Kabillion gives us a taste of English Scan2Go

MoonScoop Entertainment’s (the Code Lyoko people) Video on Demand service Kabillion is currently streaming the first three episodes of Scan2go, a new anime series licensed by Cookie Jar Entertainment. The series is actually global co-production spanning from the Middle Eastern toy company NewBoy, Korean broadcasting company SBS, Korean Stone Bridge Capital, to Japan’s d-rights. The show follows Kaz Gordon, the leading Scan2Go driver on Earth attempting to put his planet on the galactic racing map. The show’s directed by The show’s English version was produced by Calgary’s own Blue Water Studios, and stars some of the cast from the recent Card Fight Vanguard English dub (which you can see here). It has already secured a broadcast in the US via Cartoon Network, though a Canadian broadcast partner is pending. Bratz toy maker MGA Entertainment has been tapped as the show’s toy licensee in North, and Latin America. Check out the first episode, “Going for Number 1”: Continue reading

Avatar: The Legend of Korra hits YTV June 9

YTV has confirmed that Avatar: The Legend of Korra will begin airing on the network starting June 9 at 11AM. Oddly, the series will premiere on YTV instead of Nickelodeon Canada… The series is a sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, picking up about 70 years after the conclusion of the first series and follows titular character Korra a teenage incarnation of the Avatar who needs to master the art of airbending before being able to achieve the avatar cycle in the metropolis of Republic City, a place where various art benders exist. The series began airing on Nickelodeon in the US on April 14 and has since received universal acclaim. With the addition of The Legend of Korra YTV now has a solid a three hours of action:

11:00am – Avatar: The Legend of Korra
11:30am – Beyblade: Metal Masters
12:00pm – Pokemon BW: Rival Destinies
12:30pm – Power Rangers Super Samurai
1:00pm – Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
1:30pm – Monsuno

YTV takes a chance with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal starting June 2

The English theme song for this show is catchy, but pretty bad. I’m warning you before I post it that this is Sonic Colors bad. I wheep for the ears of children when this and Monsuno air back to back.

Zap2it listed the series premiere, but a post by a moderator on YTV’s message board confirms it – Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal will premiere on YTV beginning June 2 at 1PM EST. The series will take the spot of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds in the afternoon anime lineup. Will YTV air the remaining episodes of 5Ds? Probably not, but who knows, though 4Kids (the franchise’s licensor in the west) didn’t dub the entire series.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is the fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series and follows Yuma, a would be Duel Monsters champion who has the heart, but not necessarily the skills to make his dreams come true. This is when the mysterious spirit named Astral barges into his life and takes Yuma onto a wild trading card game adventure. The series is a lot more Saturday morning-esque than its predecessor, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds which took place in a post-apocalyptic world starring a older protagonist. Zexal on the other hand takes place in the near future, with Yuma being young enough to where schoolyard bullying can happen. Continue reading

There goes those Toonami dreams

Remember when I got all excited over the prospects of original content on Toonami? Well, I was wrong. Jason Demarco, vice president of strategic marketing and promotions for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim said this in regards to that press release:

That was PR-speak that ended up being confusing. Sorry about that. NO ORIGINALS. Just new acquisitions.

Well, that makes Toonami Canada less of a guarantee. The New Toonami will be a low budget affair which makes the lack of original programming understandable.

Cookie Jar licenses Scan2Go

Toronto based Cookie Jar Group has licensed the 52 episode somewhat anime, Scan2Go, from Japan’s d-rights. The show is a global production spanning from the Middle Eastern toy company NewBoy, Korean broadcasting company SBS, Korean Stone Bridge Capital, and of course the aforementioned Japanese d-rights. The series takes place in the near future when Earth has made contact with other planets in our galaxy. The pass time of Scan2Go racing has become an intergalactic phenomenon and players around the galaxy compete for big prizes. Earth is apparently one of the last planets to get involved with Scan2Go, and thus a team is formed to encourage participation from the citizens of the planet. Basically, it’s a show meant to sell rev up racing cars, tracks, and cards that activate special gimmicks on the cars ala the Cyber Planet Keys from the Transformers Cybertron toyline. If the art reminds you of Bakugan, there’s a reason for that. Mitsuo Hashimoto is behind this series, he’s worked on a whole bunch of anime series, including Dragon Ball, Beyblade and yes, Bakugan. Continue reading

Toonami’s back, but what does that mean for us?

As American anime fans have probably heard by now, [adult swim] is bringing back Toonami as a rebrand for their Saturday night 12AM-6AM action block after a successful April’s Fools prank. The new Toonami will begin May 26, with a slightly disappointing lineup (which is certainly subject to change) consisting of older [adult swim] programming repackaged with a new brand. But that may just be for the interim as their press release reads this: Continue reading

Monsuno premieres this Saturday on YTV

Remember Monsuno, the US-Japan co-production that I highlighted a few years ago as a way to bring anime back to North American television? Well, a few months after its February 2012 Nicktoons US premiere (which led me to expect the show would either be picked up by Teletoon, or Nick Canada, not YTV) the show is now heading up North, according to YTV.com’s schedule that is. The series is set to premiere Saturday May 5 at 1:30PM EST in the block of programming I’ve unofficially dubbed the “Super Anime Lineup” featuring the likes of Beyblade Metal Masters, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, and Power Rangers Super Samurai. Continue reading