Anime of the People

Ready, set, Yu-Gi-Oh!

Back in the day, we had Life, Clue, Stay Alive, Connect Four, and, if feeling adventurous, Monopoly. We sure didn’t know of any competitive arena for our board-game time-killers.

Today, Yu-Gi-Oh! -- a trading-card meta-game based on a fictional competition that drives the plot of the popular Japanese anime series – takes childhood pastimes to a new level. Hundreds of youngsters and not-so-youngsters (many undoubtedly dressed as Yu-Gi-Oh! characters) will descend upon Phoenix Convention Center for the Cascade Games, a regional qualifier for the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championships. The top four players advance to the national finals. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. and costs $15 to enter.

Visit the website for lots more info, including this priceless piece of advice: “It could be a long day. We suggest bringing a bottle of water.”

Sat., March 22, 10 a.m., 2008
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