Daniel J. Edwards (Aigami) Talks Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

January 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Daniel J. Edwards in a behind-the-scenes look at Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

What kind of character is Aigami and what are his goals? Actor and singer Daniel J. Edwards tells it like it is in this second behind-the-scenes interview promoting Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. Daniel also talks about what it’s like being a part of such an iconic anime series that he enjoyed years ago in middle school. And once again, there are many new clips from the movie!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premieres January 27 in the U.S. and Canada. Ticket sales and theater locations are available at yugiohtickets.com. The site now has over 430 theaters listed, and new locations will continue to be added up to opening day.

Previously:
Eric Stuart (Seto Kaiba) Talks Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

On the Blimp: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Sneak Peek Video

January 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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What’s Joey doing sitting on top of Kaiba’s blimp? Looks dangerous! And Kaiba is up there too, with a new Duel Disk?! Check it out in this exclusive sneak peek of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

Have you visited yugiohtickets.com to buy your tickets yet? Over 150 new theaters have been added since the site first launched, and new locations will continue to be added up to the release date. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens in U.S. theaters on January 27.

If you’re worried that your local theater won’t show the movie, let them know on Facebook, Twitter, or even with an old-fashioned phone call, that you want to see it. Theaters want to play movies that people want to see, so voice your interest. It’s not too late for them to get the movie!

Joey getting angry in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Kaiba flaunting his new Duel Disk in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Joey sitting on top of Kaiba's blimp in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Does this clip remind anyone of a certain dream sequence from Duelist Kingdom? The one in episode 17 where poor Joey gets scolded by Kaiba while wearing a dog suit?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Launches Worldwide

January 11, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links logo

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is here! The newest free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! mobile game today begins its global conquest, launching in 11 languages and 150 countries and regions, starting with North America, Asia, and Oceania, then followed by Europe, South America, and Africa. Download the game now for iOS and Android.

Konami also uploaded a brand new trailer for the game featuring popular YouTube gaming and tech vloggers Brandon “MYSTIC7” Martyn and Trisha “ThatGrlTrish” Hershberger.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, players take control of a character from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series and venture throughout the Duel World to challenge duelists, complete missions, and unlock new features and characters to use. Many characters have special abilities that tie in with their personalities. Players can also duel against others from around the world in the Online Versus mode.

Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans will love hearing Dan Green (Yugi), Eric Stuart (Kaiba), and all the other voice actors bring the characters to life in a new Yu-Gi-Oh! production. Mobile gaming fans will appreciate the game’s Speed Duel format that’s quick to play and easy for newcomers to learn. If you’ve shied away from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in recent years because of its growing complexity and new summoning methods, give Duel Links a shot! It’s a fun throwback to the play style and strategies of the Duel Monsters era, combined with a polished, modern mobile gaming aesthetic.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links opened in mid-2016 with a brief beta test. The game then soft launched in Australia and Singapore in October 2016 before debuting in Japan in November 2016. To date, Duel Links has been downloaded over nine million times.

(News from Konami)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links deck and PVP duel promo image

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links anime characters promo image

Eric Stuart (Seto Kaiba) Talks Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

January 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Eric Stuart in a behind-the-scenes look at Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

What does voice actor and musician Eric Stuart think about returning to play Seto Kaiba after all these years? Check out an interview with the man himself in this first behind-the-scenes look at Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. Eric talks about his initial impressions of the film, his connection to Seto Kaiba, and how he is portraying the character in this movie. Plus, there are lots of new clips from the movie!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens January 27 in the U.S. and Canada. For theater locations and ticket sales, visit yugiohtickets.com. There are 380 theaters listed as of this writing, with over 500 total theaters planning to screen the film. New locations will be added up to the release date.

If you don’t see your local theater listed, don’t be afraid to reach out to them to ask them to play the film. Theaters want to play movies that people want to see, so hit them up on Facebook, Twitter, or even with an old-fashioned phone call and show them that there’s interest!

Billy Bob Thompson to Voice Kudaragi in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

January 9, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kudaragi and his gang
Kudaragi (center) and his hoodlums

Actor and comedian Billy Bob Thompson revealed on Twitter today that he plays Kudaragi, the leader of a gang of thugs, in the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. Billy Bob is best known as the voice of Ray Shadows, Vector, and Mizar in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, as well as Declan Akaba and Gong Strong in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

In the Japanese version of the movie, Kudaragi is played by actor and comedian Kendo Kobayashi.

After Graduation: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Sneak Peek Video

January 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 16 Comments
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What will Yugi and his friends do after they graduate high school? Find out in this exclusive sneak peek of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens in U.S. theaters on January 27. Visit yugiohtickets.com to find a theater near you and buy tickets. New locations are being added all the time!

Tea Gardner holding up an octopus-shaped hot dog in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Bakura and Joey eating lunch in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Tristan Taylor talking about his plans after high school in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

So, where do you think Téa will be studying? Will Joey really make it as a professional duelist? And what type of game might Yugi design? Whatever it is, I want to play it!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Story Highlighted in New Trailer

January 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Yugi and Tea in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions English trailer

This is how you bring in the new year — with a new English-dubbed trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions! Hear Aigami speak for the first time, learn the story that brings him and Yugi together, and check out some shots that were never played in the Japanese trailers! And are those the voices of Téa, Duke, and Bakura chatting it up like old times?

All of the original voice actors have returned!” said 4K Media on Facebook.

Aigami in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions English trailer

Seto Kaiba putting on his duel disk in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions English trailer

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! December 2016 Sweepstakes

December 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! December 2016 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

One last super sweepstakes to close out 2016! 4K Media (Konami) today launched the Yu-Gi-Oh! December Sweepstakes, offering one lucky fan the chance to bring home the following prizes:

  • A Dark Magician Girl figure from Kotobukiya’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Ani Statue line
  • Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Destiny Soldiers booster packs
  • Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Invasion: Vengeance booster packs
  • Three Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Invasion: Vengeance Special Edition boxes

This sweepstakes’ entry period begins today and runs through January 3, 2017. All U.S. residents ages 6 and up are eligible to enter and win. As usual, check the official rules for more details.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins by Grin Studios

December 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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All five of Grin Studios' series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins

Yu-Gi-Oh! pins have been around in one form or another since the introduction of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game to the West, with former Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG distributor Upper Deck being the first to release the collectibles in the early 2000s. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry takes a look at the newest line of Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading pins, which are produced by Illinois-based toy maker Grin Studios.

Another view of the five Grin Studios series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins

You may already know of Grin Studios from its line of Yu-Gi-Oh! dog tags, which feature character and monster designs from the Duel Monsters anime.

Grin Studios has now followed up that offering with a set of enamel pins. Five pins are included in its series 1 set.

Yami Yugi:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi series 1 pin

Kuriboh:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Kuriboh series 1 pin

Dark Magician Girl:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician Girl series 1 pin

The Millennium Puzzle:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle series 1 pin

Slifer the Sky Dragon:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Slifer the Sky Dragon series 1 pin

I shot this Slifer pin from a slightly different angle to better emphasize its silver outlines, which really make the design pop. Slifer is the best-looking pin of the five, in my humble opinion. This is also the first time that an Egyptian God has been made into a pin.

Back of Grin Studios' series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins packaging

These pins are unfortunately not easy to find. Part of the reason is because the products, despite having five designs, are all sold under one UPC with a warning on the packaging that says “Product style and colors may vary.” As a result, retailers cannot order specific designs. Instead they will receive an assortment of pins, and there is no guarantee that customers will be able to find every pin at any one particular retailer. Thus certain pins may be rarer than others.

UPC barcode on the Grin Studios series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins packaging

So if you see a pin that you like, don’t wait to snatch it up. I visited about 10 different stores before finally getting all five pins!

Where To Buy

Grin Studios’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins are available at select Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores for $4 to $5 each.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by USAopoly

December 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Front of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

How can you tell when a franchise has truly penetrated mainstream culture? By one measure, it’s whether or not it has its own official version of Monopoly! Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at Monopoly: Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition from USAopoly, a producer of games and collectibles that feature big-name brands and pop culture properties. The company currently has over 20 special-edition, officially-licensed Monopoly games on the market. This year, USAopoly released three Yu-Gi-Oh! products: Monopoly, a Millennium Puzzle coin bank, and a 550-piece puzzle.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is, quite simply, a variation of the popular “Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game” Monopoly by Hasbro. The game plays exactly the same as the standard Monopoly game, except all of the game elements are Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed. Let’s open a box and see what’s inside.

Back of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

All of the game pieces can be organized in the Monopoly banker’s tray.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Duel Points (DP) have exited the fictional world of Yu-Gi-Oh! video games and entered the real world! Here they are, as real as real Monopoly money.

The different denominations of USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Here’s the game board in all its glory.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

There are three types of properties in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly. The first are Monster Cards, which take the place of streets and avenues in the standard Monopoly game.

Front of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

Back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

The second type of property is Egyptian God Cards, which replace standard Monopoly’s railroad stations.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the third type of property is Tournaments, which take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

Community Chest cards in standard Monopoly are replaced with It’s Your Move cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly.

Back and front of a few It's Your Move cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

And Chance cards are replaced with It’s Time to Duel cards.

Back and front of a few It's Time to Duel cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

Standard Monopoly’s houses and hotels are now Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. These small plastic pieces are surprisingly detailed. All of the windows of the Game Shop, and even the “GAME” logo hanging above the front entrance, are visible. The Duel Arena pieces show all 20 monster and spell/trap zones.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces viewed from different angles

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces on Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Toon Blue-Eyes properties

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces viewed from different angles

Exodia, obliterate their income!!

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces on Exodia and Game Shop pieces on Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon properties

The tokens are gorgeously crafted Millennium Items. They are all made of metal and feel substantive and heavy when you hold them in your hands.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Let’s see, there’s the Millennium Puzzle, Millennium Eye, Millennium Necklace, the…

Wait a minute…

The seven Millennium Items highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

The Millennium Staff and Millennium Scales highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Uhh, okay. Millennium Staff. Millennium Rod. Sure, whatever. Scales. Scale. No problem.

And then there’s the… Umm…

The Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Ah, right! The legendary Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher. How could I forget. These names are also used in the included rule book, so they must be official!

In all seriousness, these Millennium Item tokens are beautiful and very well made. Their pictures on the back of the box are quite ugly and aren’t representative of what they actually look like.

Close-up of the Millennium Necklace, Rod, and Scale tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Ring and Key tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The bottom of the Millennium Eye is flat to prevent it from rolling away.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye and Puzzle tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

And last but not least is a fold-out rule book with instructions for how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and a summary of the differences between this game and standard Monopoly.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

In total, USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes the game board, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 It’s Time to Duel cards, 16 It’s Your Move cards, 32 Game Shops, 12 Duel Arenas, 7 Millennium Item tokens, 2 dice, and a stack of Duel Points money.

Where To Buy

USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is available from numerous online retailers, including Amazon.com (from both Amazon itself and third-party vendors), Dave and Adam’s Card World, and Fry’s Electronics. The MSRP is $39.95. (Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)

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