Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Choose Your Favorite Secret Slayers Card Sweepstakes

April 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Banner for Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Secret Slayers Sweepstakes

The new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Secret Slayers set dropped today! To celebrate, Konami wants to give you a set of Super Rare YCS Darklord prize cards, just for saying what your favorite card in the set is. Darklord Asmodeus, Superbia, and Edeh Arae — the powerhouse monsters played by Midori Hibiki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga — were awarded to the best duelists of the 2010 dueling season. Now, one lucky Yu-Gi-Oh! fan has a chance to win these valuable cards. To enter, you must:

  1. Follow @YuGiOh_TCG on Twitter
  2. Retweet the linked sweepstakes tweet
  3. Reply to the linked tweet with a screenshot from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Database that shows your favorite card from the Secret Slayers set
  4. Include the hashtag #SecretSlayers in your reply

Konami will randomly select one person who completes all the tasks by April 12 as the winner. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the 50 United States; Washington, D.C.; or Canada (excluding Quebec) to win. For more details, see the official rules.

Believe in the heart of the cards. Good luck!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, March 2020: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube

March 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pharaoh Atem on his throne, angry at Bandit King Bakura in episode 202

March was a great month for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V as season 3 of the English dub found another new home — Hulu. The U.S.-based subscription VOD network is now one of three platforms to host the entire series in English; the other two are Amazon Prime and Kidoodle.TV. If you’re looking for the Japanese version instead, Crunchyroll has you covered.

Bad news for fans of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!. Today, Netflix removed seasons 4 and 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters while sparing the first three seasons. The network originally added seasons 3, 4, and 5 exactly two years ago. You can still find the full English-dubbed series on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, Tubi, and other services.

Between March 23 and 31, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel live streamed the first five episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s non-stop. Over 430,000 duelists dropped by to see the action, which ended this morning. Were you one of them? If you like what you saw and want to watch the rest for free, Yusei is waiting for you on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, and Tubi.

TV Tokyo Airs Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Special, Provides Episode Synopses

March 28, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: A Complete Analysis of its Seven Charms TV Special title card

TV Tokyo is hyped for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, which premieres in Japan in one week. Today, the network aired a half-hour program to promote the anime: “Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: A Complete Analysis of its Seven Charms TV Special.” A replay of the program is available for all to enjoy on the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel TV official YouTube channel.

A close-up of Yuga in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: A Complete Analysis of its Seven Charms TV Special

Hosted by the Japanese comedy duo Miyashita Kusanagi and actors Sakura Inoue and Kazuki Soejima, the special looks at seven aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime that make it appealing, from the show’s characters and story to its duel scenes. It includes numerous clips from the anime, a preview of the opening theme song and its lyrics, and an explanation of Rush Duels from the Yuga-cosplaying Soejima using mustard cream pastries. No kidding.

The many characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS

Aside from the anime content, the program also features a special presentation from Magician Sensei, a YouTuber magician, and a recorded message from Hajime Syacho, the Japanese YouTuber who has the highest number of subscribers in Japan and who is the voice of Goha Corporation’s president in SEVENS.

Kazuki Soejima cosplaying Yuga and holding a Kuriboh

And of course, there are plenty of Japanese variety show antics. Give it a watch!

TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Episode Synopses Begin

TV Tokyo’s timetable has begun adding episode synopses for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS. The network posts details about its TV programs one week before they air.

Information about Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS episode 1 is now available, although it sadly does not say anything new about the story or first episode that wasn’t already explained in great detail at Jump Festa back in December.

For synopses of future episodes, check out TV Tokyo’s website each week. Look for “遊戯王SEVENS(セブンス)” in the timetable, which airs every Saturday (土) at 7:30.

(News from @YuGiOh_RUSHDUEL [1, 2])

Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Further Extended Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 17, 2020 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Corona Williams gloating after defeating Yuma Tsukumo in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival for the Nintendo 3DS
“Level” = Pandemic

Konami announced yesterday evening that all sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events in the Americas are canceled through May 10 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. This includes organized play and promotional events at local stores as well as all WCQ Regional Qualifier and YCS events.

As always, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page and Facebook and Twitter accounts will have all of the latest updates regarding Yu-Gi-Oh! community events in the Americas.

Stay safe, everyone.

Update (March 18): All sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events in the other TCG territories — Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania — are canceled until at least April 30.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Suffer Massive Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Suffer Massive Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Other Stuff, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo meeting Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival for the Nintendo 3DS
Yo! Um, no thanks, I’d rather not…

In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Konami announced a spate of cancellations yesterday for its Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game events in North America and Latin America. All World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in both territories that are scheduled through April 6 are canceled. Other Regionals outside this time frame could still be canceled at the discretion of their local organizers as well.

Also yesterday, Konami announced that the 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series that was supposed to kick off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is canceled. Additionally, YCS Hartford, which is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Hartford, Connecticut, is also canceled.

This news follows Wednesday’s announcement that YCS Charlotte, originally scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is canceled.

As more information becomes available, you can keep up with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG happenings in the Americas by checking Konami’s events page and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Yuma Tsukumo losing a duel to Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival
Oh no!!

The Western Hemisphere isn’t the only place where Yu-Gi-Oh! events are seeing numerous cancellations.

On Thursday, Konami’s European arm announced that all World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in its territories taking place before April 15 are canceled. Furthermore, all WCQ National Championship events taking place before May 1 are canceled; this includes the Austrian Nationals on April 11 and 12 and the German Nationals on April 18 and 19.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! events in Japan are seeing their own major flurry of cancellations. A statement from Konami back in February announced the cancellation of numerous events throughout the country — from local store duels to World Championship qualifiers — until the end of March.

The coronavirus outbreak also led to the cancellation of AnimeJapan, an annual Tokyo anime exhibition that’s half industry trade show, half fan gathering for consumers. The event was originally scheduled for March 21 through 24. In its place, many of AnimeJapan’s programs are moving online, including a Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS event featuring the show’s four lead voice actors. The event will be live streamed on March 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST.

Update (March 17): Konami has announced additional cancellations of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Premieres on April 4 in Japan

March 6, 2020 at 2:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promo key art highlighting its April 4, 2020, premiere on TV Tokyo
“Our road will change the world!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, will premiere on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 4 at 7:30 a.m. JST. TV Tokyo’s website for the show relaunched today to announce the premiere date and to present new key art and the new Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS logo, pictured above.

The website also revealed that the show’s opening theme song is “Nanananananana,” written and performed by SAEKI youthK. The 33-year-old Japanese singer-songwriter’s work can be heard in the Yowamushi Pedal and Dr. Stone anime series.

(News from @yugioh_anime)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Heads to More Platforms with New VRAINS Characters, Cards

March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution logo

Konami announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will make its debut on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC Steam globally on March 24, complete with new content. Konami will provide Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who already own the game on Nintendo Switch the new content as a free downloadable update on the same date. The company uploaded a trailer highlighting some of the new features.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution now includes more than 10,000 cards and incorporates the latest rules that will take effect in the TCG on April 1. The trailer shows that the game includes recently released cards, like The Dark Magicians and Ignister A.I.Land, as well as upcoming cards, like Crystron Halqifibrax and Five-Headed Link Dragon, in its card pool.

Some of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters coming to Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

The game also expands its roster of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters, with Soulburner, Varis, Bohman, and more entering the fray. In total, there are now over 150 characters from all six Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

Look for Yu-Gi-Oh! LotD: LE in the PlayStation Store, Xbox One Marketplace, and Steam Store on March 24 for $39.99. Or, pick up the game now for the Nintendo Switch in the Nintendo eShop or as a physical release from your favorite retailer.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Coming August 20

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, February 2020: Kidoodle.TV, STARZ

March 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in the Kidoodle.TV app

Aside from Hulu’s removal and reinstatement of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, February brought two other updates to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise.

On February 13, Konami announced that it had partnered with Kidoodle.TV to carry all three English-dubbed seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Kidoodle.TV, pictured above, is a free video streaming platform for children ages 12 and under. It is supported by COPPA-compliant advertising and provides parents with controls to limit and monitor their child’s screen time. It is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and various connected TVs.

February 29 was the final day for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on STARZ. The premium cable network, along with its partner platforms like Hulu and Amazon that offered STARZ content, have since removed the movie from their services. STARZ picked up the movie in April 2018. It is still streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Statue Pre-Order Now Live

February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Three-quarter close-up view of Seto Kaiba's body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Pre-orders for Kitsune Statue’s Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue are now live. Buyers will want to act quickly because there are only 300 statues up for grabs. Its price is €699 (about $775), which includes a VAT of 20 percent.

Seto Kaiba's upper body and BEUD's heads in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Kitsune’s creation depicts a 1/7 scale Seto Kaiba standing proudly atop his duel tower in the Battle City semifinals, ready to take down Yugi with his Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Details from the anime, like the KaibaCorp logo, holographic pillars, and even Kaiba’s BEUD card, are on full display.

Three-quarter view of Seto Kaiba's upper body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

This statue is crafted from resin, polyurethane, and PVC. Its dimensions are H47.2 x W54 x D46 centimeters (about H18.5 x W21 x D18 inches) and its weight is approximately 10 kilograms (22 pounds). The estimated delivery date is the first half of 2021.

Sales are limited to customers in France and Monaco only.

Close-up of one of the BEUD heads in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

On Twitter, the sculptor, Sacha Delon, shared a closer look of the 3-D computer models of the statue. Fans and buyers will definitely want to check out those images because they show some finer design details that aren’t visible in Kitsune’s photos of the product.

ZBrush 3-D computer model of the faces of Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon

ZBrush 3-D computer model of Seto Kaiba's body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

ZBrush 3-D computer model of BEUD card in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

ZBrush 3-D computer model of the duel arena floor in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

This statue’s project directors are Yann Rademske and Baptiste Periou. Artistic direction was handled by Periou and Delon. The 2-D concept artist is Guilherme Daigo from Brazil, and the painter is Thai artist Titinun Naksud.

For more photos and information about the development of the statue, including comments from sculptor Delon and director Periou, check my write-up from earlier this week.

Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Statue Photos

February 23, 2020 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Front view of Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Kitsune Statue has unveiled high-quality photos on Facebook of its Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon resin statue. The statue will be up for pre-order on February 29, but will only be available to customers in France and Monaco.

Rear view of Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

The France-based premium collectibles producer released the photos yesterday after one of its retail partners broke the embargo and posted low-quality photos of the statue, which inevitably began circulating. The images posted by Kitsune itself on Facebook are the definitive photos of this prototype statue.

Three-quarter view of Seto Kaiba's full body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

The sculptor of this statue is Sacha “TheGoldenSmurf” Delon, a 2-D and 3-D artist based in Strasbourg, France.

Close-up front view of Seto Kaiba's upper body in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

The statue stands 47 centimeters (18.5 inches) tall, said Delon in the Facebook comments on Kitsune’s company page. The scale of Seto Kaiba is 1/7.

Close-up of the Duel Disk in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Several commenters pointed out that the size of Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon felt too small compared to the size of Kaiba. A Kitsune Statue spokesperson stated that the company went with this design to keep both the size and the cost of the statue reasonable. (The price has not yet been announced.)

Close-up of the front of the monster's face in Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Baptiste Periou, one of the project directors for this statue, said that the choice to use a 1/7 scale over 1/6 was not easy because Kitsune preferred to stick with 1/6, the scale it uses for its other statues. But even as it is, this statue makes an impression because of the enormity of the dragon.

Close-up of the front of the base of Kitsune Statue's Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue

Periou added that the scale of Kitsune’s entire Yu-Gi-Oh! line will be 1/7 in order to maintain uniformity among the statues. In the future, he hopes to propose statues that optimize the use of space so as not to have the scale reduction effect seen in this statue.

Kitsune already has another Yu-Gi-Oh! project lined up. Its next statue will feature Yugi, said Delon on Reddit, and will probably be coming next year. Delon will also be the sculptor of that statue. The monster that will accompany Yugi, which is selected by an entire team of people, hasn’t been decided yet. Currently, Dark Paladin is the front-runner, although Delon personally prefers Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl.

Remember, Kitsune is selling its Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon statue to a very limited market — France and Monaco only. If you are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan living elsewhere who would like to buy it, you’ll want to connect with a friend or shipping proxy who has an address in that region before pre-orders begin on February 29.

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