Nicktoons to Air Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Starting January 14

January 13, 2013 at 10:16 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 20 Comments
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The official Yu-Gi-Oh! page on Nicktoons' website, captured in early January

Tomorrow evening, the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime makes a new home on the Nicktoons network, joining other popular brands like Avatar, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Monsuno, Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yu-Gi-Oh! premieres at 9:00 pm EST with episode 1, “The Heart of the Cards.”

Licensing Yu-Gi-Oh! to the Viacom-owned cable network was one of the deals 4Kids sought to close in early 2011. The deal was precluded when licensors TV Tokyo and ADK/NAS sued 4Kids looking to take back 4Kids’ Yu-Gi-Oh! rights, which subsequently drove the company into bankruptcy protection. After all that, it’s great to see that Konami was able to pick up where 4Kids left off.

Don’t have cable? No problem! Don’t forget that you can also watch Yu-Gi-Oh! for free anytime you want on Hulu and Toonzaki!

Nicktoons’ Goofs

Up until a few days ago, Nicktoon’s “Characters” and “About” pages for the Yu-Gi-Oh! show were filled with particularly amusing descriptions, typos, and spoilers. Although those peculiar blurbs have since been replaced with more official-looking text, everyone knows that nothing posted on the Internet ever truly disappears. Saved below are the original descriptions, preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

ABOUT YU-GI-OH!

The series centers on a timid boy named Yugi Muto. When Yugi solves a millennium puzzle after working on it for eight years, he unknowingly changes his life forever. The spirit residing within the puzzle merges with the boy, releasing an alter ego who is the King of Games. Now, when someone cruelly mistreats Yugi’s friends, the alter ego takes over and challenges them to a Shadow Game.

YUGI MATO

A shy, nerdy freshman whose body becomes the host of a 5,000 year-old Pharaoh after he solves the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi lives in his family’s game shop, Kame Game with his mother and grandfather. His grandfather taught him how to play Duel Monsters.

SETO KAIBA

Kaiba is the majority shareholder and CEO of his own gaming company, KaibaCorp. He aims to become the world’s greatest player of Duel Monsters, but first he must defeat his arch-rival, Yugi Muto. He is the older brother of Mokuba. Priest Seto is his Egyptian incarnate.

There’s something refreshingly funny seeing an official source doing such a sloppy job. Try harder, Nicktoons! :P

Update (January 14): So much for tonight’s premiere. Check the comments below.

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  1. Actually, I checked the schedule for Nicktoons for the week of Jan. 14 on both Toonzone.com and Zap2it.com, and it shows The Fairly OddParents in Yu-Gi-Oh!’s place. I looked up the schedule for Jan. 21 and it shows Yu-Gi-Oh! there. However, it seems they’re gonna air the series starting with Episode 5. Also, the show’s returning to Vortexx this Saturday at 11am and starting over from episode 1. Also, 4Kids, the former licensors of the franchise, has changed to 4Licensing Corp., according to Wikipedia.

  2. Actually, I checked the schedule for Nicktoons for the week of Jan. 14 (this week) on both Toonzone and Zap2it and it doesn’t show Yu-Gi-Oh! there, so I checked the schedule for the week of Jan. 21 and it does show Yu-Gi-Oh!, but they’re gonna start airing with episode 5. Also, the show will return to Vortexx this Saturday at 11am, starting with episode 1, accompanied by new episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL after that. Also, 4Kids, the company that used to license the show, has changed its name to 4Licensing Corporation.

  3. Really? It must have been a last-minute change. Up until Sunday, Nicktoons’ website was still listing the January 14 premiere date. Normally, I’d favor the information from the official source over websites like Toonzone and Zap2it, since such websites sometimes make listing mistakes or don’t update properly after new broadcast information is released, but I see that Nicktoons itself has now removed the premiere date. What a shame!

  4. Well, given the underpromotion on TV, I’m not too surprised, but I am upset. Then again, they’ve made moves like this before. Other networks such as CN, the former Kids WB!, they all took off Yu-Gi-Oh!/GX/5D’s off for (I always thought) no reason at all, then they’d usually put it back on with little/no announcement. I didn’t have the internet at home back then, but my parents did; I never knew if they’d remove it/put it back on; this started around summer 2005, when it was removed from weekdays for 2 weeks and replaced with The Batman and these changes continued for many years; but I never looked up the online schedules until today; just the ones on my TV programming guide. Also, Fairly OddParents is airing RIGHT NOW, INSTEAD of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and they’ve released a short promo of Alien Dawn at the bottom of the screen, not Yu-Gi-Oh!.

  5. I should’ve mentioned this, but I believe a lot of fans are also peeved at this move as well.

  6. Guess some networks just didn’t/don’t like the show.

  7. Meanwhile, according to Nick and More!, Alien Dawn’s confirmed premiere date is Feb. 22, 2013, and on-air promos of YGO disappeared late last week, so NOW, although zap2it.com has confirmed which episodes of YGO will air, as aforementioned, Nicktoons has provided no further info as to when the show will actually air on the network, so expect the schedule to change in a few days, and this should be a reminder of what happens when little to no promotion prevails and we all get hyped up when we hear about shows like YGO coming to a network with strange scheduling practices like Nicktoons, only to get nothing in return.

  8. About the online schedules, when I said “today,” I meant early 2010.

  9. I think you’re being a little bit too hard on Nicktoons. I disagree that “some networks just didn’t/don’t like the show.” Nicktoons certainly didn’t intend to waste its resources scheduling and promoting a new show only to pull out at the last second. There was probably something that happened behind the scenes that we’re not privy to (though it must have been one heck of a snag for Nicktoons to make such a super last-minute change). I wouldn’t put too much stock in what the Zap2it schedule has to say though. While it may ultimately be correct, I’d feel better waiting for Nicktoons itself to provide an update. I nevertheless agree that this is very frustrating and reflects extremely poorly on the network and the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand.

  10. If you think so, I apologize. I always feel that way when stuff like this happens.

  11. Oh, there is no need to apologize for having an opinion — after all, it’s an opinion and we are all entitled to our own! I was simply pointing out that these things don’t just happen out of the blue and that there’s probably something else going on out of public view, so we ought to take that into consideration. It’s easy to let our emotions get the best of us when we are discussing something that we care a lot about.

  12. Okay, I checked the schedule of the Nicktoons airings on zap2it, and they’re also skipping episode 10. However, the schedule might change in a few days.

  13. And, according to zap2it.com, the Nicktoons airing of the show, in addition to NOT airing the first 4 episodes, will skip episode 10. However, we can expect the show to be taken off the schedule soon, since they’re not promoting it on-air anymore. Also, the only confirmed episode to be shown on Vortexx so far is episode 1. Why they’re starting over, why they skipped some episodes of season 4, and why they’re not airing season 5 is beyond me.

  14. I just checked the Nicktoons schedules for next week on Toonzone and Yu-Gi-Oh! HAS been erased from their schedule completely.

  15. Scheduling changes galore. All the more reason to ignore those TV listing websites and wait for Nicktoons itself to update. :P

  16. While we’re waiting for them to do that (if they’ll do it at all), I went to Wikipedia just now and looked up “List of programs broadcast by Nicktoons” and the article has many categories: Current programming (Original programming), Acquired programming (Animated, Live-action), Repeats of Nickelodeon series, Repeats of Nicktoons series, Upcoming programming (Original programming: Animated, Live-action; Acquired programming: Live-action; Repeats of Nickelodeon series), Former programming (Original programming: Animated; Acquired Programming: Animated, Live-action; Repeats of Nickelodeon series; Repeats of Nick at Nite series), Films, and Shorts; not ONCE do they mention Yu-Gi-Oh! under any of those categories.

  17. In short, when I looked up the list of former, upcoming, and current shows broadcast on Nicktoons, Yu-Gi-Oh! was NOWHERE ON THE LIST!

  18. Uhhh, you know that Wikipedia is written and edited by ordinary people like you and me, right? If no one bothers to step up and add information to Wikipedia, it’s not going to magically appear. Since you seem to be very invested in this particular topic and have been spending a lot of time following it, why not write about your findings yourself? As they say in Wikipedia land, be bold!

  19. Yeah, they beat me to it.

  20. I want to lunern to play yogioh


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