Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation Celebrates One Million Downloads

March 26, 2015 at 8:12 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation reaches one million downloads

Congratulations to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation players throughout the world, who together have helped the mobile app game reach the impressive milestone of one million downloads! To celebrate this memorable occasion, Konami is giving away 10,000 Duel Points to all duelists who log in today, March 26. This is Konami’s biggest giveaway of Points to date.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation is a free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game available for iOS and Android tablets. It was given a limited launch in October 2014 in the App Store before being released on Google Play and making its global debut in December 2014.

Roadshow Entertainment Discontinues Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Single Volume DVDs, Preps Season 1 Set for June Release

March 25, 2015 at 4:35 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Mock-up of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Volume 8 The Dragon Awakes DVD cover artwork from Roadshow Entertainment

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL fans Down Under may have hit a little snag if they want to complete their season 1 DVD collections. Australian media distributor Roadshow Entertainment has confirmed that it will not be continuing its Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL single volume DVD releases and has instead opted to re-release the entire first season as one large set in June later this year.

“We have reassessed our release strategy for [the] Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal series on DVD and are looking at releasing the complete first series of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal on DVD as a collection in June 2015,” explained a Roadshow representative by email.

The eighth and final volume of season 1 pictured in the mock-up above, “The Dragon Awakes,” was to contain episodes 43 through 49 and was initially slated for a December 2014 release. It was subsequently delayed to early January 2015 and then to earlier this month before being pulled again mere days before its street date.

Australia was the first country to receive the English-language dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL on home video in June 2013. The release came a good two months before 4K Media and Cinedigm formally announced that every Yu-Gi-Oh! series would get a home video release in the United States, and well over a year before Cinedigm’s first ZEXAL DVD would be released.

This news brings my coverage of Roadshow Entertainment’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVDs to a close. If you live in Australia or another English-speaking region 4 country, please continue to support Roadshow as it releases new ZEXAL videos. Unfortunately, Roadshow doesn’t do any significant marketing for its ZEXAL titles, so I encourage you to hit up your favorite online or brick-and-mortar video store to stay updated and ask them to carry Roadshow’s future videos.

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

Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician Get New Designs for 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie

March 18, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician's new designs in the May 2015 issue of V Jump
(Image from AnimeNewsNetwork)

Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba’s monsters are getting upgraded for the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! movie! Leaked images from the May issue of Shueisha’s V Jump magazine, which hits newsstands on March 21, reveal that Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician will be sporting new designs for the upcoming film. Blue-Eyes is looking rather formidable with a body plated with numerous scales and spikes, while Dark Magician gets the outfit and chiseled body seen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Anniversary Pack and Duel Art book.

Details are still scarce about the new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie, which was first announced in June 2014 and is scheduled to be released in 2016.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Now Fully Subbed! Crunchyroll Adds Episodes 111-154

March 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Posted in 4Kids, 5D's, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Yusei Fudo and Jack Atlas clasping hands in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 154

It’s been a long, long wait, but 4K Media (Konami) has at last finished subbing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Crunchyroll today added episodes 111 through 154 in all of their uncut, Japanese glory to its library, bringing the series to its highly anticipated close. This last set of episodes includes the Ark Cradle storyline beginning in episode 130, which was not fully adapted in the English-dubbed version of the show. The episodes are currently available to Crunchyroll’s premium members worldwide (except most of Asia).

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s has the honor of being the first and only Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series to receive a complete, official subtitled release, and only the second Japanese series formerly licensed by 4Kids Entertainment to get such a treatment (the first being Sonic X).

My page for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s subtitled streams have been updated with these newest videos from CR.

The latest subbed episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on Hulu and YUGIOH.com is still episode 135. There’s no word yet when these platforms will receive the remaining episodes of the show.

Previously:
Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Episodes 65-110 Subbed

[YGO: TAS] Episode 64 – A New Evil Awises

March 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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YGOTAS season 4 Orichalcos title card

“All over the world, children’s trading cards are coming to life and causing untold devastation!” bemoans a TV news anchor. You know what that means: the Orichalcamalos is here! LittleKuriboh today released Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 64, “A New Evil Awises,” bringing the series into its long-awaited fourth season. The episode guest stars Takahata101, who reprises his role as Dartz, along with Tomamoto, Nowacking, and… Kyle Hebert?! Yes, Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z’s narrator and adult Gohan, Gurren Lagann’s Kamina, Fate/Zero’s Berserker) provides the opening narration in this episode. Check it out and let LK know what you think!

As with YGOTAS episode 63, this latest episode was also edited by 1KidsEntertainment, whom LK praised for doing such a standout job.

“I won’t lie, @onekids editing YGOTAS has likely saved both my sanity and the show,” LK tweeted. “So I owe him a great deal.”

Anime Convention Update: San Japan, Alcon

LittleKuriboh has added another two anime con appearances to an already very busy 2015.

From July 31 through August 2, LK will be a guest at San Japan for the fourth time! The event will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antoinio, Texas. Also attending are Kaiserneko, Lanipator, MasakoX, and Takahata101 of Team Four Star, and voice actor Lisa Ortiz (the voice of Serenity Wheeler).

LittleKuriboh will also be returning to Leicester, England for his sixth guest appearance at Alcon! This year’s Alcon takes place on September 3 to 6 and will once again be an 18+ event.

Update (March 7): LK uploaded YGOTAS episode 64 to YouTube today.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Bonds Beyond Time Among CONtv’s Launch Titles

March 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Posted in 5D's, Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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CONtv's launch titles include Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

CONtv, the new digital streaming network from independent content distributor Cinedigm and pop culture convention organizer Wizard World, opened its doors to viewers today, March 3. The over-the-top network already boasts nearly 1,500 hours of programming targeting its convention-embracing audience. Among its launch titles are the English-dubbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie. Other available animated titles include Digimon, Ghost in the Shell, Saint Seiya, Voltron, and Zatch Bell.

CONtv is available on the web and on iOS and Android. It’s free to watch and supported by ads, and also offers an ad-free version for $6.99 with exclusive content and benefits to Wizard World’s Comic Con events. CONtv is currently available to the U.S. only. Further details about the network, including its upcoming original programming initiatives, are available in a press release.

Previously:
Cinedigm to Launch CONtv Entertainment Network for Anime, Gaming, Convention Fans

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters’ Battle City Arc Website Open, Broadcast Begins April 7 on TV Tokyo

March 3, 2015 at 3:37 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Battle City begins April 7 on TV Tokyo

TV Tokyo has opened its official website for the remastered broadcast of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Battle City story arc! The site announces that the network will begin airing the show in the late-night 2:05 am JST slot on Tuesday, April 7. TV Tokyo’s sister stations will also start airing the show in their own late-night slots later in the week.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters’ Remastered Battle City Arc to Begin in April on TV Tokyo

YGOTAS Streams & Downloads Pages Updated

March 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yugi looking at the Revver logo in LittleKuriboh's Without Yugi video
Remember when Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series found a home on Revver back in 2007? Ah, the memories…

Exactly six months ago, LittleKuriboh and his Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged empire endured a colossal shake-up when Blip.tv closed LK’s account. Since then, LK has found a new home for his videos over at TeamFourStar.com, joined a YouTube network, and made his YouTube channel a little more cozy by renaming it “LittleKuriboh.” He has even started several new projects, including more Let’s Plays, the We’re Still Here series, and The Mark Remark — his new show satirizing the antics of the WWE. Things are looking on the up-and-up for LK.

Looking at LittleKuriboh move forward amidst change and how well received his new endeavors are, I am reminded of all of the fresh excitement that always accompanied his video releases back when YGOTAS was young and how much laughter and enjoyment those videos brought to his viewers, myself included. So, in the spirit of sharing that LittleKuriboh always embodied, I’ve decided to begin working again on my streams and downloads pages for YGOTAS and to keep these pages updated for as long as I can.

My updates come with a caveat, however. To encourage viewers to watch LK’s work on TFS and YouTube, I won’t offer his videos for download until at least one month has elapsed from the time LK first releases them. And as usual, I’ll only be keeping track of and saving his Abridged-related projects.

Not all of the videos that are streaming online are currently available for download (this is something I hope to change in the future). But the vast majority of the videos that are available for download are also available for streaming. The exceptions — like Yu-Gi-Oh: The Other Abridged Movie, Zorc & Pals, GUHROOGAMESH!!!1, the full version of Marik Plays Mass Effect, and a small number of others — were either deleted from YouTube or were never uploaded to YT or TFS and thus aren’t streaming on any official source.

One thing that has changed is that lack of official YGOTAS video downloads coming from LK himself. The days of LK offering downloads on Blip, Revver, and iTunes are in the past. Since he is no longer offering downloads on TFS, going forward, we’ll need to rely on videos ripped from the streams. This is not as much of an issue as it was in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged’s early days when video compression technology was so poor that such videos were known to cause eye cancer. Today’s streaming videos look nearly identical to their source with the added benefit of being smaller in file size.

Like all of my streams and downloads pages for the many Yu-Gi-Oh! series, these YGOTAS pages are works in progress.

[YGO: TAS] KAIBA PLAYS – Five Nights At Freddy’s 2

February 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Kaiba Plays Five Nights At Freddy's 2 artwork by ColonelCheru
Artwork by ColonelCheru

Back on November 22, 2014, LittleKuriboh held a 16-hour live stream to raise money for Guardians of All Creatures, a southern California-based animal rescue that once helped him pay for his cat Spaghetti’s surgery. As donation incentive, LK offered to play Five Nights At Freddy’s for the first time ever if he reached $3,000 in donations. Well, he hit that milestone and today, LK makes good on the offer! Check out part 1 of “KAIBA PLAYS – Five Nights At Freddy’s 2” on YouTube!

Five Nights at Freddy’s and it’s sequel, Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, are point-and-click survival horror games released in 2014. In both games, the player assumes the role of a night security guard who must defend himself against creepy animatronic animals roaming the halls of a restaurant. If the thought of Kaiba getting double-teamed by murderous cartoon animals in the dead of night fills you with terror and excitement, check out this new Let’s Play series, and look for new episodes each week!

“Okay. Played FNAF2 for the first time and died on the first night. I’ve never played a FNAF game before. Do I suck?” asked LK while he was recording his gameplay. “I’m serious in that I’ve intentionally never exposed myself to any FNAF stuff before so this is all insane to me.”

Insane? That’s putting it mildly.

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Episodes 65-110 Subbed

February 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm | Posted in 5D's, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Kyosuke Kiryu standing in front of The Classy Ass Flower Shop in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 92

Today, Crunchyroll added another slew of subtitled Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s episodes to its library. Episodes 65 through 110 are now available to CR’s premium members worldwide (excluding those located in Asia). U.S. residents who don’t subscribe to CR can also watch these and other subbed episodes for free on YUGIOH.com and Hulu.

I’ve added direct links to Crunchyroll’s additions to my new page for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s streaming episodes.

Previously:
Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Episodes 1-64 Subbed

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