It’s du-du-duel time. I don’t know about you, but when I was little I used to use the playground to play with ‘Yu-Gi-oh!’ in those days when anime was a phenomenon. Of course, one of the first childhood disappointments was that playing with pieces of cardboard on a table was much less impressive than the holograms in the animated series.
But, and God bless the Internet, someone has created their own board with holograms from the Yu-Gi-Oh!
Responsible is SuperZoloux, a content creator with 152,000 thousand subscribers on YouTube and more of 97,000 followers on Twitchwhich for three months was working on a system that allows you to recreate, on a small scale, the famous anime hologram boards.
SuperZoloux, an anime fan, card game, and channel dedicated to talking about the TCG; he got the idea to create this ‘hologram board’ after seeing similar apps that mimicked the idea, but worked only with VR goggles and a mobile app. His approach was somewhat different: instead he created a mat that recognizes the physical cards you play and is connected to various apps and glasses, which then allow live holograms to be broadcast and commands via the app. to switch to attack animations.
How does the mat recognize each card? Each of them has a chip on the back (which is hidden behind the linings it wears) to make this magic possible. This also means that SuperZoloux not only had to create the templates for the cards, but also had to put a chip in 3,600 of them! This also means that the system still relies heavily on manual work.
Of course, this Yu-Gi-Oh hologram mat is a far cry from the portable dueling disks you usually see in anime. However, it is still impressive on a creative level, if only to provide a different experience when streaming a game of the game. Not only this, but SuperZoloux also added a number of features to the system that allow you to more intelligently produce your games. Did we forget to mention that he learned the vast majority of things needed for the project along the way? One more proof that ingenuity in the age of the Internet and self-learning makes everything possible (especially if you believe in the heart of the cards)!
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The story of the most famous card game… that wasn’t one
From Shadow Games to one of the most popular TCGs in the world:
The surprise that many may have is to find that the Yu-Gi-Oh manga is significantly different from the anime that we know in the West. The first episodes of Kazuo Takahashi (author of the manga), better in fact do not have as their center the card game for which the franchise is famous. Instead, his story centers around ‘shadow duels’ which are presented as different competitions (among which are Duel Monsters).
The cards, to Takahata’s surprise, ended up being the most popular element among his readers, so eventually the manga took a creative turn and focused on this game.
It’s a difference that would be important to the anime and the TCG. Yu-Gi-Oh! originally featured an anime adaptation by Toei Animation and TV Asahi. This version is much closer to the manga, with its first few episodes featuring ‘Shadow games’ (the first chapter, for example, has one centered on a poker card game in which the loser is thrown off a rooftop, to give them a better idea).
In 2000 Studio Gallop made another adaptation, but this time it took the card game as its main focus (taking advantage of the fact that by this time the manga was already completely focused on this point in the story). The remake also went to the trouble of removing some characters, tweaking the design, and generally keeping only the most fundamental elements of our Duel-oriented story. It was a planned strategy because the previous year Konami had acquired the rights to the game and started distribution in Japan. The anime then served as a fairly effective commercial, especially when 4Kids acquired international distribution rights and (despite censorship) made the anime a hit.
Although the throne of Yu-Gi-Oh! As the king of the TCG is no more (some will doubt that he ever existed) the popularity of the franchise remains. The card game continues to release new expansions in physical format and recently launched a virtual client that has helped the game to be enjoyed by more people (and to compete with games like MTG Arena) as well as different new anime adaptations such as GX , 5Ds, Zexal, etc