“In 2014, duels will transform…!!”
First there was Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Then came Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and Zexal. Now, a fifth installment is on its way! An image from the upcoming issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, pictured above, reveals that a new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series will premiere in Spring 2014. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V (pronounced “arc five”) will star a new protagonist, Yuuya Sakaki. Pictured alongside him are two key monsters.
Naturally, fans are already overflowing with questions. Will the game see a new way to summon monsters? Who will be writing and directing? What’s Kazuki Takahashi’s involvement with this series? When will the series see an English-language release? Alas, we will have to wait for the answers. Additional details about the show will be unveiled in future issues of Weekly Shonen Jump and V Jump magazines.
(News from ANN)
Tags: roadshow entertainment
The next installment of Australian media distributor Roadshow Entertainment’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal DVDs hits store shelves today with volume 4: “The Edge of the World”! This release contains the English-dubbed versions of episodes 19 through 24.
Learn more about the mysterious past of Yuma’s father, quiver in fear as the malevolent Number Dark Mist envelops Astral and turns friends into enemies, and immerse yourself in the action as Yuma and his friends clash with Kite once again! Best of all, bring home the first appearance of the mighty
Super Saiyan Yuma Saint Seiya Zexal Morph!
Check Roadshow Entertainment’s website for information about where you can find this and other Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal DVDs.
Tags: blip.tv, littlekuriboh, naruto, youtube
Happy Thanksgiving! What better way to give thanks and enjoy some quality time with friends and family than to contribute to Marik’s Frickstarter? With your pledges, Marik and Bakura will be able to achieve some exciting goals on their way to defeating the pharaoh, like invading Saskatchewan, constructing an obscene statue in front of Yugi’s house, and downloading hundreds of movies and songs without paying for them! With such high quality goals, there’s no way they can fail… right?
Oh well. At least you can still grab a bunch of Marik’s Evil Council and Naruto Spoof Series T-shirts that they meant to give out to donators. Check out all of the details in LittleKuriboh’s shameless new video, “MARIK’S FRICKSTARTER – BLACK FRIDAY SHIRT SALE” (on YouTube, Blip.tv) and see more of LK’s shirts for sale at the Shark Robot store.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Update (December 2): It’s Cyber Monday! For today only, LittleKuriboh is offering a special incentive for anyone who purchases his Foxy Boxes T-shirt: a personalized 15-second audio message from Abridged Marik Ishtar! Check LK’s post on Tumblr for instructions how to get it.
4K Media (Konami) today formally announced the release of Yu-Gi-Oh! season 3 on DVD! “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Third Season” is slated for a January 14, 2014 release from Cinedigm Entertainment’s Flatiron Film label. The box set retails for $44.95 and contains two volumes, each with three discs. Each individual volume is also available separately for $24.95.
The third season of Yu-Gi-Oh! has somewhat of an unusual release history. Like its releases of seasons 1 and 2, former Yu-Gi-Oh! video distributor FUNimation released season 3 as both single volumes and as a complete season set. The singles were released in 2005 over five volumes. The first volume included a limited edition chipboard art box to house the remaining four volumes.
FUNimation’s singles, however, inexplicably skipped the entire Virtual World story arc (episodes 98 through 121) and instead began with the Battle City semifinal duels. Even the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Episode Guide from author Tracey West did not acknowledge Noah’s story arc in its listing. And although the singles never claimed to contain the entire third season (each volume only had the subtitle “Enter the Shadow Realm” without any mention of being part of a “complete” or “full” season set), fans were left scratching their heads as to why poor Noah had been neglected.
While the missing Virtual World episodes had always been streaming for free on 4Kids Entertainment’s websites and later, on Hulu, they only made their way to home video in mid-2008 as part of “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete 3rd Season,” which was one of FUNimation’s last Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs. Since its release, that product has often been sold for inflated prices by secondhand dealers because of its limited production run.
For fans who already own FUNimation’s season 3 singles but not the less common season set, Cinedigm’s sale of its individual volumes will come in handy. You’ll want to pick up Cinedigm’s three-disc “Season 3 Volume 1″ DVDs to fill the hole in your collection.
As with its previous Yu-Gi-Oh! releases, Cinedigm quietly slipped the street date of these season 3 DVDs to retailers, with no announcements coming from itself or 4K Media. Some online retailers having been taking pre-orders since late September. What are you waiting for? Head over to your favorite online shop and pre-order today!
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, san japan, youtube
Fun fact: each of the three Cr@psule Monsters intros are ever so slightly different.
Previously on Crap: Yugi and the gang wind up in a mysterious land with no food or water. While Tristan and Tea try their hand at raising their Pokemon children, Joey is captured by Peter Jackson and Yami rides an invisible bicycle. Sounds pretty par for the course as far as crappy spin-off series go. Certainly they’ve all died from exposure by now, right?
No so! Today, LittleKuriboh uploaded the thrilling continuation to Cr@psule Monsters, with episode 3! Yugi and his friends reunite at last and are joined by Grandpa. Together, they run away from some stupid-looking flower monsters, battle Robin Williams (who’s even more powerful than Jeff Goldblum!), and discover an ancient Egyptian Tumblr post. Yup, still sounds pretty crappy to me. The best part? The “blood not funny” boy from the previous episode has apparently grown up and become 1KidsEntertainment.
Since LittleKuriboh’s YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, is still down, this episode is currently only available on Blip.tv.
Shortly after LK announced the new video on Twitter, droves of fans headed to YuGiOhAbridged.com, causing the website to slow to a crawl. As a reminder, that website merely embeds videos that were uploaded to LK’s official Blip.tv account, so if it ever goes down (as it’s been prone to do whenever LK uploads something new), simply head to Blip instead.
Where Has Cr@psule Monsters Been?
The previous episode of Cr@psule Monsters was released in August 2008. Between then and now, LittleKuriboh has only made passing comments about whether or not he would like to continue the series (of course he would!) and in what direction he would like to take it. At some anime conventions, LK has explained his plans more thoroughly, though many of those ideas never panned out.
At Youmacon 2010 (October 2010), LK said Cr@psule Monsters would be finished within the next six months and that he had “very specific plans” for the show. At Kami-Con Season 3 (February 2011), he hinted that he wanted to do something with the show as an April Fools’ joke. He expanded on this comment at AVCon 2011 (July 2011), where he explained that he had intended to announce that there would be no new videos on April Fools’ Day, then suddenly release three new Cr@psule Monsters episodes, but that didn’t end up happening. LK noted that he does want to continue the show when he has the time for it and when he feels like it’s “right.”
Then, in August 2012, LK put up a Facebook poll asking his fans what he should release at Youmacon 2012, with Cr@psule Monsters 3 being among the five choices. Needless to say, the show didn’t make an appearance that year.
Cr@psule Monsters 3 finally premiered at Youmacon 2013 about two weeks ago, but even this almost didn’t happen.
“I’m just gonna put this out there – there’s a chance I won’t have my current projects done for Youmacon,” LittleKuriboh tweeted on October 16. “I say this because I’ve been too busy working on actual paid work and that’s kept me extremely busy. I consider this a good thing. I’ve been getting up super early to try and fit in bits of time here and there for my own stuff, but I can’t place it over paid work. So in advance, my apologies. Suffice to say, you WILL see stuff from me, but it might not be finished.”
Just when it seemed like the load was too much for him to bare, things got even worse for LK one week out from Youmacon when he was injured after exercising.
“So I hurt my knee yesterday,” he tweeted on October 23. “Not sure how I did it. It felt better earlier but now it has decided to cause me constant, intense pain. [...] I’m done editing. I’m in intense pain. Marianne gave me her crutches. [...] At this rate I’ll have nothing to show at Youmacon and I guess I’ll have to deal with that too.”
On the October 24 episode of the Wha-chow! podcast, LK finally revealed that his mystery project was Cr@psule Monsters 3.
“I really wanted to do that for Youmacon and [...] everything happened,” he said despondently. “I don’t know if it’s going to be finished so I’m just all disappointed in myself.”
And yet he powered through the pain and his busy schedule and still managed to finish anyway. Aww, LK, don’t be disappointed in yourself. Your fans will love you no matter what!
Anime Con Update: San Japan 7
Yesterday, San Japan announced that LittleKuriboh will be returning as a guest for its event on July 18 through 20, 2014! The con, now in its seventh year, will be once again be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Pre-register at San-Japan.org.
At least one overseas convention has also invited LK, though it’s not clear whether or not he will be able to attend.
“Got invited to a con in Newcastle. Here’s hoping they realize I live in the USA,” he tweeted.
He doesn’t specifically say which country the con is located (there are major cities named Newcastle in England and Australia), though there are at least two cons running in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Unless the con is able to offer LK a place to stay and pay for his airfare, he can’t afford to go.
Update (November 27): CardGamesFTW returned today, making a glorious comeback after being banned on October 26. Wow, it took an entire month for the channel to return this time. Looks like LK has one more thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!
Update (November 28): Happy Thanksgiving! LK has now uploaded Cr@psule Monsters 3 to CardGamesFTW. Gee whiz, I sure hope this video doesn’t cause the channel to get shut down again. ;)
Today, VizManga.com has begun adding Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World — the final title of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series — to its digital library. The seven-volume story corresponds with volumes 32 through 38 of the Japanese manga compilations and takes Yugi and his friends through the pharaoh’s memories and final ceremonial duel storylines.
Volumes 1 and 2 of Millennium World are now available and, as with VIZ Media’s other digital offerings, the first chapter can be read for free. All purchases on VizManga.com’s digital platform can be viewed on the web and on your iOS, Android, and Kindle devices.
The past four months have been a boon for Yu-Gi-Oh! manga fans. Since their first digital appearance, every volume of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series has consistently landed near the top of VizManga.com’s “Popular This Week” list. Volume 1 of the original seven-volume Yu-Gi-Oh! series first went up in early July. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist joined the party in August, with its final two volumes going up just last week. The first of the five-volume Yu-Gi-Oh! R spin-off was added at the end of July and continues to be released on a monthly schedule.
While the appearance of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles on VizManga.com is their first official entrance into the digital realm, VIZ has previously uploaded many of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World’s chapters. Between 2005 and 2007, when VIZ was serializing Millennium World in its monthly Shonen Jump print magazine, many of the serialized chapters were also made available on SJ’s website, including the color pages when originally present. Not surprisingly, the e-book market was still in its infancy back then and those chapters weren’t available for purchase or rental and have long been taken down.
VIZ Media’s CTO Talks Apps & Digital
If you enjoy reading Yu-Gi-Oh! and other manga digitally and want to learn more about manga’s place in the ever-evolving digital ecosystem, check out ICv2′s interview with VIZ Media CTO Gagan Singh published last Thursday.
Singh offers some outstanding insight into the workings of VIZ’s digital manga program, delving into the history of the VIZ manga app and VIZ’s relationship with competitors in the e-book market. He also discusses the challenges of combating pirates and scanlators and comments on the history, evolution, and future of the e-book business model.
VIZ’s Shonen Jump Considers Publishing Kazuki Takahashi’s DRUMP
In episode 25 of VIZ’s Shonen Jump podcast released yesterday, the SJ crew addresses the question of whether or not they would be publishing DRUMP, Kazuki Takahashi’s upcoming new one-shot manga. The crew was hopeful but noncommittal.
“So it sounds like we’re trying to get it?” asked SJ editor Urian Brown.
SJ editor Alexis Kirsch replied with the typical “We’re evaluating it” one-liner.
“We’d like to do it,” said SJ editor-in-chief Andy Nakatani. “But we won’t do it simultaneously [with the Japanese release].”
DRUMP is set to appear in the 49th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan on November 2.
Tags: anime convention, littlekuriboh, youtube
Thought LittleKuriboh had already revealed all of his anime convention appearances for this year? Think again! LK confirmed earlier today that he and his wife have been invited to Pacific Media Expo in Los Angeles, California on November 8 through 10!
If you’ll be in the area on Veterans Day weekend and would like to meet LK, you have until October 25 to get the $50 preregistration price. It’s not too late!
PMX’s announcement today also confirmed that voice actors Lucien Dodge and Erica Mendez will be sharing the spotlight with LK as industry guests. This will be LK’s second appearance at the con.
More For 2014
In the past two months, several more conventions have announced LittleKuriboh as a guest for their 2014 events.
First up is Animation On Display (AODSF) 2014 in Burlingame, California on January 25 and 26. This will be LK’s first appearance at AODSF, which has been running in one form or another since 1997.
Then, on February 14 through 16, LittleKuriboh and his wife will return to Birmingham,
Sweet Home Abalama Alabama for Kami-Con Season 6. This will be LK’s fifth appearance at the event. This Kami-Con promises to be a very special one, as the voice actors for the four lead characters of Cowboy Bebop will all be attending!
Next up is Anime St. Louis 2014 in Collinsville, Illinois on April 11 through 13. This will also be LK’s first time attending this event.
And last but not least, LK will return for a second guest appearance to A-Kon 25 in Dallas, Texas from June 6 through 8.
That’s all for now, but I’m sure there will be many more announcements in the near future. I’m hoping to see a new promo video or two from LK announcing these and other con appearances soon! Check out my page for LittleKuriboh’s Anime Convention Schedule to see LK’s other upcoming anime con stops.
CardGamesFTW Banned Again
The end of the month draws nigh, and you know what that means. LittleKuriboh’s main YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, was banned again on October 20. This is the 15th time CardGamesFTW has fallen victim to the automated copyright infringement claims from Yu-Gi-Oh! producer Nihon Ad Systems, Inc. (NAS). Yup. Fifteen.
CardGamesFTW was last terminated on July 22 and returned on August 6.
Update (October 23): Whooooa, CardGamesFTW is back already?! Good stuff!
Update (October 26): Are you kidding me? CardGamesFTW hasn’t even been back for 72 hours and already it’s been suspended again!
(Image from Manganewsjapon)
A new one-shot manga from Yu-Gi-Oh! creator and artist Kazuki Takahashi is coming on November 2! Japanese publisher Shueisha will release the manga, titled “DRUMP,” in the upcoming 49th issue of its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The work comes nine years after Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga completed its serialization in the same magazine.
An announcement in Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, pictured above, calls “DRUMP” a completely new tactical game battle that will bring forth a new legend. Sounds exciting! Will this one shot be a big hit for Takahashi and spawn an entirely new series?
Want to see this comic published in English? Hit up the guys at VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump and let them know!
(News from ANN)
Update (October 29): VIZ Media is considering publishing DRUMP in Shonen Jump.
Tags: kickstarter, neca, wizkids
Today is a sad day in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! licensing. The first-ever official Yu-Gi-Oh! product to be the center of a crowdsourcing and crowdfunding campaign has failed to reach its funding goal. WizKids/NECA’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Wallet Kickstarter campaign did not reach its $80,000 target after a 42-day run and the item will not be produced. The project garnered $31,985 from a paltry 148 backers. The design of the wallet had been decided entirely through a voting process back in June and July.
“Without [...] fan support, we just can’t get enough demand from our normal distributors and retailers to make this wallet a reality,” a company rep previously said when asked what would happen if the campaign weren’t fully funded.
The implications of this Kickstarter failure extend far beyond the mere non-production of a game wallet. Yes, this result is damaging to WizKids/NECA, which put valuable time and money into the project, gave away a lot of free swag to publicize the endeavor, and now have nothing to show for it. But it is also a black eye for the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. A failed Kickstarter campaign is a very conspicuous event and speaks volumes not only about the product and the people behind it, but also about the backers themselves (or the lack thereof). Potential merchandising licensees could very well view this failure as a reflection of the weakness of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand and decide against partnering with 4K Media/Konami to produce new products in the future.
The days when anyone could slap a Yu-Gi-Oh! character on cereal, toiletries, school supplies, and other products and have them sell like hotcakes have long been over. Now, even a Yu-Gi-Oh! product whose design was completely crowdsourced by the fan community itself apparently can’t gain enough traction to be produced. For shame.
WizKids/NECA was the first company to close a licensing deal with 4K Media for new Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise after 4K Media landed the Yu-Gi-Oh! property rights from 4Kids. After this disaster, how many new licensees will want to line up to do business with 4K Media?
Backers of the project may (or may not) be pleased to know that WizKids/NECA will still release another version of the wallet in the near future. It will not, however, be a high-quality, premium product with the Kickstarter-exclusive designs and features that fans voted for. The chance to own one of those is forever lost. As it stands, there are already so few people willing to buy a premium product, so how many would seriously spend their money to get an inferior substitute?
Tags: kickstarter, neca, wizkids
There are two weeks remaining in WizKids/NECA’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card wallet Kickstarter campaign, and with only around $30,000 in pledges, it still has quite a ways to go before reaching its $80,000 goal. To drive more interest and backers to the project, the company today announced the “Share the Love, Win a Wallet” giveaway, where fans have the chance to win one of three wallets for free!
Head over to YuGiOhGameWallet.com, where you can submit your email and receive one entry to the giveaway, as well as a special referral link that you can share with your friends. Each friend who clicks on your link and enters the giveaway will land you another entry. The three winners will be drawn on or about October 3, but only if the Kickstarter project is successfully funded, so pledge today! The project closes on October 2 at 12:58 pm EDT.
Don’t forget that the only place to buy the game wallet is through the Kickstarter campaign. If you don’t pledge, you’ll never have another opportunity to get this exclusive item!
Backers can also score a wealth of other Yu-Gi-Oh! goodies, including T-shirts, messenger bags, mugs, key chains, and much more. The highest pledges will also get over 100 figures from the two upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix sets. Just yesterday, WizKids/NECA provided a special first look at the Blue-Eyes White Dragon figure, which will be released as part of the Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One starter set. All of the wallets and other Yu-Gi-Oh! swag are officially licensed products from 4K Media (Konami).
When it comes to interacting with Yu-Gi-Oh! fans and players, WizKids/NECA’s crowdsourcing and crowdfunding endeavors are a tremendous step forward in the right direction. The outcome of the Kickstarter project will speak not only to the strength of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, but also that of the fanbase. Please consider making a pledge of any amount and show Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandisers and licensees everywhere that we do care about the franchise and its products and want to see more!
- Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Card Wallet Kickstarter is Live!