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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Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premieres on Teletoon on Sunday

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So, this is kind of unexpected. Some of you may recall that Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premiered on YTV back in June of 2012. That’s not much of a surprise as every previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series aired on the network. What’s a surprise is that Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal begins airing on Teletoon’s English feed tomorrow at 8:00AM EDT. The episode airing is seventy-four, Attack of the Barbarians: Part 1 – which was the first episode under the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II branding in Japan. Right now it looks like this broadcast will be in addition to YTV’s Friday and Saturday runs of the show. Continue reading

YTV debuts the final seven episodes of Beyblade: Shogun Steel exclusively online

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When Beywarriors: Beyraiderz began airing on YTV, I mentioned that the western-exclusive Beyblade spinoff had replaced the time slot of the latest mainline show, Beyblade: Shogun Steel. YTV’s broadcast of the show ended prematurely at episode nineteen. At the time, I expected the show to simply go on hiatus while Beyraiderz aired as a promotional tie-in for toys hitting the shelves, but it looks like that won’t be the case. YTV has announced that the final seven episodes of the series will only be available to stream through their website. They’ve already posted the first four episodes to watch. Continue reading

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