Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, ARC-V to Begin Streaming in Japan in August

July 28, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yami Yuugi standing aghast at the sight of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon played by the fake Seto Kaiba in episode 9

TV Tokyo has announced that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime will be streamed online in Japan beginning in August. That’s right, Japanese fans will finally be getting their own legal, official Yu-Gi-Oh! video streams! Websites that will have the shows include Niconico, Amazon Japan Instant Video, Yahoo Japan’s GyaO!, and Rakuten SHOWTIME. A full list of the websites is provided in TV Tokyo’s announcement.

Exact dates and times for the series’ online premieres will vary depending on the distributor. Niconico will live stream episodes 1 through 16 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on August 2 and episode 17 on August 9, putting its stream about a week behind TV Tokyo’s telecast. Niconico will also add the Duelist Kingdom story arc of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters on August 20. The streams will only be accessible within Japan.

TV Tokyo first teased fans about the “huge decision” to stream the shows early this morning on its official Yu-Gi-Oh! Twitter account. Huge indeed. Official Yu-Gi-Oh! streams are long overdue for Japan’s video market and it’s fantastic to finally see significant progress being made.

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  1. I would love to see the Japanese version of the series streamed in U.S after 4K Media Puts up an information of International Streaming Solutions. By putting the Japanese version of the series being streamed on any official video channel in Japan, it should be the sign that 4K Media still has a chance to stream the uncut subtitled Duel Monsters series along with all of the other series, subbed and dubbed. The contract issues with Shunsuke Kazama, the Japanese voice actor of Yugi, may very well be done now…

  2. I’d be absolutely thrilled to see the Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in the U.S. too, but the situation with Shunsuke Kazama’s contract might be more complicated than we realize. Maybe his original contract still allows for his voice work to be broadcast and streamed, but only within Japan. Or maybe the contractual issues really have been resolved, as you suggest, and his voice work can now be used more broadly than before. There could be numerous other possible scenarios. Since we aren’t aware of his contract’s restrictions, we ought to be careful drawing conclusions from this news.

  3. I agree. I think it’s to early to be speculating a US stream of the Japanese version. So I don’t expect 4K Media to announce their own steam of the Japanese version anytime soon.


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