TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Website Now Live

February 20, 2017 at 12:30 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS banner on TV Tokyo's website announcing the premiere of the anime this spring

TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS website launched today, officially announcing the start of the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series this spring.

Additionally, producers unveiled a few new details about Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series.

Yusaku Fujiki and Playmaker

Yusaku is said to be a cool and sharp-minded high schooler who possesses the skills to become a hacker. His wit makes him a quick judge of the situations he’s in and the thoughts of the people he speaks with. When Yusaku enters the VR space, he transforms and uses the moniker “Playmaker.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will begin this April in Japan on TV Tokyo. A special Yu-Gi-Oh! TV program about the series will precede the premiere.

(News and images from Mynavi News.)

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: The Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Revealed

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: The Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Revealed

February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS announcement in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump 2017 issue 12

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is coming! A leaked image from next Monday’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine reveals that the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series is titled Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (the pronunciation rhymes with “trains”) and involves virtual reality duels in cyberspace. Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series, is an ordinary high schooler who transforms into the surfboard-riding character seen in the image when he enters the VR space. He is accompanied by his sword-wielding ace monster named Decode Talker. Another mysterious creature is seen behind them.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS was first unveiled at Jump Festa last December. The series begins this spring in Japan on TV Tokyo.

(News from ANN, Beyond the Duel. Image from Exploding Road h/t Beyond the Duel.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 50-97 Complete

February 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Marik being engulfed in flames in Ishizu's dream in episode 97

The English-subbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes 50 through 97 are now up on Crunchyroll. Today’s update completes the Battle City preliminaries story arc (which corresponds to season 2 of 4Kids’ English dub) and kicks off the Virtual World story arc (season 3). Remember to add Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to your queue to stay on top of CR’s monthly updates! These episodes are available to viewers worldwide except in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

I’ve updated my Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – SUBBED page with links to all of the newest episodes.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

January 14, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Anniversary Animate Cafe banner

Ready for another Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe? Oh yes! Between February 1 and March 29, the Animate Cafes in Ikebukuro, Tennoji, Sendai, and Okayama will celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary with their own Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration cafes. Animate is the largest retailer in Japan of otaku-related goods and has 11 cafes (and a food truck!) that get decked out with the characters and themes of popular anime, manga, and games all year round.

Yesterday, Animate Cafe’s websites updated with pictures of the exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! keychains, coasters, buttons, and other cute merch that customers can soon pick up. It also posted photos of its Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed menu. Will you dine like a king with Jack Atlas’ latest ramen concoction? Or eat the hearty stew of Shun Kurosaki and the Xyz resistance fighters? Or maybe you’ll want to dine on all five Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists in the special 20th anniversary pasta! Let’s see what there is to eat.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Special Pasta at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Special Pasta” – Star-shaped yellow bell pepper, Chinese jellyfish, red snow crab, shrimp, cherry tomato, flat-leaved parsley

Shun Kurosaki's stew and Jonouchi Katsuya's mapo tofu at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“‘Will of Iron and Strength of Steel’ Flavors – Soup Kitchen of the Resistance” – Beef stew, penne pasta, mashed potatoes, adzuki bean wafer

“‘Jonouchi Fire!!’ Mapo Tofu Meal ~Very Spicy Lava Golem Style~” – Mapo tofu, rice, shredded chili peppers, very spicy sauce, paprika powder

Jack Atlas' ramen and Yuma and Astral's sandwich at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Jack Deluxe! Spicy Curry Ramen” – Curry ramen (boiled egg, roasted pork fillet, finely chopped green onions, naruto), printed adzuki bean wafer

“‘Let’s Overlay!’ Yuma and Astral’s Xyz Sandwich” – Bread, shrimp, red cabbage marinade, red leaf lettuce, cheese, French mustard sauce, avocado filling, consommé

Jack Atlas' Blue-Eyes Mountain coffee at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Blue-Eyes Mountain” – Blue Mountain Premium coffee, blueberry tart, whipped cream, printed soy sheet (also includes Jack’s A-shaped earring as a keychain!)

Yubel, Shingo Sawatari, and Kaito and Haruto's desserts at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“‘But That’s Love, Isn’t It?’ Yubel’s Love Overflows Like Molten Chocolate Cake” – Molten chocolate cake, blueberry sauce, coffee sauce, blackcurrant sherbet, orange, kiwi, whipped cream, printed cookie

“Sawatari-Style Fruit Cocktail” – No-bake cheesecake mousse, fruit cocktail, gelatin, strawberries, cherry, mint”

“Kaito and Haruto’s Bonds – Heartland Parfait” – Spongecake, fruit sauce (kiwi, strawberry, mango), vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, chocolate heart, mini cone, caramel, whipped cream, corn flakes

Mixed drinks and teas at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

A: “Three Phantom Gods Drink: ‘I Summon Slifer the Sky Dragon!'” – Strawberry soda, red sherbet, blue gelatin, whipped cream, printed adzuki bean wafer

B: “Three Phantom Gods Drink: ‘Come Forth, Obelisk!'” – Apple drink, blue syrup, whipped cream, blue gelatin, printed adzuki bean wafer

C: “Three Phantom Gods Drink: ‘I Never Expected That I’d Be Showing You Ra’s True Form'” – Mango puree, White Water, mango, whipped cream, printed adzuki bean wafer

D: “Next time, ‘Apricot Soda.’ Duel Standby!” – Apricot syrup, seltzer water, whipped cream, dried apricot

E: “Duel Academia’s Heroine Drink – Asuka, Rei’s Grand Prix Peach Drink” – Cranberry drink, white peach juice, blue syrup, whipped cream, printed adzuki bean wafer

F: “‘Black Flowers, Bloom!’ Aki Izayoi’s Black Rose Iced Tea” – Rose syrup, iced tea, bell rose, lemon

Kotori Mizuki and Yuzu's teas at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

G: “Kotori Mizuki’s ‘Kotori-na Shining Romanov Powdered Green Tea Latte'” – Hot powdered green tea latte, strawberry powder

H: “Yuzu Series” – Hot yuzu tea, printed cookie, whipped cream, four colors of syrups (powdered green tea, blueberry, white nectar, and molasses)

Check out the official Animate Cafe Twitter @animate_cafe for more details and updates. Entry into the Ikebukuro, Tennoji, and Sendai cafes requires reservations, which are held by online lottery. (Okayama does not.) Each location offers the same menu and merchandise.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe

Virtual World Arc Gets Yu-Gi-Oh! DM: 20th Remaster HD Treatment After All

January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Noah making a creepy face as he chats with Seto and Mokuba in episode 103

Last March, while TV Tokyo was broadcasting the Battle City story arc of its Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster series, it notably skipped the entire Virtual World arc, jumping from the Battle City preliminaries immediately to the semi-finals. Was Noah’s story doomed to be forgotten, never to receive an HD remaster?

Nah. As it turns out, Noah is very much still loved. TV Tokyo will air episode 98, the first episode of the Virtual World arc, as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster continues its broadcast of the entire series from start to finish. Whew.

The remastered Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Battle City Story Arc series ended last August.

Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Coming Spring 2017

December 17, 2016 at 1:21 am | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Yusaku Fujiki holding a card
Yusaku Fujiki, protagonist of the next Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series

The sixth anime series of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise will be hitting televisions in Japan in Spring 2017! That’s the word from Shueisha’s Jump Festa 2017 event, where news of the series was unveiled today. The show will follow high schooler Yusaku Fujiki (pictured above), a boy who hates to stand out at anything. He manages to blend in with the crowd at school, but gradually begins to meet new people by dueling.

Yusaku embodies the theme of the new series — “Let’s take one step forward and try!” — which encourages children to take that all-important first step to try something new that they are interested in instead of becoming overwhelmed and just giving up.

The title and exact premiere date of the new series was not provided.

(News from animate Times)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

December 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya ordering Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to attack in ARC-V episode 14

And just like that, the first 49 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed are on Crunchyroll. These episodes correspond to season 1 of the English-dubbed version of the show and are available to all viewers outside Asia.

That sure was fast, wasn’t it? Crunchyroll’s subbed releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V have jumped ahead of the show’s English-dubbed U.S. TV broadcasts, the first time this has ever happened. (Nicktoons just aired episode 30 this past Sunday.) If you like how quickly CR and 4K Media are putting out these episodes, watch the show, share the episodes, and let them know that they are moving in the right direction. Maybe one day we’ll get Yu-Gi-Oh! anime simulcasts — who knows!

I’ve updated my page dedicated to Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed streams with links to all of the episodes released thus far.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed on Crunchyroll

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe

December 9, 2016 at 10:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugi and his friends relaxing at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe

ADORE’s AnimePlaza Yu-Gi-Oh! cafe might have ended its run in November, but there is another Yu-Gi-Oh! cafe coming very soon. From January 7 to 31, 2017, the Tower Records stores in Shibuya and Osaka will launch a Yu-Gi-Oh! collaboration cafe to celebrate the Dark Side of Dimensions movie. These events will be slightly smaller and less extravagant than ADORE’s productions, but they will nevertheless have their fill of limited edition goods and tasty themed treats.

Tower Records today posted pictures of its Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD-inspired menu. The cafe’s run is divided in two, with each half offering a different menu. Here’s what’s cooking!

Foods available in the cafe’s first half (January 7 to 18):

Food items from the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe menu

Main course:

  • Cubic Karma Pasta
  • Millennium Puzzle Sandwich

Sweets from the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe menu

Sweets:

  • Kaiba Parfait
  • Dark Magician Girl Pancakes

Drinks from the first Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe menu

Drinks:

  • Deep-Eyes White Soda
  • Don☆ Latte (“Don” is a dramatic sound effect, often localized as “Doom” or “Bang” in English-language manga)
  • Millennium Puzzle Latte
  • KC Latte
  • Mokuba’s Favorite Orange Juice

And in the second half (January 19 to 31):

Food items from the second Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe menu

Main course:

  • One Day I’ll Get a New Model… Jonouchi’s Catered Taco-Style Curry
  • Obelisk the Tormentor Beef Stew

Sweets from the second Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe menu

Sweets:

  • Millennium Cube Grass Cake
  • Rainy Intersection Cake

Drinks from the second Yu-Gi-Oh! Tower Records Cafe menu

Drinks:

  • Orbit Elevator Drink
  • It’s My Turn! Draw!! Latte
  • That’s Not a Monster!! That’s a God!! Latte
  • Dark Burning Magic Cola
  • Anzu’s Slightly Adult Raspberry Drink

Tower Records also posted a line-up of its Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise today, which are available for sale to all visitors. There are special Tower Records-branded shirts, tote bags, key chains, and more. Be on the look for the addition of even more goods in the near future.

Reservations open for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe tomorrow, December 10, at 10 am JST. If you’re in the area and want to attend, be sure to read up on all the details (in Japanese) for how to get a ticket.

(News from @yugioh_anime, @TOWER_Shibuya 1, 2)

Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Duels

November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Duel Selection banner on Shueisha's V Jump website

Earlier this year, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Japan which duels they loved the most in each of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series. An online poll was conducted and the results were published in print last week in V Jump and online today on V Jump’s website. Let’s see which duels topped the charts!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:

  1. Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
  2. Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
  3. Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
  4. Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
  5. Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
  2. Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
  4. Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
  5. Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
  2. Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
  4. Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
  5. Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
  2. Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
  3. Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
  4. Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
  5. Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
  2. Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
  3. Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
  4. Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
  5. Episode 110 – Torn Smile World – Yuya vs. Edo (1399 votes)

These duels will air on TV during TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection program.

Did your favorite duel make the cut?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed on Crunchyroll

November 16, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V promotional image with Yuya Sakaki and Declan Akaba

With its release of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX subbed in the books, Crunchyroll has announced that it will now begin streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed to audiences worldwide (except Asia). The release schedule is as follows:

  • Episodes 1 through 15 are available now
  • Episodes 16 through 30 will be added on November 22 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
  • Episodes 31 through 40 will be added on November 29 at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
  • After that, five episodes will be added every Tuesday at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT (except on the first Tuesday of the month)

Check out Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/yu-gi-oh-arc-v

I’ll follow Crunchyroll’s updates on my new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – SUBBED Episodes page, but you don’t have to wait for me to link to them. Make a free account on Crunchyroll and add the show to your queue and you’ll always know when new episodes go up!

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