Been busy a while, but there’s still been a lot going on in Yu-Gi-Oh! news. So Raigeki is back, eh? Long known as one of the most powerful cards, it’s been warming a seat on the ban list since its inception. For good reason, too – this was even banned on the TV show! But Konami decided to mix things up a bit. Frankly, with it being gone for so long, I’m interested to see how its return will play out. Though I’m pretty sure that will lead to it being used in just about every deck because of its universally devastating effect. Oh well, this’ll be another case of Monster Reborn being temporarily brought back – enjoy it while it lasts. Before that, better break out your Anti-Raigeki!
There’s been a few TCG releases, but not too many of note. A new Legendary Collection is out, but I can’t say I’m too enthused this time around. The Legendary Collections represented a throwback to the older times of Yu-Gi-Oh! The collections focused on the first series were appropriate (not to mention well-made). Even GX has earned its place in the classics as time went on. But Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds ended 3 years ago, which really isn’t that old to be “nostalgic” or anything. Nothing wrong with a 5Ds release, but I liked when the Legendary Collection line just focused on the proven classics.
However, we do get a worthy release this winter break; check out Astral Pack Six. Despite the limited release of being an Astral Pack, we’re treated to first-time releases of Man-Eating Black Shark (Great White’s distant relative), Sea Kamen, and Gruesome Goo. Not bad at all. Better grab those guys on Amazon or eBay, due out near the end of December.
Meanwhile, on the Japanese side, there’s a whole bunch in store for the OCG’s 15th birthday. I’ll start with the “good” and gradually work my way up to the “awesome.” First is the Rarity Collection. Contrary to the name, it’s a release of the most famous cards from all eras of Yu-Gi-Oh! Frankly, I don’t get it. Aside from the newest cards included, most of these have already been printed a million times. Read about it on Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki if you want. Next are two booster packs which honor the King of Games himself. These are Glory of the Duelist – Memory Fragments. These are split into two sides for “Yugi” and “Yami.” Just look at the artworks to fully appreciate them. No doubt a throwback to the old “Volume” series, which happened to be the first. Anyways, so far we’ve got the usual roster of famous Yugi-era cards, as you can see on the pages. Nothing too interesting. But the description reveals that there’s even more to look forward to:
These packs contain brand new cards from or in the image of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters
Ah, that’s what we like to see. In fact, the Yami pack actually shows off one of these “new old” cards, Dark Burning Magic. How can you not fall in love with an artwork like that? Anyways, I wonder what unreleased cards from the show will see the light of day. While the “Memories of the Duel King” sets haven’t even been rumored for a TCG release, it’s still interesting to see what the OCG’s getting.
Final news: another Yu-Gi-Oh! movie. I mean, why not? Keep making ’em; we’ll keep watching ’em. No real word on what it’s about yet, but we’ve been given a countdown. Also, we can see the silhouettes of Yugi and Kaiba. That’s really all we need for a movie, right?