Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: ‘Adam and Eve!’

August 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Adam and Eve in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 25

In a futuristic era, a young Solid Vision researcher named Isaac encounters two brilliant minds at a top university. The fellow researchers, having fled from a war zone, believed in helping humanity achieve peace using the power of science. Their names were Adam and Eve. Almost immediately, Isaac takes a liking to them and their dedication. He joins them in their quest to tap into the potential of the Solid Vision technology for the good of mankind.

One seemingly ordinary day, the trio discovers a door to another world filled with boundless energy — enough to even allow for travel through space-time. Oh the possibilities that this discovery could bring about! They attempt to harness that energy by sealing it within a card, but find it to be uncontrollable. That is, until Adam realizes that a human body is needed to utilize that energy.

Adam offers his own self in the name of science, grasping at the “forbidden fruit” while his colleagues look on, not knowing what to expect. The experiment sends Adam’s body and mind through time, from the prehistoric world, through the Iron Age and the modern era.

“This energy has a will of its own,” says Adam as he is released from what appeared to be a trance. “And that is what sent me across time.”

Eve is distressed by the results, imploring Adam to stop the experiment. But Adam wishes to press forward, believing that their endeavors hold “the answer.” And so they continue.

Young Isaac watching Adam's experiment nervously and wondering if he should stop it in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 25

Many a time, Isaac wonders if he should end the experiment, knowing that they are dealing with powers far beyond them. But he never does. And eventually, the experiment spirals out of control, radiating immense quantities of energy.

Adam realizes that he alone would be the only one who could stop it, so he merges with that energy and vanishes, leaving only a dormant G.O.D. card behind.

…Or so Isaac recites to Reiji Akaba. Ultimately, he and Eve hope to use the power of the dormant G.O.D. card to travel through time and find their lost friend and colleague…an act of love.

Thoughts

So the mysterious Adam is finally revealed. And he looks like an ordinary person. I guess I didn’t really know what to expect, but with all of the prattle about the majestic Adam Factor, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see…more. But no, neither he nor Eve physically standout, quite unexpected of important Yu-Gi-Oh! characters.

Furthermore, they are both good, ethical people, which provides a contrast to the world-destroying powers of G.O.D. that revolve around them and that have been fueling the story thus far.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: “Adam and Eve!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 38 (August 21, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: “The Reason They’re After Us!”

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2017 Sweepstakes

August 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! August 2017 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

4K Media is back this month with another giveaway! The Yu-Gi-Oh! August Sweepstakes kicked off today, offering the chance to win a prize pack containing the following goodies:

  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of The Cards art book published by UDON Entertainment.
  • Two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2017 Mega-Tins — one featuring Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi, and one featuring Seto Kaiba. These will hit store shelves next Friday.

Entries are open from now through August 24. As usual, this sweepstakes is open to anyone living in the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., who is age 6 or older. Check the official rules for more details.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 76 – Becky With The Good Deck

August 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Valon kicking Rebecca while wearing armor in YGOTAS episode 76

There’s been so much actual dueling in the recent episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! The latest episode continues this trend with a pretty action-packed and serious battle as Valon takes on the duo of Dungeon Dice Monsters creator Duke and number-one fan Rebecca. Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan go on a quest for imaginary pizza while carrying Rex’s dead body. See all this and more in YGOTAS episode 76, “Becky With The Good Deck,” available now on YouTube and TeamFourStar.com! In case this video gets removed from YouTube, LittleKuriboh notes that he has it (and all of the other episodes) backed up on Vid.me. The TFS site now uses Vid.me for all of its embedded YGOTAS videos.

Episode 77 of YGOTAS is already underway and it is “comin’ together pretty darn well, imho,” says LK, who’s halfway through the writing process. “I hate to say it, but I get a weird thrill from writing this YGOTAS 77 script because it means eliminating one of the Orichalcos villains,” he adds.

More Convention Appearances: Kentokyocon, Anime Weekend Atlanta

This year is turning out to be busier than the last for LittleKuriboh on the convention side of things, with two more events added to his line-up. First, LK will be in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend as a guest Kentokyocon.

And second, LK will head to Anime Weekend Atlanta, taking place from September 28 through October 1. The Atlanta, Georgia, event is the first convention that LK ever attended as a fan after starting YGOTAS, says LK. (That was way back in 2009!) And now, he’ll be there as an invited guest. Wow!

Behind the Scenes: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Main Title Music

August 3, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Freddy Sheinfeld giving a walkthrough of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Main Title Music

What goes into composing and orchestrating Yu-Gi-Oh! music for the big screen? In his latest video, Yu-Gi-Oh! composer Freddy Sheinfeld takes an in-depth look at the main title music of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, breaking down its different parts and expounding on his writing process. Composers, arrangers, and Yu-Gi-Oh! music enthusiasts — this video is for you! And even if you don’t know anything about music composition, you can still sit back and enjoy the intricacies of a great score.

Sheinfeld begins by outlining his goals of easing the audience into the movie with an introduction that is slow-paced but that also incorporates the small, fast, visual elements that are happening on screen. He then walks through the instruments — the brasses, woodwinds, strings, and choirs — and how each of them contributes to the texture, color, and feel of the visuals. All throughout, he emphasizes how he carefully uses them to match the pacing of the visuals and build expectation, from the opening shots in space, building up to the huge moment when Kaiba’s space station appears, to when the title appears.

Sheinfeld concludes by saying that he next wants to make a video breaking down one of the action cues, which is “super, super complicated.” If you like what you see and want to learn more, let him know!

(h/t Freddy Sheinfeld)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko, GameStop Figures Coming Soon

August 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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4K Media (Konami) today announced two big licensing deals to bring new Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and collectibles to the Western market.

First, 4K Media and Funko have partnered to develop a line of stylized vinyl figures and other collectibles based on Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and monsters. Funko, a Washington-based purveyor of pop culture goods, is probably most famous for its big-headed Pop! Vinyl line, which includes thousands of licensed figures of TV, movie, and video games characters, as well as real-life celebrities, athletes, and musicians.

Second, 4K Media and GameStop have inked a deal to create a line of four-inch Yu-Gi-Oh! figures to be sold at GameStop’s brick-and-mortar and online stores, as well as its partners’ stores. Although it is best known for its video game retail business and tech brands, GameStop has begun homing in on the collectibles market this year, expanding its shelf space for collectibles in all of its stores and signing major licensing deals to produce its own original products.

“We are elated to welcome both Funko and GameStop to the Yu-Gi-Oh! family,” said Jennifer Coleman, 4K Media’s VP of licensing and marketing, in a press release. “We are impressed with both companies’ creative designs for new and engaging collectibles encompassing so many of our central characters and monsters. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans around the globe eagerly await each new licensed product introduction, which not only keeps the brand fresh and front of mind, but also serves to invigorate demand for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!”

What Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and collectibles would you like to see? Yugi and Kaiba Funko Pop! Vinyl figures are definitely no-brainers! Funko Plush of Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists and monsters would certainly be welcome on any collector’s shelf. And you can never have enough Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts!

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Shirts for the 2017 World Championship

August 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2017 Dark Magician shirt design

Available now for a limited time on ShopYuGiOh.com is an exclusive new shirt design to celebrate this year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Dark Magician from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is featured on this new design, along with the text “Japan 2017” and “World Championship.” The shirts are available in both men’s and women’s cuts and in short-sleeve ($24) and long-sleeve ($26) varieties.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2017 takes place on August 12 and 13 in Tokyo, Japan. The tournament will be live streamed and special events will be held at your local Official Tournament Store that same weekend. Keep an eye on Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details coming soon.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions SDCC 2017 Shirts

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Replacement Discs Now Shipping

July 31, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Aigami clapping after Anzu bowls a strike in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
*Polite applause*

Anchor Bay has begun mailing out Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions replacement discs. If you emailed Anchor Bay requesting a replacement, you will soon receive it in the mail, if you haven’t already. As promised, the new Blu-ray and DVD have fixed the dubtitles found on the old discs when playing the movie in Japanese, replacing them with accurate subtitles just like those on Manga Entertainment UK’s releases. The replacement discs have an identical label to the old discs.

As a reminder, Anchor Bay is not recalling the old discs. It is unlikely that those original printings have sold out, and there is no word on when these replacement discs will hit store shelves or if it will even be possible to differentiate between a package containing an old and a new disc. So, if you want to guarantee yourself a copy of the movie without dubtitles, you must buy a copy of the movie now and email Anchor Bay for a replacement. It’s not too late to do so.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: ‘The Reason They’re After Us!’

July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba enjoying his duel against Isaac in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 24

Yuya Sakaki has defeated Ren! The force of Yuya’s attack flips Ren’s Duel Runner forward, sending Ren tumbling to the ground. He lies on his back, exhausted. The stress that he’s put on his body and loss of this duel are too much for him. Slowly but surely, his body is destroying itself.

“When we gave ourselves to G.O.D. and surpassed the boundaries of lives within time and space, we stopped aging,” Ren explains to Yuya. “However, the burden of having repeatedly crossed space and time is eating away at our bodies.”

Yuya, perhaps sensing that Ren is about to escape, anxiously presses him for answers about the Adam Factor. Ren gazes straight up into the distance.

“It’s an illusion that Eve is chasing,” he says.

Ren describes Adam as a brilliant magician and scientist, one with even more astonishing skills than Yuya. Adam was romantically involved with Eve, and when G.O.D. appeared, Adam’s soul “scattered beyond the dimensional horizon.” It now exists within Yuya and Reiji Akaba. Yuya is dumbfounded by this revelation.

G.O.D. will awaken when the Adam Factor and Eve Factor come together, Ren continues, and when it does, it will want to control time. Ren warns Yuya that its power controls people without their knowing.

A portal opens on the ground behind Ren’s back. Ren wonders wearily if Yuya might be able to resist G.O.D.’s temptations and live out his own destiny. He then closes his eyes and disappears in a flash of light.

Yuzu approaches Yuya, elated that he has won his duel. She’s puzzled about Ren’s statement that he’s a descendant of Yugo. Yuya remembers seeing the glowing orbs containing his real memories hidden in the deepest parts of his mind. But he only smiles and says to Yuzu that it’ll probably all make sense when the time comes.

Yuya and Yuzu head to the control room where they discover that Reiji Akaba has suddenly begun broadcasting a video of himself to the pair. They see the Leo Corporation president standing, straight and impassive as always, with a blanket of stars and a blue sphere behind him. That’s Earth! Which means that he’s in space?! Why is he showing them this?

Leo Corporation's space research facilities in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 24

Sure enough, Akaba looks to be standing inside a gargantuan space colony, one lined with a vast network of buildings. A figure appears out of the shadows and approaches him. It’s Isaac, who extols the view of the planet and Akaba’s creation.

“In my hands, the Solid Vision system has unlimited potential,” Akaba tells the intruder.

“Ahh, and those are test facilities?” asks Isaac, pointing at the buildings all around them. “With this much space off-planet, you can do many experiments of use to humanity. The contributions you could make through your inventions are incalculable.”

“Yes, that is what this place is for,” replies Akaba. “But now I must use it to fight you.”

Isaac introduces himself as a fellow scientist and confirms Akaba’s suspicions that he’s an assassin for the group known as Eve. They’re hunting down Yuya and Akaba, he explains, because the two possess the Adam Factor, something that limits G.O.D.’s powers. Adam was the first person to discover G.O.D. and he used Solid Vision to manifest it. That’s why they can only extract the Adam Factor from Yuya and Akaba by defeating them in a duel.

Despite what Yuya and Akaba believe, continues Isaac, their fathers did not discover G.O.D. Rather, they were merely manipulated by G.O.D. into reviving it in their own time. Their achievements were all a lie.

Reiji Akaba furrows his brow. Isaac’s comment has incensed him, leading him to lash out uncharacteristically at the intruder.

“Shut up!!” Akaba barks, his clenched fists now trembling. He accepts Isaac’s challenge, but Isaac cautions the tough-minded young president.

“If you lose, G.O.D. will most likely incorporate you.”

Thoughts

Hmm, very interesting. This chapter reveals so much more about the Adam Factor but still leaves us with many questions. If it really is Adam’s soul, I wonder how it’s possible that Yuya and Reiji both possess it. Maybe the Adam Factor isn’t the soul itself but rather is made up of the pieces of the soul that must all be brought together. That could fit with Ren’s explanation that Adam’s soul “scattered” when G.O.D. appeared.

Isaac says the Adam Factor is something “that is limiting G.O.D.’s power” and is “Adam’s curse.” I can understand how it might be limiting; G.O.D. can’t awaken without it. But in what way is a soul like a curse?

With all this talk about the Adam Factor, why isn’t anyone asking about the Eve Factor? Who has the Eve Factor?

What’s the significance is of Adam and Eve’s romantic relationship? Do they have children? That’s gotta be it. With all this talk about time travel and descendants and such, there must be something going on with Adam and Eve’s children and the characters in this story.

Adam was someone who was both a magician and a scientist. He sounds a lot like Yuya and Reiji, or like their fathers.

Reiji Akaba has built a giant space colony thing. Of course he has. It’s like Number 9: Dyson Sphere-esque levels of amazing. Or like something out of a Gundam series that could sustain mankind indefinitely. And in the true spirit of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Reiji will now use this glorious and unfathomably powerful technological facility to help him win a duel. Of course.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: “The Reason They’re After Us!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 34 (July 24, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 23: “The Trick Revealed!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 25: “Adam and Eve!”

Also available now:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 1

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! July 2017 Sweepstakes

July 21, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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4K Media’s next sweepstakes is live! The Yu-Gi-Oh! July Sweepstakes gives one lucky fan the chance to win the following prizes:

  • Two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Link Strike Starter Decks. This deck comes out today! It debuts the all-new Link monsters seen in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.
  • One Exodia the Forbidden One Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hanger by Grin Studios.
  • One Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hanger by Grin Studios.

The entry period for this sweepstakes begins today and runs through July 27. Entrants must be at least 6 years old and a resident of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., to win. Check the official rules for more information.

Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Movie

July 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Yusei, and Jaden admiring the sunset in Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

Tubi TV’s library of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is growing! The free, ad-supported video streaming network has added 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time. The 50-minute movie is available now to viewers in the United States.

Yu-Gi-Oh! BBT joins both seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and all five seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in Tubi TV’s catalog. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the first season of which was added just last month alongside Duel Monsters, has abruptly been removed.

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