Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo opens in Canadian cinemas next month

EVA3_320x474After the first two Rebuild of Evangelion films received a limited theatrical release in Canada, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the third film will get one too. Viewers will be able to experience Hideaki Anno’s latest take on the world of Eva on January 11th at 12:55PM, and on January 16th at 7:30PM. There will be screenings for the Japanese version with English subtitles, as well as Funimation’s English dub.

For a complete theatre listing click here, or check out Cineplex’s site.

Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion hits Canadian theatres on December 9th and 15th

After the first two Madoka Magica films received a limited theatrical release in Canada it should have been no surprise that Aniplex of America, Eleven Arts, and Cineplex have announced a run for the third film, Rebellion. Unlike the first two films, Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion covers a new story not found in the TV anime. Aniplex released this synopsis for the film:

Madoka Kaname is a magical girl who sacrificed her very existence to set every magical girl free from their cruel destiny. Homura Akemi is another magical girl who still dreams of the day she can finally see Madoka once again. Were all the magical girls truly saved from despair? Now… the great “Law of Cycles’ leads the magical girls to their new fate. This third film will once again bring together the extraordinary members of the Madoka creative staff. Led by chief director Akiyuki Shimbou, the script will be written by Gen Urobuchi from Nitroplus and the original character concept designs will be by aokiumi. SHAFT will once again be the studio that will be bringing their work to life. With a completely new screenplay and new animation Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie –Rebellion- is a brand new tale of magical girls.

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Cartoon Network Canada will not be airing Space Dandy

mainvShinichiro Watanabe’s (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) Space Dandy is being primed to be a big deal in the world of anime. Bandai Visual’s announced an extensive global broadcasting plan that will see the show air in a variety of countries within hours of the Japanese airing, but they seem to have been mistaken as far as North America is concerned. While their press release states that the show will be airing on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, so far only the US branch has confirmed that they’ll be taking part in this release. As Cartoon Network Canada isn’t a 1:1 feed of the US network skepticism was going to exist on whether or not the show was going to air in this country. I have confirmed with a Cartoon Network Canada representative that the channel has no plans on airing Space Dandy, and that Bandai Visual was most likely mistaken with their press release.
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Rainmaker revives Mainframe brand, announces new ReBoot TV series

rebootingA classic of Canadian animation ReBoot originally took to the tube on YTV back in 1994 and instantly became a fixture on the network for years to come. The first fully computer animated television series took place in the world of Mainframe, where a Guardian sprite named Bob battled against the evil virus Megabyte. Produced by the Vancouver based Mainframe Entertainment the series ran for forty-four episodes over seven years, and ultimately concluded with a gut wrenching cliffhanger as the show was canceled in 2001. Shortly after Mainframe went through a series of ownership changes, and in 2006 the animation studio took the name of its latest owner, Rainmaker. With many of the creative forces behind the show jumping ship ReBoot kind of died out with a webcomic, and a failed attempt at launching a movie franchise being the only new content for the series. Rainmaker hopes to change that as the company has announced a revival of the Mainframe brand for their television production unit with one of the cornerstones of that division being a new ReBoot show. Unfortunately details are kind of non-existent, which given this franchise’s history does not inspire confidence. Rainmaker set up the Bring Back ReBoot campaign to build hype for this new series, alongside other related products.
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Tenkai Knights premieres on Teletoon September 28

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Produced by Spin Masters, Shogakukan Productions, and Studio Bones Tenkai Knights aims to be the next big boys action brand. The show launched in the US on August 24th, and now Teletoon has announced that they’ll being broadcasting the series just under a month later. Premiering on Saturday, September 28th at 2PM ET/PT, the network will air four back-to-back episodes, with an encore scheduled for the next day starting at 7AM. From then on the show will premiere on Saturday mornings at 7:30 AM. Teletoon describes the plot of the 52 episode series as:

Teenagers 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, the boys reemerged on a different world as shape-shifting robots. Known as Bravenwolf, Tributon, Lydendor, and Valorn, they have become the legendary Tenkai Knights! Now they must battle the evil Vilius and his henchmen to help save the world of Quarton.

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YTV will premiere B-Daman: Crossfire on September 7th


I was a bit perplexed by some omissions in YTV, and Teletoon’s fall programming highlights this year but didn’t really care enough about the shows to write a post about them. I wasn’t expecting a Canadian rendition of [adult swim]‘s Toonami or anything, but seemingly safe bet children’s anime like Digimon: Fusion, B-Daman: Crossfire, and Tenkai Knights were no where to be seen despite pending product and US broadcast launches. It appears that at least one of those is making a debut this side of the border. Internet scheduling giant Zap2it! lists a September 7th broadcast at 1:30PM Eastern by the title of “Battle B-Daman” on YTV. I’m going to assume that the channel will not be airing a 22 minute toy commercial from ten years ago, but rather it’s a mix up for the newest B-Daman series, B-Daman: Crossfire. Crossfire launched in the US on The CW’s Vortexx Saturday morning block on August 17th.
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Beyblade: Shogun Steel premieres this Saturday on YTV


As one of the two remaining anime series on YTV, and therefore mainstream Canadian television I guess this is an important thing to note. The next season/series in the Beyblade: Metal ___ reboot launches this Saturday at 11:30AM ET. Rather than a direct followup to Beyblade: Metal Fury, Shogun Steel stars new blader Zyro Hagane with the Metal ___ cast in mentor-ship roles as they’ve been aged up. It’s important to note that this is the final season of the modern Beyblade reboot to air in Japan, but don’t worry as we know Nelvana’s got more original spinoffs on the way. Continue reading

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