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Fullmetal Alchemist Day Not Enough to Warm Hearts of Canadian Networks

One hundred years ago today, Edward and Alphonse Elric made their shocking departure from Resembool, burning their childhood home to ashes behind them. Sadly, it appears that Canadian television networks were uninterested in observing the event, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood remains absent from airwaves despite the success of the previous series.

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Interview with ReBoot Co-creator Gavin Blair

Being the first ever computer animated television series, ReBoot is often reflected upon for its technical influence on modern television animation. Given how outrageously generic CGI methods have made modern cartoons, this is a somewhat flawed way of looking at things. Instead, ReBoot can still be marvelled at for its sophisticated writing, which has rarely been matched to this day.

Back at Anime Evolution 2009, I was fortunate enough to grab an interview with the co-creator of ReBoot and one of the masterminds behind what we once knew as Mainframe Entertainment: Gavin Blair. For those who missed it on the old site, here it is again.

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Endless Waltz Has Endless Walts

Nazi Boy ScoutsTen years ago today, the Gundam Wing movie Endless Waltz made its shocking debut on YTV, forever altering fan expectations for anime exhibition on the station.

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Top Ten Bionix Memories

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Tonight marks the sixth anniversary of the debut of YTV’s phenomenal late night animation block, Bionix. This week also marks the one year anniversary of the block’s unceremonious death. Although a product of fan demand, YTV went to great strides to make this block everything it could be before priorities changed at the station. Last year I wrote a short article summarizing what I felt to be the top ten most memorable moments. It will be taken down along with my old website, “Zannen, Canada,” but here it is again for the sake of preservation.

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Is This the End of Harold Rosenbaum?

Harold Rosenbaum

In their Fall 2010 Programming Announcement, an excellent summary of which can be found courtesy of Primus over at I Miss Bionix, the much discussed Canadian youth television station YTV is finally delivering a full series from their 2005 pilot competition, Funpak. Worth noting is that Sidekick, which starts on 11 September, is not only heavily retooled from the version that was originally featured, it also isn’t the series that won the competition. That honour should have gone to The Manly Bee, which won the online polls.

Regardless, anyone who was following the program five years ago should certainly remember Harold Rosenbaum: Chartered Accountant Extreme, a remarkable and effectual send-up to the stilted, low-budget cartoons of the late 1960s. In the United States a series like this would’ve been green-lit and produced by Adult Swim in a heartbeat, but in the a country whose cultural productions are tangled in the litany of government subsidization, it was not as lucky.

At the very least, we can still enjoy the existing twenty-five minutes of content. All five parts of the pilot are embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading