This is slightly old news but I still felt it was important to talk about this issue. On March 24, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against North American media distributor 4Kids Entertainment, accusing the company of “underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations” and stating that 4Kids now owes the companies US$4,792,460.36! As a result of this hiatus, TV Tokyo withdrew 4Kidsâ€™ license to broadcast the show in the US!
This is, in a positive sense, huge for many reasons: for one, Funanimation will probably be airing Yugioh in the U.S. This is significant because 4Kids took off a lot of the violence and the intensity from the Japanese-dubbed anime to make the show child-friendly. However, Funanimation is more lenient with those kinds of things, as seen with Dragon Ball Z. Hopefully then, future Yugioh episodes will have the freedom to include blood violence, making the show more exhilarating and intense!
Another reason why the revoking for 4Kidâ€™s license is substantial is because now, Yugioh will not be limited to just Channel 11: it will most likely air mainstream on channels such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. As a kid, I remember having to get up at 7:30 just to watch the new episode of Yugioh (this was before Hulu)! Now, especially if Funanimation takes over, Yugioh will be on everyday and on a majority of animation channels as well! This is huge for fans of the franchise, especially for those who have limited internet access.
I am excited to if and how the new American Yugioh broadcaster will shake things up in the show. All I want to see is more aggression in the show so that it teens can see that Yugioh isnâ€™t just some card game, but an intense card game! I havenâ€™t gotten a strong vibe of that just yet. Hopefully, in the aftermath of this event, Yugioh takes a turn for the better, not worse.