Chi’s Sweet Home is airing on Ici Radio-Canada [Updated 9/9/2016]

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Ici Radio-Canada, the French CBC, is no stranger to anime, having aired the likes of Captain Harlock as recently as 2008, but that was a play on 80s Québécois nostalgia that resulted in little else. The channel has picked up its first new anime series in years and it’s Madhouse’s 2008 anime adaptation of Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga series. The series premiered on Monday and runs weekdays at 8:50AM following Zigby. Continue reading

Beyblade Burst listed for September 10th debut on Teletoon [Updated 9/4/2016]

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A number of TV listings services are indicating that Teletoon will premiere the latest generation of Beyblade, Beyblade Burst, on September 10th at 3PM. Will it actually premiere on the date, or will it pull a Yo-Kai Watch? Only time will tell. (See below)

Beyblade Burst is the first entry in the franchise to not be licensed by Toronto’s Nelvana, and is subsequently the first entry to not have its English voice work recorded in the city. Instead, distributor Sunrights has chosen Vancouver’s Ocean Media to handle the production. It’s also the first Beyblade to not air on YTV in Canada, but that’s not exactly a surprise. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu & Digimon Adventure tri. – Chapter 1: Reunion

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The summer has been kind of a dry spell for theatrical anime screenings in Canada, but we’re entering the fall with two highly anticipated multi-part film series.

First off, there’s a saying that applies to both this film’s theatrical run and my reporting on it. You see, while Aniplex of America announced a Canadian screening for Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu, the first theatrical feature in SHAFT’s adaptation of Nisio Isin’s ever sprawling Monogatari light novel series, last month, the film originally ran in select US theatres as early as February. We’re running so close to the wire that Aniplex has already scheduled the second film, Nekketsu, for an October release in the US (presumably if Kizu does well, we’ll get the sequels eventually). But hey, better late than never, right? Continue reading

Viz extends streaming partnership with Tubi TV

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Sailor Moon kind of spoiled things, but Tubi TV has officially announced a partnership with Viz Media to stream “some of VIZ Media’s most popular anime titles to audiences across North America, including to legions of viewers based in Canada,” for free. Continue reading

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season 2 premieres tomorrow on Teletoon

Tomato head is back! Almost an exact year ago, Teletoon premiered Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, and now its second season is about to debut on the channel. Following a brief hiatus, Teletoon’s website states new episodes will resume on the channel tomorrow, Friday, July 21 at 8PM EST, with episode 50, “Dueling Declan.” An encore run will then follow Saturday at 1PM EST. Continue reading

Beyblade Burst’s English dub stays in Canada

beybladeburstdubWhen I last wrote about the newest iteration of Beyblade, there was still a lot of uncertainty regarding its western launch. For the first time ever, Toronto’s Nelvana isn’t involved in the production and distribution of the franchise. Instead, Sunrights, a subsidiary of Japanese production house d-rights (itself a subsidiary between Mitsubishi and ad agency Asatsu-DK), is handling the property. To be honest, more than a year later there’s still a lot unknown, but we now know that Beyblade Burst is sticking to Canada.

In a series profile by License! Global, Sunrights has revealed that they’re partnering with Vancouver’s Ocean Productions to create the English language version of the show. The two previously worked on the English adaptation of B-Daman Fireblast – a joint production between Ocean’s Vancouver and Calgary recording studios. On their latest project, Sunrights is quoted as saying they’re working to “ensure that children in Western markets relate to the storyline and connect with the characters.” Continue reading

Viz finally makes Sailor Moon available for streaming in Canada

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Canada means a lot to Sailor Moon. The original dub was recorded in Toronto, the accompanying toys produced by Irwin Toy, with its immense success on YTV directly spawning the original English versions of the later seasons of the show. It was popular enough up here that we got spaghettios, awkward voice actor interviews and a stage show … that at one point starred Samantha Bee? So it’s no surprise that the franchise’s enduring popularity is well represented in the Canadian anime fandom. There’s just one problem. If you’re not interested in buying home video releases, you legally couldn’t watch the show anywhere in Canada. Interest on Viz’s part to get the series on TV never materialized, and their overall streaming partner exclusively deals with the United States. But fear not Canadian Moonies, because two years after announcing their acquisition of the series, Viz is finally doing good on you by streaming the entire 200 episode original series for free in Japanese with English subtitles. Continue reading