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Odds & Ends: go90 streams Transformers internationally; Your Name. hits home video charts; Viceland Canada in doubt

Transformers: Combiner Wars is a 2016 Machinima produced web series animated by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan. It’s also widely considered to be one of the worst pieces of animated Transformers fiction ever created. In the United States, the series was initially streamed exclusively through go90, a Verizon owned ad-supported streaming platform that only operates in the country. Internationally, Machinima temporarily made it available on their YouTube channel. Hasbro has since uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

Combiner Wars is just part one of what’s being described as the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy. The second season, Titans Return, launched on go90 last month. Just go90. Globally. But don’t go to go90.com, because you’ll just get a message saying the service isn’t available outside the US. Continue reading

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Ocean Productions behind Kiznaiver English dub

Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America have announced a North American home video release for last year’s Kiznaiver anime series. The release will feature an English dub created by Vancouver’s Ocean Productions, with voice actors from both their local talent pool as well as Alberta’s. The dub was directed by Karl Willems with an English script written by Mark Macdonald.

The story is set in Sugomori-city, built in a reclaimed land, which was once prosperous as a futuristic city. Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy who is living in the city, has a strange body which can feel no pain at all and he doesn’t know why. Before summer vacation, by the guidance of a mysterious girl named Noriko Sonozaki, he is chosen as a member of “Kiznaiver,” a group of people who share pain. Then he finds his classmates who are also connected as “Kiznaiver,” however, they originally belong to different groups that never got along.

Sonozaki says, “This is an experiment to guide the world filled with wars to peace.” Following her words, they have to face various trials.

One summer story of boys and girls who have to share each other’s wounds begins.

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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

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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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

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

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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

The Boy and the Beast gets Canadian home video release and theatrical screening locations; World Trigger gets Canadian dub [Updated 5/15/2016]

The Canadian release of Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and the Beast has been a bit mysterious. First we heard the news that while Funimation held the US rights to the film, they didn’t have the distribution rights to Canada. That almost never happens. Then we found out that Toronto’s Mongrel Media had picked up the film for a late May theatrical and on-demand release. I’ve managed to get in touch with Mongrel to clear up any unanswered questions. Continue reading