This Saturday’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump will announce that Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS, the sixth anime in the franchise after Arc V, will premiere in May. Moving from a Sunday 5:30pm time slot to Wednesday evenings, a TV special Yu-Gi-Oh! Labo will air on April 5th to promote the new series.
The magazine will also reveal two further duellists, named Go Onizuka and Aoi Zaizen. VRAINS‘ protagonist Yusaku Fujiki was revealed at the Jump Festa event in December. With the skills of a hacker, he can quickly judge a situation with a cool head and sharp mind, even as far as determining the thoughts of anyone he speaks to. But Yusaku hates standing out, especially at school.
Through meeting and challenging other duellists he starts to take steps forward, learning from the theme of this new series, “One step forward, let’s try!”. Backed by his ace monster Decode Talker, who wields a giant sword, when he enters the VR space to duel he transforms, becoming Playmaker.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V premiered in Japan in April 2014, and Crunchyroll started streaming the series worldwide outside of Asia in November. The latest movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, opened in Japan in April 2016 and screened overseas earlier this year. In the US and Canada the film opened on January 29th, and UK cinemas followed suit on February 1st.