Anchor Bay Entertainment Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray, DVD

April 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 16 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray cover mock-up from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today that it will release Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on home video this summer. First up is a digital HD version of the movie slated for June 13. Then, the Blu-ray and DVD versions will hit store shelves on June 27. Both the English and Japanese versions of the movie are included. The home release is also packed with four special features: an interview with Dan Green and Eric Stuart, a look at the cast’s favorite moments, and 4K Media’s “Show Us Your Cards” campaign.

Update (June 5): 4K Media has confirmed that Gold Rare Obelisk the Tormentor will be included with the Blu-ray and DVD.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Spanish Dub is Based on a Fansub

April 24, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in Spanish, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments

Aigami furrowing his brow angrily in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

The Spanish dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which premiered in Latin American theaters this past weekend, has already come under fire from some fans. In developing the script for the Spanish-language dub, producers at the Optimedia Bond dubbing and post-production studio in Mexico purportedly utilized an illegal Spanish fansub of the English dub of the movie rather than have the English script professionally translated. This revelation came to light in a Facebook post from the fansubbers themselves, who proudly confirmed their involvement with the movie. The fansubbers also noted that they were not paid for their work. (The announcement has since been removed.)

This discovery further fans the flames among Spanish followers of Yu-Gi-Oh!, many of whom were already agitated after learning that Optimedia Bond’s dub of the movie would not include the original Spanish Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors. Optimedia Bond’s actions set a bad precedent in the Latin American market for what is supposed to be a professional production, hurting the producers and translators who do business the right way while impairing the licensing of future products in the region.

(News from ANMTV)

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Mugs & DSoD Collectibles by GB eye

April 20, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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You've Activated My Trap Card mug and box mock-up from GB eye
Yu-Gi-Oh! memes — now on official merchandise

GB eye, a manufacturer and distributor of licensed merchandise based in the United Kingdom, is back with some spiffy new Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs and other great collectibles. This round of products includes mug designs featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! characters and memes, and mugs and prints for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

First up are the new Yu-Gi-Oh! character mugs, starring the main characters of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Each mug includes a headshot, the character’s name in English and Japanese, and his or her signature monster.

The “Yami Yugi” design features Yami Yugi and Dark Magician. EAN: 5028486384280.

Yami Yugi and Dark Magician mug by GB eye

The “Kaiba” design, with Seto Kaiba and his Blue-Eyes White Dragon, is quite appropriately printed in blue. EAN: 5028486384273.

Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon mug by GB eye

The “Joey” design includes Joey Wheeler (Katsuya Jonouchi) and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. EAN: 5028486384297.

Joey Wheeler and Red-Eyes Black Dragon mug by GB eye

The “Mai” design, with Mai Valentine (Mai Kujaku) and Harpie Lady Sisters. EAN: 5028486384303.

Mai Valentine and Harpie Lady Sisters mug by GB eye

The “Pegasus” design features Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict. EAN: 5028486384310.

Maximillion Pegasus and Thousand-Eyes Restrict mug by GB eye

Here’s looking at you, “Kuriboh.” Kuriiii! EAN: 5028486384334.

Kuriboh mug by GB eye

Yu-Gi-Oh! memes are a thing, and now, they’ve made it onto official 4K Media-approved merchandise.

The “Trap Card” mug features the infamous YOU’VE ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD meme. EAN: 5028486384327.

You've Activated My Trap Card mug by GB eye

Every day I’m “Shufflin’” my deck with Yami Yugi. And now you can too. EAN: 5028486384266.

Every Day I'm Shufflin mug by GB eye

GB eye also has three new mugs featuring artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

The “DSOD Dark Yugi” design shows Yugi Muto, the Millennium Puzzle, and the movie logo on a black background. Beautiful. EAN: 5028486384365.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yugi Muto and the Millennium Puzzle black mug by GB eye

DSOD Kaiba” includes two shots of Seto Kaiba, his wacky arthritic hand gesture, and his Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon. EAN: 5028486384341.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon mug by GB eye

And last but not least, the “DSOD Key Art” mug features the image seen on the official movie poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami. EAN: 5028486384358.

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

Additionally, GB eye is offering three framed Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions collector prints, each measuring 30 x 40 cm (about 12 x 15.75 inches).

DSOD Yugi and Kaiba” shows the first promo image ever released for the movie featuring Yugi and Kaiba. EAN: 5028486384396.

DSOD King of Games” has a black silhouette of Yugi Muto on a red background. EAN: 5028486384389.

And “DSOD Key Art” features the official movie poster image. EAN: 5028486384372.

Three Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions framed collector prints by GB eye

For fans who want something a tad bigger to cover their walls, GB eye has a gigantic Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions poster measuring 61 by 91.5 cm (about 24 by 38 inches), like the ones you see in movie theaters. EAN: 5028486384242.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions maxi poster with Yugi, Kaiba, and Aigami by GB eye

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Retailers can order these products now, so look for them in online and brick-and-mortar stores very soon.

GB eye’s Yu-Gi-Oh! mugs are licensed for sale in Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, and South Africa. For fans outside of these countries, you can find these items on GBPosters.com, the retail site of GB eye, which offers worldwide shipping. You can also look on the Amazon.co.uk Marketplace for vendors who are willing to ship overseas. Search by each item’s EAN (European Article Number) to find it more easily and to avoid bootlegs.

Special thanks to Andi Creffield, GB eye’s design manager, for the hard work on these mugs and for sending over these designs.

What mug designs do you want to see next?

Related posts:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Mugs by GB eye – A look at 2016’s mug designs.
ShopYuGiOh.com – The Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Shop – More DSoD goods for sale

Update (April 26): Jamie Wilkins, the ecommerce manager at GB Posters, alerted me that GBPosters.com can ship GB eye’s products worldwide. The site is based in the U.K. so the sales are localized and don’t fall foul of any licensing issues, said Wilkins.

Eleven Arts Unveils Theater List for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Japanese Screenings

April 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Seto Kaiba raising his Duel Disk in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and the Eleven Arts logo

Today, film distributor Eleven Arts posted a complete list of U.S. theaters participating in the upcoming limited-engagement screenings of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in Japanese with English subtitles.

Theater locations, dates, and times are available at: http://www.elevenarts.net/yugioh/

If you tried accessing that webpage earlier today and discovered that it was locked with a password, please try again now.

For further details and discussions about this special event, please see my previous post, “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japanese with English Subtitles.” Any updates from Eleven Arts to this event will be added to that post.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Gets Theatrical Screenings in Japanese with English Subtitles

April 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 31 Comments
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Yugi drawing a card in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and the Eleven Arts logo

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is getting a limited run in U.S. theaters in Japanese with English subtitles! 4K Media (Konami) has teamed up with film distributor Eleven Arts to bring the movie to select theaters around the country for a one- or two-day special event, with screenings beginning as early as this Friday, April 14.

4K Media announced this event on Facebook last Friday, but has since removed the post. (Update: 4K Media has clarified that the said announcement is geo-targeted; only Facebook users within 50 miles of a participating theater can view the post.) 4K Media confirmed by email earlier today that it is still awaiting the final list of participating theaters from Eleven Arts as some venues are still not finalized or have not yet scheduled a screening time. Eleven Arts was supposed to post its list of theaters today, but it has not.

Update (April 11): Eleven Arts’ official list of theaters is now available at:
http://www.elevenarts.net/yugioh/

The following is the most current list of confirmed theaters:

(Last updated: May 8 @ 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT)

Alaska

Arizona

California

District of Columbia

Georgia

Hawaii

Kansas

Michigan

Missouri

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Texas

Virginia

Wisconsin

If you’re lucky enough to be near one of these showings, by all means go see it. Show your support for Yu-Gi-Oh! and subtitled theatrical anime releases!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Interviewed on Soundtrack Alley Podcast

April 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Other Stuff, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Photos of Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld
Yu-Gi-Oh! composers Elik Álvarez (left) and Freddy Sheinfeld

On Friday, Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld, two members of a team of talented composers for the many Yu-Gi-Oh! series and movies, appeared on the most recent episode of Soundtrack Alley, a podcast that celebrates the love of movie soundtracks. In a 40-minute interview, the duo speak with podcast host Randy Williams about their work in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and other recent projects. This post includes a few highlights from the interview.

Adding a New Flavor to an Old Favorite

Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld are both composers originally from Venezuela who are now working out of Los Angeles. Their involvement in Yu-Gi-Oh! began with the first Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, Pyramid of Light, which led them to work on season 3 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series and, eventually, every season and spin-off since then. For Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, the pair tried to move away from the style of music seen in the TV series in an effort to make the score a little more cinematic, explained Álvarez.

“How [do you] make it more cinematic?” asked Álvarez. “Well, you just do. That’s what you do as a composer. You are able to switch gears when they need to.”

One of the things that the two composers really pressed for in The Dark Side of Dimensions was the inclusion of more choirs.

“That doesn’t mean we haven’t used choirs in the rest of the series, but not as much probably as we do in this one. We really pushed hard for that one,” Álvarez added. But the most challenging aspect of scoring wasn’t actually the composition process.

Álvarez continued: “What is difficult is to have people who oversee the music — the music producer, the producers, the writers, whoever is listening to the score — this movie is a little bit different because even people in Japan were listening to this, people in Konami, I believe. So the difficult part is to convince them, ‘Listen, let’s try to do something different.’ They are so used to listening to a certain style of music. To propose something new takes time and persuasion and things like that. But to switch gears, in my opinion, is something that comes very natural to us.”

Sheinfeld noted that the their experience with Yu-Gi-Oh! has come full circle. The pair began with Duel Monsters, which had a certain style of music. They then moved on to other series, each with their own unique sound; GX was a little more rock-oriented and 5D’s had electronic industrial elements. Now, after more than ten years, they’ve returned to the original Yu-Gi-Oh! and needed to approach it with a fresh perspective.

“We kind of came back to some of the original ideas as far as the themes that we needed to use because those are characters that everybody knows,” said Sheinfeld. “But at the same time, we wanted to do, like Elik said, something fresh, something more cinematic. And somehow, the way it worked, to sound a little bit more cinematic was actually going a little bit old school.

“It’s funny because in the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, if you listen to the music, there’s a lot of electronics going on. A lot of electronic percussion, a lot of techno stuff combined with an orchestra. But [for The Dark Side of Dimensions], we were a little bit more pure. We tried to avoid that just a little bit just to sound a little bit more modern, which is weird but it kind of worked that way. A lot of those sounds [in the original Yu-Gi-Oh!] now sound a little bit dated if we use it, so to sound fresh, we avoided it as much as we could. We were for a more traditional sound. You know, still mixing some of the modern electronic sounds that we use these days to still have that modern feel. But overall, it was a little bit more traditional orchestration approach to this film.”

Getting the Style Just Right

Both Álvarez and Sheinfeld gave a lot of credit to Mike Brady, 4K Media’s music producer, who offers them lots of freedom to compose to picture. Brady doesn’t give the composers a temp track — a sample piece of filler music that editors and producers use to set the mood of a scene.

“We just get plain animation with dialog and rough sound effects and sometimes rough dialog, and we just write music to it,” explained Álvarez. “So that’s a very, very important point I want to make. We’re pretty lucky with this because temp tracks sometimes could be a big help, sometimes they don’t. So one thing for this is we don’t get any temp tracks. He just sends us picture with dialog, and that’s it. There is no music there. So we really create from scratch.”

“I think the producer, Mike, is very good at what he does,” Sheinfeld said. “Like Elik says, he doesn’t give a temp track, but he has a very specific idea of how the show works. It took a long time to understand it but now it’s a matter of trying to understand what is important, what you need to accomplish with the music, and on the other side, what you can add to it as far as being creative. So it’s always that balance. You want to make it work and you also want to make it as cool as possible. There’s a lot of work involved. As far as making things work, it’s funny because it’s even though it’s an animation, I think the level of thought that goes behind each detail is much more deeper than a lot of the dramatic films that I’ve done in the past.”

After working on Yu-Gi-Oh! for more than ten years, Álvarez and Sheinfeld have a good feel for what the producers are looking for and what style of music works well in the anime.

“We understand the language pretty well of these types of animations,” said Álvarez. “I gotta tell you, it’s very, very complex. It’s very complex. Sometimes, on TV, you don’t really listen that much to the music. There is a lot of dialog. They don’t mix the music that loud. But it’s very complex what we do over here, and it took us quite a few years just to nail down the style and not to be afraid.”

And getting the style just right really is the key, since the music dictates so much of how characters and scenes are perceived by the viewers.

“As Freddy said, each of the characters over there, they have their own personality and we need to make sure that people can understand that,” Álvarez said. He elaborated on this point using Kaiba as an example, explaining that when composing for this character, Brady emphasized not to treat Kaiba as a bad, evil guy but also not as a good, heroic guy.

“These characters are complex. And you know, people don’t realize that,” stated Álvarez. “And again, when you see it on TV, and there is a lot of dialog going on all the time. But we’re behind that trying to make sure that people don’t perceive Kaiba as an evil guy because he’s not. So how do you make that balance?”

Teamwork, Inspirations, Future Projects, and More

Elik Álvarez and Freddy Sheinfeld discussed several more topics with Randy Williams, including how they have honed their skills from working together, how they met fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! composer Joel Douek, what types of film music they enjoy, and what some of their future project include. It’s a smart and enlightening interview, so give it a listen! Be sure to listen all the way to the end because they share a few of their full-length pieces from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions and other works.

Related posts:
Composer Elik Álvarez Talks Yu-Gi-Oh! Music
Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions

Last Chance to Buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in VIZ’s Digital Weekly Shonen Jump

March 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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The December 19, 2016 cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine

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:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1: Monday, March 20. Buy it now on VIZ.com, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books for $0.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2: Monday, April 3. Buy it now on VIZ.com, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books for $0.99.

If you live in the United States, you can also find Transcend Game, Part 1, printed in VIZ’s Spring 2017 Jump Pack, a WSJ magazine currently on sale at Scholastic book fairs.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Japanese Blu-ray Ranks No. 1 in Sales

March 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Limited edition Blu-ray box sets of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on display at Tower Records in Shinjuku
Photo by @TOWER_Shinjuku

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game (Part 1) Printed in Spring 2017 WSJ Jump Pack

March 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game panels in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack and an Obelisk the Tormentor promo card

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.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Obelisk the Tormentor card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! Composers Álvarez, Sheinfeld Talk The Dark Side of Dimensions

February 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! music composers Freddy Sheinfeld, Joel Douek, and Elik Alvarez in a studio
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!.

On Twitter, Yu-Gi-Oh! music producer and editor Michael Brady expressed the possibility of publishing Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD’s soundtrack.

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?

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