“…I’ll save a bunch of money!”
VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has turned five years old. And to celebrate, the company is selling a one-year subscription to WSJ for $9.99 — the lowest price that it has ever been in these five years. That’s less than $0.21 per issue, or a savings of over 60 percent off the normal subscription price of $25.99!
If you’ve ever wanted to follow series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, and more, this is the day to subscribe. A subscription includes 48 issues of manga simulpubs, and each issue averages around 200 pages.
This offer is only valid for 24 hours today, January 30, until 2:59 am ET/11:59 pm PT.
The only downside is that there are no Yu-Gi-Oh! cards included with this offer, but for such a steep discount, it’s hard to complain.
Opening day for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is here! You already know that you’ll get to hear the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime voice actors, like Dan Green and Eric Stuart, reprising their roles on the big screen. And you may also know that actors who have appeared in other Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-offs, like Daniel J. Edwards and Billy Bob Thompson, among others, have become a part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters family in this movie. But did you know that a few actors are entering the Yu-Gi-Oh! world for the very first time with their parts in The Dark Side of Dimensions? Who are they and who do they play?
Actor and singer Laurie Hymes is the voice of Sera, a young girl with close ties to Aigami. Laurie appeared in the latest Pokemon movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, as Prince Rali. Later this year, she will be in the new Pokemon Sun & Moon anime as Lillie, one of the series’ lead characters.
Up-and-coming actor Tamir Cousins is the voice of Mani, a mysterious acquaintance of Aigami’s. Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD is Tamir’s first professional movie role. On Facebook, he talks about how much he loved Yu-Gi-Oh! when he was younger and credits his teacher and fellow actor Erica Schroeder for helping him land the role.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Voice-Over Contest Winners
Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD has the distinction of casting six extras in the movie at voice-over contests held at three events in late 2016. Like Laurie and Tamir, these participants are now forever members of the Yu-Gi-Oh! family with their roles in this movie. Here are the winners, their parts, and their lines.
From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship in Orlando, Florida:
- Tyler Schmauch plays a policeman: “Don’t you know the speed limit?!”
- Lindsay Victoria Granduke plays Lab Technician A: “A success on every level. You should be proud.”
From New York Comic Con 2016 in New York City, New York:
- Luis Alfonso plays an engineer: “Anything in those scans?”
- Brooke Stocken plays a Bakura fan girl: “I baked these for you!”
From the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! YCS Minneapolis, in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Ted Kong Yang plays Sanpei: “Sorry, Joey!”
- Bethany Cardinal plays Lab Technician B: “I concur. It was no contest.”
See if you can spot all six of these extras when you go watch the movie!
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Shane Guenego (left) and Arthur “Sam” Murakami
Ah, looks like there’s more behind-the-scenes content for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions after all! Crunchyroll has posted an exclusive interview with Shane Guenego and Arthur “Sam” Murakami, longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! producers and writers at 4K Media, who describe their excitement in getting to work on a new story that comes straight from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi. The anime’s original voice actors — Dan Green (Yugi), Eric Stuart (Kaiba), Wayne Grayson (Joey), Greg Abbey (Tristan), Amy Birnbaum (Téa), and Ted Lewis (Bakura) — all make a brief appearance in this video. Check it out.
The number of theaters listed on yugiohtickets.com is still growing. As of this writing there are 579 theaters in the U.S. and Canada screening the movie. Have you bought your ticket yet? Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens today, January 27. Don’t miss it!
On the evening of January 24, Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors, production crew members, guests, and fans descended on the Cinépolis Chelsea Theater in New York City for the U.S. premiere screening of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. The movie celebrates the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! in Japan and the 15th in the U.S., and the gathering would be filled with a night of fun and lasting memories for everyone who has ever worked on or loved the franchise. This post highlights some of the happenings of the monumental event.
The red carpet festivities kicked off at 6:00 pm. Upon checking in, attendees were presented with some goodies.
The all-important ticket for the screening.
VIP badge and lanyard.
And of course, the gold secret rare promo card Obelisk the Tormentor.
Don’t be surprised if you see photos from the premiere in some marketing materials for the movie.
In the hallway outside the screens, guests mingled and took photos. 4K Media hired some cosplayers to help light up the evening.
Here’s @LiberationMaidN as Téa Gardner posing with Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon.
All together, and joined by Yu-Gi-Oh! fan Knightstickexcelladon as Seto Kaiba.
The concession stand. Yes, those are Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links advertisements behind them.
This event was sponsored in part by Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links so there were ads for the mobile game throughout the theater.
There was even a setup in the hallway where you could play the game while waiting.
Naturally, trailers and movie posters for Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD were also everywhere.
A view of the hallway where the guests waited. Busy, busy!
The gentlemen in suits with their backs toward me in the photo below are the Japanese producers of Yu-Gi-Oh!. They flew in from Japan just to attend this screening.
At 6:30 pm, it was time to head inside and get ready for the movie.
Before the lights dimmed, 4K Media producers Shane Guenego and Arthur “Sam” Murakami welcomed the audience to the U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. They then introduced Dan Green and Eric Stuart, the voices of Yugi and Kaiba, who took the stage to warm up the audience in character before the movie began.
It was dark and my photos are all really lousy, but they were there!
“You know what’s really great about tonight?” asked Eric. “It’s that finally, on the big screen, we are going to see me, Seto Kaiba, prove once and for all that I am the greatest duelist ever and the best duelist to ever pick up a Duel Disk.”
“The only thing you’re the greatest of, Kaiba, is being completely duel-lusional,” Dan quipped.
After each duelist tried to one-up the other with his best roar of “It’s time to duel!” it was time to get serious.
“Have a great show, everybody. It’s a great honor and a great privilege to be here. I hope you have a lot of fun,” Dan said.
With that, the lights dimmed. First up was a new trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links narrated by Seto Kaiba, an English-dubbed version of one of the Japanese promo videos. Then, the movie began. It’s very long, clocking in at a tad over two hours. My spoiler-free thoughts about the movie are at the end of this post.
Afterward, VIPs headed one floor down to the after-party.
There, they were greeted by hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Although much of the movie’s cast and crew were present, there wouldn’t be any opportunities for interviews and no one had been briefed for press. Instead, this was to be a celebration of Yu-Gi-Oh! and everyone was just there to have fun. Photography was also not allowed, except at the step and repeat.
To kick off the party, a handful of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! producers introduced themselves and each took turns thanking everyone for their hard work and for the great show.
And then, a surprise — Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!.
I had seen him standing in the corner and almost didn’t recognize him at first. Kazuki Takahashi looked a little different than when I saw him at his panel at San Diego Comic Con 2015. He was clean shaven and his wavy hair was cut a little shorter. He was dressed casually in a sweater. He smiled as he greeted and thanked the crowd.
Murakami later told me that it was Takahashi himself who decided to come to the U.S. premiere. He had seen the movie in Japanese theaters with fans and he wanted to experience the excitement of the show with an American audience too.
After that, the rest of the evening was filled with a whole lot of mingling. Everywhere I turned, there were big-name Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors and producers chatting it up with one another.
Here’s some Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise that was on display at the party.
Here’s USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly on display.
A large banner of Yami Yugi greeted the VIPs and a Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links setup kept sober guests preoccupied.
Here are a few photos from the step and repeat.
@KitsuneSqueak posted a much better photo of the shot above.
Check out these rows and rows of Yu-Gi-Oh! lunch boxes, which are one of the many Yu-Gi-Oh! products made by Aquarius.
They were handed out as party favors. What’s inside?
That’s a Kuriboh pin by Grin Studios, the perfect decoration for any bag or cap.
A deck of Aquarius’ Yu-Gi-Oh! playing cards is perfect for learning new card games.
And those cute, cuddly, cuboidal Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl plushies are Kawaii Cubes by The Wish Factory.
There are eight small Yu-Gi-Oh! Kawaii Cubes to collect.
And last but not least is a handsome and ferocious Blue-Eyes White Dragon T-shirt.
My utmost gratitude and compliments to 4K Media for hosting a spectacular screening and a memorable evening!
My Spoiler-Free Thoughts of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
Going into Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, it’s one thing to know that you’ll be seeing Yugi and his friends once again and that all of the original voice actors have returned to reprise their roles. But it’s a completely different feeling to go in and experience it on the big screen. The movie was far better than I expected. It exceeded my expectations.
If you were someone who had just finished watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series yesterday and then headed to the movie the next day, you would never guess that over 10 years have passed since these actors last came together. All of the fun interactions between the characters, all of the music that got stuck in your head, all of the jokes that you laughed at, and all of the emotions that you experienced when you watched Yugi and his journey unfold in the series — you will find them all here one more time in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. The writers and the actors didn’t skip a beat. There were moments in this movie where my eyes welled up with tears, but I swear I heard people outright sobbing. The nostalgia is there and it is real.
And what about the new villain character, Aigami, who is thrown into a long-running story filled with our beloved characters? Anime movie villains are often throwaway characters who are never given any genuine consideration by writers or viewers, but he is not such a person. Aigami is written and played superbly. His story runs deep in the Yu-Gi-Oh! lore and his importance in bringing Yugi and Kaiba together again can’t be understated. He will not disappoint you.
If, somehow, you are still on the fence about whether or not you want to see this in theaters, go see it. This is likely the last time Yugi and his friends will ever be together on the big screen, or in any anime production.
Congratulations to Kazuki Takahashi for writing and executive producing a stellar film. And congratulations to 4K Media and all of the cast and crew for a job well done. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is the phenomenal, canonical conclusion that the Yu-Gi-Oh! series deserves.
Yu-Gi-Oh! now has its own official online merchandise shop! ShopYuGiOh.com is 4K Media’s new website that sells licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! clothes and accessories. Currently, the store is filled with dozens of exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirts, hoodies, and phone and tablet cases. Team Yugi, Team Kaiba, and Team Aigami are all represented. Check it out.
ShopYuGiOh.com was unveiled on a flyer handed out at last night’s U.S. premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in New York City.
…That’s right, at the U.S. premiere! Stay tuned for coverage of the monumental event.
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For its final behind-the-scenes look at Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, 4K Media today posted an interview featuring Dan Green, the voice of Yugi Muto. Dan offers some insights into the evolution of his character, what it feels like to return to an old friend, and what the events of this movie mean to Yugi and his future.
Have you bought your ticket for the movie yet? There are now over 500 theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada listed on yugiohtickets.com. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions opens this Friday, January 27.
Reiji Akaba has dropped Yuya Sakaki’s Pendulum scales to zero, sealing away his ability to Pendulum summon. Or so Akaba thinks. But the Dueltainer has one more trick up his sleeve. Yuya bypasses his Pendulum scale and calls forth a new monster — Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, an Overscale Pendulum. Akaba is mortified.
“Its Pendulum scale is zero?!” he cries out.
Yuya activates Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon’s special ability to decrease the attack strength of Akaba’s D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, then attacks. But Zero Laplace can negate its destruction once for turn. Akaba is safe for now.
“Yuya Sakaki, let me show you the true power that my father left me,” he asserts.
“Reiji, wait!” says Yuya. “Let me prove that what I told you is true! That someone is controlling G.O.D.!”
“I already know that!” replies Akaba. “You would never bring me to a place like this for no reason.”
Yuya and Akaba realize that they are not alone. An orb has been floating above their heads, watching their every play and relaying the information to two distant spectators. A blinding flash of light emanates from the orb and a Duel Runner surges forth. It screeches to a stop between Yuya and Akaba. Yuri and Yuto recognize the driver.
“My name is Ren. G.O.D. is in the hands of my mistress Lady Eve,” states the masked man. He expounds on their goals to awaken G.O.D. and declares that Yuya and Akaba both possess the Adam Factor needed to accomplish their goals. Ren would like to seize the duo’s powers right now, but the damage that their high-powered monsters have caused during the duel has weakened the structure of the cavern.
The walls and ceiling of the cavern begin to crack and crumble. Dust and small pieces of debris land on the shoulders of the duelists as larger stones start to crash down all around them. A portal opens overhead beside the orb camera. Ren promises to duel them both and makes his retreat.
The cavern collapses on itself, but Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba are safe after hopping on their monsters and taking to the skies.
“Reiji, do you believe me now?” Yuya asks beneath the moonlit sky. “We share a common enemy. If we work together, I’m sure we can beat them!”
“A new enemy may have appeared, but I still haven’t forgiven your father,” replies Akaba. “So I will defeat them on my own!”
Elsewhere, Sora Shiunin is floating in a serene haze. A voice calls out to him. It’s his sister, Miu. Someday, he will create a world where they can be together, Sora promises her.
Sora awakens suddenly from his slumber and finds himself in a hospital bed.
“You are here because of injuries sustained in a duel with Yuya Sakaki,” says a long-haired bespectacled man. There is a large scar on the left side of his face covering his eye and cheek. Another man enters the room. It’s Ren.
“It finally begins,” he proclaims. “The real battle for G.O.D.!”
For all of Reiji Akaba’s talk of “zero” these past few chapters, it’s pretty funny that a Scale zero monster is almost what finally does him in. Reiji is a smart guy; he knows far more than he’s letting on. But if he knew that there was another power behind G.O.D. all along, why bother pursuing Yuya all this time? To avenge his father’s death? That seems petty for someone like him. Maybe he was expecting that Yuya would eventually be able to lure the enemy into the open as he’s done here. In that case…it’s all going according to plan. It’s a shame that Reiji and Yuya’s duel was cut short just as Reiji was about to unleash his true powers. But they will certainly duel again and, as Yuya hopes, may even ally at some point to take down Ren.
So not only is there an Adam Factor, but there is also an Eve Factor as well. Hmm, who might possess such a power? There aren’t that many girls in this story so far…
Speaking of girl, Yuzu had just discovered Yuya’s secret passage leading underground and was heading down there with Sawatari and Kurosaki as the cavern started to collapse. Yuya and Reiji had to ride on their monsters to even escape, but the trio have no such luxury. Why didn’t you help, Yuya?! What if they die in the cave-in?! Kurosaki’s comment is great though: “[Reiji Akaba] is too strong for something like this to kill him!”
Sora fan service — shirtless and without his short pony tail! So Sora is working with Ren and Eve. And Sora’s sister, Miu, first seen in a photograph in Scale 8, turns out to be a real person after all.
Great chapter. This story is going all sorts of places. It’s very exciting to finally see Eve, who’s clearly going to be a strong character and maybe even the big baddie that Yuya will have to ultimately duel.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 17: “Another Fact!”
– Coming soon
Start reading the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga for free on VIZ.com! VIZ Media today added chapter 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s now legendary stories of Yugi Mutou to its free Shonen Jump manga section. With the premiere of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to see how the adventures of Yugi and his friends began all those years ago.
Earlier this week, VIZ also started posting Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, the prequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.
Be sure to check out the full list of amazing free Shonen Jump manga available on VIZ.com, where new chapters are posted every day.
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What kind of character is Aigami and what are his goals? Actor and singer Daniel J. Edwards tells it like it is in this second behind-the-scenes interview promoting Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. Daniel also talks about what it’s like being a part of such an iconic anime series that he enjoyed years ago in middle school. And once again, there are many new clips from the movie!
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premieres January 27 in the U.S. and Canada. Ticket sales and theater locations are available at yugiohtickets.com. The site now has over 430 theaters listed, and new locations will continue to be added up to opening day.
Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga is now available to read for free on VIZ.com! VIZ Media today added the first chapter of the two-part special to its free Shonen Jump manga section. Transcend Game takes place after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and is a prequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. You now have zero excuse not to read this before heading to the January 27 premiere of the movie!
Check out more great titles in the free Shonen Jump manga section, where new chapters are added every day. Yes, it really is all free and 100 percent legal!
If you would like to support Kazuki Takahashi even more and own a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, both parts are available for purchase in these back issues of Weekly Shonen Jump for $0.99 each:
- December 19, 2016 (with part 1): VIZ / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
- January 2, 2017 (with part 2): VIZ / Amazon / comiXology / Google Play Books
Update (January 23): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is now also available to read for free.