New Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie Website Invites Fans to Submit Selfies

August 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Site Updates, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Screenshot of 4K Media's new Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions website

4K Media launched a new website for the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie this weekend. Check it out: http://www.yugioh.com/movie

In addition to summarizing the movie, profiling the main characters, and collecting some of the trailers, the website also invites fans to take a selfie while holding their favorite card to earn a chance at appearing in the home video release of the movie. Check out all of the photos that fans have already submitted!

Hulu Eliminates Free Video Streaming Service

August 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Site Updates | Leave a comment
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Hulu and Yahoo View logos

American video-on-demand service Hulu announced today that it will no longer offer free streaming videos. Over the next few weeks, Hulu will phase out this ad-supported free service in favor of its two subscription plans — $7.99 per month with commercials, and $11.99 per month without. Hulu has been a destination for free Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes since 2010.

Don’t agonize too hard over this revelation, however. 4K Media (Konami) is a Hulu partner and the Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Yugioh.com, which are hosted on Hulu for U.S.-based viewers, aren’t going anywhere.

“There should be minimal impact to Yu-Gi-Oh! fans as free ad-supported content will still be available through distribution partner deals such as Yugioh.com, Comcast, Yahoo, etc.,” explained 4K Media. “This news will only impact users who visited Hulu.com via a computer and did not have a Plus subscription.” The company noted that such users account for “a very small number” of Yu-Gi-Oh! views — “less than one percent.”

Also today, Yahoo announced that its partnership with Hulu is expanding with the launch of Yahoo View, a new website for free TV and movies. Yahoo View’s library will include much of the programming that Hulu had offered for free — including the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series — and is supported by ads. Check them out:

So, if you’ve been relying on Hulu for your free Yu-Gi-Oh! fix, it’s time to change your routine. For everyone else, keep enjoying Yu-Gi-Oh! as usual!

YUGIOH.com Adds ARC-V Synopsis, Character Profiles, Cards

April 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Konami, Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment

Yuya Sakaki, Gong Strong, and Zuzu Boyle in the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V banner on YUGIOH.com

The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime is finally getting some love over on YUGIOH.com, 4K Media’s official website for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!-related. The website has updated its “Series” page to include a listing for the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and now offers a synopsis for its first season and a small gallery of character profiles. Many of Yuya’s monsters have also been added to the card database, including Odd Eyes Dragon, Stargazer Magician, and Timegazer Magician. Check out all that brilliant, gorgeously large card art.

Which Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V character profiles and card art will get uploaded next? Keep your eyes on YUGIOH.com to find out. And don’t forget to tune in to Nicktoons every Sunday at 10 am ET/7 am PT to catch the latest episodes of the anime!

Full Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V English-Dubbed Episodes on Nick.com

March 21, 2016 at 6:53 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Thumbnail for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 1 on Nick's Yu-Gi-Oh! webpage

Miss the new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes airing on Nicktoons? No worries! Nicktoon’s official website for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on Nick.com has begun streaming full episodes of the English dub! Now you can watch the anime anytime, on any device, legally, for free. Hooray!

First up is episode 1, “Swing Into Action, Part 1.”

I’ve begun indexing the links on my new “Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – DUBBED Episodes” streaming videos page. Keep it tuned here and to Nick’s Yu-Gi-Oh! website for all of the latest episodes.

Nicktoons began broadcasting Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on February 21 and continues to play new episodes each Sunday at 10 am ET/7 am PT with reruns throughout the week.

Yu-Gi-Oh! at San Diego Comic Con 2015 – Master Post

July 19, 2015 at 11:25 pm | Posted in Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Comic Con banners hanging in the San Diego Convention Center

For Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, San Diego Comic Con 2015 might as well have been called Yu-Gi-Oh! Con. It was a historic event for the franchise that warranted special attention and was worthy of a more comprehensive level of coverage. This post contains a list of all things Yu-Gi-Oh! at SDCC 2015 that I covered.

SDCC 2015 Coverage:

* Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi held an hour-long panel, his first ever in the United States. This is my rundown of the extraordinary gathering, from start to finish.

* Epic TV anime news! Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters will finally be released in its entirety in Japanese with English subtitles. It’s available now on Crunchyroll.

* Epic movie news! Takahashi gave SDCC attendees the exclusive scoop on the new movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.

* Takahashi was awarded SDCC’s prestigious Inkpot Award for his contributions to the worlds of anime and manga.

* Takahashi signed autographs for the luckiest of his fans.

* After much confusion and uncertainty, UDON Entertainment announced a release date for Takahashi’s Duel Art Yu-Gi-Oh! book at its panel.

* Yu-Gi-Oh! had a strong presence in SDCC’s exhibit hall and beyond.

Pre-SDCC 2015 Posts:

* Kazuki Takahashi is announced as a special guest at SDCC 2015. This is what started it all.

* Takahashi will be on a panel about the new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie.

* There will be a limited number of copies of Duel Art available for sale at SDCC.

* Hype machine, activated! The trailer for the new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie will premiere at SDCC.

* Have your questions for Kazuki Takahashi answered live on stage at his panel. 4K Media launches its #‎yugiohQA‬ Twitter campaign.

It’s hard to believe that Comic Con 2015 ended one week ago, and that everyone has since returned to seven days of normal life. It felt like it was only yesterday that the Yu-Gi-Oh!-sphere was abuzz with excitement about the news from Takahashi’s panel. Will the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise ever again see another event of this caliber?

While it is ultimately up to the Japanese and the American Yu-Gi-Oh! rights owners, don’t underestimate the power of the fandom. Keep supporting Yu-Gi-Oh! and who knows what the future might bring!

YGOTAS Streams & Downloads Pages Updated

March 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yugi looking at the Revver logo in LittleKuriboh's Without Yugi video
Remember when Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series found a home on Revver back in 2007? Ah, the memories…

Exactly six months ago, LittleKuriboh and his Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged empire endured a colossal shake-up when Blip.tv closed LK’s account. Since then, LK has found a new home for his videos over at TeamFourStar.com, joined a YouTube network, and made his YouTube channel a little more cozy by renaming it “LittleKuriboh.” He has even started several new projects, including more Let’s Plays, the We’re Still Here series, and The Mark Remark — his new show satirizing the antics of the WWE. Things are looking on the up-and-up for LK.

Looking at LittleKuriboh move forward amidst change and how well received his new endeavors are, I am reminded of all of the fresh excitement that always accompanied his video releases back when YGOTAS was young and how much laughter and enjoyment those videos brought to his viewers, myself included. So, in the spirit of sharing that LittleKuriboh always embodied, I’ve decided to begin working again on my streams and downloads pages for YGOTAS and to keep these pages updated for as long as I can.

My updates come with a caveat, however. To encourage viewers to watch LK’s work on TFS and YouTube, I won’t offer his videos for download until at least one month has elapsed from the time LK first releases them. And as usual, I’ll only be keeping track of and saving his Abridged-related projects.

Not all of the videos that are streaming online are currently available for download (this is something I hope to change in the future). But the vast majority of the videos that are available for download are also available for streaming. The exceptions — like Yu-Gi-Oh: The Other Abridged Movie, Zorc & Pals, GUHROOGAMESH!!!1, the full version of Marik Plays Mass Effect, and a small number of others — were either deleted from YouTube or were never uploaded to YT or TFS and thus aren’t streaming on any official source.

One thing that has changed is that lack of official YGOTAS video downloads coming from LK himself. The days of LK offering downloads on Blip, Revver, and iTunes are in the past. Since he is no longer offering downloads on TFS, going forward, we’ll need to rely on videos ripped from the streams. This is not as much of an issue as it was in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged’s early days when video compression technology was so poor that such videos were known to cause eye cancer. Today’s streaming videos look nearly identical to their source with the added benefit of being smaller in file size.

Like all of my streams and downloads pages for the many Yu-Gi-Oh! series, these YGOTAS pages are works in progress.

New Streams & Downloads Pages for Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL, Bonds Beyond Time

February 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Site Updates | Leave a comment
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What has Yuma lost? Figure it out, Astral gently utters in ZEXAL episode 146

4K Media (Konami) released the 146th and final episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL this past weekend! Congratulations! Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is only the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series to receive a complete English dub, so this momentous occasion deserves the highest amount of praise and attention. Although I am but one person, I hope that I can celebrate this milestone in a way that is meaningful and supportive of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

In recent months, 4K Media has made significant strides in increasing the worldwide availability of each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. To raise awareness of those initiatives, today I have created new pages that organize and highlight the numerous streaming and downloading options not only for Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, but also for the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, and 5D’s series and the Bonds Beyond Time movie. My indexes for video streams include the most up-to-date links available from YUGIOH.com, Hulu, and Crunchyroll, while the indexes for downloads include options from several popular platforms, including the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, PlayStation Store, VUDU, and Xbox Video.

By sharing these options, it is my hope that more and more fans across the globe can support the franchise that they love so that the 4K Media and the Yu-Gi-Oh! creators can continue to bring forth more successes like Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.

Here are the new pages for streaming videos:

And here are the new pages for video downloads:

The following previously available pages have been updated with new links:

Not all platforms have every episode or season of every show, either intentionally or by error. Xbox Video, for example, is missing all of season 3 and 5 of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and some episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 1. I’ve inquired about the missing videos on each platform and will update my indexes if things change. These pages are all works in progress.

And to anyone who is concerned that I have been neglecting the streams and downloads pages for LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged series, I’ll have a surprise for you next week…

YUGIOH.com Activates International Streaming Capabilities

February 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Konami, Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi orders Des Volstgalph to attack the Big Five's Machine King in episode 112

4K Media (Konami) has begun updating YUGIOH.com to allow fans outside the United States to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes directly on its website. While desktop users based in the U.S. will continue to receive streams via Hulu, those residing outside the U.S. will now begin streaming from Crunchyroll (if the video is available) rather than receiving a region restriction error message. Crunchyroll’s library includes episodes from all four Yu-Gi-Oh! series and is accessible to most of the world outside of the U.S. and Asia.

If you encounter any problems, do let 4K Media know. Be sure to include your location and what videos you are trying to watch.

YUGIOH.com Website Relaunches with New Design, Card & Character Database, Full Episodes

December 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Posted in Konami, Other Stuff, Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments

New YUGIOH.com official website homepage

Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings to everyone! Today, YUGIOH.com, the official website of all things Yu-Gi-Oh!, formally relaunched in beta mode with an all new look and a ton of new features. What a great holiday present! The redesigned website includes:

  • A character database with details about the heroes and villains from every Yu-Gi-Oh! series.
  • A massive listing of cards appearing in every series, which is integrated with the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Database and includes gorgeous artwork of anime-exclusive cards.
  • Full episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (dubbed and subbed), and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (dubbed and subbed), all streaming for free. (Currently available only to U.S. residents via Hulu embeds.)
  • A news section with updates about the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG and events, DVDs, and manga and other official announcements.

In the near future, expect to see even more anime characters and cards added to the database, information about various licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise and video games (which were included in the previous incarnation of the website), and more. Keep your eyes open for updates!

Earlier this month, a work-in-progress version of YUGIOH.com was leaked and picked up by Google’s spiders before being quickly locked down. The content needed first to be approved by the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors before going live, said a 4K Media rep, and a widespread leak would have delayed the approval process and launch. Forthcoming features will also need to be approved before going live.

YUGIOH.com first launched as its own unique website in January 2011. But after numerous months without any updates, it shut down and redirected to Toonzaki.com in July 2012. In October 2012, YUGIOH.com returned with a splash page (pictured below left) that teased fans and potential brand licensees with a “Coming Soon” message.

YUGIOH.com splash page from October 2012 and June 2013
YUGIOH.com splash page circa October 2012 (left) and June 2013

What do you think about the new YUGIOH.com website? What features would you like to see? Share your thoughts with Konami and 4K Media on Facebook.

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday break!

Practicing What I Preach

November 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Site Updates | 26 Comments
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Bakura introducing his favorite card, the Change of Heart, in episode 12

The availability of free, legal streams of television shows and movies has skyrocketed in the last two to three years. Free online anime content, too, has been a part of this boom. Numerous anime series and movies have taken root in well-established video websites like YouTube and Hulu, and many anime licensees have set up their own video websites as well. Legal anime streams have been gaining wider recognition and adoption within the fandom as the technology improves and the outlets increase, and the culture has continued to welcome the instant gratification that comes with video on demand.

Among anime licensing companies, 4Kids Entertainment, who owns the rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series outside of Asia, was one of the first to embrace video streaming, having set up their operations in 2005. Since then, 4Kids’ online library has grown to include every single title to which they own streaming rights. All of their shows can be watched at any time on 4Kids.TV (Toonzai), 4KidsTV.com, and YouTube, as well as on their recently unveiled anime video portal Toonzaki. There are few, if any, other entertainment production or distribution companies that can say they’ve done the same with all of their own properties.

I’ve been following 4Kids’ foray into the business of streaming uncut anime since the day they started in March 2009. Since then, I’ve continued to chronicle their online endeavors and encourage others to follow and support them. What began as a love for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime had evolved and instilled in me a desire to follow and aid in its growth and the growth of its owners in these ever-changing times. Indeed, so many of my most notable posts have been devoted to historic events and firsts in 4Kids’ undertakings, from the arrival of their first subtitled test episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, to the unexpected demise of their Duel Monsters subtitling project, to the advent of their subtitled Sonic X streams, to the birth of Toonzaki and their uncut Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s streams. Smaller updates, like their regular uploads of Yu-Gi-Oh! dubs to YouTube, are no less significant in my eyes. All the while, my messages have been offhandedly mixed in with posts about fansubs and raws and whatnot. I have essentially been maintaining this website — a repository of links to illegally uploaded videos — while recognizing and claiming to support the growth of legal online anime.

No more. For nearly four years, 4Kids and the other owners of Yu-Gi-Oh! have turned a blind eye to this website. And even if they never contact me and demand that I remove the video links, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that my words don’t match my actions. I support 4Kids. I support the progress that they’ve made thus far with their subtitling initiatives. And I support their ongoing, good-faith efforts in expanding these subtitling initiatives. So, I have decided that In the Name of The Pharaoh will no longer be offering any links to any illegal downloads or streams. As of today, all such links have been removed and will not be returning.

The world of free and legal online video content, anime or otherwise, still has a long way to go before it can satisfy everyone. The limitations of region-restricted video streaming on an otherwise borderless Internet are all too common. Video expiration policies, as well as various shortcomings with streaming technology, are, to a lesser extent, also notable. These are all things that can be resolved. But innovation is never easy and it certainly does not come quickly. Fortunately, we the consumers can play a big part in getting the wheels to turn. For the culture and business of free streaming videos to grow, there need only be, at the very core, three things: support, education, and outspokenness.

How do we use these tools? Acknowledge that progress has been and continues to be made. Learn and help others learn about the ways of watching content on the web legally. Use and encourage the use of these options. Educate yourself about the inner workings of these businesses and why and how they can succeed and fail. Critique their shortcomings and offer up new ideas. In time, further innovation will take place, and when it does, lather, rinse, and repeat.

It is only through continued support, education, and outspokenness that legal options for watching the world’s video content on the Internet can emerge, expand, and thrive.

Please, don’t ask me where you can find unofficial downloads/streams and don’t offer up any such links. Don’t ask me about raws. Don’t ask me about fansubs. Remarks about these topics are no longer welcome. (And if you feel the need to voice your opinions, note that all comments are automatically passed through spam filters, which I can’t turn off, and are moderated before being displayed. As such, keep in mind what I’ve written in this post and try to keep your words noninflammatory and spam-free.)

And please, do support websites that offer free, legal ways to watch anime online. Do watch anime on television. Do purchase the licensed products that are released in your region. If the products you’re interested in aren’t available, consider saving your money and importing them. I hear Japan has everything. As someone who claims to be a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, I embarrassingly confess that I don’t own nearly as many Yu-Gi-Oh! items as perhaps I should. In the coming months and years, I hope to begin to atone for this.

I’m sure that many of you may not appreciate my decision. But at the very least, I hope that you understand it. I feel like I’ve addressed the issues in a broad enough manner while still highlighting some points that you can use to build your own perspectives and arguments. I am proud to be taking this step and am doing so without any reservations. This is a new chapter for In the Name of The Pharaoh.

Update (December 4, 2010): I think this post has reached many eyes during the four weeks that it’s sat atop this website. I’m unstickying this post now, but don’t let that discourage you from writing or emailing me any productive questions or comments.

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