The announcement was made by Kristen Gray, General Manager and SVP Konami Cross Media NY, which manages the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand outside of Asia.
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS – the new chapter in the popular anime franchise – is off to a fast start on several TV platforms, including 9Go! in Australia, K2 in Italy, and Teletoon in Canada, just as production officially begins on Season 2 of the series.
9Go! – the Australian free-to-air digital television multichannel, which was launched by Nine Network – has picked up Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS and will debut Season 1 of the series on April 6th. 9Go! is a youthful channel that offers a mix of comedy, reality and general entertainment movies, animation and drama aimed at viewers between the ages of 16 to 39 as well as kids.
K2, the Italian free-to-air channel owned by Discovery Networks Europe, was the first Broadcaster to air Season 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, in June of 2018.
In September of 2018, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS Season 1 was launched in Canada by Teletoon, a Corus Entertainment Inc. network, which primarily airs animation content.
In making the announcement, Gray said: “This is the sixth and newest series of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. It is launching at a time when the global demand is strong, with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links mobile app game exceeding 90 million downloads worldwide. We are pleased to have these blue-chip broadcasters continuing as partners, and providing an opportunity for our many fans to engage and enjoy all of the new adventures in this latest series.”
Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is the latest series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, where virtual reality, artificial intelligence and high-speed dueling merge into a fighting extravaganza! With advances in cutting-edge technology, duelists worldwide plug into LINK VRAINS to compete in fast-paced competition. But this cyberspace is under attack by a team of nefarious hackers determined to destroy the virtual realm! There’s only one hero who can save them – the mysterious and powerful Playmaker. But little does the world know that in real life, the dashing and daring Playmaker is actually a quiet, easy-going high school student named Yusaku Fujiki. But how can one kid take on a legion of enemies? With the help of a trash talking, AI named Ai, this unlikely duo work together to thwart the destruction of the entire virtual world and the future of dueling. Watch as they seize the wind with Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS!