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4Kids Comes Back To Japanese Anime [Update Apr 26]

by dtshyk
Mar 22, 2010 5:00 PM | 140 Comments
According to Anime!Anime!, 4Kids Entertainment released the statement of accounts for the fiscal 2009. The full-year sales was 36.8 million dollars, down 37% from the previous year. Alfred Kahn, the CEO of 4Kids, admitted the failure of their current business strategy focusing on the original card game "Chaotic" and will move the core of the business back to the licensing of Japanese animations. New license acquisitions of popular Japanese anime will be announced soon.

4Kids had been abandoning the licenses of Japanese anime since 2006.

Source: Anime!Anime!

Updated on April 26th
According to Anime!Anime!, Dragon Ball Kai will be aired on the Saturday Morning TheCW4Kids channel.

Source: Anime!Anime!

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I know this is old news 4kids dead still but this saturday CW air block Vortexx.

Aug 21, 2012 8:20 AM by Anime_Freak_0101

Alright, I'll stick with my internet, thank you so much.

Nov 28, 2010 12:18 AM by MysticHrist

Well maybe they'll license the card game based anime coming out next season.

Nov 26, 2010 11:06 PM by Akamitsu

star_lit said:
Well as bad as 4Kids is at butchering anime... I can't really say its a bad thing since 4kids did introduce me to anime in the first place...and I'm pretty confident in saying that I'm not the only one either.


I was introduced to anime by 4kids wayyy back, but now that I found the original Japanese dubbed ones, it makes the dubs look like CRAP (IMO). As long as they don't get anything popular, I'm okay with it. And, wow. I didn't know that 4Kids edit anime THAT much. o.O

But...
ScarletMuse said:
Metroid_Ex said:


lol XD


My reaction was kinda similar to this. xD

Nov 26, 2010 11:03 PM by Rand0mless

19maria9 said:
on the bright side more people will be turned onto anime....

That's a bright side? I think we'll just get more narutards.

Nov 26, 2010 12:59 AM by StardustReverie

My interest in anime started with 4Kids and their dub of One piece, on the bright side more people will be turned onto anime....

Nov 17, 2010 10:39 PM by 19maria9

Osianilist said:
Jigero said:
ILPPendant said:
Really... wow. I thought I understood that 4kids wasn't "appreciated" 'round these parts but I wasn't expecting the beginnings of a NERDRAGE threadnought over a show that it seems about 25 people watched.

So what if 4kids license it? You'll still download and/or keep the fansubbed episodes illegally.

So what if they have to ink out a few guns? Blame your absurd American society where they feel they have to spend huge amounts of money to avoid censors and busybody parents breathing down their necks.

So what if they remove references to death? Hell becomes "Home For Infinite Losers"; Death becomes the nebulous "Shadow Realm"... this changes the plot how exactly?

So what if they change a few names here and there? The Japanese ones are going to get mangled by the VAs anyway, so why not save them the headache of cycling through different accents to get the nuances right and just give them something that an American can easily pronounce?

Does localisation (yes, it's localisation, not "butchering" - get over yourselves) offend you that much? Stop watching cartoons, go learn Japanese and buy the DVDs in their original language. That way, you can watch what you like and you have a marketable skill. Win-win.

Me? I'll just enjoy listening to their retinue of experienced voice actors and script writers who don't output like machine translators.


Uh actually their edits have nothing to do with American censor laws, it's just them being stupid and making ridiculous edits in attempt to make it overly kid friendly, Also Japan isn't much different in respects to censoring then America either. Japan has been on a moral censorship crusade for the last 10 years. Your lucky if you get to see panties anymore.


"Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005"...you live in the country and don't even know it's laws?...


yes because making Popo Blue, editing out guns, adding terrible rap music to openings, and changing cigarettes into loli pops. is clearly enforced by the FCC.

Nov 17, 2010 10:07 PM by Jigero

Osianilist said:
It's good to see them going back to broadcasting cartoons from japan.
If it wasn't for the show's they showed on Fox when i was in school,like one piece,mew mew power,do-re-me...ect.I would not be into stuff from japan today.
This will make the new generation anime fans as it did us.

I would say if you are over 11 you should not care what they show on TV..
Seriously it's called "4KIDS" NOT "4ADULTS" only a idiot would watch what this company broadcast expecting something unedited..and untouched..

Is America really that dumb?


lol 11 year-olds are kids......also adult anime fans in america hate 4kids for dumbing down good shows too ><

Nov 17, 2010 9:51 PM by suigetsu00

Oh I'm well familiar with 4Kids doing harm.



Was that necessary?

Oct 4, 2010 12:17 PM by medea10

Metroid_Ex said:


lol XD

Aug 17, 2010 8:07 AM by ScarletMuse

Fairy Tail would fit them
They could also get Reborn

Aug 17, 2010 7:54 AM by slickcj99

D:

That's it, I am going to bomb them with explosive Onigiri.

Jun 15, 2010 2:22 AM by ukonkivi

ITT: People hoping 4kids won't pick up series it'll never pick up in the first place AKA "HURR DURR I HOPE 4KIDS DOESN'T PICK UP MONSTER THAT'D BE SHIT"

Honestly, the stupidity present in this thread is through the roof. You make it seem like 4kids doesn't have an audience to cater to, and that most of their actual dubs are horrible.

Without mentioning a re-dubbed opening song, can you people name me one other dub done by 4kids, other than One Piece, that has been technically bad. As in, translation and story (and, psst, Sailor Moon was DIC, not 4kids).

You kids haven't seen bad, you should go a knockin' on Nelvana's door.

Jun 15, 2010 2:19 AM by no-thanks

Wow, I mean I don't like what 4kids did to One Piece either (I think their Pokemon is perfectly fine given the nature of the show), but it's not like any of us will be strapped to a chair and forced to watch whatever they acquire. How many of you people complaining that they'll "butcher your favorites" watch anything dubbed in English at all these days? I bet the only reason most of you even know what they do is because you were introduced to anime through their shows and only found out about the edits later, but you were a kid when you watched it so you didn't care.

It seems Shugo Chara! is the show people are the most afraid of them getting. How many of you would watch that in English even if a good company like FUNimation acquired it? Sure, I don't want 4kids to get Shugo Chara! either, but that's because I actually watch English dubs of anime (That and my favorite part about the show, Utau and her love for Ikuto, would very likely get censored in some way) and would want to see that show done by a company I trust.

It's just ironic that people are always complaining about things like this when it wouldn't change your life at all (aside from the rants in topics like these) if you didn't even know this was happening, or if it was happening in a different way.

Oh, and everyone hating on FUNimation needs to cut the shit. Their dubs are actually good, but you people can't see that because you're too busy fapping to the Japanese language. Damn weeaboos.

Jun 15, 2010 2:01 AM by Florete

supersonic124 said:
hopefully 4kids can start doing good dubs again


I doubt that will ever happen again.

May 22, 2010 10:15 AM by Hoppy

hopefully 4kids can start doing good dubs again

May 22, 2010 8:29 AM by supersonic124

Oh no

Oh no no

May 16, 2010 10:17 AM by EnvitChan

4Kidz can do no wrong.

May 15, 2010 9:04 PM by Kinzo

Jigero said:
ILPPendant said:
Really... wow. I thought I understood that 4kids wasn't "appreciated" 'round these parts but I wasn't expecting the beginnings of a NERDRAGE threadnought over a show that it seems about 25 people watched.

So what if 4kids license it? You'll still download and/or keep the fansubbed episodes illegally.

So what if they have to ink out a few guns? Blame your absurd American society where they feel they have to spend huge amounts of money to avoid censors and busybody parents breathing down their necks.

So what if they remove references to death? Hell becomes "Home For Infinite Losers"; Death becomes the nebulous "Shadow Realm"... this changes the plot how exactly?

So what if they change a few names here and there? The Japanese ones are going to get mangled by the VAs anyway, so why not save them the headache of cycling through different accents to get the nuances right and just give them something that an American can easily pronounce?

Does localisation (yes, it's localisation, not "butchering" - get over yourselves) offend you that much? Stop watching cartoons, go learn Japanese and buy the DVDs in their original language. That way, you can watch what you like and you have a marketable skill. Win-win.

Me? I'll just enjoy listening to their retinue of experienced voice actors and script writers who don't output like machine translators.


Uh actually their edits have nothing to do with American censor laws, it's just them being stupid and making ridiculous edits in attempt to make it overly kid friendly, Also Japan isn't much different in respects to censoring then America either. Japan has been on a moral censorship crusade for the last 10 years. Your lucky if you get to see panties anymore.


"Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005"...you live in the country and don't even know it's laws?...

May 12, 2010 4:05 PM by Angra-Mainyu

It's good to see them going back to broadcasting cartoons from japan.
If it wasn't for the show's they showed on Fox when i was in school,like one piece,mew mew power,do-re-me...ect.I would not be into stuff from japan today.
This will make the new generation anime fans as it did us.

I would say if you are over 11 you should not care what they show on TV..
Seriously it's called "4KIDS" NOT "4ADULTS" only a idiot would watch what this company broadcast expecting something unedited..and untouched..

Is America really that dumb?

May 12, 2010 3:39 PM by Angra-Mainyu

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