Odds & Ends: Corus at Anime North, Teletoon tosses Turning Mecard, Dragon Ball Tour in Toronto

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YTV and Nelvana attend Anime North 2018 (Updated 5/23/2018)
Dragon Ball Tour stops in Toronto (Updated 5/21/2018)
Teletoon pulls Turning Mecard off the schedule
Teletoon promotes “1000th” episode of Pokémon
DHX sells share of Peanuts to Sony Music Entertainment
Super Neptunia RPG launches in the west this fall

YTV and Nelvana attend Anime North 2018

Anime North is next weekend in Toronto and Corus Entertainment is attending. On Wednesday, the convention announced through social media that YTV will be hosting a “retro pop-up shop, [with a] limited edition Bionix tee, and more” on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th. The inspiration for this blog hasn’t been officially referenced that often since the block’s discontinuation in 2010. Most recently, Nelvana’s YouTube team used it as a wrapper for largely unrelated programming. 2018 marks YTV’s 30th anniversary.

Perhaps even more curiously, YTV’s sister company Nelvana is listed as hosting a panel at the convention on the 26th. With no other information beyond “Nelvana Industry Panel,” it’s scheduled to run for an hour beginning at 2:30PM in the Toronto Congress Centre’s Berton Room. Will attendees get to hear about their upcoming anime related projects? Maybe they’ll explain what happened to this and BeyWarriors Cyborg? Who knows. It could just be a job recruitment panel. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

While Corus is far from a stranger to Anime North, this definitely seems like a bigger presence than usual. We’ll have to see if that means anything beyond maybe hawking Mysticons and ReBoot: The Guardian Code. One of the largest North American anime conventions, Anime North 2018 takes place between May 25th and the 27th. Nelvana is slated to be the convention’s only official industry presence.

Update (5/23/18): Anime North’s online schedule has gone live. YTV’s booth is at Industry Table, IA02 in the Toronto Congress Centre’s Hall E. They’ve also added a description for the Nelvana panel, saying that it really is a “how I got my job” one.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Join our Nelvana panelists in a discussion on how to work in the animation industry and career options for anime fans. Thanks to YTV for making this possible.

Dragon Ball Tour stops in Toronto

Bandai Namco, Funimation and Toei’s Dragon Ball Tour will travel to seven North American cities this summer. One location will be in Toronto in August. While vague on details, attendees should expect “exclusive items and a one-of-a-kind experience!”

It’s safe to say the tour is likely a presence at major conventions. The current roster of locations includes a stop at San Diego in July (San Diego Comic Con?), Washington (Otakon?) and Toronto (Fan Expo?) in August, Portland (Rose City Comic Con?) in September and NYC (New York City Comic Con?) in October. Fan Expo takes place between August 30th and September 2nd.

Update (5/21/18): Bandai Namco has published a new promotional video and updated their website, confirming the Dragon Ball Tour will hit Fan Expo in Toronto. They have also shared the freebies attendees will receive and tease some glimpse at the upcoming Dragon Ball Super film.

Teletoon pulls Turning Mecard off the schedule

Teletoon has removed Turning Mecard from its schedule. The South Korean animated series has been replaced by reruns of DHX’s Supernoobs in both its Saturday and Sunday slots. Teletoon premiered the Hong Kong produced English dub of the series on May 28, 2017. The show had been in repeats since Teletoon aired the finale of its first 52 episode season on January 13th. The final episode to run on the channel was #34, “The Identity of Eltopo.”

With the second season of Supernoobs slated to air exclusively on Family Channel, it’s hard to not see the show’s placement as filler. Cancon quotas needing to be hit? Cheap filler while waiting for another show? I’ve got no idea.

While it might be tempting to suggest Mecard’s removal is the result of the ongoing litigation with Spin Master, that’s doubtful. It’s far likelier Corus and Mattel had a one-year agreement to run the show and that’s been fulfilled.

Teletoon promotes “1000th” episode of Pokémon

Teletoon has been running promos for next week’s Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon — Ultra Adventures episode. “The Professors’ New Adventure!” is set to air on Saturday at 12PM EST. While not really the show’s 1000th episode, it’s officially been designated as that internationally (Japan has another, not really episode 1000). The French dub of the episode is scheduled to air on June 2nd on Télétoon.

The new season of the show premiered on Teletoon in English Canada on March 10th and in French Canada on April 7th. Pokémon first hit Canadian airwaves on YTV in September 1998, before moving to Teletoon in September 2014. In French Canada, the series history isn’t as straightforward.

Thanks Greg!

DHX sells share of Peanuts to Sony Music Entertainment

In an effort to relieve debt, DHX Media has sold 49% of their 80% ownership of the Peanuts property to Sony Music Entertainment Japan. The deal is worth $237 million CAD and will see ownership split with three companies: 41% owned by DHX, 39% owned by Sony Music Entertainment and 20% retained by the Charles M. Schulz family.

Last May, DHX paid $345 million USD for the entertainment division of Iconix Brand Group, encompassing Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake. The Sony deal sees an appreciation in the value of the property.

While some may be surprised to see a property like Peanuts receive Japanese investment, it’s not at all shocking. According to DHX’s own data, 41% of the revenue attributed to the series comes from Japan – the most in the world. Sony Music Entertainment’s Creative Products branch has handled the franchise in the country since 2010, growing it by 200%. Sony Creative Products also manages properties such as Thomas & Friends and Pingu, in addition to creating their own characters like Tama & Friends. The company help produced last year’s Pingu in the City anime with Polygon Pictures and will distribute it in most international markets.

The Peanuts news comes as DHX is in the midst of a strategic review. Expected to end sometime next month, the company initiated the procedure after investors expressed doubtfulness the company could repay its debts (brought on by acquisitions) in a timely fashion. DHX has already sold its mobile gaming division to a former employee. Now named Epic Story Media, the company is hard at work on a new Beyblade Burst iOS/Android puzzle title for Sunrights expected to launch this fall.

Super Neptunia RPG launches in the west this fall

Idea Factory International has announced a western release for the Quebec City-developed Super Neptunia RPG. Produced by Artisan Studios, the game will launch sometime this fall and feature Japanese and English voice-over options, as well as English and French subtitle options. The game will launch on both PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

The game is the first in the long-running series to be developed by a non-Japanese entity. You can check out its official English website here.

P.S. In case you’re wondering if I’d be able to attend Anime North, unfortunately, I can’t. Before I heard about these details, I wasn’t planning on attending the convention, so I’ve got other commitments on that Saturday afternoon. If you are attending, I’d really appreciate it if you could live Tweet/record the panel or something.

    • Vuk Drazic
    • June 14th, 2018

    Pretty sure the attendees will get to hear about Nelvana’s upcoming animesque projects.

    • Anime North was a few weeks ago. Their panel featured employees sharing information about how they broke into animation and what they were recently working on.

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