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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

Digimon Fusion is airing on YTV

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In late January, a few blogs associated with Saban Brands’ Ambassador program posted up articles stating that Digimon Fusion, the company’s adaptation of Digimon Xros Wars, would be airing on YTV starting February 28th. I teased that tidbit in I Miss Bionix’s coverage of that recent Pokémon invasion. Ultimately Zap2it, and YTV’s schedule didn’t agree with that premiere date, so I figured things were pushed back. Apparently it was just a single week as it looks like the show premiered on March 7th. Episode 3 premieres this Friday at 7:30AM EDT. Continue reading

Pokémon: Mewtwo – Prologue to Awakening and Pokémon The Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened premiere this Saturday on YTV

Pokemon Movie 16 PosterYTV’s online schedule has confirmed that the network will air Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened, as well as its prequel TV special, Pokémon: Mewtwo – Prologue to Awakening, on February 8th starting at 3:30PM EST. The duo premiered last summer on Japanese TVs, and cinemas before a brief theatrical run in October followed by a Cartoon Network broadcast last month in the US. Leading up to the special broadcast YTV will be airing the final two episodes of the Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond TV anime beginning at 2:30PM EST.

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Beywarriors: Beyraiderz begins this Saturday on YTV

BdA-U66CQAAS2ckI told you I’d get back to talking about spinning tops in no time … Okay, this one technically isn’t about spinning tops, but close enough.

Beywarriors: Beyraiderz is the followup to last year’s Beywheelz: Powered by Beyblade anime series. Sho Tenma and friends return as their Beywheelz become Beyvehicles in an attempt to locate the Six Mythic Beasts that protect their world. The first episode of thirteen, entitled “Hope” airs this Saturday on YTV at 11:30AM.

Much like Beywheelz before it, Beyraiderz is a western exclusive Beyblade series not seen in Japan. YTV’s broadcast will be the first time the show is aired in English anywhere. We initially heard of the series last summer as Nelvana announced it, and another Beyblade spinoff under the presumably working titles of BeyRaiderz Shogun, and Beywarriors Cyborg. As Shogun was targeted for a Spring 2014 broadcast, it’s safe to say that has turned into Beywarriors: Beyraiderz.
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Cartoon Network Canada will not be airing Space Dandy

mainvShinichiro Watanabe’s (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) Space Dandy is being primed to be a big deal in the world of anime. Bandai Visual’s announced an extensive global broadcasting plan that will see the show air in a variety of countries within hours of the Japanese airing, but they seem to have been mistaken as far as North America is concerned. While their press release states that the show will be airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, so far only the US branch has confirmed that they’ll be taking part in this release. As Cartoon Network Canada isn’t a 1:1 feed of the US network skepticism was going to exist on whether or not the show was going to air in this country. I have confirmed with a Cartoon Network Canada representative that the channel has no plans on airing Space Dandy, and that Bandai Visual was most likely mistaken with their press release.
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Rainmaker revives Mainframe brand, announces new ReBoot TV series

rebootingA classic of Canadian animation ReBoot originally took to the tube on YTV back in 1994 and instantly became a fixture on the network for years to come. The first fully computer animated television series took place in the world of Mainframe, where a Guardian sprite named Bob battled against the evil virus Megabyte. Produced by the Vancouver based Mainframe Entertainment the series ran for forty-four episodes over seven years, and ultimately concluded with a gut wrenching cliffhanger as the show was canceled in 2001. Shortly after Mainframe went through a series of ownership changes, and in 2006 the animation studio took the name of its latest owner, Rainmaker. With many of the creative forces behind the show jumping ship ReBoot kind of died out with a webcomic, and a failed attempt at launching a movie franchise being the only new content for the series. Rainmaker hopes to change that as the company has announced a revival of the Mainframe brand for their television production unit with one of the cornerstones of that division being a new ReBoot show. Unfortunately details are kind of non-existent, which given this franchise’s history does not inspire confidence. Rainmaker set up the Bring Back ReBoot campaign to build hype for this new series, alongside other related products.
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Tenkai Knights premieres on Teletoon September 28

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Produced by Spin Masters, Shogakukan Productions, and Studio Bones Tenkai Knights aims to be the next big boys action brand. The show launched in the US on August 24th, and now Teletoon has announced that they’ll being broadcasting the series just under a month later. Premiering on Saturday, September 28th at 2PM ET/PT, the network will air four back-to-back episodes, with an encore scheduled for the next day starting at 7AM. From then on the show will premiere on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM. Teletoon describes the plot of the 52 episode series as:

Teenagers Guren, Ceylan, Chooki, and Toxsa were not planning on being heroes when they accidentally stumbled into an inter-dimensional portal. Ripped through space and time, the boys reemerged on a different world as shape-shifting robots. Known as Bravenwolf, Tributon, Lydendor, and Valorn, they have become the legendary Tenkai Knights! Now they must battle the evil Vilius and his henchmen to help save the world of Quarton.

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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

Here’s some Tenkai Knights footage

This entire franchise has kind of snuck up on me. I honestly hadn’t heard of Tenkai Knights before writing up this article a few weeks back, and now the show is just days away from a broadcast premiere in the United States. The Canada-Japan co-production will launch on Cartoon Network sometime on August 24th. In support of that impending launch the franchise’s official Youtube channel uploaded our first real look:

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