TV Tokyo Airs Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Special, Provides Episode Synopses

March 28, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: A Complete Analysis of its Seven Charms TV Special title card

TV Tokyo is hyped for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, which premieres in Japan in one week. Today, the network aired a half-hour program to promote the anime: “Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: A Complete Analysis of its Seven Charms TV Special.” A replay of the program is available for all to enjoy on the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel TV official YouTube channel.

A close-up of Yuga in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: A Complete Analysis of its Seven Charms TV Special

Hosted by the Japanese comedy duo Miyashita Kusanagi and actors Sakura Inoue and Kazuki Soejima, the special looks at seven aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS anime that make it appealing, from the show’s characters and story to its duel scenes. It includes numerous clips from the anime, a preview of the opening theme song and its lyrics, and an explanation of Rush Duels from the Yuga-cosplaying Soejima using mustard cream pastries. No kidding.

The many characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS

Aside from the anime content, the program also features a special presentation from Magician Sensei, a YouTuber magician, and a recorded message from Hajime Syacho, the Japanese YouTuber who has the highest number of subscribers in Japan and who is the voice of Goha Corporation’s president in SEVENS.

Kazuki Soejima cosplaying Yuga and holding a Kuriboh

And of course, there are plenty of Japanese variety show antics. Give it a watch!

TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Episode Synopses Begin

TV Tokyo’s timetable has begun adding episode synopses for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS. The network posts details about its TV programs one week before they air.

Information about Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS episode 1 is now available, although it sadly does not say anything new about the story or first episode that wasn’t already explained in great detail at Jump Festa back in December.

For synopses of future episodes, check out TV Tokyo’s website each week. Look for “遊戯王SEVENS(セブンス)” in the timetable, which airs every Saturday (土) at 7:30.

(News from @YuGiOh_RUSHDUEL [1, 2])

Yu-Gi-Oh! Events Suffer Massive Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Other Stuff, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo meeting Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival for the Nintendo 3DS
Yo! Um, no thanks, I’d rather not…

In light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Konami announced a spate of cancellations yesterday for its Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game events in North America and Latin America. All World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in both territories that are scheduled through April 6 are canceled. Other Regionals outside this time frame could still be canceled at the discretion of their local organizers as well.

Also yesterday, Konami announced that the 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series that was supposed to kick off today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is canceled. Additionally, YCS Hartford, which is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Hartford, Connecticut, is also canceled.

This news follows Wednesday’s announcement that YCS Charlotte, originally scheduled for March 28 and 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is canceled.

As more information becomes available, you can keep up with the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG happenings in the Americas by checking Konami’s events page and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Yuma Tsukumo losing a duel to Corona Williams in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival
Oh no!!

The Western Hemisphere isn’t the only place where Yu-Gi-Oh! events are seeing numerous cancellations.

On Thursday, Konami’s European arm announced that all World Championship Qualifier Regional Qualifiers in its territories taking place before April 15 are canceled. Furthermore, all WCQ National Championship events taking place before May 1 are canceled; this includes the Austrian Nationals on April 11 and 12 and the German Nationals on April 18 and 19.

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! events in Japan are seeing their own major flurry of cancellations. A statement from Konami back in February announced the cancellation of numerous events throughout the country — from local store duels to World Championship qualifiers — until the end of March.

The coronavirus outbreak also led to the cancellation of AnimeJapan, an annual Tokyo anime exhibition that’s half industry trade show, half fan gathering for consumers. The event was originally scheduled for March 21 through 24. In its place, many of AnimeJapan’s programs are moving online, including a Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS event featuring the show’s four lead voice actors. The event will be live streamed on March 21 at 1:00 p.m. JST.

Update (March 17): Konami has announced additional cancellations of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Premieres on April 4 in Japan

March 6, 2020 at 2:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promo key art highlighting its April 4, 2020, premiere on TV Tokyo
“Our road will change the world!”

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, will premiere on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 4 at 7:30 a.m. JST. TV Tokyo’s website for the show relaunched today to announce the premiere date and to present new key art and the new Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS logo, pictured above.

The website also revealed that the show’s opening theme song is “Nanananananana,” written and performed by SAEKI youthK. The 33-year-old Japanese singer-songwriter’s work can be heard in the Yowamushi Pedal and Dr. Stone anime series.

(News from @yugioh_anime)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel Not Coming to the West in April 2020

January 30, 2020 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuga, looking worried, in the Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promo video shown at Jump Festa 2020

Rush Duels, a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game that will be introduced in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, is on track to be released this April, but only in Japan. It is not scheduled to be released in the West — not in the Americas, Europe, or Oceania. This latest product news comes from Konami’s financial report, which the company released today, for the third-quarter of its 2020 fiscal year (ending on December 31, 2019).

As it does each quarter, Konami outlines its upcoming titles, their release territories, and their release dates in its financial results presentation. The relevant data is presented in a table, which I have copied below.

Upcoming releases listed in Konami's FY2020 Q3 financial results presentation, with Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel highlighted

As shown by my highlighting, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel product is listed with a date of April 2020, but is labeled only as a Japan release.

How Accurate is Konami’s Release Calendar in its Financial Results Presentations?

Inevitably, some Yu-Gi-Oh! fans might be concerned that Konami could have somehow forgotten to include the Western world for Rush Duels in its presentation. Others might believe that Konami could be keeping Rush Duel’s Western debut a surprise. To allay these concerns, it is worth examining how the company has exhibited its Yu-Gi-Oh! product announcements in previous financial results presentations. Looking at old reports will allow us to check if Konami has a pattern of accurately reporting release dates/territories for its Yu-Gi-Oh! titles.

What follows is a compilation of every Yu-Gi-Oh! title listed in every release calendar in Konami’s financial results presentations, from the first quarter of Konami’s 2014 fiscal year (which began on April 1, 2013) to the second quarter of its 2020 fiscal year (which ended on September 30, 2019). In each presentation, the titles are organized in tables, like the one seen above.

All of the data are copied straight from the tables and are listed below from newest to oldest. If data from a certain presentation is not listed, it’s because there were no Yu-Gi-Oh! titles in that presentation’s calendar.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch listed for the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2020 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2020 Q2 financial results presentation, October 31, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch listed for Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Asia in Konami's FY2020 Q1 financial results presentation
From the FY2020 Q1 financial results presentation, August 1, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch listed for Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2019 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2019 full year financial results presentation, May 9, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2019 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2019 Q3 financial results presentation, January 31, 2019

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed for China in Konami's FY2019 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2019 Q2 financial results presentation, October 31, 2018

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2017 full year financial results presentation, May 11, 2017

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2017 Q3 financial results presentation, January 31, 2017

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2017 Q2 financial results presentation, October 28, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2017 Q1 financial results presentation
From the FY2017 Q1 financial results presentation, July 29, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyo Card Battle and Duel Links listed in Konami's FY2016 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2016 full year financial results presentation, May 10, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links and an unnamed Nintendo 3DS game listed in Konami's FY2016 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2016 Q3 financial results presentation, January 29, 2016

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist listed in Konami's FY2016 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2016 Q2 financial results presentation, October 30, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist listed in Konami's FY2016 Q1 financial results presentation
From the FY2016 Q1 financial results presentation, August 6, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special listed in Konami's FY2015 full year financial results presentation
From the FY2015 full year financial results presentation, May 8, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special listed in Konami's FY2015 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2015 Q3 financial results presentation, February 5, 2015

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special listed in Konami's FY2015 Q2 financial results presentation
From the FY2015 Q2 financial results presentation, November 6, 2014

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Gekitotsu Duel Carnival listed in Konami's FY2014 Q3 financial results presentation
From the FY2014 Q3 financial results presentation, February 6, 2014

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Gekitotsu Duel Carnival listed in Konami's FY2014 Q2 presentation
From the FY2014 Q2 financial results presentation, November 7, 2013

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An examination of the titles reveals that some games are missing entirely: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist (Steam version), Duel Generation, Duel Arena, Millennium Duels, and the English version of ZEXAL World Duel Carnival. Coincidentally, all of these games except WDC were specifically made for the West and have no Japanese counterparts. Could that be why Konami — a Japanese company — neglected to mention them? Though that doesn’t explain why the PS4/XBO version of Legacy of the Duelist was nevertheless mentioned.

The release dates and territories of the included titles, on the other hand, are accurate. The one anomaly is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links for mainland China, which was first listed in the FY2019 Q2 presentation and has appeared in each presentation since then, except, bafflingly, in the FY2020 Q1 presentation.

So what does all of this mean?

It means that the release calendars in Konami’s financial results presentations are, for the most part, accurate when compared to the actual releases of the included titles. For such titles, Konami correctly specified where the title would be released — whether globally, in the West, in Asia, in Japan, or in a mix of territories — and when. And barring WDC’s release in the West, there has not been a situation where a product has received a release in a territory that it was not announced for.

Thus, it is reasonable to conclude that Konami’s April 2020 Rush Duel release is indeed Japan-only.

Come April, the advent of the Rush Duel format will divide the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game in Japan into two formats. As unveiled at Jump Festa 2020 last month, Rush Duels, with its own new card products, will be promoted alongside Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, which introduces and features the Rush Duel format. Masters Duels will continue as usual, though it is unknown at this time whether they will also be seen in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.

Yu-Gi-Oh! in the West already has two formats — Master Duels (called Advanced Constructed format) and Speed Duels.

What Does This Mean for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS in the West?

If the Rush Duel format will not receive a release in the West, then Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will likely not receive one either. Yu-Gi-Oh! anime are produced principally to sell merchandise — namely, trading cards. If Konami — a sponsor of the show — does not introduce Rush Duel products to the West, then it does not make financial sense for Konami to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS to the West either.

Modern-day Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is a niche product. Regardless of whether or not it is still an effective marketing tool to sell cards, the modern-day anime brand is arguably not strong enough to stand on its own artistic merit. This adds an additional challenge to Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS getting a Western release.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Announced at Jump Festa 2020

December 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS promotional image from TV Tokyo

The seventh Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series — Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS — was announced at Shueisha’s Jump Festa 2020 event in Tokyo this weekend. The two-day celebration of all things Jump included a live-streamed Yu-Gi-Oh! stage show on both days that unveiled the series, which commemorates the anime franchise’s 20th anniversary. Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS follows the adventures of fifth grader Yuga Ohdoh and introduces a new way to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game called Rush Duels. Four of the anime’s voice actors appeared as surprise guests at the stage shows to introduce their characters and talk about how excited they are to participate in this iconic franchise.

A replay of the December 21 and December 22 hour-long live-streamed shows are available on YouTube.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS will premiere in April 2020 on TV Tokyo and its sister stations. TV Tokyo has already launched its official website for Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.

Also beginning in April, the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! card game in Japan will be divided into two formats. The new Rush Duel format will debut with its own new card products and be promoted together with the SEVENS anime. Master Duels will continue to be offered as usual with the Rise of the Duelist booster set dropping on April 18.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Story

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS takes place in the near future in Goha City, where much of its citizens’ daily lives is influenced by one company: Goha Corporation. As the largest company in the city, Goha Corporation controls everything, from the schools, shopping malls, and arcade centers, to the rules of dueling. It’s a convenient way to live, but feels a bit too restrictive to young Yuga Ohdoh, who attends Goha’s Seventh Elementary School. The fifth grader is a keen duelist and inventor who calls his inventions “Roads.” Yuga develops a new way to duel — the Rush Duel — that allows duelists to continually summon multiple monsters while being able to quickly replenish their hand. Yuga hopes to bring joy to everyone with this new Road.

Goha City, the setting of Yu-Gi-Oh! Sevens
Goha Seventh Elementary School (left) and Goha main office building

One day, Yuga’s classmate Luke hears a rumor about a “King of Duels.” The pair heads out to investigate and discovers a mysterious person in front of a stone monument. They learn that in order to become the King of Duels, they must win a duel within a time limit. How will Yuga and his Road, the Rush Duel, take on this challenge?

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Characters

Promotional image of Yuga Ohdoh shown at Jump Festa 2020

Yuga Ohdoh, age 11, is the protagonist of this story. His ace monster is Seventh Road Magician. Yuga is played by 15-year-old actor and singer Hiiro Ishibashi. A newcomer to the world of voice acting, Ishibashi’s only other anime role is in the movie Children of the Sea where he plays Umi, one of the main characters. Ishibashi always watched Yu-Gi-Oh! in elementary school when he was growing up. He says his generation of Yu-Gi-Oh! begins in the latter half of 5D’s and runs through ZEXAL, and laughs that he’s too young to remember GX.

Promotional image of Luke shown at Jump Festa 2020

Tatsuhisa “Luke” Kamijo, age 11, considers himself to be his school’s number one duelist. His ace monster is Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu (Dragon of Continuous Attacks, Drageas). He has a peculiarity about him that causes machines around him to stop working. Luke is voiced by 26-year-old actor Taku Yashiro (Tsukasa Shiba in the Gundam Build Divers series, Natsuo Fujii in Domestic Girlfriend). Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will recognize Yashiro from his roles of Battle Beast in ARC-V and Flame in VRAINS.

Promotional image of Gakuto Sougetsu shown at Jump Festa 2020

Gakuto Sougetsu, age 12, is a sixth grader and the student council president. A serious student who is never late or absent, Gakuto wields Mashou Yameruura (Demon General, Yameruler) as his ace monster. He thinks that the way of dueling as it exists today is correct and proper, a belief that is at odds with Yuga’s. Gakuto is played by 28-year-old voice actor Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in the Tokyo Ghoul series, Taichi Yagami in the Digimon Adventure tri. movies, Takumi Aldini in Food Wars!). Hanae played Hokuto Shijima (Dipper) in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Promotional image of Romin Kirishima shown at Jump Festa 2020

Romin Kirishima, age 11, is another classmate of Yuga’s. She excels academically and athletically and is a popular guitarist in her school’s band, RoaRomin. She says she’s not interested in duels, yet there’s something mysterious about her. Romin is voiced by 20-year-old voice actress Tomori Kusunoki (Setsuna Yuki in the Love Live series, LLENN in Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online).

Promotional image of the Seventh Road Magician Rush Duel card shown at Jump Festa 2020
Seventh Road Magician Rush Duel card

Promotional image of the Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu Rush Duel card shown at Jump Festa 2020
Rengeki Ryuu Doragiasu Rush Duel card

Promotional image of the main characters shown at Jump Festa 2020

(Note: All romanized names in this write-up are not official.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS: Staff

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS includes many new people in its production staff.

Animation production is by Bridge. Its most notable works include Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Z, Fairy Tail, Muhyo & Roji, The Royal Tutor, and Shonen Ashibe.

(News from @yugioh_anime, TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS website, Jump Festa’s Yu-Gi-Oh! stage shows)

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