|Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series|
|Name||Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series|
|Run||07/14/2006 - Present|
|Number of Episodes|
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series is the very first abridged series, created by LittleKuriboh and Seto Kaiba. It began in July 2006 and continues to this day.
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. This includes episodes in two or more parts. Initially all characters in the series were voiced by LittleKuriboh, even the female ones, adding to the comical effect of the parody. A notable exception of this are the characters of Rebecca Hawkins in the regular series and Gary Stu in the Other Abridged Movie, which are voiced by LittleKuriboh's ex-wife, Abigail, mostly referred to by her screen-name Safty. In latter years, YGOTAS started using more popular abridged series voice actors, including TeamFourStar, Kirbopher, GanXingba/hbi2k, MasakoX, KaiserNeko, Lanipator, & Takahata101.
The series is focused on making fun of the eccentricities of the series, most prominently the fact that Duel Monsters is a children's card game, yet is played by teens and adults with unfaltering seriousness and unreal consequences. This leads to frequent commentaries about the role of the game in the series and the plot of such. It also lampoons the changes made to the series in the English dub, and greatly exaggerates the characters' personalities from that version, to comic effect. There are also jokes that break the "fourth wall".
The series is also known for playing different songs to suit the mood of certain situations. Beginning with the fifth episode, the series would open with a snippet of "Kawaita Sakebi" (the theme song from the first series anime). There have been a few exceptions, however:
- Episode 10, which plays the "Cruel Angel's Thesis", the opening theme from Evangelion.
- Episode 13, where it played the chorus of "YMCA".
- Episode 18, where it played the end of "Wollt ihr das Bett in Flammen sehen" By German NDH band Rammstein.
- Episode 30, where it played a parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme, titled "The Phresh Pharaoh of Bel-Air".
- Episode 34, where the regular sequence is sung a capella.
- Episode 37, where it played a part of Ave Satani, with altered lyrics.
- Episode 54, where a cover oh "Cha La, Head Cha La," was sung by LittleKuribo in Marik's voice. This was because this would be the last episode featuring the members of Team Four Star, and also because it was the only episode to feature all of them.
All episodes would end with a scene from the anime juxtaposed with audio from another source. For example, the end of episode 2 featured Téa and Marik as Lois Lane and Lex Luthor in a scene from the Superman Returns trailer.
Warning: Plot Endings and/or Spoilers Below
Yu-Gi-Oh! the Abridged series was the first abridged series created. It was started by LittleKuriboh and Seto Kaiba, who were inspired variously by the editing process of The Blair Witch Project, and Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged).
The humor of the series has constantly varied and expanded from its original premise. Rather than just making fun at the original series, other elements have been added throughout time to the parody. One thing that greatly separates YGOA from other abridged series is gay humor as apposed to hetero humor, as a major running gag is that all the male characters are implied to be gay or bi.
- Main articles: Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series main characters and Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series minor characters
As expected in a parody, the characters for the series have similar personalities to their original counterparts; however, most aspects are greatly exaggerated.
Duel Monsters as a "Children's Card Game"
As mentioned before, the series has always poked fun at the fact that, despite being just a trading card game focused for children, the anime features teenagers and adults playing it with great seriousness (Kaiba threatens suicide at one time over a game if he is not allowed to win it). The duels and the game itself are referred to almost exclusively in the series as a "children's card game" or simply "card games". Ironically, characters usually call on the use of Duel Monsters to solve their problems (saving kidnapped people, saving the world, etc.) or prove their maturity. This is commonly twisted into obsession, and characters are normally portrayed as irresponsible at any other aspect of their life.
It also pokes much fun at the fact that the duels in the first season have many deviations from the rulings in the real-life version of the card game. Characters usually claim that it is either because of the writing staff of the show, or because the rules of the game are too complicated or confusing (in Episode 26, it is shown that not even the most advanced computers can figure them out). When Season Two began with the Battle City Tournaments, Kaiba ruled that all duels from then on should follow the official rules of the game, much to their dismay. Kaiba also decided that to finally defeat his arch rival, he must do something no other duelist survived if they dared to attempt it: actually learn how to play Duel Monsters.
The 4Kids Dub
LittleKuriboh based much of the initial humor of the series on the censored dub by 4Kids of the original anime. This included references to the cuts made on several scenes of Season One, and even jokes were built around them. An example includes henchmen from Pegasus pointing their fingers at characters and saying "Don't move a muscle or we'll shoot you with our invisible guns!". This is because 4Kids edited all sorts of guns out of the original anime yet somehow they never edited the hands that held those guns thus making it look like they're still holding them. Often, when faced with a controversial theme (death, sexuality, transvestites, etc.) the characters argue that 4Kids would just censor such things from the show.
The Abridged Series also parodies several dialogues that appear on the English dub. When the series began, many lines were paraphrased or quoted wholesale from the 4Kids version, such as "Draw your last pathetic card" and "Exodia, Obliterate!" from the first episode. This is still done from time to time, including such phrases as "Check his pulse, Yugi!", "You don't stand a ghost of a chance!" and "What a digital dummy!", which are repeated all around the series.
Another enduring theme are the awkward voices done for the characters in the English dub. Many of the characters in the abridged series thus have either exaggerated versions of those voices or completely different ones. Such is the case of Tristan's voice, being very similar to Barney the Dinosaur. Also, Tristan's voice abruptly changes during Episode 8, as most characters notice. This is a reference to the voice of Tristan changing in the 4Kids dub around that time (though in the Abridged series, Yugi revives Tristan from the Graveyard with his old voice in his duel with Bakura).
In the Noah Kaiba arc, the antagonists are literally 4Kids executives, with Noah being the head of 4Kids.
At frequent times, the series addresses the vilification of 4Kids by many anime fans.
Another running gag within the series is the many of the characters frequently break the "fourth wall", the invisible barrier separating the characters and the audience. They frequently talk about cameos, screen time and the plot. This is done in such a way that characters seem to know that they are in a series, providing extra jokes about it and meta humor. For example, characters normally fight for screen time in the series, and this seems to be the only reason villains like Bakura and Marik chase Yugi, rather than for his Millennium Puzzle or rare cards.
Towards the end of the second series, the fourth wall is actually used as a plot point. It officially collapses in episode 46. Ishizu's power is also considered to be breaking the fourth wall. She openly tells all the main characters that they are all just part of a fictional universe.
Still another prevalent theme is that the sexuality of the various male characters is intentionally portrayed as ambiguous. The most obvious example is Joey – while he is perhaps the most adamant in his fixation on Mai's breasts, at least early on in the series, shortly after his defeat by Seto Kaiba he begins to have "very erotic dreams" in which he is Kaiba's "dog", complete with dog suit, and, as time goes on, becomes very jealous at the mere thought that Yugi, too, might be having "dream-sex" with his "master". Although Mai does mention immediately afterward, "Oh please, who hasn't had dream-sex with Kaiba?" Similarly, Episode 7 features a humorous (non-canon) phone conversation in which Joey tells Tristan that he loves him. Even Bakura, despite his protests that he is not gay (just British), openly "gropes" Yugi and later says very decidedly that he has no desire to sleep with a girl. Meanwhile, Yami Bakura declares the total opposite ("I'm not British, I'm just gay), and has at time displayed a sexual attraction towards Marik (Who frequently proclaims himself to be straight, despite many characters hinting otherwise), despite him getting on his nerves. These and other jokes may be references to the large amounts of Yaoi and Shonen-Ai fanart and doujinshi made by the series' notorious fangirl following, which are also continually referenced. Additionally, in "Episode 21: Massively Multiplayer Online Children's Card Game", Joey calls Tristan "darling" in which Tristan responds with "ix-nay on the arling-day." In the abridged movie, when Yugi is being mobbed by duelists, Tea claims she will take Yugi to a safe bedroom, then changes her response to "hiding place." When Yugi asks if she's taking him to the carnival, she responds with "Ooh, it'll be a CARNIVAL all right." Several more sexual jokes involving Tea are in the abridged movie, one of which is Tea asking Yugi's grandpa if he wants to make out. Also, in contrast to earlier episodes, in episode 33, Marik asks Yami Bakura why he's so British, and Yami Bakura replies "I'm not British, I'm just gay." However, this can be interpreted that only Yami Bakura is assuredly homosexual.
Other versions of the Yu-Gi-Oh anime
The series has sometimes referenced spinoffs of the original series. Regular views into the future lead to scenes from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. This is normally downplayed by characters, who are universally mortified by it, especially Kaiba (due to having a one-time cameo appearance only).
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's was referenced several times, highlighting the absurdity of playing card games on motorbikes when Tristan announced, "In the future, card games will be played on motorbikes". Yugi doesn't believe that that statement is true. It then shows an ad of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, with the caption You gotta be sh**ing me. Also in the 2008 Christmas Special Yugi receives 5D's trading cards as a present and his grandfather replies "Not just any trading cards, these are Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's trading cards, notice how they added motorbikes to make the game more interesting." In Episode 36 in a flashback, the Bully mentions that he's going to be a cop in the future, but Yugi questions this statement's relevance to their current situation. In Episode 38, Yami begins the show by claiming the D in 5D's stands for "Don't watch it". He also claims to understand "what the G stands for in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: DON'T WATCH IT." This is later referenced in episode 53, where the X in ZEXAL apparently stands for "Don't make it!" In episode 45, Marik imagines to ride a motorcycle before going back underground. He suggests "riding his motorcycle while playing a card game, but quickly rejects the idea. In episode 51, a picture of the ZeXal protagonist was used to to defeat Super Giga Mecha Nezbit by overloading his logic circuits. The most ironic thing is that LittleKuriboh himself has stated to have a love for 5D's and even calls Yusei the best protagonist.
There have also been other various abridged series being done that are posted on YouTube that take place after the original series. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is being done by DarkSideIncorporated (digitalhatproduction), Sephirex, funkymcfunk, and DuelistsGalore. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is being done by Wraith10, azurada23, funkymcfunk, and DuelingAlter72. And Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 0 is being done by DaJacksterN.
Pop-Culture, "Obscure", and Self-References
As the series progressed, it started becoming more dependent on Character-driven humor, as well as common references to movies, video games and other pop culture references, a common feature of comedies and parodies. A notable episode in this aspect is Episode 21, which uses the Virtual Game of Kaiba Corp. as a setting for various video game references, specifically The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Some of the movie quotes and references are often perceived by characters as being "obscure", possibly referencing how some are dated even to the time of their inclusion in the series. This happens in Episode 19 when Yugi saves himself and Shadi from the Dark Magician, and Episode 27, after Joey receives his Duel Disk.
Finally, there are several lines that reference the Abridged Series itself and the various events around it. Episode 15 holds the first notable example, where Joey and Tristan comment how dull the duel between Kaiba and Pegasus was. Joey said it was worse than waiting for LittleKuriboh to update, to which Tristan suggested complaining. Other jokes reference the banning of the episodes on YouTube, the appearance of several impostor videos, production hiatus, and some of the forum activity. Also, there is a sign saying that there a new episode is posted every week, which Melvin claims to be "his favorite joke."
In Episode 27: "She Blinded Me With Card Games," Joey gets "Rick Roll'D," which is an internet gag where someone clicks on a link and the website takes control of the browser, making it difficult for the user to control the browser at all, while playing the Rick Astley music video, "Never Gonna Give You Up." Joey's reaction is to declare he "hasn't been this mad since they made Heavy DDR a sub-mod", referring to a moderator on the forums on the official site of the series. In the series, "Jinzo" has the power to destroy any obscure internet references, which has become a rule for their various caption contests.
Currently 129 scores have been used in the series. What follows is a list of the scores:
- 0. 24 theme
- 1. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
- 2. Beavis and Butthead intro music
- 3. Ironside (from Kill Bill)
- 4. Kawaita Sakebi - Field of View
- 5. Mission Impossible theme
- 6. Time Warp- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- 7. The Lonely Man (from The Incredible Hulk)
- 8. Link Wray's Batman Theme
- 9. The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
- 10. Ave Satani (from The Omen)
- 11. Zorc and Pals Opening Theme
- 12. Zorc and Pals Closing Theme
- 13. Shaft Theme
- 14. Disco Inferno - The Trammps
- 15. X Gon' Give It To Ya - DMX
- 16. Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
- 17. Fly me To the Moon (closing theme of Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- 18. Maniac - Michael Sembello
- 19. Wannabe - The Spice Girls
- 20. Love to Love you Baby - Donna Summer
- 21. Thriller - Michael Jackson
- 22. Katamari Damacy
- 23. The Gonk (end theme from Dawn of the Dead)
- 24. YMCA - The Village People
- 25. Magical Trevor Episode 1
- 26. Victory Theme from Final Fantasy VI
- 27. Loser - Beck
- 28. Star Wars Theme
- 29. Romeo and Juliet
- 30. Oh Yeah - Yello
- 31. Monolith Theme (from 2001)
- 32. Hooked on a Feeling (Blue Swede Cover) - Performed by LittleKuriboh
- 33. Bridal Chorus
- 35. You're the Best - Joe Esposito
- 36. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester
- 37. Bright Eyes - Garfunkel
- 38. Magic Dance - David Bowie
- 39. Up Where We Belong (instrumental)
- 40. Tubular Bells (from The Exorcist)
- 41. Psycho Theme
- 42. Battlestar Galactica opening theme
- 43. Saria's Song
- 44. Feel Good inc. - Gorillaz
- 45. SexyBack - Justin Timberlake
- 46. Magical Trevor Episode 2
- 47. Mr. Roboto - Styx
- 48. La Marseillaise
- 49. Pinky and The Brain theme
- 50. Something There (performed by Yami and Tea)
- 51. I Like Your Booty (From the ATQHF Movie)
- 52. Canned Heat- Jamiroquai
- 53. Hangar 18 - Megadeth
- 54. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
- 55. Run Lola Run theme
- 56. Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood and the Destroyers
- 57. O Fortuna
- 58. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
- 59. It's Like That - Run-D.M.C
- 60. Samurai Pizza Cats theme
- 61. I Swear
- 62. Ghost Love Score - Nightwish
- 63. Peanut Butter Jelly Time (Dancing Banana)
- 64. Phresh Pharaoh of Bel-Air theme (parody of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme) - LittleKuriboh
- 65. Hello Zepp
- 66. CaramellDansen - Supergott
- 67. Move Bitch - Ludacris
- 68. Gilligan's Island theme
- 69. More Than a Feeling - Boston
- 70. Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls
- 71. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
- 72. Everytime - Britney Spears
- 73. Kawaita Sakebi (remixed by LittleKuriboh)
- 74. Snake Eater
- 75. Flashback Theme
- 76. Magical Trevor Episode 4
- 77. You'll Never Stop The Abridged
- 78. Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
- 79. No Matter What
- 80. The Bakura Theme
- 81. Viva La Vida - Coldplay
- 82. The Star-Spangled Banner
- 83. All Along the Watchtower
- 84. Samurai Deeper Kyo
- 85. Conga - Gloria Estefan
- 86. Truly Outrageous
- 87. Star Wars: Imperial March
- 89. Back in Black - AC/DC
- 90. Arthur's Theme - Christopher Cross
- 91. Beverly Hills Chihuahua
- 92. Brain Damage - Pink Floyd
- 94. Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine - James Brown
- 96. Wipeout Theme
- 97. Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
- 98. Cat's in the Cradle (Parody performed by LittleKuriboh)
- 99. Requiem for a Dream - Clint Mansell
- 100.Through The Fire and Flames - DragonForce
- 101.Suite Life of Zack & Cody
- 102.Stand By Me Direct (Parody performed by LittleKuriboh)
- 103.Ghost Busters Theme (Parody performed by Takahata101)
- 105. Prologue from Army of Darkness
- 108. Team Rocket Theme (Parody performed by LittleKuriboh)
- 111. Star Wars Rap
- 112. Star Trek
- 114. Always by Erasure
- 115. Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C+C Music Factory
- 116. Corneria Theme Star Fox
- 117. Tik Tok by Ke$ha
- 118. Walk the Dinosaur song
- 119. To Die for - Hans Zimmer
- 122. James Bond Theme
- 124.The Fishin' Hole from The Andy Griffith Show
- 126. Promise - Hirose Konmi
- 127. Mad World
- 129. Stuck in the Middle (With You) by Stealers Wheel
- 1. Bubba Ho-tep Intro Music - Brian Tyler
- 2. He-man theme
- 3. Finally - CeCe Peniston
- 4. Viva Forever - The Spice Girls
- 5. Rocket Man - Elton John
- 6. Transformers Theme
- 7. The Magic Roundabout
- 8. Battle Without Honor or Humanity - Tomoyasu Hotei
- 9. Pyramid of Light Theme
- 10. One Way or Another - Blondie
- 11. Running in the 90s - Maurizio De Jorio
- 12. Alligator Crawl - Fats Waller
- 13. Yu-Gi-Oh GX theme
- 14. Burly Brawl - Don Davis vs Juno Reactor
- 15. Dambusters March - Eric Coates
- 16. The Price is Right
- 17. We Are the Champions - Queen
- 18. Ode to Joy
- 19. Keep Your Head Up - MilkCan
LittleKuriboh has created yet another account on YouTube, the same account that featured at the end of Marik's Evil Council of Doom #1, CardGamesFTW.
On April 13, 2009, LittleKuriboh uploaded a redux version of Episode 1 with better quality video and audio. This episode was formatted like later episodes with the Season 1 intro and with the logo and end quote at the end. A bonus ending was also added with a slight variation to his infamous "Screw the rules" joke. On April 29, 2009, LK uploaded older episodes of the series. All episodes of Season 1 and all current episodes in Season 2 have been uploaded thus far.
As of October 29th, 2012, all episodes have been re-uploaded.
The channel has been subject to many copyright infringement notices from bots on YouTube, resulting in the channel being temporarily taken down, the most recent occasion being July 2013
- Joey saying "Nyeh."
- Bandit Keith saying "In America," despite the fact that he is actually Canadian.
- Bonz only being able to say Brains, though later revealing it was only due to it being in the script.
- Joey being a Furry.
- "Holy (bleep) on a (bleep) sandwich with (bleep) on top and a side helping of (bleep)!"
- Kemo announcing "Attention Duelists! My hair is..."
- Tristan saying "My voice gives me super strength."
- "I'm not gay, I'm just British," a quote from Bakura, and Yami Bakura's version "I'm not British, I'm just gay!"
- The Rare Hunters all being named Steve.
- Rex & Weevil sounding like "Beavis And Butt-Head"
- "Brooklyn Rage," a catchphrase which Joey tries to make popular.
- Mai Valentine being referred to as Mai's breasts, even by Mai herself.
- Kaiba saying "Screw the rules, I have money!" There are variations on this, i.e. Joey saying "screw my sister, I have money." In the Season Zero abridged Kaiba actually exclaims that there are scenarios in the game that would allow someone to do that (this visibly bothers Yami)
- Mako Tsunami being "a freaky fish guy."
- Téa only in love with Yami instead of both Yami and Yugi, and only using Yugi to get to Yami.
- Ishizu saying "Because shut up."
- Téa making friendship speeches.
- Kaiba needs to get laid.
- Kaiba (and, at one point, a computer that is very similar to GLaDOS, the antagonist in the video game Portal) summoning three Blue-Eyes White Dragons at once, and characters pointing out that doing so violates the rules.
- Marik insists that he is straight.
- Rebecca's evil teddy bear
- Yami Bakura is not a kitty.
- Yami Bakura's real name is Florence.
- Bakura's Millennium Ring has a gaydar that his father had installed.
- Whenever Kaiba smiles, a puppy dies.
- Actual 4Kids dialogue. Some of the unusually absurd lines are actual quotes from the 4Kids dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! For example, Tristan says that "in another few hours, the sun will rise."
- Dartz is very hard to understand. His minions often find it difficult to tell what he is saying, like if he is telling them to "duel Marik," it comes out as "do Marik."
- Dartz' hair constantly changes color.
- CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!!!
- Baby Pharaoh crying because he wants wants milk, and orders someone to fetch him a nipple.
- "Shut up, Mokuba!" In the Season Zero abridged Mokuba uses it on Kaiba
- An [EFF] sound whenever Marik says "Fuck". Dartz even uses this sound. This itself is a reference to the short lived Adult Swim cartoon Perfect Hair Forever.
- Yugi's "Super Special Awesome" or similar phrases".
- Duke Devlin's theme music (Sexy Back).
- Dungeon Dice Monsters is just like Duel Monsters (Duke called. He said it isn't).
- Kaiba's large ego.
- Tristan wanting to have sex with Serenity.
- Kaiba referring to the fact that he has large amounts of money.
- Yami Marik being called Melvin.
- Melvin trying to "hug" someone.
- Yugi hasn't reached puberty despite being 16.
- Yami's love of "Mind Crushing" people.
- Duke's "sexiness".
- Marik's "sexiness".
- Yugi not know much or even caring about his friends.
- Tristan and Duke fighting over Serenity.
- Mokuba constantly being kidnapped
- Joey singing while saying "nyeh"
- Yami Bakura paraphrasing quotes from Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker.
- Ghost Nappa from Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged appearing either as a ghost or in the theme song.
- Jinzo's ability to destroy every meme card
- "LOLcalization", a meme Kaiba made up while he distracted Jinzo with a backstory.
- Repeat mentions of Chad from Accounting being thrown out a window.