So far, Beyblade Burst has had a bumpy ride in Canada. It premiered to little pre-release promotion on September 10th and then immediate confusion as the second episode premiered the next day (even the official social media handler thought it would be a re-run). Then, after four weekends and eight episodes, debuts abruptly ended on October 2nd as the show began a repeat run on both Teletoon and Disney XD Canada. We’ll never know what happened, but some solid guesses would be that airing two episodes a week of a show that (as of October 2nd) had only run twenty-six episodes in Japan probably makes things difficult for the English production team. Or, maybe Sunrights and Hasbro wanted to make sure we didn’t get too far ahead of their pending US run.
Either way, that all looks to be in the past as Teletoon’s schedule is listing a return to premieres with episode nine, “Wyvron in the Way,” set for November 26th at 3PM. Neither TV Passport nor Teletoon’s schedule list a premiere for Sunday; with a repeat of episode seven expected to run. I guess that’s the end of double premieres. Unless Teletoon pulls some holiday pre-emptions, Canada should still be ahead of the US by three episodes after Disney XD’s premiere event.
Here’s a small update on the movies you can (or cannot) see on the big screen in Canada:
Remember how I said an Eleven Arts representative told me Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie would come to Canadian theatres despite the deleted Cineplex listing? Well, that same representative got back to me last week and said that’s no longer the case. The movie isn’t planned to have screenings in Canada. Sorry to anyone anticipating it! Continue reading
2016 has been a big year for Rainmaker. The Vancouver-based animation studio launched the direct-to-video revival Open Season: Scared Silly and the theatrical adaptation of Ratchet & Clank this spring, continued work on the Bob The Builder and Barbie franchises, and continues prep for the upcoming ReBoot: The Guardian Code TV series. 2017 is set up to be a landmark year; not only as more of those projects come to fruition, but because Rainmaker itself will undergo a transformation. That transformation sees the addition of two new partners, an executive reshuffling and a new name: WOW! Unlimited Media. Continue reading
This mega Canadian silver screen update has got kaiju, something you might confuse for one of Ghibli’s more obscure films, Ghibli itself and an overdue horror screening. However, before we dive into any of those, I’ve got some Yo-Kai to attend to.
In one of the blog’s recent posts, I offhandedly mentioned that Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie would be screened in Canada. We’re now days away from the film’s October 15th US premiere and we’re still kind of left in the dark as to what will happen. Cineplex, the go to for Canadian Eleven Arts event screenings, posted a page for the film with a release date on the same day as the US, but never offered ticket reservations. That page has since been deleted. While that might seem alarming, I spoke to a representative from Eleven Arts last week who confirmed the film will be released in Canada. Unfortunately, they didn’t give me any more info than that. I can only speculate as to what’s going on (Teletoon’s run of season 2 is coming a little late, maybe there’s some narrative hooks that setup the film that the Canadian run hasn’t gotten to yet?), so I’ll just say Yo-Kai is why? Continue reading
DHX’s channels continue to be the island of misfit programming. In an age where more and more US children’s networks focus on owned content, and our Canadian equivalents focus more on deals with those big US producers, independent productions are slipping through the cracks. While Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir landed a US TV deal with Nickelodeon, it’s been treated about as well as the typical third party show on the net and seemed like it might not show up in English Canada (the French version has been airing on Tele-Quebec since January) at all. Well, that’s not the case, as the show is listed to premiere on Family Channel at 6PM EST on October 10th. DHX likes to repeat their shows (sometimes even across networks), so if you can’t catch it then I’m sure there will be other slots.
Here’s some info on the France-Japan-Korea co-production:
Oh, wait. Wrong trailer. That was back from when it was going to be animated by Toei. Instead, the production crew claim broadcasters forced them to go with CGI. Supposedly Toei is working on an OVA for the series, but who knows when or if that will ever surface. The series, which currently sits at one 26 episode season, has two more seasons in production. The second is due out sometime next spring. Continue reading
Teletoon’s online schedule has confirmed that the second season of the Yo-Kai Watch anime will premiere on the channel on Saturday, October 1st at 2PM. Season 2, which consists of episodes 27-56, has been airing in the US on Disney XD since August 1st.
This season, join Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they get the new Yokai Watch Model Zero. But just because he has a new watch, that doesn’t mean Nate’s life will get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a new cast of Yo-kai interrupts Nate’s normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways.