Would You Buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters on Standard Definition Blu-ray?

September 18, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, German, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 episode 1-25 German Blu-ray cover mock-up from KSM Anime

The classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime is getting a Blu-ray release for the first time ever — in Germany. Out today from KSM Anime is the first half of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 on standard definition Blu-ray with the German dub. Prior to this, KSM Anime also published the entire series in ten half-season DVD box sets, which were released between December 2014 and November 2016.

Standard definition Blu-ray? Yup. As far as video quality goes, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is truly a product of its time. Like so many anime from the early 2000s, the show was mastered on DigiBeta tapes, a standard definition format; its 640 x 480 video is as good as it’s ever going to look. Even the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 20th Remaster program — an HD “remastered” version of the show currently airing in Japan — is merely an upscale with the top and bottom of the video cropped out to attain a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Nevertheless, there are advantages to printing the series on SD Blu-ray, like having a higher video bit rate and better audio quality, and saving space by putting more episodes on fewer discs.

If Yu-Gi-Oh! were released in English on SD Blu-ray, would you buy it?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Adds Japanese Audio Option

September 11, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Announcement of the Japanese audio option on Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links’ latest update gives all duelists the option to play the game with Japanese audio, even if they aren’t based in Japan! To change the audio language, enter the “Settings” option and tap “Change Language.”

Note that even though the audio is in Japanese, the on-screen text still corresponds to the English dialog, which won’t always match up with the Japanese dialog.

Download Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links for iOS and Android today!

(News from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links on Facebook)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 2 Available Now

September 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 2, from VIZ Media, digital edition

Yuya “The Phantom” Sakaki’s adventures continue today in the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V graphic novel! Available now from VIZ Media is Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 2, which compiles chapters 7 through 13 of the manga. Grab it in print format for $9.99 at your favorite bookstore, or download the digital version for $6.99.

In this volume, we are introduced to Yuya’s other two personalities — the handsome and cunning Yuri, and the confident Turbo Duelist Yugo. As Yuya continues his quest to find Genesis Omega Dragon, he is lured into a duel by the Leo Corporation’s third assassin, Sora Shiunin. Don’t be fooled by this boy’s playful Duel Field and friendly face. Things aren’t quite what they seem! Then, when the mysterious masked hacker Ren infiltrates Yuya’s Duel Disk and mind, it’s up to Yugo to fend off the intruder. But Ren seems to know a whole lot about Yugo and Yuya…

Extras in this volume include early character design sketches from illustrator Naohito Miyoshi of Shun Kurosaki, Sora Shiunin, Yuri, Yugo, and Ren. The print edition of this book also includes an Ultra Rare Clear Wing Fast Dragon card, Yugo’s ace monster seen on the cover — available while supplies last.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 1 Available Now

4K Media’s Back-to-School Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Suggestions

September 4, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The back-to-school season is in full swing and 4K Media wants all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans to be ready for the new year. From must-have clothes, to required reading, to fun accessories, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook has been pumping out product suggestions to ensure maximum dueling success. I’ve highlighted many of these items before, but some are brand new, so check them out!

Suggestion #1: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions “Duel” T-Shirt

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Duel T-Shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com

Straight from ShopYuGiOh.com, this T-shirt features Kaiba and Yugi from the new movie with the text “Fight for what you believe in” written in Japanese.

Where to buy: A ShopYuGiOh.com exclusive. Available in men‘s and women‘s cuts.

Suggestion #2: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards artbook cover mock-up from UDON Entertainment

This full-color hardcover book features artwork of over 800 monsters that appear in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime, all neatly indexed from A to Z. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment is one for the collector in all of us. Check out a preview courtesy of UDON.

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite bookstore.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links promo images

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has hit over 50 million downloads worldwide! Easy to learn and quick to play, Duel Links crowned its first world champion in Japan last month alongside the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG champions. Will you be the Duel World’s next great duelist?

Where to buy: Free to play on iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases.

Suggestion #4: Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Figure Keychains

Yu-Gi-Oh! monster figure hangers and box from Grin Studios

Never lose your keys again with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull guarding them! These Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers from Grin Studios stand about three inches tall.

Where to buy: Select Kmart, Meijer, Shopko, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores. Look for them in the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards section.

Suggestion #5: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray cover mock-up from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock monster, you know that there’s a terrific new movie starring all of your favorite original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters heroes. Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions one more time in English and in Japanese before heading back to school! A free Obelisk the Tormentor card is included with your purchase too.

Where to buy: Amazon, Best Buy, or your favorite video store.

Suggestion #6: Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle Pajama Pants

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle pajama pants from Hot Topic

Is there any piece of clothing more comfortable than pajama pants? Debatable! Show your love for Yu-Gi-Oh! and grab a pair featuring the Millennium Puzzle. According to the item description, “The one who solves me shall gain the powers and knowledge of darkness.” They’re talking about what happens when you put on the pants, right?

Where to buy: A Hot Topic online exclusive.

Suggestion #7: Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Belt

Yu-Gi-Oh! character belt from Hot Topic

“A Yu-Gi-Oh! web belt that proves great fashion doesn’t need to be a puzzle.” True! Yugi and his friends and foes adorn this nylon web belt, which measures 1.5 inches wide.

Where to buy: A Hot Topic online exclusive.

Suggestion #8: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Pullover Hoodie

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Pullover Hoodie from ShopYuGiOh.com

Stay warm and stylish in this Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions pullover hoodie featuring Aigami, Yugi, and Kaiba. Available in black, light heather, and navy.

Where to buy: A ShopYuGiOh.com exclusive.

Suggestion #9: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Magician Girl Figures

Kotobukiya's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl figures

“Do you have all the MGs?” asks 4K Media. The three lovely Magician Girls who appear in the new movie are available as 1/7th scale figures, straight from Japan and licensed for sale in the West.

Where to buy: Kotobukiya’s U.S. online store has all three figures — Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl — in stock.

I’ll update this post each time the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page adds new suggestions! (Last updated: September 5)

Gagaga Cowboy Artist Recovers Stolen Yu-Gi-Oh! Card

September 1, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Gagaga Cowboy card artwork from YUGIOH.com
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A Yu-Gi-Oh! card artist has reacquired a sentimental piece of artwork that was stolen from her in 2016. The victim, an artist and graphic designer who created the artwork of the popular Gagaga Cowboy Yu-Gi-Oh! card, had her Covina, California, apartment burglarized in October 2016, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Among her stolen property was a framed Gagaga Cowboy card.

Yesterday, Covina police recovered the card and some of the victim’s other possessions after the victim had spotted the items for sale on the online marketplace OfferUp. The items were found in the Pomona, California, home of the victim’s former neighbor, who has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property.

A police photograph of the recovered property published by the SGVT shows an oversized and regular-sized Gagaga Cowboy card together in a picture frame. The victim’s Gagaga Cowboy card is autographed by voice actor Steve Blum, who played a Yu-Gi-Oh! character, and is valued at $500, reports the SGVT.

But the true value of the card and its safe return to its creator is without a doubt immeasurable.

Update: Jonathan Moore of House O’ Champions has identified the victim as popular Yu-Gi-Oh! artist and former competitive duelist Amanda LaPalme. He notes that there has been some concern that someone in the Yu-Gi-Oh! community had specifically targeted LaPalme for whatever twisted reason, but that fortunately doesn’t seem to be true given the outcome of this case. Thank goodness she now has some closure.

The Seal of Orichalcos: Upper Deck’s Original Card Revealed

August 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Upper Deck's The Seal of Orichalcos, shot by asianyensation

Back in 2005 when Upper Deck still owned the distribution rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the company printed a real version of The Seal of Orichalcos. At the time, the card had only been seen in the anime without a genuine, printed, playable counterpart, so news about its creation was thrilling. The card was held only by Upper Deck’s Yu-Gi-Oh! judges and traveled to many Yu-Gi-Oh! events, like those held at Gen Con and San Diego Comic Con, and of course the National Championship. At these gatherings, duelists could participate in the “Duel the Master” event to face off against the judges, getting a taste of the formidable power of The Seal of Orichalcos.

It wasn’t until 2012 that the public could get their hands on their own official copy of The Seal of Orichalcos, but many always wondered what happened to Upper Deck’s special creation. Details about this card have since been lost to time, but as the legend goes, only fifteen copies of the card exist, all owned by Upper Deck employees. What does the card look like? And where did they all go?

Earlier this week, esteemed Yu-Gi-Oh! collector Anthony “asianyensation” Nguyen unveiled his latest and perhaps most stunning catch. Nguyen is now the owner of Upper Deck’s The Seal of Orichalcos and has documented his find on YouTube and Instagram! This card has not been seen anywhere since 2005! True to its anime roots, the card features a warning: “The soul of whichever Duelist loses this Duel is forfeit to the winner.”

Check out Nguyen’s Instagram account, asianyensation, to see more of the real-life Rare Hunter’s prized Yu-Gi-Oh! collection.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: ‘Adam and Eve!’

August 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Adam and Eve in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 25

In a futuristic era, a young Solid Vision researcher named Isaac encounters two brilliant minds at a top university. The fellow researchers, having fled from a war zone, believed in helping humanity achieve peace using the power of science. Their names were Adam and Eve. Almost immediately, Isaac takes a liking to them and their dedication. He joins them in their quest to tap into the potential of the Solid Vision technology for the good of mankind.

One seemingly ordinary day, the trio discovers a door to another world filled with boundless energy — enough to even allow for travel through space-time. Oh the possibilities that this discovery could bring about! They attempt to harness that energy by sealing it within a card, but find it to be uncontrollable. That is, until Adam realizes that a human body is needed to utilize that energy.

Adam offers his own self in the name of science, grasping at the “forbidden fruit” while his colleagues look on, not knowing what to expect. The experiment sends Adam’s body and mind through time, from the prehistoric world, through the Iron Age and the modern era.

“This energy has a will of its own,” says Adam as he is released from what appeared to be a trance. “And that is what sent me across time.”

Eve is distressed by the results, imploring Adam to stop the experiment. But Adam wishes to press forward, believing that their endeavors hold “the answer.” And so they continue.

Young Isaac watching Adam's experiment nervously and wondering if he should stop it in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 25

Many a time, Isaac wonders if he should end the experiment, knowing that they are dealing with powers far beyond them. But he never does. And eventually, the experiment spirals out of control, radiating immense quantities of energy.

Adam realizes that he alone would be the only one who could stop it, so he merges with that energy and vanishes, leaving only a dormant G.O.D. card behind.

…Or so Isaac recites to Reiji Akaba. Ultimately, he and Eve hope to use the power of the dormant G.O.D. card to travel through time and find their lost friend and colleague…an act of love.

Thoughts

So the mysterious Adam is finally revealed. And he looks like an ordinary person. I guess I didn’t really know what to expect, but with all of the prattle about the majestic Adam Factor, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see…more. But no, neither he nor Eve physically standout, quite unexpected of important Yu-Gi-Oh! characters.

Furthermore, they are both good, ethical people, which provides a contrast to the world-destroying powers of G.O.D. that revolve around them and that have been fueling the story thus far.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: “Adam and Eve!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 38 (August 21, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: “The Reason They’re After Us!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

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

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2017 Sweepstakes

August 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media is back this month with another giveaway! The Yu-Gi-Oh! August Sweepstakes kicked off today, offering the chance to win a prize pack containing the following goodies:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of The Cards art book published by UDON Entertainment.
  • Two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2017 Mega-Tins — one featuring Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi, and one featuring Seto Kaiba. These will hit store shelves next Friday.

Entries are open from now through August 24. As usual, this sweepstakes is open to anyone living in the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., who is age 6 or older. Check the official rules for more details.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 76 – Becky With The Good Deck

August 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Valon kicking Rebecca while wearing armor in YGOTAS episode 76

There’s been so much actual dueling in the recent episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! The latest episode continues this trend with a pretty action-packed and serious battle as Valon takes on the duo of Dungeon Dice Monsters creator Duke and number-one fan Rebecca. Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan go on a quest for imaginary pizza while carrying Rex’s dead body. See all this and more in YGOTAS episode 76, “Becky With The Good Deck,” available now on YouTube and TeamFourStar.com! In case this video gets removed from YouTube, LittleKuriboh notes that he has it (and all of the other episodes) backed up on Vid.me. The TFS site now uses Vid.me for all of its embedded YGOTAS videos.

Episode 77 of YGOTAS is already underway and it is “comin’ together pretty darn well, imho,” says LK, who’s halfway through the writing process. “I hate to say it, but I get a weird thrill from writing this YGOTAS 77 script because it means eliminating one of the Orichalcos villains,” he adds.

More Convention Appearances: Kentokyocon, Anime Weekend Atlanta

This year is turning out to be busier than the last for LittleKuriboh on the convention side of things, with two more events added to his line-up. First, LK will be in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend as a guest Kentokyocon.

And second, LK will head to Anime Weekend Atlanta, taking place from September 28 through October 1. The Atlanta, Georgia, event is the first convention that LK ever attended as a fan after starting YGOTAS, says LK. (That was way back in 2009!) And now, he’ll be there as an invited guest. Wow!

Behind the Scenes: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Main Title Music

August 3, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Freddy Sheinfeld giving a walkthrough of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Main Title Music

What goes into composing and orchestrating Yu-Gi-Oh! music for the big screen? In his latest video, Yu-Gi-Oh! composer Freddy Sheinfeld takes an in-depth look at the main title music of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, breaking down its different parts and expounding on his writing process. Composers, arrangers, and Yu-Gi-Oh! music enthusiasts — this video is for you! And even if you don’t know anything about music composition, you can still sit back and enjoy the intricacies of a great score.

Sheinfeld begins by outlining his goals of easing the audience into the movie with an introduction that is slow-paced but that also incorporates the small, fast, visual elements that are happening on screen. He then walks through the instruments — the brasses, woodwinds, strings, and choirs — and how each of them contributes to the texture, color, and feel of the visuals. All throughout, he emphasizes how he carefully uses them to match the pacing of the visuals and build expectation, from the opening shots in space, building up to the huge moment when Kaiba’s space station appears, to when the title appears.

Sheinfeld concludes by saying that he next wants to make a video breaking down one of the action cues, which is “super, super complicated.” If you like what you see and want to learn more, let him know!

(h/t Freddy Sheinfeld)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Interviewed on Soundtrack Alley Podcast

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