$1,000 Exodia Bust Pre-Order Now Live

February 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Close-up of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Taka Corp Studio’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product is up for pre-order today. Standing 60 centimeters (2 feet) tall and weighing 15 kilograms (33 pounds), it is a bust of Exodia the Forbidden One. This sculpture of the most powerful monster in Yu-Gi-Oh! commands a hefty price of €899 (about $980).

Front view of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Exodia is crafted from resin and polyurethane. Its dimensions are H60 x W70 x D45 centimeters (about H24 x W28 x D18 inches). It has a limited edition size of 400 statues. The estimated delivery date is the second quarter of 2021.

Side view of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Exodia’s sculptor is Andy Tantowi, a well-known Indonesian Yu-Gi-Oh! fan artist who has created sculptures and digital paintings of all three Egyptian Gods, among many other works. The 2-D concept artist is Clément Caron, a French graphic designer who also handles Taka Corp’s banner art and packaging. The painter is French artist Jean-Philippe Reuchet.

Rear view of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Shipping to France is free. To most other European countries, shipping costs €96 (about $105), and to Asia, it costs €84 (about $92). Everywhere else — you’re out of luck, though you can certainly contact Taka Corp to see if the company will accommodate you.

Close-up of the base of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust

Taka Corp notes on its company Facebook page that an Exodia Necross version “will arrive a little later” with an edition size of 100. If you wish, it is possible to switch your purchase to that version at that time.

Taka Corp Studio is a newcomer to the business of super high-end collectibles, having been founded in late 2018. Exodia is only its third product to hit the market. After Exodia the Forbidden One and Exodia Necross, the company’s next Yu-Gi-Oh! products will be a 1/1 scale bust of Atem and a 1/1 scale Millennium Puzzle.

Development Comments

Exodia looks nearly identical to the unpainted prototype that was unveiled at Japan Expo in July 2019. The only notable change appears to be the angle of the horns on the back of its head.

Three-quarter view of the back of Taka Corp Studio's Exodia bust at Japan Expo 2019
From video by MechanicalJapan

This alteration was requested by Konami.

Some Yu-Gi-Oh! fans might notice that Taka Corp’s Exodia — and its face, in particular — doesn’t look exactly like the Exodia seen in the anime series. Whereas the anime Exodia is depicted with very muted shades of brown, Taka Corp’s Exodia is bright and vibrant, accented by gold and silver paint.

This was an intentional artistic decision, explained Taka Corp cofounder Nicolas Guibourg in a comment in Taka Corp Studio’s Facebook group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

There is room for artistic interpretation in works such as this, said Guibourg. And Exodia, with its ancient Egyptian theme, provided a great opportunity to make use of gold to create flashy embellishments.

Guibourg’s comment is not without basis. Archaeological findings show that gold was widely used in ancient Egypt for ornamentation in daily life and in temple rituals. The godlike, but fictional, Exodia would have certainly been worthy of possessing precious metal adornments in the ancient Yu-Gi-Oh! world.

Guibourg further added that Taka Corp took greater inspiration from the artwork on the trading card rather than from the anime interpretation because the colors seen in the anime would not have made for a very attractive rendering. Both Konami and Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi commended Taka Corp’s paint job, he said.

What do you think of Taka Corp Studio’s Exodia bust? Will you be purchasing it?

Exodia Bust Pre-Order Begins February 15

February 13, 2020 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Taka Corp Studio Exodia bust pre-order announcement

Taka Corp Studio announced today that its Exodia bust will be available for pre-order starting this Saturday, February 15. The France-based producer of high-end collectibles uploaded a video to its Facebook page that provides a tease of the fully-painted statue.

Taka Corp has not yet revealed the price, dimensions, edition size, or delivery date of its Exodia statue. But if it’s anything like Taka Corp’s Hisoka bust, expect it to be huge, pricey, and magnificent.

Exodia will be available for sale to customers located in Europe and Asia. If would like to purchase the statue but are located in a different part of the world, be sure to make arrangements with a friend or shipping proxy ahead of time.

Update (February 15): Exodia is now up for pre-order. Shipping is available to addresses in Europe and Asia — not just Europe as was previously reported.

Tonight: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 3rd Anniversary Live Stream from Hollywood

February 7, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Blue Angel firing up the crowd on stage in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 47

Several big-name content creators and Yu-Gi-Oh! community personalities from across North America will be partying it up at a special event this evening — and everyone is invited to tune in to all the fun! Konami is hosting a big bash at the Scum & Villainy Cantina in Hollywood to celebrate the third anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, complete with a live-streamed tournament. Expect to see dzeeff, fuslie, iGumdrop, OvileeMay, SimplyUnlucky, YTDan, and many more personalities.

The action kicks off tonight, February 7, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Channel on Twitch. Check it out!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is Back on Hulu

February 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki smiling after learning that Gong qualified for the Arc League Championship in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 40

Is this the quickest disappearance and return of a show on Hulu ever? After a day of banishment, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is back on Hulu. All of the English-dubbed episodes from seasons 1 and 2 that were removed yesterday are available for your enjoyment once again. Phew!

Hulu Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

February 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki appearing disappointed while he looks at a card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 40

Hulu removed Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from its catalog earlier today. Seasons 1 and 2 of the English-dubbed anime joined the popular streaming network two years ago, on February 1, 2018.

The first two seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V are still streaming for free on Tubi TV. Subscribers of Netflix can also catch the same two seasons on its platform.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members are blessed with the entire series on its network — including season 3.

Crunchyroll continues to host the full series in Japanese with English subtitles.

Update (February 3): Nevermind! Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has already returned to Hulu!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Not Coming to the West in April 2020

January 30, 2020 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuga, looking worried, in the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promo video shown at Jump Festa 2020

Rush Duels, a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game that will be introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, is on track to be released this April, but only in Japan. It is not scheduled to be released in the West — not in the Americas, Europe, or Oceania. This latest product news comes from Konami’s financial report, which the company released today, for the third-quarter of its 2020 fiscal year (ending on December 31, 2019).

As it does each quarter, Konami outlines its upcoming titles, their release territories, and their release dates in its financial results presentation. The relevant data is presented in a table, which I have copied below.

Upcoming releases listed in Konami's FY2020 Q3 financial results presentation, with Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel highlighted

As shown by my highlighting, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel product is listed with a date of April 2020, but is labeled only as a Japan release.

How Accurate is Konami’s Release Calendar in its Financial Results Presentations?

Inevitably, some Yu-Gi-Oh! fans might be concerned that Konami could have somehow forgotten to include the Western world for Rush Duels in its presentation. Others might believe that Konami could be keeping Rush Duel’s Western debut a surprise. To allay these concerns, it is worth examining how the company has exhibited its Yu-Gi-Oh! product announcements in previous financial results presentations. Looking at old reports will allow us to check if Konami has a pattern of accurately reporting release dates/territories for its Yu-Gi-Oh! titles.

What follows is a compilation of every Yu-Gi-Oh! title listed in every release calendar in Konami’s financial results presentations, from the first quarter of Konami’s 2014 fiscal year (which began on April 1, 2013) to the second quarter of its 2020 fiscal year (which ended on September 30, 2019). In each presentation, the titles are organized in tables, like the one seen above.

All of the data are copied straight from the tables and are listed below from newest to oldest. If data from a certain presentation is not listed, it’s because there were no Yu-Gi-Oh! titles in that presentation’s calendar.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch listed for the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2020 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2020 Q2 financial results presentation, October 31, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch listed for Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Asia in Konami's FY2020 Q1 financial results presentation
From the FY2020 Q1 financial results presentation, August 1, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch listed for Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2019 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2019 full year financial results presentation, May 9, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2019 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2019 Q3 financial results presentation, January 31, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2019 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2019 Q2 financial results presentation, October 31, 2018

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2017 full year financial results presentation, May 11, 2017

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2017 Q3 financial results presentation, January 31, 2017

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2017 Q2 financial results presentation, October 28, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 Q1 financial results presentation
From the FY2017 Q1 financial results presentation, July 29, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2016 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2016 full year financial results presentation, May 10, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links and an unnamed Nintendo 3DS game listed in Konami's FY2016 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2016 Q3 financial results presentation, January 29, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist listed in Konami's FY2016 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2016 Q2 financial results presentation, October 30, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist listed in Konami's FY2016 Q1 financial results presentation
From the FY2016 Q1 financial results presentation, August 6, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special listed in Konami's FY2015 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2015 full year financial results presentation, May 8, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special listed in Konami's FY2015 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2015 Q3 financial results presentation, February 5, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special listed in Konami's FY2015 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2015 Q2 financial results presentation, November 6, 2014

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Gekitotsu Duel Carnival listed in Konami's FY2014 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2014 Q3 financial results presentation, February 6, 2014

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Gekitotsu Duel Carnival listed in Konami's FY2014 Q2 presentation
From the FY2014 Q2 financial results presentation, November 7, 2013

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An examination of the titles reveals that some games are missing entirely: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Steam version), Duel Generation, Duel Arena, Millennium Duels, and the English version of ZEXAL World Duel Carnival. Coincidentally, all of these games except WDC were specifically made for the West and have no Japanese counterparts. Could that be why Konami — a Japanese company — neglected to mention them? Though that doesn’t explain why the PS4/XBO version of Legacy of the Duelist was nevertheless mentioned.

The release dates and territories of the included titles, on the other hand, are accurate. The one anomaly is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links for mainland China, which was first listed in the FY2019 Q2 presentation and has appeared in each presentation since then, except, bafflingly, in the FY2020 Q1 presentation.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that the release calendars in Konami’s financial results presentations are, for the most part, accurate when compared to the actual releases of the included titles. For such titles, Konami correctly specified where the title would be released — whether globally, in the West, in Asia, in Japan, or in a mix of territories — and when. And barring WDC’s release in the West, there has not been a situation where a product has received a release in a territory that it was not announced for.

Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that Konami’s April 2020 Rush Duel release is indeed Japan-only.

Come April, the advent of the Rush Duel format will divide the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game in Japan into two formats. As unveiled at Jump Festa 2020 last month, Rush Duels, with its own new card products, will be promoted alongside Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, which introduces and features the Rush Duel format. Masters Duels will continue as usual, though it is unknown at this time whether they will also be seen in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.

Yu-Gi-Oh! in the West already has two formats — Master Duels (called Advanced Constructed format) and Speed Duels.

What Does This Mean for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS in the West?

If the Rush Duel format will not receive a release in the West, then Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will likely not receive one either. Yu-Gi-Oh! anime are produced principally to sell merchandise — namely, trading cards. If Konami — a sponsor of the show — does not introduce Rush Duel products to the West, then it does not make financial sense for Konami to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS to the West either.

Modern-day Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is a niche product. Regardless of whether or not it is still an effective marketing tool to sell cards, the modern-day anime brand is arguably not strong enough to stand on its own artistic merit. This adds an additional challenge to Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS getting a Western release.

Puzzle & Dragons Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Launches January 31

January 29, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi and Slifer the Sky Dragon in Puzzle & Dragons

Have you been saving your Stones? After last week’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters collaboration announcement from Puzzle & Dragons North America, many players are surprised to see that the event is already here, kicking off this Friday, January 31.

Seto Kaiba and Obelisk the Tormentor in Puzzle & Dragons

GungHo America provided a complete rundown of the Yu-Gi-Oh! collab yesterday evening, including the all-important details about the Egg Machines, Bundles, and Dungeons.

Yami Marik and The Winged Dragon of Ra in Puzzle & Dragons

Everyone who logs in during the collab will get one free pull from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Egg Machine, which lands you a random card. You can also spend your hard-earned Magic Stones to try to score your favorite card, with each pull costing 10 Stones. And if you really want to splurge, there are special one-time-only bundles that you can purchase to net you some Stones plus a Blue-Eyes White Dragon and one of the ★7-rarity cards — Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, or Yami Marik.

When you receive a Blue-Eyes White Dragon, the game unlocks this adorable Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Orbs Skin as well.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters orbs skin in Puzzle & Dragons

There are also two dungeons to check out during the collab. The Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Dungeon drops Medals that you can use in the Monster Exchange. A three-player mode is available.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Dungeon in Puzzle & Dragons

And the Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Challenge! Dungeon is a one-time-only dungeon that rewards victors with one pull from the Egg Machine and two Rainbow Medals to use in the Monster Exchange.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DM Challenge! Dungeon in Puzzle & Dragons

Select Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are available in the Monster Exchange, along with a special Swords of Revealing Light Spell Card.

Swords of Revealing Light Spell Card is available in the Monster Exchange in Puzzle & Dragons

GungHo America has provided a gallery of all of the awesome character and monster art, plus a rundown of the cards’ Evolutions.

Update (January 31): GungHo America has also posted a gallery of all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration runs from January 31, 12:00 a.m. PT, through February 16, 11:59 p.m. PT.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Coming to Puzzle & Dragons North America

Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Coming to Puzzle & Dragons North America

January 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Puzzle & Dragons North America Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration coming soon

The North American version of Puzzle & Dragons is getting a Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration. The big announcement was made yesterday evening by the U.S. arm of GungHo Online Entertainment, the developer of the hit mobile game, during its Twitch live stream. The collab will feature major characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series, including Yugi Muto, Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Yami Marik, Téa Gardner, Joey Wheeler, Mai Valentine, and Yami Bakura. Many of their signature monsters will also make an appearance, including all three Egyptian God Cards, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, Dark Necrofear, and more.

GungHo America did not provide a specific date for the Yu-Gi-Oh! collab launch, only stating that it would take place “soon.” The company asked players to keep an eye on GungHo America’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and official website for more information.

Yugi Muto and Silent Magician in Puzzle & Dragons

Puzzle & Dragons (or PAD for short) is wildly popular a tile-matching puzzle game that also mixes in elements of monster collecting and dungeon crawling. The game is produced and published by the Japanese company GungHo Online Entertainment and launched in Japan in February 2012 and in North America in December 2012. PAD is the first mobile game to generate $1 billion in sales and is famous for popularizing the gacha (loot box) mechanic that has since been adopted by games worldwide. PAD has collaborated with numerous other properties, including Dragon Ball Z, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Angry Birds.

PAD is available on iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire. The game is free to play with optional in-game purchases available.

The Japanese version of PAD held its own Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration between December 30, 2019, and January 13, 2020. The North American version appears to incorporate the same characters, monsters, and gameplay elements as the Japanese version.

(h/t Blogging Mama)

Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon in Puzzle & Dragons

Téa Gardner, Shining Friendship, and Fire Sorcerer and their level limit breakthrough and super awakenings in Puzzle & Dragons

Blue-Eyes White Dragon card in Puzzle & Dragons

Dark Magician Girl in Puzzle & Dragons

Kuriboh and its level limit breakthrough and super awakenings in Puzzle & Dragons

Cyber Harpie Lady card in Puzzle & Dragons

Close-up of the Yami Yugi and Slifer the Sky Dragon card in Puzzle & Dragons

Close-up of the Red-Eyes B. Dragon card in Puzzle & Dragons

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk Shark Mouth Backpack by Sprayground

January 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack

Check out this hot Duel Disk backpack, a collaboration between Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sprayground, a designer and producer of street-art-inspired backpacks and accessories. The design is a mashup of the Battle City Duel Disk with Sprayground’s popular “shark mouth” motif seen on many of its products. The entirety of the bag is adorned with the anime-style Yu-Gi-Oh! card backing, while Yami Yugi poses proudly behind the Duel Disk. The bag comes loaded with a Speed Duel deck — because it’s always time to duel.

The Duel Disk backpack is available now directly from Sprayground for $80.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is just one of many anime and video game properties that Sprayground has partnered with. The brand has also applied its rebellious flair to its Dragon Ball Z, Mega Man, One Piece, One-Punch Man, and Pokemon products. There’s much more to see on Sprayground’s Instagram.

All of Sprayground’s products are made in limited quantities and never reissued, so don’t miss your chance to pick up this unique designer Yu-Gi-Oh! item.

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

Back of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack

Three-quarter view of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack

Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack with the front flap folded down

Close-up of Sprayground's Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Disk backpack showing the Millennium Puzzle

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 145-184 Complete

January 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi holding a glowing chalice in episode 181

It’s been nearly four months since Crunchyroll and Konami added new subtitled episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. But yesterday, the duo at last reached another milestone by posting the final three episodes of the Orichalcos saga, bring Yugi’s battle with Dartz to a close. Episodes 145 through 184, which correspond to season 4 of 4Kids’ English dub, are available now to both premium and free Crunchyroll users.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to add this anime to your Crunchyroll queue to get episode alerts as we approach the last few story arcs!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 98-144 Complete

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