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Canadian Theatrical News: Studio Ghibli Anime Series


Cineplex, GKIDS and Fathom Events are bringing six of the works from anime’s most beloved studio to the big screen in Canada this year. Dubbed the “Studio Ghibli Anime Series,” the one-night event screenings will take place between July and December and will showcase some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most famous feature films. The screenings will be offered in both English and Japanese audio, with each movie including GKIDS MINIFEST, which highlights award-winning animated short films from around the world.

The event series is essentially the Canadian version of the 2017 Studio Ghibli Fest that’s being held in the US. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu

I’d usually apologize for the short notice, but this time it’s not my fault. There’s been no formal announcement of this (as far as I can tell) and ticket sales only went live earlier this week. Sometimes I find out about things long before they’ll be topical. Other times, I’ve only heard about them well after they were the topic du jour. Today’s post? I guess I stumbled onto it at the right time.

Aniplex of America, Azoland Pictures and Cineplex are bringing the third film in the Kizumonogatari series to five Canadian cinemas next week. Reiketsu is the final entry in the trilogy and retains the same production staff as the two prior releases, as Akiyuki Shinbo and Tatsuya Oishi handled directing duties, while Monogatari creator Nisio Isin wrote the script. Shaft and Aniplex handled production. The third film opened in Japan on January 6, 2017. In the US, Aniplex of America handled a launch last April. As Aniplex doesn’t dub the Monogatari material, it shouldn’t be a shock to say this screening will be only available in Japanese with English subtitles. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic


It’s been a sketchy year for Funimation theatrical releases in Canada. We got One Piece: Film Gold and Your Name., but we didn’t get the Attack on Titan compilation films or the Ghost in the Shell re-release. I was expecting Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic to join the latter category, but in a late addition, Funimation and Cineplex will be doing one-night screenings in tandem with the American release next week. The film will be shown in both English and Japanese. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Turning Mecard + Black Jack 2004 dubs, Beyblade Burst Evolution this fall [Updated 6/4/2017]

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Even Black Jack wouldn’t be able to save Mecard’s English dub.

Turning Mecard premiered on Teletoon this afternoon … and I’m astonished at what I’ve seen. Given the show’s international roll out appears to begin with Canada, I had assumed this was going to be a Canadian production. Maybe I’m vastly overestimating my countrymen, but I refuse to believe this was created here. I can’t believe this was produced anywhere in North America. That is not hyperbole. This is Turning Mecard’s English dub:

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Canadian Theatrical News: Resident Evil: Vendetta


2017 has been a busy year for the Resident Evil franchise. Paul W.S. Anderson’s live action film series (that I like to call Alice in Zombieland) came to a close with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (I’m sure it’ll get rebooted by someone else in 3-5 years). Capcom unleashed the first person Resident Evil 7 onto the world and are preparing to re-release Resident Evil: Revelations. They may even share a glimpse at the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake sometime this year. Now Sony Pictures is preparing to release another film, but this one’s animated and brings back a more familiar look to the series that fans may have missed from the latest game. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Pokémon Sun and Moon/March Movie Madness on Teletoon, Belladonna on TCM, Sunrises on 70 HMV locations

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Teletoon is celebrating March break with a swarm of Pokémon, from the premiere of the latest season to the newest movie, with a sprinkling of older flicks for you to catch up on.

Kicking the week off, Teletoon has scheduled the original Pokémon film for March 13th at 4PM. The twelfth feature, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, airs at the same time on Tuesday. Wednesday has Genesect and the Legend Awakened. On Friday, Teletoon’s schedule has Lucario and the Mystery of the Mew. What’s on Thursday? The Canadian premiere of nineteenth movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel: Continue reading

Cogeco pulls the plug on Anime Network

animenetworkondemandRemember the mid-00s? American Idol was the most popular show on television. Netflix had just launched a streaming service in the US. Blackberry, then Research in Motion, was a successful business. ADV was a thing. Remember them? They were once America’s largest anime distributor, even operating a linear television and cable video-on-demand service called Anime Network. But it’s not the mid-00s anymore. ADV became a hydra of companies like Sentai Filmworks, Seraphim Studios and Valkyrie Media. Anime Network’s linear channel was shutdown nearly a decade ago, but the brand still exists as a cable video-on-demand and internet streaming subscription service. To Canadians that receive cable through Montreal-based telecommunications provider Cogeco, the latter is the only way the service will continue to exist, as the company has announced that on March 1, 2017 the Anime Network video-on-demand service will come to an end: Continue reading