Limited Edition Yu-Gi-Oh! Pins Debut at Virtual Pin Con on August 15

July 30, 2020 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pin Club's Virtual Pin Con logo

Attention, Yu-Gi-Oh! pin collectors! New Yu-Gi-Oh! chibi pins are about to hit the market in very limited quantities — and there’s only one place you can get them. Pin Club, a Florida-based company specializing in licensed collectible pins, announced on Monday that it will debut its first wave of Yu-Gi-Oh! pins on August 15 as part of Virtual Pin Con, the company’s upcoming online sales event.

Pin Club will sell the following Yu-Gi-Oh! chibi pins during the event:

Chibi Exodia pin by Pin Club
Exodia premium single pin
100 available
$15

Chibi Yami Yugi and Dark Magician pins by Pin Club
Yami Yugi with Dark Magician pin set
100 available
$25

Chibi Joey Wheeler and Red-Eyes Black Dragon pins by Pin Club
Joey with Red-Eyes Black Dragon pin set
100 available
$25

Chibi Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon pins by Pin Club
Kaiba with Blue-Eyes White Dragon pin set
100 available
$25

Virtual Pin Con will take place from August 13 to 16 on Pin Club’s website, pin-club.com. Each day has its own lineup of exclusive pins that will go on sale beginning at 12 noon ET/9 a.m. PT. The Yu-Gi-Oh! pins above will debut on Saturday, August 15. Don’t miss them!

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If you like the look of those Yu-Gi-Oh! pins, you’ll be happy to know that Pin Club has many more in the works.

Pin Club will release a set of chibi Egyptian God pins this fall in very limited numbers. Today, the company unveiled a mock-up of the packaging that will house those pins.

Mock-up of the packaging for the chibi Egyptian God pins by Pin Club

The chibi Egyptian Gods were designed and created exclusively for Pin Club by Konami in Japan, said a Pin Club rep on Instagram.

Chibi Slifer, Ra, and Obelisk pin by Pin Club

“It’s going to come in a collectors box. We’re working with Konami on possibly an AP [artist proof] set signed by the art team (if possible), so wait for news on that,” elaborated Pin Club in the Instagram post’s comments. “But should be around $50 for the collectors set. LE xx/100~ or a little more. Still juggling.”

Over the last several weeks, Pin Club has also previewed many more chibi monster pins, which will be coming down the pike.

Preview of the chibi Harpie Lady Sisters, Jinzo, Summoned Skull, and Dark Magician Girl pins by Pin Club

There will be more chibi character pins too.

Preview of the chibi Yami Marik and Pegasus pins by Pin Club

To see even more upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! pins and to stay up to date with Pin Club’s releases, check out the company’s Instagram, pinclubofficial.

(h/t The Pop Insider)

Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON App Launches Worldwide

July 29, 2020 at 11:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON banner

Konami announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON, its official free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG companion app, is now available worldwide for Android and iOS. The app includes a card scanner, which lets you photograph and easily keep track of your collection and decks; access to Konami’s card database; a deck editor that is integrated with the card database; and a life point calculator and tracker, which is especially useful if you’re playing under the new COVID-19 guidelines.

Furthermore, Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON has extensive features to help you create your decks. In addition to being able to scan up to 20 cards simultaneously, the app lets you view all public deck lists and search for the inclusion of individual cards in these lists, perfect for providing you with new deck-building ideas. It can also simulate your opening five-card hand.

Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON requires Android 8.0+ or iOS 12+. It is available in eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (Brazil). The app first launched in Japan on June 29.

Photograph a card to load it into Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON

Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON includes a deck editor linked with the TCG card database

Access information about every card in Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON

Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON keeps track of life points, counters, dice rolls, and coin tosses

Yu-Gi-Oh! NEURON life point calculator in action

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Developers Take Fan Questions

July 24, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Dark Side of Dimensions Téa Gardner in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Do you have any questions for the developers of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links? Here’s a rare opportunity to ask them directly. Sam Hsieh, a Yu-Gi-Oh! marketing manager at Konami, put out a call for questions on Twitter today. Whether you’re curious about new characters, new cards, the balance of the game, Konami’s community engagement, or something else, here’s your chance to potentially get some answers straight from the source.

Dan Green, Darren Dunstan Face Off in Remote Live Speed Duel

July 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Dan Green (Yugi) vs. Darren Dunstan (Pegasus) live in a Remote Speed Duel

It’s time to R-R-R-R-Remote Duel! Even though Konami isn’t organizing any Yu-Gi-Oh! events for now, it hasn’t forgotten the fun of hosting live duels with our favorite voice actors. Today, the company uploaded a new video featuring Dan Green (Yugi) taking on Darren Dunstan (Pegasus) live in a Remote Duel. The pair is using Yugi’s and Pegasus’s decks from the Speed Duel Starter Deck: Match of the Millennium, which are inspired by their iconic clash at Duelist Kingdom. How will the King of Games fare against the creator of Duel Monsters in a format that he’s never played before?

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel Starter Deck: Match of the Millennium is available now at an Official Tournament Store near you. To take part in a Remote Duel held by an OTS, check out the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel webpage and Discord Server.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Enters Reruns Again

July 10, 2020 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yuga and his friends discovering that Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS is entering reruns

TV Tokyo announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will go into reruns between July 18 and August 1 due to “circumstances behind the animation production.” During this period, the network will broadcast episodes 7 through 9 again. New episodes will return starting August 8.

This Saturday, July 11, TV Tokyo will air a summary of episodes 1 through 6 instead of a new episode.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS previously suspended production in May due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, during which TV Tokyo reran the first five episodes of the show. New episodes then resumed on June 13.

All Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Canceled Until Further Notice

July 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi holding a card with an upset look on his face in episode 157

Things will get worse for Yu-Gi-Oh! in the Americas before they get better. Citing the recent increase in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S., Konami announced on Tuesday that all organized play and promotional events are now canceled until further notice. This includes YCS Minneapolis, which is scheduled for August 22 and 23. This also eliminates Konami’s previously announced plans to hold WCQ National Championships this year. Up until this point, the company had been announcing cancellations from month to month.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel initiative remains in full swing. There are now approximately three hundred Official Tournament Stores (OTS) across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America participating.

If your nearest OTS is open and you are able to safely visit, consider dropping by and patronizing that small business. Don’t forget that the Lost Art Promotion is still underway, with an opportunity for you to score a copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Dark Magician Girl card.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania are in a slightly better position. OTS in these territories were allowed to resume sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events on June 20, subject to the pandemic situation in their respective regions of course. The revival of the events brought with them new guidelines designed to keep people safe, like disallowing players from touching each other’s items.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server Reopens

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, June 2020: Netflix, Tubi

June 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shadow creatures materializing around Yugi in the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is in a strange state on Netflix. Since each of its five seasons were acquired separately and premiered on different dates, some seasons have expired and left the network while others remain. On June 8, Netflix removed seasons 1 and 2. This follows the network’s removal of seasons 4 and 5 back in March. Yes, that means only season 3 is currently available. Season 1 is slated to return on July 8. What about the others?

Seeing the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! anime in such a disarranged state on the world’s most prominent streaming network is pitiable. But all things considered, it’s not a terribly big blow because the entire series is still available on so many other platforms, including Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, hoopla, Hulu, Tubi, and YUGIOH.com.

In more positive news, Tubi added the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie on June 27. Available free with ads, this edition of the film premiered in U.S. theaters in March 2018. Gone is the pan-and-scan SD video found on the DVDs of yesteryear. If you still haven’t seen the dazzlingly clean HD widescreen picture in this version, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 7 Available Now

June 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 7, from VIZ Media, digital edition

Genesis Omega Dragon has awakened! And Yuya Sakaki and his personalities don’t have a lot of time left to stop it in this final graphic novel of VIZ Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. The dueltainer takes one last bow in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 7, “Arc of Destiny!!” which contains chapters 38 through 45. Released on June 2, it is available for a suggested retail price of $6.99 for the digital edition and $9.99 for the print edition.

Having learned the true motives of G.O.D., Yuya now faces the seemingly insurmountable task of sealing away G.O.D.’s powers. But G.O.D. tempts Yuya with the promise of a better life, one where the World Illusion never occurs and where he can live in peace with his family. With time running out for Yuya’s personalities, Yuya must make a momentous decision. Then, a newly augmented Reiji Akaba confronts Yuya, desiring control of the G.O.D. card. Yuya challenges the young president to an Action Duel for a battle that will resonate across all space and time.

This final volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is super chunky — 280 pages — and is packed with extras. Readers will enjoy early design sketches of G.O.D.-Eyes Phantom Dragon and Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero G.O.D. Reiji; four 4-panel comics about author Shin Yoshida, duel writer Masahiro Hikokubo, illustrator Naohito Miyoshi, and editor Takahiko Aikawa; three short bonus stories about Yuya and other characters; and an afterword from Miyoshi.

Readers who pick up the print version of the book will receive the card Go! – D/D/D Divine Zero King Rage, available as part of the book’s first print run while supplies last.

VIZ Media is one of the only manga publishers that has not delayed any of its print releases amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans should have no problem finding this book at mass market retailers thanks to the reliability of VIZ’s book trade distributor, Simon & Schuster.

But those who prefer to shop at independent comic book stores and other specialty stores may or may not find the book in stock. These stores buy predominantly from Diamond Comic Distributors, which shut down in late March due to the pandemic and only just resumed deliveries to the direct market on May 20.

Of course, the digital release is always ready to be enjoyed on all major e-book platforms.

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Resumes on June 13

June 5, 2020 at 10:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yuga cheering and raising his fist into the air in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS episode 1

TV Tokyo announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will resume broadcast on June 13. The Japanese television network will air episode 6 of the anime, “Noodles! Ramen Duel!” in its usual Saturday, 7:30 a.m. JST, time slot.

Last month, TV Tokyo stated that production of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS would be temporarily suspended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease. Since then, it has been airing reruns of the first five episodes.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server Reopens

June 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel logo

After being vandalized and quickly shutting down in May, Konami’s official Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server is back and is welcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! fans for sanctioned online tournaments. With the support of local Official Tournament Stores (OTS), players can take part in tournaments for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Legacy of the Duelist, and Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution video games. They can also participate in webcam duels using their physical cards.

Each OTS will independently coordinate and promote its tournaments on Discord, and will handle the dispersal of prizes while adhering to the requirements of government health authorities.

Visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server to search for participating OTS, join their servers, and see their schedules.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel webpage has more details about this initiative, including information about upcoming giveaways and promotions.

The Vagabond participating in a Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel via webcam

Together with the Remote Duel relaunch announcement, Konami has also provided an update regarding the status of its organized play and promotional events; all such events in the Americas are now canceled through June 30.

Meanwhile in Japan, Konami has restarted its events and tournaments as of June 1. Konami has set up guidelines to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, such as limiting attendance, requiring the use of face masks, and setting up acrylic panels between players if needed.

Previously:
Konami Extends Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Again, Announces Sanctioned Remote Duels

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