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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

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

YTV will premiere B-Daman: Crossfire on September 7th


I was a bit perplexed by some omissions in YTV, and Teletoon’s fall programming highlights this year but didn’t really care enough about the shows to write a post about them. I wasn’t expecting a Canadian rendition of [adult swim]‘s Toonami or anything, but seemingly safe bet children’s anime like Digimon: Fusion, B-Daman: Crossfire, and Tenkai Knights were no where to be seen despite pending product and US broadcast launches. It appears that at least one of those is making a debut this side of the border. Internet scheduling giant Zap2it! lists a September 7th broadcast at 1:30PM Eastern by the title of “Battle B-Daman” on YTV. I’m going to assume that the channel will not be airing a 22 minute toy commercial from ten years ago, but rather it’s a mix up for the newest B-Daman series, B-Daman: Crossfire. Crossfire launched in the US on The CW’s Vortexx Saturday morning block on August 17th.
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Beyblade: Shogun Steel premieres this Saturday on YTV


As one of the two remaining anime series on YTV, and therefore mainstream Canadian television I guess this is an important thing to note. The next season/series in the Beyblade: Metal ___ reboot launches this Saturday at 11:30AM ET. Rather than a direct followup to Beyblade: Metal Fury, Shogun Steel stars new blader Zyro Hagane with the Metal ___ cast in mentor-ship roles as they’ve been aged up. It’s important to note that this is the final season of the modern Beyblade reboot to air in Japan, but don’t worry as we know Nelvana’s got more original spinoffs on the way. Continue reading

Nelvana funds more western exclusive Beyblade spinoffs

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Despite Metal Fight Beyblade ending in Japan this past January Nelvana will keep the franchise spinning as it has announced two additional series in the franchise, BeyRaiderz Shogun and BeyWarriors Cyborg. This is in addition to the twenty six episodes of Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G being dubbed as Beyblade: Shogun Steel. The company gave no plot descriptions for either spinoff but BeyRaiderz Shogun is set for a spring 2014 broadcast with 13 episodes with BeyWarriors Cyborg coming that fall with 26 episodes and two one hour specials. BeyRaiderz Shogun may have been the previously announced second season of last year’s BeyWheelz western spinoff. Hasbro plans on releasing BeyWarriors toys this fall.
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YTV pulls Monsuno: Combat Chaos and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

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As of right now June 2 is final day Monsuno: Combat Chaos and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal aired on YTV. Neither Zap2it, nor YTV’s own schedule list any additional broadcast times for the two series. Their 1PM and 1:30PM Saturday slots have both been replaced by episodes of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Monsuno: Combat Chaos ended at episode 31, with Zexal hitting episode 47. YTV began broadcasting Monsuno in May of 2012, with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal following the next month. This leaves Beyblade: Metal Fury, and Pokémon: Black & White: Adventures in Unova as the only anime related programming on the network. It’s unclear if this is just a temporary removal with a return planned in the fall, or something more.
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International audiences to play host to Beyblade: Shogun Steel premieres

Volume 1 of Nippon Columbia's rental only release of Zero-G

Volume 1 of Nippon Columbia’s rental only release of Zero-G

Lots has happened since I wrote about Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G being dubbed into Beyblade: Shogun Steel for worldwide broadcasts. During that time the show was still airing in Japan, sharing a 30-minute timeslot with Cross Fight B-Daman eS on TV Tokyo, and was expected to until the spring season in Japan, as the previous Metal Fight Beyblade seasons had. Then something interesting happened, after 38 episodes the series was replaced by Beast Saga, Takara Tomy’s reboot of the Battle Beasts franchise. The 38 episode run was a bit surprising, as Nelvana confirmed Shogun Steel would run for 26 full length episodes. The previous season of the show had two 12 minute episodes combined into one full length episode for the Japanese rental release, and international markets. The same would’ve been expected to happen with Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G, but you’d be left with 19 episodes with this season. Most expected this episode deficiency to be filled up for international broadcast, as that was the case for the existence of Beywheelz, especially as one of the staff members from the show hinted that the entire story wasn’t aired. Continue reading

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