VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Comes to Amazon, comiXology

August 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has expanded to even more platforms! Today, VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology announced that Weekly Shonen Jump is now available on Amazon’s Kindle Store and comiXology.

Manga enthusiasts can now take WSJ with them on Amazon and comiXology’s iOS, Android, and Windows apps, in addition to VIZ’s own iOS and Android apps.

Amazon acquired comiXology in April 2014 and continues to run it as a separate entity.

VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump is the home of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, which just premiered last week. It also previously serialized Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1: ‘The Name Is Phantom!’

August 24, 2015 at 10:56 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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“On the mean streets of Maiami City, you’ve got to work hard to be the best. Yuzu Hiiragi and her father run a dueling school that’s seen better days. If only they had a star teacher to bring in new students! When a rogue Duelist known as Phantom appears in the city, Yuzu may have found a savior, but Phantom will have to deal with the LC Corporation’s special forces before he can get into any community service!”

On a quiet pier at the edge of Maiami City, a little boy stands alone weeping. He had overslept and missed the Leo Corporation Duel Tournament. His chance to see a dragon monster come to life at the tournament through the wonders of Solid Vision with Mass technology was gone. When you’re young, the small things like that mean the world to you.

Yuya Sakaki clad in a mask and hood in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 1

A tall, masked, hooded figure is seen standing behind the boy. He sympathizes with the boy and wants to dry his tears. But no, he can’t! Not now anyway. He’s supposed to be on the run, a radioed voice reminds him. He shouldn’t be hanging around there. But he shrugs off the earnest reminder.

A thunderous blast lights up the pier, turning heads and knocking the boy onto his butt. A cloud of smoke dissipates around the hooded figure. There, hovering above the ground behind him, as real as the figure himself, is a dragon. Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon. The crying boy now stares in awe at the beast. And in that briefest of moments, the figure is seen under his hood without his mask, smiling.

An alarm suddenly starts screeching in a futuristic-looking control room at the Leo Corporation. Mass sensors within the city had been triggered. LC President Reiji Akaba finally found what he has been searching for — Odd-Eyes and the Phantom! Akaba calls for his special forces and orders the capture of the Phantom. On his monitor is the face of the smiling hooded figure, his piercing eyes seemingly looking right back at Akaba.

“The true identity of the Phantom…” mutters Akaba, “The destiny factor who holds our future in his hands… is Yuya Sakaki!!”

The Phantom swiftly scales the rooftops of Maiami City. Far in the distance are the searchlights of three LC helicopters. He really screwed this up, exclaims the radioed voice. Once again, the Phantom is dismissive of the voice’s concerns. After all, he’s a Dueltainer, and a Dueltainer’s gonna Dueltain, especially in the face of crying children.

“Making people smile is my mission!” proclaims the Phantom.

Not far from the Phantom’s location is the Syu Zo Duel School. Within its walls, the overly excited, tracksuit-clad principal Syu Zo Hiiragi enthusiastically preaches the power of self confidence. Alas, the only ones listening are the walls themselves; the school is emptier than a banker’s heart. His daughter Yuzu Hiiragi smacks some sense into him. Why is he clowning around when they have no students? Doesn’t he understand that their coffers are just as empty and that they could soon be going under? Suddenly, some earsplitting mechanical whirs break up their thoughts. They race outside and see three LC helicopters overhead.

Of course, thinks Yuzu. What a perfect idea! The notorious Dueltainer known as the Phantom! He’s the one rumors say is hacking the LC’s Solid Vision systems. If they could get him to teach at their school, that would attract the attention of Duelists from all over. Everyone would want to enroll! Yuzu’s eyes glaze over as she envisages the money they could be making.

If only it were so simple. The Phantom is a hot commodity and the Leo Corporation is moments away from apprehending him for itself. The three helicopters had caught up to him! Inside each is a hunter on the prowl. Shingo Sawatari. Shun Kurosaki. Sora Shiunin.

Akaba watches from his monitors as the three helicopters shine their lights at the hooded figure and close in on him. They had him now! Sawatari leaps out and confronts the hooded figure. He’s done it! He has successfully trapped the infamous Phantom, Yuya Sakaki, and could now take him on one-on-one.

But nothing is ever so simple, is it? The hooded figure throws off his mask. It isn’t Sakaki at all! It’s another spikey-haired male, and he is just as game for a challenge…

A dark, masked duelist unmasks himself in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 1

Welcome to the manga universe of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V and the era of Action Duels, made possible by the development of Solid Vision with Mass. If only people knew the path that they have paved is a one-way road to destruction…

“…And the pendulum of fate has begun to swing…”

Thoughts

Weighing in at only 15 pages, the first chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V wastes no time setting up the story. All of the characters behave with a sense of urgency and desperation. Yuya — or is it “Phantom”? — seems to have been on the run for quite some time. Nevertheless, he is the only character in this busy chapter who is able to slow down and appeal to the reader as a kind, empathetic soul, despite having an unseen wheelman radioing him instructions and driving him to act.

Reiji knows what he needs to do to capture Yuya and he’s pushing hard to get the job done. The pair may have even had a few close encounters in the past, but clearly this is as close as Reiji has ever gotten to catching him.

Syu Zo has seemingly lost his wits, unable to accept the dire reality of his school. Yuzu’s irritation with her father’s delusions is amusing; her own fantasy of winning over an alleged cyberterrorist for the benefit of her school is farcical and brings home to the reader the punchline that Syu Zo started. Like father, like daughter.

Naohito Miyoshi’s art is stellar, as expected. The same crisp lines that make his Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga so visually satisfying appear again here in ARC-V. The boys look fierce when they need to be and cute during the other times, though not overbearingly so. One shot of Yuya is criminally sexy, however. The girls — uhh — girl is the only one who gets a full body shot, as expected in a shonen title. Reiji’s outrageous, flailing scarf contrasts his apparent cold and calculating vibe.

What mysteries does this ARC-V universe hold? Will Shin Yoshida’s pen tell another dark, twisted tale as it did in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL? If you are lucky enough to live in a country where the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime is already airing, or you caught the preview of episode 1 during the 150th YCS or 2015 NAWCQ live streams, you’ll quickly recognize that this is not the same story as the anime!

Well, I’m sold. What about you? Are you convinced enough to give this series a shot?

Here’s your chance to see read a Yu-Gi-Oh! manga serialized from start to finish in lockstep with the Japanese publication! Grab this week’s 214-page issue of Weekly Shonen Jump for $0.99. Or, if you are feeling bold, subscribe for an entire year of weekly manga simulpubs for $25.99.

Product Summary

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
Scale 1: “The Name Is Phantom!”
Original Concept: Kazuki Takahashi
Production Support: Studio Dice
Story: Shin Yoshida
Art: Naohito Miyoshi
Duel Composition: Masahiro Hikokubo
Translation: HC Language Solutions
Manga Editing: Mike Montesa
English Lettering: John Hunt
Magazine: Weekly Shonen Jump No. 39 (August 24, 2015)
Publisher: VIZ Media
MSRP: $0.99

A note about the release schedule: In Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V runs in Shueisha’s V Jump, a monthly magazine that is published during the third week of every month (the exact day of the week varies each month). VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine is published every Monday — the same day as Shueisha’s WSJ magazine in Japan. But since VIZ’s WSJ also includes some titles that are found in Shueisha’s other Jump magazines (like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in V Jump), VIZ publishes those titles on the Monday immediately following whatever day they are published in Japan.

LittleKuriboh’s Dramatic Patreon Announcement

August 24, 2015 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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LittleKuriboh and Marianne Miller head to Patreon

If you’ve been following LittleKuriboh on social media and YouTube the past few months, you might know that things haven’t been going too well for the Father of Abridging. But even when he isn’t doing so hot, LK still has his fans on his mind and tries to put his best foot forward to keep them entertained. Today, LittleKuriboh uploaded a new video that not only summarizes his recent struggles in a humorous light and offers insight into what he hopes to accomplish in the near future, but also introduces a new initiative that will allow his fans to support him during this challenging time.

Both longtime and new fans of LittleKuriboh will want to check out “LittleKuriboh’s Dramatic Patreon Announcement,” where he reminds everyone that — hey! — he hasn’t forgotten about you! LK wants to continue doing what he loves to do: creating videos that entertain people and make them laugh. But to help maintain a consistent schedule and quality of new releases, he is turning to Patreon, a crowdfunding system that allows content creators to obtain funding from supporters on a recurring basis.

Contributing to LittleKuriboh’s Patreon will allow LK to hire and pay editors, save money for recording studio space, and cut back on anime convention appearances. Ultimately, these steps will provide LK with more time and more efficient means of writing and recording his projects, and he will be able to guarantee a consistent number of new video updates each month.

For example, reaching a the lowest milestone of $1,500 per month insures that LittleKuriboh will make at least one scripted video (like Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged) and four unscripted videos (like We’re Still Here) each month. If he can reach his highest milestone of $10,000 per month, LK will begin looking into renting recording studio space or putting a down payment on a new home, a section of which will be converted into a recording and filming studio. At this tier, he will guarantee at least eight scripted videos and four unscripted videos per month. Wow!

It could take three or four months for LK to hire new team members, write new content, and get settled into a new schedule (not to mention he’ll still be tending to his health all the while). In the meantime, Marianne and her friends will be filling in to make sure all of the patrons’ video goals are met. LK assures his fans that he will still be involved with all the projects that are made and will have complete creative control of the videos posted on his channel.

Whether you have been following LittleKuriboh since his earliest YGOTAS days or you are a new fan who has taken a liking to his recent We’re Still Here and The Mark Remark series, consider becoming a patron if you love what LK does and want to see more!

LittleKuriboh’s Health

One of LittleKuriboh’s most admirable traits is his positivity. Even in his most challenging circumstances, he puts on a cheery and brave face, if not for himself, then for his audience. It’s no surprise then that LK presented his health issues in today’s video in a very lighthearted manner, downplaying the severity of his afflictions so as not to worry others.

Make no mistake about it: over the last few months, LittleKuriboh has been in awful shape. Although LK began to speak about his health issues and hospital visits in mid-June when E3 started, it wasn’t until the end of June that he publicly revealed he had been diagnosed with colitis. In early July, LK made numerous trips to the emergency room and urgent care centers before finally being admitted to the hospital for complications from the disease.

Marianne let LK’s followers know what was up about three days after LK’s admission. As it turned out, LK’s colitis diagnosis came as early as late May or early June. The medications that he had been receiving since were not working and his body was shutting down. LK’s hospital stay would last 10 days. On July 18, the day after being discharged, LittleKuriboh and Marianne together posted a longer video describing what happened and the aftermath of the hospitalization.

LK condition is, more specifically, ulcerative colitis, a disease where his body’s immune system attacks his colon. It’s a chronic condition that he will need to live with for the rest of his life, but it’s manageable. Over the next few months, LK will have to take some strong medication, like the immunosuppressant Remicade and ones that require him to be put under anesthetics for four hours at a time. LK had to have a PICC inserted — a catheter that runs from the arm directly to the heart.

“Creatively, I’ve trying to take it easy right now,” LK said in that video. He will only be releasing videos if he’s physically able to.

Anime Convention and YGOTAS Updates

As expected, LittleKuriboh’s health issues threw one heck of a wrench into his plans, not the least of which was to make new videos. After barely making it through Anime Expo at the beginning of July, LK was forced to cancel his Otakon, San Japan, and Another Anime Con appearances as he continues his recovery process.

On the plus side, Alcon from September 3 to 6 is still a go, as is Con Alt Delete from December 18 to 20.

As for new convention announcements, LittleKuriboh will be making his seventh appearance at Youmacon from October 29 to November 1 in Detroit, Michigan. Youmacon had announced LK as a guest back in mid-May and it looks like LK will still be able to make it.

Additionally, Triad Anime Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina revealed last week that LK will be guesting at its event from March 11 to 13, 2016. This will be LK’s first appearance at this con.

And believe it or not, the script for Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 65 had been completed prior to his illness, explained LK in a July 29 life update vlog. But frighteningly, minutes after he finished it, LK came down with a fever, collapsed, and was hospitalized.

With any luck, LittleKuriboh’s recovery will go swimmingly and he will be back to his ol’ funny self in no time.

Update: LittleKuriboh has created a new Facebook page for all of his general creative projects. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/LittleKuribohProductions

Konami Heritage Games Survey

August 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Some of the franchises included in the Konami Heritage Games Survey

Would you like to see more Yu-Gi-Oh! games on different platforms? How about a return to the PC, more console games, or a smartphone game? Here’s your chance to let Konami know what you want in the Konami Heritage Games Survey.

Konami would like to know what types of games you want developed in the future, what gaming platforms you use, and what kind of gameplay elements you enjoy the most. The survey features the names of some popular franchises like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Castlevania, but also references many older Konami properties like Gradius, Rocket Knight, Suikoden, Sunset Riders, Vandal Hearts, and Zone of the Enders. Talk about retro!

After completing the survey, you can enter to win an Amazon retail voucher. The survey is open to residents of the United States, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the European Union, and Mexico.

This survey appeared quite mysteriously two days ago and has been making the rounds on various gaming forums. The survey has since been confirmed by Konami’s European arm to be official.

SDCC 2015 Photo: Kazuki Takahashi & Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award

August 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of Kazuki Takahashi holding his Inkpot Award at San Diego Comic Con 2015
Photo by Jody Cortes

Kazuki Takahashi is a real person and not an imperceptible, mythic deity. If anyone doubts this, let the rumors be shattered. San Diego Comic Con today published a photo gallery of this year’s recipients of the Inkpot Award on its website. All 25 recipients are pictured, including the beloved creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Kazuki Takahashi was presented with the Inkpot Award at the end of his SDCC 2015 panel, where he delighted fans with an interview and presented new details about the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. Fans were not allowed to take photos or videos at the panel.

Since 1974, SDCC’s prestigious Inkpot Award has honored “individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.” Today, SDCC also updated its complete list of recipients of the award with 2015’s honorees.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Subbed – Crunchyroll’s Monthly Uploads Begin

August 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba escapes two gun-toting thugs by smashing and jumping through a window in episode 8

The first new batch of subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes were added to Crunchyroll today. Episodes 6 through 10 are now available in all their uncensored, Japanese-language glory with English subtitles! This is the first update for the anime since episodes 1 through 5 were added on July 11 following the announcement at San Diego Comic Con that the entire series would at last be getting an officially subbed uncut release.

Going forward, Crunchyroll will add five new episodes on the second Tuesday of each month. The episodes are available to viewers worldwide except in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia. Don’t forget to add Yu-Gi-Oh! to your queue so you can be alerted when new episodes are published!

Crunchyroll also offers the English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! to all viewers except those in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia. American viewers can watch the English dub on YUGIOH.com and Hulu.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Joins VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump

August 10, 2015 at 9:57 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga to premiere in August 24, 2015 issue of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump

No surprise here. VIZ Media announced today in this week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump that the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga will be joining its line-up! WSJ will simulpub the monthly series, with the first chapter coming in the August 24 issue.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is illustrated by Naohito Miyoshi, who is also the character designer for the ARC-V anime. Miyoshi previously drew an ARC-V one-shot chapter, which ran in the May 26, 2014 issue of VIZ’s WSJ.

The Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will debut in Shueisha’s October issue of V Jump magazine, which hits newsstands on August 21.

Don’t miss this opportunity to follow the serialization of a Yu-Gi-Oh! manga from its very first chapter! Subscribe to WSJ today for $25.99 and get a year of weekly manga simulpubs, plus four Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG promo cards in the mail. Or, pick up individual issues for $0.99 each.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Subbed Begins on Crunchyroll

August 1, 2015 at 7:09 pm | Posted in GX, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jun Manjoume and VWXYZ-Dragon Catapult Cannon in the eyecatch of GX episode 4

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX subbed has arrived on Crunchyroll! Today, the series makes its global debut uncut in Japanese with English subtitles, starting with episodes 1 through 12. The subbed version of GX is available worldwide, except to most of Asia, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City. Crunchyroll also offers the English-dubbed version of GX to viewers worldwide, except those in the U.S. and the above locations.

On Facebook, 4K Media (Konami) stated that viewers can generally expect to see four new episodes released on the first, third, and fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning August 18, for a total of 12 episodes per month. 4K Media also noted that the entire series will be uploaded, including episodes 156 through 180, which were not released in the English dub and would have been comprised season 4.

Be sure to add Yu-Gi-Oh! GX to your queue so you’ll always be alerted when new episodes are available!

Crunchyroll first announced its plans to stream Yu-Gi-Oh! GX in Japanese with English subs at its Anime Expo 2015 panel in July.

Anime Consortium Japan Lands $3 Million from Shueisha, Other Publishers

August 1, 2015 at 7:36 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Kaiba gesturing as he plays Soul Exchange against Yugi in episode 129

Anime Consortium Japan, the company behind the anime streaming platform and E-commerce website Daisuki, announced yesterday that it will receive ¥378.3 million (about $3.05 million) from seven investors. Shueisha, the publishing house behind the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and Jump magazines, together with Bushiroad, Good Smile Company, Kadokawa, Kodansha, and Shogakukan, are all joining the anime streaming game. Toei Animation, already an ACJ shareholder, has upped its stake in the venture as part of this infusion of cash.

With its new funds, ACJ hopes to increase collaboration among animation studios, game developers, film producers and publishers, and merchandisers to offer “value-added anime contents” with its streaming service and to further strengthen the anime industry in Japan and abroad.

Two other Yu-Gi-Oh! owners, Asatsu-DK (ADK) and its subsidiary Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), are also shareholders in ACJ and owned nearly 40 percent of Daisuki at the time of its launch. Other major ACJ shareholders are Aniplex, Dentsu, TMS Entertainment, Bandai Namco Holding and its subsidiary Sunrise, and the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Fund.

(News from Variety, via ANN)

Previously:
ADK, NAS, Other Anime Producers to Establish ‘Anime Consortium Japan’ Video Streaming Development Firm

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2 DVD Box Set Slated for October 6 Release

July 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 2 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s next home video release is coming this fall! Cinedigm Entertainment today added its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2 DVD box set to its online catalog with a street date of October 6, 2015. This release includes episodes 50 through 98 of 4K Media’s English-dubbed production on three 2-disc volumes. As with its other Yu-Gi-Oh! video products, Cinedigm is publishing this release on its Flatiron Film Company line.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2” is a region 1 release and has a suggested retail price of $59.99 — a $15 increase over the season 1 set. The individual volumes of season 2 are not available for sale separately.

Cinedigm previously released its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 set in May.

Can’t wait for the DVDs? Watch the entire English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime for free right now on YUGIOH.com, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. Season 1 is also available for download on a variety of platforms. Japanese episodes of ZEXAL are streaming on YUGIOH.com and Hulu as well but have stalled at episode 29.

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