An incredible piece of Yu-Gi-Oh! fan art pays homage to three of the series’ most recognizable monsters in a seemingly magical way.
A wonderful painting using a lenticular effect was created by Reddit user Wizyakuza. Depending on how a person looks at the image, they will see beautiful versions of either the Dark Magician Girl, Blue-Eyes White Dragon, or the Dark Magician. The transition effect, which took around 50 hours to fully produce, was achieved using lenticular technology, which, through the use of special lenses, allows artists to create printed images that move or change as they are viewed from different angles be seen
Wizyakuza presents prints of their impressive Yu-Gi-Oh! fan art through their personal website along with advice on how to create lenticular artwork. Their Reddit account also features lenticular paintings for other popular anime series such as Spy x Family, One Piece, Attack on Titan, Digimon and Dragon Ball Z
The original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga by the late Kazuki Takahashi first appeared in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in 1996. Told over 38 volumes, the story follows protagonist Yugi Muto, who finds himself sharing his body with an ancient and mysterious spirit after solving the Millennium Puzzle. With the spirit’s help, Yugi becomes the King of Games and a master at Duel Monsters, a trading card game with mystical origins.
Takahashi’s story has gone on to inspire one of the biggest pop culture franchises, with a host of video games, tie-in films, companion books, an actual competitive trading card game, and of course, several anime series. The latest show, Yu-Gi-Oh! Go racing!!, started this past April. It features the first alien protagonist in the franchise’s history, Yudias, an extraterrestrial who hails from the planet Belgar. Nobuhiro Kondo (Card Battle!! Vanguard GZ) addressed the Go racing!! with Toshimitsu Takeuchi (Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold) overseeing the series composition and Kazuko Tadano (Hunter x Hunter) designed the characters.
As Wizyakuza’s lenticular painting illustrates, the original Yu-Gi-Oh! continues to inspire not only official accessories, but also impressive works of fan-made content. Notably, a talented fan recently made a detail-oriented cosplay of Rex Raptor, the dinosaur-obsessed little antagonist of the series. Co-player Oceanwhirl said: “I paid special attention to the cards so I don’t hold the card illustration to the camera and it was a harpy or something haha. Only dinosaurs here!”
That of Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! manga is distributed in English by VIZ Media, and many of the anime series in the franchise are available on Crunchyroll and Hulu.