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Catch an International Thief

November 15, 2018

Essen SPIEL is the world’s largest event based around table-top gaming; held over four days in Germany.  Tons of game companies come from all over the world, both big multinational ones and small family run ones.  It is usually a great time for all but this year six small companies had money, products, and personal items stolen.  One person was arrested but his accomplice who had the goods was not caught.  One of those companies to be hit was Japanime Games, who had $10,000 in cash stolen along with some electronics and personal items.  They are running a quick fundraiser to recoup the loss.

Everyone who donates will featured on a “Wall of Fame” with the names of the supporters and some thank you gifts for some donation levels.

For $10 you will be mailed an “I Love Japanime Games” patch and a pack of Tanto Cuore: International promo cards.  For $25 you get the patch and cards also get a free copy of Kemomimi Panic with promo cards.  For $50 you get the patch, cards, game, and a Tanto Cuore: international foil pack and pack of 10 Arisa promos with foil Arisa.  Donating $100 gets you the patch, Tanto cards, game, Arisa cards and one special limited edition SPIEL steins and Anja oversized cloth playmat/towel.

You can donate on their site or via PayPal.  Any money over the goal will be given to the five other companies that were stolen from.  They have already raised over $5,000 over their goal with no end date for this fundraiser.  You should still get your money in soon though.

This is a chance to help out a company that brings out great games and pic up some limited items for yourself.

You can read more about the robberies here.

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Press Release: 2018 Beyblade Burst World Championship Winner Crowned

November 8, 2018

On Saturday, November 3, thousands of people came to cheer on their countries’ national champions in a whole day of fierce competition featuring 24 talented, young Bladers from all around the world. The 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship, which took place at Kidexpo in Paris, France, crowned its winner after 6 hours of epic battling. The victor, Latvia’s “Balanced Defender,” earned the ultimate victory.

Balanced Defender, who took home a gleaming trophy, a participatory medal and a personalized illustration done by the author of the BEYBLADE BURST manga series from Corocoro Comic magazine, Hiro Morita, was joined by 2nd place winner Shin Sang Hyeon from South Korea and 3rd place winner Shuai Shuai from Taiwan. All three champions were thrilled to represent their countries on the podium after traveling thousands of miles to complete on the grand stage. The epic finale of the World Championship featured appearances by YouTube stars Swan & Neo, as well as BEYBLADE BURST manga artist Hiro Morita, delighting fans of all ages and nationalities.

In addition to the 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship competition, Kidexpo, which took place from October 31-November 4, featured a BEYBLADE BURST booth where fans of the brand got to participate in free battles, not only with each other, but against known YouTube influencers and special guests like the official World Championship MCs Storm & Light and judge Blader Ken.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS, INC. is AN Entertainment rights management company backed by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, SUNRIGHTS directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. It is recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Tomy Company, Ltd.
TOMY is a comprehensive toy and content company that produces a wide variety of products and characters for people of all ages and nationalities, and has more than 90 year of history since its founding. Generations of families have enjoyed our all-time favorites such as Plarail, Tomica, and Licca, and such toy lines as Beyblade and Transformers have become genuine global phenomena.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands.

Press Release: English Edition of Cooperative Japanese Dungeon-crawler Testament Coming to Kickstarter This Winter

October 21, 2018

In 2019, Japanese board game localization studio LionWing Publishing will be publishing the English version of the hit Japanese dungeon-crawling card game Testament. From designer Yasushi ‘Kuro’ Kuroda—creator of Unicornus Knights, Ars Alchimia, and Alicematic Heroes—Testament is a fully cooperative, card-based dungeon-crawler that features deep character customization, tactical battles, and tough boss fights.

Taking inspiration from MMORPGs, and in particular, Final Fantasy XIV, Testament’s core design is built around the “trinity” system found in such games, which emphasizes party combat roles like tanks, damage-dealers, and healers.

In Testament, players team up and control individual heroes to battle through six stages, first fighting through smaller monsters and then facing off against a massive stage boss that mimics the complex “raids” for which MMORPGs are best known.

Testament comprises six stages in total, with each one taking about an hour to complete (if the players’ party isn’t wiped out completely, that is) and provides players with the ability to play single, one-off scenarios or string several together to create a campaign, with characters leveling-up after the completion of each stage. Testament supports up to four players but can be played entirely solo as well.

Do beware, however: the game’s level of difficulty is not for the faint of heart. In fact, Testament is so punishing that less than twenty percent of players will clear all of its stages on their first attempt, with many failing on the very first stage. If they can survive long enough, though, they will fight the game’s final boss, the man-made god known simply as Testament.

A Kickstarter for the English edition of Testament is set to launch this coming winter before its planned release next year. A presskit has been created to allow for a closer look at the game’s features and its components .

About LionWing Publishing

LionWing Publishing is an American localization company whose focus is on translating and publishing the best tabletop games that Japan has to offer. They launched their first Kickstarter campaign, Sainome Colosseum R, this past summer to roaring success, and publish games that are dynamic, engaging, and aesthetically striking. For more information about LionWing Publishing, see our website. Follow LionWing Publishing on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Press Release: Konami Showcases Its Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG an Much More at San Diego Comic-Con

July 19, 2018

Comic-Con International: San Diego attendees will want to make booth #3713 their first stop to see what’s new from Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. during the world-renowned five-day show July 18th to July 22nd. Year after year KONAMI is right in the thick of things, offering pop culture fans the latest and greatest from the world’s best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG as well as other new booth features and fun activities.

Always a fan favorite, KONAMI will once again have the green screen photo booth. A Comic-Con must-have, fans can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from 7 different card backgrounds, with Dueling legends Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Playmaker or the 2018 Comic-Con International: San Diego logo – suitable for use during Duels!

Looking for a Con exclusive and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products? Head over to the booth’s retail counter early in the show to get KONAMI’s Comic-Con International Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game mat before it sells out! Available for just $30, this collectible game mat features awesome imagery of Jaden Yusei along with Elemental HERO Nebula Neos!

There will be plenty of products for sale too. Fans wanting to add to their card portfolio can purchase new and popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products every day of the show while supplies last, including the recently released Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge, Flames of Destruction Special Edition, Dark Saviors, and Starter Deck: Codebreaker, releasing July 19!

With over 70 million downloads to date, the gaming app Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links continues to be enjoyed by fans worldwide on iOS and Android devices, as well as PC Steam, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees can experience this exciting game. Choose from a selection of pre-generated Characters, including a new, unreleased character, to Duel with their signature Decks, and battle your way to Dueling victory! For attendees that have Duel Links installed on their phones, they will be given a special Duel Links-branded lanyard, while supplies last!

Attendees wanting to learn the game can take a seat at a game table to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts! Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for one (1) free booster pack with the purchase of any sealed Starter Deck! (Redeemable only at KONAMI’s booth during Comic-Con.) Players wanting to tweak their Deck-building strategies can get helpful hints from KONAMI’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts on-hand throughout the show. Plus, players feeling lucky and confident in their Dueling skills can spin the wheel to Duel the Master as he sits on his royal throne, for a chance to take home some other prizes!

Duelists looking for more opportunities to show off their Dueling techniques can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play Room #16B on the Mezzanine level where KONAMI will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events from Thursday through Sunday including Win-A-Mats, 2019 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Duel Links tournaments and more! Dragon Duel Tournaments, for children born 2006 or later, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. And best of all – these tournaments are free to Comic-Con attendees, so make sure to bring your pre-constructed Deck!

Comic-Con International: San Diego hours:
Friday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps.  Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

About KONAMI
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide.

Press Release: Shinobi 7 Announces My Hero Academia The Card Game

July 11, 2018

Shinobi 7, LLC. is delighted to announce My Hero Academia: The Card Game, an all-new tabletop game based on the wildly popular anime My Hero Academia.

In this super-powered, tactical game meant for 2–4 players, each player must recruit super-powered Students to their Hero Agency. Select the Students with the best combinations of Quirks (superpowered abilities), to complete challenging Missions and become the mightiest Agency around!

The game will include 60 Student Cards, 60 Action Cards, 40 Mission Cards, 10 Recruiter Cards, and a full-color Rulebook. My Hero Academia: The Card Game will be available November, 2018 and will be distributed exclusively to all channels by Diamond/Alliance. MSRP is $24.99.

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Contents

• 60 Student Cards
• 60 Action Cards
• 40 Mission Cards
• 10 Recruiter Cards
• 1 Rulebook

Shinobi 7, LLC. is a tabletop game company dedicated to producing and publishing high quality games based on hit pop culture brands. Formed in 2016, Shinobi 7 is an independent subsidiary of Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC. Shinobi 7 products are distributed by Diamond/Alliance.

Press Release: Make Way For Gen Bey: Beyblade Burst Fans Can Participate In An All-New Official Online Campaign

October 9, 2017

Giving the next generation of BEYBLADE fans a whole new level of interaction with their favorite TV show, tops and characters, SUNRIGHTS INC. has launched GEN BEY, an official online campaign created exclusively for them. GEN BEY is a special connection to all things BEYBLADE BURST that’s also loaded with benefits.

Beginning today, BEYBLADE BURST fans can sign on to the official GEN BEY Facebook to score access to new product, sneak peeks, clips from upcoming episodes, and exclusive giveaways of cool BEYBLADE BURST swag. They can also sign up for a dedicated monthly newsletter and many more extras to follow, such as the GEN BEY Birthday Club and a soon to be announced, must-enter sweepstakes. GEN BEY members are encouraged to challenge their best Blader buddies to join in on the action, with special incentives for those who spread the word and visit GEN BEY often.

“With GEN BEY, our goal is to engage the brand’s loyal fan base while reaching, connecting with and activating a whole new generation of BEYBLADE fans,” explained Natasha Gross, TV Sales, Marketing & Licensing Director of SUNRIGHTS INC. “This is a campaign that represents the fans’ voice, their way to find a special identity among their fellow Bladers while enjoying some pretty amazing perks along the way.”

The BEYBLADE BURST animated series, produced by TV TOKYO and d-rights Inc., introduces viewers to Valt Aoi and his friends, who are all crazy about Beyblade, the phenomenally popular spinning top that has been fueling competitions from schoolyards to global tournaments for over a decade. The series’ exciting story follows their quest to become the best Bladers in the world.

All GEN BEY registrants under 18 must have permission from their parents.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS INC., the fast growing New York based entertainment arm of Japanese production company d-rights Inc., will handle the distribution of broadcast, non-toy merchandising and promotional rights for BEYBLADE BURST outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. They are recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens.

Press Release: Two New Champions Crowned at Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Pittsburgh

May 22, 2017

Pittsburgh, well-known for its championship professional teams, welcomed two new champions this past weekend as hundreds of passionate fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG competed for the top prize at Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Pittsburgh. Hosted by Konami, this premier-level event featured many of the top Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players and enthusiastic newcomers. Duelists met their peers and displayed the skills and strategies necessary to win prizes and make lifelong friends. YCS Pittsburgh crowned two new Champions, Aaron Furman and Dragon Duel top finisher Justus Long.

Participants of every age and ability displayed spirited Dueling in the early rounds of Swiss Format Dueling on Day One. On Sunday, Furman, from Linwood, NJ, learned that his Zoodiac Deck proved its worth as he triumphantly marched toward a Finals showdown. Starting with several rounds of Swiss, followed by more Single Elimination rounds, he squared off against Wen Tong Xiang, from Montreal, Quebec, using a Zoodiac Speedroid Deck in the final playoff.

In addition to bringing home the title of YCS Champion, Furman received a special set of prizes that included the new YCS prize card, an Ultra Rare Number 93: Utopia Kaiser, a YCS Championship Trophy, the new YCS Top Cut Game Mat, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, 32 World Qualifying Points*, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2017 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

*The number of World Qualifying Points is awarded based on the final standings. For example, if there are 32 WCQ invites, the Duelist who comes in 1st place will earn 32 points, the 2nd place Duelist will earn 31 points, and so on.

Additionally, there was a tremendous amount of excitement in the Dragon Duel tournament (an event for Duelists born in 2004 or later) where attendees witnessed an exciting series of Duels between Long, from Xenia, OH, using his Metalfoes Deck against Connor Perrotta, Lee Center, NY, in the finals. Long displayed great sportsmanship and a winning combination as he beat Perrotta to snare the title of Dragon Duel Champion. He picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, a 2017 Regional Game Mat, and an invitation to his 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

Press Release: Two New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Releases

May 6, 2017

With summer just around the corner, Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Duelists are busy sharpening their game strategies and building new Decks in preparation for the tournament-filled season. Konami helps them get game-ready with two exciting new products: Maximum Crisis Special Edition, and Pendulum Evolution, both available at hobby and retail stores this month.

Building on May’s Maximum Crisis booster set release, Maximum Crisis Special Edition hits store shelves on June 9. Maximum Crisis Special Edition is your second chance at some of the best cards of the year, like Zoodiac Chakanine, Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, and Dragonic Diagram which cracked the competitive season wide open in May.. In addition, Duelists can load up on cards that boost Decks and themes from Fusion Enforcers, Raging Tempest, Invasion: Vengeance, The Dark Illusion, Shining Victories, and Wing Raiders. With Maximum Crisis Special Edition, players can benefit from all of what Maximum Crisis has to offer, and more! Each Special Edition includes three Maximum Crisis booster packs, one of two foil preview cards from this summer’s yet to be released Code of the Duelist booster set and one of two variant foil cards! This is a great way for Duelists to power-up a current Deck or build a whole new one! Each Maximum Crisis Special Edition is $9.99 MSRP.

On June 23, the magical Pendulum Evolution booster pack becomes available nationwide. A perfect follow-up to Maximum Crisis, Pendulum Evolution features powered-up Pendulums and mightier “Magician” monsters that take Pendulum Summoning into new territory, while a pair of super-strong Sorcerers help you unleash Supreme King Z-ARC, faster than ever before.. An all-foil set of Ultra Rare and Super Rare cards, Pendulum Evolution features several new cards such as Timestar Magician and Chronograph Sorcerer plus dozens of the most popular cards from the Pendulum Monster era of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V animated TV series. Each 5-card pack is $3.99 MSRP.

New Games From Japanime

May 4, 2017

Japanime Games has a trio of new games from Japan coming to their warehouse this summer.  Now is your chance to pre-order them.

Alicematic Heroes is a tactical board game for 3-5 players.  Try to take over the board by conquering different kingdoms that give you different bonuses.  A modular board lets you play different ways every game.  Available for $40.  Out in June.  From Manifest Destiny.

Kemomini Panic is a kawaii fast paced game of deduction for 4-8 players.  You are part of the town Mokemoke and must find out who is The Great Theif Crescent Moon through deduction.  Pre-order for $25 and get a free promo pack.  It is planned to arrive June 2017.  From Arclight Games.

Terrifying Girl Disorder is a game of lost memories and unknown identities for 3-4 players.  It is inspired by Kyusaku Yumeno’s novel Dogra Magra and designed by Kuro of the card game The Ravens of Thri Sahashri and many others.  In it you play a schoolgirl who has lost her memories, rebuild your memories with cards, and find out at the end if you are the operative sent to find those with psychic abilities.  Available for $25.  Estimated to arrive July 2017.  From Manifest Destiny.

 

Japanime offers free shipping on orders over $75, just something to think over.

They will also have some other games coming later this year, just these three are available for order.  Clockwork Empire (world-building board game of clockwork workers), Dragon Pets (set collection game of dragon breeders), Starlight Stage (card-drafting/ set collection game as talent agencies developing pop stars), and Shinobi (bluffing card game as rival ninja clans).

These looks some fun games for everyone to check out to get a feel for Japanese games.

 

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Reaches Maximum Crisis, As Dimensions Collide in May

April 30, 2017

This May, Konami helps Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players get Duel-ready with the release of two exciting new products: the Maximum Crisis booster set introduces a host of new themes and cards for players of all skill levels, and in Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians, familiar faces emerge from the past to join the heroes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V on a quest to reach their home dimension.

Duelists prepping to be in top game-form for summer tournaments and casual play can get a Sneak Peek at the Maximum Crisis booster set April 29 and/or 30 before it officially releases May 5. This all-new 100-card booster set is the climax of the 2016-2017 Dueling season, introducing three new themes as well as bold new cards for a wide variety of popular Decks like Performapal, Speedroid, Phantom Knights, Zoodiac, and more. Pendulum Summoning will undergo its final evolution in Maximum Crisis with a pair of Pendulum Monsters with Scales of 0 and 13, opening up the ability to Pendulum Summon monsters of any Level in any Deck! Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring grants powerful new negation effects; and the long-awaited True Dracos finally make their arrival. Dragonic Diagram is a tremendous new Field Spell that boosts the ATK and DEF of all “True Draco” and “True King” monsters, protects them from destruction, and even searches them from your Deck. Combined with the True Kings from Raging Tempest and The Dark Illusion, it’s a must-run for new strategies built with Dinosmasher’s Fury Structure Deck. Maximum Crisis contains 100 cards: 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares, and 8 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Closing out May, Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians will be on store shelves May 26. Jack Atlas, Kite Tenjo, and Alexis Rhodes make their return in Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians, armed with cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, as well as new cards from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, on their journey through the Synchro, Xyz and Fusion Dimensions. Competitive Duelists will find brand-new cards for popular ARC-V strategies like Performapals, Speedroids, Frightfurs and Raidraptors, powering up some fan-favorite strategies in modern Dueling. The Duelist Pack: Dimensional Guardians set has 45 cards: 22 commons, 10 Rares, 6 Super Rares and 7 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.99 per pack.