Martin Billany (born February 4) known as LittleKuriboh but now goes under the YouTube account CardGamesFTW is a YouTube user commonly known for the creation of the "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series". Due to repeated channel removals his current channel CardGamesFTW is the home of his series to date, however other abridgers and fans alike still refer to him by the original Little Kuriboh screen name. He currently has more than a quarter of a million subscribers of YouTube and is the second most popular abridger behind TeamFourStar , a collaborative effort in which he is also involved.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (often abbreviated to Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged or simply "YGOTAS") is a popular fan parody of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime created by Martin Billany, better known by his screen name, LittleKuriboh.
LittleKuriboh's Yugioh The Abridged Series is most well known for being the first ever abridged series to be recognised by the online world, and has grown to become simultaneously one of the most popular and most influential abridged series on the internet. Abridging itself involves taking the original film of a show (typically anime), editing and redubbing it with an actors own voice to change the genre to comedy and shorten the average episode length. Not to be confused with YouTube Poop, where videos are edited to alter the dialogue for humourous purposes, this style of YouTube video typically revolves around loosely retelling the original narrative of the show whilst incorporating humour through exaggerating individual character types or catchphrases whilst all the dialogue is delivered by the shows creators.
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.
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.
LittleKuriboh has also worked on various side projects and other abridged series, the most well known of which are Dragon Ball Z Abridged, a series created by fellow abridgers KaiserNeko, Lanipator and Takahata101, and the Naruto Spoof Show, Billany's repsonse to the official Naruto Abridged Series which he feels lacks any form of creative or humourous talent. As of April 2012 53 episodes of Yugioh The Abridged Series have been released on YouTube, as well as several abridged movies and parody music videos all created by Little Kuriboh.
- Yugioh The Abridged Series on Yugioh Wikia