[YGO: TAS] Episode 73 – Throw Haga From The Train

February 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 4 Comments
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Yami Yugi grabbing Weevil Underwood in YGOTAS episode 73

“A new episode of YGOTAS comes out today?” asked LittleKuriboh. “You don’t HANA-SAY!” Ho ho, Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! memes? In my Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series? He picked the best one to highlight, of course. Check it out in YGOTAS episode 73, “Throw Haga From The Train,” available now on YouTube and TFS.

Something is a little…different about Rex and Weevil in this episode. It seems the power of the Orichalcos does more than just take souls; it also changes people’s voices and personalities. During his January Patreon live stream, LittleKuriboh offered some insight into why he decided to approach Rex and Weevil the way he did in this episode.

“It’s basically their final big moment in the series and I wanted to give them like a really interesting send-off and do something special with them, and I think that I did,” he explained. “It’s not especially funny but I think I did a better job paying an homage to those characters than I have done for a long time. I don’t think I’ve ever really done those characters justice and I tried to do something special with them for their final duel essentially. […] I wanted them to have like a little moment in this episode where they actually seemed genuinely like actual characters.”

Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town Visual Novel

Speaking of LittleKuriboh’s Patreon, for Valentine’s Day, LK gifted all of his patrons a kinetic visual novel of his adult Thiefshipping fanfic, Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town. The idea for this voiced and animated project came directly from his fans and patrons, whom he hired to illustrate the novel. Check out LK’s promo of the novel and, if you like what you see, consider supporting his Patreon to get this and other neat exclusives.

Censored Town is a story that LK originally wrote in 2011 for charity.

Four More Convention Appearances

LittleKuriboh has added another four anime convention guest appearances to his 2017 line-up.

First up is MTAC — Middle Tennessee Anime Convention — held in Nashville, Tennessee, from April 14 to 16. LK has been guesting at this con each year since 2014.

Next is Anime North in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from May 26 to 28. This event is a particularly special one for LK’s wife and fellow voice actor guest Marianne Miller because this will be her first ever trip to the Great White North.

Then, the pair head to Anime Blues Con in Memphis, Tennessee, from July 1 to 3.

Last but not least, LK will return to Leicester, England, for Alcon from August 31 to September 3.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Returns to Netflix

February 9, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments

Joey challenging Kaiba to a duel while Grandpa, Tristan, and Tea look on in episode 66

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is back on Netflix! Seasons 1 and 2 of the anime are available in English-speaking territories once again after being unceremoniously yanked from the platform last November. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions has undoubtedly brought forth renewed interest in the classic series. Could we soon see seasons 3 through 5 added as well? Let’s hope so!

Also available on Netflix are Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL seasons 1 and 2.

Netflix Removes Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 50-97 Complete

February 7, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Marik being engulfed in flames in Ishizu's dream in episode 97

The English-subbed versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes 50 through 97 are now up on Crunchyroll. Today’s update completes the Battle City preliminaries story arc (which corresponds to season 2 of 4Kids’ English dub) and kicks off the Virtual World story arc (season 3). Remember to add Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to your queue to stay on top of CR’s monthly updates! These episodes are available to viewers worldwide except in Italy, San Marino, Vatican City, and most of Asia.

I’ve updated my Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – SUBBED page with links to all of the newest episodes.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

Read Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game for Free on VIZ.com

January 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 7 Comments

VIZ Media's free Shonen Jump manga section is now offering Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game

Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga is now available to read for free on VIZ.com! VIZ Media today added the first chapter of the two-part special to its free Shonen Jump manga section. Transcend Game takes place after the events of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and is a prequel to Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. You now have zero excuse not to read this before heading to the January 27 premiere of the movie!

Check out more great titles in the free Shonen Jump manga section, where new chapters are added every day. Yes, it really is all free and 100 percent legal!

If you would like to support Kazuki Takahashi even more and own a copy of Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, both parts are available for purchase in these back issues of Weekly Shonen Jump for $0.99 each:

Update (January 23): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is now also available to read for free.

Virtual World Arc Gets Yu-Gi-Oh! DM: 20th Remaster HD Treatment After All

January 6, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Noah making a creepy face as he chats with Seto and Mokuba in episode 103

Last March, while TV Tokyo was broadcasting the Battle City story arc of its Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster series, it notably skipped the entire Virtual World arc, jumping from the Battle City preliminaries immediately to the semi-finals. Was Noah’s story doomed to be forgotten, never to receive an HD remaster?

Nah. As it turns out, Noah is very much still loved. TV Tokyo will air episode 98, the first episode of the Virtual World arc, as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: 20th Remaster continues its broadcast of the entire series from start to finish. Whew.

The remastered Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters: Battle City Story Arc series ended last August.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 72 – Rex & Weevil Do Atlantica

December 22, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yami Yugi and his friends definitely aren't celebrating in YGOTAS episode 72

Just in time for Christmas, LittleKuriboh has released Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 72 — “Rex & Weevil Do Atlantica” (on YouTube, TFS)! Let’s celebrate with a party! Oh…the party’s canceled I see. It seems that Yami Yugi is no longer the King of Games. Now he’s just an average, super-talented, devastatingly handsome loser with magical powers. If only he hadn’t gone out in the middle of the night to duel Rafael. Now, the gang will need to travel to Florida to fix this mess. Somehow, Kingdom Hearts fanfics and Disney World are involved.

Meanwhile, Rex and Weevil end up joining Dartz’s Oral Costco cult thanks to a misunderstanding. And Kaiba tries building an elevator into space. When he finds out that Yugi lost a children’s card game…well, you’ll just have to see the meltdown for yourself. Wait, why would anyone ever need an elevator into space…?

Convention Update: Kami-Con

LittleKuriboh didn’t attend too many anime conventions this past year; he no longer needs to thanks to his Patreon supporters and now has more time to create new content. Will 2017 be much of the same?

Kami-Con in Birmingham, Alabama, has announced that LittleKuriboh will be guesting at its event, which takes place from January 27 to 29, 2017. LK will share the stage with other guests like Steven Universe’s Zach Callison and Deedee Magno, Vic Mignogna, and Doug Walker. This will be LK’s seventh appearance at Kami-Con. Who knows how many (or how few) anime cons he’ll attend in 2017, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss out!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game Manga in VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump

December 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments

VIZ's Weekly Shonen Jump to run Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga

Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga is getting an official English translation! VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced in this today’s issue that it will publish the two-part story, which bridges the gap between the end of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. Part 1 will run in the December 19 issue next week and part 2 will run in the January 2 issue. The story was originally published in Japanese earlier this year in April.

You won’t want to miss this. If you are not a WSJ subscriber (you’re passing over the best deal for comics anywhere — $25.99 for one year, or $0.54 per issue!), you can still buy individual issues for $0.99 each. VIZ’s WSJ is available on VIZ.com, Android, iOS, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

This post will be updated with links to the issues as they become available.

Update (December 19, 2016): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1, is here! If you are considering buying this week’s issue on it’s own just for Yu-Gi-Oh!, please note that a one-year WSJ subscription is currently on sale for $19.99 (or $0.42 per issue). This is the exact same subscription that you would get if you paid the regular $25.99 price — 48 issues of WSJ simulpubs per year, plus four Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in the mail. VIZ has never lowered the subscription price below $19.99, so if you are waiting for an even cheaper deal, there won’t be one. Save some money and buy a subscription today!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 1, is available for $0.99 on VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Update (January 2, 2017): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is out in today’s issue. As a reminder, the $19.99 WSJ subscription sale is still on. There’s no time like the present to start reading Jump manga!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game, Part 2, is available for $0.99 on VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Silver Coins

December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Promotional image of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi collectible coin and case from YUGIOH.com

Yu-Gi-Oh! breeds collectors. Whether it’s Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, manga, or merch, if you aren’t collecting something now, you probably will as you delve into the franchise. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at two products for numismatists — coin collectors. The New Zealand Mint, a privately-owned mint in Auckland known for its gold and silver coins inspired by popular TV shows, movies, and brands, released Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins earlier this year. Minted in .999 fine silver, the coins have a limited run of 5,000 each.

The coins are each housed in a chipboard case. The material is not unlike the boxes that are often included with high-quality collectors sets of anime DVDs and Blu-rays. Yugi, Kaiba, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo have a glossy finish to them.

Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coin cases

Front and back of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

Spine of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

The back and spines of each box have a pattern of Egyptian hieroglyphs that is visible from certain angles.

Close-up of the New Zealand Mint logo on the back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin case

The case is held shut by magnets in the flap and on the sides.

Closed and open views of the side of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi coin case

The inside of each case has an insert and a pocket to hold the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins.

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi coin display case

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Seto Kaiba coin display case

The recess where the coin sits is lined with felt. Its bottom isn’t flat, which makes it easy to push down on the coin and take it out.

The felt-lined nook where the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin sits

Taking the Yami Yugi coin out of the case

Each coin comes enclosed in a protective plastic case. The coin is a little less than 1.6 inches in diameter and an eighth of an inch thick, while the case measures about 1.75 inches in diameter and a quarter of an inch thick.

Side of the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins in their plastic protective case

Close-up of the Yami Yugi coin in its plastic case

Close-up of the Seto Kaiba coin in its plastic case

The obverse side of the coins features an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Close-up of the observe design of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coins featuring Queen Elizabeth II

The surface of the coins is highly polished. It was impossible for me to shoot the coins straight on without seeing a clear reflection of the camera. The edges of the coins are grooved.

The insert is a numbered certificate of authenticity with a brief biography of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba and the specs of the coins.

Description of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba on the certificate of authenticity insert

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coins certificate of authenticity insert

Amusingly, each coin has a value of $2 and is legal tender on the island of Niue located in the Pacific. But why would you ever spend it when the silver it contains is worth far more than that? Unless, of course, you are Seto Kaiba and you enjoy spending money that has your face on it.

Where To Buy

The Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins can be purchased directly from the New Zealand Mint for $85 each or $160 for both.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps

December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps cards

Welcome to the first day of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2016. Today’s entry will look at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of Top Trumps, a popular card game in the United Kingdom that originated in the 1970s. Top Trumps cards are sold in packs, and each pack centers around a particular theme. There are hundreds of different themes out there — everything from military aircraft to the periodic table of the elements, dinosaurs to soccer stars, Harry Potter to the X-Men. Each card features a character or subject and contains a description and a list of categories and their accompanying numerical values.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the cards feature characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and the categories are Highest Level, Number of Cards, Highest Attack Points, Highest Defense Points, and Number of Duels.

Did you know that Yugi Muto has played 98 cards throughout the series? Or that Mai Valentine’s strongest card only has 2000 attack points? Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps helps you discover these and other facts about the show’s characters. Because Top Trumps cards feature various biographical data and numerical statistics about their subjects, they are often used as learning tools. There is even a national Top Trumps tournament held between thousands of elementary schools in the United Kingdom.

Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card
Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

The goal of Top Trumps is to win all of your opponents’ cards. To begin, the players are dealt all of the cards face down, and the players keep their cards face down in a stack. The player to the left of the dealer begins by flipping his top card face-up, looking at his card, and calling out a category. The other players then flip their top card face-up. The player whose card has the highest value in that category wins that round and takes all of the face-up cards and puts them on the bottom of his stack.

If there is a tie, or if the value of a card doesn’t exist for the called category, all of the face-up cards are placed in the center, and the turn player goes again until there is a winner. The winner of the round will also get all the cards in the center. In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, a value of “Infinity” always wins, and a value of “Unknown” always forces the turn player to go again.

Sounds easy, right? Let’s play an example round. Suppose I play Téa Gardner and my opponent plays Mai Valentine.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Tea Gardner and Mai Valentine cards

Téa will beat Mai if I call the Highest Attack Points category. But Mai will beat Téa if I call the Number of Cards, Highest Defense Points, or Number of Duels category. The Highest Level category results in a tie, in which case I would flip over my next card and try again.

Top Trumps is an entirely self-contained game. There are 30 cards in a pack, and each pack includes the same cards. Each card measures about 2.5 x 4 inches. Here are some of the other cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition.

Yugi and his friends and family:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Grandpa, Joey, Yugi, Tea, and Tristan cards

Marik and his Rare Hunter goons:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Umbra & Lumis, Strings, Arkana, and Marik Ishtar cards

The Kaiba Brothers:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Seto and Mokuba Kaiba cards

Guardians of the Pharaoh:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Aknadin, Isis, Mahad, and Seto cards

Yami Yugi might be labeled as this game’s “Top Trump!” but there is at least one card that will always beat him…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps deck of cards and Yami Yugi card

The other cards in the set are Bandit Keith, Bonz, Dartz, Ishizu Ishtar, Mako Tsunami, Maximillion Pegasus, Odion, PaniK, Rafael, Rex Raptor, Shadi, Weevil Underwood, and Yami Bakura.

Also included is a card explaining the rules of the game, plus a special buy-5-get-1-free offer.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps rule card and proof of purchase card

The instructions for the special offer are meant for the British market, but the producer of the game is also offering the same deal to the U.S. market.

Where To Buy

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps is owned and produced by Winning Moves, a maker of all types of board and card games. In the United States, Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps can be purchased directly from Winning Moves for $7.99.

Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Duels

November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Duel Selection banner on Shueisha's V Jump website

Earlier this year, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Japan which duels they loved the most in each of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series. An online poll was conducted and the results were published in print last week in V Jump and online today on V Jump’s website. Let’s see which duels topped the charts!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:

  1. Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
  2. Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
  3. Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
  4. Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
  5. Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
  2. Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
  4. Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
  5. Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
  2. Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
  4. Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
  5. Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
  2. Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
  3. Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
  4. Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
  5. Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
  2. Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
  3. Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
  4. Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
  5. Episode 110 – Torn Smile World – Yuya vs. Edo (1399 votes)

These duels will air on TV during TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection program.

Did your favorite duel make the cut?

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