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Duel Masters Gets 1st 3D Anime Short Film

posted on by Karen Ressler
10-minute film to open in 360° panarama screens

This year's April issue of Shogakukan's Corocoro Comics announced on Tuesday that the Duel Masters franchise will get its first 3D anime short film. The film, titled Duel Masters: Hamukatsu to Dogiragon no Curry-pan Dai-bōken (Hamukatsu and Dogiragon's Big Curry Bread Adventure), will open on several 360-degree panorama screens in Japan starting on March 19, with more screenings slated for Golden Week (April 29-May 4). The film will have an approximately 10-minute runtime.

Original Duel Masters manga creator Shigenobu Matsumoto is supervising an original story for the film. After Katta drops his curry bread into the creature world, his hamster Hamukatsu goes on an adventure to retrieve it.

Theatergoers will receive a "Kakumei no Tekken" (Revolutionary Fist) Duel Masters card as a gift.

Sho-Pro (Shogakukan Shueisha Production) began streaming a trailer for the film:

The Duel Masters Versus Revolution Final (Duel Masters VSRF) television anime series will premiere on April 3. Sho-Pro began streaming an updated promotional video with the release date.

Katta Kirifuda, the younger brother of the previous franchise lead Shōbu Kirifuda, will continue to star in the series. The character been starring in the various television anime since 2011's Duel Masters Victory. His name is pronounced the same way as the Japanese phrase for "the trump card won the game."

In Japan, Duel Masters has already spawned 12 television anime series since 1999: the first Duel Masters anime, Duel Masters Charge, Shinseiki Duel Masters Flash, Zero Duel Masters, Duel Masters Zero, Duel Masters Cross, Duel Masters Cross Shock, Duel Masters Victory, Duel Masters Victory V, Duel Masters Victory V3, Duel Masters VS (Duel Masters Versus), and the ongoing Duel Masters VS R (Duel Masters Versus Revolution), which premiered in Japan in April 2015.

The Cartoon Network ran the first anime series in the United States, but none of the later anime came to North America. Hasbro confirmed in 2012 that it has no future plans to release the Japanese Duel Masters manga and anime in the United States.

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