Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Figure Keychains

March 18, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Grin Studio's Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains series 1

Grin Studios is back with even more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise. 4K Media (Konami) is highlighting the Illinois-based toy maker’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains, which feature the designs of Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey’s monsters. Series 1 includes Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull. The size of each figure varies but they stand up to three inches tall.

You can find these and other Grin Studio products at select Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores.

More Grin Studio Yu-Gi-Oh! goods:
Dog tags
Enamel pins

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.

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

Crunchyroll Expands Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming to More Countries

March 8, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Seto Kaiba laughing at Noah's backstory in episode 114

Crunchyroll announced yesterday evening that it has expanded the availability of the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to even more countries. Now, viewers in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland can watch all 236 episodes of the anime on CR. The series is now available globally on CR except for the United States, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the U.S. can still watch the dub for free on yugioh.com and other Hulu partner sites like Yahoo! View. The show is also available to subscribers of Hulu (all episodes) and Netflix (episodes 1-97).

(News from Crunchyroll.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Blu-Ray, DVD Box Sets Available Now

March 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD box sets

Out today from Cinedigm Entertainment is the complete first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on Blu-ray and DVD! All 49 episodes of 4K Media’s English dub are available in your choice of a region A Blu-ray box set for $69.97, or a region 1 DVD box set for $44.99. Each set has two volumes and six discs.

Cinedigm initially released the first volume of season 1 in September 2016. If you already own that, don’t worry. Volume 2 of season 1 is also available separately for $29.93 for the BDs and $19.95 for the DVDs. If you would like the box, however, the only way to get it is by purchasing the season set.

The video in volume 2 BDs unfortunately suffers from the same color issues as that in volume 1. (Check out my screenshot comparisons and write-up for volume 1 for more details.) I’ve reached out to Cinedigm and will update this post if a solution is found.

All 49 episodes of season 1 are now also available for download on several platforms, including Amazon, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes, Microsoft Movies & TV, PlayStation Video, and VUDU. The HD download-to-own episodes are free of the color problems seen on the BDs.

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Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 Vol. 1 DVD & Blu-ray: An Overview

Crackle Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1, Adds Season 2

February 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Crow crying out as his monsters are removed from the field by Lazar in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 44

Today, Crackle removed the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 from its network while at the same time added season 2. The free TV and movie streaming platform, which is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, had only just added season 1 last November.

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Crackle Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! Returns to Netflix

February 9, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Joey challenging Kaiba to a duel while Grandpa, Tristan, and Tea look on in episode 66

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is back on Netflix! Seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are available in English-speaking territories once again after being unceremoniously yanked from the platform last November. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has undoubtedly brought forth renewed interest in the classic series. Could we soon see seasons 3 through 5 added as well? Let’s hope so!

Also available on Netflix are Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL seasons 1 and 2.

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Netflix Removes Yu-Gi-Oh!

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! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions

February 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! music composers Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Alvarez in a studio
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers (left to right) Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Álvarez in a studio. Photo from Film.Music.Media.

Today, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld offered some insights into their participation in writing the music for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. In a press release coming out of their home base of Los Angeles, California, the duo offered some tidbits about their songwriting process and what they and the directors wanted to impart on the audience.

“The main themes we carried from the TV series were the Yu-Gi-Oh! transformation, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and the friendship themes,” said Sheinfeld. “We haven’t used those themes for a while, so it was a lot of fun to use them again, but with a more modern and cinematic approach.”

“We wanted the audience connecting again to those themes and at the same time we needed to adapt them to the tone of the movie and the style of the score,” Álvarez added. “Many times we also found ourselves deconstructing those themes and including them in our cues. Sometimes they were very obvious, sometime[s] they were ‘hidden’ somewhere within the orchestration.”

Álvarez and Sheinfeld have been writing music for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime since the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie. In scoring Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD, the duo were joined by fellow L.A.-based composer Matt McGuire and N.Y.-based John Angier, both of whom are also longtime composers for Yu-Gi-Oh!.

On Twitter, Yu-Gi-Oh! music producer and editor Michael Brady expressed the possibility of publishing Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD’s soundtrack.

For more insights about the music composition process in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, check out my write-up of a June 2015 live interview that Álvarez participated in, as well as a 2011 Reddit Ask-Me-Anything with Brady.

This week is the final week that Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is playing in theaters in the U.S. and Canada. If you haven’t already done so, visit yugiohtickets.com to find your local theater and showtimes. And if you have already seen it, why not see it again?

More Photos from the U.S. Premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

February 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, The Dark Side of Dimensions | 2 Comments
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Voice actors Eric Stuart and Dan Green striking a funny pose at the U.S. Premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

4K Media has posted over 160 new photos from the January 24 U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in New York City. Tons of voice actors, tons of fans, tons of important people who help make Yu-Gi-Oh! a reality for all of us… How many voice actors can you pick out? Be sure to check out my previous coverage of the premiere and my thoughts on the movie too.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is in theaters for just one more week. Check yugiohtickets.com for locations and ticket sales. Don’t miss it!

New Voice Actors in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

January 27, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Headshots of Sera and Mani in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Opening day for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is here! You already know that you’ll get to hear the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime voice actors, like Dan Green and Eric Stuart, reprising their roles on the big screen. And you may also know that actors who have appeared in other Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs, like Daniel J. Edwards and Billy Bob Thompson, among others, have become a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters family in this movie. But did you know that a few actors are entering the Yu-Gi-Oh! world for the very first time with their parts in The Dark Side of Dimensions? Who are they and who do they play?

Actor and singer Laurie Hymes is the voice of Sera, a young girl with close ties to Aigami. Laurie appeared in the latest Pokemon movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, as Prince Rali. Later this year, she will be in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon anime as Lillie, one of the series’ lead characters.

Up-and-coming actor Tamir Cousins is the voice of Mani, a mysterious acquaintance of Aigami’s. Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is Tamir’s first professional movie role. On Facebook, he talks about how much he loved Yu-Gi-Oh! when he was younger and credits his teacher and fellow actor Erica Schroeder for helping him land the role.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Voice-Over Contest Winners

Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD has the distinction of casting six extras in the movie at voice-over contests held at three events in late 2016. Like Laurie and Tamir, these participants are now forever members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! family with their roles in this movie. Here are the winners, their parts, and their lines.

From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Orlando, Florida:

  • Tyler Schmauch plays a policeman: “Don’t you know the speed limit?!”
  • Lindsay Victoria Granduke plays Lab Technician A: “A success on every level. You should be proud.”

From New York Comic Con 2016 in New York City, New York:

  • Luis Alfonso plays an engineer: “Anything in those scans?”
  • Brooke Stocken plays a Bakura fan girl: “I baked these for you!”

From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! YCS Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

  • Ted Kong Yang plays Sanpei: “Sorry, Joey!”
  • Bethany Cardinal plays Lab Technician B: “I concur. It was no contest.”

See if you can spot all six of these extras when you go watch the movie!

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