Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: English-Dubbed Capsule Monsters Episodes

December 8, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in 4Kids, Capsule Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi and the gang strike a pose as they load their capsules in Capsule Monsters episode 11
It’s Morphin’ Time!

For day two of Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week, I’ve decided to index a series that I haven’t talked much about: Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters! Head over to my newest page, where you’ll find links to stream the 12-episode miniseries. The episodes are hosted on 4KidsTV.com, just like the English-dubbed Duel Monsters episodes posted yesterday. The episodes have unfortunately not yet made it to 4Kids’ YouTube channel.

The Capsule Monsters story arc takes place between the Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel story arcs, hence the episodes’ placement on 4KidsTV.com’s own listings. I’ve opted to list the episodes separately from the Duel Monsters series, since they were not originally part of that show.

Capsule Monsters debuted in 2006 to much fanfare, though it was how the series first came to be discovered by the online Yu-Gi-Oh! fanbase that’s particularly interesting.

Word about a new Yu-Gi-Oh! series first surfaced in late 2005 when retailers received information about an upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters tabletop game that corresponded with the anime. This announcement, however, went virtually unnoticed. It wasn’t until the start of February 2006 that a few never-before-seen Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes were caught airing on the Irish TV channel RTÉ Two. Four episodes of Capsule Monsters would air before the series disappeared. Fans were intrigued but confused. On LiveJournal’s “Play the Damn Card, Already!” community, fans feverishly speculated about the show’s origins and its place in the Yu-Gi-Oh! timeline. The news would soon spread to the Janime Community Forum and anime forums everywhere. There hadn’t been this much excitement in the fanbase in a long time.

In May 2006, the first of two Capsule Monsters DVDs would be released in the U.S. The DVD contained a “movie” version of the series — a 90-minute edited compilation of the first six episodes. On the eve of the release date, 4Kids gave fans a special sneak peek by streaming the entire movie live on yugioh.com, an unprecedented event at the time. The second DVD, featuring a movie version of the final six episodes of the series, would be released in September 2006.

The full 12-episode series would eventually be added to 4Kids TV’s Fall 2006 lineup, giving American fans their first opportunity to watch the show in its entirety on their TVs.

A Japanese release of Capsule Monsters is conspicuously absent. As of this writing, there hasn’t been one. And with each passing day, the odds that it’ll happen look slimmer and slimmer.

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