Crunchyroll ends free back catalogue streaming in Canada

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I think I need to enroll in a click bait class because it’s kind of hard to write a post when your title basically sums up the situation. Maybe, “This ONE WEIRD THING Crunchyroll is doing will ENRAGE Canadians,” “CANime? More like Can you not-ime under new Crunchyroll rules,” or how about, “Crunchyroll: Canadian loons are anti-anime.” Okay, that second one was terrible and it would kill my already poor SEO.

Anyway, as the title tells you, anime streaming service Crunchyroll is about to change things up for Canadians. Starting February 1, all catalogue content on the site will be exclusive to paying members. Those looking for the latest shows are in luck, however. All of the site’s simulcasts will remain free, with individual episodes available for 13 weeks before falling under paid membership.

I’m sure you’re going to want to know why, and that’s why Crunchyroll has posted an FAQ that makes it sound like Canadians are exclusively paying for the expansion of their infrastructure:

Over the past 5 years we have adding many library titles while simulcasting 50 shows every season. We’ve also expanded the free streaming service across mobile and living room devices, including Apple TV, PlayStation and Xbox consoles. We want to be be able to continue building the best collection of anime, even with the increasing cost of content and fluctuations in the Canadian exchange rates.

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Love Live! The School Idol Movie gets Canadian run; Boruto gets encore [Updated 12/23/2015]

Remember when K-On was a thing?

Remember when K-On was a thing?

I’ll admit that I don’t know much about the Love Live! franchise. I know it’s a popular cross media series about singing and dancing that encompasses music, anime, video games and more merch and tie-ins than a person could possibly fit in a single house. Do I have a “best girl?” I can’t say I do. But I was aware that Canadian Love Live! fans were a little peeved that they missed out on the fun that was the franchise’s debut theatrical movie. You see, while various markets around the world got the film shortly after its Japanese debut, Canada didn’t. For whatever reason, NIS America and the powers that be weren’t able to secure a Canadian theatrical run alongside the US one. This bummer even became the topic of a Zannen, Canada podcast episode. Well, fret no longer Love Livers, NIS America has confirmed the film will receive Canadian screenings after all! Continue reading

Spin Master preps Bakugan relaunch

bakuganOver the summer, Spin Master made a big move by becoming a publicly traded company. Before the Toronto-based toy manufacturer could hit the stock exchange, management had to sell would-be investors on the business. In one of those investor presentations, the company confirmed they’re currently developing a reboot of the Bakugan franchise. In an age where nothing successful ever stays dead, it was only an inevitability for a series that brought in $800 million to be revived.

Bakugan is one of the few co-productions between Japan and the west that really took off. Originally a concept sold to Spin Master, the company partnered with Sega Toys to develop the idea of transforming balls into a game. From there, the two brought in Nelvana and TMS to create an animated series. Continue reading

Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages premieres on Teletoon this weekend

pokemonmovie18Teletoon’s online schedule has listed a mini-Pokémon marathon on Saturday that will feature premieres of the most recent movie and two new specials. Kicking things off at 10AM EST is the English debut of Hoopa, The Mischief of Pokémon, a 15 minute short given as an early ticket promotion in Japan for the latest film. Teletoon is naturally following that up with the North American premiere of said movie, Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, at 10:15 AM. Things wrap up with another English premiere, this time with the TV special Lights! Camera! Pika! at 12PM.

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Family Gets CHRGD Up, While Yo-Kai Watch’s Canadian Debut Is Pushed Back A Week [Updated 10/4/2015]

Original title: “Sonic Boom gets CHRGD with Yo-Kai Watch’s delay.” I dropped it because I wanted people to understand what I was talking about.

Despite Zap2it and pretty much every other listings site saying so, Yo-Kai Watch won’t be premiering on Teletoon this weekend. The channel’s official schedule lists the 32nd episode of Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 in the 2PM Saturday slot. A press release from franchise creator Level-5 confirms the Canadian premiere for October 10th in the same time slot. Continue reading

Yo-Kai Watch listed for October 3rd premiere on Teletoon

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Zap2it and other on-screen TV guides have listed a new addition to Teletoon’s Saturday afternoon lineup, and it’s the Japanese sensation Yo-Kai Watch! Finding itself on the back third of an unbranded Saturday action block, Level-5’s story about a world of mischievous monsters is set for an October 3rd premiere at 2PM EDT.

So, what is Yo-Kai Watch? Dentsu Entertainment, the show’s western handler, describes it as the following:
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Premieres Tomorrow on Teletoon

While everyone is giddy about the Yu-Gi-Oh! anniversary film starring Seto Kaiba, it’s important to remember that a new TV spinoff is almost here. As in it airs tomorrow at 7AM and again on Saturday at 1PM on Teletoon. Yeah, not much of a head’s up on that one.

So, what is Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V?

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