Canadian Theatrical News: Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. [Updated 05/07/2017]

Who would’ve guessed that one day Makoto Shinkai would hold the world’s highest grossing anime film? Well, somehow the director of 5 Centimeters Per Second and The Garden of Words pulled it off with last year’s Your Name. Funimation is bringing the CoMix Wave animated film to both Canada and the US in April. Unlike most releases like this, many venues are offering both the English dub and Japanese subtitled versions for viewers to watch. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours First LoveLive! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~ [Updated 3/23/2017]

Following the success (I guess?) of last year’s theatrical run of the Love Live! animated movie, comes a limited Cineplex screening for the first concert from the Aqours group. Unlike the Love Live! film, this is an actual concert performed by the Japanese voice actresses behind the Love Live! Sunshine!! spinoff. The event took place on February 25 and 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Japan and was streamed live to theatres across the country and other select markets. The US got a delayed theatrical release via Azoland Pictures on March 4th. Five cities in Canada will be getting the 3 hour and 47 minute concert raw (no English subtitles) on March 27th: Continue reading

Odds & Ends: Pokémon Sun and Moon/March Movie Madness on Teletoon, Belladonna on TCM, Sunrises on 70 HMV locations

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Teletoon is celebrating March break with a swarm of Pokémon, from the premiere of the latest season to the newest movie, with a sprinkling of older flicks for you to catch up on.

Kicking the week off, Teletoon has scheduled the original Pokémon film for March 13th at 4PM. The twelfth feature, Arceus and the Jewel of Life, airs at the same time on Tuesday. Wednesday has Genesect and the Legend Awakened. On Friday, Teletoon’s schedule has Lucario and the Mystery of the Mew. What’s on Thursday? The Canadian premiere of nineteenth movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel: Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale [Updated 3/31/2017]

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In possibly the fastest turnaround from the Japanese release for a film covered on this blog, Aniplex of America, Cineplex and Eleven Arts are bringing the first big screen journey of Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online light novel franchise to Canadian theatres this March. This comes just weeks after the film’s Japanese debut on February 18th, though Canada has to wait a few days after the release in the U.S. on March 7th. Suffice to say these screenings will be limited to just the Japanese version with English subtitles.

A-1 Pictures, the Aniplex owned studio behind the Sword Art Online television anime, has returned to animated the film based on an original story by Kawahara. Continue reading

Bushiroad resumes production on Future Card Buddyfight’s English dub

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Alongside the announcement that the show’s fourth season is due out in April, Japanese card game/wrestling promoter (they exploit the weirdness of that combination) Bushiroad has confirmed they’ll return to dubbing the Future Card Buddyfight anime series in English. While the crossmedia project debuted simulatneously in English and Japanese on streaming platforms in 2014, with an English dub by Ocean Media’s Calgary and Edmonton affiliate Blue Water, the company ceased production on the dubbed version halfway through the second season, Buddyfight Hundred, in October 2015. From that point onwards Bushiroad shifted English promotion to a subtitled simulcast of the Japanese version. Continue reading

Cogeco pulls the plug on Anime Network

animenetworkondemandRemember the mid-00s? American Idol was the most popular show on television. Netflix had just launched a streaming service in the US. Blackberry, then Research in Motion, was a successful business. ADV was a thing. Remember them? They were once America’s largest anime distributor, even operating a linear television and cable video-on-demand service called Anime Network. But it’s not the mid-00s anymore. ADV became a hydra of companies like Sentai Filmworks, Seraphim Studios and Valkyrie Media. Anime Network’s linear channel was shutdown nearly a decade ago, but the brand still exists as a cable video-on-demand and internet streaming subscription service. To Canadians that receive cable through Montreal-based telecommunications provider Cogeco, the latter is the only way the service will continue to exist, as the company has announced that on March 1, 2017 the Anime Network video-on-demand service will come to an end: Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Sailor Moon R: The Movie [Updated 3/8/2017]

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Well, that was a short break…

Viz, Eleven Arts and Cineplex have partnered up for a limited theatrical release of Sailor Moon R: The Movie in Canada in March. The movie received a U.S. run in over 300 last month. While the film originally received a VHS and DVD release by Pioneer in the late ’90s and early ’00s, this is the first time it’s getting the big screen treatment. It’s also being released uncut with Viz’s Californian voice cast. Continue reading