YGOTAS Streams & Downloads Pages Updated

March 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm | Posted in Site Updates, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Yugi looking at the Revver logo in LittleKuriboh's Without Yugi video
Remember when Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series found a home on Revver back in 2007? Ah, the memories…

Exactly six months ago, LittleKuriboh and his Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged empire endured a colossal shake-up when Blip.tv closed LK’s account. Since then, LK has found a new home for his videos over at TeamFourStar.com, joined a YouTube network, and made his YouTube channel a little more cozy by renaming it “LittleKuriboh.” He has even started several new projects, including more Let’s Plays, the We’re Still Here series, and The Mark Remark — his new show satirizing the antics of the WWE. Things are looking on the up-and-up for LK.

Looking at LittleKuriboh move forward amidst change and how well received his new endeavors are, I am reminded of all of the fresh excitement that always accompanied his video releases back when YGOTAS was young and how much laughter and enjoyment those videos brought to his viewers, myself included. So, in the spirit of sharing that LittleKuriboh always embodied, I’ve decided to begin working again on my streams and downloads pages for YGOTAS and to keep these pages updated for as long as I can.

My updates come with a caveat, however. To encourage viewers to watch LK’s work on TFS and YouTube, I won’t offer his videos for download until at least one month has elapsed from the time LK first releases them. And as usual, I’ll only be keeping track of and saving his Abridged-related projects.

Not all of the videos that are streaming online are currently available for download (this is something I hope to change in the future). But the vast majority of the videos that are available for download are also available for streaming. The exceptions — like Yu-Gi-Oh: The Other Abridged Movie, Zorc & Pals, GUHROOGAMESH!!!1, the full version of Marik Plays Mass Effect, and a small number of others — were either deleted from YouTube or were never uploaded to YT or TFS and thus aren’t streaming on any official source.

One thing that has changed is that lack of official YGOTAS video downloads coming from LK himself. The days of LK offering downloads on Blip, Revver, and iTunes are in the past. Since he is no longer offering downloads on TFS, going forward, we’ll need to rely on videos ripped from the streams. This is not as much of an issue as it was in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged’s early days when video compression technology was so poor that such videos were known to cause eye cancer. Today’s streaming videos look nearly identical to their source with the added benefit of being smaller in file size.

Like all of my streams and downloads pages for the many Yu-Gi-Oh! series, these YGOTAS pages are works in progress.

New Streams & Downloads Pages for Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL, Bonds Beyond Time

February 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Site Updates | Leave a comment
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What has Yuma lost? Figure it out, Astral gently utters in ZEXAL episode 146

4K Media (Konami) released the 146th and final episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL this past weekend! Congratulations! Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is only the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series to receive a complete English dub, so this momentous occasion deserves the highest amount of praise and attention. Although I am but one person, I hope that I can celebrate this milestone in a way that is meaningful and supportive of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

In recent months, 4K Media has made significant strides in increasing the worldwide availability of each of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. To raise awareness of those initiatives, today I have created new pages that organize and highlight the numerous streaming and downloading options not only for Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, but also for the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, and 5D’s series and the Bonds Beyond Time movie. My indexes for video streams include the most up-to-date links available from YUGIOH.com, Hulu, and Crunchyroll, while the indexes for downloads include options from several popular platforms, including the iTunes Store, Amazon.com, PlayStation Store, VUDU, and Xbox Video.

By sharing these options, it is my hope that more and more fans across the globe can support the franchise that they love so that the 4K Media and the Yu-Gi-Oh! creators can continue to bring forth more successes like Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.

Here are the new pages for streaming videos:

And here are the new pages for video downloads:

The following previously available pages have been updated with new links:

Not all platforms have every episode or season of every show, either intentionally or by error. Xbox Video, for example, is missing all of season 3 and 5 of Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and some episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 1. I’ve inquired about the missing videos on each platform and will update my indexes if things change. These pages are all works in progress.

And to anyone who is concerned that I have been neglecting the streams and downloads pages for LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged series, I’ll have a surprise for you next week…

Practicing What I Preach

November 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Site Updates | 26 Comments
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Bakura introducing his favorite card, the Change of Heart, in episode 12

The availability of free, legal streams of television shows and movies has skyrocketed in the last two to three years. Free online anime content, too, has been a part of this boom. Numerous anime series and movies have taken root in well-established video websites like YouTube and Hulu, and many anime licensees have set up their own video websites as well. Legal anime streams have been gaining wider recognition and adoption within the fandom as the technology improves and the outlets increase, and the culture has continued to welcome the instant gratification that comes with video on demand.

Among anime licensing companies, 4Kids Entertainment, who owns the rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series outside of Asia, was one of the first to embrace video streaming, having set up their operations in 2005. Since then, 4Kids’ online library has grown to include every single title to which they own streaming rights. All of their shows can be watched at any time on 4Kids.TV (Toonzai), 4KidsTV.com, and YouTube, as well as on their recently unveiled anime video portal Toonzaki. There are few, if any, other entertainment production or distribution companies that can say they’ve done the same with all of their own properties.

I’ve been following 4Kids’ foray into the business of streaming uncut anime since the day they started in March 2009. Since then, I’ve continued to chronicle their online endeavors and encourage others to follow and support them. What began as a love for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime had evolved and instilled in me a desire to follow and aid in its growth and the growth of its owners in these ever-changing times. Indeed, so many of my most notable posts have been devoted to historic events and firsts in 4Kids’ undertakings, from the arrival of their first subtitled test episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, to the unexpected demise of their Duel Monsters subtitling project, to the advent of their subtitled Sonic X streams, to the birth of Toonzaki and their uncut Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s streams. Smaller updates, like their regular uploads of Yu-Gi-Oh! dubs to YouTube, are no less significant in my eyes. All the while, my messages have been offhandedly mixed in with posts about fansubs and raws and whatnot. I have essentially been maintaining this website — a repository of links to illegally uploaded videos — while recognizing and claiming to support the growth of legal online anime.

No more. For nearly four years, 4Kids and the other owners of Yu-Gi-Oh! have turned a blind eye to this website. And even if they never contact me and demand that I remove the video links, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that my words don’t match my actions. I support 4Kids. I support the progress that they’ve made thus far with their subtitling initiatives. And I support their ongoing, good-faith efforts in expanding these subtitling initiatives. So, I have decided that In the Name of The Pharaoh will no longer be offering any links to any illegal downloads or streams. As of today, all such links have been removed and will not be returning.

The world of free and legal online video content, anime or otherwise, still has a long way to go before it can satisfy everyone. The limitations of region-restricted video streaming on an otherwise borderless Internet are all too common. Video expiration policies, as well as various shortcomings with streaming technology, are, to a lesser extent, also notable. These are all things that can be resolved. But innovation is never easy and it certainly does not come quickly. Fortunately, we the consumers can play a big part in getting the wheels to turn. For the culture and business of free streaming videos to grow, there need only be, at the very core, three things: support, education, and outspokenness.

How do we use these tools? Acknowledge that progress has been and continues to be made. Learn and help others learn about the ways of watching content on the web legally. Use and encourage the use of these options. Educate yourself about the inner workings of these businesses and why and how they can succeed and fail. Critique their shortcomings and offer up new ideas. In time, further innovation will take place, and when it does, lather, rinse, and repeat.

It is only through continued support, education, and outspokenness that legal options for watching the world’s video content on the Internet can emerge, expand, and thrive.

Please, don’t ask me where you can find unofficial downloads/streams and don’t offer up any such links. Don’t ask me about raws. Don’t ask me about fansubs. Remarks about these topics are no longer welcome. (And if you feel the need to voice your opinions, note that all comments are automatically passed through spam filters, which I can’t turn off, and are moderated before being displayed. As such, keep in mind what I’ve written in this post and try to keep your words noninflammatory and spam-free.)

And please, do support websites that offer free, legal ways to watch anime online. Do watch anime on television. Do purchase the licensed products that are released in your region. If the products you’re interested in aren’t available, consider saving your money and importing them. I hear Japan has everything. As someone who claims to be a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series, I embarrassingly confess that I don’t own nearly as many Yu-Gi-Oh! items as perhaps I should. In the coming months and years, I hope to begin to atone for this.

I’m sure that many of you may not appreciate my decision. But at the very least, I hope that you understand it. I feel like I’ve addressed the issues in a broad enough manner while still highlighting some points that you can use to build your own perspectives and arguments. I am proud to be taking this step and am doing so without any reservations. This is a new chapter for In the Name of The Pharaoh.

Update (December 4, 2010): I think this post has reached many eyes during the four weeks that it’s sat atop this website. I’m unstickying this post now, but don’t let that discourage you from writing or emailing me any productive questions or comments.

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: English-Subbed Duel Monsters Episodes

December 12, 2009 at 11:53 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Fansub, HK DVD, Japanese, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 9 Comments
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Yuugi wondering what strategy Yami Malik has up his sleeve in episode 127

Day six, the final day of Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week, is here! And as you’ve probably realized by now, I’ve saved the best series for last! Today, I’ve added a new index for streaming subbed Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes. Yes, all 224 episodes of the exciting, original, uncut Japanese-language version with English subtitles are now at your fingertips, ready to be streamed!

As with the streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! Series 1 episodes and movie added earlier in the week, these episodes are hosted on Megavideo. Megavideo doesn’t restrict its videos to a maximum length, so there’s no need to split up the episodes or download any additional software to upload and playback a half-hour show.

These are the exact same episodes that are listed on my Duel Monsters downloads index, with episodes fansubbed by #yugioh!, dirtydude16 (dd16), Ouji- & Co, and Ouji- & Hina, plus Hong Kong bootleg DVD rips for the remaining episodes. I don’t have much more to add about this series that I haven’t already said in the past, so… enjoy!

Thanks for sticking around this week while I updated this website with all of those new pages! I hope current and future visitors will find the indexes for streaming videos to be a useful and convenient addition. As the dust settles, if anyone notices anything odd or broken anywhere on the site, please let me know, because those things tend to happen when I’m doing big updates like this. XP

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: The Abridged Series by Little Kuriboh

December 11, 2009 at 11:39 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Screenshot from Little Kuriboh's Without Yugi

Day five of Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week is here! Today’s new index page has streaming videos of Little Kuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series! Links to all 45 episodes (thus far) of YGO: TAS, along with a select number of LK’s other video creations, are included. Whenever possible, I’ve linked to the videos uploaded onto YouTube, Revver, or Dailymotion by LK himself or by one of the YGO: TAS staff.

I must say, an index for streaming YGO: TAS videos on this site has long been overdue. The last time LK provided downloads of his high-quality videos was nearly eight months ago. As a result, my index for YGO: TAS downloads has been barren of new episodes.

It’s okay though, because there doesn’t seem to be much of a demand for downloadable YGO: TAS videos anyway. The YGO: TAS torrents are low on leechers. Requests for the YGO: TAS videos’ return to iTunes (which actually just provides the same videos uploaded onto Revver) are almost nonexistent. Everyone, myself included, seems happy streaming the videos. Hooray for instant gratification! Besides, download-lovers can always just rip the videos from YouTube, but I never saw much of a point in doing that.

I’m trying a new layout on my index for streaming YGO: TAS episodes that uses tables. Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t seem to like tables very much, so if the index doesn’t look like the picture below, please let me know!

This is what the streaming YGO: TAS episodes index should look like

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie (Series 1) Subbed

December 10, 2009 at 11:53 am | Posted in Fansub, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yuugi drawing a card in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie

It’s day four of Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week! After adding an index for streaming Yu-Gi-Oh! Series 1 episodes yesterday, I’m following up by giving the series’ accompanying movie its own page! Check out this 30-minute Yu-Gi-Oh! classic, now streaming on Megavideo! The movie is fansubbed by TV-Nihon and is also available for download.

Like the 27-episode series that preceded it, this short theatrical film is also titled “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and was released in Japanese theaters in 1999. Fans often call this film “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie” so as not to confuse the two. The movie serves well as a bridge between the first and second Yu-Gi-Oh! series by providing a greater focus on the mechanics of the Duel Monsters card game than the first series did.

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: Subbed Series 1/Season 0 Episodes

December 9, 2009 at 11:44 am | Posted in Fansub, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Miho, Anzu, Jounouchi, Honda, and Grandpa offering their congratulations in episode 24

Today is day three of Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week and streaming episodes of the critically acclaimed first series of Yu-Gi-Oh! have made their way to their own new page! The episodes are hosted on Megavideo, which allows for the uploading and playback of a full half-hour episode without the need to split up the video or download additional software. The episodes are fansubbed by TV-Nihon and are the same ones already available for direct download.

Simply titled “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and containing just 27 episodes, this first Yu-Gi-Oh! series was released in 1998 and is an adaption of the stories told in the first seven volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. Fans have also called it “Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 0,” “Yu-Gi-Oh! Toei Version,” and “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Shadow Games” to distinguish it from the lengthy Duel Monsters series released in 2000.

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: English-Dubbed Capsule Monsters Episodes

December 8, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in 4Kids, Capsule Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi and the gang strike a pose as they load their capsules in Capsule Monsters episode 11
It’s Morphin’ Time!

For day two of Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week, I’ve decided to index a series that I haven’t talked much about: Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters! Head over to my newest page, where you’ll find links to stream the 12-episode miniseries. The episodes are hosted on 4KidsTV.com, just like the English-dubbed Duel Monsters episodes posted yesterday. The episodes have unfortunately not yet made it to 4Kids’ YouTube channel.

The Capsule Monsters story arc takes place between the Grand Championship and Dawn of the Duel story arcs, hence the episodes’ placement on 4KidsTV.com’s own listings. I’ve opted to list the episodes separately from the Duel Monsters series, since they were not originally part of that show.

Capsule Monsters debuted in 2006 to much fanfare, though it was how the series first came to be discovered by the online Yu-Gi-Oh! fanbase that’s particularly interesting.

Word about a new Yu-Gi-Oh! series first surfaced in late 2005 when retailers received information about an upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters tabletop game that corresponded with the anime. This announcement, however, went virtually unnoticed. It wasn’t until the start of February 2006 that a few never-before-seen Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes were caught airing on the Irish TV channel RTÉ Two. Four episodes of Capsule Monsters would air before the series disappeared. Fans were intrigued but confused. On LiveJournal’s “Play the Damn Card, Already!” community, fans feverishly speculated about the show’s origins and its place in the Yu-Gi-Oh! timeline. The news would soon spread to the Janime Community Forum and anime forums everywhere. There hadn’t been this much excitement in the fanbase in a long time.

In May 2006, the first of two Capsule Monsters DVDs would be released in the U.S. The DVD contained a “movie” version of the series — a 90-minute edited compilation of the first six episodes. On the eve of the release date, 4Kids gave fans a special sneak peek by streaming the entire movie live on yugioh.com, an unprecedented event at the time. The second DVD, featuring a movie version of the final six episodes of the series, would be released in September 2006.

The full 12-episode series would eventually be added to 4Kids TV’s Fall 2006 lineup, giving American fans their first opportunity to watch the show in its entirety on their TVs.

A Japanese release of Capsule Monsters is conspicuously absent. As of this writing, there hasn’t been one. And with each passing day, the odds that it’ll happen look slimmer and slimmer.

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online: English-Dubbed Duel Monsters Episodes

December 7, 2009 at 11:44 am | Posted in 4Kids, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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Noah wielding an invisible gun in episode 116
“Don’t move a muscle or I’ll shoot you with my invisible gun!”
Oh, 4Kids…

Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Week is kicking off with a bang! A brand-new page that indexes streaming English-dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes is this week’s first new addition to the site!

You’ll find that all of the episodes I’ve linked to are hosted on 4Kids’ own online media library at 4KidsTV.com and 4Kids’ channel on YouTube. Both are legal and official sources for streaming the dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes! Hooray! Unfortunately, the videos on 4KidsTV.com are currently only accessible to visitors residing in the United States. The videos on YouTube are available to all visitors outside of Asia, but, as of this writing, only a fraction of the episodes have been uploaded.

Unlike my index for the Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters episodes, which divides the series roughly into its various story arcs, I’ve chosen to divide the dubbed episodes into five seasons in the same manner that 4Kids does.

If there’s one thing that 4Kids does really well, it’s that they provide an extensive streaming library of their shows. Even 4Kids haters can’t deny it. Few other entertainment companies are willing to put all of their properties online and provide as comprehensive a collection of full-length streaming videos as 4Kids. All of their shows can be watched online, anytime, at 4KidsTV.com (with the exception of shows like Ultimate Muscle that they don’t own streaming right to, of course). Now if only they would update their YouTube channel as frequently as their website!

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