The series began airing in Japan on May 10, 2017. It is being simulcast outside of Asia by Crunchyroll courtesy of 4K Media Inc which also handles the English dub distribution. But Crunchyroll is blocked in Canada because of which Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will premier in Canada on Teletoon on September 1st 2018 at 1:00 PM EST.
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It is the 5th spin-off anime series in Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, succeeding Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. The pilot episode was previewed along with a digitally remastered screening of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light on March 11 in the US, and June 13 in the UK. The series ranked 52 in Tokyo Anime Award Festival in Best 100 TV Anime 2017 category.
As of 2018, Yu-Gi-Oh is the 16th highest-grossing media franchise of all time.