Odds & Ends XL: Mega Man: Fully Charged for the fall, Mecard sued, Bushiroad dubs

Breakdown

Mega Man: Full Charged launches this fall
Spin Master brings Mattel to court over Mecard
Monster Hunter film co-produced by Toronto company
Bushiroad Dub News
Quebec City-based studio takes on Neptunia
TV Update
Mind Game in Vancouver
Blog Housekeeping

Mega Man: Full Charged launches this fall


The 2018 Licensing Expo edition of Licensing Source Book Europe has revealed the full name for DHX Media and Dentsu’s upcoming television series based on Capcom’s classic platforming franchise. Now titled Mega Man: Fully Charged, the show will launch this autumn on Cartoon Network in the United States. Presumably that’s when the show will launch in Canada on DHX’s Family Chrgd channel.

During last month’s MIPTV trade show in Cannes, DHX unveiled a new key visual for the series, showcasing Mega Man’s robot master foes for the first time. While some look to be new interpretations of classic characters, others appear to be originals created for the show. Licensing Source Book Europe also included a tiny glimpse at one more robot master in a DHX promo piece.

DHX also recently shared a new story synopsis on their website:

Aki Light is a regular, upbeat, robot schoolboy. He lives in the futuristic world of Silicon City, co-inhabited by robots and humans. But this robot boy has a secret… Deep within his programming lie protocols that can transform him into the powerful hero, Mega Man! When the villainous Sgt. Night and his evil team of Robot Masters emerge with ill-intentions, Mega Man dedicates himself to protecting the citizens of Silicon City. Equipped with his Mega Buster arm cannon and the ability to absorb the powers of his opponents, he bravely battles the wickedest of villains. In this brand new series inspired by the iconic Mega Man video game, comical, action-packed adventures abound as we follow the journey of Aki Light and his alter-ego, Mega Man, as he strives to balance life as an ordinary robot boy AND an amazing superhero.

The 52 x 11 minute series is animated by DHX Studios Vancouver, the amalgamation of Studio B Productions and Nerd Corps Entertainment. The show is produced by DHX Media in collaboration with Dentsu Entertainment, Man of Action and Capcom. Jakks Pacific has signed on to produce toys inspired by the show.

Spin Master brings Mattel to court over Mecard


Late last month, Toronto’s Spin Master filed a patent lawsuit in California against fellow toy giant Mattel alleging the company has violated patents related to Bakugan in its Mecard toyline. Specifically, the Canadian toyco claims the imported South Korean toyline infringes on at least two patents the company registered related to transformation. Both Bakugan and Mecard are spring loaded toylines that transform through the use of a magnetic card.

The move follows similar actions taken by Spin Master against two Chinese toylines made earlier this year, including one whose media tie-in is produced in Canada. Spin Master’s press release on the new case reveals the company had filed patent infringement lawsuits in CanadaMexico and Australia last year – when the Turning Mecard franchise first launched internationally (the series launched in the U.S. earlier this year). Those court cases are still ongoing. The toyline debuted in its native South Korea in 2014 and was developed by Sono Kong, a company who previously officially distributed Bakugan product in the country. Atsushi Maekawa, who was the lead writer on Bakugan, was brought in to provide the same services for Mecard animation.

Perhaps most damaging to Mattel is that in 2016, Spin Master successfully prevented a U.S. re-seller from importing Mecard toys from South Korea through a Texas court. Spin Master’s current lawsuit against Mattel is looking for damages and the line to be pulled from retail shelves.

Spin Master is filing lawsuits as the company plans to relaunch Bakugan next year. Production on the English language version will begin shortly in Toronto and the series appears to feature the original cast of characters. On March 29th, Spin Master filed another Bakugan: Battle Planet trademark, this time with a logo. It seems pretty likely that’ll be the relaunch’s name, though I suspect that logo is just temporary since it’s pretty much the same as the original series.

Monster Hunter film co-produced by Toronto company


Variety reports that German film studio Constatin is preparing to begin production on a live-action Monster Hunter movie this September in South Africa. With $60 million earmarked for the budget, the film will be directed/written by Paul W.S. Anderson and star his wife, Milla Jovovich. Much like his Resident Evil movies, Monster Hunter will be loosely “inspired” by the Capcom video game series of the same name, taking the hunt, which has historically been set in a fantasy world, to contemporary environments.

Toronto’s Mr. X will provide the film’s special effects and the company’s CEO Dennis Berardi will take a producer credit. The studio previously shared test footage from the project in their 2016 demo reel.

Bushiroad Dub News


Bushiroad launched the English language dub of Future Card Buddyfight X All-Star Fight on YouTube on May 4th. The dub continues to be produced in Alberta at Blue Water Studios. While the English version originally debuted the same day as Japan, new episodes are now a month behind their subtitled Japanese counterparts. This season acts as an epilogue to the original series as Bushiroad plans on relaunching the franchise with a new show starring the current lead character’s son in June.

2018 seems to be relaunch year for Bushiroad’s properties. Preceding the new Buddyfight, the company debuted a Cardfight!! Vanguard anime remake earlier this month. Bushiroad has announced that the English dub will debut on YouTube on May 25th. The new show aims to adapt Akira Ito’s manga of the same name, which started serialization after the original anime series began in 2011.

Bushiroad hasn’t shared a cast list for the show but they are streaming an official English language trailer. James Beach and Ryan Luhning can be heard as Aichi and Kai, confirming the dub will continue to be produced at Blue Water, with the original actors reprising their roles. The English dub of Vanguard originally debuted in late 2011, making it the longest ongoing Canadian anime dub.

Quebec City-based studio takes on Neptunia


Back in March, Japanese game publisher Compile Heart announced Brave Neptunia, the latest entry in their long running Hyperdimension Neptunia series. This time the land of Gamindustri will be brought to life by Artisan Studios, a game developer based in Quebec City, marking the first time a Neptunia title has been developed outside of Japan.

The new 2D RPG will continue the franchise’s trend of poking fun at video game history. Neptune and co find themselves in a world shaped by 2D video games ruled by the nefarious Silkworm, an organization devoted to all things sprites who seeks to shutdown shovelware developers and those trying to push technical innovation.

Brave Neptunia will launch in Japan on PlayStation 4 on September 27th. In South Korea, the game will be released on the same day but in addition to PS4, it’ll also be available on Nintendo Switch.

TV Update


Beyblade Burst Evolution premieres are going on another hiatus on Teletoon. The show’s 34th episode aired this afternoon, with reruns scheduled for next weekend. New episodes continue to air in French Canada, though they’re still a few behind us. Episode 34 of the Belgian French dub airs on May 27th.

Télétoon premiered the French dub of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon — Ultra Adventures on April 7th. The English dub began airing on Teletoon on March 10th. They re-aired the anniversary film a week prior to celebrate Easter.

This has nothing to do with Canadian television, but I figure I should mention that Tobot Athlon premiered on Singapore’s Okto channel on April 8th. Why am I sharing news about a Korean cartoon airing in Asia? Because unlike Okto’s broadcast of the earlier Tobot series, which used a Filipino English cast, Athlon is dubbed in Canada by Ocean using both their Vancouver studio and Blue Water’s Alberta one.

Ocean had previously dubbed the show’s earlier seasons (you can watch the first 28 episodes here) and its sister show Biklonz, but Athlon is new information to me. The show ran between 2016 and 2017 for in South Korea.

Lastly, Wow! Unlimited’s purchase of Comedy Gold is about to go in front of the CRTC. The regulatory body is holding a hearing on May 31st.

Mind Game in Vancouver


Continuing its limited run that started earlier this year in Alberta, the GKIDS run of Masaaki Yuasa’s Mind Game will hit Vancouver’s The Cinematheque late next month. The film is scheduled to screen between June 27th and July 2nd, being the last venue listed on the GKIDS website. The movie was screened at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre last month, but I guess that didn’t count or something.

Blog Housekeeping


The Odds & Ends posts are meant to be a compilation of smaller stories that wouldn’t otherwise justify a full blog post. This sometimes means I sit on a few news pieces for a while so that I can combine them. However, based on how mammoth this entry is, I’m not sure that’s a great idea. These Odds & Ends posts are poor for SEO and don’t make it easy for me to link to things. So, what would you like?

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    • ThisFormatIsFine
    • May 14th, 2018

    Does Spin Master really have to sue little old Mecard? The toys and show are decent, so it would be a bit of a shame to see them go. As for the card shows, Teletoon’s airing of Buddyfight came out of nowhere and I doubt they’ll air another one. Other than that, the only thing on the horizon is Yugioh VRAINS which I assume Teletoon will get. It’s not like My Hero Academia would be a good fight for their friday night block or anything.

    • Well, from Spin Master’s perspective, they probably view Mecard as taking away a lot of the novelty from Bakugan. I imagine a good amount of the kids that bought those toys in the past did so because of the transformations and not so much the game around it.

      You’d think with Bushiroad rebooting both of their shows they’d make a push for wider distribution, but you’re probably right in saying VRAINS is all we’ll get.

    • Vuk Drazic
    • May 14th, 2018

    I hope that “Mega Man: Fully Charged” will feature the voices of anime voice actors based in Los Angeles, Texas etc. However, I did a dream voice cast featuring Veronica Taylor as Aki Light/Mega Man, so I’m predicting that the show will feature the voice acting work done by NYAV Post, a dubbing studio with its offices in New York City and Los Angeles. How about that?

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