Animate in Ikebukuro and Akihabara will sell original Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Monsters apparel and merchandise from May 27, 2023. These items are from the brand Arti-Mate, which is a collaboration between Arma Bianca and Animate. Monsters that the goods will feature include signature cards such as the Blue Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician Girl. However, all the Yu-Gi-Oh items feature references to Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba. [Thanks, Comic Natalie!]
Familiar motifs such as the Millennium Puzzle and Kaiba Corporation’s logo are abundant on the Yu-G-Oh clothing and merchandise. Aside from apparel, you can get items such as an Airpods case. The T-shirts are all 4950 JPY ($35.95), and the hooded jackets and hoodies are 9900 JPY ($71.90). The most expensive item is unisex stadium jacket with the Kaiba Corporation logo on the back. It costs 10,780 JPY ($78.30).
Here’s a closer look at the Yami Yugi and Kaiba Yu-Gi-Oh items:
The Yu-Gi-Oh franchise evolved beyond Duel Monsters, with the card game practically unrecognizable now compared to the early days of the anime and manga series. However, due to the persisting popularity of Duel Monsters, companies still release merchandise for it to this day. In late December 2022, for example, Bandai Spirits released a real-life Millennium Puzzle that would glow and play music after you complete it.
The Yu-Gi-Oh Arti-Mate items are available for pre-order on Animate’s website until July 23, 2023. The products will start to ship on September 23, 2023. Since Animate does not offer international shipping, that date is only for Japanese customers.