Photo: Taro-kun, Kazuki Takahashi’s Dog

February 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of Kazuki Takahashi's dog Taro-kun tweeted by Jump Ryu!

The staff at Shueisha’s new Jump Ryu! series has been busy interviewing Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi and captured an adorable photo of his dog, Taro-kun, pictured above. D’awww. Taro, complete with green bandanna, is of course the inspiration behind the Yu-Gi-Oh! card Shiba-Warrior Taro released in the 2008 Anniversary Pack.

Jump Ryu! staff also tweeted a picture of a massive display case filled with Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise at Takahashi’s workplace. Wow! How many of those Yu-Gi-Oh! goods can you pick out?

Jump Ryu! is a magazine and DVD series that profiles Jump manga creators, offering a special in-depth look at their lives and works. Kazuki Takahashi will appear in the series’ eighth volume, which hits Japanese newsstands on April 21.

Previously:
Kazuki Takahashi to be Featured in Jump Ryu! Magazine/DVD Series

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 6: ‘Feeling Alive!!’

January 25, 2016 at 7:04 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba watching Yuya Sakaki's Pendulum summoning skill in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 6

Shun Kurosaki stands tall atop his Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius. He grits his teeth and smiles viciously. Yuya’s Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon has reduced his life points to a mere 100, but this perilous situation has only strengthened his resolve.

“Hurt me more! That’s what makes me feel truly alive!” proclaims Kurosaki. “In this world, it’s hard to tell whether you’re alive or not. But I can always tell in a tough duel!”

Standing on a floating island, Yuya gazes up and sees Kurosaki posed rigidly, unshakably, wearing a stern look on his face. Kurosaki gives off a Dracula-like aura, thinks Yuya. Despite that complexion, Yuya senses some truth behind Kurosaki’s words. Maybe the two duelists aren’t all that different. It really can be a challenge to feel alive in the world, thinks Yuya.

“The only time I do is when I see people enjoying one of my entertainment duels,” he says.

Kurosaki is incensed by the comparison. To be likened to an entertainment duelist, to someone who duels for enjoyment — the notion sickens him to his core. He vows to crush Yuya to satisfy his thirst.

Kurosaki calls forth another Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius, then uses his two monsters to Xyz summon Raidraptor – Blade Burner Falcon. This monster has a special ability. When it is summoned and its owner’s life points are lower than his opponent’s by more than 3000, it gains 3000 attack points! Blade Burner Falcon’s attack increases from 1000 to 4000, more than enough to crush Yuya’s Odd-Eyes with ease.

At last Kurosaki’s strategy is revealed. Not only does he revel in being pushed to the brink of destruction, but his Blade Burner Falcon also demands it so that it can make use of its ability. It is a game plan that meshes perfectly with his twisted personality.

While Yuya’s monsters are taken out by Kurosaki, Yuzu finds herself in her own world of trouble. After meandering up the tree tower and climbing out onto the branch where her dad is stuck hanging, Yuzu quickly realizes that the branch can’t support both of their body weights. The branch creaks loudly as it flexes downward, then snaps, sending splinters flying everywhere and Yuzu and Syu Zo plunging through the air.

Yuzu cries out to Yuya, but he has no monsters on his field that can help. Before Yuya can react, Kurosaki swoops in, catching them atop his Raidraptor and setting them safely on the ground.

“You’re interfering with a good duel! So get lost!!” Kurosaki exclaims.

Yuya heaves a sigh of relief. It’s time for him to finish this. Demonstrating his mastery of the Pendulum summoning skill, Yuya awes the duel’s onlookers by summoning the obliterated Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon back onto his field with ease. Then, he uses Odd-Eyes Persona Dragon’s abilities to call it to the field, negate Blade Burner Falcon’s attack increase, and finish off Kurosaki’s monster.

Kurosaki boils over with anger. How is someone like Yuya so quickly able able to turn the tables on him?! As his life points drop to zero, he looks down at Yuya and sees him smiling innocently. And in that briefest of moments, Kurosaki’s infuriation subsides. As the Raidraptor he is standing on disintegrates from Yuya’s attack, he falls backwards and drops out of the sky.

Yuya leaps off his floating island and grabs Kurosaki with his left hand. As they fall together, a Solid Vision umbrella materializes and pops open out of Yuya’s other hand.

“Hard-core dueling is fine… But did you you have fun dueling against me?” Yuya asks Kurosaki as they now float slowly through the sky.

Yuya Sakaki saving Shun Kurosaki in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 6

Back on the ground, Yuya gives Kurosaki a quick and embarrassing sales pitch for Syu Zo Duel School before he, Yuzu, and Syu Zo disappear in a puff of smoke. Kurosaki, whose heart has perhaps grown just a tiny bit, smirks and promises to repay Yuya for saving him. Maybe entertainment duels aren’t so bad after all.

Later that night at Syu Zo Duel School, Yuya, Yuzu, and Syu Zo chat about Yuya’s potential teaching position. But is he really qualified to be an instructor? He seems to always be talking to himself, like he has a double personality disorder.

Not double, says Yuya. Quadruple.

Thoughts

Shun Kurosaki: Kidnaps innocent bystander and puts said bystander’s life in danger. Rescues innocent bystander and daughter when they face actual mortal danger. I-I-It’s not like I really care about your lives or anything, m-m-m-morons! Yes, Shundere for sure… Hope to see you again very soon, Shun!

That is all.

The next chapter can’t come soon enough. Bring on Yuya’s other two personalities!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 6: “Feeling Alive!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 8 (January 25, 2015). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 5: “Assault! Raidraptors!!”

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Coming soon

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Gets U.S. Premiere on Nicktoons in February

January 24, 2016 at 10:05 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki dramatically summoning the Nicktoons logo

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is finally getting its long-anticipated and long-overdue U.S. premiere! The cable and satellite network Nicktoons is airing a 30-second teaser announcing a February 2016 release for this latest anime series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The teaser does not specify an exact premiere date and time.

Nickelodeon’s website provides the following synopsis of the ARC-V series (though it is inexplicably listed on the webpage dedicated to the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series):

Swing into action with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V!

Yuya Sakaki’s dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the greatest “duel-tainer” in history — and he just might pull it off when he suddenly discovers Pendulum Summoning, a never-before-seen technique that lets him summon many monsters at once! But when countless rivals emerge to steal his spotlight, Yuya needs to gear up his game because dueling has evolved into a non-stop world of action!

In the all-new Action Duels, monsters literally come to life with advancements in holographic technology! Duelists no longer stand by and let their monsters battle for them on the playing field — they now ride their monsters as they race through real locations to take down their opponents with their Action Cards! From exotic castles to dense jungles, Yuya and his friends better prepare for any possibility because there’s no telling where the next battle will be!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Where dueling gets REAL!

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has been airing in Canada since July 2015 and in Australia since October 2015. Fans in the U.S. were able to catch the first two episodes of the dub during the live streams of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 150th YCS and North American World Championship Qualifier events in mid-2015.

Nicktoons reaches almost 68 million U.S. homes and pulls in the highest concentration of boys ages 2 through 11 across all television. The Viacom-owned network previously launched Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! in March 2013 and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL in April 2013. Neither show is airing anymore in its current line-up.

Update (January 27): Maybe Nick’s Yu-Gi-Oh! webpage isn’t only for Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! after all, but for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!-related. It now includes two Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V video clips from episode 1.

Update (January 28): The title of Nick’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page has been changed from simply “Yu-Gi-Oh!” to “Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.” Looks like it will be the home of the new series after all.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Casts Kendo Kobayashi, Jungle Pocket

January 20, 2016 at 9:39 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kendo Kobayashi and the gang's leader in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

The Japanese producers of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions today announced four more actors joining the cast of the movie, all of whom will be playing new characters designed by Kazuki Takahashi!

First up is Kendo Kobayashi (pictured above), who will play the leader of a group of thugs called the Kudaragi Corps. The 43-year-old comedian and celebrity makes regular and guest appearances on numerous Japanese TV and radio variety shows. Kobayashi’s acting credits include Tonzra in the 2009 live-action movie Yatterman (based on the anime of the same name) and Toshio Kanbe in the 2012 comedy-drama Perfect Son. His voice acting roles include Kiril Čapek in the anime Michiko & Hatchin, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Farrell) in the 2009 film Land of the Lost, and Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) in the 2013 film Pacific Rim.

Joining Kobayashi is the comedy trio Jungle Pocket, who will play the gang’s underlings. The trio is made up of Otake, Hirohisa Ota, and Shinji Saito (pictured below, left to right) and has been performing together in numerous comedic theatrical productions and TV variety shows since 2007. The group will make its voice acting debut in The Dark Side of Dimensions.

Jungle Pocket and the gang's underlings in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

The characters’ names have not been provided and, as is also the case with the movie’s other newly revealed characters, their motives and personalities are still shrouded in mystery.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Casts Kana Hanazawa, Satoshi Hino

[YGO: TAS] Marik Plays – Star Wars – Knights of the Fallen Empire

January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Marik Plays Star Wars The Old Republic Knights of the Fallen Empire artwork by kamy2425
Artwork by kamy2425

Today, LittleKuriboh launched a brand new Let’s Play series featuring everyone’s favorite YGOTAS evil villain! “Marik Plays – Star Wars – Knights of the Fallen Empire” features the Midriffed One playing the latest expansion pack in the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG series. Marik allies himself with the “special snowflake” team and plays as one of the Thundercats. (Why not choose one of those “hentai people” instead?!) Sadly, the game did not allow his his username to be Neko Neko Marik.

This is only part 1 of the series and doesn’t yet show any actual gameplay, but don’t be put off by that. There are some real gems in this video, like hearing Marik sing about Bakura to the tune of the Main Theme of Star Wars. Sadly, Bakura himself doesn’t make an appearance, but since he’s in the video’s thumbnail, I’m guessing it’s only a matter of time before he injects himself into the action.

Be sure to subscribe to LittleKuriboh’s YouTube channel to see more of this and his other Let’s Plays.

LK Anime Convention Update: SunnyCon

LittleKuriboh has added one more anime convention guest appearance to his 2016 line-up: SunnyCon in Newcastle upon Tyne, England! LK will be flying across the pond to take part in the con’s exciting fifth year between June 17 to 19. Also guesting at the event will be Marianne Miller, Johnny Yong Bosch, and TeamFourStar’s Lanipator, MasakoX, and Takahata101.

Which other cons is LK heading to this year? Check out the small but growing list on my page dedicated to LK’s anime con appearances.

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 3 DVD Box Set Slated for March 8

January 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 3 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

It’s time to wrap up your collection of 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX! Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 3 DVD box set to its catalog with a March 8 street date. The set will include episodes 105 through 155 on three 2-disc DVD volumes published on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label. The suggested retail price is $44.99.

Just as with the season 2 box set, this release from Cinedigm marks the first time that season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX will get a home video release in region 1 territory. The individual volumes of this set are not available for sale separately.

For the non-video collectors out there, don’t forget that you can also watch Yu-Gi-Oh! GX in both dubbed and subbed formats anytime you want for free!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 2 DVD Box Set Coming July 7 from Cinedigm

LINE Debuts Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Stickers

December 31, 2015 at 6:37 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters stickers now available for sale in LINE store

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! in 2016, the popular messaging app LINE today added Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters stickers to its store! Forty stickers are available, many of them with catchphrases and images popular in Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! memes. The bad news? They are region locked to Japan. Nooo!

Deja of the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Vanguard Blog has posted a gallery of all 40 stickers currently available for sale.

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 5: ‘Assault! Raidraptors!!’ + Kazuki Takahashi Interview

December 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shun Kurosaki, angry but driven after getting attacked by Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 5

Somewhere in the suburbs of Maiami City, a gargantuan Solid Vision bird cage takes form in an empty field. In the center of the cage rests a colossal tree-like tower, its body distressingly gnarled and full of knots. All around the tower float several small wooden islands. This is Shun Kurosaki’s Sky Tree Bird Cage Action Field. Yuya recognizes this to be the setting of a midair duel and is pumped to take on Kurosaki.

Yuzu looks up and sees Syu Zo hanging high off the ground, the back of his coat caught on a branch extending out of the tower. She rushes inside and discovers a spiral staircase lining the tower’s inner walls. She begins the exhausting climb up to reach her dad. Outside the tower, Yuya and Kurosaki begin their duel.

Yuya is already at a disadvantage. There are Action Cards floating in the sky, but after Kurosaki’s Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius cooks Yuya’s precious little Poppo, Yuya’s deck is left without any flying monsters.

Yuto knows that Kurosaki watched Yuya’s previous duel and is waiting for Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon. He warns Yuya to be cautious of Kurosaki’s game. Yuya won’t have any of it though.

“Giving people what they want is a Duel-tainer’s job!!” Yuya exclaims.

Yuya Pendulum Summons Odd-Eyes and is prepared to destroy Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius, but Kurosaki saves his monster with a Trap Card. Odd-Eyes’ special ability still gets the better of Kurosaki though, bleeding his life points to a mere 100. Yuya and Yuto watch in horror as Kurosaki cries out in agony and excitingly eats it all up.

“This pain… This pain is what gets me serious!”

Thoughts

Whoa. Shun. This guy is hardcore. And his Action Field is awesome. The twisted and complex tree tower is almost like a reflection of his frightening personality. Hopefully Yuya will crush him quickly and more details about how Shun came to be this way will then be revealed.

It took five chapters to get to it, but the manga finally explains the Pendulum Summoning mechanic to the reader and to the characters. Considering how powerful and exceptional it is to be able to perform such a move in their world, it’s a little surprising that the characters don’t react more enthusiastically about what they are witnessing.

Yuya Sakaki! You playboy, you…

Yuya Sakaki posing with Enter-Mate Uni and Enter-Mate Corn in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 5

Haha, is that a very regrettably placed sound effect or what?

Yuzu is none too happy that Yuya is chilling with some voluptuous monsters. Maybe she’s even jealous of the attention that he’s paying them. Even though she has only just met him, could she have already developed a crush on him?

Interview with Kazuki Takahashi

In addition to including the latest chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, this week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump also has a special two-page interview with Kazuki Takahashi! The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh! takes on questions from the WSJ crew about his artistic influences, interest in Egypt, and favorite games. Takahashi also answers three questions that fans on Twitter originally submitted to WSJ back when he attended San Diego Comic Con in July.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 5: “Assault! Raidraptors!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 3/4 (December 21, 2015). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 4: “The Hungry Assassin!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 6: “Feeling Alive!!”

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Games for Mobile, Console, PC Coming in 2016

December 21, 2015 at 6:06 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Joey Wheeler smirking when he sees Kaiba's monsters get destroyed in episode 123

This past weekend at Shueisha’s Jump Festa 2016 event in Japan, Konami announced that it will be releasing three new Yu-Gi-Oh! video games for mobile, console, and PC platforms in 2016. Today, the company offered up a few more details in a release.

Coming first in the spring of 2016 is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, a game for Android and iOS mobile devices. Then, in the summer of 2016, the Nintendo 3DS will receive an as yet unnamed title. And finally, in the winter of 2016, Yu-Gi-Oh! will head to consoles and the PC for a new online game, also unnamed at this stage. All three titles will be released globally.

Konami also confirmed that the PS4 and Xbox One’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist and the mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation will both continue to receive further updates.

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

December 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! December 2015 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

The last of four Yu-Gi-Oh! sweepstakes from 4K Media (Konami) kicked off today, and this one has some goodies for the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fan plus two new TCG products just released earlier this month. One lucky winner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! December Sweepstakes will take home the following prizes:

  • Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set, which includes all five seasons of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time on DVD
  • Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray
  • Three Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Master of Pendulum Structure Decks
  • Two Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Clash of Rebellion Special Editions

As with 4K Media’s previous three sweepstakes, this one is open to all U.S. residents ages 6 and up. The entry period begins today, December 18, and runs through December 31. Check the official rules for more details.

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

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