Canadian Theatrical News: Napping Princess

GKIDS is bringing Kenji Kamiyama and SIGNAL.MD’s (a Production I.G. sister company) Napping Princess to select art house cinemas in North America this month. The film opened in Japan in March and received a Hulu Japan-only spinoff short, Ancien and the Magic Tablet ~Another Napping Princess~. Yen Press has been releasing Hana Ichika’s manga adaptation in English simultaneously with Japan.

A veteran of Production I.G., Kamiyama not only directed the wholly original feature film, he also wrote its script. Eden of the East’s Satoko Morikawa designed the characters, while Heroman’s Shigeto Koyama handled the mechanical work. Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts regular Yoko Shimomura is behind the film’s score. Continue reading

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Ici Radio-Canada is running Chi’s New Address

Ici Radio-Canada premiered the first episode of Chi’s New Address, the 104-episode second season in Madhouse’s adaptation of Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga series, on Monday. The series airs weekdays at roughly 8:12AM, following that day’s episode of PJ Masks. You can catch episodes on the channel’s website and streaming platform.

Chi’s New Address debuted in Japan in 2009. Like the first series, France’s Toon Factory dubbed the series, though rather than using the new name, they continued branding the episodes Chi, une vie de chat (Chi, the life of a cat). Radio-Canada began airing the first season on September 5, 2016 in their original 3-minute short format. Continue reading

CRTC reveals 2016 TV channel financial data

Warning: This is a long one.

It took a little longer than usual, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has revealed the individual TV channel financial data for the broadcast year starting September 1, 2015, and ending August 31, 2016. I’ll be highlighting figures from channels that are somewhat relevant to this blog, so feel free to dig through your favourite (or least favourite) TV channel’s data. How many of them operate with 0 full-time staff? The answer is too many. Continue reading

Curtain call for Yo-Kai Watch on Canadian TV?

Level-5’s Japanese sensation Yo-Kai Watch might be coming to an end on Canadian television. The show’s seventy-fourth episode, “Country Folk’ll Try Anything Once: The Electronics Store” is scheduled to air this Saturday at 2PM on Teletoon. Online schedules are indicating that’ll be the last time Yo-Kai Watch airs on the channel.

Next week, Turning Mecard’s fourteenth episode, “King of Beasts and Prince of the Forest” is set for Saturday at 2PM. Early scheduling claims that will now be the Korean robot cartoon’s home on the channel. New episode premieres for the series shift from Sunday to Saturday, with sixteen, “Urus, the Wandering Mecanimal” set for the 9th at 2PM. Episode fifteen will be Turning Mecard’s last Sunday premiere on the 3rd. Touching on Mecard for the last time, scheduling also indicates the show’s run on Cartoon Network Canada will conclude after episode thirteen airs on August 27th. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: In this Corner of the World


Shout! Factory and Funimation are bringing Sunao Katabuchi, GENCO, and Mappa’s In this Corner of the World to select theatres in the United States and Canada this month. The film is based on Fumiyo Kōno’s 2007-2009 manga series of the same name. The movie opened in Japan last November. It proved to be a significant success both critically and financially, as the film raked in 10x its production budget and was nominated for many awards. Perhaps that love and the subject matter is behind that’s why it drew a non-typical Shout! Factory to license the movie. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: The Ancient Magus’ Bride


Following a successful launch in the United States on July 26, Crunchyroll, Screenvision, Kaos Connect and Cineplex are bringing the second Anime Movie Night release to Canada. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is a three episode preview for Studio Wit and Production I.G.’s upcoming October 2017 adaptation of Kore Yamazaki’s manga series of the same name. The series will run for 26 episodes and has already received a three part animated prequel. Titled, Those Awaiting a Star, the first two episodes are available to stream on Crunchyroll’s website, with the final entry set to launch in Japan (presumably the west) on August 19th – just two days before the TV series’ preview hits Canadian theatres. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season 3 on Teletoon, season 1 on Télétoon

The third and final season of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V is set to hit Teletoon. TV listing services TV Passport and Zap2it, as well as the channel’s own schedule, indicate episode 100 will air on Saturday, July 22nd at 1PM EST. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V usually premieres on Teletoon on Fridays, but episode 51, “Kings vs. Dragons” is slated to air on the 21st.

As of this writing, none of the schedules are listing a title for episode 100. However, the currently airing Italian dub calls it, “Un Benvenuto Bellicoso”, which I’m translating as a “A Rough Welcoming.” I’ll update this post once an official title goes live. Teletoon’s schedule lists episode 100 as, “A Warlike Welcome.” 101 is listed as “Realm of the Cipher Dragon” and 102 as “Rush to Revenge.” Continue reading