Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. has announced new streaming/digital agreements in the United Kingdom and Australia/New Zealand for its flagship anime property Yu-Gi-Oh!. The announcement was made by Kristen Gray, the company’s SVP of operations and business & legal affairs.
UK-based Sky Kids is the first platform to exhibit the new HD formatted versions of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series. The series has over 230 half-hour episodes.
The series follows Yugi and his best buds Joey, Tristan, and Téa. Together, they share a love for the newest game that’s sweeping the nation: Duel Monsters!, a card-battling game in which players put different mystical creatures against one another in creative and strategic duels. Packed with monsters and mighty spell cards, Yugi and his friends are totally obsessed with the game. But there is more to this card game than meets the eye!
Sky Kids has also secured VRAINS Season 1 (46 half-hour episodes), where virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and high-speed duelling merge into a fighting extravaganza. Both Duel Monsters and VRAINS are available now on the streaming service.
“Yu-Gi-Oh! is pure adventure, fantasy and science fiction and we are confident our audience will be delighted to share in the ‘Duels’, especially as they will be among the first to see the new HD version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters,” commented Sky Kids acquisition executive, Lisa MacKintosh.
AnimeLab, a stand-alone streaming platform for anime in Australia and New Zealand, has added Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Seasons 1 – 5. The platform, which is managed by Madman Entertainment, offers both basic free and premium subscription service; it has amassed more than 1 million users since it launched more than six years ago.
“AnimeLab is the ultimate destination and online streaming solution for anime fans Down Under,” added Madman Entertainment’s Dean Prenc. “We are excited to expand our offerings with the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.”