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