Ending A 16 Year Run On YTV, Pokémon Heads To Teletoon
It looks like Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal‘s Teletoon premiere was foreshadowing something yet to come. Ending a run that started in 1998, YTV has pulled Pokémon and the rest of its anime programming from its lineup. This includes shows like Beyraiderz, Digimon Fusion, B-Daman Crossfire and the aforementioned Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. That would usually be bad news but along with Power Rangers: Super Megaforce, most of those shows are moving to Teletoon.
Yep, the group of shows I once unofficially dubbed the “Super Anime Lineup” is now the domain of Canada’s animation station. Starting this Saturday, the channel’s lineup will be the following:
12:00 PM Pokemon “Mega Revelations”
12:30 PM Power Rangers Super Megaforce “Silver Lining”
1:00 PM Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL “Put to the Test: Part 1”
1:30 PM Transformers Rescue Bots “Road Trip”
2:00 PM Beyblade: Metal Masters “The Furious DJ Battle!?”
All times EDT.
Seemingly to celebrate the occasion, Teletoon will air Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, the eighth theatrical Pokémon film, at 2:30 PM this Saturday.
B-Daman Crossfire and Digimon Fusion aren’t currently on Teletoon’s schedule. That’s not a surprise given the shows ran through what looks like a 26-episode order on YTV. I imagine Beyblade: Metal Masters is just a placeholder for the eventual premiere of Beywarriors: Cyborg, the latest Beyblade spinoff.
YTV’s schedule is heavy on comedic programming, so having a handful of actions shows kind of broke up the flow. With YTV’s parent company, Corus Entertainment, now owning the more action-friendly Teletoon, this move makes sense. It also marks a new era for a channel that hasn’t really aired anime in a very long time. Does this open the door to Teletoon airing older-youth oriented programming from Japan? Well, it certainly can’t close that door.
As for Teletoon’s fall highlights, meh.