Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: ‘Two G.O.D.s!!’

January 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji's attack name in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 42
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: the most godly card effects, monster names, and attack names

It’s God-Eyes versus Go-D/D/D with the fate of G.O.D. on the line! Making good on his promise to become a god, Reiji Akaba summons Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji. He uses its special ability, which renders all of Yuya’s monsters on his field, his spells and traps, and the cards in his hand and graveyard as nonexistent. Worse yet, after Zero God attacks, Yuya’s life points will immediately drop to zero! Yuya’s friends look on helplessly as the monster hurls its fist at Yuya.

As Yuya braces for the impact, he tributes ClassiKuriboh from his Pendulum zone to negate the attack. Zero God’s fist pauses an inch away from Yuya’s face. Yuya is safe for now, but Akaba boasts about his monster’s strength and proclaims that he will still win the duel and inherit the power of G.O.D. that his father left him. Yuya wonders if they are dealing with too much power here. Nevertheless, Akaba’s dueltaining gets him all fired up to continue.

A new Action Card appears overhead and the young president is already in flight to snag it. Yuya uses his Solid Vision skills to craft a cannon and launches himself toward the card, passing Akaba and snagging it with his teeth. But his unwieldy speed causes him to crash face first into a rock wall and knock himself out.

Lying on his back and facing the sky, Yuya slowly comes to. He sees the G.O.D. card floating high above the field. He reminisces about his father and why he stopped his work as a Solid Vision researcher to pursue Dueltaining instead. It was all to make another person smile — the brilliant but far-too-serious father of Reiji Akaba.

Just as Reiji Akaba’s father left something for Reiji, Yuya’s father entrusted something to Yuya. Yuya now understands that he must inherit this power. With his father and brothers’ support, Yuya knows he is able to keep moving forward.

Yuya stands up. With renewed energy in his eyes, he knows what he must do in this duel…

Thoughts

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is truly pushing the boundaries for what is considered a reasonable ability within the game. I guess that’s to be expected when the entire story is about “gods.” But just when you think card effects can’t get any more outrageous, they do.

This chapter is all about Reiji Akaba’s monster. And this was pretty much my reaction the whole time seeing it in play:

Yuya Sakaki's you-gotta-be-kidding-me face in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 42

There is a point where a situation changes from being suspenseful to being downright unfair and I do think Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V frequently pushes this boundary, perhaps in more intense ways than any other previous series.

With that in mind, the ending of this chapter — with Yuya deciding to make the duel about himself and Reiji and not about the gods — feels like the right way to go. Let’s see what these two can do when they aren’t being overshadowed by larger-than-life monsters. Let’s bring back the emotions that shape these characters and fuel their motivations.

Speaking of which, I enjoyed seeing Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri again this chapter. This served as a nice breather amid the harsh dueling.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump. You can read it on the web or using the Shonen Jump Android or iOS app.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (December 2018): Amazon Prime, Tubi TV, YouTube

December 31, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yuma and Astral, surrounded by the legendary monsters from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and GX, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 16

The Yu-Gi-Oh! anime continue to thrive, with 4K Media adding more and more English-dubbed series and episodes to more and more platforms to watch for free. Here are the newest updates!

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (seasons 1, 2, 3) is the latest addition to Amazon Prime Video. On Facebook, 4K Media reminds fans that Amazon Prime now has all of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL streaming for free.

Tubi TV includes several updates as well. The free-to-watch ad-supported network now carries all seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Furthermore, it has added Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 2. Earlier this year, you may have seen Tubi add a handful of random GX and ZEXAL episodes, likely in error because those have long since been removed. But this latest update containing the full seasons looks like it’s legit and here to stay.

Since my last update, 4K Media’s YouTube channel has finished posting Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 3. All this month, the company has continually been uploading more episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1, with episode 31 being the latest addition.

Happy watching, and Happy New Year’s Eve!

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

First 4 Figures Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Products

December 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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First 4 Figures' Yu-Gi-Oh! announcement poster featuring Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician

Back in September, 4K Media announced that it had partnered with high-end collectibles maker First 4 Figures to produce a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue, leading to a lot of buzz about what monsters might get the company’s special treatment. Since then, F4F has remained tight-lipped, not even acknowledging that it has acquired the Yu-Gi-Oh! license. But all that changed today during its weekly Q&A live stream, with F4F confirming that it has multiple Yu-Gi-Oh! products in the works!

“[We are] already deep in the works, concept-wise. Not in the physical yet, but deep in terms of having the concept there,” said Alex Davis, the owner of F4F.

“Getting the approval to go to the next stage is–” Davis paused, then pointed at his UNIQLO Dark Magician shirt. “Blue-Eyes White Dragon as well. Some others in the works.”

Chocks with Alex Davis, who is pointing at his Dark Magician shirt
First 4 Figures’ head of marketing Tsoek “Chockles” Cheung (left) and CEO Alex Davis

With Yu-Gi-Oh! being a phenomenon that spans the gaming, anime, manga, and movie worlds, Davis hopes that the property’s mass appeal will introduce more people to First 4 Figures and bring in more anime fans as the company continues to expand its anime products.

“And I can say it won’t just be resins,” added Davis. “At least that’s the plan. Don’t quote me on that. If everything goes according to plan. And also because our strategy of bringing in more and more TFs [true form PVC figures], SDs [super deformed PVC figures], PVCs in general, as something that’s developed over time — and actually, the time that we went for the Yu-Gi-Oh! license, [PVCs weren’t] really on our radar. But as we move forward into new licenses, we’re looking at trying to do both [PVCs and resins].”

Davis says he wants to create an ecosystem where F4F can bring in new customers with its lower-cost PVC figures and eventually convert them into buyers of high-end resin statues.

To get in on the Yu-Gi-Oh! hype, chat with Alex Davis, and get the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! development news, head over to Facebook and join the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Resin Statue by First 4 Figures Confirmed

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: ‘Reiji’s Power!!’

December 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba and his scarf take to the skies in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 41
“Pretty much” is an understatement

It’s one power play after another as Yuya Sakaki faces off against Reiji Akaba in their final duel, with the future of the G.O.D. card hanging in the balance.

Yuya summons Clearwing Fast Dragon, but Akaba’s D/D Dog negates its effect and prevents it from attacking, rendering it useless. Undeterred, Yuya surprises Akaba with a Fusion summon using Clearwing as a material, calling forth Starving Venemy Dragon. But when Akaba is able to counter with another D/D Dog, Yuya uses Starving Venemy to help pave the way for Dark Anthelion Dragon. Akaba is ready for him again, summoning a third D/D Dog to stop Dark Anthelion in its tracks. Yuya Pendulum summons Clearwing and Starving Venemy back to the field, but Akaba negates their effects and ability to attack as well.

In spite of the president’s frustrating plays, Yuya reveals that he anticipated all of that. He tributes all three of his monsters to call God-Eyes Phantom Dragon. But Yuya’s ability to attack is a no-go when Akaba again seals it away, this time by using a spell that transforms all of his D/D monsters into Go-D/D monsters.

Reiji Akaba has one more trick hidden in his scarf. Using the Pendulum effect of Go-D/D Ark, he is able to summon one Pendulum monster while ignoring his Pendulum scales. A massive portal appears overhead. God-Eyes cries out while Eve’s companions grab their heads as they feel a painful, pulsating sensation.

Akaba points to the heavens, unveiling his Adam Factor powers as his ultimate monster descends: Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji!

Thoughts

This duel is so intense. It’s one summoning and effect after another, offering practically no time to breathe. It’s also really discouraging. Reiji Akaba really doesn’t want Yuya to make any plays. Thank goodness the president and his scarf are there to lighten the mood with their antics.

It’s amazing to see all of the Sakaki brothers’ signature dragons summoned one after the other. Even when things look bad for them, Yuya makes sure a monster is never wasted by using it to help summon the others. There’s just one error in all of this: Yuya performs an Xyz summon using tokens. Doh! Even I know that’s not allowed.

New Kuriboh monsters! Yay! And they’re musically themed. I can’t wait for ClassiKuriboh and BaroKuriboh to be joined by ElectrofunKuriboh, Honky-TonKuriboh, and K[uriboh]-Pop.

However, none of this holds a candle to the insane ending. Reiji Akaba manages to summon a divine monster version of himself! Scarf and all. What?! I have no words for this.

The arrival of Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 41

Is this the first time that a character has summoned a monster that looks like, and shares the same name as, himself?

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump. You can read it on the web or using the Shonen Jump Android or iOS app.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: “The Adam Factors!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes

December 20, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Konami | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

It seems like 4K Media always saves the biggest giveaways for the holiday season. This year is no different with the company today launching the Yu-Gi-Oh! 2018 Holiday Sweepstakes, which features a prize package with 12 awesome items. Here is what one lucky Yu-Gi-Oh! fan will win:

Entries ares accepted from now through January 2, 2019. To win, you must be at least 6 years old and be a resident of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C. See the official rules for all the finer details. Good luck!

How to Read Every Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Ever for Only $1.99

December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 7 Comments
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Pegasus enjoying gorgonzola cheese, wine, and a comic in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist chapter 14

How much Yu-Gi-Oh! manga can you read in a month? With the arrival of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump today, it is now possible to read every Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off manga ever — that’s over 600 chapters and counting! — for just $1.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is only one series available in Shonen Jump’s vault of over 10,000 chapters, which is accessible for $1.99 per month. Almost all of the biggest Jump titles — Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bleach, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece — are there. At launch, there are almost 90 titles, but more are on their way. How is VIZ making money on this?!

New users can receive a free seven-day trial to the vault by signing up on the web or using the Shonen Jump iOS or Android app. Current WSJ magazine subscribers, your membership already gives you access to the vault.

Here are the links to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series:

If there is a Jump imprint title that you want to read but it’s not available right at launch, rest assured that VIZ is fully aware of it. “We are working on it,” said Shonen Jump Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani in last week’s SJ podcast.

And if you enjoy a series and want to support it even more, please consider buying the graphic novel volumes, which contain additional content not seen with these individual chapters.

Happy reading!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces by Tioneer Jewelry

December 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kaiba Corporation KC logo rings by Tioneer Jewelry

Stylish and affordable Yu-Gi-Oh! jewelry can be yours this holiday season thanks to 4K Media’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration with Tioneer Jewelry. The Los Angeles-based jewelry company today announced its Yu-Gi-Oh! x Tioneer collection, which offers designs like the Kaiba Corporation logo, Yugi’s silhouette, monster attribute kanji, and more on its products.

Tioneer Jewelry sells a variety of rings, necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and other items that would make perfect gifts for you and your Yu-Gi-Oh!-loving friends. Tioneer is accepting orders right now on its website.

(News from Tioneer Jewelry, shared by Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

Blue-Eyes White Dragon bottle opener dog tag necklace by Tioneer Jewelry

Kuriboh oval charm keychain by Tioneer Jewelry

Millennium Puzzle bracelet and necklace by Tioneer Jewelry

Kaiba Corporation KC logo money clip by Tioneer Jewelry

‘It’s Time to Yule’: Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme Holiday Remix

December 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The Yu-Gi-Oh! logo on a green hieroglyphs background from the It's Time to Yule video
Green hieroglyphs are only acceptable during Christmastime

Your Yule-Gi-Oh! Christmas wish is granted! 4K Media today uploaded the full version of its Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme holiday remix, “It’s Time to Yule.” The song was first previewed in the ad for its limited edition 2018 holiday shirt.

You can thank Yu-Gi-Oh!’s longtime music producer and editor, bacondevil, for releasing this masterpiece.

It’s time to Y-Y-Y-Y-Yule!

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Simulpub Continues on December 20

December 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya smiling and describing Eve and her companions in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 28
Yuya is talking about the upcoming chapters

VIZ Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga will continue in its new Shonen Jump. And not only that, but instead of releasing it only on Mondays with other weekly series, it will now come out on the same day as Japan, even if that day isn’t a Monday. That’s the word from today’s issue of VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump (the final traditional magazine-style issue!).

The next chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41, is scheduled for release on Thursday, December 20.

Best of all, you will be able to read the three latest chapters of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub — and all of the other Jump simulpubs — for free! All of the older chapters will be available in the Shonen Jump vault, accessible for $1.99 per month.

In Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is published in V Jump, a monthly magazine that is released the third week of each month, often on the 21st. Previously, VIZ Media published Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in its WSJ magazine on the closest Monday immediately following V Jump’s release. If V Jump came out on a Monday, VIZ would also publish ARC-V on the same Monday. But if V Jump came out on a Tuesday or later, VIZ wouldn’t be able to publish ARC-V until the Monday of the following week.

But now, with the end of VIZ’s weekly magazine format, this restriction no longer exists; ARC-V will become a bona fide simulpub. Because of time zone differences with Japan, readers in some parts of the world (like the U.S.) will actually get to read ARC-V on the 20th instead of the 21st. It’s like manga from the future!

The New Shonen Jump: Free Simulpubs and a 10,000-Chapter Back Catalog

December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 5 Comments
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New English-language Shonen Jump logo unveiled in December 2018

Free manga simulpubs! Access to a back catalog of more than 10,000 chapters! The manga dream has come true.

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine has been delighting English manga readers since 2002. The past six years, VIZ has been publishing new Jump chapters the same day they are released in Japan in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. Today, VIZ Media announced that Shonen Jump is undergoing its biggest transformation to date. Gone are its digital magazine and annual subscription. Instead, starting December 17, Shonen Jump will offer simulpubs for free.

Furthermore, readers who want even more manga can access the Shonen Jump back catalog containing over 10,000 chapters for $1.99 per month. “Nearly every” Shonen Jump title will be available, says VIZ. New users will be able to test out the service with a free seven-day trial. Current annual subscribers of WSJ will have their memberships automatically converted to the new Shonen Jump membership and will also receive three additional months for free.

For more information, watch the announcement video from Hisashi Sakaki, VP of Global Shonen Jump at VIZ Media, and check out VIZ’s announcement page. Current WSJ subscribers will also want to read the FAQs.

The New Shonen Jump and Yu-Gi-Oh!

VIZ’s announcement does not specifically say that the ongoing Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga is among the titles being simulpubbed in the new Shonen Jump. In Japan, the series runs in Shueisha’s monthly V Jump magazine. However, since it is a title that is currently serialized in VIZ’s WSJ magazine, it would be a big shock if it weren’t also included in the new Shonen Jump. (Of note, Dragon Ball Super, which also runs in V Jump and is already simulpubbed by VIZ for free, is specifically named as one of the titles included in the new Shonen Jump.)

VIZ also does not name any of the titles included in its vault of 10,000 chapters. Are any of the past Yu-Gi-Oh! series included? Almost of them have been serialized in VIZ’s print or digital Shonen Jump magazines. And all of them are already available for sale digitally anyway. We’ll just have to wait until December 17 to see what’s in the back catalog.

What about the semiannual WSJ Jump Pack print magazines sold at Scholastic book fairs? There’s no word yet on what will happen to these. I’ve reached out to VIZ and will post an update once I have more information.

With the end of the English Shonen Jump magazine also comes the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG promos. Annual subscribers will receive a final special set of four cards in the mail.

Update (December 10): The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub will continue!

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