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Why I miss 4Kids Entertainment, and the problems with Saban’s Vortexx

Thankfully, Toonbarn has done well to show what has happened to Toonzai/Toonzaki and so on. However, here is a point people tend to forget: 4kids was different from the other kids’ companies that existed during and after the last 10 or so years. You have to realize the type of marketplace that existed when the company was at its peak and when it passed on. The problem with people’s ...

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Toonbarn Spotlight: Dinosaur King

It’s a shame that these days, a lot of people tend to dismiss Dinosaur King as something of a Pokemon or Yu-gi-Oh knockoff. The comparison is understandable, considering that both Pokemon and Yu-gi-Oh bear similarities to Dinosaur King and are significantly more popular. However, the “knock-off” label is horribly inaccurate and hardly fair, as all three franchises had different ...

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Top 5 Shows from CW4Kids/Toonzai

I understand that CW4Kids and eventually Toonzai aren’t exactly as universally-loved as, say, DC Nation as far as programming blocks are concerned. The complaints lobbed against CW4Kids run the gamut: from the removal of beloved cartoon shows due to reshuffling to something as simple as people disliking the obtrusive logo. However, it can’t be denied that a lot of kids were first ...

What Happened to Toonzai?
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What Happened to Toonzai?

Over the past weekend, we’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number of people who came to Toonbarn while searching for more info on Toonzai. Some of them were even specifically looking for the “new toonzai,” and we felt like we should at least point people towards the right direction, instead of letting them fumble their way through the archives. Well, as most people already ...

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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 ...

4Kids unveils Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Season 1 Intro for Toonzai lineup
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4Kids unveils Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal Season 1 Intro for Toonzai lineup

It wont be long now – just a few more days until fans get their look at the new Yu-Gi-Oh! series, as 4Kids readies Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal. Set to debut on October 15th, the story is set in Heartland city, following the adventures of Yuma Tsukumo. Like the main characters in each series of the franchise, Yuma hopes to become a champion of all Duel Monsters. Certainly helps matters when he teams ...

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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 ...

4Kids preps Toonzai for September 17 Yu-Gi-Oh!, Tai Chi Chasers, Sonic
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4Kids preps Toonzai for September 17 Yu-Gi-Oh!, Tai Chi Chasers, Sonic

They’re not out yet! Despite getting hit with some serious bad news, and then worse news, in the past few months, 4Kids is still trucking along, getting ready to unveil a brand new Saturday Morning lineup on September 17th when Toonzai hits the CW4Kids network! The fall programming will include Tai Chi Chasers, Sonic X, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Magi-Nation. The block will also ...

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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 ...

4Kids and P&R roar with Dinosaur King
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4Kids and P&R roar with Dinosaur King

There might still be a messy legal battle with Yu-Gi-Oh!, not to mention the whole filing for bankruptcy thing, but 4Kids is still kicking! To prove there’s still some might in their step, the company recently signed a deal with P & R to spread the fun of Dinosaur King around the world. The deal includes a number of Dinosaur King branded products, from stickers to books to candy and ...

Al Kahn moves from 4Kids to Baby Genius
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Al Kahn moves from 4Kids to Baby Genius

The former CEO of 4Kids Entertainment didn’t stay retired long. Al Kahn moves from running the Toonzai network to serving as an exclusive consultant for Pacific Entertainment’s Baby Genius. After leaving 4kids in January of 2011, Kahn dodged a number of woes to recently fall upon the company; 4Kids filing for bankruptcy and a messy legal battle over the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand. Now, Kahn ...

Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game turns 10
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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 ...

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