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Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Anniversary Teaser, Ballad Promo Posted

posted on by Egan Loo
3 Yu-Gi-Oh! heroes join forces; Eagle Talon crew promotes Ballad film

The official website for the 10th anniversary of TV Tokyo's Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise has begun streaming a 65-second teaser trailer for the 3D film Gekijō-ban Yu-Gi-Oh! ~Chō-Yūgō! Jikū o Koeta Kizuna on Saturday. To mark the anniversary, the main heroes of all three TV Tokyo anime series — Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters' Yuugi Mutou, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monster GX's Judai Yuki, and the ongoing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Yūsei Fudō — will appear in the film. The story will bring the three together to fight Paradox, a powerful new enemy that will appear for the first time in the film. The film will open in Japan in early 2010.

The TV Asahi station has posted a six-minute Flash anime short of the Eagle Talon characters promoting (tongue-in-cheek) Takashi Yamazaki's live-action Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta period drama film. Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of the SMAP entertainment group stars in this historical romance based loosely on the plot of the award-winning Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Appare! Sengoku Daikassen film (pictured at left). The film opened in Japan on September 5. The Eagle Talon anime characters have previously promoted the live-action Heaven's Door film by Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet) and Zack Snyder's live-action film adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel. A third Eagle Talon film and a new television anime series has been green-lit for debuts on January 16 and October 8, respectively.

Kusanagi has expressed his concern for the disappearance of Crayon Shin-chan author Yoshito Usui during an appearance this week in the area where Usui was last seen.

[via Pigmon, Moon Phase]

Images © Kazuki Takahashi Studio Dice/Shueisha, TV Tokyo, NAS 
© 2009 Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta Production Committee

Update: More background information added.

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