Odds & Ends: Turning Mecard + Black Jack 2004 dubs, Beyblade Burst Evolution this fall

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Even Black Jack wouldn’t be able to save Mecard’s English dub.

Turning Mecard premiered on Teletoon this afternoon … and I’m astonished at what I’ve seen. Given the show’s international roll out appears to begin with Canada, I had assumed this was going to be a Canadian production. Maybe I’m vastly overestimating my countrymen, but I refuse to believe this was created here. I can’t believe this was produced anywhere in North America. That is not hyperbole. This is Turning Mecard’s English dub:

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Turning Mecard scheduled for Teletoon run

Various online schedules (including the channel’s own) are indicating Teletoon will premiere the South Korean-Japanese animated series Turning Mecard on May 28, 2017. Its first episode, “A Mysterious New Kid,” is set for 2PM, with episode 2, “A Guest From Another World,” listed for the following Sunday at the same time. Zap2it and TVPassport also have an encore run on Cartoon Network Canada set to begin on June 4th at 9:30AM.

While I just called Turning Mecard a South Korean-Japanese production, it’s a little more complicated than that. All of the business partners involved appear to be Korean. Heewon Entertainment provides the animation. KBS is the lead broadcast partner. Choirock designs the toys and Sono Kong distributes them. It’s some of the show’s creative staff that hail from Japan. Most notably, Atsushi Maekawa, who wrote for Bakugan, Digimon, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon and a whole lot more, is Mecard’s lead writer and is also credited as the creator of the franchise. Other Japanese crew include a bunch of Bakugan’s other writers, as well as Yasuo Kageyama and Takaaki Ishiyama, the latter of whom served as one of the directors on Spider Riders. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Resident Evil: Vendetta


2017 has been a busy year for the Resident Evil franchise. Paul W.S. Anderson’s live action film series (that I like to call Alice in Zombieland) came to a close with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (I’m sure it’ll get rebooted by someone else in 3-5 years). Capcom unleashed the first person Resident Evil 7 onto the world and are preparing to re-release Resident Evil: Revelations. They may even share a glimpse at the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake sometime this year. Now Sony Pictures is preparing to release another film, but this one’s animated and brings back a more familiar look to the series that fans may have missed from the latest game. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Beyblade Burst in Quebec, Transformers: Combiner Force on Teletoon

Following in the footsteps of the two prior generations of the franchise, Beyblade Burst is heading to Quebec thanks to Télétoon. The series is scheduled to debut this Saturday, May 6th at 12:30PM. The dub, which is based on the English version produced by Vancouver’s Ocean Media, was recorded at SDI Media’s Belgium studio. It premiered in France on Canal J on March 11th. Beyblade Burst replaces Yo-Kai Watch on Télétoon’s unofficial Saturday afternoon action block, which also includes Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge and Pokémon The Series: XYZ. Continue reading

Wait, Isao Takahata’s Anne of Green Gables anime series was dubbed into English?

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is probably one of, if not the best, known Canadian novels of all time. With over 50 million copies sold since its initial 1908 publication, and countless adaptations, it’s not too difficult to stumble upon some version of the stern Marilla and meek Matthew Cuthbert being charmed by the antics of a spirited redheaded orphan. In fact, Canadian television is currently in the midst of a battle of the Annes, with two separate live action adaptations running. First is a trilogy of movies, which began last summer, produced for YTV by Breakthrough in co-operation with Montgomery’s estate. The second is CBC’s attempt to rekindle the monumental success of their earlier Anne adaptations by Sullivan Entertainment, with a new series produced by Northwood Entertainment with some assistance from Netflix, that started airing last month. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress


Crunchyroll is starting Anime Movie Night, in partnership with Screenvision and Kaos Connect, to bring one of their titles to the big screen every quarter of the year and Canada is included in the fun. The debut feature is the compilation film based on last year’s Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress anime series. It’ll hit theatres in Canada and the US for a one night sub-only showing on April 26th. Continue reading

The Guardian Code reveal disappoints ReBoot fans

With shooting in Vancouver and Victoria set to wrap up this week, Corus Entertainment and Mainframe Studios (a unit of Rainmaker Animation, which in turn is a division of WOW! Unlimited Media) have officially announced new details and have shared the first production stills from their reboot of the classic 1994 Canadian animated series, ReBoot. The live-action/CG-animated hybrid, titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code, is set to air on YTV in Canada in 2018. Confirming some things we already knew, the first season will run for 20 episodes (down from its initial 26 episode order in 2015) and will be an action-comedy about four teens becoming Guardians of cyberspace. Continue reading