, July 5, “Going to Japan”: Since Yu-Gi-Oh! originated in Japan, kids will learn about Japanese culture, art, food, and more. They’ll also learn about origami, the art of paper folding, and make origami shapes and animals.

* Week 2, July 12, “Ani-Me”: Kids will learn about anime like Yu-Gi-Oh! and get to draw their own anime characters.

* Week 3, July 19, “Puzzle Me This”: Just like how Yugi solved the Millennium Puzzle, kids will be challenged to solve a variety of puzzles. Then, they will create their own puzzles to share with other children to solve.

* Week 4, July 26, “Manga! Manga!”: Before it became a hit card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! began as a manga. Kids will learn about manga and popular comics, both Japanese and American.

* Week 5, August 2, “Time Travel with Monsters”: Many Yu-Gi-Oh! monsters are inspired by myths, legends, and history. Kids will learn about such monsters, then get to create their own.

* Week 6, August 9, “Dueling Cards”: As a team, kids will develop cards inspired by the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game. The cards will include different monsters and children will assign powers to each. Then, they will all get to play the card game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Family Night will take place on each listed date from 5 to 8 pm at all of Ovation Brands’ restaurants and all Furr’s Fresh Buffet restaurants. Visit their websites to find a location near you:

Yu-Gi-Oh! is just one of numerous children’s properties that Ovation Brands and Furr’s Fresh Buffet have partnered with over the last few years. The restaurants have previously held Family Night events featuring Beyblade, Jumanji, Home Alone 2, The Sandlot, StoryBots, Thumbs Up Johnnie, and more.

(News from Bradley Vazquez, Ovation Brands spokesperson)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! Figures Coming in August

June 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Funko Pop! Animation Yu-Gi-Oh! figures: Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Dark Magician Girl

Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures are here! Today, Funko unveiled four Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters figures that will go on sale in August: Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and Dark Magician Girl. The standard-size vinyl figures are part of Funko’s Pop! Animation line. Each stands about 3.75 inches tall and is housed in a 6.25-inch box.

Which figures will you buy? Which characters and monsters would you like Funko to create next?

(h/t @OriginalFunko)

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko, GameStop Figures Coming Soon

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: ‘The Four Brothers’ Bond!!’

June 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Silhouettes of Yugo, Yuri, and Yuto as they toss flowers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 35

One bright, ordinary morning at the Sakaki house, Yuri and Yuto are preparing gifts for Yuya. Yuri arranges a sparkling bouquet of roses, while Yuto crafts a tantalizing boxed lunch filled with Yuya’s favorite treats. Whose gift will Yuya enjoy more on his birthday today? As they boast about the superiority of their creations, they realize that they need to hurry and meet up with their brother before Yugo does and gives him his own present.

Yuri and Yuto rush to the Maiami racing circuit, where Yugo is taking part in a championship Turbo Duel. Yuya is standing along the sidelines, watching Yugo set up on the track. Yugo had promised to win the event and give Yuya the trophy for his birthday present. Yuri and Yuto arrive just as the race begins.

Mere moments into the race, the ground begins to violently shake. The earth splits, causing Yugo to tumble off his Duel Runner and crash. Yuya rushes to him. When the tremors don’t stop, Yuri realizes that this might not be an ordinary earthquake. The crowd at the stadium begins to panic and rush outside. Yuto receives a phone call from his dad.

“Something terrible is about to happen to the world,” says Yusho, clearly in distress. “The Genesis Omega Dragon card…is out of control!

Reiji Akaba’s father, his mind warped by G.O.D., had taken the card to a military laboratory to draw out its energy without caring about the consequences. Yusho Sakaki steals the card and discovers that the only way to stop its energy emission is with the World Illusion. He orders the boys to head to his laboratory and use the escape pods to hide in their basement.

The Sakaki brothers flee from the racetrack and begin to head out of the city. As the tremors continue, many of the high-rises behind them start to collapse. Yuya spots a huge piece of falling concrete about to crush them, so he pushes his brothers out of the way. Yuya himself falls and is knocked out. Yugo carries Yuya on his back as they continue their escape.

When the boys arrive at the lab, they discover the facility completely destroyed, with just one escape pod intact. The pod can only fit one of them. They know exactly who should take it. Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri place Yuya inside and send him away. The remaining three enjoy their final moments together as the world around them is erased.

Thoughts

I’ve always felt that one of the most delightful parts of Yu-Gi-Oh! is watching the characters go about their day-to-day lives, enjoying themselves without a care in the world. Forget about saving the universe or whatever high stakes frequently accompany the card game. The simple moments, like those at the beginning of this chapter, are also the most charming.

They also make the tragedy of the World Illusion that much sadder. The Sakaki brothers didn’t deserve this. They didn’t choose to be the children of a researcher who dabbles with danger. They aren’t soldiers who are trained to deal with trauma and asked to have to fight for their future. This is so unfair to them. It’s no wonder Yuya’s brothers tried so hard to stop Yuya from regaining his memories.

Naohito Miyoshi does a splendid job showing the end of the world.

Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo, watching the World Illusion wipe out their world in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 35

The white semicircle in the background pushing against a border made up of speed lines, with the buildings rising up and disintegrating while the boys are standing calmly in the foreground — it’s such an evocative effect. The guys on the latest Weekly Shonen Jump podcast point out that the image reminds them of Akira and the ending to Fight Club.

The moment when the boys toss the roses toward the oncoming destruction is also sad and beautiful.

And, hey, it’s canonically confirmed — Yuto is the best husbando! Ever since I saw him wearing a business suit in chapter 7, I knew he had potential. Always keep an eye on the boys who wear neckties.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 35: “The Four Brothers’ Bond!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 30 (June 25, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3

Greg Abbey, Oliver Wyman to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2018 North America World Championship Qualifier

June 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jean-Claude Magnum in episode 80 and Zigfried von Schroeder in episode 197

This year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North America World Championship Qualifier is welcoming two returning voice actor guests for a special live duel! Greg Abbey, best known for playing Tristan Taylor in Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yusei Fudo in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, will meet Oliver Wyman, best known as Aster Phoenix in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and ARC-V.

Greg will reprise his role as Jean-Claude Magnum, Hollywood’s ninth biggest box office draw and Mai Valentine’s one-time suitor/kidnapper, who wields a flashy Ninja deck. And Oliver will play Zigfried von Schroeder, head of the Schroeder Corporation gaming company, who uses a deadly Valkyrie deck. Their duel will showcase cards from Shadows in Valhalla, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG set coming in August that includes never-before-seen cards from the anime, like Zigfried’s Ride of the Valkyries.

The 2018 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG NAWCQ will take place from June 29 to July 1 in Fort Worth, Texas. Check the event’s FAQ page for the full schedule and a list of activities to take part in at the tournament. The event will also be live streamed on the OfficialYuGiOhTCG YouTube channel.

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Facebook page)

Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Giveaway

June 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Anubis' attack sends Yugi's cards flying in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Ahhh free stuff!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is heading to cinemas in the United Kingdom next week and Manga Entertainment UK is giving away some Yu-Gi-Oh! goodies to celebrate! Up for grabs is a prize pack containing:

  • A two-in-one Blu-ray containing Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! card binder with a pack of surprise cards

To enter, simply follow @MangaUK on Twitter and retweet the linked giveaway tweet. This competition is open only to residents of the United Kingdom and ends on June 13 at 3 pm BST.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will play on over 30 screens throughout the United Kingdom on June 13. The one-night event will also include a sneak peek of the first English-dubbed episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (May 2018): Amazon Prime, YouTube, Ultra Kidz

May 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo smiling after making a strategic play in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 144

There’s great news for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans as 4K Media continues increasing the number of platforms where they can watch the shows for free.

First, Amazon Prime is now carrying the complete English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (Season 1, 2) and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (Season 1, 2, 3).

On YouTube, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 2, the first four episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 3, and the first six episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 are all up in English on 4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! channel.

And another U.S. Spanish-language TV channel has picked up more Yu-Gi-Oh! anime for broadcast. Ultra Kidz will be airing Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every day at 5 pm ET starting on June 1. Check UltraKidzTV.com for more details about the network and its schedule.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s on YouTube for Free

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, VRAINS Head to United Kingdom on June 13

May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A wide-eyed Yugi Muto looking at the Pyramid of Light in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom will soon be able to see the digitally remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub on the big screen! Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it is bringing the special screening to over 30 cinemas across the country on June 13.

Advance tickets for the one-night showing are available now at yugiohthemovie.co.uk and at select box offices.

This is the same special event as the ones held in the United States in February and in Canada in April.

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