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!

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Premiere Date, Cast Announced

April 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Table of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS voice actors and their characters

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS today received its biggest announcements yet with the reveal of its premiere date, a list of its main characters and cast, and a summary of the first episode.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will premiere in Japan on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:25 pm on TV Tokyo. With this, VRAINS will leave the familiar Sunday evening time slot that has been the home to Yu-Gi-Oh! since ZEXAL II began in October 2012.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans have already met the new protagonist Yusaku Fujiki along with one of his rivals and classmates Go Onizuka and Aoi Zaizen. Today, several new characters and their voice actors got the spotlight. The cast includes mostly up-and-coming voice actors alongside a few big names. Pictured above, from left to right, top to bottom, are:

* Shouya Ishige as Yusaku Fujiki

* Takahiro Sakurai (Reigen Arataka in Mob Psycho 100, Osomatsu in Mr. Osomatsu, Suzaku in Code Geass) as the mysterious creature

* Subaru Kimura (Gian in Doraemon, Kanba Takakura in Penguindrum) as Shoichi Kusanagi

* Chiharu Sawashiro (Takeru Ando in Cheer Boys!!, Natsuki Ise in All Out!!) as Naoki Shima

* Daiki Hamano (Hirokuni Kasuga in All Out!!, Dante Mogro in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) as Go Onizuka.

* Yuki Nakashima (Kinako Tanaka in Teekyu) as Aoi Zaizen

* Shouma Yamamoto (V in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Kenshiro Yozakura in Nanbaka) as Akira Zaizen

* Yuna Kamakura as Ema Bessho

* Shunsuke Takeuchi (Yamato Godai in Nanbaka, Producer in The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) as Revolver.

(Note: The romanized character names are not official and are based on the most common readings of their kanji.)

The series’ producers offered the following summary of the first episode, titled “My Name is Playmaker”:

Den City, the city where the newest network is being developed. That’s where everyone is always dueling in SOL Technology’s VR space “LINK VRAINS.” Protagonist Yusaku Fujiki is a cool high schooler with a very keen eye for observation. To defeat the Knights of Hanoi, who plan to bring down LINK VRAINS, he transforms into his avatar, Playmaker, and duels them in secret. Now, Yusaku learns from Shoichi Kusanagi, a hacker with the same goals as him, that SOL Technology is desperately searching for a mysterious creature. Yusaku realizes the Knights of Hanoi are also after it, so he sets up a trap in the network to capture them.

(News from Mynavi News, h/t @yugioh_anime)

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Lead Actor, Story, Staff Announced

March 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments

Shouya Ishige and a Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS key visual image

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.

Story

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.

Staff

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

(News and images from animate Times, h/t @yugioh_anime.)

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