Twitch Offers Yu-Gi-Oh! Emotes

October 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Twitch's Kuriboh emote, enlarged

Are you watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon on Twitch? The event kicked off today, and tens of thousands of people are tuned in right now!

From now until the end of the marathon, the TwitchPresents channel is offering a special set of exclusive emotes for its subscribers that includes eighteen Yu-Gi-Oh! emotes, seen below. You know you want Joey’s chin face and Pot of Greed at your fingertips! These emotes are yours to keep forever, but you won’t be able to get them after November 7. Add these to your collection today for $4.99!

“Proceeds from channel subscriptions, Bits, and ads will support future marathons and content initiatives on Twitch,” says TwitchPresents.

All 18 of Twitch's Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon emotes

Twitch Postpones Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon Until October 23

October 14, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi getting annoyed when Kaiba lectures him during their duel in episode 130

Twitch has announced on its TwitchPresents channel that its 15-day Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon will now begin on October 23 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT instead of its originally scheduled date of October 15. The company is postponing the event because of TwitchCon, which takes place on October 20 through 22.

“Many TwitchCon attendees […] were bummed that they’d miss the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon,” said Twitch in its announcement. “We certainly don’t want you all to have to choose between watching an incredible anime, and watching (or attending) the biggest Twitch party of the year.”

StreamFourStar’s pre-show is also delayed and will take place on October 23 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

Previously:
Twitch Presents 15-Day Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon

Twitch Presents 15-Day Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon

October 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot from Twitch's Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon advertisement

Get ready for the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime marathon ever! Twitch announced today that it will stream all 236 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! — that’s 224 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and 12 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters — in a crazy fifteen-day nonstop event! The action kicks off October 15 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT and runs until October 30 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT. You can bet that there will be all sorts of madness and memes in the chat.

This marathon is thanks to a partnership between Crunchyroll and Twitch. StreamFourStar will present a pre-show on October 15 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. Hope to see you there!

(News from @Twitch)

Update (October 14): Twitch has postponed the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon until October 23.

UDON Previews Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Book

March 30, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Front cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment

Hot off the press, UDON Entertainment has received its first copies of its upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards art book and is offering fans an early look inside. The publisher shared a few different photos of the cover and gorgeous artwork on Facebook and Twitter.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards collects over 800 pieces of card artwork that appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters anime. The cards are organized alphabetically and include their English and Japanese names along with the characters who played each card.

Blue-Eyes White Dragon spread from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl artwork in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Matt Moylan, director of publishing at UDON, tweeted his own photos of the book and also offered a few comments.

The pictures are “as big as much of the art could handle being upsized,” explained Moylan. “[E]ach piece is approximately twice the total area of the artwork on a card.” The book is expected to be in stock at Amazon approximately May 3, “give or take a week.”

Example pages featuring various card artwork in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Want to see the artwork from other Yu-Gi-Oh! series collected into their own lovely hardcover books too? Support this release and it could happen!

All depends on how good this first book of cards does,” said Moylan.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards is available for pre-order for $39.99 from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. You can also order it from your local brick and mortar bookstore.

Previously:
UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced

Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Harpie Lady, Jinzo, and Magician of Black Chaos in the key art bonus gallery in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Back cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment

UDON’s Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards Announced

July 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards logo
Punny yet classy

At its San Diego Comic Con panel today, UDON Entertainment teased additional details about its upcoming new Yu-Gi-Oh! art book endeavor, which will collect high-quality illustrations from the pool of over 7,000 trading card images in the game.

The first book will be titled Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards and will include more than 800 pieces of card artwork from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime as well as from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters storyline. The company touts the book as “an easy-to-read, A-to-Z listing showcasing all your favorite card art from ‘Agido’ to ‘Zombie Warrior’ and everything in between.”

UDON did not offer a specific release date for the book, but has previously noted that sales will begin in the fourth quarter of this year in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Previously:
4K Media, UDON to Publish Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Art Books

Crunchyroll to Stream All Yu-Gi-Oh! Series Worldwide Starting November 15

November 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Posted in 5D's, Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 7 Comments
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The Millennium Puzzle against a backdrop of Egyptian hieroglyphs in episode 81

Extraordinary news for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans worldwide! 4K Media (Konami) announced today that Crunchyroll will begin international streaming of all four English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! series — Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL — starting tomorrow, November 15. The availability of the series is as follows:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 – All territories except most of Asia*, the United States, Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City

Today’s tremendous news follows the addition of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix, which was announced at the beginning of this month. Netflix’s streams are available to viewers based in the United States, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in the United States can also continue to find all of the series on Hulu and on YUGIOH.com.

4K Media again reiterated today that there will be even more news regarding the international streaming of subtitled and local language versions in the coming months.

Three cheers to 4K Media for making such phenomenal progress!

* The excluded Asian countries are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa (Western), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Update: There were some discrepancies between 4K Media and Crunchyroll about which territories have access to each of the series. My list above has been updated with the correct availabilities.

Update (January 7, 2015): Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL season 1 on Crunchyroll has been updated to allow residents of Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to view the episodes. I’ve updated my lists above to reflect the removal of these restrictions.

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! Season 5 & Capsule Monsters DVD Slated for May 13 Release from Cinedigm

April 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! season 5 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

4K Media (Konami) formally announced today on YUGIOH.com and Facebook the upcoming release of the fifth and final season of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on DVD. “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Official Fifth Season” from Cinedigm’s Flatiron Film Company label will hit store shelves on May 13. The seven-disc box set includes all 40 English-dubbed episodes from season 5, as well as the 12-episode Capsule Monsters story that takes place between the Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel story arcs.

Like the season 4 DVDs preceding it, this season 5 release is highly anticipated because it brings to home video something that has never been released before. Cinedigm’s season 5 release is the first time the episodic version of Capsule Monsters will come to DVD in Region 1 territory. The 12-episode mini-series premiered on 4Kids TV’s fall 2006 lineup and has since been streaming online.

Prior to its broadcast, Capsule Monsters arrived on home video from FUNimation, who released the show in May 2006 and September 2006 on two DVDs. Each disc contained a 90-minute digested “movie” version of the show. To celebrate the launch of the first DVD in May 2006, 4Kids streamed that entire movie on the old YUGIOH.com website on the eve of its release. The event was an an unprecedented move at the time among anime licensees. The website was inundated by hordes of viewers, overwhelming its servers and causing the site to slow to a crawl.

Cinedigm’s season 5 box set is comprised of three volumes and will be sold at the suggested retail price of $59.95. Fans who already own some of FUNimation’s old season 5 DVDs can also pick up each individual volume to fill the holes their collections. The three volumes are available separately for the following MSRPs:

  • “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 1”: two DVDs with episodes 185 through 198 and Capsule Monsters episodes 1 through 4, $19.95
  • “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 2”: three DVDs with Capsule Monsters episodes 5 through 12 and episodes 199 through 213, $24.95
  • “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 3”: two DVDs with episodes 214 through 224, $19.95

Pre-order today from your favorite online retailer. Welcome back to the home video market, classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, we’ve missed you!

Previously:
Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 4 DVD Set Scheduled for March 25 Release

Update (April 17): Fixed a typo in the “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 5 Volume 2” episodes. Thanks, Dubbs!

Update (May 13): While the box set and volume 1 were released today, the street dates for volume 2 and volume 3 have changed. Volume 2 will now be released on May 27 and volume 3 on June 10. All season 5 products are currently backordered from Cinedigm. I hope you pre-ordered!

[YGO: TAS] Cr@psule Monsters 3

November 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Cr@psule Monsters logo from episode 3
Fun fact: each of the three Cr@psule Monsters intros are ever so slightly different.

Previously on Crap: Yugi and the gang wind up in a mysterious land with no food or water. While Tristan and Tea try their hand at raising their Pokemon children, Joey is captured by Peter Jackson and Yami rides an invisible bicycle. Sounds pretty par for the course as far as crappy spin-off series go. Certainly they’ve all died from exposure by now, right?

No so! Today, LittleKuriboh uploaded the thrilling continuation to Cr@psule Monsters, with episode 3! Yugi and his friends reunite at last and are joined by Grandpa. Together, they run away from some stupid-looking flower monsters, battle Robin Williams (who’s even more powerful than Jeff Goldblum!), and discover an ancient Egyptian Tumblr post. Yup, still sounds pretty crappy to me. The best part? The “blood not funny” boy from the previous episode has apparently grown up and become 1KidsEntertainment.

Since LittleKuriboh’s YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, is still down, this episode is currently only available on Blip.tv.

Shortly after LK announced the new video on Twitter, droves of fans headed to YuGiOhAbridged.com, causing the website to slow to a crawl. As a reminder, that website merely embeds videos that were uploaded to LK’s official Blip.tv account, so if it ever goes down (as it’s been prone to do whenever LK uploads something new), simply head to Blip instead.

Where Has Cr@psule Monsters Been?

The previous episode of Cr@psule Monsters was released in August 2008. Between then and now, LittleKuriboh has only made passing comments about whether or not he would like to continue the series (of course he would!) and in what direction he would like to take it. At some anime conventions, LK has explained his plans more thoroughly, though many of those ideas never panned out.

At Youmacon 2010 (October 2010), LK said Cr@psule Monsters would be finished within the next six months and that he had “very specific plans” for the show. At Kami-Con Season 3 (February 2011), he hinted that he wanted to do something with the show as an April Fools’ joke. He expanded on this comment at AVCon 2011 (July 2011), where he explained that he had intended to announce that there would be no new videos on April Fools’ Day, then suddenly release three new Cr@psule Monsters episodes, but that didn’t end up happening. LK noted that he does want to continue the show when he has the time for it and when he feels like it’s “right.”

Then, in August 2012, LK put up a Facebook poll asking his fans what he should release at Youmacon 2012, with Cr@psule Monsters 3 being among the five choices. Needless to say, the show didn’t make an appearance that year.

Cr@psule Monsters 3 finally premiered at Youmacon 2013 about two weeks ago, but even this almost didn’t happen.

“I’m just gonna put this out there – there’s a chance I won’t have my current projects done for Youmacon,” LittleKuriboh tweeted on October 16. “I say this because I’ve been too busy working on actual paid work and that’s kept me extremely busy. I consider this a good thing. I’ve been getting up super early to try and fit in bits of time here and there for my own stuff, but I can’t place it over paid work. So in advance, my apologies. Suffice to say, you WILL see stuff from me, but it might not be finished.”

Just when it seemed like the load was too much for him to bare, things got even worse for LK one week out from Youmacon when he was injured after exercising.

“So I hurt my knee yesterday,” he tweeted on October 23. “Not sure how I did it. It felt better earlier but now it has decided to cause me constant, intense pain. […] I’m done editing. I’m in intense pain. Marianne gave me her crutches. […] At this rate I’ll have nothing to show at Youmacon and I guess I’ll have to deal with that too.”

On the October 24 episode of the Wha-chow! podcast, LK finally revealed that his mystery project was Cr@psule Monsters 3.

“I really wanted to do that for Youmacon and […] everything happened,” he said despondently. “I don’t know if it’s going to be finished so I’m just all disappointed in myself.”

And yet he powered through the pain and his busy schedule and still managed to finish anyway. Aww, LK, don’t be disappointed in yourself. Your fans will love you no matter what!

Anime Con Update: San Japan 7

Yesterday, San Japan announced that LittleKuriboh will be returning as a guest for its event on July 18 through 20, 2014! The con, now in its seventh year, will be once again be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Pre-register at San-Japan.org.

At least one overseas convention has also invited LK, though it’s not clear whether or not he will be able to attend.

“Got invited to a con in Newcastle. Here’s hoping they realize I live in the USA,” he tweeted.

He doesn’t specifically say which country the con is located (there are major cities named Newcastle in England and Australia), though there are at least two cons running in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Unless the con is able to offer LK a place to stay and pay for his airfare, he can’t afford to go.

Update (November 27): CardGamesFTW returned today, making a glorious comeback after being banned on October 26. Wow, it took an entire month for the channel to return this time. Looks like LK has one more thing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day tomorrow!

Update (November 28): Happy Thanksgiving! LK has now uploaded Cr@psule Monsters 3 to CardGamesFTW. Gee whiz, I sure hope this video doesn’t cause the channel to get shut down again. ;)

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