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Canadian Theatrical News: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale [Updated 2/24/2017]

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In possibly the fastest turnaround from the Japanese release for a film covered on this blog, Aniplex of America, Cineplex and Eleven Arts are bringing the first big screen journey of Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online light novel franchise to Canadian theatres this March. This comes just weeks after the film’s Japanese debut on February 18th, though Canada has to wait a few days after the release in the U.S. on March 7th. Suffice to say these screenings will be limited to just the Japanese version with English subtitles.

A-1 Pictures, the Aniplex owned studio behind the Sword Art Online television anime, has returned to animated the film based on an original story by Kawahara. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Sailor Moon R: The Movie [Updated 2/24/2017]

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Well, that was a short break…

Viz, Eleven Arts and Cineplex have partnered up for a limited theatrical release of Sailor Moon R: The Movie in Canada in March. The movie received a U.S. run in over 300 last month. While the film originally received a VHS and DVD release by Pioneer in the late ’90s and early ’00s, this is the first time it’s getting the big screen treatment. It’s also being released uncut with Viz’s Californian voice cast. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: The Red Turtle

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Not often do I get to talk about an Oscar nominated film on this blog, but here we are! The France-Belgium-Japan co-production, The Red Turtle, is up for Best Animated Feature at next month’s Academy Awards. While it’s unlikely that category will go to something that isn’t a mainstream box office hit, it’s a still a great accomplishment. The film, directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, who won an Academy Award for his 2000 short film Father & Daughter, was produced in association with Studio Ghibli and Wild Bunch. This weekend Canadians unable to attend the movie’s film festival run will get a shot to watch it … well, assuming it’s running in your city. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions [Updated 2/17/2017]

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It’s hard to believe that we’re just a month shy of the sixth anniversary of the last Yu-Gi-Oh! film’s US theatrical release. My post on Bonds Beyond Time skipping Canada during its brief big screen run still stands as one of the most popular I’ve ever written. I suppose that’s a testament to the franchise’s enduring popularity that a frankly throwaway hour-long crossover could elicit such a response. I guess that’s why the franchise is spawning a seventh anime series. Bringing the fandom to its roots, to a time before Arc-V, Zexal, 5Ds and GX, the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! theatrical feature is a twentieth anniversary celebration of the original manga series’ debut in Weekly Shonen Jump. After a successful run in Japan last year, it’s headed to theatres in Canada and the U.S. late this month. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Ultraman Double Feature [Updated 2/24/2017]

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Tsuburaya’s Ultra series stands alongside Toei’s Kamen Rider and Super Sentai franchises as one of Japan’s most enduring superhero properties. So much so, that 50 years after its debut, new TV and web series, films, toys, manga, and games continue to be released. For the first time ever, two of those Ultra movies are hitting the North American big screen.

There’s been multiple attempts to bring the franchise to western audiences, be it through English dubs of Japanese series, or new productions built from the ground up. You might remember some of these, like the short-lived 4Kids Entertainment borderline parody dub of Ultraman Tiga that ran on FOX in 2002, but most of them dwell in complete obscurity, such as the fate bestowed on Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero, Ultraman: Towards the Future, and the animated Hanna-Barbera co-pro Ultraman: The Adventure Begins. Heck, the first attempt, a 1967 dub of the original series, Ultra-Q, by Toronto’s Film House (now known as Deluxe Toronto), was never officially released in any capacity. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: One Piece Film: Gold

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Merry Christmas!

The early 2017 anime-related theatrical insanity carries on with the latest One Piece feature film. Toei Animation and Funimation are bringing the thirteenth theatrical movie, One Piece Film: Gold, to cinemas in Canada over the period of January 11-16th. The screenings will be presented with English audio. Speaking of audio, if you hit the end of the post, you’ll get to hear some clips from an abandoned Canadian One Piece production. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves

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The latest addition to our potential January anime insanity has just been announced. GKIDS will be releasing Tomomi Mochizuki and Studio Ghibli’s 1993 film, Ocean Waves, in select theatres in the coming weeks. This is the first time the film is getting an official release in North America, outside of festival showcases. How come? Well, if you read the plot synopsis and watch the trailer below it’ll become pretty clear this isn’t a film Ghibli’s previous distributor, Disney, would find particularly marketable. The same thing happened to Only Yesterday, which GKIDS just put out earlier this year. However, unlike Takahata’s film, Ocean Waves won’t be dubbed into English. It seems even GKIDS is a bit shaky on this one. Continue reading