Yu-Gi-Oh! Resin Statue by First 4 Figures Confirmed

September 23, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba, shocked by Gozaburo Kaiba's plays in episode 120

For the past several months, there has been a lot of chatter that First 4 Figures might be releasing a Yu-Gi-Oh! statue. Unlike producers of mass-market collectibles, F4F is renowned for making ultra high-end statues, each individually numbered and costing in the hundreds of dollars.

Anime series like Berserk, Cowboy Bebop, One Punch-Man, and Samurai Champloo have all been blessed by the company’s masterful touch, as have video game franchises like Castlevania, Kirby, The Legend of Zelda, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

With its incredible track record and reputation, it’s no wonder so many people are excited about the possibility of F4F taking on the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Now, the much-whispered-about F4F Yu-Gi-Oh! figure has finally been confirmed!

Speaking to media industry publication World Screen, Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at 4K Media, announced that First 4 Figures has a resin Yu-Gi-Oh! statue in the works!

Coleman further recognized the importance of the collectibles market, stating that “Offering bespoke and limited-edition collections is something retailers and consumers all around the world are looking for.”

While neither Coleman nor F4F has revealed which Yu-Gi-Oh! character or monster will be getting a statue, F4F has already divulged a lot of information in the past…

Yu-Gi-Oh! and First 4 Figures: What Do We Know So Far?

First 4 Figures gauges interest in various anime and video game properties by polling its followers in its First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club Facebook Group. (Note: Admin approval is necessary to view this group and the Facebook links I’ve posted below.)

In May 2016, F4F’s owner, Alex Davis, posted a basic poll about Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, just to see if this property could sell. At the time, there was not much interest among voters for such products. But Yu-Gi-Oh! fans were loud and very persistent, spending many, many months rallying in favor of the King of Games. Eventually, their effort paid off and resulted in close to 700 positive votes.

There would be no more Yu-Gi-Oh! polls from Davis until August 4, 2017, when he asked fans what Yu-Gi-Oh! figures they would be interested in seeing. Blue-Eyes White Dragon garnered the biggest following with over 800 votes, followed by Dark Magician and Red-Eyes Black Dragon. Voters also suggested nearly a hundred other options.

Davis followed up quickly in an August 14, 2017, poll, stating that the previous poll “really had my attention.” Would fans be interested in a $400+ Blue-Eyes White Dragon that measured 15 to 25 percent larger than Good Smile’s 2011 Blue-Eyes White Dragon? For comparison, Good Smile’s figure with its base measures about 18 inches tall and costs over $850 at the then-exchange rate. About two-thirds of the voters were in favor of such a design.

Then, in September 2017, Davis polled the audience about the possibility of a $400+ Dark Magician (again, about two-thirds voted in favor) and about their favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! series (not surprisingly, the original was the overwhelming favorite).

On October 7, 2017, Davis relayed some very good news. “Time to speak to the licensor to talk about how you guys pushed for Yu-Gi-Oh!” he wrote. “Thanks for your support!” His post indicated that he was writing from New York City, the home of 4K Media.

Davis admitted in a November 2017 Q&A live stream that he ignored Yu-Gi-Oh! for a year and a half because “it didn’t have a great fanbase.” But after interest grew so significantly during that period of time, the results were too substantial for him to ignore. He further revealed that he had submitted all of the legal paperwork, product proposals, and counterproposals necessary to get the ball rolling. The subsequent approval process could take months.

On January 12, 2018, Davis stated in a Q&A that he was “looking very closely into Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Then, on January 20, he introduced a new poll about the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, “just in case we can snag the license.” Would fans like to see a “chunky” design of Blue-Eyes, similar to the artwork in the manga? Or a “svelte” design like the “YAP1” Blue-Eyes from the 10th Anniversary Pack? Voters were almost evenly split. Ultimately, Davis said in his January 26 Q&A that he would go for a size between svelte and chunky.

On May 23, Davis posted a photo of himself posing in front of Dark Magician and Blue-Eyes White Dragon at 4K Media’s booth at the 2018 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since then, Alex Davis and First 4 Figures have been mum about their involvement with Yu-Gi-Oh! and 4K Media. In several of the weekly Q&A live streams, Davis has simply brushed off questions about Yu-Gi-Oh!, stating that there is nothing to report.

Now that 4K Media has formally revealed its relationship with First 4 Figures, maybe there will be more announcements coming down the pike…

For more information about F4F, and to take part in its polls and Q&A live streams, check out the First 4 Figures Official Collectors Club on Facebook.

So what statues do you think F4F will release? Blue-Eyes White Dragon? Dark Magician? Both? What high-end Yu-Gi-Oh! figures would you like to see?

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Wins Big at 6th Annual Behind the Voice Actors Anime Dub Awards

September 22, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba greeting Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions

Congratulations to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which was a huge winner at the Behind the Voice Actors Anime Dub Awards presented yesterday evening at the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival! The BTVA Anime Dub Awards, now in its sixth year, honored the best English voice performances in anime TV shows and movies released in 2017. There are two winners for each award: one selected by BTVA’s staff and one voted on by fans.

Yu-Gi-Oh! DSoD took home the award for Best Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Movie/Special, selected by both BTVA’s staff and fans. Other nominees:

  • Boruto: Naruto the Movie
  • The Dragon Dentist
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower
  • Napping Princess
  • One Piece Film: Gold
  • A Silent Voice
  • Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island

Eric Stuart, the voice of Seto Kaiba, landed the award for Best Male Lead Performance in an Anime Movie/Special, selected by BTVA’s staff. Other nominees:

  • Bryce Papenbrook as Kirito / Kazuto Kirigaya in Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
  • Casper Van Dien as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars
  • Clint Beckham as Akihito Kanbara in Beyond the Boundary -I’ll Be Here- Future
  • Dan Green as Yugi Muto in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions
  • Keith Silverstein as Gild Tesoro in One Piece Film: Gold
  • Matthew Mercer as Kuroh Yatogami in K: Missing Kings
  • Robbie Daymond as Shoya Ishida in A Silent Voice
  • Scott Gibbs as Riku Dola in No Game No Life Zero
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Sasuke Uchiha in Boruto: Naruto the Movie

And Dan Green, the voice of Yugi Muto, was the pick for the Best Male Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special by both BTVA’s staff and fans. Other nominees:

  • Daniel Fredrick as Grell Sutcliff in Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
  • Jeff Nimoy as Tentomon in Digimon Adventure tri.
  • Ken Kramer as Najib in Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island
  • Lex Woutas as Ichiro Watanabe in Napping Princess
  • Michael Adamthwaite as Captain Razzak in Sinbad: A Flying Princess and a Secret Island
  • Michael Dobson as Daal in Sinbad: The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands
  • Michael Sinterniklaas as Animus in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
  • Ricco Fajardo as John Paul in Genocidal Organ
  • Robert Martin Klein as Gomamon in Digimon Adventure tri.

Amy Birnbaum, who plays Téa Gardner, and Tara Sands, the voice of Mokuba Kaiba, were both nominees for Best Female Supporting Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie/Special.

Yugi Confirmed Playable in Jump Force Video Game, Fights Using Monsters

September 19, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Jump Force Yu-Gi-Oh! promo image featuring Yami Yugi with Slifer the Sky Dragon, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl

Bandai Namco Entertainment today revealed additional information about Yugi’s appearance in its upcoming Jump Force video game. The publisher confirmed that Yugi is a playable character in the game and pictured him armed with his Duel Disk and deck. Bandai Namco further stated that Yugi fights using Spell cards and Monster cards, including Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, and Slifer the Sky Dragon.

Jump Force debuts on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam in 2019. It is available for pre-order right now.

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Yugi Joins Jump Force Video Game

Yugi Joins Jump Force Video Game

September 14, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Promotional screenshot of Jump Force showing Yami Yugi

Yugi has entered the fray! The protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! has joined Jump Force, an upcoming tag-team fighting game featuring characters from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment and the official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! news website YU-GI-OH.jp made the big announcement today, revealing the in-game screenshot of Yami Yugi seen above.

YU-GI-OH.jp states that Yugi Muto (and not Yami Yugi) is the character who appears in the game and is voiced by Shunsuke Kazama.

Playable characters in Jump Force revealed thus far include Bleach’s Ichigo, Rukia, and Aizen; Dragon Ball’s Goku, Vegeta, and Freeza; Hunter x Hunter’s Gon and Killua; Naruto’s Naruto and Sasuke; and One Piece’s Luffy, Zolo, Sanji, Sabo, and Blackbeard. There’s no word yet whether Yugi will be a playable character, or will only appear as part of the story like Death Note’s Light Yagami and Ryuk.

Jump Force was developed to celebrate Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary and will debut in 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam.

(News from @BandaiNamcoEU, YU-GI-OH.jp)

Update (September 19): Bandai Namco has revealed that Yugi is a playable character and battles using Monster and Spell cards!

Yugitubers Hold Charity Stream for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

September 10, 2018 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi playing a card from his hand in episode 193

Several Yugitubers and Yu-Gi-Oh! community personalities will be getting together tomorrow, September 11, to live stream for a very good cause. Jonathan Moore of House O’ Champions will be hosting a 12-hour live stream to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. There will be special guests joining in throughout the day to participate in segments to help drive fundraising, including Alex “Cimoooooooo” Cimo, Robbie “MKohl40” Kohl, Billy Brake, Jeff Jones, Ryan Levine, Calvin Tahan, Bohdan Temnyk, and Roland Welsh.

To further encourage donations, all donators will receive raffle tickets based on how much they give, with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes, including:

  • A Super Rare Number 89: Diablosis the Mind Hacker — the 2017 YCS prize card — donated by YGO Singles
  • A 2011 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG playmat autographed by Dan Green (the voice of Yugi) and Greg Abbey (Yusei) from Jonathan Moore and Billy Brake’s personal collection
  • $100 in store credit for Troll and Toad and for ARG
  • Playmats from GEM and Ophidian
  • Sealed products, boxes, and more!

The 12-hour charity live stream will take place on September 11 and kicks off at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. You can watch the stream on House O’ Champions on YouTube or ZodiacDuelistTV on Twitch. It’s time to d-d-d-d-duel for charity!

If you would like to donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention directly, please visit AFSP.org.

(News from House O’ Champions)

200th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in Columbus Welcomes Darren Dunstan

August 30, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pegasus looking at his opponent after drawing a card in episode 35

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series tournament has been running for over 8 years and is about to host its 200th event next month. To celebrate this milestone, Konami will hold three YCS events simultaneously in different parts of the world for the first time ever. On September 22 and 23, duelists can head to Columbus, Ohio; Mexico City, Mexico; and Utrecht, Netherlands, to take part in the 200th YCS.

The 200th YCS Columbus event will host special guest Darren Dunstan, best known as the voice of Maximillion Pegasus in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and the voice director of all Yu-Gi-Oh! anime since episode 60 of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Naturally, this also means the return of the Ultimate Pegasus Challenge, a tournament where Pegasus uses his position as the creator of Duel Monsters to invoke wacky changes to the rules of the game while duelists are playing. This is only the fourth time that this special event will take place. Darren will be signing autographs all weekend as well.

The 200th YCS will also have several exclusive giveaways for participants, including a Gold Sarcophagus playmat; a Field Center Marker featuring the new prize card of this dueling season, Chaos Emperor, the Dragon of Armageddon; and a brand-new Divine attribute die.

To see Darren’s autograph schedule, photos of all of the exclusives, and more information about the event, check out the 200th YCS Columbus FAQ on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG website. The Columbus event will be live streamed on the OfficialYuGiOhTCG channel on YouTube.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is the successor to the Shonen Jump Championship, which hosted 74 events across the U.S. before ending in April 2010. The rebranded YCS program took dueling global, holding major tournaments in Europe, Latin America, and Australia, and introduced more prizes to duelists.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 37: ‘The Cause of Everything!!’

August 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Eve destroying Mystic Hell Gate and Mystic Heaven Gate in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 37

With no monsters left on her field, Eve faces a head-on attack from Yuya’s powered-up Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon with enough strength to wipe out her life points. She looks at her hand, where one of her two remaining cards seemingly calls out to her.

Use me…”

She knows that if she taps into its power, she will suffer irreparable physical harm to her body, just has she has all of these years she has traversed time and space. Eve recalls Isaac’s words after he lost to Reiji Akaba — that she must find Adam and find love. With renewed vigor, Eve picks up the card.

“In my hand at this very moment, G.O.D. is on the verge of awakening!” she proclaims to Yuya.

Eve uses the Pendulum effect of Mystic Hell Gate to destroy her two Pendulum zone cards. Yuya and Yuzu wince as a colossal whirlwind engulfs the field and crumbles her Gates, making room for the behemoth that is Genesis Omega Dragon. Yuya grabs his chest and cringes as he comes face to face with the beast that took everything from his life.

Yuya looks up to see that Eve has merged with G.O.D., her small head and torso jutting out of the top of its head. The discolored scar that previously tarnished only half her face has now spread over her entire body.

“You four souls have crossed time and space,” G.O.D. bellows, addressing Yuya and his brothers. “Now serve as my strength! I am the being that grants happiness to all in this universe! And I lead all to despair!”

G.O.D. further reveals its objective — to grant everyone the time that they wish for. And in this time, these people will all destroy themselves and their worlds.

Yuya looks G.O.D. in the eye as it speaks and again clutches his chest, apparently in pain. But this time, he sees a vision: G.O.D. in a black universe surrounded by lifeless planets and stars. Ren, lying on the ground after his Duel Runner accident, slowly coming to. And Sora Shiunin embracing his dying, unconscious sister. It is the power of the Adam Factor that shows him these images.

Yuya and his brothers attempt to find meaning in G.O.D.’s actions. Why would people who are given what they desire end up destroying themselves? Perhaps because they each find satisfaction in their own bubble, giving them no reason to progress in society. And without progress, civilization ends.

Yugo questions why Ren and Sora were victimized by G.O.D., while Yuya wonders if their lives would have turned out differently without G.O.D. interfering. Maybe they wouldn’t have abandoned hope after all. Maybe they would have persisted and lived great lives. But G.O.D. feared that hope, says Yuya.

Yuya’s words anger G.O.D. It promises to defeat Yuya and take back the power that Adam stole from it when it entered this world.

Thoughts

After reading last month’s chapter, I wasn’t sure if G.O.D. was the card Eve had in her hand. If it wasn’t, or if it was only a stepping stone to getting G.O.D. into play, I could see this story continuing on for much longer. But now, we really do see Eve play G.O.D. So this is it then — this is the big reveal. The story has reached its climax.

As absurdly powerful as G.O.D. already is — if an enemy tries to attack or effect it in any way, it ends their turn — I can’t help but feel like there is even more to it. After all, look at its design.

Front view of Genesis Omega Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 37

G.O.D. is tightly restrained by chains, leaving it hunched over, unable to let loose its full might. It reminds me of the anime version of Exodia, who, when summoned by Shimon, was also initially bound by chains that constrained its power.

In spite of the “god” moniker, G.O.D. seems to be a far more devilish being, tempting people when they are weak and promising to give them what they want, only to unleash suffering upon them in the end. There is also a question of the origin of G.O.D. When it is summoned, it is shown in front of a gate or portal, one that is all too similar to the man-made gate Adam sees in chapter 32. So does this imply that G.O.D. is a human creation? That humans, ever in the pursuit of success and the betterment of their world, created a monstrosity that could end their own existence? This is hitting a little too close to home…

Check out these good boys being all brave and protective when Eve was about to summon G.O.D.

Yuto shielding Yuzu and Yugo and Yuri protecting Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 37

So cute.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 37: “The Cause of Everything!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 39 (August 27, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

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[YGO: TAS] Episode 81 – Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels

August 26, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Super Special Awesome Show -- the fake title card for YGOTAS episode 81

After a long season full of twists and turns, Yami, Kaiba, and the gang finally arrive at Dartz’s hideout in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 81, “Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels.” Yami and Kaiba challenge him to a children’s card game, unleashing combos that they totally haven’t been practicing together in secret every weekend. Dartz thwarts their attacks, but not before revealing that the power of the Orichalcamalos turned his Atlantean people into furries and instructed him to rid the planet of the evil of humanity. How are Yami and Kaiba going to get out of this one?

Clocking in at just over 29 minutes, episode 81 is by far the longest episode of YGOTAS to date. This episode also guest stars Steve Yurko of The One Piece Podcast as the man in the military who asks the gang for help.

As a bonus, LK released a montage of all of the off-the-cuff lines and noises he made before recording his characters for this episode.

Anime Convention Update: The Final Alcon?!

Next weekend, LittleKuriboh will be attending Alcon in Leicester, England. This will mark his eighth guest appearance at the anime and gaming convention, which has taken place at De Montfort University for over ten years. This appearance, however, might be LK’s last. Yeah, we’ve heard this line before, but this time it might very well be for real.

“I think Alcon is dying and it’s on its last legs,” stated LK in his July 15 Patreon live stream. “So, I’m just going with the assumption that it’s going to be the last time, and whatever happens after that happens.”

Alcon will take place from August 30 through September 2.

LittleKuriboh, His Mental Health, and How It Has Affected His Interactions with Fans and YGOTAS Episode 81

Longtime followers of LittleKuriboh may have noticed a change in his works and his interactions with fans in the last few months: new content was coming out less frequently, live streams had completely disappeared (including Patreon-exclusive live streams), and even the We’re Still Here series, which LK had promised he would always continue, had stopped. What happened?

LittleKuriboh offered a detailed and emotional explanation in his July 15 Patreon live stream — his first such stream since February. LK’s words provide important answers to fans who may be worried about him or his content, or who may be wondering about the emotionality of this newest episode. Providing a summary of LK’s words would not do him justice, so here is a complete, unabridged transcription of his message from his live stream.

LittleKuriboh on his mental health and well-being:

I want to take a moment to address some more serious stuff — infinitely more serious stuff. I’ve not been doing a [Patreon] stream for you guys for, I want to say, the better part of four or five months now. And that’s on me, that’s 100 percent on me. There’s nobody else’s fault. […] Nothing serious has gone down. I just– About, I want to say, the beginning of this year, I started to notice that my mood was declining more rapidly than I was comfortable with. More rapidly than it had done previous, to the point I started to really take notice the fact that was being very hostile and lashing out at people that are close to me.

And nothing super dramatic, but I just in general have been a very negative presence and I didn’t feel comfortable putting myself in a situation where I’m in a public environment […] and I, I dunno, I just– The last four or five months I noticed I’ve been snapping at people, I’ve been attacking people, not like physically or even necessarily emotionally. I’ve just been very caustic, I’ve been very– I’m angry a lot. I’m a very angry person.

And that’s been a problem for me the last, I want to say, the better part of the last half of the year and I didn’t want that to be who I was on here, if that makes sense. I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I’m like, hey, I’m this angry personality and I’m gonna be that now. That’s not who I am, that’s not who I want to be. And I didn’t want it to be something that you guys tuned in every month or whenever to talk to and to have that person be the guy you know me as. I didn’t want that to reflect on me or on you guys or on any of this.

I wanted to get to a place where I felt like I was stable enough emotionally, if that makes sense, to handle stuff like this. And to also not be a negative influence on anybody here or even like exacerbate the way I felt and amplify it by shining a spotlight on it, if that makes sense. So I’m just sort of– I’m only just getting to the point where I feel comfortable putting myself out there in public. And yeah, it’s been really rough. I think it’s been something that’s been building for a while and I didn’t realize it.

My depression was one thing, and my depression is something that I’ve been able to keep a handle on, but I didn’t realize how angry and negative and aggressive I was becoming and it only really occurred to me when I logged on to Twitter and I realized, oh I think I’ve blocked more people in the last six months than I have in the entirety of my Twitter career, if that’s a thing.

But yeah, I realize that, no, I’m being intentionally and openly aggressive and I don’t want to feed into that. So, with that in mind, I didn’t want to come online and jump in a stream and be like, hey guys, I hate everything, I hate everyone, screw everything. I didn’t want to respond to anything you guys said or seem like– I didn’t want to encourage this ultimately and I wanted to get to a point where I felt like I could be who I want to be and be the person that you’ve all supported and have tried so hard to encourage, and the person that I should be for you guys ultimately.

‘Cause you guys have put nothing but love into all of this. You guys have put nothing but love and support into me, into Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, into all of the production stuff that we do. And I just don’t want to respond to that with hatred or negativity. I don’t that to become who I am ultimately. […] I’ve seen a lot of people and a lot of personalities really go off the deep end and I’m not gonna list any of them ’cause I’m sure a lot of you have seen them out there. And I feel like some of that, certainly from my perspective on this side of things, I think a lot of that is from just having attention and having basically just shining a spotlight on every aspect of their personality to the point that it grows out of control. That’s how I feel. I think that that’s a lot of it.

But yeah, ultimately I’m feeling better about myself. I feel like I took the time I needed and I appreciate all of your patience for waiting for me to get over that and for basically always having my back in all of this. In this strange emotional war that I’m fighting. It’s so stupid. But it’s not, but it’s real. It’s the worst. I’m sorry, I can’t say that enough, I really can’t. So that’s what happened. That’s why I didn’t do a patron stream for a while, that’s why I haven’t done a We’re Still Here for a while. Because I thought that if I just sat down in front of a camera I’d do nothing but complain and call people out, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t ever want to be that person. That’s not what this is for, that’s not what this was ever for.

I just want to be here to entertain you guys and make you laugh. And if anything else good comes from it, that’s great. But if anything negative comes from it, I want to avoid that if possible. Thank you for being understanding, guys.

LittleKuriboh on how this has impacted the content of YGOTAS episode 81:

There’s a lot of parts that I’m very proud of. I’ll be honest, going through the stuff emotionally that I have been going through, there’s some really real stuff in this one. I actually take a moment in the episode to really address some emotional subtext, I suppose. There’s some pretty heavy stuff that happens. Much heavier than anything I’ve ever done in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged. Like significantly so, to the point where that, I guess you could argue that some of the Yugi-Yami stuff has been emotional, but it’s more than that this time. And it’s more relevant to what I’m going through in real life.

[…]

I feel like this episode is really important for me because […], and it kind of relates to the hostility that I was feeling that I mentioned at the beginning of the stream, but it’s– I’m gonna hint toward what I’m talking about without full-on spoiling it. And I’m sure some of you who’ve seen the original season 4, especially in Japanese, they’ll know about this.

There’s a moment in the duel where Yami questions himself, where Yami’s like, is what I’m doing, is it worth even fighting, you know? Is it worth going forward if I’m this horrible person that Dartz has described, is it worth continuing and fighting? And he has a moment of pause where he’s like, you know what? Yeah, maybe I’ll just give up. […] There’s a moment where that happens and I wanted to do that moment justice ’cause I feel like Yami Yugi in season 4 in the dub, he has this character arc where Rafael tells him he’s evil and that he was an evil pharaoh and I don’t really feel like that worked super well. I’ve always felt like that’s a very artificial character arc and plot point and it just is there to provide drama, you know? It’s only really there to give conflict and it’s artificial conflict because we know that Yami probably wasn’t an evil pharaoh. Obviously we don’t know 100 percent at that point but– […] The character arc that Yami has in the original season 4 is like, you’re an evil pharaoh, and then he’s like, oh the Orichalcos, and he gets rid of Yugi, and he’s like, oh no I got rid of Yugi! Maybe I am a bad guy. Then it turns out he’s not really a bad guy and that Dartz is the bad guy. Et cetera, et cetera. Believe in yourself, et cetera.

And it’s like, well, I appreciate what they’re going for, but I don’t really feel like it worked super well. And I wanted to sort of highlight how ludicrous it was, for the most part, in season 4. But when it got to this part in this Dartz duel where Yami has a moment to pause and he realizes, oh, I guess, yeah, it might not be worth fighting, it might be easier to just give up. And I realized that is a very human thing that Yami’s feeling. And that’s real. And that applies to so much of what I’m going through. I didn’t want to take that out. And I wanted to keep that in and I wanted to apply it to what’s sort of been in the Abridged Series.

Obviously you know if you’ve been watching, you know what kind of character the Abridged Yami Yugi is. And I wanted to see if I could apply what Yami experiences in that duel in the original version to what he is in the abridged series. And again, I’m not gonna spoil it or anything, but he goes through some serious stuff and I– that’s my favorite part of the episode and I’m looking forward to talking about that and really showing people.

In his message, LittleKuriboh did his best not to spoil the new episode. But now that it has been released, hopefully his words in context offer fans a greater understanding of the content and of what has been happening in his life.

Canada Gets Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS English Dub Debut

August 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, VRAINS, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Ai is surprised when Playmaker activates a monster effect in Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS episode 36

4K Media’s English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is about to get its television debut. And just as with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Canada will be the first English-speaking market to receive the show. The Ontario-based TV Passport television listings website shows that Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS will premiere on the Teletoon network on September 1 at 1:00 pm ET. It also lists episode 2 premiering on September 2 in the same time slot.

Canada is one of only a handful of countries that does not receive Crunchyroll’s Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS simulcast. But maybe Canadian fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! can take some solace knowing that they are once again the first (and as of yet, the only) country to get the newest anime series dubbed in English.

As of this writing, 4K Media itself has not formally announced this English television premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, nor has it announced a release date or network for the United States.

(News from ANN)

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Smartphone, Tablet Covers by caseable

August 3, 2018 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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caseable's Samsung Galaxy Note 8 hard case with chibi Dark Magician and iPhone 7 Plus hard case with chibi Dark Magician Girl

caseable, a designer and producer of custom covers and cases for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other electronics, has launched its line of cute and cool Yu-Gi-Oh!-branded items! caseable offers a wide selection of the always-popular chibi (super deformed) character and monster designs, along with some flashy key art of Yugi, Kaiba, Joey, and their signature monsters.

All of caseable’s products are handcrafted and produced in Brooklyn and Berlin, Germany. No cheap third-world goods here! And the company’s extensive range of products covers almost all of the devices available on the market, so you won’t have any trouble finding a match for your gadget.

(News from caseable, shared by Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

caseable's iPhone 6 flip case with Red-Eyes Black Dragon

caseable's laptop premium sleeve with chibi Black Luster Soldier

caseable's laptop eco sleeve with chibi Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, and their monsters

caseable's Amazon Fire 10 HD smart case featuring with Blue-Eyes White Dragon

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