‘Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal’ to air on prime-time TV from spring 2011

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The fourth and latest animated TV series in the popular “Yu-Gi-Oh!” franchise will begin airing on the TV Tokyo Corp. network from spring 2011.

“Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal” follows “Yu-Gi-Oh!” “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX” and “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s,” which is being aired currently.

The new series will be shown during prime time, a move certain to attract young audience members.

A manga adaptation of the title began running in the February issue of Shueisha Inc.’s monthly V Jump comic magazine, released Dec. 18.
The latest details on the series will be updated on its official website at (http://ani.tv/yugioh-zexal/).

The main theme of “Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal” will be “the spirit of challenge.”

Yuma Tsukumo, the hero, is a 13-year-old junior high school student. He is impulsive, intuitive and quick to judge. Yuma sometimes makes a fool of himself, but he is not afraid of making mistakes and never gives up on anything, no matter how difficult the situation.

That is the kind of “never-say-die” spirit the show’s creators said they want to encourage in children.

Yuma has a partner called Astral, a mysterious other-worldly entity that appears in human form. Astral reveals himself–or herself–before Yuma and forms an alliance with him. But Astral’s true purpose remains hidden.

Packed with thrills, action and fueled with enthusiastic spirit, the new series is expected to win lots of fans.

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