The Click
July 15th - 21st

by Brian Hanson, Jul 15th 2006

Hello fair readers! I'm back from my hiatus and managing to pull myself away from my recently-acquired Guitar Hero addiction to bring you another full weeks' worth of everything and anything anime on that TV box you own. This is The Click, not to be confused with the recent Adam Sandler vehicle, “Click.” Although, I was assigned to do some freelance consulting work on the project; however by “freelance” I mean that I stood outside the multiplex and shouted incoherent, possibly blasphemous things at moviegoers as they made their exit.

The Pre-TV-Listings Discussion Point is thus: Kim Manning, head programmer and self-proclaimed anime guru under the omnipresence of Adult Swim, was recently named by Icv2 as number 3 in a list of the most influential figurehead in the North American anime industry. And to think, in the past few months I've been writing this thing I've called the Adult Swim anime ratings “lousy”! Although, even by Adult Swim's own admissions, they are rather lousy. TV ratings, however, are of concern to the network and the network alone – I doubt Geneon was terribly concerned with Samurai Champloo's rather middling ratings share. Disappointed, maybe, but considering how the title literally shot to the top of the DVD sales charts thanks to its Adult Swim presence, that feeling probably did not last long. Heck, take a look at Paranoia Agent; it's been shoved into a rather unfortunate late/early timeslot to die, essentially, and people are once again talking about the show, reminded of its existence thanks in no small part to the Cartoon Network.

As for this week's cabal of shows: eh. If you're an addled TV hound such as myself and desperately seeking out the newest of the new, prepare to be disappointed. However, if you don't mind re-watching some older stuff or seeking out things you've missed before at odd timeslots, it's great.  For example, here's a couple of interesting rerun gems out there this week:

(Encore Action)
-Tuesday July 18 12:00am - Episode 1 "The Undead" (Repeats Tue Jul 18 12:00pm)
-Tuesday July 18 12:30am - Episode 2 "Club M" (Repeats Tue Jul 18 12:30pm)
-Tuesday July 18 1:00am - Episode 3 "Sword Dancer" (Repeats Tue Jul 18 1:00pm)
-Wednesday July 19 12:00am - Episode 4 "Innocent As A Human" (Repeats Wed Jul 19 12:00pm)
-Wednesday July 19 12:30am - Episode 5 "Brotherhood" (Repeats Wed Jul 19 12:30pm)
-Wednesday July 19 1:00am - Episode 6 "Dead Zone" (Repeats Wed Jul 19 1:00pm)
-Thursday July 20 12:00am - Episode 7 "Duel" (Repeats Thu Jul 20 12:00pm)
-Thursday July 20 12:30am - Episode 8 "Kill House" (Repeats Thu Jul 20 12:30pm)
-Thursday July 20 1:00am - Episode 9 "Red Rose Vertigo" (Repeats Thu Jul 20 1:00pm)
-Friday July 21 12:00am - Episode 10 "Master of Monster" (Repeats Fri Jul 21 12:00pm)
-Friday July 21 12:30am - Episode 11 "Transcend Force" (Repeats Fri Jul 21 12:30pm)
-Friday July 21 1:00am - Episode 12 "Totally Destruction" (Repeats Fri Jul 21 1:00pm)
-Friday July 21 1:30am - Episode 13 "Hellfire" (Repeats Fri Jul 21 1:30pm)

Every. Single. Episode. Of. Hellsing. So if you're lying awake at night, drenched in sweat and anticipation for the upcoming Hellsing Ultimate, or perhaps you've managed to avoid every opportunity to see the series in full, here's your chance. If you have the Encore Action channel, anyway.

Meanwhile, Adult Swim's dug up two rather interesting titles to air in their five-in-the-morning “death slot”:

Super Milk-Chan
(Cartoon Network)
Sunday July 16 5:00am - Episode 2 "From Giba-Chan to Dioxin"

(Cartoon Network)
-Tuesday July 18 5:30am - Episode 5 "Spider's Revenge"
-Wednesday July 19 5:30am - Episode 6 "The Secret Valley"
-Thursday July 20 5:30am - Episode 7 "The Diamond Smugglers"
-Friday July 21 5:30am - Episode 8 "Dr. Diamond"

Behold, the deadpan un-humor of Super Milk Chan (which, at the risk of sounding unpopular, I happen to love), as well as the cheeky retro fun of Shotaro Ishinomori's mecha classic, Gigantor.

For those of you looking for something more, say, accessible, I think I can cover that for you:

(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday July 15 7:00pm - Episode 36 "Clone vs. Clone: Mine Are Better Than Yours!"
-Saturday July 15 7:30pm - Episode 37 "Surviving the Cut! The Rookie Nine Together Again!"
-Saturday July 15 8:00pm - Episode 38 "Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination"
-Saturday July 15 8:30pm - Episode 39 "Bushy Brow's Jealousy: Barrage of Lions Unleashed"
-Saturday July 15 9:00pm - Episode 40 "Kakashi and Orochimaru: Face-to-Face"
-Saturday July 15 9:30pm - Episode 41 "Kunoichi Rumble: The Rivals Get Serious"
-Saturday July 15 10:00pm - Episode 42 "The Ultimate Battle: Cha!"
-Saturday July 15 10:30pm - Episode 43 "Killer Kunoichi and a Shaky Shikamaru"

Another Naruto marathon? What's the occasion? Aside from instant-mega-ratings, the goal is to goad Naruto's vast and varied fanbase to check out the Toonami programming block's latest online venture, Toonami Jetstream, which goes live that very same night. Alas, this means I am Bo-bobo deprived this night, but a bunch of new-ish Naruto is good enough.


Case Closed
Saturday July 22 12:00am - Episode 16 "The Two-Faced Brother"

Conan investigating a murder? No way! Oh, but you'll get that this week, as our underage gumshoe looks into a mysterious disappearance, and two shady brothers with eerie ties to the victim.

Chrono Crusade
(Showtime Beyond)
Friday July 21 9:00pm - Episode 23 "The Noise"

In the most penultimate Chrono Crusade episode ever, Chrono and Rosette prepare for their final battle with Aion. I wonder if that'll lead to anything.

Eureka 7
(Cartoon Network)
Sunday July 16 12:00am - Episode 14 "Memory Band" (Repeats Sun Jul 16 3:00am)

The Gekkostate, exhausted by their recent bout with the military, ponders the perennial perplexity that is Eureka. Such as, why does everyone pronounce her name as “Ehh-oo-REKK-uh”? To sound “more like the native Japanese”? When it's a Greek word? That's just silly.

Fullmetal Alchemist
Friday July 21 10:00pm - Episode 21 "The Red Glow" (Repeats Sat Jul 22 1:00am)

Ed and Al battle two oddly familiar guards in the shady remains of the rather hush-hush Laboratory 5. Later, Ed must make a difficult decision when he meets with a particular disgraced former State Alchemist. Any “Red Glow” probably means your “tint” setting is too high on your TV set.

(Cartoon Network)
Wednesday July 19 12:30am - Episode 155 "The Demon Protector of the Sacred Jewel Shard" (Repeats Wed Jul 19 4:00am)

Whilst following the nefarious Naraku into the depths of the underworld, Inuyasha and his time-traveling buddies must face Hosenki, a former ally of Inuyasha's late father. For those not “in the know,” Inuyasha is rapidly approaching kinda-sorta being finished, so this and future episodes might be of interest to those curious how the story ends. Or doesn't.

Friday July 21 9:00pm - Episode 150 "The Mysterious Light That Guides the Saint" (Repeats Sat Jul 22 2:30am)

Our Canadian friends are catching up with Inuyasha as well, seeing as they are but a mere five episodes behind. In this one, the ambiguously evil Princess Abi attacks a group of defenseless villagers trapped in a cave, but begins to question Naraku's sincerity. Naraku must've left his wallet at home, along with his government-appointed “I AM A CARTOONISH VILLAIN, DO NOT TRUST ME” card.

Samurai 7
(Independent Film Channel)
Saturday July 15 10:30pm - Episode 16 "The Storm" (Repeats Sun Jul 16 1:30am, 10:00am, Thu Jul 20 11:30pm, Fri Jul 21 2:30am)

The remnants of the vicious Nobuseri begin to make another assault on the weary band of Samurai, whom make their seemingly last stand against impossible odds due to the loss of their ship. Because this show is in the future, make sure you understand that “ship” means “spaceship.” That's important. Because, the show is in the future.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Saturday July 15 12:00pm - Episode 42 "Duel Monsters Spirit Day"

This episode sounds incredibly bizarre, so much so that I rarely believe it. Seeing as how I have no choice to, however: the denizens of the Yu-Gi-Oh academy don costumes resembling their esteemed playing cards as part of a school festival. Then, they of course play the game upon which they are emulating. A sly metatextual realization on the nature of crass commercialism? Or perhaps just an excuse to draw the characters in goofy costumes? The judge of this question is you, dear viewer.


(Encore Action)
Saturday July 15 12:00am (Repeats Sat Jul 15 7:00pm, Mon Jul 17 12:00pm, Tue Jul 18 5:00am)

At last, an amusing but mediocre action movie on cable television! In The Future, Japan has established a new international port to spur global commerce, and guarding that port from terrorists and cyber-criminals are an elite force of butt-kickers known as the Angel Arms Company. Assassinations, jilted lovers, and conspiracies galore figure into this unfortunately complicated plot. But, there are explosions, and explosions are pretty cool.

Kai Doh Maru
(Encore Action)
Saturday July 15 9:00am (Repeats Mon Jul 17 6:00am)

This is a short, less-than-an-hour-long Production I.G film abou... oh, you've seen it already. Nevermind.

Up next, repeats galore! I'll be back next week with more televised fun! Hopefully.


Battle B-Daman
-Tue Jul 18 3:30pm - Episode 31 "And the Winner Is..."
-Thu Jul 20 3:30pm - Episode 32 "The Return of the B-DaPlayer"

-Sat Jul 15 5:30am - Episode 30 "Cruising for a Bruising"
-Sat Jul 15 1:00pm - Episode 18 "A Star is Born"
-Tue Jul 18 5:30am - Episode 31 "London Calling"
-Wed Jul 19 5:30am - Episode 32 "Darkness at the End of the Tunnel"
-Thu Jul 20 5:30am - Episode 33 "Last Triangle in Paris"
-Fri Jul 21 5:30am - Episode 34 "Art Attack"

Chrono Crusade
(Showtime Beyond)
-Mon Jul 17 12:00am - Episode 22 "Sayonara" (R Fri Jul 21 12:20am)
-Mon Jul 17 9:00pm - Episode 20 "Temptation"
-Mon Jul 17 9:30pm - Episode 21 "Mary Magdalene"

(ABC Family)
-Sat Jul 15 7:00am - Episode 58 "Iron Veggiemon"
-Sun Jul 16 7:00am - Episode 59 "Old Reliable"

(Toon Disney)
-Sat Jul 15 9:30pm - Episode 107 "To Fight or Not to Fight" (R Sun Jul 16 2:00am)
-Sun Jul 16 9:30pm - Episode 108 "It Came From the Other Side" (R Mon Jul 17 2:00am)
-Tue Jul 18 9:30pm - Episode 62 "Ken's Secret" (R Wed Jul 19 2:30am)
-Wed Jul 19 9:30pm - Episode 63 "The Emperor's New Home" (R Thu Jul 20 2:30am)
-Thu Jul 20 9:30pm - Episode 64 "The Captive Digimon" (R Fri Jul 21 2:30am)

Dragon Ball GT
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Jul 22 12:30am - Episode 2 "Pan Blasts Off"

-Sat July 1 3:30am - Episode 54 "Power of 6000 Degrees Centigrade"

Fullmetal Alchemist
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Jul 15 11:30pm - Episode 17 "House of the Waiting Family" (R Sun Jul 16 2:30am)
-Tue Jul 18 12:30am - Episode 48 "Goodbye" (R Tue Jul 18 4:00am)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Jul 16 12:30am - Episode 6 "Meme" (R Sun Jul 16 3:30am)

-Sat Jul 22 12:30am - Episode 18 "Lost Heritage"

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
(Cartoon Network)
-Thu Jul 20 12:30am - Episode 19 "Chain Reaction" (R Thu Jul 20 4:00am)

(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Jul 18 5:30am - Episode 5 "Spider's Revenge"
-Wed Jul 19 5:30am - Episode 6 "The Secret Valley"
-Thu Jul 20 5:30am - Episode 7 "The Diamond Smugglers"
-Fri Jul 21 5:30am - Episode 8 "Dr. Diamond"

(Encore WAM!)
-Sat Jul 15 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Kuma's First Time" (R Sun Jul 16 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Sun Jul 16 4:30pm - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?" (R Mon Jul 17 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Mon Jul 17 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Oedo Clan in Crisis" (R Tue Jul 18 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Tue Jul 18 4:30pm - Episode 6 "Kyo-san's Knockout Performance" (R Wed Jul 19 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Wed Jul 19 4:30pm - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?" (R Thu Jul 20 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Thu Jul 20 4:30pm - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins" (R Fri Jul 21 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Fri Jul 21 4:30pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Sat Jul 22 1:30am, 6:30am)

Gundam SEED
-Fri Jul 21 9:30pm - Episode 46 "A Place for the Soul" (R Sat Jul 22 1:30am)

(Encore Action)
-Tue Jul 18 12:00am - Episode 1 "The Undead" (R Tue Jul 18 12:00pm)
-Tue Jul 18 12:30am - Episode 2 "Club M" (R Tue Jul 18 12:30pm)
-Tue Jul 18 1:00am - Episode 3 "Sword Dancer" (R Tue Jul 18 1:00pm)
-Wed Jul 19 12:00am - Episode 4 "Innocent As A Human" (R Wed Jul 19 12:00pm)
-Wed Jul 19 12:30am - Episode 5 "Brotherhood" (R Wed Jul 19 12:30pm)
-Wed Jul 19 1:00am - Episode 6 "Dead Zone" (R Wed Jul 19 1:00pm)
-Thu Jul 20 12:00am - Episode 7 "Duel" (R Thu Jul 20 12:00pm)
-Thu Jul 20 12:30am - Episode 8 "Kill House" (R Thu Jul 20 12:30pm)
-Thu Jul 20 1:00am - Episode 9 "Red Rose Vertigo" (R Thu Jul 20 1:00pm)
-Fri Jul 21 12:00am - Episode 10 "Master of Monster" (R Fri Jul 21 12:00pm)
-Fri Jul 21 12:30am - Episode 11 "Transcend Force" (R Fri Jul 21 12:30pm)
-Fri Jul 21 1:00am - Episode 12 "Totally Destruction" (R Fri Jul 21 1:00pm)
-Fri Jul 21 1:30am - Episode 13 "Hellfire" (R Fri Jul 21 1:30pm)

(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Jul 22 12:00am - Episode 21 "Decision"

(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Jul 16 1:30am - Episode 140 "Eternal Love, the Naginata of Kenkon" (R Sun Jul 16 4:30am)

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
-Sat Jul 15 9:30am - Episode 5 "Beware: Wispy Woods!"

Mew Mew Power
-Sat Jul 15 7:30am - Episode 15 "The Hero Lies in Mew"

Mirage of Blaze
(Encore WAM)
-Sat Jul 15 4:00pm - Episode TBA (R Sun Jul 16 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Sun Jul 16 4:00pm - Episode TBA (R Mon Jul 17 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Mon Jul 17 4:00pm - Episode TBA (R Tue Jul 18 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Tue Jul 18 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Fated Destiny" (R Wed Jul 19 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Wed Jul 19 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Posessor From the Darkness" (R Thu Jul 20 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Thu Jul 20 4:00pm - Episode 3 "An Imperfecting Awakening" (R Fri Jul 21 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Fri Jul 21 4:00pm - Episode 4 "Premonition of a Chain Reaction" (R Sat Jul 22 1:00am, 6:00am)

(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Jul 17 9:00pm - Episode 21 "Identify Yourself: Powerful New Rivals"
-Tue Jul 18 9:00pm - Episode 22 "Chunin Challenge: Rock Lee vs. Sasuke"
-Wed Jul 19 9:00pm - Episode 23 "Genin Takedown; All Nine Rookies Face Off"
-Thu Jul 20 9:00pm - Episode 24 "Start Your Engines: The Chunin Exam Begins"

-Fri Jul 21 8:00pm - Episode 32 "Sakura Blossoms!" (R Sat Jul 22 2:00am)

One Piece
-Sat July 15 4:00am - Episode 2 "Roronoa Zolo: Pirate Hunter"

Paranoia Agent
(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Jul 18 1:30am - Episode 12 "Radar Man" (R Tue Jul 18 5:00am)
-Wed Jul 19 1:30am - Episode 13 "The Final Episode (R Wed Jul 19 5:00am)
-Thu Jul 20 1:30am - Episode 1 "Enter Lil' Slugger" (R Thu Jul 20 5:00am)
-Fri Jul 21 1:30am - Episode 2 "The Golden Shoes" (R Fri Jul 21 5:00am)

(Showtime Beyond)
-Sun Jul 16 11:30pm - Episode 7 "Suzu" (R Fri Jul 21 12:50am)
-Fri Jul 21 9:30pm - Episode 8 "Love"

-Sat Jul 15 10:00am - Episode 382 "The Great Eight Fate!"

(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Jul 17 5:00pm - Episode 357 "Sky High Gym Battle!"
-Tue Jul 18 5:00pm - Episode 358 "Light's, Camerupt, Action!"
-Wed Jul 19 5:00pm - Episode 359 "Crazy as a Lunitone"
-Thu Jul 20 5:00pm - Episode 360 "The Garden of Eatin'"
-Fri Jul 21 5:00pm - Episode 361 "A Scare to Remember"

-Tue Jul 18 5:00am - Episode 389 "Berry, Berry Interesting"
-Wed Jul 19 5:00am - Episode 390 "Less is Morrison"
-Thu Jul 20 5:00am - Episode 391 "The Ribbon Cup Caper"
-Fri Jul 21 5:00am - Episode 392 "Hi Ho Silver Wind!"

Pokemon Chronicles
-Sat Jul 15 5:00am - Episode 3 "The Legend of Thunder, Part 3"

(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Jul 18 1:00am - Episode 13 "Lost Ground" (R Tue Jul 18 4:30am)
-Wed Jul 19 1:00am - Episode 14 "Kyoji Mujo" (R Wed Jul 19 4:30am)
-Thu Jul 20 1:00am - Episode 15 "The Stray Boy" (R Thu Jul 20 4:30am)
-Fri Jul 21 1:00am - Episode 16 "Sou Kigetsuki" (R Fri Jul 21 4:30am)

Samurai 7
-Tue Jul 18 4:45pm - Episode 15 "The Gun and the Calm"

Samurai Champloo
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun July 16 1:00am - Episode 11 "Gamblers and Gallantry" (R Sun July 16 4:00am)

Spider Riders
(Kids WB)
-Sat Jul 15 10:30am - Episode 6 "Spider Riders' Ball"

Super Milk-Chan
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Jul 16 5:00am - Episode 2 "From Giba-Chan to Dioxin"

Transformers Cybertron
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Jul 17 6:00am - Episode 20 "Honor"
-Tue Jul 18 6:00am - Episode 21 "Primal"
-Wed Jul 19 6:00am - Episode 22 "Trust"
-Thu Jul 20 6:00am - Episode 23 "Trap"
-Fri Jul 21 6:00am - Episode 24 "Invasion"

-Sat Jul 15 3:00am - Episode 49 "End"
-Sat Jul 15 1:00pm - Episode TBA

Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy
-Sat Jul 15 10:00am - Episode 37 "Tatami or Not, Here I Come"

Viewtiful Joe
-Sat Jul 15 11:30am - Episode 12 "Dude, Where's My V-Watch?"

(Kids WB)
-Sat Jul 15 7:00am - Episode 187 "Let the Games Begin! Part 1"
-Sat Jul 15 7:30am - Episode 188 "Let the Games Begin! Part 2"

-Sat Jul 15 4:30am - Episode 193 "A Brawl in a Small Town, Part 2"
-Tue Jul 18 4:30am - Episode 194 "One Step Ahead, Part 1"
-Wed Jul 19 4:30am - Episode 195 "One Step Ahead, Part 2"
-Thu Jul 20 4:30am - Episode 196 "Sinister Secrets, Part 1"
-Fri Jul 21 4:30am - Episode 197 "Sinister Secrets, Part 2"

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Jul 15 6:30pm - Episode 24 "The New Chazz"

Zatch Bell!
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Jul 17 4:30pm - Episode 19 "The Dark Lord of the Cursed Castle"
-Tue Jul 18 4:30pm - Episode 20 "The Flowers of Evil"
-Wed Jul 19 4:30pm - Episode 21 "Another Zatch"
-Thu Jul 20 4:30pm - Episode 22 "The Dancing Mamodo"

-Fri Jul 21 4:30pm - Episode 23 "Go

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