Hulu Eliminates Free Video Streaming Service

August 8, 2016 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Site Updates | Leave a comment
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Hulu and Yahoo View logos

American video-on-demand service Hulu announced today that it will no longer offer free streaming videos. Over the next few weeks, Hulu will phase out this ad-supported free service in favor of its two subscription plans — $7.99 per month with commercials, and $11.99 per month without. Hulu has been a destination for free Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes since 2010.

Don’t agonize too hard over this revelation, however. 4K Media (Konami) is a Hulu partner and the Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Yugioh.com, which are hosted on Hulu for U.S.-based viewers, aren’t going anywhere.

“There should be minimal impact to Yu-Gi-Oh! fans as free ad-supported content will still be available through distribution partner deals such as Yugioh.com, Comcast, Yahoo, etc.,” explained 4K Media. “This news will only impact users who visited Hulu.com via a computer and did not have a Plus subscription.” The company noted that such users account for “a very small number” of Yu-Gi-Oh! views — “less than one percent.”

Also today, Yahoo announced that its partnership with Hulu is expanding with the launch of Yahoo View, a new website for free TV and movies. Yahoo View’s library will include much of the programming that Hulu had offered for free — including the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series — and is supported by ads. Check them out:

So, if you’ve been relying on Hulu for your free Yu-Gi-Oh! fix, it’s time to change your routine. For everyone else, keep enjoying Yu-Gi-Oh! as usual!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Ends

February 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo and Astral shaking hands after their duel in ZEXAL episode 146
The tears… They won’t stop…

After more than three years of augmented reality duels, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL high-fives the sky one last time in its finale, “ZEXAL Forever,” out now on Hulu. The English-dubbed version of the show ends with 146 episodes — the same number as the original Japanese version.

If you haven’t yet checked out Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, what are you waiting for? Take it from a long-time fan of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and the adventures of Yugi and his friends: if you’ve always had a soft spot for older Yu-Gi-Oh! series that has left you indecisive about committing to a newer series, make an exception and take a chance with Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Don’t be fooled by the show’s bright, bubble gum colors and young, wide-eyed characters. With a story that starts off innocently enough but that gradually spirals into a cold and twisted climax, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is an exceptional show has enough drama to excite even the most exhausted fans of the franchise. Who knows, it might even Xyz your expectations!

And if you’re a ZEXAL anime veteran who’s looking to join Yuma and Astral for even more extravagant exploits, why not expand your horizons with Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL manga? This ongoing series, which debuted in Japan in February 2011 (before the anime did!) starts off similarly to the anime, but quickly pivots into a unique story with its own extreme brand of madness.

It’s hard to believe that Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is only the second anime series in the franchise that has had every one of its episodes dubbed into English. To celebrate this milestone, I will be adding new pages with links to stream and download Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (and GX and 5D’s). This something that I should have done a long time ago to better support the shows and that I hope will bring greater awareness of their availabilities. The pages will go up tomorrow, or whenever YUGIOH.com’s video feed is updated with the newest episode of ZEXAL.

YUGIOH.com Activates International Streaming Capabilities

February 18, 2015 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Konami, Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yami Yugi orders Des Volstgalph to attack the Big Five's Machine King in episode 112

4K Media (Konami) has begun updating YUGIOH.com to allow fans outside the United States to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes directly on its website. While desktop users based in the U.S. will continue to receive streams via Hulu, those residing outside the U.S. will now begin streaming from Crunchyroll (if the video is available) rather than receiving a region restriction error message. Crunchyroll’s library includes episodes from all four Yu-Gi-Oh! series and is accessible to most of the world outside of the U.S. and Asia.

If you encounter any problems, do let 4K Media know. Be sure to include your location and what videos you are trying to watch.

4K Media Adds Spanish-Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes to Hulu

September 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Yugi playing a card against Mako Tsunami in episode 7
Es hora d-d-d-d-d-d-del duelo!

4K Media (Konami) announced on Facebook today that it has added the Spanish-language dub of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! to Hulu! All 49 episodes of season 1 are now available for your enjoyment.

Hulu’s episodes include the same Spanish dub found on volumes 1 through 11 of FUNimation’s season 1 DVD singles released between 2002 and 2003. (Oddly, the season’s last five DVDs don’t include a Spanish track.) FUNimation also released the Spanish episodes on VHS. This dub was produced for the U.S. and Latin America and differs from the Castilian Spanish dub produced in Spain by Jonu Media.

Hulu began introducing Spanish-language programming to its network in late 2011 when it signed a licensing deal with U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision and launched Hulu Latino. Yu-Gi-Oh! joins Hulu’s growing selection of Spanish media, including anime like Pokemon and Inazuma Eleven.

If you like watching Yu-Gi-Oh! in Spanish, be sure to subscribe to the show on Hulu to show your support and to keep up to date on any new uploads.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episodes Now Premiering on Hulu, YUGIOH.com

July 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Astral giving Yuma a thumbs-up in ZEXAL episode 28

The Vortexx on The CW might be on its way out and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL might still be in reruns on that block, but have no fear! New episodes from season 3 are hitting Hulu first! 4K Media’s English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 114, “Tentacles of Terror, Part 1,” made its debut on Hulu yesterday evening. Expect to see the episode on YUGIOH.com as well when the site refreshes with the latest Hulu video feed. Prior to this premiere, the last new ZEXAL episode to air on TV was episode 113, “Memory Thief, Part 2,” on June 7.

This web premiere is the first of many more to come for the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. Every week, new episodes of ZEXAL will be made available online until the conclusion of season 3, 4K Media said in an announcement on Facebook. So, if Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL isn’t already in your list of favorites on Hulu, now you have the perfect incentive to add it! And if you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can also watch the show in HD and on your TV and mobile devices.

If you can’t access Hulu’s streams and the Hulu embeds on YUGIOH.com because you are based outside of the United States, keep an eye out for news about an international streaming solution, which 4K Media has been touting for months.

4K Media assured fans earlier this year that Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will have a complete dubbed and subbed release.

My, how things have changed since 4K Media first picked up the Yu-Gi-Oh! rights in 2012! Back then, new episodes couldn’t be streamed for a minimum of 60 days after its TV broadcast under its agreement with Saban. Somewhere along the line, that time frame was wisely reduced to 30 days. Now, free from the restrictions of its contract with Saban, 4K Media is bringing new episodes to the web first. What’s next? Yu-Gi-Oh! simulcasts? Haha, one can dream…

Hulu Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes Migrate to 4K Media’s Account

March 2, 2013 at 6:39 am | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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The webpage for 4K Media Inc. on Hulu in early March 2013

Konami has completed a bit of housekeeping on Hulu, moving the videos of all four Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 4Kids‘ account to their new home with 4K Media, Konami’s wholly-owned subsidiary that manages the Yu-Gi-Oh! property rights it bought from 4Kids. The links for all of the episodes remain the same, thankfully.

Toonzaki? More Like Toonshabby

Over on Toonzaki.com, which partners with Hulu to embed the Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes published on the popular video streaming platform, the feeds for the Yu-Gi-Oh! series still haven’t been updated since prior to Konami’s new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Zexal uploads two months ago. Worse yet, the episodes all display an ominous message when one attempts to view the videos: “This content is unavailable for playback.” Ugh, have they been like that for sometime now, or is that a result of the videos’ migration on Hulu? Either way, Toonzaki has really fallen into neglect, with missing images, nonfunctional videos, and a lack of fresh content and homepage updates all plaguing the once promising anime video portal.

Vortexx’s Website Gets a Makeover

On a more positive note, Saban unleashed a brand-new look for MyVortexx.com, the official website for its Saturday morning block Vortexx on The CW, back in mid-February. But wait — dedicated pages for Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal are conspicuously missing from the website. (Or are they?!) Don’t worry, I’m sure something big is coming that will please many fans… Stay tuned!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Streaming Video Uploads Resume on Hulu

January 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Missing subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes on Hulu

Surprise. Today, three new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes unexpectedly appeared on Hulu. Subtitled versions of episodes 22, 23, and 24 are now available, although episodes 20 and 21 are not. Weird.

Why are we only seeing these episodes uploaded today when their English-language counterparts aired back in May 2012? Have the production of their subtitles only just been completed? Or is something amiss behind the scenes?

Since early July 2012 when Konami completed its takeover of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise from 4Kids, uploads of Zexal videos have paused at episode 24 for dubbed episodes and episode 19 for subbed episodes. Prior to today’s update, the last new upload to Hulu came, uncoincidentally, in early July 2012. And while Konami does not allow any platform to exhibit any new Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes for 60 days after their initial broadcast on The CW, it has not discussed the reasons for such an extensive additional delay in uploading new episodes. (n.b. The first new Zexal episode to air following the change in ownership was episode 25 on August 18, 2012.)

C’mon Konami, what’s going on over there?

Assuming today’s new Zexal releases aren’t mistakes and don’t get yanked, expect them to appear on Toonzaki tomorrow once the feed updates.

I’ll continue to update this post with information about new Yu-Gi-Oh! videos, at least until Konami develops some coherence in its uploading decisions.

Update (January 8): Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episode 25 dubbed was added to Hulu today. Curiously, the previous updates noted above haven’t made their way to Toonzaki yet.

Update (January 10): Ah, there we go. Episodes 20 and 21 of Zexal subbed are now up. Glad to see someone’s paying attention. Now how about episode 13 subbed? That should have gone up months ago!

Update (January 14): More dubbed episodes of Zexal have been added: 26 through 31. Good stuff! Toonzaki’s feed still hasn’t picked up the newest uploads though. I wonder if something’s wrong.

Update (January 15): English-dubbed versions of Zexal episodes 32 through 37 are now available. Additionally, the Toonzaki crew on Facebook has finally addressed the status of episode 13 subbed, noting that it has been stuck in some kind of “Hulu purgatory” for months now. Hopefully, a wise Hulu engineer will be able to dig it out! Toonzaki also confirmed that a few new subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s will be up soon!

Update (January 16): And here they are: subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s resumed today with episodes 128 and 129.

Update (January 17): “We are back on a weekly subtitled episode release schedule for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s until episode 136,” says the most recent wall post on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook page. Good stuff!

Looks like Konami and Toonzaki have dealt with and/or acknowledged most of the video uploading issues and things are beginning to get back to normal. So, I think this is going to be it from me for this post.

Be sure to subscribe to the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal shows on Hulu to get word of all of the newest updates, and keep your eye on Toonzaki to see if these and other new videos make their way there!

[4Kids-Hulu] Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Dubbed

October 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Logo of the 4Kids English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

English dub lovers, tonight is your turn to cheer! The dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is now streaming on Hulu! Check out episode 1, “Go With the Flow,” right now, or swing by the Toonzaki anime portal tomorrow when the feed updates with this and other new videos.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal airs Saturday mornings at 9:30 on the CW4Kids Toonzai. (Check your local listings to find the exact time your CW affiliate airs the show.)

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Subbed Now Streaming

[4Kids-Hulu] Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Subbed Now Streaming

October 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Episode 1 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal subbed on Hulu

Rejoice, fans of Japanese-language Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes. Your cries for subtitled Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes have been heard. 4Kids had been teasing fans with plans of speedy releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal subbed. There was even a big ad campaign on Anime News Network last weekend that mentioned it. And now, it’s here!

The original, uncut, subbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episode 1 was made available on Hulu this morning. It will also make its way to Toonzaki tomorrow when the feed updates.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premiered yesterday in the U.S. on the CW4Kids Toonzai. Earlier this month, 4Kids provided fans with a peek of the English-dubbed version of the show.

Update (October 18): The English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is now also up. Huzzah!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Opening & Clips Now Streaming on 4KidsTV.com & Hulu

October 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Posted in 4Kids, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 3 Comments
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Yuma and Shark set to duel in a preview clip of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

Have you been keeping up with the tidbits about Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal that have been trickling out? Since announcing the series’ October 15 premiere, 4Kids has been whetting the appetites of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans with details about the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime on the Toonzaki Facebook page. In addition to daily reveals of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal’s cast, 4Kids also uploaded the opening sequence and a few clips of the show to 4KidsTV.com on Friday, as well as to Hulu earlier this morning. Check them out!

The biggest surprise from these video clips thus far? It might be the fact that the realistic-looking backs of the trading cards used in the Japanese version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal are still intact in the 4Kids production. Why didn’t the network censors ask 4Kids to change this, even though the fronts of the cards are still edited as usual? Curious. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is the first series whose card backs match the designs used in the real-life trading card game. Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s all depicted the backs of the cards as having a plain brown background with a grey oval in the center.

What Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal updates will we see this week? Keep your eyes on Facebook and keep counting down until the show’s premiere!

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