Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Story Highlighted in New Trailer

January 3, 2017 at 12:19 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Yugi and Tea in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions English trailer

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.

Aigami in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions English trailer

Seto Kaiba putting on his duel disk in the third Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions English trailer

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: ‘Another Fact!’

December 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusho Sakaki describing the horror that is G.O.D. in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 17

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!!”

Thoughts

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?

Front and back views of D/D/D Destiny King 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 pendulo machina.

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 17: “Another Fact!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 4-5 (December 26, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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[YGO: TAS] Episode 72 – Rex & Weevil Do Atlantica

December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi and his friends definitely aren't celebrating in YGOTAS episode 72

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!

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! December 2016 Sweepstakes

December 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! December 2016 Sweepstakes banner from YUGIOH.com

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.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins by Grin Studios

December 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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All five of Grin Studios' series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins

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.

Another view of the five Grin Studios series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins

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.

Yami Yugi:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi series 1 pin

Kuriboh:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Kuriboh series 1 pin

Dark Magician Girl:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician Girl series 1 pin

The Millennium Puzzle:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle series 1 pin

Slifer the Sky Dragon:

Grin Studios Yu-Gi-Oh! Slifer the Sky Dragon series 1 pin

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.

Back of Grin Studios' series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins packaging

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.

UPC barcode on the Grin Studios series 1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins packaging

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.

Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Coming Spring 2017

December 17, 2016 at 1:21 am | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Yusaku Fujiki holding a card
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)

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by USAopoly

December 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Front of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by 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.

Back of the Monopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Edition game box by USAopoly

All of the game pieces can be organized in the Monopoly banker’s tray.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! 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.

The different denominations of USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Here’s the game board in all its glory.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

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.

Front of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

Back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly monster card title deed cards

The second type of property is Egyptian God Cards, which replace standard Monopoly’s railroad stations.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the third type of property is Tournaments, which take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

Community Chest cards in standard Monopoly are replaced with It’s Your Move cards in Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly.

Back and front of a few It's Your Move cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

And Chance cards are replaced with It’s Time to Duel cards.

Back and front of a few It's Time to Duel cards from USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

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.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces viewed from different angles

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Game Shop pieces on Thousand-Eyes Restrict and Toon Blue-Eyes properties

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces viewed from different angles

Exodia, obliterate their income!!

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena pieces on Exodia and Game Shop pieces on Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon properties

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.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Let’s see, there’s the Millennium Puzzle, Millennium Eye, Millennium Necklace, the…

Wait a minute…

The seven Millennium Items highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

The Millennium Staff and Millennium Scales highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

Uhh, okay. Millennium Staff. Millennium Rod. Sure, whatever. Scales. Scale. No problem.

And then there’s the… Umm…

The Millennium Ankh and Millennium Dream Catcher highlighted on the back of the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly box

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.

Close-up of the Millennium Necklace, Rod, and Scale tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Ring and Key tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The bottom of the Millennium Eye is flat to prevent it from rolling away.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye and Puzzle tokens on the USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

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.

USAopoly Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

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.)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Tickets on Sale

December 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot of yugiohtickets.com website for ordering advance tickets to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

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.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

December 13, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya ordering Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon to attack in ARC-V episode 14

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.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Subbed on Crunchyroll

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Playing Cards by Aquarius

December 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards by Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising

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.

Back view of a pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards by Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising

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.

Close up of the Blue-Eyes Toon Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! playing card

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.

The design of the back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards and the two jokers

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.

The spades suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of Yugi's monsters

Here’s Kaiba’s royal flush. All of Kaiba’s cards are clubs. The background, suits, and symbols are colored purple.

The clubs suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of Kaiba's monsters

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.

The diamonds suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of Joey's monsters

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.

The hearts suit in Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards are made up of monsters played by various enemies

Here’s a not-so-game-winning hand: a 2-7 offsuit, the worst hand in Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Noooo, it’s Kuriboh!

A Kuriboh and Thousand Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! playing card

Umm, wrong type of card game here!

Joey versus Mai using Aquarius' Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards

Aquarius probably didn’t make this card.

Yami Yugi holding up a king of diamonds card in episode 1 of Toei Animation's 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime

Never forget.

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.)

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