VIZ Media Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! to Free Manga Section

January 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yugi Mutou unleashing the power of the Millennium Puzzle for the first time in Yu-Gi-Oh! manga chapter 1

Start reading the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga for free on VIZ.com! VIZ Media today added chapter 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s now legendary stories of Yugi Mutou to its free Shonen Jump manga section. With the premiere of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to see how the adventures of Yugi and his friends began all those years ago.

Earlier this week, VIZ also started posting Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, the prequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

Be sure to check out the full list of amazing free Shonen Jump manga available on VIZ.com, where new chapters are posted every day.

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!

Free Manga: Complete Yu-Gi-Oh! Series on Shonen Jump+ This Week

April 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Banner announcing the Yu-Gi-Oh! 343-Chapter Free Campaign on Shonen Jump+

To celebrate the premiere of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie this Saturday in Japan, Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital manga platform announced today that it is letting readers check out the entire Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series for free for a limited time! The “Yu-Gi-Oh! 343-Chapter Free Campaign” will offer all of the chapters of one story arc each day this week. Each arc will be available for 24 hours. Volume 1 will be available for the entire week.

Check out the campaign’s website to read the manga. The covers that are lit up are the ones that are currently available.

The story arcs will be released at midnight (Japan Standard Time) on the following days:

  • April 18: Volume 1, Chapter 1 through Volume 2, Chapter 25 (School Arc)
  • April 19: Volume 3, Chapter 26 through Volume 4, Chapter 59 (Death-T and RPG Arcs)
  • April 20: Volume 5, Chapter 60 through Volume 9, Chapter 133 (Duelist Kingdom Arc)
  • April 21: Volume 10, Chapter 134 through 145 (Dungeon Dice Monsters Arc)
  • April 22: Volume 10, Chapter 146 through Volume 18, Chapter 278 (Battle City Arc)
  • April 23: Volume 19, Chapter 279 through Volume 22, Chapter 343 (Pharaoh’s Memory Arc)

If you’ve ever wanted to check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in Japanese for free, here’s your chance! These chapters are available to everyone, not just to readers in Japan. And, they are the “bunko” editions (“bunkoban” — small-sized paperback edition), which haven’t been published in English and which include updated illustrations and text.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Reprinted in Shueisha Jump Remix Line

April 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Covers of Yu-Gi-Oh! Shueisha Jump Remix volumes 1 and 2

Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga is getting a new print edition in Japan. Yu-Gi-Oh! has joined the Shueisha Jump Remix (SJR) imprint, a line of economically-priced, phone-book-sized reprints of popular Jump manga that are sold in convenience stores across the country. Volumes 1 and 2 are out today and contain the stories originally compiled in the first seven tankobon volumes (and in the first four bunkoban volumes). The 343 chapters of Yu-Gi-Oh! will be published in 13 SJR volumes.

Previews of these “mooks” (book-magazine hybrids) on the SJR website show that volume 1 contains chapters 1 through 26 and costs 762 yen (about $7.03), while volume 2 contains chapters 27 through 59 and costs 819 yen (about $7.56). How are these so inexpensive? The quality of their paper stock is quite low, not unlike those of weekly manga magazines like Shueisha’s Shonen Jump, which are often read once then thrown away.

A new volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! SJR compilation will be published every two weeks hereafter. Volume 3 scheduled for release on April 22.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Shueisha Jump Remix volumes 1 and 2 on display
Yu-Gi-Oh! Shueisha Jump Remix volumes 1 and 2 on display.
Look at those massive spines!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition Manga Announcement Video

April 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Exodia in the Yu-Gi-Oh! color edition manga promo video

Shueisha’s manga portal S-MANGA.net has uploaded a promo video announcing the arrival of the color edition of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. The Japanese publisher is offering all 22 volumes of the digitally-colored Yu-Gi-Oh! “bunko” edition for 600 yen each (about $5.35) on several e-book platforms to readers based in Japan. The full-color series made its debut on April 1 — and wasn’t an April Fools’ joke!

Wow, does that video look gorgeous or what? Give it a gander once or twice — there are many freeze-frame-worthy moments in there!

(News from Crunchyroll)

Pegasus and Toon World in the Yu-Gi-Oh! color edition manga promo video

Obelisk in the Yu-Gi-Oh! color edition manga promo video

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Gets Full-Color Treatment

April 1, 2016 at 9:30 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A monochrome and full color comparison of Yugi meeting Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh! manga chapter 99

Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga publisher Shueisha announced yesterday that Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series is now available in full color! All 22 volumes of the “bunko” edition manga (“bunkoban” — small-sized paperback edition) have been digitally colored and are being published on numerous e-book platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Rakuten Kobo, and Shueisha’s own Jump+ app. Each full-color digital volume costs 600 yen (about $5.35), which is 100 yen more expensive than each original black-and-white monochrome volume. Alas, they are only available for sale in Japan.

Dragon Ball, another Shueisha manga, has also received the full-color treatment and is being published in English by VIZ Media. If you’ve read that, then you know how stunning these color manga can be. So if you would like to see these get printed in Japan, spread the word! And if they are popular enough, maybe they will eventually get an English release as well. Who knows!

April Fools’ Day 2016

Hahaha, April Fools?! Nah, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition is real. But you know what looks a little suspicious? Kaiba Corporation buying Shueisha. I’m not sure that’s real. Then again, maybe that’s why these nice books are suddenly getting published. Yes, that must be why.

Oh look, all of the titles on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ home page have been Yu-Gi-Oh! card-ified. Kenshin is a level 9 Earth Fusion monster. JoJo is a rank 4 Water Xyz monster. Yu Yu Hakusho is a Spell card. Haha, I am okay with these. Death Note is a Trap card? Of course it is.

KC looks like a good company to work for. And at the top of the page is a banner advertising an employment test for anyone who is interested in landing a job there.

Banner on Shueisha's Jump Plus website announcing an employment examination for Kaiba Corporation

The company is hiring people to develop, sell, market, and plan the next generation of Duel Disks. To qualify, job candidates need to have basic knowledge of Magic and Wizards (Duel Monsters) and “business level” dueling skills. However, being a top-place finisher in an international tournament and participating in Duelist Kingdom or Battle City is preferred. Flexible work hours, competitive performance-based salaries, compensation of M&W expenses, duel insurance, and paid time off are all included. You will need to relocate to Domino City though.

Sound good? Take the exam. All of the answers are Seto Kaiba (海馬瀬人). But you didn’t hear that from me — I don’t want to get fired from this brand-spanking-new job!

Megumi Ogata Comments on Getting Role of Yugi in 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime

November 24, 2015 at 12:27 am | Posted in Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yami Yugi holding up a lighter in episode 2 of Toei Animation's 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime

If there’s one thing that Toei Animation’s 1998 production of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is well known for, it is the show’s standout main cast of voice actors that, in my humblest of opinions, no other Yu-Gi-Oh! series to date has been able to match. Recently on Twitter, acclaimed voice actor Megumi Ogata reminisced about getting the role of Yugi and Yami Yugi in that series.

“I can feel the scent of darkness from you,” Ogata recalled the director telling her when she landed the role of the protagonist. The director further added that Ogata had “the air of Kaneto Shiozawa,” the late actor known for playing calculating, distinctively cold-voiced characters like Paul von Oberstein in Legend of the Galactic Heroes and Prince Demande in Sailor Moon. Shiozawa himself appeared as Shadi in two episodes of Toei’s Yu-Gi-Oh!.

They’re fitting comments, given Yami Yugi’s dark and unforgiving personality in Toei’s series…

VIZ Media Features Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga in WSJ’s Jump Back

May 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! gets the Jump Back spotlight in VIZ's Weekly Shonen Jump

Need an excuse to get VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine? Beginning in this week’s issue, WSJ is serializing four chapters of Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga as part of its Jump Back initiative where older series are spotlighted in the magazine.

Furthermore, VIZ is offering anyone who buys or renews a WSJ subscription the opportunity to win one of three copies of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Super Rare card Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry. Digvorzhak was the prize card for the 2012-2013 season and has yet to be reprinted. Purchases must be made between today, May 11, and June 7. Check the sweepstakes’ official rules for more details.

And finally, if you’re looking for a great deal on just the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, VIZ has been offering the first seven digital volumes in a special bundle over the past week. With a low, low price of $21 — that’s $3 an issue! — it’s certainly a deal worth checking out.

Weekly Shonen Jump launched its Jump Back initiative in its October 6, 2014 issue. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins the popular series Death Note, Naruto, Rosario + Vampire, and Claymore as having the distinction of being serialized as a Jump Back title.

Free Manga: Shonen Jump+ Offers Yu-Gi-Oh! Vol. 1-3 Bunko Editions For a Limited Time

April 27, 2015 at 6:39 am | Posted in Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Shueisha's Shonen Jump Plus offers Yu-Gi-Oh! bunkoban vol. 1-3 for free

Want to read Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in Japanese for free? For a limited time, Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital manga platform is letting readers check out the first three volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in their entirety! These books are the “bunko” editions (“bunkoban” — small-sized paperback edition), which include more chapters per volume than their original “tankobon” releases and, in the case of Yu-Gi-Oh!, also feature some revised text and illustrations, new cover artwork, and bonus material.

The books will be accessible beginning today, April 27, until May 10. Shonen Jump+ normally sells each book for 500 yen (about $4.20). The first chapters of the remaining 19 volumes can also be previewed for free.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! bunko editions were originally published in Japan between April 2007 and March 2008. They have yet to be released in the United States.

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

January 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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VIZ Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 omnibus manga book 1 cover mock-up

VIZ Media announced yesterday that it will be re-releasing Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series in 3-in-1 omnibus editions. The first omnibus volume is slated for February 3, 2015 with future volumes scheduled to be published every three months. Thirteen 3-in-1 books are in the works. VIZ first teased its plans for a Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 at its Anime Expo 2014 panel last July.

Takahashi’s 38-volume series was previously released by VIZ under the Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World titles. VIZ serialized Yu-Gi-Oh! in its Shonen Jump print magazine in the January 2003 to November 2004 issues, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World in the February 2005 to December 2007 issues. Graphic novels of all three titles are still available as individual volumes in print format and in a variety of e-book formats.

VIZ currently offers two different lines of omnibuses that both include three volumes in one book: the 3-in-1 line and the VIZBIG line. How are they different? VIZ’s 3-in-1 editions are the company’s “budget” omnibuses. Their pages are the same size as the individual volumes’ pages, but their paper is less dense. Each 3-in-1 sells at a suggested retail price of $14.99. VIZBIG editions are printed on a larger, brighter, heavier stock and often include color pictures and extras. Each VIZBIG big retails for between $17.99 and $19.99.

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