Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Comes to New York City

September 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Advertisement for Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza at New York Comic Con 2019 isn’t the only activity that Konami is bringing to the Big Apple. Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show will be there too on the same weekend, complete with some new artwork on display and new limited edition prints, posters, T-shirts, and pins for sale.

Look for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tribute Art Show NYC at 555 West 25th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue. That’s a half-mile walk from NYCC at the Javits Center.

The exhibition’s hours are:

  • Thursday, October 3, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 4, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free, and the first 100 people to visit each day will receive a collector’s button.

Furthermore, there will be signings with some of the participating artists, and with some Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors, including Daniel J. Edwards (Aigami) and Sam Black (Battle Beast).

Don’t forget to wear your NYCC 2019 Yami Yugi T-shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com!

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook Fan Page, Yu-Gi-Oh! News – September 2019, @Galleries1988)

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive Yami Yugi NYCC 2019 Shirt

September 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Yami Yugi NYCC 2019 shirt design

Just in time for New York Comic Con 2019, Konami today added an exclusive new T-shirt to its official store, ShopYuGiOh.com. Outlined in yellow and ready to duel, Yami Yugi is popping out of this Big Apple-themed shirt, which features the Empire State Building in the background.

Order today and wear it with pride at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza at New York Comic Con. Prices for this short-sleeve T-shirt start at $23.95. Unisex and women’s cuts are available.

Look for Konami at booth #1321 at NYCC from October 3 through 6 for a weekend filled with fun duels and cool products. Keep your eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for a list of activities taking place at the Extravaganza at NYCC, coming soon.

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Dark Magician SDCC 2019 Exclusive Shirt

Close-up of the Yami Yugi NYCC 2019 shirt design

Animedia Magazine Confirms Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Ends on September 25

September 10, 2019 at 12:30 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments

Ai, dejected as he looks at Playmaker's lifeless body in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 94

The October issue of Gakken’s Animedia magazine confirmed today that Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will broadcast its final episode on September 25. The series will end with its 120th episode.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS’s time slot will be filled on October 2 by a new anime, Ahiru no Sora.

Voice actor Yuki Kaji, who plays Takeru Homura (Soulburner), announced that he had recorded the final episode of a “certain show” on August 12. Although he did not name the show, fans noted that the only show that fit the bill was Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Coincidentally, Kaji has been cast as the lead character in Ahiru no Sora.

(News from ANN)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 6 Available Now

September 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 6, from VIZ Media, digital edition

The endgame is near for Yuya Sakaki and his friends in the newest graphic novel of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from VIZ Media. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 6, “Challenge the Legends!!,” includes chapters 32 through 37, which were originally simulpubbed in Weekly Shonen Jump, along with some bonus content. Released on September 3, it is available for a suggested retail price of $6.99 for the digital edition and $9.99 for the print.

Things get serious for Yuya in this volume when he at last meets Eve for a duel to seize the G.O.D. card and to put an end to her twisted ways. Amid the stressors of battle, Yuya learns the reality of his past and his other personalities. He’s going to need all of their help if he hopes to defeat Eve and the legendary monsters that have traveled with her across time and space. Meanwhile, Reiji Akaba encounters Adam, who reveals the truth about the power of the Adam Factor.

As he does in previous books, illustrator Naohito Miyoshi offers some neat design sketches and commentary about his creations as extras in between each chapter. Getting the spotlight in this volume are D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, Timelord Progenitor Vorpgate, No. XX Infinity Dark Hope, and Genesis Omega Dragon. Miyoshi also comments on having to make “a lot of corrections,” which took a real toll on him. Nevertheless, he thanks the readers for their help.

Picking up the print edition of this volume also nets you an Ultra Rare copy of Eve’s Timelord Progenitor Vorpgate card, available while supplies last.

Speaking of Eve, she is looking good posing with G.O.D. (isn’t this a bit of a spoiler?) on the cover of this book. Is anyone else a little surprised to see that Eve doesn’t have white hair? She looks a less like a mystical interdimensional space-time traveler and more like a…normal person.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 5 Available Now

Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Host, Translator Loses Job After Giving Interviews

September 8, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Yusei grimacing in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 47

A popular host at Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! events has lost his job after participating in online discussions where he provided details about his work and Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! business.

Oliver Gehrmann, a freelance contractor for Konami based in Berlin, Germany, has been a host for Konami EU’s major Yu-Gi-Oh! events for the past five years. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will recognize him from numerous YCS, European Championship, and National Championship live streams. Additionally, Gehrmann worked with the German Yu-Gi-Oh! translator to review the content of Konami’s trading card products.

In July, Gehrmann participated in two conversations with the Yu-Gi-Oh! community where he spoke in depth about the history of his work with Yu-Gi-Oh! and about the organization and execution of Yu-Gi-Oh! events. The first was a live streamed interview with prominent Yugituber Nadhir “Farfa” Mazouni. The second was a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) discussion. In addition to offering his opinions, both positive and negative, about Yu-Gi-Oh! and his employer, Gehrmann’s discussions touched upon some financial information about the events, unrealized Yu-Gi-Oh! business endeavors, and other potentially market-sensitive information.

Yesterday, Gehrmann revealed that Konami’s Japan office was none too happy about these interactions with the community and doesn’t want the 35-year-old freelancer involved with Yu-Gi-Oh! any longer.

Oliver Gehrmann will not be at any more Yu-Gi-Oh! events for the rest of 2019, and “very likely” will not be at any events next year either, he explained in a video posted to the Zodiac Duelist Facebook group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

“A little while ago, I got a phone call. And in that phone call with the [Konami] U.K. office, I had been told that I will not be booked for any more events this year,” said Gehrmann.

“The truth is I don’t know who kicked me out. I don’t know who made the final call. What I had been told is that someone in Japan did not like the things that I did.”

What did he do that warranted his removal?

“The thing is, I’ve been told that in the Ask Me Anything on Reddit and in the interview I did on Farfa’s stream, I came across too much like a Konami employee,” said Gehrmann. “That’s it. […] And that’s a crime, especially when you’re doing this for 16 years. And I disagree with that.

“I have been in the industry for long enough to know that doing something like this interview could backfire, so what I did is I checked with the U.K. office before I did the interview. Nadhir knows this. Nadhir had to wait for that confirmation when I first told him, ‘Hey, I would be interested in doing the interview but let me check.’ He knew this. I was very transparent with him about that. And the same thing with Reddit. Both times I checked with the U.K. office and they said, ‘You can do those things. Just make sure that you make it clear that you’re not a Konami employee.’ And both times I did.”

After learning the reason for the Japan office’s decision, Gehrmann, rightfully upset, again approached the U.K. office, who acknowledged giving him permission to do the interview. However, “they basically said, ‘Yeah, we know. But someone in Japan doesn’t like it.'”

“Everything gets decided in Japan, apparently,” Gehrmann laughed.

Furthermore, Gehrmann has lost his job as one of Yu-Gi-Oh!’s German translators. The translation process is coordinated in Japan, so he asked his Japanese colleagues if there was something wrong with his work.

“They said, ‘It’s not always deadlines and work. Sometimes it’s other things.'”

Gehrmann pressed for an answer, knowing full well that his audacity would seal his fate with this Japanese company. Ultimately, he was only told that “it’s for business reasons.”

The writing may have already been on the wall for Gehrmann even before his July interactions with the community. Gehrmann noted that back in February or March, he received a phone call confirming that he would be hosting this year’s World Championship. However, two months prior to the event, he learned that someone in Japan decided against this and wanted different hosts.

Oliver Gehrmann began playing Yu-Gi-Oh! in 2003, then moved on to judging, eventually advancing all the way up to the World Championship level as a head judge. He began providing written coverage for Yu-Gi-Oh! in late 2004. Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of his debut as a live stream host.

(h/t A11sopp)

Taka Corp Studio Tweaks Exodia Bust Design, Teases Plan for Another Bust

September 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Prototype bust of Exodia the Forbidden One by Taka Corp Studio at Japan Expo 2019
Photo by @Takacorpstudio

High-end collectibles producer Taka Corp Studio today provided an update about its works in progress, including its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Exodia the Forbidden One bust. The France-based company originally unveiled an unpainted prototype at Japan Expo back in July. Now, Exodia is getting some design adjustments at Konami’s request:

At the request of the rights holders, we reworked the shape of Exodia’s horns. This new version is in validation, we will attack the painting as soon as we have the agreement of the rights holders. The concept of the millennium puzzle and the next bust are currently being validated.

Taka Corp’s Millennium Puzzle talk refers to its eagerness to make a 1/1 scale piece of Yugi’s iconic item, which the company also hinted at back in July.

But the biggest surprise here is that there are already plans for a second bust, even before Exodia is completed. Wow! Which monster or character do you think is worthy of getting such a statue next?

Previously:
Taka Corp Studio Unveils Exodia Bust Sculpture

Kazuki Takahashi Authors New Story for Marvel, Shonen Jump+ Collaboration

September 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | 3 Comments
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Announcement banner for Marvel and Shonen Jump Plus collaboration
Marvel x Shonen Jump+
Super Collaboration!!
Japan and America’s two mega giants present a miraculous collaboration!!!
Seven Jump authors will draw their own Marvel story!!
Tuesday, September 3 >>> Wednesday, November 27

This fall, Marvel and Shueisha’s online publication Shonen Jump+ are partnering to produce several original manga stories that feature Marvel characters. Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi is participating in this collaboration with his work, SECRET REVERSE, a two-parter that will be published on September 4 and November 27.

The full line-up for this collaboration is as follows:

* September 3: Interview with Marvel’s Editor in Chief by Takeshi Sakurai (The Right Way to Make Jump)

* September 4: SECRET REVERSE, Part 1, by Kazuki Takahashi

* September 18: Gag Reel by Hachi Mizuno (Akuten Wars illustrator)

* October 2: Interview with Heroes by Ken Ogino (Lady Justice)

* October 16: SAMURAI by Sanshiro Kasama and Hikaru Uesugi (Tsugihagi Quest author and illustrator)

* October 30: Halloween Avengers by mato (The Emperor and I)

* November 13: Ant-Man+ by Toyotaka Haneda (Vocchi-men)

* November 27: SECRET REVERSE, Part 2, by Kazuki Takahashi

These stories are free to read in Japanese on Shonen Jump+ (click the red 読む!!! arrow beneath each title). There’s no word on whether they will see an English release in the future.

(h/t Bleeding Cool)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD Box Set Available Now

September 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki plushie hiding behind Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD box set

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s home videos have come to an end with the release of season 3 on DVD by Cinedigm. This box set contains the final 49 episodes of the English-dubbed anime, which ran on Nicktoons from January through December of 2018. This Labor Day holiday, why not take a moment to relax with Yuya and his friends one more time as they venture to the Xyz Dimension to try to save their universe?

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 box was released last Tuesday, August 27, and contains two volumes, each with three DVD discs. You can find this region 1 set for a suggested retail price of $44.99 at your favorite retailer.

This is the first English-language home video product that is branded with Konami’s logo instead of 4K Media’s since the company’s renaming earlier this year.

Cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD box set

What Happened to the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Blu-ray Releases?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 was the first time any Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series received a high-definition Blu-ray release. Its BD and DVD debuted alongside each other in September 2016. What has happened since then?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 was originally slated to see both a BD and DVD release on May 8, 2018. But only the DVD ended up being released on that date. According to retailers I spoke to, the BD release was postponed to June 5, and then again to June 26. Worse yet, the release changed from a typical pressed BD to a print-on-demand BD-R product that cost $89.99, which not all retailers could even order from their wholesaler. And although June 26 was the official street date, few retailers acquired the product in advance, which meant that unless you pre-ordered the set, you were in for a long wait as the discs were made.

And now, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 has no BD release at all.

While no one has issued a statement about this loss, it’s not hard to hypothesize what happened. Ultimately, this only reinforces the imperativeness of pre-ordering a video product that you really want, especially if it is a niche title like this Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off.

It’s not the end of the world though, because season 3 can still be purchased in high definition from all of the usual digital video platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

As of this writing, Cinedigm has not responded to a request for comment about the lack of a Blu-ray release for season 3.

Ahiru no Sora Anime Takes Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Time Slot on October 2

August 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Ai flailing his arms in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 50

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is losing its Wednesday, 6:25 pm JST, time slot on TV Tokyo on October 2.

An advertisement released today for the upcoming anime Ahiru no Sora reveals that this new show will premiere in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS’s current time slot on October 2.

There is not yet any confirmation whether this means Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will be ending the week prior or seeing a schedule change.

(h/t Starlight Breaking News)

Digital Manga Sale: $2 Off All Yu-Gi-Oh! Volumes on All Platforms

August 13, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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VIZ Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! digital sale August 2019 ad on comiXology

It’s time to d-d-d-d-d-download some volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga! This week, VIZ Media is putting every Yu-Gi-Oh! volume on sale on every major e-book platform. All 75 volumes currently available, from Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! story to the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V volume, is $4.99 — that’s $2 off the regular price of $6.99 (and half off the $9.99 price of a printed book!).

Check VIZ’s website for links to buy each volume:

This sale starts today, August 13, and ends on August 19. The discount applies to all books sold on VIZ’s app/website, comiXology, Google Play Books, Apple Books, Kindle (Amazon), and Nook (Barnes & Noble).

Keep an eye on VIZ’s digital sale page for new manga deals every week.

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