Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal News: Japan Gets ‘Zexal II’ Sequel, U.S. Scraps One Broadcast

October 6, 2012 at 6:02 am | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II premieres Sunday, October 7 at 5:30 pm on TV Tokyo

This weekend is unusually eventful for Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal fans in both Japan and the United States. On Sunday, October 7, fans in Japan will be treated to Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II (the “II” is pronounced “second”), a sequel to the first Zexal series, which ended on September 24 after a 73-episode run. Zexal II will continue the story of Yuma Tsukumo, Astral, and their friends following the conclusion of the World Duel Carnival tournament. The second series will air every Sunday at 5:30 pm on TV Tokyo and most of its sister stations.

Since the story is merely continuing without any significant changes, why did the first Zexal series need to “end,” necessitating the creation of Zexal II? That hasn’t happened in any of the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! series before (unless you include the 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! series by Toei). Maybe fans who follow the series can share their insights.

Vortexx’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Broadcasts Decrease from Three to Two

The news is far less positive in the U.S., where Saban is dropping the 8:30 airing of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal from its Saturday morning Vortexx lineup. The change begins today, October 6, and leaves fans with two broadcasts of Yu-Gi-Oh! on the block. The change comes just six weeks after Vortexx premiered on The CW.

After a tiny bit of shuffling, the 30-minute gap resulting from Zexal’s removal is filled by the perpetually popular Sonic X. The resulting lineup is as follows:

  • 7:00 – Rescue Heroes
  • 7:30 – Rescue Heroes
  • 8:00 – Sonic X
  • 8:30 – Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
  • 9:00 – Iron Man: Armored Adventures
  • 9:30 – Justice League Unlimited
  • 10:00 – WWE Saturday Morning Slam
  • 10:30 – Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • 11:00 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic
  • 11:30 – Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

There has been no official comment from Saban or Konami regarding Zexal’s removal.

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