Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster Skips Virtual World Arc

March 15, 2016 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments

Noah recoiling when Kaiba destroys his Shinato's Ark in episode 116

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster — the HD remastered broadcast of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime series — has been playing the Battle City story arc each week in Japan on TV Tokyo and its sister stations since April 2015. In Tuesday’s late-night broadcast, the show reached a turning point by airing “The Location of the Finals – Alcatraz” (episode 122), the first episode of the Battle City semifinals. Why is this significant?

Last week, the show only just aired “One Turn Kill” (episode 97), the final episode of the Battle City preliminaries. Episodes 98 through 121, which encompass Noah’s Virtual World story line, has been skipped. Indeed, TV Tokyo’s official Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Battle City arc website labels “One Turn Kill” as the 47th BC episode of the series and “The Location of the Finals – Alcatraz” as the 48th.

Will Noah eventually get a chance to shine in HD during this momentous year for the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise? Only time will tell, but things aren’t looking too good for him. The official Japanese website celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! lists only three story arcs for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duelist Kingdom, Battle City, and Pharaoh’s Memories. Poor Dartz might get passed over as well.


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  1. Of course they skip my favorite arc. I remember that arc would get skipped all the time in Canada as well as the United States. I only remember the CW airing it once, and even then, skipped several key episodes in the process. It’s very unfortunate to see it get treated like that, but it’s whatever. I have the DVDs so it’s all good. Sucks it won’t be remastered but I can live without.

  2. Yeah, I’m not so interested in the “remastering,” but I do think it’s really sad that these episodes aren’t getting rebroadcast during Yu-Gi-Oh!’s special year.

  3. Over a year late response but IMO this could be seen as doing what Kai did for Dragon Ball; that is, cutting out the filler and trying to make it more in line with the manga. Of course, the fact that the original 7 chapters aren’t in the second anime at all sans 2 or 3 scenes kind of butcher that idea but still.

  4. Nah, it got skipped because this particular program on TV Tokyo was meant to showcase only the Battle City arc. The Virtual World arc did eventually get remastered. It’s still sad that it got skipped in the first place though.

  5. Interesting. I’d still like to see this remaster get a dub release eventually. With no censoring of course.

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