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

September 26, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Posted in Konami | 2 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! September 2015 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media (Konami) has kicked off the first of four monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! sweepstakes! The lucky winner of September’s giveaway will receive the following prizes:

  • Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 and 2 DVD box sets
  • Five booster packs from each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelist Pack: Battle City, Dragon of Legend 2, and Clash of Rebellions sets
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Synchron Extreme Structure Deck
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon Mega-Tin and Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon Mega-Tin

The entry period begins today, September 26, and runs through October 2. This sweepstakes is open to all residents of the U.S. ages 6 and up.

I would normally say to check the official rules to get all of the details, but that webpage is blank at the moment.

Update (September 28): The official rules are now up.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Yahtzee Coming Soon

September 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

USAopoly logo

Yugi is the King of Games — all games! — and soon, he will be bringing his name to one of the most recognizable board games in the world. 4K Media (Konami) and USAopoly, a producer of board games and puzzles, today announced plans to create new Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed products, including Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Yahtzee, coin banks, and puzzles.

The items will include artwork from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL, and ARC-V series. Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed Monopoly, coin banks, and puzzles will be released sometime in 2016, and Yahtzee sometime in 2017.

The manufacturer, USAopoly, is a gaming company that creates special-edition Hasbro games featuring big names from brands and licensors like Nintendo, Warner Bros., and Disney. Some of its products include Pokemon Monopoly, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, Game of Thrones Risk, Donkey Kong Jenga, and Doctor Who Clue.

Other Yu-Gi-Oh!-licensed games currently on the market include the miniature figures game Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix and the dice-rolling game Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters. Both are produced by WizKids.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art Interview with UDON Editor in Chief Erik Ko

September 22, 2015 at 9:00 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Duel Art English title page

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art — or more formally, DUEL ART: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! illustrations — is a collection of gorgeous full-color artwork, line art, and concept sketches straight from the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! himself. The hardcover book includes images of characters and monsters from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series. Takahashi also offers a step-by-step walkthrough of his creative design process and sits down for an exclusive interview where he reveals his influences, methods, and development as an artist.

Duel Art was originally published in Japan by Shueisha under its V Jump Special Book line in 2011. At San Diego Comic Con 2014, North American publisher and art collective UDON Entertainment revealed that it had acquired the rights to publish an English-language version. One year later at SDCC 2015, a small number of copies of the book were sold before it was finally officially released to the masses last week.

In a special interview, Erik Ko, the Editor in Chief of UDON, graciously provides some insight into the licensing and production of Duel Art and what makes the book a must-have for all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

News that UDON would be releasing Duel Art came as a surprise to some Yu-Gi-Oh! fans because the book was originally published in Japan way back in December 2011. What led UDON to decide to release Duel Art?

Erik Ko: The answer is actually very simple — a lot of us here at UDON are really big fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! And we admire Takahashi-sensei’s artwork a lot! So, when the opportunity to work on the English version of Duel Art came about, we (without any hesitation) were very excited to start working on publishing Duel Art for the U.S. market.

In the West, rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! property are owned by a few different companies. For example, VIZ Media handles the manga, 4K Media handles the anime and merchandising, and Konami Digital Entertainment handles the card game and video games. Did UDON work with any of these companies to bring over Duel Art, or did you approach Shueisha directly?

EK: UDON has very friendly relations with all these companies, and after a few meetings, UDON secured the deal to publish the Yu-Gi-Oh! book. Also, we would like to take this opportunity to send a big “thank you” to all those involved who helped us facilitate this deal!

Did UDON encounter any unexpected challenges while working on Duel Art? Are you able to comment on why the book was delayed from its original May 2015 release date?

EK: First and foremost, UDON has been known to put the reproduction quality of our books as our top priority. The Duel Art art book was no exception to this priority. To ensure that our English edition was highly compatible to the superb Japanese original by Shueisha, we worked very hard and took our time with the printers and the editors at Shueisha to cross check the print proofs and compared them to the original Japanese version. Upon seeing the colorful results in Duel Art, we felt it was worth the extended wait!

What was the best part about working on Duel Art? Do any of Takahashi’s pieces stand out as a favorite for you?

EK: The best part was of course being able to admire Takahashi-sensei’s art up close! Each piece has so much detail. Fun fact: Did you know, in order to truly reproduce Takahashi-sensei’s original colors, a special fifth ink was used in the book to enhance the vibrancy of his art!

Back in 2013, UDON announced a deal with comiXology to bring many of your books to the digital realm. Do you have any plans to distribute Duel Art digitally?

EK: The comiXology deal was geared mainly for our Street Fighter comics, and for some of our select manga titles. While the digital market is growing for us, we believe art books are best served in physical book format so that fans and art book collectors can actually experience every page and admire the amazing artwork up close. We feel it just isn’t the same seeing pixels of artwork on a screen!

I agree with that sentiment. Do you have any further thoughts or tidbits about Duel Art that you would like to share with Yu-Gi-Oh! fans?

EK: As I mentioned previously, all of us at UDON are huge fans of Yu-Gi-Oh!. UDON is looking at Duel Art as our first official Yu-Gi-Oh! project, with the possibility to do more books in the future if this book is deemed successful. We have spent a lot of love and effort in producing this book, and hope Duel Art will get the fan support it deserves! So, I hope if you are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan reading this, please help spread the word that the official English edition of Duel Art is now available!!

Thank you again for your insight. And on behalf of English-speaking Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, thank you for releasing such an awesome product.

EK: Thank you again for your support!!

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Check out UDON’s website for an overview of Duel Art and a preview of some of the fantastic artwork between its covers.

UDON is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and DeviantArt.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 2: ‘Yuto vs. Sawatari!’

September 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Last month’s overview of chapter 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V was intended to be a one-time entry for this manga. However, I had a lot of fun with it and have decided to continue to follow this series with monthly entries. As the only Yu-Gi-Oh! work to ever be released in the American market in lockstep with the Japanese market right from its inception, this manga is deserving of greater attention. Plus, it’s pretty Dueltaining entertaining!

Shingo Sawatari pointing arrogantly after drawing an Action Card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 2

Leo Corporation President Reiji Akaba’s special forces have cornered the Phantom, Yuya Sakaki! Or so they thought. Shingo Sawatari descends from his chopper and moves in for the takedown, only to discover that the hooded figure that they had been pursuing all this time isn’t the hacker they’re after. What on earth is going on here? Who is this guy who looks so similar to Yuya?

“I do sense a special aura around him,” says Akaba as he watches the events unfold from his control room. “Sawatari… bring him in! He knows something!”

Sawatari deploys the vaunted technology of the Leo Corporation’s Solid Vision. Suddenly, the high rise that they are standing on transforms into the sinister, rocky landscape of the Haunted Demon Den. This is the power of the Action Field. The duo now face an Action Duel! Reiji’s other soldiers look on from their choppers and Yuzu watches from the rooftop of a neighboring building.

“Yuto, if you don’t get in gear, he’ll take all the Action Cards,” a voice tells the spikey-haired figure. It might already be too late though as Sawatari makes the first move, snatching up a powerful damage-dealing Action Card and unleashing his menacing Demon Emperor Angmar’s abilities. In one turn, he slashes Yuto’s life points in half.

Undeterred, Yuto plays his mighty Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon and taps into its power to destroy Sawatari’s Angmar.

But wait, an Xyz summon? Akaba watches the developments aghast. Why didn’t he Pendulum summon?! Is this mysterious character not connected to Yuya Sakaki?

Sawatari is unfazed by the damage. With his clever Emperor spells, traps, and special abilities, Sawatari penetrates Yuto’s defenses left and right, sending his dragon back to his deck and and whittling him down to 200 life points. Now towering over Yuto is Sawatari’s Underworld Emperor Erebus, an even more formidable monster. Yuto is in quite the bind.

“Hmm… looks like he’s a bad match-up for you,” a voice says to Yuto. “So… maybe I should jump in here?”

A gust of wind spirals around Yuto, sending his cape aflutter. Sawatari, Reiji, and the duel’s other spectators look on in shock as a wavy-haired male with goggles on his head suddenly appears before their eyes.


The first duel of the series is here! Sawatari is playing an Emperor deck. Clad in black, sinister-looking armor and with names like Eidos, Angmar, and Erebus, Sawatari’s stylized monsters would look right at home as the villains of a high-fantasy world. Yuto’s first summon, Phantom Knights Shade Brigadine, leads us to believe that we might see more Phantom monsters, like Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon from the previous chapter. Instead, he plays a different powerhouse: Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon. Where is Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon?

This eventually leads to the biggest surprise yet at the end of the chapter. Yuya and Yuto aren’t two partners in crime chatting on a radio like I previously thought; they’re partners of a different type — two personalities that seemingly share one body. What a Yu-Gi-Oh!-esque twist! This brings up many questions, not the least of which is how their situation came to be. Did one of them solve an ancient Egyptian artifact? Also, how many hair styling products do they carry? And where do they keep the different accessories that they each wear? I suspect at least one of these questions will be answered as the story progresses.

Once again, artist Naohito Miyoshi uses Yuya and Yuto’s cloak to play up the mysteriousness of the character. One flourish of the fabric and we see a new face behind the cloak!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 2: “Yuto vs. Sawatari!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 (September 21, 2015). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1: ‘The Name Is Phantom!’

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Coming soon

4K Media Looks to Europe for Yu-Gi-Oh! Brand Growth

September 19, 2015 at 6:08 am | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yami Yugi scowling as he takes on Slifer the Sky Dragon in a duel against Marik in episode 66

Licensing is a tough game to play for even the most recognizable brands on the market. Capturing a piece of the children’s licensing pie is an especially daunting task, but Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media (Konami), is optimistic as she looks towards Europe to strengthen the Yu-Gi-Oh! property.

“We’re looking for a licensing deal and a licensing partnership to enhance the trading-card play and the collectibility of the overall brand,” Coleman tells media industry publication World Screen. “There are so many different types of collectibles, so we’re looking to target that market as much as we can.”

Coleman’s comments come ahead of Brand Licensing Europe, the largest European licensing trade show, which will be held mid-October this year in London. Having already secured Yu-Gi-Oh! TV deals in France, Germany, and Italy, 4K Media is now looking to tap into the U.K. market at BLE, she says.

But niche properties like Yu-Gi-Oh! could have an uphill battle for brand recognition and shelf space, says Coleman, no thanks to Disney’s stranglehold on the kids’ licensing industry and shrinkage of the traditional retail landscape. Still, when one door closes, another opens; smaller manufacturers and e-commerce retailers are recognizing the potential of niche brands and seizing the opportunities ignored by brick-and-mortar stores, creating new avenues for growth, Coleman explains.

Read the full story in World Screen for more insights from Coleman and other licensing agents about the state of the kids’ licensing and merchandising industry and what they hope to accomplish in Europe.

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Comes to Amazon, comiXology

August 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Banner ad for Weekly Shonen Jump on comiXology

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has expanded to even more platforms! Today, VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology announced that Weekly Shonen Jump is now available on Amazon’s Kindle Store and comiXology.

Manga enthusiasts can now take WSJ with them on Amazon and comiXology’s iOS, Android, and Windows apps, in addition to VIZ’s own iOS and Android apps.

Amazon acquired comiXology in April 2014 and continues to run it as a separate entity.

VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump is the home of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, which just premiered last week. It also previously serialized Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1: ‘The Name Is Phantom!’

August 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

“On the mean streets of Maiami City, you’ve got to work hard to be the best. Yuzu Hiiragi and her father run a dueling school that’s seen better days. If only they had a star teacher to bring in new students! When a rogue Duelist known as Phantom appears in the city, Yuzu may have found a savior, but Phantom will have to deal with the LC Corporation’s special forces before he can get into any community service!”

On a quiet pier at the edge of Maiami City, a little boy stands alone weeping. He had overslept and missed the Leo Corporation Duel Tournament. His chance to see a dragon monster come to life at the tournament through the wonders of Solid Vision with Mass technology was gone. When you’re young, the small things like that mean the world to you.

Yuya Sakaki clad in a mask and hood in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 1

A tall, masked, hooded figure is seen standing behind the boy. He sympathizes with the boy and wants to dry his tears. But no, he can’t! Not now anyway. He’s supposed to be on the run, a radioed voice reminds him. He shouldn’t be hanging around there. But he shrugs off the earnest reminder.

A thunderous blast lights up the pier, turning heads and knocking the boy onto his butt. A cloud of smoke dissipates around the hooded figure. There, hovering above the ground behind him, as real as the figure himself, is a dragon. Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon. The crying boy now stares in awe at the beast. And in that briefest of moments, the figure is seen under his hood without his mask, smiling.

An alarm suddenly starts screeching in a futuristic-looking control room at the Leo Corporation. Mass sensors within the city had been triggered. LC President Reiji Akaba finally found what he has been searching for — Odd-Eyes and the Phantom! Akaba calls for his special forces and orders the capture of the Phantom. On his monitor is the face of the smiling hooded figure, his piercing eyes seemingly looking right back at Akaba.

“The true identity of the Phantom…” mutters Akaba, “The destiny factor who holds our future in his hands… is Yuya Sakaki!!”

The Phantom swiftly scales the rooftops of Maiami City. Far in the distance are the searchlights of three LC helicopters. He really screwed this up, exclaims the radioed voice. Once again, the Phantom is dismissive of the voice’s concerns. After all, he’s a Dueltainer, and a Dueltainer’s gonna Dueltain, especially in the face of crying children.

“Making people smile is my mission!” proclaims the Phantom.

Not far from the Phantom’s location is the Syu Zo Duel School. Within its walls, the overly excited, tracksuit-clad principal Syu Zo Hiiragi enthusiastically preaches the power of self confidence. Alas, the only ones listening are the walls themselves; the school is emptier than a banker’s heart. His daughter Yuzu Hiiragi smacks some sense into him. Why is he clowning around when they have no students? Doesn’t he understand that their coffers are just as empty and that they could soon be going under? Suddenly, some earsplitting mechanical whirs break up their thoughts. They race outside and see three LC helicopters overhead.

Of course, thinks Yuzu. What a perfect idea! The notorious Dueltainer known as the Phantom! He’s the one rumors say is hacking the LC’s Solid Vision systems. If they could get him to teach at their school, that would attract the attention of Duelists from all over. Everyone would want to enroll! Yuzu’s eyes glaze over as she envisages the money they could be making.

If only it were so simple. The Phantom is a hot commodity and the Leo Corporation is moments away from apprehending him for itself. The three helicopters had caught up to him! Inside each is a hunter on the prowl. Shingo Sawatari. Shun Kurosaki. Sora Shiunin.

Akaba watches from his monitors as the three helicopters shine their lights at the hooded figure and close in on him. They had him now! Sawatari leaps out and confronts the hooded figure. He’s done it! He has successfully trapped the infamous Phantom, Yuya Sakaki, and could now take him on one-on-one.

But nothing is ever so simple, is it? The hooded figure throws off his mask. It isn’t Sakaki at all! It’s another spikey-haired male, and he is just as game for a challenge…

A dark, masked duelist unmasks himself in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 1

Welcome to the manga universe of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V and the era of Action Duels, made possible by the development of Solid Vision with Mass. If only people knew the path that they have paved is a one-way road to destruction…

“…And the pendulum of fate has begun to swing…”


Weighing in at only 15 pages, the first chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V wastes no time setting up the story. All of the characters behave with a sense of urgency and desperation. Yuya — or is it “Phantom”? — seems to have been on the run for quite some time. Nevertheless, he is the only character in this busy chapter who is able to slow down and appeal to the reader as a kind, empathetic soul, despite having an unseen wheelman radioing him instructions and driving him to act.

Reiji knows what he needs to do to capture Yuya and he’s pushing hard to get the job done. The pair may have even had a few close encounters in the past, but clearly this is as close as Reiji has ever gotten to catching him.

Syu Zo has seemingly lost his wits, unable to accept the dire reality of his school. Yuzu’s irritation with her father’s delusions is amusing; her own fantasy of winning over an alleged cyberterrorist for the benefit of her school is farcical and brings home to the reader the punchline that Syu Zo started. Like father, like daughter.

Naohito Miyoshi’s art is stellar, as expected. The same crisp lines that make his Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga so visually satisfying appear again here in ARC-V. The boys look fierce when they need to be and cute during the other times, though not overbearingly so. One shot of Yuya is criminally sexy, however. The girls — uhh — girl is the only one who gets a full body shot, as expected in a shonen title. Reiji’s outrageous, flailing scarf contrasts his apparent cold and calculating vibe.

What mysteries does this ARC-V universe hold? Will Shin Yoshida’s pen tell another dark, twisted tale as it did in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL? If you are lucky enough to live in a country where the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime is already airing, or you caught the preview of episode 1 during the 150th YCS or 2015 NAWCQ live streams, you’ll quickly recognize that this is not the same story as the anime!

Well, I’m sold. What about you? Are you convinced enough to give this series a shot?

Here’s your chance to see read a Yu-Gi-Oh! manga serialized from start to finish in lockstep with the Japanese publication! Grab this week’s 214-page issue of Weekly Shonen Jump for $0.99. Or, if you are feeling bold, subscribe for an entire year of weekly manga simulpubs for $25.99.

Product Summary

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
Scale 1: “The Name Is Phantom!”
Original Concept: Kazuki Takahashi
Production Support: Studio Dice
Story: Shin Yoshida
Art: Naohito Miyoshi
Duel Composition: Masahiro Hikokubo
Translation: HC Language Solutions
Manga Editing: Mike Montesa
English Lettering: John Hunt
Magazine: Weekly Shonen Jump No. 39 (August 24, 2015)
Publisher: VIZ Media
MSRP: $0.99

A note about the release schedule: In Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V runs in Shueisha’s V Jump, a monthly magazine that is published during the third week of every month (the exact day of the week varies each month). VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine is published every Monday — the same day as Shueisha’s WSJ magazine in Japan. But since VIZ’s WSJ also includes some titles that are found in Shueisha’s other Jump magazines (like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in V Jump), VIZ publishes those titles on the Monday immediately following whatever day they are published in Japan.

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 2: ‘Yuto vs. Sawatari!’

LittleKuriboh’s Dramatic Patreon Announcement

August 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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LittleKuriboh and Marianne Miller head to Patreon

If you’ve been following LittleKuriboh on social media and YouTube the past few months, you might know that things haven’t been going too well for the Father of Abridging. But even when he isn’t doing so hot, LK still has his fans on his mind and tries to put his best foot forward to keep them entertained. Today, LittleKuriboh uploaded a new video that not only summarizes his recent struggles in a humorous light and offers insight into what he hopes to accomplish in the near future, but also introduces a new initiative that will allow his fans to support him during this challenging time.

Both longtime and new fans of LittleKuriboh will want to check out “LittleKuriboh’s Dramatic Patreon Announcement,” where he reminds everyone that — hey! — he hasn’t forgotten about you! LK wants to continue doing what he loves to do: creating videos that entertain people and make them laugh. But to help maintain a consistent schedule and quality of new releases, he is turning to Patreon, a crowdfunding system that allows content creators to obtain funding from supporters on a recurring basis.

Contributing to LittleKuriboh’s Patreon will allow LK to hire and pay editors, save money for recording studio space, and cut back on anime convention appearances. Ultimately, these steps will provide LK with more time and more efficient means of writing and recording his projects, and he will be able to guarantee a consistent number of new video updates each month.

For example, reaching a the lowest milestone of $1,500 per month insures that LittleKuriboh will make at least one scripted video (like Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged) and four unscripted videos (like We’re Still Here) each month. If he can reach his highest milestone of $10,000 per month, LK will begin looking into renting recording studio space or putting a down payment on a new home, a section of which will be converted into a recording and filming studio. At this tier, he will guarantee at least eight scripted videos and four unscripted videos per month. Wow!

It could take three or four months for LK to hire new team members, write new content, and get settled into a new schedule (not to mention he’ll still be tending to his health all the while). In the meantime, Marianne and her friends will be filling in to make sure all of the patrons’ video goals are met. LK assures his fans that he will still be involved with all the projects that are made and will have complete creative control of the videos posted on his channel.

Whether you have been following LittleKuriboh since his earliest YGOTAS days or you are a new fan who has taken a liking to his recent We’re Still Here and The Mark Remark series, consider becoming a patron if you love what LK does and want to see more!

LittleKuriboh’s Health

One of LittleKuriboh’s most admirable traits is his positivity. Even in his most challenging circumstances, he puts on a cheery and brave face, if not for himself, then for his audience. It’s no surprise then that LK presented his health issues in today’s video in a very lighthearted manner, downplaying the severity of his afflictions so as not to worry others.

Make no mistake about it: over the last few months, LittleKuriboh has been in awful shape. Although LK began to speak about his health issues and hospital visits in mid-June when E3 started, it wasn’t until the end of June that he publicly revealed he had been diagnosed with colitis. In early July, LK made numerous trips to the emergency room and urgent care centers before finally being admitted to the hospital for complications from the disease.

Marianne let LK’s followers know what was up about three days after LK’s admission. As it turned out, LK’s colitis diagnosis came as early as late May or early June. The medications that he had been receiving since were not working and his body was shutting down. LK’s hospital stay would last 10 days. On July 18, the day after being discharged, LittleKuriboh and Marianne together posted a longer video describing what happened and the aftermath of the hospitalization.

LK condition is, more specifically, ulcerative colitis, a disease where his body’s immune system attacks his colon. It’s a chronic condition that he will need to live with for the rest of his life, but it’s manageable. Over the next few months, LK will have to take some strong medication, like the immunosuppressant Remicade and ones that require him to be put under anesthetics for four hours at a time. LK had to have a PICC inserted — a catheter that runs from the arm directly to the heart.

“Creatively, I’ve trying to take it easy right now,” LK said in that video. He will only be releasing videos if he’s physically able to.

Anime Convention and YGOTAS Updates

As expected, LittleKuriboh’s health issues threw one heck of a wrench into his plans, not the least of which was to make new videos. After barely making it through Anime Expo at the beginning of July, LK was forced to cancel his Otakon, San Japan, and Another Anime Con appearances as he continues his recovery process.

On the plus side, Alcon from September 3 to 6 is still a go, as is Con Alt Delete from December 18 to 20.

As for new convention announcements, LittleKuriboh will be making his seventh appearance at Youmacon from October 29 to November 1 in Detroit, Michigan. Youmacon had announced LK as a guest back in mid-May and it looks like LK will still be able to make it.

Additionally, Triad Anime Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina revealed last week that LK will be guesting at its event from March 11 to 13, 2016. This will be LK’s first appearance at this con.

And believe it or not, the script for Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 65 had been completed prior to his illness, explained LK in a July 29 life update vlog. But frighteningly, minutes after he finished it, LK came down with a fever, collapsed, and was hospitalized.

With any luck, LittleKuriboh’s recovery will go swimmingly and he will be back to his ol’ funny self in no time.

Update: LittleKuriboh has created a new Facebook page for all of his general creative projects. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/LittleKuribohProductions

Konami Heritage Games Survey

August 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Some of the franchises included in the Konami Heritage Games Survey

Would you like to see more Yu-Gi-Oh! games on different platforms? How about a return to the PC, more console games, or a smartphone game? Here’s your chance to let Konami know what you want in the Konami Heritage Games Survey.

Konami would like to know what types of games you want developed in the future, what gaming platforms you use, and what kind of gameplay elements you enjoy the most. The survey features the names of some popular franchises like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Castlevania, but also references many older Konami properties like Gradius, Rocket Knight, Suikoden, Sunset Riders, Vandal Hearts, and Zone of the Enders. Talk about retro!

After completing the survey, you can enter to win an Amazon retail voucher. The survey is open to residents of the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the European Union, and Mexico.

This survey appeared quite mysteriously two days ago and has been making the rounds on various gaming forums. The survey has since been confirmed by Konami’s European arm to be official.

SDCC 2015 Photo: Kazuki Takahashi & Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award

August 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Photo of Kazuki Takahashi holding his Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic Con 2015
Photo by Jody Cortes

Kazuki Takahashi is a real person and not an imperceptible, mythic deity. If anyone doubts this, let the rumors be shattered. San Diego Comic Con today published a photo gallery of this year’s recipients of the Inkpot Award on its website. All 25 recipients are pictured, including the beloved creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Kazuki Takahashi was presented with the Inkpot Award at the end of his SDCC 2015 panel, where he delighted fans with an interview and presented new details about the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. Fans were not allowed to take photos or videos at the panel.

Since 1974, SDCC’s prestigious Inkpot Award has honored “individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.” Today, SDCC also updated its complete list of recipients of the award with 2015’s honorees.

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