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

Odds & Ends: Beyblade Burst Evolution coming later this year? Buddyfight X’s dub dated, DHX’s new look and broadcasters for Mega Man

MIPTV, the four-day Cannes television trade show is just weeks away and as companies prepare to hawk their latest productions to merchandisers and broadcasters the world over, news of what will be available is slowly starting to trickle out. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. [Updated 04/30/2017]

Who would’ve guessed that one day Makoto Shinkai would hold the world’s highest grossing anime film? Well, somehow the director of 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words pulled it off with last year’s Your Name. Funimation is bringing the CoMix Wave animated film to both Canada and the US in April. Unlike most releases like this, many venues are offering both the English dub and Japanese subtitled versions for viewers to watch. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~ [Updated 3/23/2017]

Following the success (I guess?) of last year’s theatrical run of the Love Live! animated movie, comes a limited Cineplex screening for the first concert from the Aqours group. Unlike the Love Live! film, this is an actual concert performed by the Japanese voice actresses behind the Love Live! Sunshine!! spinoff. The event took place on February 25 and 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Japan and was streamed live to theatres across the country and other select markets. The US got a delayed theatrical release via Azoland Pictures on March 4th. Five cities in Canada will be getting the 3 hour and 47 minute concert raw (no English subtitles) on March 27th: Continue reading