Tags: interview, littlekuriboh, youtube
LittleKuriboh fans, want to see LK doing something a little different? Then you’ve got a lot of great stuff to check out! First up is the latest episode Shelf Life, a standout web series produced by Tara Platt and Yuri Lowenthal’s company Monkey Kingdom Productions. LK and his wife Marianne play members of a zombie horde that attack the heroes! This is, as far as I know, LK’s first foray into a professionally produced live-action show.
Shelf Life is a series of short videos about the adventures of four cynical, foul-mouthed action figures. This episode, the first part of the season finale, was filmed back in November 2012 and was just released yesterday evening. (Don’t worry, you can get into it even if you’ve never seen any of the other episodes. After seeing this, you’ll probably want to though!)
So Marianne’s obviously the zombie with short red hair. Which one is LittleKuriboh? I think he’s the one wearing the red bomber hat and the shirt with the Slender Man operator symbol. I’m pretty sure I also spotted LK’s friend Lee (who joined LK during his My Little Pony marathon) as a zombie, too. His muttonchops and field cap are pretty hard to miss!
LittleKuriboh on K-On! The Movie and Heroes of Newerth
Also hitting the streets yesterday was Section23 Films’ English-language release of K-On! The Movie. The dub, produced by Bang Zoom! Entertainment, features LittleKuriboh as the guv’nor of a London sushi shop and other incidental characters. The DVD and Blu-ray of the film are available on Amazon, Right Stuf, and other major retailers.
Furthermore, LK lent his voice to Chip Legionnaire, a character from the free-to-play multiplayer game Heroes of Newerth. Chip, a sexy stripper, was made available for play on May 15. I think I hear a little bit of Pegasus and Naruto in his voice!
It’s pretty exciting to see LittleKuriboh landing these professional roles. His voice demo reel is available on SoundCloud and his first ever professional recording session took place in March earlier this year. Since then, he’s attended a lot of auditions, been cast in new parts (including a lead role!), and been very busy recording professionally. Sounds like he’s doing pretty well!
LK Talks MST3K on MSTieCast
On May 1, MSTieCast, a podcast dedicated to Mystery Science Theater 3000, released their interview with LittleKuriboh. Hosts Toby Mobias and Joshua MacLeod chatted with LK about how he got into MST3K, the ways MST3K has influenced his work on YGOTAS, his experience at GatewayCon in St. Louis, Missouri (his first ever convention!), and much more.
Even though I know very little about MST3K, I found this to be an outstanding interview. It’s not often that you get to hear LK sit down and talk passionately and extensively about a fandom different from Yu-Gi-Oh! Give it a listen!
CardGamesFTW: Takedown #12
In other non-news, CardGamesFTW was banned from YouTube on April 28. Sigh. As usual, LK filed a counter notification and it returned on the evening of May 10. That marked the 12th time the account has been banned, following its March 27 termination.
We’re approaching the end of the month. Please, YPD, spare LK’s account!
What’s Next For LK?
As for his personal undertakings, LK has talked a lot about working on various projects, from YGOTAS to Let’s Plays to fanfics, since his upload of YGOTAS episode 58 in December 2012. But he’s clearly been very busy with his real life work, leaving him little time for himself. Most recently, he has announced his completion of YGOTAS episode 59′s script.
Anime video streaming and E-commerce platform Daisuki.net is officially open for business! The website kicks off with episodes of Lupin III, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed HD, Mobile Suit Z Gundam, The Prince of Tennis: The National Tournament, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Sword Art Online. As part of its launch, Daisuki is inviting anime fans to participate in its giveaways of anime-related goods and to vote in a series of surveys for the titles that they would like to watch. Thus far, One Piece is listed as an upcoming addition to the website.
Alongside the free anime episodes, Daisuki is also set to offer paid videos and anime products, though both of those sections on the website are currently empty. It remains to be seen whether Daisuki will offer a subscription model similar to Crunchyroll or Hulu. Its user’s guide briefly mentions the availability of “discount package plan[s].”
Daisuki was first announced at the end of February and is a product born from the collaboration of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors Asatsu-DK (ADK) and Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) with Aniplex, Dentsu, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, and Toei Animation. ADK and NAS together own a 39 percent stake in the company.
A representative of Daisuki will appear on AnimeNewsNetwork’s ANNCast podcast later this week in a 30-minute segment.
Tags: kabillion, vortexx
Saban announced today that it is partnering with independent video-on-demand network Kabillion to create a dedicated channel for Vortexx’s programming. The new VOD channel will debut in June with Sonic X and Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, with Dragon Ball Z Kai joining the line-up in July.
Kabillion’s library of shows include Bobby’s World, Code Lyoko, and Mix Master and is available on-demand on a variety of cable services, including Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, and Blue Ridge. It is also available online at Kabillion.com and on YouTube on KabillionChannel and Cartoonium.
Vortexx’s current programming, which includes the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series, can be seen every Saturday morning on The CW and on MyVortexx.com.
Tags: 91.8 the fan, anime convention, justin.tv, littlekuriboh, twitch.tv
This happened again.
In an effort to raise money to bring Nowacking and 1KidsEntertainment, his friends and the creators of Pokemon ‘Bridged, to Alcon 2013, Little Kuriboh on Sunday offered potential donators a startling incentive: if they receive one single $500 donation, he would marathon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Within four hours, an anonymous donor did just that. So, LK made good on his promise yesterday, watching the first 28 episodes over the course of 12+ hours. Here’s the recorded event in its entirety: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Some highlights from the live stream include:
- That Annoying Sensei Guy from LK’s Naruto Spoof singing the MLP theme song at 2:25:34 in part 1.
- Certain acts of extreme violence, the best examples taking place at 48:16 in part 3.
- Naruto singing Pinkie Pie’s “Smile Song” at 50:30 in part 3.
- Marik, Bakura, and other characters singing “Winter Wrap Up” at 57:40 in part 3.
- LK performing the ebonics version of YGOTAS episode 46 at 1:13:05 in part 3. (Spoilers: Mega Ultra Chickn n’ Corn Bread!)
- Marik singing the literal version of the MLP theme song at 1:33:10 in part 3.
- And of course, LK getting his head shaved in part 4.
Little Kuriboh’s live stream kicked off at 9:00 am PDT yesterday on Twitch.tv and ran past midnight. He was joined at various times by his wife Marianne as well as his friends Lee, Kaiji, and TomaMoto. Lee in particular was very knowledgeable about the MLP universe and provided all sorts of insight into the various MLP episodes and generations (though he was adamant that he not be lumped in with the Brony fandom!).
To keep the live stream entertaining, LK was forbidden from using the word “pony,” with each mention being counted against him. (Spoilers: He doesn’t get very far.) Eventually, he decided that if he said “pony” 100 times, he would have to get his legs professionally waxed. If he said it 150 times, he’d do his back. And if he said it 200 times, he’d do his chest. So what ended up happening? LK said his 100th “pony” near the end of the 26th and final episode of the first season. Poor LK. Oh well, here’s hoping his trip to a salon will be recorded!
LK also provided various incentives to encourage people to support the fundraisers for Nowacking and 1KidsEntertainment and for Abridgers to Alcon 2013. A single $500 donation (later reduced to $225), led LK to shave his head live. And $3,000 in total donations led him to perform an ebonics version of any YGOTAS episode, for which episode 46 received the most requests by the chat. Sadly, we did not see anyone give a single $1,000 donation, which would have led LK to get a tattoo of his choosing on his arm.
The live stream ran, for the most part, without a hitch. The only major stumbling block came at 2:39:00 in part 1 when a Twitch.tv administrator named truthful entered the chat and presented LK with an inopportune notice: “Hello martininamerica, Twitch is exclusively for gaming / gaming related content only. What you’re currently stream is neither gaming nor gaming related therefore I’ll have to ask you to kindly please stop immediately.” LK quickly relocated to Justin.tv, where he streamed for the rest of the day without issue.
So after all that, does LK have a favorite pony? “Apple Jack is best pony, Pinkie Pie can f**k off,” he tweeted.
More Convention Announcements
Thought Little Kuriboh wasn’t adding any more anime convention stops for the rest of this year? Think again! First up is Youmacon 2013, to be held on October 31 through November 3. This will be LK’s fifth guest appearance at the Detroit, Michigan event, which has really established itself as the convention for abridgers.
LK has also been invited to Domo Con, taking place between December 13 and 15 in Lisle, Illinois. So far, the event has announced LK and Vic Mignogna as guests.
Additionally, LK has been contacted by J-Culture Con in Derby, England, though it appears that the organizers were unaware that LK now lives in the U.S. Although an initial response to the invitation produced no response from the con, LK eventually managed to get in contact with the organizers and is now in further discussions with them. Will LK be flying out to Derby to attend the September 20 and 21 event? Keep watching their website for updates!
For a list of all of Little Kuriboh’s stops this year, have a look at my LK’s Anime Convention Schedule page.
LK Returns to 91.8 The Fan
It seems like at least once every year since 2010, Little Kuriboh makes an appearance on 91.8 The Fan, a live anime-focused Internet radio station. This year, LK dropped by the Kana’s Korner program on January 31 for an interview with host Kanashimi, though the recording wasn’t posted until just last week. Strange!
Anyway, LK chats with Kanashimi about his role in the Crisis Heart Brawlers: Clash at Otakon video game, shares his opinions about the Silent Hill games, and pimps out the now fully funded Cryamore Kickstarter. Yeah, there’s some outdated stuff in there, but it was a fun time, so give it a listen anyway!
To hear Little Kuriboh’s previous interviews on 91.8 The Fan and on other programs and podcasts, check out my Interviews and Q&As with LK page.
Tags: nicktoons, toonzai, toonzaki, vortexx
After months of stagnation, anime video portal Toonzaki.com has finally updated its Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal offerings to include the latest episodes. It’s about time! Uploads of new subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and dubbed and subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal had resumed on Hulu back in January, but Toonzaki’s feeds had curiously stopped refreshing to display the latest videos until now.
Toonzaki has also patched up its many missing images and broken links, and has picked up several more shows from Crunchyroll, including Fate/Zero, Polar Bear Cafe, Space Brothers, and Sword Art Online. How many new titles can you spot?
Toonzaki had been heavily neglected since mid-2012 after the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit wound down and 4Kids’ properties were changing hands. The site has even gone completely dark on a few occasions, most recently in late March. On Facebook, the Toonzaki crew remained optimistic and has long talked about improving its services, even mentioning a relaunch. In their most recent posts, they’ve casually discussed a “new Toonzaki” and offering “better functionality and more/new shows.”
With the launch of the Japanese-run anime video portal Daisuki.net right around the corner, the Toonzaki crew has picked a good time to polish their website and make sure it remains in the running to continually draw the attention of casual anime seekers.
Yu-Gi-Oh! on MyVortexx.com
Over on MyVortexx.com, the official website of Saban’s Saturday morning Vortexx block, links to the dedicated pages for Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal were finally set up in late March. When MyVortexx was revamped back in mid-February, both shows were missing from the website’s “Shows” page.
If you had noted my not-so-subtle hint and snooped around however, you would have discovered that pages for both shows had actually already been set up at the time MyVortexx’s new look was unveiled. The other main MyVortexx pages had simply not linked to them, for whatever reason.
So what’s new? Since then, the pages have seen the addition of the shows’ full episodes — most notably the subbed Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal videos. While this might not seem like a big deal to longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, by deciding to post these videos, Saban has taken a momentous step forward. Younger Vortexx viewers, or other Vortexx fans who are browsing the website and who might not be as well-versed about what sorts of Yu-Gi-Oh! media are available out there, now have a chance to stumble upon the Japanese episodes and enlighten themselves with a slew of original uncut videos. Although official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes have been around for a few years now, they had never previously been included side-by-side with other Saturday morning shows on Toonzai and 4Kids.TV’s websites.
Unfortunately, MyVortexx’s redesign suffers from a usability issue similar to that which plagued 4Kids.TV/Toonzai when that website was revamped in September 2010: its design is simply not suitable for linking to and posting full episodes. The organization of the videos is an absolute mess. Episodes aren’t numbered and aren’t listed in their proper orders, and dubbed and subbed episodes are all jumbled together.
4KidsTV/Toonzai eventually improved its layout to better accommodate its video listings. Will MyVortexx do the same?
The Last Traces of Toonzai Vanish
Speaking of Toonzai, the Facebook page of the former Saturday morning anime block managed by 4Kids was finally shuttered on March 22 — a little over seven months after its final broadcast. The last two wall posts were made on March 11 and directed fans to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook page and Toonzaki’s Facebook page.
Toonzai’s Facebook page was never very popular or heavily promoted. During its final days, it had a mere 691 Likes. Nevertheless, it was a window to an increasingly disregarded Saturday morning animation haven that many cherished, and it and the lifestyle the block embodied will be missed.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to Premiere on Nicktoons This Friday
Let’s end on a happier note: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will be premiering on Nicktoons this Friday, April 12 at 9:00 pm EDT!
The newest series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise joins Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, which premiered on the Viacom-owned cable network on March 11 and now airs seven days a week.
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
Little Kuriboh didn’t get a chance to upload a video on April Fools’ Day this year, but his new video released earlier today will more than make up for it: Yu-Gi-Oh – The Ebonics’d Series!
The video features a recording from Kitsune Kon this past March where LK plugs the script for YGOTAS episode 1 into the Ebonics Translator and performs a live reading of the “translation.” Riley Freeman, Jaden, Skeletor, and a bunch of “black” cards also make special appearances.
Somewhere along the line, LK’s “ebonics” seems to morph into some other kind of Southern American English. I was waiting for a “howdy” or “y’all” to be slipped in there. :)
Next up: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Ebonics’d Vagina Monologues episode 1?
Kitsune Kon 2013 Rules Video
Speaking of Kitsune Kon, check out its Opening Ceremonies Rules Video that Little Kuriboh made for the event, where YGOTAS characters highlight the super strict policies that prevented any attendees from having fun. (Just kidding!) If you’ve ever wanted to see what Marik would do when he’s completely plastered, you’re looking in the right place!
The video was definitely made for Kitsune Kon in Wisconsin and was not a generic video thrown together at the last minute. Definitely.
[YGO: TAS] Little Kuriboh to Attend Miami Hurricon, Anime Blues Con / YPD Strikes Down CardGamesFTW AgainMarch 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
Tags: anime convention, youtube
Ever wake up one fine day and discover that you’ve sudden been invited to an anime convention that is less than three weeks away? It just happened to Little Kuriboh, who found out yesterday that he and blackrose1m will be guesting at Miami Hurricon on April 14! This will be their second time attending the event. Miami Hurricon is a one-day anime convention organized by the University of Miami’s anime club and takes place on campus in Coral Gables, Florida. Admission is free!
LK has also confirmed that he will be a guest at Anime Blues Con later this year, sharing the spotlight with voice actors Steve Blum, Wendee Lee, and Chris Patton. Anime Blues is now in its third year and will take place from June 21 through 23 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hmm, we haven’t gotten any promo videos since Marik Plays Mass Effect in early February. I hope LK makes more for these or other future cons!
“Guh. About 20 cons this year in total. I think I need to start attending Cons Anonymous,” LK joked.
Nine Days Later: CardGamesFTW Terminated Again
“Apparently my YouTube channel is back up,” Little Kuriboh tweeted on March 19, just one day after it had returned from being banned back on February 25. “How much am I bet [sic] that it’ll be down again by the end of the month?”
Anyone else that took that bet can go cash in their ticket, as CardGamesFTW was just terminated earlier today, a mere nine days after being reinstated. I guess the YouTube Police Department didn’t like what it saw in Season Zero Abridged #3 and decided to ban the account for an astonishing 11th time! (In all seriousness, it was an automated process that struck down LK’s account, same as in all of the previous incidents.)
Well, you know the drill by now. Check out LK’s YGOTAS Blip.tv channel and his other YouTube account, Ninjabridge, to get your daily LK fix. But don’t be surprised if Ninjabridge disappears in the near future…
Update (April 3): A one-week turnaround? That was unexpectedly fast! CardGamesFTW was unsuspended earlier this evening. For the love of Ra, please, almighty YPD, let the channel make it to the two-week mark before terminating it again! 9_9
Tags: blip.tv, littlekuriboh
“Here we are at new episode release.” At MomoCon this past weekend, Little Kuriboh premiered the third episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero Abridged, a tale of horrific violence, torture, death, and YouTube copyright violations! Yesterday evening, he uploaded the video for the rest of the world to enjoy! It’s only on Blip.tv (for now), so go check it out!
Episode 3 is also available for download in MP4 and M4V formats. (There’s no AVI file available this time.)
Another Anime Convention Update: Another Anime Convention
Little Kuriboh has added yet another stop to his ever-growing schedule of 2013 anime convention visits: Another Anime Convention (yes, that’s the name of the con!). As a guest at the Manchester, New Hampshire event, LK will share the stage with several other personalities from the anime industry, including J. Michael Tatum, Michele Knotz, Troy Baker, and Stephanie Young. AAC will take place from October 18 through 20.
Adding to his previous con announcements, LK has also revealed that he will participate in panels at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington (March 29 through 31) and Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California (July 4 through 7).
CardGamesFTW: Banned Again
As you’ve probably already noticed, Little Kuriboh’s primary YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, has been suspended yet again. Sigh. This stopped being newsworthy after the third or so incident, but someone has to keep track of this nonsense! The channel was slapped with multiple copyright infringement claims on February 24 and was then terminated on February 25.
“The bad news is that YouTube just took down my YouTube account for the 45th time,” LK joked on Facebook. “I managed to counter claim some of the videos that got hit, so with any luck it’ll go back up in a week or two.” Curiously, LK did not receive any notices from YouTube when his videos were yanked, or after his account had been taken down.
Update (March 18): CardGamesFTW was unsuspended earlier today. Yay!
Update (April 4): Season Zero Abridged #3 is now on YouTube!
After a false start in mid-January that left fans disappointed and scratching their heads, Nicktoons announced earlier this evening on Facebook that the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime will indeed be coming to the popular cable network, with the premiere set for next Monday, March 11 at 8:00 pm EDT! The show will air each weeknight, Monday through Friday, at 8:00 and 8:30 EDT.
Yu-Gi-Oh! was originally slated to premiere on Nicktoons on January 14 earlier this year, but was abruptly pulled from the schedule at the last minute. The network did not release a statement explaining the change. Even after Yu-Gi-Oh! was removed from its line-up, Nicktoons left a link to the show’s dedicated page on its homepage and continued to update it with new content, adding additional character descriptions, details about the show, and improved graphics. (I, for one, am grief-stricken over the removal of the image of Yami’s giant hand!)
Here’s hoping Nicktoons follows through with its scheduling this time. Don’t let us down!
Tags: hulu, toonzaki, vortexx
Konami has completed a bit of housekeeping on Hulu, moving the videos of all four Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 4Kids‘ account to their new home with 4K Media, Konami’s wholly-owned subsidiary that manages the Yu-Gi-Oh! property rights it bought from 4Kids. The links for all of the episodes remain the same, thankfully.
Toonzaki? More Like Toonshabby
Over on Toonzaki.com, which partners with Hulu to embed the Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes published on the popular video streaming platform, the feeds for the Yu-Gi-Oh! series still haven’t been updated since prior to Konami’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Zexal uploads two months ago. Worse yet, the episodes all display an ominous message when one attempts to view the videos: “This content is unavailable for playback.” Ugh, have they been like that for sometime now, or is that a result of the videos’ migration on Hulu? Either way, Toonzaki has really fallen into neglect, with missing images, nonfunctional videos, and a lack of fresh content and homepage updates all plaguing the once promising anime video portal.
Vortexx’s Website Gets a Makeover
On a more positive note, Saban unleashed a brand-new look for MyVortexx.com, the official website for its Saturday morning block Vortexx on The CW, back in mid-February. But wait — dedicated pages for Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal are conspicuously missing from the website. (Or are they?!) Don’t worry, I’m sure something big is coming that will please many fans… Stay tuned!