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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal evolves on 4Kids Toonzai starting October 15th

Despite an ongoing legal dispute with Japanese partners, 4Kids Entertainment has decided to continue on with production of the English version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The series will air on the company’s CW4Kids Toonzai block, with a global debut set for 2012. The series will be the focal point of the company’s showcase at this year’s MIPCOM. There will be 52 episodes of the series available in high definition.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game turns 10

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game turns 10

Sure, there’s a whole on-going legal nightmare with 4Kids, TV Tokyo Corporation and Nihon Ad Systems – but that wont stop the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise from moving forward! Especially as the mighty Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game reaches it’s 10th anniversary! That’s right, we’re talking ten years for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and there’s already big plans in motion. Konami Digital Entertainment will introduce a brand new, universal (read: no lettering?) logo, as well as a new starter deck; 2011 Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz. Both should make their debut on July 12th. No word on if that will bring about the end of the courtroom drama, or the launch of Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL, but we’ll be watching (and playing!) for you!

4Kids deals Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL their way

4Kids deals Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL their way

In the ongoing battle between 4Kids and Yu-Gi-Oh! (specifically, TV Tokyo Corporation and Nihon Ad Systems, Inc.) the courts apparently haven’t reached a final decision just yet. The popular anime property has been wavering back and forth between owners, and NAS recently tried to take full control, once and for all. But the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has agreed with 4Kids, that the American company will control the latest spinoff series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, for production and marketing. At least for now, as the court also set up a schedule for future rounds in the legal duel. Between June and August, the discussion will focus on whether 4Kids denied sending funds to NAS, and whether Yu-Gi-Oh! was properly separated from 4Kids. What does this mean? Well, as of now, Yu-Gi-Oh! is still a 4Kids property, and its likely we’ll see Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL on ToonZai this fall. But how much this process has damaged the brand and franchise has yet to be seen.

Yuma gets ready to Duel on Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

Yuma gets ready to Duel on Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

In the future, Augmented Reality Duels are all the rage across the Heartland, using D-Gazers and D-Pads to produce Super-Charged Monster Duels. Chief amongst them is Yuma Tsukumo (sorta like this era’s Yugi). When Yuma meets up with Astral, he is set on a quest to find the 99 Numbers Cards, which introduce Number Monsters. So where does this leave Yuma in his duels with others, like Ryoga? Will the quest replace everything he cares for? What is Astral’s true plan? We’ll just have to TOON in to the latest spinoff in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, and see!

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.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Special Agent Oso to Playhouse Disney Tele on Videotron

Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Special Agent Oso to Playhouse Disney Tele on Videotron

Thanks to our friends at Astral, Playhouse Disney Tele is now large and in charge on Videotron – and for free! …at least right now. In May, Playhouse Disney Tele will be transformed into Disney Junior, like many locations around the globe. Regardless of the name, tons of new toons are flocking to the channel, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso, and Jake and the Never Land Pirates, as well as Canadian productions such as Stella and Sam. Check out the full press release for details, then get to watchin’!

Teletoon Retro’s classic toons sets subscriber record

Teletoon Retro's classic toons sets subscriber record

With over 8 million fans and counting, Teletoon Retro has become a mighty force! Teletoon Retro, the younger cousin to Teletoon (think Cartoon Network and Boomerang) is known for being home to some of animation’s most classic tales; Spider-man, Inspector Gadget, He-Man, She-Ra, G.I. Joe, Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, Batman: The Animated Series, the Flintstones, Thundercats, and so many more. Now, the Astral and Corus Entertainment owned channel can prodlu claim to have set a new Canadian digital subscriber record. With that lineup of awesome toons, is there any wonder?!

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