Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray: An Overview

July 15, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Posted in Bonds Beyond Time, English dubbed, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 4 Comments
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Cinedigm's Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray menu

Out today is the long-awaited release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time movie in the United States on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms. The film, a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, made its theatrical debut on 300 screens across the U.S. in early 2011 but is only now getting a home video release. The title is licensed by 4K Media (Konami) and distributed by Cinedigm as part of its Flatiron Film Company label and includes both the English-dubbed and original Japanese subtitled versions of the film.

This post will provide an overview of the contents of Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and Blu-ray releases. Comparisons of Cinedigm’s products to Manga Entertainment’s Region 2 UK releases and to the original Region 2 Japanese releases from King Records/Marvelous Entertainment (“MMV” for short from here on) will also be included.

The World of Licensing Restrictions: How to Handicap a Non-Japanese Anime Video Release

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is the first official Yu-Gi-Oh! video product released in the United States to include both an English and Japanese version since FUNimation’s short-lived uncut DVDs of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series from 2004-2005. Fans in the United Kingdom also received a bilingual release in July 2011 from Manga UK. A Yu-Gi-Oh! title that includes the original subbed Japanese version?! Yes, it’s true! But there must be a catch, right?

Both Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions of the film include subtitles that are permanently fixed; on both of their DVDs and BDs, the subtitles are burned into the video (i.e. they are “hard subs”). While some viewers may see this as an annoyance, this is the price that licensees often have to pay if they want to release some anime titles outside of Japan at all.

The issue of forced subtitles and other crippling restrictions that afflict such anime releases has been discussed extensively by anime fans and pundits as well as industry insiders. Numerous episodes of the Manga UK podcast have touched upon the problems and their causes.

“Reverse importation, as far as some Japanese licensing companies see it, is a big problem on Blu-ray,” said Jerome Mazandarani, the Director of Marketing and Acquisitions at Manga UK, in episode 18 of the company’s podcast. “Blu-ray is where they derive most of their finished packaged goods’ value now in Japan, and they are very, very concerned about it.”

The price of anime outside of Japan is considerably lower than that within Japan, Mazandarani explained. And if large Japanese production companies are very worried about an American or UK edition BD getting imported back into Japan, they have the leverage to curb the perceived threat. For instance, they can mandate that licensees burn the subtitles into the video of the Japanese-language versions of their titles. They can also disallow licensees from releasing a title for a certain amount of time after a DVD and BD are released in Japan, or disallow them from releasing a title in a certain way (e.g. no complete box sets).

In the same vein, the audio tracks of Cinedigm and Manga UK’s Japanese versions are inferior to the audio tracks on King Records/Marvelous Entertainment’s releases. While MMV’s DVD and BD contain both a 5.1 surround and 2.0 stereo audio track, Cinedigm and Manga UK’s contain only a 2.0 audio track with the Japanese version. The table below summarizes the audio streams found on the six releases.

 

DVD

Blu-ray

Cinedigm

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Manga UK

 

 

English

Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Japanese

Dolby Digital 2.0

LPCM 2.0

King Records/MMV

 

 

Japanese

Dolby Digital 5.1
& 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
& LPCM 2.0

These types of restrictions are not by any means unique to Yu-Gi-Oh! titles, nor are they unique to English-speaking territories. Forced subtitles have even reared their ugly heads in France, a country whose anime industry is even bigger than that of the United States’, explained Mazandarani in the fifth Manga UK podcast. Ultimately, Japanese companies simply don’t want to give Japanese fans any incentives to import less expensive releases from overseas, so some anime titles — and Blu-rays in particular — released outside of Japan will continue to be marred by these restrictions and deficiencies. It’s an unfortunate issue that the anime industries in Japan and throughout the world need to find a way to deal with.

The Lack of 3D: Falling Flat

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is a historic film in Japan. While 3D movies that use computer-generated graphics are commonplace, Bonds Beyond Time marks the first time anywhere in the world that a traditional, hand-drawn 2D animated feature had been converted into 3D for the big screen. MMV’s DVD and Blu-ray releases preserved this viewing experience for the Japanese home video market, delivering the film in both 3D and 2D formats.

When it first arrived in American movie theaters, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time was titled Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time. 4Kids Entertainment embraced the film’s 3D elements and even hired Cinedigm to render in 3D a special 10-minute back story of Yugi, Jaden, and Yusei using scenes from their respective anime series.

Sadly, none of the hard work that went into creating the 3D theatrical experience was retained for Cinedigm’s DVD or BD; its releases contain only the 2D version of the film. What happened? Manga UK’s BD included the 3D version of the film, so why doesn’t Cinedigm’s?

Whether one believes that 3D adds an exciting and worthwhile layer to the cinematic experience or is just another gimmick for money-grubbing producers, it’s regrettable to see the hard work of others disregarded for the American home video market, and even more so when the 3D materials had already been provided for another English-speaking territory’s release.

Packaging, Extras, and Artwork

Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD come packaged in ordinary plastic keep cases. The case housing the BD is about 25 percent thinner than a standard case.

Extras are something that Cinedigm’s Yu-Gi-Oh! releases have been lacking, and sadly, its Bonds Beyond Time DVD and BD fail to buck the trend. Cinedigm’s bonuses include a “Feature Flashback,” which is just the 10-minute back story exclusive to the English-language version of the movie, and the English-subtitled Japanese version of the movie, which I would hardly consider an extra. (The Japanese licensors probably consider it one heck of a generous extra though, given the dearth of Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! media available in the West!)

Manga UK’s DVD and BD fared slightly better in the extras department, having included a Super Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon TCG card with their initial print run. In addition to listing the Feature Flashback and subbed version of the movie as extras, Manga UK also included the original 30-second theatrical trailer.

Neither Cinedigm nor Manga UK’s products hold a candle to MMV’s DVD and BD, which were predictably packed with collectibles while being sold at predictably exorbitant collector’s prices. In addition to including the standard disc and case, MMV’s initial print runs also included an Ultra Rare version of the Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon OCG card, a booklet filled with line sketches and illustrations of the movie’s characters and monsters, and a slipcover that features original artwork of the main characters.

All of the home videos releases of Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time around the world use the same image of Jaden, Yugi, and Yusei striking a pose while crossing their Duel Monsters cards dramatically like swords. Cinedigm’s are no different, though the characters aren’t posed in front of the familiar green wall of hieroglyphs seen on the original English-language movie poster and on other home video covers, including Manga UK’s. Instead, the main characters are standing amidst a backdrop of outer space (or is it the Malefic World?) while being surrounded by a bright ring.

The only home video release that uses different artwork is of course the Japanese release from MMV, whose limited-edition slipcover shows the main characters standing unflappably straight while their monsters leap into action in the background. This exclusive artwork has not been included with any other territory’s video release.

Product Summaries

Title: Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
Street Date: July 15, 2014
Distributor: Cinedigm Entertainment
Label: Flatiron Film Company
Licensed by: 4K Media (Konami)

DVD
Region: 1
MSRP: $14.93
Disc count: One double-layer DVD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Blu-ray
Region: A
MSRP: $19.97
Disc count: One single-layer BD disc
Language: English & Japanese with English subtitles
Video: 1920×1080 (16:9) at 23.976p
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) & 2.0 (Japanese)
Closed Captions: Yes

Also available as part of Cinedigm’s ‘Yu-Gi-Oh The Complete Set‘ DVD Megaset box and on various digital platforms for rental and download.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD Box Set Slated for October 14 Release

July 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 1 Comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 1 DVD set box mock-up from Cinedigm

4K Media (Konami) announced today on Facebook that its next Yu-Gi-Oh! anime DVD release will be Yu-Gi-Oh! GX season 1! The six-disc box set is scheduled to hit store shelves on October 14 at a suggested retail price of $44.99 and will contain 4Kids Entertainment’s English-dubbed version of the first 52 episodes. Like the DVDs of the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX will be distributed by Cinedigm on its Flatiron Film Company label.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was previously distributed by FUNimation between 2006 and 2009. FUNimation released episodes 1 through 52 of the show on four single-disc DVD volumes and two 2-disc DVD volumes. Seasons 2 and 3 of the show have never seen a DVD release in the U.S. and season 4 has not been dubbed in English.

Unlike the Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, 5D’s, and ZEXAL series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has never seen a single uncut, subtitled episode released on any medium. The last official word about a potential GX subbed release came in July 2011, when 4Kids Production’s music editor bacondevil revealed in a Reddit AMA (As Me Anything) that 4Kids was in the process of subbing season 4 of GX. For absolute clarity, 4K Media confirmed that Cinedigm’s release will not include the original Japanese version.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Episodes Now Premiering on Hulu, YUGIOH.com

July 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Astral giving Yuma a thumbs-up in ZEXAL episode 28

The Vortexx on The CW might be on its way out and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL might still be in reruns on that block, but have no fear! New episodes from season 3 are hitting Hulu first! 4K Media’s English-dubbed version of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episode 114, “Tentacles of Terror, Part 1,” made its debut on Hulu yesterday evening. Expect to see the episode on YUGIOH.com as well when the site refreshes with the latest Hulu video feed. Prior to this premiere, the last new ZEXAL episode to air on TV was episode 113, “Memory Thief, Part 2,” on June 7.

This web premiere is the first of many more to come for the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL anime. Every week, new episodes of ZEXAL will be made available online until the conclusion of season 3, 4K Media said in an announcement on Facebook. So, if Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL isn’t already in your list of favorites on Hulu, now you have the perfect incentive to add it! And if you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can also watch the show in HD and on your TV and mobile devices.

If you can’t access Hulu’s streams and the Hulu embeds on YUGIOH.com because you are based outside of the United States, keep an eye out for news about an international streaming solution, which 4K Media has been touting for months.

4K Media assured fans earlier this year that Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will have a complete dubbed and subbed release.

My, how things have changed since 4K Media first picked up the Yu-Gi-Oh! rights in 2012! Back then, new episodes couldn’t be streamed for a minimum of 60 days after its TV broadcast under its agreement with Saban. Somewhere along the line, that time frame was wisely reduced to 30 days. Now, free from the restrictions of its contract with Saban, 4K Media is bringing new episodes to the web first. What’s next? Yu-Gi-Oh! simulcasts? Haha, one can dream…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena Online PC Game Now Live

June 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Posted in Konami | 6 Comments
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Title screen of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena

Konami announced today that its newest Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the PC, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena, is open for play! The game, hosted on Miniclip.com, includes over 6,000 cards and has a single-player mode where duelists can play against AI opponents, as well as an Arena mode where duelists can challenge other people over the Internet in single rounds and matches.

Players start Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena with a mishmash of 50 weak cards, from which they craft their first deck. They can enhance their deck by buying booster packs using either Duel Points (the in-game currency earned from defeating opponents) or Miniclip Credits (purchased with real money). Players can also recruit Partners, from whom they can rent special themed decks for a certain number of games. Players are limited by how many duels they can play in a period of time by their Stamina, which is gradually replenished throughout the day and can also be replenished with Miniclip Credits.

Duel Arena is free to play, but players who want to progress more quickly to make their own decks will want to buy Miniclip Credits.

Prior to today’s launch, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena opened for public beta in late May and ran until June 19. Improvements to the launch version include new Partners and boosters, additional animated effects, and a smoother, more polished dueling experience.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Arena is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG simulator for the PC to be released since the defunct Yu-Gi-Oh! Online game series. Give it a shot! The game is filled with adorable chibi (super deformed) anime characters and monsters!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Scheduled for Spring/Summer 2015 International Debut

June 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh!, English dubbed, Konami, ARC-V | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V promotional image with Yuya, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon, Stargazer Magician, and Timegazer Magician

After Tuesday’s unexpected revelation of a new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie in the works, this week comes to a close with another exciting Yu-Gi-Oh! announcement. Anime News Network today reports that the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V anime is set to debut internationally in the spring or summer of 2015! No additional information about which U.S. television network would air the show was presented.

4K Media (Konami) first unveiled its plans to bring Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V to the Western world in February earlier this year and is continuing to search for distributors for the show in all territories outside Asia.

On the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game side, Konami is scheduled to release Super Starter: Space-Time Showdown — the first Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG product that includes ARC-V’s new Pendulum Summoning mechanic — on July 11, 2014, the same day as the North American WCQ. The first full Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG ARC-V booster, Duelist Alliance, is slated for an August 15, 2014 release.

New Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie in Development in Japan

June 17, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Posted in Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuma Tsukumo eagerly awaiting his World Duel Carnival delivery from the mail carrier in ZEXAL episode 26

There’s a new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie currently in development in Japan! That’s the word from YUGIOH.com, which today posted the big announcement and also revealed that 4K Media (Konami) has picked up international rights (outside Asia) for the film. The company has begun seeking distributors for the movie, starting at the Licensing Expo 2014 trade show this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Yu-Gi-Oh! characters back to theater screens for their enthusiastic fan base,” said Kristen Gray, 4K Media’s SVP of operations, business, and legal affairs, in the announcement. “It’s a major piece in the robust resurgence of the brand that will have significant implications moving forward.”

When will production begin? What will the movie be about? Will characters from the Classic, GX, and 5D’s series make their return to the silver screen, or will characters from ZEXAL and ARC-V get to shine? When will it be released in the West? (In time for the 15th anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, perhaps?) Stay tuned.

Update: The official Japanese website for the movie is yugiohmovie.jp. Currently, there’s nothing there other than a splash page with a short message: “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie. The project begins!!”

Marc Thompson, Dan Green Confirmed as Guests at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG 2014 North American WCQ

June 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 1 Comment
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Rafael spots the pharaoh, Yami Yugi, in a valley inhabited by evil apparitions in episode 164

The last few days on Facebook, Konami has been teasing the appearance of the special guests attending the upcoming 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG North American World Championship Qualifier. Today, Konami formally announced that the guests will be Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors Marc Thompson and Dan Green!

For Marc Thompson, whose roles include Rafael from Classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and Astral from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, this will be his first appearance at any Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG event. Dan Green, the voice of Yugi and of Tetsu Trudge from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, is a veteran of Konami’s shindigs, most recently appearing at the 2013 World Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. Neither of them make very many appearances at anime conventions or other public events, so this will be an extremely rare opportunity to see them both together!

The 2014 North American WCQ will take place from July 11 through 13 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan. Keep your eyes on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events page for more details to be posted.

Don’t be surprised to see a schedule highlighted by scripted live duels filled with exciting new cards from the Dragons of Legend booster. Will we get a duel that rivals the craziness from last year’s World Championship?

Yugi, with his field full of Kuriboh, attacks Mai using Obelisk at the World Championship 2013
This actually happened at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship 2013.

Update (June 25): Konami has now uploaded a full schedule for the WCQ. Yugi and Astral will have a scripted live duel on Sunday the 13th. Epic! Marc will be signing autographs on the 12th and 13th, and Dan will be signing on the 11th, 12th, and 13th.

Furthermore, on the 13th, all feature matches and Yugi and Astral’s live duel will be live streamed. Check the Event Coverage section throughout the weekend for continuous updates of the WCQ.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVD Vol. 6: ‘Shark Bait’ Available Today from Roadshow Entertainment

June 11, 2014 at 6:50 am | Posted in English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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DVD cover artwork of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL Volume 6 Shark Bait from Roadshow Entertainment

Out today from Australian video distributor Roadshow Entertainment is the next chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL on DVD: Volume 6, “Shark Bait“! This Region 4 release includes the English-dubbed versions of episodes 31 through 36.

The World Duel Carnival is in full swing, but Yuma has his hands full when an old flame of Kari’s is stirring up trouble. Not only has he stolen a powerful Number card from Heartland Museum, but he’s snatched one of Yuma’s Numbers, too! Then, things get ugly when Quattro makes his move against Bronk and Caswell. But before Yuma has a chance to avenge his friends, Shark steps in, looking to settle the score against the foe who humiliated him in the finals of a previous National Duel Tournament. And later, Tori meets an old friend who wields the power to capture future events with his camera — diabolical events that his subjects definitely don’t want to be a part of!

You won’t want to miss this. All of Roadshow Entertainment’s ZEXAL DVDs are available at various Australian brick-and-mortar and online retailers, many of which accept orders from overseas. And as always, American Yu-Gi-Oh! fans can catch these episodes anytime for free on Hulu.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL DVD Vol. 5: ‘Let The Duels Begin’ Out Today from Roadshow Entertainment

LittleKuriboh Convention Update: Ichibancon 2015 / Charity Event Status / CardGamesFTW: Gone and Back Again

June 7, 2014 at 7:32 am | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Ichibancon 2015's banner on Facebook

“Already got cons scheduled in 2015 and 2016,” wrote LittleKuriboh back in October 2013. “Whaaat.”

Whaaat indeed. LK’s first stop of 2015 will be Ichibancon, an annual anime convention in the Charlotte, North Carolina metropolitan area entering its sixth year. Ichibancon 2015 will be held in Concord from January 1 through 4 and will be the first time LK visits a con in North Carolina. Other guests that have been announced so far include LK’s wife, Marianne Miller, and voice actors Vic Mignogna and Eric Vale.

Where else will LK be headed in 2015? Possibly Kami-Con Season 7. At the end of Kami-Con Season 6 earlier this year, LK’s guest liaison, Liam Adkinson, might have let the cat out of the bag in an offhand tweet: “Big shoutout to @yugiohtas and @mariannemiller for being the nicest guests ever to work with. Can’t wait to see you at next year’s Kami-con!”

Here’s hoping it’s true!

LK and Marianne plan to cut back on the number of cons they attend in 2015, perhaps in part because LK will have three weddings to attend that year (wow!).

RAINN Charity Event Possibly Delayed

We’re fast approaching June 15, the date that LittleKuriboh and Marianne had set aside for an all-day charity event to raise money for RAINN — the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. But it looks like the couple are having some trouble with LK’s green card, so much so that they might need to shelve the event.

Unfortunately, with his immigration process being a butthole, I think we may have to postpone for a bit,” tweeted Marianne. “I’m a little bummed, because 6/15 will mark the 5th year since I was raped and I wanted to do something really positive to show to other victims that life goes on and gets better, buuuuuut I GUESS I’LL JUST HAVE TO DO IT LATER THAN I PLANNED :'(“

Nevertheless, she is hopeful that they will still do something on the 15th. With any luck, they will make an announcement about the status of the event soon.

LittleKuriboh came to the United States in October 2011 with a fiancé visa, marrying Marianne at the end of that month. But even though the pair have been together since then, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is apparently still not convinced that they are a genuine married couple.

LK and Marianne hired an immigration lawyer and have reached out to fans, asking for affidavits and photos that document their time together that can be used as evidence to show that their marriage is legitimate.

CardGamesFTW: Gone and Back Again

As you probably noticed, LittleKuriboh’s main YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, was banned yet again on May 15. And although LK noted that it had been more than two months since he ran into any trouble, the last time the channel had been terminated was actually December 23, 2013, nearly six months earlier.

Thankfully, CardGamesFTW quickly returned on May 22, so fast that LK got “copyright whiplash.” Ha, very nice.

This was the 18th time CardGamesFTW was terminated. If we reach 20 terminations, I’ll publish a very special post that looks back at the awful things that his poor YouTube account has suffered.

Saban’s Vortexx Bids Farewell to Saturday Mornings on The CW on September 27

June 3, 2014 at 12:18 pm | Posted in Konami, Saban, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Yugi knitting his brow, a little confused and upset by Rebecca's reaction when she draws a card in episode 42

After two years, Saban Brands’ five-hour children’s programming block will say goodbye to Saturday mornings on The CW this fall. Vortexx on The CW will have its final run on September 27, thereafter being replaced with One Magnificent Morning, a new teen-targeted block featuring an assortment of live-action educational and informational (E/I) shows distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Saban had acquired the five-hour Saturday block and 4Kids’ television broadcast management crew in June 2012, which were components in a larger sale by 4Kids while it was reorganizing in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As a part of the acquisition, Saban and Konami had inked a deal to broadcast Yu-Gi-Oh! on The CW through at least the summer 2016 season. Their agreement allows for the termination of their relationship in the event that Saban no longer has the rights to program the block for any reason.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! License does not restrict the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime to any specific TV network and leaves the door open for Konami to either license the series’ TV broadcast rights to another broadcast or cable network, or, if unsuccessful in such an endeavor, to syndicate the series.

There’s no word yet on which network new episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL will premiere come fall 2014. One possibility is Nicktoons, where ZEXAL made its debut in April 2013 and where the series currently airs every Sunday. There’s also no word on what will happen to Vortexx’s programming on Kabillion, or whether the Vortexx brand will still be in use after this summer.

Reps from 4K Media (Konami) and Saban Brands did not reply to inquiries at the time of this writing.

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