All Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Canceled Until Further Notice

July 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi holding a card with an upset look on his face in episode 157

Things will get worse for Yu-Gi-Oh! in the Americas before they get better. Citing the recent increase in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S., Konami announced on Tuesday that all organized play and promotional events are now canceled until further notice. This includes YCS Minneapolis, which is scheduled for August 22 and 23. This also eliminates Konami’s previously announced plans to hold WCQ National Championships this year. Up until this point, the company had been announcing cancellations from month to month.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel initiative remains in full swing. There are now approximately three hundred Official Tournament Stores (OTS) across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America participating.

If your nearest OTS is open and you are able to safely visit, consider dropping by and patronizing that small business. Don’t forget that the Lost Art Promotion is still underway, with an opportunity for you to score a copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Dark Magician Girl card.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania are in a slightly better position. OTS in these territories were allowed to resume sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events on June 20, subject to the pandemic situation in their respective regions of course. The revival of the events brought with them new guidelines designed to keep people safe, like disallowing players from touching each other’s items.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server Reopens

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, June 2020: Netflix, Tubi

June 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shadow creatures materializing around Yugi in the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is in a strange state on Netflix. Since each of its five seasons were acquired separately and premiered on different dates, some seasons have expired and left the network while others remain. On June 8, Netflix removed seasons 1 and 2. This follows the network’s removal of seasons 4 and 5 back in March. Yes, that means only season 3 is currently available. Season 1 is slated to return on July 8. What about the others?

Seeing the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! anime in such a disarranged state on the world’s most prominent streaming network is pitiable. But all things considered, it’s not a terribly big blow because the entire series is still available on so many other platforms, including Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, hoopla, Hulu, Tubi, and YUGIOH.com.

In more positive news, Tubi added the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie on June 27. Available free with ads, this edition of the film premiered in U.S. theaters in March 2018. Gone is the pan-and-scan SD video found on the DVDs of yesteryear. If you still haven’t seen the dazzlingly clean HD widescreen picture in this version, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 7 Available Now

June 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 7, from VIZ Media, digital edition

Genesis Omega Dragon has awakened! And Yuya Sakaki and his personalities don’t have a lot of time left to stop it in this final graphic novel of VIZ Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. The dueltainer takes one last bow in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 7, “Arc of Destiny!!” which contains chapters 38 through 45. Released on June 2, it is available for a suggested retail price of $6.99 for the digital edition and $9.99 for the print edition.

Having learned the true motives of G.O.D., Yuya now faces the seemingly insurmountable task of sealing away G.O.D.’s powers. But G.O.D. tempts Yuya with the promise of a better life, one where the World Illusion never occurs and where he can live in peace with his family. With time running out for Yuya’s personalities, Yuya must make a momentous decision. Then, a newly augmented Reiji Akaba confronts Yuya, desiring control of the G.O.D. card. Yuya challenges the young president to an Action Duel for a battle that will resonate across all space and time.

This final volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is super chunky — 280 pages — and is packed with extras. Readers will enjoy early design sketches of G.O.D.-Eyes Phantom Dragon and Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero G.O.D. Reiji; four 4-panel comics about author Shin Yoshida, duel writer Masahiro Hikokubo, illustrator Naohito Miyoshi, and editor Takahiko Aikawa; three short bonus stories about Yuya and other characters; and an afterword from Miyoshi.

Readers who pick up the print version of the book will receive the card Go! – D/D/D Divine Zero King Rage, available as part of the book’s first print run while supplies last.

VIZ Media is one of the only manga publishers that has not delayed any of its print releases amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans should have no problem finding this book at mass market retailers thanks to the reliability of VIZ’s book trade distributor, Simon & Schuster.

But those who prefer to shop at independent comic book stores and other specialty stores may or may not find the book in stock. These stores buy predominantly from Diamond Comic Distributors, which shut down in late March due to the pandemic and only just resumed deliveries to the direct market on May 20.

Of course, the digital release is always ready to be enjoyed on all major e-book platforms.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 6 Available Now

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Resumes on June 13

June 5, 2020 at 10:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yuga cheering and raising his fist into the air in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS episode 1

TV Tokyo announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will resume broadcast on June 13. The Japanese television network will air episode 6 of the anime, “Noodles! Ramen Duel!” in its usual Saturday, 7:30 a.m. JST, time slot.

Last month, TV Tokyo stated that production of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS would be temporarily suspended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Since then, it has been airing reruns of the first five episodes.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server Reopens

June 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel logo

After being vandalized and quickly shutting down in May, Konami’s official Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server is back and is welcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! fans for sanctioned online tournaments. With the support of local Official Tournament Stores (OTS), players can take part in tournaments for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Legacy of the Duelist, and Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution video games. They can also participate in webcam duels using their physical cards.

Each OTS will independently coordinate and promote its tournaments on Discord, and will handle the dispersal of prizes while adhering to the requirements of government health authorities.

Visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server to search for participating OTS, join their servers, and see their schedules.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel webpage has more details about this initiative, including information about upcoming giveaways and promotions.

The Vagabond participating in a Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel via webcam

Together with the Remote Duel relaunch announcement, Konami has also provided an update regarding the status of its organized play and promotional events; all such events in the Americas are now canceled through June 30.

Meanwhile in Japan, Konami has restarted its events and tournaments as of June 1. Konami has set up guidelines to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, such as limiting attendance, requiring the use of face masks, and setting up acrylic panels between players if needed.

Previously:
Konami Extends Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Again, Announces Sanctioned Remote Duels

Yu-Gi-Oh! a Top Performer for TV Tokyo in 2019

May 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Seto Kaiba ordering his monster to attack in episode 124

Yu-Gi-Oh! continued to be one of TV Tokyo’s top-performing anime properties in 2019. The Japanese broadcasting conglomerate and Yu-Gi-Oh! licensor today announced its consolidated financial results for its 2019 fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2020), which presented a strong showing for its anime division.

TV Tokyo’s anime business saw a 6.1 percent increase in revenue over the previous year — a record high for the company — generating ¥21.5 billion (about $200 million), with 70.6 percent of that coming from overseas.

TV Tokyo noted that its top anime properties of the year by total sales were:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  4. Black Clover
  5. Bleach

And when ranked by gross profit, its best performers were:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Pokemon
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  5. Black Clover

While the sales ranking did not change compared to TV Tokyo’s 2018 fiscal year, Yu-Gi-Oh! did unseat Black Clover in 2019 to become the company’s fourth-best performing anime franchise by gross profit.

Overall, TV Tokyo reported a net profit of ¥2.5 billion (about $23.3 million), a decrease of 19.9 percent from the previous year. Net sales were ¥145 billion (about $1.352 million), a drop of 2.7 percent over the same period. TV Tokyo sees 2020 as a new opportunity to grow amid “environmental changes” and hopes to strengthen its profit and sales through its licensing business centered on anime.

(News from TV Tokyo Holdings FY2019 Financial Results Supplementary Materials, h/t The Nikkei)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes

May 6, 2020 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Prizes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes

Even when we are apart, Konami reminds us that we can still play Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links together. That’s why the company has launched the Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes, where it is giving away five prize packs, each with the following goodies:

  • Two game codes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the gaming platform of choice (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or Steam)
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 3rd Anniversary physical playmat
  • One exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links T-shirt
  • One oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician card

To enter, reply to Konami’s sweepstakes promotional post(s) on any of following social networking services with the hashtag #PlayApartTogether and tag a friend:

Fans have until May 15 to enter once on each post, for a maximum of five entries per person. Konami will randomly select one person from each post as the winners.

Entrants must be a resident of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., and be above the age of majority. Check the official rules for all the details.

Hot Topic Cancels Slifer Funko Pop! Pre-Orders

May 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Slifer the Sky Dragon disintegrating behind the Quiet One after being defeated in episode 67

Bad news for everyone who pre-ordered the Slifer the Sky Dragon Funko Pop! figure from Hot Topic. The retailer announced today via email that it has canceled all orders of this figure because of fulfillment issues related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Hot Topic’s full email reads as follows:

We’re sorry to inform you that we cannot fulfill your pre-order of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Slifer The Sky Dragon POP! Vinyl Figure. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our receipt of this item has been cancelled and as such we cannot create a replacement order. You will not be charged for this item and no further action is needed from your end. Any other items that were a part of your order will not be impacted and will ship as normal.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your business. If you have any other questions our customer service team is ready to assist.

Hot Topic Customer Service
1-800-892-8674

Slifer is a 6-inch Funko Pop! sold exclusively by Hot Topic. The retailer’s online listing for Slifer currently states that it is “Out of Stock.”

There has been no word yet on the cancellation of the other six Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures unveiled at Toy Fair New York back in February.

Of the six, Obelisk the Tormentor is the only other store exclusive. Its retailer, GameStop, is still accepting pre-orders and gives an expected release date of May 18.

First 4 Figures’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Line Is PVC Only … For Now

May 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club members are divided about the upcoming Blue-Eyes White Dragon PVC

Blue-Eyes White Dragon and First 4 Figures’ other upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products will be sculpted using PVC, not resin. That’s the word from Alex Davis, the CEO of F4F, who confirmed the material of the statues in an announcement in the F4F Official Collectors Club on Facebook. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

Within the comments of that post, Davis further stated that the popularity of the PVC Blue-Eyes would determine whether or not it would get a resin in the future.

“Just didnt make sense to come out of the gate with a $700+ massive resin,” Davis wrote.

Davis also noted that F4F’s Dark Magician is already at the physical stage while Dark Magician Girl is almost finished at the 3-D design stage. Both of these monsters will be PVCs too, said Davis.

Reactions in the club to Davis’s revelation have been mixed.

Some fans were unhappy and expressed interest in only buying a resin Blue-Eyes and did not want to double dip by purchasing the PVC. However, they remained mindful that their decision would hurt the chances of a resin being greenlit.

Others fans were pleased that Blue-Eyes would be a PVC because of the lower price point and smaller size. F4F has not announced the price or size of Blue-Eyes yet. However, based on Davis’s comment that its wingspan “makes it quite a bit bigger than our typical PVC range,” and taking into account the prices of F4F’s other PVC statues, fans are predicting a price point for Blue-Eyes of $100 to $150.

Still others were thrilled because they could now afford to purchase three copies of PVC Blue-Eyes. Davis was receptive to their interest, stating that “[a] triple pack deal makes sense.”

A small faction showed interest in owning both PVC and resin Blue-Eyes.

Which camp do you fall in? Now that you know more about First 4 Figures’ upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products, how does this influence your buying decision? Join the F4F Official Collectors Club Facebook group and voice your opinion!

Previously:
First 4 Figures Unveils Blue-Eyes White Dragon Statue Prototype

Fanattik Expands Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensing Deal

May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Millennium Puzzle replica necklace by Fanattik

Fanattik will soon be releasing more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise to even more territories. The England-based producer of pop culture goods and gifts announced on Thursday that it has expanded its Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing deal with Konami, which originally covered only the United Kingdom and select European countries.

Fanattik now holds merchandising rights for North America, the entirety of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and will widen its product range to include more collectibles, like money boxes and clocks.

Fanattik’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product was a game flip coin, released in September 2019. Since then, the company has broadened its Yu-Gi-Oh! line with keychains, posters, pins, and necklaces, like the Millennium Puzzle pictured above.

Check out Fanattik’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page to see its products and to make a purchase.

(News from Fanattik h/t Total Licensing. Image from YuGiOhTCGEU.)

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