Beyblade Metal Fusion concludes Saturday on YTV, and appears at Anime North 2011

Beyblade Metal Fusion has had a timulteous time on YTV. It became one of the channel’s highest rated animated series, yet YTV often pushed the show into reruns for a few months. Unsurprisingly, this delay in broadcast has allowed foreign channels (such as the US’s Cartoon Network) to blast by YTV and air the ending of the series months ago. Well, now it seems it is finally YTV’s turn to air the ending of the first season, as this Saturday (tomorrow as of this writing) YTV will be broadcasting the final four episodes of the show:

12PM EST – Beyblade Metal Fusion Episode 48: The Truth About Light and Darkness
12:30 PM EST – Beyblade Metal Fusion Episode 49: Fierce Battle! Lion VS Dragon
1PM EST – Beyblade Metal Fusion Episode 50: The Furious Final Battle!
1:30PM EST – Beyblade Metal Fusion Episode 51: Blader’s Spirit

As such, the usual lineup of Pokemon, Power Rangers Samurai, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds will be pre-empted this week.

This is actually the ad YTV is running on their website. Can anyone else spot the huge error?

Oddly, rather than going into the second season of Beyblade, entitled Metal Masters, YTV will once again start at the beginning the following week this episode one. A bit surprising given YTV has its Weird on Wheels Beyblade promo tour currently going on.

However, we do know that YTV will be presenting a special look at Beyblade Metal Masters at Anime North 2011. Those interested can catch it Saturday at 12 PM in the International C Room of the Doubletree Hotel. Oddly, this choice in scheduling conflicts directly against a fan-run Beyblade Tournament at Anime North. Not the kindest of gestures to split the audience for a fan-run event in two. If fans of the show miss the TV broadcast, they can catch a special presentation of the final four episodes at 6 PM in the International Club tonight (Friday).

As it stands, the 2009 Beyblade reboot has gone for 2 complete seasons (Metal Fight Beyblade, and Metal Fight Beyblade Explosion), a movie, and an ongoing third season (Metal Fight Beyblade 4D). Canada’s own Nelvana Limited has co-produced the three seasons with Japanese production studios D-Rights, and Tatsunoko Productions. Nelvana has yet to show interest in the film that opened last summer.

In related news, Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge has had premieres moved to 6AM EST Sunday mornings on Teletoon. That isn’t a good slot, so it’ll be interesting to see how much longer of a future remains in Bakugan (which is currently in its fourth season).

Here’s the opening for Beyblade Metal Masters:

How lazy.

Thanks to forum user Mohji for pointing the marathon, and Bakugan news out in the forum!

Teletoon to submit “Teletoon Kapow!” to CRTC

The inaugural broadcast has to be this.

It appears as though Canadian animation station Teletoon is interested in launching a spinoff channel targeted towards comic book fans. This channel, dubbed “Teletoon Kapow!” (which was also the name of a short-lived weekend morning action block on Teletoon) would classify as a category 2 (digital cable, and satelite) must-carry channel and will target only English speakers. The proposal reads as follows:

The applicant states that the proposed service would be devoted to programming from international markets featuring the latest trends in non-violent action, adventure, superheroes, comedy and interactivity. The service’s interactivity would be achieved via programs on games associated with action series as well as magazine shows that cover current comic book trends and classics in comic books.

Which sounds eerily like Corus Entertainment’s proposal for a YTV spinoff channel named “YTV Pow!”:

Corus Entertainment Inc., on behalf of a company to be incorporated, filed an application for a broadcasting licence to provide YTV POW!, a national, English-language Category 2 specialty service that would offer programming from international markets featuring the latest trends in non-violent action, adventure, superheroes, comedy adventure and interactivity. The service would reach an interactive level with programs on the games associated with action series as well as magazine shows to cover current comic book trends and the classics.

That’s like copy, and paste with a few edits similar. As expected, YTV and Teletoon do fall (partially) under the same ownership.

Unsurprisingly, the license granted to “YTV Pow!” is set to expire in September if Corus Entertainment does not ask for an extension, which should be weeks prior to when the CRTC will publicly announce their decision on “Teletoon Kapow!” (hint: I think it’ll be approved). Given this news, I doubt an extension for “Pow!” will be asked for. Which makes it sound like a certain other stillborn channel we know about.

My only question is why does this exist? I understand it makes more sense to label any comic book related channel under the Teletoon branding at this point, given YTV doesn’t air much of any action-oriented programming. However, a venue that should eventually house 50% of the major comic book animation exists in Canada. Meaning that any gain Teletoon would receive by letting out some comic book programming they couldn’t fit on their schedule is null.

What’s even odder is that in the broadcast proposal Teletoon lists “YTV Pow!” as a competitor to “Kapow!” (I’m not sure how something that doesn’t exist can compete with anything, but hey maybe I read the legalese wrong), and neglects to mention Disney XD at all. Does this mean Disney XD will just be Family Channel’s rerun service of old Disney Sitcoms? If so, why does that channel exist? As that certainly doesn’t live up to its “FAMILY EXTREME” broadcast license.

Beast Wars (Beasties) DVD Sets Won’t Be Released In Canada

Shout Factory’s upcoming DVD re-release of Beast Wars will not be heading to Canada, so says producer Brian Ward. Responding to a forum user asking about the lack of shipping for these sets to Canada, he responded with:

As for Canada, these rights weren’t Hasbro’s to license, as far as I know. My understanding is that Alliance has these, due to their involvement with the series in the ’90s. That’s only my understanding. I have no idea why they’re the license holder. But Canada was not on the table.

In a rare case of Canada-exclusive licensing, it appears these sets will not be released in Canada due to Alliance Atlantis having the rights for home distribution in Canada. Alliance had previously helped distribute the show, and had released VHS, and DVD versions of the series in Canada. Despite the fact the show was known on broadcast as “Beasties”, their releases all used the “Beast Wars” moniker.

As of this writing Alliance does not plan to release their own version of these sets. It’s a truly disappointing piece of news given these sets would be a really affordable way to get back into the series that many held quite dear.

Beast Wars (known in Canada as “Beasties” due to broadcaster concern) ran 15 years ago on YTV, and became a staple example of quality Canadian animation. Running for 52 episodes the series (and its sequel – Beast Machines) became a fixture on YTV, and is considered by many to be the best Transformer show. Alongside ReBoot the series is considered MainFrame Entertainment’s best.

Shout Factory’s first dose of Beast Wars is scheduled for a US release on June 14. I’d advise those interested to import a copy. I know I will.

Power Rangers Samurai to air on May 7 at 1PM [Updated]

Readers of the blog may (should) know the challenges the latest squad of Power Rangers have faced in Canada. It has become sort of a farce as Power Rangers Samurai, the latest series in the long running Super Sentai adaptation, would become the first Power Rangers series in a decade to not air on Family Channel, long after YTV voluntarily removed the series from rotation after parental complaints. When it premiered on Nickelodeon Canada earlier this year all went according to plan, but when the franchise was set to make its return to YTV, things went strange. Despite being scheduled for broadcast, and having been promoted to advertisers (and apparently no one else) Power Rangers Samurai did not air on April 16.


Now, online schedule masters Zap2it say YTV will indeed be airing Power Rangers Samurai on May 7 at 1PM, with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds taking the 1:30PM spot of Three Delivery, whidh is now absent on the schedule. Will Samurai actually air this time? Who knows. Power Rangers Samurai still does not have a show page (despite having a place in YTV’s video portal), and YTV’s own online schedule does not list that far in advance.

To take a page from Family Channel’s old marketing book – There’s never a dull moment.


Believe and it comes true. has now updated to include a Power Rangers Samurai theme, alongside the launch of a mini-site stating a May 7 1PM launch. I guess we can confirm it’ll air now as the YTV marketing machine begins.

Thanks to member Mohji for pointing this out in the forums, as well as the various post commentators telling me of’s Samurai site.

Nerd Corps’ “Teem Awethum!!!!” re-emerges 5 years later as “Rated A For Awesome”, premieres this summer on YTV

Long time followers of the Canadian animation scene, and those who were a part of the community may remember back in 2006 when YTV would green light a little show known as Storm Hawks from then-relative newcomers Nerd Corps Entertainment (who had only just worked on Dragon Booster at the time). Alongside the ill-fated Storm Hawks YTV picked up a series called “Teem Awethum!!!” chronicling the war of four nerds against boredom. Surpassing the production to broadcast time spans of titles like My Life Me, and Three Delivery, Nerd Corps’ latest (well, latest to air on TV) TV show is something that isn’t so new. Now retooled as Rated A For Awesome it is a series about four ordinary nerds, and their monkey who want to make the world extraordinary (and not just extra ordinary).

Remember when I used to write posts on anime?

Despite the failure of Dragon Booster on Toon Disney, and Storm Hawks on Disney XD, Disney has once again picked up this Nerd Corps production and has the worldwide premiere of the title set for June. YTV’s broadcast is expected to start soon after. The series will be like League of Super Evil in that it will be a series of two shorts at 11 minutes each (comprising the 52 shorts – 26 episode first season).

YTV acquires Redakai: Conquer The Kairu

In an action that I would call unexpected, according to Cynopsis Kids YTV has ordered 52 episodes of a new animated series called Redakai: Conquer The Kairu. Redakai is a multimedia franchise produced by Spin Masters (Bakugan, Air Hogs, etc.), Marathon Media (Martin Mystery, Totally Spies, etc.) and Cartoon Network aimed with the intention of selling trading cards, and action figures to children. The toys will hit Hobby Stores in June, and general retail in August, but the TV show is set for a Fall launch. With a production budget estimated at $20 million they’re certainly hoping this is going to be big.

The concept to set Redakai apart from the Yu-Gi-Oh!, Battle Spirits, and Pokemon of the world lays within the way the card game is played. Spin Masters is achieving this via stereoscopic 3D lenticular trading cards which “have depth, they also have motion; the attack cards for example have 8-12 frames of animation, so the players can actually see the attack. Additionally many of the cards are created on clear plastic to allow for a simple “stacking” method of gameplay. When for example an attack card is layered over a character card, the effect of the attack is visible, or when a “monster” card is layered over a character card, the change in the character (and his power level) is clearly visible.”

You can see the 3D technology in motion in this TimeKids Youtube video. To save yourself the trouble, I’ve made a .gif of the relevant footage (you’ll have to click the image):

I think Spin Masters hoped this would look more impressive

Redakai has the following description for the animated series:

Ky is a 15 year old martial artist who leads the group on this incredible quest to find the Kairu energy. His friends Maya and Boomer travel with him in his quest. Together they protect the world from extraterrestrial teenage opponents, all of whom are trying to become the greatest Kairu warrior of all a “Redakai.”

The odd thing about Redakai is that the show screams Teletoon, not YTV. Spin Masters success story in Bakugan was launched on Teletoon, and Marathon’s legacy in Totally Spies also falls on Teletoon’s shoulders. There’s also the fact that outside of Pokemon, Beyblade, and Yu-Gi-Oh! there isn’t a lot of action animation on YTV. Though, I suspect once Three Delivery’s run comes to an end YTV will need a replacement for the Super Anime Lineup. Will this be as successful as Bakugan, and Yu-Gi-Oh! in the face of strong new competitors and the return of the past? Only time will tell.

Thanks goes to Mohji for pointing this out in the forums.

Errata: Power Rangers Samurai NOT airing on YTV today (Update: But it was supposed to)

Despite having been shown on’s schedule Power Rangers Samurai is in fact not airing on YTV today. As of this writing, a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds is airing on YTV in the 1PM EDT slot (and just had a technical difficulty screen show up…).

I do not appreciate YTV making me look like a liar

There was a bit of writing on the wall for this to happen, as YTV didn’t promote the series at all (other than having a broken section in their video player), and didn’t even set up a show page. I suppose the most damning of all is that yesterday YTV removed the 1PM slot from their schedule entirely. They didn’t replace it with Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, the slot just didn’t exist. Though, it should be noted that YTV has done that in the past with new series like Beyblade Metal Fusion.

Apparently 1PM doesn't exist to YTV

But it existed on Thursday...

They even had a correct, and detailed episode summary...

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have made.


A friend notified me that Power Rangers Samurai did in fact show up on YTV’s coming up next title cards today. This implies the show was meant to premiere on YTV at 1PM, but as we know, it didn’t. However, this wasn’t the scheduling, and overlay guys jumping the gun, as the show was meant to air today.

As noted by Ranger Board’s PinkRangerWannabe a Corus Entertainment’s (YTV’s parent company) April Hot Sheets for advertisers blatantly promotes the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai today (April 16) at 1PM.

So what happened?

I honestly don’t know. I don’t think it was YTV getting cold feet over any potential parental complaints (since they’ve aired much more violent programming, as well as that controversy being ages ago), nor do I think they were just lying to us. I guess it could’ve been a technical issue, because as I mentioned earlier, there was an issue with the broadcast of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds. During the show’s first commercial break the YTV technical difficulty image stayed on screen for more than a solid minute. I actually half expected Power Rangers Samurai to be the show coming off of that, but it wasn’t. The channel has been known to do that, famously skipping a good portion of Justice League Unlimited’s finale with an episode of The Shopping Bags, though they’ve always aired the intentioned programming in full at a later date. It should be noted that Zap2it’s listings are stating Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds will be airing for the rest of the month, though often the case is that’s schedule (which hasn’t updated to next Saturday as of yet) is the more definitive source.


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