Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Drops Out of Top 10

May 24, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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A close-up of Seto Kaiba's fierce-looking eyes in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions trailer

Looks like this is going to be it for Japan box office coverage for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. The movie held strong at number 7 in the weekly rankings for May 14 through 20, but failed to place in the top 10 this past weekend.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 21 through 22 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Zootopia (347 / 5)
  2. The Magnificent Nine (307 / 2)
  3. If Cats Disappeared From the World (289 / 2)
  4. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 6)
  5. After the Storm (243 / Debut)
  6. 64: Part 1 (319 / 3)
  7. Captain America: Civil War (336 / 4)
  8. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 6)
  9. Girls und Panzer der Film (225 / 27)
  10. Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin III: Dawn of Rebellion (15 / Debut)

The last of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG promo cards — Mahad the Protector Priest — was handed out on May 20. From May 21 onward, any ticket purchase will include one random card from the previous four weeks, subject to availability as theaters give away whatever stock of cards they have remaining.

Of special note in the rankings this past weekend is Girls und Panzer der Film, the sequel to the TV anime series. The movie has been playing in one form or another during the prior 26 weeks, but rocketed from number 28 to number 9 this past weekend. Behold, the power of fandom.

Previously:
Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Jumps to No. 7

4K Media Announces Latest International Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Partnerships: Tubi TV & More

May 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Officer Trudge smiling and raising his arms above his head as he regains life points in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 12

The reach of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime universe just keeps growing and growing. Today, 4K Media (Konami) and Cinedigm outlined their latest VOD and SVOD offerings of the various Yu-Gi-Oh! series for viewers residing in the United States and abroad.

In the U.S., the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series — both English-dubbed and subbed — has joined Tubi TV, an up-and-coming free video network available on the internet and via connected TV and mobile devices. The San Francisco-based platform boasts content from over 200 partners, including Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate, and has a diverse library that includes current anime simulcasts like Flying Witch and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto.

In Germany, all German-dubbed episodes of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are streaming on RTL Network’s Clipfish and ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s maxdome and MyVideo platforms.

And in Italy, all 49 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 are available to telecom service TIM’s subscribers on its TIMvision platform.

These newest distribution agreements are in addition to 4K Media’s already vast number of streaming partnerships with networks like Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, Claro Video (in Latin America), and TV4 (in Sweden), among others.

“We’re thrilled to have episodes of the various Yu-Gi-Oh! series available to fans throughout the world,” said Mark Kirk, 4K Media’s SVP of digital operations, in a release. “4K Media has been embracing digital media platforms as a viable method for distributing content for over a decade and will continue to do so as the numbers of fans accessing the vast Yu-Gi-Oh! library of episodes online and on mobile devices validates that decision.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 10: ‘The Entertainment Ends!’

May 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki with only 100 LP left in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 10

Yuya Sakaki is back in his body, but he can barely stand. The damage that Sora Shiunin dealt to Yuri was immense. Yuya, sweating heavily while on his hands and knees, musters up enough strength to Pendulum summon Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon, Enter-mate Ballad, and Enter-mate Barracuda. Using their special abilities, Yuya repeatedly cuts down the attack strength of Shiunin’s Frightfur Daredevil. Yuya’s moves are exact and his calculations precise. Shiunin’s monster trembles as its energy is sapped. Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon attacks, smashing Frightfur Daredevil to pieces and knocking the opponent off his feet. Yuya will inflict just enough damage to drop Shiunin’s life points to exactly zero!

But Shiunin has something else in mind. As he is hurtling backward from the attack, Shiunin reaches out and grabs an Action Card. He looks at the card and his eyes burn with anger. He plays the card… and deals 1000 damage to himself. But why?! Then he activates another Action Spell to further double the damage he’ll take. What in the world is he thinking?!

“No, stop!” Yuya cries out.

“You used roundabout methods to intentionally reduce my life points to exactly zero and avoid causing more damage than necessary,” says Shiunin. “Nothing makes me angrier than an enemy holding back out of sympathy!”

With the laboratory’s damage settings tripling all damage inflicted, Sora Shiunin will now absorb an inhuman 17,400 points of damage. Yuya turns away and leaps toward Yuzu, wrapping his cloak around her cowering body to shield her from the onslaught. A blindingly bright light flashes behind them. And then, a deafeningly loud explosion shakes the ground they are crouching on…

Outside the Leo Corporation highrise, glass and debris are strewn all over the ground. The office employees who were outside the building are now nowhere in sight. Everyone has fled. The explosion has blown a hole spanning more than eight stories high in the side of the building. As the dust clears, Yuya and Yuzu slowly stand up to assess their surroundings. Shiunin is gone.

Unbeknownst to the pair, there are other forces at work. Somewhere afar, a masked man and woman have been taking a keen interest in Yuya Sakaki and Sora Shiunin’s duel, watching the action in a futuristic, almost celestial-looking control room. Surrounding them are numerous charts and graphs projected in midair.

Eve and a masked man watching Yuya and Sora's duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 10

“Retrieve Sora,” orders the woman, sitting calming with her legs crossed and hands in her lap. “And I want to search Yuya Sakaki’s memories.”

“As you wish, Eve,” replies the masked man standing by her side.

Amid the chaos of the explosion, a hole in space inexplicably opens up and a motorcycle comes charging through. Its driver, clad in all white, is the masked man. He snatches Shiunin’s lifeless body, and as quickly as he had appeared, he zooms through another portal and disappears. Yuya and Yuzu are oblivious to what has happened in this split second.

Yuya grimaces. The damage to his body is too much for him to take anymore. He falls forward and collapses. Just as Yuzu reaches out to him, a wave of energy surrounds Yuya’s body, followed by a burst of light. A Duel Runner suddenly juts out the ground where his body had been laying! The bike rights itself and the driver somersaults off. It’s a boy wearing a white racing suit — the boy from Yuya’s mind.

“I’m Yugo!” he beams. “Are you Yuya’s girlfriend?”

Yugo winking as he asks Yuzu to hop onto his Duel Runner and hang on in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 10

But there’s no time for chitchat. They don’t want to hang around this trouble spot much longer. Yugo and Yuzu hop on the Duel Runner and Yugo drives it straight out of the hole in the side of the building. While Yuzu hangs on for dear life, they drop over 20 stories, landing smoothly on the roof of a neighboring building before speeding away.

Back at Yuya’s hideout, Yuya rests on his couch with Yuzu looking over him, while Yuto, Yuri, and Yugo worry themselves over Yuya’s condition. There is no rest for the weary though as Yuri notices Yuya’s web of computer cables and wires suddenly buzzing and cracking. Someone is hacking into Yuya’s network and it looks like his Duel Disk is the target! Is the culprit trying to get into Yuya’s mind and memories?

Thoughts

Sora Shiunin is awful. And so twisted. Shun Kurosaki seemed a little unbalanced but Sora is just completely, totally unhinged. He is certainly the strongest and most menacing of Reiji Akaba’s special forces. And apparently the one with the most mysteries behind him.

The masked man and the woman named Eve: Who are they? Where are they from? How are they related to Sora? This chapter provides no immediately obvious clues. They wield elaborate, futuristic technology, just like the other characters in this Yu-Gi-Oh! universe. And the man appears to ride a Duel Runner — or a fancy motorcycle. He also appears to care greatly about Sora.

At the hideout, Yugo suddenly recognizes Yuzu as a familiar face. Yuto seems to have known all along, commenting that “Yuya’s memories are confused, so he hasn’t noticed.” Yuri is shocked that “this” could be possible, whatever “this” is. So it looks like Yuzu might play a bigger role in Yuya’s story than previously expected — a welcome twist given how insignificant she has been so far. It seems, then, that something might be off with Yuzu’s memories too since she doesn’t recognize Yuya. Then again, she didn’t recognize Shun either when they met, so maybe whatever connection she has with Yuya occurred far enough in the past that she has forgotten. Funny how fate has ways of bringing people together.

The pacing of this chapter seems a little bit off… After Odd-Eyes Mirage Dragon destroys Frightfur Daredevil, Sora is sent flying backward due to the impact of the attack. Sora then plays two Action Cards. Damage from the attack wipes out Sora’s remaining life points and blows a hole in the side of the building. Then the masked man rockets in on his bike. All the while, Sora continues to fall backward. The man grabs Sora’s body and vanishes. This entire sequence of events presumably takes place in a matter of seconds, yet it is nonsensically protracted in a way that only a comic can pull off. How long can Sora’s body hang in midair as he thrown backward anyway?

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 10: “The Entertainment Ends!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 25 (May 23, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Jumps to No. 7

May 17, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card Rank-Up-Magic - The Seventh One

Most movies do not see their rankings improve after their first weekend in theaters, but Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions isn’t most movies and it worked its magic this past weekend to buck that trend. As it enters its fourth week in Japanese theaters, Yu-Gi-Oh! held steady at number 9 for the week of May 5 through 13 before rising to number 7 in this past weekend’s rankings.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 14 through 15 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Zootopia (347 / 4)
  2. The Magnificent Nine (307 / Debut)
  3. If Cats Disappeared From the World (289 / Debut)
  4. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 5)
  5. 64: Part 1 (319 / 2)
  6. Captain America: Civil War (336 / 3)
  7. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (137 / 4)
  8. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 5)
  9. Chihayafuru: The Last Verse (293 / 3)
  10. I Am Hero (282 / 4)

Unlike in previous weeks, the movie’s producers didn’t release any new factoids this past weekend about the film to incentivize fans to visit the theaters. But maybe they didn’t have to, since the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG promotion that kicked off on May 14 is for the coveted Mahad the Protector Priest card. This fourth and final promo card will be included with ticket purchases through May 20, or while supplies last. And they may not last. Theatergoers took to Twitter this past weekend, mortified by how quickly tickets sold out. While the producers have not released any official comments about the boost in the rankings, it’s a fair bet that this card is what made the magic happen.

The next goal for The Dark Side of Dimensions is to hit 500,000 ticket sales. If it reaches this milestone, Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi will produce a special illustration!

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Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Steady at No. 9

Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Steady at No. 9

May 10, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Seto Kaiba in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions teaser video

As it enters its third week in Japanese theaters, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions remained steady in the rankings, coming in at number 9 for the week of April 30 through May 6 before settling in at number 9 this past weekend.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of May 7 through 8 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Zootopia (347 / 3)
  2. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 4)
  3. 64: Part 1 (319 / Debut)
  4. Captain America: Civil War (336 / 2)
  5. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 4)
  6. Road to High & Low (140 / Debut)
  7. Chihayafuru: The Last Verse (293 / 2)
  8. I Am Hero (282/ 3)
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (137 / 3)
  10. Terra Formars (326 / 2)

On Sunday, May 8, the cast of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions took to the stage at a gathering at Wald 9 Cinema in Shinjuku, thanking the audience for making the movie a success and relaying the excitement of playing their roles. They also announced that 310,000 people have seen the movie during its first 15 days in the theaters and that the movie is set to hit the international scene. The film heads first to South Korea in June later this year, while preparations for the rest of Asia, Europe, and the United States are already underway. Furthermore, they revealed that the movie will see a DVD and Blu-ray release in 2017.

Separately, producers revealed that Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! and the movie’s executive producer, participated in animating the film, personally drawing 186 frames himself. It must be time to head back to the theaters to try to pick out which sequence he animated, right?

Previously:
Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Slips to No. 9

New Brazilian Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs to Include Japanese Version

May 5, 2016 at 5:30 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Portuguese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 8 Comments
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Yugi preparing to play a card against Kaiba in episode 1
Sua vez! É hora do duelo!

Thought the original Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters would never get a home video release in the West? Get ready to be surprised. 4K Media (Konami) announced yesterday that Brazil will be getting season 1 and 2 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on DVD later this year and that the release will include the Brazilian Portuguese dub and the original Japanese version. The series will be distributed by PlayArte Pictures Entretenimento, whose catalog includes anime like Naruto and Saint Seiya as well as mainstream titles like The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black.

This is not the first time that Yu-Gi-Oh! has seen a DVD release in Brazil. Years ago, the series was distributed by Imagem Filmes, though that release only included the Portuguese dub. The company produced only six volumes, each containing three episodes plus a pack of trading stickers from Panini. (Volume 1 is pictured below.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! O Coração das Cartas DVD from Brazil's Imagem Films
Old Brazilian Yu-Gi-Oh! DVD from Imagem Filmes

Since there are visual differences between the Japanese and 4Kids Entertainment’s productions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, each of PlayArte’s DVDs will need to include two copies of each episode — the original video and the edited video. This doubles the total number of discs necessary for a bilingual release. Will PlayArte be able to handle this challenge while maintaining respectable video quality and a reasonable disc count and price?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

May 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime videos page on Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll and 4K Media hit another mega milestone today in their endeavor to publish the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series in all of their uncut, Japanese glory. Episodes 1 through 49 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters are now fully subbed and ready to be enjoyed. This takes us through the Duelist Kingdom, Duel Monsters Quest, and Dungeon Dice Monsters story arcs — the equivalent of season 1 of 4Kids’ English-dubbed version.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime has come such a long way. For years it seemed like the show would never be able to get an official subbed release, but look at where it’s at now. I’m so happy. There are still many more episodes to go, so keep spreading the word and showing your support, and don’t forget to add Yu-Gi-Oh! to your Crunchyroll queue. There are new episodes added every month. The next story arc, Battle City, is already underway!

My Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – SUBBED Episodes page is now updated with the latest video links.

Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Slips to No. 9

May 3, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Seto Kaiba clenching his teeth in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions commercial

After premiering in Japan at number 6 during the weekend of April 23 and 24, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions took a small tumble during the week of April 23 through 29, coming in at number 7 in the weekly ranking. The movie settled in at number 9 this past weekend.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of April 30 through May 1 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 3)
  2. Zootopia (347 / 2)
  3. Captain America: Civil War (336 / Debut)
  4. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 3)
  5. Chihayafuru: The Last Verse (293 / Debut)
  6. I Am Hero (282 / 2)
  7. Terra Formars (326 / Debut)
  8. The Revenant (341 / 2)
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (137 / 2)
  10. Assassination Classroom: Graduation (318 / 6)

Producers of The Dark Side of Dimensions, perhaps keen on jump-starting attendance as the movie enters its second week in theaters, put out a press release on April 29 revealing several characters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime who make cameo appearances in the movie. (Sorry but you’ll have to look elsewhere for these spoilers.) Will this nostalgia baiting entice older fans of the series to visit the theater?

Previously:
Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Opens at No. 6

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Update: New Menu Items & Sapporo Location

April 30, 2016 at 8:30 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Three new menu items at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe inspired by Jonouchi, Judai, and Black Magician and Black Magician Girl

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe is so popular that a second location is opening! That’s the word from @yugioh_anime, which announced that a second cafe will open in Sapporo on May 3. And to celebrate, the cafes in both Tokyo and Sapporo are introducing some tasty new menu items.

First up is Katsuya Jonouchi’s drink: “What Can Be Seen But Remains Unseen – Thousand Nose Breath of Friendship.” This mix of ginger ale, orangeade, and fresh-cut oranges will certainly stimulate your senses.

Next is “Draw Bread,” Duel Academia’s legendary golden egg sandwich that even Judai Yuki will wake up early to get his hands on. It includes bread, fried egg, lettuce, cheese, ketchup, and mayonnaise.

And last is Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl’s dessert: “Bonds of the Master and Disciple – Black Magic Sweet Burning.” This includes Ramune ice cream, blueberry chocolate cake, nata de coco, and whipped cream.

But wait! There was also a fourth item that has since disappeared: “I Love ARC-V Sweets – Sora’s Fusion Hot Chocolate” made with cocoa, fresh cream, milk, and chocolate sauce. This item was on the original menu uploaded to AnimePlaza’s websites but was removed. It mistakenly displayed a picture of Kaito of instead of Sora. Props for this go to @sakurabbitt, the first person to screen cap the original menu before it got replaced. Let’s see if this drink will make it back on the menu.

The new Sapporo Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe will have all of these new food and drinks, all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! goods in stock (yes, even the ones that are sold out at the original Tokyo location!), and won’t require reservations. Follow AnimePlaza Sapporo’s Twitter @anipla_sapporo for more updates. Both the Sapporo and Tokyo cafes will be open until May 31.

Previously:
AnimePlaza’s Full Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Menu

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition Vol. 1, 5, 10, 19 & More Through May 9

April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Banner advertising free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga offered during Shueisha's Haruman!! 2016 Spring Digital Manga Festival

Another free Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign from Shueisha is underway again! To celebrate the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions this past Saturday, the publisher is letting readers peruse fours volumes of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, as well as the first volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! R, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL — all for free through May 9.

This time, the free books are not available on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ platform, and most of the good e-book platforms advertised, like Amazon Kindle, are not accessible outside Japan. The best one that does work is probably eBookJapan, and while it’s not perfect (the zoom feature is kind of awkward), it’ll do in a pinch. Here is what’s available:

You may be presented with a splash page titled 利用規約 (Terms of Use). It is simply explaining that you will be viewing copyrighted works and are not allowed to copy or do other bad things with them. Click the large button labeled 利用規約に同意する (I agree to the Terms of Use) to continue.

This free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign is part of Shueisha’s “Haruman!! 2016” Spring Digital Manga Festival, which has been running since mid-March. The event offers readers the opportunity to check out over 130 manga for free for a limited time. Visit eBookJapan’s Haruman!! 2016 page to see the titles currently available and click the button labeled 無料で読む (Read For Free) to take a look at any of the books. There are a lot of neat series that are already published in English, like Nana, Seraph of the End, and Nisekoi, but there are also tons that aren’t!

Update: Ah, looks like the free Yu-Gi-Oh! books are available on Shonen Jump+ after all. Hooray!

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