Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game (Part 1) Printed in Spring 2017 WSJ Jump Pack

March 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game panels in the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack and an Obelisk the Tormentor promo card

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 they were available until March 8.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Obelisk the Tormentor card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

September 19, 2016 at 8:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of VIZ Media's Fall 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

VIZ Media is back this quarter with another issue of its Weekly Shonen Jump print magazine, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is one of four hot titles that’s included inside. The Fall 2016 edition of the WSJ Jump Pack is a 96-page look at some of the most popular Jump manga currently on the market. Included are:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 2
  • Haikyu!!, chapter 2
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 2
  • Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, chapter 1

Plus, new Yu-Gi-Oh! duelists and collectors won’t want to miss all of the extras that are included in the Jump Pack:

  • An Ultra Rare Dark Magician Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card, drawn and signed by Kazuki Takahashi. This is a reprint of the card included in the April 2011 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 copy of any Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your local Official Tournament Store (OTS).
  • A promo code for $5 off an annual subscription of Weekly Shonen Jump — a sweet deal that’ll let you keep up with the monthly Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpubs, plus all of the other WSJ manga.

The magazine also features an article that introduces all of the different activities that are available at an OTS near you, like official tournaments, Battle City, Sneak Peeks, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Day.

The Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2016 Jump Pack is available now at Scholastic book fairs throughout the U.S. for $10.99. Visit Scholastic’s website to find a book fair near you. All purchases made at these book fairs help financially support the host school, so maybe consider picking up an extra item or two while you’re there. I’m sure the WSJ staff and the school would appreciate it!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Table of contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2016 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2016 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck coupon and Dark Magician card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2016 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dark Magician card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2016 Jump Pack

Scholastic’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook: An Overview

August 30, 2016 at 10:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Cover of Scholastic's Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

Yu-Gi-Oh! makes its big return to the children’s book market today with Scholastic’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook, the first Yu-Gi-Oh! title to come from the publisher in nearly ten years. The 144-page paperback is lauded by 4K Media as the “definitive resource for young, English-speaking Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters fans.”

This post will provide a brief overview of this new book while touching on some of Scholastic’s history with the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand.

A Brief History of Scholastic and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Scholastic Inc., the biggest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world, has a long history with Yu-Gi-Oh! books dating back to the mid-2000s. During the heyday of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the company partnered with VIZ Media to release Scholastic versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and with 4Kids Entertainment to publish Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed activity books filled with puzzles and mazes, chapter books with stories inspired by the anime, sticker books, and more.

But perhaps Scholastic’s most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! titles were its trivia and data books. The company published over a dozen of these books between 2005 and 2007. Some titles serve as guide books touching upon all aspects of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, like Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Duel Official Handbook and Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling Legends Official Handbook. Others titles focus on one specific character and his role in the Yu-Gi-Oh! story, like Yugi Muto and Marik Ishtar. Still others, like Ancient Egypt and Duelists Unite, center around a particular story line or group of characters. Each book is authored or co-authored by Arthur “Sam” Murakami, a longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! producer at 4Kids and 4K Media.

Murakami’s books are filled with plot summaries and monster listings, as expected of data books. However, they were especially well-liked for including a wealth of Yu-Gi-Oh! trivia that was, at the time, hard to come by on the internet. Scattered throughout the books are details like the characters’ ages, birthdays, astrological signs, and favorite foods, which are translated directly from Shueisha’s Japanese data book Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: The Gospel of Truth. The specifics of many monsters’ first appearances in the anime and their attack names are neatly cataloged in various tables. And all kinds of funny character quotes and arcane minutiae abound. Young Yu-Gi-Oh! fans had plenty of factoids to absorb and lots of titles to choose from and collect. The books were cherished by a generation of readers, then went out of print and were forgotten.

Now, almost ten years after its last Yu-Gi-Oh! publication, Scholastic has returned with Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook to excite a new generation of children.

What is Inside?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook is a 144-page full-color softcover book with a gloss laminate cover. It can be divided roughly into three sections.

Welcome to the World of Yu-Gi-Oh in Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

A page of the Duel Monsters timeline in Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

The first section provides an overview of the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and the history of Duel Monsters, from its origins as a game played by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and sorcerers, to Maximillion Pegasus’ revival of the game for modern times. A bullet-point timeline lists the major events of the Duel Monsters universe, beginning with the emergence of Zorc and Aknadin’s creation of the Millennium Items, then highlights Yugi Muto’s adventures throughout the anime, from the Duelist Kingdom tournament to his and Atem’s final duel. Finally, the seven Millennium Items are listed.

Yugi Muto's biography in Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

One of Joey's Big Moments in Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

Some of Mai's Monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

The second section describes the series’ major characters. Short biographies detail the characters’ lives and personalities, experience with Duel Monsters, and relationships and friendships. Their “big moments” — significant events in the series that shape their lives and the story — receive headlines in their own sub-section. And many of their monsters receive special attention with an image and one-line description. As expected, Yugi and his monsters are featured most prominently. The other characters that are given the most attention are Joey, Bakura, Kaiba, Mai, Pegasus, Marik, Noah, and Dartz.

First page of More Duelists A-Z section in Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook

The third section, “More Duelists A-Z,” features many of Yugi’s other friends and opponents that he encounters throughout the series. Included are Ishizu, Shadi, the businessmen of the Big Five, the six Guardians of the Pharoah, and more. Even one-off duelists like Gurimo, Johnny Steps, and Jean Claude Magnum aren’t forgotten. The duelists each have a few sentences included about their role in the story and their major monsters.

The last page of the book teases that Yugi and his friends will be embarking on new adventure and notes that they will battle in new duels and take on a new threat to the world.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook is heavily illustrated and includes both familiar artwork of characters and monsters as well as various screenshots from the anime. Character quotes make occasional appearances and are sprinkled throughout the book. The character biography pages have an Egyptian hieroglyphic motif, while the monster pages are lit up by a background with blue and white energy beams. In the vast majority of the book, the text is large, well-spaced, and easy to read, ideal for intermediate independent readers. However, in a few instances, the book uses the font Handel Gothic for prose, for which it is not very suitable and somewhat of an eyesore.

How Does It Measure Up?

Since Scholastic has such a notable history with the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, it’s hard not to compare this newest title with its previous releases. Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook is a compendious work similar in scope to Scholastic’s old Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Duel Official Handbook and Yu-Gi-Oh! Dueling Legends Official Handbook. However, it devotes more pages to describing the story and significant plot events than either of these two titles. It also has significantly more screenshots than any of Scholastic’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! books (other than Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Episode Guide).

But with only 144 pages, Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook doesn’t have enough room for everything. There is no tabular data in this book, so some of the information organized this way in Murakami’s books, like the character profiles from The Gospel of Truth and monster attack names, don’t make the cut. There also isn’t as much Yu-Gi-Oh! trivia laid out in Q&A format as there are in the old books; though in all fairness, much of the trivia can simply be inferred by reading the prose. (You won’t find any of the more wacky factoids though, like the name of Téa’s fake missing cat or what attractions are present at Kaiba Land.) There also aren’t as many character quotes included.

Naturally, there will always be debates about what kinds of information belong in guide books like this one. Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans will always want to see their favorite facts validated. 4K Media has the Herculean task of compiling the information, all while making sure everything stays official and accessible to its audience.

About the Author

Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook is written by Tracey West, who is best known for her numerous chapter books for children based on big-name properties like Naruto, Pokemon, Star Wars, and WWE. West is the author of the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Episode Guide and several Yu-Gi-Oh! GX chapter books, which were all published in the mid-2000s by Scholastic.

Product Summary

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Handbook
Author: Tracey West
Street Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
MSRP: $8.99
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
Age Range: 8-12 years
Grades: 3-7

Scholastic to Publish Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Official Handbook

April 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Some of Scholastic's Yu-Gi-Oh! books from the mid-2000s
Some of Scholastic’s Yu-Gi-Oh! data books from the mid-2000s

Yu-Gi-Oh! guide books are making a comeback! 4K Media (Konami) announced today that it has inked a deal with publishing house Scholastic to develop a comprehensive handbook for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Official Handbook, touted as “the definitive resource book for fans” of the series, will profile the show’s characters and unveil details of their personalities, relationships, monsters, and duel skills. The book hits store shelves in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand in fall 2016.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Scholastic on the development of this definitive resource for young, English-speaking Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters fans,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, in a release.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! has captivated fans around the world for years and is a perfect brand to inspire a love of reading in kids,” echoed Colleen Prendergast, associate manager at Scholastic.

Based in New York, Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world. Between 2005 and 2007, Scholastic published numerous Yu-Gi-Oh! character and monster guide books, some of which are pictured above. Much of the stats and information in those books were compiled from the Japanese data book Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: The Gospel of Truth, published in 2002 by Shueisha. All of these have long been out of print.

In July 2015, Shueisha released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Guidebook: Millennium Book, which reprinted much of the same information from The Gospel of Truth.

Scholastic’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Official Handbook will mark the first time that English speakers will receive all of the official Yu-Gi-Oh! character and monster data in one comprehensive publication.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

March 9, 2016 at 10:29 am | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Cover of VIZ Media's Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

The print version of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is making a comeback this quarter with a new Jump Pack — and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is featured on the cover! The Spring 2016 Jump Pack includes the first chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, and Black Clover. The magazine has a glossy cover and is printed on 7-by-10-inch bright white, heavy paper stock. It retails for $10.99.

In addition to 96 solid pages of shonen action manga, it also includes:

  • An Ultra Rare Blue-Eyes White Dragon Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card illustrated by Kazuki Takahashi (a re-release of one of the 2014 WSJ subscription promo cards)
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck
  • A 22-by-22-inch double-sided fold-out Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG beginner’s guide and game mat
  • A one-month subscription to VIZ’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine

The Spring 2016 Jump Pack is available now at Scholastic Book Fairs held in schools throughout the U.S. To locate a book fair near you, visit Scholastic’s website. When you buy from one of these book fairs, not only will you be picking up some phenomenal manga, but you will also be financially supporting a local school.

The Spring 2016 Jump Pack is only the fourth Jump Pack ever to be published. The last Jump Pack was released in August 2014.

Table of contents of VIZ Media's Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with VIZ Media's Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Blue-Eyes White Dragon JMPS-EN002 included with VIZ Media's Spring 2016 WSJ Jump Pack

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