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Genres: adventure, drama, fantasy, tournament
Themes: developing powers, fighting, other worlds, spirits
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 51
Vintage: 2006-04-02 to 2007-03-25

Plot Summary: In an overbuilt world, young Zed dreams of freedom and of a door. While fleeing the authority of his world, he is transported to a completely different place, a world of nature instead of machines. There he meets the young girl Roia and learns that he is a Shard Caster. He can cast Shards and control “Spirits”. Unbeknownst to Zed, his best friend Noah has also travelled to the new world. Noah and Zed become enmeshed in the ways of their new world, while growing into their new abilities.

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Kiba DVD Collection 1 (Hyb)
Kiba DVD Collection 2 (Hyb)


The first 3 episodes of this are now available on my VOD channel. I’m glad that this is getting added, since I didn’t get to finish it when it was on the CN website.


I’m really liking how this is all starting to come together now.

Currently on my VOD, we’re up to Episodes 31 & 32.

Zed & Noah have had their battle and Noah has told Zed that he has always despised Zed. Of course, we know this isn’t true, but Noah has been brainwashed by those Neotopians. Poor Zed is really confused, because he just wanted a piece of home, and he thought that Noah was it. Hugh has completely lost it because Ameer Ghaul (sp) refused him. And, in the previews, Noah thinks he sees Zed’s mom… ooooo, suspense!!

Interwoven storylines make the best anime!


I have to catch up on some of my VOD episodes, but I am really enjoying this show more than I thought I would. I can’t wait to see how the big joust ends.


I wasn’t sure if I’d like this from the descriptions posted on the old site, but now that it’s been on and I’ve watched it, it’s one of the better shows running, really. The complex plot is interesting and has enough going on that it’s not usually predictable at all.

Does this one wrap up in 52 episodes?


Does this one wrap up in 52 episodes?[/quote]

It’s 51 episodes.

Ok, just watched Eps 33 & 34…

Zed and Roya are back in Templar, Zed’s trying to figure out why he can’t ‘feel’ Amil Gaoul, even though he has his shard. Roya tries to tell Zed that they are safe from Neotopia’s ‘Absolute Law’, but just as she gets to him, she see that he’s been taken away by the Neotopian Guards! That really pisses off Zico, who’s ready to take off and give Hyrum a piece of his mind, until he finds out he’s forbidden to go to Neotopia! So they lock Zico up!
Meantime, Zed releases Rambos during the shift and as he and the guards land in Neotopia Rambos is ready to go. Zed manages to fight off 4 of the 5 guards and falls exhausted to the ground. He doesn’t see the fifth one come up behind him. Luckily he is saved by Herrick of Ulbaks. Herrick then tells Zed the tale of how his people were banished from Neotopia 10 years ago and how they developed their technology and now they want their revenge. He is also looking for his sister, who shares a birthmark with him - he doesn’t know it, but it’s Kira. Zed goes off to think about it.
Over in Neotopia, plans are being made for a celebration to commemorate Hyrum’s 10 years as a ruler. He elects Kira and Noah to be in charge of security for the event (with Diana watching over all, of course). Sagiri and all of her schoolfriends are going to be in the parade and Noah has been encouraging her to learn her part.
In Tusk, Hugh asks the King of the Tuskans to ally with him and wage war on Neotopia. The advisor, Deucem, agrees, and suggests to the King to lead his troops into battle. The King is reluctant, but agrees. Hugh, ever maniacal, is immensely pleased.
Hyrum learns that Zed is with the Ulbaks and sends Kira and Noah to apprehend them all. They rush off on horseback and, during a break, Noah learns that Kira’s family was banished due to ‘Absolute Law’ but she was held back because of her strong ability. She shows him her birthmark and tells him that she remembers her brother vaguely; then she brushes it off. As they ride on, they see Beastmen in the air, flying toward Neotopia. Noah tells Kira to ride back and warn everyone, he will take care of Zed and the Ulbaks, so she does.
Back in Templar, Roya pleads to see Ziko, to no avail. In Neotopia, the parade starts. Zed sees the Tuskans flying overhead and starts back toward where the Ulbaks are staying.
Noah approaches the secluded house where Herrick and the Ulbaks have sequestered themselves. They suddenly attack him from all sides. He pulls out his sword and releases the whip from it, defeating most of the Ulbaks. Herrick then appears and fires at him with his weapon, but Noah avoids all of them and he knocks Herrick unconscious. Zed runs up and yells at Noah, who then tells him that he’s taking him in because of the law. Zed sighs and they start battling.
As Kira nears the city, she meets up with Elmelda and the two face off.
In the City, the Beastmen start their attack, they swing down and pick off members of the parade, as well as bombing houses in the area. Taken off guard, members of the security force start firing blindly into the air. The children in the parade start to run in all directions, but Sagiri just crouches down and calls for Noah.
Zed and Noah near a cliff in their battle and their attention is diverted when they hear and see Zymotians shifting below. They are both amazed to discover that the Tuskans and Zymotians have started a war against Neotopia, which they can now see is in the midst of battle. Nudeu startles them both by appearing behind them.

I really liked these two episodes a lot - and what the heck is up with Amil Gaoul? And poor Sagiri! So many questions!!


[quote][size=5]Upper Deck Ordered to Pay Aniplex US$3.9 Million+ for Kiba[/size]

posted on 2011-12-06 20:15 EST

Companies involved in 3-year+ lawsuit over Kiba TV anime series

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada ruled on November 30 that the card distributor Upper Deck is to pay Aniplex, Inc. US$3,950,000 as the result of a lawsuit that the two companies had been involved in since 2008. The two companies had settled outside of court; however, the court then ruled in favor of Aniplex after Upper Deck did not pay the US$3.95 million amount in full by November 28, which was the date stipulated in the settlement.

The lawsuit between the two companies resolved around Upper Deck’s investment in Hiroshi Koujina and MADHOUSE’s 51-episode Kiba alternate-world television anime series.

Original Lawsuit

According to legal documents, Aniplex filed the lawsuit in April 2008 and demanded a jury trial. Aniplex claimed in the lawsuit that Upper Deck did not pay Aniplex the amount agreed upon by the two companies regarding the anime series. Aniplex claimed Upper Deck said it would pay Aniplex for a 30% stake in the series, television and home video distribution rights outside of Japan, merchandising rights, and for commercials and other sponsorship.

Aniplex claimed that Upper Deck paid Aniplex only part of the money owed. Aniplex claimed that Upper Deck still owed the company 251.475 million yen (US$3.23 million) for investment, 154 million yen (US$1.98 million) for sponsorship, US$2.02 million for merchandising rights, and “some or all” of the $1.73 million for television and home video distribution rights. Aniplex sued Upper Deck for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and accounting.

Upper Deck’s Counterclaim

In May 2008, Upper Deck filed a response to Aniplex’s claims and filed a counterclaim. According to the counterclaim document, Upper Deck argued that it created a “Master Plan” for the series that “included characters, plots, storylines, and other elements necessary to make the television series conducive to the development of a card game,” which Upper Deck wrote was for the target age group of 8- to 12-year-old children.

Upper Deck argued that “as the television series was developed, many of the concepts and storylines included in the Master Plan were discarded by Aniplex, despite Upper Deck’s objections, in favor of new storylines and concepts developed by Aniplex.” Upper Deck claimed that the new storylines and concepts “so deviated from the Master Plan that the television series was far too violent to appeal to the trading card game’s target audience of 8 to 12 year olds.” In addition, Upper Deck claimed it could not get the series approved for broadcast due to its “age-inappropriate violence.”

Upper Deck’s claims were that Aniplex was in breach of its original contract with Upper Deck because of the changes it made to the television series. Upper Deck then asked the court that Aniplex pay damages and the costs of the lawsuit. Upper Deck also demanded a jury trial.


On September 29 of this year, after several jury trial hearings, the two companies filed a settlement agreement with the court. The settlement required Upper Deck to pay Aniplex US$3,950,000 before November 28. The sum was guaranteed by Richard McWilliam, chairman and co-founder of Upper Deck. The settlement noted that each company would be responsible for its own attorneys’ fees.

The settlement noted that if the US$3,950,000 was not paid in full by November 28, then a judge could rule in the case in favor of Aniplex and against Upper Deck for that sum. In the November 30 judgement, Upper Deck was also ordered to pay post-judgment interest from November 29 until the amount is paid in full. The judgement noted that “Upper Deck shall recover nothing on its counterclaims.”

Aniplex told ANN it had no comment to give at this time regarding the lawsuit and settlement. Upper Deck did not respond to ANN’s request for comment by press time.

Kiba originally aired on TV Tokyo in 2006-2007. The series revolved around Zed, a young man who was transported into another world while fleeing authorities. In the new world, Zed meets a young girl named Roya and learns that he is a Shard Caster who can control “spirits.”

In March 2008 ADV licensed Kiba for release in North America, and Cartoon Network’s Toonami Jetstream online video service added the series to its American lineup in July 2008. The Anime Network is currently streaming the entire series.

In August of this year, the Dutch trading card company Upper Deck International filed a lawsuit against its own Upper Deck Co. subsidiary in California — claiming that the subsidiary counterfeited the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game and cost its parent company millions of dollars in legal fees, lost sales, and damaged reputation.

Update: Aniplex’s response added. Roya’s spelling corrected. Thanks, Dessa. [/quote]