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 on: March 31, 2011, 10:20:10 pm 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
Any thoughts on the Shusuke Amagai arc?  Adult Swim wrapped it up relatively recently, and that's still how I get my Bleach, for now.  I find that arc to be a particularly odd form of anime filler, kind of like a really long, low budget movie that's just dropped into the rest of the series.

 on: March 31, 2011, 09:57:22 pm 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
Besides legal fees, recent events in Japan might make this lawsuit even more difficult to see through.  The last article I read said that Japanese anime companies are, understandably, not working at full capacity, if at all.

 on: March 30, 2011, 09:59:43 am 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Maki-chan
This kind of corporate crap goes on constantly and everywhere, much like a video gamer would find a glitch and exploit it before the devs get a fix on it. The only ones we hear about are the ones like this where a company actually get caught doing it. Lawsuits across international boundaries are a longshot at best and that amount could easily be swallowed by legal fees so the viability of going forward with a lawsuit isn't all that good, but it might make a good scare tactic to get 4kids to settle and pay up voluntarily

 on: March 29, 2011, 06:46:15 pm 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
I didn't realize that a show like Yu-Gi-Oh! could be so profitable on home video.  Is it still popular in the US?  I remember a spin-off show being on Cartoon Network, but there's no sign of it now.  Anyway, I'll be rooting for TV Tokyo, after what 4Kids did to One Piece.

 on: March 29, 2011, 02:42:45 pm 
Started by Galaxia - Last post by Galaxia
On March 24, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems filed a joint lawsuit against North American media distributor 4Kids Entertainment, accusing the company of "underpayments, wrongful deductions, and unmet obligations" and stating that 4Kids now owes the companies US$4,792,460.36. The Hollywood Reporter website also states that the two companies have terminated their deal with 4Kids.

According to the documents filed by the plaintiffs, the companies conducted an audit on 4Kids' Yu-Gi-Oh! business per their licensing agreement. This audit allegedly uncovered the aforementioned underpayments, as well as a "secret" agreement with Funimation, allowing them to "exploit" the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise via home video and hide the added income from the plaintiffs. By hiding this income, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems allege that 4Kids was able to pay them a smaller share than would otherwise have been owed to them. The complaint further alleges that 4Kids attempted to hide the secret deal rather than disclosing it as required by their licensing agreement.

Funimation is not listed as a defendant in the complaint.

*wonders how they thought they'd get away with it*

 on: March 28, 2011, 10:08:38 pm 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
I was partially wrong about no more Star Wars theatrical releases, Wikipedia reminded me that Lucas is re-releasing the films in 3D.  I wonder if he'll be able to resist making further alterations during the conversion process.  I have fond memories of seeing the special editions in theaters, but not everyone liked the changes, and later home video releases saw more changes, like at the end of Return of the Jedi.

The new live-action show will take place between episodes 3 and 4, focusing on "minor characters".  Could be an interesting way to expand the universe.  I didn't know that A New Hope was originally Episode III.

 on: March 28, 2011, 09:49:12 pm 
Started by Maki-chan - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
Thanks, I'll try that soon, it looks useful.  I suspect that some bots are designed to come back later to add text ads just to get around admin approval.  ^_^;;

I've learned a bit more about bots and spam in a college class lately.  I still find it hard to believe that profits made through this kind of advertising outweigh the resentment generated.

 on: March 28, 2011, 09:38:50 am 
Started by Webmaster_Kami - Last post by Maki-chan
Many years ago, there used to be a comic strip in newspapers that charted the events and travels (Rebels' journey from Yavin to Hoth) of the main characters between episodes IV and V, which at the time were films #1 (Star Wars) and #2 (The Empire Strikes Back). I remember there were a few interesting things going on there that could have been made into a film too, however there really wasn't an epic climax and conclusion to that story. Originally film #1 was titled "Episode III" and film #2 was titled "Episode V" so there was definitely something planned for that gap in the storyline. Most likely a cinematic production was abandoned long ago, but it may be covered in some of the novels. I've only read a couple of those, so there is a lot more I could look into. The live action TV show you're referring to is something I haven't seen but if it is available on cable premium only, I may have to wait until it is released on DVD before I see any of that.

 on: March 28, 2011, 09:19:11 am 
Started by Maki-chan - Last post by Maki-chan
Admin approval doesn't work very well because a legitimate user would get swamped in a sea of bot applications. There is more sophisticated recaptcha software available than what the BBS devs supply with the forum originally.

It's funny though that Recaptcha is now owned by Google, probably the biggest spam factory on Earth ... ^_^;;

 on: March 26, 2011, 03:37:21 pm 
Started by Maki-chan - Last post by Webmaster_Kami
The ones with random ads are easy to spot, though most bots don't make any posts.  I've noticed over time that a lot of bots create accounts with blank personal information, then the bot, or someone, returns days later to add an ad to the profile and signature.

Administrator approval for accounts is a pain, but e-mail activation didn't stop a bot from posting today.

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