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CRTC approves Gintama, World Trigger, more as Canadian content; DHX set to co-produce new Mega Man cartoon

My actual reaction to what you're going to read below.

My actual reaction to what you’re going to read below.

Long time readers of the blog should be aware of the concept of Cancon quotas – a mandate by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that requires all Canadian television broadcasters to devote a certain percentage of their schedule to locally produced content. It’s a protectionist measure meant to encourage industry and prevent Canada from just being the US, but colder. The quotas have almost certainly benefited the Canadian anime fandom, as simply recording a show’s audio track in Canada qualifies the production as partial Cancon. This gives anime a leg up on other foreign shows. Due to a number of factors, Canadian anime dubs are far less common than they once were. But things might be starting to look up.

To keep broadcasters honest, the CRTC requires programs wishing to count as Canadian content to be sent for approval. As a result of that, the CRTC keeps a publicly accessible database of content that is certified Canadian. This year has seen some interesting anime additions that haven’t aired on Canadian TV. Continue reading

Family CHRGD picks up Marvel Anime: Iron Man

Whoa, three posts in the same month? Is this 2010?

Whoa, three updates in the same month. Are we in 2010?

Family CHRGD’s website has announced that Marvel Anime: Iron Man will premiere on the channel on Saturday, May 7 at 11:30AM ET. Zap2it lists an encore at 5:30PM that same day. This will be the show’s Canadian television debut. The first part of the Marvel Anime project serves as Family CHRGD’s first taste of Japanese animation (even going back to the Disney XD Canada days). This is also the first older youth oriented anime series to run on mainstream Canadian TV in years.

Here’s a completely misleading teaser for the show that will make you wish it was the show: Continue reading

Spin Master preps Bakugan relaunch

bakuganOver the summer, Spin Master made a big move by becoming a publicly traded company. Before the Toronto-based toy manufacturer could hit the stock exchange, management had to sell would-be investors on the business. In one of those investor presentations, the company confirmed they’re currently developing a reboot of the Bakugan franchise. In an age where nothing successful ever stays dead, it was only an inevitability for a series that brought in $800 million to be revived.

Bakugan is one of the few co-productions between Japan and the west that really took off. Originally a concept sold to Spin Master, the company partnered with Sega Toys to develop the idea of transforming balls into a game. From there, the two brought in Nelvana and TMS to create an animated series. Continue reading

Family Gets CHRGD Up, While Yo-Kai Watch’s Canadian Debut Is Pushed Back A Week [Updated 10/4/2015]

Original title: “Sonic Boom gets CHRGD with Yo-Kai Watch’s delay.” I dropped it because I wanted people to understand what I was talking about.

Despite Zap2it and pretty much every other listings site saying so, Yo-Kai Watch won’t be premiering on Teletoon this weekend. The channel’s official schedule lists the 32nd episode of Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5 in the 2PM Saturday slot. A press release from franchise creator Level-5 confirms the Canadian premiere for October 10th in the same time slot. Continue reading

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

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