Nelvana Set To Reboot Anime Classic Gatchaman

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With Bakugan and Beyblade in their rear view, Corus Entertainment is looking for new merchandise phenomenons to grow their kids business. They’ve spoken about Mysticons (due out in late 2015) in the past, and today Colin Bohm, Vice President and Head of Corus Kids, unveiled another important piece at Corus’ 2014 Investor Day presentation: a revival of Tatsunoko Production’s 1972 superhero anime series Gatchaman.

Bohm stated that Gatchaman was chosen due to it being an uncommon anime franchise that has shown itself to transcend both eastern and western culture. This means broadcasters, licensees and retailers are familiar with it. The property also naturally extends itself to a product line of action figures and other role-play toys. Lastly, the team behind the show are all well versed in what it takes to successfully create a brand and will be ready prior to the official launch. Continue reading

Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction airs on Teletoon this Sunday

pokemonmovie17posterFeatured in the network’s November 2014 programming highlights, Teletoon has announced a November 9th broadcast of the latest Pokémon feature, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. The film will air at 1PM EST during the channel’s Sunday movie slot. The Canadian premiere of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is just a day after the film’s premiere in the US and months after its summer debut in Japan. Continue reading

Ending A 16 Year Run On YTV, Pokémon Heads To Teletoon

It looks like Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal‘s Teletoon premiere was foreshadowing something yet to come. Ending a run that started in 1998, YTV has pulled Pokémon and the rest of its anime programming from its lineup. This includes shows like Beyraiderz, Digimon Fusion, B-Daman Crossfire and the aforementioned Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. That would usually be bad news but along with Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, most of those shows are moving to Teletoon. Continue reading

Isao Takahata Brings Princess Kaguya to the Toronto International Film Festival

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I Miss Bionix doesn’t cover film festivals or convention screenings. There’s a few reasons for that; those screenings are highly local and time sensitive with little lead time. I’m also really lazy, so keeping up with a barrage of convention and festival coverage would be more than I can handle. I made an exception to covering film festivals a few years ago when TIFF had a heavy anime slate of films. While there’s not much for an anime fan at TIFF 2014, there’s something I need to make note of: Studio Ghibli’s and Isao Takahata’s Princess Kaguya will receive its North American debut at the festival. Not only that, Takahata will be present at the film’s first screening on September 5th. Continue reading

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie Opens This September In Canada

The ninth and (if the next one’s title is to be believed) penultimate Naruto film is heading to North American theatres for limited screenings in September. Viz Media and Eleven Arts have partnered up to bring Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie to 35 Canadian cities. English dubbed screenings will be on Sunday, September 7 while the subtitled version will be available to view on Thursday, September 11.

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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods Opens Thursday In Canadian Cinemas

The first all-new Dragon Ball theatrical film since 1996 is getting a brief run in Canada and the United States this week. For two nights only, fans can witness Goku take on Beerus, the God of Destruction, on the big screen in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. The film will be presented in English with a dub by Funimation’s cast on August 7th and 9th.

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Short Peace and Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising receive Canadian cinema dates

Anime on the small screen has certainly seen better days, but it appears that the opposite is true for the Canadian silver screen. Over the past few years I’ve seen an uptick in nationwide one night only screenings of anime films. It looks like that won’t stop anytime soon, as the next few weeks will see Cineplex cinemas play host to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace anthology as well as the second Tiger & Bunny film. Both will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.

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