Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Lead Actor, Story, Staff Announced

March 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments

Shouya Ishige and a Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS key visual image

Japanese producers of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS returned today to reveal more juicy details about the upcoming anime, including the protagonist’s voice actor, an overview of the story, and the staff helming the series.

Yusaku Fujiki’s Voice Actor

Lead character Yusaku Fujiki and his alter ego “Playmaker” will be voiced by 26-year-old Shouya Ishige. With his selection, the producers have continued the trend of choosing a relative newcomer to the anime voice acting industry to play the protagonist. Up until now, Ishige has predominantly been a stage actor. Between 2009 and 2015, he was a member of Japan’s Shiki Theatre Company where his roles included Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music and Simba in The Lion King.

Story

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS takes place in Den City, a futuristic world where people duel in a virtual reality space called LINK VRAINS. This system was developed by a large corporation named SOL Technology. All is not well in this world, however. The Knights of Hanoi, a mysterious group of dueling hackers, has infiltrated LINK VRAINS and is seeking to destroy the AI World “Cyberse” within the network. But one duelist is standing in their way: “Playmaker,” who has become well-known for demolishing the Knights of Hanoi without uttering a single word. Little does anyone know that Playmaker is mild-mannered high schooler Yusaku Fujiki, who pursues the hackers to uncover the truth about a certain event that occurred in the past.

Staff

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS’s production crew includes plenty of notable and familiar names from past Yu-Gi-Oh! series, including:

  • Director: Masahiro Hosoda, an episode director and storyboarder in numerous anime, including Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and the 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! series from Toei
  • Series Layout: Shin Yoshida, a prominent and long-time Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga writer
  • Duel Layout: Masahiro Hikokubo, the long-time writer of duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga
  • Character Design: Kenichi Hara, an animation director and key animator, and the Chief Animation Director of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
  • Audio Director: Hiroki Matsuoka from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, ARC-V, and The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • Music: Shinkichi Mitsumune, a composer in many anime series, including Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Revolutionary Girl Utena, FLCL, and Rozen Maiden

(News and images from animate Times, h/t @yugioh_anime.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Introduces Rival, Classmate Characters

March 21, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters Go Onizuka and Aoi Zaizen

Today, producers of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime unveiled the designs of two new characters: Go Onizuka (left) and Aoi Zaizen.

Go Onizuka (鬼塚豪) is described as a rival of protagonist Yusaku Fujiki’s VR alter ego “Playmaker.” When Go Onizuka enters VR space, he uses the moniker “Go Onizuka” (Go鬼塚 — the English word “Go” takes the place of the kanji 豪, which is also pronounced “Go”).

Aoi Zaizen is Yusaku’s classmate. When she enters VR space, she is called “Blue Angel” and is a well-known charismatic duelist.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Labo characters and logo

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s final episode will air on Sunday, March 26. Of special note, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will not premiere in April as was previously announced. Instead, it will begin on an as yet unnamed date in May. In the meantime, beginning April 5, TV Tokyo will broadcast a special series titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Fully Dissected! Yu-Gi-Oh! Laboratory.” Each week, Japanese celebrities and personalities will discuss the appeal of the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and the new rules of the card game. The show is intended to be a beginner’s introduction to the anime and game.

(News and images from Mynavi News 1, 2.)

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 50-99 Complete

March 15, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime videos page on Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll has hit another milestone in its Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime releases. Episodes 50 through 99 were added to the platform yesterday in Japanese with English subs. This wraps up the Friendship Cup story line in the Synchro Dimension — the equivalent of season 2 of 4K Media’s English dub.

Next, Crunchyroll is entering new territory. Episodes 100 and onward have yet to be played in any Western country, not even the ones that have already finished airing the season 2 English dub. Exciting! Don’t forget to add the show to your CR queue to always be alerted of new episodes.

My Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – SUBBED Episodes page now has links to all of CR’s latest episodes.

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Japanese Blu-ray Ranks No. 1 in Sales

March 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Limited edition Blu-ray box sets of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on display at Tower Records in Shinjuku
Photo by @TOWER_Shinjuku

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted on home video in Japan on March 8 and is a huge hit. Oricon’s animation Blu-ray rankings for the week of March 6 to 12 reveal that the limited edition BD from Marvelous sold 11,800 copies, making it the number 1 product of the week. Additionally, the standard edition BD sold 5,720 copies, coming in at number 3.

The standard edition DVD wasn’t far behind with 4,208 copies, which placed it at number 2 on Oricon’s animation DVD rankings.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions limited edition Blu-ray includes a print copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Transcend Game manga, a booklet with key animation, a T-shirt, and more.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe Gets New Menu Items

March 2, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Today, Animate’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafes are swapping out some of their food and drinks for a few brand-new tasty eats. Check out these concoctions that are being added to the menu!

Shrimp, sweet red bean, and rice ball dishes at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Red Dorm’s Fake Fried Shrimp” – Breaded shrimp cutlets, tartar sauce, adzuki bean wafer

“Very Sweet Red Bean Soup Noodles” – Red bean soup, udon, grilled rice cake, printed adzuki bean wafer, pine-shaped cookies

“Yuma’s Duel Meal ~With ‘Numbers’~” – Round rice ball, fried mackerel marinated in spiced vinegar (“namban-zuke”), pickled radish, pickled eggplant and cucumber

Hell Kaiser Ryo Marufuji's rice flour dumplings and Ryo Shark Kamishiro's pancake at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Hell Kaiser’s Five Strikes (‘Go-Ren-Da’) Rice Flour Dumplings” – Powdered green tea ice cream, corn flakes, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar gelatin, rice flour dumplings, powdered green tea pancake, molasses, whipped cream, silver leaf

“Shark’s Magic Combo! Aqua Jet Pancake” – Fluffy Japanese pancake, whipped cream, adzuki bean wafer, shark cookie, foam, blue syrup, cocoa powder, margarine, maple syrup (the text on the pancake says “Irattokuruze!” which is localized as “That really ticks me off!”)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Clear Mind drink with glowing ice cube at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“A New Drink! Over Top Clear Mind!” – Ginger ale, star-shaped pineapples, light-up ice cubes (not edible)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Smile World drink and wafer designs at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Make People Smile by Dueling…! Smile World Soft Drink” – Blue syrup, white grape soda, colored tapioca, whipped cream, four different printed adzuki bean wafers

Sora Shiunin's hot milk, corn soup, and Kuriboh latte at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Come Forth! Death-Toy Scissors Hot Milk!” – Hot milk, white chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, lollipop

“Can☆Corn Soup” – Cream of corn soup, star-shaped carrots, printed adzuki bean wafer

“Reverse Card Open! Latte of Summoning Kuriboh!” – Cappuccino, three different cocoa powder designs

The new menu items will be available from now until the end of the cafe’s run on March 29.

(News from Animate Cafe Ikebukuro’s Twitter @animatecafe_ike)

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

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” – Pasta pescatore (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 Cranberry 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

Update (March 2): The Animate Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe is swapping some new food and drinks into the menu today!

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.

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