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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

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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

Bushiroad resumes production on Future Card Buddyfight’s English dub

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Alongside the announcement that the show’s fourth season is due out in April, Japanese card game/wrestling promoter (they exploit the weirdness of that combination) Bushiroad has confirmed they’ll return to dubbing the Future Card Buddyfight anime series in English. While the crossmedia project debuted simulatneously in English and Japanese on streaming platforms in 2014, with an English dub by Ocean Media’s Calgary and Edmonton affiliate Blue Water, the company ceased production on the dubbed version halfway through the second season, Buddyfight Hundred, in October 2015. From that point onwards Bushiroad shifted English promotion to a subtitled simulcast of the Japanese version. 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

Beyblade Burst premieres return on Teletoon, Amazon Prime eyes Canadian launch + Major Theatrical Update

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So far, Beyblade Burst has had a bumpy ride in Canada. It premiered to little pre-release promotion on September 10th and then immediate confusion as the second episode premiered the next day (even the official social media handler thought it would be a re-run). Then, after four weekends and eight episodes, debuts abruptly ended on October 2nd as the show began a repeat run on both Teletoon and Disney XD Canada. We’ll never know what happened, but some solid guesses would be that airing two episodes a week of a show that (as of October 2nd) had only run twenty-six episodes in Japan probably makes things difficult for the English production team. Or, maybe Sunrights and Hasbro wanted to make sure we didn’t get too far ahead of their pending US run.

Either way, that all looks to be in the past as Teletoon’s schedule is listing a return to premieres with episode nine, “Wyvron in the Way,” set for November 26th at 3PM. Neither TV Passport nor Teletoon’s schedule list a premiere for Sunday; with a repeat of episode seven expected to run. I guess that’s the end of double premieres. Unless Teletoon pulls some holiday pre-emptions, Canada should still be ahead of the US by three episodes after Disney XD’s premiere event.
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Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir set for Family Channel; Rogers and Shaw pull the plug on shomi

miraculous_tales_of_ladybug__cat_noirDHX’s channels continue to be the island of misfit programming. In an age where more and more US children’s networks focus on owned content, and our Canadian equivalents focus more on deals with those big US producers, independent productions are slipping through the cracks. While Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir landed a US TV deal with Nickelodeon, it’s been treated about as well as the typical third party show on the net and seemed like it might not show up in English Canada (the French version has been airing on Tele-Quebec since January) at all.  Well, that’s not the case, as the show is listed to premiere on Family Channel at 6PM EST on October 10th. DHX likes to repeat their shows (sometimes even across networks), so if you can’t catch it then I’m sure there will be other slots.

Here’s some info on the France-Japan-Korea co-production:

Oh, wait. Wrong trailer. That was back from when it was going to be animated by Toei. Instead, the production crew claim broadcasters forced them to go with CGI. Supposedly Toei is working on an OVA for the series, but who knows when or if that will ever surface. The series, which currently sits at one 26 episode season, has two more seasons in production. The second is due out sometime next spring. Continue reading