Digital Manga Sale: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL

May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in 5D's, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Kotori and Cathy screaming in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga chapter 15

VIZ Media has launched a sale of some superb Yu-Gi-Oh! manga this week. From now through May 29, all digital volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL are on sale on almost every platform* for $4.99 each. That’s nearly 30 percent off the digital cover price of $6.99 and 50 percent off the print cover price of $9.99. Check these original Yu-Gi-Oh! stories out! The first chapter of each volume can be previewed for free.

*VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga sale applies to e-books sold on the VIZ app, comiXology, Google Play Books, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook platforms.

If you’re more of a borrower than a buyer, don’t forget to check your local library for these and other great manga.

OverDrive: Free Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga E-Books from Your Local Library

May 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Plenty of libraries already own VIZ Media’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series on their shelves. And now, there’s a new option for Yu-Gi-Oh! and manga fans to borrow and read the series for free from their local library. VIZ Media announced last week that it has increased the number its titles available on OverDrive, a digital platform that distributes books, videos, and music to libraries across the globe. VIZ’s latest update makes 99 new series available to participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada, including the following Yu-Gi-Oh! titles:

So what is OverDrive and how do you use it?

OverDrive is a digital reading platform; its app is available everywhere — on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, the web, and more.

The first step to using OverDrive is to search for your local library and see if it is subscribed to OverDrive’s services. OverDrive is available in 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S.

Find a library on OverDrive

Once you locate a library, visit its website and search for a title. Let’s say you want to read volume 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist.

Search for a title on OverDrive

It’s available! Click “Borrow” on the search results page…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 available in the OverDrive search results

…or on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 on OverDrive

To borrow a book from OverDrive, you have to sign in with your library card. You do have one of these, right? If not, take a trip to your local library and apply for one. It’s free. (Or rather, you’ve already helped fund your local library with your tax dollars, so you might as well use it. Don’t underestimate the value of having a library’s services at your fingertips in this internet age!)

Sign in with a library card on OverDrive

Then, start reading.

Pages from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 manga on OverDrive

Good stuff!

Placing a Hold

On OverDrive, VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! e-books are available to libraries under the “one copy, one user” lending model. The library pays for a certain number of copies of a title and can only lend out that many copies at one time, exactly like a physical book on a shelf. So, there might be situations where an e-book you want to read isn’t available.

But don’t worry, you can place a hold on unavailable books. This option is available in the search results…

Wait-listed and available Yu-Gi-Oh! books in the OverDrive search results

…and on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1 on OverDrive

When the book becomes available, it will automatically be checked out to your account and you’ll receive an email alert about it.

Recommend Yu-Gi-Oh! to Your Library

Libraries want to get books that people want to read, so even if your local library doesn’t offer any Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s absolutely worth it to recommend it to them.

“The way that librarians find out if you want manga is to petition the libraries,” explained Laura Dooley, ‎digital publishing production manager at VIZ Media, in episode 198 of the Weekly Shonen Jump podcast. “But they may not know about it until you request it. That’s been really successful for us. People finding out about that and then contacting their local library.”

“It’s not like the library needs like a hundred people to request it before they do it,” added Jeff Ruberg, a software engineer at VIZ. “It probably needs just a couple.”

“Yeah, and they’re more willing to take a chance on e-books because it isn’t the same as physically taking up space in their catalog,” said Dooley.

OverDrive makes it easy to recommend books. The option is available on the search results page…

Unavailable Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World books in the OverDrive search results

…and on a title’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Volume 1 on OverDrive

While you’re at it, check out the list of all of VIZ’s manga titles available on OverDrive and see if there’s anything else you want to read. As of the end of February, about half of VIZ’s digital catalog is available to libraries, said Dooley, including a large selection of Jump series.

Read and support manga at your local library! You’re helping support the manga creators and industry when you do!

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

April 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on the STARZ app

This past month, Yu-Gi-Oh! and its many anime spin-off series made their way to a few new video platforms, giving fans even more options to watch and buy the anime they love.

First up is the STARZ app (pictured above), where you can now find season 1 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series in English. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins other titles like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, The Secret World of Arietty, and a few of the Ghost in the Shell animated movies as the only anime in the app. The STARZ app is free if your cable subscription package includes the network; otherwise, it costs $8.99 per month.

All throughout the month, Valve’s gaming and video distribution platform Steam has been adding plenty of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime titles to its catalog. Now available are the English dubs of:

And last but certainly not least, the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is now on Crunchyroll for U.S. viewers. After the anime streaming platform apparently mistakenly announced its availability last month, the series is accessible for real this time. Whew.

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, GX English Dub for U.S. [Updated]

March 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 5 Comments
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Yuma promising to fight for all of the friends he has ever known in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 140

English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are at last available on Crunchyroll to viewers in the United States, announced the anime streaming platform today. (Note: See update below.) Both series had long been available worldwide on CR except to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.

With this announcement, Crunchyroll also added season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (episodes 99 through 146), completing the series. ZEXAL is still not available to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.

(News from Crunchyroll.)

Update (March 26): Crunchyroll edited its news post. Originally, it announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ZEXAL were available to U.S. viewers. However, ZEXAL has now been replaced by GX. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, including the newly added third season, is not available to the U.S. I’ve updated this post to include the correct information.

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

November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Duel Selection banner on Shueisha's V Jump website

Earlier this year, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Japan which duels they loved the most in each of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series. An online poll was conducted and the results were published in print last week in V Jump and online today on V Jump’s website. Let’s see which duels topped the charts!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:

  1. Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
  2. Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
  3. Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
  4. Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
  5. Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
  2. Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
  4. Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
  5. Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
  2. Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
  4. Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
  5. Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
  2. Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
  3. Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
  4. Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
  5. Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
  2. Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
  3. Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
  4. Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
  5. Episode 110 – Torn Smile World – Yuya vs. Edo (1399 votes)

These duels will air on TV during TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection program.

Did your favorite duel make the cut?

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection Anime Highlights the Greatest Duels Ever

August 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection announcement banner

The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! continues in Japan with Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection, an upcoming anime series that will replay the “best” duels from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series.

The first episode will premiere on TV Tokyo on September 7 at 2:05 am JST with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episode “Resurrection of the Great Evil God Zorc” (episode 215). TV Tokyo’s sister stations will also carry the show during their own late-night time slots.

TV Tokyo opened a website (in Japanese) for the series yesterday.

For those keeping count, there will soon be a total of four separate Yu-Gi-Oh! series airing on TV Tokyo every week: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster; Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Battle City Arc; and now, Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection.

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition Vol. 1, 5, 10, 19 & More Through May 9

April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Banner advertising free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga offered during Shueisha's Haruman!! 2016 Spring Digital Manga Festival

Another free Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign from Shueisha is underway again! To celebrate the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions this past Saturday, the publisher is letting readers peruse four volumes of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, as well as the first volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! R, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL — all for free through May 9.

This time, the free books are not available on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ platform, and most of the good e-book platforms advertised, like Amazon Kindle, are not accessible outside Japan. The best one that does work is probably eBookJapan, and while it’s not perfect (the zoom feature is kind of awkward), it’ll do in a pinch. Here is what’s available:

You may be presented with a splash page titled 利用規約 (Terms of Use). It is simply explaining that you will be viewing copyrighted works and are not allowed to copy or do other bad things with them. Click the large button labeled 利用規約に同意する (I agree to the Terms of Use) to continue.

This free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign is part of Shueisha’s “Haruman!! 2016” Spring Digital Manga Festival, which has been running since mid-March. The event offers readers the opportunity to check out over 130 manga for free for a limited time. Visit eBookJapan’s Haruman!! 2016 page to see the titles currently available and click the button labeled 無料で読む (Read For Free) to take a look at any of the books. There are a lot of neat series that are already published in English, like Nana, Seraph of the End, and Nisekoi, but there are also tons that aren’t!

Update: Ah, looks like the free Yu-Gi-Oh! books are available on Shonen Jump+ after all. Hooray!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Bonds Beyond Time on Netflix

March 31, 2016 at 8:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Bonds Beyond Time listings on Netflix

It’s been over a year since 4K Media (Konami) last offered new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Netflix, but the popular streaming platform today added two new titles to its ever expanding library. First is Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1 (episodes 1 through 49) and season 2 (episodes 50 through 98), which are streaming in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. And second is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie, which is streaming in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. The actual availability of each language track will vary depending on which country you’re streaming from.

Also still available on Netflix are season 1 (episodes 1 through 49) and season 2 (episodes 50 through 97) of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime.

More places to watch:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL – DUBBED
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time – DUBBED

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 3 DVD Box Set Coming May 3

March 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 3 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

The final 48 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL are on their way to DVD! Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 3 DVD box set to its catalog, scheduling it for a May 3, 2016, release. The six-disc, three-volume set includes 4K Media’s English dub of episodes 99 through 146 and is carried on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label. This is a region 1 release.

Cinedigm is returning to the $44.99 price point for “Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 3,” matching the suggested retail price of its season 1 set. This set’s three individual volumes are not available for sale separately.

And with this, 4K Media’s Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL DVD products are complete!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2 DVD Box Set Slated for October 6 Release

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episodes 67-98 Dubbed

February 17, 2016 at 7:34 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yuma, Astral, and all of their friends gazing at the sunlight after escaping from Sargasso in ZEXAL episode 98

Yesterday evening, Crunchyroll added the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes 67 through 98, bringing its library to the end of season 2. These episodes are available worldwide except to residents of Asia, the United States, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City.

My index for English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes has been updated to include Crunchyroll’s newest links. Fans in the U.S. can still watch the entire series on YUGIOH.com and Hulu.

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