This is how you bring in the new year — with a new English-dubbed trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions! Hear Aigami speak for the first time, learn the story that brings him and Yugi together, and check out some shots that were never played in the Japanese trailers! And are those the voices of Téa, Duke, and Bakura chatting it up like old times?
“All of the original voice actors have returned!” said 4K Media on Facebook.
With the power of a Pendulum Fusion, Yuri calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon to face off against Reiji Akaba’s D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Starving Venemy’s effect is a mighty one, allowing it to steal the abilities of Zero Maxwell. Yuri attacks, but Akaba is ready for him, activating a trap that prevents his monster from being destroyed. Akaba stares unflinchingly at Yuri while his life points are whittled down. Yuri wants another shot at Akaba, but Yuya returns to the duel with a message.
“Reiji, you followed me here because you believed your dad,” says Yuya, looking dejectedly toward the ground. “But the story I heard was a bit different.” He closes his eyes and remembers…
On a certain day in the future, Yuya finds himself locked in a cylindrical escape pod. Yuya presses up against the window of the pod and sees his dad working nervously in his lab.
“Yuya, the power of G.O.D. will soon end the world,” Yusho tells him. The sweat pooling on his forehead trickles down his face past his tired eyes. Next to Yusho sits a card glowing brightly — Genesis Omega Dragon. It is hooked up to numerous sensors and is pulsating vibrantly with energy. Leo was obsessed with the card, says Yusho. After their experiments with it started getting dangerously out of hand, Yusho took it away from the military facility where they worked.
“We thought the power of this card was a chance phenomenon from another dimension…but it’s not!” exclaims Yusho. “It is an artificial creation.”
Yuya is confused, but Yusho doesn’t have all of the answers. It will be up to Yuya to find the one who created the card and what its true nature is. For now, Yusho has one final trick up his sleeve. He will use what little he understands of G.O.D.’s energy to throw Yuya back into the past, where he will have a chance to discover G.O.D.’s secrets and save the world.
“The World Illusion!” Yusho proclaims, smiling while putting on his magician’s top hat.
Yuya, with tears in his eyes, slaps the window of his escape pod and cries out to his dad. But it’s no use. A flash of light blinds him as the image of his dad in front of him vanishes…
Reiji Akaba scowls. “If you want me to listen to any more of this drivel, you’ll have to prove it by defeating me!!”
The duel rages on. Akaba tributes Zero Maxwell and summons an even deadlier monster, D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose attack strength becomes double that of the monster it battles. It destroys Starving Venemy and Dark Anthelion, leaving Yuya’s field wide open. Yuya uses his defeated dragons’ abilities to move them to his Pendulum zones, but Akaba uses the effect of his own Pendulum monster, D/D Scale Surveyor, to drop Yuya’s Pendulum scales to zero. But Yuya only smiles.
“The Pendulum of destiny may stop, but I must go on! Overscale Pendulum!!”
These last two chapters have been somber. Last month, we saw Reiji Akaba part with his dad when the world was ending, and now we see the same thing from Yuya and his dad’s perspective. We still haven’t seen how Reiji was transported to the past. Does he have an escape pod too?
I’m calling it now. The best line in the entire series is in this chapter: “Stop trying to reduce me to your scale!” You are a king among kings, Reiji Akaba. If he had been dueling Yuto, would he have said, “Stop trying to reduce me to your rank!” instead?
Is anyone else really creeped out by Zero Laplace?
I mean, what even is that thing? “The Demon of Causality”?
It’s amusing to see Reiji, a person from the future who has all kinds of revolutionary technology at his disposal, play Block Attack, an ancient card from the earliest days of the Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Not only does he play it last chapter, but he loves it so much that in this chapter he uses another card to specifically retrieve it from his graveyard.
Overscale Pendulum. What’s that? I hope it’s not another a deus ex
You might have noticed that this month’s chapter is coming one week later than expected. The Japanese version is published in V Jump, which streeted on December 17. However, because the English version is published in Weekly Shonen Jump, which was off in Japan last Monday for the Christmas holiday, the chapter was added to this week’s WSJ issue instead. On the plus side, last Monday VIZ still released its own bonus WSJ issue with part 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. Part 2 will appear next Monday from VIZ in another bonus issue when Japan’s WSJ takes a break for New Year festivities.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”
– Coming soon
Tags: littlekuriboh, teamfourstar.com, youtube
Just in time for Christmas, LittleKuriboh has released Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 72 — “Rex & Weevil Do Atlantica” (on YouTube, TFS)! Let’s celebrate with a party! Oh…the party’s canceled I see. It seems that Yami Yugi is no longer the King of Games. Now he’s just an average, super-talented, devastatingly handsome loser with magical powers. If only he hadn’t gone out in the middle of the night to duel Rafael. Now, the gang will need to travel to Florida to fix this mess. Somehow, Kingdom Hearts fanfics and Disney World are involved.
Meanwhile, Rex and Weevil end up joining Dartz’s Oral Costco cult thanks to a misunderstanding. And Kaiba tries building an elevator into space. When he finds out that Yugi lost a children’s card game…well, you’ll just have to see the meltdown for yourself. Wait, why would anyone ever need an elevator into space…?
Convention Update: Kami-Con
LittleKuriboh didn’t attend too many anime conventions this past year; he no longer needs to thanks to his Patreon supporters and now has more time to create new content. Will 2017 be much of the same?
Kami-Con in Birmingham, Alabama, has announced that LittleKuriboh will be guesting at its event, which takes place from January 27 to 29, 2017. LK will share the stage with other guests like Steven Universe’s Zach Callison and Deedee Magno, Vic Mignogna, and Doug Walker. This will be LK’s seventh appearance at Kami-Con. Who knows how many (or how few) anime cons he’ll attend in 2017, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss out!
Tags: kotobukiya, sweepstakes
One last super sweepstakes to close out 2016! 4K Media (Konami) today launched the Yu-Gi-Oh! December Sweepstakes, offering one lucky fan the chance to bring home the following prizes:
- A Dark Magician Girl figure from Kotobukiya’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Ani Statue line
- Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Destiny Soldiers booster packs
- Five Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Invasion: Vengeance booster packs
- Three Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Invasion: Vengeance Special Edition boxes
This sweepstakes’ entry period begins today and runs through January 3, 2017. All U.S. residents ages 6 and up are eligible to enter and win. As usual, check the official rules for more details.
Tags: grin studios, licensing
Yu-Gi-Oh! pins have been around in one form or another since the introduction of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game to the West, with former Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG distributor Upper Deck being the first to release the collectibles in the early 2000s. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry takes a look at the newest line of Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading pins, which are produced by Illinois-based toy maker Grin Studios.
You may already know of Grin Studios from its line of Yu-Gi-Oh! dog tags, which feature character and monster designs from the Duel Monsters anime.
Grin Studios has now followed up that offering with a set of enamel pins. Five pins are included in its series 1 set.
Dark Magician Girl:
The Millennium Puzzle:
Slifer the Sky Dragon:
I shot this Slifer pin from a slightly different angle to better emphasize its silver outlines, which really make the design pop. Slifer is the best-looking pin of the five, in my humble opinion. This is also the first time that an Egyptian God has been made into a pin.
These pins are unfortunately not easy to find. Part of the reason is because the products, despite having five designs, are all sold under one UPC with a warning on the packaging that says “Product style and colors may vary.” As a result, retailers cannot order specific designs. Instead they will receive an assortment of pins, and there is no guarantee that customers will be able to find every pin at any one particular retailer. Thus certain pins may be rarer than others.
So if you see a pin that you like, don’t wait to snatch it up. I visited about 10 different stores before finally getting all five pins!
Where To Buy
Grin Studios’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins are available at select Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores for $4 to $5 each.
Tags: jump festa
Yusaku Fujiki, protagonist of the next Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series
The sixth anime series of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise will be hitting televisions in Japan in Spring 2017! That’s the word from Shueisha’s Jump Festa 2017 event, where news of the series was unveiled today. The show will follow high schooler Yusaku Fujiki (pictured above), a boy who hates to stand out at anything. He manages to blend in with the crowd at school, but gradually begins to meet new people by dueling.
Yusaku embodies the theme of the new series — “Let’s take one step forward and try!” — which encourages children to take that all-important first step to try something new that they are interested in instead of becoming overwhelmed and just giving up.
The title and exact premiere date of the new series was not provided.
(News from animate Times)
Tags: licensing, usaopoly
How can you tell when a franchise has truly penetrated mainstream culture? By one measure, it’s whether or not it has its own official version of Monopoly! Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at Monopoly: Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition from USAopoly, a producer of games and collectibles that feature big-name brands and pop culture properties. The company currently has over 20 special-edition, officially-licensed Monopoly games on the market. This year, USAopoly released three Yu-Gi-Oh! products: Monopoly, a Millennium Puzzle coin bank, and a 550-piece puzzle.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is, quite simply, a variation of the popular “Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game” Monopoly by Hasbro. The game plays exactly the same as the standard Monopoly game, except all of the game elements are Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed. Let’s open a box and see what’s inside.
All of the game pieces can be organized in the Monopoly banker’s tray.
Duel Points (DP) have exited the fictional world of Yu-Gi-Oh! video games and entered the real world! Here they are, as real as real Monopoly money.
Here’s the game board in all its glory.
There are three types of properties in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly. The first are Monster Cards, which take the place of streets and avenues in the standard Monopoly game.
The second type of property is Egyptian God Cards, which replace standard Monopoly’s railroad stations.
And the third type of property is Tournaments, which take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.
Community Chest cards in standard Monopoly are replaced with It’s Your Move cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly.
And Chance cards are replaced with It’s Time to Duel cards.
Standard Monopoly’s houses and hotels are now Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. These small plastic pieces are surprisingly detailed. All of the windows of the Game Shop, and even the “GAME” logo hanging above the front entrance, are visible. The Duel Arena pieces show all 20 monster and spell/trap zones.
Exodia, obliterate their income!!
The tokens are gorgeously crafted Millennium Items. They are all made of metal and feel substantive and heavy when you hold them in your hands.
Let’s see, there’s the Millennium Puzzle, Millennium Eye, Millennium Necklace, the…
Wait a minute…
Uhh, okay. Millennium Staff. Millennium Rod. Sure, whatever. Scales. Scale. No problem.
And then there’s the… Umm…
Ah, right! The legendary Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher. How could I forget. These names are also used in the included rule book, so they must be official!
In all seriousness, these Millennium Item tokens are beautiful and very well made. Their pictures on the back of the box are quite ugly and aren’t representative of what they actually look like.
The bottom of the Millennium Eye is flat to prevent it from rolling away.
And last but not least is a fold-out rule book with instructions for how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and a summary of the differences between this game and standard Monopoly.
In total, USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes the game board, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 It’s Time to Duel cards, 16 It’s Your Move cards, 32 Game Shops, 12 Duel Arenas, 7 Millennium Item tokens, 2 dice, and a stack of Duel Points money.
Where To Buy
USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is available from numerous online retailers, including Amazon.com (from both Amazon itself and third-party vendors), Dave and Adam’s Card World, and Fry’s Electronics. The MSRP is $39.95. (Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)
Tags: movie, screenvision media
4K Media (Konami) announced today that advance tickets for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions are now on sale in the U.S. at http://www.yugiohtickets.com/. The movie will receive a limited engagement screening in over 500 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada from January 27 to February 9, 2017, by distributor Screenvision Media. Theatergoers will receive a limited edition Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card as they enter the theater, while supplies last.
The sale of advance tickets varies from movie to movie and theater to theater, with some scheduling their showings four weeks or more in advance. So even if you don’t see your local theater listed, check again a little later as more venues are added. And don’t be afraid to reach out to your local theater.
“Let your local theaters know you would like to see the film!” said 4K Media on Facebook. “The more theaters that are aware there is demand, the more theaters it will play in.”
And just like that, the first 49 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed are on Crunchyroll. These episodes correspond to season 1 of the English-dubbed version of the show and are available to all viewers outside Asia.
That sure was fast, wasn’t it? Crunchyroll’s subbed releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V have jumped ahead of the show’s English-dubbed U.S. TV broadcasts, the first time this has ever happened. (Nicktoons just aired episode 30 this past Sunday.) If you like how quickly CR and 4K Media are putting out these episodes, watch the show, share the episodes, and let them know that they are moving in the right direction. Maybe one day we’ll get Yu-Gi-Oh! anime simulcasts — who knows!
I’ve updated my page dedicated to Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V subbed streams with links to all of the episodes released thus far.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed on Crunchyroll
Tags: aquarius entertainment merchandising, licensing, nmr distribution
Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising is probably a company that you’ve have never heard of, but you’ve likely seen their products on store shelves. They make all kinds of magnets, pint and shot glasses, mugs, and games branded with characters and logos from various pop culture franchises. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at one of Aquarius’ many Yu-Gi-Oh! products: playing cards! Because Duel Monsters isn’t the only type of card game that Yugi has mastered.
Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards make up a standard 52-card deck. The cards are poker-sized, measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
Here is a close-up of the card stock used. Notice the air pockets, which help prevent sticking and improve the handling of the cards.
The back of the cards shows Yami Yugi picking a card out of his hand. Very appropriate. Two jokers are included: one shows the Millennium Puzzle while the other shows a full body shot of Yami Yugi. The background swirl design looks really similar to the back of an actual Yu-Gi-Oh! card. All of the playing cards have that same background and vary only in their color.
Let’s look at some game-winning hands.
Here’s Yugi’s royal flush. All of Yugi’s cards are spades. The background, suits, and symbols are colored blue.
Here’s Kaiba’s royal flush. All of Kaiba’s cards are clubs. The background, suits, and symbols are colored purple.
In bridge, spades are the highest ranked suit, while clubs are the lowest. Coincidence? Or a subtle nod at Yugi’s superiority over Kaiba?
Here’s Joey’s royal flush. All of Joey’s cards are diamonds. The background, suits, and symbols are colored gold.
All of the hearts are made up of monsters played by various antagonists throughout the series, like Pegasus, Weevil, the Big Five, and the Paradox Brothers. The background, suits, and symbols are colored red.
Here’s a not-so-game-winning hand: a 2-7 offsuit, the worst hand in Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Noooo, it’s Kuriboh!
Umm, wrong type of card game here!
Aquarius probably didn’t make this card.
Where To Buy
Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are available on Amazon.com where they are sold directly by Amazon and by various third-party retailers for $5.99 and up. (Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)