[YGO: TAS] Episode 77 – Loopy In The Sky With Duel Disks

October 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Magical dragons saving KaibaCorp airplane in YGOTAS episode 77

Kaiba versus Alister is here! Using the power of the Orichalcos, Alister transports Kaiba into the plot of a young adult novel to help him have an epiphany about the evils of humanity. But in the end, the heavy-handed hallucination only reinforces Kaiba’s confidence in his cards. Looks like Alister will just have to convince Kaiba the old-fashioned way: by beating him in a card game! Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan encounter Cornelius’ basketball-playing offspring. See what happens in LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 77, “Loopy In The Sky With Duel Disks,” available now on YouTube and TFS.

For all of the talk of plot holes, Kaiba, Mokuba, and Alister fail to realize something spooky: if the plane is empty, who’s making announcements over the aircraft’s PA system? I guess it’s just the power of the Orichalcos at work again.

Also, shut up, Nokuba.

Convention Update: Anime St. Louis 2018

LittleKuriboh already has at least one convention booked for 2018! Anime St. Louis has announced that LK and Marianne Miller will be guests at the event next year, which will take place on May 4 through 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.

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

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.

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Editor Yoshihisa Heishi at NYCC 2017

October 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yoshihisa Heishi at the Weekly Shonen Jump panel at NYCC 2017

In Japan, manga editors are more than just people who know the nuts and bolts of the publishing industry. Editors work intimately with manga creators, exchanging story ideas and guiding the creators to success, and even look after the creators’ health and well-being. When Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga was first serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan, its founding editor was Yoshihisa Heishi. Heishi eventually rose through the ranks to become the magazine’s editor in chief, and today still works at Shueisha’s shonen manga department as its director.

This past weekend, Heishi attended New York Comic Con where he was a guest at VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel. He offered some tidbits about Yu-Gi-Oh! and Takahashi during a brief Q&A.

“How did Egypt become such an important theme in the story?” asked Urian Brown, an editor at VIZ and the panel’s moderator.

“Before the manga started, Takahashi-sensei was really interested in Egypt and Egyptian culture,” explained Heishi through his translator, English WSJ Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani. “The Millennium Puzzle was originally not supposed to be used. It was going to be a different item. But since he ended up using the Millennium Puzzle, Egypt became a more important part of the story.”

“What was it supposed to be originally?” asked Brown.

“I can’t say,” Heishi laughed.

“What was it like working with Takahashi-sensei?” Brown continued. “Can you give us any details about his creative process?”

“When Takahashi-sensei was making the manga, I didn’t really see him having trouble or questioning himself when he was creating the manga,” replied Heishi. “He would go through the struggle unseen, not out in the forefront. Every week, they’d be playing card games and video games and things. He would play every week with his assistants. […] The ideas came from that.”

“Did you try out any of the dangerous Shadow Games in the manga, like yo-yos on the roof or the nitroglycerin air hockey?” asked Brown.

“No! Kids, please don’t do this at home.”

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Check out video of the full panel for discussions and insights about even more Shonen Jump titles, like Rurouni Kenshin and My Hero Academia.

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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.

Would You Buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters on Standard Definition Blu-ray?

September 18, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, German, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 episode 1-25 German Blu-ray cover mock-up from KSM Anime

The classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime is getting a Blu-ray release for the first time ever — in Germany. Out today from KSM Anime is the first half of Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 on standard definition Blu-ray with the German dub. Prior to this, KSM Anime also published the entire series in ten half-season DVD box sets, which were released between December 2014 and November 2016.

Standard definition Blu-ray? Yup. As far as video quality goes, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters is truly a product of its time. Like so many anime from the early 2000s, the show was mastered on DigiBeta tapes, a standard definition format; its 640 x 480 video is as good as it’s ever going to look. Even the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 20th Remaster program — an HD “remastered” version of the show currently airing in Japan — is merely an upscale with the top and bottom of the video cropped out to attain a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Nevertheless, there are advantages to printing the series on SD Blu-ray, like having a higher video bit rate and better audio quality, and saving space by putting more episodes on fewer discs.

If Yu-Gi-Oh! were released in English on SD Blu-ray, would you buy it?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Adds Japanese Audio Option

September 11, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Announcement of the Japanese audio option on Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links’ latest update gives all duelists the option to play the game with Japanese audio, even if they aren’t based in Japan! To change the audio language, enter the “Settings” option and tap “Change Language.”

Note that even though the audio is in Japanese, the on-screen text still corresponds to the English dialog, which won’t always match up with the Japanese dialog.

Download Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links for iOS and Android today!

(News from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links on Facebook)

4K Media’s Back-to-School Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise Suggestions

September 4, 2017 at 11:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The back-to-school season is in full swing and 4K Media wants all Yu-Gi-Oh! fans to be ready for the new year. From must-have clothes, to required reading, to fun accessories, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook has been pumping out product suggestions to ensure maximum dueling success. I’ve highlighted many of these items before, but some are brand new, so check them out!

Suggestion #1: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions “Duel” T-Shirt

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Duel T-Shirt from ShopYuGiOh.com

Straight from ShopYuGiOh.com, this T-shirt features Kaiba and Yugi from the new movie with the text “Fight for what you believe in” written in Japanese.

Where to buy: A ShopYuGiOh.com exclusive. Available in men‘s and women‘s cuts.

Suggestion #2: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards artbook cover mock-up from UDON Entertainment

This full-color hardcover book features artwork of over 800 monsters that appear in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime, all neatly indexed from A to Z. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Art of the Cards from UDON Entertainment is one for the collector in all of us. Check out a preview courtesy of UDON.

Where to buy: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite bookstore.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links promo images

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has hit over 50 million downloads worldwide! Easy to learn and quick to play, Duel Links crowned its first world champion in Japan last month alongside the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG champions. Will you be the Duel World’s next great duelist?

Where to buy: Free to play on iOS and Android with optional in-app purchases.

Suggestion #4: Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster Figure Keychains

Yu-Gi-Oh! monster figure hangers and box from Grin Studios

Never lose your keys again with Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Exodia the Forbidden One, Kuriboh, Red-Eyes B. Dragon, and Summoned Skull guarding them! These Yu-Gi-Oh! Figure Hangers from Grin Studios stand about three inches tall.

Where to buy: Select Kmart, Meijer, Shopko, Target, ToysRUs, and Walmart stores. Look for them in the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards section.

Suggestion #5: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Blu-ray cover mock-up from Anchor Bay Entertainment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock monster, you know that there’s a terrific new movie starring all of your favorite original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters heroes. Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions one more time in English and in Japanese before heading back to school! A free Obelisk the Tormentor card is included with your purchase too.

Where to buy: Amazon, Best Buy, or your favorite video store.

Suggestion #6: Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle Pajama Pants

Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Puzzle pajama pants from Hot Topic

Is there any piece of clothing more comfortable than pajama pants? Debatable! Show your love for Yu-Gi-Oh! and grab a pair featuring the Millennium Puzzle. According to the item description, “The one who solves me shall gain the powers and knowledge of darkness.” They’re talking about what happens when you put on the pants, right?

Where to buy: A Hot Topic online exclusive.

Suggestion #7: Yu-Gi-Oh! Character Belt

Yu-Gi-Oh! character belt from Hot Topic

“A Yu-Gi-Oh! web belt that proves great fashion doesn’t need to be a puzzle.” True! Yugi and his friends and foes adorn this nylon web belt, which measures 1.5 inches wide.

Where to buy: A Hot Topic online exclusive.

Suggestion #8: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Pullover Hoodie

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Pullover Hoodie from ShopYuGiOh.com

Stay warm and stylish in this Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions pullover hoodie featuring Aigami, Yugi, and Kaiba. Available in black, light heather, and navy.

Where to buy: A ShopYuGiOh.com exclusive.

Suggestion #9: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Magician Girl Figures

Kotobukiya's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl figures

“Do you have all the MGs?” asks 4K Media. The three lovely Magician Girls who appear in the new movie are available as 1/7th scale figures, straight from Japan and licensed for sale in the West.

Where to buy: Kotobukiya’s U.S. online store has all three figures — Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl — in stock.

I’ll update this post each time the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page adds new suggestions! (Last updated: September 5)

The Seal of Orichalcos: Upper Deck’s Original Card Revealed

August 29, 2017 at 9:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Upper Deck's The Seal of Orichalcos, shot by asianyensation

Back in 2005 when Upper Deck still owned the distribution rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, the company printed a real version of The Seal of Orichalcos. At the time, the card had only been seen in the anime without a genuine, printed, playable counterpart, so news about its creation was thrilling. The card was held only by Upper Deck’s Yu-Gi-Oh! judges and traveled to many Yu-Gi-Oh! events, like those held at Gen Con and San Diego Comic Con, and of course the National Championship. At these gatherings, duelists could participate in the “Duel the Master” event to face off against the judges, getting a taste of the formidable power of The Seal of Orichalcos.

It wasn’t until 2012 that the public could get their hands on their own official copy of The Seal of Orichalcos, but many always wondered what happened to Upper Deck’s special creation. Details about this card have since been lost to time, but as the legend goes, only fifteen copies of the card exist, all owned by Upper Deck employees. What does the card look like? And where did they all go?

Earlier this week, esteemed Yu-Gi-Oh! collector Anthony “asianyensation” Nguyen unveiled his latest and perhaps most stunning catch. Nguyen is now the owner of Upper Deck’s The Seal of Orichalcos and has documented his find on YouTube and Instagram! This card has not been seen anywhere since 2005! True to its anime roots, the card features a warning: “The soul of whichever Duelist loses this Duel is forfeit to the winner.”

Check out Nguyen’s Instagram account, asianyensation, to see more of the real-life Rare Hunter’s prized Yu-Gi-Oh! collection.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 76 – Becky With The Good Deck

August 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Valon kicking Rebecca while wearing armor in YGOTAS episode 76

There’s been so much actual dueling in the recent episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! The latest episode continues this trend with a pretty action-packed and serious battle as Valon takes on the duo of Dungeon Dice Monsters creator Duke and number-one fan Rebecca. Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan go on a quest for imaginary pizza while carrying Rex’s dead body. See all this and more in YGOTAS episode 76, “Becky With The Good Deck,” available now on YouTube and TeamFourStar.com! In case this video gets removed from YouTube, LittleKuriboh notes that he has it (and all of the other episodes) backed up on Vid.me. The TFS site now uses Vid.me for all of its embedded YGOTAS videos.

Episode 77 of YGOTAS is already underway and it is “comin’ together pretty darn well, imho,” says LK, who’s halfway through the writing process. “I hate to say it, but I get a weird thrill from writing this YGOTAS 77 script because it means eliminating one of the Orichalcos villains,” he adds.

More Convention Appearances: Kentokyocon, Anime Weekend Atlanta

This year is turning out to be busier than the last for LittleKuriboh on the convention side of things, with two more events added to his line-up. First, LK will be in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend as a guest Kentokyocon.

And second, LK will head to Anime Weekend Atlanta, taking place from September 28 through October 1. The Atlanta, Georgia, event is the first convention that LK ever attended as a fan after starting YGOTAS, says LK. (That was way back in 2009!) And now, he’ll be there as an invited guest. Wow!

Tubi TV Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, ARC-V

June 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments

Kaiba laughing as he summons Obelisk the Tormentor in episode 68

There’s now even more Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on Tubi TV! The free, ad-supported streaming service of TV shows and movies has added 4K Media’s English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series for your enjoyment.

Available now are all five seasons (episodes 1 to 224) of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the 12-episode Capsule Monsters story arc, and season 1 (episodes 1 to 49) of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Tubi TV is available for free to U.S. viewers on numerous devices, including the web, Android, iOS, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Tubi TV previously added all of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s in May 2016.

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