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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to 4Kids: Time to Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to 4Kids: Time to Duel!

4Kids has known the fateful power of Yu-Gi-Oh! duels for years now, but never from a defensive side! That all has changed in the past few months, as various lawsuits from Nihon (NAS) and TV Tokyo split the once mighty 4Kids / Yugioh bond. Next week, the duels take a new step as ADK (Asatsu DK) hopes to wrestle control of the anime away from 4Kids. The fourth spinoff series to the franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (following Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s) will be promoted by hook or by crook in the upcoming weeks, and everyone wants a piece! It will be up to the courts to decide who can rightfully be attached to the brand.

4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

From Fox Kids to Fox Box to 4Kids TV to Toonzai to… Chapter 11? The path 4Kids has traveled over the past few years has not always been kind to the animation giant. Now, after a series of lows including the loss of TMNT and Winx Club, the chaos of Chaotic, and the recent lawsuit and legal trouble with Yu-Gi-Oh!, 4Kids is now filing for bankruptcy under chapter 11. While it sounds scary, it does not immediately mean the end of Dinosaur King, Sonic X, or Magi-Nation. Often times, companies use these scenarios to rebuild and grow stronger. So what do you think, is this the beginning of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end?

SpongeBob and Nickelodeon split ways

SpongeBob and Nickelodeon split ways

Well isn’t this a crazy week for news! First, we find out that Yu-Gi-Oh! and 4Kids are breaking up – now it seems the most beloved sponge to ever grace our planet earth is parting ways with the company that launched him. Starting later today, April 1st, SpongeBob SquarePants programming will be pulled from Nickelodeon airwaves. Details behind the split are not yet fully known, but we’re working aggressively (and porously) to track them down. As the 10-year-old toon has never been more successful, it’s doubtful SpongeBob will remain down for long. Rumors have already started to trickle down from Bikini Beach that the toon will be looking for a new home on 4Kids Entertainment’s Toonzai block, with a possible weekday deal with Cartoon Network. We’ll get more info on the breaking news, but let us know what you think in the meantime!! Would it be better or worse for a 4Kids Patrick? Or a Cartoon Network Mr. Krabs?

4Kids and Yu-Gi-Oh end relationship in lawsuit

4Kids and Yu-Gi-Oh end relationship in lawsuit

BREAKING NEWS The buzz ’round the intrawebs is that 4Kids Entertainment is no longer very chummy with the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. For years, the company has been the home for the animated series, all the spin-offs, the movie, and all of the products and figures of the franchise, including the trading card game. However, now, the anime studio that originally created the hit in Japan claims 4Kids hasn’t given them their share. Apparently, TV Tokyo Corporation and Nihon Ad Systems allege 4Kids made secret deals with Cartoon Network, Funimation Productions, Majesco and other entities (for TV, products, and home distribution) to cheat the Japanese companies out of millions. Now, they’re looking for payback, taking the battle to the courts via a lawsuit. More immediately, they’ve terminated all licensing agreements with 4Kids, effectively pulling all relating shows from the air. What this means for the future of some of our favorite toons, we’ll just have to wait and see. Stay TOONed right here, for more updates as this develops.

Konami deals Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Trading Card Game Duelist Pack: Yusei 3

Konami deals Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Trading Card Game Duelist Pack: Yusei 3

In just a few short weeks, Konami Digital Entertainment will debut the latest duelist pack from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Trading Card Game Duelist Pack: Yusei 3. The pack hits stores on January 25th, and is made up of 30 cards. Each set features eight new cards — four monsters, two Spell Cards, and two Traps. In terms of locating those “hard to get” items, Konami describes the 30 card Yusei 3 set as having seventeen common cards, seven rare cards, four super rare cards, and two ultra rare cards. Each pack also five game cards and one strategy tip card. Fans of Toonzai’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series will no doubt grab these up and immediately prepare them for use during recess, lunch, coffee breaks, car trips, tournaments… where do you duel?

Al Kahn steps down from atop 4Kids

Al Kahn steps down from atop 4Kids

Well, we’ll say this for 4Kids; every day is something new! Today, 4Kids Entertainment announced that Alfred R. Kahn, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will be leaving the company. A search for a new CEO is already underway, with Michael Goldstein stepping in as interim Chairman. For 25 years, Al Kahn has been the corporate face of the company, for good and for bad, steering the ship that held Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Chaotic, One Piece, Winx Club and more. Dubbing problems, issues with movie rights, stock troubles, and other difficulties have beseaged 4Kids in recent times. Now, with Toonzai as the basis for a new direction, and Al Kahn’s era behind them, we await and see what a new 4Kids will be.

Chaotic folds as trading card games deal 4Kids a bad hand

Chaotic folds as trading card games deal 4Kids a bad hand

Five or ten years ago, 4Kids was riding high. The Fox Box was a premiere showcase for toons like Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Viva Pinata, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon. More importantly, the company was dominating in the field of trading card games. At the height of TCGs, recess across the globe was owned by gauntlets of cards, with kids showing whose monster or dragon or beast or bot was superior. Today, 4Kids is a different story, with financial woes, a new program block called Toonzai, and a mighty blow to the TCG empire with the loss of TC Digital Games. 4Kids was majority owner of TCD which, along with TC Websites, was a major factor in the Chaotic line. With those pieces gone, the Chaotic brand is essentially all but dead – certainly bad news for animation and TCG fans. Check out the detailed press release

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time heads to theaters, Toonzai

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time heads to theaters, Toonzai

4Kids Entertainment has some big Yu-Gi-Oh! plans up ahead! The toon-based company is prepping for the theatrical release of the latest YGO film, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time, with plans to also release the feature-length animation across the Toonzai lineup and DVD releases. For the first time in ten years, Yugi, Jaden, Yusei – together! It’s a whole new deal as this adventure features the three duelists in 3D. The film is also the showcase piece for the 10th anniversary of the cartoon.

TheCW4Kids versus Toonzai, the State of the 4Kids Union

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 brings Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Road to Destiny around the globe

4Kids brings Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Road to Destiny around the globe

Yu-Gi-Oh! has long since become one of the most popular franchises of all time, launching first as the anime series in Japan. Since debuting in America, the phenomenon exploded, catching on as a trading card game (TCG), video games, books, posters, etc. The series even eventually broke out into sequels and other series, like Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and later Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. Now, 4Kids Entertainment is bringing the series to more places, including RTL2 in Germany and Mediaset in Italy – both providing a home in Europe to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s: Road to Destiny; Televix Entertainment aims to do the same in Latin America. In the US, the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s toon also returns to TheCW4Kids Saturday morning block on May 29th, as well as appearing daily on Cartoon Network. That’s some great staying power!

4Kids One Piece versus original anime One Piece

4Kids One Piece versus original anime One Piece

Cartoons are sometimes created in one region of the world and later brought to others, making certain changes necessary; impacting different audiences, different beliefs, different languages, etc. It’s not an easy job, especially with us picky fans. 4Kids has been known to famously “Americanize” anime with a manga and Shonen Jump and Toei background, like One Piece, and even European concepts, like Chaotic. These moves lead to endless debates over dubbing and scrubbing policies, starting long before One Piece, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! In fact, it reaches through 70s and 80s classics like Voltron and even the Smurfs, and beyond. If you’re new to this concept, take a look at this comparison video, and weigh in with your thoughts on the topic!

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