Creator of YuGiOh sues 4Kids Ent for Fraud


The holder of the Japanese rights to YuGiOh — TV Tokyo Corp and Nihon Ad Systems — has nixed its deal with 4Kids Entertainment alleging the company struck secret deals to defraud the Japanese companies of anime profits. Oh snap!

Let me explain a bit further.  4Kids is the U.S. company who gets the rights to Japanese anime and dubs it so it can be aired on U.S. television.  For hits like YuGiOh, the Hollywood reports that 4Kids Ent made more than $152 million over 8 years which included merchandising related to the anime series.

So what happened?  TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Sys filed a lawsuit saying that after they audited 4Kids’ accounting records, they learned that 4Kids cut deals with TV networks like Cartoon Network, and home video distributors like Funimation Productions… all while making “improper royalty deductions”.

Astarotte’s Toy Simulcast on Crunchyroll April 10 2011


Crunchyroll is on a roll with streaming a simulcast of Astarotte’s Toy scheduled for Sundays at 9AM PT starting April 10th.  And this will not only be available to viewers in the U.S., but also in the U.K., Ireland, parts of Africa, Malaysia, Singapore and other nations.

According to the press release, Astarotte’s Toy — a “magical harem series” — will begin first for premium members, then available for everyone else a week later.

Ai no Kusabi 2009 remake


av2_aiNoKusabiO. M. G. !. One of the most well known yaoi anime is set to get a makeover. Ai no Kusabi (Iason x Rikki) 2009 is set to make it’s debut later this year.

If that were great enough, it’s supposed to be a full 13 episode season tentatively scheduled for this fall! The original version came in the form of a two-part OVA.

A trailer for the new series is online and you watch it right now.

New anime releases March 2009


The following is a list of new upcoming anime releases for 2009:

av1_trinitybloodChrono Crusade The Complete Collection 650 mins     $59.98     ADV Films
Yugo the Negotiator Complete Collection
325 mins     $29.98     ADV Films    
Baccano! Vol. #2 105 mins     $29.98     FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.    
Claymore Vol. #4 100 mins     $29.98     FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.    
Fruits Basket Box Set (Viridian Collection) 580 mins     $49.98     FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.