Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Movie

July 19, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi, Yusei, and Jaden admiring the sunset in Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

Tubi TV’s library of Yu-Gi-Oh! anime is growing! The free, ad-supported video streaming network has added 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time. The 50-minute movie is available now to viewers in the United States.

Yu-Gi-Oh! BBT joins both seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and all five seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters in Tubi TV’s catalog. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the first season of which was added just last month alongside Duel Monsters, has abruptly been removed.

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.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Bonds Beyond Time on Netflix

March 31, 2016 at 8:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Bonds Beyond Time listings on Netflix

It’s been over a year since 4K Media (Konami) last offered new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Netflix, but the popular streaming platform today added two new titles to its ever expanding library. First is Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1 (episodes 1 through 49) and season 2 (episodes 50 through 98), which are streaming in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. And second is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie, which is streaming in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. The actual availability of each language track will vary depending on which country you’re streaming from.

Also still available on Netflix are season 1 (episodes 1 through 49) and season 2 (episodes 50 through 97) of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime.

More places to watch:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL – DUBBED
Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time – DUBBED

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Bonds Beyond Time Among CONtv’s Launch Titles

March 3, 2015 at 10:09 pm | Posted in 5D's, Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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CONtv's launch titles include Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time

CONtv, the new digital streaming network from independent content distributor Cinedigm and pop culture convention organizer Wizard World, opened its doors to viewers today, March 3. The over-the-top network already boasts nearly 1,500 hours of programming targeting its convention-embracing audience. Among its launch titles are the English-dubbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie. Other available animated titles include Digimon, Ghost in the Shell, Saint Seiya, Voltron, and Zatch Bell.

CONtv is available on the web and on iOS and Android. It’s free to watch and supported by ads, and also offers an ad-free version for $6.99 with exclusive content and benefits to Wizard World’s Comic Con events. CONtv is currently available to the U.S. only. Further details about the network, including its upcoming original programming initiatives, are available in a press release.

Previously:
Cinedigm to Launch CONtv Entertainment Network for Anime, Gaming, Convention Fans

Cinedigm to Release ‘The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1’ DVD

January 14, 2015 at 6:22 pm | Posted in 5D's, Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1 DVD cover mock-up from Cinedigm

Independent media distributor Cinedigm today added “The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1” to its catalog, a two-DVD set introducing the universe of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. Included in this collection is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie in English and Japanese, along with the first two English-dubbed episodes from each of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL anime series.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Collection: Volume 1 is scheduled for a March 10, 2015 release on Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film label at a suggested retail price of $16.95.

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray: An Overview

July 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray menu

Out today is the long-awaited release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie in the United States on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. The film, a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, made its theatrical debut on 300 screens across the U.S. in early 2011 but is only now getting a home video release. The title is licensed by 4K Media (Konami) and distributed by Cinedigm as part of its Flatiron Film Company label and includes both the English-dubbed and original Japanese subtitled versions of the film.

This post will provide an overview of the contents of Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray releases. Comparisons of Cinedigm’s products to Manga Entertainment’s Region 2 UK releases and to the original Region 2 Japanese releases from King Records/Marvelous Entertainment (“MMV” for short from here on) will also be included.

The World of Licensing Restrictions: How to Handicap a Non-Japanese Anime Video Release

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is the first official Yu-Gi-Oh! video product released in the United States to include both an English and Japanese version since FUNimation’s short-lived uncut DVDs of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 2004-2005. Fans in the United Kingdom also received a bilingual release in July 2011 from Manga UK. A Yu-Gi-Oh! title that includes the original subbed Japanese version?! Yes, it’s true! But there must be a catch, right?

Both Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions of the film include subtitles that are permanently fixed; on both of their DVDs and BDs, the subtitles are burned into the video (i.e. they are “hard subs”). While some viewers may see this as an annoyance, this is the price that licensees often have to pay if they want to release some anime titles outside of Japan at all.

The issue of forced subtitles and other crippling restrictions that afflict such anime releases has been discussed extensively by anime fans and pundits as well as industry insiders. Numerous episodes of the Manga UK podcast have touched upon the problems and their causes.

“Reverse importation, as far as some Japanese licensing companies see it, is a big problem on Blu-ray,” said Jerome Mazandarani, the Director of Marketing and Acquisitions at Manga UK, in episode 18 of the company’s podcast. “Blu-ray is where they derive most of their finished packaged goods’ value now in Japan, and they are very, very concerned about it.”

The price of anime outside of Japan is considerably lower than that within Japan, Mazandarani explained. And if large Japanese production companies are very worried about an American or UK edition BD getting imported back into Japan, they have the leverage to curb the perceived threat. For instance, they can mandate that licensees burn the subtitles into the video of the Japanese-language versions of their titles. They can also disallow licensees from releasing a title for a certain amount of time after a DVD and BD are released in Japan, or disallow them from releasing a title in a certain way (e.g. no complete box sets).

In the same vein, the audio tracks of Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions are inferior to the audio tracks on King Records/Marvelous Entertainment’s releases. While MMV’s DVD and BD contain both a 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio track, Cinedigm and Manga UK’s contain only a 2.0 audio track with the Japanese version. The table below summarizes the audio streams found on the six releases.

 

DVD

Blu-ray

Cinedigm

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Manga UK

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

LPCM 2.0

King Records/MMV

 

 

Japanese

Dolby Digital 5.1
& 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
& LPCM 2.0

These types of restrictions are not by any means unique to Yu-Gi-Oh! titles, nor are they unique to English-speaking territories. Forced subtitles have even reared their ugly heads in France, a country whose anime industry is even bigger than that of the United States, explained Mazandarani in the fifth Manga UK podcast. Ultimately, Japanese companies simply don’t want to give Japanese fans any incentives to import less expensive releases from overseas, so some anime titles — and Blu-rays in particular — released outside of Japan will continue to be marred by these restrictions and deficiencies. It’s an unfortunate issue that the anime industries in Japan and throughout the world need to find a way to deal with.

The Lack of 3D: Falling Flat

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is a historic film in Japan. While 3D movies that use computer-generated graphics are commonplace, Bonds Beyond Time marks the first time anywhere in the world that a traditional, hand-drawn 2D animated feature had been converted into 3D for the big screen. MMV’s DVD and Blu-ray releases preserved this viewing experience for the Japanese home video market, delivering the film in both 3D and 2D formats.

When it first arrived in American movie theaters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was titled Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time. 4Kids Entertainment embraced the film’s 3D elements and even hired Cinedigm to render in 3D a special 10-minute back story of Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei using scenes from their respective anime series.

Sadly, none of the hard work that went into creating the 3D theatrical experience was retained for Cinedigm’s DVD or BD; its releases contain only the 2D version of the film. What happened? Manga UK’s BD included the 3D version of the film, so why doesn’t Cinedigm’s?

Whether one believes that 3D adds an exciting and worthwhile layer to the cinematic experience or is just another gimmick for money-grubbing producers, it’s regrettable to see the hard work of others disregarded for the American home video market, and even more so when the 3D materials had already been provided for another English-speaking territory’s release.

Packaging, Extras, and Artwork

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD come packaged in ordinary plastic keep cases. The case housing the BD is about 25 percent thinner than a standard case.

Extras are something that Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! releases have been lacking, and sadly, its Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD fail to buck the trend. Cinedigm’s bonuses include a “Feature Flashback,” which is just the 10-minute back story exclusive to the English-language version of the movie, and the English-subtitled Japanese version of the movie, which I would hardly consider an extra. (The Japanese licensors probably consider it one heck of a generous extra though, given the dearth of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! media available in the West!)

Manga UK’s DVD and BD fared slightly better in the extras department, having included a Super Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon TCG card with their initial print run. In addition to listing the Feature Flashback and subbed version of the movie as extras, Manga UK also included the original 30-second theatrical trailer.

Neither Cinedigm nor Manga UK’s products hold a candle to MMV’s DVD and BD, which were predictably packed with collectibles while being sold at predictably exorbitant collector’s prices. In addition to including the standard disc and case, MMV’s initial print runs also included an Ultra Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon OCG card, a booklet filled with line sketches and illustrations of the movie’s characters and monsters, and a slipcover that features original artwork of the main characters.

All of the home videos releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time around the world use the same image of Jaden, Yugi, and Yusei striking a pose while crossing their Duel Monsters cards dramatically like swords. Cinedigm’s are no different, though the characters aren’t posed in front of the familiar green wall of hieroglyphs seen on the original English-language movie poster and on other home video covers, including Manga UK’s. Instead, the main characters are standing amidst a backdrop of outer space (or is it the Malefic World?) while being surrounded by a bright ring.

The only home video release that uses different artwork is of course the Japanese release from MMV, whose limited-edition slipcover shows the main characters standing unflappably straight while their monsters leap into action in the background. This exclusive artwork has not been included with any other territory’s video release.

Product Summaries

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Street Date: July 15, 2014
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)

DVD
Region: 1
MSRP: $14.93
Disc count: One double-layer DVD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Blu-ray
Region: A
MSRP: $19.97
Disc count: One single-layer BD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: 1920×1080 (16:9) at 23.976 fps
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Also available as part of Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set‘ DVD Megaset box and on various digital platforms for rental and download.

Related posts:
Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official First Season’ Box Set: An Overview

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic Complete DVD Set Slated for July 15 Release as Amazon Exclusive

June 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Banner from YUGIOH.com announcing Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set Cinedigm DVD Megaset
It’s… so… beautiful…

Today, YUGIOH.com formally unveiled details of Cinedigm’s upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic DVD Megaset! Titled “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set,” the 32-disc collection is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2014 as an Amazon exclusive at the suggested retail price of $229.64.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set will be the first time ever the entire Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime has been released in one package. The Region 1 DVD set will include the English-dubbed version of all five seasons (224 episodes) of the series and all 12 episodes of Capsule Monsters, as well as the English and Japanese versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary Bonds Beyond Time movie. The DVDs will be housed in a special slipcase box that also contains a collectible booklet.

A few DVDs in this Megaset have been reauthored to fix various audio/video problems that were present in the original releases of seasons 2 and 3.

Update (October 14, 2014): Amazon’s exclusivity period for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set ended today. Other major online and brick-and-mortar retailers are now carrying this title. Your favorite local video store may also be able to order it for you.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Complete Set DVD Megaset box design mock-up from Cinedigm

Coming Soon: Complete Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic Megaset DVD Box with Reauthored Discs

May 17, 2014 at 9:17 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 14 Comments
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In episode 134, Yugi knows that having faith in the heart of the cards will help him defeat Kaiba

Get ready — the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime will soon get the “Megaset” treatment from Cinedigm! This summer, Cinedigm will re-release the entire English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! series in one massive collection. Mirroring the completeness and collectibility of its other Megaset video products, Cinedigm’s 32-disc Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic Megaset will include all five seasons of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series (as well as Capsule Monsters in season 5) along with the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie together in one package.

For fans who haven’t yet purchased any of the season box sets, or for anyone who wants to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! anime lover the perfect gift, the Megaset is for you.

The exact contents, price, and release date of the Megaset will be confirmed by 4K Media (Konami) at a later date. Stay tuned!

Reauthored DVDs: What They Are and How to Get Them

Of special note, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic Megaset will include three reauthored DVDs that contain fixes to an assortment of audio/video problems present in some episodes of seasons 2 and 3.

In an email, Cinedigm’s Marketing Manager Vanessa Varous explained that the following discs have been reauthored and will be included in the Megaset and in new printings of the individual seasons:

  • Season 2 Volume 2: Disc 1
  • Season 2 Volume 2: Disc 3
  • Season 3 Volume 2: Disc 2

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who already own the original releases and who will not be purchasing the Megaset can still have their discs replaced.

To request a replacement, please contact: \textsf{infobox\ [at]\ cinedigm\ [dot]\ com}

Unfortunately, the new printings of the individual seasons will not be labeled any differently than the original printings, said Varous, so there will be no way to determine whether a product contains the old or new DVDs by visually examining the packaging. If a customer notices any A/V issues in any of the listed discs, contact the email address above for a replacement.

Other oddities found in the series, like the inconsistent appearance of the DDM dice between episodes (described at the end of my season 1 overview’s video contents section), will not be fixed. Such visual quirks are the result of the masters provided by 4K Media and were not authoring errors.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time to Get U.S. DVD, Blu-ray on July 15 from Cinedigm

March 14, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 15 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray cover mock-up from Cinedigm

Today, 4K Media (Konami) formally announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S.! The long-awaited home video release will include both the English-dubbed and original Japanese-subbed versions of the memorable 10th anniversary movie, as well as the 10-minute introductory flashback exclusive to the English version. The DVD and BD will be released by Cinedigm on July 15 and will retail for $9.95 and $14.95 respectively.

Up until now, the English-language version of Bonds Beyond Time was only available in the United Kingdom from Manga UK, who released the film on DVD and Blu-ray in mid-2011 in both English and Japanese. The similarities between Manga UK’s products and Cinedigm’s upcoming releases end there, however.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans who have 3D capable video equipment and who are looking to relive the thrilling theatrical 3D experience that they enjoyed on the big screen will unfortunately not have their needs met with Cinedigm’s BD release. While Manga UK’s BD included both 2D and 3D versions of the film, Cinedigm’s will sadly only include the 2D version.

And while the first press of Manga UK’s DVDs and BDs included a Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon promo card for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Cinedigm’s releases will not.

Make no mistake about it — a U.S. home video release of Bonds Beyond Time is long overdue and it is fantastic to see that 4K Media hasn’t forgotten about it. Nevertheless, it is disappointing that the American release is lacking features that the UK release included. American fans who have already picked up Manga UK’s releases and who value these components might want to think twice before parting with them in favor of Cinedigm’s releases.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was screened in 300 theaters across the United States on February 26 and 27 and March 5 and 6, 2011 by Cinedigm.

The Long Road to Home Video

Former Yu-Gi-Oh! license holder 4Kids Entertainment originally intended to release Bonds Beyond Time on home video in the U.S. back in July 2011 via A&E Home Video (whose titles were handled by Cinedigm at the time). However, the lawsuit and bankruptcy protection proceedings between 4Kids and the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors in early 2011 completely stifled this and other potential licensing deals from coming to pass.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the UK were more fortunate. 4Kids Entertainment International, the overseas licensing arm of 4Kids based in London, was not embroiled in the U.S. lawsuit and was able to secure a distribution deal for the United Kingdom with the UK division of Manga Entertainment. The home video release was originally scheduled for May 30, 2011.

A brief scare caused the release to be pushed back about two months, leaving Manga UK and fans to wonder whether the effects of the lawsuit had rippled across the pond and were impeding the ability of 4Kids’ London-based subsidiary to conduct routine business.

Eventually, 4Kids and Manga UK pulled through, successfully releasing Bonds Beyond Time on DVD and BD on July 25, 2011. The DVD went on to become Manga UK’s second best-selling title of 2011.

Additional reading:
The Home Videos That Never Were: DVD and Blu-ray Releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time

[YGO: TAS] Episode 59 – Crowd Atlas / Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Website Redesigned

June 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Kaiba reacting to Pegasus' confession at the end of YGOTAS episode 59
Artwork by CrikeyDave

Rejoice, Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans, for LittleKuriboh has completed episode 59! “Crowd Atlas” was released late last night and is available exclusively on the official YGOTAS Blip.tv channel for one week (more on that below).

As an abridgment of Yami and Kaiba’s six-part Battle City semifinal duel, this episode sure does cover a lot of ground: death, Enemy Controller, DK Mode, adoption jokes, God cards, ancient Egyptian flashbacks, cartoon dragon wallpaper, off-screen resurrections… Wait, I think some of those weren’t in the original.

But the best part of the episode (super spoiler alert!) is easily the awesome new song: a parody of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”! We haven’t gotten killer music from LK in quite a while, and there’s no better way to summarize the events of this episode than with the lyrics, so here we go:

Yugi, you’re a fool
Winning big duels, trying to play it cool
Buddy, I’m gonna screw the rules
You got mud on your face, big disgrace
Seto Kaiba’s gonna put you back into your place
Sayin’

We’ll play, we’ll play card games

Kaiba, you’re a man
You’ve got no fans, beat me if you can
Try to summon your Blue Dragon
It’s gonna end just the same, King of Games
Then somebody’s gonna put me in the hall of fame
Sayin’

We’ll play, we’ll play card games

Is there a longer version of the song? We can only hope!

Episode 59 certainly has been a long time coming. LittleKuriboh has been working on the script since January, juggling his YGOTAS production with his other projects and real life obligations. By May 26, LK had finally finished enough of the episode to show a three-minute preview to some very lucky attendees at his Fanime panel. Then, at the beginning of this month, he presented a nine-minute preview at A-Kon.

Hmm, after watching the episode, I suddenly have a strange urge to follow the official Team Four Star Tumblr account.

Bonus: Espa Roba’s baby makes an appearance in the episode, looking very much alive. Can you find him? …Uh oh, a plot hole!

YuGiOhAbridged.com Gets a Facelift

Coinciding with LittleKuriboh’s release of YGOTAS episode 59 is a revamp of YuGiOhAbridged.com. The most notable change is the website’s new layout, which now features a much improved organization of the Blip.tv video embeds. And with YouTube’s copyright infringement-sniffing “bots” frequently taking down CardGamesFTW, Lord knows fans have been needing an easier way to watch the episodes.

As a way to raise awareness of the website, LittleKuriboh is keeping episode 59 a Blip.tv exclusive for one week, after which he’ll upload it to YouTube. It’s a fantastic idea, though I wish he’d place more emphasis on the official YGOTAS Blip.tv channel rather than just drawing attention to the website. His videos are uploaded to Blip.tv and embedded on YGOTAS.com; they aren’t stored on YGOTAS.com’s servers. Making the distinction is important.

Minutes after LK announced that episode 59 was available on YGOTAS.com — and how the website would remain a “stable and permanent place” for watching his videos even when his YouTube channel was suspended — the website actually went down due to a massive influx of visitors. Ungrateful individuals promptly criticized LK on Facebook and Twitter, knocking the reliability of his claims (and of the website). Savvier fans knew to head over to Blip.tv instead.

Personally, I find that my YGOTAS streams and downloads indexes, which are already filled with Blip.tv links, are easier to use. I might be a little biased though. ;)

Anyway, check out LK’s announcement video on YouTube to hear him discuss more about the updates.

A Rough Cut From Bonds Beyond Time Abridged

While browsing through one of his hard drives last month, LittleKuriboh found a gem from a very rough cut of his Bonds Beyond Time Abridged movie. The video shows his super early edits on the Paraboss scene and features him voicing all three of the protagonists: Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei. How’s that for a neat little extra?

What’s Next For LittleKuriboh?

What’s LittleKuriboh’s next anime convention stop? At this very moment, he’s on his way to Anime Blues Con in Memphis, Tennessee where he’ll hold a panel this Sunday at 1:00 pm and signings on Friday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Next week, from June 28 to 30, LK will be guesting at AniMinneapolis in Bloomington, Minnesota. And the week afterward, from July 4 to 7, it’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California where he’ll be holding a fan panel with friends. After that, he’ll have a well-deserved break until Otakon in August. Whew!

Update (June 25): Looks like LittleKuriboh’s announcement didn’t come a moment too soon. In the wee hours of this morning, CardGamesFTW was banned yet again from YouTube, continuing the ongoing trend of end-of-the-month terminations that have been plaguing his channel for far too long. As usual, the takedown is a result of automated copyright infringement claims from Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! producer Nihon Ad Systems (NAS).

Today’s takedown is lucky number 13 for CardGamesFTW. Prior to today’s incident, the previous termination took place on April 28, with the account being restored on May 10.

It’s a shame that this keeps happening to LK. He hadn’t even uploaded episode 59 to YouTube yet, so it must have been some of his previous video projects that were sniffed out. Since he addressed his fans of this problem again just last week, hopefully there will be less uncertainty from everyone about what’s going on and where to find his videos. (Though with the Internet being the Internet, I predict that there will still be a lot of “ZOMGBANNEDAGAIN” hysteria coming from uninformed individuals.)

Update (July 1): CardGamesFTW was reinstated this evening. That was, dare I say, resolved quite quickly!

Update (July 2): Aaaand YGOTAS episode 59 is now up on YouTube! LK, gracious as always, apologized for the delay, even though none of this was his fault.

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