More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (May 2018): Amazon Prime, YouTube, Ultra Kidz

May 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo smiling after making a strategic play in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 144

There’s great news for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans as 4K Media continues increasing the number of platforms where they can watch the shows for free.

First, Amazon Prime is now carrying the complete English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (Season 1, 2) and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (Season 1, 2, 3).

On YouTube, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 2, the first four episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 3, and the first six episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 are all up in English on 4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! channel.

And another U.S. Spanish-language TV channel has picked up more Yu-Gi-Oh! anime for broadcast. Ultra Kidz will be airing Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every day at 5 pm ET starting on June 1. Check UltraKidzTV.com for more details about the network and its schedule.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s on YouTube for Free

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!

March 31, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments
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Gong hugging Yuya enthusiastically in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 38

March has been a great month for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, which are getting picked up by more and more networks for free viewing — and not just for fans in the United States.

Amazon Prime Video is now streaming the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters season 4 and season 5. This follows the addition of seasons 1 through 3 in January. Furthermore, Amazon Prime now also has Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 in English.

Not to be outdone, Netflix has added seasons 3 through 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. After years of only carrying the first two seasons, the world’s most dominant video subscription network at last has the entire series! Netflix is also swinging into action with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 for its American audience. But — viewers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have access to both seasons 1 and 2! (In the U.S., season 2 is still only on Hulu as of this writing.)

Finally, the American Spanish-language children’s TV channel ¡Sorpresa! (“Surprise!”) announced that it has acquired the broadcast rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The dueling will take place weekdays at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT starting April 2. Check SorpresaTV.com for more network and scheduling information.

And as reported earlier this month, there is plenty more Yu-Gi-Oh! to watch on Tubi TV and YouTube.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s on YouTube for Free

March 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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A close-up of Jaden Yuki's face when he learns that his duel is being broadcast on TV in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 25

You might already know that Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and 5D’s are available for purchase on YouTube from Cinedigm. But now, these series are also streaming for free thanks to 4K Media. Today, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel added the English dub of both series.

The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is up now, along with both seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. 4K Media also added episodes 3, 4, and 5 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Here are 4K Media’s playlists:

Check them out!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes in English, German, Portuguese, Spanish on YouTube

Twitch Hosts Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, GX, ZEXAL Anime Marathon

December 20, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Yuma Tsukumo pumping his fist as he destroys a monster in episode 145

Does Twitch love Yu-Gi-Oh! anime? Darn right! As we enter the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, TwitchPresents is launching an intense marathon of three Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off series lasting nearly 27 days. Whoooaaa. The schedule is as follows.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  • Season 1: December 20, 3 pm ET/12 pm PT – December 23, 9:24 pm ET/6:24 pm PT
  • Season 2: December 23, 9:24 pm ET/6:24 pm PT – December 27, 3:50 am ET/12:50 am PT
  • Season 3: December 27, 3:50 am ET/12:50 am PT – December 30, 8:43 am ET/5:43 am PT

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  • Season 1: December 30, 8:43 am ET/5:43 am PT – January 3, 9:11 am ET/6:11 am PT
  • Season 2: January 3, 9:11 am ET/6:11 am PT – January 7, 2:09 am ET/January 6, 11:09 pm PT

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  • Season 1: January 7, 2:09 am ET/January 6, 11:09 pm PT – January 10, 4:02 am ET/1:02 am PT
  • Season 2: January 10, 4:02 am ET/1:02 am PT – January 13, 5:54 am ET/2:54 am PT
  • Season 3: January 13, 5:54 am ET/2:54 am PT – January 16, 6:17 am ET/3:17 am PT

Each season will run a total of three times during its respective time block.

What new memes will these series unearth in the Twitch chat? Which Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist’s catchphrase will triumph as the greatest of them all? Tune in and find out! Let’s duel!

Update: The schedule has changed. The shows are now being streamed in their order of production — Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, then 5D’s, then ZEXAL. All’s right with the world!

Ted Lewis to Attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier

June 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Ted Lewis in August 2016
Photo by Ted Lewis

The 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier has announced its next voice actor guest! Making his grand return to the dueling stage is Ted Lewis, best known for playing Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Chumley Huffington in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Jack Atlas in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ARC-V. This will be Ted’s first tournament appearance since 2012 when he and six other voice actors attended YCS Providence to raise money for Dan Green.

With an appearance by The King at this event, could this mean that the Western release of the hotly anticipated Red Rising Dragon is just up ahead? One thing’s for sure — a Synchro versus Fusion showdown between Jack Atlas and Aster Phoenix is perfect for getting the crowd all fired up.

This year’s Yu-Gi-Oh! NAWCQ will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on July 8 and 9. Be on the lookout for the schedule of the autograph signings, live duel, and public events, coming soon to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page.

Digital Manga Sale: Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL

May 23, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in 5D's, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Kotori and Cathy screaming in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga chapter 15

VIZ Media has launched a sale of some superb Yu-Gi-Oh! manga this week. From now through May 29, all digital volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL are on sale on almost every platform* for $4.99 each. That’s nearly 30 percent off the digital cover price of $6.99 and 50 percent off the print cover price of $9.99. Check these original Yu-Gi-Oh! stories out! The first chapter of each volume can be previewed for free.

*VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga sale applies to e-books sold on the VIZ app, comiXology, Google Play Books, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook platforms.

If you’re more of a borrower than a buyer, don’t forget to check your local library for these and other great manga.

OverDrive: Free Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga E-Books from Your Local Library

May 19, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments
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Plenty of libraries already own VIZ Media’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series on their shelves. And now, there’s a new option for Yu-Gi-Oh! and manga fans to borrow and read the series for free from their local library. VIZ Media announced last week that it has increased the number its titles available on OverDrive, a digital platform that distributes books, videos, and music to libraries across the globe. VIZ’s latest update makes 99 new series available to participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada, including the following Yu-Gi-Oh! titles:

So what is OverDrive and how do you use it?

OverDrive is a digital reading platform; its app is available everywhere — on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, the web, and more.

The first step to using OverDrive is to search for your local library and see if it is subscribed to OverDrive’s services. OverDrive is available in 90 percent of public libraries in the U.S.

Find a library on OverDrive

Once you locate a library, visit its website and search for a title. Let’s say you want to read volume 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist.

Search for a title on OverDrive

It’s available! Click “Borrow” on the search results page…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 available in the OverDrive search results

…or on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 on OverDrive

To borrow a book from OverDrive, you have to sign in with your library card. You do have one of these, right? If not, take a trip to your local library and apply for one. It’s free. (Or rather, you’ve already helped fund your local library with your tax dollars, so you might as well use it. Don’t underestimate the value of having a library’s services at your fingertips in this internet age!)

Sign in with a library card on OverDrive

Then, start reading.

Pages from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Volume 1 manga on OverDrive

Good stuff!

Placing a Hold

On OverDrive, VIZ’s Yu-Gi-Oh! e-books are available to libraries under the “one copy, one user” lending model. The library pays for a certain number of copies of a title and can only lend out that many copies at one time, exactly like a physical book on a shelf. So, there might be situations where an e-book you want to read isn’t available.

But don’t worry, you can place a hold on unavailable books. This option is available in the search results…

Wait-listed and available Yu-Gi-Oh! books in the OverDrive search results

…and on the book’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 1 on OverDrive

When the book becomes available, it will automatically be checked out to your account and you’ll receive an email alert about it.

Recommend Yu-Gi-Oh! to Your Library

Libraries want to get books that people want to read, so even if your local library doesn’t offer any Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s absolutely worth it to recommend it to them.

“The way that librarians find out if you want manga is to petition the libraries,” explained Laura Dooley, ‎digital publishing production manager at VIZ Media, in episode 198 of the Weekly Shonen Jump podcast. “But they may not know about it until you request it. That’s been really successful for us. People finding out about that and then contacting their local library.”

“It’s not like the library needs like a hundred people to request it before they do it,” added Jeff Ruberg, a software engineer at VIZ. “It probably needs just a couple.”

“Yeah, and they’re more willing to take a chance on e-books because it isn’t the same as physically taking up space in their catalog,” said Dooley.

OverDrive makes it easy to recommend books. The option is available on the search results page…

Unavailable Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World books in the OverDrive search results

…and on a title’s details page.

A listing for Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Volume 1 on OverDrive

While you’re at it, check out the list of all of VIZ’s manga titles available on OverDrive and see if there’s anything else you want to read. As of the end of February, about half of VIZ’s digital catalog is available to libraries, said Dooley, including a large selection of Jump series.

Read and support manga at your local library! You’re helping support the manga creators and industry when you do!

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (April 2017): STARZ, Steam, Crunchyroll

April 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on the STARZ app

This past month, Yu-Gi-Oh! and its many anime spin-off series made their way to a few new video platforms, giving fans even more options to watch and buy the anime they love.

First up is the STARZ app (pictured above), where you can now find season 1 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series in English. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins other titles like Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, The Secret World of Arietty, and a few of the Ghost in the Shell animated movies as the only anime in the app. The STARZ app is free if your cable subscription package includes the network; otherwise, it costs $8.99 per month.

All throughout the month, Valve’s gaming and video distribution platform Steam has been adding plenty of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime titles to its catalog. Now available are the English dubs of:

And last but certainly not least, the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is now on Crunchyroll for U.S. viewers. After the anime streaming platform apparently mistakenly announced its availability last month, the series is accessible for real this time. Whew.

Crunchyroll Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, GX English Dub for U.S. [Updated]

March 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 5 Comments
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Yuma promising to fight for all of the friends he has ever known in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 140

English-dubbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are at last available on Crunchyroll to viewers in the United States, announced the anime streaming platform today. (Note: See update below.) Both series had long been available worldwide on CR except to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.

With this announcement, Crunchyroll also added season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (episodes 99 through 146), completing the series. ZEXAL is still not available to the U.S., Italian-speaking Europe, and most of Asia.

(News from Crunchyroll.)

Update (March 26): Crunchyroll edited its news post. Originally, it announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and ZEXAL were available to U.S. viewers. However, ZEXAL has now been replaced by GX. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, including the newly added third season, is not available to the U.S. I’ve updated this post to include the correct information.

Crackle Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1, Adds Season 2

February 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Crow crying out as his monsters are removed from the field by Lazar in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 44

Today, Crackle removed the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 from its network while at the same time added season 2. The free TV and movie streaming platform, which is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, had only just added season 1 last November.

Previously:
Crackle Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1

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