Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Author Responds to New Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

June 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Preview of the artwork of Dragon Maid Husky from the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

New cards coming to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game have caught the eye of a popular manga author. Today, the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news hub YU-GI-OH.jp unveiled three new card themes debuting this August in Japan. One of the themes is called Dragon Maid and features — you guessed it — a human woman with dragon horns, wings, and a tail who is dressed as a maid.

The announcement included pictures of two cards from this theme. Dragon Maid Husky (shown above) is a charming dragon maid ready to serve you. Dragon Maids’ Kindness (below) has Husky and four other dragon maids busily prepping a dining room.

This news quickly made it to coolkyousinnjya, the creator of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, who took an immediate liking to the cards.

Dragon maids are in Yu-Gi-Oh!!” tweeted coolkyousinnjya. “I want to build a deck with them!”

C’mon, Konami, you can make it happen. Send some cards to coolkyousinnjya!

Any fans of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid out there? What do you think of these cards?

Check out the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid manga from Seven Seas Entertainment and the anime on Crunchyroll and Funimation.

Preview of the artwork of Dragon Maids' Kindness from the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG

Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show Dates

June 15, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Poster for Gallery1988 Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show

Konami and Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 have unveiled the official poster and the dates for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! tribute art show. The exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh!, with over 50 of the gallery’s most popular artists creating original pieces and prints inspired by the franchise.

The exhibition kicks off with an invite-only sneak peek and opening reception on July 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Then, the gallery will host a public opening on July 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

After that, the exhibition will run from July 6 to 14 during the gallery’s regular business hours — Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).

The Yu-Gi-Oh! art show is free to attend.

Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, between Fuller Avenue and Poinsettia Place, across the street from The Groundlings Theatre. If you will be at Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the gallery is about a 20-minute drive away. There are public transportation options that stop at or near the gallery as well.

Photographer Wanted!

Gallery1988 is looking to hire a photographer to work the openings on July 4 and 5.

If you have the skills and equipment and want to play a part in this historic event, please contact Gallery1988 with your resume and samples.

Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Dark Magician SDCC 2019 Exclusive Shirt

June 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the exclusive SDCC 2019 Dark Magician shirt design

Dark Magician and San Diego Comic Con fans unite! Today, ShopYuGiOh.com added an exclusive T-shirt just for you. The ultimate wizard in terms of attack and defense is posing staunchly in this new design on a heather grey short-sleeve T-shirt. The accompanying Japanese text says “Dark Magician,” with “SD 2019” beneath it.

As always, ShopYuGiOh.com’s exclusive shirts are only available for a limited time online (and not at SDCC). Get yours today in a unisex or women’s cut starting at $23.95.

SDCC 2019 kicks off with preview night on July 17 and runs through July 21. Look for Konami in the exhibit hall at booth 3713, where there will be fun activities, previews of upcoming products, and goods for sale all weekend long. Keep your eyes on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details, coming soon.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Mark of the Dragon exclusive shirt for Anime Expo 2019 is also still available for sale online. Grab these shirts now before they disappear forever.

Nell Balaban, Wayne Grayson to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2019 North America World Championship Qualifier

June 7, 2019 at 1:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Ishizu Ishtar standing in front of an ancient Egyptian stone carving in episode 52

Ishizu predicts that you will want to attend this year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North America World Championship Qualifier in Pittsburgh. That’s because the event will host two very special guests and a pop-up shop with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! goods.

Making her first ever appearance onto Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament scene is Nell Balaban, also known as Karen Neil. Nell is best known for playing Ishizu Ishtar in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. She is also the voice of Joey Wheeler’s mom, Mrs. Wheeler.

Joining her is Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament veteran Wayne Grayson, whose major roles include Joey Wheeler and Dartz in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, and Syrus Truesdale and Professor Banner in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

This could only mean one thing — a live duel featuring a mother taking on her brash son! Right? R-Right…? Nah, it’ll be the gambler Joey Wheeler versus the clairvoyant Ishizu Ishtar. Their duel will showcase some of the cards included in the upcoming 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin, which drops in August.

Nell and Wayne don’t attend very many anime conventions or public events where fans can get their autographs and see them performing live as their iconic characters, so don’t miss this chance!

The 2019 Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will take place on June 21 through 23 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to the invite-only WCQ main event, there will be plenty of public events all weekend long where duelists can win prizes. Furthermore, there will be an FYE pop-up shop selling the freshly announced Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal, chocolate bars, and apparel.

Head over to Konami’s 2019 NAWCQ page for more details and a schedule of the weekend’s events.

Coming Soon: Yu-Gi-Oh! Cereal, Halloween Costumes, Loot Anime Crate

June 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon Berry Blast Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal box from FYE

Konami Cross Media NY made a slew of Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing and merchandise announcements at the annual Licensing Expo trade show this week in Las Vegas, including some new takes on old childhood favorites.

This month, FYE will launch an in-house line of Yu-Gi-Oh! products, starting with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! cereal pictured above, which goes up for pre-order today. The entertainment specialty retailer will also carry Yu-Gi-Oh! chocolate bars and apparel merchandise.

Yu-Gi-Oh! will soon be making a triumphant return to the popular subscription box service Loot Crate. The company has signed on to bring exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh!-branded items to its Loot Anime line, which features mystery crates for anime and manga enthusiasts. Yu-Gi-Oh! last appeared in the March 2016 Loot Anime crate, which contained a pair of Millennium Puzzle socks from apparel maker Bioworld.

Pop culture retailer Fun.com and its sister site HalloweenCostumes.com are already prepping for the Halloween shopping season. The company will debut a Yu-Gi-Oh! character costume line, which will be available for purchase worldwide (excluding Asia). Fun.com already makes its own anime costumes from series like Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan, and Sailor Moon.

Dark attribute black steel dog tag and Dark Magician silhouette pendant from Tioneer Jewelry

Personalized jewelry maker Tioneer continues to roll out new Yu-Gi-Oh! products. Since debuting its Yu-Gi-Oh! line in December 2018, Tioneer has expanded its offerings with the Black Metal series, which features solid white designs atop pure black stainless steel rings, pendants, and money clips; and the Shadow series, which showcases the silhouettes of popular monsters.

“There’s a stronger presence for Yu-Gi-Oh! at the retail level thanks to the growing popularity of anime and the fact that anime is more accessible to fans than ever before in today’s streaming marketplace,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at Konami Cross Media NY, in a release. “We are excited to be working with these new licensees to establish a wider assortment of product offerings for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand.”

(News from Konami Cross Media NY)

Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Art Show

June 5, 2019 at 10:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Gallery1988 logo

An official Yu-Gi-Oh! art exhibition is happening in Hollywood! Gallery1988, a Los Angeles-based pop culture art gallery, will host a Yu-Gi-Oh! art show next month to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. The gallery will display one-of-a-kind pieces and prints inspired by the work of Kazuki Takahashi. Additionally, the fine art fabrication studio Pretty in Plastic will exhibit a “once-in-a-lifetime installation” that promises to be a must-see for all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans.

Gallery1988’s Yu-Gi-Oh! exhibition opens on July 4, the same weekend as Anime Expo. Keep your eyes on its website, Gallery1988.com, for more details about the show in the coming weeks.

Opened in 2004, Gallery1988 is the self-proclaimed world’s first pop culture art gallery. It has partnered with numerous big-name properties, like Adventure Time, Star Wars, and The Avengers, to produce art shows and marketing campaigns.

Gallery1988 is located at 7308 Melrose Avenue, at Melrose and Poinsettia. That’s about a 20-minute drive away from Anime Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. If you’ll be in the area, check it out!

(News from Gallery1988, h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

Update (June 15): Dates for the art show are now set.

More High-End Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectibles Coming Soon

June 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi facing Kaiba and Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon in episode 134

First 4 Figures isn’t the only company with a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue license. Several more companies — including both veterans and newcomers to the high-end collectibles market — have inked new deals with Konami to produce Yu-Gi-Oh! goods at higher price points, with some collectibles expected to sell for several hundred dollars.

Tsume Art, based in Luxembourg, will offer a Yu-Gi-Oh! resin statue to fans all around the world (excluding Asia). Founded in 2010, Tsume has crafted dozens of premium statues from well-known anime properties. Some of its recent creations include Broly from Dragon Ball, Trafalgar Law from One Piece, Natsu from Fairy Tail, and Sailor Moon.

Taka Corp Studio, a new company founded in late 2018 in France, has a sculpted Yu-Gi-Oh! bust in the works, which will be available for sale throughout Europe. The company’s website is currently blank, but its Facebook page shows its debut product to be a 1/1 scale resin bust of Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter. Taka Corp printed a prototype of this bust a few months ago and will soon offer it for pre-order. It is also planning a 1/6 scale statue of Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho and a statue line for Kuroko’s Basketball.

In the France and Monaco markets, Kitsune Statue will sell a resin statue of Seto Kaiba with Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon. Kitsune was founded in November 2017 and is based in France. Its only product thus far is a 1/6 scale statue of Diane from The Seven Deadly Sins, which is currently in the pre-order stage. The company also has licenses for Zetman and the manga Sun-Ken Rock.

If limited-edition resin statues are too rich for your blood, don’t worry, Zag Toys has you covered. The toy manufacturer based in Orangeburg, New York, will launch a line of Yu-Gi-Oh! Domez collectibles worldwide (excluding Asia). Domez are miniature figures that are each housed under a plastic dome casing. There are Domez toys for anime series like Digimon, Sailor Moon, My Hero Academia, and more.

Look for these Yu-Gi-Oh! collectibles online and in retail stores beginning this month.

(News from Konami Cross Media NY)

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Mark of the Dragon Exclusive Anime Expo 2019 Shirt

May 30, 2019 at 1:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Mark of the Dragon exclusive shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com

In just over a month, Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza will be back at Anime Expo for four days of dueling and fun. To celebrate, Konami today updated ShopYuGiOh.com with an exclusive new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s shirt featuring the six marks of the Crimson Dragon. The bold red designs stand out on a black short-sleeve T-shirt, which is available in unisex and women’s cuts. The text at the top of the design says “LA 2019.”

This shirt is available only on ShopYuGiOh.com for a limited time, with prices starting at $23.95. You won’t find it for sale at Anime Expo, so don’t miss out!

Anime Expo will take place on July 4 through 7 in Los Angeles, California. Keep an eye on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details about Yu-Gi-Oh! Extravaganza as the date approaches.

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

May 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution advertisement

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution is slated to launch on August 20 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Today, Konami formally announced the release date and uploaded a new trailer for the game. Konami also confirmed that the game will be available in both digital and physical formats, with the physical release bundling three Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG promo cards: Progleo, Micro Coder, and Cynet Codec.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution includes over 9,000 cards and features stories from the Duel Monsters era all the way to the VRAINS era. Pre-order the game today from the Nintendo eShop or your favorite retailer!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Coming Summer 2019 to Nintendo Switch

First 4 Figures April Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Completely Redesigned

April 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon facing off against Yugi and Dark Magician in episode 132

It might be a little while longer before First 4 Figures unveils its Yu-Gi-Oh! products, but not without good reason. This month, the high-end statue maker revealed that its top-polling Yu-Gi-Oh! monster, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, has been redesigned from the ground up. This follows the company’s announcement in March that Dark Magician, too, would be redesigned. These decisions were made despite having already received approval for both monsters’ original sculpts.

Very little was known in the first place about Blue-Eyes’s original design. F4F’s CEO, Alex Davis, offered a tease back in January, but he has since stated that he was unhappy with that design.

In F4F’s April 5 Q&A live stream, Davis, responding to a fan question about the status of the Yu-Gi-Oh! sculpts, proclaimed that he “Cracked it!”

“Was absolutely kicking my arse. Absolutely kicking my arse,” continued Davis. “Went back to the drawing board. Actually submitted it and had approval to go to print. […] And I said, ‘Hold it back, bring it back. Let’s revisit this. I’m still not feeling it.’ Today, I cracked Blue-Eyes. Cracked it.”

Then, while looking at before and after images of Blue-Eyes’s design (which were not shown to the stream’s viewers), Davis proceeded to explain the changes to the stream’s co-host, F4F marketing head Tsoek “Chockles” Cheung. Unfortunately for viewers, Davis was intentionally vague with his descriptions, making statements like “This silhouette was a better silhouette than that one there,” and “We’ve got to avoid this, so why don’t we make this, instead of straight, make it more angled down.”

“The wing is growing out of the head so it doesn’t look good as a silhouette,” said Davis about the previous design. “I was like, I really hate this angle ’cause this bend in the wing really looks naff as hell from this angle. You can’t tell from the front but this angle looks terrible.”

Davis’s nebulous descriptions continued for four minutes. At one point, he even muted the microphone as he continued to explain the updated sculpt to Chockles.

Surprisingly, the biggest clue about Blue-Eyes’s redesign came at this point. While speaking, Davis made a hand gesture in front of his mouth, then extended his arm in a straight line away from his face.

Alex Davis making a hand gesture while describing Blue-Eyes White Dragon's design

What could that be? Could he be incorporating a White Lightning (Burst Stream of Destruction) attack effect with the Blue-Eyes statue? Is this a component that you would like to see with the statue?

After a minute, Davis turned the mic back on. “Cracked it. The Dark Magician, also cracked that,” he said. “What was approved, I feel was, now looking back at it, was super weak. Now that I think about it, lame. Changed it.”

F4F’s live streams during the rest of the month reiterated the same information. On April 12 and April 19, Davis again spoke about how pleased he was with the new Blue-Eyes and Dark Magician designs. And on April 26, Davis stated that they “have not been approved but the designs are just night and day from what they used to look like.”

With Davis’s standards as high as they are, F4F’s Yu-Gi-Oh! products can’t come soon enough.

First 4 Figures March Roundup: More Dark Magician Design Talk

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