OverDrive: Free Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga E-Books from Your Local Library

May 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Plenty of libraries already own VIZ Media’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series on their shelves. And now, there’s a new option for Yu-Gi-Oh! and manga fans to borrow and read the series for free from their local library. VIZ Media announced last week that it has increased the number its titles available on OverDrive, a digital platform that distributes books, videos, and music to libraries across the globe. VIZ’s latest update makes 99 new series available to participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada, including the following Yu-Gi-Oh! titles:

So what is OverDrive and how do you use it?

OverDrive is a digital reading platform; its app is available everywhere — on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, the web, and more.

The first step to using OverDrive is to search for your local library and see if it is subscribed to OverDrive’s services. OverDrive is available in 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S.

Find a library on OverDrive

Once you locate a library, visit its website and search for a title. Let’s say you want to read volume 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist.

Search for a title on OverDrive

It’s available! Click “Borrow” on the search results page…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 available in the OverDrive search results

…or on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 on OverDrive

To borrow a book from OverDrive, you have to sign in with your library card. You do have one of these, right? If not, take a trip to your local library and apply for one. It’s free. (Or rather, you’ve already helped fund your local library with your tax dollars, so you might as well use it. Don’t underestimate the value of having a library’s services at your fingertips in this internet age!)

Sign in with a library card on OverDrive

Then, start reading.

Pages from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 manga on OverDrive

Good stuff!

Placing a Hold

On OverDrive, VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! e-books are available to libraries under the “one copy, one user” lending model. The library pays for a certain number of copies of a title and can only lend out that many copies at one time, exactly like a physical book on a shelf. So, there might be situations where an e-book you want to read isn’t available.

But don’t worry, you can place a hold on unavailable books. This option is available in the search results…

Wait-listed and available Yu-Gi-Oh! books in the OverDrive search results

…and on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1 on OverDrive

When the book becomes available, it will automatically be checked out to your account and you’ll receive an email alert about it.

Recommend Yu-Gi-Oh! to Your Library

Libraries want to get books that people want to read, so even if your local library doesn’t offer any Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s absolutely worth it to recommend it to them.

“The way that librarians find out if you want manga is to petition the libraries,” explained Laura Dooley, ‎digital publishing production manager at VIZ Media, in episode 198 of the Weekly Shonen Jump podcast. “But they may not know about it until you request it. That’s been really successful for us. People finding out about that and then contacting their local library.”

“It’s not like the library needs like a hundred people to request it before they do it,” added Jeff Ruberg, a software engineer at VIZ. “It probably needs just a couple.”

“Yeah, and they’re more willing to take a chance on e-books because it isn’t the same as physically taking up space in their catalog,” said Dooley.

OverDrive makes it easy to recommend books. The option is available on the search results page…

Unavailable Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World books in the OverDrive search results

…and on a title’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Volume 1 on OverDrive

While you’re at it, check out the list of all of VIZ’s manga titles available on OverDrive and see if there’s anything else you want to read. As of the end of February, about half of VIZ’s digital catalog is available to libraries, said Dooley, including a large selection of Jump series.

Read and support manga at your local library! You’re helping support the manga creators and industry when you do!

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

April 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on the STARZ app

This past month, Yu-Gi-Oh! and its many anime spin-off series made their way to a few new video platforms, giving fans even more options to watch and buy the anime they love.

First up is the STARZ app (pictured above), where you can now find season 1 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series in English. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins other titles like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, The Secret World of Arietty, and a few of the Ghost in the Shell animated movies as the only anime in the app. The STARZ app is free if your cable subscription package includes the network; otherwise, it costs $8.99 per month.

All throughout the month, Valve’s gaming and video distribution platform Steam has been adding plenty of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime titles to its catalog. Now available are the English dubs of:

And last but certainly not least, the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is now on Crunchyroll for U.S. viewers. After the anime streaming platform apparently mistakenly announced its availability last month, the series is accessible for real this time. Whew.

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, GX English Dub for U.S. [Updated]

March 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 5 Comments
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Yuma promising to fight for all of the friends he has ever known in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 140

English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are at last available on Crunchyroll to viewers in the United States, announced the anime streaming platform today. (Note: See update below.) Both series had long been available worldwide on CR except to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.

With this announcement, Crunchyroll also added season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (episodes 99 through 146), completing the series. ZEXAL is still not available to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.

(News from Crunchyroll.)

Update (March 26): Crunchyroll edited its news post. Originally, it announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ZEXAL were available to U.S. viewers. However, ZEXAL has now been replaced by GX. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, including the newly added third season, is not available to the U.S. I’ve updated this post to include the correct information.

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

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?

Crackle Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1

November 22, 2016 at 7:00 am | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusei crying out during his duel against Rally in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 46

Crackle, the free TV and movie streaming platform owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, has added 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 to its catalog. Check out episodes 1 through 64 on the web or on any one of Crackle’s numerous apps.

The ad-supported network also hosts several other anime series, including Blue Exorcist, Fate/Zero, Magi, and Sony’s lesser-known English dub of Rurouni Kenshin. Check them all out for free on Crackle.com.

(News from @WTK, h/t The Fandom Post)

Previously:
4K Media Announces Latest International Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Partnerships: Tubi TV & More

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection Anime Highlights the Greatest Duels Ever

August 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection announcement banner

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! continues in Japan with Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection, an upcoming anime series that will replay the “best” duels from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series.

The first episode will premiere on TV Tokyo on September 7 at 2:05 am JST with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episode “Resurrection of the Great Evil God Zorc” (episode 215). TV Tokyo’s sister stations will also carry the show during their own late-night time slots.

TV Tokyo opened a website (in Japanese) for the series yesterday.

For those keeping count, there will soon be a total of four separate Yu-Gi-Oh! series airing on TV Tokyo every week: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Battle City Arc; and now, Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection.

Michael Liscio Jr., Greg Abbey to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2016 North American World Championship Qualifier

June 28, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya Sakaki catching a card in midair in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 4

The 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier will take place on July 9 and 10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year’s event promises to be an especially exciting one because Konami has revealed that it will welcome a brand-new guest: Michael Liscio Jr., the voice of Yuya Sakaki in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime! Outside of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Michael also plays Clemont and Inkay in Pokemon and Helia in the newest season of Winx Club.

Also attending the NAWCQ is Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament veteran Greg Abbey, the voice of Yusei Fudo in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Tristan Taylor in Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!. Greg participated in the first ever scripted live duel at the 2011 NAWCQ and also guested at the YCS Providence 2012 benefit event.

Michael and Greg will be signing autographs all weekend and participating in a live duel. Expect Yuya to play plenty of cards from the recently released Starter Deck – Yuya, and don’t be surprised if he busts out something new from Shining Victories or even The Dark Illusion. Will Yuya’s Performapals make light work of Yusei’s Stardust Dragon? Or will Yusei’s experience at these live duels overwhelm the young Dueltainer?

Check out the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website for more details about this event, including the schedule for the autograph sessions and live duel and a rundown of the public events that all duelists can participate in.

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition Vol. 1, 5, 10, 19 & More Through May 9

April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Banner advertising free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga offered during Shueisha's Haruman!! 2016 Spring Digital Manga Festival

Another free Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign from Shueisha is underway again! To celebrate the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions this past Saturday, the publisher is letting readers peruse four volumes of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, as well as the first volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! R, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL — all for free through May 9.

This time, the free books are not available on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ platform, and most of the good e-book platforms advertised, like Amazon Kindle, are not accessible outside Japan. The best one that does work is probably eBookJapan, and while it’s not perfect (the zoom feature is kind of awkward), it’ll do in a pinch. Here is what’s available:

You may be presented with a splash page titled 利用規約 (Terms of Use). It is simply explaining that you will be viewing copyrighted works and are not allowed to copy or do other bad things with them. Click the large button labeled 利用規約に同意する (I agree to the Terms of Use) to continue.

This free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign is part of Shueisha’s “Haruman!! 2016” Spring Digital Manga Festival, which has been running since mid-March. The event offers readers the opportunity to check out over 130 manga for free for a limited time. Visit eBookJapan’s Haruman!! 2016 page to see the titles currently available and click the button labeled 無料で読む (Read For Free) to take a look at any of the books. There are a lot of neat series that are already published in English, like Nana, Seraph of the End, and Nisekoi, but there are also tons that aren’t!

Update: Ah, looks like the free Yu-Gi-Oh! books are available on Shonen Jump+ after all. Hooray!

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 2 DVD Box Set Slated for September 8 Release

July 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's season 2 DVD box mock-up from Cinedigm

The second half of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s is coming to DVD! Today, Cinedigm added the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 2 DVD box set to its online catalog with a release date of September 8. Like its Season 1 set, this one is made up of four volumes, each with two discs, and is carried on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label. It includes the last 59 episodes of the English-dubbed anime.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 2” is a region 1 release and has a suggested retail price of $44.99. The individual volumes of season 2 are not available for sale separately.

Cinedigm previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1 on DVD in January 2015. Season 1 of this series is also available for download on various platforms. The entire series is streaming for free (in English-dubbed and subbed formats) as well.

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