4K Media (Konami) & Cinedigm to Release 600+ Episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital PlatformsAugust 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 27 Comments
It’s time to duel!
Yu-Gi-Oh! is back on home video! 4K Media (Konami) and its video distribution partner Cinedigm revealed in a press release today that the pair will be releasing all 600+ episodes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. and Canada, followed by releases on digital, VOD, and SVOD platforms.
Perhaps the most interesting aspects of the release are what it doesn’t say. The release hides a number of curious facts, the most notable coming from the mention of “600+ episodes.” Yu-Gi-Oh! fans know that there aren’t over 600 episodes in the anime… unless you include the sequel series! The only way to reach that episode count is to include not only the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, but also Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal as well!
The mention of a Blu-ray release is particularly noteworthy as well. None of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series have seen a BD release in Japan. As a rule of thumb, Japanese anime licensors don’t allow foreign distributors to release anime video products that have not already been released in Japan. Licensees like FUNimation and Manga UK regularly deal with these restrictions in their endeavors to bring products to the U.S. and UK markets, trying their best to craft complete and appealing products while juggling the limitations of what they are and are not allowed to release.
Since none of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series have been released in Japan on BD, it’s a safe bet that Cinedigm will not be releasing any of the series in the U.S. and Canada on BD. The only Yu-Gi-Oh! anime title that has currently seen a BD release in Japan is the 10th anniversary Bonds Beyonds Time movie, so if Cinedigm has a BD in the works, that must be it!
Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are the only two series that have previously seen DVD releases in the U.S. Neither show were released in their entirety. English-language DVDs of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal have only been released in Australia. An English- and Japanese-language DVD and BD of Bonds Beyond Time have been released in the United Kingdom.
Plans for the DVD release of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! season 1 were first officially announced on July 18 at San Diego Comic Con, with news that the all five seasons would be returning to DVD coming shortly after.
“The DVD announcement at Comic-Con International is the first of many to come,” said Mark Kirk, 4K Media’s SVP of Digital Operations and a longtime friend of the online Yu-Gi-Oh! community, in the release.
We’re looking forward to them!
Update (August 29): Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal WILL be released on Blu-ray.