Bakugan reboot to launch within the next two years

Back in 2015, Toronto-based toy company Spin Master announced that they were developing a reboot of Bakugan. Carried by an anime series produced by TMS Entertainment and Nelvana, the boys action franchise meant big business between 2007 and 2012. Bakugan centred around a game played with plastic marbles that would transform when rolled over a metal card. Since that revival tease two years ago, Spin Master’s been silent about their plans for the franchise, but have just recently shared a tiny morsel of information. Continue reading

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Canadian Theatrical News: Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower

Azoland Pictures, Aniplex of America, and Cineplex are bringing Type-Moon’s Fate franchise to theatres in Canada this upcoming January. The theatrical project, Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel], adapts the original visual novel’s third play route. The first of a planned trilogy, presage flower opened in Japan on October 17, 2017. It launched nationally in the US last weekend, on November 17th. The second entry, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly, is scheduled to debut in Japan sometime in 2018.

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Canadian Theatrical News: Blade of the Immortal

Magnolia Pictures’ Magnet Releasing label and Pacific Northwest Pictures are bringing Takashi Miike’s live-action adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal manga series to select Canadian cinemas this month. The film stars Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki. The script was written by Tetsuya Oishi, with a score from Koji Endo. It launched in Japan on April 29, 2017.

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Nelvana partners with Wexworks, Dentsu and OLM on D.N.Ace

Nelvana has greenlit a new animated series heading to Teletoon called D.N.Ace. The show is from the mind of Matthew Wexler, who previously worked at Spin Master on Bakugan (which Nelvana co-produced), Tenkai Knights and Paw Patrol. His Toronto-based company, Wexworks Media, created the concept and he’ll remain onboard as the executive producer.

The series follows curious, adventure-loving, mischief-making, proudly nerdy, 12-year-old Ace Ripley who suddenly learns he holds an incredible ability to manipulate DNA by fusing the genes of a living thing with any other thing, to create something entirely new. The hero-in-the-making uses his newfound power to create ridiculous, amazing, and even terrifying mash-ed up creatures, and tries to save his town from total chaos while trying to have the time of his life.

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Beyblade Burst Evolution on Teletoon this weekend [Updated 11/4/2017]


By “next month,” it seems Sunrights really meant the next weekend. Multiple on-air Teletoon promos have surfaced claiming the channel will premiere Beyblade Burst Evolution on Saturday, November 4th at 2:30PM EST. The channel’s online schedule is currently listing a rerun of the tenth episode from the first season in that slot, so we’ll have to see how that shakes out. Continue reading

Ocean Productions behind Kiznaiver English dub

Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America have announced a North American home video release for last year’s Kiznaiver anime series. The release will feature an English dub created by Vancouver’s Ocean Productions, with voice actors from both their local talent pool as well as Alberta’s. The dub was directed by Karl Willems with an English script written by Mark Macdonald.

The story is set in Sugomori-city, built in a reclaimed land, which was once prosperous as a futuristic city. Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy who is living in the city, has a strange body which can feel no pain at all and he doesn’t know why. Before summer vacation, by the guidance of a mysterious girl named Noriko Sonozaki, he is chosen as a member of “Kiznaiver,” a group of people who share pain. Then he finds his classmates who are also connected as “Kiznaiver,” however, they originally belong to different groups that never got along.

Sonozaki says, “This is an experiment to guide the world filled with wars to peace.” Following her words, they have to face various trials.

One summer story of boys and girls who have to share each other’s wounds begins.

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Odds & Ends: Comedy Gold goes to Wow! Unlimited; Beyblade Burst Evolution next month

We finally know which of Bell Media’s broadcast licenses will be relaunched as Wow! Unlimited’s new cable channel. In an interview with Canadian media industry publication Cartt.ca, Bell Media’s president Randy Lennox has revealed the company “horse-traded” Comedy Gold to the Canadian animation company. The channel came up in a discussion about the future of linear television in Canada. Continue reading