Yu-Gi-Oh! – ToonBarn http://www.toonbarn.com Cartoon news from Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, The Hub, Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, CG animation, anime, movies, or any kind of cartoons! Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 4530339 The Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal English Dub You Weren’t Supposed To See http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-zexal-english-dub-werent-supposed-see/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-zexal-english-dub-werent-supposed-see/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:00:21 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=81909 Remember Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal? The third spin-off of Kazuki Takashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series ran for 156 episodes between April 2011 and March 2014 on TV Tokyo in Japan. An English dub produced in New York by 4Kids Entertainment (and later, 4K Media) ran in the United States on The CW and Nicktoons between October 2011 and […]

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Remember Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal? The third spin-off of Kazuki Takashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series ran for 156 episodes between April 2011 and March 2014 on TV Tokyo in Japan. An English dub produced in New York by 4Kids Entertainment (and later, 4K Media) ran in the United States on The CW and Nicktoons between October 2011 and February 2015. Did you know there was an entirely separate English dub of the series?

The first 26 episodes of the series were reversioned in Los Angeles by Bang Zoom Entertainment. This dub starred Johnny Yong Bosch as Yuma, Vic Mignogna as Shark, Richard Cansino as Bronk, with Cassandra Morris, Sam Riegel, and Liam O’Brien also on deck. It featured an entirely new musical score, the addition of comedic sound effects as well as altered animation. The latter came as a result of the production team having been given largely unprecedented access to the animation files so they could tweak things as they saw fit.

Perhaps the most interesting piece of this dub’s puzzle is that it legally shouldn’t have ever been made. The dub was produced for Asatsu-DK, the Japanese ad-agency that owns Yu-Gi-Oh! animation studio Nihon Ad Systems. Together with broadcaster TV Tokyo, the two attempted to revoke 4Kids’ license to the property in 2011 over alleged unpaid royalties amounting to $4.8 million. In direct response to that, 4Kids filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that would force a pause on the ongoing lawsuit.

This was when Asatsu-DK decided to go on the offensive. Viewing 4Kids’ license to the property null and void, the company paid Bang Zoom to produce their dub of Zexal over a period of 6-8 months in June 2011. They even started to promote the series at television trade events to get prospective broadcast and merchandise partners interested. The U.S. courts would find this information out and accosted Asatsu-DK and TV Tokyo for trying to circumvent the proceedings. They were forced to act as though 4Kids’ license was still valid while the legal cases were determined.

The finishing blow for this dub came on December 29, 2011. The U.S. courts ruled that 4Kids’ license to the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise was in fact still valid. A significant number of the alleged unpaid fees were either found by the court to be without merit, or were already withdrawn by the Japanese companies. Additionally, the court noted that Asatsu-DK and TV Tokyo failed to enact the proper license termination protocol dictated in their contract with 4Kids Entertainment. All told, the actions of the Japanese companies cast serious doubts over the legitimacy of the lawsuit. Truthfully, it may have been too late for Bang Zoom’s dub anyway. The 4Kids dub had already premiered on U.S. television more than two months prior.

In May 2012, 4Kids and the two Japanese parties eventually settled their differences with 4Kids receiving a cool $8 million from them. It was as though the New York-based company activated their trap card. Maybe a super charged Magic Cylinder? As a result of the bankruptcy proceedings, 4Kids later sold off their production arm, 4Kids Productions, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! license to a newly formed branch of Japanese gaming company Konami, 4K Media. Konami was already involved with the franchise through manufacturing the video game and trading card game tie-ins. 4K Media has handled the English language adaptions of every Yu-Gi-Oh! production since.

Asatsu-DK’s dub hasn’t been entirely lost to the Shadow Realm, though. Footage from it did sneak out to the public. Kristi Reed, who was the voice director at Bang Zoom working on the show presented a panel at Armageddon Expo in Australia in 2012. Fans on a Yu-Gi-Oh! forum called Neo Ark Cradle managed to dig up the opening theme song and its demo, the former of which was sung by Bosch.

So, without further ado, this is the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal dub you weren’t supposed to see:

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4K Media, Funko, and Gamestop Ink Deals for Yu-Gi-Oh! http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/4k-media-funko-gamestop-ink-deals-yu-gi-oh/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/4k-media-funko-gamestop-ink-deals-yu-gi-oh/#respond Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=85130 4K Media has recently secured a raft of new licensing deals for the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, most notably with collectibles company Funko and games retailer Gamestop. The deals were negotiated and announced by VP of Licensing & Marketing, Jennifer Coleman. “We are elated to welcome both Funko and GameStop to the Yu-Gi-Oh! family. We are […]

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4K Media has recently secured a raft of new licensing deals for the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, most notably with collectibles company Funko and games retailer Gamestop. The deals were negotiated and announced by VP of Licensing & Marketing, Jennifer Coleman.

“We are elated to welcome both Funko and GameStop to the Yu-Gi-Oh! family. We are impressed with both companies’ creative designs for new and engaging collectibles encompassing so many of our central characters and monsters,” said Coleman. “Yu-Gi-Oh! fans around the globe eagerly await each new licensed product introduction, which not only keeps the brand fresh and front of mind, but also serves to invigorate demand for all things Yu-Gi-Oh!”

The deals will see Funko launch a line of stylized vinyl figures and other related Yu-Gi-Oh! Merchandise, while Gamestop will create a distinctive line of 4-inch Yu-Gi-Oh! figurines that will be in their brick and mortar stores, as well as online.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season 3 premieres this weekend in Canada http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-arc-v-season-3-premieres-weekend-canada/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-arc-v-season-3-premieres-weekend-canada/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:37 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=84665 The journey of Yuya and his friends is starting to come to an end. The third and final season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V premieres this Saturday on Teletoon in Canada. Episode 100, “A Warlike Welcome” is set to air on July 22nd at 1PM EST. Teletoon usually runs Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V premieres on Friday nights, but it […]

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The journey of Yuya and his friends is starting to come to an end. The third and final season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V premieres this Saturday on Teletoon in Canada. Episode 100, “A Warlike Welcome” is set to air on July 22nd at 1PM EST. Teletoon usually runs Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V premieres on Friday nights, but it seems like they’re switching it up for this season. It looks like Canada will host English language debuts.

The first season of the series is also set to debut in French Canada on Télétoon on Saturday at the same time. Arc-V becomes just the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series to air on television in the market, after the first series ran on TQS between August 2002 and May 2003.

What about the United States? Arc-V’s broadcast on Nicktoons has derailed to the point of still being on the first season. “New” episodes are scheduled to run in the fall. Americans interested in officially supporting the dub are better off with the home video releases, which are ahead of the Nicktoons run.


In Japan, Arc-V came to a close this March. The current series, Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS is available to stream online through Crunchyroll in most markets.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions due out on home video this week http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimensions-due-home-video-week/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimensions-due-home-video-week/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:59 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=83515 It’s almost time to duel! After a successful theatrical run, 4K Media and Anchor Bay Entertainment are finally set to unleash Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on home video. The 2017 film that reunites the original cast will hit DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download services on June 27, 2017 in North America. You won’t […]

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It’s almost time to duel! After a successful theatrical run, 4K Media and Anchor Bay Entertainment are finally set to unleash Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on home video. The 2017 film that reunites the original cast will hit DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download services on June 27, 2017 in North America.

You won’t just get the movie, though. Those that purchase the physical release will be entitled to a free Gold Rare Obelisk the Tormentor trading card. Unusual for Yu-Gi-Oh!, this release will include both the English dub (featuring most of the original cast) as well as the Japanese audio track. There will also be bonus video features like 4K Media’s “Show Us Your Cards” campaign, voice actor interviews and the reveal of their favorite cards!

A decade in the making, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of the global phenomenon, Kazuki Takahashi. His masterful tale features anime’s most beloved characters in their long-awaited return: Yugi Muto, Seto Kaiba, and their faithful friends Joey Wheeler, Tristan Taylor Téa Gardner, and Bakura. It’s the most highly anticipated re-YU-nion ever!

To celebrate the release, 4K Media is running a Dark Side of Dimensions giveaway where you can win a whole host of Yu-Gi-Oh! goodies. It’s open to all U.S. citizens. Enter here.

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New Euro Licensing and Theatrical Deals for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/new-euro-licensing-theatrical-deals-yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimensions/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/new-euro-licensing-theatrical-deals-yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimensions/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 06:00:52 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77883 4K Media has teamed up with UK Japanese animation distributor Manga Entertainment to distrube the newest card-battling feature Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions to more than 120 cinemas all over Ireland and United Kingdom. The limited-time theatrical engagement starts February 1, 2017. According to the Marketing Manager of Manga Entertainment Andrew Hewson, they are […]

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4K Media has teamed up with UK Japanese animation distributor Manga Entertainment to distrube the newest card-battling feature Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions to more than 120 cinemas all over Ireland and United Kingdom. The limited-time theatrical engagement starts February 1, 2017.

According to the Marketing Manager of Manga Entertainment Andrew Hewson, they are delighted to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimension to audiences in Ireland and the UK. It was a great opportunity for the company to collaborate with 4K Media to showcase the film to original fans and at the same time, present it to an entire new generation.

In the film, the risks are even higher and the competitions are fiercer – and one wrong move and it’s game over for good. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is ten years in the making. It features new designs and new story from Kazuki Takahashi, its original creator. His masterful tale features the most beloved characters of the anime in their long-awaited return – Seto Kaiba, Yugi Muti and their devoted friends Tristan Taylor, Joey Wheeler, Bakura and Tea Gardner.

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Voice Cast for the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimension Announced http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/voice-cast-yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimension-announced/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/voice-cast-yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimension-announced/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:00:10 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=77236 Good news for fans of the monster duelling anime Yu-Gi-Oh! because Eric Stuart and Dan Green have signed an agreement to reprise their roles as Yama Yugi, Seto Kaiba and Yugi Muto for the North American release of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. 4K Media, the one that manages with the fifteen-year old franchise […]

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Good news for fans of the monster duelling anime Yu-Gi-Oh! because Eric Stuart and Dan Green have signed an agreement to reprise their roles as Yama Yugi, Seto Kaiba and Yugi Muto for the North American release of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. 4K Media, the one that manages with the fifteen-year old franchise outside of Asia made the announcement.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side Of Dimensions, the risk in the competition has never been higher. Taking ten years to complete, the movie features all-new story and new designs from Kazuki Takahashi, the original creator. His story celebrates the long-awaited comeback of some o the most popular characters of the anime – Seto Kaiba, Yugi Muto and their loyal friends Tristan Taylor, Joey Wheeler, Bakura and Téa Gardner.

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New Title, Original Characters for Yu-Gi-Oh! 3DS Game Revealed http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/new-title-original-characters-yu-gi-oh-3ds-game-revealed/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/new-title-original-characters-yu-gi-oh-3ds-game-revealed/#respond Tue, 19 Apr 2016 02:00:08 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=59111 The 20th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed that Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! game planned for release this summer for the Nintendo 3DS will have the title Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyō no Card Battle (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Strongest Card Battle). In addition, the issue offered a quick look on the designs of some of the original […]

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The 20th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed that Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh! game planned for release this summer for the Nintendo 3DS will have the title Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyō no Card Battle (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Strongest Card Battle).

In addition, the issue offered a quick look on the designs of some of the original characters of the game. The new characters include:

· The anonymous male protagonist
· Guide-san, the one who supports and teaches players in the game
· Strong Nineteen, a ‘power type’ duelist who utilizes monsters that possess high attack points
· Psychic Tendō, a duelist who can manipulate psychic-type monsters and has the ability to attack using any method required.

Konami announced the game in December and confirmed that it will get a worldwide release in January. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will be launched in Android and iOS later this month while the Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Game for PC and consoles will follow this winter. Additionally, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist console game and the Yu-Gi-oh! Duel Generation mobile game will both get major updates.

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Silver Buffalo Sign and 4k Sign Multi-Category Deal for Yu-Gi-Oh! http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/silver-buffalo-sign-and-4k-sign-multi-category-deal-for-yu-gi-oh/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/silver-buffalo-sign-and-4k-sign-multi-category-deal-for-yu-gi-oh/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:00:58 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=58524 4K media Inc. announces a non-exclusive licensing deal with Silver Buffalo for a line of lifestyle, houseware and accessory products utilizing artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters. Silver Buffalo, in collaboration with 4K Media will create lines of home decor, specialty hot and cold drink ware and blankets. The products will be available via mass market, […]

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4K media Inc. announces a non-exclusive licensing deal with Silver Buffalo for a line of lifestyle, houseware and accessory products utilizing artwork from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.

Silver Buffalo, in collaboration with 4K Media will create lines of home decor, specialty hot and cold drink ware and blankets. The products will be available via mass market, independent and retail outlets across the U.S. and Canada this spring.

The action anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Mosnters follows Yugi and his best friends Tristan, Joey and Tea, who are all passionate players of Duel Monsters card game. In the game, players fight different mystical creatures in tactical matches utilizing amazing monsters and mighty spell cards. However, the game comes with an ominous legend that 5,000 years ago, a courageous Egyptian Pharaoh had to end the magical game from getting out of control and it is up to Yugi and his friends to face the newly awakened monsters and stop a tragic disaster.

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Full Trailer: Yu-gi-oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/full-trailer-yu-gi-oh-the-dark-side-of-dimensions/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/full-trailer-yu-gi-oh-the-dark-side-of-dimensions/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2016 12:46:31 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=58416 A hefty 100-second trailer has just been released for the upcoming film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which has been slated for an April 23 release. The trailer introduces the voice of Aigami, who is a mysterious new character voiced by Ikuto Hayashi. Hayashi is also known for being cast as Jun Shiratori in […]

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A hefty 100-second trailer has just been released for the upcoming film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, which has been slated for an April 23 release. The trailer introduces the voice of Aigami, who is a mysterious new character voiced by Ikuto Hayashi. Hayashi is also known for being cast as Jun Shiratori in the upcoming live action adaptation of the Boku Dake ga Inai Machi manga.

You can watch the trailer below:

Source: Crunchyroll.com

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Its Saturday Morning – And The Room Is Empty. http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/ http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/saturday-morning-room-empty/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:47:43 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57589 Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way) Note: The Opinions shown on this essay does not reflect the views of Toon Barn and its affiliates. Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday […]

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Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way)

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Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday rolls around again, the next Friday is 2016 and then the first day of the new year – Saturday rolls around again.

But the room is empty.

Children are sleep – or trying to go into lessons of music, art or sport in a what has become a rarity in this late 2015 – frost. Not much snow, not much of a winter. And some on twitter worry that its a bad omen…even those that dont believe in a creator.

Its strange to hear that – those who are my friends on twitter usually are headstrong, racing against those with differing opinions – sometimes in a passive aggressive way, other times for legit reasons, still others to talk in jest, tact etc.

But some say the spirit of Christmas overrides these worries.

They may have been right in a past time – before things changed – some for the better – and some for the worse.

But all changes effect us in many ways.

This year – the Christmas spirit seems to be tempered by the Star Wars machine. And as the new engine of the creation of a “Corporate Safe Space” start in earnest, three films before 2020, many TV series – other animated spots – video games, toys and other trinkets; its more of a cynical promotion of the greatest and most secretive fan fiction ever created.

In any other time – it would have been just one of the many major blockbusters – didn’t effect next weeks numbers or so on. We would have other things to pass the time. But the concept of the “Corporate Safe Space” is much more insidious – it promotes the other products from other companies it competes with as the literal manifestation of evil, and their own product – as the good work – the holy work – the one you turn to when all is lost.

Made simple and plain by this post on twitter:

to people who complain about some movies being too long: do you realize your own garbage life goes on like forever

make good movies last as long as possible. 3 hours, 100 years, forever. put us out of our misery

And Misery loves Company. Its the end as entertainment as a way to relax, and at times to wonder about our human condition, or even to have fun. It now has become a cradle to grave mantra of endless content creation for the content men who via their advertising agencies promote a existence that doesn’t exist in reality.

I could tell other stories. How, why and for what reason things arnt the way it seems anymore. But more often than not – its because people, companies, multi-nationals, educators and even those who were meant to represent us dont. They turn out to be more of a maguffin. A sad fate of madding ideals mixed with the most banal pragmatism.

I just want to focus on us. The fans of animation.

Its hard to deal with but – just because a show has some merit doesn’t mean its good.

We have seen with My Little Pony (and Equestria Girls), Steven Universe – and even the weaker shows such as Regular Show and Gumball – the sense is that they talking above the adults and the children are just asking questions about things that are in the show and they just become so lost. Their fanbases are taken over not just by adults who just love the show by its own merits, but by those who feel the show creates a space where everything else feels lost to them. They didnt develop strength and character even when the show was dark – now as the animated series promote a light hearted fare – it becomes a way to promote all sorts of dank memes and even more politically charged language, and using the concept of sexuality as a way to  ease a man or a womens shadow natures into quiet repose. In the west and most western animation Its a sad, banal attempt to extend ones love of a work of fiction or genre. The east handles this better – and sees it as it is – integration, fashion, technique and embracing the work as is and nothing more or less.

We talk about what happened to Zamii, and the media has done so in many ways. But what people dont realized is that when the creators backed down from comments made by those who wished Zamii dead, it proved to me that nobody knows when to stand their ground and say – enough. It started from the day the Thundercats got canned, to the day that they made the move for Korra, to the issues with Steven Universe and the issues with their fanbase. The Internet given voice, the voice given form and now it has power even over the creators of these shows.

Its because the executives and the fans are from the same economic structure. The creators not only have to cowtow to said executives when it comes to content – which always been a problem for years, now have to deal with the views that has the money. The advertising agencies may aim for most viewers, but we seen now, even despite advertising laws made in order to make sure that children dont become mindless consumers, it just made things worse for all involved.

It has been mentioned before about education and the E/I. I also mentioned about the scandal concerning the lowering of wages and collusion in the theatrical animation sector. Did you know that Ed Catmull  bought a 12 million dollar house? This is after the trial finds out that the Disney board knew about these issues.

Welcome to Poof Poof, Glitter Boots, the force is with us. Netflix is about to spend five Billion dollars on “content creation” while Netflix is overvalued in the stock market by a value of 400X its price. Its the time of complaints of how a animated character looks via the eyes of a fan. Its the time when ratings “dont matter”, its audience share, that # social network outreach, insta connections and all the rest. In a world when ignorance is awarded, all those who run entertainment – and in animation, “create”and manufacture the look and feeling of a inglorious look. Not for satire, not even to make fun of the world – but to create safe spaces that don’t challenge the characters, nor the setting – and most important the viewers.

Increasingly, the Holiday classics take more importance. Years ago, they were apart of a extended program of network kids shows and which many popular shows joined in specials during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Today these holiday specials stand as the guard of a time long  past. For the shows now air on Cartoon Network/ Nick and Disney XD  are now run by feckless creators, some who feel that kowtowing to powers and those that perceive they have power, only hurts the show in the end of the day. They are not creators, they are PR men, propaganda for either a education mandate that doesn’t work, a form of social uplifting of the misfits of the world that doesn’t uplift anything but Pateron accounts and Kickstarter Funds, and content that all dines in the mesh and morrass of pesudo-scarlet letter trigger warnings, slights of political gotcha checks, and all and all out purriance. Its the wonderful world of dung emoji and it been that way since that’s all what the “Corporate Safe Space” will give us.

And in one of the sad ironies of the time, Toys has lost wonder – even Lego uses Japanese culture tropes to sell product. You usually have team ups with diffrent shows in many of a Japanese product – but it doesnt happen in the states…unless you Lego and have more clout than most other franchiser in the kids business.

It even reaches Toonami in a sense. After the announcement that they were bringing back Samurai Jack, Mr Demarco stated he wanted one of the newer Lupin series, Yukyo Mine. Not the best of the Lupin works. But even he was told by the censors he couldn’t. Its strange. Lupin hasnt been apart of American culture – so it becomes to most hardest of sells to even put it on Toonami. Of course he would get Wakfu, but then they are on Netflix.

The fact that a dude who makes Adult Swim money over fist – gets denied a show – while the Creators of the Steven Universe are allowed to get away with everything – and the creators bows down to pressure from people who wish other fans of their show dead, is sad to me. Mine(And Lupin for that matter) isn’t going to cause your network problems, the show you promote next  to the 5th iteration of legendary Looney Toons characters has become more problematic and the fact they don’t see this tells me all i need to know.

They have given up on us. The American people – the American audience. who they feel are too lost in their “common sense” to talk to. We got so many was to view the content – they think its OK to delay shows for months on end. They will watch it again and again, old episodes – six, seven times a week. It will be greater than everything we have done before.

Then the holiday classics come on. The humanity. Coming from puppets, from animation, from the voice overs, the backgrounds. They stood, even when things were being built for children around, and torn down by government edict. Yes, animation is for all.

But at times, the little ones are to be reminded there are things beyond numbers, letters, and such things we as people need to be in the world. They need the journey of the heroes, the power of belief and the joy of overcoming life’s grand trials. And these folks who would easily falter to the hands of those willing to kill don’t understand and never did truly loved the work. They loved the fame, and sold their souls to the oligarchic power structures they trying to fight against and say they are against, but in reality work for them and are in tandem with them.

They are nothing more than the Grinch.

He could be redeemed, but I doubt they can.

Can anybody be redeemed?

Not so.

Thats why these specials, are truly are. They show us were we have fallen – the simple reasons why – and putting complications on it – and excusing it only causes us to lose the plot.

“Baby stuff”, Charlotte said to Virgina there is no Santa.

“Baby stuff”, when those demons said to Zamii when they said to her kill herself – “You know how she looks LIKE!”

But its that spirit of Christmas, that these specials represent show the best of ourselves, the hope in a manger. The hope in a child born in poverty gets the only thing that can get him out of it, a football. The hope in a woman who is homeless – to get 100 bucks from a man, not for favor, but out of his heart and his own reasons. The hope of a man, who after being told after he comes back from war, that the people he fought for calls him names, cishet, warmongerer, etc. That he – suffering from a lost hand, and lost heart and mind, can find a home, an honest job, and finally a smile from a grateful nation.

But for 345 days of the year, America is “We The Spiteful”. It feels more like pity.

We don’t know what we had until its gone.

And these holiday specials remind us every year of what we truly lost, the sense that good will truly win, and hope never truly dies.

They used to be apart of a place children could go.

Now these shows, these specials that only come one time a year, are now the gold standard of the industry.

Its not a popular opinion.

But in the end, the facts remain.

Maybe we adults can never be redeemed.

But Tomorrow isnt not the far away…

And the young must find that tomorrow.

Even if time runs short.

This Saturday and for the foreseeable future of every Saturday, the rooms of the American living room is quiet like the grave…

But its never silent.

Yes, Virgina there is a Santa Claus…

If only they just believe…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Film Release Date Announced http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-the-dark-side-of-dimensions-film-release-date-announced/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-the-dark-side-of-dimensions-film-release-date-announced/#respond Thu, 05 Nov 2015 11:50:21 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=57060 The official Japanese Twitter account for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise has recently announced the theatrical release date for the upcoming film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in Japan. According to the announcement, the film will be released on April 23, 2016, just before the country’s Golden Week holiday period for said year. Yu-Gi-Oh! The […]

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The official Japanese Twitter account for the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime franchise has recently announced the theatrical release date for the upcoming film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions in Japan. According to the announcement, the film will be released on April 23, 2016, just before the country’s Golden Week holiday period for said year.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions picks up where the original TV series left off, with screenplay and character designs handled by original manga creator Kazuki Takahashi, who also serves as executive producer.

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Yu-Gi-Oh!-flavored Monopoly and Yahtzee Planned for the U.S. Market http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-flavored-monopoly-and-yahtzee-to-planned-for-the-u-s-market/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/yu-gi-oh-flavored-monopoly-and-yahtzee-to-planned-for-the-u-s-market/#respond Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:00:06 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56585 4K Media recently announced that they have entered into a partnership with USAopoly, with the deal giving birth to Yu-Gi-Oh! editions of the classic Monopoly and Yahtzee tabletop games, with plans for Yu-Gi-Oh! banks and puzzles also being considered. USAopoly will be using original animation artwork from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, as well as the […]

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4K Media recently announced that they have entered into a partnership with USAopoly, with the deal giving birth to Yu-Gi-Oh! editions of the classic Monopoly and Yahtzee tabletop games, with plans for Yu-Gi-Oh! banks and puzzles also being considered.

USAopoly will be using original animation artwork from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series, as well as the spin-offs Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V in the creation of licensed coin banks and puzzles for the North American market. The products will be making their way to the retail space in 2016, while the Monopoly and Yahtzee games are expected to go on sale in 2016 and 2017.

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Contest Giveaway Launched for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 15th Anniversary http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/contest-giveaway-launched-yu-gi-oh-duel-monsters-15th-anniversary/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/contest-giveaway-launched-yu-gi-oh-duel-monsters-15th-anniversary/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56141 The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters TV anime will be celebrating its 15th anniversary, and they plan to make the celebrations extra special by launching a “jackpot”-style prize giveaway starting next month. The nifty prizes one can expect to win, should he or she be lucky enough, include the following: An original illustration autographed by Yu-Gi-Oh! manga […]

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters TV anime will be celebrating its 15th anniversary, and they plan to make the celebrations extra special by launching a “jackpot”-style prize giveaway starting next month. The nifty prizes one can expect to win, should he or she be lucky enough, include the following:

An original illustration autographed by Yu-Gi-Oh! manga author Kazuki Takahashi (1 prize)
An entire print-run of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga (1 prize)
A Nintendo 3DS LL (3 prizes)
A PS Vita (3 prizes)
An entertainment grab-bag featuring goodies for the Fall 2015 season. (67 prizes)
And the chance to dub the voice for a minor character on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V TV anime. (2 prizes)

There are no details regarding the mechanics yet. The instructions on how to participate will be broadcast during episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V starting on September 06, 2015 and will continue each week until September 27, 2015.

Additionally, the official TV Tokyo website will be including a special slot machine widget that will allow a total of 77 people to earn prices by getting a 7-7-7 jackpot. Less lucky players can get special wallpaper downloads by lining up the faces of Yu-Gi-Oh! characters.

Source: animeanime.jp

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4K Media to Expand Yu-Gi-Oh!’s Eastern Europe Presence Under Expanded Deal http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/4k-media-expand-yu-gi-ohs-eastern-europe-presence-expanded-deal/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/4k-media-expand-yu-gi-ohs-eastern-europe-presence-expanded-deal/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:00:32 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56081 4K Media, which is a subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment and in charge of licensing and marketing for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Brand, will be expanding their deal with P.&R. Permissions * Rights Ltd., under which more Yu-Gi-Oh! titles for broadcast and home video distribution will enter the Eastern European market. “Over the years, P. & R. […]

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4K Media, which is a subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment and in charge of licensing and marketing for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Brand, will be expanding their deal with P.&R. Permissions * Rights Ltd., under which more Yu-Gi-Oh! titles for broadcast and home video distribution will enter the Eastern European market.

“Over the years, P. & R. Permissions & Rights Ltd. and its sister company Zen Media have demonstrated a keen understanding of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and its fan base,” explained Kristin Gray, SVP Operations, Business and Legal Affairs for 4K Media. “The strong, consistent performance of Yu-Gi-Oh! throughout Eastern Europe is a testament to our longstanding partnership with P. & R. and Zen Media and we are thrilled to expand the relationship, cementing Yu-Gi-Oh!’s foothold in this vital marketplace.”

The first step of this expansion will happen in October, with P. & R. premiering episodes from the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL twice daily on weekdays via Ultra TV in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Macedonia, and on Orlando TV in Croatia and Slovenia. A deal with a Hungarian broadcaster is also in the works.

The move will continue in the fall, with episodes from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s second season being added to the broadcast schedule. P & R also ordered season two of Zexal, which is slated for Fall 2016. They have also secured home video rights for ZEXAL’s first season and 5D’s second season through BGD Media in 2016, and through Menart in Croatia and Slovenia.

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Teaser for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Released http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/teaser-yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimensions-released/ http://www.toonbarn.com/yu-gi-oh/teaser-yu-gi-oh-dark-side-dimensions-released/#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=55541 A new 50 second teaser video for the all-new anime film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions was just posted on its official website. The short teaser is designed to introduce the film’s main characters – Yugi Mutoh, Kaiba Seto, Katsuya Jounouchi, Anzu Mazaki, Ryo Bakura, Hiroto Honda, and the mysterious new character featured in […]

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A new 50 second teaser video for the all-new anime film Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions was just posted on its official website. The short teaser is designed to introduce the film’s main characters – Yugi Mutoh, Kaiba Seto, Katsuya Jounouchi, Anzu Mazaki, Ryo Bakura, Hiroto Honda, and the mysterious new character featured in the poster.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is said to be an “after episode” of the original series, and is slated for a Golden Week release in 2016. Original creator Kazuki Takahashi had a direct hand in the screenplay and character designs, while also serving as executive producer.

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