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YTV takes a chance with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal starting June 2

The English theme song for this show is catchy, but pretty bad. I’m warning you before I post it that this is Sonic Colors bad. I wheep for the ears of children when this and Monsuno air back to back.

Zap2it listed the series premiere, but a post by a moderator on YTV’s message board confirms it – Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will premiere on YTV beginning June 2 at 1PM EST. The series will take the spot of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds in the afternoon anime lineup. Will YTV air the remaining episodes of 5Ds? Probably not, but who knows, though 4Kids (the franchise’s licensor in the west) didn’t dub the entire series.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is the fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series and follows Yuma, a would be Duel Monsters champion who has the heart, but not necessarily the skills to make his dreams come true. This is when the mysterious spirit named Astral barges into his life and takes Yuma onto a wild trading card game adventure. The series is a lot more Saturday morning-esque than its predecessor, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds which took place in a post-apocalyptic world starring a older protagonist. Zexal on the other hand takes place in the near future, with Yuma being young enough to where schoolyard bullying can happen. Continue reading

Pokémon The Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom premieres on YTV next Saturday with an all new Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds-less Super Anime Lineup

This marathon already happened, and I forgot to make a post about it... whoops

This is another case of “I already knew this but I’ll hold off on writing a post on it” as schedule wizard Mohji pointed out in our forums, Zap2it listed the YTV premiere of Pokémon The Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram. I wanted to wait it out until YTV posted their schedule after a a certain debacle. It was a good thing I waited, since it seems Zap2it listed the wrong version of that film to broadcast. They listed the version of the film that was broadcast on Cartoon Network in December, where as YTV.com’s schedule listing has it being the version of the film we were snubbed a theatrical release of. The film premieres this Saturday at 2PM EST, concluding the first broadcast of a retooled Super Anime Lineup. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time listed for YTV premiere on July 9, DVD release in question *UPDATE* TV Broadcast may be false alarm

As schedule wiz Mohji points out scheduling site Zap2it lists the third Yu-Gi-Oh! theatrical film, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (under its Japanese title of “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Super Fusion! Bonds That Transcend Time”) as airing the on July 9, 2011 at 12AM. This would be the movie’s television debut, and I guess an apology for not screening the film in Canada.

IN TRUE 3D

While Zap2it is almost always correct in their listings (as they receive there’s from broadcasters) I’m not 100% convinced that the film will debut at this time. Firstly, 12AM isn’t the kind of timeslot YTV debuts films at. 12AM is a timeslot where they’ll showcase an encore presentation of an earlier broadcast of that night. The film is currently only set for that one broadcast. Secondly, the listing on Zap2it is almost all linked to the Japanese staff, from voice actors, to even the title. The Japanese version wouldn’t air on YTV.

However, that doesn’t mean YTV won’t air the film. It could simply have been put on the schedule mistakenly (like a certain show) jumping the gun. We do know 4Kids (the franchise’s US licensor) was selling the movie to international broadcasters, and that YTV bought into 4Kids with another batch of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds episodes. But would they allow a Canadian broadcaster to air it before they air it on the CW4Kids? Would they even allow a broadcast before the DVD release?

This is not 3D, but I sure fooled you!

Speaking of which, its DVD release is in question. As I mentioned on a few social networking sites, I became a bit concerned for the film’s home media release when no Canadian retailers had put up pages relating to the release (after various US retailers had put up pre-order pages for July 19). I grew slightly concerned, and reached out to 4Kids for a response on if this DVD would be US-only. They never got back to me. That’s when I noticed something – the US release seemed questionable. I checked over the distributor’s website (in this case, it’s A&E Home Video), and saw nothing Yu-Gi-Oh! related scheduled. I thought, “Maybe they don’t advertise third party titles?”. But then I checked Amazon.com, and instead of asking me to pre-order. It told me the film was no longer available. So I checked Wal-Mart.com, and sure enough the film was pushed back to the generic place holder date of December 31, 2012. It’s not getting released in July in North America. Though, it seems that Manga Entertainment UK’s Uncut, and Bi-lingual release of the film (which also includes Malefic Red Eyes Black Dragon – a card originally given away with the screenings of the film) will still take place on July 25, 2011. I’d certainly hope that 3D/2D Blu-Ray is region-free…

But here comes the inevitable question of why this US release seems to not be happening. Well, as someone who isn’t in the know in this specific situation, it’s pretty easy to point the finger at the legal fight 4Kids Entertainment is in with NAS, and TV Tokyo (the Japanese production houses behind Yu-Gi-Oh!). Especially given it’s a lawsuit stemming from home video distribution, and 4Kids supposedly hiding money earned from Yu-Gi-Oh! DVD, and VHS releases.

One thing I can say for certain is this, if, and maybe even when YTV (I’d suggest checking out YTV.com’s online schedule for the 9th, and seeing if the film is listed there as the air date) broadcasts this film, it won’t be in 3D. So while it’s a nice way to bring the film to Canadians, we’re still missing some of the cool things US, UK, and Japanese audiences got to see.

UPDATE

As noted by a few members, YTV.com’s online schedule list Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: The Pyramid of Light for this 12AM broadcast. It appears this may have been a false alarm all along.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time won’t be going beyond in Canada this month

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is the third theatrical film based on Kazuki Takahashi’s world famous Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise after 1998′s Yu-Gi-Oh! (Japan-only), and the 4Kids Entertainment backed Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie – Pyramid of Light (2004). This film unites the stars of the previous three Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yugi Moto (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Jaden Yuki (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), and Yusei Fudo (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds) as they battle a common foe in Paradox. This movie has been positioned as the main attraction in the anniversary celebrations, with viewers receiving free trading cards, and manga just for watching. The film opened in January 2010 in Japan, but is receiving another run with an extended cut, and a preview of the next Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The English version will be released in the next few weeks, and will be based on this extended cut, with what may be an English exclusive 10 minute recap, though it is unknown if the Zexal preview will remain. For Canadian Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, it appears they won’t be jumping in this celebration in theatres.

InuYasha The Movie: Affections Touching Through Time

For the 10th Anniversary film, rather than allowing the film to getting a mainstream full film distributor, like the 2004 release (which was handled by Warner), licensee 4Kids decided to go for a limited 4 -day event with specialty distributor Cinedigm, on the 26, and 27 of February, alongside the 5 and 6 of March. The thing is, Cinedigm’s clients are all US based theatre chains, leaving us Canadians out of luck.

4Kids Entertainment, and the other associated companies with the English release of the film haven’t actually confirmed a Canadian theatrical screening won’t happen, but it appears if one were to happen it would be well after the Cinedigm release as no Canadian theatres I’m aware of are listing the film. 4Kids, and the rest of the companies involved have also neglected to mention if Canada is part of what they perceive the international community to be, as a UK, and other European countries have a theatrical release set in for 2012, to celebrate the franchise’s tenth anniversary in those markets (the various press releases 4Kids has released use very vague wording like “North American version”, etc.). The only issue is that Canada received Yu-Gi-Oh! in the same year as the US… As well, as an aside, it should be noted that the first trailer for the film on its official site was geo-locked, and Canadian viewers were greeted with a “This content is currently unavailable” message. A 4Kids rep did confirm that this wasn’t meant to happen, but that error wasn’t corrected until the second trailer (embedded below) was released.

I’m actually really disappointed that it appears we won’t be getting the movie. I’m not exactly the world’s largest Yu-Gi-Oh! fan or anything, but still, I would’ve went just for the novelty of seeing the three main protagonists interacting with each other. Not to mention that seeing 2D animation in 3D would be very cool. I do hope 4Kids is able to make it work, because it would be quite silly when a movie based on a series which never aired in Canada was able to get on so many screens when a film based on a media franchise that still airs on mainstream TV can’t.

What’s wrong with 4Kids?!

Well other than the fact the company has been in a financial hole for years, and had to kill, as well as sell off two of their own original productions (Chaotic, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Toonzai, 4Kids Entertainment’s latest attempt to revitalize Saturday morning network television officially kicks off September 18, and their schedule is all kinds of wack:

CW4Kids

Tecnically this schedule isn't from the 18, but considering 4Kids had a fall preview, and only mentioned these shows, I can't imagine much will change.

Like Cubix, really? I realize that 4Kids could air a 40 minute PSA about Al Kahn telling kids to read each week, and that no one would notice since no one watches that timeslot, but come on. Cubix is a show that has a hard time maintaining its own continuity, and has aged horribly. The CG wasn’t exactly revolutionary when it premiered way back when, and is only hideous now. Might as well run Fighting Foodons for E/I or somethin.

While I understand that Yu-Gi-Oh! and Sonic X still bring in the ratings, despite having been in repeats for years, it’s a bit alarming to see them command such a high profile presence on a relaunched block. Especially when the only shows that’ll actually be premiering is an edited version (and by edited, I mean turning halos into orbs edited) of a series they’ve got second run rights to, and a 22 minute card commercial. You’re going to have to do much more than that to get eye balls on your block, and away from the likes of Cartoon Network, Disney, and Nick. Or for us Canadian peeps, Teletoon, Family, and YTV.

We do know they have more series in the pipeline. They picked up two series no one in the world has heard of earlier this year, in Tai Chi Chasers, a test Toei gave to South Korea, and Penelope, a toddlers series along the lines of Tanma and Friends (I know you remember this series). However, both series are seemingly scheduled for mid season premieres. Those are only two. The company in a conference call said they were in talks to obtain/distribute around 12 properties. While the company does dabble in work outside of entertainment, and showed us this by picking up the rights to a Japanese art exhibit, 2 or even 3 is a lot less than 12. A lot.

Speculation is that they’ve run into a bit of a snag in the contracts side. But this is the same speculation that thinks 4Kids is secretly gaining the television rights for Battle Spirits, Soul Eater, Pretty Cure, and just about everything in between.

My nightmare is that come mid season Dragon Ball Kai will go out of season and into repeats, as well as Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds to be replaced with Tai Chi Chasers, and Penelope. Leaving the block with only 2 shows premiering once again. Great.

In related news, Toonzaki.com, 4Kids uncut animation web portal seemingly will launch on 9/10 if you believe the official site. Now, I don’t know if that means September 10, or September 2010. However, internet detectives have found key words such as One Piece, Naruto, Macross, Pretty Cure, and more in the code. Interesting.

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TV Update

Toonzai

Ttttttttttooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiii!!

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of updates recently, but that’s due to a lack of any real news…

Toonzai on the CW4Kids will be having a special fall preview event this Friday at 4PM. It seems the preview event will be hosted by Sonic the hedgehog. Well, remember, it’s for the kids. Hopefully they’ll announce some new shows there, because as it stands the new block is almost entirely repeats outside of Dragon Ball Z Kai, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds.

I do expect them to announce Tai Chi Chasers, and Penelope to be mid-season shows well before Toonzai formally launches on September 18.

YTV is also finally going to premiere new episodes of Beyblade Metal Fusion this Saturday (12PM) after a long hiatus since late June (they’re kicking it off with an insane amount of Beyblade episodes this week. I don’t know why they pulled the show from airing new episodes for this long, as it wasn’t a production issue. New episodes of the series have been airing in foreign markets for a while now. In fact, Cartoon Network in the US will be in the 30′s before YTV even starts the teens, despite YTV premiering the show more than a month before.

Other than that, nothing much to report on. This week I should finally have the “Crash and Burn” page completed, as well as possibly some Youtube stuffages. Also expect the forum to get a make over soon, as well as a few new touches to the blog. In the mean time, read about me complaining about this year’s FanExpo.

Note: Like always, all times EST.

Toonzaki.com – 4Kids getting real about anime, will eventually be in Canada

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The template for Toonzaki.com. A new web portal dedicated towards uncut anime. Yeah, that says Ghost In The Cell ...

Last week during Anime News Network’s weekly podcast (dubbed, the ANNCast) the crew of Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis interviewed the Senior Vice President of Digital Media at 4Kids Entertainment, Mark Kirk. During this run he let it slip that alongside the rebranding of the companies Saturday morning block (from the CW4Kids to the Asian centric Toonzai), the company plans on launching a web portal called Toonzaki. This web portal will be aimed at providing uncut anime and will be aimed at an older youth audience. Quite the change of pace for a company called “4Kids”.

Programs are supposedly not just from 4Kids, but as the above website template shows, from various third parties as well. Mark Kirk hinted at the possibility of series like Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Ultimate Muscle, and Sonic X getting Uncut subbed releases on the site (Sonic X has recieved a subtitled release on Youtube and Hulu).

However, Mark has stressed that with the mid-August launch, the portal is intended for American audiences. That said, he did say that for titles they had streaming rights for in Canada would later be a priority in the fourth quarter of the year. This follows the tradition of 4Kids Youtube channel, which had initially targeted American audiences before branching to foreign viewers.

I won’t be covering the Toonzaki launch given this news of delayed Canadian release, but I will be covering all news with Toonzai, which will soon be having its upfront.

These be exciting times we live in!

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