Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Editor Yoshihisa Heishi at NYCC 2017

October 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yoshihisa Heishi at the Weekly Shonen Jump panel at NYCC 2017

In Japan, manga editors are more than just people who know the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry. Editors work intimately with manga creators, exchanging story ideas and guiding the creators to success, and even look after the creators’ health and well-being. When Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan, its founding editor was Yoshihisa Heishi. Heishi eventually rose through the ranks to become the magazine’s editor in chief, and today still works at Shueisha’s shonen manga department as its director.

This past weekend, Heishi attended New York Comic Con where he was a guest at VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel. He offered some tidbits about Yu-Gi-Oh! and Takahashi during a brief Q&A.

“How did Egypt become such an important theme in the story?” asked Urian Brown, an editor at VIZ and the panel’s moderator.

“Before the manga started, Takahashi-sensei was really interested in Egypt and Egyptian culture,” explained Heishi through his translator, English WSJ Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani. “The Millennium Puzzle was originally not supposed to be used. It was going to be a different item. But since he ended up using the Millennium Puzzle, Egypt became a more important part of the story.”

“What was it supposed to be originally?” asked Brown.

“I can’t say,” Heishi laughed.

“What was it like working with Takahashi-sensei?” Brown continued. “Can you give us any details about his creative process?”

“When Takahashi-sensei was making the manga, I didn’t really see him having trouble or questioning himself when he was creating the manga,” replied Heishi. “He would go through the struggle unseen, not out in the forefront. Every week, they’d be playing card games and video games and things. He would play every week with his assistants. […] The ideas came from that.”

“Did you try out any of the dangerous Shadow Games in the manga, like yo-yos on the roof or the nitroglycerin air hockey?” asked Brown.

“No! Kids, please don’t do this at home.”

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Check out video of the full panel for discussions and insights about even more Shonen Jump titles, like Rurouni Kenshin and My Hero Academia.

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ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions NYCC 2017 Shirts

September 23, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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ShopYuGiOh.com ad showing the Yugi Muto 2017 NYCC shirt design

ShopYuGiOh.com is back with a new exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions shirt, available only for a limited time. This latest design celebrates this year’s New York Comic Con event and features Yugi Muto holding his Millennium Puzzle, his face and body partially obscured by darkness. The accompanying text says “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in Japanese and “NYC 2017.” This shirt is available in short- and long-sleeve styles for men and women, with prices starting at $23.95.

If you’ll be attending NYCC this year, stop by Konami’s booth (#1321) to get a discount code for your ShopYuGiOh.com order. While you’re there, you can print your own free custom Yu-Gi-Oh! token card, buy the NYCC-exclusive Seto Kaiba playmat, and take part in the free tournaments. Check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG’s NYCC 2017 page for more details.

New York Comic Con 2017 takes place from October 5 to 8.

Previously:
ShopYuGiOh.com Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Shirts for the 2017 World Championship

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions at New York Comic Con 2016

October 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions voice-over contest registration and audition sign

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions had a major presence at New York Comic Con 2016 this weekend. Although the event will probably be best remembered among most Yu-Gi-Oh! fans as the weekend that 4K Media (Konami) and Screenvision Media announced the movie’s U.S. and Canadian premiere date, there was plenty more DSoD goodness for everyone to enjoy.

For Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans, the biggest draw was undoubtedly the DSoD voice-over contest. Held on Saturday and Sunday, the contest easily reached its limit of 100 entrants on both days. Entrants could read for one of two characters — a male or a female character. While they waited to be called into the recording booth, entrants were provided with pictures of the characters, their descriptions, and their spoken line.

At Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! booth on the NYCC show floor, the massive Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon statue made its East Coast convention debut, gracing passersby with its imposing presence.

Large Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon statue at Konami's NYCC 2016 booth

Konami’s booth was located on prime real estate — isolated in a corner right in front of a major entrance — where thousands of people passed by every hour. Many of those thousands of people stopped to photograph and pose with Kaiba’s new DSoD monster.

Konami displayed numerous upcoming products at its booth. Among them were three new DSoD tie-in items for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, all dropping on February 17, 2017. First is a set of 50 DSoD card sleeves.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card sleeves on display at NYCC 2016

These sleeves have also been released in the Japanese OCG market. But here are two items that are making their global debut: a Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD deck box and nine-pocket portfolio.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions deck box (front-left view) on display at NYCC 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions deck box (left and front-right views) on display at NYCC 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions 9-pocket duelist portfolio on display at NYCC 2016

Also on display was the previously announced Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack: Gold Edition, which features all Gold Rare printings of the original Movie Pack cards plus two new cards — Krystal Dragon and Duza the Meteor Cubic Vessel. This set streets on January 13, 2017.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Gold Edition on display at NYCC 2016

Konami also gave out DSoD mini posters and postcards at its booth. The back of the poster shows some of the licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise now on sale in the U.S.

Front and back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions mini posters from NYCC 2016

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions mini posters and postcards from NYCC 2016

Guess who sponsored the NYCC lanyards this year?

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions lanyards from NYCC 2016

That’s right, those are Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions lanyards from 4K Media, available to all NYCC attendees, guests, exhibitors, and staff. Two hundred thousand lanyards were produced.

Containers filled with Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions lanyards at NYCC 2016

This exclusive sponsorship cost the company a cool $10,000, plus the cost of production.

Yu-Gi-Oh! nostalgia was strong all throughout the weekend at New York Comic Con. Whether it was from picking up the Yu-Gi-Oh! lanyards, checking out the old Yu-Gi-Oh! cards on display, or just seeing Yugi and Kaiba’s familiar faces, there were plenty of cries of “I remember this!” and “Oh, I used to play this game!” Old fans and new devotees have a lot to look forward to with the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie right around the corner.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Hits Theaters on January 20, 2017

October 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is coming to theaters on January 20, 2017

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions will make its debut in the United States and Canada on January 20, 2017. 4K Media announced today that it has teamed up with cinema advertising firm Screenvision Media to distribute the movie to over 500 theaters across both countries as a limited-time theatrical engagement. Ticketing information will be announced this winter.

Stay tuned for more coverage of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions at this weekend’s New York Comic Con.

Update (November 14): A new trailer reveals that the premiere has been pushed back to January 27, 2017.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VA Junko Takeuchi Comes to New York Comic Con 2011

October 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Mokuba climbing to a helicopter to go search for Egyptian God Cards with Kaiba in episode 66

Visits from Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors to this side of the planet are quite uncommon. That’s why it’s really exciting that this weekend, Junko Takeuchi, the voice of Mokuba Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, will be a spotlight guest at New York Anime Festival, a part of the sixth annual New York Comic Con! What’s that, you say? Her name sounds awfully familiar? That’s because Takeuchi is probably best known to anime fans for playing Naruto Uzumaki, the titular orange-clad ninja of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden! (I eagerly await a Mokuba/Naruto joke to one day come from Little Kuriboh.)

At her first-ever North American anime convention appearance, Takeuchi will be holding autograph signings on Friday, along with a Naruto Shippuden panel with the crew from Viz Media. Don’t be afraid to ask her questions about Mokuba though! Then, on Saturday, Takeuchi will be at the New York School of Visual Arts Theatre celebrating the U.S. premiere of the newest Naruto film — Naruto Shippuden The Movie 3D: Bonds Beyond Time!

Takeuchi is the ninth Japanese voice actor who played a major or quasi-major role in the two original Yu-Gi-Oh! series to venture to this side of the planet.

NYAF/NYCC will again be held this year at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The event kicks off tomorrow, October 13 for select attendees and the press, then runs through Sunday, October 16. Look for Toonzaki‘s Chris Beaumont of Cubeecraft fame while you’re there, too!

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Completed Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Chalk Mural from NYCC

October 14, 2010 at 5:20 am | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Eric Maruscak and his Yu-Gi-Oh! Chalk Mural at NYCC 2010
(From video by pepperink4242)

Artist Eric Maruscak has uploaded a new time-lapse video of his work on the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary chalk mural! The video (complete with Yu-Gi-Oh! music!) shows the mural being sketched, then colored live during the three days of New York Comic Con 2010 this past weekend. The result of Maruscak’s 28 hours of work is amazing and has garnered wows from Yu-Gi-Oh! fans everywhere!

More images of the final product can be found in Maruscak‘s and Toonzaki‘s photo albums on Facebook. A work-in-progress shot of the mural also made it onto CNN (image #8 in the slideshow)! Be sure to check out Maruscak’s website, PepperInk.com, to see more of his awesome works.

Congratulations to Mr. Maruscak for completing an outstanding work of art, and to the Toonzaki crew for hiring such a talented artist and putting together a great showing at NYCC!

Toonzaki @ New York Comic Con: Yu-Gi-Oh! Chalk Mural

September 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Eric Maruscak's Yu-Gi-Oh! chalk mural sketch in progress
Yu-Gi-Oh! chalk mural sketch in progress.
(From video by pepperink4242, via Toonzaki Blog)

I already wrote about the Toonzaki crew attending the upcoming New York Comic Con, but this is so sweet that it deserves its own post. Take a look at a time-lapse video of chalk artist Eric Maruscak sketching the Toonzaki Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary mural for the convention! The mural will be colored live throughout the three days of NYCC. I hope someone gets some great shots of the final piece!

Check out some of Maruscak’s other work on his website. Some of them are quite literally out of this world! I wonder if this Yu-Gi-Oh! mural is child’s play for him compared to the others. (See what i did thar?)

New York Comic Con will run from October 8 to 10 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC. Toonzaki will be there on all three days.

[4Kids-YouTube] Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes 149-152, English dubbed

September 26, 2010 at 8:40 am | Posted in 4Kids, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Mai waking up from a nightmare in episode 152

Dubbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes 149 through 152 are now on 4Kids’ YouTube channel! Kaiba and Mokuba head to Duelist Kingdom to confront Pegasus after he began buying up pieces of Kaiba’s company. Things are not as they seem however, as Kaiba’s foe is actually Alister, who has a longstanding grudge against Seto, Gozaburo, and Kaiba Corporation! Meanwhile, Yugi and his friends are in San Francisco to see Pegasus when they come face to face with Mai. She, too, is carrying her own bag of secrets as she suddenly threatens to wipe out our heroes, starting with Joey!

Catch all the duels and drama on YouTube’s Shows section or my page for streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! dubs.

New York Comic Con 2010 logo

Guess who’s going to be at New York Comic Con this year? No, it’s not Little Kuriboh. It’s our friends from Toonzaki! Here’s the announcement posted on Facebook:

Toonzaki @ New York Comic Con
Friday, October 8 at 1:00pm – October 10 at 5:00pm
NYCC: Jacob Javits Center
Swing by our sponsored Chalk Art installation at the entrance to the main floor featuring Yu-Gi-Oh! – Meet some of the team, chat, air grievances, offer suggestions and get some swag. We will be there all weekend.

Be sure to show your support and pay them a visit if you will be around! Hopefully there will be more suggestions offered than grievances aired (“zomg why u ruin teh one peice!!!1”), tee-hee.

But speaking of Little Kuriboh… Wow, he’s really been churning out a lot of videos recently! I can hardly keep up with all of them! This is like that time last year where he said he’d be on hiatus, only to spend that time creating more stuff than he normally did. Anyway, here’s a quick look at the videos he made recently.

On Friday, LK added “Youmacon 2010 – October 28th to 31st” to YouTube and Blip.tv. The video, a promo for his upcoming guest appearance at Youmacon, makes outstanding use of Queen’s “Flash.” You know you want to download it. :D

Then, the insults and in-jokes continue on his Ninjabridge channel with more Naruto Abridged videos. “Meet Turkey Legs!” was uploaded on Thursday and is about a certain someone named “Turkey Legs” from a certain group called “The Ninja Community.” Riiiiight… This couldn’t actually be abou— Wait, what the…?! Turkey Legs is real? No wai!

Finally, LK added “A Hokage In Need” yesterday. If I were making an abridged series, I probably wouldn’t go out and ask people for donations. But to each his own I suppose.

Little Kuriboh says that there’s probably going to be just one more of these Iruka and Hokage videos. Personally, I think they’ve been a really creative avenue for gently poking fun at and voicing criticisms about other abridgers. Making them was probably better than sticking the material into an episode of YGOTAS and having a lot of people offended or confused. Plus, it’s great to see some new NTACFSSS content since episode 5.

Hey! Don’t forget that LK has several eBay auctions running right now! They end in a few hours and all of the proceeds go to charity! If you haven’t already done so, check them out!

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