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:
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted on home video in Japan on March 8 and is a huge hit. Oricon’s animation Blu-ray rankings for the week of March 6 to 12 reveal that the limited edition BD from Marvelous sold 11,800 copies, making it the number 1 product of the week. Additionally, the standard edition BD sold 5,720 copies, coming in at number 3.
The standard edition DVD wasn’t far behind with 4,208 copies, which placed it at number 2 on Oricon’s animation DVD rankings.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions limited edition Blu-ray includes a print copy of Kazuki Takahashi’s Transcend Game manga, a booklet with key animation, a T-shirt, and more.
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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.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack
Tags: interview, movie, music
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers (left to right) Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Álvarez in a studio. Photo from Film.Music.Media.
Today, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld offered some insights into their participation in writing the music for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. In a press release coming out of their home base of Los Angeles, California, the duo offered some tidbits about their songwriting process and what they and the directors wanted to impart on the audience.
“The main themes we carried from the TV series were the Yu-Gi-Oh! transformation, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and the friendship themes,” said Sheinfeld. “We haven’t used those themes for a while, so it was a lot of fun to use them again, but with a more modern and cinematic approach.”
“We wanted the audience connecting again to those themes and at the same time we needed to adapt them to the tone of the movie and the style of the score,” Álvarez added. “Many times we also found ourselves deconstructing those themes and including them in our cues. Sometimes they were very obvious, sometime[s] they were ‘hidden’ somewhere within the orchestration.”
Álvarez and Sheinfeld have been writing music for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime since the 2004 film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie. In scoring Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD, the duo were joined by fellow L.A.-based composer Matt McGuire and N.Y.-based John Angier, both of whom are also longtime composers for Yu-Gi-Oh!.
For more insights about the music composition process in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, check out my write-up of a June 2015 live interview that Álvarez participated in, as well as a 2011 Reddit Ask-Me-Anything with Brady.
This week is the final week that Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is playing in theaters in the U.S. and Canada. If you haven’t already done so, visit yugiohtickets.com to find your local theater and showtimes. And if you have already seen it, why not see it again?
4K Media has posted over 160 new photos from the January 24 U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in New York City. Tons of voice actors, tons of fans, tons of important people who help make Yu-Gi-Oh! a reality for all of us… How many voice actors can you pick out? Be sure to check out my previous coverage of the premiere and my thoughts on the movie too.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is in theaters for just one more week. Check yugiohtickets.com for locations and ticket sales. Don’t miss it!
Opening day for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is here! You already know that you’ll get to hear the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime voice actors, like Dan Green and Eric Stuart, reprising their roles on the big screen. And you may also know that actors who have appeared in other Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs, like Daniel J. Edwards and Billy Bob Thompson, among others, have become a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters family in this movie. But did you know that a few actors are entering the Yu-Gi-Oh! world for the very first time with their parts in The Dark Side of Dimensions? Who are they and who do they play?
Actor and singer Laurie Hymes is the voice of Sera, a young girl with close ties to Aigami. Laurie appeared in the latest Pokemon movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, as Prince Rali. Later this year, she will be in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon anime as Lillie, one of the series’ lead characters.
Up-and-coming actor Tamir Cousins is the voice of Mani, a mysterious acquaintance of Aigami’s. Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is Tamir’s first professional movie role. On Facebook, he talks about how much he loved Yu-Gi-Oh! when he was younger and credits his teacher and fellow actor Erica Schroeder for helping him land the role.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Voice-Over Contest Winners
Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD has the distinction of casting six extras in the movie at voice-over contests held at three events in late 2016. Like Laurie and Tamir, these participants are now forever members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! family with their roles in this movie. Here are the winners, their parts, and their lines.
From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Orlando, Florida:
- Tyler Schmauch plays a policeman: “Don’t you know the speed limit?!”
- Lindsay Victoria Granduke plays Lab Technician A: “A success on every level. You should be proud.”
From New York Comic Con 2016 in New York City, New York:
- Luis Alfonso plays an engineer: “Anything in those scans?”
- Brooke Stocken plays a Bakura fan girl: “I baked these for you!”
From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! YCS Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Ted Kong Yang plays Sanpei: “Sorry, Joey!”
- Bethany Cardinal plays Lab Technician B: “I concur. It was no contest.”
See if you can spot all six of these extras when you go watch the movie!
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Shane Guenego (left) and Arthur “Sam” Murakami
Ah, looks like there’s more behind-the-scenes content for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions after all! Crunchyroll has posted an exclusive interview with Shane Guenego and Arthur “Sam” Murakami, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! producers and writers at 4K Media, who describe their excitement in getting to work on a new story that comes straight from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. The anime’s original voice actors — Dan Green (Yugi), Eric Stuart (Kaiba), Wayne Grayson (Joey), Greg Abbey (Tristan), Amy Birnbaum (Téa), and Ted Lewis (Bakura) — all make a brief appearance in this video. Check it out.
The number of theaters listed on yugiohtickets.com is still growing. As of this writing there are 579 theaters in the U.S. and Canada screening the movie. Have you bought your ticket yet? Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens today, January 27. Don’t miss it!
On the evening of January 24, Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors, production crew members, guests, and fans descended on the Cinépolis Chelsea Theater in New York City for the U.S. premiere screening of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. The movie celebrates the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! in Japan and the 15th in the U.S., and the gathering would be filled with a night of fun and lasting memories for everyone who has ever worked on or loved the franchise. This post highlights some of the happenings of the monumental event.
The red carpet festivities kicked off at 6:00 pm. Upon checking in, attendees were presented with some goodies.
The all-important ticket for the screening.
VIP badge and lanyard.
And of course, the gold secret rare promo card Obelisk the Tormentor.
Don’t be surprised if you see photos from the premiere in some marketing materials for the movie.
In the hallway outside the screens, guests mingled and took photos. 4K Media hired some cosplayers to help light up the evening.
Here’s @LiberationMaidN as Téa Gardner posing with Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon.
All together, and joined by Yu-Gi-Oh! fan Knightstickexcelladon as Seto Kaiba.
The concession stand. Yes, those are Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links advertisements behind them.
This event was sponsored in part by Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links so there were ads for the mobile game throughout the theater.
There was even a setup in the hallway where you could play the game while waiting.
Naturally, trailers and movie posters for Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD were also everywhere.
A view of the hallway where the guests waited. Busy, busy!
The gentlemen in suits with their backs toward me in the photo below are the Japanese producers of Yu-Gi-Oh!. They flew in from Japan just to attend this screening.
At 6:30 pm, it was time to head inside and get ready for the movie.
Before the lights dimmed, 4K Media producers Shane Guenego and Arthur “Sam” Murakami welcomed the audience to the U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. They then introduced Dan Green and Eric Stuart, the voices of Yugi and Kaiba, who took the stage to warm up the audience in character before the movie began.
It was dark and my photos are all really lousy, but they were there!
“You know what’s really great about tonight?” asked Eric. “It’s that finally, on the big screen, we are going to see me, Seto Kaiba, prove once and for all that I am the greatest duelist ever and the best duelist to ever pick up a Duel Disk.”
“The only thing you’re the greatest of, Kaiba, is being completely duel-lusional,” Dan quipped.
After each duelist tried to one-up the other with his best roar of “It’s time to duel!” it was time to get serious.
“Have a great show, everybody. It’s a great honor and a great privilege to be here. I hope you have a lot of fun,” Dan said.
With that, the lights dimmed. First up was a new trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links narrated by Seto Kaiba, an English-dubbed version of one of the Japanese promo videos. Then, the movie began. It’s very long, clocking in at a tad over two hours. My spoiler-free thoughts about the movie are at the end of this post.
Afterward, VIPs headed one floor down to the after-party.
There, they were greeted by hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Although much of the movie’s cast and crew were present, there wouldn’t be any opportunities for interviews and no one had been briefed for press. Instead, this was to be a celebration of Yu-Gi-Oh! and everyone was just there to have fun. Photography was also not allowed, except at the step and repeat.
To kick off the party, a handful of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! producers introduced themselves and each took turns thanking everyone for their hard work and for the great show.
And then, a surprise — Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
I had seen him standing in the corner and almost didn’t recognize him at first. Kazuki Takahashi looked a little different than when I saw him at his panel at San Diego Comic Con 2015. He was clean shaven and his wavy hair was cut a little shorter. He was dressed casually in a sweater. He smiled as he greeted and thanked the crowd.
Murakami later told me that it was Takahashi himself who decided to come to the U.S. premiere. He had seen the movie in Japanese theaters with fans and he wanted to experience the excitement of the show with an American audience too.
After that, the rest of the evening was filled with a whole lot of mingling. Everywhere I turned, there were big-name Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors and producers chatting it up with one another.
Here’s some Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise that was on display at the party.
Here’s USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly on display.
A large banner of Yami Yugi greeted the VIPs and a Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links setup kept sober guests preoccupied.
Here are a few photos from the step and repeat.
@KitsuneSqueak posted a much better photo of the shot above.
Check out these rows and rows of Yu-Gi-Oh! lunch boxes, which are one of the many Yu-Gi-Oh! products made by Aquarius.
They were handed out as party favors. What’s inside?
That’s a Kuriboh pin by Grin Studios, the perfect decoration for any bag or cap.
A deck of Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards is perfect for learning new card games.
And those cute, cuddly, cuboidal Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl plushies are Kawaii Cubes by The Wish Factory.
There are eight small Yu-Gi-Oh! Kawaii Cubes to collect.
And last but not least is a handsome and ferocious Blue-Eyes White Dragon T-shirt.
My utmost gratitude and compliments to 4K Media for hosting a spectacular screening and a memorable evening!
My Spoiler-Free Thoughts of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Going into Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, it’s one thing to know that you’ll be seeing Yugi and his friends once again and that all of the original voice actors have returned to reprise their roles. But it’s a completely different feeling to go in and experience it on the big screen. The movie was far better than I expected. It exceeded my expectations.
If you were someone who had just finished watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series yesterday and then headed to the movie the next day, you would never guess that over 10 years have passed since these actors last came together. All of the fun interactions between the characters, all of the music that got stuck in your head, all of the jokes that you laughed at, and all of the emotions that you experienced when you watched Yugi and his journey unfold in the series — you will find them all here one more time in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. The writers and the actors didn’t skip a beat. There were moments in this movie where my eyes welled up with tears, but I swear I heard people outright sobbing. The nostalgia is there and it is real.
And what about the new villain character, Aigami, who is thrown into a long-running story filled with our beloved characters? Anime movie villains are often throwaway characters who are never given any genuine consideration by writers or viewers, but he is not such a person. Aigami is written and played superbly. His story runs deep in the Yu-Gi-Oh! lore and his importance in bringing Yugi and Kaiba together again can’t be understated. He will not disappoint you.
If, somehow, you are still on the fence about whether or not you want to see this in theaters, go see it. This is likely the last time Yugi and his friends will ever be together on the big screen, or in any anime production.
Congratulations to Kazuki Takahashi for writing and executive producing a stellar film. And congratulations to 4K Media and all of the cast and crew for a job well done. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is the phenomenal, canonical conclusion that the Yu-Gi-Oh! series deserves.
Yu-Gi-Oh! now has its own official online merchandise shop! ShopYuGiOh.com is 4K Media’s new website that sells licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! clothes and accessories. Currently, the store is filled with dozens of exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirts, hoodies, and phone and tablet cases. Team Yugi, Team Kaiba, and Team Aigami are all represented. Check it out.
ShopYuGiOh.com was unveiled on a flyer handed out at last night’s U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in New York City.
…That’s right, at the U.S. premiere! Stay tuned for coverage of the monumental event.
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For its final behind-the-scenes look at Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, 4K Media today posted an interview featuring Dan Green, the voice of Yugi Muto. Dan offers some insights into the evolution of his character, what it feels like to return to an old friend, and what the events of this movie mean to Yugi and his future.
Have you bought your ticket for the movie yet? There are now over 500 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada listed on yugiohtickets.com. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens this Friday, January 27.