Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters’ Remastered Battle City Arc to Begin in April on TV Tokyo

February 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments

Jounouchi raising his Duel Disk confidently in episode 66

There’s more of the 20th Remaster edition of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters on the way, and it’s coming sooner than expected! The April issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine released yesterday announced that the HD remastered Battle City story arc will be getting a late-night broadcast beginning this April on TV Tokyo. That’s right, viewers in Japan will be treated to two different showings of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters on the same network each week!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster currently airs every Saturday at 7:30 am JST. The first three episodes of the anime have been broadcast thus far.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Ends on BS Japan, ’20th Remaster’ to Begin February 7 on TV Tokyo


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  1. I’m just curious, will the be remastering the first half of Season 3, Season 4 and the start of Season 5? For the most part, these were filler. I don’t mind what they do either way, but it would be nice to know.

    I realize nobody will bother to fansub this release so I’m just tying myself over by rewatching the older standard ratio versions :3

  2. There actually haven’t been any announcements about exactly which episodes are being remastered. I’m guessing that the entire series will be done, but maybe it’ll be a Dragon Ball Z Kai type of thing where “fillers” are stripped out. Who knows!

  3. The quality of the remaster is pretty bad so there is no real interest to fansub it.

    In terms of video quality, it’s not really better than the japanese DVDs. It just seem to be an automatic upscale, without any real remastering, contrary to some other animes remastered for Blu-Ray releases.

    You also lose some parts of the picture with the 16/9 ratio so really, there is nothing good to get from this remaster, unfortunately :/

  4. Sup Ouji-, nice to hear from you. The “remaster” is an embarrassment and does not deserve to wear that moniker. The only saving grace might be the newly reanimated scenes, but none of those have appeared yet. In my opinion, the show has already been damaged by the 16:9 crop and nothing — not even the reanimated scenes — can get me to look past that.

  5. The crop isn’t the biggest problem in my opinion because Dragon Ball Kai is also in 16:9 for the TV but Bluray are in 4:3 so it could have been the same for Yu-Gi-Oh!.

    Unfortunately, even Dragon Ball Kai have a far better video quality, which seems crazy when you know Dragon Ball Z is from 1989 (for the first episodes) when Yu-Gi-Oh is from 2000…

    I’m not sure they’ll do any reanimated scenes. It’s probably a rumor like the ones who said they would only remaster part of the series, which was only a bad translation of the scan.

  6. But the difference between Dragon Ball and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is that Dragon Ball was mastered on film while Yu-Gi-Oh! DM was mastered on tape. So while the film can be rescanned to improve the quality, the same can’t be done with the footage on the tape. The tape is as good as it’s going to be. I haven’t heard any rumors about only part of the series being remastered and the magazine doesn’t mention that. (I own the issue of Jump that published the announcement and have checked.) But it does say that many duels will be remastered:


    In another post, I brought up Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, another anime from the same era as Yu-Gi-Oh! DM that was remastered. Like Yu-Gi-Oh! DM, SEED’s masters are also stored on tape. When SEED was remastered, it got some reanimated scenes, so doing this kind of thing isn’t unheard of. SEED also got the awful 16:9 crop…

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