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Nov 29, 2008 10:17 PM

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According to New York Times, a US TV channel FOX Networks will end its Saturday morning block of cartoon programs in January 2009. 4Kids Entertainment has been holding the block since 2002 and airing cartoons including Japanese animations: "Kirby: Right Back At Ya!", "Yu-Gi-Oh!". "Kodai Ouja Kyouryuu King", "Ojamajo Doremi", "Shaman King". The deal between FOX and 4Kids will be terminated at the end of December 2008, and 4Kids will concentrate the programs on CW Networks. Fox executives explained the reason that network TV channels could no longer survive the competition for the children's programs from the cable channels.

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Nov 29, 2008 10:32 PM

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Might wanna fix the typo in the title there...

Heh, that's one long-running tradition going down for that network...
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Nov 29, 2008 10:35 PM

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oh my bad. corrected. thanks.
 
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Nov 29, 2008 10:46 PM

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Bwuahahahah! The anime gods have answered my prayers! I feel bad for the CWnetwork ppl thought... oh well as long as that ****s not on myTV anymore :D
 
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Nov 29, 2008 10:57 PM

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took it a long time to die
 
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Nov 29, 2008 11:11 PM

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About time.
 
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Nov 29, 2008 11:13 PM

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Lol. Tis' a shame, but it finally happened.
 
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Nov 29, 2008 11:20 PM

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Not surprising, but man it feels like the end of an era, kinda like when Toonami died a while ago but not as....memorable? In any case, good times were had. It will be (kinda) missed.
 
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FOX TV was going down a horrible anime block, it was quite decent at the start but the quality of the animes that were dubbed and aired diminished over time, airing crappy anime shows will do that to a station *nod nod*
 
Nov 30, 2008 12:32 AM

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But you do have to admit that cartoons that they did showed in the past around the 1990's up to 2000 or 2001 were decent.

 
Nov 30, 2008 12:34 AM

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I only liked it back when it was Fox Kids. Or that may have just been because of Power Rangers and Digimon.
 
Nov 30, 2008 12:53 AM

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Old news is old.


...It's always kind of sad to see things die like this. But I don't live in the US, so whatever. =/
 
Nov 30, 2008 12:55 AM

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Digimon was quite awesome when it aired on Fox :), I was.. 7 or 8 (i think) lul. Great times great times
 
Nov 30, 2008 1:15 AM

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Precis said:
Old news is old.


...It's always kind of sad to see things die like this. But I don't live in the US, so whatever. =/

My thoughts exactly! Although, this could be but the start of many...
 
Nov 30, 2008 3:12 AM

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Asrialys said:
I only liked it back when it was Fox Kids. Or that may have just been because of Power Rangers and Digimon.
Yeah people back then like Digimon or Pokemon lol.. there was no in between wow that felt like ages ago
 
Nov 30, 2008 4:31 AM
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Wow its over, there is no more Saturday morning cartoons.
 
Nov 30, 2008 5:25 AM

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Heartofadeadpoet said:
FOX TV was going down a horrible anime block, it was quite decent at the start but the quality of the animes that were dubbed and aired diminished over time, airing crappy anime shows will do that to a station *nod nod*


agreed. I haven't watched SAT AM cartoons in a long time. But it says something when a big network station can't compete w/ cable ones. Bad programming and a lack of interest probably.
 
Nov 30, 2008 9:17 AM

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Thank god, now kids will know you won't get drunk of water anymore, or when you get cut you don't bleed, and... if you don't swear you'll get into a fight? lololol
 
Nov 30, 2008 10:05 AM

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lol, I find this a bit funny.
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Nov 30, 2008 10:06 AM
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I can't say I'll miss it, especially since they're not even airing Shaman King anymore, which was the only reason I watched FOX's Saturday morning line-up~
 
Nov 30, 2008 10:21 AM

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I haven't cared about Fox's Saturday morning cartoon block for a long time. Not since they aired Digimon which was awesome.
 
Nov 30, 2008 10:23 AM

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finally it ended.
 
Nov 30, 2008 10:25 AM

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Hawaiian420 said:
Wow its over, there is no more Saturday morning cartoons.

I blame Saved by the Bell. ;)

Still, I have to give Fox credit. Back in the 90s when it seemed like Saturday morning would become nothing more than a place to shove live-action teen shows and the federally-required hours of educational/informational shows, Fox came through with some really good shows like The Tick. Too bad they got tied in too deeply with 4Kids.
 
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does anyone remember what it was called before it was "4 kids tv" ?
 
Nov 30, 2008 10:57 AM
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wontgetschooled said:
does anyone remember what it was called before it was "4 kids tv" ?


Fox Blox, I Think? :/
 
Nov 30, 2008 10:59 AM

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the_seventh_l said:
wontgetschooled said:
does anyone remember what it was called before it was "4 kids tv" ?


Fox Blox, I Think? :/


you mean box right?

and yeah i think it was fox box!

.... that's the olden times when i watched it =/
 
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LOL yeah, Fox Box. Blox? xD

I think that was back when they showed Escaflowne~ *drowns in nostalgia*
 
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LOL yeah, Fox Box. Blox? xD

I think that was back when they showed Escaflowne~ *drowns in nostalgia*


seriously? i dont remember that?

man that was back in the day when i didnt even know what amime was, and that i was watching it haha

never watched 4 kids much, i started watching kids wb when the box went out, and then shortly after just stoped watching alltogether...
 
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LOL

It seems like kids anime is getting banned from American TV....Now is the era of midnight anime.....
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LOL

It seems like kids anime is getting banned from American TV....Now is the era of midnight anime.....


I wouldn't say banned so much as no one wants to watch it anymore. And there's still Pokemon, right? ;P
 
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I remember watching Fox Kids for digimon, and that was only about it.
Thank god though..I watched 30 something episodes of Shaman Kind Subbed, and decided I wanted to see what the dub version was like...Crap..is all I can say.
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Even though I stopped watching it a long time ago, I must feel that this is truely the end of an era. The 1st anime I ever saw was Digimon on fox kids, and for awhile it was the only anime I could watch since I would not have cable till one year later, and for some reason I couldn't pick up the WB. But once it became the fox box I knew it was only a matter of time before it ended, and now its slow and painful death is almost finished.
 
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It was bound to happen. Though with Toonami getting canned and now this it makes you wonder how anime is going to survive on TV. Well other than Adult Swim, Colors TV, and the Funimation Channel.
 
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Sakata-san said:
It was bound to happen. Though with Toonami getting canned and now this it makes you wonder how anime is going to survive on TV. Well other than Adult Swim, Colors TV, and the Funimation Channel.


[AS] and Sci-Fi, being the most readily available channels w/ anime, will have to lead the way now.

Boy, am I envious of you guys w/ access to Colors TV and the Funi Channel >.<
 
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finally. the pain of animu stops. well, i only supported digimon until they quit and gave it to Toon Disney.

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Well other than Adult Swim, Colors TV, and the Funimation Channel.


colours tv don't support animu anymore. ;.; in the US. i remember that i watched Kodocha on Colours TV's Funi block.

There is always Scifi's animonday (Gindam 00 & Yami no Matsue) and IFC's "something i forgot.. xD" (Jigoku Shoujo).

Toon Disney has animu, too... but it's all hidden. ;.; I remember Shinzo (or Mushrambo), Digimon (all 5 series), and a few others~
 
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IFC is our best hope for anime that's more of the indie genre. Which is good, unless their anime block goes the way of IC/AZN ):
 
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Oh well, Sci-fi channel has better shows anyway
 
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IFC is our best hope for anime that's more of the indie genre. Which is good, unless their anime block goes the way of IC/AZN ):


Funi always takes over IFC & Bandai/manga entertainment takes over Sci-Fi
 
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the_seventh_l said:


[AS] and Sci-Fi, being the most readily available channels w/ anime, will have to lead the way now.

Boy, am I envious of you guys w/ access to Colors TV and the Funi Channel >.<

Woops forgot about those. Then again I never was really into Sci-fi's animondays until they started airing Gurren Lagann. Then after that finished there wasn't much interesting stuff to me.

I don't have the funi channel but i do remember at a time before that they had aired the new Fist of the North Star series. That just made me so friggin happy. ='D
 
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It was dead when 4 Kids took over it in my opinion. Fox Box was 10 times better.
 
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thats true, shaman king and one piece were the best shows they had on there, but then they started showing them at like 4am, who does that?
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kage-bunshin said:
thats true, shaman king and one piece were the best shows they had on there, but then they started showing them at like 4am, who does that?


I know, right? 4am? I was really excited when they announced they were gonna show Magical Do Re Mi, and then they slot it at some ungodly hour >.<
 
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the_seventh_l said:
LOL yeah, Fox Box. Blox? xD

I think that was back when they showed Escaflowne~ *drowns in nostalgia*

I think it became Fox Box after that. Because I watched in the Escaflowne days (also watched Digimon, Monster Ranchers, Tranformers, Flint the Time Detective etc.) but I remember several years later tuning it and thinking "fox box? the heck?". I feel like Fox Box was more Winx era. And Ultimate Muscle.

Or then again maybe my memory is bad in my old age here.
 
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The Saturday morning block will be remembered; many good mornings were shared.
 
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the_seventh_l said:
LOL yeah, Fox Box. Blox? xD

I think that was back when they showed Escaflowne~ *drowns in nostalgia*

I think it became Fox Box after that. Because I watched in the Escaflowne days (also watched Digimon, Monster Ranchers, Tranformers, Flint the Time Detective etc.) but I remember several years later tuning it and thinking "fox box? the heck?". I feel like Fox Box was more Winx era. And Ultimate Muscle.

Or then again maybe my memory is bad in my old age here.


Actually, I think you're right xD

And, man, almost forgot about Flint the Time Detective. Wow, the memories~ :3
 
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This is what they get for not completing Mew Mew Power and ending it on a To br continued Grrr....
 
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^ at least there are fansubs for Tokyo Mew Mew ;P
 
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I find this to be... ironic in ways. x3

It's sad though.
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pfft.... Who would wake up at 8 in the morning on a SATURDAY just to watch kid shows?
 
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pfft.... Who would wake up at 8 in the morning on a SATURDAY just to watch kid shows?


Ask the thousands of kids, myself including, who got up before the sun rose to watch then-new episodes of Pokemon ;D
 
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