Scholastic to Publish Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Official HandbookApril 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Some of Scholastic’s Yu-Gi-Oh! data books from the mid-2000s
Yu-Gi-Oh! guide books are making a comeback! 4K Media (Konami) announced today that it has inked a deal with publishing house Scholastic to develop a comprehensive handbook for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Official Handbook, touted as “the definitive resource book for fans” of the series, will profile the show’s characters and unveil details of their personalities, relationships, monsters, and duel skills. The book hits store shelves in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand in fall 2016.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Scholastic on the development of this definitive resource for young, English-speaking Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters fans,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, in a release.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! has captivated fans around the world for years and is a perfect brand to inspire a love of reading in kids,” echoed Colleen Prendergast, associate manager at Scholastic.
Based in New York, Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world. Between 2005 and 2007, Scholastic published numerous Yu-Gi-Oh! character and monster guide books, some of which are pictured above. Much of the stats and information in those books were compiled from the Japanese data book Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: The Gospel of Truth, published in 2002 by Shueisha. All of these have long been out of print.
In July 2015, Shueisha released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: Millennium Book, which reprinted much of the same information from The Gospel of Truth.
Scholastic’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Official Handbook will mark the first time that English speakers will receive all of the official Yu-Gi-Oh! character and monster data in one comprehensive publication.