Kazuki Takahashi’s THE COMIQ in Weekly Shonen Jump

October 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 2 Comments
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Close-up of Ryota Sakamaki in THE COMIQ chapter 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi’s new manga, THE COMIQ, is here! Today, VIZ Media begins simulpubbing this limited series in its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

THE COMIQ tells the story of Ryota Sakamaki, a rookie manga creator who just debuted his first title, Pendulum of Love. With the help of his editor, Sakamaki employs an assistant to help him draw his manga’s background art — an assistant that he has never met. When Pendulum of Love catches the eye of a police detective, Sakamaki realizes that his assistant’s background art is hiding a bloody secret…

“For the 50th anniversary of Shonen Jump, I created something with the theme of ‘manga.’ I’d be ecstatic if you give it a chance!” says Takahashi in the magazine’s author comments section.

If you love Takahashi’s work, then give this murder mystery manga a shot! And if you enjoy THE COMIQ, please vote for it each week in VIZ’s WSJ survey. If enough people like it, maybe the chapters will eventually be compiled and sold as a graphic novel.

THE COMIQ Chapters and Weekly Shonen Jump Survey Links

This post will be updated with links to the chapters as they become available. WSJ is $0.99 per issue, or $25.99 for a 48-issue (1-year) subscription.

Chapter 1 in Weekly Shonen Jump No. 46 (October 15, 2018):
* VIZ.com (Web/Android/iOS) / Amazon / comiXology
* October 15 Survey

Chapter 2: Coming soon

Product Summary

THE COMIQ
By: Kazuki Takahashi
Magazine: Weekly Shonen Jump
Publisher: VIZ Media
Translation: Stefan Koza
English Lettering: Sabrina Heep
Manga Editing: John Bae
Editor in Chief: Andy Nakatani
MSRP: $0.99/issue

VIZ Media to Publish Kazuki Takahashi’s THE COMIQ Short Manga Series

October 6, 2018 at 11:30 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | 3 Comments
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Preview of Kazuki Takahashi's THE COMIQ

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi is returning to Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump! In honor of the magazine’s 50th anniversary, Takahashi will debut a new manga titled “THE COMIQ.” This limited series will launch in issue #46 of WSJ on October 15. Chapter 1 contains 53 pages. The story is about a rookie manga creator’s manuscript and the secret it possesses. This news was unveiled in issue #45 of WSJ, which hit newsstands in Japan today instead of on its normal Monday date because of the Health and Sports Day holiday.

Also today, VIZ Media announced at its Shonen Jump panel at New York Comic Con that it will serialize THE COMIQ in its English-language magazine.

(h/t ANN. Image from @VIZMedia.)

Jump Force Trailer Reveals Yugi’s Fighting Abilities, Battle Ship

October 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi commanding Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl to attack in Jump Force

When Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that Yugi would be fighting using his monsters in the upcoming Jump Force video game, they weren’t kidding. A new trailer posted by the publisher reveals Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl using energy-based attacks and holding their own against Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho, Freeza from Dragon Ball, and Sosuke Aizen from Bleach. Yugi is also shown dramatically summoning Slifer the Sky Dragon from a card. Yugi himself doesn’t appear to do any physical fighting.

The trailer also provides a potential clue about the story in Jump Force. Yugi is fighting in the newly revealed Golden Gate Bridge stage, the locale of a chaotic scene. Vehicles are piled up and overturned on and around the bridge. Statues from the Naruto universe’s Valley of the End have altered the landscape of the iconic bridge, while a flag featuring the symbol of the Village Hidden in the Leaves is shown fluttering. Could the universes of Shonen Jump be melding with our real world?

What would our world be like if the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe invades? We may already have an answer. Several shots from the trailer reveal Kaiba’s Battle Ship (called Kaiba Kraft 3 in 4Kids’ English anime) flying in the background. Is that just for effect? Or could it be another stage or part of the story?

If you are at New York Comic Con this weekend, check out the Bandai Namco booth (#515) where you can play a demo of Jump Force. Alas, Yugi is not one of the playable characters in this demo, but you can still have fun with Goku, Luffy, and several other iconic characters.

Previously:
Yugi Confirmed Playable in Jump Force Video Game, Fights Using Monsters

STARZ Removes Yu-Gi-Oh!

September 30, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Seto Kaiba, dropping his cards and losing his duel, as envisioned by Ishizu in episode 94

As of today, STARZ is no longer streaming the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime on its platform. The premium cable network had added season 1 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! English dub to its catalog in April 2017. It did not add the remaining four seasons.

Currently, STARZ still has the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movies.

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s NYCC 2018 Yusei Fudo Shirt

September 27, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in 5D's, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Yusei Fudo 2018 NYCC shirt design

If you’ve ever asked for more Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s character T-shirts, check this out. ShopYuGiOh.com, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise store from 4K Media, has added an exclusive Yusei Fudo T-shirt! Celebrating the upcoming New York Comic Con and the addition of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s world in Duel Links, this shirt design features the hero of New Domino City on his Duel Runner, ready to rev it up. The accompanying text says “NYC 2018.”

This shirt is available for sale only on ShopYuGiOh.com (and not at NYCC) for a limited time. Both men’s and women’s cuts are available, with prices starting at $23.95.

You can find Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! booth (#1321) at NYCC from October 4 through 7. For information about what activities and products will be available throughout the weekend, keep an eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive SDCC 2018 Blue-Eyes White Dragon Shirt

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Comes to Duel Links

September 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Crimson Dragon mark and eye from the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duel World opening animation in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Duelists young and old, professional and amateur alike, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! The world of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s is here! Yusei Fudo and his friends today join the smash hit Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game. With them come the new Synchro monsters and Synchro summoning mechanic.

Synchro what?! Don’t worry, they’re not complicated. But if you don’t know how to Synchro summon, you’ll be able to play a short tutorial after picking up your first Synchro cards that teaches you how to use them.

To gain access to the 5D’s Duel World, you first need to unlock Yusei by reaching Stage 10 in the DM Duel World. Then, complete the Character Unlock Mission of summoning Wind-attribute monsters ten times. As you reach higher stages, you’ll be able to unlock more characters, like Akiza Izinski, Leo, and more.

In Japan, the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime will begin streaming on several Japanese video networks beginning on October 1 to celebrate this update. Fans in the West are more fortunate, as we’ve had the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s anime, both dubbed and subbed, streaming for free for the last couple of years.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links’ addition of the 5D’s world follows its release of the GX world almost exactly one year ago.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's logo and Duel World (5D's) in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yusei Fudo, Jack Atlas, and Stardust Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 38: ‘Our Pride!!’

September 24, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo's hands in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 38

Genesis Omega Dragon, its body fully merged with Eve’s, attacks Yuya directly, but Yuya narrowly saves himself with a Pendulum effect.

Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo notice their bodies beginning to fade away again. They don’t have much time left. It’s a miracle that they’ve been able to remain with Yuya for this long, so it’s time they finish Eve off. Yuya and his brothers Pendulum summon their ace monsters back to the field and attack G.O.D.

G.O.D. counters by using its effect to place another Nova Portal into its Pendulum zone, thereby stopping the attack and ending Yuya’s turn. This, however, was all according to Yuya’s plan.

During G.O.D.’s turn, Yugo uses Clearwing Fast Dragon’s ability to negate G.O.D.’s effect and reduce its attack strength to zero. Yuya is safe. Next turn, he can use Clearwing again to reduce G.O.D.’s attack power, giving him the opening needed to attack and defeat it. And since G.O.D.’s Pendulum zones are full, it can’t use its effect again to stop Clearwing. Victory is within reach.

But G.O.D. is ready for them. It uses Nova Portal’s Pendulum effect to destroy both Nova Portal cards, freeing up its Pendulum zones and giving it the opportunity to use its attack- and effect-negating abilities once again. All of Yuya’s work was for nothing. The situation seems insurmountable.

G.O.D. offers Yuya an alternative way out: give up Adam’s power and surrender the duel. Surrender and receive a world where he and his family can live in peace, without the World Illusion, and without memories of G.O.D.

Yuya imagines what might have been, had his father not triggered the World Illusion. His brothers, alive, having a picnic with him on his birthday. Lots of laughs as they brag about whose gift is the best. His father, safe, joining in their fun. What a wonderful birthday.

Yuya’s heart is filled with sadness. He lifts up his right hand and looks at it, ready to lay it on his deck in surrender. But Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo each place one of their hands on top of his, snapping Yuya out of his escapist thoughts. They died protecting him, and they are proud of that truth. They promise to always be with him.

As their bodies continue to fade away, the three use the last of their strength to enter Yuya’s deep consciousness, where the Adam Factor tree stands. They place their hands upon it, transforming it into power for Yuya.

A brilliant light glows from Yuya’s deck.

Thoughts

Is it just me or did Yuya succumb to G.O.D.’s temptation a little too easily? G.O.D. ruined Yuya’s life. His family’s lives. The lives of Eve and her allies. G.O.D. extinguished an entire living universe. Corrupting space-time to satisfy individual happiness? Unforgivable! Yuya understands all of this.

But now? After G.O.D. offers Yuya new hope?

“You mean I can benefit from these selfish desires? Maaaaybe G.O.D. isn’t so bad after all…”

Yuya, what are you doing?! I guess your outlook on life and moral compass can quickly change when you start a duel with excitement and anticipation only to end up plunging into despair.

Fortunately, Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo are there the entire time to keep Yuya anchored to reality. Even though their remaining selves are fading away, they have never been stronger or more important to Yuya than at this moment.

One thing I wish the story could discuss further is the nature of Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo’s psychological connection with Yuya, and why they are fading away. By some unexplained phenomenon, their consciousnesses were able to remain within Yuya after the World Illusion. But this connection, for whatever reason, isn’t permanent and now they are gone. It’s heartbreaking that their familial bonds aren’t strong enough to keep them together.

Yuya is confirmed as the youngest Sakaki brother. Yugo says so! Dawww.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 38: “Our Pride!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 43 (September 24, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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

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

September 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba, shocked by Gozaburo Kaiba's plays in episode 120

For the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter that First 4 Figures might be releasing a Yu-Gi-Oh! statue. Unlike producers of mass-market collectibles, F4F is renowned for making ultra high-end statues, each individually numbered and costing in the hundreds of dollars.

Anime series like Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, One Punch-Man, and Samurai Champloo have all been blessed by the company’s masterful touch, as have video game franchises like Castlevania, Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

With its incredible track record and reputation, it’s no wonder so many people are excited about the possibility of F4F taking on the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Now, the much-whispered-about F4F Yu-Gi-Oh! figure has finally been confirmed!

Speaking to media industry publication World Screen, Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, announced that First 4 Figures has a resin Yu-Gi-Oh! statue in the works!

Coleman further recognized the importance of the collectibles market, stating that “Offering bespoke and limited-edition collections is something retailers and consumers all around the world are looking for.”

While neither Coleman nor F4F has revealed which Yu-Gi-Oh! character or monster will be getting a statue, F4F has already divulged a lot of information in the past…

Yu-Gi-Oh! and First 4 Figures: What Do We Know So Far?

First 4 Figures gauges interest in various anime and video game properties by polling its followers in its First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club Facebook Group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group and the Facebook links I’ve posted below.)

In May 2016, F4F’s owner, Alex Davis, posted a basic poll about Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, just to see if this property could sell. At the time, there was not much interest among voters for such products. But Yu-Gi-Oh! fans were loud and very persistent, spending many, many months rallying in favor of the King of Games. Eventually, their effort paid off and resulted in close to 700 positive votes.

There would be no more Yu-Gi-Oh! polls from Davis until August 4, 2017, when he asked fans what Yu-Gi-Oh! figures they would be interested in seeing. Blue-Eyes White Dragon garnered the biggest following with over 800 votes, followed by Dark Magician and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Voters also suggested nearly a hundred other options.

Davis followed up quickly in an August 14, 2017, poll, stating that the previous poll “really had my attention.” Would fans be interested in a $400+ Blue-Eyes White Dragon that measured 15 to 25 percent larger than Good Smile’s 2011 Blue-Eyes White Dragon? For comparison, Good Smile’s figure with its base measures about 18 inches tall and costs over $850 at the then-exchange rate. About two-thirds of the voters were in favor of such a design.

Then, in September 2017, Davis polled the audience about the possibility of a $400+ Dark Magician (again, about two-thirds voted in favor) and about their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! series (not surprisingly, the original was the overwhelming favorite).

On October 7, 2017, Davis relayed some very good news. “Time to speak to the licensor to talk about how you guys pushed for Yu-Gi-Oh!” he wrote. “Thanks for your support!” His post indicated that he was writing from New York City, the home of 4K Media.

Davis admitted in a November 2017 Q&A live stream that he ignored Yu-Gi-Oh! for a year and a half because “it didn’t have a great fanbase.” But after interest grew so significantly during that period of time, the results were too substantial for him to ignore. He further revealed that he had submitted all of the legal paperwork, product proposals, and counterproposals necessary to get the ball rolling. The subsequent approval process could take months.

On January 12, 2018, Davis stated in a Q&A that he was “looking very closely into Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Then, on January 20, he introduced a new poll about the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, “just in case we can snag the license.” Would fans like to see a “chunky” design of Blue-Eyes, similar to the artwork in the manga? Or a “svelte” design like the “YAP1” Blue-Eyes from the 10th Anniversary Pack? Voters were almost evenly split. Ultimately, Davis said in his January 26 Q&A that he would go for a size between svelte and chunky.

On May 23, Davis posted a photo of himself posing in front of Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon at 4K Media’s booth at the 2018 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since then, Alex Davis and First 4 Figures have been mum about their involvement with Yu-Gi-Oh! and 4K Media. In several of the weekly Q&A live streams, Davis has simply brushed off questions about Yu-Gi-Oh!, stating that there is nothing to report.

Now that 4K Media has formally revealed its relationship with First 4 Figures, maybe there will be more announcements coming down the pike…

For more information about F4F, and to take part in its polls and Q&A live streams, check out the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.

So what statues do you think F4F will release? Blue-Eyes White Dragon? Dark Magician? Both? What high-end Yu-Gi-Oh! figures would you like to see?

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Wins Big at 6th Annual Behind the Voice Actors Anime Dub Awards

September 22, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba greeting Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Congratulations to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which was a huge winner at the Behind the Voice Actors Anime Dub Awards presented yesterday evening at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival! The BTVA Anime Dub Awards, now in its sixth year, honored the best English voice performances in anime TV shows and movies released in 2017. There are two winners for each award: one selected by BTVA’s staff and one voted on by fans.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD took home the award for Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Movie/Special, selected by both BTVA’s staff and fans. Other nominees:

  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie
  • The Dragon Dentist
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower
  • Napping Princess
  • One Piece Film: Gold
  • A Silent Voice
  • Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island

Eric Stuart, the voice of Seto Kaiba, landed the award for Best Male Lead Performance in an Anime Movie/Special, selected by BTVA’s staff. Other nominees:

  • Bryce Papenbrook as Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya in Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
  • Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
  • Clint Beckham as Akihito Kanbara in Beyond the Boundary -I’ll Be Here- Future
  • Dan Green as Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • Keith Silverstein as Gild Tesoro in One Piece Film: Gold
  • Matthew Mercer as Kuroh Yatogami in K: Missing Kings
  • Robbie Daymond as Shoya Ishida in A Silent Voice
  • Scott Gibbs as Riku Dola in No Game No Life Zero
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke Uchiha in Boruto: Naruto the Movie

And Dan Green, the voice of Yugi Muto, was the pick for the Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special by both BTVA’s staff and fans. Other nominees:

  • Daniel Fredrick as Grell Sutcliff in Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
  • Jeff Nimoy as Tentomon in Digimon Adventure tri.
  • Ken Kramer as Najib in Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island
  • Lex Woutas as Ichiro Watanabe in Napping Princess
  • Michael Adamthwaite as Captain Razzak in Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island
  • Michael Dobson as Daal in Sinbad: The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands
  • Michael Sinterniklaas as Animus in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
  • Ricco Fajardo as John Paul in Genocidal Organ
  • Robert Martin Klein as Gomamon in Digimon Adventure tri.

Amy Birnbaum, who plays Téa Gardner, and Tara Sands, the voice of Mokuba Kaiba, were both nominees for Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special.

Yugi Confirmed Playable in Jump Force Video Game, Fights Using Monsters

September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jump Force Yu-Gi-Oh! promo image featuring Yami Yugi with Slifer the Sky Dragon, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl

Bandai Namco Entertainment today revealed additional information about Yugi’s appearance in its upcoming Jump Force video game. The publisher confirmed that Yugi is a playable character in the game and pictured him armed with his Duel Disk and deck. Bandai Namco further stated that Yugi fights using Spell cards and Monster cards, including Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Slifer the Sky Dragon.

Jump Force debuts on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam in 2019. It is available for pre-order right now.

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Yugi Joins Jump Force Video Game

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