Posted December 03 2006 - 03:13 AM
I'd heard how bad 4Kids was at handling their more adult themed Anime properties properties, but since I don't watch any of them, I chalked it up to just fan hatred of censorship and dubbing changes.
Now I'm begining to think that maybe they have a point considering how 4kids is starting to handle the turtles series, although it may not be 100% their fault.
First, we have 4 great years of dark/humor mixed turtle stories, where you couldn't wait to see what happens next. Then, we get this light hearted drek called fast forward. It's So damned indespensible, who cares if you miss an episode? The plots are so basic, Star Trek had 'em done in the 70's. Take the third episode with Viral, where the holodeck inexplicably goes awry and the saftey measures go out... ooooohhh, like that hasn't been done a hundred times on Trek.
Some episodes have been enjoyable. The wrestling episode was just pure fun, for instance. But most have just been forgetable, like the Video Game hijacking episode.
Not only that, but the animation has gotten ten times cheaper looking, despite it's smoother motion and more stylized look. For some reason, more 'detailed' animation dosn't get that fast, smooth look. It's tough to explain, but you'll know it when you see it.
Now, for some strange reason, 4kids is splitting up the season. Rumor has it they are going to air the first 13 episodes now, save the rest till at least mid fall next year. I guess Playmates and other retailers want to see how well their toys(However unimaginative they are) will sell after the movie is released. Understandable, but sad.
I was going to start a save the turtles campaign to bring it back to it's rightful place in the dark and gritty present, but what's the point so long as the show is driven by corporations who only care about making a profit? Eventually they will want to mess with it again and we'll be back to square one.
Heh, no one would DREAM of camping up Batman again, so why Turtles?
Ahh well, it's just sad to see a greatly fun franchise put down the crapper by corporations with no talent.