How to Read Every Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Ever for Only $1.99

December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Pegasus enjoying gorgonzola cheese, wine, and a comic in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist chapter 14

How much Yu-Gi-Oh! manga can you read in a month? With the arrival of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump today, it is now possible to read every Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off manga ever — that’s over 600 chapters and counting! — for just $1.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is only one series available in Shonen Jump’s vault of over 10,000 chapters, which is accessible for $1.99 per month. Almost all of the biggest Jump titles — Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bleach, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece — are there. At launch, there are almost 90 titles, but more are on their way. How is VIZ making money on this?!

New users can receive a free seven-day trial to the vault by signing up on the web or using the Shonen Jump iOS or Android app. Current WSJ magazine subscribers, your membership already gives you access to the vault.

Here are the links to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series:

If there is a Jump imprint title that you want to read but it’s not available right at launch, rest assured that VIZ is fully aware of it. “We are working on it,” said Shonen Jump Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani in last week’s SJ podcast.

And if you enjoy a series and want to support it even more, please consider buying the graphic novel volumes, which contain additional content not seen with these individual chapters.

Happy reading!

Hulu Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions

November 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and The Dark Side of Dimensions movie posters from Hulu

Yu-Gi-Oh! movie double feature time? Yu-Gi-Oh! movie double feature time. Hulu is now streaming both Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions! If you missed seeing Pyramid of Light in theaters earlier this year, you’ll definitely want to catch it here because it’s the newly remastered version with a stunningly clean widescreen picture.

If you are looking to make it a triple feature, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is streaming for free on CONtv and Tubi TV.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Animators Shuji Maruyama, Junichi Hayama at Youmacon 2018

November 9, 2018 at 11:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Shuji Maruyama and Junichi Hayama at Youmacon 2018 opening ceremonies
Shuji Maruyama (left) and Junichi Hayama

Fans of anime, manga, and Japanese culture descended upon Detroit, Michigan, last weekend for the annual Youmacon convention. This event would be a very special one for animation fans because the convention welcomed four animators straight from Japan, including two highly respected and beloved Yu-Gi-Oh! animators.

Making his first ever appearance in the United States was Shuji Maruyama, a very prolific Yu-Gi-Oh! animator and animation director who has worked on Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, 5D’s, ZEXAL, ARC-V, Bonds Beyond Time, and The Dark Side of Dimensions. Maruyama is probably best known by fans as the character designer for 5D’s. More recently, he has worked on Fuuka, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, and Hanebado!.

Returning for his second appearance at Youmacon was Junichi Hayama, who has served as an animator and animation director for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and as a key animator for The Dark Side of Dimensions. Hayama is well known for his mastery of the brush pen and has most recently been working on Golden Kamuy.

Joining Maruyama and Hayama were two more talented animators: Mamoru Yokota, who has worked on Death Note, Naruto, and Gatchaman Crowds; and Shigefumi Shingaki, who works full time at Toei Animation as an animation director for One Piece.

Over the weekend, all four animators participated in live drawing events, where cameras were homed in on their paper and pencils to get an up-close view of their artistic process, and in Q&A panels where they tackled burning questions from the audience.

But there was one very special panel that was not to be missed by any Yu-Gi-Oh! fan: “Draw of the Cards.” Moderated by Anthony “Kroze” Kresky of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fame, Draw of the Cards was dedicated entirely to all things Yu-Gi-Oh!, with Shuji Maruyama and Junichi Hayama offering insights about the Yu-Gi-Oh! series they’ve worked on and delighting the audience with their illustrations.

This post contains a full transcript of the Draw of the Cards panel and also highlights the Yu-Gi-Oh! artwork that Maruyama and Hayama presented at Youmacon 2018.

Transcript: Draw of the Cards, a discussion about Yu-Gi-Oh!

Kroze: I’d like to start this panel by talking about what goes into animating and drawing a show that’s highly based on just people playing cards against each other. How do you make that exciting from an animator aspect?

Hayama: That’s something that the author of the source material really thinks of so I really don’t have any say in that.

Maruyama: This is a work with an actual proper source material so I make sure a lot of the elements from the source material are not lost in the adaptation.

Kroze: Since it’s coming from manga source material that already exists, has there ever been any difficulty adapting something over into the animated show that was easier to tell over in the manga?

Maruyama: I want to really keep the elements from the source material intact so I make sure to use the same “image.” So I really want to make sure I preserve the touches, the styles, the expressions, and the angles that are from the manga and convert that into an animation style.

Hayama: Exactly what Maruyama said. Adapting from manga to animation — they seem very similar but they’re actually very different in a lot of components. In manga, most of the time a lot of the motion and feelings are all condensed into one single image. Whereas in animation, you have to keep in mind that it is in motion and you really want to have fluidity in the entire content. At the same time, knowing how to make sure that the essence of the source material is intact while converting that to a fluid motion is what separates amateurs from veterans.

Kroze: Do you ever look to the cards for art inspiration when adapting some of the sequences into animation?

Hayama: We don’t actually take inspiration directly from the cards. There are dedicated people that deal with the monster designs so that they can be adapted from the cards to the animation. [Takahiro] Kagami is one good example of them. He is known among the fan community as one of the best animation directors in the production team.

Maruyama: Kagami did a lot of the earlier monster designs as well as the God Cards’ monster designs.

Kroze: Yu-Gi-Oh! has had a lot of great characters over the many years. Is there any character that you take pleasure in animating and drawing?

Hayama: I don’t have a particular favorite character because I make sure that plot lines and story lines are intact, and so I see value in all the characters.

Interpreter: Is that genuinely your answer? Or are you saying that because you don’t want to answer the question?

Hayama: No, seriously! Every single one has an important role in the story line.

Maruyama: Just from the ease of drawing, I really like to draw Yusei because I draw a lot of him, so I’ve got a lot of practice for him. But my particular favorite is Bruno from 5D’s. I like his role in the story and his design.

Kroze: Because Yusei is simple for you to draw, does it make the action scenes a lot easier to create? Does it let you be more dynamic because you don’t have to concentrate that much on Yusei?

Maruyama: Hmm…

Hayama: The more you draw, the easier it gets. You have the image of the picture revealed in your mind, so there’s one less thing to deal with. So sometimes even the smallest details like how his fingers appear, the more you draw, the more you memorize how they actually look. So in other words, practice makes perfect. At some point, it becomes a habit as opposed to a task.

Kroze: All of the Yu-Gi-Oh! shows have so many action sequences in them. Are there any particular ones that stand out that you had a lot of fun animating?

Hayama: I don’t remember. Sorry.

Maruyama: It’s not an action scene, but one of my favorite scenes is in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters when Yugi is dueling Joey while he was being controlled by Marik. I love that, especially the scene where, after the duel is over, Yugi jumps into the water to try to help Joey. That’s one of my favorite scenes because it really allows me to reidentify, to reassure that their friendship just goes above and beyond what friendship really, truly is.

Kroze: At this point, I’d like to take a couple of questions from the audience.

Audience member: You’ve talked about which characters you look forward to drawing. Which characters are the most difficult to draw?

Hayama: Actually, monsters were really hard to draw. In Duel Monsters, there’s that black magician wearing some sort of belts fighting against Pegasus.

[Audience members shout out the name — Magician of Black Chaos.]

Hayama: When I saw that character design, I was like, you’ve got to be freakin’ kidding me.

[The audience laughs.]

Maruyama: A lot of the dragons in 5D’s were really hard to draw because a lot of them were 3D designs, even though some of them, like Black Rose, were drawn most of the time. Including that, there are a lot of dragons that were designed from the get-go through computer graphics as 3D models. They didn’t consider animators at all during that design process so I struggled with that.

Audience member: Have you ever played the card game itself?

Hayama: I don’t have a clue about it.

Maruyama: Recently, I’ve been playing Duel Links.

Audience member: Of the different summoning mechanics — Normal summoning, Xyz, Synchro — which is the most difficult to incorporate into an action sequence?

Hayama: I don’t understand all the different summonings so I just try to have fun without caring about them.

Maruyama: Summonings and the transformation portions are probably one of the most inspiring, appealing portions of the anime so I make sure to use some variations so there’s not all the same recycled motions. I have fun trying to come up with different kinds of animations.

Kroze: Are there any transformation sequences from other shows that you’ve look to for inspiration for some of those summoning sequences?

Maruyama: Not really. Not any one in particular.

Audience member: Which of the Egyptian God Cards is the hardest to animate?

Hayama: I don’t know. Which one’s are the God Cards again?

[Maruyama lists them off for him.]

Hayama: Which one’s the blue one? That’s the hardest. All of them are hard to illustrate.

Audience member: I was assuming it would be Ra because of all the scales and everything. The yellow one.

Hayama: I try to forget about bad memories.

[The audience laughs.]

Maruyama: Back when God Cards were the thing in Duel Monsters, I was still just pretty new, so I struggled with all of them.

Audience member: Are there any other series’ animators who you respect and who you draw inspiration from?

Hayama: Once we go down that rabbit hole, there’s no end to it.

Maruyama: True, but…

Hayama: I worked on Fist of the North Star. During that time, the character designer, Masami Suda, was like my mentor figure. A lot of my work has many elements that I learned from him. At the same time, when I was someone who just enjoyed anime not as a professional but as a viewer, I believed some of his touches are kind of reminiscent of the original Gundam series.

Maruyama: I learned a lot of things from [Takahiro] Kagami, one of the animation directors from Duel Monsters. A lot of my works are similar to his style.

Kroze: Is there anything in Yu-Gi-Oh! that you haven’t worked on that you want to work on? Like GX.

Hayama: As long as I get paid, I don’t care.

[The audience laughs.]

Maruyama: If I get asked to, I will be happy to do it.

Audience member: Are there any American series that influence your art?

Hayama: I watch The Simpsons. I also watch a lot of American comic series, from Marvel and DC. I watch them just for fun, but if I see something interesting, like certain layouts or designs, I might get inspiration from them.

Maruyama: I watch Pixar for fun, but I don’t think it really inspires my work because the styles are completely different.

Audience member: Have either of you worked with the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi?

Hayama: Nope.

Maruyama: I just said hi to him once.

[The audience commiserates with him — “Aww.”]

Hayama: I would like to meet him for a very personal reason. Takahashi worked on a spin-off manga of the anime Go-Q-Choji Ikkiman by Toei Animation. I was a fan of the show so I want to meet Takahashi just for that personal reason.

[Note: The Go-Q-Choji Ikkiman anime and manga aren’t available in English. According to the Go-Q-Choji Ikkiman Japanese Wikipedia entry, the manga was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine in 1986 and was compiled into two graphic novel volumes. Takahashi worked on it using the pen name “Kazuo Takahashi.” -ravegrl]

Audience member: When you’re not animating, what’s your favorite thing to do at home?

Hayama: Rest assured, I don’t work all the time. I watch movies and drink a lot. The usual things.

Maruyama: Same.

Audience member: How did you get into the animation industry?

Hayama: Back when I was in high school, my friend’s brother was involved in an anime production. I mentioned to my friend that I might want to be an animator some day. “Oh, you want me to introduce my brother to you?” So I met him and asked if there’s a special school for this. “No, don’t do it. Don’t do it.” Two months later, I find myself introduced to a new company. After five minutes of introductions and a simple interview, they were like, “When are you going to come?” I started in April and the rest is history.

Maruyama: I went to a special school for animation. From there, I met the first company that I worked for, and now I’m here.

Kroze: Seeing as how this franchise has had a lot of people work on it, is there anything that either of you feel like you’ve contributed that you hope makes a lasting impression on the franchise as it moves onward?

Hayama: I will leave that to the viewers and the audience’s discretion.

Maruyama: I hope the character designs will stay intact as long as the series does continue.

Audience member: For Maruyama, you’ve talked about how you’ve drawn inspiration from animation director [Takahiro] Kagami. Do you know the story behind why, in so many of Kagami’s episodes, Joey is often shown making a tough-guy pointy-chin face?

Maruyama: Kagami really likes Antonio Inoki, who is a well-known pro wrestler in Japan. Kagami is a fan of him and so he played around with the thought that maybe Joey really likes pro wrestling. So in certain scenes, he added some references to some pro wrestlers in terms of their facial expressions or emotions or playfulness.

Audience member: Apart from the card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! known mostly for the hair. Which character’s hair is the most difficult for you to draw?

Hayama: Tristan. Tristan has a distinctive pointy hair style. What makes it difficult is that it really depends on the angle it is seen pointing. [The subsequent explanation is inaudible because of the excessive laughter from the audience.] That makes it difficult because the angle really changes his hairstyle. I saw the character design and was like, you’ve got to be kidding me.

Maruyama: The character Vector in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. His hair is very hard to draw. Similar to Tristan, the angle really dictates how the hairstyle looks. In the show Ashita no Joe, the main character has a very interesting hairstyle as well. Depending on the angle, the hair goes on one side or the other. Even if he looks straight forward, it still goes a little to the left or right. Likewise, for Vector, I really have to think about how, if I am looking straight at him, how the hair would look.

Audience member: If you have the chance to create your own monster card or Yu-Gi-Oh! card, what ideas would you have for it?

Hayama: I won’t know until I try.

Maruyama: I will try to design a cute girl, like Dark Magician Girl.

Audience member: In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, the final villain, Z-One, has a really interesting design. Where did the idea for his design originate?

Maruyama: I didn’t design him so I have no idea. But the first time I saw that design, I said that looks really tedious.

[Note: The actual designer of Z-One is Shinichi Miyazaki, who is credited in the endings of episode 65 and onward for his “Concept Design Cooperation.” Miyazaki recently tweeted an early design sketch and character concepts for Z-One. -ravegrl]

Audience member: Did you enjoy working on ZEXAL more or 5D’s? Which one was more fun?

Maruyama: I had more fun with ZEXAL because it was a little more colorful and playful. In 5D’s, very early on, the main character gets arrested. That sets up the tone of the show to be kind of dark. I think it’s not my actual output that is dark, but that darkness is something that I have to keep in the back of my mind when I’m actually illustrating.

Kroze: Speaking of 5D’s, the show, like you said, has a very dark tone. While manga is always black and white, 5D’s definitely has a very prominent “color” to it that makes its darkness feel entrenching. Is there anything that you looked at that inspired how you approached the darkness there?

Maruyama: There are actually dedicated people that deal with the color tone and the director and the people that handle this idea. They handle the tone of the colors and they make sure it’s all consistent with the story and throughout the series. So I didn’t have much of a say in the actual color.

Audience member: In the Dark Side of Dimensions movie, Kaiba and Mokuba don’t have their lockets on. Do you know why their lockets aren’t included in the movie even though they always wore them in the TV anime and manga?

Maruyama: I have no idea. I was given the designs from the directors. There’s nothing that took place in the background that we know of or any theories we can verify.

Audience member: Was there ever a time you had to animate something where you said no, you couldn’t do it, or had to change the way it was animated because it was too difficult to create?

Hayama: There were many occasions where I’ve thought it’s impossible to do a certain thing within a certain given schedule. Before I decide to accept the job, I make sure it’s something that I can finish. Because if you do accept the job that’s nearly impossible to do, you will always experience something bad.

Maruyama: No comment. [Laughs.]

Audience member: Do you have any favorite old American action movies?

Hayama: Escape from New York.

Maruyama: Back to the Future.

Interpreter: Is it a sin to have never watched that movie?

Kroze: What?! Are you serious?

Hayama: You’re joking! How sad.

Audience member: In Duel Monsters, Noa’s story arc wasn’t in the manga. What is it like drawing something that doesn’t have a source material?

Hayama: Even during Noa’s arc, I was just an animator, so I wasn’t part of the actual major staff. The director and the scriptwriter are the ones who make the decisions about the details. But, having said that, I did feel that it was kind of different than usual, that it was kind of weird. But a job is a job.

Maruyama: What Hayama said.

Kroze: I have a final question for both of you. This is a little bit of a silly one, but the phrase “the heart of the cards” is used many times in the series. What do you believe the heart of the cards means?

Hayama: Sorry, I have no idea.

Maruyama: I’ve never heard of that.

[The audience laughs.]

Interpreter: “Kādo no kokoro wo shinjiru” — “To believe in the heart of the cards.” [The interpreter places his index and middle fingers on top of his wrist, as if he were pausing before drawing a card.]

Hayama & Maruyama: Aaah!

Hayama: It’s a fully mental thing. Probably a full mental hypnosis.

Shuji Maruyama and Junichi Hayama’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations at Youmacon 2018

While the animators were answering questions during the Draw of the Cards panel, they were also busy putting pen to paper. What were they drawing? This panel was technically a Q&A panel, not a live drawing panel, so there were no cameras set up that pointed at their papers. So, the audience would just have to be surprised.

At the end of the panel, Shuji Maruyama and Junichi Hayama revealed what they had been working on and invited the audience to approach them and take photos.

Maruyama wowed the crowd with his Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas:

Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas illustrations, drawn live by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Close-up of Yusei Fudo in an illustration drawn live by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Close-up of Jack Atlas in an illustration drawn live by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Hayama’s Seto Kaiba and Yami Yugi left the audience awestruck:

Seto Kaiba and Yami Yugi illustrations, drawn live by Junichi Hayama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Close-up of Seto Kaiba in an illustration drawn live by Junichi Hayama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Close-up of Yami Yugi in an illustration drawn live by Junichi Hayama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Needless to say, everyone was astonished by the works Maruyama and Hayama managed to turn out while they were casually chatting with the audience. They are both truly masters of their craft.

These are the only two Yu-Gi-Oh! pieces that Hayama drew the entire weekend.

Maruyama, however, created more Yu-Gi-Oh! illustrations at other live drawing and Q&A panels that weren’t specifically dedicated to Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Here is another take on Yusei and Jack by Maruyama. This photo is from fellow animator Mamoru Yokota (@yokotamamoru).

Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas together, drawn live by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon on November 2, 2018

Seto Kaiba was a very popular request for Maruyama. He drew Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon twice using two different styles at two different panels:

Seto Kaiba drawing a card with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, drawn live by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon on November 3, 2018

Seto Kaiba standing with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, drawn live by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon on November 4, 2018

All of these illustrations by Maruyama and Hayama were given away to lucky audience members.

On Facebook, Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actress Erica Schroeder, who was also a guest at Youmacon, shared a story and photo of how she had the great fortune of running into Shuji Maruyama in her hotel lobby. After Maruyama learned that Akiza Izinski is her favorite character that she has played, he whipped up an original illustration for Erica in minutes.

Erica Schroeder, Shuji Maruyama, and Maruyama's illustration of Akiza Izinski

Truly a moment she won’t ever forget!

At Youmacon’s Artists Alley, the animators had their own table set up where they accepted a very limited number of commissions over the weekend. When they weren’t attending panels or sightseeing in Detroit, they were busy drawing at their table. Youmacon attendees could commission an original piece of monochrome or full-color artwork on a shikishi — a hard paper board often used in Japan for autographs, paintings, and calligraphy.

Shuji Maruyama displayed two sample shikishi at the table — one with a color drawing of Yuma Tsukumo with Astral, and another with a monochrome drawing of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba standing back to back.

Yuma Tsukumo, Astral, Yami Yugi, and Kaiba illustrations on two shikishi by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon 2018

Yuma Tsukumo and Astral illustration on a shikishi by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon 2018

Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba illustration on a shikishi by Shuji Maruyama at Youmacon 2018

Throughout the weekend, all of the animators held autograph sessions where they each offered posters to fans that featured original illustrations from anime series that they’ve worked on.

Junichi Hayama’s print showed Saichi Sugimoto and Asirpa from Golden Kamuy. But Shuji Maruyama’s print was this masterpiece of Yusei Fudo, Jack Atlas, and Yami Yugi:

Shuji Maruyama's original print with Yusei Fudo, Jack Atlas, and Yami Yugi illustrations

Want to see Shuji Maruyama and Junichi Hayama at more events? Contact your nearest anime convention’s guest relations staff and let them know!

Follow Shuji Maruyama on Twitter, @masyuu_nemunemu.

And follow Junichi Hayama on Twitter, @hayama11.

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If you enjoyed hearing from Shuji Maruyama and Junichi Hayama, check out my coverage of Youmacon 2017, where Hayama made his first American convention appearance. At that event, Hayama spoke in greater depth about his background, techniques, and the animation industry.

(Questions and answers have been edited for clarity and readability.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Wins Big at 6th Annual Behind the Voice Actors Anime Dub Awards

September 22, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba greeting Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Congratulations to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which was a huge winner at the Behind the Voice Actors Anime Dub Awards presented yesterday evening at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival! The BTVA Anime Dub Awards, now in its sixth year, honored the best English voice performances in anime TV shows and movies released in 2017. There are two winners for each award: one selected by BTVA’s staff and one voted on by fans.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD took home the award for Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Movie/Special, selected by both BTVA’s staff and fans. Other nominees:

  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie
  • The Dragon Dentist
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower
  • Napping Princess
  • One Piece Film: Gold
  • A Silent Voice
  • Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island

Eric Stuart, the voice of Seto Kaiba, landed the award for Best Male Lead Performance in an Anime Movie/Special, selected by BTVA’s staff. Other nominees:

  • Bryce Papenbrook as Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya in Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
  • Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
  • Clint Beckham as Akihito Kanbara in Beyond the Boundary -I’ll Be Here- Future
  • Dan Green as Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • Keith Silverstein as Gild Tesoro in One Piece Film: Gold
  • Matthew Mercer as Kuroh Yatogami in K: Missing Kings
  • Robbie Daymond as Shoya Ishida in A Silent Voice
  • Scott Gibbs as Riku Dola in No Game No Life Zero
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke Uchiha in Boruto: Naruto the Movie

And Dan Green, the voice of Yugi Muto, was the pick for the Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special by both BTVA’s staff and fans. Other nominees:

  • Daniel Fredrick as Grell Sutcliff in Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
  • Jeff Nimoy as Tentomon in Digimon Adventure tri.
  • Ken Kramer as Najib in Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island
  • Lex Woutas as Ichiro Watanabe in Napping Princess
  • Michael Adamthwaite as Captain Razzak in Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island
  • Michael Dobson as Daal in Sinbad: The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands
  • Michael Sinterniklaas as Animus in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
  • Ricco Fajardo as John Paul in Genocidal Organ
  • Robert Martin Klein as Gomamon in Digimon Adventure tri.

Amy Birnbaum, who plays Téa Gardner, and Tara Sands, the voice of Mokuba Kaiba, were both nominees for Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Gets Blu-ray, DVD from Manga UK in October

July 10, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pyramid of Light artifact on display at a museum in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it will release Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie on DVD and, for the first time ever, on Blu-ray this October. The London-based distributor’s upcoming release slate shows two Yu-Gi-Oh! video listings, both with a street date of October 8:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Triple Pack, which includes Pyramid of Light, Bonds Beyond Time, and The Dark Side of Dimensions

Manga UK stated on Twitter that only the English-dubbed version by 4Kids Entertainment is included. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie was first released on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2004 by Warner Home Video. That version also included only the English dub and is no longer in print.

A remastered English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and the first English episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS were screened in cinemas in the United Kingdom on June 13.

There has yet to be a formal announcement from any American distributor regarding similar products for this side of the globe.

Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Giveaway

June 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Anubis' attack sends Yugi's cards flying in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
Ahhh free stuff!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is heading to cinemas in the United Kingdom next week and Manga Entertainment UK is giving away some Yu-Gi-Oh! goodies to celebrate! Up for grabs is a prize pack containing:

  • A two-in-one Blu-ray containing Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster
  • A Yu-Gi-Oh! card binder with a pack of surprise cards

To enter, simply follow @MangaUK on Twitter and retweet the linked giveaway tweet. This competition is open only to residents of the United Kingdom and ends on June 13 at 3 pm BST.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will play on over 30 screens throughout the United Kingdom on June 13. The one-night event will also include a sneak peek of the first English-dubbed episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

STARZ Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

April 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Aigami, and the gang watching down the street and chatting

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is now available on STARZ. Today, 4K Media announced that the premium cable network has picked up the movie for streaming and TV distribution. STARZ subscribers can watch the movie anytime on the web or using the STARZ On Demand app. Additionally, STARZ Kids & Family will air the movie on May 5. Check your local listings for more information.

STARZ is available for $8.99 a month a la carte, or as part of your cable TV subscription package. The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time are also available on the network.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

Manga UK’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Advent Giveaway

December 8, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba lifting up the steel container holding the pieces of the Millennium Puzzle in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Bearing gifts

Heads up, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom. Manga Entertainment UK has a limited number of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and posters and wants to give them all away to you! For a chance to win, all you need to do is follow @MangaUK on Twitter and retweet the linked giveaway tweet by Monday, December 11, 8 am GMT.

This prize draw is part of Manga UK’s Anime Advent Calendar, where every day of Advent the company highlights one of its favorite releases of 2017.

GB eye Offers New Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Mugs

November 30, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Kaiba and Yugi mug and box mock-up from GB eye

If you like the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions key art seen on ShopYuGiOh.com‘s clothes and mobile accessories, you won’t want to miss GB eye’s newest ceramic mugs. The England-based manufacturer and distributor of mugs, posters, and other licensed goods has added four new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie mugs to its already extensive line-up.

First is the “Triangles” mug with close-ups of Aigami, Yugi, and Kaiba. “Yu-Gi-Oh!” is printed in Japanese below them, and two Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions logos sit near the handle. EAN: 5028486397259.

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

Are you on Team Aigami, Team Yugi, or Team Kaiba? Cheer for all three with the “Teams” mug, featuring black-and-white renderings of the trio. Their names are printed in both English and Japanese. The vertical text beside each of them is the Japanese tagline for the movie, “Fight for what you believe in.” EAN: 5028486397266.

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

The “Panels” mug focuses on just Kaiba and Yugi, with the Japanese tagline between them. The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions logo is printed vertically. EAN: 5028486397280.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Seto Kaiba and Yugi Muto mug by GB

And last but not least, Yugi is in full color and ready for action in the “Believe” design. He is surrounded by the movie’s tagline, written in both Japanese and English. EAN: 5028486397273.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi Muto Believe mug by GB eye

These mugs are all made in the United Kingdom and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

GB eye is also offering a large new framed collector print. “Duel” features old-school Yami Yugi and his signature monsters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters TV anime. The poster measures 30 x 75 cm (about 12 x 29.5 inches). EAN: 5028486389841.

Yu-Gi-Oh! framed collector print featuring Yami Yugi and his monsters by GB eye

You can buy these and all of GB eye’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise right now on GBPosters.com, which is GB eye’s own retail store. Worldwide shipping is available!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye – The original five mugs from 2016

‘Deck the Halls’: ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Ugly Christmas Sweater Design

November 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Deck the Halls Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions 2017 holiday shirts

Just in time for Cyber Monday, ShopYuGiOh.com today added a festive new Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirt design. Undoubtedly inspired by the ugly Christmas sweaters that you’ll soon see at your nearest holiday party, the “Deck the Halls” design showcases Yugi’s Millennium Puzzle lovingly surrounded by chains, cards, snow, and trees. Shirts are available in both men’s and women’s cuts, with prices starting at $23.95 for the short-sleeve styles and $25.95 for the long-sleeve styles.

This exclusive design is available for a limited time only at ShopYuGiOh.com. Don’t miss it!

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions SPIEL, MCM London Comic Con Shirts

Close-up of the Deck the Halls Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions 2017 holiday shirt design

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