Your Name. production staff create promo short for Canadian tourism


As part of the many festivities celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, the Japanese branch of Destination Canada has collaborated with some of the production staff behind Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. to create a promotional short for the winter tourism season. The 30-second “Cozy, Winter Canada” animation follows Yuya Miyagi and his girlfriend Satsuki Koumi as they leave their busy work lives behind for a winter getaway to the Great White North (there’s a lot of snow featured). The locations highlighted include Lake Abraham, Mount Rundle and Niagara Falls, with stops at Vancouver’s Granville Island and Canada Place, plus Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square. Continue reading

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Canadian Theatrical News: Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

For the 20th Pokémon feature film, OLM and the rest of the crew decided to go way back to the beginning, when Ash met Pikachu for the first time. Also, for the first time in a very long time for an entry in this franchise, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! will be played in theatres across Canada this November, courtesy of Cineplex, Landmark Theatres and The Pokémon Company International. The power of one nostalgia. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: Napping Princess

GKIDS is bringing Kenji Kamiyama and SIGNAL.MD’s (a Production I.G. sister company) Napping Princess to select art house cinemas in North America this month. The film opened in Japan in March and received a Hulu Japan-only spinoff short, Ancien and the Magic Tablet ~Another Napping Princess~. Yen Press has been releasing Hana Ichika’s manga adaptation in English simultaneously with Japan.

A veteran of Production I.G., Kamiyama not only directed the wholly original feature film, he also wrote its script. Eden of the East’s Satoko Morikawa designed the characters, while Heroman’s Shigeto Koyama handled the mechanical work. Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts regular Yoko Shimomura is behind the film’s score. Continue reading

Ici Radio-Canada is running Chi’s New Address

Ici Radio-Canada premiered the first episode of Chi’s New Address, the 104-episode second season in Madhouse’s adaptation of Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home manga series, on Monday. The series airs weekdays at roughly 8:12AM, following that day’s episode of PJ Masks. You can catch episodes on the channel’s website and streaming platform.

Chi’s New Address debuted in Japan in 2009. Like the first series, France’s Toon Factory dubbed the series, though rather than using the new name, they continued branding the episodes Chi, une vie de chat (Chi, the life of a cat). Radio-Canada began airing the first season on September 5, 2016 in their original 3-minute short format. Continue reading

CRTC reveals 2016 TV channel financial data

Warning: This is a long one.

It took a little longer than usual, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has revealed the individual TV channel financial data for the broadcast year starting September 1, 2015, and ending August 31, 2016. I’ll be highlighting figures from channels that are somewhat relevant to this blog, so feel free to dig through your favourite (or least favourite) TV channel’s data. How many of them operate with 0 full-time staff? The answer is too many. Continue reading

Curtain call for Yo-Kai Watch on Canadian TV?

Level-5’s Japanese sensation Yo-Kai Watch might be coming to an end on Canadian television. The show’s seventy-fourth episode, “Country Folk’ll Try Anything Once: The Electronics Store” is scheduled to air this Saturday at 2PM on Teletoon. Online schedules are indicating that’ll be the last time Yo-Kai Watch airs on the channel.

Next week, Turning Mecard’s fourteenth episode, “King of Beasts and Prince of the Forest” is set for Saturday at 2PM. Early scheduling claims that will now be the Korean robot cartoon’s home on the channel. New episode premieres for the series shift from Sunday to Saturday, with sixteen, “Urus, the Wandering Mecanimal” set for the 9th at 2PM. Episode fifteen will be Turning Mecard’s last Sunday premiere on the 3rd. Touching on Mecard for the last time, scheduling also indicates the show’s run on Cartoon Network Canada will conclude after episode thirteen airs on August 27th. Continue reading

Canadian Theatrical News: In this Corner of the World


Shout! Factory and Funimation are bringing Sunao Katabuchi, GENCO, and Mappa’s In this Corner of the World to select theatres in the United States and Canada this month. The film is based on Fumiyo Kōno’s 2007-2009 manga series of the same name. The movie opened in Japan last November. It proved to be a significant success both critically and financially, as the film raked in 10x its production budget and was nominated for many awards. Perhaps that love and the subject matter is behind that’s why it drew a non-typical Shout! Factory to license the movie. Continue reading