Canadian Theatrical News: Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu & Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion

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The summer has been kind of a dry spell for theatrical anime screenings in Canada, but we’re entering the fall with two highly anticipated multi-part film series.

First off, there’s a saying that applies to both this film’s theatrical run and my reporting on it. You see, while Aniplex of America announced a Canadian screening for Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first theatrical feature in SHAFT’s adaptation of Nisio Isin’s ever sprawling Monogatari light novel series, last month, the film originally ran in select US theatres as early as February. We’re running so close to the wire that Aniplex has already scheduled the second film, Nekketsu, for an October release in the US (presumably if Kizu does well, we’ll get the sequels eventually). But hey, better late than never, right? Continue reading

Viz extends streaming partnership with Tubi TV

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Sailor Moon kind of spoiled things, but Tubi TV has officially announced a partnership with Viz Media to stream “some of VIZ Media’s most popular anime titles to audiences across North America, including to legions of viewers based in Canada,” for free. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season 2 premieres tomorrow on Teletoon

Tomato head is back! Almost an exact year ago, Teletoon premiered Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, and now its second season is about to debut on the channel. Following a brief hiatus, Teletoon’s website states new episodes will resume on the channel tomorrow, Friday, July 21 at 8PM EST, with episode 50, “Dueling Declan.” An encore run will then follow Saturday at 1PM EST. Continue reading

Beyblade Burst’s English dub stays in Canada

beybladeburstdubWhen I last wrote about the newest iteration of Beyblade, there was still a lot of uncertainty regarding its western launch. For the first time ever, Toronto’s Nelvana isn’t involved in the production and distribution of the franchise. Instead, Sunrights, a subsidiary of Japanese production house d-rights (itself a subsidiary between Mitsubishi and ad agency Asatsu-DK), is handling the property. To be honest, more than a year later there’s still a lot unknown, but we now know that Beyblade Burst is sticking to Canada.

In a series profile by License! Global, Sunrights has revealed that they’re partnering with Vancouver’s Ocean Productions to create the English language version of the show. The two previously worked on the English adaptation of B-Daman Fireblast – a joint production between Ocean’s Vancouver and Calgary recording studios. On their latest project, Sunrights is quoted as saying they’re working to “ensure that children in Western markets relate to the storyline and connect with the characters.” Continue reading

Viz finally makes Sailor Moon available for streaming in Canada

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Canada means a lot to Sailor Moon. The original dub was recorded in Toronto, the accompanying toys produced by Irwin Toy, with its immense success on YTV directly spawning the original English versions of the later seasons of the show. It was popular enough up here that we got spaghettios, awkward voice actor interviews and a stage show … that at one point starred Samantha Bee? So it’s no surprise that the franchise’s enduring popularity is well represented in the Canadian anime fandom. There’s just one problem. If you’re not interested in buying home video releases, you legally couldn’t watch the show anywhere in Canada. Interest on Viz’s part to get the series on TV never materialized, and their overall streaming partner exclusively deals with the United States. But fear not Canadian Moonies, because two years after announcing their acquisition of the series, Viz is finally doing good on you by streaming the entire 200 episode original series for free in Japanese with English subtitles. Continue reading

ReBoot: The Guardian Code gets new story synopsis & character profiles ahead of Vancouver shoot

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Remember this? Still trying to forget? Well, too bad, because unlike season 5 and that movie trilogy, ReBoot: The Guardian Code looks like a thing that will actually exist. A casting call went live last month looking for young actors to play the leads in the CG/live action hybrid. The sheet reveals the show’s general plot outline and more on the characters. Fans are definitely in for something.

ReBoot: The Guardian Code is a live-action/CG animated action-comedy hybrid series about four teenagers who discover on their first day of high school that they’ve been selected to become the Next-Generation Guardians of Cyberspace. Their selection began months earlier when they started playing the multiplayer Cyber-Guardian video game together online. Now Austin, Parker, Tamra, and Grey have to make their gamertags – VECTOR, GOOGZ, ENIGMA, and D-FRAG – into more than just names, and protect cyberspace from threats both within and without. Threats that also pose great risk to the real world. It’s more than these kids expected when they started high school. Way more…

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CRTC approves Gintama, World Trigger, more as Canadian content; DHX set to co-produce new Mega Man cartoon

My actual reaction to what you're going to read below.

My actual reaction to what you’re going to read below.

Long time readers of the blog should be aware of the concept of Cancon quotas – a mandate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that requires all Canadian television broadcasters to devote a certain percentage of their schedule to locally produced content. It’s a protectionist measure meant to encourage industry and prevent Canada from just being the US, but colder. The quotas have almost certainly benefited the Canadian anime fandom, as simply recording a show’s audio track in Canada qualifies the production as partial Cancon. This gives anime a leg up on other foreign shows. Due to a number of factors, Canadian anime dubs are far less common than they once were. But things might be starting to look up.

To keep broadcasters honest, the CRTC requires programs wishing to count as Canadian content to be sent for approval. As a result of that, the CRTC keeps a publicly accessible database of content that is certified Canadian. This year has seen some interesting anime additions that haven’t aired on Canadian TV. Continue reading

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