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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.


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 Cartoon Network's Toonami block, the lineup itself bears more similarity to the anime action portion of Adult Swim.

YTV had seen years of success with audiences under twelve, however 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 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, including reruns of older Mainframe Entertainment series; Beasties, ReBoot, and Shadow Raiders. Live action YTV productions have also been previously infused into the block.

On Saturday, July 19, 2008, Bionix has been moved for the first time in almost four years 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, as the viewer advisory bumps were switched from the Bionix version to YTV's generic version.[4] However, when Naruto began airing Tuesdays to Fridays at 4 am, the viewer advisory bumps used the Bionix versions, even though the timeslot was not part of the block on those days.

In September 2009, Bionix once again became a 2-hour block airing at midnight and featured two episodes of both Naruto and Bleach. The Bionix promos and bumps were removed for the final year of the block. In February 2010, YTV's website removed their Bionix page and their Bionix on Demand page, leading to speculation that the block would soon be canceled.[5] Fan concerns and worries were realized when YTV pulled 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.

Despite Bionix being removed from the channel, the forums for the block remained as part of until the boards were completely dismantled and removed from the website in March 2014.[6]

In 2015, the Bionix brand has been brought back on the YouTube channel, YTV Direct.[7] However, the section only contains three shows from the Nelvana library that were mostly aimed at a younger audience than the TV block. The only show from the TV block to make the transition was Invader Zim.

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]

dubbed anime:


Live-action series[edit]








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