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

BakuTech! Bakugan likely won’t be brawling outside of Japan, but Beyblade Zero-G probably will

BakuTech! Bakugan premiered this past weekend in Japan on TV Tokyo. It’s the newest series in the long running franchise. This particular entry is based on a manga series from CoroCoro Comic, which stars Harubaru … and his rival Raichi? I honestly don’t know what it’s about. There isn’t an English plot synopsis anywhere on the net, and I don’t understand Japanese. The first episode, Critical K.O. sees Harubaru and his Flare Dragaon (yes, that is how it is spelled) save a kid named Tatsuma from getting hit by a car. Now with a soon to be sidekick at hand Harubaru confronts his rival Raichi in an epic Bakugan battle. It’s the most down to Earth Bakugan series as it doesn’t feature galatic battles and the usual Vestroia links. But there’s a problem with this. BakuTech! Bakugan is a 5 minute CG series. Yes, you read that right. Continue reading

Has Nelvana’s Medabots anime license expired?

With the recent news that Amazon Instant Video was headed to PS3 I decided to be a bit nosy and look around the US Amazon website to check out their library of content. I don’t know why I would do that since there isn’t even a Canadian equivalent of that service for me to bemoan about the lack of content on our version. Anyways, one of the Amazon Instant Video titles I remember being slightly salty about not being here at all was Medabots. Medabots was a video game based anime series Nelvana licensed in the early 00s and aired to some success on YTV, and abroad. It was about a bunch of kids in the near future who had robots they could battle with. The show was a lot of fun, and definitely one of the highlights in regards to Toronto dubbed anime. While the first series got a Canada-only VHS, and DVD release (courtesty of Kaboom), alongside a complete U.S. release from ADV, and a partial DVD release from Shout! Factory the second series (known as “Medarot Damashii” in Japan) never received a DVD release here. That’s why Amazon Instant Video interested me. You see, that was the only legal way someone could watch those episodes, though given that’s the terrible part of the series I’m not sure why anyone would want to watch it… Anyways, the news of the PS3 application got me interested in checking to see if it was compatible. Instead of finding out my American buddies could watch the misadventures of Ikki Tenyrou and Coach Mountain, I was greeted with this: Continue reading

Nelvana officially announces Beywheelz, Baku-Tech Bakugan suspiciously missing in action

Remember Beywheelz? Well, okay none of you could forget given it was the last thing posted on this site. Anyways, it’s basically a filler run of 13 North American exclusive episodes of the Beyblade anime series to fill in an episode order gap due to the third cycle of Beyblade in Japan having a reduced run time. Nelvana has now released their MIPTV (Children’s television tradeshow) lineup which finally officially announces the series. Continue reading

Nelvana funds a western exclusive Beyblade series while Japan goes Zero-G

Evidently, kids are still doing it across the nation, and by “it” I mean buying Beyblades by the truckload. At this year’s New York Toy Fair western Beyblade licensee Hasbro had something interesting to announce. They announced a subseries to the Beyblade universe called BeyWheelz, which as the name implies are more like Flywheels than normal Beyblades. Bladers (BeyWheelerz?) would launch their BeyWheelz off of ramps, and play games of target practice. Now, taking a step into Toys “R” Us or any where that sells Beyblades would tell you Hasbro isn’t afraid to push off random Beyblade subseries from the likes of the XTS series with hidden weapons, or the every popular shelf warmer giant electronic Beyblades that have lights and sounds. What sets BeyWheelz apart from the other sublines is simple – it’s getting an animated series. Yes, Hasbro and Nelvana have officially, but not so officially announced a Beywheelz animated series. The Writer’s Guild of Canada tells us the series will run a paltry 13 episodes, which is abnormally short for a Beyblade animated series. There’s a reason for that. Continue reading

Teletoon and Turner partner up to bring Cartoon Network to Canada

First it was Nickelodeon Canada, then it was Disney XD Canada, and now it’s the long awaited – Cartoon Network Canada. Teletoon and Turner Broadcasting have announced a brand new partnership that will see Teletoon and its sister channels become the exclusive home to Cartoon Network, and [adult swim] programming, alongside 2000 half hours of classic Cartoon Network, and [adult swim] content. But that’s not all, together the two have announced a brand new ad-supported digital specialty channel called… Cartoon Network! How original! How Canadian! Continue reading