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ReBoot: The Guardian Code debuts internationally next month, June in Canada

Four and a half years later, it’s almost here. Nelvana and Rainmaker Entertainment’s Mainframe Studios label have unveiled the premiere date and first trailer for ReBoot: The Guardian Code. The first ten episodes of the live-action/CG re-imaging of Mainframe Entertainment’s groundbreaking 1994-2001 CG-animated series will debut on Netflix globally on March 30th. By globally, I mean except Canada. YTV will be airing it at a yet-to-be-determined date in June. Continue reading


Odds & Ends: Crunchyroll’s top Canadian simulcasts, no subtitled Witch’s Flower at Cineplex, Before We Vanish

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll has unveiled the most popular simulcasts for the Winter 2018 season in Canada. The map does have a major caveat in that it’s restricted to shows/sequels that debuted during the season. Multi-seasonal series like Boruto and Dragon Ball Super are not included.
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Nelvana partners with Sumitomo Corporation to create new anime; Miraculous Season 2 on Family; Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V correction

Majin Bone, Bomberman Jetters and Aikatsu! are some of the anime Zeroichi’s president has helped launch.

Corus Entertainment’s Toronto-based Nelvana has announced a partnership with Japanese trading and business investment firm Sumitomo Corporation to “develop and co-produce innovative anime properties with international appeal.” The name likely won’t be familiar to most anime fans, but Sumitomo has invested heavily in animation, including multiple partnerships with Crunchyroll and its parent company. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Screechers Wild, Turning Mecard, Beyblade Burst Evolution

The U.S. division of Chinese media company/toy manufacturer Alpha Group launched a new children’s brand last Monday. Screechers Wild! is a line of spring-loaded transforming vehicles that activate when a magnet touches a metal disk. To support the toys, Alpha has comissioned a series of 40 animated web shorts to be released on YouTube throughout the year. The story has anthropomorphic animals driving transforming vehicles in an harness energy called Animatter.

Notably, the shorts are animated by Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons and while uncredited, features some local voice talent like Scott McNeil and Paul Dobson. Web-series are becoming a thing for the Thunderbird Entertainment-owned animation studio. Late last year they helped produce a Minecraft series for Mattel and a Marvel show for pre-schoolers. Continue reading

Your Name. production staff create promo short for Canadian tourism

As part of the many festivities celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, the Japanese branch of Destination Canada has collaborated with some of the production staff behind Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. to create a promotional short for the winter tourism season. The 30-second “Cozy, Winter Canada” animation follows Yuya Miyagi and his girlfriend Satsuki Koumi as they leave their busy work lives behind for a winter getaway to the Great White North (there’s a lot of snow featured). The locations highlighted include Lake Abraham, Mount Rundle and Niagara Falls, with stops at Vancouver’s Granville Island and Canada Place, plus Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Beyblade Burst in Quebec, Transformers: Combiner Force on Teletoon

Following in the footsteps of the two prior generations of the franchise, Beyblade Burst is heading to Quebec thanks to Télétoon. The series is scheduled to debut this Saturday, May 6th at 12:30PM. The dub, which is based on the English version produced by Vancouver’s Ocean Media, was recorded at SDI Media’s Belgium studio. It premiered in France on Canal J on March 11th. Beyblade Burst replaces Yo-Kai Watch on Télétoon’s unofficial Saturday afternoon action block, which also includes Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge and Pokémon The Series: XYZ. Continue reading

Wait, Isao Takahata’s Anne of Green Gables anime series was dubbed into English?

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is probably one of, if not the best, known Canadian novels of all time. With over 50 million copies sold since its initial 1908 publication, and countless adaptations, it’s not too difficult to stumble upon some version of the stern Marilla and meek Matthew Cuthbert being charmed by the antics of a spirited redheaded orphan. In fact, Canadian television is currently in the midst of a battle of the Annes, with two separate live action adaptations running. First is a trilogy of movies, which began last summer, produced for YTV by Breakthrough in co-operation with Montgomery’s estate. The second is CBC’s attempt to rekindle the monumental success of their earlier Anne adaptations by Sullivan Entertainment, with a new series produced by Northwood Entertainment with some assistance from Netflix, that started airing last month. Continue reading