[SDCC 2015] Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Subbed Now Available on Crunchyroll!

July 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Yami Yugi hopping on a helicopter as the building he is standing on collapses in episode 177
Brace yourself. He’s here.

After all these years, it’s finally here! The original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime is now officially available with English subtitles! This monumental announcement came today at the “Spotlight on Yu-Gi-Oh! and Creator Kazuki Takahashi” panel at San Diego Comic Con 2015. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans worldwide (outside of Asia and Italian-speaking Europe) can now watch Yu-Gi-Oh! in all of its uncut and uncensored glory in Japanese on Crunchyroll for free. The first five episodes are currently available. New episodes will be added each month, said 4K Media Producer Shane Guenego.

Further coverage of Kazuki Takahashi’s SDCC 2015 panel is forthcoming.

Yu-Gi-Oh! History Was Made Today

Nearly six years ago, former Yu-Gi-Oh! rights owners 4Kids Entertainment attempted to provide this series in its original Japanese format with English subtitles, but 4Kids’ endeavors were quashed due to some dismaying rights issues on the Japanese licensors’ side. Since then, the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise has seen the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, ZEXAL, and, most recently, GX series receive the uncut, English-subbed treatment. And today, history was made with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series; the show can at last move on from its past licensing horrors.

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is the news that I and so many other Yu-Gi-Oh! fans have been yearning to hear for so, so many years. And now, it’s finally here! Words cannot express my gratitude to 4K Media (Konami), ADK, NAS, TV Tokyo, and Crunchyroll for making this happen. Please support this new undertaking and enjoy the series on its official, legal home on Crunchyroll.

Update (July 13): According to a news post today by Crunchyroll, the show is not available to Italian-speaking Europe. My post above has been updated with this information.


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  1. I thought I’d never see the day! I know what I’m doing tonight.

    Now if only they’d release this on DVD, I would buy it.

  2. I’m happy! I can now watch official subtitled and uncut Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters on Crunchyroll! I hope they release the subtitled version of the Pyramid of Light movie too, maybe on DVD… :D

  3. If there is a DVD release, im buyin’ dis shiz. The Crunchyroll video quality isn’t very good. Two much ghosting with interlacing and rainbows for me. Hopefully a DVD release (if there is any) will fix these issues.

    Either way, i’m watching it from the start again. Hopefully I can pick up right at the start of Season 2 since I have seen the Duelist Kingdom Arc too many times now.

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