Odds & Ends: Télétoon to air Bakugan: Battle Planet, Select anime on Canadian VOD, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal on ToonAVision

It was only a matter of time until Bakugan: Battle Planet made its debut on French Canadian television. Marking the show’s global debut in the language, Télétoon will begin airing the series Sunday, April 7th at 1:30PM in a half hour slot. In years past, the channel ran the entirety of the original Bakugan Battle Brawlers anime. That show was dubbed into French at Montreal’s Audio Postproduction SPR (now part of Difuze). No word on who’s behind the French dub on the new series yet.

Bakugan: Battle Planet, the Canada-Japan-USA co-production from Nelvana, TMS Entertainment and Spin Master, has been spread across a variety of Corus channels. The series launched in English on Teletoon in December, with a run on YTV the following January. The first seasons consists of 100 x 11-minute episodes, also distributed as 50 x 22-minutes. Some of Nelvana’s recent toons have found their way onto Radio-Canada. Maybe Bakugan will one day join them …

April 7th also marks the Télétoon premiere of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon — Ultra Legends at 12PM. The new season started airing on the English channel on March 2nd. Télétoon should be wrapping up Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V’s second season sometime next month (April 28th) and it’ll be interesting to see what happens. The show’s third season hasn’t aired anywhere else in French (yet) and there’s no sign of VRAINS either.

On the English side of Teletoon, April will bring the English-language debut of the Gormiti reboot. The Italian-Spanish-American CG-animated co-production will air Fridays at 3PM starting April 5th.

UPDATE (4/10/19): A user on the Doublage Quebecois forum reports that Bakugan: Battle Planet’s French language version was recorded at Difuze.

club illico, CTV.ca stream a handful of anime titles

I’m extremely late to both of these, but if it was news to me, there’s a good chance it’s also news to you. Two Canadian streaming platforms have added a handful of anime titles.

A few weeks back, Martin pointed out that Videotron’s subscription video-on-demand service club illico is streaming a number of anime series. This includes French dubs of Assassination Classroom (complete TV series), Concrete Revolutio (complete TV series), Fairy Tail (eps. 1-48), Hunter x Hunter 2011 (eps. 1-50), Naruto Shippuden (eps. 1-104) and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V (eps. 1-49).

With the exception of Arc-V, it appears illico’s entire anime catalog was acquired through France’s Mediatoon. Last year, the company made a deal with Quebec-based home entertainment distributor Unidisc to release the French dub of Naruto on DVD in Canada.

Just how long have these been up there? Well, in the case of Fairy Tail, I’ve found references dating as far back as 2013 … Hunter x Hunter appears to be the most recent announced addition, having been promoted as available back in April 2018.

In English Canada, Onfy noticed that CTV.ca is streaming a handful of anime productions from the Sony Pictures catalog. This includes three of the Marvel Anime titles: Blade, Wolverine and X-Men, as well as its direct-to-video followup Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher; the first two Resident Evil CG features and Starship Troopers: Invasion. It appears they’ve been up since November.

Bell Media relaunched CTV.ca as a free ad-supported video-on-demand portal last fall. This came through a partnership with Sony Pictures, who agreed to boost CTV’s offerings by providing library content. The deal seems to have been a replacement for Crackle, a separate AVOD platform from Sony whose Canadian operations were shuttered last summer. Everything listed was previously available on that service.

Curiously, CTV is missing Marvel Anime: Ironman (as well as its DTV entry), which is the only one of the quartet to have seen a television run in Canada. DHX’s Family Chrgd channel debuted the series in May 2016, though the show has been off its schedule for a long time. Produced by Madhouse, the four Marvel Anime series originally ran on Animax in Japan between 2010 and 2011.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is airing on ToonAVision

I can’t say I ever expected to write about Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal again, but here we are. The Atlantic Canadian television channel ToonAVision began airing the series on March 18th at 4:30PM. The show has multiple slots, so it’s best to check their schedule.

The third Yu-Gi-Oh! spinoff anime series aired for 146 episodes in Japan between April 11, 2011 and March 23, 2014. In Canada, the show first launched on YTV on June 2, 2012. A secondary run started on Teletoon in May 2014. Premieres shifted over to the latter channel after YTV removed all anime from its schedule the following September. Teletoon ran the series finale on June 27, 2015. It was replaced shortly after with Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.

Operated in conjunction with Halifax’s Humminah Humminah Animation, ToonAVision launched last June. The channel is currently exclusive to EastLink cable customers, though there are apparently plans to bring the channel to Bell Fibe.

    • Kovaelin
    • March 24th, 2019

    CTV??? Huh.

    • Emperor Fred
    • March 25th, 2019

    Meh. Anime series based on major American media franchises and funded by major American media companies hardly count. Now if they start adding Funimation library titles, now that they and Sony are one big happy family, then we’ll have something.

  1. A wonderful thanks to you to credit me about the Anime titles Club Illico owns currently the rights.

    Also a note you probably don’t figure is about Mysticons. It shown since last January 13th every Sunday mornings at 9am on Ici Radio-Canada Télé. You speaking about much Nelvana recent shows showing on this post, so you probably know that.

    About Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal, it’s such a surprise it getting a new chance to be seen, but Toon-A-Vision seems a bit the low 3rd Party channel type, right? I having glimpse to their website months ago, thanks to some Channel Canada’s forums members. So, it’s a odd surprise they adding them.

    Makes wonder which fate Canadian Television going on this year. Because the ours in Quebec, even with our satisfying ratings, made me believe we did create a monster which we can’t took control of it because of some greedy and hungry lobbies who have replaced actual TV broadcasters to tell us what we will watching. :=(

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