TV Tokyo Holdings has announced its financial numbers for the fiscal year ending March 31st. Anime business revenue was at 7 billion yen, up from 6.3 billion in the previous period, while profits were up to 1.3 billion yen, up from 820 million. Overseas sales helped drive the business, which was described as constituting less than 10% of total business, but notably profitable. This year, again aided by overseas sales, Naruto was the company's star earner. More after the jump.
With the recent debut of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal on Nicktoons, the US network has confirmed that they've licensed the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! library from 4Kids. The agreement covers two seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. More after the jump.
In early May, Saban subsidiary Kidsco became the stalking horse bidder on a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction of 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh! assets. Going into the June 5th auction, that was complicated by the emergence of Konami’s indirect subsidiary 4K Acquisition Corp as a second candidate. Read about where the sale stands after the jump.
Kotobukiya has filled out their plans for late fall/early winter figures scheduled to be imported to North America. Highlights include some very nice Ani*Statues of Evangelion's Mari and Yu-Gi-Oh's Seto Kaiba, along with figures based on IS <Infinite Stratos>, Ikaruga and more. Get a look after the jump.
Following its April, 2011 filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, 4Kids has sold its rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime property to Kidsco, an affiliate of the Saban Capital Group, of Power Rangers fame. Pending approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, the rights will go for $10 million. More after the jump.
Kotobukiya has taken to Facebook to post a preview of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ~ Yami Yugi Ani*Statue. Based on a Tsukuru Shirahige design, the 9 ½" tall (1/7th scale) figure is scheduled to be available in North America in June 2012. Take a look after the jump.
On December 29th, 4Kids won a victory in its fight to maintain the rights to Yu-Gi-Oh! when a federal bankruptcy court ruled that the termination of 4Kids’ license to the Yu-Gi-Oh! property was improperly noticed and otherwise flawed. As a consequence, 4Kids' license is still in effect. More after the jump.
During San Diego Comic Con, Konami laid out their Yu-Gi-Oh! game release plans for the second half of 2011, with new tins, binders and boosters scheduled for the summer and fall. Check out the details after the jump.