[4Kids-Toonzaki] Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Episodes: Official, Uncut, Subbed, in Japanese!

September 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Subtitled, Japanese episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on Toonzaki

Original subtitled Japanese episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s are now on Toonzaki.com! The first six episodes of the series were added to Hulu early this morning and made their way to Toonzaki shortly after. Grab your popcorn and tune in!

The subtitles in each episode should appear automatically, but if they don’t, click the “CC” button on the player’s lower right corner and select “English.” The subtitles use Hulu’s closed captioning system (i.e. removable “soft subs”), which can display the text in three styles.

Special thanks go out to all of the people who participated in Toonzaki’s Facebook fan drive! It is because of your support that Toonzaki’s Facebook page was able to reach 300 fans overnight, allowing us to wake up to this great piece of news! Hoorah!

If you haven’t “Liked” Toonzaki on Facebook yet, it’s not too late! Head on over and join the celebration (and the complaining, of course, haha)!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's page on Hulu
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on Hulu.

So, 4Kids’ venture into the business of streaming uncut, uncensored shows continues. For those of you who’ve been following this saga since its inception, we have come a long way, haven’t we!

Back in August 2009, the Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom was dealt a crushing blow when 4Kids was forced to remove their official uncut, subtitled Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes from YouTube. Nevertheless, that now infamous announcement had a silver lining to it: 4Kids would continue to pursue the release of uncut, subtitled episodes of Sonic X, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX.

In April of this year, the original Japanese version of Sonic X made its way to Hulu. It was a fantastic accomplishment for 4Kids and a victory to be remembered by all! Still, fans whispered amongst themselves and wondered if the other Yu-Gi-Oh! series would really ever see an uncut release.

It would not be until late July that any news about further uncut shows would surface. On an episode of Anime News Network’s podcast, ANNCast, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s was specifically named as a candidate for receiving a subtitled release on a crazy new video portal 4Kids was developing. Specifically named. This would be the first time since August 2009 that any Yu-Gi-Oh! series would be officially mentioned by name for such a release.

And that brings us to today, September 22: more than a year after the original proposal for an uncut version of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s was made. In the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, today’s news is truly one for the books.

(If you actually read these outrageous posts of mine, you’ve probably realized that I love telling and retelling this story!)

Originally, that notorious August 2009 announcement called for subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s episodes to be released on YouTube. Once that project was completed, it next called for subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX episodes to be uploaded to YouTube as well. While the plan to use YouTube has apparently been scrapped (for the moment?), fans are still left wondering whether the intent to release uncut GX episodes is on track. Will GX really only enter the scene after 5D’s is released in its entirety? Or will we see it sooner? Will the fourth season of GX, which has yet to be dubbed and released in English, be given a special push forward for an uncut release?

Whew! One step at a time. Who knew that following 4Kids’ journey into the the world of uncut streaming shows would be so exciting! Thank you, 4Kids, for giving fans a legal and official means to watch these series!

No better news could have arrived today. Enjoy the final day of summer, everyone!

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  1. 4kids have been getting better. Sure a lot of their dialogue is still pretty average, but they’ve come a long way from invisible guns and censoring punches. They’re just lucky they have Dan Green.


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