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Nelvana’s Retooled Mysticons Primed For 2017 Launch

mysticonsA lot can change in the time between when a show is announced and when it hits our screens. Nelvana’s latest action series Mysticons seems to have gone through some bigger alterations than most. Originally announced in April 2013 as a partnership with The Topps Company, the show was sold as a boys action series for kids 6-11. I usually don’t point those things out, but Nelvana has shifted the target demo for Mysticons. In their newest press release announcing a global broadcast agreement with Nickelodeon, as well as a toy deal with Playmates, the Sean Jara penned series was described as being aimed at girls aged six and over. With this change came a new series description: Continue reading

ReBoot: The Guardian Code Doesn’t Really Sound Like a ReBoot Reboot

This is Austin in his guardian form Vector. The other three character's will go by Googz, D-Frag and Enigma.

This is Austin in his guardian form Vector. The other three character’s will go by Googz, D-Frag and Enigma.

 

A new ReBoot related media project might actually see the light of day? Am I really typing this in 2015?

Shocking everyone, it looks like Rainmaker is going to make good on their fall 2013 announcement of a new ReBoot television series. Corus Entertainment has given the greenlight to 26 half-hour episodes of ReBoot: The Guardian Code, which all but ensures the show will actually exist. If your jaw is currently on the floor, I encourage you to leave it there until you read the show’s description:
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Beyblade Spins Again, But This Time Without Nelvana

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Repackaging an already proven idea for a new generation can be a safe bet. Takara Tomy proved that by relaunching Beyblade in 2008 after a four year hiatus. Now they’re set to do that again, but for the first time ever, it looks like Toronto-based Nelvana won’t be at the helm of its western expansion. Continue reading

Nelvana Set To Reboot Anime Classic Gatchaman

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With Bakugan and Beyblade in their rear view, Corus Entertainment is looking for new merchandise phenomenons to grow their kids business. They’ve spoken about Mysticons (due out in late 2015) in the past, and today Colin Bohm, Vice President and Head of Corus Kids, unveiled another important piece at Corus’ 2014 Investor Day presentation: a revival of Tatsunoko Production’s 1972 superhero anime series Gatchaman.

Bohm stated that Gatchaman was chosen due to it being an uncommon anime franchise that has shown itself to transcend both eastern and western culture. This means broadcasters, licensees and retailers are familiar with it. The property also naturally extends itself to a product line of action figures and other role-play toys. Lastly, the team behind the show are all well versed in what it takes to successfully create a brand and will be ready prior to the official launch. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premieres on Teletoon on Sunday

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So, this is kind of unexpected. Some of you may recall that Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal premiered on YTV back in June of 2012. That’s not much of a surprise as every previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series aired on the network. What’s a surprise is that Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal begins airing on Teletoon’s English feed tomorrow at 8:00AM EDT. The episode airing is seventy-four, Attack of the Barbarians: Part 1 – which was the first episode under the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II branding in Japan. Right now it looks like this broadcast will be in addition to YTV’s Friday and Saturday runs of the show. Continue reading

YTV debuts the final seven episodes of Beyblade: Shogun Steel exclusively online

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When Beywarriors: Beyraiderz began airing on YTV, I mentioned that the western-exclusive Beyblade spinoff had replaced the time slot of the latest mainline show, Beyblade: Shogun Steel. YTV’s broadcast of the show ended prematurely at episode nineteen. At the time, I expected the show to simply go on hiatus while Beyraiderz aired as a promotional tie-in for toys hitting the shelves, but it looks like that won’t be the case. YTV has announced that the final seven episodes of the series will only be available to stream through their website. They’ve already posted the first four episodes to watch. Continue reading

Digimon Fusion is airing on YTV

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In late January, a few blogs associated with Saban Brands’ Ambassador program posted up articles stating that Digimon Fusion, the company’s adaptation of Digimon Xros Wars, would be airing on YTV starting February 28th. I teased that tidbit in I Miss Bionix’s coverage of that recent Pokémon invasion. Ultimately Zap2it, and YTV’s schedule didn’t agree with that premiere date, so I figured things were pushed back. Apparently it was just a single week as it looks like the show premiered on March 7th. Episode 3 premieres this Friday at 7:30AM EDT. Continue reading

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