Beyblade Metal Fusion Marathon This Saturday

As a celebration for YTV’s Beyblade Metal Fusion Madness Contest (which includes some pretty cool swag – like the chance to be a voice actor on the show!) the channel will be premiering four new to YTV episodes of Beyblade Metal Fusion March 26 starting at 12PM EST. This replaces the current Super Anime Lineup airing on the channel for the weekend.


Beyblade Metal Fusion will have a four episode marathon this Saturday!

The four episodes premiering are the following:

12:00 PM – Episode 36: “Broken Wings”
12:30 PM – Episode 37: “Rock Scorpio’s Deadly Poison”
1:00 PM- Episode 38: “Run, Gingka”
1:30 PM – Episode 39: “Clash! The Phoenix vs. The Pegasus”

This will leave exactly 12 episodes until the second season, dubbed by Nelvana under the name “Beyblade Metal Masters” (known in Japan as “Metal Fight Beyblade: Explosion!”) could premiere on YTV. The channel, despite being the first English country to premiere Metal Fusion has fallen greatly behind international broadcasts of the show, and is in fact one of the few English speaking countries to not have finished the series run.

Interestingly, the URL for YTV’s contest has “BeybladeMMM” – which doesn’t work as an acronym for “Beyblade Metal Fusion Madness”, so I assume the contest will return when Metal Masters premieres. As a bonus for entering, viewers are greeted to the following teaser trailer:

Thanks to Mohji for saving me some time by not having me look up Zap2it listings!


Sailor Moon returns to North America in manga form

The iconic shojo heroine returns to North America after being in a decade long license hell. Kodansha USA announced today that they plan on re-releasing all of Naoko Takuechi’s Sailor Moon manga starting bi-monthly this September, with the prequel prototype series Sailor V to also see English release (Sailor Moon was previously published by Tokyopop – known as Mixx at the time). This is the first time in six years that the manga will be in print (and the first time Sailor V will ever have been published in English), and is the first time in many years that anything regarding Sailor Moon in the English speaking world has been seen.

The Kodansha USA reprint will be based on the 2003 Japanese version which featured improved art, new cover art, artist interviews and commentary, alongside condensing the series from its original 18 volume run into 12 omnibus editions.

Sailor Moon Manga

Sailor Moon chronicles the story of a highschool girl named Usagi who is one day granted the powers to fight and invading evil. Through her journeys she discovers her past, and whom she really is.

Toei Animation’s anime version of the series became a fixture on YTV for many years and in fact can be cited as one of the earliest success of anime on Canadian television. The series was big enough that YTV enlisted sister company Nelvana to pay for the English production of further episodes of the show, and movies after DiC (now part of Cookie Jar) hadn’t received much success with the US syndicated run. Afterwards the series was picked up by Cartoon Network and gained notoriety in the US. Due to reasons that have never really been explained, Toei Animation pulled the rights to the anime prior to the last season of the show, Sailor Stars, entering into English production. Since then Sailor Moon has largely been silent on the world stage. Well, until recently as the series had been licensed for distribution in Italy, and Germany, with Italy receiving a so far exclusive Nintendo DS game.

Toei Animation’s attempt at rekindling the love of the magical girl shojo genre with Pretty Cure did make it to YTV, but the series proved less than successful, and it is unlikely any further iterations of Pretty Cure will air on the channel.

Kodansha USA to Publish Sailor Moon, Sailor V Manga – Anime News Network

Adventure Time premieres on Teletoon this Sunday

Adventure Time makes its long awaited debut on Teletoon this Sunday.

After a wait that was way too long, the adventures of Finn and Jake finally premiere on Teletoon this Sunday at 6PM EST (from the week after, and onwards it will air at 6:15PM). The duo have become a staple on original network Cartoon Network in the US, as it appears their off the wall antics have struck a cord with audiences. Unsurprisingly Teletoon is hoping to emulate the success by bundling the show in a block dubbed “3 Hours of Awesome” with the following schedule:

6-6:15 p.m. ET/PT – Johnny Test
6:15-6:30 p.m. ET/PT – Adventure Time
6:30-6:45 p.m. ET/PT – Jimmy Two-Shoes
6:45-7 p.m. ET/PT – The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack
7-7:15 p.m. ET/PT – Johnny Test
7:15-7:30 p.m. ET/PT – Chowder
7:30-7:45 p.m. ET/PT – Jimmy Two-Shoes
7:45-8 p.m. ET/PT – Camp Lazlo
8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Total Drama World Tour (Adventure Time at 8 p.m. and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack at 8:15 p.m. ET/PT as of May 1)
8:30 p.m. ET/PT – Stoked (Total Drama World Tour as of May 1)

Anyways, for those not entirely familiar with the show, here’s a brief summary provided by Teletoon:

The series follows Finn, the human boy with the awesome hat and his friend Jake, the wise dog, as they embark on a series of strange and unique adventures in the land of Ooo. Whether it’s an Ice King kidnapping a princess or ninjas stealing diamonds from an old man, one thing is always certain – it’s Adventure Time!

Thanks to Mohji of the forums for pointing this out.

Disney XD Canada Launches June 1st

It appears Canada will join a whole host of other countries in their EXTREME DISNEY ACTION when we’ll get our own Disney XD channel in June. The channel, set up by Disney Junior, and Family Channel parent Astral Media will presumably take the US versions Disney produced programming and air it within a reasonable time span. Disney XD in the US is home to a variety of content, from Disney Channel reruns of Phineas and Ferb, to new Marvel series, and Naruto Shipudden. The smart money is on Astral using their CRTC approved Family EXTREME broadcast license for this channel, which expires in four years. It should be noted that the Family Extreme broadcast license is for a Category 2 channel, which would put it in the same tier to the likes of Nickelodeon Canada, than say, Teletoon.

It will be interesting to see how Astral handles the channel. History shows that they’ve handled action series incredibly poorly on the Family Channel, often times sending them off to unpublicized early morning broadcasts, which in other terms means, they sent them to die. But, the ever increasing amount of Marvel animation on the US channel (a product of Disney’s takeover of the comic company) makes dumping these series to AM hours highly difficult as time slots are limited, and the popularity of the series should knock some sense into them.

But at this moment, what I’m most curious about is how this leaves Teletoon. Teletoon has an exclusive relationship with Marvel preceding the whole Disney takeover, but I would have to imagine that deal may be close to expiring. If not, I would imagine that Astral, as a co-owner of Teletoon, may want to prioritize the Marvel content, and keep newer content exclusive to XD to encourage subscription. But as I mention before, as ownership is the same there is nothing stopping content from eventually finding its way to channels like Teletoon, or Family.

Lastly, I understand some people may be waiting with bated breath on the possibility of Naruto Shipudden airing on the channel, but I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Historically, Astral’s childrens’ channels simply live off of original productions, and stuff they get for low costs via their relationship with content producers such as Disney. Naruto’s a third party show on Disney XD in the US, and is handled by Viz Media, a company that Astal has never dealt with outside of the possibility of French dubs of their anime airing on Vrak.TV (which as far as I know, never occurred).


Thanks to Jesse Betteridge for pointing this out to me.

Pokemon DP: Sinnoh League Victors Marathon and Zoroark: Master of Illusions on YTV This Saturday

In a belated attempt to celebrate the release of Pokemon Black & White version for the Nintendo DS (which was released the day of this writing) YTV will be airing four new back-to-back episodes of Pokemon DP: Sinnoh League Victors instead of the Super Anime Lineup next Saturday, though this is the season before the storyline actually kicks into the Black & White storyline, but hey…

12:00pm – Pokemon: DP Sinnoh League Victors “With the Easiest of Grace” NEW!
12:30pm – Pokemon: DP Sinnoh League Victors “Dealing With a Fierce Double Ditto Drama” NEW!
1:00pm – Pokemon: DP Sinnoh League Victors “Last Call, First Round” NEW!
1:30pm – Pokemon: DP Sinnoh League Victors “Opposites Interact” NEW!

Are you a Beyblade fan who is severely depressed by the lack of episodes? Well, later this month YTV will be airing a marathon of Beyblade Metal Fusion. I’ll write an article when the broadcast nears.


Thanks to commentator AnimeAsh, it has been brought to my attention that YTV’s Pokemon antics won’t end with this four episode marathon, but rather will continue onwards to the YTV premiere broadcast of the thirteenth Pokemon theatrical feature, Zoroark: Master of Illusions. It should be noted that while Zap2it, and other online schedules are not displaying this broadcast, it is included in’s March Newsletter to members.

Thanks to Mohji for pointing this out.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time won’t be going beyond in Canada this month

Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is the third theatrical film based on Kazuki Takahashi’s world famous Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise after 1998’s Yu-Gi-Oh! (Japan-only), and the 4Kids Entertainment backed Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie – Pyramid of Light (2004). This film unites the stars of the previous three Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yugi Moto (Yu-Gi-Oh!), Jaden Yuki (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX), and Yusei Fudo (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds) as they battle a common foe in Paradox. This movie has been positioned as the main attraction in the anniversary celebrations, with viewers receiving free trading cards, and manga just for watching. The film opened in January 2010 in Japan, but is receiving another run with an extended cut, and a preview of the next Yu-Gi-Oh! series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The English version will be released in the next few weeks, and will be based on this extended cut, with what may be an English exclusive 10 minute recap, though it is unknown if the Zexal preview will remain. For Canadian Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, it appears they won’t be jumping in this celebration in theatres.

InuYasha The Movie: Affections Touching Through Time

For the 10th Anniversary film, rather than allowing the film to getting a mainstream full film distributor, like the 2004 release (which was handled by Warner), licensee 4Kids decided to go for a limited 4 -day event with specialty distributor Cinedigm, on the 26, and 27 of February, alongside the 5 and 6 of March. The thing is, Cinedigm’s clients are all US based theatre chains, leaving us Canadians out of luck.

4Kids Entertainment, and the other associated companies with the English release of the film haven’t actually confirmed a Canadian theatrical screening won’t happen, but it appears if one were to happen it would be well after the Cinedigm release as no Canadian theatres I’m aware of are listing the film. 4Kids, and the rest of the companies involved have also neglected to mention if Canada is part of what they perceive the international community to be, as a UK, and other European countries have a theatrical release set in for 2012, to celebrate the franchise’s tenth anniversary in those markets (the various press releases 4Kids has released use very vague wording like “North American version”, etc.). The only issue is that Canada received Yu-Gi-Oh! in the same year as the US… As well, as an aside, it should be noted that the first trailer for the film on its official site was geo-locked, and Canadian viewers were greeted with a “This content is currently unavailable” message. A 4Kids rep did confirm that this wasn’t meant to happen, but that error wasn’t corrected until the second trailer (embedded below) was released.

I’m actually really disappointed that it appears we won’t be getting the movie. I’m not exactly the world’s largest Yu-Gi-Oh! fan or anything, but still, I would’ve went just for the novelty of seeing the three main protagonists interacting with each other. Not to mention that seeing 2D animation in 3D would be very cool. I do hope 4Kids is able to make it work, because it would be quite silly when a movie based on a series which never aired in Canada was able to get on so many screens when a film based on a media franchise that still airs on mainstream TV can’t.

InuYasha: The Final Act Won’t Be Headed To YTV February 19, 2011

Here I come, destroying dreams.

It all started on January 3 of this year when Youtube user Mohammad2thaccount, posted this video:

With this description:

ytv schedule :

(ok i ask ytv on facbook if there going to air the final act

and then this guy who works in ytv said no

and then the next day this guy who said no Messages me

said that if u want i can talk to the YTv crew to get your show back

and then i said yes of Course :DDD

then the next day he message and said YESSS your show is going to be aired :))

and also if u want to know if there going to air anyother anime like naruto bleach sailor moon dragon ball z or any other anime show

the answer is no :( only inuyasha TFA is going to be aired

i dont know which time is going to come but

so check in my Description box i put ytv schedule

so that when it does come it will tell u which time i think it will come at 9 or 10pm something)

thanks for watching :) if u have any Q make a common :)

All stating that via a conversation he had with a YTV employee on Facebook he found out that they planned on airing InuYasha: The Final Act on February 19, twelve days from this writing. That doesn’t sound questionable at all. Anyways, from there this rumor began to spread all over the internet, as anime fans hoped for another shot.

InuYasha The Final Act and that's a fact

Viz Media licensed this, and put it on for streaming. But of course it uses Hulu, so Canadian's are SOLed. D'OH

It doesn’t look like they’ll get that shot any time soon.

The Youtuber is standing by his story that the show will air on the 19th, but Zap2it and logic says it’s a no. Zap2it does not have any mention of an InuYasha broadcast on YTV at all on the 19th, and surronding days. Neither does Corus Entertainment’s (YTV parent company) February, or March 2011 highlights. Granted, as long time followers of the blog will know, those highlights often ignore important shows (like Power Rangers Samurai), but it is unlikely that both the highlights would neglect to mention it, and that wouldn’t have a single shred of media related to the show. I can say that YTV won’t be airing this 26 episode sequel series on the 19th.

However, the forever hopeful will recognize that YTV’s Facebook, and Twitter staff have yet to actually deny the rumors of the show airing on the channel. Coupled with the ever looming rumors of an [adult swim] broadcast in the US for the Vancouver based Ocean Studios dub leads to hope. Maybe, or maybe Japan’s YTV will air InuYasha again? Who knows.