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Canadian Theatrical News: Shin Godzilla, Miss Hokusai, Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie


This mega Canadian silver screen update has got kaiju, something you might confuse for one of Ghibli’s more obscure films, Ghibli itself and an overdue horror screening. However, before we dive into any of those, I’ve got some Yo-Kai to attend to.

In one of the blog’s recent posts, I offhandedly mentioned that Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie would be screened in Canada. We’re now days away from the film’s October 15th US premiere and we’re still kind of left in the dark as to what will happen. Cineplex, the go to for Canadian Eleven Arts event screenings, posted a page for the film with a release date on the same day as the US, but never offered ticket reservations. That page has since been deleted. While that might seem alarming, I spoke to a representative from Eleven Arts last week who confirmed the film will be released in Canada. Unfortunately, they didn’t give me any more info than that. I can only speculate as to what’s going on (Teletoon’s run of season 2 is coming a little late, maybe there’s some narrative hooks that setup the film that the Canadian run hasn’t gotten to yet?), so I’ll just say Yo-Kai is why? Continue reading

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir set for Family Channel; Rogers and Shaw pull the plug on shomi

miraculous_tales_of_ladybug__cat_noirDHX’s channels continue to be the island of misfit programming. In an age where more and more US children’s networks focus on owned content, and our Canadian equivalents focus more on deals with those big US producers, independent productions are slipping through the cracks. While Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir landed a US TV deal with Nickelodeon, it’s been treated about as well as the typical third party show on the net and seemed like it might not show up in English Canada (the French version has been airing on Tele-Quebec since January) at all.  Well, that’s not the case, as the show is listed to premiere on Family Channel at 6PM EST on October 10th. DHX likes to repeat their shows (sometimes even across networks), so if you can’t catch it then I’m sure there will be other slots.

Here’s some info on the France-Japan-Korea co-production:

Oh, wait. Wrong trailer. That was back from when it was going to be animated by Toei. Instead, the production crew claim broadcasters forced them to go with CGI. Supposedly Toei is working on an OVA for the series, but who knows when or if that will ever surface. The series, which currently sits at one 26 episode season, has two more seasons in production. The second is due out sometime next spring. Continue reading

Yo-Kai Watch season 2 premieres on Teletoon this Saturday


Teletoon’s online schedule has confirmed that the second season of the Yo-Kai Watch anime will premiere on the channel on Saturday, October 1st at 2PM. Season 2, which consists of episodes 27-56, has been airing in the US on Disney XD since August 1st.

This season, join Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they get the new Yokai Watch Model Zero. But just because he has a new watch, that doesn’t mean Nate’s life will get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a new cast of Yo-kai interrupts Nate’s normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways.

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Beyblade Burst weekend premieres; Yo-Kai Watch confusion

Poster Image 2-1For the most part, what was expected to happen on Teletoon on Saturday happened: the third season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise began its global debut and Beyblade Burst had its English language premiere. However, there was an unexpected twist on Friday that caught us off guard: the mystery episode Yo-Kai Watch had been replaced with an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and that is what aired. It seems that was just a special welcoming for the series on Teletoon, as their schedule has Yo-Kai Watch slotted in for Saturday at 2PM. Still no idea on which episode will air, though!

On Saturday, Teletoon’s web schedule updated to finally provide episode titles for Beyblade Burst. Yesterday’s episode was called “Let’s Go! Valtryek!” but there was a surprise. What I had initially assumed would be a Sunday encore turned out to be listed as episode 2, “Kerbeus: Guard Dog of the Underworld!”. Yeah, so tune in to Teletoon at 3PM to catch it. Episode 3, “Blast Off! Rush Launch!” is set for next Saturday, so no repeats. Continue reading

Chi’s Sweet Home is airing on Ici Radio-Canada [Updated 9/9/2016]


Ici Radio-Canada, the French CBC, is no stranger to anime, having aired the likes of Captain Harlock as recently as 2008, but that was a play on 80s Québécois nostalgia that resulted in little else. The channel has picked up its first new anime series in years and it’s Madhouse’s 2008 anime adaptation of Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga series. The series premiered on Monday and runs weekdays at 8:50AM following Zigby. Continue reading

Beyblade Burst listed for September 10th debut on Teletoon [Updated 9/4/2016]


A number of TV listings services are indicating that Teletoon will premiere the latest generation of Beyblade, Beyblade Burst, on September 10th at 3PM. Will it actually premiere on the date, or will it pull a Yo-Kai Watch? Only time will tell. (See below)

Beyblade Burst is the first entry in the franchise to not be licensed by Toronto’s Nelvana, and is subsequently the first entry to not have its English voice work recorded in the city. Instead, distributor Sunrights has chosen Vancouver’s Ocean Media to handle the production. It’s also the first Beyblade to not air on YTV in Canada, but that’s not exactly a surprise. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu & Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion

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The summer has been kind of a dry spell for theatrical anime screenings in Canada, but we’re entering the fall with two highly anticipated multi-part film series.

First off, there’s a saying that applies to both this film’s theatrical run and my reporting on it. You see, while Aniplex of America announced a Canadian screening for Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first theatrical feature in SHAFT’s adaptation of Nisio Isin’s ever sprawling Monogatari light novel series, last month, the film originally ran in select US theatres as early as February. We’re running so close to the wire that Aniplex has already scheduled the second film, Nekketsu, for an October release in the US (presumably if Kizu does well, we’ll get the sequels eventually). But hey, better late than never, right? Continue reading