Nicktoons Skips Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2, Airs Season 3

January 8, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments

Yuya Sakaki, shocked that his mom supports Reed Pepper more than anyone else, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 41

Even though the full first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has been available on Blu-ray, DVD, and DTO for almost a year, Nicktoons only recently finished broadcasting the season on TV. Now, as the network prepares to continue the series this weekend with new episodes, TV listings show that Nicktoons is skipping season 2 and airing the first episode of season 3. Nicktoons has an unfortunate reputation for making last-minute changes to its schedule, so might this be an error?

“I can confirm the schedule is correct,” said Bronte Barbarito, coordinator of corporate communications at Nick, when questioned about the listing.

Barbarito did not address questions about whether Nick has broadcast/streaming rights to season 2, or whether that season might still be offered at a later date.

4K Media did not reply to inquiries at the time of writing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V debuted in the U.S. on Nicktoons in February 2016. The U.S. was the third English-language market to receive the show, after Canada in July 2015 and Australia in October 2015. Both countries have aired seasons 1 and 2 of the anime and are currently on season 3.

Look for the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 3, “A Warlike Welcome,” on Nicktoons this Saturday, January 13. Check your local listings for the exact time.

Update (January 31): Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 and 2 will be streaming on Hulu starting February 1.


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  1. In Germany, parts of season 2 were skipped as well because on Nickelodeon the ratings seem to have been abysmal. Season 3 now airs on a channel for teens and adults and appears to be doing a little better.

  2. Wow! You know the series is dying when they had to skip season 2 and get to season 3 instead.

  3. @dantini Sorry to hear that happened in Germany too. But very happy to hear that it’s doing better now — and on a channel for teens and adults! That’s very cool and unexpected. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if Yu-Gi-Oh! were played on a network like that here in the U.S.
    @tree As soon as season 1 came out on BD/DVD/DTO, all incentive for people to watch it on TV disappeared. I don’t know what kind of agreement Nick has with 4K Media, but Nick should have foreseen this and adjusted its schedule, if at all possible. That’s my opinion anyway.

  4. Nicktoons is a dying dinosaur right now. If they go out? No one will miss them online. lol

  5. It’s sad that they’re skipping the televised run for Arc-V, but I’m glad that another Yu-Gi-Oh series will get a complete English dub, even if this is one of those anime that’s considered to be a means for merch sales.

  6. Why do they keep doing this to the serialized stories? Ugh! Off to Crunchyroll (or a similar site) to watch Season 2!

  7. This was the official statement from NickToons explaining the decision to skip Season 2:

    “Yes, we will be launching season 3 of ARC-V on 01/13/18.
    But we will not air season 2 as per request from Konami.

    Nicktoons took too long to air season 1 of ARC-V and fell behind the rest of the world in terms of consumer products, marketing, and promotion for the series.

    Konami wanted us to catch up with the rest of world and the only way to do it was by skipping season 2 and going directly into season 3.

    In addition, there is a new series coming in the fall and we needed to complete ARC-V before then.”

    Unfortunately, Season 3 gets a bit… disturbing… what with the whole parasites infecting people and such…

  8. Barbarito said that? That’s not the statement she issued me. Where can I see this “official statement” released by Nick?

  9. In Germany it is as follows, @dantini and @ravegrl:
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 1 was displayed on ProSieben MAXX.
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 2 was aired by Nickelodeon until episode 92 (while season 1 continued to be re-run by the other channel).
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 3 has been re-released by ProSieben MAXX, which is almost finished.

  10. Nickelodeon messed up everything in the United States.
    He spent months replaying the first 26 episodes at an ungrateful time.
    And 4K Media does not have much of a choice, because after Saban lost the “Vortexx” block on The CW , only Nicktoons, who was playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, although in an episode well before the point where he was in Vortexx, which caused the delay for Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V debut.
    The situation of Yu-Gi-Oh! in the United States it’s unfortunate!

    Not worse than Brazil, that after Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, did not receive anything new since the same Nickelodeon gave up Yu-Gi-Oh! in Latin America, harming the launch of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (which only had 13 episodes released on DVD in 2014, 4 years after the end of GX on Brazilian TV), Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (which was only made available in late 2013 on a little-known streaming service, without the 5D’s having premiered and even exchanged Yugi’s voice), plus the latest anime and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side Of Dimensions.

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