Canadian Theatrical News: Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Note: This article was initially published on March 11, 2020. The film’s originally planned April release was postponed due to coronavirus. Sentai Filmworks has rescheduled its theatrical run and this post has been republished in accordance.

Sentai Filmworks is releasing the first original feature based on Akihito Tsukushi’s Made in Abyss manga series across select Canadian theatres in April August. Dawn of the Deep opened in Japan in January and acts as a sequel to Kinema Citrus’ 2017 television adaptation. Continue reading streams Astro Boy, Marvel Anime: Ironman has begun streaming English dubbed versions of Astro Boy (2003) and Marvel Anime: Ironman as part of their free, ad-supported CTV Throwback service. Both additions are the result of a content deal between Bell Media and Sony Pictures that effectively saw the Canadian broadcaster’s website replace Sony’s Crackle. Continue reading

CRTC reveals 2019 TV channel financial data

It’s that time of year again. The CRTC released their financial report for Canadian broadcasting in 2019. Tracked between September 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019, total broadcasting revenue dropped 1.3% year-over-year. The total number of TV (cable/IPTV/satellite) subscribers in the country declined 2.6% from the year before. The latter marks the sharpest decline in the last five years.

Like prior years, individual channel information has been dumped into a large PDF. Continue reading

Netflix to stream Studio Ghibli catalogue in Canada

Earlier today, Netflix announced that it will begin streaming the Studio Ghibli catalogue of feature films in Canada later this week. The move comes months after the service began distributing the movies in all countries outside of Canada, Japan and the United States. Continue reading

Ocean’s Legend of the Galactic Heroes pilot dub surfaces over 20 years later

Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one of Japan’s beloved science fiction epics. Penned by Yoshiki Tanaka and published by Tokuma Shoten, the novel series ran between 1982 and 1987. It quickly inspired multiple anime adaptations, with the longest-running being the 110-episode direct-to-video series produced by Kitty Films from 1988 to 1997. Its unique mix of political intrigue, serialized storytelling and engaging cast of characters winning fans all over – even in markets where the franchise had been relegated to unofficial fan translations for decades. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Pokémon Journeys: The Series on Teletoon, Corus has Toonami co-pros, Metalions on YouTube


Pokémon Journeys: The Series on Teletoon this May
Toon-A-Vision adds Cogeco to its distribution roster
Adult Swim Canada programming deal includes Toonami originals
WildBrain Spark streams Metalions, Tobot: Galaxy Detectives on YouTube
Frissons anime block heads into reruns

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Ghost in the Shell debuts on Crave, Starz

Earlier today, Bell Media’s Crave streaming service added the 1995 Ghost in the Shell film in Japanese with English subtitles for Starz subscribers. The movie will also air tonight at 9PM on the Starz 1 linear channel, with an encore at 1:35AM on Starz 2. Reruns are scheduled for April 27th at 12:45PM (Starz 2) and 7:10PM (Starz 1). Continue reading

Corus adds Adult Swim video-on-demand offerings to Global app, website

A year after launch, Corus is now providing an option to watch Adult Swim content away from the TV. Earlier today, the company updated the Global TV app and to include content from the channel. A cable login is required. The first titles include Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Ballmastrz 9009, Beef House, Black Dynamite, China, IL, The Eric Andre Show, Genndy Tartavosky’s Primal, Harley Quinn, Joe Pera Talks With You, Metalocalypse, Off The Air, Rick & Morty, Squidbillies, Three Busy Debras, and The Venture Bros. Continue reading

Harley Quinn Season 2 on Adult Swim Canada, VRAINS returns on Teletoon in April

The second season of DC Universe’s Harley Quinn animated series will kick off on Adult Swim Canada this April. New episodes of the adult action-comedy start Saturday, April 4th at 10PM. This follows the show’s U.S. debut on the SVOD service the day before. As with the first, expect another 13 half-hours. Continue reading

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising grosses $440k at the Canadian box office

Given the way anime is released theatrically and the method in which Canadian box office information is shared, it’s almost impossible to know how well any given film has done here. A release that gets a few screenings over a handful of days isn’t usually going to do enough to chart in a weekly box office top 10. You typically have to assume that ~10% of any film’s reported domestic gross comes from Canada. The second My Hero Academia feature has done well enough that its performance here isn’t left to napkin math. Continue reading