4Kids Entertainment was a television production company known for its use of Americanizing anime. They were also known for their blocks of Saturday morning programming from the FoxBox from 2002 to 2005 when it was changed to 4Kids TV to 2005 to 2008 and finally Toonzai, which ended after a lawsuit involving the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise led to 4Kids filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, leading to Saban buying most of 4Kids assets and creating Vortexx in 2012, which ended 2 years later, ending the era of Saturday Morning Cartoons. 4Kids would later become a licensing company under the name 4Licensing Corporation. Another subsidiary 4K Media License would be bought by Konami.
Why They Suck
- As said before, they didn't just dub anime, they Americanized it. That means they removed anything that was part of Japanese culture from the anime, removing Japanese symbols and infamously referred to rice balls (onigiri) in one episode of their dub of Pokemon as jelly-filled doughnuts. This is because they think American audiences would not understand its cultural references. Audiences think otherwise and also think it should be kept in the dubs so that the audience especially children can learn some world history for social studies.
- Sometimes there were terrible choices of voice actors for the characters, with some voices feeling out of place or having no (or very little) effort put in.
- Background music is changed to "appeal to an American audience". But the original music score doesn't sound too Japanese. It's universal, and can be enjoyed by anyone in the world. That's like replacing a John Williams score with a different soundtrack for a separate dub to appeal for a certain country. Music is added into scenes that were originally silent. This can ruin the mood of the scenes.
- The theme songs are cheesy and repetitive (except the theme songs for Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Sonic X)
- Completely terrified of Moral Guardians. Literally everything involving death is removed or censored. For instance, to replace character death or torture in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, many characters are simply sent to the Shadow Realm, or sent to the stars (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX) or in one of the worst cases, just went away (Dragon Ball Z Kai. It also aired on Vortexx, but the version that aired on the 4Kids-owned Toonzai channel was more heavily censored).
- Never even finished Yu-Gi-Oh! GX just because they wanted to focus on 5D's. Despite that they were still working on the original Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Monsters when they started working on GX.
- Never even finished up 5D's either (though to be fair, they at least had low ratings and the lawsuit as an excuse).
- Their infamous 4Kids National Anthem, which is a massive insult to the Star Spangled Banner (the American national anthem), anime/cartoon characters, and the United States of America all together, and it was widely panned by the majority of TV audiences. Every voice actor that performed in it sucked except Dan Green and Jason Griffith.
- Changing the F-Zero GP Legend anime (Falcon Densetsu in Japanese) from altering scenes, not showing a bit of violence, and even cutting out some episodes, including the series finale.
- Some of the anime they dubbed were amazing. Like Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sonic X, Ultimate Muscle and even Kirby Right Back at ya.
- Their Dubbing translation is almost as close to the original dialogue in the Japanese version.
- Had some faith to the source material.
- Most of the voice actors were very good and well casted. As they actually tried putting effort into their voice acting, and some of the characters they voiced were awesome. Like Eric Stuart (Brock and Seto Kaiba), Jason Griffith, (Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow the Hedgehog) Amy Birnbaum, (Tea Gardner) Veronica Taylor, (Ash Ketchum), Erica Schroeder, (Nurse Joy and Blaze the Cat) Mike Pollock, (Dr. Eggman) Lisa Ortiz, (Amy Rose) Amy Palant, (Miles "Tails" Prower) Wayne Grayson, (Joey Wheeler) Jimmy Zopi, (Gary Oak and Vector the Crocodile) Ted Lewis, (Bakura and King Dedede) and the best out of all of them: Dan Green (Yugi Muto/Pharaoh Atem and Knuckles the Echidna).
- Mike Pollock's role as Dr. Eggman in Sonic X is what started his career of voicing Dr. Eggman in the video game series of Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Had some creative ways of censoring death, such as the Shadow Realm.
- Bringing Pokèmon, Sonic X and Yu-Gi-Oh to the US, which were 4Kids' three best animes.