4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! November Sweepstakes

November 24, 2015 at 12:58 am | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! November 2015 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

The third of four end-of-the-year Yu-Gi-Oh! contests from 4K Media (Konami) is here and this one is a doozy! In the Yu-Gi-Oh! November Sweepstakes, one lucky Yu-Gi-Oh! fan has a chance to bring home the following prizes:

  • Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 and 2 DVD box sets
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Yugi’s Legendary Decks set (this was just released less than two weeks ago!)
  • Five booster packs of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dimension of Chaos set

This sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents ages 6 and up and the entry period runs from today, November 24, through November 30. As usual, check the official rules to get all of the details.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! October Sweepstakes

Megumi Ogata Comments on Getting Role of Yugi in 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime

November 24, 2015 at 12:27 am | Posted in Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yami Yugi holding up a lighter in episode 2 of Toei Animation's 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime

If there’s one thing that Toei Animation’s 1998 production of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is well known for, it is the show’s standout main cast of voice actors that, in my humblest of opinions, no other Yu-Gi-Oh! series to date has been able to match. Recently on Twitter, acclaimed voice actor Megumi Ogata reminisced about getting the role of Yugi and Yami Yugi in that series.

“I can feel the scent of darkness from you,” Ogata recalled the director telling her when she landed the role of the protagonist. The director further added that Ogata had “the air of Kaneto Shiozawa,” the late actor known for playing calculating, distinctively cold-voiced characters like Paul von Oberstein in Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Prince Demande in Sailor Moon. Shiozawa himself appeared as Shadi in two episodes of Toei’s Yu-Gi-Oh!.

They’re fitting comments, given Yami Yugi’s dark and unforgiving personality in Toei’s series…

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Casts Kento Hayashi as Aigami

November 19, 2015 at 10:11 pm | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Actor Kento Hayashi and character Aigami from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

The official Japanese website of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions announced today the name of a new character and voice actor from the upcoming movie! The website revealed that the long-haired boy whose back is seen in the teaser trailer is named Aigami and will be played by actor Kento Hayashi.

Twenty-four-year-old Hayashi is an up-and-coming actor who has appeared in numerous live-action Japanese TV dramas and movies, including several whose stories are rooted in manga and anime. His lead roles include Tomoki Sakai in the film DIVE!!, a sports drama based on a light novel and shonen manga series about a diving club; Kou Ichinomiya (Riku) in the TV and film adaptations of Arakawa Under the Bridge, a comedy and slice-of-life story with a successful manga and anime series; and Shuhei Hino in Blazing Famiglia, a film based on a popular manga about a gangster family.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions will be Hayashi’s first big-screen anime voice acting role. The website provided no further details about his character Aigami.

Good Smile Company Brings Yu-Gi-Oh! Figures to the West

November 17, 2015 at 10:31 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Good Smile Company and Max Factory's figma Yami Yugi and scale Dark Magician Girl figures

Yu-Gi-Oh! figures have taken off in Japan in the last couple of years, attracting older fans of the franchise who grew up with the characters and monsters and who now have the income to feed their nostalgia. Now, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the West will at last be able to get their hands on some of these amazing figures without the need to import them directly from Japan.

4K Media (Konami) announced today that it has inked a licensing agreement with Good Smile Company, the popular Japan-based producer and distributor of collectible figures. GSC will import Yu-Gi-Oh! figures into United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Europe. The first two figures to be introduced will be the figma Yami Yugi and Dark Magician Girl scale figure, pictured above. 4K Media and GSC’s deal marks the first time that Yu-Gi-Oh! figures will be released simultaneously in Japan and throughout the world.

Yami Yugi is an articulated figure from the figma series standing about 5.7 inches and includes a removable cape, cards, and Duel Disk. It is scheduled to be released in June 2016. The 1/7th scale Dark Magician Girl figure is about 8.3 inches high and is based on a summoning scene, complete with a summoning circle base. It is slated for a May 2016 release. Both figures are manufactured by Max Factory, a sister company of Good Smile Company.

“Today’s news represents our ongoing commitment to enrich the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand by adding new layers to the collectible experience and expanding its reach,” said Jennifer Coleman, 4K Media’s VP of licensing and marketing, in a press release.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! is a globally beloved franchise with very active fans that are always looking for new ways to enjoy their favorite characters,” added Max Watanabe, CEO of Max Factory. “Yami Yugi and Dark Magician Girl are a highly recognizable character and monster, making them perfect choices [to] make available to a much broader audience of collectors.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Subbed – Episodes 1-52 Complete

November 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Posted in GX, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime videos page on Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll has reached a milestone today in its subtitled Yu-Gi-Oh! GX releases! The anime streaming website has completed episodes 1 through 52 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX subbed, taking viewers through the first story arc of the series — the Seven Stars — which corresponds with season 1 of the English dub. Keep supporting this uncut, Japanese-language anime and don’t forget to add it to your CR queue so you’ll always get word of the newest episodes each week!

For a list of the available videos, check out my Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX – Subbed Episodes page.

Crunchyroll began releasing the series on August 1 earlier this year after announcing its plans at Anime Expo in July.

Last Chance to Buy Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1 Manga in WSJ

November 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in the table of contents of Weekly Shonen Jump No. 39, August 24, 2015 issue

If you’ve been on the fence about checking out the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga in VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump, don’t wait any longer! This is the final week that the August 24, 2015 issue of WSJ is available for sale, so if you want to read the series starting from its debut in this issue, now is the time to buy it. Each issue of WSJ is only available for sale for around three months, so if you don’t buy it now, you will have to wait for the ARC-V graphic novel compilation to be published at a later date.

You can grab this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 1: “The Name Is Phantom!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Slated for April 23, 2016 Premiere in Japan

November 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions logo from the Japanese teaser video

The upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie will have its grand premiere on Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Japan. That’s the word from @yugioh_anime, the official Japanese Twitter account for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime.

The Dark Side of Dimensions was originally given a Spring 2016 release date during Kazuki Takahashi’s SDCC panel earlier this year. Later, 4K Media, the movie’s Japanese teaser, and other Japanese publications and promotional materials would all narrow down the premiere date to Japan’s Golden Week, which takes place between April 29 and May 5, 2016.

So why has the date been bumped forward by one week? There is no explanation provided, but it’s hard to complain about an earlier release!

Outside of Japan, The Dark Side of Dimensions will premiere in late 2016, with the exact date varying from country to country, said 4K Media at SDCC.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! October Sweepstakes

October 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm | Posted in Konami | 1 Comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! October 2015 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

The second of four monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! sweepstakes from 4K Media (Konami) is up! In the Yu-Gi-Oh! October Sweepstakes, one lucky winner will receive the following prizes:

  • Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1 and 2 DVD box sets
  • Ten booster packs of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG High-Speed Riders set

U.S. residents ages 6 and up can enter beginning today, October 31, through November 6. Check the official rules for more details.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! September Sweepstakes

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 3: ‘Pendulum Summons!’

October 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

A hooded Yuya Sakaki winking in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 3

Leo Corporation headquarters. In a control room, LC President Reiji Akaba, Sora Shiunin, Shun Kurosaki, and Shingo Sawatari turn their gaze towards a large monitor and see the face of a handsome hooded figure light up in front of them. It’s the Phantom. The Phantom is tapping into the power of LC’s Solid Vision system and using it for his own gain, Akaba tells his special forces. Whatever trickery he’s up to, he must be stopped.

But utmost caution is necessary when challenging the Phantom, warns Akaba, for he has a special talent for summoning monsters, one that makes him a deadly foe — the Pendulum Summons. Pendulum Summons? What’s that?

Akaba wants the power for himself, but he hasn’t yet found the cards for the job. At an open-pit mine far from LC headquarters, a quiet evening atmosphere is pierced by bright spotlights and the clangor of heavy excavation equipment. Akaba’s men continue their exhaustive search.

Back at the duel on the rooftop, Yuya Sakaki — the true identity of the Phantom — makes his grand appearance.

“Ladies and gentlemen!! And now… the fun begins!!” Yuya proclaims.

Sawatari scoffs. Whatever Yuya’s Pendulum summon is, it won’t be a match for him, Sawatari says to himself, ignoring Akaba’s previous warning. But his arrogance proves to be his undoing.

Yuya sets his Pendulum scale by placing Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon and Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon in his Pendulum zones. Sawatari and Akaba’s team look on, flabbergasted as Yuya unleashes his exotic summoning technique.

“Swing, pendulum of destiny!!” chants Yuya. “Mark the torrent of time traveling between past and future!! Pendulum Summons!!! Come forth, Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon!!!”

Yuya’s Odd-Eyes dragons overwhelm Sawatari’s Underworld Emperor Erebus with their explosive might and drop Sawatari’s life points to zero, sending him crashing backwards.

Akaba watches on, seething. He won’t be denied this opportunity to capture Yuya! He sends in Kurosaki, Shiunin, and his SWAT units to round him up the old-fashioned way. Yuya smiles as the goons encircle him, then winks and disappears in a cloud of smoke and confetti. Another time, Reiji Akaba.

One building away from the action, the Phantom sits calmly behind Yuzu, who had been watching the duel. She gushes when she notices him and asks for his autograph. Yuya obliges, then nonchalantly tosses a card into the air where it transforms into a gigantic paper airplane. He hops aboard and glides off into the night sky. As mysteriously as he had appeared, he would disappear.

Or so he planned. His plane is feeling unusually sluggish today. A stowaway! Yuya turns around to see Yuzu sitting behind him yukking it up. The extra weight sends the plane plummeting into the sea.

When Yuzu regains consciousness, she finds herself in a dank grey building. All around her are concrete walls and water pipes. An elaborate ring of computing equipment and cables sits surrounded by a pool of water. What is this place?


Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is on the cover of this week’s issue! Hooray!

The October 26, 2015 cover of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine

Yuya is just so clever, isn’t he? And really powerful, too. It seems like one thing to craft a Solid Vision paper airplane from a card. But his manipulation of the Solid Vision system is so effective that Sora surmised that he was able to create a completely solid projection of himself to duel from afar. Yuya had everyone fooled. No one even questioned how he appeared to teleport around the field during the duel. How does Yuya do it? Behind his charming exterior is someone with a tremendous amount of skill.

Pendulum summoning makes its first appearance! But there’s no banter from Yuya about how it works. Looks like Reiji’s special forces will be scratching their heads over it for now.

Yuzu has, up to this point, been a mere spectator fantasizing about using Yuya to make some cash and save Syu Zo Duel School. It looks like she could be in the spotlight in the next chapter. Will Yuzu begin to play a bigger role in the story and be able to convince Yuya to teach at her school? Or will she run off and sell his autograph for moola?

Hey, what’s up with these sexy images of Yuya? Will there be at least one each chapter? Stop it, Miyoshi, you are distracting the readers! Sora is pretty cute too. Reiji’s scarf is still doing its thang. It must be like 10 feet long.

For some extra fun, have listen at this week’s Shonen Jump Podcast, where the hosts attempt to tackle the silly questions that I asked last month about Yuya and Yuto’s split personalities and their different accessories and hairstyles.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 3: “Pendulum Summons!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 48 (October 26, 2015). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 2: “Yuto vs. Sawatari!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

Yu-Gi-Oh! Wall Scrolls, Posters Coming Soon

October 20, 2015 at 6:35 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Joey ecstatic about the outcome of his die roll in episode 135

It has been many years since the last new Yu-Gi-Oh! wall art was released, but Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who want to decorate their walls with something fun will now have some official merchandise to look forward to. 4K Media (Konami) announced yesterday that it has partnered with CWS Media Group to produce a line of Yu-Gi-Oh! wall scrolls and acrylic posters to be released in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand next summer.

“CWS Media’s wall art is very popular with anime fans and gamers alike,” said Jennifer Coleman, 4K Media’s VP of licensing and marketing, in a press release. “The company is known for its vibrant, high-quality wall scrolls and for its care and attention to detail in recreating the scenes and characters that are so familiar to fans.”

Other popular anime that have had wall art produced by CWS Media include Kill la Kill, No Game No Life, and Robotech.

While Yu-Gi-Oh! has seen plenty of posters released in its heyday over a decade ago, the series has never received any official wall scrolls in the U.S., though bootlegs used to be quite plentiful at anime cons and sketchy online retailers.

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