[YGO: TAS] Which Side Video Should Little Kuriboh Release at Youmacon 2012?

August 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Joey choosing a door in episode 122

Here’s your chance to influence which side video project Little Kuriboh might offer his fans in the near future! On Facebook, LK asks:

Which of these side videos would you want to see released at Youmacon this year?
1: Cr@psule Monsters 3
2: Evil Council 6
3: Season Zero 3
4: Evangelion Abridged 2
5: Naruto The Spoof Sequel Movie

Hmm, this is a tough choice! Evil Council 5 ended with a dramatic cliffhanger, so I’d love to see how that plays out. But seeing another Cr@psule Monsters episode would be one heck of a treat, especially since the last video was released four years ago! Then again, the most recent Naruto Spoof episode really reminded me how crazy awesome and fun that series is. And as a Yu-Gi-Oh! fanatic, how could I not want to see more Season Zero? And…

Wha? Evangelion Abridged 2 is really an option? You mean it wasn’t just a one shot?! Fans always seem to ask him if he’s making more, LK tweeted, and he did have fun making the first one, so he’s tempted to make another. At one point in my life, I was completely obsessed with Evangelion, and now that LK has opened the door to making more episodes, that part of me is itching for more.

Ack, life is filled with such hard decisions. Vote, vote, vote!

Youmacon 2012 will take place between November 1 and 4 in Detroit, Michigan. This year, Little Kuriboh was invited as a guest for the fourth year in a row.

Vortexx: Coming Saturday, August 25 on The CW

July 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Posted in Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Saban's Vortexx logo

Today at San Diego Comic-Con, Saban Brands introduced the world to Vortexx, its upcoming Saturday morning children’s programming block on The CW. Vortexx promises to light up the network with action, adventure, and comedy programming, including Yu-Gi-Oh! and Power Rangers. Like its predecessors TheCW4Kids and Toonzai, Vortexx will include both a TV broadcast and Internet component.

Vortexx premieres on Saturday, August 25 and will run from 7 am to 12 noon.

In the meantime, head over to Facebook and “Like” Vortexx’s official fan page, then follow it on Twitter! And keep your eye on the official website at MyVortexx.com. If all goes well, that could be where we’ll find our beloved Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes streaming in the near future.

Is that a Power Rangers-esque lightning bolt I see in the Vortexx logo? Oh Saban, you’re so clever. :)

[4Kids-Facebook] Mega Ultra Chicken is Now Canon

April 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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A post on 4Kids' official Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook Fan Page

It’s newsworthy news time! Don’t you just love it when the official world of 4Kids and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fan community cross paths? It’s a rare event for sure, but it happened today. Check the latest posts on 4Kids’ official Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook.

Related:
YGOTAS fans go ballistic on Toonzaki’s Facebook page
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: “CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!” Indeed

[YGO: TAS] A Brief History of Tristan, EXTREME~! (YGO ZEXAL), & More

March 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Tristan killed the dinosaurs. Dr. Who is not pleased. From LK's video A Brief History of Tristan

Feeling down because CardGamesFTW got axed from YouTube? Don’t be! Little Kuriboh has released a lot of fun stuff since Saturday’s unfortunate incident.

First up is A Brief History of Tristan. Amidst a soothing backdrop of “Ave Maria,” Tristan tells his life story, but ends it on a rather abrupt and heavy note. Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans, you don’t want to miss this. LK has uploaded the video to his Ninjabridge channel on YouTube, as well as to Blip.tv.

Next is EXTREME~! (YGO ZEXAL), also available on YouTube and Blip.tv. Is it weird that I think this “EXTREME~!” angle is a completely viable way of marketing the series to the American audience? With all of the technological development and crazy hair in the foreground of the show, I think it’s possible that kids could really respond to this kind of approach. It’s fresh, it’s loud, it’s funny, and most importantly, it pulls you in. LK, I think you’re on to something here. I’m not even joking. C’mon, 4Kids, get this realized and into some focus groups!

Both A Brief History of Tristan and EXTREME~! (YGO ZEXAL) feature art by indecisivepancake and can also be downloaded via Blip.tv in AVI and M4V formats.

Last night, Little Kuriboh’s project with the new iRiff group The Infinite Losers went live! Their riff of Death Note (the live-action film) captured the #1 iRiff spot a whole day before it was even released! Whoa! Check it out, as Kyle Hebert is in it! On Twitter, LK notes that although there are currently no plans for a second iRiff, they may put out another one in the future if this one receives a good response.

LK also uploaded an MP3 of “Gimme That Chin” last night, a song that’s undoubtedly been burned into the brains of his live stream viewers.

And last but not least, Little Kuriboh’s Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show now has its own official Facebook page! The biggest announcement that’s come forth since the page was set up on Saturday is that episode 6 of NTACFSSS has been scripted. In a bulletin post on Ninjabridge, LK also notes that the episode could even be finished before YGOTAS episode 51! Excitement! A preview of a new NTACFSSS song (from the episode?) will be streamed later tonight on blogTV.

[YGO: TAS] Little Kuriboh now on Facebook

January 29, 2011 at 8:16 am | Posted in Other Stuff | 3 Comments
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Rebecca with her laptop checking out Little Kuriboh on Facebook

It’s true, Little Kuriboh is now officially on Facebook! After resisting the dark allure of the gargantuan social network service for so long, Martin “Little Kuriboh” Billany has finally created his own Facebook profile after some persuasion from his friends. Check out what LK’s into, send him a warm hello, and be his friend!

What great attraction of the Social Web will LK fall prey to next? Stay strong, LK!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series on Facebook
LK succumbs to Twittermania

Yu-Gi-Oh! Language Preferences? Plus, Another Facebook Fan Drive

January 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yami Marik mocking Yugi during a duel in episode 139
Speak up!

Enquiring minds behind the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook want to know:

Do you prefer to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes:
1. In English
2. In Japanese with English subtitles
3. With Little Kuriboh doing all of the voices

Okay, that third option isn’t really on there. But anyway, vote, vote, vote! Why the new poll? Might something nice be in store for dub and sub fans? Who knows…

One thing is certain though: something nice is definitely on its way to Toonzaki.com! The Toonzaki crew recently launched the Toonzaki Fan Drive 2011! When the official Toonzaki Facebook page earns 2011 “Likes,” they will begin announcing “stuff.” Oh? Could it be Yu-Gi-Oh!-related? Like uncut, subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX? (Yes, this is coming.) The arrival of classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Hulu? (Yes, this is also coming.) Something else? Something even bigger…?

Toonzaki’s first Facebook fan drive took place last September, where a mere 300 “Likes” earned us subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s! That was a roaring success, with the page earning that many new fans and more overnight.

How long will it take for the Toonzaki Fan Drive 2011 to reach its goal? They’re currently about 640 fans away! Maybe the crew could motivate the crowd by dropping some subtle hints of what “stuff” is waiting in the wings. Start with one hint to whet our appetites, then offer up one more for every 200 fans earned. That would be a reasonable deal.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes

January 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Bonds Beyond Time, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes logo

What’s better than getting to see the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time movie? How about seeing it on 4Kids’ dime in the Big Apple? The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes is offering one lucky fan a three-day, two-night trip for four to New York City to see the Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary movie, plus a $500 gift card! Pretty sweet! Now this is my kind of contest! Check the official rules for all the details and enter by January 21.

And, if you haven’t done so already, hit up the Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook to see a promo video about this contest and get more information about the movie, become friends with Yami Yugi, and follow @YGO3D on Twitter! While you’re at it, follow @Toonzaki as well, as it’s now under new and official management by the Toonzaki.com crew. (The account was previously occupied by a name squatter.)

One interesting note about the sweepstakes is that the winner will get to see the 3D film sometime between February 19 and March 6. The date that the movie first hits theaters was previously announced to be February 26. Does that mean the winner could get to see it before everyone else? Aww! Some fans might get green-eyed!

[4Kids-Toonzaki] Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: “Card Games on Motorcycles”?

October 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Varon scoffs at the possibility that Jounouchi might succeed in his duel in episode 153
“Humph. Why’d they tow my motorcycle?”

Whenever 4Kids and a certain Yu-Gi-Oh!-related fanbase interact, you know the day’s going to be another one for the books. Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who thought it’d be funny if Toonzaki used “Cards Games on Motorcycles!” as a tagline for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on its homepage…

Yesterday afternoon, Little Kuriboh also picked up the news that Toonzaki was welcoming submissions of fun, sarcastic taglines for their shows. But like in a game of Telephone, LK mistakenly (or perhaps intentionally) called the announcement a “contest” with a possibility that “Card Games on Motorcycles!” be adopted by Toonzaki if it amassed enough votes. Shortly after, helixD got word of LK’s Tweets and posted about this “campaign” on the YGOTAS Facebook page. You can probably guess what has happened since then.

Within only a few hours, an otherwise inconspicuous wall post on Toonzaki’s Facebook page was completely inundated with requests that “CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES” be used to promote Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Go ahead and scroll down that page. Your eyes will glaze over!

Toonzaki was quick to respond with its own message: they’re already using a similar tagline for that anime! Bummer. “Strap on your helmets – it’s dueling on motorcycles! (Seriously, strap on your helmets. It’s the law.)” is its current promo line. Not ungrateful for the attention, Toonzaki added that they’d “take the buzz anytime” and, in good humor, set up their first poll: “What promo line do you want to see for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s?” Choose carefully! The poll ends in two days.

LK’s fanbase has not been deterred. As of this writing, over 400 comments have been left on Toonzaki’s original announcement post, almost all requesting “CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES” or some variation thereof. A few dozen more comments are scattered in other recent posts on their wall. At least the fans have the decency(?) not to assault the Facebook page by posting inappropriate stuff.

After some thought, perhaps it’s wise for Toonzaki not to borrow a line from a fandom that uses official video of their properties without permission. Toonzaki probably doesn’t want to unintentionally imply any sort of association with them. Nor would they want to suggest that they can be unduly influenced by them, regardless of how much fun the YGOTAS fandom would have with the result. After all, the fandom’s excitement comes from wanting to see 4Kids adopt one of their catchphrases, not so much from making a genuine contribution for Toonzaki’s welfare or from enjoying the actual anime.

Still, there’s nothing inherently wrong with the “Card Games on Motorcycles!” tagline. Though simplistic, it doesn’t seem overly demeaning to the show. It makes sense as a standalone, but also has value as an inside joke without being offensive. Perhaps a compromise could be to adopt it as one of many taglines for the show, all used in rotation. Toonzaki never did state that each show must only have one tagline.

One definite plus that has come from all of this is the exposure of Toonzaki to a flood of new faces. If the accumulation of fans on their Facebook page is of any indication, Toonzaki’s popularity has, up until now, grown slowly but steadily, all with little to no advertising. But in the 24 or so hours since Little Kuriboh first made his Tweets, Toonzaki’s number of fans has close to doubled!

Could this be the big boost in its user base that Toonzaki needs for its services to really get on the map? Only the Toonzaki crew knows if these events have translated into more traffic for the young video portal. There is certainly an overlap between LK’s fan base, anime fans, and U.S. residents. If some of them become familiar with and begin to use Toonzaki, and maybe even like it enough to share it, then greater good will have come from all this. As I mentioned back when Toonzaki first launched (near the bottom of that post), the direction this website goes lies very much in the hands of its users. The possibilities of more video content — and exclusive video content — can only happen if we continue to use and support it!

[4Kids-Toonzaki] Want Subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Episodes? Go! Facebook Fan Drive!

September 21, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Anzu telling Rebecca to check out Toonzaki on Facebook

Hey! Are you a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s? Would you like to see official uncut, uncensored, subtitled Japanese episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on Toonzaki.com? Here’s your chance to make it happen!

Head over to Toonzaki’s Facebook page and “Like” it! If they can get 300 fans, 4Kids will start streaming subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s episodes!

What are you waiting for? Go! We are making Yu-Gi-Oh! history here!

Toonzaki.com Goes Live!

September 16, 2010 at 9:47 am | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Home page of Toonzaki.com at launch

Toonzaki.com, 4Kids Entertainment’s new general-audience video portal dedicated to streaming uncut, subtitled anime, made its debut yesterday afternoon! The portal, an aggregator of shows from around the Internet (similar to services like Comcast’s Fancast and Yahoo! TV, except with a special focus on anime), launched with 72 titles ready for streaming.

As previously discussed by Mark Kirk, the Sr. VP of Digital Media at 4Kids, Toonzaki’s library contains both 4Kids-licensed properties as well as those from other content partners. And as expected, a majority of its programs are currently non-exclusive titles that are also available elsewhere on the Internet. Kirk had also mentioned plans for obtaining exclusive programming from other content owners, though such titles were not included at Toonzaki’s launch.

Toonzaki’s third-party licensed titles include a large collection of shows from FUNimation, like One Piece and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, as well as from several other content owners. To deliver this content, Toonzaki is using Hulu’s syndication service. Though it is often overlooked by anime fans in favor of community-centric platforms like YouTube, Crunchyroll, and more recently, ANN, Hulu nonetheless has a wealth of superb anime that is frequently overshadowed by the more popular TV shows on its website. Through Toonzaki, gems like The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (“Before Team Jacob vs. Team Edward, there was Team Minmay vs. Team Lisa. Except transforming jets can nuke vampires and werewolves anytime”), Captain Harlock, and Speed Racer now share the spotlight with other popular anime all on one specialized video portal.

4Kids’ own properties on Toonzaki include English-dubbed versions of Sonic X, Dinosaur King, and the three Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Worthy of your attention is the availability of all three seasons (155 episodes) of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX dubbed, found exclusively on Toonzaki! None of 4Kids’ other video streaming platforms have remotely close to this many episodes!

Sonic X (“The fastest cartoon on the ‘net! You’d swear you watched the half-hour show in just 24 minutes”) is also available in its subtitled, Japanese version. The uncut version of Sonic X was first released earlier this year on Hulu, followed by YouTube. Sadly, the original Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s is not included as one of Toonzaki’s launch titles. Sonic X and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s were specifically mentioned by Kirk in an interview on ANN as candidates for receiving uncut, subtitled releases on Toonzaki. Hopefully, the original Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s will be coming soon!

Toonzaki on Facebook

If you like what you see on Toonzaki or have ideas about shows you would like added, don’t forget that Toonzaki has its very own Facebook fan page! The page, which opened last Friday, is a hub for Toonzaki-related updates and is filled with discussions about how the website might expand further down the road. Join Mark Kirk, the head honcho behind 4Kids’ Internet businesses, and “Like” Toonzaki!

The Future of Toonzaki

Kirk has noted on several occasions that Toonzaki is in its beta stage. As such, we can expect a lot of changes, additions, and improvements as the website grows. In the interview with ANN, Kirk also noted that 4Kids will continue to add videos “aggressively” through the end of September and early October to “round out the library that [they] have available [from their content partners].” No forthcoming titles have been specifically named since yesterday’s launch, so we’ll just have to be patient!

Whether or not Toonzaki builds itself up with more video content or simply falls to the wayside depends very much on us, the fans. As it stands, 4Kids and its content partners are in “a little of the chicken/egg conundrum” (see the first reply by Toonzaki in this thread): naturally, 4Kids wants a successful video portal with a variety of shows, but the content partners want to see some strong numbers from Toonzaki before sharing their goods.

So what are fans to do? Easy! Use Toonzaki, spread the word, and show 4Kids that supporting uncut, uncensored anime is a worthwhile endeavor! Speak up and vote with your views! The future of this website is very much in our hands.

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