Canadian Theatrical News: A Silent Voice: The Movie

Eleven Arts and Cineplex are bringing Kyoto Animation’s adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima’s A Silent Voice manga series to theatres across Canada this November. The film, which is directed by Naoko Yamada (K-On, Tamako Market, Sound! Euphonium) and written by Reiko Yoshida (Aria the Animation, Deltora Quest, Emma: A Victorian Romance), opened in Japan on September 17, 2016 and became one of the country’s highest grossing films last year. Continue reading

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DHX looks to sell … something; Wow! Unlimited gets closer to TV screens

Did you know there’s a Peanuts anime?

It’s been a tough fiscal year for DHX Media. The Canadian kids content powerhouse reported revenues of $298.7 million, down from $304.8 million in 2016. More alarmingly, the company went from a net income of $27.7 million to a loss of $3.6 million. Most of the pain came from the fourth quarter, which saw the company lose $18.3 million compared to $1.7 million the year prior. The biggest issue is the company’s ever increasing debt, which was accelerated by their $345-million US purchase of Iconix Brand Group in May, which gives them ownership of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake properties.

DHX primarily attributes their under performance to lower than expected revenue from Teletubbies in the United States, as well as management being preoccupied with the Iconix purchase. But as a publicly traded company, that’s obviously not enough to keep off investors, who helped the company’s share price fall from $6.40 to $5.00. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours 2nd Love Live! Happy Party Train Tour

Following the March release of Aqours’ first concert, Azoland Pictures and Cineplex have teamed up to bring Aqours 2nd Love Live! Happy Party Train Tour to cinemas in Canada on October 21st. The screening is a four hour, unsubbed presentation of a broadcast from the September 30th performance at Metlife Dome in Saitama, Japan. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Tokyo Ghoul

Funimation is bringing the Japanese live action adaptation of Sui Ishida’s horror manga Tokyo Ghoul to cinemas in Canada and the United States just in time for the Halloween season. Funimation has previously released the two anime adaptations based on the series. The film, directed by Kentaro Hagiwara, stars Masataka Kubota and Fumika Shimizu as Ken Kaneki and Tōuka Kirishima, respectively. It opened in Japanese theatres on July 29th.
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Canadian Theatrical News: No Game, No Life Zero

Azoland Pictures, Sentai Filmworks and Cineplex have partnered up to the bring the first theatrical feature film based on Yuu Kamiya/Thiago Furukawa Lucas’ No Game, No Life light novel series to the big screen in Canada this October. In 2014, Madhouse adapted the series into a 12 episode anime series. Continue reading

Your Name. production staff create promo short for Canadian tourism


As part of the many festivities celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, the Japanese branch of Destination Canada has collaborated with some of the production staff behind Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. to create a promotional short for the winter tourism season. The 30-second “Cozy, Winter Canada” animation follows Yuya Miyagi and his girlfriend Satsuki Koumi as they leave their busy work lives behind for a winter getaway to the Great White North (there’s a lot of snow featured). The locations highlighted include Lake Abraham, Mount Rundle and Niagara Falls, with stops at Vancouver’s Granville Island and Canada Place, plus Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

For the 20th Pokémon feature film, OLM and the rest of the crew decided to go way back to the beginning, when Ash met Pikachu for the first time. Also, for the first time in a very long time for an entry in this franchise, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! will be played in theatres across Canada this November, courtesy of Cineplex and The Pokémon Company International. The power of one nostalgia. Continue reading