Yu-Gi-Oh! a Top Performer for TV Tokyo in 2019

May 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Seto Kaiba ordering his monster to attack in episode 124

Yu-Gi-Oh! continued to be one of TV Tokyo’s top-performing anime properties in 2019. The Japanese broadcasting conglomerate and Yu-Gi-Oh! licensor today announced its consolidated financial results for its 2019 fiscal year (ending on March 31, 2020), which presented a strong showing for its anime division.

TV Tokyo’s anime business saw a 6.1 percent increase in revenue over the previous year — a record high for the company — generating ¥21.5 billion (about $200 million), with 70.6 percent of that coming from overseas.

TV Tokyo noted that its top anime properties of the year by total sales were:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  4. Black Clover
  5. Bleach

And when ranked by gross profit, its best performers were:

  1. Naruto
  2. Boruto
  3. Pokemon
  4. Yu-Gi-Oh!
  5. Black Clover

While the sales ranking did not change compared to TV Tokyo’s 2018 fiscal year, Yu-Gi-Oh! did unseat Black Clover in 2019 to become the company’s fourth-best performing anime franchise by gross profit.

Overall, TV Tokyo reported a net profit of ¥2.5 billion (about $23.3 million), a decrease of 19.9 percent from the previous year. Net sales were ¥145 billion (about $1.352 million), a drop of 2.7 percent over the same period. TV Tokyo sees 2020 as a new opportunity to grow amid “environmental changes” and hopes to strengthen its profit and sales through its licensing business centered on anime.

(News from TV Tokyo Holdings FY2019 Financial Results Supplementary Materials, h/t The Nikkei)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes

May 6, 2020 at 8:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Prizes for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes

Even when we are apart, Konami reminds us that we can still play Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links together. That’s why the company has launched the Tag-A-Friend Sweepstakes, where it is giving away five prize packs, each with the following goodies:

  • Two game codes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the gaming platform of choice (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or Steam)
  • One Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links 3rd Anniversary physical playmat
  • One exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links T-shirt
  • One oversized Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Magician card

To enter, reply to Konami’s sweepstakes promotional post(s) on any of following social networking services with the hashtag #PlayApartTogether and tag a friend:

Fans have until May 15 to enter once on each post, for a maximum of five entries per person. Konami will randomly select one person from each post as the winners.

Entrants must be a resident of the 50 United States or Washington, D.C., and be above the age of majority. Check the official rules for all the details.

Hot Topic Cancels Slifer Funko Pop! Pre-Orders

May 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Slifer the Sky Dragon disintegrating behind the Quiet One after being defeated in episode 67

Bad news for everyone who pre-ordered the Slifer the Sky Dragon Funko Pop! figure from Hot Topic. The retailer announced today via email that it has canceled all orders of this figure because of fulfillment issues related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Hot Topic’s full email reads as follows:

We’re sorry to inform you that we cannot fulfill your pre-order of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Slifer The Sky Dragon POP! Vinyl Figure. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our receipt of this item has been cancelled and as such we cannot create a replacement order. You will not be charged for this item and no further action is needed from your end. Any other items that were a part of your order will not be impacted and will ship as normal.

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your business. If you have any other questions our customer service team is ready to assist.

Hot Topic Customer Service

Slifer is a 6-inch Funko Pop! sold exclusively by Hot Topic. The retailer’s online listing for Slifer currently states that it is “Out of Stock.”

There has been no word yet on the cancellation of the other six Yu-Gi-Oh! Funko Pop! figures unveiled at Toy Fair New York back in February.

Of the six, Obelisk the Tormentor is the only other store exclusive. Its retailer, GameStop, is still accepting pre-orders and gives an expected release date of May 18.

First 4 Figures’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Line Is PVC Only … For Now

May 2, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club members are divided about the upcoming Blue-Eyes White Dragon PVC

Blue-Eyes White Dragon and First 4 Figures’ other upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products will be sculpted using PVC, not resin. That’s the word from Alex Davis, the CEO of F4F, who confirmed the material of the statues in an announcement in the F4F Official Collectors Club on Facebook. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

Within the comments of that post, Davis further stated that the popularity of the PVC Blue-Eyes would determine whether or not it would get a resin in the future.

“Just didnt make sense to come out of the gate with a $700+ massive resin,” Davis wrote.

Davis also noted that F4F’s Dark Magician is already at the physical stage while Dark Magician Girl is almost finished at the 3-D design stage. Both of these monsters will be PVCs too, said Davis.

Reactions in the club to Davis’s revelation have been mixed.

Some fans were unhappy and expressed interest in only buying a resin Blue-Eyes and did not want to double dip by purchasing the PVC. However, they remained mindful that their decision would hurt the chances of a resin being greenlit.

Others fans were pleased that Blue-Eyes would be a PVC because of the lower price point and smaller size. F4F has not announced the price or size of Blue-Eyes yet. However, based on Davis’s comment that its wingspan “makes it quite a bit bigger than our typical PVC range,” and taking into account the prices of F4F’s other PVC statues, fans are predicting a price point for Blue-Eyes of $100 to $150.

Still others were thrilled because they could now afford to purchase three copies of PVC Blue-Eyes. Davis was receptive to their interest, stating that “[a] triple pack deal makes sense.”

A small faction showed interest in owning both PVC and resin Blue-Eyes.

Which camp do you fall in? Now that you know more about First 4 Figures’ upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products, how does this influence your buying decision? Join the F4F Official Collectors Club Facebook group and voice your opinion!

First 4 Figures Unveils Blue-Eyes White Dragon Statue Prototype

Fanattik Expands Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensing Deal

May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Millennium Puzzle replica necklace by Fanattik

Fanattik will soon be releasing more Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise to even more territories. The England-based producer of pop culture goods and gifts announced on Thursday that it has expanded its Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing deal with Konami, which originally covered only the United Kingdom and select European countries.

Fanattik now holds merchandising rights for North America, the entirety of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and will widen its product range to include more collectibles, like money boxes and clocks.

Fanattik’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product was a game flip coin, released in September 2019. Since then, the company has broadened its Yu-Gi-Oh! line with keychains, posters, pins, and necklaces, like the Millennium Puzzle pictured above.

Check out Fanattik’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page to see its products and to make a purchase.

(News from Fanattik h/t Total Licensing. Image from YuGiOhTCGEU.)

Konami Extends Yu-Gi-Oh! Event Cancellations Again, Announces Sanctioned Remote Duels

May 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Tristan overselling Joey's dueling performance to Serenity in episode 58

It’s going to be a little while longer before Yu-Gi-Oh! returns to normal amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Yesterday, Konami provided an updated statement regarding the status of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events around the world.

In the Americas, all organized play and promotional events are now canceled through May 31.

In Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania, all such events are canceled until further notice.

And in Japan, Konami also extended the cancellation of its Yu-Gi-Oh! events until May 31.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel

In the meantime, Konami announced the launch of Remote Duel, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! organized play initiative that will be supported by Official Tournament Stores. As implied by name, this initiative will allow sanctioned online tournaments to be held using the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Legacy of the Duelist, and Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution video games, as well as using physical cards for webcam duels.

Yesterday, Konami’s European arm outlined the setup of a Remote Duel and introduced the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Remote Duel Discord Server where tournaments would be organized. Unfortunately, some technical oversights in the server and bad behavior by players forced Konami to close the server mere hours after it opened.

Konami will provide more information about how to participate in the Remote Duel initiative at a later date.

Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2020 Canceled

First 4 Figures Unveils Blue-Eyes White Dragon Statue Prototype

May 1, 2020 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Unpainted physical prototype of Blue-Eyes White Dragon by First 4 Figures

First 4 Figures today provided an early look at its upcoming Blue-Eyes White Dragon statue. The premium collectibles maker posted a photo showing an unpainted physical prototype of Seto Kaiba’s signature monster to its Facebook page and website.

Today’s reveal did not include any other details about this product. In a comment in the F4F Official Collectors Club on Facebook, CEO Alex Davis noted that neither the scale nor the material of Blue-Eyes have been confirmed. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group.)

However, in January 2019, Davis stated that Blue-Eyes would have a “nice and metallic” paint job. At that time, he also expressed interest in creating both resin and PVC versions of Blue-Eyes.

First 4 Figures November Roundup: Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl Progress Update

Close-up of the head of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon prototype by First 4 Figures

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS Temporarily Halts Animation Production

May 1, 2020 at 6:00 am | Posted in Japanese, SEVENS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Gakuto mortified after finding out about Yuga's modified Duel Disk in Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS episode 1

TV Tokyo announced today that animation production of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS is temporarily suspended in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Beginning on May 9, the network will instead be rerunning the show.

Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS is just one of numerous anime properties that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

(h/t Starlight Breaking News)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, April 2020: Crunchyroll, Ameba, YouTube

April 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Young Sugoroku Muto with a cigarette in his mouth in episode 199

It’s been a long time coming, but the subbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters at last entered the final story arc on Crunchyroll this past month. The network now has 200 Japanese episodes of the anime available for all to enjoy for free. If you haven’t already done so, remember to add the show to your queue so you’ll always be alerted of new episodes.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise has expanded to another children’s video network. Ameba, which specializes in content for kids between 3 and 13 years old, has picked up all 146 English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL for worldwide streaming (excluding Asia). The first five episodes are available to Ameba users who create a free account, while the rest require a paid subscription to view. Ameba is available on the web and on numerous platforms. All of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is still available for free on many other services, like YUGIOH.com and Crunchyroll.

The official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel started up its Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s marathon again this month. Since April 6, the channel has been looping the first 19 episodes of the English-dubbed anime. The marathon is, as of this writing, still in progress. The rest of the episodes are available for free on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, and other popular networks.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation to Be Retired on September 30

April 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Yami crying after losing Yugi to the Orichalcos in episode 158

Konami announced today that Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation will be retired on September 30, 2020. The game will continue to be playable until then, although in-app purchases are now disabled.

Duel Generation is the only full-fledged Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for mobile devices. The game launched in October 2014 for iOS and December 2014 for Android and is exclusive to the Western market. In March 2015, it celebrated one million downloads.

Although Duel Generation doesn’t have the bells and whistles of modern mobile games, it is still beloved by many in the Yu-Gi-Oh! community. Over the years, Duel Generation enjoyed an active community on Facebook where Konami regularly engaged with players with polls and gave out free cards and Duel Points. Konami even held special community events, like Puzzle Day, and provided fun lore for the cards, like the choose-your-own-adventure-style stories of Warrior Dai Grepher and Gigobyte.

Today was the last day for Duel Generation’s Facebook team. Their enthusiasm for the game and its players will be missed dearly. Farewell, Grand Masters. And farewell, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation.

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