Spin Masters, ShoPro, and potentially Studio Bones are working together on Tenkai Knights

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With Bakugan seemingly Bakugone in the west, and given Redakai kind of Redadied Spin Masters is on the hunt for their next hit multimedia franchise with their hopes pinned on the new Canada-Japan co-production called Tenkai Knights. The 52 episode series will be distributed in Japan by Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, in Europe by Viz Media, and of course in North America by Spin Masters themselves with the latter providing an extensive toyline to support the series. Anime fans will be interested in checking out the series as Japanese animation outsourcing company Studio Wanpack were the first to mention this series. This is important because Studio Wanpack has traditionally worked with acclaimed anime studio Bones, meaning they’re likely involved with this project. The show’s plot is as follows:

Saving the world is serious business and should never be taken lightly. It is only for the brave of heart. Guren, Ceylan, Chooki, and Toxsa were not planning on being heroes when they accidentally stumbled into an inter-dimensional portal. Ripped through space and time, they reemerged on another world as Bravenwolf, Tributon, Lydendor, and Valorn… the legendary Tenkai Knights!

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Nelvana funds more western exclusive Beyblade spinoffs

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Despite Metal Fight Beyblade ending in Japan this past January Nelvana will keep the franchise spinning as it has announced two additional series in the franchise, BeyRaiderz Shogun and BeyWarriors Cyborg. This is in addition to the twenty six episodes of Metal Fight Beyblade: Zero-G being dubbed as Beyblade: Shogun Steel. The company gave no plot descriptions for either spinoff but BeyRaiderz Shogun is set for a spring 2014 broadcast with 13 episodes with BeyWarriors Cyborg coming that fall with 26 episodes and two one hour specials. BeyRaiderz Shogun may have been the previously announced second season of last year’s BeyWheelz western spinoff. Hasbro plans on releasing BeyWarriors toys this fall.
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YTV pulls Monsuno: Combat Chaos and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

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As of right now June 2 is final day Monsuno: Combat Chaos and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal aired on YTV. Neither Zap2it, nor YTV’s own schedule list any additional broadcast times for the two series. Their 1PM and 1:30PM Saturday slots have both been replaced by episodes of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Monsuno: Combat Chaos ended at episode 31, with Zexal hitting episode 47. YTV began broadcasting Monsuno in May of 2012, with Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal following the next month. This leaves Beyblade: Metal Fury, and Pokémon: Black & White: Adventures in Unova as the only anime related programming on the network. It’s unclear if this is just a temporary removal with a return planned in the fall, or something more.
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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

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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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