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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

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

Viz extends streaming partnership with Tubi TV

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Sailor Moon kind of spoiled things, but Tubi TV has officially announced a partnership with Viz Media to stream “some of VIZ Media’s most popular anime titles to audiences across North America, including to legions of viewers based in Canada,” for free. Continue reading

Viz finally makes Sailor Moon available for streaming in Canada

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Canada means a lot to Sailor Moon. The original dub was recorded in Toronto, the accompanying toys produced by Irwin Toy, with its immense success on YTV directly spawning the original English versions of the later seasons of the show. It was popular enough up here that we got spaghettios, awkward voice actor interviews and a stage show … that at one point starred Samantha Bee? So it’s no surprise that the franchise’s enduring popularity is well represented in the Canadian anime fandom. There’s just one problem. If you’re not interested in buying home video releases, you legally couldn’t watch the show anywhere in Canada. Interest on Viz’s part to get the series on TV never materialized, and their overall streaming partner exclusively deals with the United States. But fear not Canadian Moonies, because two years after announcing their acquisition of the series, Viz is finally doing good on you by streaming the entire 200 episode original series for free in Japanese with English subtitles. Continue reading