Nicktoons Skips Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2, Airs Season 3

January 8, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki, shocked that his mom supports Reed Pepper more than anyone else, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 41

Even though the full first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has been available on Blu-ray, DVD, and DTO for almost a year, Nicktoons only recently finished broadcasting the season on TV. Now, as the network prepares to continue the series this weekend with new episodes, TV listings show that Nicktoons is skipping season 2 and airing the first episode of season 3. Nicktoons has an unfortunate reputation for making last-minute changes to its schedule, so might this be an error?

“I can confirm the schedule is correct,” said Bronte Barbarito, coordinator of corporate communications at Nick, when questioned about the listing.

Barbarito did not address questions about whether Nick has broadcast/streaming rights to season 2, or whether that season might still be offered at a later date.

4K Media did not reply to inquiries at the time of writing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V debuted in the U.S. on Nicktoons in February 2016. The U.S. was the third English-language market to receive the show, after Canada in July 2015 and Australia in October 2015. Both countries have aired seasons 1 and 2 of the anime and are currently on season 3.

Look for the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 3, “A Warlike Welcome,” on Nicktoons this Saturday, January 13. Check your local listings for the exact time.

Update (January 31): Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 1 and 2 will be streaming on Hulu starting February 1.

Full Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V English-Dubbed Episodes on Nick.com

March 21, 2016 at 6:53 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Thumbnail for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 1 on Nick's Yu-Gi-Oh! webpage

Miss the new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes airing on Nicktoons? No worries! Nicktoon’s official website for Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on Nick.com has begun streaming full episodes of the English dub! Now you can watch the anime anytime, on any device, legally, for free. Hooray!

First up is episode 1, “Swing Into Action, Part 1.”

I’ve begun indexing the links on my new “Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V – DUBBED Episodes” streaming videos page. Keep it tuned here and to Nick’s Yu-Gi-Oh! website for all of the latest episodes.

Nicktoons began broadcasting Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V on February 21 and continues to play new episodes each Sunday at 10 am ET/7 am PT with reruns throughout the week.

Nicktoons Breaks Down Yuya Sakaki’s Deck

March 4, 2016 at 10:47 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts Jeff Jones, Robert Boyajian, and Jarel Pro Winston in Nicktoon's Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V promo video

Nicktoon’s trio of Yu-Gi-Oh! experts are back with another look at the world of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime. In today’s video, Jeff Jones, Robert Boyajian, and Jarel “Pro” Winston break down Yuya Sakaki’s Performapal Pendulum deck, explaining how the cards in this archetype work so well together and the power of Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon and Stargazer and Timegazer Magician.

New episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V air every Sunday at 10 am ET/7 am PT with reruns all throughout the week. Check Nicktoon’s official schedule for the latest dates and times. And for more Yu-Gi-Oh! promo videos, be sure to like Nicktoon’s Facebook page.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Premieres February 21 on Nicktoons

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Premieres February 21 on Nicktoons

February 19, 2016 at 10:35 pm | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Nicktoons Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V logo from promo video

Mark your calendars and set your alarms because the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is finally here! The anime will premiere this Sunday, February 21, at 10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT on Nicktoons. And to get viewers prepped for the new series, Nicktoons has tapped Yu-Gi-Oh! veterans Jarel “Pro” Winston, Robert Boyajian, and Jeff Jones to give a quick primer on Xyz and Pendulum summoning in a new promo video for the anime. Check it out!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Gets U.S. Premiere on Nicktoons in February

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Gets U.S. Premiere on Nicktoons in February

January 24, 2016 at 10:05 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki dramatically summoning the Nicktoons logo

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is finally getting its long-anticipated and long-overdue U.S. premiere! The cable and satellite network Nicktoons is airing a 30-second teaser announcing a February 2016 release for this latest anime series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The teaser does not specify an exact premiere date and time.

Nickelodeon’s website provides the following synopsis of the ARC-V series (though it is inexplicably listed on the webpage dedicated to the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series):

Swing into action with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V!

Yuya Sakaki’s dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the greatest “duel-tainer” in history — and he just might pull it off when he suddenly discovers Pendulum Summoning, a never-before-seen technique that lets him summon many monsters at once! But when countless rivals emerge to steal his spotlight, Yuya needs to gear up his game because dueling has evolved into a non-stop world of action!

In the all-new Action Duels, monsters literally come to life with advancements in holographic technology! Duelists no longer stand by and let their monsters battle for them on the playing field — they now ride their monsters as they race through real locations to take down their opponents with their Action Cards! From exotic castles to dense jungles, Yuya and his friends better prepare for any possibility because there’s no telling where the next battle will be!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Where dueling gets REAL!

The English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has been airing in Canada since July 2015 and in Australia since October 2015. Fans in the U.S. were able to catch the first two episodes of the dub during the live streams of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 150th YCS and North American World Championship Qualifier events in mid-2015.

Nicktoons reaches almost 68 million U.S. homes and pulls in the highest concentration of boys ages 2 through 11 across all television. The Viacom-owned network previously launched Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! in March 2013 and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL in April 2013. Neither show is airing anymore in its current line-up.

Update (January 27): Maybe Nick’s Yu-Gi-Oh! webpage isn’t only for Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! after all, but for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!-related. It now includes two Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V video clips from episode 1.

Update (January 28): The title of Nick’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page has been changed from simply “Yu-Gi-Oh!” to “Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.” Looks like it will be the home of the new series after all.

Nicktoons to Host Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Duel-A-Thon on January 20

January 19, 2014 at 8:12 am | Posted in English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Screenshot from Nicktoon's Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Duel-A-Thon commercial

Power up your Duel Gazers and get ready to high five the sky — for 10 hours! Tomorrow, January 20, Nicktoons will hold its first Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Duel-A-Thon, featuring 10 straight hours of World Duel Carnival action.

The marathon kicks off at at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PST with episode 41, “Losing Hart,” and culminates at 9:00 pm EST/6:00 pm PST with episodes 61 and 62, the all new [to Nicktoons] two-parter “Duel of Destiny.” Check Nicktoon’s official schedule for a full rundown of the episodes.

Pretty sweet! The last time fans got a Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL marathon was on August 18, 2012, the last broadcast of The CW4Kids Toonzai Saturday morning block. Who’s going to tune in this time?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL premiered on Nicktoons in April 2013.

Toonzaki.com Updates: The Latest Yu-Gi-Oh! Dubbed, Subbed Episodes, More Anime Shows

April 9, 2013 at 3:05 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 2 Comments
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Tristan, Joey, and Tea freaking out after Yugi receives a package from Pegasus in episode 148

After months of stagnation, anime video portal Toonzaki.com has finally updated its Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal offerings to include the latest episodes. It’s about time! Uploads of new subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and dubbed and subbed episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal had resumed on Hulu back in January, but Toonzaki’s feeds had curiously stopped refreshing to display the latest videos until now.

Toonzaki has also patched up its many missing images and broken links, and has picked up several more shows from Crunchyroll, including Fate/Zero, Polar Bear Cafe, Space Brothers, and Sword Art Online. How many new titles can you spot?

Toonzaki had been heavily neglected since mid-2012 after the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit wound down and 4Kids’ properties were changing hands. The site has even gone completely dark on a few occasions, most recently in late March. On Facebook, the Toonzaki crew remained optimistic and has long talked about improving its services, even mentioning a relaunch. In their most recent posts, they’ve casually discussed a “new Toonzaki” and offering “better functionality and more/new shows.”

With the launch of the Japanese-run anime video portal Daisuki.net right around the corner, the Toonzaki crew has picked a good time to polish their website and make sure it remains in the running to continually draw the attention of casual anime seekers.

Yu-Gi-Oh! on MyVortexx.com

Over on MyVortexx.com, the official website of Saban’s Saturday morning Vortexx block, links to the dedicated pages for Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal were finally set up in late March. When MyVortexx was revamped back in mid-February, both shows were missing from the website’s “Shows” page.

If you had noted my not-so-subtle hint and snooped around however, you would have discovered that pages for both shows had actually already been set up at the time MyVortexx’s new look was unveiled. The other main MyVortexx pages had simply not linked to them, for whatever reason.

So what’s new? Since then, the pages have seen the addition of the shows’ full episodes — most notably the subbed Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal videos. While this might not seem like a big deal to longtime Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, by deciding to post these videos, Saban has taken a momentous step forward. Younger Vortexx viewers, or other Vortexx fans who are browsing the website and who might not be as well-versed about what sorts of Yu-Gi-Oh! media are available out there, now have a chance to stumble upon the Japanese episodes and enlighten themselves with a slew of original uncut videos. Although official Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes have been around for a few years now, they had never previously been included side-by-side with other Saturday morning shows on Toonzai and 4Kids.TV’s websites.

Unfortunately, MyVortexx’s redesign suffers from a usability issue similar to that which plagued 4Kids.TV/Toonzai when that website was revamped in September 2010: its design is simply not suitable for linking to and posting full episodes. The organization of the videos is an absolute mess. Episodes aren’t numbered and aren’t listed in their proper orders, and dubbed and subbed episodes are all jumbled together.

4KidsTV/Toonzai eventually improved its layout to better accommodate its video listings. Will MyVortexx do the same?

The Last Traces of Toonzai Vanish

Speaking of Toonzai, the Facebook page of the former Saturday morning anime block managed by 4Kids was finally shuttered on March 22 — a little over seven months after its final broadcast. The last two wall posts were made on March 11 and directed fans to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook page and Toonzaki’s Facebook page.

Toonzai’s Facebook page was never very popular or heavily promoted. During its final days, it had a mere 691 Likes. Nevertheless, it was a window to an increasingly disregarded Saturday morning animation haven that many cherished, and it and the lifestyle the block embodied will be missed.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to Premiere on Nicktoons This Friday

Let’s end on a happier note: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will be premiering on Nicktoons this Friday, April 12 at 9:00 pm EDT!

The newest series in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise joins Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, which premiered on the Viacom-owned cable network on March 11 and now airs seven days a week.

Nicktoons Announces March 11 Premiere of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime

March 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 8 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! premieres next Monday, March 11, on Nicktoons

After a false start in mid-January that left fans disappointed and scratching their heads, Nicktoons announced earlier this evening on Facebook that the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime will indeed be coming to the popular cable network, with the premiere set for next Monday, March 11 at 8:00 pm EDT! The show will air each weeknight, Monday through Friday, at 8:00 and 8:30 EDT.

Check out the promo video and Nicktoon’s Yu-Gi-Oh! page for more details and goodies!

Yu-Gi-Oh! was originally slated to premiere on Nicktoons on January 14 earlier this year, but was abruptly pulled from the schedule at the last minute. The network did not release a statement explaining the change. Even after Yu-Gi-Oh! was removed from its line-up, Nicktoons left a link to the show’s dedicated page on its homepage and continued to update it with new content, adding additional character descriptions, details about the show, and improved graphics. (I, for one, am grief-stricken over the removal of the image of Yami’s giant hand!)

Here’s hoping Nicktoons follows through with its scheduling this time. Don’t let us down!

And for those of you who need your daily Yu-Gi-Oh! fix but don’t subscribe to cable, head over to Hulu, where you can watch Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and Zexal all for free!

Nicktoons to Air Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Starting January 14

January 13, 2013 at 10:16 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 20 Comments
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The official Yu-Gi-Oh! page on Nicktoons' website, captured in early January

Tomorrow evening, the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! anime makes a new home on the Nicktoons network, joining other popular brands like Avatar, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Monsuno, Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yu-Gi-Oh! premieres at 9:00 pm EST with episode 1, “The Heart of the Cards.”

Licensing Yu-Gi-Oh! to the Viacom-owned cable network was one of the deals 4Kids sought to close in early 2011. The deal was precluded when licensors TV Tokyo and ADK/NAS sued 4Kids looking to take back 4Kids’ Yu-Gi-Oh! rights, which subsequently drove the company into bankruptcy protection. After all that, it’s great to see that Konami was able to pick up where 4Kids left off.

Don’t have cable? No problem! Don’t forget that you can also watch Yu-Gi-Oh! for free anytime you want on Hulu and Toonzaki!

Nicktoons’ Goofs

Up until a few days ago, Nicktoon’s “Characters” and “About” pages for the Yu-Gi-Oh! show were filled with particularly amusing descriptions, typos, and spoilers. Although those peculiar blurbs have since been replaced with more official-looking text, everyone knows that nothing posted on the Internet ever truly disappears. Saved below are the original descriptions, preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

ABOUT YU-GI-OH!

The series centers on a timid boy named Yugi Muto. When Yugi solves a millennium puzzle after working on it for eight years, he unknowingly changes his life forever. The spirit residing within the puzzle merges with the boy, releasing an alter ego who is the King of Games. Now, when someone cruelly mistreats Yugi’s friends, the alter ego takes over and challenges them to a Shadow Game.

YUGI MATO

A shy, nerdy freshman whose body becomes the host of a 5,000 year-old Pharaoh after he solves the Millennium Puzzle. Yugi lives in his family’s game shop, Kame Game with his mother and grandfather. His grandfather taught him how to play Duel Monsters.

SETO KAIBA

Kaiba is the majority shareholder and CEO of his own gaming company, KaibaCorp. He aims to become the world’s greatest player of Duel Monsters, but first he must defeat his arch-rival, Yugi Muto. He is the older brother of Mokuba. Priest Seto is his Egyptian incarnate.

There’s something refreshingly funny seeing an official source doing such a sloppy job. Try harder, Nicktoons! :P

Update (January 14): So much for tonight’s premiere. Check the comments below.

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