While it serves as a point of bereavement for many people (mostly just the unwitting and misinformed investors) that, “Yu-Gi-Oh’s” licensor, 4Kids Entertainment has not only lost its license to the English release of its popular show about adults playing children’s card games (on motorbikes), but filed for full blown bankruptcy, there’s hope at the end of the tunnel.
That hope is: 4Kids might finally stop making horrible kid’s TV shows.
While some people might have fond memories of 4Kids being 4Kids, I’ve detested their existence for the past decade and a half. It’s one thing to “kiddify” everything, it’s another to completely white-wash everything. Since when was a rice ball a “jelly doughnut”?
As a child I would angrily yell at my mom that the TV was calling rice balls jelly doughnuts. I marched to school and told everyone about this. The bullies beat me up for being a nerd.
So good riddance. And let that be my eulogy.
On a respectable front, Little Kuriboh, the guy that mercilessly makes fun of 4Kids and made this show actually entertaining for me, is teaming up with other “Yu-Gi-Oh” fans to do a charity auction for Japan. Go check it out.
Tomo Hirai is a Shin-Nisei Japanese American lesbian trans woman born in San Francisco and raised in Walnut Creek, Calif., where she continues to reside. She attended the San Francisco Japanese Hoshuko (supplementary school) through high school and graduated from the University of California, Davis with degrees in Communications and Japanese, along with a minor in writing. She serves as a diversity consultant for table top games and comic books in her spare time.