Twitch Offers Yu-Gi-Oh! Emotes

October 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Twitch's Kuriboh emote, enlarged

Are you watching the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon on Twitch? The event kicked off today, and tens of thousands of people are tuned in right now!

From now until the end of the marathon, the TwitchPresents channel is offering a special set of exclusive emotes for its subscribers that includes eighteen Yu-Gi-Oh! emotes, seen below. You know you want Joey’s chin face and Pot of Greed at your fingertips! These emotes are yours to keep forever, but you won’t be able to get them after November 7. Add these to your collection today for $4.99!

“Proceeds from channel subscriptions, Bits, and ads will support future marathons and content initiatives on Twitch,” says TwitchPresents.

All 18 of Twitch's Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon emotes

Twitch Postpones Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon Until October 23

October 14, 2017 at 10:00 am | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yugi getting annoyed when Kaiba lectures him during their duel in episode 130

Twitch has announced on its TwitchPresents channel that its 15-day Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon will now begin on October 23 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT instead of its originally scheduled date of October 15. The company is postponing the event because of TwitchCon, which takes place on October 20 through 22.

“Many TwitchCon attendees […] were bummed that they’d miss the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon,” said Twitch in its announcement. “We certainly don’t want you all to have to choose between watching an incredible anime, and watching (or attending) the biggest Twitch party of the year.”

StreamFourStar’s pre-show is also delayed and will take place on October 23 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

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Twitch Presents 15-Day Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon

Twitch Presents 15-Day Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Marathon

October 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Capsule Monsters, Duel Monsters, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot from Twitch's Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon advertisement

Get ready for the biggest Yu-Gi-Oh! anime marathon ever! Twitch announced today that it will stream all 236 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! — that’s 224 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and 12 episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters — in a crazy fifteen-day nonstop event! The action kicks off October 15 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT and runs until October 30 at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT. You can bet that there will be all sorts of madness and memes in the chat.

This marathon is thanks to a partnership between Crunchyroll and Twitch. StreamFourStar will present a pre-show on October 15 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. Hope to see you there!

(News from @Twitch)

Update (October 14): Twitch has postponed the Yu-Gi-Oh! marathon until October 23.

Konami to Live Stream Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels on May 2

May 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Posted in Konami | 2 Comments
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Title screen of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels

Tomorrow, May 2, the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! video game — Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels — will be highlighted in a special live stream on Konami’s Twitch.tv channel. In attendance will be Yu-Gi-Oh! MD producer Charles Murakami, who is a big fan of the franchise and who has also worked on titles like Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Ys: The Ark of Napishtim, and several titles from the MySims series. This event will mark the first time Konami live streams any Yu-Gi-Oh! title.

If you love the Yu-Gi-Oh! video games and want to see more titles released on more platforms, or you just want to support a company that is taking the time to reach out to its fans, then join in and let your voice be heard! The game play will take place at 1:00 pm EDT/10:00 am PDT and at 6:30 pm EDT/3:30 pm PDT. There will be prizes given away!

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium Duels, players compete against 80 different characters from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL anime series. Duelists can also play one on one or four-player tag duels with friends and can even customize the rules of play. Yu-Gi-Oh! MD launched for Xbox Live on March 26, 2014 and on PlayStation Network for PS3 on April 29, 2014. It retails for $9.99 on both platforms.

Konami’s Twitch.tv live streams take place every weekday at the above stated times. This week’s games have included Hard Corps: Uprising, No More Heroes, and Silent Hill 2.

LittleKuriboh’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Live Stream

April 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 1 Comment
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Little Kuriboh getting his head shaved during his My Little Pony marathon live stream
This happened again.

In an effort to raise money to bring Nowacking and 1KidsEntertainment, his friends and the creators of Pokemon ‘Bridged, to Alcon 2013, Little Kuriboh on Sunday offered potential donators a startling incentive: if they receive one single $500 donation, he would marathon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Within four hours, an anonymous donor did just that. So, LK made good on his promise yesterday, watching the first 28 episodes over the course of 12+ hours. Here’s the recorded event in its entirety: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Some highlights from the live stream include:

  • That Annoying Sensei Guy from LK’s Naruto Spoof singing the MLP theme song at 2:25:34 in part 1.
  • Certain acts of extreme violence, the best examples taking place at 48:16 in part 3.
  • Naruto singing Pinkie Pie’s “Smile Song” at 50:30 in part 3.
  • Marik, Bakura, and other characters singing “Winter Wrap Up” at 57:40 in part 3.
  • LK performing the ebonics version of YGOTAS episode 46 at 1:13:05 in part 3. (Spoilers: Mega Ultra Chickn n’ Corn Bread!)
  • Marik singing the literal version of the MLP theme song at 1:33:10 in part 3.
  • And of course, LK getting his head shaved in part 4.

Little Kuriboh’s live stream kicked off at 9:00 am PDT yesterday on Twitch.tv and ran past midnight. He was joined at various times by his wife Marianne as well as his friends Lee, Kaiji, and TomaMoto. Lee in particular was very knowledgeable about the MLP universe and provided all sorts of insight into the various MLP episodes and generations (though he was adamant that he not be lumped in with the Brony fandom!).

To keep the live stream entertaining, LK was forbidden from using the word “pony,” with each mention being counted against him. (Spoilers: He doesn’t get very far.) Eventually, he decided that if he said “pony” 100 times, he would have to get his legs professionally waxed. If he said it 150 times, he’d do his back. And if he said it 200 times, he’d do his chest. So what ended up happening? LK said his 100th “pony” near the end of the 26th and final episode of the first season. Poor LK. Oh well, here’s hoping his trip to a salon will be recorded!

LK also provided various incentives to encourage people to support the fundraisers for Nowacking and 1KidsEntertainment and for Abridgers to Alcon 2013. A single $500 donation (later reduced to $225), led LK to shave his head live. And $3,000 in total donations led him to perform an ebonics version of any YGOTAS episode, for which episode 46 received the most requests by the chat. Sadly, we did not see anyone give a single $1,000 donation, which would have led LK to get a tattoo of his choosing on his arm.

The live stream ran, for the most part, without a hitch. The only major stumbling block came at 2:39:00 in part 1 when a Twitch.tv administrator named truthful entered the chat and presented LK with an inopportune notice: “Hello martininamerica, Twitch is exclusively for gaming / gaming related content only. What you’re currently stream is neither gaming nor gaming related therefore I’ll have to ask you to kindly please stop immediately.” LK quickly relocated to Justin.tv, where he streamed for the rest of the day without issue.

So after all that, does LK have a favorite pony? “Apple Jack is best pony, Pinkie Pie can f**k off,” he tweeted.

More Convention Announcements

Thought Little Kuriboh wasn’t adding any more anime convention stops for the rest of this year? Think again! First up is Youmacon 2013, to be held on October 31 through November 3. This will be LK’s fifth guest appearance at the Detroit, Michigan event, which has really established itself as the convention for abridgers.

LK has also been invited to Domo Con, taking place between December 13 and 15 in Lisle, Illinois. So far, the event has announced LK and Vic Mignogna as guests.

Additionally, LK has been contacted by J-Culture Con in Derby, England, though it appears that the organizers were unaware that LK now lives in the U.S. Although an initial response to the invitation produced no response from the con, LK eventually managed to get in contact with the organizers and is now in further discussions with them. Will LK be flying out to Derby to attend the September 20 and 21 event? Keep watching their website for updates!

For a list of all of Little Kuriboh’s stops this year, have a look at my LK’s Anime Convention Schedule page.

LK Returns to 91.8 The Fan

It seems like at least once every year since 2010, Little Kuriboh makes an appearance on 91.8 The Fan, a live anime-focused Internet radio station. This year, LK dropped by the Kana’s Korner program on January 31 for an interview with host Kanashimi, though the recording wasn’t posted until just last week. Strange!

Anyway, LK chats with Kanashimi about his role in the Crisis Heart Brawlers: Clash at Otakon video game, shares his opinions about the Silent Hill games, and pimps out the now fully funded Cryamore Kickstarter. Yeah, there’s some outdated stuff in there, but it was a fun time, so give it a listen anyway!

To hear Little Kuriboh’s previous interviews on 91.8 The Fan and on other programs and podcasts, check out my Interviews and Q&As with LK page.

Card Games For Charity #6 Highlights: Live Auctions, YGOTAS Episode 58, Bald Kuriboh, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal L.A. Dub

December 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, ZEXAL | 4 Comments
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Little Kuriboh having his head shaved by Kyle Hebert
It’s hard to tell from this image, but LK is actually smiling.

A huge congratulations goes out to Little Kuriboh, whose Card Games For Charity #6 live stream event yesterday raised $15,642.58 for Hurricane Sandy relief! The total makes CGFC 6 the most successful charity event yet, surpassing the $11.8K total achieved by CGFC 4 in April 2011.

CGFC 6, which lasted over 13 straight hours and had 16 guests (12 in person visiting LK and Marianne’s home, four calling in over Skype), had over 1,000 viewers and 800 participants in the accompanying IRC chat at its peak. Many more participants came and went throughout the day.

In addition to organizing 12 eBay auctions for CGFC 6, LK and Marianne held 55 live auctions over the course of the live stream, with bidding being held in the IRC chat. The very first item auctioned off, a pack of Nyan Cat wrapping paper, also had the distinction of being the most expensive item, being sold for $1,000. The next highest winning bid was for the Battle City story arc Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist manga at $280. Overall, the live auctions ran quite smoothly given the hundreds of potential bidders in the chat, with only six re-auctions needing to take place due to non-paying bidders. All eBay auction winners paid within five hours of the auctions’ end, surely a welcome sight for LK.

The entire CGFC 6 live stream video has been saved and is available for streaming on LK’s Twitch.tv account. For those of you who want to follow the action in the IRC chat as you watch the video, a log of the entire event is available for download thanks to the always generous Fox.

Below are some highlights for Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Episode 58 Previewed, The Vagina Monologues Return

YGOTAS fans rejoiced when Little Kuriboh offered to show a preview of episode 58 if they reached $5,000 in donations. Thanks to the generosity of many, the milestone was reached less than three hours into the live stream. The new episode features the duel between Melvin and Susan Joey, the return of Espa Roba’s baby, and the rise and fall of Mokuba’s company, Mokusoft. LK would replay the episode two more times before the live stream concluded.

In addition to showing YGOTAS episode 58, LK also performed, for the first time ever, the Vagina Monologues version of episodes 2 and 3. (LK actually asked if anyone would have any moral objections to his readings. I’m pretty sure his fans would only be offended if he didn’t do the readings!) Episode 2 was made considerably more hilarious thanks to voice actor guest Erin Fitzgerald, who laughed uncontrollably while LK deadpanned his performance.

Little Kuriboh Shaves His Head

In what is perhaps the crowning moment of CGFC 6, Little Kuriboh had his head shaved live when the donation total reached $9,001. They hit the mark while Kyle Hebert (the voice of adult Gohan and the narrator in Dragon Ball Z) was visiting, just as LK had hoped for. Hebert offered to buzz off LK’s hair, though he later noted that he had never given anyone a haircut before. (Good thing they weren’t using a razor!)

“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,” LK wept as the clippers ran over his head. The IRC chat went crazy as each strand of hair dropped to the floor. It was the first time LK had ever shaved his head. The funny thing was that LK had just paid for a haircut before doing the live stream!

The Other Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal English Dub

Among the guests of the live stream was Kristi Reed, a veteran of the anime and video game industries for over 10 years and who directed and wrote Durarara!! and Persona 4: The Animation. Reed provided some insight into the much whispered-about Los Angeles dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, clips of which have only been shown at Armageddon Expo 2012 in Melbourne and Auckland.

Prior to the conclusion of the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit last year, the Japanese licensors of Yu-Gi-Oh! were confident of their chances at triumphing in court and taking back the rights to the franchise. Ignoring the court’s warnings not to exercise the rights to a product that it hadn’t yet secured, ADK proceeded to produce its own version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. ADK tapped Reed to direct the series with an L.A.-based cast, including Johnny Yong Bosch (Yuma), Vic Mignogna (Shark), Richard Cansino (Bronk), Cassandra Morris, Sam Riegel, and Liam O’Brien. After nine months, the result was a full-fledged product that was ready for the airwaves.

“We cast it, we recorded up to 26 episodes of it, we stripped out the music, completely recomposed to picture with two amazing composers, re-sound designed it, reanimated some sequences, and it was one of the most big-budgeted things I’ve ever worked on as far as anime goes,” Reed explained. Oh, and Yuma actually says “Kattobing” in this version, haha.

Dissatisfied with 4Kids’ work and not wanting to do business with it any more, ADK bent over backwards to make sure the L.A. team did well and were happy working on Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. Reed described how ADK sent the L.A. team hard drives full of all of the animation layers and After Effect files, giving the American producers full rein to easily edit the video as they needed. Did they want to fix the mouth flaps to better fit the English dialogue? No problem! Did they need to edit an image so the network censors didn’t get on their case? Simple!

Within the American anime production industry, obtaining such resources from the Japanese studios is completely unheard of. The studios are very protective of their properties (and who wouldn’t be?) and licensees regularly need to adapt within the confines of the animation as it is presented.

Of course, we know how the lawsuit ultimately turned out. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime by 4Kids and Konami with the New York-based cast remains the de facto version of the show, while the version with the L.A.-based cast gathers dust inside a box.

Coming Soon

The fun’s not done yet! As Little Kuriboh promised, for every $2,000 raised, one person in the live stream would have to take part in the Orochon Ramen “Special Number 2” challenge, a punishment to the human digestive system made famous by Man v. Food on the Travel Channel.

Tomorrow, LK, Marianne, Erin Fitzgerald, Kaiji Tang, and some other unfortunate folks will each attempt to down one large bowl of ramen seasoned with a top secret, painfully-hot spice mix. Their adventure will be filmed and uploaded so that the rest of the world can relish in their misery.

But it’s all good, because it’s all for charity!

Card Games For Charity #6 – Hurricane Sandy Relief Livestream (12/08/12)

November 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment
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Yugi gets some words of encouragement from Yami in episode 122

Save the date! On Saturday, December 8, Little Kuriboh will be back with another exciting installment of his famous Card Games For Charity event! But unlike previous events, which consisted of eBay auctions, this charity drive will be streamed live on his Twitch.tv account from 12:00 pm EST/9:00 am PST until 1:00 am EST/10:00 pm PST! All donations will go to the Red Cross to help the people whose lives were ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in late October.

Several guests from the voice acting and video game industries will be joining Little Kuriboh on the live stream, including cast members from Dragon Ball Z, Persona 4, League of Legends, Skull Girls, and more.

And what would a charity event be without some sweet incentives? Throughout the day, LK will be auctioning Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged merchandise, Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, and goods from Tasty Peach Studios, Level Up Studios, and more.

For more information about the event, including a tentative schedule of the live stream guests, check out LK’s post in the YuGiOhAbridged.com forums. A video summarizing the event is also on YouTube and Blip.tv.

Can’t make the livestream but still want to help? Donate directly at RedCross.org. A small number of eBay auctions will be available on that day as well, Marianne noted in the YouTube comments.

Why a Live Stream?

Although Little Kuriboh has participated in live stream charity events in the past, like Anime Fans Give Back To Japan and Ganbare For Japan, this will be the first time he’s running his own event of this kind. Why is he moving away from the familiar eBay auction format used in past charity events?

After his last event for Dan Green, Little Kuriboh was slammed with $500 in eBay fees for the $6,300 he raised. It wasn’t the first time this had happened, but he finally had enough of it.

“Due to all the cumulative problems I’ve had over the years, I will no longer be using eBay for charity drives,” he explained in January 2012 after that event concluded. “Usually, for an official charitable organization, eBay has stuff in place to avoid this s***. Obviously, this isn’t ‘official,’ so it charged us as if we were just selling the items for our own profit. From now on, probably going to host live in-house auctions via a video stream service and have the bids be tallied via chat.”

And that is exactly how the auctions for Card Games For Charity #6 will be handled. Bidding will be conducted only in the YGOTAS chat (accessible on YuGiOhAbridged.com and via IRC at #ygotas @ arg-irc.net). LK decided against using Skype because of its limitations on the number of people that can participate in a group call. As for the video streaming platform, LK is opting to use a new account on Twitch.tv after a poor test run on Livestream.com.

Since his last charity event, LK has considered various organizations that he wanted to support, including RAINN, St. Jude’s Hospital, and Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign. He finally decided on a Hurricane Sandy relief effort earlier last month.

Update (December 2): Heads up! A few goodies have already hit the auction block on eBay. Check them out:

  • Catherine t-shirts and coasters by Sanshee
  • Marble Hornets Season 1 and 2 DVD set signed by the creators and stars of the series
  • Persona 4 t-shirts and buttons by Sanshee
  • Skull Girls t-shirt, pins, sticker, and necklace by Sanshee

Update (December 4): Heck yeah! Four more items have gone up on eBay:

Update (December 6): LK has put up one more batch of auctions!

Furthermore, LK has received some positive feedback about an idea to further incentivize donations. LK has decided to write a brand-new Yu-Gi-Oh! fanfic, the length of which will be dictated by the total dollar amount donated between 6 pm EST/9 pm PST and 7 pm EST/10 pm PST. For every $50 donated, LK will write 1,000 words! What will the fanfic be about? Shipping, of course — and he’s letting his fans vote on the pair!

If you’ve ever read one of LK’s fanfics, you know what a tremendously articulate and talented writer he is. This is definitely one incentive to get worked up about. So donate, vote, then donate some more!

And lastly, head over to once again to the YuGiOhAbridged.com forums to get an updated schedule of the live stream, which now includes details about the live auctions!

Update (December 8): There’s less than 12 hours to go before the charity live stream kicks off! LK has uploaded one more promo video for the event on YouTube. Included is a new incentive: if fans raise $5,000 during the stream, LK will show a preview of the new episode! Yay!

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