Archive for 4Kids

Pokemon: Black & White anime to air in North America this February

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by Pirate

With Cartoon Network airing the final two episodes of Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl this month, fans were wondering when CN would air Pokemon: Black & White (Known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes). Well, the answer is February 12, with two new episodes at 9:00 AM.

Pokemon: Black & White is the fourth Pokemon anime series based on the best selling video game franchise from Nintendo. The anime franchise has been running in Japan since 1997, and currently has over 660 episodes, 13 anime films, over 15 specials, and a spinoff series, not to mention over 14 manga series and tons of merchandise.

The video games are all licensed in North America by Nintendo. A few of the manga are licensed in North America by Viz Media. The anime was previously licensed by 4Kids and aired on Kids WB, but as of 2008, the anime was re-licensed by The Pokemon Company, and airs on Cartoon Network.

Pokemon: Black & White is animated by Oriental Light and Magic (Berserk, every other Pokemon anime) and directed by Norihiko Sudo (Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl, ToHeart2).

In Japan, Black & White has so far gained better reviews than the former series, with people calling it a breath of fresh air.

Final volume of Shaman King to be released in USA January 2011!

Posted in manga with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by Pirate

Well, fans of Shaman King, the end is almost here. After almost 10 years of being released in America, volume 32, the final volume, will be released in North America in January 4, 2011 by Viz Media under their Shonen Jump label. Viz had licensed the manga back in 2002, and had relased the first volume in September 3, 2003. The series follows the adventures of Yoh Asakura, a boy who can see and interact with ghosts due to his Shamanic powers.

In Japan, the series ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 untill it was canceled in 2004 with 32 volumes. However, since the ending was very abrupt, later the series was re-released and got an alternate ending (Which I hope Viz licenses). The series was written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei (Ultimo, Jumbor).

The series got an anime adaption that ran in Japan from 2001 to 2003 with 64 episodes. The series was animated by Xebec (Buso Renkin, Dai-Guard, To-Love-Ru) and directed by Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist, Gundam 00). It was licensed in North America by 4Kids, and aired on the FoxBox from 2003 to 2005. FUNimation and 4Kids teamed up to give it an uncut DVD release, but it was canceled after only three volumes. Shaman King has also gotten novels and video games.

Anyway, I have been reading Shaman King for awhile, so this news excites but also saddens me. I really hope Viz licenses the “True ending”. And now that I think of it, I still need to read Ultimo…

Viz Media gets new manga under “Shonen Jump” and Shonen Jump Advanced” labels

Posted in anime, manga with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by Pirate

With alot of Viz Media’s Shonen Jump manga finishing soon, (Prince of Tennis, Shaman King, Eyeshield 21, Hikaru no Go, ) Viz decided that it needed some new blood. So, Viz got some new manga.

The first is Psyren. Psyren is a supernatural manga series written and illustrated by Toshiaki Iwashiro. It started in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2007, but due to low popularity, was cancelled in 2010 and currently has 14 volumes, and will soon have up to an estimated 17 volumes. Viz will publish the first volume in 2011.

The second is Yu-Gi-Oh 5D’s. 5D’s is a fantasy manga series written and illustrated by ´╗┐Masashi Satou. It began serializing in V-Jump in August 2009, and is still running with one volume. It is based on the anime series of the same name, which is a spin-off from the original Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist anime.

The anime is animated by Studio Gallop (Yu-Gi-Oh, Initial D) and directed by Katsumi Ono. The anime series started in Japan on April 2008, and is still going with 138 episodes. The anime was licensed by 4Kids. Viz has no date yet for volume 1 of the manga.

The third is Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. Nura is a supernatural manga series written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi. It began serializing in Weekly Shonen Jump on March 2008, and is still going with 13 volumes. An anime adaption started on July 2010, and is still going with 25 epsiodes. The anime is animated by Studio Deen (Fate/Stay Night, Soul Hunter, Samurai Deeper Kyo) and directed by Junji Nishimura (Soul Hunter, MARS). Viz has already licensed the anime, and Viz will release volume 1 in 2011.

TMNT Forever: A treat for the fans.

Posted in Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by Pirate

On Saturday morning, I got around to watching the TMNT Forever movie on The CW4Kids block. After all, alot of people wanted me to see it, saying it was the biggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles event ever! You see, I’m not really a fan of the franchise, but it was on TV, so why not?

The main point of the film is a crossover of the 2003 turtles, and the old 1980s turtles, if I remember correctly, and they have to team up to stop the Shredder (who had been previously defeated) from destroying not only the universe, but every single universe!

Any fan of the franchise will love this. Homages are made to the old cartoon, the script is full of references and sly winks, and one scene shows turtles from tons of different media, comics, and even the recent CGI film.

One thing that bothered me was that even though it was a film, the animation didn’t seem that much better than the TV show. What happened to the budget?

New Teenage mutant ninja turtles, meet old teenage mutant ninja turtles.

The fight sequences are okay, and the movie doesn’t bore you. I just feel it lacked something, and even the resolution seems a bit lazy. After all, the fearsome villain loses because his dolt henchmen accidentally blast him with some cannon thing. The very ending is clever though (I won’t spoil it) and the voice acting felt good. I was just hoping for something that didn’t feel like a normal episode.

Still, you can tell that the creators (Not 4Kids, of course) really tried their hardest to make a great movie that fans would like. Its a shame that the film pretty much bombed, and that a DVD release may be non-existant. Too bad, since many fans don’t even know this exists.

This film will leave fans yelling “Turtle power!’, but causual viewers may find it fluffy Saturday morning cartoon stuff.