Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe Gets New Menu Items

March 2, 2017 at 8:00 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Today, Animate’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafes are swapping out some of their food and drinks for a few brand-new tasty eats. Check out these concoctions that are being added to the menu!

Shrimp, sweet red bean, and rice ball dishes at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Red Dorm’s Fake Fried Shrimp” – Breaded shrimp cutlets, tartar sauce, adzuki bean wafer

“Very Sweet Red Bean Soup Noodles” – Red bean soup, udon, grilled rice cake, printed adzuki bean wafer, pine-shaped cookies

“Yuma’s Duel Meal ~With ‘Numbers’~” – Round rice ball, fried mackerel marinated in spiced vinegar (“namban-zuke”), pickled radish, pickled eggplant and cucumber

Hell Kaiser Ryo Marufuji's rice flour dumplings and Ryo Shark Kamishiro's pancake at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Hell Kaiser’s Five Strikes (‘Go-Ren-Da’) Rice Flour Dumplings” – Powdered green tea ice cream, corn flakes, vanilla ice cream, brown sugar gelatin, rice flour dumplings, powdered green tea pancake, molasses, whipped cream, silver leaf

“Shark’s Magic Combo! Aqua Jet Pancake” – Fluffy Japanese pancake, whipped cream, adzuki bean wafer, shark cookie, foam, blue syrup, cocoa powder, margarine, maple syrup (the text on the pancake says “Irattokuruze!” which is localized as “That really ticks me off!”)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Clear Mind drink with glowing ice cube at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“A New Drink! Over Top Clear Mind!” – Ginger ale, star-shaped pineapples, light-up ice cubes (not edible)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Smile World drink and wafer designs at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Make People Smile by Dueling…! Smile World Soft Drink” – Blue syrup, white grape soda, colored tapioca, whipped cream, four different printed adzuki bean wafers

Sora Shiunin's hot milk, corn soup, and Kuriboh latte at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

“Come Forth! Death-Toy Scissors Hot Milk!” – Hot milk, white chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, lollipop

“Can☆Corn Soup” – Cream of corn soup, star-shaped carrots, printed adzuki bean wafer

“Reverse Card Open! Latte of Summoning Kuriboh!” – Cappuccino, three different cocoa powder designs

The new menu items will be available from now until the end of the cafe’s run on March 29.

(News from Animate Cafe Ikebukuro’s Twitter @animatecafe_ike)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Animate Cafe

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: ‘Their Whereabouts!’

February 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yuya Sakaki bringing his Duel Runner to a screeching halt in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19
The iconic Akira motorcycle slide?

Two weeks have passed since Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba dueled. Shingo Sawatari and Shun Kurosaki are rambling through the streets of Maiami looking for the president when they run into Yuzu, who is searching for Yuya. It seems that both characters vanished after they dueled.

Yuzu tells the duo that she spotted Akaba in a sports car heading toward the airport. Sawatari casually reveals that he heard some kids in the south district yapping about a “manhole monster.” Yuzu is confused.

Sawatari and Kurosaki head to Leo Corporation. The company building is closed, but Kurosaki uses his Raidraptor – Napalm Dragonius to blow a hole through the front entrance while Sawatari gawks at the brazen act of vandalism. The duo uses the company’s computer to try to locate Akaba.

Meanwhile, Yuzu arrives in the south district of the city. Sure enough, there’s a manhole in the area that sometimes makes strange noises, starts rattling, then blows out a torrent of water.

Yuzu heads underground and discovers that the rumpus is being caused by none other than Yuya Sakaki, who has been hiding from his enemies. Yuya has been speeding through the tunnels of the sewers on a Duel Runner, training to become faster and stronger. One day, he says, his enemies may challenge him to a battle on a Duel Runner and he wants to be ready for it. Yuzu wonders why Yugo doesn’t just take his place when such a time comes.

Why indeed? In Yuya’s mind, Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri talk among themselves. Yugo has been feeling his connection with Yuya weakening recently.

“Sometimes, when I’m with him, my mind blanks out,” says Yugo. “And it’s happening more often.”

“The Adam Factor, which has begun to awaken inside Yuya, may be causing it,” Yuri hypothesizes. “It could be interfering with our presence.”

“Whatever the reason, we may not be with Yuya much longer so I want to teach him everything I can,” Yugo says downheartedly.

Sora Shiunin and Ren monitoring for signs of Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19

Elsewhere, Sora Shiunin and Ren are also searching for Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba. In front of them are dozens of rectangular monitors. Shiunin spots the mass of Odd-Eyes’ solid vision on one of the screens. It’s located at a particle accelerator. Ren is shocked by what he sees and immediately heads out.

In another room, Eve is lying down, trying to rest. Her breathing is heavy. A long-haired bespectacled man is monitoring her vitals.

“Even with all the time we had, I haven’t been able to identify your illness or the true nature of that card,” he tells her.

“Isaac, you’re a brilliant scientist,” Eve replies. “Don’t worry about me. This is the price of pulverizing history.” Issac looks downward dejectedly.

“No matter how many lives Ren, Sora, and I may live, we’re simply trying to complete the memories of our first lives,” Eve continues.

“When G.O.D.’s power awakens, all will be complete,” Isaac assures her. “You, Adam, and the rest of us will be eternal together!”

Thoughts

There are no duels in this chapter. It feels nice to have a little bit of a breather since the previous duel was so intense.

Back in chapter 14, Reiji was driving a fancy old motorcycle. Now, he has been spotted by Yuzu in a fancy old sports car.

Reiji Akaba's fancy sports car in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 19

And just like the motorcycle, this car looks really detailed and is probably based on a real car. Do chime in if you know the model. It seems like the illustrator, Naohito Miyoshi, really loves adding in these realistic vehicles despite the story’s futuristic setting.

Shun Kurosaki. This guy. He literally firebombs Leo Corporation just because he wants to find an opponent to satiate his thirst for dueling.

It’s sad to hear that Yuya’s counterparts might not be around for much longer. What will happen if their bond with Yuya is broken? Will they just become trapped in his mind, unable to communicate with him? Nooo! What a somber and lonely existence.

So there’s a character named Eve, and now there’s one named Isaac and another yet-to-be-revealed individual named Adam. And they’re messing around with G.O.D.’s power. Hmm… What other biblical references will there be next?

I like Eve’s revelation that she, Ren, and Sora have lived multiple previous lives. It adds a new layer of significance to Ren’s Reincarnation Synchro strategy. It could also mean that Sora’s sister, Miu, might not be someone who exists in Sora’s present, but is instead someone from his previous life.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V already has a time travel element, and now reincarnation is coming into play. So complex — but so cool!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: “Their Whereabouts!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 13 (February 27, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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Crunchyroll Now on Amazon Fire TV

February 23, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Joey freaking out when he answers the phone in episode 56

Crunchyroll announced today that its newest update to the Crunchyroll Amazon app includes support for a long-requested device — Amazon Fire TV! Furthermore, support has also returned for Fire tablets, many of which haven’t been able to run the app for months on end now due to Amazon’s security updates.

The CR app is free to download and offers both Premium and free ad-supported viewing experiences. Now you can watch all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series and other great anime in even more places. Hooray!

(News from Crunchyroll.)

[YGO: TAS] Counseling Evil – 2

February 23, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 1 Comment
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Little Kuriboh's Counseling Evil, part 2: One successful activation of Destiny Board later...

LittleKuriboh has uploaded part 2 of his “Counseling Evil” series! In this episode, Byakuya Bakura spends his first day in Dartz’s organization of evil, only to discover that things aren’t quite what he expected them to be. Maybe a change in leadership will help. Certainly those Orichalcos clowns would benefit with Bakura at the helm, right?

During this month’s Patreon stream, LK previewed the first three minutes of the video, which, oddly enough, included some censored audio despite the final cut being fully uncensored. He also revealed what Abridged Ryo thinks about all of the Thiefshipping that’s taking place.

“That’s something I’ve intentionally kind of glossed over a little bit because it’s, uh, I hate to say it but it’s a touchy subject,” LK laughed. “I like to think he’s a willing participant. That’s my feelings about the whole thing, but it’s a strange scenario. It’s unconventional.”

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Counseling Evil – 1

TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Website Now Live

February 20, 2017 at 12:30 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS banner on TV Tokyo's website announcing the premiere of the anime this spring

TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS website launched today, officially announcing the start of the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series this spring.

Additionally, producers unveiled a few new details about Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series.

Yusaku Fujiki and Playmaker

Yusaku is said to be a cool and sharp-minded high schooler who possesses the skills to become a hacker. His wit makes him a quick judge of the situations he’s in and the thoughts of the people he speaks with. When Yusaku enters the VR space, he transforms and uses the moniker “Playmaker.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will begin this April in Japan on TV Tokyo. A special Yu-Gi-Oh! TV program about the series will precede the premiere.

(News and images from Mynavi News.)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: The Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Revealed

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS: The Sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Series Revealed

February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS announcement in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump 2017 issue 12

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is coming! A leaked image from next Monday’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine reveals that the sixth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series is titled Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (the pronunciation rhymes with “trains”) and involves virtual reality duels in cyberspace. Yusaku Fujiki, the protagonist of the series, is an ordinary high schooler who transforms into the surfboard-riding character seen in the image when he enters the VR space. He is accompanied by his sword-wielding ace monster named Decode Talker. Another mysterious creature is seen behind them.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS was first unveiled at Jump Festa last December. The series begins this spring in Japan on TV Tokyo.

(News from ANN, Beyond the Duel. Image from Exploding Road h/t Beyond the Duel.)

[YGO: TAS] Episode 73 – Throw Haga From The Train

February 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 5 Comments
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Yami Yugi grabbing Weevil Underwood in YGOTAS episode 73

“A new episode of YGOTAS comes out today?” asked LittleKuriboh. “You don’t HANA-SAY!” Ho ho, Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! memes? In my Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series? He picked the best one to highlight, of course. Check it out in YGOTAS episode 73, “Throw Haga From The Train,” available now on YouTube and TFS.

Something is a little…different about Rex and Weevil in this episode. It seems the power of the Orichalcos does more than just take souls; it also changes people’s voices and personalities. During his January Patreon live stream, LittleKuriboh offered some insight into why he decided to approach Rex and Weevil the way he did in this episode.

“It’s basically their final big moment in the series and I wanted to give them like a really interesting send-off and do something special with them, and I think that I did,” he explained. “It’s not especially funny but I think I did a better job paying an homage to those characters than I have done for a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever really done those characters justice and I tried to do something special with them for their final duel essentially. […] I wanted them to have like a little moment in this episode where they actually seemed genuinely like actual characters.”

Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town Visual Novel

Speaking of LittleKuriboh’s Patreon, for Valentine’s Day, LK gifted all of his patrons a kinetic visual novel of his adult Thiefshipping fanfic, Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town. The idea for this voiced and animated project came directly from his fans and patrons, whom he hired to illustrate the novel. Check out LK’s promo of the novel and, if you like what you see, consider supporting his Patreon to get this and other neat exclusives.

Censored Town is a story that LK originally wrote in 2011 for charity.

Four More Convention Appearances

LittleKuriboh has added another four anime convention guest appearances to his 2017 line-up.

First up is MTAC — Middle Tennessee Anime Convention — held in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 14 to 16. LK has been guesting at this con each year since 2014.

Next is Anime North in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from May 26 to 28. This event is a particularly special one for LK’s wife and fellow voice actor guest Marianne Miller because this will be her first ever trip to the Great White North.

Then, the pair head to Anime Blues Con in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 1 to 3.

Last but not least, LK will return to Leicester, England, for Alcon from August 31 to September 3.

Crackle Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1, Adds Season 2

February 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Crow crying out as his monsters are removed from the field by Lazar in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 44

Today, Crackle removed the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 from its network while at the same time added season 2. The free TV and movie streaming platform, which is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, had only just added season 1 last November.

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Crackle Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1

Yu-Gi-Oh! Returns to Netflix

February 9, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Joey challenging Kaiba to a duel while Grandpa, Tristan, and Tea look on in episode 66

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is back on Netflix! Seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are available in English-speaking territories once again after being unceremoniously yanked from the platform last November. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has undoubtedly brought forth renewed interest in the classic series. Could we soon see seasons 3 through 5 added as well? Let’s hope so!

Also available on Netflix are Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL seasons 1 and 2.

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Netflix Removes Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 50-97 Complete

February 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Marik being engulfed in flames in Ishizu's dream in episode 97

The English-subbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes 50 through 97 are now up on Crunchyroll. Today’s update completes the Battle City preliminaries story arc (which corresponds to season 2 of 4Kids’ English dub) and kicks off the Virtual World story arc (season 3). Remember to add Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to your queue to stay on top of CR’s monthly updates! These episodes are available to viewers worldwide except in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

I’ve updated my Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – SUBBED page with links to all of the newest episodes.

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

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