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

Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links with The Winged Dragon of Ra

January 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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New artwork of The Winged Dragon of Ra, available in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links to celebrate its third anniversary

Happy third anniversary, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links! The hit mobile game launched globally three years ago today and is celebrating this memorable milestone with a campaign that includes a brand-new art variant of The Winged Dragon of Ra. Duel Links players have the honor of being the first to receive this special card, pictured above, which has never been printed before in any language.

Additionally, duelists will receive eight Card Tickets, including a Dream UR and SR Ticket, plus a new type of Ticket — the Skill Ticket, which can exchanged for a character Skill. Duelists will also get 1000 Gems and a sleeve and playmat set that features new artwork of Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba.

(News from @konamieu)

Taka Corp Studio Announces Atem Bust

December 24, 2019 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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2D concept art of Taka Corp Studio's Atem bust

Premium collectibles maker Taka Corp Studio announced on Sunday that its next Yu-Gi-Oh! product will be a 1/1 scale bust of Atem. The France-based company posted part of the 2D concept art of the pharaoh, pictured above, on Facebook.

Atem’s design has only just been approved, said Taka Corp associate founder Grégory do Cabo in the post’s comments, so there is not yet any information about its release schedule. However, the company plans to have its Exodia bust ready for pre-order in February or March 2020.

Cabo further stated that Taka Corp’s 1/1 scale Millennium Puzzle replica will be released “later.” The Puzzle will be crafted in resin and include an attractive base, he said.

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Announced at Jump Festa 2020

December 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promotional image from TV Tokyo

The seventh Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series — Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS — was announced at Shueisha’s Jump Festa 2020 event in Tokyo this weekend. The two-day celebration of all things Jump included a live-streamed Yu-Gi-Oh! stage show on both days that unveiled the series, which commemorates the anime franchise’s 20th anniversary. Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS follows the adventures of fifth grader Yuga Ohdoh and introduces a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game called Rush Duels. Four of the anime’s voice actors appeared as surprise guests at the stage shows to introduce their characters and talk about how excited they are to participate in this iconic franchise.

A replay of the December 21 and December 22 hour-long live-streamed shows are available on YouTube.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will premiere in April 2020 on TV Tokyo and its sister stations. TV Tokyo has already launched its official website for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.

Also beginning in April, the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! card game in Japan will be divided into two formats. The new Rush Duel format will debut with its own new card products and be promoted together with the SEVENS anime. Master Duels will continue to be offered as usual with the Rise of the Duelist booster set dropping on April 18.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Story

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS takes place in the near future in Goha City, where much of its citizens’ daily lives is influenced by one company: Goha Corporation. As the largest company in the city, Goha Corporation controls everything, from the schools, shopping malls, and arcade centers, to the rules of dueling. It’s a convenient way to live, but feels a bit too restrictive to young Yuga Ohdoh, who attends Goha’s Seventh Elementary School. The fifth grader is a keen duelist and inventor who calls his inventions “Roads.” Yuga develops a new way to duel — the Rush Duel — that allows duelists to continually summon multiple monsters while being able to quickly replenish their hand. Yuga hopes to bring joy to everyone with this new Road.

Goha City, the setting of Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens
Goha Seventh Elementary School (left) and Goha main office building

One day, Yuga’s classmate Luke hears a rumor about a “King of Duels.” The pair heads out to investigate and discovers a mysterious person in front of a stone monument. They learn that in order to become the King of Duels, they must win a duel within a time limit. How will Yuga and his Road, the Rush Duel, take on this challenge?

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Characters

Promotional image of Yuga Ohdoh shown at Jump Festa 2020

Yuga Ohdoh, age 11, is the protagonist of this story. His ace monster is Seventh Road Magician. Yuga is played by 15-year-old actor and singer Hiiro Ishibashi. A newcomer to the world of voice acting, Ishibashi’s only other anime role is in the movie Children of the Sea where he plays Umi, one of the main characters. Ishibashi always watched Yu-Gi-Oh! in elementary school when he was growing up. He says his generation of Yu-Gi-Oh! begins in the latter half of 5D’s and runs through ZEXAL, and laughs that he’s too young to remember GX.

Promotional image of Luke shown at Jump Festa 2020

Tatsuhisa “Luke” Kamijo, age 11, considers himself to be his school’s number one duelist. His ace monster is Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu (Dragon of Continuous Attacks, Drageas). He has a peculiarity about him that causes machines around him to stop working. Luke is voiced by 26-year-old actor Taku Yashiro (Tsukasa Shiba in the Gundam Build Divers series, Natsuo Fujii in Domestic Girlfriend). Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will recognize Yashiro from his roles of Battle Beast in ARC-V and Flame in VRAINS.

Promotional image of Gakuto Sougetsu shown at Jump Festa 2020

Gakuto Sougetsu, age 12, is a sixth grader and the student council president. A serious student who is never late or absent, Gakuto wields Mashou Yameruura (Demon General, Yameruler) as his ace monster. He thinks that the way of dueling as it exists today is correct and proper, a belief that is at odds with Yuga’s. Gakuto is played by 28-year-old voice actor Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in the Tokyo Ghoul series, Taichi Yagami in the Digimon Adventure tri. movies, Takumi Aldini in Food Wars!). Hanae played Hokuto Shijima (Dipper) in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Promotional image of Romin Kirishima shown at Jump Festa 2020

Romin Kirishima, age 11, is another classmate of Yuga’s. She excels academically and athletically and is a popular guitarist in her school’s band, RoaRomin. She says she’s not interested in duels, yet there’s something mysterious about her. Romin is voiced by 20-year-old voice actress Tomori Kusunoki (Setsuna Yuki in the Love Live series, LLENN in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online).

Promotional image of the Seventh Road Magician Rush Duel card shown at Jump Festa 2020
Seventh Road Magician Rush Duel card

Promotional image of the Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu Rush Duel card shown at Jump Festa 2020
Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu Rush Duel card

Promotional image of the main characters shown at Jump Festa 2020

(Note: All romanized names in this write-up are not official.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Staff

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS includes many new people in its production staff.

Animation production is by Bridge. Its most notable works include Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Z, Fairy Tail, Muhyo & Roji, The Royal Tutor, and Shonen Ashibe.

(News from @yugioh_anime, TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS website, Jump Festa’s Yu-Gi-Oh! stage shows)

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe Returns to Tokyo

December 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Banner for Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe at AnimePlaza Ikebukuro

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe was a wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed dining experience that celebrated the franchise’s 20th anniversary in 2016. With special dishes inspired by the series’ characters, fancy dueling decor, and limited edition merchandise, the cafe held three successful runs in four locations in Japan.

Today, ADORES, the entertainment company behind AnimePlaza’s Collaboration Cafe ventures, is bringing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe back to its AnimePlaza store located in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro shopping district! Taking place from December 21, 2019, through January 31, 2020, the cafe will feature new character goods to collect — like coasters, placemats, and keychains — and will wow diners with its clever themed dishes.

Ikebukuro’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Revival Menu includes old favorites from the cafe’s previous runs, new variations of previous dishes, and entirely new creations inspired by Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. Here’s a list of what’s cooking!

Drinks:

Jack Atlas's Blue-Eyes Mountain drink and scone at the AnimePlaza Ikebukuro Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe
At just ¥630, Jack Atlas’s favorite coffee won’t make your wallet cry (unlike the ¥3,000 item at previous Yu-Gi-Oh! cafes).

  • Yami Yugi – “Millennium Puzzle Drink” – Purple melon soda, mixed berries, whipped cream, chocolate slices, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Jonouchi – “Dark Mega Flare!!” – Cola, strawberry sauce, blackcurrant sorbet, silver dragées, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Judai – “Gotcha☆ Let’s Duel!” – Cola, strawberryade, strawberries, whipped cream, tortilla chips.
  • Yusei – “For now, I’d Like Some Milk…” – Milk.
  • Jack – “Blue-Eyes Mountain with Service Scone” (pictured above) – Blue-Eyes Mountain coffee, scone, blueberry sauce, cream cheese.
  • Yuma – “I’m Gonna Kattobing!!” – Sprite, pink melon syrup, whipped cream, blue edible glitter, cherry.
  • Yuya – “The Real Fun Has Just Begun!” – Melon soda, Blue Hawaii syrup, vanilla ice cream, star nata de coco, whipped cream, mini tomato.

Entrees:

Duel Academia's Deluxe Draw Break at the AnimePlaza Ikebukuro Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe
Duel Academia’s most famous sandwich makes its third appearance at the Yu-Gi-Oh cafe.

  • Jonouchi – “Jonouchi Deluxe! Friendship Curry!” – Rice and curry, beef, parsley, milk potion.
  • Anzu – “Anzu’s If You Tell, Then… Burger” – Burger buns, hamburger, teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise, green leaf lettuce, tomato ketchup.
  • Duel Academia – “Duel Academia’s Deluxe Draw Bread” (pictured above) – Burger buns, fried egg, sliced cheese, green leaf lettuce, mayonnaise, tomato ketchup.
  • Kiryu – “This Will Have to Satisfy Me! Kyosuke Kiryu Satisfaction Pasta” – Pasta, meat sauce, carbonara sauce, seafood, mini tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, basil.
  • Number 39: Utopia – “The Bearer of the White Wings of Hope!” – Omelet, chicken and rice, white sauce, mint cherry, tomato ketchup.”
  • Ryoga – “Revive! Therapeutic Meal Before the Revival Duel” – Bread roll, cream stew, potato salad, green leaf lettuce, melon sorbet, green tea.
  • Yuya – “Sakaki Family Pancake” – Hotcakes, breaded pork cutlet, tartar sauce, green leaf lettuce, tomato ketchup.

Desserts:

Yugi's Marshmallon toast dessert at the AnimePlaza Ikebukuro Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe
Cannot be destroyed in battle, but can be devoured.

  • Yugi – “Marshmallon’s Sugary Marshmallow Toast” (pictured above) – Pan loaf bread slice, marshmallows, cocoa powder, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, whipped cream, colored sugar pellets, star sprinkles, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Blue-Eyes White Dragon – “Burst Stream of Destruction Parfait” – Blue salt ice cream, bananas, strawberries, blue gelatin, whipped cream, Blue Hawaii syrup, corn flakes, white chocolate sauce, silver dragées, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Kuriboh – “Kuriboh & Winged Kuriboh’s Mont Blanc” – Mont Blanc, chocolate Mont Blanc, whipped cream, colored sugar pellets, adzuki bean wafer.

New Menu Items:

Playmaker's drink at the AnimePlaza Ikebukuro Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe
It transforms!

  • Playmaker Drink – “Seize the Wind, Playmaker!” (pictured above) – Butterfly pea flower tea, pink lemon syrup, whipped cream, sliced lemon, star nata de coco.
  • Soulburner Drink – “Duelist Clad in Flames” – Sprite, blue lychee syrup, orange gelatin, whipped cream, dried strawberries.
  • Seto Kaiba Drink – “Kaiba Corporation Employee ID Soda” – Calpis (Calpico) soda, Ramune syrup, whipped cream, silver dragées, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Go Onizuka Food – “Hero Recovery Go Onizuka Plate” – Rice, grilled seaweed, star-shaped hamburger, potato salad, rolled omelet, mini tomatoes, broccoli, green leaf lettuce, grapefruit, oranges.
  • Revolver Food – “Appear! The Red Pasta That Satisfies My Appetite!” – Fettuccine, shrimp, cabbage, tomato sauce, garlic butter, black pepper, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Playmaker Dessert – “Hot Dog Shop Deluxe – Dessert Dog” – Hot dog bun, banana, whipped cream, strawberry sauce, white chocolate sauce, strawberryade, blue icing, colored sugar pellets.
  • Ai & Roboppi Dessert – “Bro’s and My Fusion Plate” – Donuts, orange slice, whipped cream, blue icing, black vanilla ice cream, pink feuilletine (crunchy crepe flakes), blueberry sauce.
  • Lightning Dessert – “Appear, The Waffle Circuit That Guides the Light!” – Waffle, diced apples, mango sauce, white chocolate, vanilla ice cream, powdered sugar, tortilla chips.

For regular updates about this Yu-Gi-Oh! Collaboration Cafe, including information about reservations and openings, check out the AnimePlaza Ikebukuro Twitter, @ad_anipla.

Previous AnimePlaza Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe menus:
Ikebukuro: April 2 to May 31, 2016
Sapporo: May 3 to 31, 2016
Machida/Sapporo: August 5 to 31, 2016
Akihabara: October 1 to November 30, 2016

First 4 Figures November Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl Progress Update

December 1, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Seto Kaiba in episode 149

Over half a year has elapsed since First 4 Figures has announced any significant developments with its Yu-Gi-Oh! products. In April, the high-end collectibles maker revealed that it had completely redone its Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician sculpts, a move that transformed the look of the monsters for the better at the cost of delaying their launch. Since then, the company has submitted those designs to Konami for approval and the two have been working together to prepare for production. In November, F4F’s CEO Alex Davis at last provided some promising updates about their progress.

“I just got the a-okay finally on one piece at 3D,” said Davis in his November 15 Q&A live stream. “We’ve reworked that a couple of times as well.”

Davis provided further details on November 23 in a comment in the F4F Official Collectors Club on Facebook. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

“This project [has] been challenging — but we’re now moving to the physical on BEWD [Blue-Eyes White Dragon] and DM [Dark Magician],” Davis wrote. “DMG [Dark Magician Girl] 2D concept is now done and looks sick — moving to 3D on that.”

To date, Davis has not provided any images of Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician’s new designs. But with these latest comments underscoring their progress, we can only hope that he is ready to provide a tease next before printing the prototypes.

Previously:
First 4 Figures April Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Completely Redesigned

Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Sale: 30% Off Everything

November 29, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Banner ad for Gallery1988's 2019 holiday sale

Today, Gallery1988 kicked off its annual holiday sale, with everything in its gallery now 30 percent off. That includes the limited and open edition screen prints and poster print replicas from its Yu-Gi-Oh! art shows. You can pick up Dan Mumford’s Behold, The Legendary Gods. screen print for $42, Tom Whalen’s King of Games screen print for $35, Haste’s Yugi Muto giclee print for $14, and more during this sale.

Enter the code “WINTER” when checking out to get the 30 percent discount. This sale ends on December 31, 2019.

As a reminder, almost all of the 60+ original works displayed at the Yu-Gi-Oh! art shows — even those that aren’t listed on Gallery1988’s website — are available for purchase. Check out my multipart coverage of the Los Angeles and New York shows to see all of the pieces, and if you like any of them, please email Gallery1988 directly to inquire about purchasing.

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon T-shirt from Atsuko

Anime lifestyle apparel brand Atsuko is also offering a week-long sale on all of its goods, with its Yu-Gi-Oh! collection scoring a 30 percent discount. The popular T-shirt featuring Anthony Petrie’s Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon artwork is on sale now for $19.60.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving and Happy Black Friday! Shop safely out there!

(News from @Galleries1988, shopatsuko)

Hulu Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, Restricts The Dark Side of Dimensions to STARZ Subscribers

November 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi looking angry in the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

After streaming for one year on Hulu, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions saw some changes this past weekend on the popular video network.

As of Saturday, the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie has expired on Hulu and is no longer available. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is still available on Hulu, but only to subscribers of STARZ. The premium cable network has been streaming DSoD since April 2018. Hulu viewers can add STARZ to any Hulu plan for an additional $8.99 per month.

These changes are not a total loss though. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is still streaming for free at local libraries that use the hoopla digital borrowing platform. It is also available for digital rental and purchase on select platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, and Microsoft Video. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is available for rental and purchase as well on even more digital platforms, like Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation Store, and YouTube.

Both movies have also received physical releases on Blu-ray and DVD. The widescreen remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie seen on Hulu was released on home video in the U.S. last month, while Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has been on sale in the U.S. since mid-2017.

Coincidentally, Funimation, the owner of Manga Entertainment UK, began streaming both movies in the United Kingdom and Ireland earlier this month. And in Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premiered yesterday on AbemaTV, a free video streaming network.

Previously:
Hulu Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Blue-Eyes White Christmas Exclusive Shirt

November 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Blue-Eyes White Christmas shirt design

ShopYuGiOh.com has added an exclusive new T-shirt design for the 2019 holiday season, fitting in perfectly with the record-breaking arctic blast that’s been pounding much of the United States. Available now is “Blue-Eyes White Christmas,” a wintry take on Seto Kaiba’s signature monster. Devastate your opponents by snowing them in while sending a message of holiday cheer with a White Christmas attack!

The Blue-Eyes White Christmas T-shirt is on sale now for a limited time. The short-sleeve style starts at $23.95 and long-sleeve style at $25.95. Both unisex and women’s cuts are available.

Other limited edition holiday shirts in past years have included “It’s Time for Yule” and “Deck the Halls.” Those are long gone and quite the collectors’ items, so don’t miss your chance to own this year’s Blue-Eyes White Christmas!

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Exclusive Yami Yugi NYCC 2019 Shirt

Close-up of the Blue-Eyes White Christmas shirt design

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