4Kids Entertainment recently announced via Facebook and YouTube that Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, the latest iteration of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, will premiere on their CW 4Kids Toonzai block.
The new series revolves around the story of 13-year-old Yuma Tukumo, an amateur duelist, and Astral, a mysterious life form from a parallel world that suddenly appears before Yuma. The series originally debutted in Japan back in April, with the manga launching back in February.
Here’s the new teaser promo that 4Kids has posted:
4Kids has been in recent legal battles with the series licensers, ADK and TV Tokyo, which nearly led to the two licencing companies to cut ties with 4Kids and sell licenses to new distributors. To sum up the events to this point, 4Kids filed legal actions against the two companies to keep them from selling to someone else, until their own separate legal troubles were resolved (for a more complete story, click here).
Well then, I guess this news begs the question: how do you feel about Zexal making it’s way into the world? Are you excited by this? Could you care less? And how do you feel about 4Kids handling it? Are you happy about it, or would you prefer another company dealing with fewer legal troubles to distribute it? I’ll admit, I haven’t really followed the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise in a while, I might just have to see if this series is worth it’s muster.
-M.C., the Quantum Twin
Yes, I know, this is a toku blog (the Ultimate Toku Blog. EVER. 😉 to be precise), but in 1999, like everyone else in the US, I just got completely sucked into this. But this bit of news still surprised me enough to blog about it myself.
With a new set of cards being released in lieu of the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal in Japan (nothing confirmed yet, but I know it will eventually be released in the US) game developer Konami announced that the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the iconic card game as the best-selling trading card game. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game has sold over 25,175,567,833 cards to date, beating their own previous record of 22,587,728,173 cards set back in 2009.
There’s the really small pic of the certificate from Guinness World Records.
Kazuki Takahashi created the original manga from 1996 to 2004, which has spawned ongoing anime series for which new cards are constantly produced. The card game first shipped to the US in 1999, and has since spread to over 45 countries worldwide. Konami actually first applied for the record back in 2006, when “only” 15.8 billion cards had been sold. And I’m sure that there are plenty of you out there (myself included) that helped to contribute to these overwhelmingly massive numbers. Congratulations Yu-Gi-Oh! and Konami!
-M.C., the Quantum Twin