Darren Dunstan to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

June 16, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Darren Dunstan at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions U.S. premiere on January 24, 2017
Photo by the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page

The 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier is getting another voice actor guest?! That’s right, Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament veteran Darren Dunstan will be attending this year’s event! Darren is best known as Maximillion Pegasus in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Jean Michel Roget in Yu-Gi-Oh ARC-V. He is also the voice director of every Yu-Gi-Oh! series since episode 60 of 5D’s.

Darren’s appearance could very well mean the return of the Ultimate Pegasus Challenge, a special tournament where Pegasus manipulates the game by announcing wacky rule changes while duels are taking place. This event has only ever been held three times — at the YCS Providence 2012, the NAWCQ 2013, and the NAWCQ 2015.

Now that there’s a third guest coming to the event, there simply must be a fourth. Let’s see an exciting two-versus-two tag team duel! C’mon, Konami, make it happen!

The 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will take place in Chicago, Illinois, on July 8 and 9.

Previously:
Ted Lewis to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier
Oliver Wyman to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

[YGO: TAS] Episode 75 – Valley of the Duels

June 16, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi facing off against Orichalcos Soldier in YGOTAS episode 75

Previously on Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, a licensed spiritual therapist takes Yami Yugi to a mysterious valley to help him move beyond his pain. I really hope everything works out for him. Spoilers: it doesn’t. But Link summoning is not to blame for any of this! And neither are any of the judges. Sheesh! Grab a bowl of ice cream and tune into YGOTAS episode 75, “Valley of the Duels,” available now on TeamFourStar.com. This episode isn’t yet on YouTube because of a copyright strike, said LittleKuriboh.

LK previewed the first minute and a half of this episode during last month’s Patreon live stream, where he noted that he had trouble deciding on a funny name for the episode. Ultimately, he just decided on a title that describes what’s been happening. The title is a reference to Valley of the Dolls, he said.

“I wanted to call it ‘Beyond the Valley of the Duels’ but I thought that was pushing it too much,” he added. “But that’s the title I’m more familiar with ’cause I’m more into films than I am into books.”

And what about the line that LK’s really proud of? He finally tells all: it’s “How do you like them pomegranates?

Anime Con Update: Anime Expo 2017

LittleKuriboh confirmed on Twitter that he will once again be attending Anime Expo. Look for him selling his merch in the exhibit hall on July 1 through 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Update (June 20): YGOTAS episode 75 is now available on YouTube.

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 | 4 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.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Mugs & DSoD Collectibles by GB eye

April 20, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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You've Activated My Trap Card mug and box mock-up from GB eye
Yu-Gi-Oh! memes — now on official merchandise

GB eye, a manufacturer and distributor of licensed merchandise based in the United Kingdom, is back with some spiffy new Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs and other great collectibles. This round of products includes mug designs featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and memes, and mugs and prints for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

First up are the new Yu-Gi-Oh! character mugs, starring the main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Each mug includes a headshot, the character’s name in English and Japanese, and his or her signature monster.

The “Yami Yugi” design features Yami Yugi and Dark Magician. EAN: 5028486384280.

Yami Yugi and Dark Magician mug by GB eye

The “Kaiba” design, with Seto Kaiba and his Blue-Eyes White Dragon, is quite appropriately printed in blue. EAN: 5028486384273.

Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon mug by GB eye

The “Joey” design includes Joey Wheeler (Katsuya Jonouchi) and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. EAN: 5028486384297.

Joey Wheeler and Red-Eyes Black Dragon mug by GB eye

The “Mai” design, with Mai Valentine (Mai Kujaku) and Harpie Lady Sisters. EAN: 5028486384303.

Mai Valentine and Harpie Lady Sisters mug by GB eye

The “Pegasus” design features Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict. EAN: 5028486384310.

Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict mug by GB eye

Here’s looking at you, “Kuriboh.” Kuriiii! EAN: 5028486384334.

Kuriboh mug by GB eye

Yu-Gi-Oh! memes are a thing, and now, they’ve made it onto official 4K Media-approved merchandise.

The “Trap Card” mug features the infamous YOU’VE ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD meme. EAN: 5028486384327.

You've Activated My Trap Card mug by GB eye

Every day I’m “Shufflin’” my deck with Yami Yugi. And now you can too. EAN: 5028486384266.

Every Day I'm Shufflin mug by GB eye

GB eye also has three new mugs featuring artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

The “DSOD Dark Yugi” design shows Yugi Muto, the Millennium Puzzle, and the movie logo on a black background. Beautiful. EAN: 5028486384365.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi Muto and the Millennium Puzzle black mug by GB eye

DSOD Kaiba” includes two shots of Seto Kaiba, his wacky arthritic hand gesture, and his Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon. EAN: 5028486384341.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon mug by GB eye

And last but not least, the “DSOD Key Art” mug features the image seen on the official movie poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami. EAN: 5028486384358.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami mug by GB eye

Additionally, GB eye is offering three framed Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions collector prints, each measuring 30 x 40 cm (about 12 x 15.75 inches).

DSOD Yugi and Kaiba” shows the first promo image ever released for the movie featuring Yugi and Kaiba. EAN: 5028486384396.

DSOD King of Games” has a black silhouette of Yugi Muto on a red background. EAN: 5028486384389.

And “DSOD Key Art” features the official movie poster image. EAN: 5028486384372.

Three Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions framed collector prints by GB eye

For fans who want something a tad bigger to cover their walls, GB eye has a gigantic Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster measuring 61 by 91.5 cm (about 24 by 38 inches), like the ones you see in movie theaters. EAN: 5028486384242.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions maxi poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami by GB eye

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Retailers can order these products now, so look for them in online and brick-and-mortar stores very soon.

GB eye’s Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs are licensed for sale in Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, and South Africa. For fans outside of these countries, you can find these items on GBPosters.com, the retail site of GB eye, which offers worldwide shipping. You can also look on the Amazon.co.uk Marketplace for vendors who are willing to ship overseas. Search by each item’s EAN (European Article Number) to find it more easily and to avoid bootlegs.

Special thanks to Andi Creffield, GB eye’s design manager, for the hard work on these mugs and for sending over these designs.

What mug designs do you want to see next?

Related posts:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye – A look at 2016’s mug designs.
ShopYuGiOh.com – The Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Shop – More DSoD goods for sale

Update (April 26): Jamie Wilkins, the ecommerce manager at GB Posters, alerted me that GBPosters.com can ship GB eye’s products worldwide. The site is based in the U.K. so the sales are localized and don’t fall foul of any licensing issues, said Wilkins.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 74 – Right In The Feels

April 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi cradling Yugi in his arms in YGOTAS episode 74

Previously on Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, Yami Yugi, Téa, and Weevil’s soulless body go flying off a cliff. But they’re okay now! Actually, they’re better than okay because they’ve woken up and are now in Téa’s fanfic. The pharaoh must visit a mysterious valley of lost spirits just outside San Francisco to make amends with Yugi. But more importantly — do they make out?! Find out in LittleKuriboh’s YGOTAS episode 74, “Right In The Feels,” out today on YouTube and TFS. Hello, Danny Phantom and Shaman King!

LK premiered this episode at MTAC (Middle Tennessee Anime Convention) this past weekend. This episode was edited by Stephan Krosecz, who also plays the sad rendition of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Theme at the end of the episode. Tracey “Lady Nanaki” Herbert guest stars as Kriss.

Convention Update: AkaiCon

LittleKuriboh will be making his first-ever appearance at AkaiCon later this year! Now in its fifth year, AkaiCon is an anime and fandom convention in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be held from August 4 to 6.

UDON Previews Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Book

March 30, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Front cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment

Hot off the press, UDON Entertainment has received its first copies of its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards art book and is offering fans an early look inside. The publisher shared a few different photos of the cover and gorgeous artwork on Facebook and Twitter.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards collects over 800 pieces of card artwork that appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters anime. The cards are organized alphabetically and include their English and Japanese names along with the characters who played each card.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon spread from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl artwork in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Matt Moylan, director of publishing at UDON, tweeted his own photos of the book and also offered a few comments.

The pictures are “as big as much of the art could handle being upsized,” explained Moylan. “[E]ach piece is approximately twice the total area of the artwork on a card.” The book is expected to be in stock at Amazon approximately May 3, “give or take a week.”

Example pages featuring various card artwork in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Want to see the artwork from other Yu-Gi-Oh! series collected into their own lovely hardcover books too? Support this release and it could happen!

All depends on how good this first book of cards does,” said Moylan.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards is available for pre-order for $39.99 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. You can also order it from your local brick and mortar bookstore.

Previously:
UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced

Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Harpie Lady, Jinzo, and Magician of Black Chaos in the key art bonus gallery in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Back cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment

Last Chance to Buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in VIZ’s Digital Weekly Shonen Jump

March 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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The December 19, 2016 cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine

If you’ve been holding off on buying Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, don’t wait any longer. The sales period for the Weekly Shonen Jump issues that ran that story is about to end. VIZ Media’s WSJ back issues are only available for purchase for about three months. Since one-shot stories like Transcend Game don’t normally get reprinted outside the magazine where they initially ran, this is likely your final chance to own the issues.

The WSJ issues containing Transcend Game will no longer be available for sale after 1 pm ET/10 am PT on the following dates:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1: Monday, March 20. Buy it now on VIZ.com, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books for $0.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2: Monday, April 3. Buy it now on VIZ.com, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books for $0.99.

If you live in the United States, you can also find Transcend Game, Part 1, printed in VIZ’s Spring 2017 Jump Pack, a WSJ magazine currently on sale at Scholastic book fairs.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Figure Keychains

March 18, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Grin Studio's Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains series 1

Grin Studios is back with even more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise. 4K Media (Konami) is highlighting the Illinois-based toy maker’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! figural keychains, which feature the designs of Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey’s monsters. Series 1 includes Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull. The size of each figure varies but they stand up to three inches tall.

You can find these and other Grin Studio products at select Kmart, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores.

More Grin Studio Yu-Gi-Oh! goods:
Dog tags
Enamel pins

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game (Part 1) Printed in Spring 2017 WSJ Jump Pack

March 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game panels in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack and an Obelisk the Tormentor promo card

Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions definitely won’t want to miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine. VIZ Media’s Spring 2017 edition of its WSJ Jump Pack includes the first part of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga — a two-part story that bridges the gap between the end of his Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the events in DSoD — plus a synopsis of the movie. One-shots like Transcend Game rarely ever get reprinted outside the magazine they originally appear in, even in Japan, so needless to say this is an extra special release from VIZ.

VIZ’s Jump Pack is a semiannual magazine that samples popular Jump manga. It’s printed in a larger trim size (7 by 10 inches) and on better quality paper than a graphic novel, and has a glossy cover. The Spring 2017 issue is available now for $10.99 at Scholastic book fairs being held in numerous schools throughout the U.S. This issue includes:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, part 1
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, chapter 1
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 3
  • Haikyu!!, chapter 3

And as usual, there are also plenty of extras:

  • An Ultra Rare Obelisk the Tormentor Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN004), illustrated and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the January 2010 print issue of SJ.
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper game mat and beginner’s guide.
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).
  • A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription of Weekly Shonen Jump. (The regular price is $25.99.)

VIZ originally ran Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in its December 19, 2016, and January 2, 2017 Weekly Shonen Jump digital issues. The company then added both chapters to the free Shonen Jump manga section on its website, where the they were available until March 8.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Obelisk the Tormentor card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

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