->'''Yami Yugi:''' Wait a minute! Did you just summon a bunch of monsters in one turn?
->'''Seto Kaiba:''' Yeah. So?
->'''Yami:''' That's against the rules, isn't it?
-->-- '''Episode 1'''
''Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series'' (''[[NewSeasonNewName The Cancelled Series]]'' for the Virtual World arc, ''[[BrickJoke The Renewed Series]]'' for the next arc after that, and ''[[RuinedForever The Ruined Series]]'' for the following season) is a GagDub and AffectionateParody of the second anime series of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (the one most commonly known around the world), done by a guy known as Creator/LittleKuriboh (real name [[https://www.patreon.com/littlekuriboh?ty=h Martin Billany).]] Each episode of this series compresses several clips of YGO episodes into four- to eleven-minute clips, which [[LampshadeHanging point out and make fun]] of some of the [[FridgeLogic really absurd plot points]] of the series (just how ''does'' Kaiba manage to climb that cliff with a briefcase in his hand?) and a lot of the changes made in the [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] dub ("Don't move a muscle, or we'll shoot you with our [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms invisible guns!]]" "It is heavily implied that you are beating the ever-loving crap out of me!"), as well as lampooning [[ExecutiveMeddling the policies of the television networks]] that aired the show in North America.
TheAbridgedSeries spawned a [[FollowTheLeader handful of imitators]], but has since become [[FromClonesToGenre an entire genre]] of internet videos and thanks to its expressive parody, quotes from the series are repeatedly used on this very wiki. [[AscendedMeme As well as by a few of the actual voice actors]]. Martin and his show are now part of Channel Awesome, the home of Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses! The series itself has been re-fandubbed or subbed into French, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish and, of course, [[RecursiveAdaptation Japanese]] (among others).
After some time Creator/LittleKuriboh eventually went to doing the same process with [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries "Season 0"]] (the ShortRunner based more closely on the original manga), giving special attention to the AdaptationDisplacement and animation quirks of the earlier series. He has also abridged the first-series/"Season 0" movie and the [[Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight second-series movie]].
Videos of each episode can be found at the [[http://www.yugiohabridged.com/ official website]] or [[http://www.dailymotion.com/littlekuriboh Daily Motion]]. Thanks to the ''wonderful'' world of copyrighted material dispute, the Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/user/CardGamesFTW account]] has been terminated and reinstated '''[[OverlyLongGag a ridiculous number of times.]]''' [[note]] Seriously, we stopped counting after the tenth time.[[/note]] Current status: '''NOT BANNED'''. Also note that the current channel was originally made as a joke to be Yugi's in-universe channel; the original channel for the series too, was banned and unbanned repeatedly, which is why the show was moved. There is also his side channel [[http://www.youtube.com/user/ObeyMyRod ObeyMyRod]], home of the LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines videos, and [[NarutoTheAbridgedComedyFandubSpoofSeriesShow Ninjabridge]], which features many jokes and cameos from YGOTAS (albeit with more uncensored swearing).
Because of the constant battles with YouTube copyright, new episodes of YGOTAS, Naruto, and Creator/LittleKuriboh's other videos are now posted on TeamFourStar's website, where LK [[http://teamfourstar.com/series/yugioh-the-abridged-series/ has a dedicated section]].
[[TheWikiRule Has its own wiki]] [[http://ygotas.wikia.com/ here]].
Additional subpages include [[HoYay/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Ho Yay]] and [[ShoutOut/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Shout Outs]]. [[Recap/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries An Episode Guide]] is under construction, please contribute!
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