Yu-Gi-Oh! Drops Out of Top 5 Most Profitable Anime for TV Tokyo in 2020

May 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yugi wondering what to do about food in episode 7

The Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise was a strong performer for TV Tokyo in 2020, although it’s no longer one of its most profitable. On Thursday, the Japanese broadcasting conglomerate and Yu-Gi-Oh! licensor published its consolidated financial results for its 2020 fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2021), which included a summary of its anime business.

Overall, TV Tokyo saw its anime business rack up approximately ¥22.9 billion in sales ($209 million), a 6.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Nearly 76 percent of that came from overseas, an 11.1 percent increase worth ¥1.73 billion ($15.8 million) compared to last year. But its domestic sales decreased by ¥373 million ($3.4 million), a 6.3 percent drop.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ranked third in sales for TV Tokyo, the same position it held during the 2019 fiscal year. TV Tokyo’s top five anime of FY2020 in sales were:

  1. Boruto
  2. Naruto
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  4. Black Clover
  5. Bleach

However, when ranked by gross profit, Yu-Gi-Oh! lost the number 4 seat it held in FY2019. The anime properties generating the highest gross profits in FY2020 were:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Pokemon
  4. Black Clover
  5. Fairy Tail

TV Tokyo as a whole reported a net profit of ¥2.5 billion ($22.8 million), a 0.6 percent decrease compared to the same period last year. Net sales totaled ¥139 billion ($1.27 billion), a 4.2 percent drop over the same period. The novel coronavirus pandemic hurt TV Tokyo’s television advertising business but strongly bolstered the company’s e-commerce and video streaming businesses. In the coming year, TV Tokyo hopes to hold more online events and increase its overseas sales channels for anime.

(News from TV Tokyo Holdings FY2020 Financial Results Supplementary Materials, h/t The Nikkei)

The Yetee Launches Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection

May 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Three Yu-Gi-Oh! products by The Yetee

The Yetee, a company specializing in custom pop culture and video game apparel and merchandise, today unveiled its new Yu-Gi-Oh! products. Owned and operated by two artists in Aurora, Illinois, The Yetee is kicking off its Yu-Gi-Oh! collection with three products.

Grandpa TV shirt by The Yetee

Grandpa TV” is a black T-shirt designed by minilla and VIDEO20XX. It’s available in unisex and women’s cuts with prices starting at $20.

Close-up of the Grandpa TV shirt by The Yetee

Won’t you buy this shirt and rescue Grandpa from Pegasus’s sinister clutches?

Obliterate acrylic standee by The Yetee

Obliterate” is an acrylic standee designed by ByronB. Pick it up for $14. You’ll also get the original artwork on a postcard.

Close-up of the Obliterate acrylic standee by The Yetee

Never has this iconic scene of Yugi crushing Kaiba with Exodia in the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! looked so adorable.

Dark Magician Girl shirt by The Yetee

Dark Magician Girl” is an aqua-colored T-shirt designed by miski. It’s available in unisex and women’s cuts with prices starting at $20.

Close-up of the Dark Magician Girl shirt by The Yetee

All three items are made at The Yetee’s headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.

(News from @theyetee)

Preorder Bandai’s Millennium Puzzle Model Kit

May 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A hand holding the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle model kit by Bandai

It really took 25 years for someone to decide to sell an official Millennium Puzzle that you can build with your own hands. But it looks like the wait will be worth it because a life-size Millennium Puzzle model kit is coming this fall from the expert model designers at Bandai Spirits. And just like Yugi’s Puzzle, you’ll need to use your intuition to build it because it doesn’t come with instructions.

Containing 33 pieces and measuring about 3.94 inches wide and 3 inches tall, Bandai’s life-size Millennium Puzzle is the first entry in the company’s new Ultimagear product line. Bandai, using its expertise as the creator of Gundam plastic models (Gunpla), has made assembling the Millennium Puzzle model as user-friendly as possible without giving away the solution. The model doesn’t require paint or glue to finish; just cut the pieces from the runners and snap them together.

All the pieces of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle model kit by Bandai

Several reputable U.S. retailers are now taking preorders for the kit, including BigBadToyStore, Crunchyroll Store, Entertainment Earth, Right Stuf Anime, and Sideshow Collectibles. The suggested retail price is $44.

Check out Bandai’s Japanese webpage for the Millennium Puzzle model kit to see more photos.

Yugi took eight years to assemble his Puzzle. How long will it take you?

Remove the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle model kit from the runners and snap them together

MegaHouse Surveys Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans About Future Figures

May 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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MegaHouse Yu-Gi-Oh! monster figure survey banner

Which Yu-Gi-Oh! monster deserves its own figure? MegaHouse, a producer of anime figures and other toys located in Tokyo, wants Yu-Gi-Oh! fans to help it decide which monster to add to its Art Works Monsters figure line. Yesterday, the company kicked off a survey where fans can select one of 43 options, or write in their own favorite monster.

Despite the presence of the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters logo in the survey banner, the company is accepting monsters that have appeared in any Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, not just Duel Monsters. Fans can submit one vote each day until this survey closes on May 16.

MegaHouse’s Art Works Monsters Yu-Gi-Oh! line currently includes four PVC figures: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Red-Eyes Black Dragon, and two Black Luster Soldiers (the original version and the misleadingly named Super Soldier Descent repainted version).

MegaHouse previously opened the same survey on April 1 in Japanese, though there’s no requirement that respondents must be based in Japan. That version of the survey closes on May 5.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Update, April 2021: Amazon, Kartoon Channel!, Netflix

April 30, 2021 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi and his friends walking through a hallway at school in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Thank goodness. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions returned to Amazon Prime Video on April 17. Prime Video had removed the movie last month — a crushing loss since no other SVOD or AVOD network offers the movie for free anymore (as far as I know).

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, the most popular and most widely available Yu-Gi-Oh! series, will soon join another video network. Cinedigm announced on April 20 that it is partnering with Kartoon Channel! to bring the complete classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime to the network. Kartoon Channel!, a free video streaming network that targets kids between two and 11 years old, already carries the full Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series, which it acquired in August 2020.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is no longer available on Netflix. The network removed season 2 on April 1. The show is still available in its entirety on several other networks, like Hulu, Pluto TV, Prime Video, and Tubi.

Kazuki Takahashi’s SECRET REVERSE Manga Gets English Release from VIZ Media, Marvel

April 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Title page of SECRET REVERSE manga by Kazuki Takahashi as seen in Shonen Jump+

VIZ Media and Marvel Comics announced today that they will collaborate to publish several manga stories that feature characters from the Marvel universe. Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi’s Marvel superhero manga SECRET REVERSE is one of these titles and will see an English-language release in summer 2022.

Takahashi’s SECRET REVERSE is an original story that follows Spider-Man and Iron Man as they fight a card-playing foe in Japan. The 103-page, full-color manga was first published in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital platform in 2019 as part of a partnership between the Japanese publisher and Marvel. It was then released in print and e-book formats in Japan in February 2020.

Also to be published through VIZ and Marvel’s collaboration are Marvel Meow by Nao Fuji (coming October 2021) and Deadpool: Samurai by author Sanshirou Kasama and illustrator Hikaru Uesugi (February 2022), with more titles to follow.

(News from Bleeding Cool)

Pin Club Preps New Yu-Gi-Oh! Pins for Virtual Pin Con, April 23-25

April 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Logo for Pin Club's Virtual Pin Con April 23-25, 2021

Yu-Gi-Oh! pin collectors — get ready! This weekend, Pin Club is back with its first drop of 2021. The company’s Virtual Pin Con online sales event will take place on its website, pin-club.com, from April 23 to 25. Pin Club has updated its homepage to show off the new pins that will arrive during the event, which includes at least four new limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! pins.

Chibi Jinzo pin by Pin Club

Millennium Eye with an antique brushed look by Pin Club
Millennium Eye

Pot of Greed pin by Pin Club
Pot of Greed

Relinquished pin by Pin Club

“At least four”? Right. Although Pin Club’s website displays only the above four Yu-Gi-Oh! pins, the company has previously advertised other new pins that it said would be included in this event, like Lava Golem and Dark Necrofear. Will we see these and other new pins drop too? Find out this weekend — maybe Pin Club will surprise us!

Pin Club has not yet announced the prices for these newest pins. However, during previous Virtual Pin Con events, the company sold regular single pins for $10 each and premium XL-size single pins for $15 each, so expect these to be similar in price.

Pin Club has also not stated if its Yu-Gi-Oh! pins will drop on a specific date/time during the event. I will update this post if that information is announced.

Be sure to follow Pin Club on Instagram, pinclubofficial, to get the latest updates about this Virtual Pin Con and about even more new Yu-Gi-Oh! pins coming down the pike.

Wife Attempts to Auction Off Cheating Husband’s Extraordinary Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection

April 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yami Yugi recoiling after getting hit by a monster's effect in episode 140
Not pictured: cheating husband

An auction for an exceptionally rare Yu-Gi-Oh! collection on a Japanese e-commerce marketplace made headlines this week in the country and abroad.

Last Saturday, a seller named dnlay04438 kicked off an auction of Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game boxes on Yahuoku! (Yahoo! Auctions). The listing contained sealed boxes from the game’s first 29 sets, the oldest of which date back to 1999. Some of these unopened boxes are so rare that they could fetch tens of thousands of dollars individually, so to find them all together in a single auction was remarkable.

This collection in and of itself would have made for an incredible sale, but the auction’s description further added a layer of mystique: dnlay04438 claimed to be selling these cards to get revenge on their owner — her adulterous husband.

Some of the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards auctioned off by dnlay04438 on Yahuoku!

After word of the auction began circulating on Japanese social media, a group of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans allegedly colluded to prevent the husband from losing his precious collection by placing multiple fraudulent bids on the auction. This caused the price to skyrocket, thereby hampering any genuine buyers from being able to place legitimate bids. At one point, the highest bid reached an astounding 99,999,999 yen (about $918,000). The fraudulent bids later got deleted.

Not everyone was onboard with the wife’s story, however. Some believed that the auction was a huge scam by dnlay04438, who is new to the Yahuoku! marketplace and who has zero completed sales and zero feedback. They pointed out that dnlay04438 only uploaded two photos of the products, both of which are wide shots that do not show any close-up details. Given that there are counterfeiters who are able to make replicas of product boxes that look authentic when viewed from afar, there was good reason for concern.

More of the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards auctioned off by dnlay04438 on Yahuoku!

And unlike marketplaces like Amazon and eBay, which have policies that safeguard buyers from bad purchases, Yahuoku! offers buyers essentially no protection; the health of the marketplace depends on sellers who act in good faith. If a buyer were to purchase dnlay04438’s products and discover that they’re counterfeits, Yahuoku! would not be able to recover the money for the buyer.

dnlay04438 stated in the description that she was unfamiliar with Yu-Gi-Oh! and that the products appeared undamaged to her untrained eyes. Nevertheless, dnlay04438 requested that the winning bidder not file a claim against her should things go south.

Regardless of whether or not dnlay04438 and the collection were legit, Yahuoku! wouldn’t have any of these shenanigans. Yesterday, the company terminated the auction for violating its guidelines and suspended dnlay04438’s account. At the time of the termination, there were around three days and 13 hours remaining in the auction, and the highest bid was 20,503,000 yen (about $189,000).

(h/t SoraNews24)

Shop-YuGiOh.com Adds Fanattik’s Metal Cards, Wave 2

April 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon metal card by Fanattik

There’s good news for Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who weren’t able to pick up Fanattik’s second wave of metal Yu-Gi-Oh! cards when they initially dropped on the U.K. company’s website last November. Shop-YuGiOh.com is now accepting preorders for these cards with a delivery date of mid-June 2021. This wave includes Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl. They are priced at $34.99 each.

Like Fanattik’s other embossed metal cards, these are limited to 9,995 worldwide, are individually numbered, and include a display stand and presentation box.

Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl metal cards by Fanattik in their display boxes

And what about the 24-karat gold-plated versions of these cards? Shop-YuGiOh.com offered those in January and has since stopped taking any more orders. But you can still buy them directly from Fanattik’s website and possibly from other official third-party vendors as well.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: If Shop-YuGiOh.com is able to take preorders for this second wave of metal cards that originally dropped over five months ago, will it also be able to sell Fanattik’s incredibly rare first wave of metal cards and gold cards? You know, the ones that feature the Egyptian Gods that are now selling on the secondary market for terribly inflated prices.

Unfortunately, the answer is almost certainly no. This second wave of cards is still listed for sale on Fanattik’s website, which means that stock still exists. But there is no trace of the first wave of cards on its website, nor on any third-party vendors’ websites. It seems like those are all in the hands of collectors and scalpers at this point.

As always, it’s best practice to preorder limited edition items, or, if not that’s not possible, to order them as close to their release date as possible.

Manga UK Rebrands as Funimation

April 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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The Manga UK logo, as seen on MangaUK.com on April 12, 2021

Manga Entertainment UK, the longtime distributor of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV anime and movies in the United Kingdom, announced today that it will be renamed as Funimation starting next week.

The rebranding comes as Manga UK’s parent company looks to unify the two brands in the British Isles to “deliver more content, more experiences and more community in service to anime,” said Tim Anderson, SVP of international for Funimation Global Group. “By fully leveraging the global Funimation brand, it’s a win for fans.”

The team managing Manga UK’s operations will still remain after the rebranding.

Manga UK has been a cornerstone of the British anime market for 30 years. Despite this, “[t]he fast-scaling digital startup Silicon Valley globally consolidated world doesn’t care. 😢” wrote Jerome Mazandarani, the managing director of Manga UK, on Facebook.

Manga UK is the current owner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! home video distribution rights in the British Isles. In years past, the company also distributed Yu-Gi-Oh! movies to cinemas throughout the region. Funimation acquired Manga UK in May 2019 and began streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on its own platform in November 2019 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

(News from Manga UK)

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