4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! July Sweepstakes

July 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! July 2016 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media (Konami) is back with another giveaway as this month comes to a close. The Yu-Gi-Oh! July Sweepstakes will award one lucky winner with the following prizes:

  • One Monopoly: Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition. It’s time to b-b-b-b-buy monsters! This is the version produced for the U.S. and Canada by USAopoly.
  • Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Packs. This set was just released last week and features the much sought after Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon.
  • Three Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Rise of the True Dragons Structure Decks.

This sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents ages 6 and up. For more details, check the official rules. The entry period ends July 28.

Wait, there are only two days left to enter? Yup. Although the sweepstakes page went live last Friday, the entry form was disabled because of a glitch. The form only started working earlier today. On the plus side, maybe this means that far fewer people have entered than usual and that your chance of winning is much bigger!

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Menu for August

July 26, 2016 at 7:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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The Machida and Sapporo AnimePlaza stores posted their updated Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe menu yesterday with a mix of new offerings, updated items, and old favorites. (Both locations share the same menu and Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise.) Let’s see what’s cooking!

Little Yugi gets his own Millennium Puzzle Drink this time around with grapeade, Blue Hawaii syrup, mixed berries, fresh cream, and sponge cake. Also making its debut is Kaito’s hot cocoa with cocoa, fresh cream, and chocolate sauce.

Yugi and Kaito's drinks at the AnimePlaza Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe

Updated drinks:

  • Yami Yugi – “Millennium Puzzle Drink, Dark Version” – grapeade, Blue Hawaii syrup, seltzer water, mixed berries, fresh cream, sponge cake.
  • Jack – “Blue-Eyes Mountain” – Coffee (Blue Mountain), shortcake.
  • Yuya – “Now The Fun Has Really Begun!” – Melon soda, vanilla ice cream, fresh cream, mini tomato, nata de coco.

Returning drinks:

  • Kaiba – “Burst Stream of Destruction!?” – Blue Curaçao, Calpis (Calpico), Sprite, Ramune sherbet.
  • Jonouchi – “What Can Be Seen But Remains Unseen – Thousand Nose Breath of Friendship” – Orangeade, ginger ale, fresh-cut oranges.
  • Judai – “Gotcha☆ Let’s Duel!” – Strawberry Curaçao, cola, strawberries, apples, fresh cream.
  • Manjome – “Ojamas Have Also Appeared!? Manjome Thunder!” – Chocolate syrup, coffee, milk, banana, Pocky.
  • Yusei – “For Now, I’d Like Some Milk…” – Milk.
  • Yuma – “Kattobing!” – Blue Curaçao, pink grape syrup, Sprite, kiwi, cherry.

For the main course, Number 39: Utopia is happy to introduce its very own dish — “The Bearer of the White Wings of Hope!” Consisting of a Japanese rice omelet, white sauce, mint cherry, and ketchup, this dish looks very much like the center of Utopia’s breastplate.

Number 39 Utopia's omelet rice dish at the AnimePlaza Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe

Updated main dishes:

  • Anzu – “Anzu’s If You Tell, Then… Burger” – Teriyaki hamburger, mayonnaise
  • Yuya – “Sakaki Family Pancake Act 2” – Hotcakes, fried whitefish, tartar sauce, ketchup, red leaf lettuce.
  • Jack – “Jack Atlas’ Deluxe Synchro Lunchbox (Revised)” – Rice, frankfurters, salmon, french fries, meatballs, fried prawns, hamburger, sausage, octopus, lettuce.

Returning main dishes:

  • Duel Academia – “Duel Academia’s Deluxe Draw Bread” – Bread, fried egg, lettuce, cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise.
  • Kiryu – “This Will Have to Satisfy Me! Kyosuke Kiryu Satisfaction Pasta” – Pasta carbonara, meat sauce, seafood mix, Parmesan cheese
  • Yuma – “Yuma’s Extra Special Duel Meal” – Rice ball, battered and deep-fried shrimp.

And for dessert, Sora wants you to know that “I Fusion Summon Ice Cream and Pudding!” With pudding, marbled ice cream, sponge cake, fresh cream, and a lollipop, this concoction is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. And maybe induce diabetes.

Sora Shiunin's fusion dessert at the AnimePlaza Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe

Returning desserts:

  • Kuriboh – “Kuriboh & Winged Kuriboh’s Mont Blanc” – Chocolate Mont Blanc, regular Mont Blanc, fresh cream.
  • Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl – “Bonds of the Master and Disciple – Black Magic Sweet Burning” – Ramune ice cream, blueberries, chocolate cake, nata de coco, whipped cream.
  • Johann – “Johann’s Gem Beast Parfait” – Fruit parfait served with vanilla ice cream.
  • Astral – “Astral’s Cool Ice Cream” – Mint ice cream, nata de coco, pineapple.
  • Reiji – “Reiji’s Trap Sweets – ‘Contract with the Berries'” – Blueberry cake, strawberry sauce.

Check out those Kuriboh. A few months ago, they were pretty content sitting on a plate. Now? They look a little concerned about their well-being.

Kuriboh and Winged Kuriboh Mont Blanc desserts, then and now
Edible Kuriboh: then and now

Aww…

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Returns to Tokyo (and Sapporo!) in August

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 12: ‘High-Speed Strategy!’

July 25, 2016 at 5:52 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugo and Ren on their Duel Runners in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 12

Yuya Sakaki lies on his sofa, asleep but writhing as if he is in pain. Beads of sweat drip down his face while Yuzu looks on worryingly.

“Yugo… Yugo…” mumbles Yuya.

Deep in the recesses of Yuya’s mind, Yugo is struggling hard in a Turbo Duel. He has summoned his ace monster, Clearwing Fast Dragon, and pushed forward to try to overtake his mysterious masked opponent Ren. But Ren faster. And maybe even stronger. Yugo, with fire in his eyes, pushes his Duel Runner to its limit, but his speed proves to be undoing. He loses control on the tortuous highway that is Yuya’s mind and tumbles off a cliff.

All of a sudden, the ground far below Yugo begins to tremble and a roadway rises out of the earth. Yugo and his Duel Runner land safely on the pavement. He steadies himself, surges forward, and hops his bike back onto the highway he was previously driving on. Ren, slightly taken aback by what he has just seen, wonders if Yuya’s consciousness had sensed that Yugo was in danger.

Yugo is back in action. He catches up with Ren and makes his move. Clearwing Fast Dragon destroys Ren’s White Aura Dolphin! Ren is full of tricks though. By banishing one of his White monsters from his graveyard, Red is able to revive his Dolphin. He then Synchro summons an even more powerful monster, White Aura Whale.

A gargantuan white sea monster with 12 eyes erupts out of the waters beside the roadway and towers above the duelists in the air.

“That thing’s huge!” exclaims Yugo. Huge doesn’t begin to describe it. Clearwing Fast Dragon might as well be krill for the beast hovering overhead.

When White Aura Whale is destroyed, it can return from the graveyard in the same way that White Aura Dolphin can, Ren explains. “My Synchros remain in continual flux! It’s called Reincarnation Synchro!”

Ren orders his mighty White Aura Whale to attack Yugo’s Clearwing. The Whale descends from the sky, swallows up the Dragon, and completely demolishes the path behind Yugo as its mountainous body slams against roadway and dives back into the water.

And when White Aura Whale destroys a monster, it gets to attack again, laughs Ren.

This is all too much for Yugo. He can’t win against Ren, he thinks as his life points fall. He freezes up, eyes wide open as he fears what is to come. Suddenly, he hears a voice. It’s Yuya.

“C’mon, Yugo!”

The voice brings back images of the past. A packed motor racing arena. A young Yugo, fully decked out in a racing suit, struggles in a pocket bike race. Another young boy stands tall in the crowd and gives a thumbs-up.

“You can do it, Yugo!” It’s Yuya. He smiles as Yugo passes by him on his bike. Yugo smiles back.

The vision reawakens Yugo’s drive to win.

Young Yuya cheering on young Yugo in a pocket bike race in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 12

“I made up my mind to always protect you!” he proclaims.

As Ren orders White Aura Whale to move in for its second attack, Yugo activates the continuous trap Synchro Panic. It returns his Clearwing’s Synchro materials, Passing Rider and Domino Butterfly, back to his field, and prevents them from being destroyed this turn. But the trap comes at a price; neither duelist can Synchro summon for three turns. Yugo shuts down Ren’s Reincarnation Synchro strategy, but also stops himself from bringing back his own ace.

Yugo is safe for now, but with his life points low, he needs to find a way out of this juncture. He realizes that Ren hasn’t been able to pull too much farther ahead. Has Yugo spotted Ren’s weakness? As the duelists approach a right turn, Yugo jets forward to the right of Ren and prepares to pass him.

Ren sees now that Yugo has figured out his riding technique. He once crashed while making a right turn so he tends to leave an opening to his right. He leans in to block Yugo, but is suddenly blinded by a cloud of fog. Yugo pulls ahead.

The duelists are now entering the depths of Yuya’s heart, says Yugo. And it’s a course that he’s ridden hundreds of times.

Thoughts

Whereas last chapter dealt elegantly with essence of Turbo Duels — the physics, mechanics, and the focus needed — this chapter reminds us how important a powerful duel strategy is. Ren’s terribly effective technique is given a name: Reincarnation Synchro. And what a dangerous technique this is. When his White monsters are destroyed, not only can they be revived, but they also return as Tuners. As long as he can pay the costs by banishing a monster, he has nearly endless opportunities to Synchro summon. This impressive strategy doesn’t exist in the real-life card game… yet.

But hey, let’s talk about what’s really important here. Little Yugo riding a pocket bike. And happy little Yuya giving him a thumbs up. Hnnnggg. So much cute. That flashback only appears for one page, but it reveals something important. Yugo has memories of himself outside of Yuya’s body. The two really are separate characters, which means that at some point in their past, something happened that united their personalities into one body. And if this is true for Yugo, it wouldn’t be a stretch to believe that it’s also true for Yuto and Yuri. This assumes, of course, that these memories are even real. And knowing how messed up Yuya’s memories are, who knows what’s true or not at this point in the story.

Hey, the recap of the previous chapter calls Ren “an agent for Reiji Akaba.” Wha? Is he really? Where was this previously stated? But now that this is mentioned, his hair does actually look kind of like Reiji’s, doesn’t it? Hmm…

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 12: “High-Speed Strategy” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 34 (July 25, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Kotobukiya Atem Figure to be Unveiled at Wonder Festival 2016 [Summer]

July 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer banner

The prototype for Kotobukiya’s highly anticipated ArtFX J Atem figure will be unveiled at the Wonder Festival 2016 [Summer] event this Sunday, July 24! This announcement comes today from Kotobukiya’s @es_series, who teased the release with a tiny image of Atem’s chiseled shoulder and arm.

Kotobukiya revealed at Anime Expo earlier this month that it has the license to sell Atem and many of its other Yu-Gi-Oh! figures directly in the U.S. Atem is slated for a release in 2017.

Wonder Festival (or Wonfes for short) is the world’s largest event dedicated to garage kits and figures. Held every summer and winter in Chiba, Japan, Wonfes attracts over 50,000 attendees and almost 2,000 professional and amateur exhibitors for a day filled with stellar 3D models and toys. Be on the lookout for pics! #wf2016s

Update (July 24): The images are in and, I must say, Atem’s pose looks even better than the one in the illustration Kotobukiya shared at Anime Expo.

Kotobukiya ArtFX Atem prototype image 1
Photo by @akita_y48

Kotobukiya ArtFX Atem prototype image 2
Photo by @amiamihobbynews

Kotobukiya ArtFX Atem prototype face close-up
Photo by @kotobukiyas

The 1/7th scale figure stands about 240 mm (9.4 inches) tall. Its price and exact release date are still to be determined.

UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced

July 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards logo
Punny yet classy

At its San Diego Comic Con panel today, UDON Entertainment teased additional details about its upcoming new Yu-Gi-Oh! art book endeavor, which will collect high-quality illustrations from the pool of over 7,000 trading card images in the game.

The first book will be titled Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards and will include more than 800 pieces of card artwork from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime as well as from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters storyline. The company touts the book as “an easy-to-read, A-to-Z listing showcasing all your favorite card art from ‘Agido’ to ‘Zombie Warrior’ and everything in between.”

UDON did not offer a specific release date for the book, but has previously noted that sales will begin in the fourth quarter of this year in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Previously:
4K Media, UDON to Publish Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Art Books

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Returns to Tokyo in August

July 21, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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AnimePlaza Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe advertisement

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe is making a grand return! The AnimePlaza store in Machida in southwest Tokyo announced yesterday that it will be hosting the popular Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed cafe from August 5 through 31. Its website highlights a wide assortment of Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise available to its lucky patrons, including some cool new coasters and placemats and yet-to-be-revealed new items. The cafe’s revamped menu features some old favorites, updated treats, and a few surprises.

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe previously made an appearance in Ikebukuro and Sapporo.

Update: Ah, how could I miss this? The Sapporo AnimePlaza is also bringing back the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe. It, too, will have the updated menu and merchandise list. Check out its website.

Update (July 26): The new menu is now up. Check it out!

Kotobukiya Yu-Gi-Oh! Figures Coming Soon

July 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Illustration of Kotobukiya's upcoming Atem figure
Photo from Kotobukiya

Some of Kotobukiya’s most popular 1/7th scale Yu-Gi-Oh! figures are finally making their way to the West. The Tokyo-based figure and model kit manufacturer today posted photos of several of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! figures that it is highlighting at its booth at Anime Expo.

The full line of upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, their suggested retail prices, and availability dates provided by Kotobukiya are as follows. I’ve provided links to their original Japanese releases listed on the company’s website.

From the ArtFX J line:

From the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie line:

Some of these figures are no longer being produced in Japan, so it is an absolute thrill to see them get remade for English-speaking fans.

Related:
Good Smile Company Brings Yu-Gi-Oh! Figures to the West

VIZ Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Vol. 1 Manga Coming Spring 2017

July 1, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Shueisha's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Vol. 1 manga

VIZ Media announced today at Anime Expo that it plans to print the first volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga sometime in spring 2017. The series, whose chapters are released monthly in Japan in Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, is currently being simulpubbed by VIZ in its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The series has 11 chapters so far.

Volume 1 of the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V graphic novel compilation, pictured above, is published by Shueisha in its Jump Comics line and contains chapters 1 through 6. It was released in April earlier this year and included an Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon OCG promo card.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 69 – Age/Sex/Life Points

June 29, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Joey ain't a great duelist -- YGOTAS episode 69
Aw, Joey ain’t that bad.

“Here we are!” It’s the newest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged from LittleKuriboh — episode 69, “Age/Sex/Life Points” (on YouTube, TFS). Mai, now more powerful than ever, seeks to destroy all ties from her former, destitute life that consisted of only money, fame, and friends, and Joey is her first victim. Can he make it out of this duel with his soul intact? Meanwhile, Yami and Yugi debate about the existence of souls and Duke gushes about the success of his dice game. Obligatory “69, dudes!”

Haven’t watched YGOTAS in a long while? Don’t worry, there are tons of callbacks in this episode. Yami’s slaves? Mai’s breasts? Dungeon Dice Monsters? The Dork Side? Ancient laser beamz? It’s like you never missed anything! Check your pulse!

By the way, the Egyptian god that’s half crocodile, half hippopotamus, and half lion? It isn’t 150 percent of craziness — it’s real. Of course. Of course it is.

Michael Liscio Jr., Greg Abbey to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2016 North American World Championship Qualifier

June 28, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki catching a card in midair in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 4

The 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier will take place on July 9 and 10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year’s event promises to be an especially exciting one because Konami has revealed that it will welcome a brand-new guest: Michael Liscio Jr., the voice of Yuya Sakaki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime! Outside of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Michael also plays Clemont and Inkay in Pokemon and Helia in the newest season of Winx Club.

Also attending the NAWCQ is Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament veteran Greg Abbey, the voice of Yusei Fudo in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Tristan Taylor in Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!. Greg participated in the first ever scripted live duel at the 2011 NAWCQ and also guested at the YCS Providence 2012 benefit event.

Michael and Greg will be signing autographs all weekend and participating in a live duel. Expect Yuya to play plenty of cards from the recently released Starter Deck – Yuya, and don’t be surprised if he busts out something new from Shining Victories or even The Dark Illusion. Will Yuya’s Performapals make light work of Yusei’s Stardust Dragon? Or will Yusei’s experience at these live duels overwhelm the young Dueltainer?

Check out the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website for more details about this event, including the schedule for the autograph sessions and live duel and a rundown of the public events that all duelists can participate in.

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