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!

[4Kids-Hulu] Sonic X, Episodes 1-78 in Japanese, Subbed & Uncut

June 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Japanese, Other Stuff | 6 Comments
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Characters from the Sonic X anime

Today, the final subtitled Japanese episode of Sonic X was released on Hulu, at last completing 4Kids’ project of providing the original, uncut version of the hit anime! All three seasons (78 episodes) of the series are now available in both English-subbed and dubbed formats! Expect Toonzaki to also post the newest Hulu video embeds during its next update cycle.

Sonic X, along with Yu-Gi-Oh!, has always had a vocal fanbase calling for a subtitled release of the original Japanese version. Back in early 2009, when 4Kids first began uploading Japanese episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters to its YouTube channel — manned at the time by the now legendary 4Kids employee, Nameless Cubicle Office Guy — fans of Sonic X tirelessly left comment after comment on the channel, hoping that their anime would get the same royal treatment that Yu-Gi-Oh! had been getting. In July 2009, a preview of the subbed, Japanese version of Sonic X was uploaded. Fans were both anxious and excited, as it was the first of 4Kids’ online subtitling endeavors. Full uncut episodes from season 1 of Sonic X were unleashed in April 2010 and later episodes have slowly and steadily been released since then.

This past Thursday, Sonic turned 20 years old, making this a very momentous and timely update. Happy belated birthday, Sonic!

Congratulations to Save Sonic and all of the Sonic X fandom who called for an uncut and uncensored subtitled release of the show! Your rallying and support have paid off! And congratulations, of course, to 4Kids for completing the massive project!

So rejoice, Sonic fans, and give the series a watch! The subtitles should automatically appear when you launch a video, but if they don’t, click on the “CC” button on the bottom of the video player, then select “English” and choose one of the three styles for the subtitle text.

[4Kids-Hulu] Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Now Available on Hulu Plus

April 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Joey and Yugi are proud of their teamwork and successes in episode 19

Can’t get enough of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime? All the episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are now available on Hulu Plus! In addition to watching on your computer, you can now stream the shows from your mobile device, TV, gaming console, and more!

Hulu Plus is Hulu’s premium subscription service. Along with having a library of TV shows, episodes, and movies that exceeds its regular counterpart, Hulu Plus gives members the ability to watch select programs on a variety of devices, including the iPhone, iPad, PS3, Android, and a variety of TVs and Blu-ray players. Additional support for the Xbox 360, TiVo, and more are coming soon. A one-week trial of the service is available for free.

This great news came earlier today via Toonzaki’s Facebook page. In addition to classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Dinosaur King is also now available on Hulu Plus. There’s no word yet whether any of 4Kids’ other shows will be joining them.

[4Kids-Hulu] Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! – Season 5 & Capsule Monsters

March 16, 2011 at 7:47 am | Posted in 4Kids, Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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The pharaoh speaking out against Bakura's assault of his sacred court in episode 202

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!

Previously:
Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Hulu – Season 4

[4Kids-Hulu] Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! – Season 4

March 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in 4Kids, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Dartz playing the Seal of Orichalcos in episode 177

Season 4 of classic Yu-Gi-Oh! is now up on Hulu! The English-dubbed, 40-episode season went live earlier this morning and brings us through episode 184 of the series.

After defeating Marik in the Battle City tournament and receiving the three Egyptian God cards, Yugi now heads to the Tablet of the Pharaoh in season 4, intent on unlocking the forgotten secrets of the pharaoh. Little does he know that a new enemy has other plans for him: Dartz and his minions steal the God cards and put Yugi, his friends, and the whole world in jeopardy when they use the ancient power of the Orichalcos to resurrect a mighty beast from the past!

Just one more season to go! If you don’t want to wait for the newly re-encoded episodes of season 5 to hit Hulu, you can still watch the older encodes on Toonzaki.com.

Previously:
Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Hulu – Season 3

[4Kids-Hulu] Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! – Season 3

February 23, 2011 at 8:50 am | Posted in 4Kids, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi and the gang find themselves in a jungle in episode 98
A wise man once said that war was coming to this island…

If the episodes keep coming at this rate, we won’t need to wait until April for the entire show to be uploaded! Season 3 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series is now on Hulu! These 47 newly re-encoded episodes join the first and second seasons uploaded in late January and early February.

Season 3 takes Yugi and his friends through the Virtual World story arc where they battle Noah and the Big Five in Duel Monsters using some new rules: the Deck Master system! The season culminates with the Battle City Finals on Kaiba Corp. Island. More dubbed episodes from the remaining two seasons can be streamed from Toonzaki.

As of this writing, episode 1 of the third season (episode 98 in sequence) is oddly missing. It might still be processing or stuck in QC. If you notice anything else odd, leave a message for the Toonzaki crew on Facebook so they look into it.

Noah mocking the success that Yugi and his friends have had in his virtual world in episode 103
…I think it just got here.

Previously:
Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! on Hulu – Season 2

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