YouTube Adds Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Episodes

April 8, 2020 at 4:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Konami, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS in chibi form from the first opening, Nanananananana

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel TV, the official Japanese YouTube channel of Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel trading card products, began posting full episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS today. The anime is viewable worldwide with no geo-blocking (Update: Not anymore!), but does not have subtitles in any language.

Episode 1 is available now and will remain on the channel free for the next six months.

Episode 2 and all subsequent episodes will be posted each Wednesday at 5 p.m. JST (4 a.m. ET/1 a.m. PT) and will be available for one week only.

The channel has also uploaded the opening theme song, “Nanananananana” by SAEKI youthK.

(News from @YuGiOh_RUSHDUEL)

Update (April 12): Nevermind, the channel has activated geo-blocking on all its Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS videos. They’re now Japan-only.

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 Canceled

April 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusei Fudo crying out after defeating Kalin Kessler in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 55

Konami announced today that the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 is canceled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The event was to be held on August 22 and 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Additionally, all World Championship Qualifiers, WCQ National/State Championships, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series leading up to the WCS in the Americas and in Europe and Oceania are canceled.

However, Konami states that it will still hold National Championships in Europe and Latin America, State Championships in Oceania, and Championships in Europe, Oceania, and the Americas sometime later this year.

Konami also notes that it may consider holding an online Duel Links event between June and August in place of the WCS.

In Japan, Konami has extended the cancellation of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events to apply to gatherings taking place through May 6. The company is now encouraging players to duel remotely using a webcam setup.

Last Friday, Konami announced the first Yu-Gi-Oh! product delay to affect North America since the pandemic began. The Eternity Code set and its premiere event, which were scheduled for the end of this month, are now postponed until early June after one of Konami’s manufacturers in Texas had its operations disrupted by the virus. No other product releases are currently affected.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Further Extended Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Choose Your Favorite Secret Slayers Card Sweepstakes

April 2, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Banner for Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Secret Slayers Sweepstakes

The new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Secret Slayers set dropped today! To celebrate, Konami wants to give you a set of Super Rare YCS Darklord prize cards, just for saying what your favorite card in the set is. Darklord Asmodeus, Superbia, and Edeh Arae — the powerhouse monsters played by Midori Hibiki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga — were awarded to the best duelists of the 2010 dueling season. Now, one lucky Yu-Gi-Oh! fan has a chance to win these valuable cards. To enter, you must:

  1. Follow @YuGiOh_TCG on Twitter
  2. Retweet the linked sweepstakes tweet
  3. Reply to the linked tweet with a screenshot from the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Database that shows your favorite card from the Secret Slayers set
  4. Include the hashtag #SecretSlayers in your reply

Konami will randomly select one person who completes all the tasks by April 12 as the winner. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the 50 United States; Washington, D.C.; or Canada (excluding Quebec) to win. For more details, see the official rules.

Believe in the heart of the cards. Good luck!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Further Extended Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 17, 2020 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Corona Williams gloating after defeating Yuma Tsukumo in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival for the Nintendo 3DS
“Level” = Pandemic

Konami announced yesterday evening that all sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events in the Americas are canceled through May 10 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. This includes organized play and promotional events at local stores as well as all WCQ Regional Qualifier and YCS events.

As always, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page and Facebook and Twitter accounts will have all of the latest updates regarding Yu-Gi-Oh! community events in the Americas.

Stay safe, everyone.

Update (March 18): All sanctioned Yu-Gi-Oh! events in the other TCG territories — Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania — are canceled until at least April 30.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Suffer Massive Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Suffer Massive Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Other Stuff, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo meeting Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival for the Nintendo 3DS
Yo! Um, no thanks, I’d rather not…

In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Konami announced a spate of cancellations yesterday for its Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game events in North America and Latin America. All World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in both territories that are scheduled through April 6 are canceled. Other Regionals outside this time frame could still be canceled at the discretion of their local organizers as well.

Also yesterday, Konami announced that the 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series that was supposed to kick off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is canceled. Additionally, YCS Hartford, which is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Hartford, Connecticut, is also canceled.

This news follows Wednesday’s announcement that YCS Charlotte, originally scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is canceled.

As more information becomes available, you can keep up with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG happenings in the Americas by checking Konami’s events page and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Yuma Tsukumo losing a duel to Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival
Oh no!!

The Western Hemisphere isn’t the only place where Yu-Gi-Oh! events are seeing numerous cancellations.

On Thursday, Konami’s European arm announced that all World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in its territories taking place before April 15 are canceled. Furthermore, all WCQ National Championship events taking place before May 1 are canceled; this includes the Austrian Nationals on April 11 and 12 and the German Nationals on April 18 and 19.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! events in Japan are seeing their own major flurry of cancellations. A statement from Konami back in February announced the cancellation of numerous events throughout the country — from local store duels to World Championship qualifiers — until the end of March.

The coronavirus outbreak also led to the cancellation of AnimeJapan, an annual Tokyo anime exhibition that’s half industry trade show, half fan gathering for consumers. The event was originally scheduled for March 21 through 24. In its place, many of AnimeJapan’s programs are moving online, including a Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS event featuring the show’s four lead voice actors. The event will be live streamed on March 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST.

Update (March 17): Konami has announced additional cancellations of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Heads to More Platforms with New VRAINS Characters, Cards

March 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution logo

Konami announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will make its debut on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC Steam globally on March 24, complete with new content. Konami will provide Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who already own the game on Nintendo Switch the new content as a free downloadable update on the same date. The company uploaded a trailer highlighting some of the new features.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution now includes more than 10,000 cards and incorporates the latest rules that will take effect in the TCG on April 1. The trailer shows that the game includes recently released cards, like The Dark Magicians and Ignister A.I.Land, as well as upcoming cards, like Crystron Halqifibrax and Five-Headed Link Dragon, in its card pool.

Some of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters coming to Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution

The game also expands its roster of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters, with Soulburner, Varis, Bohman, and more entering the fray. In total, there are now over 150 characters from all six Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

Look for Yu-Gi-Oh! LotD: LE in the PlayStation Store, Xbox One Marketplace, and Steam Store on March 24 for $39.99. Or, pick up the game now for the Nintendo Switch in the Nintendo eShop or as a physical release from your favorite retailer.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Coming August 20

Tonight: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 3rd Anniversary Live Stream from Hollywood

February 7, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Blue Angel firing up the crowd on stage in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 47

Several big-name content creators and Yu-Gi-Oh! community personalities from across North America will be partying it up at a special event this evening — and everyone is invited to tune in to all the fun! Konami is hosting a big bash at the Scum & Villainy Cantina in Hollywood to celebrate the third anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, complete with a live-streamed tournament. Expect to see dzeeff, fuslie, iGumdrop, OvileeMay, SimplyUnlucky, YTDan, and many more personalities.

The action kicks off tonight, February 7, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Channel on Twitch. Check it out!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 145-184 Complete

January 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi holding a glowing chalice in episode 181

It’s been nearly four months since Crunchyroll and Konami added new subtitled episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. But yesterday, the duo at last reached another milestone by posting the final three episodes of the Orichalcos saga, bring Yugi’s battle with Dartz to a close. Episodes 145 through 184, which correspond to season 4 of 4Kids’ English dub, are available now to both premium and free Crunchyroll users.

If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to add this anime to your Crunchyroll queue to get episode alerts as we approach the last few story arcs!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 98-144 Complete

Celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links with The Winged Dragon of Ra

January 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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New artwork of The Winged Dragon of Ra, available in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links to celebrate its third anniversary

Happy third anniversary, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links! The hit mobile game launched globally three years ago today and is celebrating this memorable milestone with a campaign that includes a brand-new art variant of The Winged Dragon of Ra. Duel Links players have the honor of being the first to receive this special card, pictured above, which has never been printed before in any language.

Additionally, duelists will receive eight Card Tickets, including a Dream UR and SR Ticket, plus a new type of Ticket — the Skill Ticket, which can exchanged for a character Skill. Duelists will also get 1000 Gems and a sleeve and playmat set that features new artwork of Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba.

(News from @konamieu)

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Announced at Jump Festa 2020

December 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promotional image from TV Tokyo

The seventh Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series — Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS — was announced at Shueisha’s Jump Festa 2020 event in Tokyo this weekend. The two-day celebration of all things Jump included a live-streamed Yu-Gi-Oh! stage show on both days that unveiled the series, which commemorates the anime franchise’s 20th anniversary. Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS follows the adventures of fifth grader Yuga Ohdoh and introduces a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game called Rush Duels. Four of the anime’s voice actors appeared as surprise guests at the stage shows to introduce their characters and talk about how excited they are to participate in this iconic franchise.

A replay of the December 21 and December 22 hour-long live-streamed shows are available on YouTube.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will premiere in April 2020 on TV Tokyo and its sister stations. TV Tokyo has already launched its official website for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.

Also beginning in April, the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! card game in Japan will be divided into two formats. The new Rush Duel format will debut with its own new card products and be promoted together with the SEVENS anime. Master Duels will continue to be offered as usual with the Rise of the Duelist booster set dropping on April 18.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Story

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS takes place in the near future in Goha City, where much of its citizens’ daily lives is influenced by one company: Goha Corporation. As the largest company in the city, Goha Corporation controls everything, from the schools, shopping malls, and arcade centers, to the rules of dueling. It’s a convenient way to live, but feels a bit too restrictive to young Yuga Ohdoh, who attends Goha’s Seventh Elementary School. The fifth grader is a keen duelist and inventor who calls his inventions “Roads.” Yuga develops a new way to duel — the Rush Duel — that allows duelists to continually summon multiple monsters while being able to quickly replenish their hand. Yuga hopes to bring joy to everyone with this new Road.

Goha City, the setting of Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens
Goha Seventh Elementary School (left) and Goha main office building

One day, Yuga’s classmate Luke hears a rumor about a “King of Duels.” The pair heads out to investigate and discovers a mysterious person in front of a stone monument. They learn that in order to become the King of Duels, they must win a duel within a time limit. How will Yuga and his Road, the Rush Duel, take on this challenge?

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Characters

Promotional image of Yuga Ohdoh shown at Jump Festa 2020

Yuga Ohdoh, age 11, is the protagonist of this story. His ace monster is Seventh Road Magician. Yuga is played by 15-year-old actor and singer Hiiro Ishibashi. A newcomer to the world of voice acting, Ishibashi’s only other anime role is in the movie Children of the Sea where he plays Umi, one of the main characters. Ishibashi always watched Yu-Gi-Oh! in elementary school when he was growing up. He says his generation of Yu-Gi-Oh! begins in the latter half of 5D’s and runs through ZEXAL, and laughs that he’s too young to remember GX.

Promotional image of Luke shown at Jump Festa 2020

Tatsuhisa “Luke” Kamijo, age 11, considers himself to be his school’s number one duelist. His ace monster is Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu (Dragon of Continuous Attacks, Drageas). He has a peculiarity about him that causes machines around him to stop working. Luke is voiced by 26-year-old actor Taku Yashiro (Tsukasa Shiba in the Gundam Build Divers series, Natsuo Fujii in Domestic Girlfriend). Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will recognize Yashiro from his roles of Battle Beast in ARC-V and Flame in VRAINS.

Promotional image of Gakuto Sougetsu shown at Jump Festa 2020

Gakuto Sougetsu, age 12, is a sixth grader and the student council president. A serious student who is never late or absent, Gakuto wields Mashou Yameruura (Demon General, Yameruler) as his ace monster. He thinks that the way of dueling as it exists today is correct and proper, a belief that is at odds with Yuga’s. Gakuto is played by 28-year-old voice actor Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in the Tokyo Ghoul series, Taichi Yagami in the Digimon Adventure tri. movies, Takumi Aldini in Food Wars!). Hanae played Hokuto Shijima (Dipper) in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Promotional image of Romin Kirishima shown at Jump Festa 2020

Romin Kirishima, age 11, is another classmate of Yuga’s. She excels academically and athletically and is a popular guitarist in her school’s band, RoaRomin. She says she’s not interested in duels, yet there’s something mysterious about her. Romin is voiced by 20-year-old voice actress Tomori Kusunoki (Setsuna Yuki in the Love Live series, LLENN in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online).

Promotional image of the Seventh Road Magician Rush Duel card shown at Jump Festa 2020
Seventh Road Magician Rush Duel card

Promotional image of the Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu Rush Duel card shown at Jump Festa 2020
Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu Rush Duel card

Promotional image of the main characters shown at Jump Festa 2020

(Note: All romanized names in this write-up are not official.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Staff

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS includes many new people in its production staff.

Animation production is by Bridge. Its most notable works include Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Z, Fairy Tail, Muhyo & Roji, The Royal Tutor, and Shonen Ashibe.

(News from @yugioh_anime, TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS website, Jump Festa’s Yu-Gi-Oh! stage shows)

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