Evangelion 2.0: You May (Not) Be Able To See It In A Theatre Near You, But I Will

Get to see Shinji cry some more on the big screen once again!

The second film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, will be released in Canadian cinemas via a deal put in place by Funimation and Cineplex in a limited engagement January 20, and 21 at 7PM. While the screen numbers aren’t as large as the run 1.0 got, the theatre count is still quite large:

1/20/11 AB Lethbridge Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge
1/20/11 AB Calgary Scotiabank Theatre Chinook
1/20/11 AB Calgary SilverCity CrossIron Mills Cinemas & XSCAPE Entertainment Centre
1/20/11 AB Calgary Empire Studio 16 Country Hills
1/20/11 AB Edmonton Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas
1/20/11 AB Edmonton Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton
1/20/11 AB Edmonton Empire City Centre 9 Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Nanaimo Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo
1/20/11 BC Victoria SilverCity Victoria Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Burnaby SilverCity Metropolis Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Coquitlam SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Richmond SilverCity Riverport Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Vancouver Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
1/20/11 BC Vancouver Empire Oakridge Cinemas
1/20/11 MB Winnipeg SilverCity Polo Park Cinemas
1/20/11 NB Fredericton Empire Studio 10 Regent Mall
1/20/11 NB Moncton Empire 8 Trinity Drive
1/20/11 NB Saint John Empire Studio 10
1/20/11 NL St. John’s Empire Studio 12
1/20/11 NS Sydney Empire Studio 10
1/20/11 NS Halifax Empire Theatres Bayers Lake
1/20/11 ON Barrie Galaxy Cinemas Barrie
1/20/11 ON Kingston Cineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas
1/20/11 ON London SilverCity London Cinemas
1/20/11 ON North Bay Galaxy Cinemas North Bay
1/20/11 ON Windsor SilverCity Windsor Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Niagara Falls Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Ottawa SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Clarington Cineplex Odeon Clarington Place Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Ancaster SilverCity Ancaster Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Brantford Galaxy Cinemas Brantford
1/20/11 ON Burlington SilverCity Burlington Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Guelph Galaxy Cinemas Guelph
1/20/11 ON Waterloo Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo
1/20/11 ON Brampton SilverCity Brampton Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Markham Cineplex Odeon First Markham Place Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Mississauga Empire Studio 10 at Square One
1/20/11 ON North York SilverCity Fairview Mall Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Oshawa Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Richmond Hill SilverCity Richmond Hill Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Scarborough Coliseum Scarborough Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Toronto Cineplex Odeon Queensway Cinemas
1/20/11 ON Toronto Scotiabank Theatre Toronto
1/20/11 QC Montreal Cinéma Banque Scotia Montréal (Scotiabank Theatre Montreal)
1/20/11 QC Hull Cinéma Starcité Gatineau (StarCite Hull)
1/20/11 QC Quebec City Cinéma Cineplex Odeon Ste-Foy
1/20/11 SK Regina Galaxy Cinemas Regina
1/20/11 SK Saskatoon Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon
1/21/11 ON Toronto Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas

Please stay tuned to Funimation’s Eva portal to see if any theatre near you is added, or check out Cineplex’s page. Funimation is adivising those who don’t have a nearby theatre showing, to demand on via Eventful.com.

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The Hub series finds homes in Canada this January, Teletoon picks up the good stuff

It's good, I promise! Although Prime's lips are pretty freaky...

This January Teletoon surprises me with some interesting programming acquistions. We knew Corus and Hasbro had entered a deal for Hub programming in Canada, but come January 9, these new additions weren’t exactly things I expected to see on Teletoon, well except Generator Rex. Rex is a Cartoon Network original, and that was going no where but Teletoon. Generator Rex is also the first of the new additions to premiere on Teletoon’s Sunday Morning Action Force at 11AM:

New series Generator Rex follows the exploits of an adolescent named Rex who can grow machines out of his body. When he is recruited into a top-secret organization called Providence, Rex uses his unique powers to defeat the EVOs, an evil breed of monsters who have mutated from normal humans and animals.

Transformers Prime premieres at 12PM, and unlike the Hub broadcast, it appears the series will air the 5 part mini-series event weekly. Which should put it in a simultaneous launch week when new episodes of Prime resume on the Hub in February.

GI Joe: Renegades follows at 12:30PM, and probably won’t get cool commercials like this.

Transformers Prime breathes new life into the classic battle between Autobots and Decepticons. In an attempt to protect the earth and its people, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots face off against Megatron and his evil Decepticons once again. Another classic 1980s series is revamped for a new generation in G.I. Joe Renegades, a new series that sees a group of young G.I.s face off against the evil Cobra Industries.

The three series join the Action Force along with new episodes of Marvel Super Hero Squad, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and Hot Wheels Battle Force 5.

Transformers Prime marks the first occasion in the franchise’s modern history where YTV isn’t the broadcaster. YTV premiered every Transformers animated series since 1995’s Beast Wars (known as Beasties on the channel) to 2007’s Transformers Animated. Since then, the original 1984 Transformers cartoon has aired on Teletoon Retro. Previously, GI Joe series have aired on YTV, however, last year the older youth aimed GI Joe: Resolute aired on Teletoon. Like Transformers, the 1980’s incarnation of GI Joe also aired on Teletoon Retro.

Thanks to Anime-Ash for pointing this out in the forums.

Update: Thanks to Mohji for pointing this out in the comment section, but the rest of The Hub’s launch original animated programming have been given broadcasters, and a premiere set for January.

YTV plays it safe, and only picks up Pound Puppies, the Erci McCormack starred show based on the animal toyline of the same name. This show premeires in a timeslot that makes me question if it’s on the right channel. Pound Puppies premieres on YTV’s Playtime (preschool aimed) block on Tuesday, January 4 at 12PM.

Stemming from the original 1980s cartoon and toy line by Tonka, Pound Puppies follows the adventures of a group of seemingly average dogs in a city pound, who in reality are part of an underground secret society whose goal is to find loving homes for pets. Led by a wily charmer of a mutt named Lucky (Eric McCormack), the series follows this fearless group of dogs called the Pound Puppies as they outsmart their human wardens who never figure out what they’re saying. This 26-episode half-hour 2D-animated series produced by Canada’s 9 Story Entertainment and Hasbro Studios in the U.S. also features the voice of Betty White and premieres during YTV’s Playtime block on Tuesday, January 4 at 12 p.m.

"I LIKED THIS SHOW BETTER WHEN IT WAS CALLED MIRACLE KOALA"


YTV also announces a premiere date for a new animated series called Almost Naked Animals. Can you say “We’re so Nick we even want to try to make our own Nicktoons?”, I know I can. The show premieres January 8 at 9:30AM in Crunch.

This fast-paced 2D-animated comedy follows a cast of shaved, underwear-clad animals who live in a beachfront hotel called The Copabanana. Managed by a hyper, fun-loving canine called Howie and his misfit friends Octo, Bunny, Narwhal, Duck, Sloth and Piggy, the hotel is well known for offering its guests an atmosphere of mayhem, destruction and general debauchery. But it’s not always fun and games at the hotel as Howie’s over-achieving sister and manager of the competing high-end Chateau Chattoo is desperate to take over The Copabanana from her incompetent brother. Produced in Canada by 9 Story Entertainment in association with YTV, this 26-episode half-hour series stars the voice of comedian Sean Cullen and premieres during YTV’s cartoon block CRUNCH hosted by Andy on Saturday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Elsewhere on YTV, they’ve rebranded the Sunday night movie block formerly known as ZAPX as Big Fun Movies, leaving Saturday the only day without the Big Fun taint.

Treehouse gets in on the action and picks up Lauren Faust’s (Foster’s Home For Imaginary People, Powerpuff Girls, etc.) and Studio B’s (Class of Titans, Being Ian, etc.) My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Nelvana’s own original Hub series, The Adventures of Chuck the Truck.

Looks like Panty & Stocking, 100% better than Panty & Stocking.

Based on Hasbro’s iconic 1980s My Little Pony franchise, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic takes on a new look in this animated series created by Lauren Faust (The Powerpuff Girls). Set in the magical land of Equestria, a kingdom inhabited by colourful ponies, Twilight Sparkle, a studious pony with magical powers, is given the important task of making new friends. On her journey to the quaint fairytale village of Ponyville, Twilight Sparkle meets five new ponies who take her on all sorts of exciting adventures and teach her about the powerful magic of friendship. Produced by Hasbro Studios and Studio B Productions My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic premieres Monday, January 3 at 6 p.m.

Previous incarnations of My Little Pony have aired on Teletoon, and there isn’t anything truly “preschool” about the title to warrant a Treehouse broadcast, but hey, I don’t working at programming at Corus Entertainment.

Produced by Hasbro Studios in association with Nelvana Studio, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends is a fast-paced, high-energy animated series based on the original Tonka toy, Chuck the Truck. Preschoolers can follow this curious, smart and adventurous truck named Chuck, whose imagination is fuelled by every visitor that pulls into the truck stop where Chuck lives. With the help of his pals Digger, Boomer, Rowdy, Soku, Biggs and Handy, Chuck turns all of his fantasies into reality. This 26-episode half-hour animated series premieres Wednesday, January 5 at 6 p.m.

Nick Canada also picks up the underwelming Planet Sheen, and T.U.F.F. Puppy (seriously, what with all the animal shows all of a sudden?). To view their premiere dates head over to this press release of Corus’ website, where you can also see some odd movie pickups.

It does appear no one is biting on Hasbro’s Family Game Night, not surprising since YTV tried that a few years back with Game Gurus, and failed (am I the only one who hoped that would be a new video game news magazine series ala Gamerz back in the day?). I suspect RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour will eventually find its way up here.

Toronto television legend Mark Dailey passes away at 57

When people think of Citytv, there’s a saying they directly associate with it, “Citytv… everywhere”, and Mark Dailey was the voice behind that saying. The Citytv Toronto 11PM news host was the voice of the channel for almost its entire history, and to many, he was the voice of the city. Which is understandable, as his deep yet gentle voice welcomed viewers to a variety of City’s programming, from their movies, to as mentioned before, the news casts. He also leant his voice to a variety of characters in the animation world, such as Brad Best in Beyblade, Rokusho in Medabots, and Crag in the Ripping Friends. He lost second battle with cancer this afternoon. Television in Toronto will never be quite the same.

CBC News – Canada – Mark Dailey of Citytv dies of Cancer

YTV.com streams almost the entirety of Beyblade, January cheers, and some IFC fun

I sure hope Nelvana co-produces a remake of Card Captor Sakura so that I can see Cardcaptors streamed on Teletoon's site... Ok, fine, I'll take Medabots instead.

YTV.com’s video portal is currently streaming almost all of the entire Beyblade franchise for one of the few Canada-only streams. The original Beyblade series had an episode run of 51 episodes, however, in the YTV streams, episode 3 is missing, although this seems to have been an error, rather than a case of censorship (I couldn’t think of anything remotely offensive enough to remove an entire episode in this spinning top franchise), as the listing for the first season lists its run as 51 episodes, rather than the 50 currently on the site. Both V-Force, and G-Revolution are streaming in their entirety of their Nelvana created English dub. However, V-Force’s first episode has the opening sequence of the original season, which, if you’ve seen the redesign the characters got between seasons, is quite jarring. As V-Force has never seen any form of home release in North America, and the fact it aired over five years ago, I can’t recall if this occurred in the broadcast version of the episode. Sadly, G-Revolution’s last episode is the broadcast version. The broadcast version that neglects the slideshow epilogue that brings the first series story to a close.

As for Metal Fusion, the reboot to the franchise, only five selected episodes are currently streaming. I imagine that YTV will be changing them in intervals related to their broadcast schedule. Although the current episodes on the site are not the most recent episodes YTV has aired.

The only major omission is the first Beyblade movie, but that might fall into the hands of Miramax, and Disney, rather than Nelvana and Hasbro.

For New Years, YTV will be airing new episodes of Beyblade Metal Fusion and Pokemon DP: Sinnoh League Victors at 9AM rather than their later afternoon slots. Their later slots will be pre-empted.

Lastly, IFC Canada seems to be airing some anime again. This time the batch seems to be Virus Buster Serge, and Street Fighter II V. For show times, and any future IFC anime updates in the coming days, I’d recommend checking out Mohji’s December IFC thread as well as the weekly Anime on Canadian TV thread.

Top 5 anime series that should’ve aired in Canada but didn’t

I’m not going to lie, it was actually a bit difficult to figure out five series that haven’t aired in Canada, that could make an impact. While there is a lot that didn’t air in Canada, most of it didn’t get picked up because it wasn’t notable, or didn’t catch a following in the US. There are a tonne of series that didn’t get the exposure they deserved because of their venues, which will be the topic of a future list.

Note: Recent series have not been listed as there is still a chance they could pull through, and land a broadcaster up here. If by next year, none land a Canadian broadcaster, a new list will be made.

5. Rurouni Kenshin

Kenshin's got that pretty samurai swag.

The long running samurai epic that captivated audiences in the US was one of the few Media Blasters titles to get a TV run, well, not in Canada that is.

Why didn’t anyone pick this up?

I kind of hinted to this in the description, Media Blasters doesn’t often get series on TV, so I’d imagine trying to do a Canadian TV deal would be difficult (in actuality, none of their licensed series have aired on Canadian TV). The Los Angeles dub may have hurt it (as a good chunk of anime aired in Canada, is dubbed in Canada), I’d imagine Media Blasters inexperience, and edited, but not localized TV version of the show played a bigger role.

4. YuYu Hakusho

"I'll get you Urameshi!!"

Before Funimation had Fullmetal Alchemist, YuYu Hakusho was their other cash cow that helped transfer viewers from Dragon Ball onto something else on [AdultSwim].

Why didn’t anyone pick this up?

At the time, YTV was only airing localized series, and early YuYu Hakusho by Funimation didn’t fit this bill. The Texas dub, and the fact it was indeed picked up by Funimation (a company that rumours shown a falling out with YTV over tape delays on Dragon Ball Z, which culminated in the alternate dubs of later Z/GT/ and DB being aired, finally ending when Bionix aired Fullmetal Alchemist, and Case Closed) really didn’t help. I guess YTV felt content with Knights of the Zodiac as a transfer show…

3. Sgt. Frog

Not Hypno-Toad I'm afraid

Sgt. Frog is an insanely popular gag-manga that was later adapted into an even more popular anime series. The series features humour in the styling of Sponge Bob Square Pants, made it a much easier sell to North American audiences than, say, BoBoBoBoBoBoBo. Canada wasn’t the only country to pass on airing the Frog, as the series has yet to find a mainstream broadcaster in the US, and is in risk of not having an ongoing dub.

Why didn’t anyone pick this up?

Like every other show I’ll list on here, I can’t give you the true reason why these shows didn’t get picked up, I can only give you somewhat educated speculation.

For Frog, the series is long, spanning over 330 episodes, and ongoing, it would’ve been a big commitment for a broadcaster to handle (for a Canadian broadcaster, it would require a lot of commitment, as the show never had a Canadian dub for any sort of incentive), given that they wouldn’t be earning much if anything from the series huge merchandise line, had it proven successful. Given comedic anime’s lack of success in the US, it would’ve been a risky pick up. Secondly, the series was initially licensed by ADV and reportedly pitched incredibly hard to US networks. ADV hasn’t had a property air in Canada, and when their rights to the series were transferred to Funimation, their hard push may have soured the bed with broadcasters with the series. While we don’t know if ADV pushed for the series up here, word may have traveled, shooting down any potential Funimation had with the series. Funimation’s dub also didn’t help the cause. They spiced up the script a bit in order to catch a slightly older audience than what was initially targeted in Japan, that nearly destroys the entire thing the show had going for it.

2. Neon Genesis Evangelion

No one likes Shinji

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the few anime series that holds mainstream critical acclaim, and has been a proven cash cow for all the parties involved. But a popular broadcast on [AdultSwim] in the US wasn’t enough to get this emo mecha saga on the air in Canada.

Why didn’t anyone pick this up?

When the series was picked up by [AdultSwim], it was well after a failed edited run on a special edition of Toonami. At the time of the AS broadcast, Bionix, the only real venue for the show at the time, was only a year old, and had a full slate of programming largely at the hands of both Bandai Entertainment, and Viz Media. Neither party had anything to do with Evangelion, the series was actually picked up by ADV, a company who I just previously mentioned never was able to get a show on the air in Canada. ADV’s token Texas dub, and the show’s age probably didn’t help either. Though, some may argue the show’s content made it unlikely to air in Canada.

1. Mobile Suit Gundam 00

The one that got away...

Sunrise’s newest attempt at selling their Gundam franchise to the people of today would sure be guaranteed a broadcast in Canada after the incredibly successful runs of both Gundam SEED, and Gundam SEED Destiny, especially since it has a Canadian dub, right? RIGHT? Wrong. Despite airing in the United States on the SciFi network, Gundam 00 has yet to lift off in the great north, and likely won’t. Setsuna and friends are grounded.

Why didn’t anyone pick this up?

At the time of 00`s premiere in the US, the only network that could air the show, YTV, was in the process of dismantling their older youth animation block, Bionix, by dumping it on Saturday nights. This change occurred as the channel was shifting into fulfilling their Co-View strategy (a broadcast term in which lineups are created that appeal to both children and their families, it gets more eyes on the screen at once, giving the channel more efficient advertising venues than to have a Pampers commercial on at 9PM in a show that targets 14 year olds), after a change in the higher ups at Corus Entertainment`s children`s division. To make matters worse, to get the show on SciFi in the US, Bandai Entertainment had to sell partial rights to the show to Manga Entertainment. Manga Entertainment has never dealt with YTV, and in fact, Manga Entertainment`s parent company, Starz Media, has an exclusive relationship with the Canadian premium television package of Superchannel stations, which meant if it was going to air anywhere, it was going to air on Superchannel, a venue that only a fraction of the country gets. Oddly, as time went by, Gundam 00 is one of the few notable series from Manga`s Ani-Monday block to not get picked up by Superchannel, coupled that with the fact Manga Entertainment`s website and Youtube channel don`t stream Gundam 00 as they did Gurren Lagann lends to the idea that maybe Bandai didn`t sell off Gundam 00 to them. Conspiracy theorists use this, along with the fact that Bandai`s own stream of Gundam 00 was geo-locked against Canada (this has since changed, and the dub is viewable on The Anime Channel’s Youtube Page), as a sign that they did sell, or at least tried to sell Gundam 00 to someone up here. With the series having finished airing in the US more than a year ago, it`s unlikely that any broadcaster who could have the rights would use them now.

Edit: Thanks to Mohji for pointing out that the Gundam 00 Youtube streams were no longer geoblocked.

Rumor: Even more confirmation of Ocean Dragon Ball Kai?

A post on a UK based Dragon Ball fansite devoted towards the Ocean dub of the franchise provides some new light on the rumored Kai dub. This post on the forum reportedly dispels some of the doubt clouding the dub’s legitimacy after voice actor Trevor Devall later revealed that the casting session many (including myself) used as confirmation of the dub’s production, occurred a while ago, with no news really having been heard of since. More doubt was tossed in when a Funimation representative denied having any knowledge of this alternate dub (granted, I doubt they’d be the #1 source of information on that subject). This post has a forum user allegedly getting in contact with Ocean executive producer Ken Morrison who not only confirms an Ocean dub of the series, but sets the record straight on an 2011 broadcast in the United Kingdom:

I can’t say you should put much faith into this, given that it’s a forum sourcing an email. But then again, one could claim something similar in regards to this blog…

Corus and Hasbro ink deal that’ll see Hub series in Canada

Be a hero!

Surprise, surprise, Hasbro Studios and Corus Entertainment have reached an agreement which will see Corus Entertainment’s children networks (YTV, Treehouse, Nick Canada, Teletoon, and Teletoon Retro) become the exclusive Canadian home for Hasbro Studios productions. This agreement includes series such as Transformers: Prime, GI Joe: Renegades, and My Little Pony (don’t laugh) among many others. All of these programs reside on the US based television channel, The Hub, a joint network created by Hasbro and Discovery Communications aimed towards families. The channel replaced the failed Discovery Kids in the US (Corus Entertainment launched Discovery Kids Canada, to have it replaced by Nickelodeon Canada last year).

Corus picking these series up isn’t surprising. Hasbro and Corus have a long history together, a history that includes series like Beasties/Beast Wars, Beyblade (a Nelvana production that has Hasbro as the toy license owner), to even the likes of Idaten Jump (oh don’t deny it, you remember this cross-dimensional bike race series!). The real question lies within which venue these shows will end up on. Transformers is typically something YTV has aired, and very well may air again, although there lacks a proper venue for the program outside of shoe-horning it on Saturdays. My Little Pony’s previous incarnations have aired on Teletoon, but damn if that show doesn’t just scream current YTV. GI Joe is also another toss up. While GI Joe: Sigma 6 aired in full on YTV, the more recent older youth aimed GI Joe: Resolute aired on Teletoon. The Hub in question is a lot more similar to YTV than Teletoon. Both target families with programming such as sitcom repeats, game shows, etc.

While no launch date for these series were mentioned, given the lack of them being in the December highlights, it appears they will all be 2011 series.