Netflix Adds Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime

October 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pegasus viewing updates of the Duelist Kingdom tournament in episode 8

It’s been a long time coming, but the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has at last found its way onto the holy grail of video streaming platforms: Netflix! 4K Media (Konami) announced earlier today that English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! are coming to Netflix, beginning with season 1 tomorrow, November 1. The videos will be accessible not only to fans residing in the United States, but also to those in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. International fans will have even more streaming options to look forward to on YUGIOH.com in the coming months, 4K Media noted.

Yu-Gi-Oh! streams have come a long, long way since the early 2000s when they were only available on 4Kids Entertainment’s websites. In the U.S. alone, various Yu-Gi-Oh! videos can today be found on a slew of online platforms, including Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, iTunes, Nicktoons, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Xbox Video, and more. Adding the coveted Netflix deal to the list is quite a feather in 4K Media’s cap.

4K Media’s announcement also highlights Manga UK’s DVD release of Yu-Gi-Oh! season 1 across the pond on November 17. Manga UK formally announced the release just prior to the MCM London Comic Con last weekend, though eagle-eyed fans may have spotted it when it was first added to Manga UK’s store earlier this month.

ADK, NAS, Other Anime Producers to Establish ‘Anime Consortium Japan’ Video Streaming Development Firm

October 31, 2014 at 6:37 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Yugi cooking up a strategy against Johnson in episode 112

On Thursday, Japanese anime producers Asatsu-DK (ADK), Bandai Namco Holdings, and Aniplex announced the upcoming launch of Anime Consortium Japan, Inc. (ACJ), a new company that will develop a platform for streaming anime worldwide and selling anime-related merchandise. The trio bring to the table ¥500 million (about $4.5 million) and will be further backed by the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Fund, which will contribute another ¥1 billion (about $9 million). The new online video platform will deliver simulcasts of new titles in multiple languages as well as previously aired programs.

Other shareholders in this endeavor will include ADK’s wholly-owned subsidiary Nihon Ad Systems (NAS), Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, Dentsu, and Bandai Namco Holding’s subsidiary Sunrise, all of whom were also shareholders in the Japanese streaming and E-commerce website Daisuki. Daisuki will be folded into ACJ.

Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans might recognize ADK and NAS as members of a consortium that own and license the Yu-Gi-Oh! property. ADK and NAS together owned nearly 40 percent of Daisuki.

ACJ will be set up on November 7 and expects to have its streaming platform ready in April 2015. Full details about the initiative are available in releases from ADK and the Cool Japan Fund.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Mobile App Game Launches in U.S.

October 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm | Posted in Konami | Leave a comment
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Title screen of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation

Konami is back with another new Yu-Gi-Oh! game! Today, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation, a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for mobile tablets, quietly launched in the U.S. market with a release on the Apple App Store. The free-to-play game includes over 6,000 cards and allows players to duel both online and offline.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation has some similarities to Xbox and PSN’s Millennium Duels game. Duel Generation features a single-player Campaign mode that allows players to duel against 80 characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series and win Duel Points (the in-game currency) and new cards. Players who register for a Duelist Account can also play against opponents online in the Duel League for a chance at becoming an internationally ranked duelist.

Duel Generation starts new players off with a mediocre selection of weak cards to build their first deck. Players have the option to enhance their collection by purchasing Decks and Support Packs. Pre-constructed Decks sell for $4.99 and are themed collections each containing 40+ cards and provide players everything they need to duel. Support Packs sell for $3.99 and are archetype-specific collections that provide players three copies of all of the cards from that archetype. About half of the game’s 6,000+ cards can be purchased using DP and won through the Campaign mode, while the remaining must be purchased with real money.

Prior to today’s release, Duel Generation was previewed at some of Konami’s major Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events and soft launched last Friday in the Canadian market.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation complements Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena, a browser-based Flash game that officially launched in June earlier this year and that features a different monetization model.

Although today’s soft launch only offers Duel Generation to iPad users, Konami notes that the game will also be available for Android tablets and the Kindle Fire. Expect to hear more about those options once Konami formally announces Duel Generation’s release.

Update (October 30): Konami has pulled the game from the U.S. App Store. Some players have noted that the game has been repeatedly crashing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force Games Return with ARC-V Tag Force Special

October 17, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jack Atlas laughing at Yusei Fudo in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 5

Thought you’d seen the last of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force games? Guess again! Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Tag Force Special is the newest addition to the series and is scheduled to hit the Japanese market this winter, reports Siliconera (via Crunchyroll). The game continues the fine tradition of appearing on the PSP, though this installment will also be compatible with the PS Vita.

Tag Force Special will feature over 7,000 cards, including those from the upcoming Secrets of Eternity booster set, and will bring together the heroes from the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series: Yugi Muto, Jaden Yuki, Yusei Fudo, Yuma Tsukumo, and Yuya Sakaki. Crunchyroll has collected some photos of the announcement captured from the upcoming December issue of V Jump magazine.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tag Force games first debuted in 2006 for the PSP with Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force. Up through 2011, Konami had been releasing one new game annually, with the Japan-exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Tag Force 6 being the most recent installment. There’s no word yet whether Tag Force Special will see a release outside Japan.

A new Tag Force game, eh? Who’d have thunk it! What’s more surprising? The fact that the series is still alive? Or that it’s still being made for an aging game console?

Update (October 21): Konami’s official website for the game is now live.

[NTACFSSS] Episode 9 – FENG SHUI NO JUTSU

October 15, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Sasuke's memories of Naruto and more in episode 9 of the Naruto Abridged Spoof

The Naruto manga might be ending in fewer than five weeks, but LittleKuriboh’s Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show has just gotten a new breath of life with episode 9, “FENG SHUI NO JUTSU“!

When we last saw our vulgar orange-clad hero (over two years ago!), Naruto and Sasuke were busy climbing trees to hone their ninja superpowers. Meanwhile, Zabuza and Haku readied their devious plan to kill that old guy. Which side will come out on top in the epic ninja showdown? Will Naruto be able to summon the powers of a decade-old viral video to stop Haku’s water abilities? Or will Haku’s Crystal Ice Mirror technique prove to be too much for Naruto-kun and Sasuke-kun? All this and more in today’s episode of Extreme Ninja Home Makeover!

LK first previewed episode 9 at Otakon in August before premiering the final product at Mythicon last month. Catch up on all of his old Naruto Spoof episodes, now on TeamFourStar.com.

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD Box Set: An Overview

October 14, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1, Volume 1, Disc 1 DVD menu

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX returns to the home video market today, giving school duel fanatics an opportunity to own the complete first season of the English-dubbed series on DVD in one complete package. “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1″ is a three-volume, six-disc box set from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label that includes episodes 1 through 52 of the anime. The DVDs are locked to region 1 and retail for $44.99.

Previously, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was released on home video in the U.S. by FUNimation between 2006 and 2009. The series was also added to Hulu in late 2010, where it is still available today. This post will provide a short overview of Cinedigm’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! GX product and compare it to these previous releases, and will also briefly touch upon the Japanese- and English-language DVDs released outside the U.S.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX DVDs in America

4Kids Entertainment’s English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX made its home video debut in several territories worldwide at roughly the same time in the fall of 2006. In the United States, FUNimation distributed the anime on DVD for 4Kids. The first 28 episodes of the series were released between 2006 and 2007 over four single-disc volumes. It would take over a year before episodes 29 through 40 would be released in 2008, arriving in a two-disc volume. This was followed by episodes 41 through 52 in 2009, also in a two-disc volume. These were among FUNimation’s last Yu-Gi-Oh! video products.

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has never seen a complete home video release anywhere in the world. But thanks to 4K Media and Cinedigm, every Duel Academy student at heart will finally get the chance to own the series.

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 box set is very similar in style, contents, and quality to its Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season box set. Each of the three volumes uses a black Amaray clamshell case with a swing tray. The box and volume cover artwork include some character and monster images that hadn’t previously appeared on FUNimation’s covers (a sight for sore eyes!). Together, the volumes are housed in a card stock slipcover box. The spines of the DVD volumes line up to form a larger picture of Elemental HERO Neos, while the spine of the box includes the first part of a larger image of Jaden Yuki. Each DVD contains eight or nine episodes. No extras are included.

Unlike its Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! releases, Cinedigm is not selling the single volumes of GX individually, so if you are strapped for cash, or you already own part of season 1 from FUNimation and want to fill the gaps in your collection without overlaps, you’re out of luck.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX DVDs in Australia, the UK, and Canada

Around the same time it made its U.S. home video debut, 4Kids’ English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was also released on DVD in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Sadly, none of these releases got any further than FUNimation’s did.

In Australia, Magna Pacific released the entire first season on six 2-disc volumes. Each volume included a reversible slick and each DVD contained between four and six episodes.

The United Kingdom’s Contender Entertainment didn’t fare nearly as well with its products. The company released a mere 20 episodes over three single-disc volumes. All three volumes were then packaged in a box set.

Canada fared even worse, with Quebec-based distributor Imavision releasing only one volume. Fortunately for GX fans north of the border, Canada shares the same DVD region code as the United States, allowing them to import compatible American releases.

The above three companies had previously distributed Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! in their respective territories, also with varying levels of success.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX DVDs in Japan

In Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX was released on home video in 15 box sets by King Records and Marvelous Entertainment (MMV) between 2005 and 2009. The first of their region 2 releases, “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX Duel Box 1,” hit store shelves in June 2005 and included the first 12 episodes in three volumes. Each volume included a two-sided slick and contained a double-layered DVD that held four episodes and the clean (textless) opening and ending animations.

Also enclosed were four postcards and a booklet featuring an episode guide and line art of main characters and their monsters. All of the items were encased in a glossy chipboard artbox adorned with original art work of Judai and his friends. Each Duel Box retailed for a cool $160 and included a Japanese language track only.

Video Screenshot Comparison

Below is a table with links to a few screenshots from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 1. They were captured from Cinedigm and FUNimation’s DVDs and Hulu’s streams (on the “high quality” setting). Screenshots from the Japanese release from King Records/MMV are also included for additional comparison.

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GX episode 1 screenshot 1 thumbnail - Jaden Yuki

[2]
GX episode 1 screenshot 2 thumbnail - Vellian Crowler

[3]
GX episode 1 screenshot 3 thumbnail - Card close-up

[4]
GX episode 1 screenshot 4 thumbnail - Wicked Token

[5]
GX episode 1 screenshot 5 thumbnail - Elemental HERO Flame Wingman

[6]
GX episode 1 screenshot 6 thumbnail - Ancient Gear Golem

[A] Cinedigm

A1

A2

A3

A4

A5

A6

[B] FUNimation

B1

B2

B3

B4

B5

B6

[C] Hulu

C1

C2

C3

C4

C5

C6

[D] King Records/MMV

D1

D2

D3

D4

D5

D6

The most noticeable difference between Cinedigm’s release and the others’ is the absence of the black bars on the left and right of the picture. To retain the correct aspect ratio, Cinedigm cropped out a few pixels from the top and bottom of the picture, then upsampled the picture to retain its proper resolution. The end result is the inclusion of some unsightly blocking and ringing artifacts. There is also a defect in the bottom four or so horizontal lines of the picture. Yikes.

If these flaws are already quite noticeable to a non-videophile like me, they’re going to stand out like a sore thumb to the anime fans who put all of their collections under the microscope. C’mon, Cinedigm, you are better than this!

Product Summary

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1
Street Date: October 14, 2014
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)
Region: 1
MSRP: $44.99
Disc count: Six double-layer DVD discs
Video: Fullscreen (4:3)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Episodes: 1-52
Language: English
Closed Captions: Yes

Other product overviews:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 DVD
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season DVD box set

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 DVD: An Overview

September 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 8 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1, Disc 1 menu

The first Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVD hit store shelves in the U.S. today. The release of “Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1″ from Cinedigm marks the first time this anime has been made available to the American home video market. But while today is the fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! series’ debut on home video, the show has long been available to American fans on Hulu and YUGIOH.com, as well as to the Australian and Japanese home video markets. This post will provide a brief overview of the contents of Cinedigm’s new release and will compare it to these other Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL video products.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL from Cinedigm

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1 comes from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label and includes the first 16 English-dubbed episodes of the show in a two-disc DVD volume. The DVDs are housed in a black Amaray clamshell case with a swing tray. This release’s eight-episode-per-disc count is in line with that of Cinedigm’s Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs, but is a bit high when compared to other anime DVDs in today’s market. No extras are included, which is unfortunate but not entirely unexpected as none of Cinedigm’s other Yu-Gi-Oh! video products include any extras either, other than its premium Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set release.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL from Australia’s Roadshow Entertainment

Australia was the first country to put out the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL on home video. Australian video producer, distributor, and marketer Roadshow Entertainment released the first ZEXAL DVD for the region 4 market in June 2013. The company has released one new volume about every three months, with each volume containing six episodes on a double-layer DVD. Releases are ongoing as of this writing.

While the video contents of Roadshow’s DVDs are comparable to those of Cinedigm’s, Roadshow has Cinedigm beat in the extras department. During their first print run, volumes 1 and 2 each included a 1st edition Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG card pack from the Star Pack 2013 set. In March 2014, Roadshow began including a voucher redeemable for gift cards to local theme parks and attractions with many of its children’s video titles. Roadshow’s April 2014 release of volume 5 was the first ZEXAL DVD to take part in the promotion and included a $15 voucher. When volumes 1 through 4 were reprinted, a $10 voucher was included with each. The promotion will continue until the last day of 2014.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL from Japan’s MarvelousAQL and King Records

Japan got its first Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL home video release in October 2011 with “Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Duel Box 1″ by MarvelousAQL and King Records. The box set included three single-DVD volumes, with each double-layer disc containing four episodes. The DVDs were made for region 2 and are in Japanese only with no subtitles.

As expected, the Japanese Duel Box 1 release slaughters the American and Australian releases with its extras. The bonuses include a booklet with an episode guide and character and monster line art, and a dueling field for the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game featuring original artwork of Yuma and Astral. Each DVD included a double-sided slick and clean (textless) videos of the opening and ending animations, and everything was housed in a glossy chipboard art box.

And not surprisingly, the Japanese ZEXAL Duel Boxes are all sold at exorbitant collector’s prices, each with a suggested retail price of over $160.

Video Screenshot Comparison

So how well does Cinedigm’s videos compare with these other streaming and DVD releases? Below is a table with some screenshots captured from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 1. Included are screenshots from Cinedigm, Roadshow Entertainment, and MarvelousAQL/King Record’s DVDs, as well as Hulu’s streams in both English and Japanese on the high quality (SD) and high definition (HD) settings.

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ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 1 thumbnail - Yuma Tsukumo

[2]
ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 2 thumbnail - Door

[3]
ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 3 thumbnail - Tori Meadows

[4]
ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 4 thumbnail - Reginald Shark Kastle

[5]
ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 5 thumbnail - Bronk Stone

[6]
ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 6 thumbnail - Shark's Cards

[7]
ZEXAL episode 1 screenshot 7 thumbnail - Leviathan Dragon

[A] Cinedigm

A1

A2

A3

A4

A5

A6

A7

[B] Roadshow Ent.

B1

B2

B3

B4

B5

B6

B7

[C] MarvelousAQL

C1

C2

C3

C4

C5

C6

C7

[D] Hulu English (SD)

D1

D2

D3

D4

D5

D6

D7

[E] Hulu Japanese (SD)

E1

E2

E3

E4

E5

E6

E7

[F] Hulu English (HD)

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F2

F3

F4

F5

F6

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[G] Hulu Japanese (HD)

G1

G2

G3

G4

G5

G6

G7

A note about the screenshot dimensions: Cinedigm and MarvelousAQL’s DVDs follow the NTSC encoding system familiar to Americans and have a source resolution of 720×480. Roadshow Entertainment’s DVD uses the PAL encoding system and has a resolution of 720×576. All three DVDs are anamorphic widescreen so they are flagged to display at a 16:9 aspect ratio and the screenshots are presented here in this ratio. Hulu’s SD videos have a resolution of 720×400, which are also flagged to display at a 16:9 aspect ratio. Hulu’s HD videos have both a source and display resolution of 1280×720.

Card Backings in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL

One of the more interesting things about all of these Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL releases is seeing the different card backings that are used across the different versions of the show.

The original and edited card backings seen in ZEXAL episode 1

When Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL first aired in the United States in October 2011, the show retained the realistic-looking design of the card backing used in the Japanese version of the show, which matches the backing used in the real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and OCG. This was quite a surprise and a big deal at the time as it made ZEXAL the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime that used that design. The unedited card backing remained for the first eight episodes. When these episodes made it onto Hulu, they were the same versions used in the initial broadcast and also featured the original, realistic card backing.

Beginning with episode 9, the card backings were replaced with the plain brown background and grey center oval design used in all of the prior series. In all subsequent airings of episodes 1 through 8, the cards appear with the edited backing. The edited backing would continue to be used until episode 26, when the Japanese version of the show introduced a new vortex-like swirl design resembling a dangerous Beyblade. The English version would retain this new backing in its episodes and continues to use it today.

The cards seen on the first 25 episodes on the Japanese ZEXAL DVDs unsurprisingly feature the original backing. The U.S. and Australian DVDs feature the plain, edited backing, even for the first nine episodes. The only place to watch the English dub with the original, realistic backing is Hulu and the Hulu embeds on YUGIOH.com.

Why was the backing changed in the English version after the ninth episode? It’s a story for another day.

Product Summary

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1, Volume 1
Street Date: September 16, 2014
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)
Region: 1
MSRP: $24.95
Disc count: Two double-layer DVD discs
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Episodes: 1-16
Language: English
Closed Captions: Yes

Other product overviews:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season DVD box set

[YGO: TAS] Episode 62 – Winged Dragon Of Rawr! / “Where’s The New Episode?!” – a short film

September 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Tea after gawking a little too much at a fully nude Marik
It’s not the new episode that she’s gawking at…

And so, the Battle City tournament ends. I sure hope Kaiba isn’t butthurt about the outcome and doesn’t do something drastic, like blow up the island and kill everyone! Check out LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 62, “Winged Dragon Of Rawr!” now available at TeamFourStar.com. New episodes will be available exclusively on TFS for one week before being uploaded to YouTube.

LittleKuriboh had previewed an incomplete version of YGOTAS episode 62 at conventions earlier this year before premiering the full product at Anime Expo in July.

A month ago, LK had stated that he was holding off on releasing the new episode because of some “big news” that he was waiting to announce. For those out of the loop, LK has made Team Four Star’s website his new home for videos after Blip.tv closed his account at the start of this month.

“[W]e wanted to make sure we actually had a place to put the episode before uploading it,” wrote LK’s wife Marianne Miller in a new post on TFS that further clarifies the situation.

To help raise awareness of his move, LittleKuriboh today also released “‘Where’s The New Episode?!’ – a short film” costarring fellow voice actor and abridger xthedarkone. (Why are you watching this when you could be watching the new episode?!)

LittleKuriboh’s home on TFS is gradually coming together as videos continue to be added and he gets his own section in the drop-down menu at the top of the page. I’ve added LK’s newest videos to my page for YGOTAS streams and will update the old links to point to his other TFS uploads once the dust has settled over there. I haven’t decided if I’ll update my YGOTAS downloads page since it doesn’t look like LK will be offering downloads any more. When Blip.tv discontinued support for iTunes distribution earlier this year, neither LK nor YGOTAS fans made a stink about it, so there doesn’t seem to be much demand for downloads anyway.

Update (September 29): YGOTAS episode 62 is now available on YouTube. More of his videos will soon be added to TFS, LittleKuriboh tweeted.

Anime Convention Update: Youmacon 2014

In a move that surprised nobody, Detroit anime convention Youmacon announced last week that LittleKuriboh will return as a guest to help celebrate the con’s 10th year! Also in the guest line-up are the members of Team Four Star and loads of anime voice actors, including Steve Blum, Caitlin Glass, and Johnny Yong Bosch.

Attendees of last year’s Youmacon got a special treat when LK announced that he had obtained the full script for Naruto The Abridged Movie (yes, the real Naruto The Abridged Movie) from MasakoX. As longtime followers of Naruto Abridged know, Vegeta3986 announced the production and casting of the movie back in October 2009. The movie was only partially completed and the subpar eight-minute clip that was made became a running joke among abridgers for its quality and long production time.

LittleKuriboh, Team Four Star, and Linkara performed a live reading of the script at Youmacon 2013, including the parts that never made it onto video, getting about halfway through the script before their panel time ran out. Lanipator and LK haphazardly suggested that they would finish the reading this year. Will attendees get to hear the thrilling conclusion to the story that was never be produced? I sure hope they continue. What kind of awful people would they be if they just left it on a cliffhanger?

Youmacon will be held on October 30 through November 2 at the COBO Center and the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. This will be LK’s sixth Youmacon appearance.

More Anime Cons for 2015: AOD, MomoCon

LittleKuriboh also has two more cons booked for 2015. First is Animation on Display (AOD), which will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2015 in Burlingame, California. Joining LK in the spotlight will be Marianne Miller and Robbie Daymond, who plays Tuxedo Mask in VIZ’s new production of Sailor Moon.

Then, from May 28 through 31, LittleKuriboh will be returning to MomoCon in Atlanta, Georgia. LK had hinted earlier this year that MomoCon would be a possibility, and it’s exciting to see him welcomed back. Other guests announced so far include comic and animation writer Greg Weisman and actors Keith David, Crispin Freeman, and Steve Blum.

My page for LK’s Anime Convention Schedule is now updated with these latest stops.

4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Autographed DVD Giveaway Sweepstakes

September 13, 2014 at 9:46 am | Posted in Konami | 3 Comments
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YUGIOH.com autographed DVD giveaway sweepstakes banner

If you’ve always wanted to meet the American voice actors of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and get their autographs but just never had the chance to, listen up! 4K Media (Konami) has kicked off a new giveaway today on YUGIOH.com for a complete set of autographed Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! DVDs! One super lucky winner will walk away with all of Cinedigm’s DVD box sets of seasons 1 through 5, each featuring the signature of an actor of the English dub. Included are:

  • Season 1 autographed by Eric Stuart (Kaiba)
  • Season 2 autographed by Dan Green (Yami Yugi, Yugi Muto)
  • Season 3 autographed by Wayne Grayson (Joey Wheeler)
  • Season 4 autographed by Erica Schroeder (second Mai Valentine, Dark Magician Girl)
  • Season 5 autographed by Darren Dunstan (Maximillion Pegasus)

This sweepstakes runs from September 13 through 26 and is open to all U.S. residents age 6 and older. Check the official rules for more details.

DVD box sets with the autographs of the Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVD Vol. 7: ‘Double Jeopardy’ Now Available from Roadshow Entertainment

September 3, 2014 at 7:31 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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DVD cover artwork of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Volume 7 Double Jeopardy from Roadshow Entertainment

Home video releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL continue today for our friends Down Under with volume 7, “Double Jeopardy,” from Australia’s Roadshow Entertainment. This region 4 DVD contains the English-dubbed versions of episodes 37 through 42 produced by 4K Media.

Yuma is one heart piece away from advancing to the finals of the Duel Carnival. But when Flip’s swindling ways get him in trouble with Dextra and Nistro, Yuma puts his own dueling career on the line in a 2-on-1 duel to save his friend from getting forever banned from the Duel Carnival. But with Astral fighting his own battle against Dark Mist and unable to lend Yuma his assistance, is Yuma skillful enough to prevail? Later, Hart uses his powers to escape his confines, hoping to find a precious item from his memories. Dextra and Nistro go on the hunt to bring him back, but Vetrix finds him first and captures him for his own heinous plans. When Yuma and Kite manage to track Hart down, they are forced into a tag-team duel by Trey and Quattro. Will the pair be able to save Kite’s little brother before it’s too late? All this and more in volume 7!

With news that the U.S. will at last be getting our first Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVDs later this month, I’ve decided to only keep following Roadshow Entertainment’s releases until the end of season 1 (assuming it gets that far). After that, my focus will only be on Cinedigm’s region 1 releases.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVD Vol. 6: ‘Shark Bait’ Available Today from Roadshow Entertainment

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