MyAnimeList Opens Digital Manga Store

March 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuzu Hiragi holding up a contract in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 4

MyAnimeList, the popular anime and manga database and social community, has launched its own digital manga store in partnership with VIZ Media and Kodansha Comics. The store kicks off with over 200 titles from the two publishers, including VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Currently, the first two volumes are available for $6.99 each. Volume 3, which just streeted last week, is not yet available. The publishers tell MyAnimeList that they are working to add more titles to the line-up.

According to the FAQs, manga may be purchased by users in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand. Once purchased, the manga may be viewed in any country.

MyAnimeList, a subsidiary of the Japanese mobile and web services development firm DeNA, opened its manga store first to Canadian users on March 8 and has since rolled it out to other English-speaking countries like the United States.

(News from ANN)

Real-Life Pot of Greed at YCS Atlanta

February 18, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Dimitrius Scameheorn holding his Pot of Greed clay sculpture at YCS Atlanta, February 2018

A special guest made an unexpected appearance at this weekend’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event in Atlanta, Georgia: Pot of Greed! The clay sculpture of the legendary card was handmade by Dimitrius Scameheorn, a senior at Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tennessee, for his art class.

For bringing along his cool creation, Scameheorn was selected as one of the “Bounty Duelists” at the tournament, giving him and his opponents a chance to win booster packs for dueling.

Check out more close-up shots of the Pot of Greed on Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG blog.

Get Yugi Hair Anytime with Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links’ Facebook Camera Effect

February 5, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Link's Yugi hair camera effect in action

Instant Yami Yugi hair and perfect bottom eyeliner are now possible thanks to a new Facebook camera effect from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. In addition to transforming you into the King of Games, the effect can also add an attacking Dark Magician by your side. Give it a try!

(News from @YuGiOh_DL_INFO)

Toei’s 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Given New Life by 200+ Animators

January 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate title card by Hailey 'Squiggly' Lain

What happens when over 220 animators and illustrators (and two cosplayers) get together to recreate an episode of Toei’s 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime? “Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate” is a collaborative project featuring these talented Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. Each participant remade a shot from episode 2 of that series, commonly called “Season 0” by fans, and reimagined it with their own style, humor, and magic. Check out the final product on YouTube and Vimeo!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate was spearheaded by Phui Jing Ling, a Malaysian animator and cartoonist, and kicked off in September 2016. It includes the talents of 226 participants.

If you enjoyed Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate, check out these other creative crowdsourced collaborations:

  • Star Wars Uncut,” an Emmy Award-winning remake of A New Hope, released in 2009, and The Empire Strikes Back, released in 2014.
  • Moon Animate Make-Up!,” a remake of episode 28 of DiC Entertainment’s Sailor Moon anime. Released in 2014.
  • Seven Star Re-Animate,” a remake of Dragon Ball episode 8. Released in 2016.
  • The Mama Luigi Project,” a remake of the final episode of the Super Mario World cartoon, which is the origin of the infamous Mama Luigi meme. Released in 2017.

(News from the YGO Reanimate Tumblr)

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Prize Card on Sale for $400K

January 10, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of the genuine Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon T3-01 Asia Championship card
Photo by @saku06s

The owner of one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in existence is graciously putting it on display at a card shop in Japan — and on sale for a hefty price. Hassaku (@saku06s) is the owner of the “T3” Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, which was the first-place prize in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Asia Championship of 2001. Only one copy of this card, sealed in a custom-made case, exists in the world and it was presented to the winner of that tournament.

Yesterday, Hassaku announced that the card is now on display at Card Shop Spiral, a trading card store in Akihabara. It is also available for purchase — for 45,000,000 yen, or about $400,000.

This isn’t the first time that this Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon has gone on the market. Hassaku first obtained the card in August 2016 and attempted to sell it for 999,000,000 yen (about $9 million). At the time, Hassaku included an autograph and sketch of Yugi from Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Takahashi presented the card to the tournament winner and apparently also created the sketch and signature right on the spot, explained Hassaku. After one week and no takers, Hassaku offered a 99 percent off discount, dropping the price to a measly 9,990,000 yen (about $90,000).

Some collectors must be kicking themselves for not buying it back then.

Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH): 2017 Edition

December 13, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Joey about to get schooled by Grandpa about Duel Monsters in episode 2
The face of an unprepared Yu-Gi-Oh! gift giver. Don’t let this be you!

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are in full swing and everyone is busy doing their last minute shopping. This year has seen many new Yu-Gi-Oh! goods announced and released in the West, including the launch of the official Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise store, ShopYuGiOh.com. But what if you still haven’t found the right gift for that special Yu-Gi-Oh! fan in your life? Other than the obvious choice of Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, and manga, I mean.

Worry not because my Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) series is back! This year, I’ll be looking at six licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! products that I’ve never written about before. All of them are available for sale in various Western countries and would make great gifts for your friends, or for yourself.

Check back here at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT on each of the following dates to see which new items I’ll highlight in my 2017 YGOFTH entries:

Wednesday, December 13: Yu-Gi-Oh! Funky Chunky Magnets
Friday, December 15: Yami Yugi and Yuya Sakaki plushies by Sakami Merchandise
Sunday, December 17: Yu-Gi-Oh! Cube Headz (Series 1)
Tuesday, December 19: Millennium Puzzle lanyard by Bioworld
Thursday, December 21: Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2)
Saturday, December 23: Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

Bonus entry, Monday, December 25: Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

Don’t forget about my YGOFTH: 2016 Edition for even more gift ideas!

Crossing The GODS: Yu-Gi-Oh! Voice Actors Launch Original Illustrated Audio Drama

October 28, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff | 2 Comments

Crossing The G.O.D.S. logo from the teaser

If you’ve ever wanted to hear more of Dan Green (the voice of Yugi), Eric Stuart (the voice of Kaiba), and the many other Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors that you remember from yesteryear, get ready because they’re coming back together for something new! At MCM London Comic Con yesterday, Dan and Eric announced that they are producing a new project — an original illustrated audio drama debuting in early 2018. Titled Crossing The G.O.D.S., the story will be an episodic web series starring Dan, Eric, and several more familiar actors from their circle of friends. It will be structured like an audio comic strip — panel-driven as if the viewer is reading a comic book, but with voice acting, music, and sound effects.

Crossing The G.O.D.S. is produced by Audramada Productions, a new company helmed by Dan, Eric, and Anthony Haden Salerno (the voice of Chazz Princeton). Dan is writing, directing, and illustrating the piece; Eric is working the audio post-production; and Anthony is composing the music and editing the video.

Check out a teaser on Audramada Productions’ website and follow the project on Facebook!

The announced cast of characters:

Crossing The G.O.D.S. cast of characters

Protective Soul Ailin: The Heart Behind the Card

October 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff | 1 Comment

Protective Soul Ailin card artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 4, Japanese version

Of all the Yu-Gi-Oh! cards named after real people, Protective Soul Ailin probably has the most heartrending story behind it. Yesterday, Konami’s Leighton Kurashima shared a very personal story behind the card’s creation in 2005:

Thirteen years ago our son Ailin was born (just about this time) he passed away just over two hours later in our arms. It was a crushing life changing event for which I have little words, I immersed myself in work. The team made a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card for Ailin and presented it to me before the release of the upcoming booster set (CRV). I was speechless, people wonder why I do so much for Yu-Gi-Oh!, this is one of the reasons why.

Protective Soul Ailin is a card that has the ability to equip itself to another monster card, a powerful warrior named Indomitable Fighter Lei Lei. Normally, after Lei Lei attacks, he must change to defense position. But when Lei Lei is equipped with Ailin, he gets to stay in attack position, allowing him to keep fighting onward.

And who is Lei Lei?

…That’s the nickname of Leighton Kurashima.

(h/t Jason “MisprintPrince” Knapp)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensor ADK Set to be Acquired by U.S. Investment Firm Bain Capital

October 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Kaiba twirling his pen as he prepares to sign a check in episode 171

Asatsu-DK (ADK), the parent company of Yu-Gi-Oh! producer Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) and an owner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, today announced its plans to be acquired by the Boston-based investment firm Bain Capital. Tokyo-based ADK is the third largest advertising agency in Japan. Although it is best known for its global ad business, ADK and its dozens of subsidiaries have their foot in numerous industries, including anime production. In addition to Yu-Gi-Oh!, the company is also involved with titles like Doraemon, Gundam, Pretty Cure, and One Piece.

Bain intends to purchase all of ADK’s shares in a deal worth about $1.35 billion. ADK’s largest shareholder, the U.K. advertising and PR agency WPP, owns nearly a quarter of the company and has said that the buyout undervalues ADK and that it may not sell its shares. Regardless, Bain will proceed with the transaction if it can acquire at least 50.1 percent of ADK.

(News from ADK, Reuters, Financial Times, h/t ANN)

Gagaga Cowboy Artist Recovers Stolen Yu-Gi-Oh! Card

September 1, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Gagaga Cowboy card artwork from YUGIOH.com
Image from yugioh.com

A Yu-Gi-Oh! card artist has reacquired a sentimental piece of artwork that was stolen from her in 2016. The victim, an artist and graphic designer who created the artwork of the popular Gagaga Cowboy Yu-Gi-Oh! card, had her Covina, California, apartment burglarized in October 2016, reports the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Among her stolen property was a framed Gagaga Cowboy card.

Yesterday, Covina police recovered the card and some of the victim’s other possessions after the victim had spotted the items for sale on the online marketplace OfferUp. The items were found in the Pomona, California, home of the victim’s former neighbor, who has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property.

A police photograph of the recovered property published by the SGVT shows an oversized and regular-sized Gagaga Cowboy card together in a picture frame. The victim’s Gagaga Cowboy card is autographed by voice actor Steve Blum, who played a Yu-Gi-Oh! character, and is valued at $500, reports the SGVT.

But the true value of the card and its safe return to its creator is without a doubt immeasurable.

Update: Jonathan Moore of House O’ Champions has identified the victim as popular Yu-Gi-Oh! artist and former competitive duelist Amanda LaPalme. He notes that there has been some concern that someone in the Yu-Gi-Oh! community had specifically targeted LaPalme for whatever twisted reason, but that fortunately doesn’t seem to be true given the outcome of this case. Thank goodness she now has some closure.

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