A Second Bidder Emerges for 4Kids’ Auction of Yu-Gi-Oh! Property

May 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Posted in 4Kids, Other Stuff | 8 Comments

Seto Kaiba taunting Pegasus, claiming he wasn't using his brain, in episode 149

Today, May 31, was the final day for parties interested in purchasing the Yu-Gi-Oh! property from 4Kids Entertainment to enter a bid. The sale had kicked off in mid-April with a $10 million stalking-horse bid by Kidsco Media Ventures, a newly founded firm backed by the Saban Capital Group. After an otherwise quiet few weeks, 4Kids has now revealed on Facebook that another bidder has been accepted! Who is this second company or entity that could potentially take over the multimillion-dollar Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise?

Now that there is more than one interested buyer, an auction will be held on Tuesday, June 5 to determine the highest or best bid. A hearing to finalize the sale will take place a week later on Monday, June 11.

Update (June 1): Heh, 4Kids yanked the announcement from Facebook. Looks like someone had posted it before first thinking it through.


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  1. If it’s Funimation, that’s would be awesome! But I was heard that NAS, TV Tokyo, were rejecting the other bids exept Saban who bids 10 million dollars early for Yu-Gi-Oh License. If a blue chip companies gets the Yu-Gi-Oh license, NAS could dub Capsule Monsters anime in Japanese which hasn’t been released in Japan yet since 2006. Here’s the information from Twitter:

    “Joseph Hostage‏@Joehcool

    @katsuono http://www.animeanime.biz/all/124211/ これで『遊☆戯☆王デュエルモンスターズALEX』の日本放映が1歩近づいですね…

    (Katsumi Ono) 小野 勝巳‏@katsuono

    @Joehcool I hope. That the blue-chip companies to obtain a license.

    Original tweet post: (茶菓シュー@HXL応援中‏@sakasyu

    4Kids「遊戯王」の海外ラインセンス売却か、破産裁判所が競売に http://www.animeanime.biz/all/124211/ お、これで『遊☆戯☆王デュエルモンスターズALEX』の日本放映が1歩近づいたな。)

    (遊☆戯☆王デュエルモンスターズALEX is a Japanese name of Yu-Gi-Oh Capsule Monsters)”)

  2. I would be immensely surprised if Funimation placed a bid. Funimation only knows its way around the video production and supply chain businesses. Yu-Gi-Oh! involves so much more than that. NAS and TV Tokyo cannot reject bidders, so whoever told you that is just messing with you.
    Why do you think a blue chip company is interested in Yu-Gi-Oh! and how is that related to Capsule Monsters? The article that you linked to doesn’t mention either of those things.

  3. Do you think that Saban will produce subtitles of every Japanese Yu gi oh series?

  4. Well, there are already subtitles for Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, so unless the buyer (Saban or otherwise) foolishly tosses those aside, we’ll still have them. As for the other two series, who knows. In the past, 4Kids talked about subbing Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, so we know that that’s at least doable. Whether or not the buyer actually wants to do it is up in the air. Getting subs for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, however, is unlikely because of those pesky contractual issues on the licensors’ side.

  5. Any gist of what was posted?

  6. Here is what a 4Kids/Toonzaki rep originally posted on Facebook (on May 31, 11:14 pm EDT):

    RE: Other recent news – May 31st was the deadline for potential investors/buyers to get their bids in. Another bid has been accepted. BEGIN WILD SPECULATION NOW!

    For all of the speculative types out there, that’s really not much to work with. I myself prefer just being patient. Great alias btw, Mr. Mushman. :)

  7. Who is the second bidder?

  8. If anyone actually knew for certain, we would have all heard about it by now. :P

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