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Canadian Theatrical News: In this Corner of the World


Shout! Factory and Funimation are bringing Sunao Katabuchi, GENCO, and Mappa’s In this Corner of the World to select theatres in the United States and Canada this month. The film is based on Fumiyo Kōno’s 2007-2009 manga series of the same name. The movie opened in Japan last November. It proved to be a significant success both critically and financially, as the film raked in 10x its production budget and was nominated for many awards. Perhaps that love and the subject matter is behind that’s why it drew a non-typical Shout! Factory to license the movie. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: The Ancient Magus’ Bride


Following a successful launch in the United States on July 26, Crunchyroll, Screenvision, Kaos Connect and Cineplex are bringing the second Anime Movie Night release to Canada. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a three episode preview for Studio Wit and Production I.G.’s upcoming October 2017 adaptation of Kore Yamazaki’s manga series of the same name. The series will run for 26 episodes and has already received a three part animated prequel. Titled, Those Awaiting a Star, the first two episodes are available to stream on Crunchyroll’s website, with the final entry set to launch in Japan (presumably the west) on August 19th – just two days before the TV series’ preview hits Canadian theatres. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season 3 on Teletoon, season 1 on Télétoon

The third and final season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V is set to hit Teletoon. TV listing services TV Passport and Zap2it, as well as the channel’s own schedule, indicate episode 100 will air on Saturday, July 22nd at 1PM EST. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V usually premieres on Teletoon on Fridays, but episode 51, “Kings vs. Dragons” is slated to air on the 21st.

As of this writing, none of the schedules are listing a title for episode 100. However, the currently airing Italian dub calls it, “Un Benvenuto Bellicoso”, which I’m translating as a “A Rough Welcoming.” I’ll update this post once an official title goes live. Teletoon’s schedule lists episode 100 as, “A Warlike Welcome.” 101 is listed as “Realm of the Cipher Dragon” and 102 as “Rush to Revenge.” Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

The second theatrical film based on Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga series is being brought to theatres in August by Funimation. Dragon Cry, which opened in Japan back in May, will be screened in 300 US and 12 Canadian cinemas in both English dubbed and subtitled Japanese formats. Cineplex will be Canada’s theatrical partner.

Like the anime series, A-1 Pictures returns to animate the film. It was written by franchise regular Shoji Yonemura and directed by Tatsuma Minamikawa. Hiro Hashima acted as the executive producer and a storyboard artist on Dragon Cry. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Canadian Yu-Gi-Oh! Dark Side of Dimensions DVD/BD dilemma; Turning Mecard product launch [Updated 8/14/2017]

4K Media, gatekeepers of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, have been embracing the original Japanese version of their shows this year. For the first time ever, the newest entry in the series, VRAINS, is getting a subtitled simulcast as it airs in Japan … as long as you don’t live in Canada and a small handful of other countries. Even Dark Side of Dimensions, the most recent theatrical film, received a subtitled run in theatres … as long as you lived in the US. That seems to be another one of this year’s themes for Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. While not deliberate (needs to be said, we were supposed to get that sub run), it unfortunately seems likely Dark Side of Dimensions’ home video release will continue that. Continue reading

G4 is finally no more in Canada [Updated 8/14/2017]

Shaw and Rogers Cable have confirmed what many have been expecting for years: the death of G4 Canada. The Rogers Media run Canadian version of the US low end Spike clone (née video game) channel will shutdown on September 1, 2017 – nearly three years after the US feed did on December 31, 2014. No reason has been officially shared, but given it’s hard to believe anyone was watching this lineup, you can come to an easy conclusion.

Originally launched as TechTV on September 7, 2001, the co-venture between Rogers Media, Shaw Communications and TechTV US was supposed to be exclusively devoted to programming related to computing, technology and the internet; yet saw a channel history that mostly followed what happened to the US feed. In 2004, when the US feed merged with G4, the Canadian one became G4TechTV. When the US feed started drifting away from its initial mission statement, so did the Canadian one – well, largely. Continue reading

Hanako & Anne’s English dub surfaces

In my post about the English dub of Isao Takahata’s Anne of Green Gables anime, I briefly mentioned a 2014 live action drama based on the Japanese translator’s life. That series is Hanako & Anne, a 156 episode entry in NHK’s Asadora block of 15 minute morning dramas about inspirational women. Building on Japan’s deeply established love of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Canadian classic, it became NHK’s most watched Asadora in a decade, with audience shares averaging just under 23%. Naturally, the novel itself got a sales boost. Japan wasn’t the only one to notice the series, either. As it wove Hanako Muraoka’s life with scenes from the book, the Canadian Tourism Commission began to offer travel packages to Canada. The result? Anne’s home province of Prince Edward Island saw a record amount of Japanese guests, experiencing a dramatic 225% increase in visitors from the country versus the prior year. That added an additional $20 million to their tourism income.

I figured that would’ve been the last time I ever spoke about the show, but I know you’ve read the title. Continue reading