Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Monsters

November 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Monster Selection poll graphic on Shueisha's V Jump website

As part of the ongoing festivities celebrating the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! in Japan, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked fans to name the best monster from the six Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. The poll, which was held online earlier this year, amassed a whopping 33,056 votes. Today, V Jump released the results online and in its magazine — and some of the choices are quite unexpected!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:

  1. Dark Magician Girl (6617 votes)
  2. Slifer the Sky Dragon (3848 votes)
  3. Blue-Eyes White Dragon (3089 votes)
  4. Dark Magician (2852 votes)
  5. Red-Eyes Black Dragon (1963 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Yubel (4183 votes)
  2. Elemental HERO Flame Wingman (3663 votes)
  3. Cyber End Dragon (3513 votes)
  4. Elemental HERO Neos (2564 votes)
  5. Elemental HERO Divine Neos (2545 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Black Rose Dragon (6593 votes)
  2. Stardust Dragon (5268 votes)
  3. Shooting Quasar Dragon (3531 votes)
  4. Junk Warrior (2846 votes)
  5. Shooting Star Dragon (2120 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Gagaga Girl (5025 votes)
  2. Number 107: Galaxy-Eyes Tachyon Dragon (4110 votes)
  3. Number 39: Utopia (3587 votes)
  4. Number 62: Galaxy-Eyes Prime Photon Dragon (2994 votes)
  5. Galaxy-Eyes Photon Dragon (2986 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Dark Rebellion Xyz Dragon (5609 votes)
  2. Clear Wing Synchro Dragon (4674 votes)
  3. Odd-Eyes Rebellion Dragon (3982 votes)
  4. Starving Venom Fusion Dragon (2781 votes)
  5. Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon (2502 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS:

  1. Firewall Dragon (6061 votes)
  2. Decode Talker (4221 votes)
  3. Borreload Dragon (3939 votes)
  4. Trickstar Holly Angel (2207 votes)
  5. Gouki The Great Ogre (2017 votes)

All 30 of these monsters will be highlighted in an upcoming Blu-ray and DVD titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist and Monsters Memorial Disc,” to be released in Japan in March 2019. The product will feature commentary from the series’ voice actors as they watch these monsters in action in their most memorable scenes.

What do you think of these choices? Did your favorite monsters make the top five?

Related:
Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Duels

Canada Gets Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English Dub Debut

August 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Ai is surprised when Playmaker activates a monster effect in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 36

4K Media’s English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is about to get its television debut. And just as with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Canada will be the first English-speaking market to receive the show. The Ontario-based TV Passport television listings website shows that Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will premiere on the Teletoon network on September 1 at 1:00 pm ET. It also lists episode 2 premiering on September 2 in the same time slot.

Canada is one of only a handful of countries that does not receive Crunchyroll’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS simulcast. But maybe Canadian fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! can take some solace knowing that they are once again the first (and as of yet, the only) country to get the newest anime series dubbed in English.

As of this writing, 4K Media itself has not formally announced this English television premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, nor has it announced a release date or network for the United States.

(News from ANN)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, VRAINS Head to United Kingdom on June 13

May 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A wide-eyed Yugi Muto looking at the Pyramid of Light in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United Kingdom will soon be able to see the digitally remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub on the big screen! Manga Entertainment UK announced today that it is bringing the special screening to over 30 cinemas across the country on June 13.

Advance tickets for the one-night showing are available now at yugiohthemovie.co.uk and at select box offices.

This is the same special event as the ones held in the United States in February and in Canada in April.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Adds New Characters, Cast in April

March 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS character Takeru Homura and his avatar Soulburner

Four new characters are joining the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime in April! That’s the word from the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news website YU-GI-OH.jp, which today introduced the characters and their voice actors.

First up is Takeru Homura, played by Yuki Kaji (Shoto Todoroki in My Hero Academia, Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan). Homura, pictured above left, is a boy wearing the same school uniform as Yusaku. In Link VRAINS, he transforms into the fiery avatar Soulburner.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS character Flame

Accompanying Homura is a new Ignis AI character named Flame, voiced by Taku Yashiro (Battle Beast in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Naoto Azuma/Tiger Mask in Tiger Mask W). Although its name is pronounced like the English word “flame,” the kanji making up his name means “without a vision” or “no revelatory dream.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters Boman and Haru

Boman (romanized name is not official), pictured above left, is a new duelist with a mysterious aura. He is voiced by Kenji Matsuda (Zebra in Toriko).

And last but not least is Haru (romanized name is not official), pictured above right, a perplexing boy who tags along with Boman. Haru is played by Ryoko Shiraishi (Hayate Ayasaki in Hayate the Combat Butler, Asuka Kazama in the Tekken video game series).

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, VRAINS Head to Canadian Theaters in April

March 13, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba looking upward and smiling in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

Earlier this week, American Yu-Gi-Oh! fans got to enjoy a remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub in nearly 800 theaters across the country. Next month, our friends north of the border will be able to experience the same special event in their local theaters.

4K Media and Cineplex are bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS to more than 90 theaters throughout Canada in April. Participating theaters will hold a screening on April 25, 28, and/or 29. Advance tickets are available now directly from Cineplex.

Fathom Events’ Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie Webpage Now Open

February 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie logo

Today, Fathom Events launched its official Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light webpage. Check it out for the most up-to-date list of participating theaters and to order advance tickets for the March screenings of the movie. There are now nearly 800 theaters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia taking part in this special event.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, digitally remastered for the big screen, will play on March 11 at 12:55 pm and on March 12 at 7:00 pm (local times) in select U.S. theaters.

4K Media today also confirmed on Facebook that the preview of the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS included with the film’s screening will indeed be the first episode!

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie’s Return to Theaters Includes VRAINS English Dub Preview

January 28, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 17 Comments
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Playmaker facing off against Yami Yugi in a Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS and Pyramid of Light mash-up

The return of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light to theaters in March just got even more exciting. This event will include not only a digitally remastered version of the 2004 movie but also an exclusive first look at the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS! As more and more theaters sign on for this limited engagement screening, many websites, including Fandango, have updated their movie synopsis to include this new detail.

This special screening, hosted by 4K Media and Fathom Events, is listed as a two-hour event. With Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie clocking in at about one-and-a-half hours, it seems there might be enough time to fit in an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, doesn’t it?

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie will play in select U.S. theaters on March 11 and 12. Fathom Events has still not opened its webpage dedicated to this screening, but you can search for participating theaters and buy advance tickets on Fandango, MovieTickets.com, and Atom Tickets. As of this writing, there are theaters in 48 states and the District of Columbia taking part in this event.

Update (February 1): 4K Media today confirmed that the preview is a sneak peek of the first episode. Furthermore, Fathom Events’ Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie webpage is now open.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Simulcast Begins: Everything You Need to Know

June 7, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Konami, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Close-up of Playmaker in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 5

The first-ever Yu-Gi-Oh! simulcast is here! 4K Media and Crunchyroll’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS simulcast kicked off today with episode 5. Whether you are new to simulcasts, to Crunchyroll, or even to anime in general, here is everything that you need to know about this new streaming initiative.

New episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS premiere on Crunchyroll every Wednesday at 6:55 am ET/3:55 am PT. That’s exactly one hour after the broadcast of the new episode in Japan on TV Tokyo. Crunchyroll’s other simulcasts follow this same release time frame.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is uncut and unedited, in Japanese with English subtitles. You are watching the same video that Japanese viewers watched. This really should go without saying, but 4K Media isn’t editing the video before it goes live on Crunchyroll. There’s no time for that anyway!

Yu-Gi-Oh! viewers in the West who watch their episodes on TV and home video are probably used to seeing a polished final product. But in Japan, TV anime are produced under tight deadlines; new episodes are sometimes completed and delivered to broadcasters mere hours before they air. In the rush to meet their deadlines, sometimes the production staff don’t have the time to do everything that they want to do. Animated sequences might be incomplete. Designs might look a little off model. Mistakes might slip through. What viewers see on TV and in a simulcast often isn’t the final version of the episode. So don’t fret if things don’t look as good as you expect. The animators will clean up the episodes for their reruns and home video releases.

Speaking of incompleteness, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has the distinction of having some rather special subtitles. Because of how far ahead of the Western Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG market this show is airing, there are cards present that don’t yet have official English names when the episodes are first picked up. The subtitles mark such cards by italicizing their translated (but unofficial) names. One example is Go Onizuka’s monster Gouki Headbutt (Gouki Heddobatto in Japanese), which saw its name in italics when it first appears in episode 4. By the time episode 5 came around, its official English name is revealed to be Gouki Headbatt. Look for these new cards and their official English names beginning this summer when they roll out in the West.

The newest episode is available exclusively to Crunchyroll premium members for one week. This is true not only for Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, but for the vast majority of CR’s simulcasts. Non-premium members can still watch simulcast episodes after the exclusivity period for free with ads. If you’re not a premium member, why not consider joining? For the price of a cup of coffee and a dessert, you get to watch simulcasts the day they premiere in HD, indulge in CR’s library of manga and simulpubs, and enjoy discounts on anime goods in CR’s store. The anime and manga industries and their content creators thank you for your support!

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is available worldwide, except to viewers in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia. 4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! license doesn’t include Asia, so that’s to be expected. As for the other countries, many astute fans have noted that these are also the countries where Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has or had a television presence. Perhaps a licensing deal is already in the works with broadcasters in these countries that would nix a stream on Crunchyroll. Ah, the joys of international licensing.

That’s all for now! I hope you support and enjoy 4K Media and Crunchyroll’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS simulcast.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Simulcast on Crunchyroll

June 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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4K Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS promo image on Crunchyroll

Into the VRAINS we go! Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is getting a simulcast on Crunchyroll in Japanese with English subtitles! Episodes 1 through 3 of this newest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime are available now to everyone for free. Episode 4 is available exclusively to premium subscribers until next Wednesday. New episodes will be uploaded every Wednesday. The series is available worldwide except for Australia, Canada, France, Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

Congratulations to 4K Media (Konami) and Crunchyroll for making Yu-Gi-Oh! history once again!

Coincidentally or not, the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! anime Twitter @yugioh_anime has also announced that fans in Japan will be getting their own VRAINS stream beginning June 6.

(News from Crunchyroll, h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

4K Media Wants to Know: What Do You Think of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS So Far?

May 25, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 20 Comments

Two shots of Yusaku Fujiki's alter ego Playmaker in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS

4K Media’s long-time music producer and editor Mike Brady announced on Twitter that he is heading into the VRAINS! Brady will be watching Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS for the very first time today and he wants to hear from anyone who has seen this new series before he begins working on it.

What do you think of this anime so far? What kind of character is Yusaku? How do these early episodes compare to those of the previous series? What style of music do you think would fit the setting and characters of this story? If you’ve already seen this new anime, let @bacondevil know your thoughts. Maybe your comments will end up being incorporated into 4K Media’s English production down the line. Who knows!

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