Yu-Gi-Oh! Lawsuit Finally Draws Out Incoherent, Maniacal Fan Response

October 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff | 5 Comments

It has finally happened. Even though the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit and 4Kids’ bankruptcy case have been underway for about half a year now, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans haven’t left any official marks on the proceedings… until now. The following is a letter that was sent to Shelley C. Chapman, the presiding judge of the proceedings, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York:

A letter to Judge Shelley Chapman regarding the Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit from Jonathan Smith

The letter was filed on September 29 and added to the court records earlier today.

Despite its apparent ridiculousness, I believe the letter is written by a well-meaning author and meant to be completely serious, though I’m not quite sure what it is that Mr. Smith wants from the court. I think there are some lessons that we can easily take away from this: (1) Before writing a letter, know what your objectives are. Every line and every paragraph you write should bring you closer to these objectives. (2) Explain yourself in clear, complete sentences. Don’t assume the recipient is familiar with what you are talking about. (3) Always proofread your letter. Have a friend or family member help you if necessary.

Now then, how many of you keeled over after reading the letter?

An Update on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Lawsuit… Sort Of…

Despite the closing arguments for the first phase of the trial being presented two weeks ago, the court has yet to issue any ruling. This is not the fault of either TV Tokyo, NAS, or 4Kids. Rather, it is a testament to the sluggishness of the legal system — a point that I have emphasized repeatedly since the beginning of these proceedings to all of the fans who are anxiously waiting for the results.

A post-trial briefing from both sides is scheduled for October 12, but it is still currently unclear when the court may issue a ruling.


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  1. “Japan still keeps some of the footage off USA tv.”

    Um, fact checker please?

  2. I’m pretty sure the need to get his facts straight is the least of Mr. Smith’s worries. ;D


  4. Yeah, that was pretty much my first response, too. I’ve tried to stay professional about it though!

  5. Oh god I’m a month late and I can’t stop laughing.

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