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Nelvana’s next action series is Mysticons

Mysticons1This is actually a bit of an older story as the series was initially revealed in April, but since there’s so little to talk about I might as well report on it. It seems Nelvana is expecting Beyblade to continue its downward spiral and is now preparing a replacement in Mysticons. Produced internally at Nelvana Studio in partnership with The Topps Company (owned by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company) the show is set to be written by Sean Jara who has previously written for shows like Redakai, Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, League of Super Evil among others. Nelvana describes the show as:

The original series is centered around four regular kids in the quiet suburb of Castletown who are called into action to double as a legendary line of heroes, known as Mysticons. After discovering a powerful mystic tome, the four friends transform into oath-bonded warriors who leave their regular life of homework, sports, and video games to battle fire breathing dragons, evil knights and barbaric orcs, led by a trio of evil warlords set on destroying mankind.

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Dentsu Entertainment USA, Nelvana, and Fuel Entertainment are working on an animated Chub City show

DENTSU ENTERTAINMENT USA, INC. CHUB CITY LOGOThis is a project that dates back to 2009 when Dentsu Entertainment USA (then known as DCI-LA) first bought the urban youth Chub City diecast car brand from Jada Toys with the intent of launching an animated series. With that project seemingly on ice the company has since worked on a variety of anime related projects including Deltora Quest, Monsuno, and Little Battlers eXperience but Chub City isn’t done yet. Dentsu Entertainment has announced a partnership with both Nelvana and Fuel Entertainment to make this project actually happen. Dentsu describes the action comedy series as:

The series follows the adventures of a team of heroic teenagers who drive customized cars at Chub City battle rallies. These rally sites pop-up spontaneously in different parts of the world, with teams arriving by train, ship, truck, and helicopter in container units called Convos that become the building blocks for these instant cities. The stories ind the humor in the relationships of the diverse team of drivers and the awkward bond that forms with their more logical sentient cars, all while battling to recover a powerful hidden energy source.

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Télétoon Rétro adds UFO Robot Grendizer aka Goldorak

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The French Teletoon Retro feed will be adding Go Nagai’s Grendizer this September. The third entry in the Mazinger franchise dates back to 1975 with the show’s 74 episode run concluding in 1977. A French dub of the show began broadcast in Quebec in the 1980s under the title of Goldorak. Carole Bonneau, Vice President Programming at Télétoon Rétro has said that the show was often requested for the network. Grendizer follows Duke Fleed, a survivor of the Vega Star raised on Earth as he fights back against the Vega invasion with his titular robot.
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YTV’s Fall 2013 Highlights features a bunch of Nickelodeon content

I’m probably going to stop writing about these soon. YTV will air additional seasons of Mr. Young, Extreme Babysitting, Big Time Rush, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beyblade, SpongeBob SquarePants, Monsters vs. Aliens, Kung Fu Panda, Legend of Korra, T.U.F.F. Puppy and The Fairly OddParents. On the new acquisitions side, the network has little outside of more Nickelodeon imports. If that’s your thing you can look forward to Sanjay and Craig, See Dad Run, Wendell & Vinnie, The Haunted Hathaways, The Thundermans as well as Sam & Cat. Remember when some of us thought that the addition of Nickelodeon Canada would leave YTV free of that network’s programming? Hahaha … That leaves us with these two world premieres:

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OH NO! It’s an Alien Invasion is a hilarious Home Alone meets War of the Worlds style series for kids, in which a crazy band of partying aliens have invaded earth and hidden all of the planet’s grownups! This would make most kids uneasy, but not Nate; he’s been training for this moment his whole life. He and his Super Wicked Extreme Emergency Team (S.W.E.E.T.) are on the case to take back the world. Operating from their secret headquarters at the Swell-Mart, they must wage a resistance against the zany Brainlings (the Aliens), and find their parents. The animated series is produced by Nelvana Studio and written and developed by Philippe Ivanusic-Vallee and Peter Ricq, part of the creative team behind League of Super Evil.

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Teletoon greenlights new Inspector Gadget series

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DHX Media and Teletoon have announced that a new Inspector Gadget animated series will be airing on the Canadian animation station as early as late 2014. Little has been revealed about the show other than the fact that it’ll be animated with CG visuals. While it appears Gadget’s nemesis Dr. Claw will be tossed aside for his nephew, and Gadget’s niece Penny will be aged up a few years the show aims to stay true to its roots according to Alan Gregg, Teletoon’s director of original content. Here’s the full plot synopsis from the press release:

MAD Agents, look out! Criminals, beware! Bystanders … take cover! Inspector Gadget is back to battle Dr. Claw with all-new gadgets – and all-new gadget-related chaos. But the loveable, bumbling, accidentally-destructive Inspector is not alone in the fight to take down MAD. His ever trusty police-dog, Brain, is still by his side and he’s getting extra crime-fighting help from his new partner, Inspector-in-training Penny. With MAD more powerful than ever and with the arrival of Dr. Claw’s evil-genius (and totally crush-worthy) nephew, Penny and Brain will need to use every ounce of their training to keep the world safe from Dr. Claw … and Gadget.

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Spin Masters, ShoPro, and potentially Studio Bones are working together on Tenkai Knights

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With Bakugan seemingly Bakugone in the west, and given Redakai kind of Redadied Spin Masters is on the hunt for their next hit multimedia franchise with their hopes pinned on the new Canada-Japan co-production called Tenkai Knights. The 52 episode series will be distributed in Japan by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, in Europe by Viz Media, and of course in North America by Spin Masters themselves with the latter providing an extensive toyline to support the series. Anime fans will be interested in checking out the series as Japanese animation outsourcing company Studio Wanpack were the first to mention this series. This is important because Studio Wanpack has traditionally worked with acclaimed anime studio Bones, meaning they’re likely involved with this project. The show’s plot is as follows:

Saving the world is serious business and should never be taken lightly. It is only for the brave of heart. 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, they reemerged on another world as Bravenwolf, Tributon, Lydendor, and Valorn… the legendary Tenkai Knights!

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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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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

Alternate Canadian produced Dragon Ball Kai dub still missing in action

This blog has a few reoccurring topics. Those who’ve been following it since the beginning likely know more about Beyblade than they normally would care to, likewise for Pokemon. However, today’s topic is neither merch based series as we’re going back to the world of Dragon Ball Kai. Fans in the United Kingdom rejoiced when earlier this year Toei Animation announced that they reached an agreement with CSC Media to see Goku and friends on British TV once again. Interestingly, this announcement didn’t just draw the attention of UK based Dragon Ball fans, as it drew the attention of the entire English fandom. You see, back in the day people in the UK were treated to the same alternate English dubs of Dragon Ball, Z, and GT produced in Canada that followers of this blog will remember airing on YTV. Specifically, the alternate Z dub had the Vancouver based Ocean dub cast from the 1996 Funimation produced Dragon Ball Z dub, with the original Dragon Ball series, and GT being the domain of Calgary’s Blue Water. What does that have to do with Kai? Well, an alternate Canadian produced dub for the series had long been thought to be in production, with evidence coming from voice actors allegedly associated with the project saying it exists, to Ocean staff being credited in the TV edit of Funimation’s US dub, and lastly to the simple fact that the same countries that aired the alternate DB/Z/GT dubs were the same countries that had yet to see Funimation’s Kai dub on TV. That was about to change as Kai had finally been picked up in the UK. So fans anxiously waited for the series to air on Kixx, hoping to see the first glimpse of this alternate dub in a promo set to debut this past Saturday. They got their wish:


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Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G becomes Beyblade: Shogun Steel internationally, second season of Beywheelz confirmed

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Unsurprisingly, an English dub for Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G has been confirmed. Nelvana announced that the series would be released internationally under the title, Beyblade: Shogun Steel, in their MIPCOM 2012 report. In it the company also confirms an additional 13 episode second season for the western exclusive Beyblade spinoff, Beywheelz. Continue reading

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