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 However, ZEXAL has now been replaced by GX.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.
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:
- Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
- Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
- Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
- Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
- Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)
- Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
- Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
- Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
- Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
- Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)
- Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
- Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
- Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
- Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
- Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)
- Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
- Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
- Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
- Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
- Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)
- Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
- Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
- Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
- Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
- 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?
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.
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:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, Volume 1
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, Volume 5
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, Volume 10
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, Volume 19
- Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Volume 1
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Volume 1
- Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Volume 1
- Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Volume 1
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!
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.
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!
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.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s next home video release is coming this fall! Cinedigm Entertainment today added its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2 DVD box set to its online catalog with a street date of October 6, 2015. This release includes episodes 50 through 98 of 4K Media’s English-dubbed production on three 2-disc volumes. As with its other Yu-Gi-Oh! video products, Cinedigm is publishing this release on its Flatiron Film Company line.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 2” is a region 1 release and has a suggested retail price of $59.99 — a $15 increase over the season 1 set. The individual volumes of season 2 are not available for sale separately.
Cinedigm previously released its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 set in May.
Can’t wait for the DVDs? Watch the entire English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime for free right now on YUGIOH.com, Hulu, and Crunchyroll. Season 1 is also available for download on a variety of platforms. Japanese episodes of ZEXAL are streaming on YUGIOH.com and Hulu as well but have stalled at episode 29.
– Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 DVD: An Overview
Here come the tears again…
After 55 chapters, Yuma and Astral’s adventures have reached their end. The Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga concludes in this week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump from VIZ Media. The same chapter was published in the August 2015 issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, which hit newsstands in Japan this past Saturday, June 20. According to V Jump, the ninth volume of the series will be published in Japan on October 2, 2015. Unlike the conclusion of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s manga, there was no mention of any further chapters following ZEXAL’s ending.
The Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga is written by Shin Yoshida and illustrated by Naohito Miyoshi and began serialization in V Jump in its February 2011 issue. Yoshida was also responsible for the structure of the ZEXAL anime and wrote the screenplays for over 50 episodes of the series, including more than half of the show’s first story arc.
The ZEXAL manga starts off similarly enough to the anime, likely because of Yoshida’s direction. But beginning in volume 2, the manga changes course, introducing original storylines, characters, and character back stories that are often considerably darker than those in the anime. Fans (and non-fans) of the anime who still haven’t read the manga won’t want to miss out on this rendition of the ZEXAL universe!
VIZ Media has released six volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL so far in North America in print and digital formats. The seventh volume is currently scheduled for September 2015.
New Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guide
The August 2015 issue of V Jump also includes the announcement of a new Yu-Gi-Oh! character guide, which will be published in Japan on July 17, 2015. The book, titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Characters Guide Book: Millennium Book, celebrates the franchise’s 20th anniversary and will include a new cover illustration by Kazuki Takahashi, an interview with the creator himself, and details about the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! movie. The book will also include new printings of the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG cards Yu-Jo Friendship and Unity and will retail for 820 yen (about $6.70).
Cinedigm today added the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 DVD box to its catalog with a street date of May 5, 2015. This set will contain episodes 1 through 49 of the English-dubbed anime in three volumes, each with two DVD discs. Like Cinedigm’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! videos, this release will be carried on its Flatiron Film Company label and is for region 1 DVD players.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1” has a suggested retail price of $44.99 and is available for pre-order from your favorite retailer. Don’t miss it!
Cinedigm had previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL’s first volume of season 1 in September 2014. The complete first season is already available for download on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Xbox Video, while the entire ZEXAL series is streaming on YUGIOH.com and Crunchyroll.