[YGO: TAS] Episode 81 – Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels

August 26, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Super Special Awesome Show -- the fake title card for YGOTAS episode 81

After a long season full of twists and turns, Yami, Kaiba, and the gang finally arrive at Dartz’s hideout in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 81, “Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels.” Yami and Kaiba challenge him to a children’s card game, unleashing combos that they totally haven’t been practicing together in secret every weekend. Dartz thwarts their attacks, but not before revealing that the power of the Orichalcamalos turned his Atlantean people into furries and instructed him to rid the planet of the evil of humanity. How are Yami and Kaiba going to get out of this one?

Clocking in at just over 29 minutes, episode 81 is by far the longest episode of YGOTAS to date. This episode also guest stars Steve Yurko of The One Piece Podcast as the man in the military who asks the gang for help.

As a bonus, LK released a montage of all of the off-the-cuff lines and noises he made before recording his characters for this episode.

Anime Convention Update: The Final Alcon?!

Next weekend, LittleKuriboh will be attending Alcon in Leicester, England. This will mark his eighth guest appearance at the anime and gaming convention, which has taken place at De Montfort University for over ten years. This appearance, however, might be LK’s last. Yeah, we’ve heard this line before, but this time it might very well be for real.

“I think Alcon is dying and it’s on its last legs,” stated LK in his July 15 Patreon live stream. “So, I’m just going with the assumption that it’s going to be the last time, and whatever happens after that happens.”

Alcon will take place from August 30 through September 2.

LittleKuriboh, His Mental Health, and How It Has Affected His Interactions with Fans and YGOTAS Episode 81

Longtime followers of LittleKuriboh may have noticed a change in his works and his interactions with fans in the last few months: new content was coming out less frequently, live streams had completely disappeared (including Patreon-exclusive live streams), and even the We’re Still Here series, which LK had promised he would always continue, had stopped. What happened?

LittleKuriboh offered a detailed and emotional explanation in his July 15 Patreon live stream — his first such stream since February. LK’s words provide important answers to fans who may be worried about him or his content, or who may be wondering about the emotionality of this newest episode. Providing a summary of LK’s words would not do him justice, so here is a complete, unabridged transcription of his message from his live stream.

LittleKuriboh on his mental health and well-being:

I want to take a moment to address some more serious stuff — infinitely more serious stuff. I’ve not been doing a [Patreon] stream for you guys for, I want to say, the better part of four or five months now. And that’s on me, that’s 100 percent on me. There’s nobody else’s fault. […] Nothing serious has gone down. I just– About, I want to say, the beginning of this year, I started to notice that my mood was declining more rapidly than I was comfortable with. More rapidly than it had done previous, to the point I started to really take notice the fact that was being very hostile and lashing out at people that are close to me.

And nothing super dramatic, but I just in general have been a very negative presence and I didn’t feel comfortable putting myself in a situation where I’m in a public environment […] and I, I dunno, I just– The last four or five months I noticed I’ve been snapping at people, I’ve been attacking people, not like physically or even necessarily emotionally. I’ve just been very caustic, I’ve been very– I’m angry a lot. I’m a very angry person.

And that’s been a problem for me the last, I want to say, the better part of the last half of the year and I didn’t want that to be who I was on here, if that makes sense. I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I’m like, hey, I’m this angry personality and I’m gonna be that now. That’s not who I am, that’s not who I want to be. And I didn’t want it to be something that you guys tuned in every month or whenever to talk to and to have that person be the guy you know me as. I didn’t want that to reflect on me or on you guys or on any of this.

I wanted to get to a place where I felt like I was stable enough emotionally, if that makes sense, to handle stuff like this. And to also not be a negative influence on anybody here or even like exacerbate the way I felt and amplify it by shining a spotlight on it, if that makes sense. So I’m just sort of– I’m only just getting to the point where I feel comfortable putting myself out there in public. And yeah, it’s been really rough. I think it’s been something that’s been building for a while and I didn’t realize it.

My depression was one thing, and my depression is something that I’ve been able to keep a handle on, but I didn’t realize how angry and negative and aggressive I was becoming and it only really occurred to me when I logged on to Twitter and I realized, oh I think I’ve blocked more people in the last six months than I have in the entirety of my Twitter career, if that’s a thing.

But yeah, I realize that, no, I’m being intentionally and openly aggressive and I don’t want to feed into that. So, with that in mind, I didn’t want to come online and jump in a stream and be like, hey guys, I hate everything, I hate everyone, screw everything. I didn’t want to respond to anything you guys said or seem like– I didn’t want to encourage this ultimately and I wanted to get to a point where I felt like I could be who I want to be and be the person that you’ve all supported and have tried so hard to encourage, and the person that I should be for you guys ultimately.

‘Cause you guys have put nothing but love into all of this. You guys have put nothing but love and support into me, into Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, into all of the production stuff that we do. And I just don’t want to respond to that with hatred or negativity. I don’t that to become who I am ultimately. […] I’ve seen a lot of people and a lot of personalities really go off the deep end and I’m not gonna list any of them ’cause I’m sure a lot of you have seen them out there. And I feel like some of that, certainly from my perspective on this side of things, I think a lot of that is from just having attention and having basically just shining a spotlight on every aspect of their personality to the point that it grows out of control. That’s how I feel. I think that that’s a lot of it.

But yeah, ultimately I’m feeling better about myself. I feel like I took the time I needed and I appreciate all of your patience for waiting for me to get over that and for basically always having my back in all of this. In this strange emotional war that I’m fighting. It’s so stupid. But it’s not, but it’s real. It’s the worst. I’m sorry, I can’t say that enough, I really can’t. So that’s what happened. That’s why I didn’t do a patron stream for a while, that’s why I haven’t done a We’re Still Here for a while. Because I thought that if I just sat down in front of a camera I’d do nothing but complain and call people out, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t ever want to be that person. That’s not what this is for, that’s not what this was ever for.

I just want to be here to entertain you guys and make you laugh. And if anything else good comes from it, that’s great. But if anything negative comes from it, I want to avoid that if possible. Thank you for being understanding, guys.

LittleKuriboh on how this has impacted the content of YGOTAS episode 81:

There’s a lot of parts that I’m very proud of. I’ll be honest, going through the stuff emotionally that I have been going through, there’s some really real stuff in this one. I actually take a moment in the episode to really address some emotional subtext, I suppose. There’s some pretty heavy stuff that happens. Much heavier than anything I’ve ever done in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged. Like significantly so, to the point where that, I guess you could argue that some of the Yugi-Yami stuff has been emotional, but it’s more than that this time. And it’s more relevant to what I’m going through in real life.

[…]

I feel like this episode is really important for me because […], and it kind of relates to the hostility that I was feeling that I mentioned at the beginning of the stream, but it’s– I’m gonna hint toward what I’m talking about without full-on spoiling it. And I’m sure some of you who’ve seen the original season 4, especially in Japanese, they’ll know about this.

There’s a moment in the duel where Yami questions himself, where Yami’s like, is what I’m doing, is it worth even fighting, you know? Is it worth going forward if I’m this horrible person that Dartz has described, is it worth continuing and fighting? And he has a moment of pause where he’s like, you know what? Yeah, maybe I’ll just give up. […] There’s a moment where that happens and I wanted to do that moment justice ’cause I feel like Yami Yugi in season 4 in the dub, he has this character arc where Rafael tells him he’s evil and that he was an evil pharaoh and I don’t really feel like that worked super well. I’ve always felt like that’s a very artificial character arc and plot point and it just is there to provide drama, you know? It’s only really there to give conflict and it’s artificial conflict because we know that Yami probably wasn’t an evil pharaoh. Obviously we don’t know 100 percent at that point but– […] The character arc that Yami has in the original season 4 is like, you’re an evil pharaoh, and then he’s like, oh the Orichalcos, and he gets rid of Yugi, and he’s like, oh no I got rid of Yugi! Maybe I am a bad guy. Then it turns out he’s not really a bad guy and that Dartz is the bad guy. Et cetera, et cetera. Believe in yourself, et cetera.

And it’s like, well, I appreciate what they’re going for, but I don’t really feel like it worked super well. And I wanted to sort of highlight how ludicrous it was, for the most part, in season 4. But when it got to this part in this Dartz duel where Yami has a moment to pause and he realizes, oh, I guess, yeah, it might not be worth fighting, it might be easier to just give up. And I realized that is a very human thing that Yami’s feeling. And that’s real. And that applies to so much of what I’m going through. I didn’t want to take that out. And I wanted to keep that in and I wanted to apply it to what’s sort of been in the Abridged Series.

Obviously you know if you’ve been watching, you know what kind of character the Abridged Yami Yugi is. And I wanted to see if I could apply what Yami experiences in that duel in the original version to what he is in the abridged series. And again, I’m not gonna spoil it or anything, but he goes through some serious stuff and I– that’s my favorite part of the episode and I’m looking forward to talking about that and really showing people.

In his message, LittleKuriboh did his best not to spoil the new episode. But now that it has been released, hopefully his words in context offer fans a greater understanding of the content and of what has been happening in his life.

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  1. Oh wow, thank you so much providing the context behind the new episode. I’m glad he was able to take some time off. It’s really hard to see him face struggles like this.

  2. I was really worried about LK when his We’re Still Here episodes suddenly stopped. For that to have happened, I had the feeling that he must have been experiencing something terribly dire or painful. When I listened to him talk in the stream about his emotional struggles, I felt sad for him but also glad that he’s been getting better. And when he described how his struggles connected to episode 81, I knew that this was going to be an important episode. Even without seeing the episode then, I could feel the impactfulness of his words. Watching the episode now and looking back at his words is just…wow. Anyway, I’m so happy LK’s doing better.


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