News Japan's TBS Confirms Anime's Move from Saturday, 6 p.m.
posted on 2008-02-05 04:56 EST
Japan's TBS/MBS broadcast network has announced that the two-hour Hōdō Tokushū newsmagazine program will move from Sundays at 5:30 p.m. to Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. on April 5 — effectively pushing out the anime programs that have run for over five straight years in the network's popular Saturday 6:00 p.m. timeslot. Mobile Suit Gundam 00's first 25-episode run will end on Saturday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m., but Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 will not take over its timeslot. Instead the Code Geass sequel will premiere on Sunday, April 6, at 5:00 p.m.
The TBS/MBS network has run an anime series or an Ultraman live-action special-effects series in that Saturday 6:00 p.m timeslot since 1993. The timeslot reached its heyday during the 2002-2003 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed run and the 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist run. Ratings began slipping with 2005-2006's Blood+. The ratings drop accelerated when NHK's Major baseball anime series ran directly against the TBS anime programs.
Here are the TBS/MBS progams that have run in the Saturday 6:00 p.m. timeslot in the last 15 years:
|Title||Premiere Date||Finale Date|
|Sanchome no Tama: Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka? (Tama & Friends)||1993.07.03||1993.08.28|
|Ai to Yūki no Pig Girl Tonde Būrin||1994.09.03||1995.08.26|
|Mama wa Poyopoyo-Saurus ga Osuki||1995.09.02||1996.08.31|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Seed||2002.10.05||2003.09.27|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny||2004.10.09||2005.10.01|
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (First run)||2007.10.06||2008.03.29|
Source: Gunota Headlines