Tags: 91.8 the fan, anime convention, justin.tv, littlekuriboh, twitch.tv
This happened again.
In an effort to raise money to bring Nowacking and 1KidsEntertainment, his friends and the creators of Pokemon ‘Bridged, to Alcon 2013, Little Kuriboh on Sunday offered potential donators a startling incentive: if they receive one single $500 donation, he would marathon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Within four hours, an anonymous donor did just that. So, LK made good on his promise yesterday, watching the first 28 episodes over the course of 12+ hours. Here’s the recorded event in its entirety: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Some highlights from the live stream include:
- That Annoying Sensei Guy from LK’s Naruto Spoof singing the MLP theme song at 2:25:34 in part 1.
- Certain acts of extreme violence, the best examples taking place at 48:16 in part 3.
- Naruto singing Pinkie Pie’s “Smile Song” at 50:30 in part 3.
- Marik, Bakura, and other characters singing “Winter Wrap Up” at 57:40 in part 3.
- LK performing the ebonics version of YGOTAS episode 46 at 1:13:05 in part 3. (Spoilers: Mega Ultra Chickn n’ Corn Bread!)
- Marik singing the literal version of the MLP theme song at 1:33:10 in part 3.
- And of course, LK getting his head shaved in part 4.
Little Kuriboh’s live stream kicked off at 9:00 am PDT yesterday on Twitch.tv and ran past midnight. He was joined at various times by his wife Marianne as well as his friends Lee, Kaiji, and TomaMoto. Lee in particular was very knowledgeable about the MLP universe and provided all sorts of insight into the various MLP episodes and generations (though he was adamant that he not be lumped in with the Brony fandom!).
To keep the live stream entertaining, LK was forbidden from using the word “pony,” with each mention being counted against him. (Spoilers: He doesn’t get very far.) Eventually, he decided that if he said “pony” 100 times, he would have to get his legs professionally waxed. If he said it 150 times, he’d do his back. And if he said it 200 times, he’d do his chest. So what ended up happening? LK said his 100th “pony” near the end of the 26th and final episode of the first season. Poor LK. Oh well, here’s hoping his trip to a salon will be recorded!
LK also provided various incentives to encourage people to support the fundraisers for Nowacking and 1KidsEntertainment and for Abridgers to Alcon 2013. A single $500 donation (later reduced to $225), led LK to shave his head live. And $3,000 in total donations led him to perform an ebonics version of any YGOTAS episode, for which episode 46 received the most requests by the chat. Sadly, we did not see anyone give a single $1,000 donation, which would have led LK to get a tattoo of his choosing on his arm.
The live stream ran, for the most part, without a hitch. The only major stumbling block came at 2:39:00 in part 1 when a Twitch.tv administrator named truthful entered the chat and presented LK with an inopportune notice: “Hello martininamerica, Twitch is exclusively for gaming / gaming related content only. What you’re currently stream is neither gaming nor gaming related therefore I’ll have to ask you to kindly please stop immediately.” LK quickly relocated to Justin.tv, where he streamed for the rest of the day without issue.
So after all that, does LK have a favorite pony? “Apple Jack is best pony, Pinkie Pie can f**k off,” he tweeted.
More Convention Announcements
Thought Little Kuriboh wasn’t adding any more anime convention stops for the rest of this year? Think again! First up is Youmacon 2013, to be held on October 31 through November 3. This will be LK’s fifth guest appearance at the Detroit, Michigan event, which has really established itself as the convention for abridgers.
LK has also been invited to Domo Con, taking place between December 13 and 15 in Lisle, Illinois. So far, the event has announced LK and Vic Mignogna as guests.
Additionally, LK has been contacted by J-Culture Con in Derby, England, though it appears that the organizers were unaware that LK now lives in the U.S. Although an initial response to the invitation produced no response from the con, LK eventually managed to get in contact with the organizers and is now in further discussions with them. Will LK be flying out to Derby to attend the September 20 and 21 event? Keep watching their website for updates!
For a list of all of Little Kuriboh’s stops this year, have a look at my LK’s Anime Convention Schedule page.
LK Returns to 91.8 The Fan
It seems like at least once every year since 2010, Little Kuriboh makes an appearance on 91.8 The Fan, a live anime-focused Internet radio station. This year, LK dropped by the Kana’s Korner program on January 31 for an interview with host Kanashimi, though the recording wasn’t posted until just last week. Strange!
Anyway, LK chats with Kanashimi about his role in the Crisis Heart Brawlers: Clash at Otakon video game, shares his opinions about the Silent Hill games, and pimps out the now fully funded Cryamore Kickstarter. Yeah, there’s some outdated stuff in there, but it was a fun time, so give it a listen anyway!
To hear Little Kuriboh’s previous interviews on 91.8 The Fan and on other programs and podcasts, check out my Interviews and Q&As with LK page.
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, youtube
Little Kuriboh didn’t get a chance to upload a video on April Fools’ Day this year, but his new video released earlier today will more than make up for it: Yu-Gi-Oh – The Ebonics’d Series!
The video features a recording from Kitsune Kon this past March where LK plugs the script for YGOTAS episode 1 into the Ebonics Translator and performs a live reading of the “translation.” Riley Freeman, Jaden, Skeletor, and a bunch of “black” cards also make special appearances.
Somewhere along the line, LK’s “ebonics” seems to morph into some other kind of Southern American English. I was waiting for a “howdy” or “y’all” to be slipped in there. :)
Next up: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Ebonics’d Vagina Monologues episode 1?
Kitsune Kon 2013 Rules Video
Speaking of Kitsune Kon, check out its Opening Ceremonies Rules Video that Little Kuriboh made for the event, where YGOTAS characters highlight the super strict policies that prevented any attendees from having fun. (Just kidding!) If you’ve ever wanted to see what Marik would do when he’s completely plastered, you’re looking in the right place!
The video was definitely made for Kitsune Kon in Wisconsin and was not a generic video thrown together at the last minute. Definitely.
Tags: blip.tv, littlekuriboh
“Here we are at new episode release.” At MomoCon this past weekend, Little Kuriboh premiered the third episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season Zero Abridged, a tale of horrific violence, torture, death, and YouTube copyright violations! Yesterday evening, he uploaded the video for the rest of the world to enjoy! It’s only on Blip.tv (for now), so go check it out!
Episode 3 is also available for download in MP4 and M4V formats. (There’s no AVI file available this time.)
Another Anime Convention Update: Another Anime Convention
Little Kuriboh has added yet another stop to his ever-growing schedule of 2013 anime convention visits: Another Anime Convention (yes, that’s the name of the con!). As a guest at the Manchester, New Hampshire event, LK will share the stage with several other personalities from the anime industry, including J. Michael Tatum, Michele Knotz, Troy Baker, and Stephanie Young. AAC will take place from October 18 through 20.
Adding to his previous con announcements, LK has also revealed that he will participate in panels at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington (March 29 through 31) and Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California (July 4 through 7).
CardGamesFTW: Banned Again
As you’ve probably already noticed, Little Kuriboh’s primary YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, has been suspended yet again. Sigh. This stopped being newsworthy after the third or so incident, but someone has to keep track of this nonsense! The channel was slapped with multiple copyright infringement claims on February 24 and was then terminated on February 25.
“The bad news is that YouTube just took down my YouTube account for the 45th time,” LK joked on Facebook. “I managed to counter claim some of the videos that got hit, so with any luck it’ll go back up in a week or two.” Curiously, LK did not receive any notices from YouTube when his videos were yanked, or after his account had been taken down.
Update (March 18): CardGamesFTW was unsuspended earlier today. Yay!
Update (April 4): Season Zero Abridged #3 is now on YouTube!
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, momocon, youtube
“If you have a space problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them in space, maybe you can hire… The Space Team.”
I’m loving these Let’s Play convention promos. We’re getting the fun of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged and Let’s Play videos, an anime con announcement, and the variety and humor that comes with Little Kuriboh’s projects, all in one video! Yesterday, LK uploaded “Marik Plays Mass Effect,” a promo for his upcoming guest appearance at MomoCon. Why Mass Effect? As it turns out, both Jennifer Hale and Mark Meer, the female and male voices of Mass Effect’s Command Shepard, were invited to the con!
As a fun bonus, LK has also posted an extended 17-minute version of Marik’s Let’s Play video (minus the con promo) on Blip.tv. Nice!
MomoCon will take place from March 8 through 10 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hilton Atlanta.
LK Confirmed for Alcon 2013
Great news for YGOTAS fans across the pond! Alcon has announced that Little Kuriboh will be returning to Leicester, England later this year for another exciting convention! This will be LK’s fifth appearance at the Anime League event.
Since September 2012, Alcon staff and attendees have made a big push to try to raise enough money to pay for LK’s and other famed abridgers and special guests’ invitations to this year’s event. You can support their cause on
GoFundMe, where they are still quite a ways away from their goal of £6,000 (that’s over 9,000 U.S. dollars!). Give them a hand if you’d like to see some crazy abridged stuff at this year’s event!
Alcon 2013 will take place between September 5 and 8. Registration just kicked off two days ago!
Update (February 12): “We have had to make a new donations page,” tweets the head of the fundraising initiative. The new GoFundMe page is at http://www.gofundme.com/Abridgerstoalcon2013. The £800 raised by the old account was added to the new page.
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, kami-con, littlekuriboh, youtube
Did Yami seriously just say “Vic Mignogna” again?!
Both Little Kuriboh and Kirbopher will be at Kami-Con in Birmingham, Alabama from February 15 to 17. The convention, now in its fifth year, has outgrown its previous home at the University of Alabama’s Ferguson Center in Tuscaloosa and will instead be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham.
Oh, and they’ll also both be at Almacon in Alma, Michigan next week, from February 8 through 10. I’m sure Almacon’s organizers enjoyed seeing their event listed as an afterthought in this video. ;P (Or maybe they just didn’t request a video promo.)
“I’ll be working hard on new YGOTAS content (including new episodes!) throughout next month, doing my best to get season 3 done,” writes LK on Facebook. It would be super exciting if he could have some new material at one (or both) of the conventions!
Another Anime Con Update: Yama-Con
Little Kuriboh has also confirmed that he will be attending Yama-Con in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee later this year! Yama-Con, a young fan-operated convention in its second year, will also be welcoming voice actors Sonny Strait, Johnny Yong Bosch, Paul St. Peter, and others as guests. The event will take place from December 6 to 8 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center.
- Kami-Con Season 4 – THE NOSTALGIA CRITIC
Tags: fanfic, interview, littlekuriboh
During the Card Games For Charity #6 live stream event back in December, Little Kuriboh dedicated one hour to providing a very special incentive for donators: for every $50 donated during that hour to the Red Cross, LK would write 1,000 words in a brand-new fanfic! Fans who know LK’s work know of his strengths as a writer, not only in the realm of YGOTAS and other screenwriting projects, but also in creative writing.
Yesterday, LK made good on his promise, releasing Our Love Is Violence, a 7,500-word M-rated Thiefshipping fic about Marik and Bakura’s exploits in the tomb of a certain pharaoh. Unlike his previous story written for charity, Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town, this new one is a tad more serious, and Marik and Bakura don’t do as much diddle-daddling before getting busy.
Can’t get enough of the action? “There’s still three more chapters to go,” says LK. Yup, that was only chapter 1!
LK on AbridgedForums Live
Earlier this month, Little Kuriboh and Dutch abridger HarrysFiddlesticks were invited to AbridgedForums Live, a monthly podcast hosted by Airrest, codeblackhayate, Ezekieru, and 1Kids about the world of abridging, with plenty of tangents of course.
In their January 5 recording, the gang chatted about why abridged series are able to transcend boundaries and appeal to people all across the world, how they balance ongoing jokes so as to appeal to both longtime fans and new viewers, and their thoughts about the presence of an “abridged community.” LK also talks about his favorite episode, whether or not he’s worried about running out of jokes, how he warms up when preparing for an episode, and a whole lot more.
If you’ve got two hours to spare, give this a listen as this is one of LK’s better recent interviews, and check out some of LK’s older interviews that I’ve followed if you want to hear more from the creator of YGOTAS!
Tags: anime convention, littlekuriboh
It’s a brand-new year, and a brand-new year means four new seasons filled with crazy anime conventions! What lucky cities and towns across the United States and the rest of the world will get to see Little Kuriboh and the magic of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series live? Where will LK stop next? What cities and towns has he visited in the past? Now, it’s easier than ever to keep track of the cons and events that have featured the creator of YGOTAS in their busy schedules.
Check out my new page, and keep your eyes peeled for updates:
Little Kuriboh’s Anime Convention Schedule: Guest Appearances and Visits
Note: Only anime cons and other fan conventions are listed. Even though LK has attended trade shows and industry-focused events, like CES and E3, those aren’t included (unless they are directly related to anime, otaku fandom, and the like).
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See that? That’s the face of a warrior. Of someone who knows what’s in store for him, but who isn’t afraid to die. Stone Cold Martin Billany.
Ladies and gentlemen, Little Kuriboh has released the Card Games For Charity #6 video we’ve all been waiting for: the results of the Orochon Special Number 2 challenge! Which brave souls were able to conquer a gargantuan bowl of the world’s spiciest ramen in 30 minutes?
Little Kuriboh and the gang’s participation in the Orochon challenge was thanks to the $15K raised in CGFC 6. For every $2K raised, LK promised that one person would partake in the dangerous and painful challenge featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food show.
On December 10, LK headed to the Orochon Ramen restaurant in Burbank, California with wife Marianne. They met up with voice actors Erin Fitzgerald, Neil Kaplan, Danielle McRae, Laura Post, Bobby Thong, and Cristina Vee, all of whom put their lives and digestive tracts on the line in the name of charity. Also on hand were voice actor Kaiji Tang, who filmed the gang’s brave undertaking, and other friends and fans.
Sounds like LK had a lot of fun!
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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.
Card Games For Charity #6 Highlights: Live Auctions, YGOTAS Episode 58, Bald Kuriboh, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal L.A. DubDecember 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 4 Comments
Tags: auction, littlekuriboh, twitch.tv
It’s hard to tell from this image, but LK is actually smiling.
A huge congratulations goes out to Little Kuriboh, whose Card Games For Charity #6 live stream event yesterday raised $15,642.58 for Hurricane Sandy relief! The total makes CGFC 6 the most successful charity event yet, surpassing the $11.8K total achieved by CGFC 4 in April 2011.
CGFC 6, which lasted over 13 straight hours and had 16 guests (12 in person visiting LK and Marianne’s home, four calling in over Skype), had over 1,000 viewers and 800 participants in the accompanying IRC chat at its peak. Many more participants came and went throughout the day.
In addition to organizing 12 eBay auctions for CGFC 6, LK and Marianne held 55 live auctions over the course of the live stream, with bidding being held in the IRC chat. The very first item auctioned off, a pack of Nyan Cat wrapping paper, also had the distinction of being the most expensive item, being sold for $1,000. The next highest winning bid was for the Battle City story arc Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist manga at $280. Overall, the live auctions ran quite smoothly given the hundreds of potential bidders in the chat, with only six re-auctions needing to take place due to non-paying bidders. All eBay auction winners paid within five hours of the auctions’ end, surely a welcome sight for LK.
The entire CGFC 6 live stream video has been saved and is available for streaming on LK’s Twitch.tv account. For those of you who want to follow the action in the IRC chat as you watch the video, a log of the entire event is available for download thanks to the always generous Fox.
Below are some highlights for Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Episode 58 Previewed, The Vagina Monologues Return
YGOTAS fans rejoiced when Little Kuriboh offered to show a preview of episode 58 if they reached $5,000 in donations. Thanks to the generosity of many, the milestone was reached less than three hours into the live stream. The new episode features the duel between Melvin and
Susan Joey, the return of Espa Roba’s baby, and the rise and fall of Mokuba’s company, Mokusoft. LK would replay the episode two more times before the live stream concluded.
In addition to showing YGOTAS episode 58, LK also performed, for the first time ever, the Vagina Monologues version of episodes 2 and 3. (LK actually asked if anyone would have any moral objections to his readings. I’m pretty sure his fans would only be offended if he didn’t do the readings!) Episode 2 was made considerably more hilarious thanks to voice actor guest Erin Fitzgerald, who laughed uncontrollably while LK deadpanned his performance.
Little Kuriboh Shaves His Head
In what is perhaps the crowning moment of CGFC 6, Little Kuriboh had his head shaved live when the donation total reached $9,001. They hit the mark while Kyle Hebert (the voice of adult Gohan and the narrator in Dragon Ball Z) was visiting, just as LK had hoped for. Hebert offered to buzz off LK’s hair, though he later noted that he had never given anyone a haircut before. (Good thing they weren’t using a razor!)
“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,” LK wept as the clippers ran over his head. The IRC chat went crazy as each strand of hair dropped to the floor. It was the first time LK had ever shaved his head. The funny thing was that LK had just paid for a haircut before doing the live stream!
The Other Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal English Dub
Among the guests of the live stream was Kristi Reed, a veteran of the anime and video game industries for over 10 years and who directed and wrote Durarara!! and Persona 4: The Animation. Reed provided some insight into the much whispered-about Los Angeles dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, clips of which have only been shown at Armageddon Expo 2012 in Melbourne and Auckland.
Prior to the conclusion of the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit last year, the Japanese licensors of Yu-Gi-Oh! were confident of their chances at triumphing in court and taking back the rights to the franchise. Ignoring the court’s warnings not to exercise the rights to a product that it hadn’t yet secured, ADK proceeded to produce its own version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. ADK tapped Reed to direct the series with an L.A.-based cast, including Johnny Yong Bosch (Yuma), Vic Mignogna (Shark), Richard Cansino (Bronk), Cassandra Morris, Sam Riegel, and Liam O’Brien. After nine months, the result was a full-fledged product that was ready for the airwaves.
“We cast it, we recorded up to 26 episodes of it, we stripped out the music, completely recomposed to picture with two amazing composers, re-sound designed it, reanimated some sequences, and it was one of the most big-budgeted things I’ve ever worked on as far as anime goes,” Reed explained. Oh, and Yuma actually says “Kattobing” in this version, haha.
Dissatisfied with 4Kids’ work and not wanting to do business with it any more, ADK bent over backwards to make sure the L.A. team did well and were happy working on Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. Reed described how ADK sent the L.A. team hard drives full of all of the animation layers and After Effect files, giving the American producers full rein to easily edit the video as they needed. Did they want to fix the mouth flaps to better fit the English dialogue? No problem! Did they need to edit an image so the network censors didn’t get on their case? Simple!
Within the American anime production industry, obtaining such resources from the Japanese studios is completely unheard of. The studios are very protective of their properties (and who wouldn’t be?) and licensees regularly need to adapt within the confines of the animation as it is presented.
Of course, we know how the lawsuit ultimately turned out. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime by 4Kids and Konami with the New York-based cast remains the de facto version of the show, while the version with the L.A.-based cast gathers dust inside a box.
The fun’s not done yet! As Little Kuriboh promised, for every $2,000 raised, one person in the live stream would have to take part in the Orochon Ramen “Special Number 2″ challenge, a punishment to the human digestive system made famous by Man v. Food on the Travel Channel.
Tomorrow, LK, Marianne, Erin Fitzgerald, Kaiji Tang, and some other unfortunate folks will each attempt to down one large bowl of ramen seasoned with a top secret, painfully-hot spice mix. Their adventure will be filmed and uploaded so that the rest of the world can relish in their misery.
But it’s all good, because it’s all for charity!