New Brazilian Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs to Include Japanese VersionMay 5, 2016 at 5:30 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Portuguese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
Tags: playarte pictures entretenimento
Sua vez! É hora do duelo!
Thought the original Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters would never get a home video release in the West? Get ready to be surprised. 4K Media (Konami) announced yesterday that Brazil will be getting season 1 and 2 of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on DVD later this year and that the release will include the Brazilian Portuguese dub and the original Japanese version. The series will be distributed by PlayArte Pictures Entretenimento, whose catalog includes anime like Naruto and Saint Seiya as well as mainstream titles like The Walking Dead and Orange is the New Black.
This is not the first time that Yu-Gi-Oh! has seen a DVD release in Brazil. Years ago, the series was distributed by Imagem Filmes, though that release only included the Portuguese dub. The company produced only six volumes, each containing three episodes plus a pack of trading stickers from Panini. (Volume 1 is pictured below.)
Old Brazilian Yu-Gi-Oh! DVD from Imagem Filmes
Since there are visual differences between the Japanese and 4Kids Entertainment’s productions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, each of PlayArte’s DVDs will need to include two copies of each episode — the original video and the edited video. This doubles the total number of discs necessary for a bilingual release. Will PlayArte be able to handle this challenge while maintaining respectable video quality and a reasonable disc count and price?