Funimation will release the 1996 Canadian Dragon Ball Z dub on DVD this August

Remember this? Well, we now know what that is:

rockthedragon_edited_largeThe original broadcast version of DBZ!

The last survivors of a cruel, warrior race, the Saiyans have carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, and now they have set their sights on Earth! They will stop at nothing until they have the wish-granting powers of the seven magic Dragon Balls for their very own.

With the fate of his family, friends, and the entire human race hanging in the balance, Goku, the Earths greatest hero, must rise to meet the approaching threat. As he prepares for the fight of his life, Goku embarks on an epic journey that will take him to other worlds, pit him against new and old enemies alike, and force him to confront the dark secrets of his own past. At the end of this path, the most powerful opponent he has ever faced awaits: the evil Saiyan Prince Vegeta!

This collector’s edition features the original Canadian voice cast and opening theme song, “Rock the Dragon”!

Contains episodes 1-53 plus movies 1-3 (Dead Zone, The World’s Strongest, and Tree of Might) and a hardbound, full-color 48-page book which showcases the characters, history, and tropes that helped elevate Dragon Ball Z to the pop culture phenomenon it is today.

Yep, Funimation is re-releasing the 1996 edited TV dub of Dragon Ball Z. It’s a weird decision since for the last 14 or so years the company has ignored the existence of this version of the show. I’m not sure this dub should be re-released. The script was liberally translated and led to such errors like Vegeta indirectly calling Bardock a brilliant scientist. In terms of editing it’s got to be stated that these 53 episodes cover the equivalent of about 76 uncut episodes. But hey, I guess Funimation can actually use the original delivery of a certain infamous line about Power Levels …
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First two Madoka Magica films to get limited nationwide theatrical releases this month

urlAniplex of America, and Cineplex have partnered up to bring the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films to over 25 Canadian cities this month. The first film will be screened on March 14th, with the second film scheduled for the 20th. Here’s the list of participating theatres:

AB Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
AB Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
AB Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
BC Burnaby SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas
BC Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
BC Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
BC Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village
BC Victoria SilverCity Tillicum Victoria
MB Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
ON Ancaster SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
ON Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
ON Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
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International audiences to play host to Beyblade: Shogun Steel premieres

Volume 1 of Nippon Columbia's rental only release of Zero-G

Volume 1 of Nippon Columbia’s rental only release of Zero-G

Lots has happened since I wrote about Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G being dubbed into Beyblade: Shogun Steel for worldwide broadcasts. During that time the show was still airing in Japan, sharing a 30-minute timeslot with Cross Fight B-Daman eS on TV Tokyo, and was expected to until the spring season in Japan, as the previous Metal Fight Beyblade seasons had. Then something interesting happened, after 38 episodes the series was replaced by Beast Saga, Takara Tomy’s reboot of the Battle Beasts franchise. The 38 episode run was a bit surprising, as Nelvana confirmed Shogun Steel would run for 26 full length episodes. The previous season of the show had two 12 minute episodes combined into one full length episode for the Japanese rental release, and international markets. The same would’ve been expected to happen with Metal Fight Beyblade Zero-G, but you’d be left with 19 episodes with this season. Most expected this episode deficiency to be filled up for international broadcast, as that was the case for the existence of Beywheelz, especially as one of the staff members from the show hinted that the entire story wasn’t aired. Continue reading

Funimation to release a potential Ocean redub of Dragon Ball Z on DVD?

FN01204 This is going to be a long post … Following an early leak via solicitations, AAA Anime, a distributor of official anime merchandise to independent retailers in North America has put up a rather interesting listing, titled “Dragon Ball Z: Season 1 Saiyan Saga (DVD Box Set) (Ocean Dub) (DVDs)“. Funimation is no stranger to re-releasing Dragon Ball Z, but this one in particular is almost baffling. AAA Anime’s description of the release:

From Funimation! The original 29 episodes of Dragonball Z have been redubbed by the fan-favorite Ocean team! Here’s where it all started! Goku learns of his alien heritage when his brother arrives on Earth and kidnaps Gohan! After a battle that costs Goku’s life, Piccolo takes Gohan into the wild country for special training and the rest of the Earth’s defenders gather to train for the arrival of two more Saiyans: Nappa and Vegeta!

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Digimon Fusion heads to Nickelodeon in the US, YTV broadcast in Canada pending?

Digimon_FusionDigimon Fusion has been confirmed for broadcast on Nickelodeon in the United States. This is a surprise for a variety of reasons, firstly, Nickelodeon proper rarely airs acquired programming, even less of that being anime (you’d have to go back to early 00s with Speed Racer X to find the last instance of proper Japan produced animation on the network if memory serves) and secondly, the franchise’s licensor, Saban Brands, owns the Vortexx block on The CW. Many thought the company would emulate nostalgia of the 90s by premiering new episodes of the series on their weekly Saturday morning network block, just as Saban Entertainment did with Digimon on FOX Kids back in the 90s/early 00s. Continue reading

Alternate Canadian produced Dragon Ball Kai dub still missing in action

This blog has a few reoccurring topics. Those who’ve been following it since the beginning likely know more about Beyblade than they normally would care to, likewise for Pokemon. However, today’s topic is neither merch based series as we’re going back to the world of Dragon Ball Kai. Fans in the United Kingdom rejoiced when earlier this year Toei Animation announced that they reached an agreement with CSC Media to see Goku and friends on British TV once again. Interestingly, this announcement didn’t just draw the attention of UK based Dragon Ball fans, as it drew the attention of the entire English fandom. You see, back in the day people in the UK were treated to the same alternate English dubs of Dragon Ball, Z, and GT produced in Canada that followers of this blog will remember airing on YTV. Specifically, the alternate Z dub had the Vancouver based Ocean dub cast from the 1996 Funimation produced Dragon Ball Z dub, with the original Dragon Ball series, and GT being the domain of Calgary’s Blue Water. What does that have to do with Kai? Well, an alternate Canadian produced dub for the series had long been thought to be in production, with evidence coming from voice actors allegedly associated with the project saying it exists, to Ocean staff being credited in the TV edit of Funimation’s US dub, and lastly to the simple fact that the same countries that aired the alternate DB/Z/GT dubs were the same countries that had yet to see Funimation’s Kai dub on TV. That was about to change as Kai had finally been picked up in the UK. So fans anxiously waited for the series to air on Kixx, hoping to see the first glimpse of this alternate dub in a promo set to debut this past Saturday. They got their wish:


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Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G becomes Beyblade: Shogun Steel internationally, second season of Beywheelz confirmed

shogun steel

Unsurprisingly, an English dub for Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G has been confirmed. Nelvana announced that the series would be released internationally under the title, Beyblade: Shogun Steel, in their MIPCOM 2012 report. In it the company also confirms an additional 13 episode second season for the western exclusive Beyblade spinoff, Beywheelz. Continue reading