Free Manga: Shonen Jump+ Offers Yu-Gi-Oh! Vol. 1-3 Bunko Editions For a Limited Time

April 27, 2015 at 6:39 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Japanese, Series 1 | Leave a comment
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Shueisha's Shonen Jump Plus offers Yu-Gi-Oh! bunkoban vol. 1-3 for free

Want to read Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in Japanese for free? For a limited time, Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital manga platform is letting readers check out the first three volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in their entirety! These books are the “bunko” editions (“bunkoban” — small-sized paperback edition), which include more chapters per volume than their original “tankobon” releases and, in the case of Yu-Gi-Oh!, also feature some revised text and illustrations, new cover artwork, and bonus material.

The books will be accessible beginning today, April 27, until May 10. Shonen Jump+ normally sells each book for 500 yen (about $4.20). The first chapters of the remaining 19 volumes can also be previewed for free.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! bunko editions were originally published in Japan between April 2007 and March 2008. They have yet to be released in the United States.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Anniversary Japanese Website Now Live

April 18, 2015 at 7:02 am | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Homepage of the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th anniversary website, as seen on April 18, 2015

The official Japanese website celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! is now live!

Yesterday, yugioh20th.com launched a new homepage, pictured above, featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th anniversary logo, a silhouette of Yami Yugi, and a description of the franchise. Also new is a timeline highlighting the franchise’s manga, anime, card game, and video game milestones from 1996 to the present. A link to the placeholder webpage for the as-of-yet unnamed 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! movie is of course included. Two additional sections are labeled as “coming soon” and appear to be for information about the various Yu-Gi-Oh! series and for merchandise.

Keep your eyes on the website to see what kinds of goodies will appear as we count down the months and days to the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 DVD Box Set Slated for May 5 Release

March 31, 2015 at 9:10 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 DVD box to its catalog with a street date of May 5, 2015. This set will contain episodes 1 through 49 of the English-dubbed anime in three volumes, each with two DVD discs. Like Cinedigm’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! videos, this release will be carried on its Flatiron Film Company label and is for region 1 DVD players.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1″ has a suggested retail price of $44.99 and is available for pre-order from your favorite retailer. Don’t miss it!

Cinedigm had previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s first volume of season 1 in September 2014. The complete first season is already available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox Video, while the entire ZEXAL series is streaming on YUGIOH.com and Crunchyroll.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Celebrates One Million Downloads

March 26, 2015 at 8:12 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation reaches one million downloads

Congratulations to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation players throughout the world, who together have helped the mobile app game reach the impressive milestone of one million downloads! To celebrate this memorable occasion, Konami is giving away 10,000 Duel Points to all duelists who log in today, March 26. This is Konami’s biggest giveaway of Points to date.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation is a free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game available for iOS and Android tablets. It was given a limited launch in October 2014 in the App Store before being released on Google Play and making its global debut in December 2014.

Roadshow Entertainment Discontinues Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Single Volume DVDs, Preps Season 1 Set for June Release

March 25, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Mock-up of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Volume 8 The Dragon Awakes DVD cover artwork from Roadshow Entertainment

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL fans Down Under may have hit a little snag if they want to complete their season 1 DVD collections. Australian media distributor Roadshow Entertainment has confirmed that it will not be continuing its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL single volume DVD releases and has instead opted to re-release the entire first season as one large set in June later this year.

“We have reassessed our release strategy for [the] Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series on DVD and are looking at releasing the complete first series of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal on DVD as a collection in June 2015,” explained a Roadshow representative by email.

The eighth and final volume of season 1 pictured in the mock-up above, “The Dragon Awakes,” was to contain episodes 43 through 49 and was initially slated for a December 2014 release. It was subsequently delayed to early January 2015 and then to earlier this month before being pulled again mere days before its street date.

Australia was the first country to receive the English-language dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL on home video in June 2013. The release came a good two months before 4K Media and Cinedigm formally announced that every Yu-Gi-Oh! series would get a home video release in the United States, and well over a year before Cinedigm’s first ZEXAL DVD would be released.

This news brings my coverage of Roadshow Entertainment’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVDs to a close. If you live in Australia or another English-speaking region 4 country, please continue to support Roadshow as it releases new ZEXAL videos. Unfortunately, Roadshow doesn’t do any significant marketing for its ZEXAL titles, so I encourage you to hit up your favorite online or brick-and-mortar video store to stay updated and ask them to carry Roadshow’s future videos.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVD Vol. 7: ‘Double Jeopardy’ Now Available from Roadshow Entertainment

Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Get New Designs for 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie

March 18, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician's new designs in the May 2015 issue of V Jump
(Image from AnimeNewsNetwork)

Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba’s monsters are getting upgraded for the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! movie! Leaked images from the May issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, which hits newsstands on March 21, reveal that Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician will be sporting new designs for the upcoming film. Blue-Eyes is looking rather formidable with a body plated with numerous scales and spikes, while Dark Magician gets the outfit and chiseled body seen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Anniversary Pack Shonen Jump promo card and Duel Art book.

Details are still scarce about the new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, which was first announced in June 2014 and is scheduled to be released in 2016.

Update: The Dark Magician TCG card I referenced was not released in the Anniversary Pack. It was actually included as a promo with the April 2011 issue of VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine. The Japanese OCG equivalent was released with the third 2009 issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Apologies for the confusion.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Now Fully Subbed! Crunchyroll Adds Episodes 111-154

March 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Posted in 4Kids, 5D's, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas clasping hands in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 154

It’s been a long, long wait, but 4K Media (Konami) has at last finished subbing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Crunchyroll today added episodes 111 through 154 in all of their uncut, Japanese glory to its library, bringing the series to its highly anticipated close. This last set of episodes includes the Ark Cradle storyline beginning in episode 130, which was not fully adapted in the English-dubbed version of the show. The episodes are currently available to Crunchyroll’s premium members worldwide (except most of Asia).

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s has the honor of being the first and only Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series to receive a complete, official subtitled release, and only the second Japanese series formerly licensed by 4Kids Entertainment to get such a treatment (the first being Sonic X).

My page for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s subtitled streams have been updated with these newest videos from CR.

The latest subbed episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on Hulu and YUGIOH.com is still episode 135. There’s no word yet when these platforms will receive the remaining episodes of the show.

Previously:
Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Episodes 65-110 Subbed

[YGO: TAS] Episode 64 – A New Evil Awises

March 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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YGOTAS season 4 Orichalcos title card

“All over the world, children’s trading cards are coming to life and causing untold devastation!” bemoans a TV news anchor. You know what that means: the Orichalcamalos is here! LittleKuriboh today released Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 64, “A New Evil Awises,” bringing the series into its long-awaited fourth season. The episode guest stars Takahata101, who reprises his role as Dartz, along with Tomamoto, Nowacking, and… Kyle Hebert?! Yes, Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z’s narrator and adult Gohan, Gurren Lagann’s Kamina, Fate/Zero’s Berserker) provides the opening narration in this episode. Check it out and let LK know what you think!

As with YGOTAS episode 63, this latest episode was also edited by 1KidsEntertainment, whom LK praised for doing such a standout job.

“I won’t lie, @onekids editing YGOTAS has likely saved both my sanity and the show,” LK tweeted. “So I owe him a great deal.”

Anime Convention Update: San Japan, Alcon

LittleKuriboh has added another two anime con appearances to an already very busy 2015.

From July 31 through August 2, LK will be a guest at San Japan for the fourth time! The event will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antoinio, Texas. Also attending are Kaiserneko, Lanipator, MasakoX, and Takahata101 of Team Four Star, and voice actor Lisa Ortiz (the voice of Serenity Wheeler).

LittleKuriboh will also be returning to Leicester, England for his sixth guest appearance at Alcon! This year’s Alcon takes place on September 3 to 6 and will once again be an 18+ event.

Update (March 7): LK uploaded YGOTAS episode 64 to YouTube today.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Bonds Beyond Time Among CONtv’s Launch Titles

March 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Posted in 5D's, Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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CONtv's launch titles include Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

CONtv, the new digital streaming network from independent content distributor Cinedigm and pop culture convention organizer Wizard World, opened its doors to viewers today, March 3. The over-the-top network already boasts nearly 1,500 hours of programming targeting its convention-embracing audience. Among its launch titles are the English-dubbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie. Other available animated titles include Digimon, Ghost in the Shell, Saint Seiya, Voltron, and Zatch Bell.

CONtv is available on the web and on iOS and Android. It’s free to watch and supported by ads, and also offers an ad-free version for $6.99 with exclusive content and benefits to Wizard World’s Comic Con events. CONtv is currently available to the U.S. only. Further details about the network, including its upcoming original programming initiatives, are available in a press release.

Previously:
Cinedigm to Launch CONtv Entertainment Network for Anime, Gaming, Convention Fans

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters’ Battle City Arc Website Open, Broadcast Begins April 7 on TV Tokyo

March 3, 2015 at 3:37 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Battle City begins April 7 on TV Tokyo

TV Tokyo has opened its official website for the remastered broadcast of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Battle City story arc! The site announces that the network will begin airing the show in the late-night 2:05 am JST slot on Tuesday, April 7. TV Tokyo’s sister stations will also start airing the show in their own late-night slots later in the week.

Update (April 7): TV Tokyo today aired a special titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City Arc Special Edition: The Road to Battle City.” The half-hour program was a recap of Duelist Kingdom and the events leading up to Battle City narrated by Kaiba. The remastered Battle City episodes begin next week with episode 52.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters’ Remastered Battle City Arc to Begin in April on TV Tokyo

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