Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, June 2020: Netflix, Tubi

June 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Shadow creatures materializing around Yugi in the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is in a strange state on Netflix. Since each of its five seasons were acquired separately and premiered on different dates, some seasons have expired and left the network while others remain. On June 8, Netflix removed seasons 1 and 2. This follows the network’s removal of seasons 4 and 5 back in March. Yes, that means only season 3 is currently available. Season 1 is slated to return on July 8. What about the others?

Seeing the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh! anime in such a disarranged state on the world’s most prominent streaming network is pitiable. But all things considered, it’s not a terribly big blow because the entire series is still available on so many other platforms, including Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll, hoopla, Hulu, Tubi, and YUGIOH.com.

In more positive news, Tubi added the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie on June 27. Available free with ads, this edition of the film premiered in U.S. theaters in March 2018. Gone is the pan-and-scan SD video found on the DVDs of yesteryear. If you still haven’t seen the dazzlingly clean HD widescreen picture in this version, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, April 2020: Crunchyroll, Ameba, YouTube

April 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Young Sugoroku Muto with a cigarette in his mouth in episode 199

It’s been a long time coming, but the subbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters at last entered the final story arc on Crunchyroll this past month. The network now has 200 Japanese episodes of the anime available for all to enjoy for free. If you haven’t already done so, remember to add the show to your queue so you’ll always be alerted of new episodes.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise has expanded to another children’s video network. Ameba, which specializes in content for kids between 3 and 13 years old, has picked up all 146 English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL for worldwide streaming (excluding Asia). The first five episodes are available to Ameba users who create a free account, while the rest require a paid subscription to view. Ameba is available on the web and on numerous platforms. All of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is still available for free on many other services, like YUGIOH.com and Crunchyroll.

The official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel started up its Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s marathon again this month. Since April 6, the channel has been looping the first 19 episodes of the English-dubbed anime. The marathon is, as of this writing, still in progress. The rest of the episodes are available for free on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, and other popular networks.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, March 2020: Hulu, Netflix, YouTube

March 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Pharaoh Atem on his throne, angry at Bandit King Bakura in episode 202

March was a great month for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V as season 3 of the English dub found another new home — Hulu. The U.S.-based subscription VOD network is now one of three platforms to host the entire series in English; the other two are Amazon Prime and Kidoodle.TV. If you’re looking for the Japanese version instead, Crunchyroll has you covered.

Bad news for fans of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!. Today, Netflix removed seasons 4 and 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters while sparing the first three seasons. The network originally added seasons 3, 4, and 5 exactly two years ago. You can still find the full English-dubbed series on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, Tubi, and other services.

Between March 23 and 31, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel live streamed the first five episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s non-stop. Over 430,000 duelists dropped by to see the action, which ended this morning. Were you one of them? If you like what you saw and want to watch the rest for free, Yusei is waiting for you on YUGIOH.com, Crunchyroll, and Tubi.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Streaming Roundup, February 2020: Kidoodle.TV, STARZ

March 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in the Kidoodle.TV app

Aside from Hulu’s removal and reinstatement of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, February brought two other updates to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise.

On February 13, Konami announced that it had partnered with Kidoodle.TV to carry all three English-dubbed seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Kidoodle.TV, pictured above, is a free video streaming platform for children ages 12 and under. It is supported by COPPA-compliant advertising and provides parents with controls to limit and monitor their child’s screen time. It is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and various connected TVs.

February 29 was the final day for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on STARZ. The premium cable network, along with its partner platforms like Hulu and Amazon that offered STARZ content, have since removed the movie from their services. STARZ picked up the movie in April 2018. It is still streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is Back on Hulu

February 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yuya Sakaki smiling after learning that Gong qualified for the Arc League Championship in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 40

Is this the quickest disappearance and return of a show on Hulu ever? After a day of banishment, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is back on Hulu. All of the English-dubbed episodes from seasons 1 and 2 that were removed yesterday are available for your enjoyment once again. Phew!

Hulu Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V

February 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yuya Sakaki appearing disappointed while he looks at a card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 40

Hulu removed Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V from its catalog earlier today. Seasons 1 and 2 of the English-dubbed anime joined the popular streaming network two years ago, on February 1, 2018.

The first two seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V are still streaming for free on Tubi TV. Subscribers of Netflix can also catch the same two seasons on its platform.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime members are blessed with the entire series on its network — including season 3.

Crunchyroll continues to host the full series in Japanese with English subtitles.

Update (February 3): Nevermind! Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has already returned to Hulu!

Hulu Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie, Restricts The Dark Side of Dimensions to STARZ Subscribers

November 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yugi looking angry in the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

After streaming for one year on Hulu, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions saw some changes this past weekend on the popular video network.

As of Saturday, the remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie has expired on Hulu and is no longer available. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is still available on Hulu, but only to subscribers of STARZ. The premium cable network has been streaming DSoD since April 2018. Hulu viewers can add STARZ to any Hulu plan for an additional $8.99 per month.

These changes are not a total loss though. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie is still streaming for free at local libraries that use the hoopla digital borrowing platform. It is also available for digital rental and purchase on select platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, and Microsoft Video. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is available for rental and purchase as well on even more digital platforms, like Amazon, Google Play, PlayStation Store, and YouTube.

Both movies have also received physical releases on Blu-ray and DVD. The widescreen remastered version of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie seen on Hulu was released on home video in the U.S. last month, while Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has been on sale in the U.S. since mid-2017.

Coincidentally, Funimation, the owner of Manga Entertainment UK, began streaming both movies in the United Kingdom and Ireland earlier this month. And in Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premiered yesterday on AbemaTV, a free video streaming network.

Hulu Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, The Dark Side of Dimensions

Mai Takes on Pegasus at YCS London 2019 at MCM Comic Con

September 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Mai Valentine showing off her victory over Pegasus in episode 151

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series is heading to London later this month, and it promises to be a very special event. Not only will it welcome two awesome Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors, but it will also be the first European YCS to showcase a scripted live duel. Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors Erica Schroeder and Darren Dunstan will be flying across the pond to host the event, and will face off in a duel as Mai Valentine versus Maximillion Pegasus. Be sure to bring your best Mai and Pegasus cards for them to sign!

YCS London will return to ExCeL London for the fifth time on October 26 and 27 in conjunction with MCM Comic Con London. Duelists can take part in all of the YCS activities, then check out the comic con in the same venue for free. Keep your eye on Konami’s YCS London page for the event schedule and live stream details, coming soon.

Would you like to see more Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors attend YCS events in Europe? YCS London 2018 welcomed Wayne Grayson (Joey Wheeler) and Jonathan Todd Ross (Marik Ishtar), while YCS London 2017 invited Dan Green (Yugi Muto) and Eric Stuart (Seto Kaiba), though those events didn’t feature a live duel with the guests.

(News from Erica Schroeder)

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Comes to Duel Links

September 26, 2019 at 11:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions playmat in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, the Duel Links World is a creation of Seto Kaiba’s that he uses to elevate his mind to a higher plane of consciousness in hopes of crossing over to the realm of the dead. And although Kaiba’s undertaking fails, he is given another chance to pursue this experiment and find Atem in The Dark Side of Dimensions.

…Even though that is merely a story from the mind of Kazuki Takahashi, today, Seto Kaiba has transcended the boundaries of fiction to come to our real-life Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game. Wild! And quite meta. Are we all just pawns fueling Kaiba’s creation?

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans can now journey to the world of The Dark Side of Dimensions, where they can meet Kaiba, Mokuba, Scud, and other duelists from the movie. To unlock the DSoD Duel World, you, as Yugi Muto, need to win a very special duel against Yami Yugi using a very special deck. For your victory, you will receive a DSoD playmat (pictured above), sleeves, a prismatic Dark Magician card with the DSoD artwork, and more. Once you visit the new DSoD World, you will also unlock the DSoD version of Kaiba and his Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

In Japan, the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie is returning to theaters starting in October for a limited run to promote the game. Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the West can still buy the movie on Blu-ray and DVD and numerous digital platforms. American Yu-Gi-Oh! fans can also stream the movie on Hulu.

Today’s Duel Links update follows the addition of the 5D’s world almost exactly one year ago.

Yugi Muto and Yami Yugi fight in the Ceremonial Duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Seto Kaiba and the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions logo in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Seto Kaiba and Blue-Eyes White Dragon in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD Box Set Available Now

September 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Yuya Sakaki plushie hiding behind Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD box set

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V’s home videos have come to an end with the release of season 3 on DVD by Cinedigm. This box set contains the final 49 episodes of the English-dubbed anime, which ran on Nicktoons from January through December of 2018. This Labor Day holiday, why not take a moment to relax with Yuya and his friends one more time as they venture to the Xyz Dimension to try to save their universe?

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 box was released last Tuesday, August 27, and contains two volumes, each with three DVD discs. You can find this region 1 set for a suggested retail price of $44.99 at your favorite retailer.

This is the first English-language home video product that is branded with Konami’s logo instead of 4K Media’s since the company’s renaming earlier this year.

Cover of Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 DVD box set

What Happened to the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Blu-ray Releases?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 1 was the first time any Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series received a high-definition Blu-ray release. Its BD and DVD debuted alongside each other in September 2016. What has happened since then?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2 was originally slated to see both a BD and DVD release on May 8, 2018. But only the DVD ended up being released on that date. According to retailers I spoke to, the BD release was postponed to June 5, and then again to June 26. Worse yet, the release changed from a typical pressed BD to a print-on-demand BD-R product that cost $89.99, which not all retailers could even order from their wholesaler. And although June 26 was the official street date, few retailers acquired the product in advance, which meant that unless you pre-ordered the set, you were in for a long wait as the discs were made.

And now, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 3 has no BD release at all.

While no one has issued a statement about this loss, it’s not hard to hypothesize what happened. Ultimately, this only reinforces the imperativeness of pre-ordering a video product that you really want, especially if it is a niche title like this Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off.

It’s not the end of the world though, because season 3 can still be purchased in high definition from all of the usual digital video platforms, like Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

As of this writing, Cinedigm has not responded to a request for comment about the lack of a Blu-ray release for season 3.

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