[YGO: TAS] Episode 77 – Loopy In The Sky With Duel Disks

October 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Magical dragons saving KaibaCorp airplane in YGOTAS episode 77

Kaiba versus Alister is here! Using the power of the Orichalcos, Alister transports Kaiba into the plot of a young adult novel to help him have an epiphany about the evils of humanity. But in the end, the heavy-handed hallucination only reinforces Kaiba’s confidence in his cards. Looks like Alister will just have to convince Kaiba the old-fashioned way: by beating him in a card game! Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan encounter Cornelius’ basketball-playing offspring. See what happens in LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 77, “Loopy In The Sky With Duel Disks,” available now on YouTube and TFS.

For all of the talk of plot holes, Kaiba, Mokuba, and Alister fail to realize something spooky: if the plane is empty, who’s making announcements over the aircraft’s PA system? I guess it’s just the power of the Orichalcos at work again.

Also, shut up, Nokuba.

Convention Update: Anime St. Louis 2018

LittleKuriboh already has at least one convention booked for 2018! Anime St. Louis has announced that LK and Marianne Miller will be guests at the event next year, which will take place on May 4 through 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.

Twitch Postpones Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon Until October 23

October 14, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi getting annoyed when Kaiba lectures him during their duel in episode 130

Twitch has announced on its TwitchPresents channel that its 15-day Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon will now begin on October 23 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT instead of its originally scheduled date of October 15. The company is postponing the event because of TwitchCon, which takes place on October 20 through 22.

“Many TwitchCon attendees […] were bummed that they’d miss the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon,” said Twitch in its announcement. “We certainly don’t want you all to have to choose between watching an incredible anime, and watching (or attending) the biggest Twitch party of the year.”

StreamFourStar’s pre-show is also delayed and will take place on October 23 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

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Twitch Presents 15-Day Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions SPIEL, MCM London Comic Con Shirts

October 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the new shirt designs featuring Yugi, Aigami, and Kaiba, made exclusively for SPIEL '17 and MCM London Comic Con 2017

ShopYuGiOh.com today added two new exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirt designs for the upcoming SPIEL and MCM London Comic Con events. Both feature Yugi, Aigami, and Kaiba and the name of the city hosting the events. They are available in short-sleeve styles starting at $23.95 and long-sleeve styles starting at $25.95. Just like all of the previous exclusive designs, these are only available for sale online and for a limited time.

SPIEL (German for “game” or “play”) is one of the world’s largest conventions for tabletop games, attracting over a thousand exhibitors from across the globe. The event takes place in Essen, Germany, on October 26 through 29. Konami’s tournament-organizing partners will have a booth at the event, where they will hold Yu-Gi-Oh! Win-A-Mat tournaments, Structure Deck tournaments, and demos all weekend long.

Konami will have a full-blown Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) event at MCM London Comic Con on October 28 and 29. In addition to the main tournament, there will be plenty of public events to take part in, plus a special appearance by Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart. Attendees can also buy a convention-exclusive playmat featuring Yugi and Kaiba.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions NYCC 2017 Shirts

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Editor Yoshihisa Heishi at NYCC 2017

October 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yoshihisa Heishi at the Weekly Shonen Jump panel at NYCC 2017

In Japan, manga editors are more than just people who know the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry. Editors work intimately with manga creators, exchanging story ideas and guiding the creators to success, and even look after the creators’ health and well-being. When Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan, its founding editor was Yoshihisa Heishi. Heishi eventually rose through the ranks to become the magazine’s editor in chief, and today still works at Shueisha’s shonen manga department as its director.

This past weekend, Heishi attended New York Comic Con where he was a guest at VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel. He offered some tidbits about Yu-Gi-Oh! and Takahashi during a brief Q&A.

“How did Egypt become such an important theme in the story?” asked Urian Brown, an editor at VIZ and the panel’s moderator.

“Before the manga started, Takahashi-sensei was really interested in Egypt and Egyptian culture,” explained Heishi through his translator, English WSJ Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani. “The Millennium Puzzle was originally not supposed to be used. It was going to be a different item. But since he ended up using the Millennium Puzzle, Egypt became a more important part of the story.”

“What was it supposed to be originally?” asked Brown.

“I can’t say,” Heishi laughed.

“What was it like working with Takahashi-sensei?” Brown continued. “Can you give us any details about his creative process?”

“When Takahashi-sensei was making the manga, I didn’t really see him having trouble or questioning himself when he was creating the manga,” replied Heishi. “He would go through the struggle unseen, not out in the forefront. Every week, they’d be playing card games and video games and things. He would play every week with his assistants. […] The ideas came from that.”

“Did you try out any of the dangerous Shadow Games in the manga, like yo-yos on the roof or the nitroglycerin air hockey?” asked Brown.

“No! Kids, please don’t do this at home.”

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Check out video of the full panel for discussions and insights about even more Shonen Jump titles, like Rurouni Kenshin and My Hero Academia.

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‘Spotlight on Yu-Gi-Oh! & Creator Kazuki Takahashi’ Panel at SDCC 2015

Twitch Presents 15-Day Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon

October 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot from Twitch's Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon advertisement

Get ready for the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime marathon ever! Twitch announced today that it will stream all 236 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! — that’s 224 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and 12 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters — in a crazy fifteen-day nonstop event! The action kicks off October 15 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT and runs until October 30 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT. You can bet that there will be all sorts of madness and memes in the chat.

This marathon is thanks to a partnership between Crunchyroll and Twitch. StreamFourStar will present a pre-show on October 15 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. Hope to see you there!

(News from @Twitch)

Update (October 14): Twitch has postponed the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon until October 23.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensor ADK Set to be Acquired by U.S. Investment Firm Bain Capital

October 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Kaiba twirling his pen as he prepares to sign a check in episode 171

Asatsu-DK (ADK), the parent company of Yu-Gi-Oh! producer Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) and an owner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, today announced its plans to be acquired by the Boston-based investment firm Bain Capital. Tokyo-based ADK is the third largest advertising agency in Japan. Although it is best known for its global ad business, ADK and its dozens of subsidiaries have their foot in numerous industries, including anime production. In addition to Yu-Gi-Oh!, the company is also involved with titles like Doraemon, Gundam, Pretty Cure, and One Piece.

Bain intends to purchase all of ADK’s shares in a deal worth about $1.35 billion. ADK’s largest shareholder, the U.K. advertising and PR agency WPP, owns nearly a quarter of the company and has said that the buyout undervalues ADK and that it may not sell its shares. Regardless, Bain will proceed with the transaction if it can acquire at least 50.1 percent of ADK.

(News from ADK, Reuters, Financial Times, h/t ANN)

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

September 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! September 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media today launched its Yu-Gi-Oh! September Sweepstakes! This month, the company is giving away one prize package containing the following goodies:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Legendary Duelists box. This newest set features cards used and inspired by Joey Wheeler, Mai Valentine, Mako Tsunami, and other famous duelists. There are plenty of Red-Eyes, Amazoness, and Legendary Fisherman cards to go around! Each box contains 36 booster packs, with 5 cards per pack.
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! embossed metal lunch tin by Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising. (I posted pictures of this item near the bottom of my DSoD premiere write-up.)
  • One deck of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards, also by Aquarius.

The entry period for this sweepstakes begins today and runs through October 5. Residents ages 6 and up of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. are welcome to enter. Check the official rules for more details.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Comes to Duel Links

September 28, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Announcement of Duel World (GX) in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Today, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links received its biggest update yet with the addition of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX world. Jaden Yuki and his friends and rivals are here, complete with all of the voices you remember and love. “The Eggwich is mine!”

To enter the GX Duel World, you must first unlock Jaden by reaching Stage level 8 and completing the Character Unlock Mission of summoning Warrior-Type monsters ten times. More GX duelists, like Chazz Princeton and Alexis Rhodes, will become available as you level up.

In Japan, to celebrate this release, @yugioh_anime announced that the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime will begin streaming on various Japanese video networks on October 1. Whew, it’s about time!

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX logo and Duel World (GX) in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Jaden Yuki and Elemental HERO Neos in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 26: ‘The Transcendent Duel!!’

September 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Close-ups of Isaac and Reiji Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 26

Reiji Akaba and Isaac are locked in combat. Isaac has unveiled to Akaba his perplexing Mirror Imagine monsters, who work together to neutralize Akaba’s monster effects and attacks. Now, Isaac goes on the offensive, using his monsters’ effects to power up his ace, Mirror Imagine Catadioptricker 7, to an overwhelming 7000 attack!

As Akaba is about to bear the brunt of Isaac’s game-ending energy beam assault, Akaba bets his life on his next draw. Isaac is amused.

“Hmm… Entrusting yourself to fate now?” Isaac asks the president.

“No, not at all! Fate isn’t what I call my predictions for the future!!” Akaba retorts.

As Reiji Akaba dauntlessly draws from his deck, Isaac sees a shadowy figure materialize behind Akaba. It’s Adam! Akaba draws the card he needs, vaporizing Catadioptricker 7’s attack and saving him from defeat. As the smoke from the attack clears, Adam’s image fades away with it. Isaac wonders if Adam blames him for not stopping the experiment that led to his disappearance all those years ago…

Isaac is mystified by the card Akaba has drawn. Akaba doesn’t wait to demonstrate its power. It’s a new monster that can only be summoned when the total of his Pendulum scales exceeds its level.

“Come!! Transcendent Pendulum Summons!!” Akaba cries out. “Come forth, D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox!!”

Thoughts

After two chapters with plenty of exposition and flashbacks, it’s back to a chapter of intense dueling. So many monsters in this manga look creepy, Reiji Akaba’s especially. The cool but creepy category gets a new addition this month with Zero Paradox. What is that thing?! We’ve seen this monster before — in Scale 18, just as Ren interrupts Yuya and Reiji’s duel. Back then, its identity was still a mystery since only its hand was shown. And, as the flashback in this month’s chapter reveals, Zero Paradox was shown even before that in card form; it’s the card that Reiji picked up at the end of Scale 13.

Reiji Akaba summoning D/D/D/D Super-Dimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox

It’s clever that these two scientists both use monsters whose names and designs reference measurements, lenses, and mirrors. Reiji’s actions here make me wonder what he has “seen” of the future.

If Adam is helping Reiji because he blames Isaac for what happened to him, does this mean Adam doesn’t want to be found by Eve and her organization? Have they been wasting their efforts all these years? They must know something about Adam that’s yet to be revealed…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 26: “The Transcendent Duel!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 (September 25, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: “Adam and Eve!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

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

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions NYCC 2017 Shirts

September 23, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Yugi Muto 2017 NYCC shirt design

ShopYuGiOh.com is back with a new exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirt, available only for a limited time. This latest design celebrates this year’s New York Comic Con event and features Yugi Muto holding his Millennium Puzzle, his face and body partially obscured by darkness. The accompanying text says “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in Japanese and “NYC 2017.” This shirt is available in short- and long-sleeve styles for men and women, with prices starting at $23.95.

If you’ll be attending NYCC this year, stop by Konami’s booth (#1321) to get a discount code for your ShopYuGiOh.com order. While you’re there, you can print your own free custom Yu-Gi-Oh! token card, buy the NYCC-exclusive Seto Kaiba playmat, and take part in the free tournaments. Check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG’s NYCC 2017 page for more details.

New York Comic Con 2017 takes place from October 5 to 8.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Shirts for the 2017 World Championship

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