TheCW4Kids versus Toonzai, the State of the 4Kids Union
Starting this fall, TheCW4Kids is no more. In it’s place, 4Kids Entertainment is launching a re-branded programming block dubbed Toonzai. Promos have already begun airing on The CW Saturday mornings to a number of mixed reviews, largely seemingly tainted against 4Kids. Our question to you; is that fair? 4Kids has been through a number of shakeups of late, and it doesn’t have the greatest fan-pleasing history across the internet. So is Toonzai a move in the right direction? Will fans still disapprove of the dubbing? What are your thoughts on the matter, ToonBarn audience?
4Kids Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO Al Kahn made a number of points on the company’s future at the recent earnings report presentation. In the report, he admitted “4Kids had a difficult second quarter as revenue across our separate business segments came in below expectations.” The hope with Toonzai, is to return the company to its state several years ago; licensing toons from other regions, and dubbing in English voice overs for an American audience.
Toonzai will boast a number of animated series from Japan, including new episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Dragon Ball Z Kai, as well as the return of Sonic X, Dinosaur King and Yu-Gi-Oh!, the original “cardtoon.” We’ll wait to hear from you guys to tell us if the plan is working.