If you’ve been holding off on buying Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga, don’t wait any longer. The sales period for the Weekly Shonen Jump issues that ran that story is about to end. VIZ Media’s WSJ back issues are only available for purchase for about three months. Since one-shot stories like Transcend Game don’t normally get reprinted outside the magazine where they initially ran, this is likely your final chance to own the issues.
The WSJ issues containing Transcend Game will no longer be available for sale after 1 pm ET/10 am PT on the following dates:
Tags: manga, scholastic
Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions definitely won’t want to miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine. VIZ Media’s Spring 2017 edition of its WSJ Jump Pack includes the first part of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga — a two-part story that bridges the gap between the end of his Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the events in DSoD — plus a synopsis of the movie. One-shots like Transcend Game rarely ever get reprinted outside the magazine they originally appear in, even in Japan, so needless to say this is an extra special release from VIZ.
VIZ’s Jump Pack is a semiannual magazine that samples popular Jump manga. It’s printed in a larger trim size (7 by 10 inches) and on better quality paper than a graphic novel, and has a glossy cover. The Spring 2017 issue is available now for $10.99 at Scholastic book fairs being held in numerous schools throughout the U.S. This issue includes:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, part 1
- Boruto: Naruto Next Generation, chapter 1
- My Hero Academia, chapter 3
- Haikyu!!, chapter 3
And as usual, there are also plenty of extras:
- An Ultra Rare Obelisk the Tormentor Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card (JMPS-EN004), illustrated and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the January 2010 print issue of SJ.
- A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fold-out paper game mat and beginner’s guide.
- A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
- A coupon for one free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).
- A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription of Weekly Shonen Jump. (The regular price is $25.99.)
VIZ originally ran Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in its December 19, 2016, and January 2, 2017 Weekly Shonen Jump digital issues. The company then added both chapters to the free Shonen Jump manga section on its website, where the they were available until March 8.
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack
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.
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!”
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.
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 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”
– Coming soon
“…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.
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!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 19: “Their Whereabouts!”
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.
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.
With the power of a Pendulum Fusion, Yuri calls forth Starving Venemy Dragon to face off against Reiji Akaba’s D/D/D Supersight King Zero Maxwell. Starving Venemy’s effect is a mighty one, allowing it to steal the abilities of Zero Maxwell. Yuri attacks, but Akaba is ready for him, activating a trap that prevents his monster from being destroyed. Akaba stares unflinchingly at Yuri while his life points are whittled down. Yuri wants another shot at Akaba, but Yuya returns to the duel with a message.
“Reiji, you followed me here because you believed your dad,” says Yuya, looking dejectedly toward the ground. “But the story I heard was a bit different.” He closes his eyes and remembers…
On a certain day in the future, Yuya finds himself locked in a cylindrical escape pod. Yuya presses up against the window of the pod and sees his dad working nervously in his lab.
“Yuya, the power of G.O.D. will soon end the world,” Yusho tells him. The sweat pooling on his forehead trickles down his face past his tired eyes. Next to Yusho sits a card glowing brightly — Genesis Omega Dragon. It is hooked up to numerous sensors and is pulsating vibrantly with energy. Leo was obsessed with the card, says Yusho. After their experiments with it started getting dangerously out of hand, Yusho took it away from the military facility where they worked.
“We thought the power of this card was a chance phenomenon from another dimension…but it’s not!” exclaims Yusho. “It is an artificial creation.”
Yuya is confused, but Yusho doesn’t have all of the answers. It will be up to Yuya to find the one who created the card and what its true nature is. For now, Yusho has one final trick up his sleeve. He will use what little he understands of G.O.D.’s energy to throw Yuya back into the past, where he will have a chance to discover G.O.D.’s secrets and save the world.
“The World Illusion!” Yusho proclaims, smiling while putting on his magician’s top hat.
Yuya, with tears in his eyes, slaps the window of his escape pod and cries out to his dad. But it’s no use. A flash of light blinds him as the image of his dad in front of him vanishes…
Reiji Akaba scowls. “If you want me to listen to any more of this drivel, you’ll have to prove it by defeating me!!”
The duel rages on. Akaba tributes Zero Maxwell and summons an even deadlier monster, D/D/D Destiny King Zero Laplace, whose attack strength becomes double that of the monster it battles. It destroys Starving Venemy and Dark Anthelion, leaving Yuya’s field wide open. Yuya uses his defeated dragons’ abilities to move them to his Pendulum zones, but Akaba uses the effect of his own Pendulum monster, D/D Scale Surveyor, to drop Yuya’s Pendulum scales to zero. But Yuya only smiles.
“The Pendulum of destiny may stop, but I must go on! Overscale Pendulum!!”
These last two chapters have been somber. Last month, we saw Reiji Akaba part with his dad when the world was ending, and now we see the same thing from Yuya and his dad’s perspective. We still haven’t seen how Reiji was transported to the past. Does he have an escape pod too?
I’m calling it now. The best line in the entire series is in this chapter: “Stop trying to reduce me to your scale!” You are a king among kings, Reiji Akaba. If he had been dueling Yuto, would he have said, “Stop trying to reduce me to your rank!” instead?
Is anyone else really creeped out by Zero Laplace?
I mean, what even is that thing? “The Demon of Causality”?
It’s amusing to see Reiji, a person from the future who has all kinds of revolutionary technology at his disposal, play Block Attack, an ancient card from the earliest days of the Yu-Gi-Oh! game. Not only does he play it last chapter, but he loves it so much that in this chapter he uses another card to specifically retrieve it from his graveyard.
Overscale Pendulum. What’s that? I hope it’s not another a deus ex
You might have noticed that this month’s chapter is coming one week later than expected. The Japanese version is published in V Jump, which streeted on December 17. However, because the English version is published in Weekly Shonen Jump, which was off in Japan last Monday for the Christmas holiday, the chapter was added to this week’s WSJ issue instead. On the plus side, last Monday VIZ still released its own bonus WSJ issue with part 1 of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. Part 2 will appear next Monday from VIZ in another bonus issue when Japan’s WSJ takes a break for New Year festivities.
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– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 16: “Swinging Pendulums of Destiny!”
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 18: “An Unknown Enemy!”
Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga is getting an official English translation! VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced in this today’s issue that it will publish the two-part story, which bridges the gap between the end of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. Part 1 will run in the December 19 issue next week and part 2 will run in the January 2 issue. The story was originally published in Japanese earlier this year in April.
You won’t want to miss this. If you are not a WSJ subscriber (you’re passing over the best deal for comics anywhere — $25.99 for one year, or $0.54 per issue!), you can still buy individual issues for $0.99 each. VIZ’s WSJ is available on VIZ.com, Android, iOS, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.
This post will be updated with links to the issues as they become available.
Update (December 19, 2016): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1, is here! If you are considering buying this week’s issue on it’s own just for Yu-Gi-Oh!, please note that a one-year WSJ subscription is currently on sale for $19.99 (or $0.42 per issue). This is the exact same subscription that you would get if you paid the regular $25.99 price — 48 issues of WSJ simulpubs per year, plus four Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in the mail. VIZ has never lowered the subscription price below $19.99, so if you are waiting for an even cheaper deal, there won’t be one. Save some money and buy a subscription today!
Update (January 2, 2017): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is out in today’s issue. As a reminder, the $19.99 WSJ subscription sale is still on. There’s no time like the present to start reading Jump manga!
VIZ Media announced on Monday that its English-language Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is now available directly in the Google Play bookstore. A single issue costs $0.99. Previously, the magazine could only be purchased and read on Google Play through the VIZ Manga app and WSJ app for Android.
VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump includes simulpubs of series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, One-Punch Man, and Seraph of the End. New issues debut every Monday. Google Play offers back issues from the last three months for sale, the same as the single issues sold by VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology. (VIZ’s announcement incorrectly states that only one month of back issues is available on Google Play.)