Yugo and Ren’s Turbo Duel is revving up. Ren, with his Reincarnation Synchro strategy in full swing and his menacing behemoth White Aura Whale on the field, declares that he is ramping up his game into a new dimension. He awakens an even mightier monster, White Aura Biphamet, a grotesque two-headed beast with a destructive attack strength…and a hidden power.
Yugo’s eyes begin to blur. He can barely make out the silhouette of the Duel Runner in front of him. On the sidelines, Yuri and Yuto are watching the duel. Yuri holds up his hand; it’s starting to fade away. All three of them are losing their connection to Yuya.
Yugo uses Clearwing’s effect on Biphamet, which negates its special effects and drops its attack to zero. But Ren doesn’t even flinch. He orders Biphamet to attack, destroying Clearwing. But how?!
“White Aura Biphamet’s power is godly!” Ren laughs. “It defies common sense! You’ll never solve Biphamet’s mystery!”
Yugo activates a Trap, but before he can play it, he starts losing consciousness. The image in front of him is completely muddied up. This is it for him. Yugo calls out to Yuya, pleading for him to solve the mystery that is Ren’s monster.
“It looks like we have to leave this fight to Yuya,” says Yuri.
“Yuya… We believe in you!” Yuto calls out.
The three boys vanish.
Meanwhile, Yuya, far in the depths of his mind, sees a network of roots on the ground in front of him. Scattered all along the branches of these roots are large glowing orbs. He recognizes these as his real memories. But before he can do anything, his consciousness is suddenly jerked back into his body.
Yuya nearly loses control of the Duel Runner, careening left and right and comically driving up the walls of the track. He quickly gathers his wits and realizes that he is about to be annihilated by Ren’s Biphamet. His keen sense of observation helps him figure out how to use the Trap that Yugo has left for him. Yuya is safe for now.
Yuya quickly learns that Ren’s monster is seemingly immune to Clearwing’s effect and can also attack him twice in a row. Unless Yuya can figure out the enigma that is White Aura Biphamet, he doesn’t stand a chance against Ren!
First of all, the title of this chapter, “Yuya’s Memories,” is a big tease. Almost nothing about Yuya’s memories is actually revealed. Sigh. The memory orbs that Yuya is seeing for the first time initially appeared in chapter 13.
What we do see of Yuya’s past is a brief but adorable panel of Yuya playing a game of “how to break my board” with his three counterparts. It is these experiences that has helped him hone his skills as a vigilant duelist and kept him alive against Ren.
I’m really sad. Yuya’s counterparts are gone…at least for now. This is all happening so quickly. They and Yuya seemed to be fine just a few chapters ago, but now, Yuya is dueling all alone. I suppose it was inevitable that Yuya would eventually face off against Ren. Yugo already dueled Ren, so they probably wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything new story-wise had they seen their duel to the end. But for Yuya to suddenly be in this dangerous situation by all himself, not knowing what happened to his companions and unable to turn to them for support, is just so tragic.
In true Yu-Gi-Oh! storytelling-fashion, Yuya is unable to read Ren’s card and figure out Biphamet’s effect. Naturally. By the way, “Biphamet” is really unpunny.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 20: “Your Opponent Is Me!”
– Coming soon
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1
The Spanish dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which premiered in Latin American theaters this past weekend, has already come under fire from some fans. In developing the script for the Spanish-language dub, producers at the Optimedia Bond dubbing and post-production studio in Mexico purportedly utilized an illegal Spanish fansub of the English dub of the movie rather than have the English script professionally translated. This revelation came to light in a Facebook post from the fansubbers themselves, who proudly confirmed their involvement with the movie. The fansubbers also noted that they were not paid for their work. (The announcement has since been removed.)
This discovery further fans the flames among Spanish followers of Yu-Gi-Oh!, many of whom were already agitated after learning that Optimedia Bond’s dub of the movie would not include the original Spanish Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors. Optimedia Bond’s actions set a bad precedent in the Latin American market for what is supposed to be a professional production, hurting the producers and translators who do business the right way while impairing the licensing of future products in the region.
(News from ANMTV)
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS today received its biggest announcements yet with the reveal of its premiere date, a list of its main characters and cast, and a summary of the first episode.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will premiere in Japan on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:25 pm on TV Tokyo. With this, VRAINS will leave the familiar Sunday evening time slot that has been the home to Yu-Gi-Oh! since ZEXAL II began in October 2012.
Yu-Gi-Oh! fans have already met the new protagonist Yusaku Fujiki along with one of his rivals and classmates Go Onizuka and Aoi Zaizen. Today, several new characters and their voice actors got the spotlight. The cast includes mostly up-and-coming voice actors alongside a few big names. Pictured above, from left to right, top to bottom, are:
* Shouya Ishige as Yusaku Fujiki
* Takahiro Sakurai (Reigen Arataka in Mob Psycho 100, Osomatsu in Mr. Osomatsu, Suzaku in Code Geass) as the mysterious creature
* Subaru Kimura (Gian in Doraemon, Kanba Takakura in Penguindrum) as Shoichi Kusanagi
* Chiharu Sawashiro (Takeru Ando in Cheer Boys!!, Natsuki Ise in All Out!!) as Naoki Shima
* Daiki Hamano (Hirokuni Kasuga in All Out!!, Dante Mogro in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) as Go Onizuka.
* Yuki Nakashima (Kinako Tanaka in Teekyu) as Aoi Zaizen
* Shouma Yamamoto (V in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Kenshiro Yozakura in Nanbaka) as Akira Zaizen
* Yuna Kamakura as Ema Bessho
* Shunsuke Takeuchi (Yamato Godai in Nanbaka, Producer in The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) as Revolver.
(Note: The romanized character names are not official and are based on the most common readings of their kanji.)
The series’ producers offered the following summary of the first episode, titled “My Name is Playmaker”:
Den City, the city where the newest network is being developed. That’s where everyone is always dueling in SOL Technology’s VR space “LINK VRAINS.” Protagonist Yusaku Fujiki is a cool high schooler with a very keen eye for observation. To defeat the Knights of Hanoi, who plan to bring down LINK VRAINS, he transforms into his avatar, Playmaker, and duels them in secret. Now, Yusaku learns from Shoichi Kusanagi, a hacker with the same goals as him, that SOL Technology is desperately searching for a mysterious creature. Yusaku realizes the Knights of Hanoi are also after it, so he sets up a trap in the network to capture them.
Tags: gb eye, licensing
Yu-Gi-Oh! memes — now on official merchandise
GB eye, a manufacturer and distributor of licensed merchandise based in the United Kingdom, is back with some spiffy new Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs and other great collectibles. This round of products includes mug designs featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and memes, and mugs and prints for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.
First up are the new Yu-Gi-Oh! character mugs, starring the main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Each mug includes a headshot, the character’s name in English and Japanese, and his or her signature monster.
The “Yami Yugi” design features Yami Yugi and Dark Magician. EAN: 5028486384280.
The “Kaiba” design, with Seto Kaiba and his Blue-Eyes White Dragon, is quite appropriately printed in blue. EAN: 5028486384273.
The “Joey” design includes Joey Wheeler (Katsuya Jonouchi) and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. EAN: 5028486384297.
The “Mai” design, with Mai Valentine (Mai Kujaku) and Harpie Lady Sisters. EAN: 5028486384303.
The “Pegasus” design features Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict. EAN: 5028486384310.
Here’s looking at you, “Kuriboh.” Kuriiii! EAN: 5028486384334.
Yu-Gi-Oh! memes are a thing, and now, they’ve made it onto official 4K Media-approved merchandise.
The “Trap Card” mug features the infamous YOU’VE ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD meme. EAN: 5028486384327.
Every day I’m “Shufflin’” my deck with Yami Yugi. And now you can too. EAN: 5028486384266.
GB eye also has three new mugs featuring artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.
The “DSOD Dark Yugi” design shows Yugi Muto, the Millennium Puzzle, and the movie logo on a black background. Beautiful. EAN: 5028486384365.
“DSOD Kaiba” includes two shots of Seto Kaiba, his wacky arthritic hand gesture, and his Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon. EAN: 5028486384341.
And last but not least, the “DSOD Key Art” mug features the image seen on the official movie poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami. EAN: 5028486384358.
Additionally, GB eye is offering three framed Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions collector prints, each measuring 30 x 40 cm (about 12 x 15.75 inches).
“DSOD Yugi and Kaiba” shows the first promo image ever released for the movie featuring Yugi and Kaiba. EAN: 5028486384396.
“DSOD King of Games” has a black silhouette of Yugi Muto on a red background. EAN: 5028486384389.
And “DSOD Key Art” features the official movie poster image. EAN: 5028486384372.
For fans who want something a tad bigger to cover their walls, GB eye has a gigantic Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster measuring 61 by 91.5 cm (about 24 by 38 inches), like the ones you see in movie theaters. EAN: 5028486384242.
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Retailers can order these products now, so look for them in online and brick-and-mortar stores very soon.
GB eye’s Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs are licensed for sale in Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, and South Africa. For fans outside of these countries, I would suggest looking on the Amazon.co.uk Marketplace for vendors who are willing to ship overseas. Search by each item’s EAN (European Article Number) to find it more easily and to avoid bootlegs.
Special thanks to Andi Creffield, GB eye’s design manager, for the hard work on these mugs and for sending over these designs.
What mug designs do you want to see next?
– Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye – A look at 2016’s mug designs.
– ShopYuGiOh.com – The Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Shop – More DSoD goods for sale
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Previously on Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, Yami Yugi, Téa, and Weevil’s soulless body go flying off a cliff. But they’re okay now! Actually, they’re better than okay because they’ve woken up and are now in Téa’s fanfic. The pharaoh must visit a mysterious valley of lost spirits just outside San Francisco to make amends with Yugi. But more importantly — do they make out?! Find out in LittleKuriboh’s YGOTAS episode 74, “Right In The Feels,” out today on YouTube and TFS. Hello, Danny Phantom and Shaman King!
LK premiered this episode at MTAC (Middle Tennessee Anime Convention) this past weekend. This episode was edited by Stephan Krosecz, who also plays the sad rendition of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme at the end of the episode. Tracey “Lady Nanaki” Herbert guest stars as Kriss.
Convention Update: AkaiCon
LittleKuriboh will be making his first-ever appearance at AkaiCon later this year! Now in its fifth year, AkaiCon is an anime and fandom convention in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be held from August 4 to 6.
Tags: eleven arts, movie
Today, film distributor Eleven Arts posted a complete list of U.S. theaters participating in the upcoming limited-engagement screenings of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in Japanese with English subtitles.
Theater locations, dates, and times are available at: http://www.elevenarts.net/yugioh/
If you tried accessing that webpage earlier today and discovered that it was locked with a password, please try again now.
For further details and discussions about this special event, please see my previous post, “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japanese with English Subtitles.” Any updates from Eleven Arts to this event will be added to that post.
Tags: eleven arts, movie
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is getting a limited run in U.S. theaters in Japanese with English subtitles! 4K Media (Konami) has teamed up with film distributor Eleven Arts to bring the movie to select theaters around the country for a one- or two-day special event, with screenings beginning as early as this Friday, April 14.
4K Media announced this event on Facebook last Friday,
but has since removed the post. (Update: 4K Media has clarified that the said announcement is geo-targeted; only Facebook users within 50 miles of a participating theater can view the post.) 4K Media confirmed by email earlier today that it is still awaiting the final list of participating theaters from Eleven Arts as some venues are still not finalized or have not yet scheduled a screening time. Eleven Arts was supposed to post its list of theaters today, but it has not.
Update (April 11): Eleven Arts’ official list of theaters is now available at:
The following is the most current list of confirmed theaters:
If you’re lucky enough to be near one of these showings, by all means go see it. Show your support for Yu-Gi-Oh! and subtitled theatrical anime releases!
Tags: interview, music
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez (left) and Freddy Sheinfeld
On Friday, Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld, two members of a team of talented composers for the many Yu-Gi-Oh! series and movies, appeared on the most recent episode of Soundtrack Alley, a podcast that celebrates the love of movie soundtracks. In a 40-minute interview, the duo speak with podcast host Randy Williams about their work in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and other recent projects. This post includes a few highlights from the interview.
Adding a New Flavor to an Old Favorite
Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld are both composers originally from Venezuela who are now working out of Los Angeles. Their involvement in Yu-Gi-Oh! began with the first Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, Pyramid of Light, which led them to work on season 3 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series and, eventually, every season and spin-off since then. For Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, the pair tried to move away from the style of music seen in the TV series in an effort to make the score a little more cinematic, explained Álvarez.
“How [do you] make it more cinematic?” asked Álvarez. “Well, you just do. That’s what you do as a composer. You are able to switch gears when they need to.”
One of the things that the two composers really pressed for in The Dark Side of Dimensions was the inclusion of more choirs.
“That doesn’t mean we haven’t used choirs in the rest of the series, but not as much probably as we do in this one. We really pushed hard for that one,” Álvarez added. But the most challenging aspect of scoring wasn’t actually the composition process.
Álvarez continued: “What is difficult is to have people who oversee the music — the music producer, the producers, the writers, whoever is listening to the score — this movie is a little bit different because even people in Japan were listening to this, people in Konami, I believe. So the difficult part is to convince them, ‘Listen, let’s try to do something different.’ They are so used to listening to a certain style of music. To propose something new takes time and persuasion and things like that. But to switch gears, in my opinion, is something that comes very natural to us.”
Sheinfeld noted that the their experience with Yu-Gi-Oh! has come full circle. The pair began with Duel Monsters, which had a certain style of music. They then moved on to other series, each with their own unique sound; GX was a little more rock-oriented and 5D’s had electronic industrial elements. Now, after more than ten years, they’ve returned to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! and needed to approach it with a fresh perspective.
“We kind of came back to some of the original ideas as far as the themes that we needed to use because those are characters that everybody knows,” said Sheinfeld. “But at the same time, we wanted to do, like Elik said, something fresh, something more cinematic. And somehow, the way it worked, to sound a little bit more cinematic was actually going a little bit old school.
“It’s funny because in the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, if you listen to the music, there’s a lot of electronics going on. A lot of electronic percussion, a lot of techno stuff combined with an orchestra. But [for The Dark Side of Dimensions], we were a little bit more pure. We tried to avoid that just a little bit just to sound a little bit more modern, which is weird but it kind of worked that way. A lot of those sounds [in the original Yu-Gi-Oh!] now sound a little bit dated if we use it, so to sound fresh, we avoided it as much as we could. We were for a more traditional sound. You know, still mixing some of the modern electronic sounds that we use these days to still have that modern feel. But overall, it was a little bit more traditional orchestration approach to this film.”
Getting the Style Just Right
Both Álvarez and Sheinfeld gave a lot of credit to Mike Brady, 4K Media’s music producer, who offers them lots of freedom to compose to picture. Brady doesn’t give the composers a temp track — a sample piece of filler music that editors and producers use to set the mood of a scene.
“We just get plain animation with dialog and rough sound effects and sometimes rough dialog, and we just write music to it,” explained Álvarez. “So that’s a very, very important point I want to make. We’re pretty lucky with this because temp tracks sometimes could be a big help, sometimes they don’t. So one thing for this is we don’t get any temp tracks. He just sends us picture with dialog, and that’s it. There is no music there. So we really create from scratch.”
“I think the producer, Mike, is very good at what he does,” Sheinfeld said. “Like Elik says, he doesn’t give a temp track, but he has a very specific idea of how the show works. It took a long time to understand it but now it’s a matter of trying to understand what is important, what you need to accomplish with the music, and on the other side, what you can add to it as far as being creative. So it’s always that balance. You want to make it work and you also want to make it as cool as possible. There’s a lot of work involved. As far as making things work, it’s funny because it’s even though it’s an animation, I think the level of thought that goes behind each detail is much more deeper than a lot of the dramatic films that I’ve done in the past.”
After working on Yu-Gi-Oh! for more than ten years, Álvarez and Sheinfeld have a good feel for what the producers are looking for and what style of music works well in the anime.
“We understand the language pretty well of these types of animations,” said Álvarez. “I gotta tell you, it’s very, very complex. It’s very complex. Sometimes, on TV, you don’t really listen that much to the music. There is a lot of dialog. They don’t mix the music that loud. But it’s very complex what we do over here, and it took us quite a few years just to nail down the style and not to be afraid.”
And getting the style just right really is the key, since the music dictates so much of how characters and scenes are perceived by the viewers.
“As Freddy said, each of the characters over there, they have their own personality and we need to make sure that people can understand that,” Álvarez said. He elaborated on this point using Kaiba as an example, explaining that when composing for this character, Brady emphasized not to treat Kaiba as a bad, evil guy but also not as a good, heroic guy.
“These characters are complex. And you know, people don’t realize that,” stated Álvarez. “And again, when you see it on TV, and there is a lot of dialog going on all the time. But we’re behind that trying to make sure that people don’t perceive Kaiba as an evil guy because he’s not. So how do you make that balance?”
Teamwork, Inspirations, Future Projects, and More
Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld discussed several more topics with Randy Williams, including how they have honed their skills from working together, how they met fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! composer Joel Douek, what types of film music they enjoy, and what some of their future project include. It’s a smart and enlightening interview, so give it a listen! Be sure to listen all the way to the end because they share a few of their full-length pieces from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and other works.
Out today from VIZ Media is Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! manga from writer Shin Yoshida and illustrator Naohito Miyoshi. This graphic novel collects chapters 1 through 6 and is available in print format for $9.99 and digital format $6.99. The physical book includes an Ultra Rare Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon card, Yuya’s signature monster.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is a monthly title serialized in VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. It has an original story that’s completely different from the anime. In the world of the manga, Yuya Sakaki is a hacker on the run from the LEO Corporation’s Reiji Akaba. As a master of a new form of summoning — the Pendulum Summons — Yuya is on the hunt for Genesis Omega Dragon, a card that’s said to determine the fate of the world. This story and its characters are hot.
If you’ve been reading Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in WSJ, is it still worth it to pick up the graphic novel? Of course! In addition to touched-up artwork and lettering, English sound effects, and translation fixes, the graphic novel includes early design sketches of Yuya Sakaki, Yuto, Reiji Akaba, and Yuzu Hiragi by illustrator Naohito Miyoshi. Some of their looks are pretty different from the final product.
Shonen Jump Digital Manga Sale: $2 Off Everything
If you’re looking to start or grow your digital manga collection, this week is the best time to do it. From today, April 4, through April 10, all Shonen Jump manga volumes are $2 off* on every platform. Yes, that includes all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, which are now just $4.99 per volume. Check them out:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World
- Yu-Gi-Oh! R
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
*Except most of the books that just streeted today. Yes, that means Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1, isn’t on sale. Sigh.
Tags: art book, udon
Hot off the press, UDON Entertainment has received its first copies of its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards art book and is offering fans an early look inside. The publisher shared a few different photos of the cover and gorgeous artwork on Facebook and Twitter.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards collects over 800 pieces of card artwork that appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters anime. The cards are organized alphabetically and include their English and Japanese names along with the characters who played each card.
Matt Moylan, director of publishing at UDON, tweeted his own photos of the book and also offered a few comments.
The pictures are “as big as much of the art could handle being upsized,” explained Moylan. “[E]ach piece is approximately twice the total area of the artwork on a card.” The book is expected to be in stock at Amazon approximately May 3, “give or take a week.”
Want to see the artwork from other Yu-Gi-Oh! series collected into their own lovely hardcover books too? Support this release and it could happen!
“All depends on how good this first book of cards does,” said Moylan.
– UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced