Ocean Productions behind Kiznaiver English dub

Crunchyroll and Aniplex of America have announced a North American home video release for last year’s Kiznaiver anime series. The release will feature an English dub created by Vancouver’s Ocean Productions, with voice actors from both their local talent pool as well as Alberta’s. The dub was directed by Karl Willems with an English script written by Mark Macdonald.

The story is set in Sugomori-city, built in a reclaimed land, which was once prosperous as a futuristic city. Katsuhira Agata, a high school boy who is living in the city, has a strange body which can feel no pain at all and he doesn’t know why. Before summer vacation, by the guidance of a mysterious girl named Noriko Sonozaki, he is chosen as a member of “Kiznaiver,” a group of people who share pain. Then he finds his classmates who are also connected as “Kiznaiver,” however, they originally belong to different groups that never got along.

Sonozaki says, “This is an experiment to guide the world filled with wars to peace.” Following her words, they have to face various trials.

One summer story of boys and girls who have to share each other’s wounds begins.

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Odds & Ends: Comedy Gold goes to Wow! Unlimited; Beyblade Burst Evolution next month

We finally know which of Bell Media’s broadcast licenses will be relaunched as Wow! Unlimited’s new cable channel. In an interview with Canadian media industry publication Cartt.ca, Bell Media’s president Randy Lennox has revealed the company “horse-traded” Comedy Gold to the Canadian animation company. The channel came up in a discussion about the future of linear television in Canada. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: A Silent Voice: The Movie

Eleven Arts and Cineplex are bringing Kyoto Animation’s adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima’s A Silent Voice manga series to theatres across Canada this November. The film, which is directed by Naoko Yamada (K-On, Tamako Market, Sound! Euphonium) and written by Reiko Yoshida (Aria the Animation, Deltora Quest, Emma: A Victorian Romance), opened in Japan on September 17, 2016 and became one of the country’s highest grossing films last year. Continue reading

DHX looks to sell … something; Wow! Unlimited gets closer to TV screens

Did you know there’s a Peanuts anime?

It’s been a tough fiscal year for DHX Media. The Canadian kids content powerhouse reported revenues of $298.7 million, down from $304.8 million in 2016. More alarmingly, the company went from a net income of $27.7 million to a loss of $3.6 million. Most of the pain came from the fourth quarter, which saw the company lose $18.3 million compared to $1.7 million the year prior. The biggest issue is the company’s ever increasing debt, which was accelerated by their $345-million US purchase of Iconix Brand Group in May, which gives them ownership of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake properties.

DHX primarily attributes their under performance to lower than expected revenue from Teletubbies in the United States, as well as management being preoccupied with the Iconix purchase. But as a publicly traded company, that’s obviously not enough to keep off investors, who helped the company’s share price fall from $6.40 to $5.00. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours 2nd Love Live! Happy Party Train Tour

Following the March release of Aqours’ first concert, Azoland Pictures and Cineplex have teamed up to bring Aqours 2nd Love Live! Happy Party Train Tour to cinemas in Canada on October 21st. The screening is a four hour, unsubbed presentation of a broadcast from the September 30th performance at Metlife Dome in Saitama, Japan. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Tokyo Ghoul

Funimation is bringing the Japanese live action adaptation of Sui Ishida’s horror manga Tokyo Ghoul to cinemas in Canada and the United States just in time for the Halloween season. Funimation has previously released the two anime adaptations based on the series. The film, directed by Kentaro Hagiwara, stars Masataka Kubota and Fumika Shimizu as Ken Kaneki and Tōuka Kirishima, respectively. It opened in Japanese theatres on July 29th.
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Canadian Theatrical News: No Game, No Life Zero

Azoland Pictures, Sentai Filmworks and Cineplex have partnered up to the bring the first theatrical feature film based on Yuu Kamiya/Thiago Furukawa Lucas’ No Game, No Life light novel series to the big screen in Canada this October. In 2014, Madhouse adapted the series into a 12 episode anime series. Continue reading