Canadian Theatrical News: BanG Dream! 6th☆Live

Azoland Pictures is bringing Bushiroad’s cross-media idol group BanG Dream! to Cineplex theatres this February. The distributor will be screening a delayed viewing of the BanG Dream! 6th☆Live concerts in Canada and the United States. This is the second time a BanG Dream screening has happened in North America. Continue reading


Crunchyroll hosts Toronto launch party for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll revealed its most popular titles in 2018. Like most of the Americas, Canada’s top title was Studio Bones adaptation of My Hero Academia.

To start off 2019, the company will be hosting a launch party in Toronto for the winter season of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. The animated version of the Japanese light novel series by Fuse and Mitz Vah debuted last October, but entered its second cour on January 7th. The show is directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi at animation studio 8-Bit. As part of their now lapsed partnership with Crunchyroll, Funimation continues to produce an English dub of the series four weeks behind the Japanese broadcast. Continue reading

Young Justice: Outsiders, Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy arrive in Canada on Teletoon

It’s a new year and Teletoon is celebrating with new shows and episodes. The animation channel will run the Canadian debuts of Young Justice Outsiders and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy. Beyblade Burst Turbo and Super Dinosaur also return with new episodes. Continue reading

Bakugan: Battle Planet to debut on Teletoon on December 31st, YTV in January

Bakugan is back. The Canada-Japan toy phenomenon is about to kick into its second generation with Spin Master, Nelvana, TMS Entertainment and Takara Tomy. The 100 eleven-minute episode reboot Bakugan: Battle Planet will debut on Teletoon on December 31st at 3PM, with new episodes (airing in 22-minute chunks) continuing in that slot the entire week. The series will then move into its regular 11:30AM Saturday morning slot on January 12th. If you aren’t able to watch Teletoon, YTV will also start airing reruns of Battle Planet starting January 11th at 3PM (with an encore Sundays at 9:30PM). It’ll be the first Japanese-animated series on the channel since the purge in 2014 that resulted in the removal of nearly all action programming on the channel.

The United States gets the show a week earlier, courtesy of Cartoon Network. The network will host the show’s global premiere on December 23rd at 7PM with a four eleven-minute episode marathon. The series will then run daily at 7AM before moving into its regular 7AM Saturday morning slot on January 5th. The first two episodes are now available to watch through the channel’s website and app (U.S.-only), with eight more expected to drop on V.O.D. platforms on the 21st.  Continue reading

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us to screen on Teletoon this month

Now somewhat of a tradition, the Canadian small screen will see the latest Pokémon theatrical feature over the Christmas break. Following its wide theatrical release late last month, the twenty-first film, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us will air on both English and French Teletoon channels this month. According to TV Passport, the movie will air on Teletoon on December 26th at 11:30AM. It’ll be followed by six back-to-back reruns of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures, which run until 4PM. Télétoon in French Canada will also run the new movie on December 26th, but at 12PM. The channel will re-air I Choose You and Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel in the same slot over the following two days. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Mirai of the Future

After a lengthy festival run, Montreal’s MK2 | Mile End will release Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai of the Future in select theatres across Canada this month. The film opened in Japan on July 20th with its United States theatrical launch occurring last month, at the hands of GKIDS and Fathom Events. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Dragon Ball Super: Broly

Funimation and Toei Animation are bringing the first Dragon Ball Super theatrical film to cinemas across Canada this January. Introducing the legendary Super Saiyan Broly into the main anime’s storyline, the twentieth movie in the franchise was once again produced in collaboration with series creator Akira Toriyama. The film opens in Japan on December 14th and its Canadian release coincides with its American launch. Continue reading