[YGO: TAS] Episode 76 – Becky With The Good Deck

August 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Valon kicking Rebecca while wearing armor in YGOTAS episode 76

There’s been so much actual dueling in the recent episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! The latest episode continues this trend with a pretty action-packed and serious battle as Valon takes on the duo of Dungeon Dice Monsters creator Duke and number-one fan Rebecca. Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan go on a quest for imaginary pizza while carrying Rex’s dead body. See all this and more in YGOTAS episode 76, “Becky With The Good Deck,” available now on YouTube and TeamFourStar.com! In case this video gets removed from YouTube, LittleKuriboh notes that he has it (and all of the other episodes) backed up on Vid.me. The TFS site now uses Vid.me for all of its embedded YGOTAS videos.

Episode 77 of YGOTAS is already underway and it is “comin’ together pretty darn well, imho,” says LK, who’s halfway through the writing process. “I hate to say it, but I get a weird thrill from writing this YGOTAS 77 script because it means eliminating one of the Orichalcos villains,” he adds.

More Convention Appearances: Kentokyocon, Anime Weekend Atlanta

This year is turning out to be busier than the last for LittleKuriboh on the convention side of things, with two more events added to his line-up. First, LK will be in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend as a guest Kentokyocon.

And second, LK will head to Anime Weekend Atlanta, taking place from September 28 through October 1. The Atlanta, Georgia, event is the first convention that LK ever attended as a fan after starting YGOTAS, says LK. (That was way back in 2009!) And now, he’ll be there as an invited guest. Wow!

Behind the Scenes: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Main Title Music

August 3, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Freddy Sheinfeld giving a walkthrough of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Main Title Music

What goes into composing and orchestrating Yu-Gi-Oh! music for the big screen? In his latest video, Yu-Gi-Oh! composer Freddy Sheinfeld takes an in-depth look at the main title music of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, breaking down its different parts and expounding on his writing process. Composers, arrangers, and Yu-Gi-Oh! music enthusiasts — this video is for you! And even if you don’t know anything about music composition, you can still sit back and enjoy the intricacies of a great score.

Sheinfeld begins by outlining his goals of easing the audience into the movie with an introduction that is slow-paced but that also incorporates the small, fast, visual elements that are happening on screen. He then walks through the instruments — the brasses, woodwinds, strings, and choirs — and how each of them contributes to the texture, color, and feel of the visuals. All throughout, he emphasizes how he carefully uses them to match the pacing of the visuals and build expectation, from the opening shots in space, building up to the huge moment when Kaiba’s space station appears, to when the title appears.

Sheinfeld concludes by saying that he next wants to make a video breaking down one of the action cues, which is “super, super complicated.” If you like what you see and want to learn more, let him know!

(h/t Freddy Sheinfeld)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko, GameStop Figures Coming Soon

August 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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4K Media (Konami) today announced two big licensing deals to bring new Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and collectibles to the Western market.

First, 4K Media and Funko have partnered to develop a line of stylized vinyl figures and other collectibles based on Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and monsters. Funko, a Washington-based purveyor of pop culture goods, is probably most famous for its big-headed Pop! Vinyl line, which includes thousands of licensed figures of TV, movie, and video games characters, as well as real-life celebrities, athletes, and musicians.

Second, 4K Media and GameStop have inked a deal to create a line of four-inch Yu-Gi-Oh! figures to be sold at GameStop’s brick-and-mortar and online stores, as well as its partners’ stores. Although it is best known for its video game retail business and tech brands, GameStop has begun homing in on the collectibles market this year, expanding its shelf space for collectibles in all of its stores and signing major licensing deals to produce its own original products.

“We are elated to welcome both Funko and GameStop to the Yu-Gi-Oh! family,” said Jennifer Coleman, 4K Media’s VP of licensing and marketing, in a press release. “We are impressed with both companies’ creative designs for new and engaging collectibles encompassing so many of our central characters and monsters. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans around the globe eagerly await each new licensed product introduction, which not only keeps the brand fresh and front of mind, but also serves to invigorate demand for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!”

What Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and collectibles would you like to see? Yugi and Kaiba Funko Pop! Vinyl figures are definitely no-brainers! Funko Plush of Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists and monsters would certainly be welcome on any collector’s shelf. And you can never have enough Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts!

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Shirts for the 2017 World Championship

August 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2017 Dark Magician shirt design

Available now for a limited time on ShopYuGiOh.com is an exclusive new shirt design to celebrate this year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Dark Magician from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is featured on this new design, along with the text “Japan 2017” and “World Championship.” The shirts are available in both men’s and women’s cuts and in short-sleeve ($24) and long-sleeve ($26) varieties.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2017 takes place on August 12 and 13 in Tokyo, Japan. The tournament will be live streamed and special events will be held at your local Official Tournament Store that same weekend. Keep an eye on Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details coming soon.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions SDCC 2017 Shirts

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Replacement Discs Now Shipping

July 31, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Aigami clapping after Anzu bowls a strike in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
*Polite applause*

Anchor Bay has begun mailing out Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions replacement discs. If you emailed Anchor Bay requesting a replacement, you will soon receive it in the mail, if you haven’t already. As promised, the new Blu-ray and DVD have fixed the dubtitles found on the old discs when playing the movie in Japanese, replacing them with accurate subtitles just like those on Manga Entertainment UK’s releases. The replacement discs have an identical label to the old discs.

As a reminder, Anchor Bay is not recalling the old discs. It is unlikely that those original printings have sold out, and there is no word on when these replacement discs will hit store shelves or if it will even be possible to differentiate between a package containing an old and a new disc. So, if you want to guarantee yourself a copy of the movie without dubtitles, you must buy a copy of the movie now and email Anchor Bay for a replacement. It’s not too late to do so.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: ‘The Reason They’re After Us!’

July 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba enjoying his duel against Isaac in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 24

Yuya Sakaki has defeated Ren! The force of Yuya’s attack flips Ren’s Duel Runner forward, sending Ren tumbling to the ground. He lies on his back, exhausted. The stress that he’s put on his body and loss of this duel are too much for him. Slowly but surely, his body is destroying itself.

“When we gave ourselves to G.O.D. and surpassed the boundaries of lives within time and space, we stopped aging,” Ren explains to Yuya. “However, the burden of having repeatedly crossed space and time is eating away at our bodies.”

Yuya, perhaps sensing that Ren is about to escape, anxiously presses him for answers about the Adam Factor. Ren gazes straight up into the distance.

“It’s an illusion that Eve is chasing,” he says.

Ren describes Adam as a brilliant magician and scientist, one with even more astonishing skills than Yuya. Adam was romantically involved with Eve, and when G.O.D. appeared, Adam’s soul “scattered beyond the dimensional horizon.” It now exists within Yuya and Reiji Akaba. Yuya is dumbfounded by this revelation.

G.O.D. will awaken when the Adam Factor and Eve Factor come together, Ren continues, and when it does, it will want to control time. Ren warns Yuya that its power controls people without their knowing.

A portal opens on the ground behind Ren’s back. Ren wonders wearily if Yuya might be able to resist G.O.D.’s temptations and live out his own destiny. He then closes his eyes and disappears in a flash of light.

Yuzu approaches Yuya, elated that he has won his duel. She’s puzzled about Ren’s statement that he’s a descendant of Yugo. Yuya remembers seeing the glowing orbs containing his real memories hidden in the deepest parts of his mind. But he only smiles and says to Yuzu that it’ll probably all make sense when the time comes.

Yuya and Yuzu head to the control room where they discover that Reiji Akaba has suddenly begun broadcasting a video of himself to the pair. They see the Leo Corporation president standing, straight and impassive as always, with a blanket of stars and a blue sphere behind him. That’s Earth! Which means that he’s in space?! Why is he showing them this?

Leo Corporation's space research facilities in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 24

Sure enough, Akaba looks to be standing inside a gargantuan space colony, one lined with a vast network of buildings. A figure appears out of the shadows and approaches him. It’s Isaac, who extols the view of the planet and Akaba’s creation.

“In my hands, the Solid Vision system has unlimited potential,” Akaba tells the intruder.

“Ahh, and those are test facilities?” asks Isaac, pointing at the buildings all around them. “With this much space off-planet, you can do many experiments of use to humanity. The contributions you could make through your inventions are incalculable.”

“Yes, that is what this place is for,” replies Akaba. “But now I must use it to fight you.”

Isaac introduces himself as a fellow scientist and confirms Akaba’s suspicions that he’s an assassin for the group known as Eve. They’re hunting down Yuya and Akaba, he explains, because the two possess the Adam Factor, something that limits G.O.D.’s powers. Adam was the first person to discover G.O.D. and he used Solid Vision to manifest it. That’s why they can only extract the Adam Factor from Yuya and Akaba by defeating them in a duel.

Despite what Yuya and Akaba believe, continues Isaac, their fathers did not discover G.O.D. Rather, they were merely manipulated by G.O.D. into reviving it in their own time. Their achievements were all a lie.

Reiji Akaba furrows his brow. Isaac’s comment has incensed him, leading him to lash out uncharacteristically at the intruder.

“Shut up!!” Akaba barks, his clenched fists now trembling. He accepts Isaac’s challenge, but Isaac cautions the tough-minded young president.

“If you lose, G.O.D. will most likely incorporate you.”

Thoughts

Hmm, very interesting. This chapter reveals so much more about the Adam Factor but still leaves us with many questions. If it really is Adam’s soul, I wonder how it’s possible that Yuya and Reiji both possess it. Maybe the Adam Factor isn’t the soul itself but rather is made up of the pieces of the soul that must all be brought together. That could fit with Ren’s explanation that Adam’s soul “scattered” when G.O.D. appeared.

Isaac says the Adam Factor is something “that is limiting G.O.D.’s power” and is “Adam’s curse.” I can understand how it might be limiting; G.O.D. can’t awaken without it. But in what way is a soul like a curse?

With all this talk about the Adam Factor, why isn’t anyone asking about the Eve Factor? Who has the Eve Factor?

What’s the significance is of Adam and Eve’s romantic relationship? Do they have children? That’s gotta be it. With all this talk about time travel and descendants and such, there must be something going on with Adam and Eve’s children and the characters in this story.

Adam was someone who was both a magician and a scientist. He sounds a lot like Yuya and Reiji, or like their fathers.

Reiji Akaba has built a giant space colony thing. Of course he has. It’s like Number 9: Dyson Sphere-esque levels of amazing. Or like something out of a Gundam series that could sustain mankind indefinitely. And in the true spirit of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Reiji will now use this glorious and unfathomably powerful technological facility to help him win a duel. Of course.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 24: “The Reason They’re After Us!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 34 (July 24, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Movie

July 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Yusei, and Jaden admiring the sunset in Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

Tubi TV’s library of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is growing! The free, ad-supported video streaming network has added 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time. The 50-minute movie is available now to viewers in the United States.

Yu-Gi-Oh! BBT joins both seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and all five seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in Tubi TV’s catalog. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the first season of which was added just last month alongside Duel Monsters, has abruptly been removed.

ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions SDCC 2017 Shirts

July 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the new Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon shirt design

ShopYuGiOh.com — 4K Media’s official online Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise store — has added a new Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirt design to celebrate this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon graces the front of the newest shirts, available in both short- and long-sleeve varieties for $24 to $26. The design says “San Diego 2017” and also has the name of the monster written in Japanese. These shirts are available for everyone to purchase online, not just SDCC attendees.

If you’ll be at the event, stop by Konami’s booth (#3713) to pick up a discount code for the online shop. While you’re there, you can also make your own free SDCC token and buy the exclusive SDCC playmat featuring Yami Yugi and Yugi Muto.

San Diego Comic Con 2017 takes place from July 20 to 23.

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

Anchor Bay’s Blu-ray, DVD Replacement Program for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

July 11, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 14 Comments
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Photo of Anchor Bay Entertainment's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions DVD and Blu-ray discs

If you purchased Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and DVD, you are probably already aware of two problems afflicting these products, neither of which appear in the video products released in other territories.

The first issue emerges when playing the movie in its original Japanese language with English subtitles. The subtitles that are displayed are not actually translations of the Japanese dialogue. Rather, these subtitles match up line-by-line with what is spoken in the English-dubbed dialogue, and are also used for the subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing that appear when playing the movie in English. In other words, they are so-called dubtitles. The English version of the movie contains original writing and is not a direct translation of the Japanese dialogue.

The second issue is that the movie is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio rather than its original 1.85:1 letterboxed aspect ratio. A 1.78:1 picture completely fills the screen of a standard widescreen display, but comes with a loss of some of the left and right sides of the picture.

I reached out to Anchor Bay for comment about these issues and the company has replied with details about how it is handling this movie going forward.

Regarding the subtitles, “Replacement discs are in the works to fix the ‘dubtitle’ issue,” explained an Anchor Bay rep. The company is currently “[w]orking with [4K Media] to confirm everything is accurate with the Japanese subtitles prior to manufacturing new discs.”

As for the aspect ratio, the cropping of the video was intentional and will not be changed, as “this is [an] original framed presentation without the 1.85 matte added in,” said Anchor Bay.

Anchor Bay was unable to comment on whether the replacement discs will eventually be available for sale in retail stores, and if they are, whether there will be a way to visually examine the packaging to determine if it contains an old disc or a replacement disc.

What Should You Do Now?

Anchor Bay Entertainment will be replacing its Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray and DVD for anyone who is not satisfied with the products. To request a replacement, please send an email to:

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(This is the correct email address to contact. Lionsgate is the parent company of Anchor Bay.)

You will be asked to provide your contact information, location and date of purchase, and photographs of your receipt, packaging, and discs.

“Discs will be shipped as soon as possible to the core fans who reach out to this customer service email,” stated Anchor Bay.

If you have not purchased Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD and want to ensure that you receive a copy that has the corrected subtitles, the easiest thing to do is to purchase the copy currently available on store shelves, then email Anchor Bay to guarantee yourself a corrected version once it becomes available.

Note that Anchor Bay is not recalling any products — the BD and DVD with the defective subtitles will continue to be sold in stores. Since Anchor Bay is unable to confirm when or if the corrected BD and DVD will eventually be available in stores, and whether it will even be possible to distinguish between the old and corrected products, there is no point in waiting for the corrected products to become available before making a purchase. If you wait, you may still end up buying an old product and having to contact Anchor Bay for a replacement anyway. So you might as well buy now, email Anchor Bay, and be among the first to get a replacement.

Also note that Anchor Bay has not yet manufactured the replacement discs. Since the discs still need to be reauthored, reprinted, and shipped — not to mentioned checked for errors all along the way — the replacement process could take months, not days or weeks.

Anchor Bay’s replacement program is only intended for the United States. Even though its region A/1 products are playable on equipment used in other markets and are available for sale in other markets, Anchor Bay itself is only the distributor for the U.S. and is thus unable to provide support to anyone in other territories who purchased its products.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions: An Overview of the English Blu-ray and DVD Products

Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, ARC-V

June 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Kaiba laughing as he summons Obelisk the Tormentor in episode 68

There’s now even more Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Tubi TV! The free, ad-supported streaming service of TV shows and movies has added 4K Media’s English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series for your enjoyment.

Available now are all five seasons (episodes 1 to 224) of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the 12-episode Capsule Monsters story arc, and season 1 (episodes 1 to 49) of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Tubi TV is available for free to U.S. viewers on numerous devices, including the web, Android, iOS, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Tubi TV previously added all of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s in May 2016.

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