According to the Hollywood Reporter, TV Tokyo and the advertising agency Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) have terminated the license contract of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series with 4Kids Entertainment and have sued 4Kids for illicit transactions. 4Kids allegedly manipulated the accounts and paid a significantly smaller amount of royalties to TV Tokyo and NAS than they should have paid. For example, 4Kids had hidden their contract with FUNimation and more than 45% of the package sales from the two Japanese companies. 4Kids had been holding the worldwide distributing licenses of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series for more than ten years and has earned $152 million.
Found out abt it yesterday from littlekuriboh (the yugioh abridged series creator) and was surprised . Can't say I'm totally surprised abt it but still what they did was pretty huge and they got involved funimation @.@ Now who's gonna get it ?
They deserve that.
They keep changing character's name, remove the card design and censoring death scene( this one isn't really bad though). It would me much easier knowing only a name for each character
This is what I think:
a. Change 'difficult-to-read' name > kids can spell > they will asking TCG from their parents
b. They keep censoring/edited violence part > kids won't get bad influence > parents won't mind buying them the TCG
>> money and more money
My spoiler is off topic but if you don't mind to read a self-centered thougth...
Eichiro Oda is the richest mangaka for past months. But imagine all money Takashi could has if he had earn at least 10% loyalty from card selling. Without a doubt, he would be the richest
HawthorneKitty said: Did anyone else lol because it's 4kids?
count me in xD
This. 8D It's their own fault anyway~
But seriously, 4kids have been butchering the series for years. I kind of hope another company buys the rights and does a decent dub though... it would be interesting to see what happens to it's reputation afterwards. xDD
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-- Rincewind gives a speech on politics. (Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times)
Hm not like anything really good came out of 4kids to begin with. Still 4Kids and all other companies using trick and deception for revenue gain should be locked up. If there is anything in this world I hate it is trick/deception, using questionable methods to gain profits from consumers and people who are living a comfortable lifestyle yet still are not satisfied enough to avoid using such methods for more profit. I blame this on the all so bright idea of the " competitive economy". It has turn this place into a dog eat dog world where you absolutely have to compete with other businesses for profits even if you have to resort to questionable methods. You either try to bring your business to the top or you become fresh meat for the other businesses who would be more than happy to throw you out of the competition.