Yu-Gi-Oh! Japanese OP & ED OST Gets New Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Vocal Best!!

September 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Album covers of the 2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Duel Vocal Best!! and 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Vocal Best!! CDs
Music for the ages.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duel Vocal Best!! (2005)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Vocal Best!! (2012)

Hardcore fans of the original Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime know that the show’s full collection of opening and ending theme songs have only been published on one definitive album: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duel Vocal Best!! Released in 2005 by Marvelous Entertainment (now MarvelousAQL), the CD contains 11 tracks of full-length OP and ED goodness. Although other Yu-Gi-Oh! soundtracks had previously been released, none had a compilation of all the theme songs. These days, if you want to pick up a new, unopened copy of the CD, you’d have to fork over an exorbitant amount of money — sometimes more than $150. Ouch! What is a fan to do? If you missed out on buying that CD back then and don’t want to shell out all that cash now, you’re in luck…

Tomorrow, September 19, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! soundtrack hits the streets, complete with all of the Japanese opening and ending themes that you know and love. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Vocal Best!! (notice the slightly different title) comes from MarvelousAQL and contains the same tracks as the 2005 album.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Vocal Best!! track list:

  1. “voice” – OP for episodes 1-48
  2. “An Energizing Shower” – ED for episodes 1-48
  3. “Shuffle” – OP for episodes 49-80
  4. “The Afternoon of That Day” – ED for episodes 49-80
  5. “WILD DRIVE” – OP for episodes 81-131
  6. “Paradise” – ED for episodes 81-131
  7. “WARRIORS” – OP for episodes 132-189
  8. “Overflowing Emotions Never Stop” – ED for episodes 132-189
  9. “Overlap” – OP for episodes 190-224
  10. “EYE’S” – ED for episodes 190-224
  11. “Fire” – ED for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

The retail price for the CD is about $30.

Album covers of the 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Vocal Best!! and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Vocal Best!! CDs

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Fans, you haven’t been forgotten!

Also hitting the streets tomorrow are Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Vocal Best!! and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Vocal Best!!, both from MarvelousAQL. The two albums contain eight and 13 tracks, respectively.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Vocal Best!! track list:

  1. “Fine Weather · Rising · Hallelujah” – OP for episodes 1-33
  2. “Borderline Battle” – ED for episodes 1-33
  3. “99%” – OP for episodes 34-104
  4. “Wake Up Your Heart” – ED for episodes 34-104
  5. “Teardrop” – OP for episodes 105-156
  6. “Sun” – ED for episodes 105-156
  7. “Precious Time, Glory Days” – OP for episodes 157-180
  8. “Endless Dream” – ED for episodes 157-180

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Vocal Best!! track list:

  1. “Bonds” – OP for episodes 1-26
  2. “START” – ED for episodes 1-26
  3. “LAST TRAIN -New Morning-” – OP for episodes 27-64
  4. “CROSS GAME” – ED for episodes 27-64
  5. “FREEDOM” – OP for episodes 65-103
  6. “-OZONE-” – ED for episodes 65-103
  7. “BELIEVE IN NEXUS” – OP for episodes 104-129
  8. “Close to you” – ED for episodes 104-129
  9. “Road to Tomorrow ~Going My Way!!~” – OP for episodes 130-153
  10. “Future Colors” – ED for episodes 130-154
  11. “You Say… To Tomorrow” – Insert song in episodes 72, 90, and 92
  12. “Clear Mind” – Insert song in episodes 109, 110, 122, 129, 134, and 154
  13. “The Melody of Promises” – Insert song in episode 154

All eight GX tracks and the first six 5D’s tracks had previously been compiled in Marvelous Entertainment’s 2009 album Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duel Vocal Best!! 2.

Each of these CDs retails for about $30 as well.

Where To Buy?

All of the CDs are available for purchase from Japanese vendors like Amazon Japan, Neowing, and HMV Japan, and from English-speaking vendors like CD Japan (Neowing’s sister website), YesAsia, and Play-Asia.

The Japan-based anime goods retailer Animate is offering an exclusive storage box for buyers who purchase all three CDs in one order. Sadly, Animate doesn’t ship internationally, though there are some third-party services out there that can buy on your behalf and ship to you for a fee.

Regardless of who you buy from, the first pressing of each of the three albums contains a limited edition sticker. Snatch them up while supplies last!

(Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)

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