Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 4

July 22, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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A tease of Kazuki Takahashi's Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show pieces included in this post

Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi didn’t attend the opening of Gallery1988‘s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show himself, he nevertheless made his presence felt by leaving a special message for visitors along with a stunning set of never-before-seen artwork.

At the center of the exhibition was an acrylic display that featured a quote from Takahashi and a brief history of Yu-Gi-Oh!. The display also spotlighted Takahashi’s recent illustrations of Yugi and Kaiba from V Jump and his upgraded versions of Magician of Black Chaos and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, coming soon to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG.

Kazuki Takahashi's message and art display at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's V Jump Yami Yugi illustration at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's illustration of Magician of Black Chaos MAX at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Takahashi’s message reads:

For the past 20 years since the creation of Yu-Gi-Oh!, I have been given the opportunity to interact with fans worldwide via manga, anime, and card games. Now, I am delighted to hold this Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibit.

When creating new works, my focus is to design a universe in which story, characters, and monsters interact with each other.

Since Yu-Gi-Oh! spans a wide variety of mediums, many creative people work together to create a world filled with countless characters and monsters — in which to draw inspiration for new artwork.

In this exhibit, I am excited to see how these talented artists depict their own views of the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe.

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for visiting the Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibition today.

Kazuki Takahashi's V Jump illustration of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's illustration of Blue-Eyes Alternative Ultimate Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

The paragraphs detailing the history of Yu-Gi-Oh! describe its origins as manga to its prominence today as a global hit:

Kazuki Takahashi created and serialized the manga “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1996 to 2004. Through these eight years, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s uniquely original storyline and rich characters fascinated and entertained fans around the globe. Its theme of gaming and friendship appealed to all ages and cultures, forming the backdrop of the eternal rivalry between Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba.

Celebrating 20+ years since its initial launch, the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! continues to wow fans and audiences around the world.

The animated TV series “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters” began airing in 2000, with five successful spinoffs to follow. The 6th TV series — Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS — currently airs worldwide.

The feature-length animated film “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions” was released in theaters on April 23, 2016. Mr. Takahashi played multiple roles in its production, serving as chief executive producer, screenplay writer and character designer. This effort was richly rewarded, with longtime fans not only praising the movie for its cinematic beauty but also for its endearing storyline — one filled with action-packed adventures, mesmerizing monsters and friendships that know no bounds.

The “Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game” is based on “Magic & Wizards,” a card game introduced in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG sparked a card game revolution not only in Japan, but throughout the world. New cards and game mechanics are still being released to this day.

Ever working, Mr. Takahashi’s passion for illustration, design and gaming can be seen as he continues to express his creativity on new artistic pieces — based on Yu-Gi-Oh! and other interests.

As exciting as it was seeing Takahashi’s V Jump and card illustrations enlarged for the exhibition, the bigger attraction was undoubtedly the four new pieces of artwork that he created specially for this art show.

Mixing digital art with paint, Takahashi presented his new takes on the classics: Yugi, Black Luster Soldier, Kaiba, and Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Yugi at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Black Luster Soldier at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Black Luster Soldier at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Seto Kaiba at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show
Untitled, 2019, by Kazuki Takahashi
Paint on digital print
12 x 20 inches

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork of Blue-Eyes White Dragon at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Close-up Blue-Eyes White Dragon's body in Kazuki Takahashi's new artwork at the Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! art show

Beautiful, breathtaking, and inspiring!

That’s it from me. Special thanks to Konami and Gallery1988 for putting on a stellar show and for providing additional information about the event that made this series of posts possible.

There are still a few limited edition screen prints available for sale from Gallery1988, so don’t miss out on those.

If you could own any piece of art from Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! art show, which would you choose?

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Back to the beginning:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 1

Previously:
Inside Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show, Part 3

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  1. Really appreciated your coverage of this event! I’m always impressed at how you managed to suss out the little details that others probably wouldn’t notice or find out.

  2. I appreciate the kind words! You’re right, I always try to learn as much as I can because I like to write and I want to give people something interesting to read. Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of lonely pictures.


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