4K Media (Konami) formally announced today on YUGIOH.com and Facebook the upcoming release of the fifth and final season of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on DVD. “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Fifth Season” from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label will hit store shelves on May 13. The seven-disc box set includes all 40 English-dubbed episodes from season 5, as well as the 12-episode Capsule Monsters story that takes place between the Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel story arcs.
Like the season 4 DVDs preceding it, this season 5 release is highly anticipated because it brings to home video something that has never been released before. Cinedigm’s season 5 release is the first time the episodic version of Capsule Monsters will come to DVD in Region 1 territory. The 12-episode mini-series premiered on 4Kids TV’s fall 2006 lineup and has since been streaming online.
Prior to its broadcast, Capsule Monsters arrived on home video from FUNimation, who released the show in May 2006 and September 2006 on two DVDs. Each disc contained a 90-minute digested “movie” version of the show. To celebrate the launch of the first DVD in May 2006, 4Kids streamed that entire movie on the old YUGIOH.com website on the eve of its release. The event was an an unprecedented move at the time among anime licensees. The website was inundated by hordes of viewers, overwhelming its servers and causing the site to slow to a crawl.
Cinedigm’s season 5 box set is comprised of three volumes and will be sold at the suggested retail price of $59.95. Fans who already own some of FUNimation’s old season 5 DVDs can also pick up each individual volume to fill the holes their collections. The three volumes are available separately for the following MSRPs:
- “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 1″: two DVDs with episodes 185 through 198 and Capsule Monsters episodes 1 through 4, $19.95
- “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 2″: three DVDs with Capsule Monsters episodes 8 through 12 and episodes 199 through 213, $24.95
- “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 3″: two DVDs with episodes 214 through 224, $19.95
Pre-order today from your favorite online retailer. Welcome back to the home video market, classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, we’ve missed you!
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Today, Australian home video distributor Roadshow Entertainment released volume 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL on DVD, titled “Let The Duels Begin.” Like the previous offerings in this series, this Region 4 release includes six English-dubbed episodes (25 through 30) produced by 4K Media (Konami).
After his dramatic showdown with Kite, Yuma moves on to a new challenge: the World Duel Carnival! Duelists from near and far flock to the tournament, and Yuma has his hands full taking on a soccer star turned duelist, a shorter-than-average boy with a penchant for gigantic construction equipment, a tough girl who once had a crush on him, and a farmer who engages in questionable plant breeding. Watching the fun and games behind the scenes are Mr. Heartland, Dr. Faker, and a quirky masked boy, all of whom are using the WDC to advance their darker motives…
Dear all-important storyline: we love watching all of the flashy duels, but please come back soon! Your friend, ravegrl.
Tags: cinedigm, movie
Today, 4K Media (Konami) formally announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S.! The long-awaited home video release will include both the English-dubbed and original Japanese-subbed versions of the memorable 10th anniversary movie, as well as the 10-minute introductory flashback exclusive to the English version. The DVD and BD will be released by Cinedigm on July 15 and will retail for $9.95 and $14.95 respectively.
Up until now, the English-language version of Bonds Beyond Time was only available in the United Kingdom from Manga UK, who released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in mid-2011 in both English and Japanese. The similarities between Manga UK’s products and Cinedigm’s upcoming releases end there, however.
Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who have 3D capable video equipment and who are looking to relive the thrilling theatrical 3D experience that they enjoyed on the big screen will unfortunately not have their needs met with Cinedigm’s BD release. While Manga UK’s BD included both 2D and 3D versions of the film, Cinedigm’s will sadly only include the 2D version.
And while the first press of Manga UK’s DVDs and BDs included a Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon promo card for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Cinedigm’s releases will not.
Make no mistake about it — a U.S. home video release of Bonds Beyond Time is long overdue and it is fantastic to see that 4K Media hasn’t forgotten about it. Nevertheless, it is disappointing that the American release is lacking features that the UK release included. American fans who have already picked up Manga UK’s releases and who value these components might want to think twice before parting with them in favor of Cinedigm’s releases.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was screened in 300 theaters across the United States on February 26 and 27 and March 5 and 6, 2011 by Cinedigm.
The Long Road to Home Video
Former Yu-Gi-Oh! license holder 4Kids Entertainment originally intended to release Bonds Beyond Time on home video in the U.S. back in July 2011 via A&E Home Video (whose titles were handled by Cinedigm at the time). However, the lawsuit and bankruptcy protection proceedings between 4Kids and the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors in early 2011 completely stifled this and other potential licensing deals from coming to pass.
Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the UK were more fortunate. 4Kids Entertainment International, the overseas licensing arm of 4Kids based in London, was not embroiled in the U.S. lawsuit and was able to secure a distribution deal for the United Kingdom with the UK division of Manga Entertainment. The home video release was originally scheduled for May 30, 2011.
A brief scare caused the release to be pushed back about two months, leaving Manga UK and fans to wonder whether the effects of the lawsuit had rippled across the pond and were impeding the ability of 4Kids’ London-based subsidiary to conduct routine business.
Eventually, 4Kids and Manga UK pulled through, successfully releasing Bonds Beyond Time on DVD and BD on July 25, 2011. The DVD went on to become Manga UK’s second best-selling title of 2011.
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, interview, littlekuriboh, youtube
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.
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
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.