Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: ‘Eve’s True Skills!!’

April 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yuya and Yuto arriving in Eve's domain in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya Sakaki, restless following his win over Sora Shiunin, calls out to Eve, demanding that she show herself. His voices echoes through the halls of her hideout. A lighted hallway appears before him, inviting him to Eve’s domain. Yuya follows the trail of lights and encounters a vortex at the end of the path. Yuto asks Yuya if he will go after her. Of course he will.

Yuya calmly steps through the vortex. In front of him is a narrow pathway. And all around him is the unending vastness of space, littered with the light of distant stars. Yuto thinks they have entered a gap in space-time, a realm that exists outside their usual time and place. Suddenly, a bright vortex appears above the path just ahead of them. Eve steps through the vortex gracefully.

“You have the Genesis Omega Dragon card,” states Yuya.

“Yes. G.O.D. is in my hands,” Eve responds.

“Ren, Isaac, Sora… All your companions suffered defeat for that card. Is it really worth that much?” asks Yuya.

“If happiness exists only in a time that has been lost, then we must rely upon G.O.D.’s power,” says Eve.

Yuya is upset by her words. Yuya doesn’t understand how Eve can manipulate time and space to achieve personal happiness. But Eve contends that the happiness of the world as a whole is only possible thanks to this selfishness. Yuto thinks it’s fruitless to try to change her mind; to get through to her, Yuya must take the G.O.D. card from her. Eve is confident that she will triumph and lays claim to the Adam Factor sleeping within Yuya. With it, she says, she will truly awaken G.O.D.

The two begin to duel. Yuya quickly Pendulum summons, setting up a field where his monsters can be neither destroyed nor damaged. Eve is unimpressed with his “unbeatable” line up.

Eve readies her field by setting her Pendulum scales, then Pendulum summons Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar.

Eve's Mystic Factor Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

Yuya is dumbfounded by the sudden presence of the three high-level monsters before him. But Eve has only just begun. Using these monsters’ abilities to return themselves from the graveyard to the field, Eve is able to use them to Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summon in succession. In mere moments, Yuya finds himself face to face with three legendary monsters: Phantasm Emperor Trilojig, Timelord Progenitor Vulgate, and No. XX Infinity Dark Hope.

“Only I can control this ultimate deck, because I have spent so long crossing space and time,” proclaims Eve. “Someone like you cannot hope to match an opponent like me!”

Thoughts

This chapter is incredible. Eve and her monsters are incredible. I got chills watching her make her plays. There are so many great callbacks to other Yu-Gi-Oh! series and characters.

When Eve Pendulum, Fusion, Synchro, and Xyz summons, her chants are very similar to ones that have been used by other Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonists.

The monsters themselves seem to reference boss monsters used by other villains. Phantasm Emperor Trilojig evokes the name of the Sacred Beasts, but also looks like it would be right at home as an Arcana Force monster. The Timelord monster is obviously like Z-one’s Timelords, but it’s name — “Progenitor” — suggests that it predates the others. Eve even has one of the Numbers, a mysterious “XX,” which presumably represents an unknown value. Even though Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL ended years ago, the Numbers still haven’t all been revealed, yet here is Eve showing up with a new one. Where did it come from?

All of this inevitably leads to the question of whether the worlds in the different Yu-Gi-Oh! series are somehow connected. Or maybe this is just the author doing something fun for the fans. Regardless, Eve is clearly a special character who has lived her life doing extraordinary things across time and space. And the significance of the location where they are dueling isn’t lost on me. It’s some kind of tear existing outside of space-time. Maybe this is like the Twilight Zone, where fantastical characters like Eve and story elements that would otherwise be impossible can exist.

Amid all the excitement of Eve’s deck, let’s not forget Eve’s opening play — the construction of a gate. Last chapter, Adam tells Reiji Akaba about seeing a gate that opens up to a wasteland of planets. How coincidental is that?

I love this page of Eve here as she descends in front of Yuya.

Eve emerging in front of Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 33

She looks so elegant, but so sad.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 23, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 34: “Challenge the Legends!”

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

STARZ Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

April 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Aigami, and the gang watching down the street and chatting

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is now available on STARZ. Today, 4K Media announced that the premium cable network has picked up the movie for streaming and TV distribution. STARZ subscribers can watch the movie anytime on the web or using the STARZ On Demand app. Additionally, STARZ Kids & Family will air the movie on May 5. Check your local listings for more information.

STARZ is available for $8.99 a month a la carte, or as part of your cable TV subscription package. The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time are also available on the network.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!

March 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Gong hugging Yuya enthusiastically in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 38

March has been a great month for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, which are getting picked up by more and more networks for free viewing — and not just for fans in the United States.

Amazon Prime Video is now streaming the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters season 4 and season 5. This follows the addition of seasons 1 through 3 in January. Furthermore, Amazon Prime now also has Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 in English.

Not to be outdone, Netflix has added seasons 3 through 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. After years of only carrying the first two seasons, the world’s most dominant video subscription network at last has the entire series! Netflix is also swinging into action with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 for its American audience. But — viewers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have access to both seasons 1 and 2! (In the U.S., season 2 is still only on Hulu as of this writing.)

Finally, the American Spanish-language children’s TV channel ¡Sorpresa! (“Surprise!”) announced that it has acquired the broadcast rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The dueling will take place weekdays at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT starting April 2. Check SorpresaTV.com for more network and scheduling information.

And as reported earlier this month, there is plenty more Yu-Gi-Oh! to watch on Tubi TV and YouTube.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook Blu-ray Available Now

March 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Front cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

Yu-Gi-Oh! has joined a select number of anime titles in getting its own SteelBook! Today, Cinedigm Entertainment re-releases Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time on Blu-ray in a lovely, collectible SteelBook case. The glossy gold case features brand-new key art of Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei on the cover. This artwork hasn’t been seen on any other release of this movie, not even in Japan. Inside the case is Yugi’s glowing Millennium Puzzle alongside some Egyptian hieroglyphs.

The contents of the Blu-ray disc are identical to Cinedigm’s original Blu-ray release of the movie in 2014. The disc contains the movie in both English and Japanese.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook is available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, and many other video retailers for a suggested retail price of $24.99. UPC: 767685157343.

Back cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

The Millennium Puzzle and hieroglyph inside Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

Jaden, Yusei, and Yugi on the front cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time SteelBook

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: ‘What Adam Saw!!’

March 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Adam describing how bad he is at dueling while Reiji Akaba looks on unamused in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 32

While wandering the halls of Eve’s hideout in search of Yuya Sakaki, Reiji Akaba is approached by a ghostly figure. The man, with jet-black wavy hair, materializes in front of Akaba and looks sternly at him. It’s Adam. Suddenly, the pair are standing in another world, surrounded by a network of tree roots and memory orbs. Behind Adam, the roots have coiled up toward the sky and formed a mountainous tree.

Adam introduces himself, revealing that his mind has been wandering through time to escape from G.O.D., and that he is the one who granted Akaba the Adam Factor. This factor, explains Adam, is like a key to releasing G.O.D.’s full power. For now, the power is sealed in a Duel Monsters card, which changes hands through dueling. And all this time, Adam has been waiting for strong duelists to appear to fight G.O.D.

It was quite fortuitous, then, that Yuya’s father discovered G.O.D.’s destructive powers and used the World Illusion to turn back time. You might even call it destiny, for Yuya and Akaba were able to be transported to the past, without falling into the reversion of the World Illusion, and caught the eye of Adam. This, says Adam, happened so that they could fight G.O.D. It was fate.

Even after wandering through time for so long, Adam has still never seen G.O.D.’s real form. But what he has seen terrifies him.

Adam recalls the moment his experiment spirals out of control and sends him away from Eve and Isaac. On that day, as he merges with the immense energy released, he is drawn into a blinding light where he sees a colossal man-made gate.

“Beyond it,” describes Adam, “I saw desolate stars, dead, black, lifeless planets, and I heard the groans of countless lifeforms. Instinctively, I knew that this monster had destroyed those planets!”

Adam couldn’t let this happen to the earth. And so, he gave up his own life to seize G.O.D.’s power.

Thoughts

Great chapter. It’s very dense, with a lot of new details about Adam, G.O.D., and the mysterious power that Yuya and Reiji possess.

G.O.D.’s powers are revealed to be more than just the seemingly benevolent granting of wishes and manipulation of time. There’s something far more sinister going on. It doesn’t appear that Eve and her companions are aware of this. Or if they are, they are blinded by their quest to find Adam. The only thing keeping the power in check, for now, is the Adam Factor.

What’s up the gate that Adam sees? It’s not just an ordinary gate, but a man-made gate. So some person in this story created the gate, which allowed Adam to catch a glimpse of the destruction that has occurred — and what might be in store for his own world. Who could have made it? There aren’t that many candidates. Yuya and Reiji’s fathers might have something to do with it.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 32: “What Adam Saw!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 17 (March 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 31: “Satisfaction and Resignation!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 33: “Eve’s True Skills!!”

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Spring 2018 WSJ Jump Pack

March 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga panel in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack and a Winged Dragon of Ra promo card
The Winged Dragon of Ra: powerful, but probably not that powerful

Happy first day of spring! This season, VIZ Media is back with another print issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, on sale now at Scholastic book fairs across the U.S. The Spring 2018 WSJ Jump Pack is a 96-page preview of some of the most popular Jump titles available. This edition includes:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 4
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 2
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend, chapter 1
  • Dragon Ball Super, chapter 2

It also includes all of the usual bonuses for Yu-Gi-Oh! newcomers and collectors:

  • An Ultra Rare The Winged Dragon of Ra Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN006), illustrated and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the January 2011 issue of Shonen Jump.
  • A 22-by-22-inch Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper playmat and beginner’s guide.
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription of VIZ’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, home of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub.
  • A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).

Pick up the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack at Scholastic book fairs being held now in schools throughout the U.S. for $10.99. Search for your nearest book fair on Scholastic’s Find A Fair webpage. Don’t forget — you don’t need to be affiliated with a school to shop at its book fair; everyone is welcome, and all purchases made at the book fair help financially support the school.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2017 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2018 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG The Winged Dragon of Ra card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Adds New Characters, Cast in April

March 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Japanese, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS character Takeru Homura and his avatar Soulburner

Four new characters are joining the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS anime in April! That’s the word from the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news website YU-GI-OH.jp, which today introduced the characters and their voice actors.

First up is Takeru Homura, played by Yuki Kaji (Shoto Todoroki in My Hero Academia, Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan). Homura, pictured above left, is a boy wearing the same school uniform as Yusaku. In Link VRAINS, he transforms into the fiery avatar Soulburner.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS character Flame

Accompanying Homura is a new Ignis AI character named Flame, voiced by Taku Yashiro (Battle Beast in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Naoto Azuma/Tiger Mask in Tiger Mask W). Although its name is pronounced like the English word “flame,” the kanji making up his name means “without a vision” or “no revelatory dream.”

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS characters Boman and Haru

Boman (romanized name is not official), pictured above left, is a new duelist with a mysterious aura. He is voiced by Kenji Matsuda (Zebra in Toriko).

And last but not least is Haru (romanized name is not official), pictured above right, a perplexing boy who tags along with Boman. Haru is played by Ryoko Shiraishi (Hayate Ayasaki in Hayate the Combat Butler, Asuka Kazama in the Tekken video game series).

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Streaming for Free on Tubi TV Again

March 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Zuzu Boyle whispering to an overly excited Yuya Sakaki in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 3
“Psst, it’s back…”

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has returned to Tubi TV! All 49 episodes of season 1, English dubbed, are available now on the video streaming network. Watch it for free on the web or on any of Tubi TV’s numerous apps.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V made its first appearance on Tubi TV in late June 2017, but was suddenly removed less than a month later. Although the links to the episodes remained on Tubi TV’s website afterward, attempting to play the episodes resulted in an error message, and the show did not appear when searching or browsing Tubi TV’s catalog. Until now!

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is also available on Hulu.

MyAnimeList Opens Digital Manga Store

March 15, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuzu Hiragi holding up a contract in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 4

MyAnimeList, the popular anime and manga database and social community, has launched its own digital manga store in partnership with VIZ Media and Kodansha Comics. The store kicks off with over 200 titles from the two publishers, including VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Currently, the first two volumes are available for $6.99 each. Volume 3, which just streeted last week, is not yet available. The publishers tell MyAnimeList that they are working to add more titles to the line-up.

According to the FAQs, manga may be purchased by users in the United States, Canada, the European Union, Australia, and New Zealand. Once purchased, the manga may be viewed in any country.

MyAnimeList, a subsidiary of the Japanese mobile and web services development firm DeNA, opened its manga store first to Canadian users on March 8 and has since rolled it out to other English-speaking countries like the United States.

(News from ANN)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, VRAINS Head to Canadian Theaters in April

March 13, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba looking upward and smiling in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light

Earlier this week, American Yu-Gi-Oh! fans got to enjoy a remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and a sneak peek of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English dub in nearly 800 theaters across the country. Next month, our friends north of the border will be able to experience the same special event in their local theaters.

4K Media and Cineplex are bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie and Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS to more than 90 theaters throughout Canada in April. Participating theaters will hold a screening on April 25, 28, and/or 29. Advance tickets are available now directly from Cineplex.

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