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

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

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

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

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.

4Kids Entertainment and The Deals That Never Were

October 5, 2012 at 7:59 am | Posted in 4Kids, Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff | 2 Comments
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Seto Kaiba contemplating the future of his company in episode 159

On April 6, 2011, 4Kids Entertainment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to stop Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors TV Tokyo and NAS/ADK from seizing the rights to the coveted Yu-Gi-Oh! property after they had terminated their dealings with 4Kids. Since then, a lot of good things have happened to 4Kids, including a victory over the licensors in a lawsuit to retain the Yu-Gi-Oh! rights, an $8 million settlement paid to 4Kids, and 4Kids’ subsequent sale of the Yu-Gi-Oh! property for $15 million.

Given the company’s lack of accomplishments in the ever-weakening children’s licensing and advertising markets in recent years, it’s an odd notion that the turmoil from being driven into bankruptcy and the resulting court proceedings have put 4Kids in a position of success that it hasn’t seen for years on end. Not only is 4Kids free from its toxic relationships and able to pay off its creditors in full, but the company is also left with plenty of cash to maintain a healthy equity balance. But what did 4Kids lose in order to attain this position?

When 4Kids and the licensors first announced their intentions to settle, I invited you to consider how the parties may have arrived at the $8 million settlement figure that 4Kids received. Today, October 5, 2012, is a turning point in 4Kids’ history. Almost exactly 18 months to the day it filed for bankruptcy protection, 4Kids will be submitting its Chapter 11 disclosure statement, the first step to exiting bankruptcy. The company will reveal its current financial situation and discuss its intentions to reorganize. As we enter this pivotal day — one forever to be inscribed in the annals of children’s licensing, marketing, and programming — let’s revisit my thought experiment in more detail.

The Broadcasts That Never Were: New Shows From Toei Animation, Dentsu, and Viz Media on Toonzai; Yu-Gi-Oh! on Nicktoons

In July 2010, 4Kids unveiled its plans for Toonzai, a complete rebranding of its Saturday morning programming block on The CW that would serve as a hub for children’s anime. The success of Toonzai would rely on 4Kids’ ability to pick up new shows for the block. As presented during the lawsuit, 4Kids was in discussions with three companies to license new anime: Toei Animation, Dentsu, and Viz Media. These plans ground to a halt due to the lawsuit and bankruptcy.

Toei, with whom 4Kids had had a long-running business relationship over the years, refused to license any more of its shows to 4Kids, a decision that 4Kids believed was induced by ADK. Dentsu declined to continue negotiations with 4Kids until after the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit had been resolved. Viz Media agreed to continue informational discussions with 4Kids, but would not be closing any potential deals. The future of Toonzai was bleak.

What anime series could have graced us with their presence on The CW? We may never know. Toonzai’s chances of picking up new shows had been devastated, and the block was relegated to a paltry handful of new content and a slew of reruns.

It wasn’t only the acquisition of new anime that suffered, however. Prior to the lawsuit, 4Kids had been in negotiations to sell TV broadcasting deals for the Yu-Gi-Oh! series to Nicktoons, as well as to several other overseas networks. These parties, too, backed out under the weight of the lawsuit.

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

In 2011, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time arrived in the United States. The movie saw a limited run in theaters, with digital film distributor Cinedigm holding screenings on February 26 and 27 and again on March 5 and 6. Fans might remember seeing some trailers for the movie posted on 4Kids.TV and 4KidsTV.com that mentioned a home video release. Whatever happened to that? Or was that a dream?

No, you aren’t imagining things. There was indeed a trailer for the movie featuring narrator Dan Green, who invited fans to “look for the home video release this fall,” and featuring a mock-up of a video cover with the text “Coming This Fall!” proudly displayed. And indeed, there were Internet retailers offering a Bonds Beyond Time DVD for pre-order, with a July 19, 2011 street date and A&E Home Video listed as the distributor.

Some Yu-Gi-Oh! fan sites were quick to declare that the highly anticipated video release of Bonds Beyond Time had come. I, on the other hand, was puzzled by the lack of press and held off on posting an announcement. In April 2011, fans who had pre-ordered the DVD suddenly saw their orders canceled; retailers removed all traces of the product from their virtual store shelves; the trailer disappeared from 4Kids’ websites, never to be seen again; and to this day, there has been no home video release of the movie in the United States. What happened?

Although some fans questioned the legitimacy of A&E Home Video’s involvement with the Bonds Beyond Time DVD, the lawsuit revealed that 4Kids had in fact been negotiating the licensing of certain Yu-Gi-Oh! home video rights with parent company A&E Television Networks since March 2011. The cancelation of the pre-orders in April was no coincidence, as A&E severed its discussions with 4Kids because of the lawsuit and bankruptcy.

Across the pond in the UK, British fans were still treated to both a theatrical and a DVD and Blu-ray release of the film. 4Kids Entertainment International, the London-based subsidiary of 4Kids, was not entwined in the bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. and was thus able to conduct business as usual, securing distribution rights for the movie with Manga UK. Bonds Beyond Time was screened on May 14 and 21, 2011. The DVD and BD, initially targeted for a May 30 street date, were released on July 25, 2011.

The UK’s theatrical screenings were made possible through a partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas and Everyman Cinemas. They were not successful. In episode 4 of Manga UK’s monthly podcast, Jerome Mazandarani, the Head of Marketing and Acquisitions at Manga UK, revealed that the occupancy rate for the 26 screens showing the movie was less than 10 percent. Comparable numbers are not available for the U.S. theatrical release, which saw a limited distribution on 300 screens (up from the originally planned 250), but it’s a safe bet that everyone who participated in this release lost money. The movie’s poor performance puts a damper on the possibility of a future DVD and BD release in the U.S.

On the other hand, the Bonds Beyond Time DVD was Manga UK’s #2 seller in 2011, second to the Akira BD’s nearly 12,000 units. Hmm, there may be hope yet for us Americans.

The Acquisition That Never Was: A Merger with Classic Media

In 2009, 4Kids Entertainment hired Montgomery & Co., an investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions, to help it develop a financial strategy in light of the challenging economic climate and 4Kids’ continual loss of revenue. Strategic alliances, mergers, or even outright sales of the company or its assets were all possibilities. 4Kids’ search for investors and suitors continued as it entered Chapter 11, with the company retaining the services of BDO Capital Advisors in June 2011.

Although 4Kids had referenced a possibility of an acquisition early on in the bankruptcy, it wasn’t until the preliminary stages of the lawsuit in June 2011 that a name finally emerged: Classic Media. With an already vast library of over 400 titles, including Casper the Friendly Ghost, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Voltron, Classic Media looked to further enhance its offerings by acquiring the rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

Classic Media had been in discussions with 4Kids about a possible merger since November 2010. Between January 2011 and March 2011, the pair set the stage for an all cash buyout of 4Kids at a “substantial premium” of its then market value. The merger was to alleviate some of the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors’ concerns about 4Kids’ financial state. However, the same month Classic Media and 4Kids were set to sign a letter of intent to begin carrying out the merger, the licensors severed their ties with 4Kids, effectively killing the deal.

In November 2011, seven months into the bankruptcy, Classic Media returned to the negotiating table, again offering to buy 4Kids’ entire business. At the time, the lawsuit had still not been resolved and 4Kids was in need of cash, putting Classic Media in the driver’s seat and allowing it to offer a significantly discounted price. 4Kids, lacking a suitable alternative, proceeded to negotiate with Classic Media well into December 2011. Discussions between the pair advanced considerably, so much so that an asset purchase agreement, bidding procedures, and a sale motion had been prepared. Intrigued by the progress that had been made, I reached out to 4Kids for comment, who predictably was unable to offer any substantive comments.

On December 29, 2011, the court issued its ruling on the lawsuit. In light of the favorable decision, 4Kids ended its discussions with Classic Media, believing that it now had what it needed to leverage a better price elsewhere.

While it’s not clear exactly how much Classic Media offered 4Kids during its second crack at buying the company, 4Kids later noted that Saban’s $10 million offer for its Yu-Gi-Oh! property alone was “substantially greater” than Classic Media’s offer for its entire business.

4Kids did well to reject Classic Media’s second offer. But what about the original offer from March 2011? Where would Yu-Gi-Oh! be today if the parties had consummated the deal?

In July 2012, Classic Media was purchased by DreamWorks Animation for $155 million.

What’s Next For 4Kids?

Contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, 4Kids isn’t dead, nor is it in dire straits. However, the “old” 4Kids that so many people are so familiar with, consisting of animation production and broadcast management teams, is no more, with Konami and Saban snatching up those businesses as part of the trio’s deal.

4Kids still exists as a licensing company, just as it once was before it made it big with Pokemon. It is still holding on to various properties (including animated children’s titles). And it is still headquartered in the same location in Manhattan. 4Kids’ settlement with Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! licensors TV Tokyo and NAS, along with its successful assets sale to Konami and Saban, have left the company with mountains of cash.

Since the end of July, 4Kids has been looking to settle the other legal proceedings it is involved in, including one with The Pokemon Company International over various alleged “deficiencies” in payments (which I briefly touched upon when the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit first made news in March 2011). It had also been looking at liquidating its London-based subsidiary 4Kids Entertainment International, the plans for which were finalized on September 30, 2012. On the same day, Michael Goldstein, the Interim Chairman of 4Kids’ Board of Directors who assumed the position in May 2011, also retired.

What will happen next with 4Kids? Will the company exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and continue to trudge along, seeking out new properties to license in hopes of finding the next big hit? Will another company take a fancy to 4Kids and buy it out? Or will 4Kids use this opportunity to wind down and cash out while it is on top?

After 4Kids files its disclosure statement today, any parties with a vested interest in the fate of the company will have until October 25 to file an objection. A hearing to okay the disclosure statement is scheduled for October 30.

[YGO: TAS] Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged Stream/Downloads on Blip.tv

November 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 4 Comments
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Yugi, Joey, Tea, and Tristan in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged movie opening, by CrikeyDave

Yes, this update gets its own post — because the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged movie is awesome. Earlier today, Little Kuriboh added the film to Blip.tv. You know what that means: it’s also available for direct download! Links to the AVI, M4V, and MP4 versions are on my YGOTAS Downloads page (it’s listed as “BBT Abridged Movie”). Sadly, Blip.tv wasn’t very accommodating when LK originally tried to upload the video in its glorious HD format, but at least you have something to take with you on the road now.

If you still prefer streaming on YouTube, LK also made the full, undivided version of the movie available on his ObeyMyRod channel last Thursday. And unlike his original three-part upload, this version is available in 1080p! Woohoo!

Watch the YouTube videos now while you still can! Not to be a downer, but because the abridged movie contains so much footage from the source, I get the feeling that the videos might be on the receiving end of an automated copyright infringement claim from NAS in the future. Better enjoy them now in case they’re yanked! Waiting for those counter-notifications to go through is always a nuisance.

Live From Detroit, It’s Wha-Chow!

Also worth checking out is the most recent episode of Wha-Chow!, which was filmed live at Youmacon and uploaded by Psyguy last Tuesday! Little Kuriboh and some of the usual Wha-Chow crew chat in Psyguy’s hotel room about the Roast of Little Kuriboh and a few other panels at the anime con. Relax and enjoy as they describe their fond memories of the roast (both wasted and sober perspectives are fairly represented), and remember to kill Masako! An MP3 version is available at the usual website.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged

[YGO: TAS] Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged

November 7, 2011 at 12:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 3 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged logo

Youmacon has really established itself as the convention to be for creators and fans of abridged series. This year’s event certainly didn’t disappoint — not with yesterday’s premiere of Little Kuriboh’s long-awaited abridged movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged in 3D! See it only on YouTube (for now) divided into three separate videos: part 1, 2, 3. Lots of laughs? Check. Plenty of new music? Check. Killer original animation? Check. No homo? We’ll see about that.

The film stars TheAzureCrow (Semisoma) as Yusei, ShadyVox as Jaden, and Little Kuriboh as Yugi and Paradox. The original animated sequences were created by CrikeyDave, MasakoX, and The Amazing Rinbo.

Thought TheAzureCrow was also going to voice Paradox like in the original trailer? Nah, that wasn’t meant to be a permanent thing, says LK. And whatever happened to “Jaden and Yusei’s Excellent Adventure“? LK simply changed his mind about that. It happens. (The fact that he hadn’t seen the movie back then probably had a hand in it, haha).

The Unoriginal 3D Spoof Movie Soundtrack

Enjoy the songs? ShadyVox has the MP3s and master tracks for “Stronger,” “Freestyle Time,” and “Beelzeboss” on YouTube. Just check the description for each video. Download away and get cracking on those remixes!

Where are the Other Goodies…?

Late Friday evening, the members of Team Four Star hosted The Roast of Little Kuriboh, with Kirbopher, Psyguy, and other special guests also in attendance. Fans agree that the hilarity — the uproariousness — of the 18+ panel was brought to a whole different level with LK showing up to the event completely plastered. Unfortunately, there has yet to be any footage of the panel made available, with some attendees indicating that any unofficial filming was not allowed. This won’t stop LK’s fans from camping out on YouTube though!

And sadly, despite his original plans, Little Kuriboh did not hold a Naruto Spoof panel at this year’s event. Maybe another time!

[YGO: TAS] Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Movie Abridged Trailer – Youmacon 2011

September 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 1 Comment
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Screenshot from the trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time Abridged

He hasn’t forgotten about it. Yesterday evening, Little Kuriboh uploaded a trailer (on YouTube, Blip.tv) for his upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time Abridged movie! (Haha, it’s going to be in 3D?) The video is also available for download via Blip.tv in AVI, M4V, and MP4 formats.

Need another reason to go to this year’s Youmacon? The abridged movie will premiere at the Detroit, Michigan anime convention, to be held on November 3 through 6.

ShadyVox and TheAzureCrow (Semisoma01) are still on to play Jaden and Yusei respectively. The song in the trailer is “Stronger,” with lyrics and vocals by ShadyVox. The song is a take off of Kanye West’s “Stronger,” which in turn samples Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”

With video in hand, Little Kuriboh is focusing all of his efforts on creating the highly anticipated final product. Will it live up to the expectations that have been building over these last couple of months? Will we end up seeing a lot of YGOTAS fanart of this?

Jaden & Yusei’s Excellent Adventure Teaser
10th Anniversary Abridged Trailer

Cinedigm to Sell Movie Distribution Business to Technicolor

July 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

The logos of Cinedigm and Technicolor

Cinedigm, a developer of digital cinema products and services and the theatrical distributor of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time earlier this year, announced yesterday that is selling its movie distribution business to Technicolor.

While Cinedigm is best known for using its technology to convert traditional movie theaters to digital cinemas, it also operates a “non-core” business distributing independent and alternative films and screening live events. Cinedigm had been the go-to company for Funimation to distribute many of its anime films, including Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Basilisk: The Beginning, Trinity Blood: Genesis, and Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. And of course, the company was also selected by 4Kids to distribute Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D across 300 U.S. theaters in February and March earlier this year.

Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk tells The Hollywood Reporter that leaving the physical movie delivery business will allow the company to focus on developing its digital cinema software, which Technicolor will be licensing as part of their deal, and organizing more alternative content in theaters. In the coming months, the company plans to announce its arrangements with theaters to offer TV-channel-like programming, such an action sports night, kids night, Broadway night, and independent films series.

The deal between Cinedigm and Technicolor is expected to close in September.

Join Little Kuriboh in NYC for a Showing of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time

March 5, 2011 at 6:00 am | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yugi and Yami at a Broadway play in Tea's dream in episode 102

Do you know what tomorrow is? It’s the final day that Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time will be shown in New York City and most U.S. theaters! It’s also the day that Little Kuriboh will be at Manhattan’s famous AMC Empire 25 to see the film for the very first time! If you live in the NYC area and would like to be a part of this special experience with the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, it’s not too late to buy tickets for Sunday’s screening! The AMC Empire 25 is located in the heart of Times Square at 234 West 42nd St. The show starts at 12:30 pm.

Even though Little Kuriboh’s original plan of buying out an entire screening of the movie didn’t come to fruition, I think this is a pretty great back-up plan. To get the word out about this event, LK made a short promo (on YouTube, Blip.tv) that inexplicably features YGOTAS’ Pegasus prank calling someone’s boyfriend named Rob. The video is also available for download. (If you want to hear more of these prank calls, by the way, check out LK’s recorded videos on blogTV).

And if you happen to be attending this afternoon’s screening of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D at the Manhattan theater, you might run into Yusei Fudo. Wha?! It’s true! Greg Abbey, the voice of the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, will be at the theater later today to see the film with his son. If you see him, give him a friendly hello, but take it easy with the YGOTAS catchphrases! (You know what I’m talking about!)

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