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

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.

Vortexx: Coming Saturday, August 25 on The CW

July 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Saban's Vortexx logo

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Saban Brands introduced the world to Vortexx, its upcoming Saturday morning children’s programming block on The CW. Vortexx promises to light up the network with action, adventure, and comedy programming, including Yu-Gi-Oh! and Power Rangers. Like its predecessors TheCW4Kids and Toonzai, Vortexx will include both a TV broadcast and Internet component.

Vortexx premieres on Saturday, August 25 and will run from 7 am to 12 noon.

In the meantime, head over to Facebook and “Like” Vortexx’s official fan page, then follow it on Twitter! And keep your eye on the official website at If all goes well, that could be where we’ll find our beloved Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes streaming in the near future.

Is that a Power Rangers-esque lightning bolt I see in the Vortexx logo? Oh Saban, you’re so clever. :)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes

January 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Bonds Beyond Time, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes logo

What’s better than getting to see the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time movie? How about seeing it on 4Kids’ dime in the Big Apple? The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes is offering one lucky fan a three-day, two-night trip for four to New York City to see the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary movie, plus a $500 gift card! Pretty sweet! Now this is my kind of contest! Check the official rules for all the details and enter by January 21.

And, if you haven’t done so already, hit up the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook to see a promo video about this contest and get more information about the movie, become friends with Yami Yugi, and follow @YGO3D on Twitter! While you’re at it, follow @Toonzaki as well, as it’s now under new and official management by the crew. (The account was previously occupied by a name squatter.)

One interesting note about the sweepstakes is that the winner will get to see the 3D film sometime between February 19 and March 6. The date that the movie first hits theaters was previously announced to be February 26. Does that mean the winner could get to see it before everyone else? Aww! Some fans might get green-eyed!

[YGO: TAS] Follow Marik on Twitter!

October 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Marik Sebastian Ishtar III, of YGOTAS fame, on Twitter

If you’re named Steve or you support Marik Ishtar’s plans for taking over the world, defeating Yugi in a children’s card game, being Zorc’s wife, or whatever his evil scheme of the day might be, then you’ll definitely want to follow him on Twitter! Direct all fangirling and words of praise to @ObeyMyRod and you too can be part of his army!

Marik’s first Tweet came about 24 hours ago:

So Bakura told me I was a twit of the highest order. So I took that to mean I should dominate Twitter! With my tweets!

So, will you be one of Marik’s Tweetslaves and help him with his plans of domination? No matter. If his paperwork goes through, we’re probably all going to be named Steve sooner or later, or so I hear.

[YGO: TAS] LK Update – Web Awards, Christmas, etc

December 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Little Kuriboh as a cartoon in LK Update - Web Awards, Christmas, etc

Missed any YGO Abridged-related announcements recently? Fret not! Cartoon Little Kuriboh (a.k.a. The Big Giant Head) has returned to fill you in and provide some new tidbits of information as well. Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Vote for CardGamesFTW as the Funniest YouTube Channel in Mashable’s Open Web Awards! Yes, this competition is still going on! The winners will be announced on December 15.
  • The official YGO: TAS fansite is being updated, so don’t worry if it’s down!
  • YGO: TAS now has a Facebook page! Though it’s not LK’s personal Facebook profile, it nevertheless has lots of messages on there and cool convention photos of the man himself! As of this writing, it has nearly 2,500 fans. Join today!
  • YGO: TAS is also on Twitter! LK does post there himself pretty often, along with some YGO: TAS staff.
  • There won’t be a big YGO: TAS Christmas Special this year, though LK might find the time to make something smaller! *crosses fingers*
  • Episode 46 will be debuting at MAGFest 8! Will it be the final episode?!

Cool-looking room, LK! Take care of that cold!

[YGO: TAS] Episodes Are Online + Other Updates!

November 7, 2009 at 8:37 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Little Kuriboh as a cartoon in Episodes Are Online + Other Updates!

Cartoon Little Kuriboh is back with a few quick announcements! LK first thanks the Youmacon staff and con goers and reminds everyone that episodes 43 and 44 of YGO: TAS are up. LK then officially announces his appearance at yet another convention: MAGFest 8, The Music and Gaming Festival, in Alexandria, Virginia on January 1-4, 2010! LK will be appearing alongside the creators of There Will Be Brawl, the popular parody of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as several other video game-related bands and musicians.

In other news, LK has also acknowledged his succumbing to Twittermania! Oh no! Follow YGO: TAS on Twitter at, where LK has already revealed that the third episode of NTACFSSS is in the works!

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