‘Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS’ Anime Gets May Premiere Date; 2 New Characters Revealed

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The new 'Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS' anime will premiere in May. Konami/TV Tokyo

The new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series finally has a premiere date in Japan. In an upcoming issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, via Anime News Network, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has been given a May release date.

A television special titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Labo will air on April 5 to promote the anime and give fans even more details surrounding the upcoming series.

Shonen Jump also revealed the names of two new characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS , Gō Onizuka and Aoi Zaizen. Not much else was revealed about these two characters but the cast is beginning to fill up.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is the sixth series in the franchise and will star Yūsaku Fujiki, who is described as possessing a cool and sharp mind, and has the skills to be a hacker. He excels at quickly judging the situation at any place, and determining the thoughts of whomever he is talking to.

The series seems to revolve around virtual reality as promotional material shows Fujiki in plain clothes, but also transforming in a virtual space.

Fujiki’s ace monster, Decode Talker, is also shown in promotional material and the series teases a brand new way to play Duel Monsters. Konami has revealed that a new way of summoning will be introduced in time for VRAINS’ premiere.

Link Summoning will be a whole summoning that doesn’t have a level or defense points. The rules of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG will also change with the implementation of Link Summoning that will seemingly slow the game down.

Cyber monsters, a new type of monster similar to Psychic and Wyvern, will also be introduced to the game with the premiere of VRAINS.

While distribution of VRAINS outside of Japan has not been announced, expect information on that front in the weeks following the premiere.

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