Ah…4Kids TV…how otakus despise you…
Like many fans of anime, I typically dislike anime dubbed by them. They censor EVERYTHING, they changed the music, they removed all Japanese text, they cut scenes and sometimes even entire episodes, they rearrange scenes….ugh, the list goes on and on. Plus, the majority of their voice actors weren’t very good and that made the shows even less enjoyable to watch.
But…can I truly say that I hate 4Kids?
Once upon a time, when me and my brothers were little, we watched a lot of TV – mainly 4Kids TV and Cartoon Network. Because of that, we watched a lot of anime. We watched Sonic X, Kirby Right Back At Ya, Pokemon, Yugioh (Actually, my brothers watched this more than I did. I honestly don’t remember anything about it other than the fact that the protagonist’s name is Yugi.), Bakugan, Beyblade (the world’s suckiest anime in both sub and dub…), etc…
After a while, I got older and stopped watching these shows. It wasn’t as if I didn’t like them anymore, it’s just that I felt as if I was getting a bit too old for them. Yet one day, for no apparent reason, I found myself on the Sonic the Hedgehog wiki. (I do that a lot.) I was reading a few pages about the anime, since I had remembered enjoying it when I was younger. I even ended up watching a few episodes on youtube, just ’cause I felt like it. Yet I noticed something odd while reading the wiki. It kept referencing to a ‘Japanese Version’ of the show. I knew that anime originated in Japan, but for some reason it had never occurred to me that there was an actual Japanese version of it. Apparently, the original Japanese version of Sonic X contained swearing, mild blood, and even character deaths! This made me curious enough to try watching this ‘Japanese Version’. To my luck, there were subtitled episodes on youtube!
(Listen to the Japanese opening, it’s great!)
And then I discovered Tokyo Mew Mew (which is Mew Mew Power in the 4Kids dub), and fell in love with it as well. Although it just occurred to me that I never actually finished watching it…
Then, I discovered Fullmetal Alchemist…but I’ve already made that crazy post, so you can read all about it here.
Want to know some more reasons why I still kind of love 4Kids TV (and a little bit of Cartoon Network)?
Well…why don’t ya meet my very first anime crush? :3
This is Lync Volan from Bakugan Battle Brawlers: New Vestroia. Sigh…I kind of find it hilarious that my first anime crush was a villain, a BAKUGAN villain, but he was sooooooo ADORABLE! ❤ ❤ ❤ I’m still kind of in love with him…. SPOILER WARNING: It devastating when he flippin’ died! Yes, my very first anime crush died! I still can’t believe that happened, especially in a Cartoon Network show…
And how about one of my favorite anime characters of all time, Cream from Sonic X? I know many people complain that her English voice actress is annoying and squeaky, but I find it super kawaii! (And don’t laugh, but she’s the base inspiration of one of my Black Butler OCs…)
And…not an anime…but I will always love the 4Kids Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Always. I’ve seen all the cartoon versions, but only this one can be my favorite. It’s got the perfect combination of lighthearted and dark scenes, and has FABULOUS voice actors. I mean, seriously, how can 4Kids mess up their dubs yet still have BRILLIANT voice acting for their cartoons? I am very very very much in love with Raphael’s voice actor in this. Why doesn’t his Nickelodeon voice actor use the accent? RAPH NEEDS THE ACCENT! XD
(However, I cannot believe that 4Kids censors any form of death in it’s anime, yet there are TONS of character deaths in TMNT????)
What more do I have to say? I LOVE 4Kids TV. Sure, they’ve ruined some of their dubs (One Piece and Mew Mew Power, for example), but I’m sure that I’m not the only person that was introduced into the world of anime through it. If I’d never watched 4Kids TV, I wouldn’t be the insane person that I am now. (That’s a good thing…right? XD)
Do you have any fond memories of 4Kids TV, or just anime in general? Let me know in the comments! 🙂