Bionix

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Bionix
Bionix-logo.png
Launched September 10, 2004
Closed February 7, 2010
Network YTV
Owned by Corus Entertainment
Country Canada

Bionix was a late night anime program block that was broadcast on Friday nights on the Canadian television channel YTV. It was launched in September 2004 and was removed from the channel in February 2010.

History[edit]

Bionix broke away from YTV's "Keep It Weird" style and had a more technological feel to it in an effort to appeal to a teenage audience. While visually similar to Toonami, the action-oriented program block of the United States-based Cartoon Network, the lineup itself bears more similarity to that of Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's late-night branding, which airs programs aimed at adults.

While YTV had seen years of success with audiences under twelve, they had done very little to appeal to the older teen audience which, as a youth broadcaster, they were also obliged to cater to. In 2003, YTV had become Canada's number one station for teens, thanks mainly to the debut of InuYasha. As a result, Bionix was launched on Friday, September 10, 2004[1] specifically targeting this "older youth audience", along with special disclaimers that aired after commercial breaks.

Generally most of the programming was animated, with a fair portion being anime. However, other programs were often included in order to ensure the Canadian Content regulations were met. These programs include reruns of older Mainframe Entertainment series (such as Beasties, ReBoot, and Shadow Raiders), as well as live-action YTV productions.

On Saturday, July 19, 2008, Bionix has been moved from Fridays to its new timeslot on Saturdays, from 8 pm to 10 pm.[2] Starting March 7, 2009, Bionix became a one-hour block, airing from 10 pm to 11 pm on Saturdays.[3] On May 16, 2009, the block was pushed further back to midnight, and the viewer advisory bumps were switched from the Bionix-themed bumps to YTV's version.[4] When Naruto began airing Tuesdays to Fridays at 4 am, however, Bionix's viewer advisory bumps were used, despite the show airing outside of the block's runtime.

In September 2009, Bionix once again became a 2-hour block, now airing at midnight and featuring two episodes each of Naruto and Bleach. The block's promos and bumps were removed for what would be its final few months of broadcast. In February 2010, YTV's website removed both the Bionix page and the Bionix on Demand page, leading to speculation that the block would soon be canceled.[5] YTV would indeed pull the Bionix block that same month without public notice, with the final episodes being the back-to-back reruns of Bleach at 1 am on February 7, 2010. Bleach had been airing reruns since December 2009, after the finale of Naruto that month.

The Bionix forums remained as part of YTV's website, until the boards were completely dismantled and removed in March 2014.[6]

In 2015, the Bionix brand was brought back for use as a playlist on the YTV Direct YouTube channel.[7] However, outside of Invader Zim, the playlist only features action-oriented shows from the Nelvana library, which are aimed at a younger audience than the block.

Anime History on YTV[edit]

YTV hosted the North American premiere of Sailor Moon in August 1995; the final 17 episodes of its second season, Sailor Moon R, were dubbed specifically for the Canadian market. In the years that followed, YTV would acquire other anime titles such as the Dragon Ball franchise, Pokémon, and Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the latter of which was aired in an edited format at 11:30 p.m. ET on weeknights. InuYasha premiered in late 2003, and its popularity with teen viewers brought about the creation of the Bionix block the following year.[citation needed]

In addition to Gundam Wing, several other anime titles shown on YTV were often edited for content or aired at a later time. For example, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was shown at midnight, because of its adult-oriented content, and the channel did not air the "Jungle Cruise" episode.

On September 29, 2006, YTV Canada Inc. announced it had applied to the CRTC for permission to launch a Category 2 English-language specialty channel called The Anime Channel. While the CRTC approved the application for the licence on January 30, 2007, the channel failed to launch within the required 36-month period. Corus Entertainment did not apply for an extension, thus, the Anime Channel license would expire on August 31, 2013.[8]

In addition to anime programming, YTV's website also hosted the Anime Master forum. The forum's mascot, who was portrayed as a red-suited masked ninja, has made a few guest appearances in segments of "The Zone" and "Vortex". YTV has also aired coverage of Anime North, and its PJs have done interviews with voice actors for popular animated shows on the channel. The interviews were shown in the live-action segments between programmes (called Animinutes), or as a separate block.

In the years since Bionix's cancellation, YTV had been airing anime that exclusively targeted younger audiences. On September 2, 2014, after Corus Entertainment's full acquisition of TELETOON Canada Inc, the channel's remaining anime programming, as well as Power Rangers, moved to Teletoon.

Bionix previous series and movies[edit]

This is a list of series and movies that have aired on Bionix, with their Canadian TV content ratings.

Animated series[edit]

Anime[edit]

Other Series[edit]

Live-action series[edit]

Specials[edit]

Movies[edit]

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2006:

2007:

2008:

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