[YGO: TAS] Episode 79 – YGO Kiwami

February 16, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Kaiba's check worth All of Joey Wheeler's Money in YGOTAS episode 79

Everyone, you must chill! …And watch LittleKuriboh’s latest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, “YGO Kiwami“! In episode 79, Joey chases after Valon and the two engage in a duel to decide who is truly Mai’s better friend. There’s a 100 percent chance that Valon will go into a tragic exposition about his childhood and how some Yakuza destroyed his church in a super-violent-video-game-style fight scene. Beware of British slang.

Meanwhile, Yugi and the gang set out to find Joey using the least efficient method possible. But Kaiba doesn’t want anything to do with the Pot of Dweebs and their frugal means of transportation and ventures off with his only buddy. Will the gang be able to reunite with Joey in a reasonable number of episodes?

LittleKuriboh Watches GX

Since his last YGOTAS episode, LittleKuriboh has launched two new video projects. First is “LittleKuriboh Watches Yu-Gi-Oh! GX,” a weekly series where he summarizes and reviews one episode of the English dubbed anime in about half an hour. While this series has no connection to YGOTAS, LK’s trademark smart-alecky humor is very much present. There’s one new episode every Friday.

LittleKuribohVS on Twitch

LittleKuriboh’s second new video project is his Twitch channel, LittleKuribohVS. Every now and again, LK live streams some digital children’s trading card games and answers fan questions. So far he has only been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, but he has talked about streaming Legacy of the Duelist as well. His channel is still very new and he has yet to set up a streaming schedule, so be sure to follow him to be alerted when he goes live.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga 3-in-1 Edition, Vol. 1-13 Complete

February 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

VIZ Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 Edition, volumes 1 and 13, surrounded by some Millennium Items

Want to start collecting the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in print? There’s no time like the present to kick things off. Today, VIZ Media released the final volume of its Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 Edition graphic novels — an affordable, space-saving collection of Kazuki Takahashi’s story. VIZ’s 3-in-1 omnibuses are the same trim size as its standard volumes, but are much less expensive with a suggested retail price of $14.99 each.

On its website, VIZ lists all 13 Yu-Gi-Oh! omnibuses with links to various online vendors where you can order the books:

The Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 Edition is available only in print, not digital.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Gets 3-in-1 Omnibus Re-release from VIZ Media

Get Yugi Hair Anytime with Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links’ Facebook Camera Effect

February 5, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Link's Yugi hair camera effect in action

Instant Yami Yugi hair and perfect bottom eyeliner are now possible thanks to a new Facebook camera effect from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links. In addition to transforming you into the King of Games, the effect can also add an attacking Dark Magician by your side. Give it a try!

(News from @YuGiOh_DL_INFO)

Amazon Prime Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Seasons 1-3

January 25, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Yugi gesturing with his fist as he prepares to activate a card in episode 129

The classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime is now streaming on Amazon Prime! Currently, English-dubbed episodes of seasons 1, 2, and 3 are available to subscribers for free. Seasons 4 and 5 are coming soon, says 4K Media.

Amazon still offers episodes for anyone to purchase for $1.99 each, or $29.99 for an entire season.

(News from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

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

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.

Digital Manga Sale: All 38 Volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh!

January 4, 2018 at 12:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments

VIZ Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! digital sale January 2018 ad banner

VIZ Media is having a sale on Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga! Through Monday, all digital volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World are priced at $4.99 each — that’s almost 30 percent off the regular price of $6.99, and 50 percent off the $9.99 price of a printed volume. Check out VIZ’s list of books with links to all the platforms where you can buy them:

This sale applies to all e-books sold on the VIZ app/website, comiXology, Google Play Books, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook.

Happy 2018 from Kazuki Takahashi

January 1, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Jonouchi, dressed as Shiba-Warrior Taro, peeks at the viewer in Kazuki Takahashi's 2018 New Year's animation

Happy New Year! The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi, has uploaded a special animation to his Instagram to ring in 2018.

“Since it’s the Year of the Dog, of course it’ll be that character” in the animation, Takahashi laughs.

Which character? Why, it’s none other than Taro-kun, his dog! Or is it…?

[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

December 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Did you know that there are two different English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly? This Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of the classic board game produced by Winning Moves, a developer and manufacturer of all types of games based in London.

This post makes a few comparisons of Winning Moves’ product to USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, which I covered in YGOFTH 2016, so be sure to take a look at that write-up too.

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Cracking open the game box reveals the game board, folded in quarters, and the Monopoly banker’s tray.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Strangely, the design of this tray isn’t suitable for Monopoly’s game pieces. There are only five narrow slots for the banknotes in the center of the tray, even though Monopoly has seven different banknotes. Below those five slots is a small tray where I put the remaining two stacks of banknotes. There are two large trays to the left and right of the center trays, but they have no partitions. They are hardly suitable to hold the remaining cards and loose pieces, but we make do with what we have.

On the plus side, there is a nice cloth pouch to hold all of the houses, hotels, and dice.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly cloth pouch for loose pieces

There is also a special tray to hold the Millennium Item tokens. More on this later.

Like USAopoly’s game, the currency in Winning Moves’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is Duel Points (DP). These bills are styled to look like the Battle City Duel Disk.

The different denominations of Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Winning Moves’ game board has the same properties as USAopoly’s. The style, colors, and design of the boards are different.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Monsters are the equivalent of the colored properties (streets and avenues) found in traditional Monopoly. Here are the title deed cards for the Monsters.

Front of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

Back of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

The Egyptian God Cards take the place of the railroad stations.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

It’s Your Move (IYM) cards and It’s Time to Duel (ITTD) cards are the equivalent of classic Monopoly’s Community Chest and Chance cards, respectively.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Your Move cards

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Time to Duel cards

There are a few minor differences in the text between Winning Moves’ and USAopoly’s IYM and ITTD cards, but the ideas they convey are the same. More importantly, the instructions on the cards are the same.

According to the instruction manual, houses and hotels of traditional Monopoly are called Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. However, they look like the buildings used in traditional Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena and Game Shop buildings

A Game Shop is a small red plastic building, and a Duel Arena is a large black plastic building. This is unlike USAopoly’s product, which have pieces that are molded in the shape of Grandpa’s Game Shop building and Duelist Kingdom’s Duel Arena structures.

The game tokens are made of metal and are shaped like the Millennium Items.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Winning Moves’ tokens are quite different than USAopoly’s. Aside from the colors — Winning Moves’ tokens are gold while USAopoly’s are silver — the molds are completely different. Winning Moves’ tokens are larger, heavier, and more detailed. Furthermore, the tokens look like they have been torched or have had patinas applied to them, giving them an attractive aged look.

Winning Moves includes a tray that securely holds the Millennium Items in place for display when the game is put away.

Tray for holding the Millennium Item tokens in Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

There is an unfortunate downside to Winning Moves’ product. Winning Moves only includes six tokens — the Millennium Puzzle isn’t included! This is not a production mistake as the display tray lacks a slot for the Millennium Puzzle, and the instruction manual states that the game is only for two to six players. USAopoly includes all seven Millennium Items in its version.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye, Scale, and Necklace on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Key, Ring, and Rod on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The instruction manual also provides the rules of the game and lists the differences between Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and classic Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

Yes, that is Rich Uncle Pennybags carrying the Millennium Rod instead of a cane.

Winning Moves also includes a demo card for Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of a popular card game in the United Kingdom.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

To learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, check out my YGOFTH 2016 entry about the game.

So why are there two English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly anyway? As expected, the answer is uninteresting to consumers: licensing. Winning Moves owns the rights to produce Monopoly for Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. But USAopoly can only make and sell the game in the United States and Canada.

Where To Buy

If you’re in the United Kingdom or European Union, you can buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly directly from Winning Moves for £29.99 (about $40).

If you’re in the United States or a country where Winning Moves doesn’t sell its games, try looking for a vendor on the Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk Marketplace that is willing to ship this product overseas.

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[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2)

December 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) boxes

Grin Studios is back with another set of Yu-Gi-Oh! figure hangers! Today’s installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) looks at this new set of keychains. Series 2 includes seven figures in all, each sold in its own blind box.

Included inside the box is a 6- by 8-inch mini poster featuring Yami Yugi and the Egyptian Gods on the front and a checklist of the Series 2 figures on the back.

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) mini poster and checklist

Each figure is stored in an opaque bag that’s taped closed. The key ring is usually peeking out of the bag as shown to prevent it from scratching the figure.

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) box and black bag with figure inside

Let’s take a look at the figures! First up is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters protagonist Yami Yugi, decked out in his Battle City garb. He and the Egyptian Gods each stand about three inches tall.

Various angles of Grin Studios' Yami Yugi figure hanger

Here’s Obelisk the Tormentor, out for its morning jog. Obelisk’s wings are made of slightly flexible plastic to prevent them from easily breaking off.

Grin Studios' Obelisk the Tormentor figure hanger

Here’s The Winged Dragon of Ra. Its wings, arms, legs, and tail are all slightly flexible.

Grin Studios' The Winged Dragon of Ra figure hanger

And here’s Slifer the Sky Dragon. The middle part of Slifer’s body is made of hard plastic, but all its other parts are slightly flexible.

Grin Studios' Slifer the Sky Dragon figure hanger

Next up is the always popular Millennium Puzzle, which measures almost 1.75 inches long.

Front of Grin Studios' Millennium Puzzle figure hanger

Top of Grin Studios' Millennium Puzzle figure hanger

I noticed that it’s possible to slightly push outward the front piece of the Puzzle. This is probably not a feature, but rather the way the toy was made. I didn’t keep pushing to see if the piece was fully removable because I didn’t want to risk damaging it.

Grin Studios' Millennium Puzzle figure hanger with the front piece pushed slightly outward

Here’s another popular item, the Battle City Duel Disk. This measures 3.5 inches long.

Grin Studios' Duel Disk figure hanger, ready for action

Highly detailed, the Duel Disk can also change into standby mode if you don’t want to duel.

Close-up and various views of Grin Studios' Duel Disk figure hanger

The box and checklist promise that there’s one more figure included in Series 2 — an exclusive mystery figure. What could it be…?

Grin Studios teasing a mystery chase figure on its Series 2 checklist

It’s a translucent version of The Winged Dragon of Ra!

A translucent version of The Winged Dragon of Ra, Grin Studios' Series 2 chase figure

Preparing to enter Egyptian God Phoenix Mode, no doubt.

Looking up at Grin Studios' The Winged Dragon of Ra Series 2 chase figure hanger

Be on the lookout for this chase figure!

Where To Buy

Look for Grin Studios’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers (Series 2) at select Walmart and ToysRUs stores for a suggested retail price of $6. Each figure is sold in a blind box.

[YGOFTH 2017] Millennium Puzzle Lanyard by Bioworld

December 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Close-up of the Millennium Puzzle and Egyptian hieroglyphs design on Bioworld's Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard

You probably know Bioworld as a company that sells licensed apparel, like shirts, caps, and socks. But did you know that Bioworld makes lanyards too? This installment of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) looks at the company’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle lanyard, which is probably as close as you can get to wearing the ancient Egyptian artifact in everyday life without getting strange looks.

The lanyard features a tessellated Millennium Puzzle design on one side of the straps, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo and Egyptian hieroglyphs on the other side. The lanyard includes a collectible sticker, rubber charm, and ID holder. The top of the lanyard has a breakaway safety buckle.

A full look at Bioworld's Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard

The lanyard also has a snap-fit buckle, perfect if you regularly need quick access to an attached ID or key. The ID holder is the ideal size for holding a Yu-Gi-Oh! card. Coincidence…?!

Bioworld's Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard with detached ID holder

…Yes, coincidence.

Here’s a close-up of the Millennium Puzzle rubber charm sitting in front of the Millennium Puzzle sticker.

Close-up of Bioworld's Millennium Puzzle rubber charm and sticker

If this combination of lanyard, charm, sticker, and ID holder looks familiar, that’s because Bioworld offers a huge line of lanyards just like this one. The company has licensed numerous anime, gaming, and pop culture properties and given them all their own special lanyards.

Various Bioworld lanyards featuring other anime properties

But with its bright yellow and white colors, the Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyard easily stands out among its peers.

Where To Buy

Bioworld’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle lanyard (UPC: 190371463204) is available from various online retailers, like Amazon Marketplace, Anime Poko, Circle Red, and Hello Discount Store for a suggested retail price of $10.

It’s also available at select brick-and-mortar retailers like Hot Topic and GameStop.

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