Seto Kaiba Joins Jump Force as DLC Character

March 16, 2019 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Promotional screenshot of Jump Force showing Seto Kaiba

Jump Force is getting its very first DLC character and it is the one and only Seto Kaiba! Yugi’s eternal rival arrives sporting his shiny white Battle City jacket and will be included in the Jump Force Characters Pass, which retails for $29.99 and includes nine new playable characters. The official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news hub YU-GI-OH.jp reports that Kenjiro Tsuda will reprise his role as Kaiba’s voice actor.

Bandai Namco Entertainment has provided a road map of updates for April through August. Look for Kaiba and two other unnamed fighters to join Jump Force’s roster some time in May.

Which monsters do you think Kaiba will use? Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Obelisk the Tormentor for sure, right? What kind of banter do you think Kaiba will have with the other characters?

Previously:
Jump Force Trailer Reveals Yugi’s Fighting Abilities, Battle Ship

Kazuki Takahashi at MAGIC 2019, Part 1: Manga Contest Judge

March 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Kazuki Takahashi and Tanatach Chokcharoensup at MAGIC 2019

Imagine being a young comics artist, having your work praised by Kazuki Takahashi, and getting to see it published in Shonen Jump. This happened last Saturday, March 9, at the MAGIC 2019 event in Monaco.

MAGIC — short for Monaco Anime Game International Conferences — is a one-day convention held in the city-state of Monaco, southeast of France. MAGIC has some similarities with other events of its kind, like panels about anime, video games, and comics; a roster of big-name celebrity guests; an elaborate cosplay competition; and autograph sessions.

MAGIC 2019 advertisement poster at the Monaco-Monte-Carlo train station
MAGIC 2019 advertisement at the Monaco-Monte-Carlo train station
Artwork by Leiji Matsumoto

But MAGIC isn’t an ordinary convention. Its organizer, Shibuya Productions, is the producer of two new Astro Boy series, an original animation based on Buichi Terasawa’s Cobra manga, and the upcoming Shenmue III video game.

Shibuya Productions also has a special relationship with Shueisha, the Japanese publisher of Shonen Jump and one of the owners of the Yu-Gi-Oh! property. Each year, Shibuya Productions and Shueisha sponsor the MAGIC International Manga Contest, giving budding manga creators from around the globe a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with Shueisha. Winners of the contest have their work published in Shonen Jump+ for the entire world to read. Furthermore, they also receive a one-month trip to Japan to meet professional manga creators and to work with Shonen Jump editors to potentially ink a yearlong publishing deal.

As part of the evaluation process, MAGIC invites one high-profile Shonen Jump manga creator to serve as a contest judge. In previous years, Nobuhiro Watsuki (author of Rurouni Kenshin) and Tite Kubo (author of Bleach) served as judges. This year, the esteemed manga author who helped judge the contest was none other than Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi.

Kazuki Takahashi speaking at the MAGIC 2019 opening ceremony
Kazuki Takahashi greets the audience at the MAGIC 2019 opening ceremony

Also joining Takahashi as judges were two important people from Shueisha and Shonen Jump.

First was Yoshihisa Heishi, who leads the third editorial section at Shueisha, bringing together the company’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ, V Jump, and Shonen Jump+ publications. Heishi has the distinction of being the founding editor of Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and previously served as Weekly Shonen Jump’s editor in chief.

Second was Naoki Kawashima, deputy editor in chief of Weekly Shonen Jump. Kawashima has worked on titles like Bleach, One Piece, and Sket Dance. While he served as the editor of One Piece, Kawashima was famously told by author Eiichiro Oda that he should be prepared to “die for One Piece.”

Both Heishi and Kawashima are also credited in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions as “planning coordinators,” along with the Weekly Shonen Jump and V Jump editorial departments.

Yoshihisa Heishi and Naoki Kawashima at the MAGIC 2019 opening ceremony
Yoshihisa Heishi (left) and Naoki Kawashima at the MAGIC 2019 opening ceremony

The manga contest’s panel of judges was rounded out by Sahé Cibot, general manager of Shibuya International; and Hervé Trouillet, artistic director of Shibuya Productions.

Prior to the convention, the MAGIC International Manga Contest’s entries were whittled down to just ten works. These ten were submitted to Takahashi, Heishi, and Kawashima in Japanese for them to read. Then, the pool of ten was further narrowed down to five finalists. At MAGIC 2019, these finalists each presented their works in a 30-minute slide deck presentation to the five judges.

Ultimately, the first place winner of the 2019 MAGIC International Manga Contest was Tanatach Chokcharoensup from Thailand, who wowed the judges with her story, Mara – The Lawyer of the Parallel Universe.

Tanatach Chokcharoensup at the MAGIC 2019 manga contest awards ceremony
Tanatach Chokcharoensup at the 2019 MAGIC International Manga Contest awards ceremony

Mara takes place in Pandemonium, a land populated by demons. Naga, a clan of immigrants new to this land, is accused of ravaging and burning a village. Now on trial, the leader of the Naga clan, in an act of desperation, summons the wily mythical demon Mara to defend them in the Demon Tribunal. Unfortunately for the Naga clan, the so-called demon Mara turns out to be a mere mortal lawyer — a twelve-year-old human child!

Mara image by Tanatach Chokcharoensup

As Chokcharoensup explained in her presentation, in Buddhist lore, the demon Mara is an antagonist and a trickster that represents fear and desire. Mara tempted Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha, who was seeking the path to enlightenment.

At the awards ceremony at the end of MAGIC 2019, Chokcharoensup received a trophy and a Wacom Cintiq Pro tablet for her victory. She thanked the judges and posed for photos.

Participants in the MAGIC International Manga Contest at the awards ceremony at MAGIC 2019
Left to right: Naoki Kawashima, Kazuki Takahashi, Tanatach Chokcharoensup, Sahé Cibot, Hervé Trouillet, Charles Compain (third place winner), and Fabien Ronteix (runner-up) at the awards ceremony

Later, Chokcharoensup posted her own photos on Facebook of Takahashi and the other finalists and of her trophy and tablet.

Look for Mara – The Lawyer of the Parallel Universe in Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital publication in the near future.

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Next:
Kazuki Takahashi at MAGIC 2019, Part 2: Autographs

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 5 Available Now

March 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 5, from VIZ Media, digital edition

The next graphic novel volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is out today from VIZ Media. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 5, “The Enemy’s Hideout!!” includes chapters 26 through 31 of the monthly series. It is available in paperback for $9.99 and in digital for $6.99.

As Reiji Akaba and Isaac’s duel surges onward, Isaac has set up a seemingly impenetrable defense with his Reflector combo. How will the young president take down Eve’s powerful and gifted colleague? Then, Yuya and the others make their way to Eve’s headquarters. His other personalities worry about what might be a deadly final confrontation and vow to protect Yuya with their lives. But waiting at Eve’s Antarctic hide-out is Sora Shiunin, who confesses to being a spy for Eve. Despite his ferocious personality, Shiunin reveals a more affectionate reason for pursuing G.O.D.’s power — to be with his sister forever. After their first encounter ended so violently, how will Yuya react to this revelation?

Illustrator Naohito Miyoshi presents more early design sketches and notes as bonus content in this volume. Included are D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, D/D/D/D Superdimensional Sovereign Emperor Zero Paradox, Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, and Starving Venemy Lethal Dose Dragon. The print edition of this book also includes an Ultra Rare Odd-Eyes Phantasma Dragon, first played by Yuya in chapter 18. Don’t miss this evolution of Yuya’s signature Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon, available with the book’s first print run while supplies last.

Also in this volume, author Shin Yoshida asks readers for help in creating attractive new worlds for dueling, while duel writer Masahiro Hikokubo apologizes for making mistakes with some cards’ stats during the monthly serialization (I didn’t notice!).

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 4 Available Now

First 4 Figures February Roundup: Dark Magician Design Talk

February 28, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Arkana's and Yugi's Dark Magician facing off in episode 61

Have you joined the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook yet? This past month, F4F’s CEO Alex Davis turned to the group members for advice with a peculiar Yu-Gi-Oh! monster design. He also dropped a product announcement during one of the company’s weekly Q&A live streams! Here’s a roundup of what’s new with the statue maker in February.

On February 5, Davis asked the F4F OCC about Dark Magician’s hat, pointing out that there are some inconsistencies in its design in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime. “[D]oes he have 2 or 3 rings around his hat NOT including the one on the tip?” asked Davis.

Sure enough, there are animation cuts that feature both designs.

Comparison of Dark Magician's hat designs in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime
Top row: examples of the two-ring design as shown in the first opening and episodes 37, 60, and 132.
Bottom row: examples of the three-ring design as shown in the English season 3 opening (this image is also frequently used as promotional key art), episode 141, and the last Japanese opening.

Davis clarified that he had already received approval from 4K Media for a design that has three rings plus the tip. However, he wants to refine the design, which requires reapproval, and is now looking at this peculiar detail.

During F4F’s February 8 Q&A live stream, Davis further elaborated on his plans. “This time I might try and submit it with two [rings] and see what happens,” he laughed. “‘Cause you know what? I looked at it and I’m like, I actually want to change the pose, so maybe changing it.” What is wrong with the current unrevealed design that is compelling him to change it?

“Well, I’ll do that sometimes,” Davis explained. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ and then I’m like, ‘No.’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘No.’ Because the thing is, [the approval process] takes so long that by the time we look at it again, I feel like we can do better.”

During the same live stream, a fan asked Davis whether Yu-Gi-Oh! will be getting TF [true form] PVC figures. Davis seemed to backtrack from his answer last month.

“Confirmed or not confirmed, we haven’t made any announcements on that,” he replied. “If everything goes smoothly, it’s a very strong possibility.”

Davis then proceeded to drop a product announcement: “there will be at least one, maybe two” Dark Magician color variants!

Which variants would you like to see? The classic manga look? How about the shredded version from The Dark Side of Dimensions? Or Arkana’s Dark Magician? Or maybe even Mahad as Dark Magician? Join the F4F OCC and let Davis know!

So, Two Rings or Three? Which is the Correct Design?

Regardless of what is depicted on trading cards, promotional artwork, or other media, there is a “correct” number of rings on Dark Magician’s hat in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime world.

Image collage featuring various screenshots from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters that show Dark Magician's hat

After looking at over 500 animation cuts from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters that provide an unobscured view of the rings and tip — including cuts of Yugi dressed as Dark Magician, Arkana’s Dark Magician, Yugi’s Capsule Monsters Dark Warrior armor, and Dark Magician Mahad — I conclude that 99 percent of the cuts show Dark Magician’s hat with two rings plus the tip.

There are fewer than a dozen cuts that show the hat with three rings plus the tip. I’ve already included their three most prominent appearances in the second image in this post. Many of the others are insignificant or are so small that they are barely noticeable.

On the other hand, Arkana’s Dark Magician, the so-called Red Dark Magician, unmistakably has three rings plus the tip on his hat.

Well done, Alex Davis, you made the correct choice to switch from three rings to two!

Previously:
First 4 Figures January Roundup: Red-Eyes Black Dragon & Dark Magician Girl Confirmed, Blue-Eyes White Dragon Teased

Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Anniversary V Jump Cover Illustration

February 21, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Close-up of Yugi's face from Kazuki Takahashi's Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG 20th anniversary illustration for V Jump

Hitting newsstands today in Japan is the April 2019 issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, which features a new illustration by Kazuki Takahashi on the cover. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game, Takahashi’s artwork showcases Yami Yugi (Atem) surrounded by his signature cards. He is holding Ankuriboh, a new Egyptian-themed Kuriboh card that is also drawn by Takahashi and included with the magazine.

As it does every month for its cover illustrations, V Jump is offering high-res downloads of this artwork as a desktop calendar and as a wallpaper for your cell phone. Check them out!

Back in January, Takahashi offered a work-in-progress preview of this illustration on Instagram. He noted that this was his first job of the year and that he’s drawing Atem for the first time in quite a while.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 43: ‘Head-to-Head Cards!!’

February 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shingo Sawatari and Sora Shiunin criticize Yuya's card choice in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 43

Yuya Sakaki successfully banishes all of the monsters on the field for three turns, including Reiji Akaba’s overwhelming Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji. Yuya reaches deep within his heart and remembers the power of Dueltaining that his father left him. He pushes forward, eager to soften up the austere Akaba.

Yuya plays the continuous trap Pendulum Match, which allows him to randomly summon a Pendulum monster from his extra deck, then allows Akaba to choose a monster with the same scale from his own deck and summon it as well. With both duelists still at 4000 life points and now fighting head-to-head battles, every summon is significant.

Yuya begins by calling Yugo’s Clearwing Fast Dragon. Akaba is unimpressed with Yuya’s antics, but plays along. He summons D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Clearwing destroys Zero Maxwell, but Akaba is unharmed because of his monster’s effect. At the end of the battle, Pendulum Match destroys the remaining monsters.

During Akaba’s turn, Yuya uses Pendulum Match again, this time summoning Yuri’s Starving Venemy Dragon. Akaba chooses D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose special ability lets it possess double the attack strength of its opponent monster. Zero Laplace crushes Starving Venemy, dropping Yuya down to 1500 life points. Yuya is knocked backward from the strength of the blow.

Yuya laughs it off, but vows to continue his entertainment. He places his two hands on the ground and crouches in a sprinter’s four-point stance. What is he doing?! As his turn begins, Yuya jets off, running straight off the edge of the Adam Factor tree duel field! He plunges toward the ground below. That’s where the next Action Card is, says Yuya, and he’s definitely going to nab it this time before Akaba does.

Akaba and the onlookers gasp as Yuya nosedives. But…there’s no Action Card down there!

In his mind, Yuya recalls a memory of his father. When dueling an opponent who is dead serious, who seems to have no space in his heart for entertainment, do something new and unexpected, Yusho Sakaki tells his son. That will catch everyone off guard.

In midair, Yuya grabs one of the tree’s long dangling roots, then uses his moment to swing upward toward the sky. That is where the Action Card is located.

Reiji Akaba smiling in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 43

Reiji Akaba cracks a grin, apparently amused by Yuya’s shenanigans, if only for a moment. Looks like there’s hope for the stern LC president after all, thinks Yuya.

Yuya promises to continue his dueltaining…

Thoughts

It’s pretty clear what’s happening now with Pendulum Match. With one last hurrah, the two duelists’ signature Pendulum monsters get to take the stage again. As this duel heads toward its conclusion, maybe Yuya’s final move will involve the use of all of these monsters that he got to summon back. Wouldn’t that be quite the entertaining move?

It’s also quite the coincidence that their signature monsters’ Pendulum scales match up in this way. Oh, who am I kidding — this was planned from the very start, wasn’t it?

Within the gravity of the ARC-V story line, Dueltaining has sometimes appeared to take a back seat. But this chapter, it is front and center as Yuya remembers his roots in a flashback featuring his dad.

Yusho Sakaki describing his dueling philosophy in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 43

This, I think, is the right way for this story to go. Ever since the first chapter, Yuya has always made it his mission to be a Dueltainer and to make others smile. Now, after the reader has gone on this long journey with Yuya and learned about how devastating his past is, it makes Yuya’s resolve all the more astounding and makes his character even more likable.

To begin and end Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in this way retains the spirit of the story and the world that it has built.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 43: “Head-to-Head Cards!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump (web, Android, iOS) and in MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA (web, Android, iOS).

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 44: “Action Battle!!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

Mai Kujaku Voice Actress Receives Congratulatory Wedding, Birthday Illustration from Yu-Gi-Oh! Animator

February 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Artwork of Mai Kujaku wearing a wedding band by Takahiro Kagami
Mai Kujaku wearing a wedding band! See the whole illustration by Takahiro Kagami.

Happy birthday to Haruhi Nanao, the voice of Mai Kujaku (Mai Valentine) in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters! Today, Yu-Gi-Oh! animator Takahiro Kagami posted an original illustration on Twitter for Nanao featuring a cheerful Mai and a nervous, blushing Jonouchi. It’s been a long time since he last drew Mai, wrote Kagami, but he finally found the time to draw her. He congratulated Nanao on her marriage last December and wished her a happy birthday.

Aside from playing Mai Kujaku, Haruhi Nanao is a regular in Crayon Shin-Chan as the voice of Ms. Yoshinaga (Ms. Anderson), and has also played Rin Nohara in Naruto Shippuden and Sella in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. Follow her on Twitter, @nanaoharuhi.

Takahiro Kagami is best known among Yu-Gi-Oh! fans as a prolific animator, animation director, and character and monster designer for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Bonds Beyond Time, and The Dark Side of Dimensions. He is also a prominent animator and animation director for Mushi-Shi, Death Note, and Banana Fish. Follow him on Twitter, @jetikariya50.

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game Manga

February 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba taking a hit from an enemy attack in Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game abruptly disappeared today from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump platform. The two-part manga by Kazuki Takahashi bridges the gap between the conclusion of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World and the events in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. All the other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles are still available to read.

I’ve reached out to VIZ Media to inquire about the removal and will post an update if I learn anything new.

VIZ Media originally published Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in two digital issues of Weekly Shonen Jump in late December 2016 and early January 2017. The title was also added to VIZ Media’s old free manga section, where it was available to read between January 16 and March 8, 2017. The first part of the manga received a print edition in Scholastic’s Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack.

First 4 Figures January Roundup: Red-Eyes Black Dragon & Dark Magician Girl Confirmed, Blue-Eyes White Dragon Teased

January 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi watching as Dark Magician Girl finishes attacking an opponent in episode 62

News about First 4 Figures’ upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products continue to trickle out from its weekly Q&A live streams and the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook. Is a Yu-Gi-Oh! PVC figure confirmed yet? What will the first release be and when will pre-orders happen? Here is a roundup of this past month’s news featuring answers to these questions and more.

During the January 4 live stream, F4F’s CEO Alex Davis revealed that not only are Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician in the works but also Red-Eyes Black Dragon and Dark Magician Girl. When asked about making more monsters or characters, Davis noted that these four monsters “were the ones that polled the best. And we’ll continue to go from there to see how that goes on.” A fan suggested adding Egyptian monster tablets as extras and Davis called them “nice ideas.”

Then, in the January 11 live stream, Davis stated that the first Yu-Gi-Oh! pre-order will either be for Blue-Eyes White Dragon or Dark Magician. Look for that to happen after March or April following F4F’s My Hero Academia launch, he said.

On January 16, Davis offered a sneak peek in the F4F OCC of part of Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s design:

A 3D computer model showing part of First 4 Figures' Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Many fans asked about its color and pointed out that, despite its name, Blue-Eyes White Dragon isn’t exactly pure white. Davis replied that its paint job will be “nice and metallic. When you see Meta Ridley — you’ll get it!”

Davis fielded more fan questions in the January 18 live stream. Blue-Eyes White Dragon is “most likely” going to be F4F’s first Yu-Gi-Oh! product, he said. In addition to a resin statue, a “PVC [figure] is possible and it’s very — 90 percent — gonna happen,” he added. One fan wondered if adding a card display and card stand with the statues would be possible. “It’s a great question. We haven’t figured that bit out yet,” replied Davis. “Once we look at getting it nailed down, then we can think about what possible extras — but I’ll keep that in the back of my mind.” Another fan asked about Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s dimensions and Davis responded with some gestures:

First 4 Figures CEO Alex Davis making hand gestures to describe the size of a PVC figure (on the left) and a resin statue

The PVC figure will be small, while the resin statue will be enormous. That’s awfully large for a statue, isn’t it? But given the size of Meta Ridley, I don’t think he’s exaggerating.

Finally, in the January 25 live stream, a fan asked about how hard it would be to include an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! card with the statues, to which Davis replied “I don’t know, let’s talk about it.”

To stay up to date with the latest developments, contribute ideas to F4F’s Yu-Gi-Oh! products, and ask questions, be sure to join the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.

Previously:
First 4 Figures Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Products

‘MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA’ Service Offers Free Manga Globally

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Advertisement for MANGA Plus by Shueisha

Shueisha, the Japanese publisher of Weekly Shonen Jump and one of the owners of the Yu-Gi-Oh! property, has entered the direct global manga distribution scene with MANGA Plus, a new manga website and Android and iOS app.

MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA offers free English-language simulpubs of numerous series from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ, V Jump, and Shonen Jump+ publications, including Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Many of the available titles have never been released in English before! At launch, MANGA Plus offers over 30 simulpubs. Readers will also be able to buy graphic novel volumes of certain titles.

Unlike VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump initiative, Shueisha’s MANGA Plus platform does not include a back catalog. However, Shueisha plans to serialize completed series, one chapter at a time, through MANGA Plus. There is no word yet whether Yu-Gi-Oh! or its many spin-offs will be included in this line-up.

But the biggest difference is in its availability. MANGA Plus is accessible in every country in the world, except Japan, China, and South Korea. This differs from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump, which only serves English-speaking markets. For now, MANGA Plus is available just in English, but a Spanish version is forthcoming.

There is truly no better time to be a manga fan than today!

(News from ANN 1, 2)

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