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.
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!
Tomorrow evening, the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime makes a new home on the Nicktoons network, joining other popular brands like Avatar, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Monsuno, Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yu-Gi-Oh! premieres at 9:00 pm EST with episode 1, “The Heart of the Cards.”
Licensing Yu-Gi-Oh! to the Viacom-owned cable network was one of the deals 4Kids sought to close in early 2011. The deal was precluded when licensors TV Tokyo and ADK/NAS sued 4Kids looking to take back 4Kids’ Yu-Gi-Oh! rights, which subsequently drove the company into bankruptcy protection. After all that, it’s great to see that Konami was able to pick up where 4Kids left off.
Don’t have cable? No problem! Don’t forget that you can also watch Yu-Gi-Oh! for free anytime you want on Hulu and Toonzaki!
Up until a few days ago, Nicktoon’s “Characters” and “About” pages for the Yu-Gi-Oh! show were filled with particularly amusing descriptions, typos, and spoilers. Although those peculiar blurbs have since been replaced with more official-looking text, everyone knows that nothing posted on the Internet ever truly disappears. Saved below are the original descriptions, preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
The series centers on a timid boy named Yugi Muto. When Yugi solves a millennium puzzle after working on it for eight years, he unknowingly changes his life forever. The spirit residing within the puzzle merges with the boy, releasing an alter ego who is the King of Games. Now, when someone cruelly mistreats Yugi’s friends, the alter ego takes over and challenges them to a Shadow Game.
A shy, nerdy freshman whose body becomes the host of a 5,000 year-old Pharaoh after he solves the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi lives in his family’s game shop, Kame Game with his mother and grandfather. His grandfather taught him how to play Duel Monsters.
Kaiba is the majority shareholder and CEO of his own gaming company, KaibaCorp. He aims to become the world’s greatest player of Duel Monsters, but first he must defeat his arch-rival, Yugi Muto. He is the older brother of Mokuba. Priest Seto is his Egyptian incarnate.
There’s something refreshingly funny seeing an official source doing such a sloppy job. Try harder, Nicktoons! :P
Update (January 14): So much for tonight’s premiere. Check the comments below.
Tags: blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
Little Kuriboh has uploaded YGOTAS episode 58, titled “Desperately Dueling Susan,” on YouTube and Blip.tv. Yay! Episode 58 was previewed during LK’s charity live stream last Saturday, where the IRC chat clung on to mentions of card game hell and Mokusoft and baa’d at those annoying Scapegoats.
The final version of the episode is nearly identical to the previewed version, other than a few video edits and the addition of background music and effects. The only notable differences in the final version are the timing in Tristan’s CPR scene and the inclusion of the stinger and bloopers at the end.
Earlier this week, LK also uploaded YGOTAS Episode 2 – The Vagina Monologues, which he performed for the first time ever during the live stream. (Sadly, the YouTube upload was hit by an automated copyright claim, but I’m sure it’ll be back later.) The video was edited by RebornZombie and takes the audio straight from the live performance. The only thing that might have made the episode even better is if the video footage from his performance were overlaid in a corner. The laughs in the background came from voice actor Erin Fitzgerald’s, whose reactions during the monologue were priceless.
LK’s original Vagina Monologues recording took place on the Wha-Chow! podcast way back in 2010, but still remains one of his most memorable performances.
Update (December 16): Aaaaand there goes LK’s channel. If you’re still keeping track, this is now the ninth time the CardGamesFTW channel has been terminated thanks to those copyright infringement-sniffing “bots.” The last time it happened was on July 29, 2012. YouTube later restored his account on August 7. LK had already filed a counter-notification a few days ago for two videos that were wrongfully removed. Once that’s been processed, I’d imagine that his account will be restored once again.
It’s time to duel!
A belated “Happy Thanksgiving” to everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend with your family and friends. Earlier today, Toonzaki.com, the anime video streaming portal previously managed by 4Kids (and now by Konami), came back online. Also making their glorious return were Toonzaki’s Hulu embeds of all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes, as well as the videos from the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and Zexal series. Hooray!
All of the Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes had abruptly been removed in late August. Their disappearance was followed by two brief notices on Facebook about Toonzaki’s transition. The entire Toonzaki website then went offline at the beginning of this month.
The Toonzaki crew notes that the website will be relaunching early next year.
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
Gah! Spoilers in the new intro! Sexy spoilers! But spoilers nonetheless!
I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter oh mai gawd it’s a new episode! That’s right! Youmacon 2012 wrapped up last weekend and Little Kuriboh is at last back at home and has uploaded Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 57! Yugi, Kaiba, and the rest of the gang have finally left Noah and the virtual world. Now, on to the Battle City semifinals and the remainder of season 3! Check out “Reservoir Steves,” streaming on both YouTube and Blip.tv. Also available for direct download are the AVI, M4V, and MP4 versions.
If an October Tumblr post is of any indication, LK struggled a lot writing this episode, as seems to be the trend with many of his other recent episodes. Nevertheless, his hard work looks to have paid off.
“The positive response to the new ep makes me eager to release 58, which I personally like a lot more so far,” he tweeted.
Now then, when are we going to start seeing fan art of a grinning Marik caressing the hair of an unhappy Bakura while sitting in a swivel chair?
Anime Convention Update: 2013 and Beyond
It’s been over two months since I last wrote about Little Kuriboh and his future anime convention stops. Since then, LK has revealed that he will be guesting in Texas twice in 2013! First up is A-Kon 24, which will take place in Dallas between May 31 and June 2. Then, LK will make a return appearance at San Japan 6 in San Antonio from August 16 to 18.
And although he won’t be a guest at the next Anime Expo, LK has noted that he will be still attending the event, to be held over the July 4 holiday weekend in Los Angeles.
It’s hard to believe, but even though 2013 isn’t even here yet, LK has already confirmed several guest appearances for 2014! Aww, how could he tease us like this? It’ll probably be a long wait before any of those are announced. I’ll think of a better way to keep track of all of LK’s convention announcements for next year and beyond, I promise.
LK has one last con appearance in 2012 at Pacific Media Expo, which kicks off later today. As an industry guest, LK will be holding a focus panel on Saturday.
Few Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will ever forget the tragedy that befell Dan Green (the voice of Yugi) and his family and friends in November 2011 when his wife Michal passed away after giving birth to twins. Little Kuriboh, who had helped so many others before with his famed “Card Games For Charity” event, raised over $6,300 for Dan and his newborns, Reverie and Jackson, through his auctions and encouraged fans everywhere to donate.
Now, the Yu-Gi-Oh! community is coming together once again to help support Dan and his family with a very special benefit being held at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) in Providence, Rhode Island on October 21 and 22. Several voice actors from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series will be in attendance, including Dan Green, Wayne Grayson (Joey Wheeler), Darren Dunstan (Maximillion Pegasus), Ted Lewis (Ryo Bakura, Bandit Keith, Jack Atlas), Greg Abbey (Tristan Taylor, Yusei Fudo), Erica Schroeder (Mai Valentine, Mana, Akiza Izinski), and Mike Pollock (Arthur Hawkins). The charity events include discussion panels, scripted live duels, autograph sessions, and a Win-A-Mat tournament.
A video about the benefit was posted on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook earlier today. Additional information about YCS Providence, Rhode Island is available in a press release and at YuGiOh-Card.com.
If you aren’t able to attend the event and still want to contribute, you can donate by visiting DanGreen.info, a website run by Dan Green’s friend and fellow voice actor Mike Pollock.
Tags: cd, ost
Music for the ages.
Left: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duel Vocal Best!! (2005)
Right: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Vocal Best!! (2012)
Hardcore fans of the original Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime know that the show’s full collection of opening and ending theme songs have only been published on one definitive album: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duel Vocal Best!! Released in 2005 by Marvelous Entertainment (now MarvelousAQL), the CD contains 11 tracks of full-length OP and ED goodness. Although other Yu-Gi-Oh! soundtracks had previously been released, none had a compilation of all the theme songs. These days, if you want to pick up a new, unopened copy of the CD, you’d have to fork over an exorbitant amount of money — sometimes more than $150. Ouch! What is a fan to do? If you missed out on buying that CD back then and don’t want to shell out all that cash now, you’re in luck…
Tomorrow, September 19, a new Yu-Gi-Oh! soundtrack hits the streets, complete with all of the Japanese opening and ending themes that you know and love. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Vocal Best!! (notice the slightly different title) comes from MarvelousAQL and contains the same tracks as the 2005 album.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Vocal Best!! track list:
- “voice” – OP for episodes 1-48
- “An Energizing Shower” – ED for episodes 1-48
- “Shuffle” – OP for episodes 49-80
- “The Afternoon of That Day” – ED for episodes 49-80
- “WILD DRIVE” – OP for episodes 81-131
- “Paradise” – ED for episodes 81-131
- “WARRIORS” – OP for episodes 132-189
- “Overflowing Emotions Never Stop” – ED for episodes 132-189
- “Overlap” – OP for episodes 190-224
- “EYE’S” – ED for episodes 190-224
- “Fire” – ED for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light
The retail price for the CD is about $30.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Fans, you haven’t been forgotten!
Also hitting the streets tomorrow are Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Vocal Best!! and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Vocal Best!!, both from MarvelousAQL. The two albums contain eight and 13 tracks, respectively.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Vocal Best!! track list:
- “Fine Weather · Rising · Hallelujah” – OP for episodes 1-33
- “Borderline Battle” – ED for episodes 1-33
- “99%” – OP for episodes 34-104
- “Wake Up Your Heart” – ED for episodes 34-104
- “Teardrop” – OP for episodes 105-156
- “Sun” – ED for episodes 105-156
- “Precious Time, Glory Days” – OP for episodes 157-180
- “Endless Dream” – ED for episodes 157-180
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Vocal Best!! track list:
- “Bonds” – OP for episodes 1-26
- “START” – ED for episodes 1-26
- “LAST TRAIN -New Morning-” – OP for episodes 27-64
- “CROSS GAME” – ED for episodes 27-64
- “FREEDOM” – OP for episodes 65-103
- “-OZONE-” – ED for episodes 65-103
- “BELIEVE IN NEXUS” – OP for episodes 104-129
- “Close to you” – ED for episodes 104-129
- “Road to Tomorrow ~Going My Way!!~” – OP for episodes 130-153
- “Future Colors” – ED for episodes 130-154
- “You Say… To Tomorrow” – Insert song in episodes 72, 90, and 92
- “Clear Mind” – Insert song in episodes 109, 110, 122, 129, 134, and 154
- “The Melody of Promises” – Insert song in episode 154
All eight GX tracks and the first six 5D’s tracks had previously been compiled in Marvelous Entertainment’s 2009 album Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Duel Vocal Best!! 2.
Each of these CDs retails for about $30 as well.
Where To Buy?
All of the CDs are available for purchase from Japanese vendors like Amazon Japan, Neowing, and HMV Japan, and from English-speaking vendors like CD Japan (Neowing’s sister website), YesAsia, and Play-Asia.
The Japan-based anime goods retailer Animate is offering an exclusive storage box for buyers who purchase all three CDs in one order. Sadly, Animate doesn’t ship internationally, though there are some third-party services out there that can buy on your behalf and ship to you for a fee.
Regardless of who you buy from, the first pressing of each of the three albums contains a limited edition sticker. Snatch them up while supplies last!
(Note: The vendors’ links are provided as a convenience. I do not endorse or recommend any particular vendor.)
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
On a day that has otherwise been marred by the Aurora, Colorado movie theater tragedy, it’s refreshing to see something new from Little Kuriboh to help us take our minds off the traumatic event: YGOTAS episode 56, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Virtual World,” is now out (on YouTube, Blip.tv).
Lucky attendees at Anime Midwest earlier this month were treated to a preview of this episode, which happened to take place on Mokuba’s actual birthday, LK noted.
My YGOTAS streams and downloads pages have been updated with links to this latest episode. If you do download the episode from Blip.tv, you’ll notice “Do Robot Monkeys Dream Of Electric Sheep?” in the file name. That’s actually the title that LK first wanted to give this episode.
“Yeah… I’m… not happy with this episode,” LK unabashedly tweeted.
Episode 56 marks the end of the Virtual World storyline and “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Cancelled Series,” leaving Little Kuriboh quite relieved.
“[I]t’s been a long time coming, I’ve wanted to get out of the Virtual World storyline for ages. So done with it at this point. Honestly, the thing that made it less fun was my poor approach to it. I really didn’t think things through enough,” LK said in a series of tweets.
“I had plans for the arc that didn’t end up happening because I had second thoughts, and because people weren’t enjoying certain things,” he continued. “And stuff that I didn’t plan but ended up doing to see if it’d work, more often than not just felt like I was fumbling in the dark.”
Who was complaining and what things were they not enjoying, I wonder, and why is he so critical about what they think?
LK also commented on how some of his ideas were left on the cutting room floor.
“There was going to be a big running thread with Tristan and Serenity, then at the end Serenity was going to declare her love for Tristan… Only for her memory to get totally wiped when she left the Virtual World due to a glitch, and she goes back to hating his guts,” he explained.
“I realised ‘What the f*** am I even trying to do here? Is this funny? How is this comedy?’ and scrapped it halfway through. You can see the beginnings of it in the ‘Death of Tristan Taylor’ episode, but that’s where it ends. That sort of stuff is why this mini-season kinda felt meh.”
Despite being frustrated by Noah’s story arc, LK noted that he’s feeling more confident about his plans for the upcoming Battle City Finals. He also hopes to continue adding bloopers to the end of his episodes, and perhaps even animating them. Sounds great! I’m sure lots of fans would love to see more and are excited about the future of YGOTAS.
LK’s Anime Convention Updates
Since my last update, a massive convention has announced Little Kuriboh as a guest: Armageddon Expo Melbourne (October 13 and 14) in Australia and Armageddon Expo Auckland (October 19 to 22) in New Zealand! LK said that the Expo will probably be the largest con he’s ever guested at.
Closer to home, LK has also been invited as a guest to AnimeWorld Chicago between August 3 and 5.
Wow, his schedule is so packed! There couldn’t be any further announcements of other 2012 cons, right? …Right?
Other Good Stuff
While waiting for the Narutroll goodness, give a listen to Kaiba and Yugi reenacting a famous scene from American Psycho!
Update (July 21): Little Kuriboh has uploaded a short promo for Otakon: “SPOOFERMAN RETURNS – Otakon 2012“!
“NARUTO SPOOF 8 DEBUTS AT OTAKON,” it proclaims. Looks like the full episode will be ready after all!
Tags: blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
“I have the weirdest boner right now.”
Good morning. And what a good morning it is, because just a few hours ago, Little Kuriboh uploaded the much-anticipated Episode 55 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged (on YouTube, Blip.tv)! Kaiba at last comes face to face with Noah for a duel, and his precious body is on the line! What dirty tricks does Noah have in store for him? Yugi and the gang are there to check out the action, too. Hey, how’d they get there? Don’t wait to find out! I’ve updated my YGOTAS streams and downloads pages with links to all of the new videos!
This new episode was an extremely challenging one for Little Kuriboh, who originally hoped to finish it back in March. LK agonized over the pacing of the episode, wanting to balance the duels involving Noah, Kaiba, and Yugi with the meat of the actual storyline, all while keeping the length of the episode in check.
“Part of me thinks I should just muscle through this episode and not care if I’m not entirely happy with it,” LK said while editing in early March. “The other part is telling me to take my time and make sure I like it. But that’ll take a lot longer.” He also noted that he had already rewritten the entire episode twice.
Ultimately, LK says that this was one of the most frustrating episodes for him to make. So what do you think? Did he pull off another win with this episode? Let him know!
LK released a short blooper from episode 55 back in early March.
Anime Convention Update: Fanime
This past Tuesday, Little Kuriboh announced another stop on his growing list of convention appearances: FanimeCon in San Jose, California! Though he won’t be attending as an invited guest, he’ll be working the Dealer’s Hall with Marianne, selling all of the hot YGOTAS merchandise you’ve been yearning for, like those crazy Kaiba Condoms and Kaiba Coins.
Fanime 2012 kicks off in three weeks — May 25 — and runs through May 28.
LK says that he’s been invited to an “insane amount of cons this year,” so it’s safe to say that we’ll be hearing a lot more from him about his upcoming travels very soon!