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

Crunchyroll Now on Amazon Fire TV

February 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Joey freaking out when he answers the phone in episode 56

Crunchyroll announced today that its newest update to the Crunchyroll Amazon app includes support for a long-requested device — Amazon Fire TV! Furthermore, support has also returned for Fire tablets, many of which haven’t been able to run the app for months on end now due to Amazon’s security updates.

The CR app is free to download and offers both Premium and free ad-supported viewing experiences. Now you can watch all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series and other great anime in even more places. Hooray!

(News from Crunchyroll.)

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!

Today Only: $9.99 Weekly Shonen Jump Subscription

January 30, 2017 at 3:30 am | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Yuzu's dreams of getting rich in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 2
“…I’ll save a bunch of money!”

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has turned five years old. And to celebrate, the company is selling a one-year subscription to WSJ for $9.99 — the lowest price that it has ever been in these five years. That’s less than $0.21 per issue, or a savings of over 60 percent off the normal subscription price of $25.99!

If you’ve ever wanted to follow series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, and more, this is the day to subscribe. A subscription includes 48 issues of manga simulpubs, and each issue averages around 200 pages.

This offer is only valid for 24 hours today, January 30, until 2:59 am ET/11:59 pm PT.

The only downside is that there are no Yu-Gi-Oh! cards included with this offer, but for such a steep discount, it’s hard to complain.

You can read your Weekly Shonen Jump issues on the web at VIZ.com and on your Android and iOS devices.

ShopYuGiOh.com – The Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Shop

January 25, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Banner from ShopYuGiOh.com

Yu-Gi-Oh! now has its own official online merchandise shop! ShopYuGiOh.com is 4K Media’s new website that sells licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! clothes and accessories. Currently, the store is filled with dozens of exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirts, hoodies, and phone and tablet cases. Team Yugi, Team Kaiba, and Team Aigami are all represented. Check it out.

ShopYuGiOh.com was unveiled on a flyer handed out at last night’s U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in New York City.

ShopYuGiOh.com flyer from the U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

…That’s right, at the U.S. premiere! Stay tuned for coverage of the monumental event.

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!

Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH): 2016 Edition

December 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Joey nervously watching the outcome of his die roll in episode 135
The face of an anxious Yu-Gi-Oh! gift giver. Don’t let this be you!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we have now entered the month of December, which can only mean one thing: we are neck-deep in the Christmas and holiday shopping season! With more official Yu-Gi-Oh! merch available this year than there has been in recent history, are you stressing out about what to buy for a discerning Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, besides the obvious choice of Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, and manga? Have no fear.

Presenting: Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH)! This month, I’ll be highlighting some licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! products that are currently available in the West for both young and old fans of Yugi and his gang. The action begins tomorrow!

Check back here at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT on each of the following dates for this year’s YGOFTH entries:

Friday, December 2: Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps
Tuesday, December 6: Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Silver Coins
Friday, December 9: Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye
Tuesday, December 13: Yu-Gi-Oh! Playing Cards by Aquarius
Friday, December 16: Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by USAopoly
Tuesday, December 20: Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins by Grin Studios

Know of a Yu-Gi-Oh! product that you think would make a great gift for someone? Let me know and maybe I’ll highlight it here.

Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Duels

November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Duel Selection banner on Shueisha's V Jump website

Earlier this year, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Japan which duels they loved the most in each of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series. An online poll was conducted and the results were published in print last week in V Jump and online today on V Jump’s website. Let’s see which duels topped the charts!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:

  1. Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
  2. Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
  3. Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
  4. Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
  5. Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
  2. Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
  4. Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
  5. Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
  2. Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
  4. Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
  5. Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
  2. Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
  3. Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
  4. Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
  5. Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
  2. Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
  3. Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
  4. Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
  5. Episode 110 – Torn Smile World – Yuya vs. Edo (1399 votes)

These duels will air on TV during TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection program.

Did your favorite duel make the cut?

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Expands to Google Play

November 24, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki picking up an Action Card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 3

VIZ Media announced on Monday that its English-language Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is now available directly in the Google Play bookstore. A single issue costs $0.99. Previously, the magazine could only be purchased and read on Google Play through the VIZ Manga app and WSJ app for Android.

VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump includes simulpubs of series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, One-Punch Man, and Seraph of the End. New issues debut every Monday. Google Play offers back issues from the last three months for sale, the same as the single issues sold by VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology. (VIZ’s announcement incorrectly states that only one month of back issues is available on Google Play.)

Akihabara Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe New Menu Items

October 24, 2016 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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New food and drinks at the Akihabara Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe inspired by Pegasus, Jack, Shark, Reiji, and Crow

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe at the AnimePlaza store in Akihabara has posted its new menu items for its extended run. There are four new main courses and two new drinks to relish.

Food:

  • Pegasus – “Millennium Eye Soup” – Cream of corn soup, croissant, butter, lettuce, tomato, adzuki bean wafer.
  • Jack – “Spicy Red Daemon’s Noodle” – Soy sauce ramen, bamboo shoots, naruto, green onions, spinach, roasted pork, sausage, kimchi stew base.
  • Ryoga – “Revive! Therapeutic Meal Before the Revival Duel” – Potato salad, bread roll, stew, melon sorbet, green tea.
  • Reiji – “Reiji’s Trap Sweets ‘Contract with the Berries’ Act 2” – Strawberry cake, strawberry gelatin, strawberryade, strawberries, mint, fresh cream, sugar.

Drinks:

  • Crow – “Crow the Bullet Blasts Again!!” – Orange juice, Blue Hawaii pineapple gelatin, fresh cream, milk, cocoa powder, mango sauce.
  • Ryoga – “That Really Ticks Me Off! Raging Shark!” – Kyoho grapeade, Blue Hawaii syrup, Sprite, blueberries, fresh cream, grape gelatin.

These items will debut on November 1.

(News from the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! anime Twitter @yugioh_anime)

Previously:
Akihabara Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Extends Run to November 30

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