UNIQLO’s Weekly Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! Shirts

May 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi T-shirt by UNIQLO

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine turns 50 years old this year! The home of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, WSJ has teamed up with UNIQLO to develop Jump UT, a new line of T-shirts featuring the hottest WSJ series and characters. In the coming months, the Japanese casual wear maker will be selling 83 different shirt designs in its stores all over the world. Today, Jump UT made its debut in UNIQLO’s online and brick-and-mortar stores in the United States — and Yu-Gi-Oh! has the honor of being one of the first series included at launch!

Currently, there is one Yu-Gi-Oh! design available, pictured above, featuring Yami Yugi. The image is taken from the title page of chapter 200 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist. This shirt is only available in kids sizes.

At least two more Yu-Gi-Oh! designs will be available in U.S. stores in the near future. One is a white T-shirt with the three Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards printed on the left breast. The other is a black T-shirt with Dark Magician in his iconic pose. These two shirts will arrive on May 25. These designs are already for sale on UNIQLO’s Japanese website, which lists both shirts as adult men’s cuts.

UNIQLO T-shirt designs featuring three Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards and Dark Magician

UNIQLO’s Jump UT shirts are $14.90 for adult sizes and $9.90 for kids sizes.

Which other Weekly Shonen Jump series will get their own UNIQLO shirts? How did UNIQLO select which designs to use? What special considerations went into developing Jump UT? For insights into this product line, check out the manga The Making of Jump UT!, available in VIZ Media’s free WSJ section.

And for more Yu-Gi-Oh! shirts, don’t forget to visit ShopYuGiOh.com.

Update (May 25): UNIQLO’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician shirts are now up!

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
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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.

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

Toei’s 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Given New Life by 200+ Animators

January 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate title card by Hailey 'Squiggly' Lain

What happens when over 220 animators and illustrators (and two cosplayers) get together to recreate an episode of Toei’s 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime? “Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate” is a collaborative project featuring these talented Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. Each participant remade a shot from episode 2 of that series, commonly called “Season 0” by fans, and reimagined it with their own style, humor, and magic. Check out the final product on YouTube and Vimeo!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate was spearheaded by Phui Jing Ling, a Malaysian animator and cartoonist, and kicked off in September 2016. It includes the talents of 226 participants.

If you enjoyed Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate, check out these other creative crowdsourced collaborations:

  • Star Wars Uncut,” an Emmy Award-winning remake of A New Hope, released in 2009, and The Empire Strikes Back, released in 2014.
  • Moon Animate Make-Up!,” a remake of episode 28 of DiC Entertainment’s Sailor Moon anime. Released in 2014.
  • Seven Star Re-Animate,” a remake of Dragon Ball episode 8. Released in 2016.
  • The Mama Luigi Project,” a remake of the final episode of the Super Mario World cartoon, which is the origin of the infamous Mama Luigi meme. Released in 2017.

(News from the YGO Reanimate Tumblr)

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
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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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Editor Yoshihisa Heishi at NYCC 2017

October 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yoshihisa Heishi at the Weekly Shonen Jump panel at NYCC 2017

In Japan, manga editors are more than just people who know the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry. Editors work intimately with manga creators, exchanging story ideas and guiding the creators to success, and even look after the creators’ health and well-being. When Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan, its founding editor was Yoshihisa Heishi. Heishi eventually rose through the ranks to become the magazine’s editor in chief, and today still works at Shueisha’s shonen manga department as its director.

This past weekend, Heishi attended New York Comic Con where he was a guest at VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel. He offered some tidbits about Yu-Gi-Oh! and Takahashi during a brief Q&A.

“How did Egypt become such an important theme in the story?” asked Urian Brown, an editor at VIZ and the panel’s moderator.

“Before the manga started, Takahashi-sensei was really interested in Egypt and Egyptian culture,” explained Heishi through his translator, English WSJ Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani. “The Millennium Puzzle was originally not supposed to be used. It was going to be a different item. But since he ended up using the Millennium Puzzle, Egypt became a more important part of the story.”

“What was it supposed to be originally?” asked Brown.

“I can’t say,” Heishi laughed.

“What was it like working with Takahashi-sensei?” Brown continued. “Can you give us any details about his creative process?”

“When Takahashi-sensei was making the manga, I didn’t really see him having trouble or questioning himself when he was creating the manga,” replied Heishi. “He would go through the struggle unseen, not out in the forefront. Every week, they’d be playing card games and video games and things. He would play every week with his assistants. […] The ideas came from that.”

“Did you try out any of the dangerous Shadow Games in the manga, like yo-yos on the roof or the nitroglycerin air hockey?” asked Brown.

“No! Kids, please don’t do this at home.”

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Check out video of the full panel for discussions and insights about even more Shonen Jump titles, like Rurouni Kenshin and My Hero Academia.

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‘Spotlight on Yu-Gi-Oh! & Creator Kazuki Takahashi’ Panel at SDCC 2015

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!

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!

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