Here’s some Tenkai Knights footage

This entire franchise has kind of snuck up on me. I honestly hadn’t heard of Tenkai Knights before writing up this article a few weeks back, and now the show is just days away from a broadcast premiere in the United States. The Canada-Japan co-production will launch on Cartoon Network sometime on August 24th. In support of that impending launch the franchise’s official Youtube channel uploaded our first real look:

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Teletoon’s Fall 2013 highlights features super heroes and annoying oranges

Annoying-Orange-Million-ClonesThis could be the final time I write up a preview of Teletoon’s Fall highlights separately. Surprisingly that may not have anything to do with my general indifference towards the Canadian children’s networks. Some of you may be aware that Astral Media, 50% co-owner of the Teletoon related networks (Teletoon, Teletoon Retro, Cartoon Network Canada and their French feeds) is in the midst of being purchased by Bell Media. As a result of this sale Astral will be selling their 50% share in the Teletoon related businessess to Corus Entertainment, the company that owns the other 50% of the networks. Corus also owns YTV, Treehouse, and Nickelodeon Canada with their press releases typically handled all under a “Corus Kids” umbrella rather than channel specific programming highlights. Assuming Corus integrates the Teletoon networks under that brand they might just be included with the others in the future. Then again Teletoon at Night, and Adult Swim feature some very non-child friendly programming …

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Discotek Media will release Cybersix on DVD in 2014

This is a pretty wild coincidence as just a few weeks ago I was thinking about how awesome it would be if Discotek released Cybersix on DVD. The long time supporter of classic anime titles announced a 2014 release for the 13 episode series on Facebook. The 1999 television show was adapted from an Argentinian comic book series of the same name by Japanese animation studio TMS. Cybersix had a brief run on FOX Kids in the U.S. but will mostly be remembered as an iconic series on Teletoon in the late 90s and early 00s. If you’re reading this blog you’re likely familiar with the show, so there’s no point in a plot synopsis here. Continue reading

Take a sneak peek at the Canadian dubbed Little Battlers eXperience

keyart_LBXAll I write about is kids shows … Here’s one that has been in the works for a while. Little Battlers eXperience, known in Japan as Danball Senki (literally, “The Cardboard Troopers”) dates back to 2008 when well known games company Level-5 announced the original action RPG on PSP. It wasn’t until June 2011 that said PSP game actually hit store shelves in Japan, but it didn’t come alone. Level-5 had worked with a variety of partners, including Bandai, Shogakukan, and TV Tokyo to ensure the game would launch alongside model kits, manga, and a TV anime by OLM. After the series proved itself in its native land, Dentsu Entertainment USA picked up the show later that year with interests in releasing it in North America, Europe, and other markets. Rather than reusing the dub produced for Asian markets, like what happened to Level-5′s Inazuma Eleven, Dentsu Entertainment USA hired Calgary’s own Blue Water Studios to adapt 78 episodes of the series.

Little Battlers eXperience (LBX) is based on a highly successful animation, toy, videogame, and manga franchise in Japan known as “Danball Senki.” In this popular animation series, children in the year 2050 have miniature LBX robots, which they build, customize and play in robot battles.

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Nelvana’s next action series is Mysticons

Mysticons1This is actually a bit of an older story as the series was initially revealed in April, but since there’s so little to talk about I might as well report on it. It seems Nelvana is expecting Beyblade to continue its downward spiral and is now preparing a replacement in Mysticons. Produced internally at Nelvana Studio in partnership with The Topps Company (owned by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company) the show is set to be written by Sean Jara who has previously written for shows like Redakai, Hot Wheels: Battle Force 5, League of Super Evil among others. Nelvana describes the show as:

The original series is centered around four regular kids in the quiet suburb of Castletown who are called into action to double as a legendary line of heroes, known as Mysticons. After discovering a powerful mystic tome, the four friends transform into oath-bonded warriors who leave their regular life of homework, sports, and video games to battle fire breathing dragons, evil knights and barbaric orcs, led by a trio of evil warlords set on destroying mankind.

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Dentsu Entertainment USA, Nelvana, and Fuel Entertainment are working on an animated Chub City show

DENTSU ENTERTAINMENT USA, INC. CHUB CITY LOGOThis is a project that dates back to 2009 when Dentsu Entertainment USA (then known as DCI-LA) first bought the urban youth Chub City diecast car brand from Jada Toys with the intent of launching an animated series. With that project seemingly on ice the company has since worked on a variety of anime related projects including Deltora Quest, Monsuno, and Little Battlers eXperience but Chub City isn’t done yet. Dentsu Entertainment has announced a partnership with both Nelvana and Fuel Entertainment to make this project actually happen. Dentsu describes the action comedy series as:

The series follows the adventures of a team of heroic teenagers who drive customized cars at Chub City battle rallies. These rally sites pop-up spontaneously in different parts of the world, with teams arriving by train, ship, truck, and helicopter in container units called Convos that become the building blocks for these instant cities. The stories ind the humor in the relationships of the diverse team of drivers and the awkward bond that forms with their more logical sentient cars, all while battling to recover a powerful hidden energy source.

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Télétoon Rétro adds UFO Robot Grendizer aka Goldorak

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The French Teletoon Retro feed will be adding Go Nagai’s Grendizer this September. The third entry in the Mazinger franchise dates back to 1975 with the show’s 74 episode run concluding in 1977. A French dub of the show began broadcast in Quebec in the 1980s under the title of Goldorak. Carole Bonneau, Vice President Programming at Télétoon Rétro has said that the show was often requested for the network. Grendizer follows Duke Fleed, a survivor of the Vega Star raised on Earth as he fights back against the Vega invasion with his titular robot.
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