Nearly eight years ago Martin Billany, aka LittleKuriboh, graced the internet with the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series.
As the name suggests, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series is a dramatically shortened down version of the original series, cutting each episode down from its original twenty minutes and parodying them. This includes episodes in two or more parts. During the first two seasons, all characters in the series were voiced by LittleKuriboh, even the female ones, adding to the comical effect of the parody. – YGOTAS Wiki
I’ve been watching Dragon Ball Z Abridged for years, but it wasn’t until about a month ago that I realized Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged was even a thing. I’ve already mentioned it a few times in the podcast now and binged all 73 of the current episodes — Just in time before 4Kids pulled the most recent release.
So how would I describe YGOTAS in a nutshell? It’s frequently repeated, filthy humor coming from several variations of the same voice blended smoothly with internet memes. To be frank, I don’t have any cons to mention in this post about the show. It’s a “lighthearted” fun abridged series that doesn’t take itself or its source material too seriously. It often breaks the fourth wall and acknowledges itself as an abridged series. What’s interesting though is that although the story diverges from the actual anime, in a lot of ways the characters are just an embellishment of their originals. Yugi is a bit of a punk kid, Yami recognizes he’s an OP pharaoh, Kaiba is a rich pompous brat, Mokuba is constantly kidnapped, Téa makes enough friendship speeches it becomes a drinking game, Joey has anger issues and sucks at Duel Monsters, and Tristan… well Tristan is just a side character most of the time. Makes good comic relief.
The show is also amazing because it reminds viewers how dumb the original series was at times. Sometimes showing the actual dialogue from the 4Kids dub and sometimes questioning the show itself. “We’ll settle this by playing a children’s card game!” Everything in this world is solved with a children’s card game — Usually played by adults or at the very least teenagers. And where are the police? With the number of crimes committed in this show it’s amazing we never see the police!
Overall, if I had to mention one negative aspect of the show it would be that the first couple of episodes aren’t as good as what LittleKuriboh has been putting out lately. I know that’s to be expected of any series, but with eight years of this show some people are bound to be turned off by the quality. Now with that out of the way, I just felt like sharing this series with anyone who hasn’t seen it already. You can check it out on YouTube, however like I mentioned before 4Kids occasionally takes videos down there. You can also find every episode on the TeamFourStar website as it seems they finally teamed up at some point.