Tags: art book, udon
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.
– 4K Media, UDON to Publish Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Art Books
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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!
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, san japan, youtube
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. ;)
Tags: hulu, toonzaki
All 224 episodes of classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and 12 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters are now on Hulu, completing the uploading of the newly re-encoded videos! The 52 English-dubbed episodes of season 5, including the Capsule Monsters story arc sandwiched between episodes 14 and 27, first hit the popular video streaming service Monday morning, though with a few snags. Most issues seem to have been resolved since then, so check it out!
Toonzaki has also updated their video embeds, removing 4Kids’ older self-hosted encodes for the new higher-quality Hulu streams. This process has changed the URLs to the Yu-Gi-Oh! video pages on Toonzaki. I will be updating my indexes for the streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters episodes to reflect the new links shortly.
Season 5 takes Yugi and his friends through the KC Grand Championship, to ancient Egypt in the world of the pharaoh’s memories, and culminates with the final battle ritual between Yugi and the pharaoh. Capsule Monsters is about monsters in capsules.
The Toonzaki crew has done a great job re-encoding and uploading this series to Hulu (and finishing ahead of schedule, no less!). They’ve also continually been hooking us up with anime from Crunchyroll, The Anime Network, Toei Animation, Manga Entertainment, and more. Why not drop by their Facebook page, “Like” them, and thank them for all of their hard work? The Toonzaki Fan Drive 2011 is still on!
– Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Hulu – Season 4
The Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters story arc wraps up on YouTube with the final five episodes now offered on 4Kids’ official YouTube channel. Episodes 8 through 11 were added on Saturday and episode 12 was added this morning.
After completing an elaborate challenge involving magical fruit, Yugi and his friends come face-to-face with King Alexandros III of Macedonia — the legendary Alexander the Great, renowned for conquering nations by harnessing the power of a Millennium Item! He presents our heroes with the fifth and final trial and brings them to the Village of the Divine Dragon. There, they must free the inhabitants from a threat known as the Fiendish Five (not to be confused with a certain quintet of angry corporate executives). After a tough battle, Alexander reveals that all is not well back at home — the friendly Dr. Brisbane holds a dark secret! Yugi and his friends return home and gear up for one last test!
Extravagant battles with more elaborate monster/character fusions await! My index for Capsule Monsters streams has links to all of the episodes.
4Kids continues providing more full Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters videos to their YouTube channel, adding episodes 4 through 7 (518 through 521) today.
Still looking for a way home, Yugi and his friends head to the Fortress of Fear in search of answers. There, Yugi finds a shiny armored vest and the gang learns that their next step involves a series of five trials. Only five? That doesn’t sound so hard! Just “trust in the heart of the capsule!” Their journey presents them with mind-bending riddles and brings them face-to-face with monsters they’ve never seen in the Duel Monsters world. Oh, and Yugi joins with the Dark Magician “to become one.” Hawt. (Hey, they’re his words, not mine!)
In episode 7, Joey merges with a cursed Red-Eyes Black Dragon, giving him a rather badass set of armor that, in my humble opinion, blows the Lord of the Red (from Duel Monsters episode 171) right out of the water! You don’t want to miss this!
“My name is Dr. Alex Brisbane. I’m definitely not a villain.”
For the first time ever, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters officially makes its way to YouTube! The first three episodes of this miniseries were added to 4Kids’ YouTube channel earlier today.
Capsule Monsters kicks off with Joey “Lucky Left Arm” Wheeler winning an exotic trip for four to India. While en route, the private jet carrying Yugi, Joey, Tea, and Tristan crashes in a jungle, where the gang then meets Alex Brisbane, a colleague of Solomon Muto. Brisbane reveals that Yugi’s grandpa vanished while the two of them were on an expedition in the legendary Pyramid of Alexander, conveniently located near the jet’s crash site. The gang visits Grandpa’s last known location and plunges dramatically into a giant map, landing in a world filled with real monsters! Yugi thinks they’ve become part of a real-life version of the Capsule Monsters board game… with the only way out being to win!
Head over to my Capsule Monsters streams page or YouTube’s Shows portal for direct links to the videos! Like all of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes uploaded to YouTube by 4Kids, these are available to everyone outside Asia. Capsule Monsters has, up until now, only been streaming on Toonzaki and 4KidsTV.com for a U.S. audience.
The Capsule Monsters story arc takes place between episodes 198 (the end of the KC Grand Championship) and 199 (the beginning of the Dawn of the Duel). The episodes on YouTube, Toonzaki, and 4KidsTV.com are labeled using 4Kids’ numbering scheme — number 515 to 526.
– How Capsule Monsters first came to light