Yu-Gi-Oh! GO RUSH!!
|Yu-Gi-Oh! GO RUSH!!|
Yu-Gi-Oh! GO RUSH!!
April 3, 2022 —
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Yuhi Ohdo and Yuamu Ohdo are elementary schooler twins living in Mutsuba Town who are in charge of the alien extermination company UTS (Ultraterrestrial Trouble Solutions). They spend their days working really hard searching for aliens using a mysterious device created by Yuhi... that is, until one fateful day!!
Yudias has come to Earth, after he and his comrades were chased from his native star cluster, seeking a way to a new future, which "Rush Duel" seems like it might offer a means to do so, but knows nothing about it. Yuhi challenges the newbie Yudias to a Rush Duel in order to give him a helping hand. This is first contact between elementary school students and aliens, via Rush Duel!
Now it's time to enter the new stage of Rush Duel introduced by this alien soldier from the far ends of the galaxy!
Bridge once again return as the main animation studio after taking over for Studio Gallop beginning with Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS. Masahiro Hikokubo is again composing the series' Duels. The characters are designed by Kazuko Tadano and Hiromi Matsushita.
It was decided to focus the series on aliens, as director Nobuhiro Kondo and the staff wanted to ensure their second show was accessible to people who hadn't heard of Yu-Gi-Oh! or Rush Dueling, but didn't want to simply repeat the plot of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS, so they decided to make the protagonist an alien as they felt someone not from Earth would be the best choice for someone who didn't know about Rush Dueling. While there were concerns about aliens getting mixed up with Monster Cards, Kondo felt characters like Trapigeon Kayama proved audiences could differentiate between the two; Yudias was initially planned to be more "alien", but it was decided to make him more human to make Duels more easily understood. Conseuqnetly GO RUSH!! is intended as an easy entrance show for people who want to get into Rush Duels, so the early Featured Duels clearly explain "Summons" and "activating a Spell Card" for the purposes of fans who never could quite grasp what was going on in previous shows. Despite this initial basic approach, Kondo stated his intentions to ensure that the Duels will be bizarre and showcase a variety of cards, given the alien nature of many Duelists in the show.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions surrounding it made casting for GO RUSH!! difficult, as the staff were unable to hold mass auditions. Arthur Lounsberry (Yudias Velgear), Toshiki Kumagai (Yuhi Ohdo), and Koko Fukushima (Yuamu Ohdo) protray their characters as a team; Kondo liked the idea of younger actors Kumagi and Fukushima growing into their roles and hoped the series would serve as an entry point for careers in anime.
- Unlike many of the past spin-offs since Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yu-Gi-Oh! GO RUSH!! is directly linked to the previous series, in this case, Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.
- Yuhi and Yuamu Ohdo share the surname of Yuga Ohdo, the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS.
- Several characters share surnames and voice actors with characters from Yu-Gi-Oh! SEVENS:
- Manabu Sogetsu shares the surname and Japanese voice actor of Gavin Sogetsu, and closely resembles him.
- Manya Atachi shares the Japanese surname and voice actor of Mimi Imimi (Atachi) and closely resembles her. Her dog, Bochi closely resembles and shares a name with Bochi, the pet dog of Toshihiko, a friend of Mimi's son Yosh Imimi.
- London Kirishima shares the Japanese surname and voice actor of Roa Kassidy, and closely resembles him.
- Makeru Kurimoto and Miranda Ichimaru resemble older versions of Masaru and Nico and share their voice actors. Notably, neither Masaru nor Nico had stated surnames in SEVENS.
- Mr. Tazaki, Mr. Yagi, Ms. Maki, Ms. Purisaki and Mr. Omaeno closely resemble Galian Townsend (Galian Tazaki in the Japanese version), Nick Yagi, Sushiko Maki, Gibumi Purisaki in her civilian guise, and Toombs (Ushiro Omaeno in the Japanese version) respectively; Tazaki, Yagi, Maki and Omaeno all share voice actors with their SEVENS counterparts; Purisaki has yet to speak. When Tazaki, Yagi and Maki were revealed in V-Jump March 2022, the promotional material asked if they had been seen before, possibly suggesting they are the same characters as adults. The other three adult members of UTS (Ms. Purisaki, Mr. Omaeno and three unnamed employees) also resemble characters from SEVENS; Tyler Getz, Janko Entant, and Caterpillio Zomyoji.
- The main town is Mutsuba Town, after Mutsuba Heavy Machinery and its heiress Asana Mutsuba. The Ramen Hut operates in the town.
- Yudias Velgear uses a Goha Enterprises Duel Disk as opposed to the new model introduced by GO RUSH!!; the new model itself projects a blue "G" over its surface, possibly in reference to Goha Enterprises.
- This is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series not to feature an opening theme song in the first episode.
- Like SEVENS, this series has a more comedic and lighthearted tone compared to the previous series.
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- NeoArkadia (December 18, 2021). "Yu-Gi-Oh! Go Rush!! Reveal". The Organization. Retrieved December 19, 2021.
- Crystalyn Hodgkins (December 17, 2021). "Yu-Gi-Oh! Go Rush!! Anime Announced With April 2022 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- NeoArkadia (December 20, 2021). "[GO RUSH!!] Extended Story Summary". The Organization. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
- NeoArkadia (March 28, 2022). "Highlights from Interview with GO RUSH!! Director Kondo Nobuhiro". The Organization. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
- tv-tokyo.co.jp Yu-Gi-Oh! GO RUSH!! official website (Japanese)