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Whoa, a new anime con promo video from LittleKuriboh?! And it’s a new episode of Zorc & Pals?! Ha, here I was thinking that YGOTAS episode 61 would be it from LittleKuriboh while he stays super busy doing professional voiceover work. Check out the newest short that LK uploaded today, “Zorc VS St Louis – ANIME ST LOUIS PROMO” (on YouTube, Blip.tv), a promo for Anime St. Louis in Collinsville, Illinois. Spoiler: Zorc destroys everything.
Now in its ninth year, Anime St. Louis will take place between April 11 and 13 at the Gateway Center about 20 minutes northeast of St. Louis. In addition to inviting LittleKuriboh as a guest, Anime St. Louis will also welcome Los Angeles-based voice actor and entertainer Matt Mercer and Marisha Ray. Pre-registration closes tomorrow, so if you’ll be in the area and are thinking about attending, now’s the time to act!.
More Interviews with LK
In addition to staying active with his work and video projects, LittleKuriboh continues to engage with his fans in friendly sit-down interviews.
On January 31, LK returned to 91.8 The Fan for the sixth time, joining Kanashimi in her “Kana’s Corner” segment. The owner of the otaku-centric Internet radio station talked with LK about some of his upcoming plans, including an episode of Season Zero Abridged hopefully coming up next.
“I have a few ideas for which Season Zero Abridged episode I’m doing,” LK said. “I have a really specific idea for what I want to do and hopefully it won’t take me too long to write because those episodes tend to be much shorter, like five or six minutes.”
At AlmaCon in February, LK chatted with Mike Rienas from The Ohio Guys as part of his “Voice of the Voices” series. The pair talked about LK’s writing process for his YGOTAS episodes and how this process has changed from his early episodes. They also touched upon his experiences working on Death Note Abridged and DBZ Abridged and how those have affected his own work.
Both of these interviews join my list of interviews and Q&As with LK.
Finally, for a completely random bit of fun, check out LK and his wife, blackrose1m, dubbing a scene from Disney’s Aladdin at Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland. The video was uploaded by sarcasticKatt.
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Once he was the King of Games. Now he eats humble pie…? The card games reach their climax in the final duel of Battle City as Yami faces off against Melvin in episode 61 of LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged (on YouTube, Blip.tv)! Agh, it’s really here!
Will Yami defeat the evil Melvin and save Marik, Mai, and the world? Or will his adversary’s Winged Dragon of Ra (wait, who?!) get the better of the pharaoh in their
Shadow Purple Game? Hmm, needs more Spanish National Orchestra.
YGOTAS episode 61 is one of LittleKuriboh’s longest episodes, clocking in at over 13 minutes.
“It’s a long ass episode. Might be able to cut it down a little,” LK tweeted when he began editing back in January. “Then again, it is the final duel of the season, so I’m tempted to just let it play out. Most of you seem to want me to leave the episode long. Hmmm. Weeell okaaaaay.”
Eventually, LK did rethink some of the episode’s jokes and left around three minutes on the cutting room floor. No complaints here! It seems to flow as well as his other recent episodes. Fans who saw LK at some of his recent convention visits may have seen him present a preview with a few of the now-deleted jokes, but LK doesn’t seem all that interested in releasing them now.
Regardless, LK deserves big props for the new episode! What a tremendous relief it must be for him to finally reach the end of season 3.
Super Anime Convention Update
LittleKuriboh’s next few months were already pretty full, but now they’re even busier! What new anime convention stops has he added since my last update? First up are the cons who have invited LK as a guest. There are a bunch, so let’s just get straight to them with some bullet points:
- Animarathon, March 22 in Bowling Green, Ohio
- EvilleCon, March 28 to 30 in Evansville, Indiana
- Anime Blues Con, June 20 to 22 in Memphis, Tennessee (Yu-Gi-Oh! personalities Eric Stuart and Tom Wayland are also guests!)
- ConnectiCon, July 10 to 13 in Hartford, Connecticut
- Geek.Kon, August 22 to 24 in Middleton, Wisconsin
- Alcon, September 4 to 7 in Leicester, England
- Yama-Con, December 5 to 7 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Whew! Looks like a fun mix of new cons and return appearances. Alcon in particular is a nice surprise, since LK thought he wouldn’t be able to attend again this year.
LK has also announced that he will be returning to two enormous fan favorite cons, though not as a guest. First, he confirmed that he will be at Anime Expo in his backyard of Los Angeles, California from July 3 through 6.
Check out the rest of his previously announced stops on my page for LK’s Anime Convention Schedule.
A huge congratulations goes out to Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actor and director Eric Stuart, whose band, the Eric Stuart Band, has just released its first music video! The song is “My Love Can Change That” from ESB’s latest album, Lipstick And Barbed Wire.
The professionally produced and directed video, which was shot last month, was made possible in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign in October 2013 that raised over $8,000 from 119 backers.
Stuart, now living in Nashville, Tennessee, hopes the video will help to promote the band and allow it to secure more bookings and concerts, as well as to share its music with a greater audience.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: raising the curtain on the duel revolution!
Yuuya Sasaki: the succeeding duelist of the fifth series!
Premieres Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 pm on TV Tokyo,
and Friday, April 11 at 5:00 pm on BS Japan during the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Hour.”
TV Tokyo today updated its website with new information about the characters, cast, and crew for the upcoming new anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.
The show will star Kenshou Ono (Tetsuya Kuroko in Kuroko’s Basketball, Hakuryuu Ren in Magi, Daniel Radcliffe’s role in the Harry Potter movies) as 14-year-old Yuuya Sakaki, an eighth grader who wants to become an “Entertainment Duelist.” Joining him are Hosoya Yoshimasa (IV in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Dick Pitt in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Reiner Braun in Attack on Titan, Arata Wataya in Chihayafuru) as Reiji Akaba, the 16-year-old president of a major technology company and an elite duelist; and Yuuna Inamura (Kyoko Sasagawa in Reborn!) as 14-year-old Yuzu Hiiragi, Yuuya’s longtime friend whose father runs the dueling school that they attend.
Notable members of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s production staff include:
- Character Planning: Naohito Miyoshi (Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga artist)
- Director: Katsumi Ono (Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters and 5D’s director)
- Series Layout: Tsutomu Kamishiro (a script writer for Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL)
- Duel Layout: Masahiro Hikokubo (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s manga author)
- Character Design: Akemi Yokota (an artistic director and character designer for Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL)
- Monster Design: Seiji Handa (Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL monster design)
- Chief Artistic Director: Ken’ichi Hara (a prolific artistic director and/or character designer in every Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series since Duel Monsters)
- Visual Director: Takashi Nakamura (Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL visual director)
- Audio Director: Yuuki Matsuoka (Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL audio director)
- Music: Koutarou Nakagawa (Planetes, Gun × Sword, Code Geass, Hayate the Combat Butler, Cross Game composer)
TV Tokyo’s update complements the release of today’s issue of V Jump, which was leaked earlier this week. The magazine provides more details about the characters, setting, and story, as well as the new Pendulum Summoning mechanic coming to the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game.
Separately, 4K Media (Konami) announced at the children’s entertainment industry conference Kidscreen Summit last week its plans to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V to the west. It has since amended its original February 7 announcement on YUGIOH.com to include details it unveiled at the conference about the show.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will premiere in Japan on Sunday, April 6, taking the place of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL II.
It was only a matter of time before the official announcement came. Today, 4K Media (Konami) confirmed that the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (pronounced “arc five”), will premiere in Japan this spring and will make its way outside Japan at an as-of-yet unnamed later date.
4K Media, who owns the rights to manage, market, and distribute the Yu-Gi-Oh! property outside Asia, also uploaded to YUGIOH.com the international logo for the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series, pictured above. Curiously, it does not incorporate the redesigned Yu-Gi-Oh! logo created in June 2011 for the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, unlike the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL logo.
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will follow the adventures of a new protagonist, Yuuya Sakaki, and will introduce a new method of dueling. A date for the show’s premiere in Japan has yet to be formally announced.
On Facebook, 4K Media assured fans that the English dubbed and subbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will be completed.
The long-awaited complete fourth season of the English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is finally coming to DVD! 4KMedia (Konami) formally announced today that “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Fourth Season” is slated to be released on March 25. Like the season sets preceding it, season 4 comes from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film label and contains six DVDs in two volumes, retailing for $44.95. The individual volumes are also available separately, retailing for $24.95 each, with volume 1 containing episodes 145 through 162 and volume 2 containing episodes 163 through 184.
This release is particularly anticipated because it is the first time season 4 is appearing in its entirety on DVD in Region 1 territory. Although all of this season’s episodes have always been officially available on Hulu (and prior to that, on 4Kids Entertainment’s websites), the previous DVD releases from distributor FUNimation saw a far less fortuitous end.
Between 2005 and 2006, FUNimation released three volumes for season 4 — “A New Evil,” “My Freaky Valentine,” and “Flight of Fear” — which included only episodes 145 through 168. The remaining episodes were never released, with FUNimation abruptly moving on to season 5 in early 2007 and never returning to season 4 to release a full set. Fans who already own FUNimation’s three volumes and who want to round out their collection will want to pick up Cinedigm’s three-disc “Season 4 Volume 2″ DVDs. There will be some overlap of episodes between FUNimation’s and Cinedigm’s discs, but it’s not a big deal.
4K Media actually quietly let slip the release of volume 4 back in late December, even before Cinedigm confirmed the details of the DVDs. (Whoops! Was that a mistake?) Fans who are interested in picking up the season 4 set would do well to pre-order as soon as they can, since the season 3 set ended up being backordered from Cinedigm even before reaching its street date. Hit up your favorite retailer today!
One more season to go!
Power up your Duel Gazers and get ready to high five the sky — for 10 hours! Tomorrow, January 20, Nicktoons will hold its first Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Duel-A-Thon, featuring 10 straight hours of World Duel Carnival action.
The marathon kicks off at at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PST with episode 41, “Losing Hart,” and culminates at 9:00 pm EST/6:00 pm PST with episodes 61 and 62, the all new [to Nicktoons] two-parter “Duel of Destiny.” Check Nicktoon’s official schedule for a full rundown of the episodes.
Pretty sweet! The last time fans got a Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL marathon was on August 18, 2012, the last broadcast of The CW4Kids Toonzai Saturday morning block. Who’s going to tune in this time?
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL premiered on Nicktoons in April 2013.
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The new year is here, and very soon, LittleKuriboh will be mingling with his fans across the country as another anime convention season kicks into gear! What new stops has LK added to his ever-growing itinerary?
The biggest announcement came yesterday evening when the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee revealed on Facebook that LittleKuriboh and his wife will be guests at this year’s event from April 18 through 20.
Why is this an extra big deal? Because for the first time ever, LittleKuriboh and Dan Green, the voice of Yugi, will be guests at the same event! And that’s not all. Also attending is Eric Stuart, the voice of Kaiba, who, quite amusingly, absolutely loathes LK and his work. You can thank Eric for encouraging Dan to attend MTAC. While Dan sometimes appears at Konami’s major Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events, he doesn’t make very many stops at conventions (MTAC says that this will be his first American anime con), so you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to see LK, Yugi, and Kaiba at the same event!
What might happen if LittleKuriboh meets Dan Green? LK has imagined two different scenarios:
If I do ever meet [Dan Green], I want to film a little short video which is called “LittleKuriboh Meets Dan Green.” And I want it to just be us walking down a corridor like in opposite directions and just pass by each other and just be like, “Hey.” “Hey.” And then just carry on going. And then it ends. And that’s going to be it. And that’s going to be the definitive moment of my life.
— GameOn podcast interview, August 20, 2012
If I ever got to meet Dan Green, I would just shake his hand. I wouldn’t even mention who I was. I’d just shake his and say “Thank you” and I’d leave.
— AbridgedForums Live podcast interview, January 5, 2013
Oh my goodness. No matter what happens, if they meet, I hope there will be video footage to forever document that amazing moment because I’m pretty sure the world will implode, sucking every single Yu-Gi-Oh! and YGOTAS fan into a vortex of hysteria.
Back For More: Mythicon, Fanime
The up-and-coming Orlando, Florida convention Mythicon has also announced that LittleKuriboh and his wife will return as guests later this year. The event, now in its second year, will take place from September 19 to 21 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld.
On Tumblr, LK has confirmed that he will be at Fanime once again this year (though not as a guest). The con is scheduled for May 23 through 26 in San Jose, California. Sadly, these dates overlap with this year’s MomoCon, one of his favorite cons, so he unfortunately won’t be able to return to Atlanta, Georgia for that. In the past two years, LK had attended both cons with his wife.
To see which other events LK will be visiting this year, check out my page dedicated to LittleKuriboh’s Anime Convention Schedule.
A Christmas Tragedy Repeated: CardGamesFTW Terminated
Do you remember the very first time LittleKuriboh’s CardGamesFTW YouTube channel was banned? Wow, that was a frightening moment! It happened on December 23, 2010 and brought back so many awful memories from the days of the original LittleKuriboh channel when YouTube accounts sometimes vanished at the whim of a website administrator and died everlasting deaths. Was CardGamesFTW gone for good? Thankfully not.
But now, three years and 16 terminations later, CardGamesFTW was again struck down on the exact same date. That’s right, CardGamesFTW was banned for the 17th time on December 23, 2013.
“Just in time for Christmas. Yaaaaay,” LK tweeted. Poor LK, having to put up with this misery during the holidays when everyone is supposed to be joyful.
Fortunately, things are much different on YouTube today than during the dark days of the original LittleKuriboh channel. Expect to see the account back soon. In the meantime, you know the drill: head over to Ninjabridge and the official YGOTAS Blip.tv account to satisfy your LK cravings.
Prior to the December 23 termination, the last time CardGamesFTW was banned was on October 26, 2013. It didn’t return until November 27 — a wait time that’s a bit longer than the ones LK has seen in the past. Hopefully, that month-long downtime won’t become a trend.
Update: Whew, the account was restored today. Total downtime: 18 days. I wouldn’t call that fast, but all things considered, it’s not too bad.
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to everyone! Today, YUGIOH.com, the official website of all things Yu-Gi-Oh!, formally relaunched in beta mode with an all new look and a ton of new features. What a great holiday present! The redesigned website includes:
- A character database with details about the heroes and villains from every Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
- A massive listing of cards appearing in every series, which is integrated with the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Database and includes gorgeous artwork of anime-exclusive cards.
- Full episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (dubbed and subbed), and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (dubbed and subbed), all streaming for free. (Currently available only to U.S. residents via Hulu embeds.)
- A news section with updates about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and events, DVDs, and manga and other official announcements.
In the near future, expect to see even more anime characters and cards added to the database, information about various licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise and video games (which were included in the previous incarnation of the website), and more. Keep your eyes open for updates!
Earlier this month, a work-in-progress version of YUGIOH.com was leaked and picked up by Google’s spiders before being quickly locked down. The content needed first to be approved by the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors before going live, said a 4K Media rep, and a widespread leak would have delayed the approval process and launch. Forthcoming features will also need to be approved before going live.
YUGIOH.com first launched as its own unique website in January 2011. But after numerous months without any updates, it shut down and redirected to Toonzaki.com in July 2012. In October 2012, YUGIOH.com returned with a splash page (pictured below left) that teased fans and potential brand licensees with a “Coming Soon” message.
YUGIOH.com splash page circa October 2012 (left) and June 2013
What do you think about the new YUGIOH.com website? What features would you like to see? Share your thoughts with Konami and 4K Media on Facebook.
Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday break!
“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)