Japanese producers of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS returned today to reveal more juicy details about the upcoming anime, including the protagonist’s voice actor, an overview of the story, and the staff helming the series.
Yusaku Fujiki’s Voice Actor
Lead character Yusaku Fujiki and his alter ego “Playmaker” will be voiced by 26-year-old Shouya Ishige. With his selection, the producers have continued the trend of choosing a relative newcomer to the anime voice acting industry to play the protagonist. Up until now, Ishige has predominantly been a stage actor. Between 2009 and 2015, he was a member of Japan’s Shiki Theatre Company where his roles included Rolf Gruber in The Sound of Music and Simba in The Lion King.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS takes place in Den City, a futuristic world where people duel in a virtual reality space called LINK VRAINS. This system was developed by a large corporation named SOL Technology. All is not well in this world, however. The Knights of Hanoi, a mysterious group of dueling hackers, has infiltrated LINK VRAINS and is seeking to destroy the AI World “Cyberse” within the network. But one duelist is standing in their way: “Playmaker,” who has become well-known for demolishing the Knights of Hanoi without uttering a single word. Little does anyone know that Playmaker is mild-mannered high schooler Yusaku Fujiki, who pursues the hackers to uncover the truth about a certain event that occurred in the past.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS’s production crew includes plenty of notable and familiar names from past Yu-Gi-Oh! series, including:
- Director: Masahiro Hosoda, an episode director and storyboarder in numerous anime, including Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and the 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! series from Toei
- Series Layout: Shin Yoshida, a prominent and long-time Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga writer
- Duel Layout: Masahiro Hikokubo, the long-time writer of duels in Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga
- Character Design: Kenichi Hara, an animation director and key animator, and the Chief Animation Director of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V
- Audio Director: Hiroki Matsuoka from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, ARC-V, and The Dark Side of Dimensions
- Music: Shinkichi Mitsumune, a composer in many anime series, including Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Revolutionary Girl Utena, FLCL, and Rozen Maiden
Today, producers of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime unveiled the designs of two new characters: Go Onizuka (left) and Aoi Zaizen.
Go Onizuka (鬼塚豪) is described as a rival of protagonist Yusaku Fujiki’s VR alter ego “Playmaker.” When Go Onizuka enters VR space, he uses the moniker “Go Onizuka” (Go鬼塚 — the English word “Go” takes the place of the kanji 豪, which is also pronounced “Go”).
Aoi Zaizen is Yusaku’s classmate. When she enters VR space, she is called “Blue Angel” and is a well-known charismatic duelist.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s final episode will air on Sunday, March 26. Of special note, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will not premiere in April as was previously announced. Instead, it will begin on an as yet unnamed date in May. In the meantime, beginning April 5, TV Tokyo will broadcast a special series titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Fully Dissected! Yu-Gi-Oh! Laboratory.” Each week, Japanese celebrities and personalities will discuss the appeal of the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and the new rules of the card game. The show is intended to be a beginner’s introduction to the anime and game.
– TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Website Now Live
TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS website launched today, officially announcing the start of the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series this spring.
Additionally, producers unveiled a few new details about Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series.
Yusaku is said to be a cool and sharp-minded high schooler who possesses the skills to become a hacker. His wit makes him a quick judge of the situations he’s in and the thoughts of the people he speaks with. When Yusaku enters the VR space, he transforms and uses the moniker “Playmaker.”
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will begin this April in Japan on TV Tokyo. A special Yu-Gi-Oh! TV program about the series will precede the premiere.
(News and images from Mynavi News.)
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is coming! A leaked image from next Monday’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine reveals that the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series is titled Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (the pronunciation rhymes with “trains”) and involves virtual reality duels in cyberspace. Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series, is an ordinary high schooler who transforms into the surfboard-riding character seen in the image when he enters the VR space. He is accompanied by his sword-wielding ace monster named Decode Talker. Another mysterious creature is seen behind them.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS was first unveiled at Jump Festa last December. The series begins this spring in Japan on TV Tokyo.