Family CHRGD picks up Marvel Anime: Iron Man

Whoa, three posts in the same month? Is this 2010?

Whoa, three updates in the same month. Are we in 2010?

Family CHRGD’s website has announced that Marvel Anime: Iron Man will premiere on the channel on Saturday, May 7 at 11:30AM ET. Zap2it lists an encore at 5:30PM that same day. This will be the show’s Canadian television debut. The first part of the Marvel Anime project serves as Family CHRGD’s first taste of Japanese animation (even going back to the Disney XD Canada days). This is also the first older youth oriented anime series to run on mainstream Canadian TV in years.

Here’s a completely misleading teaser for the show that will make you wish it was the show: Continue reading

The Boy and the Beast gets Canadian home video release and theatrical screening locations; World Trigger gets Canadian dub

The Canadian release of Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast has been a bit mysterious. First we heard the news that while Funimation held the US rights to the film, they didn’t have the distribution rights to Canada. That almost never happens. Then we found out that Toronto’s Mongrel Media had picked up the film for a late May theatrical and on-demand release. I’ve managed to get in touch with Mongrel to clear up any unanswered questions. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: The Boy and the Beast, Belladonna of Sadness, but no Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses

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I could rant about availability issues that arise when a distributor buys global rights to a library of content despite only operating in five countries. I’ll instead talk about some movies you can (and can’t) check out at your local theatres.

First up is an update on Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy & The Beast.

“Beast” is a coming-of-age tale about Kyuta, a lonely Japanese boy living in Shibuya and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast inhabiting Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he’s looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his guide and friend. That chance encounter leads them to many adventures filled with fantasy and action.

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Canadian Theatrical News: Only Yesterday, Psycho-Pass: The Movie, The Boy and the Beast

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There’s a trio of quality anime flicks hitting the Canadian silver screen soon.

We start off with a 1991 classic that opened only yesterday (before you ask, no, this post isn’t late because I wanted to make that pun). GKIDS is presenting Isao Takahata’s and Studio Ghibli’s Only Yesterday in North American theatres for the first time ever. Continue reading

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

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