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.

The Seal of Orichalcos: Upper Deck’s Original Card Revealed

August 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Upper Deck's The Seal of Orichalcos, shot by asianyensation

Back in 2005 when Upper Deck still owned the distribution rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the company printed a real version of The Seal of Orichalcos. At the time, the card had only been seen in the anime without a genuine, printed, playable counterpart, so news about its creation was thrilling. The card was held only by Upper Deck’s Yu-Gi-Oh! judges and traveled to many Yu-Gi-Oh! events, like those held at Gen Con and San Diego Comic Con, and of course the National Championship. At these gatherings, duelists could participate in the “Duel the Master” event to face off against the judges, getting a taste of the formidable power of The Seal of Orichalcos.

It wasn’t until 2012 that the public could get their hands on their own official copy of The Seal of Orichalcos, but many always wondered what happened to Upper Deck’s special creation. Details about this card have since been lost to time, but as the legend goes, only fifteen copies of the card exist, all owned by Upper Deck employees. What does the card look like? And where did they all go?

Earlier this week, esteemed Yu-Gi-Oh! collector Anthony “asianyensation” Nguyen unveiled his latest and perhaps most stunning catch. Nguyen is now the owner of Upper Deck’s The Seal of Orichalcos and has documented his find on YouTube and Instagram! This card has not been seen anywhere since 2005! True to its anime roots, the card features a warning: “The soul of whichever Duelist loses this Duel is forfeit to the winner.”

Check out Nguyen’s Instagram account, asianyensation, to see more of the real-life Rare Hunter’s prized Yu-Gi-Oh! collection.

Loot Anime Offers Yu-Gi-Oh! Prizes in Mini Kaiju Crate

June 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Loot Anime's July 2017 Mini Kaiju Crate Yu-Gi-Oh! Prize Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! has returned to Loot Anime! This month, all subscribers of the anime- and manga-themed mystery box service will be entered to win one of ten Mini Kaiju Crate prize packs featuring some sweet Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise. Up for grabs are:

Everyone who signs up for Loot Anime by June 27 will be automatically registered to win.

Loot Anime previously partnered with 4K Media to include exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! socks in one of last year’s crates. Could more Loot Anime Yu-Gi-Oh! merch be on the way?

Video Interview: Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld on All Access

May 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld in an interview on Film.Music.Media: All Access
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez (left) and Freddy Sheinfeld

Last week, Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld, two members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! music composition team, appeared on All Access, a video series that features in-depth interviews with composers. The program is produced by Kaya Savas of Film.Music.Media, a website dedicated to the ins and outs of the film music industry.

Álvarez and Sheinfeld, both originally from Venezuela, talk about how they met in the United States and started their own company and how they dove into the world of composing for animations like Yu-Gi-Oh!, from the Pyramid of Light to The Dark Side of Dimensions and everything in between. Some of the topics they discuss include:

  • Their musical backgrounds and how they discovered film music.
  • How they define the sound of a show and their approaches to thematic writing.
  • What it’s like composing with each other and what happens when there’s a disagreement.
  • How their approach to composition differs when writing for narrative fictions and nature documentaries.
  • The aspects of a movie or show — whether the cinematography, script, characters, or story itself — that draw the first note out of them.
  • The negatives of the film composition industry, like the decay in appreciation of quality film music and the need for composers to follow popular trends.
  • The positives of the industry, like the influx of new directors, fresh content, opportunities to grow.

There are numerous funny and enlightening moments in this interview. Álvarez and Sheinfeld got a good laugh remembering when they first met in the U.S. at a conducting class. At the time, they didn’t realize that they were both from Venezuela. They only spoke to each other in English, each thinking that the other was Greek or German.

Álvarez explained how, when composing for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, they enjoyed going “really dark” with the scores because it was such a change in style for them compared to the previous series. Unfortunately for them, they never got anywhere with this new sound. After writing close to an entire episode, the producers asked them to dial it down a notch. It was “too Nine Inch Nails meets Yu-Gi-Oh!” laughed Sheinfeld.

A show’s sounds sometimes develop organically and in unexpected ways. Sheinfeld reminisced about writing Yu-Gi-Oh! GX’s rock-oriented score and how the music he submitted was really similar to the ones that he used to play with his college rock band. As luck would have it, the producers really liked this style, so writing for that show became like a jam session for him and his style was integrated with the sounds of the show.

Give this interview a listen to hear more great moments like these!

(h/t Freddy Sheinfeld)

Related posts:
Composer Elik Álvarez Talks Yu-Gi-Oh! Music
Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions
Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Interviewed on Soundtrack Alley Podcast

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