The Click
September 16th - September 22nd

by Brian Hanson, Sep 16th 2006

Greetings! This is The Click, and boy do we have a lot of televised anime goodness this week. So much so, I don't particularly feel like wasting anyone's time with some introduction about how I write The Click while injecting heroine into my skull and unicycling in the circus. I mean, I do, but there's big new shows on this week! But remember: all dates and times are tentative, and all times listed are Eastern.

I should mention before we begin that, this week, I am ill. I'm afraid if you're looking for some off-color wit or sophomoric humor, you'll have to look elsewhere. I've come down with a terrible case of just-about-to-miss-my-deadlines-itis, a terrible condition caused by prolonged video game playing and oversleeping. So please, bear with me as inevitable misspellings and sentence fragments are bound to permeate.

Steamboy
(Encore Action)
Saturday September 16 12:00am (Repeats Sat Sep 16 6:15pm, Wed Sep 20 8:15pm)

Much of the highbrows of the anime and film-movie world were rather down on Katsuhiro Otomo's expensive, loud, and bombastic feature-film follow-up to Akira. Myself? Loved it. An A-. Four stars. Action and excitement!

If you're looking for a good ol’-fashioned action movie to while away the time on a hazy afternoon, and Spike TV's Van Damme-athon has been pre-empted, look no further than Steamboy. Yes, I submitted that quote to be used as a blurb on the Steamboy DVD, and no, they didn't use it. Ingrates.

OTHER PREMIERES:

Basilisk
(Razer)
Thursday September 21 5:30pm - Episode 12 "Remembrance" (Repeats Fri Sep 22 12:30am, 1:00pm)

Basilisk was aired last week but Razer's lazy, lazy schedule-person was sleeping on the job before my column went live. However, it was a recap episode anyway, so no harm done. This week: Ninjas!

Bleach
(Cartoon Network)
Sunday September 17 12:30am – Episode 2 “Pay or Play” (Repeats Sun Sep 17 3:30am)

We all watched Bleach's big North American debut last week like good little boys and girls, right? Right??

This week: Ichigo becomes an official Soul Reaper in Rukia's stead, and the two begin their duties when a Hollow arrives who seems rather close to one of Ichigo's classmates…

(YTV)
Friday September 22 10:30pm - Episode 3 "Sibling Rivalry"

…a classmate named Orihime, who has long pined for her deceased brother. She may get her wish to see him again, but as a Hollow?

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday September 16 10:00pm - Episode 45 "Begin the Bungee-Battle! Last One Down is a Rotten Egg”

Bo-bobo is a superfighter, and it fights to evil! Its enemies are moved, but is crazier Bo-bobo! It fights with its nose! It is a merry appearance!
Eureka 7
(Cartoon Network)
Sunday September 17 1:00am - Episode 21 "Runaway" (Repeats Sun Sep 17 4:00am)

Renton has a bit of a Shinji-like crisis, when he comes to terms with the numerous people he's killed and the fact that none of the Gekkostate crew particularly likes him. And with Eureka in a comatose state, the love-struck lad doesn't have much of a reason to stay, really.

(YTV)
Friday September 22 9:30pm - Episode 3 "Motion Blue"

Talk about putting the cart before the horse: up in Canada, our boy Renton hasn't even joined the Gekkostate yet. But in this episode, he is offered the chance to be a member of the grooviest, most-talked about rebel ship on the planet.

Fullmetal Alchemist
(YTV)
Friday September 22 10:00pm - Episode 29 "The Untainted Child" (Repeats Sat Sep 23 1:00am)

As Ed and Al rediscover themselves at the behest of their recently reunited teacher on a deserted island, they come across a strange boy with a scar on his left arm that seems awfully familiar to the left-arm-less Ed.

G.I. Joe Sigma 6
(4KidsTV)
Saturday September 16 10:30am – Episode 15 “Invasion”

Hasbro must be offering 4Kids some kind of massive subsidy to keep this show on the air. Regardless: Cobra deals with a deadly computer virus that's eroding their new base. Are all their base belong to them? Tune in!

(YTV)
Saturday September 16 12:30pm - Episode 2 "Escape"

COBRA dispatches some dudes to get Cobra Commander out of prison. Woo.

Inuyasha
(YTV)
Friday September 22 9:00pm - Episode 158 "Stampede of the Countless Demon Rats" (Repeats Sat Sep 23 2:00am)

I couldn't come up with a more succinct description than the title has already provided. In order to flush Kikyo out of hiding, Naraku unleashes a veritable stampede of countless demon rats.

Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
(4KidsTV)
Saturday September 16 8:00am – Episode 98 “The Thing About the Ring”

Evidently, this here is an episode of Kirby that has been advertised, and then pulled several times before. Will this week be any different? Maybe!

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday September 16 9:00pm - Episode 52 "Ebisu Returns: Naruto's Toughest Training Yet"

With a span of several weeks leading up to the final stage of the Chunin exam, Naruto needs a crash course to improve his, quote, “mad skillz.” He's not so thrilled, however, when his new teacher appears to be Ebisu, a character that, if you'll turn your Naruto Episode Guide™ to page 14, you'll note was defeated by Naruto thanks to his Harem Jutsu in episode 2.

(YTV)
Friday September 22 8:00pm - Episode TBA (Repeats Sat Sep 23 2:30am)

(There is a new Naruto this Friday! This is just a placeholder in case I happen to receive an actual episode title or number or ANYTHING. If not, please disregard.)

Oban Star-Racers
(Toon Disney)
Monday September 18 9:00pm - Episode 15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter" (Repeats Tue Sep 19 1:30am)

Team Earth is on Planet Oban and the Grand Finals continue onward to the… grand final.

Pokemon
(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday September 16 9:00am – Episode 419 “A Chip Off the Old Brock”
-Saturday September 16 9:30am – Episode 420 “Wheel.. of… Frontier!”

Burning through their vast reserves of Pokemon like some kind of voracious beast, Cartoon Network unleashes a full sixty minutes of new Pokemon goodness for all the kiddies out there. As well as some grownups who, as the legends say, don't bathe and live in their parents’ basement. This week: a training match between Ash and his traveling companion Brock causes some collateral damage to an innocent Pokemon, and later Ash and co. arrive at the creatively-named “Battle Arena” to challenge somebody named Arena Tycoon Greta.

Samurai 7
(Razer)
Thursday September 21 5:00pm - Episode 12 "The Truth" (Repeats Fri Sep 22 12:00am, 12:30pm)

The Independent Film Channel has Samurai 7 pre-empted this entire week, probably in order to run some more Independent Films. Regardless, Canada's Razer channel continues unabated as the noble Samurai discover a traitor in their midst, and the timid Katsushiro grapples with the first life he has taken.

Samurai Deeper Kyo
(Encore WAM)
-Saturday September 16 4:00pm – Episode 17 “The Secret Talk of Girls” (Repeats Sun Sep 17 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Sunday September 17 4:00pm – Episode 18 “Nurturing the Devil” (Repeats Mon Sep 18 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Monday September 18 4:00pm – Episode 19 “Thunderbolt Attack” (Repeats Tue Sep 19 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Tuesday September 19 4:00pm – Episode 20 “Far Away, to Absolute Zero” (Repeats Wed Sep 20 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Wednesday September 20 4:00pm – Episode 21 “The Demonic Mibu Castle(Repeats Thu Sep 21 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Thursday September 21 4:00pm – Episode 22 “The Machine Made Dolls” (Repeats Fri Sep 22 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Friday September 22 4:00pm – Episode 23 “Scorching Ecstasy” (Repeats Sat Sep 1:00am, 6:00am)

After a couple of weeks airing only the first sixteen episodes, the wise Encore networks finally dug a little bit deeper in their pile of anime tapes to find that, yes, there ARE a full 26 episodes for Samurai Deeper Kyo. So enjoy!

Trinity Blood
(Cartoon Network)
Sunday September 17 12:00am - Episode 2 "Witch Hunt" (Repeats Sun Sep 17 3:00am)

An innocent girl with telepathic powers becomes the target of vampires, and Abel arrives to save her.

(Razer)
Thursday September 21 6:00pm – Episode 12 “Evening Visitors” (Repeats Fri Sep 22 1:00am, 1:30pm)

If I might opine for a moment, I just wanted to mention that vampires don't do a thing for me. If Anne Rice just had to sexualize one of the old stable of movie monsters, why not mummies? Swamp Things? And nobody seems to write erotic fiction or make expensive anime shows about poor ol’ Frankenstein.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
(4KidsTV)
Saturday September 16 9:00am – Episode 2 “Divide and Conquer”

The Yu-Gi-Oh gang is separated and they each wander about, discovering a trove of various creepy things that seem to want to eat them.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(YTV)
Friday September 22 6:00pm - Episode 52 "The Graduation Match, Part 2"

Jaden valiantly duels for a passing grade, in a sick display of competitive violence that would cause our nation's most politically of correct educators to faint.

Zatch Bell
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday September 16 9:30pm - Episode 67 "The Wonderful Majestic Twelve Return"

The evil Dr. Riddles returns with the so-called “Majestic Twelve” in tow. Dr. Riddles?!?

(YTV)
Friday September 22 8:30pm - Episode 38 "Battle in Hong Kong, Part 2"

The love between a mamodo and their human counterpart can be a beautiful thing, and Zatch and Kiyo fight to protect that beauty, mamodo interference and legislation be damned!

MOVIES/SPECIALS

Pokemon: Jirachi Wish Maker
(YTV)
Saturday September 16 4:00pm

Pokemon in Canada? Do they come in bags there, like milk does?

The Weathering Continent
(Encore Action)
Saturday September 16 8:05am

Here is my one-sentence review of this feature: ZZZzzzzZZzzzzz….

Kai Doh Maru
(Encore Action)
Tuesday September 19 5:20pm

Another one sentence review: Pick something else, PLEASE, Encore Networks.

Steamboy
(Starz & Starz HD)
Wednesday September 20 4:35am

Steamboy in Hi-Definition! Cool! Too bad it's at a prohibitively early time.

And with that, I am out. Literally, I'm out of words. See you next week!

REPEATS/STRIPS

10 Tokyo Warriors
(Encore WAM)
-Sun Sep 17 1:00pm – Episode TBA
-Sun Sep 17 1:33pm – Episode TBA
-Fri Sep 22 1:05pm – Episode TBA
-Fri Sep 22 1:34pm – Episode TBA

Basilisk
(Razer)
-Sat Sep 16 10:00pm - Episode 11 "On Their Own" (R Sun Sep 17 1:00am, 11:00am)

Battle B-Daman
(YTV)
-Sat Sep 16 5:30am - Episode 10 "The Bull Identity"
-Sat Sep 16 1:30pm - Episode 2 "B-DaBattle Mountain"
-Tue Sep 19 5:30am – Episode 11 "Monkey Business"
-Tue Sep 19 3:30pm - Episode 50 "The Longest B-DaBattle"
-Wed Sep 20 5:30am - Episode 12 "Invasion of the B-Dasnatchers"
-Thu Sep 21 5:30am - Episode 13 "Hog Wild"
-Thu Sep 21 3:30pm - Episode 49 "Into the Neo Shadow Den"
-Fri Sep 22 5:30am - Episode 14 "That's What Friends Are For"

Beyblade
(Toon Disney)
-Sun Sep 17 9:30pm - Episode 103 "New Kid in Town" (R Mon Sep 18 2:00am)

Chrono Crusade
(Showtime Beyond)
-Mon Sep 18 12:00am - Episode 7 "Devil" (R Fri Sep 22 12:25am)
-Fri Sep 22 9:00pm - Episode 8 "Puppets"

Daigunder
(Toon Disney)
-Sun Sep 17 10:30pm - Episode 15 "Too Many Robots Spoil the Broth" (R Mon Sep 18 3:00am)

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
-Sat Sep 16 3:00am - Episode 91 "Kyoto Dragon"
-Sun Sep 17 9:00pm - Episode 124 "Out of the Blue" (R Mon Sep 18 1:30am)
-Mon Sep 18 10:30pm - Episode 93 "Dramon Power" (R Tue Sep 19 3:00am)
-Tue Sep 19 10:30pm - Episode 94 "Digimon World Tour, Part 1" (R Wed Sep 20 3:00am)
-Wed Sep 20 10:30pm - Episode 95 "Digimon World Tour, Part 2" (R Thu Sep 21 3:00am)
-Thu Sep 21 10:30pm - Episode 96 "Digimon World Tour, Part 3" (R Fri Sep 22 3:00am)
-Fri Sep 22 10:30pm - Episode 97 "Invasion of the Daemon" (R Sat Sep 23 3:00am)

Dragon Ball Z
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Sep 23 12:30am - Episode 113 "Double Trouble for Goku"

Fooly Cooly
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Sep 17 1:30am – Episode 1 “Fooly Cooly” (R Sun Sep 17 4:30am)

Fullmetal Alchemist
(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Sep 19 1:00am – Episode 21 “The Red Glow” (R Tue Sep 19 4:30am)
-Wed Sep 20 1:00am – Episode 22 “Created Human” (R Wed Sep 20 4:30am)
-Thu Sep 21 1:00am – Episode 23 “Fullmetal Heart” (R Thu Sep 21 4:30am)
-Fri Sep 22 1:00am – Episode 24 “Bonding Memories” (R Fri Sep 22 4:30am)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Sep 19 1:30am – Episode 5 “Decoy” (R Tue Sep 19 5:00am)
-Wed Sep 20 1:30am – Episode 6 “Meme” (R Wed Sep 20 5:00am)
-Thu Sep 21 1:30am – Episode 7 “Idolator” (R Thu Sep 21 5:00am)
-Fri Sep 22 1:30am – Episode 8 “Missing Hearts” (R Fri Sep 22 5:00am)

(YTV)
-Sat Sep 23 1:30am - Episode 1 "Section 9"

Gigantor
(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Sep 19 5:30am – Episode 41 “The Robot Firebird”
-Wed Sep 20 5:30am – Episode 42 “Magnaman of Outer Space”
-Thu Sep 21 5:30am – Episode 43 “The Robot Albatross”
-Fri Sep 22 5:30am – Episode 44 “Battle of the Giant Robots”

Gokusen
(Encore Action)
-Tue Sep 19 12:00am – Episode 1 “Rookie Teacher With a Secret is Born!” (R Tue Sep 19 12:00pm)
-Tue Sep 19 12:30am – Episode 2 “Duel! Shin vs. Ojou?” (R Tue Sep 19 12:30pm)
-Wed Sep 20 12:00am – Episode 3 “Kuma's First Time” (R Wed Sep 20 12:00pm)
-Wed Sep 20 12:30am – Episode 4 “Oju goes Blond! Whodunnit?” (R Wed Sep 20 12:30pm)
-Thu Sep 21 12:00am – Episode 5 “Oedo Clan in Crisis” (R Thu Sep 21 12:00pm)
-Thu Sep 21 12:30am – Episode 6 “Kyo-san's Knockout Performance” (R Thu Sep 21 12:30pm)
-Fri Sep 22 12:00am – Episode 7 “Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?” (R Fri Sep 22 5:45am, 12:00pm)
-Fri Sep 22 12:30am – Episode 8 “The Class Trip Into Hell Begins” (R Fri Sep 22 6:15am, 12:30pm)

Inuyasha
(Cartoon Network)
-Tue Sep 19 12:30am – Episode 144 “Hosenki and the Last Shard” (R Tue Sep 19 4:00am)
-Wed Sep 20 12:30am – Episode 145 “Bizarre Guards at the Border of the Afterlife!” (R Wed Sep 20 4:00am)
-Thu Sep 21 12:30am – Episode 146 “The Fiery Bird Master, Princess Abi” (R Thu Sep 21 4:00am)
-Fri Sep 22 12:30am – Episode 147 “The Tragic Love Song of Destiny” (R Fri Sep 22 4:00am)

Mew Mew Power
(YTV)
-Sun Sep 17 7:30am - Episode 2 "The Mew Kid in Town"

Mon Colle Knights
(Toon Disney)
-Sun Sep 17 11:00pm - Episode 2 "Send in the Frogs" (R Mon Sep 18 3:30am)

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Sep 18 10:00pm – Episode 28 “Eat or Be Eaten: Panic in the Forest”
-Tue Sep 19 10:00pm – Episode 29 “Naruto's Counterattack: Never Give In”
-Wed Sep 20 10:00pm – Episode 30 “The Sharingan Revived: Dragon-Flame Jutsu!”
-Thu Sep 21 10:00pm – Episode 31 “Bushy Brow's Pledge: Undying Love and Protection!”

Oban Star-Racers
(Toon Disney)
-Sat Sep 16 8:30am - Episode 13 "Make Way!"
-Sat Sep 16 10:00pm - Episode 2 "Hostilities Break Out" (R Sun Sep 17 2:30am)

One Piece
(YTV)
-Fri Sep 22 7:30pm - Episode 29 "The New Crew"

Peacemaker
(Showtime Beyond)
-Sun Sep 17 11:30pm - Episode 16 "Deceit" (R Fri Sep 22 12:50am)
-Fri Sep 22 9:30pm - Episode 17 "Hollow"

Pokemon
(Kids WB)
-Sat Sep 16 10:00am – Episode 415 “A Hurdle for Squirtle”
-Sat Sep 16 10:30am – Episode 416 “Pasta La Vista!”

(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Sep 17 5:00pm – Episode 417 “Fear Factor Phony”
-Sun Sep 17 5:30pm – Episode 418 “Sweet Baby James”
-Mon Sep 18 5:00pm – Episode 400 “A Judgement Brawl”
-Tue Sep 19 5:00pm – Episode 401 “Choose It or Lose It”
-Wed Sep 20 5:00pm – Episode 402 “At the End of the Fray”
-Thu Sep 21 5:00pm – Episode 403 “The Scheme Team”
-Fri Sep 22 5:00pm – Episode 404 “The Right Place at the Right Mime”

(YTV)
-Sat Sep 16 5:00am - Episode 218 "Hi Ho Silver... Away!"
-Tue Sep 19 5:00am - Episode 219 "The Mystery is History"
-Wed Sep 20 5:00am - Episode 220 "A Parent Trapped"
-Thu Sep 21 5:00am - Episode 221 "A Promise is a Promise"
-Fri Sep 22 5:00am - Episode 222 "Throwing in the Noctowl"
-Fri Sep 22 3:30pm - Episode 400 "A Judgement Brawl"

Samurai 7
(Razer)
-Sat Sep 16 9:30pm - Episode 12 "The Village" (R Sun Sep 17 12:30am, 10:30am)

Shinzo
(Toon Disney)
-Sun Sep 17 10:00pm - Episode 2 "Bee-Ware the Hunters" (R Mon Sep 18 2:30am)

Street Fighter II V
(Encore WAM)
-Sat Sep 16 4:30pm – Episode 17 “The Despot's Commander” (R Sun Sep 17 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Sun Sep 17 4:30pm – Episode 18 “Beautiful Assassin” (R Mon Sep 18 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Mon Sep 18 4:30pm – Episode 19 “Special Orders to the Iron Men” (R Tue Sep 19 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Tue Sep 19 4:30pm – Episode 20 “Unknown Explosive Force” (R Wed Sep 20 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Wed Sep 20 4:30pm – Episode 21 “Compulsion Towards Vengeance” (R Thu Sep 21 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Thu Sep 21 4:30pm – Episode 22 “Rising Dragon Into the Sky” (R Fri Sep 22 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Fri Sep 22 4:30pm – Episode 23 “The Icy Light of Their Eyes” (R Sat Sep 23 1:30am, 6:30am)

Submarine 707 Revolution
(Encore Action)
-Thu Sep 21 3:05am – Episode 2 “Mission:02”

Super Milk-Chan
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Sep 17 5:00am - Episode 10 "Hou Hokekyo, Who's Going to Die"

Transformers Cybertron
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Sep 18 6:30am – Episode 42 “Ambush”
-Tue Sep 19 6:30am – Episode 43 “Challenge”
-Wed Sep 20 6:30am – Episode 44 “Duel”
-Thu Sep 21 6:30am – Episode 45 “Leader”
-Fri Sep 22 6:30am – Episode 46 “Showdown”

(YTV)
-Sat Sep 16 3:30am - Episode 7 "Speed" (R Sat Sep 16 2:00pm)
-Fri Sep 22 7:00pm - Episode 8 "Collapse"

Trinity Blood
(Razer)
-Sat Sep 16 10:30pm - Episode TBA (R Sun Sep 17 1:30am, 11:30am)

Yu-Gi-Oh!
(YTV)
-Sat Sep 16 4:00am - Episode 107 "Mechanical Mayhem, Part 2"
-Mon Sep 18 3:30pm - Episode 215 "The Dark One Cometh, Part 1"
-Tue Sep 19 4:00am - Episode 108 "Settling the Score, Part 1"
-Wed Sep 20 4:00am - Episode 109 "Settling the Score, Part 2"
-Thu Sep 21 4:00am - Episode 110 "Noah's Secret"
-Fri Sep 22 4:00am - Episode 111 "Merger of the Big Five, Part 1"

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(YTV)
-Sat Sep 16 4:30am - Episode 10 "Tag Team Trial, Part 1"
-Sat Sep 16 2:30pm - Episode 51 "The Graduation Match, Part 1"
-Tue Sep 19 4:30am - Episode 11 "Tag Team Trial, Part 2"
-Wed Sep 20 4:30am - Episode 12 "Formula for Success"
-Thu Sep 21 4:30am - Episode 13 "Monkey See, Monkey Duel"
-Fri Sep 22 4:30am - Episode 14 "A Spirit Summoned"

(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Sep 18 5:30pm – Episode 58 “A New Breed of Hero, Part 1”
-Tue Sep 19 5:30pm – Episode 59 “A New Breed of Hero, Part 2”
-Wed Sep 20 5:30pm – Episode 60 “Pop Goes the Duel”
-Thu Sep 21 5:30pm – Episode 61 “I've Seen the Light”

-Fri Sep 22 5:30pm – Episode 62 “A Greater Porpoise”

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