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BakuTech! Bakugan brawls in Japan

BakuTech! Bakugan is a brand new Bakugan anime series currently airing in Japan. The 5 minute series airs every Saturday on TV Tokyo in the Ohacoro Up! block alongside A Penguin’s Troubles, Hyper Yo-Yo Kingdom, and Keshikasu-kun.

The first episode, entitled Critical K.O., sees Harubaru and his Flare Dragaon save a kid named Tatsuma from getting hit by a car. Now with a soon to be sidekick at hand Harubaru confronts his rival Raichi in an epic Bakugan battle. It’s the most down to Earth Bakugan series as it doesn’t feature galactic battles and the usual Vestroia links. The new CG anime series hasn’t been announced for release outside of Japan.

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi blasts off on PS3, and Xbox 360

Goku and friends blast off once again on the HD consoles as Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi is now available. This latest game in the ever lasting Dragon Ball series features 30 minutes of brand new animation, a create a character mode, an extensive story mode covering the first conflict with Raditz to the final battle with Boo, cinematic battles, over 40 characters, giant boss battles and more. Publisher Namco Bandai is expecting big things from this latest Dragon Ball Z release.

Stitch! anime explodes onto Disney XD

Disney’s lovable alien experiment, Stitch will have made his debut on Disney XD Monday in the US television premiere of Stitch! the Japanese anime series produced by Madhouse. After globe trotting, the English version of this series will finally make its debut. But this time, Stitch doesn’t have Lilo by his side. He has a new friend Yuna, as the alien and his friends live in an island village of Japan.

Little Battlers eXperience Boosts onto PSP

Level-5’s robot battling franchise, The Little Battlers eXperience has created big business for the Japanese video game publisher. The franchise spawns a hit anime series, a video game on PSP that’s at 300,000 units and counting, a toyline that has amassed more than 1.5 million units in sales, card games, arcade games, and more. So it should come to no surprise that more LBX is on the way as Level-5 announces an expanded re-release of the original PSP title in The Little Battlers eXperience: Boost set to hit Japanese store shelves next month.

Viper’s Creed and X-Men burst onto G4

Viper's Creed and X-Men burst onto G4

In a return to form of the Anime Unleashed blocks on G4, the network has added two new Japanese animated series to its lineup. Next up, in their continuing commitment to air the Marvel Anime, G4 premiered X-Men on Friday, but to compliment that series, they’ve also picked up 13 episode Viper’s Creed. Check back after the jump for plot analysis, and the very first episode of Viper’s Creed.

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.

Tai Chi Chasers changes it up on Toonzai starting September 17

Tai Chi Chasers changes it up on Toonzai starting September 17

4Kids Entertainment will spice up their CW4Kids Toonzai Saturday Morning block with the debut of Tai Chi Chasers, an Asian co-production between Korea Broadcasting System, and Toei Animation. The 39 episode series follows the story of two conflicting races of beings – the peaceful Tigeroids, and the dangerous Dragonoids in an alternate universe. Rai, a member of the Tigeroids gets caught in the middle of this ancient war and must help the clan gather the 500 powerful Tai Chi Symbols before it’s too late.

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.

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 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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