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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

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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