Canadian Theatrical News: Studio Ghibli Anime Series


Cineplex, GKIDS and Fathom Events are bringing six of the works from anime’s most beloved studio to the big screen in Canada this year. Dubbed the “Studio Ghibli Anime Series,” the one-night event screenings will take place between July and December and will showcase some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most famous feature films. The screenings will be offered in both English and Japanese audio, with each movie including GKIDS MINIFEST, which highlights award-winning animated short films from around the world.

The event series is essentially the Canadian version of the 2017 Studio Ghibli Fest that’s being held in the US. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

I’d usually apologize for the short notice, but this time it’s not my fault. There’s been no formal announcement of this (as far as I can tell) and ticket sales only went live earlier this week. Sometimes I find out about things long before they’ll be topical. Other times, I’ve only heard about them well after they were the topic du jour. Today’s post? I guess I stumbled onto it at the right time.

Aniplex of America, Azoland Pictures and Cineplex are bringing the third film in the Kizumonogatari series to five Canadian cinemas next week. Reiketsu is the final entry in the trilogy and retains the same production staff as the two prior releases, as Akiyuki Shinbo and Tatsuya Oishi handled directing duties, while Monogatari creator Nisio Isin wrote the script. Shaft and Aniplex handled production. The third film opened in Japan on January 6, 2017. In the US, Aniplex of America handled a launch last April. As Aniplex doesn’t dub the Monogatari material, it shouldn’t be a shock to say this screening will be only available in Japanese with English subtitles. Continue reading

Wow! Unlimited buys Bell cable channel in “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment”


Wow! Unlimited, the amalgamation of Rainmaker, Frederator, and Ezrin Hirsh Entertainment, teased acquisitions during the company’s announcement last fall and the first big one has been revealed. Yesterday afternoon, Wow! Unlimited struck a “strategic partnership in kids and youth entertainment” that will see the animation company purchase a cable channel from Bell Media. The new channel is tentatively titled Wow. The companies will also collaborate on various other initiatives, including providing content for Bell’s streaming services. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic


It’s been a sketchy year for Funimation theatrical releases in Canada. We got One Piece: Film Gold and Your Name., but we didn’t get the Attack on Titan compilation films or the Ghost in the Shell re-release. I was expecting Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic to join the latter category, but in a late addition, Funimation and Cineplex will be doing one-night screenings in tandem with the American release next week. The film will be shown in both English and Japanese. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Turning Mecard + Black Jack 2004 dubs, Beyblade Burst Evolution this fall [Updated 6/4/2017]

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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