Beywarriors: Beyraiderz begins this Saturday on YTV

BdA-U66CQAAS2ckI told you I’d get back to talking about spinning tops in no time … Okay, this one technically isn’t about spinning tops, but close enough.

Beywarriors: Beyraiderz is the followup to last year’s Beywheelz: Powered by Beyblade anime series. Sho Tenma and friends return as their Beywheelz become Beyvehicles in an attempt to locate the Six Mythic Beasts that protect their world. The first episode of thirteen, entitled “Hope” airs this Saturday on YTV at 11:30AM.

Much like Beywheelz before it, Beyraiderz is a western exclusive Beyblade series not seen in Japan. YTV’s broadcast will be the first time the show is aired in English anywhere. We initially heard of the series last summer as Nelvana announced it, and another Beyblade spinoff under the presumably working titles of BeyRaiderz Shogun, and Beywarriors Cyborg. As Shogun was targeted for a Spring 2014 broadcast, it’s safe to say that has turned into Beywarriors: Beyraiderz.
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anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day gets a Canadian theatre run in February

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Yes, I am aware that the last three posts on this blog have been about theatrical screenings. It’s just been that kind of month. I’m sure I’ll get back to writing about Pokemon, and Beyblade in the weeks ahead. Anyways, Aniplex of America and Eleven Arts have partnered up with Cineplex to do a two night only screening of the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day film on February 9th and 12th. The movie recaps the events of the 2011 anime series of the same name. I’m not familiar with this franchise so here’s a plot run down from Aniplex:

She suddenly appeared before us one day… 6 of us…friends…we were always together. During those days, I believed that I can do anything. I believed that I wasn’t afraid of anything. But, then it happened. I just said it without really thinking about it. I didn’t mean to hurt her. I’ll just tell her sorry tomorrow, that’s what I thought.

But… That “tomorrow” never came.
So, time passed by and then one summer day, a miracle happened.

Because of an accident during their childhood, 6 friends’ hearts were closed shut, and they grew apart from one another.

One summer day, their friend who passed away in the accident appears before them.
But, she cannot remember the reason why she came back.
The friends meet once more to figure out just what her “reason” was.
Time that stood still begins to slowly move once more…
Why did she come back?

It was one summer miracle she wished for…
You can meet her if you’re facing forward.

You can find the complete theatre listing here. Cineplex haven’t put up their page on the film yet, so I’ll update this post when they do. Here it is.

Via: Anime News Network

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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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