TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Website Now Live

February 20, 2017 at 12:30 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS banner on TV Tokyo's website announcing the premiere of the anime this spring

TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS website launched today, officially announcing the start of the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series this spring.

Additionally, producers unveiled a few new details about Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series.

Yusaku Fujiki and Playmaker

Yusaku is said to be a cool and sharp-minded high schooler who possesses the skills to become a hacker. His wit makes him a quick judge of the situations he’s in and the thoughts of the people he speaks with. When Yusaku enters the VR space, he transforms and uses the moniker “Playmaker.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will begin this April in Japan on TV Tokyo. A special Yu-Gi-Oh! TV program about the series will precede the premiere.

(News and images from Mynavi News.)

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: The Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Revealed

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: The Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Revealed

February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS announcement in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump 2017 issue 12

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is coming! A leaked image from next Monday’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine reveals that the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series is titled Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (the pronunciation rhymes with “trains”) and involves virtual reality duels in cyberspace. Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series, is an ordinary high schooler who transforms into the surfboard-riding character seen in the image when he enters the VR space. He is accompanied by his sword-wielding ace monster named Decode Talker. Another mysterious creature is seen behind them.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS was first unveiled at Jump Festa last December. The series begins this spring in Japan on TV Tokyo.

(News from ANN, Beyond the Duel. Image from Exploding Road h/t Beyond the Duel.)

[YGO: TAS] Episode 73 – Throw Haga From The Train

February 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 4 Comments
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Yami Yugi grabbing Weevil Underwood in YGOTAS episode 73

“A new episode of YGOTAS comes out today?” asked LittleKuriboh. “You don’t HANA-SAY!” Ho ho, Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! memes? In my Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series? He picked the best one to highlight, of course. Check it out in YGOTAS episode 73, “Throw Haga From The Train,” available now on YouTube and TFS.

Something is a little…different about Rex and Weevil in this episode. It seems the power of the Orichalcos does more than just take souls; it also changes people’s voices and personalities. During his January Patreon live stream, LittleKuriboh offered some insight into why he decided to approach Rex and Weevil the way he did in this episode.

“It’s basically their final big moment in the series and I wanted to give them like a really interesting send-off and do something special with them, and I think that I did,” he explained. “It’s not especially funny but I think I did a better job paying an homage to those characters than I have done for a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever really done those characters justice and I tried to do something special with them for their final duel essentially. […] I wanted them to have like a little moment in this episode where they actually seemed genuinely like actual characters.”

Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town Visual Novel

Speaking of LittleKuriboh’s Patreon, for Valentine’s Day, LK gifted all of his patrons a kinetic visual novel of his adult Thiefshipping fanfic, Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town. The idea for this voiced and animated project came directly from his fans and patrons, whom he hired to illustrate the novel. Check out LK’s promo of the novel and, if you like what you see, consider supporting his Patreon to get this and other neat exclusives.

Censored Town is a story that LK originally wrote in 2011 for charity.

Four More Convention Appearances

LittleKuriboh has added another four anime convention guest appearances to his 2017 line-up.

First up is MTAC — Middle Tennessee Anime Convention — held in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 14 to 16. LK has been guesting at this con each year since 2014.

Next is Anime North in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from May 26 to 28. This event is a particularly special one for LK’s wife and fellow voice actor guest Marianne Miller because this will be her first ever trip to the Great White North.

Then, the pair head to Anime Blues Con in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 1 to 3.

Last but not least, LK will return to Leicester, England, for Alcon from August 31 to September 3.

Crackle Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1, Adds Season 2

February 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Crow crying out as his monsters are removed from the field by Lazar in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 44

Today, Crackle removed the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 from its network while at the same time added season 2. The free TV and movie streaming platform, which is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, had only just added season 1 last November.

Previously:
Crackle Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! Returns to Netflix

February 9, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Joey challenging Kaiba to a duel while Grandpa, Tristan, and Tea look on in episode 66

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is back on Netflix! Seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are available in English-speaking territories once again after being unceremoniously yanked from the platform last November. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has undoubtedly brought forth renewed interest in the classic series. Could we soon see seasons 3 through 5 added as well? Let’s hope so!

Also available on Netflix are Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL seasons 1 and 2.

Previously:
Netflix Removes Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 50-97 Complete

February 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Marik being engulfed in flames in Ishizu's dream in episode 97

The English-subbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes 50 through 97 are now up on Crunchyroll. Today’s update completes the Battle City preliminaries story arc (which corresponds to season 2 of 4Kids’ English dub) and kicks off the Virtual World story arc (season 3). Remember to add Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to your queue to stay on top of CR’s monthly updates! These episodes are available to viewers worldwide except in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

I’ve updated my Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – SUBBED page with links to all of the newest episodes.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions

February 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! music composers Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Alvarez in a studio
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers (left to right) Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Álvarez in a studio. Photo from Film.Music.Media.

Today, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld offered some insights into their participation in writing the music for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. In a press release coming out of their home base of Los Angeles, California, the duo offered some tidbits about their songwriting process and what they and the directors wanted to impart on the audience.

“The main themes we carried from the TV series were the Yu-Gi-Oh! transformation, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and the friendship themes,” said Sheinfeld. “We haven’t used those themes for a while, so it was a lot of fun to use them again, but with a more modern and cinematic approach.”

“We wanted the audience connecting again to those themes and at the same time we needed to adapt them to the tone of the movie and the style of the score,” Álvarez added. “Many times we also found ourselves deconstructing those themes and including them in our cues. Sometimes they were very obvious, sometime[s] they were ‘hidden’ somewhere within the orchestration.”

Álvarez and Sheinfeld have been writing music for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime since the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie. In scoring Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD, the duo were joined by fellow L.A.-based composer Matt McGuire and N.Y.-based John Angier, both of whom are also longtime composers for Yu-Gi-Oh!.

On Twitter, Yu-Gi-Oh! music producer and editor Michael Brady expressed the possibility of publishing Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD’s soundtrack.

For more insights about the music composition process in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, check out my write-up of a June 2015 live interview that Álvarez participated in, as well as a 2011 Reddit Ask-Me-Anything with Brady.

This week is the final week that Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is playing in theaters in the U.S. and Canada. If you haven’t already done so, visit yugiohtickets.com to find your local theater and showtimes. And if you have already seen it, why not see it again?

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!

New Voice Actors in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

January 27, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Headshots of Sera and Mani in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Opening day for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is here! You already know that you’ll get to hear the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime voice actors, like Dan Green and Eric Stuart, reprising their roles on the big screen. And you may also know that actors who have appeared in other Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs, like Daniel J. Edwards and Billy Bob Thompson, among others, have become a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters family in this movie. But did you know that a few actors are entering the Yu-Gi-Oh! world for the very first time with their parts in The Dark Side of Dimensions? Who are they and who do they play?

Actor and singer Laurie Hymes is the voice of Sera, a young girl with close ties to Aigami. Laurie appeared in the latest Pokemon movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, as Prince Rali. Later this year, she will be in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon anime as Lillie, one of the series’ lead characters.

Up-and-coming actor Tamir Cousins is the voice of Mani, a mysterious acquaintance of Aigami’s. Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is Tamir’s first professional movie role. On Facebook, he talks about how much he loved Yu-Gi-Oh! when he was younger and credits his teacher and fellow actor Erica Schroeder for helping him land the role.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Voice-Over Contest Winners

Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD has the distinction of casting six extras in the movie at voice-over contests held at three events in late 2016. Like Laurie and Tamir, these participants are now forever members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! family with their roles in this movie. Here are the winners, their parts, and their lines.

From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Orlando, Florida:

  • Tyler Schmauch plays a policeman: “Don’t you know the speed limit?!”
  • Lindsay Victoria Granduke plays Lab Technician A: “A success on every level. You should be proud.”

From New York Comic Con 2016 in New York City, New York:

  • Luis Alfonso plays an engineer: “Anything in those scans?”
  • Brooke Stocken plays a Bakura fan girl: “I baked these for you!”

From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! YCS Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

  • Ted Kong Yang plays Sanpei: “Sorry, Joey!”
  • Bethany Cardinal plays Lab Technician B: “I concur. It was no contest.”

See if you can spot all six of these extras when you go watch the movie!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Producers Guenego, Murakami Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions

January 27, 2017 at 1:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shane Guenego and Arthur Sam Murakami in a behind-the-scenes look at Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Shane Guenego (left) and Arthur “Sam” Murakami

Ah, looks like there’s more behind-the-scenes content for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions after all! Crunchyroll has posted an exclusive interview with Shane Guenego and Arthur “Sam” Murakami, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! producers and writers at 4K Media, who describe their excitement in getting to work on a new story that comes straight from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. The anime’s original voice actors — Dan Green (Yugi), Eric Stuart (Kaiba), Wayne Grayson (Joey), Greg Abbey (Tristan), Amy Birnbaum (Téa), and Ted Lewis (Bakura) — all make a brief appearance in this video. Check it out.

The number of theaters listed on yugiohtickets.com is still growing. As of this writing there are 579 theaters in the U.S. and Canada screening the movie. Have you bought your ticket yet? Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens today, January 27. Don’t miss it!

Previously:
Dan Green (Yugi Muto) Talks Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

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