Anime Invades YTV this April


March 24, 2005

Canadian Television Movie Premiere of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time

New series .hack//Sign joins Friday nights in Bionix

Saturday morning's Vortex adds new series Battle B'Daman

(Toronto, Canada) Canadian anime fans get their fix next month when YTV premieres two new series, .hack//Sign and Battle B'Daman. To prime viewers for this Japanese animation infusion, YTV broadcasts the Canadian television premiere of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time. This movie, based on one of the most popular anime series on television, premieres Friday, March 25 at 9 p.m.

On Friday, April 1 at 10:30 p.m., .hack//Sign premieres in Bionix, YTV's Friday night action/anime block. Saturday morning's Vortex welcomes a new addition to its lineup with Battle B'Daman, starting Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Anime-niacs can now catch all their favourite anime series with Anime Video On-Demand, available on digital cable in select Canadian markets, including Rogers Digital Cable, Channel 100; SaskTel, Channel 900, and Cogeco Video-On Demand. Viewers can access individual UNCUT episodes, watching them as many times as they like for 24 hours, with all the controls of a VCR: pause, rewind, and fast-forward.

Two hundred years ago, Inuyasha's father sealed away a powerful demon from China named Hyoga. Now a Shikon Jewel shard has freed Hyoga's son, Menomaru, who plans to break the seal placed on his father's remains in order to absorb his power. But to do that, he needs Inuyasha's sword. Menomaru sends his minions, Ruri and Hari, to attack Inuyasha's friends. Inuyasha is tricked into breaking his father's seal, and Menomaru becomes the new Hyoga, threatening the entire land. It's up to Inuyasha and his friends to stop this nearly invincible foe.

.hack//Sign revolves around characters in a virtual online world that are swept up in the mystery of Tsukasa, a player with unusual abilities who can do things no one else can. Following the adventures of Mimuru, Bear and other characters, the mystery deepens as the players discover connections to the outside and realize there is much more to "The World" than they had realized.

Battle B'Daman follows the story of one special young boy – Yamato Delgato. Raised by cats until he was five, Yamato now lives with his adoptive mom, Mie. Up until now, Yamato has only dreamt of playing the official sport of the B-DaWorld – B-Daman. But all that is about to change when he is chosen to receive the Cobalt Blade, the most awesome B-Daman ever, and only Yamato has the skills and talent needed to harness its power. It's going to take a lot of practice and training, but with the support of his friends – Terry, Bull and the mysterious Gray – and with his faithful cat Tommi by his side, Yamato is ready to set out on the journey of a lifetime.

YTV, Canada's #1 youth network, is seen in over eight million homes across Canada. As a major force in Canadian kids' entertainment, YTV has triggered over $870 million in Canadian independent production; developed a website that averages over 9 million page views each week; published a successful kids' magazine, Whoa!; and conducts a highly respected annual survey, The YTV Tween Report.

YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children's programming and products. The Company's other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges.

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