Season 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V heads to Télétoon, Anatane on Unis

The second season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V is set to air on French Canadian television. Episode 50, “Duel contre Declan” is scheduled to debut on Télétoon on October 6th at 1PM. New episodes will air on Saturdays and Sundays.

Becoming just the second series in the franchise to air on television in French Canada, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V debuted on Télétoon on July 22, 2017. The channel had been airing reruns of the show since the first season’s finale on January 27th. Arc-V ran on Teletoon in English Canada between July 24, 2015 and June 22, 2018. The channel is now airing Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS.

Arc-V’s French dub is produced in Morocco by Plug-in Studios. It debuted on Gulli in France on April 13, 2015. After an protracted hiatus, the second season launched in January on Boing.

Anatane debuts on Unis after 15 years

Paris, 2213. Like all boys approaching the age of 15, Anatane Goliatkine knows that he’ll soon be sent off to Okura. He is to become a Grad, a worker indoctrinated and labouring on the Great Project overseen by Clunk, dictator of the new world order. During a playful snowball fight, Anatane’s very destiny is irrevocably altered.On discovering that he has the power of turning himself invisible, he becomes the most sought-after fugitive on the globe…

Keeping on with French productions, we’ve got a show that’s bound to have a fascinating behind-the-scenes history. Originally announced in 2003, the 26-episode France-Canada co-production Anatane: Saving the Children of Okura (Anatane : Les enfants d’Okuramade its global debut on Unis on September 8th. New episodes air on the French channel every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Anatane was conceived by French artist Mark Maggiori, who revealed that the show was in development with broadcasters Canal J & France Télévisions fourteen years ago. The series would be produced by Les Films de la Perrine in France. At the time, Maggori hoped to get Ghost in the Shell’s Production I.G. on board. The initial concept art he shared alongside the unveiling made quite a stir among the French animation community and not for the reasons Maggiori would’ve liked. Commentators quickly noticed aspects of the art that seemed to be lifted wholesale from various Disney, Dreamworks and Studio Ghibli productions. While it’s not uncommon for media in development to “borrow” imagery from other works as a placeholder or for a frame of reference, that work-in-progress material typically isn’t made public. To make matters worse, fans began to notice similarities in some of his other work …

As of its reveal, Anatane was expected to launch in 2006.

In the years that followed, the series made numerous appearances at television trade shows, now as a France-Canada co-production between Perrine and Montreal’s Tooncan, with assistance from South Korean animation studio Hanho. Even Tooncan’s closure in 2014 couldn’t keep Anatane down. The show finally wrapped earlier this year at Megafun Productions (credited as 6673031 CANADA INC), a new company set up by the founder of Tooncan.

Anatane’s French language version stars none other than Xavier Dolan. He’s joined by other French Canadian actors like Hugolin Chevrette, Elisabeth Choudvalizé, Sylvain Hétu, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Mélanie Laberge, Daniel Picard and Léa Coupal-Soutière. An English version of the series seems to have been produced in Montreal. IMDB lists a number of local actors attached. While I’d usually caution against trusting that site (since it is user edited), this is a pretty low key production and some of those voices definitely line up with the English-language trailer Megafun uploaded.

As it stands now, there’s no information on when, or if, Anatane will air in English Canada. It does look like it will eventually find its way onto TV in France. The series is distributed by Filmoption International.

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