[YGO: TAS] Episode 82 – Bullseye

December 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 7 Comments
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Yami and Yugi facing each other as the sun sets in YGOTAS episode 82

Congratulations to LittleKuriboh, who completed Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged Season 4 today with the release of episode 82, “Bullseye“! After unlocking Dartz’s second health bar, Yugi, Joey, and Kaiba take on the Atlantean king one last time in the coolest beam battle anime has ever seen. All they have to do is think positively and they will defeat the Great Leviathan…

YGOTAS episode 82 is the first episode that LK has edited himself since last season. He was happy to “get my fingerprints all over the ep,” he said.

There’s a notable amount of Puzzleshipping in this episode, what with Yugi’s extended hands-on-Yami moment and the pair’s heartfelt dialogue. What does LK think about Puzzleshipping?

I don’t ship it generally, but oddly enough when it came to writing the dialogue the characters seemed to want to go in this direction and it seemed an appropriate choice given the content of the season,” LK explained. He also chose Marillion’s Lavender as the ending theme for this episode because it’s his Puzzleshipping anthem.

Next up — YGOTAS Season 5 begins in 2019! But first, LittleKuriboh will be launching a new Yu-Gi-Oh! booster pack opening series tomorrow, similar to his Desert Island Decks series from last year.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 81 – Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels

August 26, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 2 Comments
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Super Special Awesome Show -- the fake title card for YGOTAS episode 81

After a long season full of twists and turns, Yami, Kaiba, and the gang finally arrive at Dartz’s hideout in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 81, “Rocks Fall, Everyone Duels.” Yami and Kaiba challenge him to a children’s card game, unleashing combos that they totally haven’t been practicing together in secret every weekend. Dartz thwarts their attacks, but not before revealing that the power of the Orichalcamalos turned his Atlantean people into furries and instructed him to rid the planet of the evil of humanity. How are Yami and Kaiba going to get out of this one?

Clocking in at just over 29 minutes, episode 81 is by far the longest episode of YGOTAS to date. This episode also guest stars Steve Yurko of The One Piece Podcast as the man in the military who asks the gang for help.

As a bonus, LK released a montage of all of the off-the-cuff lines and noises he made before recording his characters for this episode.

Anime Convention Update: The Final Alcon?!

Next weekend, LittleKuriboh will be attending Alcon in Leicester, England. This will mark his eighth guest appearance at the anime and gaming convention, which has taken place at De Montfort University for over ten years. This appearance, however, might be LK’s last. Yeah, we’ve heard this line before, but this time it might very well be for real.

“I think Alcon is dying and it’s on its last legs,” stated LK in his July 15 Patreon live stream. “So, I’m just going with the assumption that it’s going to be the last time, and whatever happens after that happens.”

Alcon will take place from August 30 through September 2.

LittleKuriboh, His Mental Health, and How It Has Affected His Interactions with Fans and YGOTAS Episode 81

Longtime followers of LittleKuriboh may have noticed a change in his works and his interactions with fans in the last few months: new content was coming out less frequently, live streams had completely disappeared (including Patreon-exclusive live streams), and even the We’re Still Here series, which LK had promised he would always continue, had stopped. What happened?

LittleKuriboh offered a detailed and emotional explanation in his July 15 Patreon live stream — his first such stream since February. LK’s words provide important answers to fans who may be worried about him or his content, or who may be wondering about the emotionality of this newest episode. Providing a summary of LK’s words would not do him justice, so here is a complete, unabridged transcription of his message from his live stream.

LittleKuriboh on his mental health and well-being:

I want to take a moment to address some more serious stuff — infinitely more serious stuff. I’ve not been doing a [Patreon] stream for you guys for, I want to say, the better part of four or five months now. And that’s on me, that’s 100 percent on me. There’s nobody else’s fault. […] Nothing serious has gone down. I just– About, I want to say, the beginning of this year, I started to notice that my mood was declining more rapidly than I was comfortable with. More rapidly than it had done previous, to the point I started to really take notice the fact that was being very hostile and lashing out at people that are close to me.

And nothing super dramatic, but I just in general have been a very negative presence and I didn’t feel comfortable putting myself in a situation where I’m in a public environment […] and I, I dunno, I just– The last four or five months I noticed I’ve been snapping at people, I’ve been attacking people, not like physically or even necessarily emotionally. I’ve just been very caustic, I’ve been very– I’m angry a lot. I’m a very angry person.

And that’s been a problem for me the last, I want to say, the better part of the last half of the year and I didn’t want that to be who I was on here, if that makes sense. I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I’m like, hey, I’m this angry personality and I’m gonna be that now. That’s not who I am, that’s not who I want to be. And I didn’t want it to be something that you guys tuned in every month or whenever to talk to and to have that person be the guy you know me as. I didn’t want that to reflect on me or on you guys or on any of this.

I wanted to get to a place where I felt like I was stable enough emotionally, if that makes sense, to handle stuff like this. And to also not be a negative influence on anybody here or even like exacerbate the way I felt and amplify it by shining a spotlight on it, if that makes sense. So I’m just sort of– I’m only just getting to the point where I feel comfortable putting myself out there in public. And yeah, it’s been really rough. I think it’s been something that’s been building for a while and I didn’t realize it.

My depression was one thing, and my depression is something that I’ve been able to keep a handle on, but I didn’t realize how angry and negative and aggressive I was becoming and it only really occurred to me when I logged on to Twitter and I realized, oh I think I’ve blocked more people in the last six months than I have in the entirety of my Twitter career, if that’s a thing.

But yeah, I realize that, no, I’m being intentionally and openly aggressive and I don’t want to feed into that. So, with that in mind, I didn’t want to come online and jump in a stream and be like, hey guys, I hate everything, I hate everyone, screw everything. I didn’t want to respond to anything you guys said or seem like– I didn’t want to encourage this ultimately and I wanted to get to a point where I felt like I could be who I want to be and be the person that you’ve all supported and have tried so hard to encourage, and the person that I should be for you guys ultimately.

‘Cause you guys have put nothing but love into all of this. You guys have put nothing but love and support into me, into Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, into all of the production stuff that we do. And I just don’t want to respond to that with hatred or negativity. I don’t that to become who I am ultimately. […] I’ve seen a lot of people and a lot of personalities really go off the deep end and I’m not gonna list any of them ’cause I’m sure a lot of you have seen them out there. And I feel like some of that, certainly from my perspective on this side of things, I think a lot of that is from just having attention and having basically just shining a spotlight on every aspect of their personality to the point that it grows out of control. That’s how I feel. I think that that’s a lot of it.

But yeah, ultimately I’m feeling better about myself. I feel like I took the time I needed and I appreciate all of your patience for waiting for me to get over that and for basically always having my back in all of this. In this strange emotional war that I’m fighting. It’s so stupid. But it’s not, but it’s real. It’s the worst. I’m sorry, I can’t say that enough, I really can’t. So that’s what happened. That’s why I didn’t do a patron stream for a while, that’s why I haven’t done a We’re Still Here for a while. Because I thought that if I just sat down in front of a camera I’d do nothing but complain and call people out, and I don’t want to do that. I don’t ever want to be that person. That’s not what this is for, that’s not what this was ever for.

I just want to be here to entertain you guys and make you laugh. And if anything else good comes from it, that’s great. But if anything negative comes from it, I want to avoid that if possible. Thank you for being understanding, guys.

LittleKuriboh on how this has impacted the content of YGOTAS episode 81:

There’s a lot of parts that I’m very proud of. I’ll be honest, going through the stuff emotionally that I have been going through, there’s some really real stuff in this one. I actually take a moment in the episode to really address some emotional subtext, I suppose. There’s some pretty heavy stuff that happens. Much heavier than anything I’ve ever done in Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged. Like significantly so, to the point where that, I guess you could argue that some of the Yugi-Yami stuff has been emotional, but it’s more than that this time. And it’s more relevant to what I’m going through in real life.

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I feel like this episode is really important for me because […], and it kind of relates to the hostility that I was feeling that I mentioned at the beginning of the stream, but it’s– I’m gonna hint toward what I’m talking about without full-on spoiling it. And I’m sure some of you who’ve seen the original season 4, especially in Japanese, they’ll know about this.

There’s a moment in the duel where Yami questions himself, where Yami’s like, is what I’m doing, is it worth even fighting, you know? Is it worth going forward if I’m this horrible person that Dartz has described, is it worth continuing and fighting? And he has a moment of pause where he’s like, you know what? Yeah, maybe I’ll just give up. […] There’s a moment where that happens and I wanted to do that moment justice ’cause I feel like Yami Yugi in season 4 in the dub, he has this character arc where Rafael tells him he’s evil and that he was an evil pharaoh and I don’t really feel like that worked super well. I’ve always felt like that’s a very artificial character arc and plot point and it just is there to provide drama, you know? It’s only really there to give conflict and it’s artificial conflict because we know that Yami probably wasn’t an evil pharaoh. Obviously we don’t know 100 percent at that point but– […] The character arc that Yami has in the original season 4 is like, you’re an evil pharaoh, and then he’s like, oh the Orichalcos, and he gets rid of Yugi, and he’s like, oh no I got rid of Yugi! Maybe I am a bad guy. Then it turns out he’s not really a bad guy and that Dartz is the bad guy. Et cetera, et cetera. Believe in yourself, et cetera.

And it’s like, well, I appreciate what they’re going for, but I don’t really feel like it worked super well. And I wanted to sort of highlight how ludicrous it was, for the most part, in season 4. But when it got to this part in this Dartz duel where Yami has a moment to pause and he realizes, oh, I guess, yeah, it might not be worth fighting, it might be easier to just give up. And I realized that is a very human thing that Yami’s feeling. And that’s real. And that applies to so much of what I’m going through. I didn’t want to take that out. And I wanted to keep that in and I wanted to apply it to what’s sort of been in the Abridged Series.

Obviously you know if you’ve been watching, you know what kind of character the Abridged Yami Yugi is. And I wanted to see if I could apply what Yami experiences in that duel in the original version to what he is in the abridged series. And again, I’m not gonna spoil it or anything, but he goes through some serious stuff and I– that’s my favorite part of the episode and I’m looking forward to talking about that and really showing people.

In his message, LittleKuriboh did his best not to spoil the new episode. But now that it has been released, hopefully his words in context offer fans a greater understanding of the content and of what has been happening in his life.

More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (May 2018): Amazon Prime, YouTube, Ultra Kidz

May 31, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Spanish, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo smiling after making a strategic play in Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 144

There’s great news for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fans as 4K Media continues increasing the number of platforms where they can watch the shows for free.

First, Amazon Prime is now carrying the complete English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (Season 1, 2) and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL (Season 1, 2, 3).

On YouTube, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 2, the first four episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 3, and the first six episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Season 1 are all up in English on 4K Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! channel.

And another U.S. Spanish-language TV channel has picked up more Yu-Gi-Oh! anime for broadcast. Ultra Kidz will be airing Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every day at 5 pm ET starting on June 1. Check UltraKidzTV.com for more details about the network and its schedule.

Previously:
More Places to Watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (March 2018): Amazon Prime, Netflix, ¡Sorpresa!
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s on YouTube for Free

[YGO: TAS] Episode 80 – Roof Raph

May 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Kuribandit in YGOTAS episode 80
“Do da arr arr arr arr arr”

Please don’t talk about how Kaiba touches Joey in the newest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, “Roof Raph,” released today on YouTube. Episode 80 features the cannibalistic cavorting Kuriboh Brothers, a satanic Kuriboh, and a pirate-themed Kuriboh, so it must be good. Oh, and there’s a duelrific metaphor for someone’s inability to move on after the death of his family. Dark!

Episode 80 clocks in at about 16 minutes and is the longest episode of YGOTAS to date. But LittleKuriboh revealed on Twitter that the episode was originally 20 minutes.

“I had to cut a lot of jokes about Tristan being dumb, but rest assured – his dumbness is still implied,” he said.

And remember, don’t talk about how Kaiba touches Joey!

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s on YouTube for Free

March 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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A close-up of Jaden Yuki's face when he learns that his duel is being broadcast on TV in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX episode 25

You might already know that Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and 5D’s are available for purchase on YouTube from Cinedigm. But now, these series are also streaming for free thanks to 4K Media. Today, the official Yu-Gi-Oh! YouTube channel added the English dub of both series.

The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is up now, along with both seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. 4K Media also added episodes 3, 4, and 5 of the classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Here are 4K Media’s playlists:

Check them out!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Episodes in English, German, Portuguese, Spanish on YouTube

[YGO: TAS] Episode 79 – YGO Kiwami

February 16, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Kaiba's check worth All of Joey Wheeler's Money in YGOTAS episode 79

Everyone, you must chill! …And watch LittleKuriboh’s latest episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, “YGO Kiwami“! In episode 79, Joey chases after Valon and the two engage in a duel to decide who is truly Mai’s better friend. There’s a 100 percent chance that Valon will go into a tragic exposition about his childhood and how some Yakuza destroyed his church in a super-violent-video-game-style fight scene. Beware of British slang.

Meanwhile, Yugi and the gang set out to find Joey using the least efficient method possible. But Kaiba doesn’t want anything to do with the Pot of Dweebs and their frugal means of transportation and ventures off with his only buddy. Will the gang be able to reunite with Joey in a reasonable number of episodes?

LittleKuriboh Watches GX

Since his last YGOTAS episode, LittleKuriboh has launched two new video projects. First is “LittleKuriboh Watches Yu-Gi-Oh! GX,” a weekly series where he summarizes and reviews one episode of the English dubbed anime in about half an hour. While this series has no connection to YGOTAS, LK’s trademark smart-alecky humor is very much present. There’s one new episode every Friday.

LittleKuribohVS on Twitch

LittleKuriboh’s second new video project is his Twitch channel, LittleKuribohVS. Every now and again, LK live streams some digital children’s trading card games and answers fan questions. So far he has only been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, but he has talked about streaming Legacy of the Duelist as well. His channel is still very new and he has yet to set up a streaming schedule, so be sure to follow him to be alerted when he goes live.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 78 – Binary Sunseto

December 16, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba can't believe the plot twist in YGOTAS episode 78
“I can’t believe what a twist this is!”

Oh Kaiba, the only thing that’s more twisted than the plot is what you’re doing to your spine in that shot. Dartz has taken over Kaiba’s company! Destiny has chosen Yugi and Kaiba to travel to KaibaCorp USA and enhance the images of the ancient Atlantean text so that they can stop him. You know there’s going to be some great banter between Yugi and Kaiba as the duo carries out this deadly task! Check out LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 78, “Binary Sunseto,” available now on YouTube and TFS!

This episode features a cameo from Rachelle Heger, best known for playing Sucy in Little Witch Academia, as the voice of Kaiba’s computer.

Desert Island Decks

Every day since December 1, LittleKuriboh has been taking part in Desert Island Decks, a new series where he opens Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG booster packs and chooses one card from each pack to construct a deck. His goal? To defeat Pegasus and escape Duelist Kingdom Island!

This isn’t at all related to Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, but it’s nevertheless a great time watching someone who is new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game having fun opening packs and learning about new cards. Check out LK’s playlist for all of the episodes, which he updates daily. The series finale will take place on Christmas Day.

[YGO: TAS] Counseling Evil – 3

November 16, 2017 at 7:00 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Marik sitting in front of a table of Bandit Keith's hamburgers in LittleKuriboh's Counseling Evil, part 3

What happens when Marik turns to prominent American self-help guru Bandit Keith for advice on becoming more evil? Well for one thing, he doesn’t get his money’s worth. But he does discover a bunch of Bandit Keith’s backstory, the names of all 68 American states, and where all of the American localized anime has gone. What will you take away from Bandit Keith in part 3 of LittleKuriboh’s “Counseling Evil” series? Check out the new episode today!

With Zombie Boy now in control of Dartz’s organization, Marik set to return to his old friends, and the evil teddy bear ready to kill Bakura, it looks like the groups will soon clash in an epic showdown of most evil proportions. Be afraid, for the end is nigh! The end of Marik’s Evil Council, that is.

Previously:
Counseling Evil – 2

[YGO: TAS] Episode 77 – Loopy In The Sky With Duel Disks

October 15, 2017 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Magical dragons saving KaibaCorp airplane in YGOTAS episode 77

Kaiba versus Alister is here! Using the power of the Orichalcos, Alister transports Kaiba into the plot of a young adult novel to help him have an epiphany about the evils of humanity. But in the end, the heavy-handed hallucination only reinforces Kaiba’s confidence in his cards. Looks like Alister will just have to convince Kaiba the old-fashioned way: by beating him in a card game! Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan encounter Cornelius’ basketball-playing offspring. See what happens in LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode 77, “Loopy In The Sky With Duel Disks,” available now on YouTube and TFS.

For all of the talk of plot holes, Kaiba, Mokuba, and Alister fail to realize something spooky: if the plane is empty, who’s making announcements over the aircraft’s PA system? I guess it’s just the power of the Orichalcos at work again.

Also, shut up, Nokuba.

Convention Update: Anime St. Louis 2018

LittleKuriboh already has at least one convention booked for 2018! Anime St. Louis has announced that LK and Marianne Miller will be guests at the event next year, which will take place on May 4 through 6 in St. Charles, Missouri.

[YGO: TAS] Episode 76 – Becky With The Good Deck

August 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Valon kicking Rebecca while wearing armor in YGOTAS episode 76

There’s been so much actual dueling in the recent episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! The latest episode continues this trend with a pretty action-packed and serious battle as Valon takes on the duo of Dungeon Dice Monsters creator Duke and number-one fan Rebecca. Meanwhile, Joey and Tristan go on a quest for imaginary pizza while carrying Rex’s dead body. See all this and more in YGOTAS episode 76, “Becky With The Good Deck,” available now on YouTube and TeamFourStar.com! In case this video gets removed from YouTube, LittleKuriboh notes that he has it (and all of the other episodes) backed up on Vid.me. The TFS site now uses Vid.me for all of its embedded YGOTAS videos.

Episode 77 of YGOTAS is already underway and it is “comin’ together pretty darn well, imho,” says LK, who’s halfway through the writing process. “I hate to say it, but I get a weird thrill from writing this YGOTAS 77 script because it means eliminating one of the Orichalcos villains,” he adds.

More Convention Appearances: Kentokyocon, Anime Weekend Atlanta

This year is turning out to be busier than the last for LittleKuriboh on the convention side of things, with two more events added to his line-up. First, LK will be in Lexington, Kentucky, this weekend as a guest Kentokyocon.

And second, LK will head to Anime Weekend Atlanta, taking place from September 28 through October 1. The Atlanta, Georgia, event is the first convention that LK ever attended as a fan after starting YGOTAS, says LK. (That was way back in 2009!) And now, he’ll be there as an invited guest. Wow!

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