YTV announces Fall 2010 programming, grown men shouldn’t cry

Dragon Ball Z Kai

Because adding Dragon Ball Kai makes too much sense.

Clearly I was asking for too much. Today, YTV parent company, Corus Entertainment announced its Fall 2010 programming skid. Boy, it’s not pretty if you like Japanese animation.

They’ve picked up Victorious, the new Nickelodeon sitcom for kids from Dan Schneider (Drake & Josh, iCarly, etc.). I have nothing witty to say, here’s their description:

Premieres: Friday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Already a Nickelodeon hit, this half-hour live-action comedy follows the journey of Tori Vega (Victoria Justice), a 15 year-old girl who has lived in the shadow of her sister Trina – the “star” of the family. When Tori unexpectedly lands an invitation to attend the prestigious Hollywood Arts high school, she soon learns that getting in might be a lot easier than fitting in. Although she doesn’t recognize how talented she really is, Victorious follows Tori’s journey toward discovering that she’s born to be a performer and that entertaining people is what makes her happiest.

Because they want to make sure they don’t have too much Nickelodeon stuff on YTV, they also picked up Big Time Rush, another Nickelodeon show. One that’s not very popular, might I add…

Premieres: Monday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Meet Kendall, James, Logan and Carlos – four best friends from Minnesota who have been given the chance of a lifetime to join the glamorous L.A. pop music scene in Big Time Rush. But trading hockey sticks for hair and make-up isn’t always easy. Will celebrity life change these talented heartthrob teens forever? Produced in partnership by Nickelodeon and Sony Music, each half-hour of this live-action series features original songs performed by the group.

YTV also picked up Sidekick. Which seems to be a retooled version of the same Sidekick shorts that aired in Funpack (the shorts series that brought us Harold Rosenbaum). It’s from Nelvana, and it’s one of the few non-soul destroying pick ups.

Premieres: Saturday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Produced in Canada by Nelvana Studio, this animated series follows young orphan Eric Neddles who lives in Sidekick, an animated world filled with superheroes and super villains. On the day Eric was to begin sidekicking for the greatest superhero of all time, Maxum Man, Maxum went missing – leaving this rookie with the task of making the world think that Maxum is still on the job. Since sidekicks aren’t good enough to be superheroes, Eric and his second stringer friends are always given the worst jobs, which mean they’re going to be the first projectiles thrown.

They also picked up the CW’s Life Unexpected. Which, while being a critical darling, wasn’t exactly a ratings power house. Although, what CW show could you say was?

Lastly, they picked up the new CG Babar cartoon (which we’ve known about for a while), as well as Kyle XY. Another ABC Family show that YTV picked up, another one that’s already been canceled. I swear, ABC Family is taking over the cable networks up here. Muchmusic and YTV have most of their original programming covered. For some reason, they’ve also allowed Fanboy & Chum Chum to air on YTV. It was better off left on Nick Canada.

You can expect new episodes of Sponge Bob, iCarly, How to be Indie (Ugh), That’s So Weird!, The Next Star (double ugh), Beyblade: Metal Fusion, Kid vs. Kat, In Real Life, and League of Super Evil. Which makes me wonder, does YTV even know they’ll be airing Three Delivery? Guess it’s just time slot filler. Or maybe they have some more announcements in store? Don’t hold your breath.

Some may read this post and wonder why I’m so critical of these pickups, given that YTV has moved away from anime in recent months for a more family friendly cohesive lineup. Well, that’s because in the past fall seasons, there wasn’t much to pick up. Sure, there was Gundam 00, but without Bionix, it had no venue. Sure, there was Soul Eater, but without a Canadian dub, and the fanservice, it was always going to be a hard sell. But this fall we had Dragon Ball Z Kai, something that’s been a hit in the past, and is proving to do so again. Then there’s Deltora Quest, which is based on a very popular book series, and has a Canadian dub. Then there’s InuYasha: The Final Act, a proven hit, with a Canadian dub. I felt those should’ve been picked up if nothing else. Unless they have some later announcements, this has truly been a brutal fall season for anime in this country.



YTV attempts to destroy any clout I have, adds Three Delivery

Three Dee Delivery

Why is it that only Nelvana and Cookie Jar's stuff look like the only Canadian animation not done in Flash?

I’d usually ask you if you remembered that Super Anime Lineup, or that Beyblade Invasion, but at this point, I don’t think you could have forgotten given how recently I just mentioned them.

Well, it seems that’s all just temporary, as forum user Mohji points out. These are preliminary schedules so they can change (and if they change drastically ughdfsdf) The Super Anime Lineup will consist of the following starting September 4:

11:30am – Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl Galactic Battles
12:00pm – Beyblade: Metal Fusion
12:30pm – Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
1:00pm – Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s

The later three will be airing brand new episodes, while Pokemon will be in repeats.

Secondly, that Beyblade Invasion I talked about (where I said YTV will be airing 10 episodes a week), seems to be only for one week. Looks like YTV wants to stay far behind Cartoon Network.

The Super Anime Lineup then suffers a cut back, as Canadian produced Three Delivery joins September 11:

12:00pm – Beyblade: Metal Fusion
12:30pm – Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl Galactic Battles
1:00pm – Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s
1:30pm – Three Delivery

Three Delivery is an interesting show. It was produced by the now closed New Brunswick studio, Fatkat, as well as the New York based Animation Collective (the two previously worked on Kappa Mikey). It was always a YTV and Nicktoons production, but the series premiered on Nicktoons two years ago, concluding last June. In fact, I used the series as an example of a channel paying for a show, and never airing it (for those wondering, My Life Me, and Metajets do not appear on Teletoon’s preliminary fall schedule) so I’m a bit surprised we’re actually getting it.

The show’s official site describes it as this:

Years ago, an evil young apprentice named Kong Li unleashed the power of a magical cookbook, scattering its dangerous recipes throughout Chinatown. Thanks to an ancient spell, a force field was placed around the city, keeping the magic in. For many years, the rest of the world was protected, but now Kong Li has returned to find the powerful recipes. If he succeeds, their evil power will be released and the world will be in grave danger.

Luckily, three teenage heroes, skilled in kung-fu, have been trained to stop him. When orphans Sue, Sid and Tobey were recruited by Nana to make deliveries for Wu’s Garden Chinese restaurant, they saw it as a way to move out of the orphanage and have a chance to ride cool bikes. Little did they know then, that they would be locked in a battle against evil for the fate of the world. On top of everyday teenage problems, the heroes must track down every last magic recipe – and shut down Kong Li for good.

… Yay?

The Super Anime Lineup remains the same throughout the rest of September.

I have a feeling this schedule will change as YTV announces the rest of its fall programming skid. So one must ask why am I writing this post if it most likely will become obsolete? Well, because I can.

In other news, Superchannel 1 will be airing this little lineup of anime movies on Friday August 13 (uh-oh):

3:00am – MD Geist
4:00am – MD Geist: Death Force
5:00am – Strait Jacket

My advice if you’re one of the 12 people in the country who get Superchannel? Only watch this if you’ve come back from a midnight screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and the can’t fall asleep because of how awesome that movie was.

Once again, thanks to Mohji for pointing this out. Mohji is such a schedule wiz (he’s behind Anime On, that I’ve added his Anime on Canadian TV thread to the sidebar. He’s literally collecting every piece of Japanese animation on TV up here and posting them in that thread. I’d actually post the schedule, but the sidebar/ widget gets really ugly looking when too much text is displayed.

Also, for those wondering why I’ve yet to fully write up a report on Teletoon’s Fall 2010 upfront, well, simply put, I’m not interested in anything there. I’ll do a full report on it once YTV and Family’s family stuff is out. That way I can cover a whole bunch of stuff I’m not interested in within a short period of time! Yay!

If that doesn’t sound optimistic, well that’s because I expect YTV to pick up more Nick stuff, and lol Family.

YTV about to go Beyblade crazy


Benkei will eat your soul.

Remember Beyblade Metal Fusion? The 2009 reboot to the popular Beyblade franchise? Well, since May 15, the series has been airing on YTV (big surprise there, as sister company Nelvana co-produces the show). However, in an attempt to allow Cartoon Network in the US to catch up to the Canadian broadcast, for both nations to have simultaneous toy releases, after June 26, YTV began airing repeats of the series. What they didn’t expect was that Cartoon Network would schedule premieres for both Saturdays and Sundays. So sure enough, this past Saturday, Cartoon Network took the lead over YTV in broadcast of the series.

But things are far from over. In addition to that super anime lineup, YTV will be including the series in the Zone starting August 30. But this isn’t going to be a once a week affair, it isn’t even going to be a daily episode. Oh no, there will be two episodes of Beyblade Metal Fusion airing in the Zone Mondays through Fridays. That’s right, eight episodes a week in the Zone, and two on Saturdays, for a total of ten episodes of Beyblade Metal Fusion on YTV a week. Insane. The Zone broadcasts will start at episode 1, where as the Saturday broadcasts will be maintaining the current repeat phase.

Beyblade Metal Fusion gets in the Zone August 30 at 2:50 and 3:20PM EST.

YTV Schedule

Thanks to Mohji of the forums for pointing this out.

Don’t Expect Pretty Cure: Max Heart on YTV


This was an ad on this week. Of all the evil that Natalie and Hannah have faced, nothing has prepared them for the horror of Voltar.

Today YTV aired a five episode marathon of Toei’s 49 episode Pretty Cure anime series. This marathon ended up concluding the first season of the mega hit series (in Japan). However, when the series aired in Japan, directly after the end credits layed a preview for the sequel series, Pretty Cure: Max Heart, that aired on Japanese TV the week following the first season’s conclusion. YTV’s broadcast of episode 49, “Fight for the Future”, didn’t include this preview. Instead, after the end credits, and brief pause on a black screen occured, before the Toei logo displayed, and the next program aired.

Given the history that the show has had on the channel (for those who don’t know, the show was often tossed around the schedule, and put on a few rather long hiatuses), I can’t say that there is much hope of Pretty Cure: Max Heart airing on the channel.

We can’t say YTV didn’t try. While the schedule shifting probably hurt the show more than it helped, they clearly were looking to aid the show gain an audience. Heck, it’s one of the few anime series YTV produced ads for in this modern era (the only others being for Beyblade: Metal Fusion, and the ever green Pokemon). The way it ended too was not pretty (pun not intended). After a two month long hiatus the series returned in a five episode marathon, that one can’t help but see as a way to burn off the remaining episode order, and provide closure to the series viewers (of which that final episode comes through in spades). It sadly seems no matter what, Natalie and Hannah just weren’t able to capture the success of Serena and her Sailor Scouts.

Pretty Cure Max Heart

Toei's sequel series to Pretty Cure, Pretty Cure: Max Heart. Don't expect this on YTV.

For those who like to remain optimistic, maybe Toei removed that preview themselves knowing well ahead of time that Max Heart wasn’t going to air the following week? Heck, maybe YTV didn’t put a “Season Finale” or “Series Finale” tag on the above ad because they will announce Max Heart in their upcomming fall upfronts? I’d say don’t hold your breath on that.

Source: I watched the show, bro.

Reminder: Pretty Cure Season One Ends Tomorrow on YTV


Group shot of Toei's Pretty Cure Season One's Cure White and Cure Black

Happy long weekend for those celebrating. What better way to celebrate by spending Saturday (July 31) afternoon glued to the tube and watching anime? Well…

Pretty Cure returns from hiatus to end its first season:

2:00PM- Episode 45: Choir Chaos
2:30PM- Episode 46: A New Year Debacle
3:00PM- Episode 47: The Dark Zone Expedition
3:30PM- Episode 48: Evil vs Evil
4:00PM- Episode 49: Fight for the Future

All times EST.

YTV Schedule

Thanks to Anime Ash of the forums for initially pointing this out. – 4Kids getting real about anime, will eventually be in Canada


The template for A new web portal dedicated towards uncut anime. Yeah, that says Ghost In The Cell ...

Last week during Anime News Network’s weekly podcast (dubbed, the ANNCast) the crew of Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis interviewed the Senior Vice President of Digital Media at 4Kids Entertainment, Mark Kirk. During this run he let it slip that alongside the rebranding of the companies Saturday morning block (from the CW4Kids to the Asian centric Toonzai), the company plans on launching a web portal called Toonzaki. This web portal will be aimed at providing uncut anime and will be aimed at an older youth audience. Quite the change of pace for a company called “4Kids”.

Programs are supposedly not just from 4Kids, but as the above website template shows, from various third parties as well. Mark Kirk hinted at the possibility of series like Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Ultimate Muscle, and Sonic X getting Uncut subbed releases on the site (Sonic X has recieved a subtitled release on Youtube and Hulu).

However, Mark has stressed that with the mid-August launch, the portal is intended for American audiences. That said, he did say that for titles they had streaming rights for in Canada would later be a priority in the fourth quarter of the year. This follows the tradition of 4Kids Youtube channel, which had initially targeted American audiences before branching to foreign viewers.

I won’t be covering the Toonzaki launch given this news of delayed Canadian release, but I will be covering all news with Toonzai, which will soon be having its upfront.

These be exciting times we live in!

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Teletoon to finally air some anime again? Hide the children


Teaser image for Marvel and Madhouse's 12 episode Ironman anime series

Or don’t. Earlier this week at the San Diego Comic Convention, Marvel at the Ironman anime panel confirmed that their upcomming Japanese animated television shows will be aired in the US by G4 (very little relation to the G4 that aired Anime Current up here). Currently Marvel and Teletoon have a deal in place that sees Teletoon as Marvel’s exclusive home in Canada. The deal has worked well, as most Marvel direct to video features, as well as recent television shows have found their way to the channel (Teletoon is set to host the world premiere of the Avengers animated series this fall). Will this see the ever reluctant to Japanese animation, Teletoon finally air some Japanese content that neither Nelvana, or Cookie Jar produced? Only time will tell. While it’s not true anime, it’s a start, and that’s what this channel needs. Heck, maybe one day we might get Heroman? No, no we won’t.

Currently slated for production in the Marvel – Madhouse anime lineup is Ironman (pictured above), Wolverine, Blade, and an X-Men show. The first series, Ironman, is expected to start airing in Spring 2011. Ironman’s scheduled for 12 episodes. We don’t have word of the others as of yet.

The only issue is that neither Marvel, nor G4 are confirming an English dub for the work. While one should be expected, it is a bit odd that the Comic Con screening was Sub-only, with the head of G4 being playful with a “we’ve previously aired subtitled content” comment. If the series remain sub-only, don’t expect them anywhere near Teletoon. I don’t expect them to be sub-only.