The Click
May 12th - May 18th

by Brian Hanson, May 12th 2007

Well, I suppose it's that time of week again - time to drag myself away from my delicately arranged collection of Rush concert memorabilia and boot up the ole' Coleco ADAM for another super-fun week of utter anime-on-TV mania known as The Click!

There's been a literal spate of announcements coming from heretofore anime-free networks, eager to dip their eager palms into the vast and sticky jar that is anime. While I, unlike countless forum denizens, don't necessarily believe that neither the Sci Fi Channel nor the Fuse network can offer any serious "competition" to Adult Swim's current dominance of late-night anime, its still good to know that good, or possibly even great, shows have a place to go on TV should empress Kim Manning deem them unfit for Adult Swim's ill-defined demographic

Shin-chan (Cartoon Network)
-Tuesday May 15 12:30am - Episode 14 (Repeats Tue May 15 4:00am)
-Wednesday May 16 12:30am - Episode 15 (Repeats Wed May 16 4:00am)
-Thursday May 17 12:30am - Episode 16 (Repeats Thu May 17 4:00am)
-Friday May 18 12:30am - Episode 17 (Repeats Fri May 18 4:00am)

More new Shin-chan this week! Healthily doled out in metered, seven episode installments in order to maximize your nutritional input of sassy, nudity-prone preschoolers and the clueless adults that spawned them. Originally, I remained cautiously optimistic about Shin-chan's future prospects - both in regards to its ability to drawn in viewers, certainly with its crude style and Rugrats-ish premise, as well as its ability to keep being funny; a common ailment of heavily reworked dubs is that their pop-culture snarkiness tends to fizzle out and cease being entertaining after a handful of episodes. So far, though, the show remains a definite, albeit mild, success, and much to my surprise is getting consistently funnier. Here's to many more seven episode installments, sprinkled out over the course of a few months, to come!

PREMIERES:

Basilisk (Independent Film Channel)
Friday May 18 11:30pm - Episode 20 "River of Mercy" (Repeats Sat May 19 5:50am)

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (MuchMusic)
-Monday May 14 12:00am - Episode 19 "Blues" (Repeats Tue May 15 7:00pm, Wed May 16 12:00am, 4:00pm)
-Tuesday May 15 12:30am - Episode 20 "Greatful Sound" (Repeats Tue May 15 7:30pm, Wed May 16 12:30am, 4:30pm)

Those crazy Mongolian Chop Squad-ers are at it again, this time reveling in their brief cameo in the recently released concert film of Dying Breed, one of the hottest bands in the country, while Ryusuke, the Chop Squad's surrogate leader, meets (and learns) from a legendary bluesman. Fret not, though, US consumers - the first volume of the Beck DVD comes out (tentatively) on July 10th! That's only, like, two months away!

Bleach (Cartoon Network)
Sunday May 13 12:00am - Episode 33 (Repeats Sun May 13 3:00am)

This here is what you would call one of them "filler" episodes. First, eager fans tune in because they are super-jazzed to learn what happens in the next episode. Then, they wait ever impatiently through an entire episode featuring the wacky misadventures of TV personality Don Kanonji and Ichigo's little sisters gallantly fighting off an invading Hollow, in the vain hope that maybe at the end or something there'll be a small snippet that deals with the actual plot. This turns out not to be the case, however, and later they will run to the Internet in order to deposit their rage. The End.

Astute readers may have noticed that last week, an unintentional gaffe meant that I skipped the Blood+ listing last week! I had posted it in the forums, but here it is again, authentically replicated, for those that prefer not to wallow in forums for whatever reason:

Blood+ (Cartoon Channel)
Sunday May 6 12:30am - Episode 44 "Vampires!" (Repeats whenever)

This episode is about the eager young Sava, who fights evil vampires known as "Keroptrans" and there is a lot of blood involved, and maybe some intrigue. My court-appointed doctors tell me that I shouldn't drink any more, but what do they know.

And now for this week's:

Blood+ (Cartoon Network)
Sunday May 13 12:30am - Episode 9 "Rainbow For Each" (Repeats Sun May 13 3:30am)

Some girls resembling Saya in appearance have mysteriously disappeared, while the resolute young Riku attempts to reunite the feuding Saya and Kai - until a surprise appearance by the US Military, anyway.

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 12 8:30pm - Episode 58 "Face the Cold Hard Facts: It's Freezing in Here"

Bo-Bobo does stuff Maybe he fights a Fridge? Um, I really don't know.

Cowboy Bebop (Razer)
Sunday May 13 9:00pm - Episode 21 "Boogie Woogie Feng-Shui"

From such a silly episode title comes a rather dark Bebop installment, wherein the iron-jawed Jet Black rescues a young girl and, in turn, reveals to the crew a strange device, all of which puts the Bebop in mortal danger, of course.

Elemental Gelade (ImaginAsianTV)
Tuesday May 15 5:00pm - Episode 16 "In Pursuit of the Wild Bullet" (Repeats Tue May 15 8:00pm, Wed May 16 12:30am, 12:00pm)

The budding young couple of Ren and Cou have been separated, and now the erstwhile twosome are desperately searching for one another. Along the way, Cou learns more of the nefarious organization that is in search of his wayward beau, Ren.

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (ImaginAsianTV)
Tuesday May 15 6:30pm - Episode 16 "Scandal" (Repeats Tue May 15 9:30pm, Wed May 16 2:00am, 1:30pm)

Albert's father is in some sort of nasty scandal, and confronts his various friends and acquaintances in order to discover the truth, and no doubt there's tons of other stuff crammed into a plot-full 22 minutes.

Gundam Seed Destiny (YTV)
Friday May 18 9:30pm - Episode 11 "The Chosen Path" (Repeats Sat May 13 1:30am)

The various Gundam factions attempt to sort out their Gundam alliances, which leads to the reunification of old friends and comrades. And Gundams. Gundams that little children everywhere are supposed to buy.

Kyo kara Maoh! (ImaginAsianTV)
Tuesday May 15 5:30pm - Episode 16 "Maou's Investigation Note" (Repeats Tue May 15 8:30pm, Wed May 16 1:00am, 12:30pm)

Yuri's Demon King-ly duties cover a myriad of subjects; private investigator being one of them. This week, the toilet-traveling monarch is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a magical stone.

The Law of Ueki (ImaginAsianTV)
Tuesday May 15 6:00pm - Episode 16 "The Law of Neo" (Repeats Tue May 15 9:00pm, Wed May 16 1:30am, 1:00pm)

Ueki, the hard-fightin' protagonist, literally collapses after one too many battles, leaving his friends seemingly defenseless to ward off the remainder of the Robert's Ten. Either way, there will be fightin'.

MAR (Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 12 10:00pm - Episode 10 "The Second Great War Begins"

If I were some crusty old codger, I would bemoan the amount of violence in cartoons these days, and also video games, as well as rap music, and remain utterly convinced that today's kids and young people just don't understand the way things were. I am, however, not. So all the kids can enjoy this episode of MAR, where everybody preps for a great big violent war, with impunity granted by myself.

Naruto (Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 12 9:00pm - Episode 87 "Keep on Training: Pop Goes the Water Balloon"

Naruto is ready to learn what will become one of his signature new moves - or is he?!? Either way, everybody's favorite orange-track-suit-wearing ninja doofus puts his best foot forward and tries his hardest, and fails spectacularly a few times.

(YTV) Friday May 18 8:00pm - Episode 81 "Return of the Morning Mist"

Two members of a mysterious and secret underground organization arrive in the Hidden Leaf Village to kidnap Naruto, but for what aim? I mean, most of you who watch the show regularly already know, probably. But still!!!

NieA_7 (ImaginAsianTV)
-Monday May 14 8:30am - Episode 7 "Mothership, Go-Con & Cloudy Skies Bath" (Repeats Tue May 15 5:00am)
-Tuesday May 15 8:30am - Episode 8 "Melancholy and Cast-Off Summer Bath" (Repeats Wed May 16 5:00am)
-Wednesday May 16 8:30am - Episode 9 "Close Encounter and After the Rain Bath" (Repeats Thu May 17 5:00am)
-Thursday May 17 8:30am - Episode 10 "Glow of the Firefly and Nocturne Bath" (Repeats Fri May 18 5:00am)
-Friday May 18 8:30am - Episode 11 "Niea Under Seven Bath, Part 1" (Repeats Sat May 19 5:00am)

More misadventures of a downtrodden college student and her socially stunted, rambunctious extraterrestrial roommate continue this week, with all of the social commentary / wacky yet subdued sitcom antics that entails!

One Piece (Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 12 9:30pm - Episode 89 "His Fatal Flaw"

Luffy continues his fight against the vicious Baroque Works leader, Crocodile. This is where I would normally pick on One Piece's dub, but we've got the undoubtedly-improved Funimation effort coming in August, so it would seem like sort of a low blow.

Samurai Champloo (Razer)
Sunday May 13 9:30pm - Episode 21 "Elegy of Entrapment: Verse 2"

An amazing fight sequence, some killer music, and the conclusion of one of the most interesting two-parters in the show makes this an unmissable Samurai Champloo episode. Unless you actually do miss it, in which case you and I are no longer on speaking terms.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 12 7:30pm - Episode 109 "Hanging With Axel, Part 2"

Brief summary: Cards, cards, CARDS!!! Not-quite-as-brief Summary: Axel attempts to bring out Jaden's ultimate Dueling potential, in a high-stakes card duel! Cards and Duels!!!

Zatch Bell (YTV)
Friday May 18 8:30pm - Episode 69 "Zofis' Evil Desires"

Zatch and his stalwart crew of spritely Mamodos and their human masters attempt to confront the evil Zofis, who in turn reveals to them his titular Evil Desires.

MOVIES/SPECIALS

Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 12 4:30pm

Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (Cartoon Network)
Friday May 18 11:30am

Akira (Encore Action)
Sunday May 13 4:05pm (Repeats Thu May 17 12:00am)

Karas: The Prophecy (Encore WAM)
Wednesday May 16 9:35pm

I think from now on I'll simply refer to the movies/features segment as the "Deja Vu" segment. Akira? BOY I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT ONE IN A WHILE. Karas? JEEZ IT'S BEEN MAYBE TWO HOURS SINCE IT WAS LAST ON TV. Pokémon? POKEMON IS NEVER ON TV THESE DAYS, EVER.

I suppose that about covers just about everything that required a snarky comment or two - below are repeats, but I don't waste my breath on those. Typing breath, I mean. You know what I mean. I'll be back next week, folks!

REPEATS/STRIPS

.hack//Roots (Cartoon Network)
-Sat May 12 5:00am - Episode 5 "Distrust"

Big O (Cartoon Network)
-Sun May 13 5:00am - Episode 19 "Eyewitness"

Chrono Crusade (Showtime Beyond)
-Sun May 13 11:30pm - Episode 18 "Four People" (R Fri May 18 12:45am)
-Mon May 14 12:00am - Episode 19 "Atonement" (R Thu May 17 8:05pm, Fri May 18 1:10am)
-Fri May 18 9:00pm - Episode 20 "Temptation"
-Fri May 18 9:30pm - Episode 21 "Mary Magdalene"

Digimon (Toon Disney)
-Sat May 12 11:00am - Episode 34 "The Eighth Child Revealed"
-Sun May 13 11:00am - Episode 35 "Flower Power"
-Sun May 13 9:00pm - Episode 160 "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Beetlemon!"
-Mon May 14 12:00am - Episode 109 "Dream a Little Dream"
-Mon May 14 8:00am - Episode 51 "The Crest of Friendship" (R Tue May 15 2:30am)
-Mon May 14 9:30pm - Episode 80 "United We Stand" (R Tue May 15 2:00am)
-Tue May 15 8:00am - Episode 52 "Piedmon's Last Jest" (R Wed May 16 2:30am)
-Tue May 15 7:30pm - Episode 129 "Brave New Digital World"
-Tue May 15 9:30pm - Episode 81 "Fusion Confusion" (R Wed May 16 2:00am)
-Wed May 16 8:00am - Episode 53 "Now Apocalymon" (R Thu May 17 2:30am)
-Wed May 16 7:30pm - Episode 130 "Kazu & Kenta's Excellent Adventure"
-Wed May 16 9:30pm - Episode 82 "The Insect Master" (R Thu May 17 2:00am)
-Thu May 17 8:00am - Episode 54 "The Fate of Two Worlds" (R Fri May 18 2:30am)
-Thu May 17 7:30pm - Episode 131 "Motorcycle Madness"
-Thu May 17 9:30pm - Episode 83 "Arukenimon's Tangled Web" (R Fri May 18 2:00am)
-Fri May 18 8:00am - Episode 55 "Enter Flamedramon" (R Sat May 19 2:30am)
-Fri May 18 9:30pm - Episode 84 "Ultimate Antihero" (R Sat May 19 2:00am)

Dragon Ball Z (Cartoon Network)
-Sat May 12 7:00pm - Episode 129 "Piccolo's Folly"

Elemental Gelade (ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun May 13 10:00pm - Episode 15 "The Windmill Village 'El Blanca'" (R Mon May 14 2:00am, 2:00pm)

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun May 13 11:30pm - Episode 15 "The End of Happiness!, the Beginning of Truth" (R Mon May 14 3:30am, 3:30pm)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG (Cartoon Network)
-Sun May 13 1:00am - Episode 1 "Reembody" (R Sun May 13 4:00am)

Gokusen (Encore WAM)
-Sat May 12 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Kuma's First Time" (R Sun May 13 8:30am)
-Sun May 13 4:30pm - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?" (R Mon May 14 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon May 14 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Ooedoo Clan in Crisis" (R Tue May 154 2:30am)
-Tue May 15 4:30pm - Episode 6 "Kyo-san's Knockout Performance" (R Wed May 16 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed May 16 4:30pm - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?" (R Thu May 17 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu May 17 4:30pm - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins" (R Fri May 18 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri May 18 4:30pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Sat May 19 2:30am, 8:30am)

Idaten Jump (Cartoon Network)
-Thu May 17 6:00am - Episode 1 "Idaten Jump"
-Fri May 18 6:00am - Episode 2 "Detour"

Inuyasha (Cartoon Network) -Tue May 15 1:00am - Episode 161 "Miroku's Past Mistake" (R Tue May 15 4:30am)
-Tue May 15 1:30am - Episode 162 "Forever With Lord Sesshomaru" (R Tue May 15 5:00am)
-Wed May 16 1:00am - Episode 163 "Kohaku, Sango and Kirara: The Secret Flower Garden" (R Wed May 16 4:30am)
-Wed May 16 1:30am - Episode 164 "Possessed by a Parasite: Shippo, Our Worst Enemy" (R Wed May 16 5:00am)
-Thu May 17 1:00am - Episode 165 "The Ultimate Key to Defeating Naraku" (R Thu May 17 4:30am)
-Thu May 17 1:30am - Episode 166 "The Bond Between Them: Use the Sacred Jewel Shard, Part 1" (R Thu May 17 5:00am)
-Fri May 18 1:00am - Episode 167 "The Bond Between Them: Use the Sacred Jewel Shard, Part 2" (R Fri May 18 4:30am)
-Fri May 18 1:30am - Episode 1 "The Girl Who Overcame Time and the Boy Who Was Just Overcome" (R Fri May 18 5:00am)

King of Bandit Jing (ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat May 12 5:30am - Episode 4 "The Adonis Capital of Time, Part 2"
-Mon May 14 9:30am - Episode 6 "The Eternal City of Revaiva, Part 1" (R Tue May 15 9:30am, Wed May 16 5:30am)
-Tue May 15 5:30am - Episode 5 "The Little Girl From the Technicolor Town"
-Thu May 17 9:30am - Episode 7 "The Eternal City of Revaiva, Part 2" (R Fri May 18 5:30am)
-Fri May 18 9:30am - Episode 8 "Don't Drop the Por Vora" (R Sat May 19 5:30am)

Kyo kara Maoh! (ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun May 13 10:30pm - Episode 15 "Rain Falls in the Desert" (R Mon May 14 2:30am, 2:30pm)

The Law of Ueki (ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun May 13 11:00pm - Episode 15 "The Law of Rinko" (R Mon May 14 3:00am, 3:00pm)

Mirage of Blaze (Encore Action)
-Sat May 12 12:00am - Episode 8 "Memories of Hateful Anguish"
-Sat May 12 12:30am - Episode 9 "At the End of Obsession"
-Sat May 12 1:00am - Episode 10 "Endless Void"
-Tue May 15 12:00am - Episode 11 "Sorrowful Betrayal"
-Tue May 15 12:30am - Episode 12 "Eternal Blaze"
-Tue May 15 1:00am - Episode 13 "Choices of Conflict"

Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River's Edge (Encore Action)
-Wed May 16 12:00am - Episode 1 "Dearest Wish" (R Wed May 16 6:10pm)
-Wed May 16 12:35am - Episode 2 "Tiger's Eye" (R Wed May 16 6:45pm)
-Wed May 16 1:10am - Episode 3 "Wind of the River's Edge" (R Wed May 16 7:20pm)

Naruto (Cartoon Network)
-Sat May 12 8:00pm - Episode 85 "Hate Among the Uchihas: The Last of the Clan"
-Mon May 14 5:30pm - Episode 81 "Return of the Morning Mist"
-Tue May 15 5:30pm - Episode 82 "Eye to Eye: Sharingan vs. Sharingan!"
-Wed May 16 5:30pm - Episode 83 "Jiraiya: Naruto's Potential Disaster!"
-Thu May 17 5:30pm - Episode 84 "Roar, Chidori: Brother vs. Brother"

Oban Star-Racers (Toon Disney)
-Sat May 12 8:30pm - Episode 11 "Silent Like Spirit" (R Sun May 13 2:30am)
-Sat May 12 11:30pm - Episode 23 "Cruel Like Kross"
-Sun May 13 11:30pm - Episode 24 "Canaletto's Revenge"
-Mon May 14 2:30am - Episode 12 "The Will to Win"
-Tue May 15 1:30am - Episode 15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter"
-Fri May 18 9:00pm - Episode 16 "Nervous Like Ning & Skun" (R Sat May 19 1:30am)

Pokémon (Cartoon Network)
-Sat May 12 9:00am - Episode 433 "Off the Unbeaten Path"
-Sat May 12 9:30am - Episode 434 "Harley Rides Again"
-Mon May 14 6:30am - Episode 407 "The Right Place at the Right Mime"
-Mon May 14 5:00pm - Episode 444 "Second Time's the Charm"
-Tue May 15 6:30am - Episode 408 "A Real Cleffa-Hanger!"
-Tue May 15 5:00pm - Episode 447 "All That Glitters Is Not Golden!"
-Wed May 16 6:30am - Episode 409 "Numero Uno Articuno"
-Wed May 16 5:00pm - Episode 448 "New Plot, Old Lot"
-Thu May 17 6:30am - Episode 410 "The Symbol Life"
-Thu May 17 5:00pm - Episode 449 "Going For Choke"
-Fri May 18 6:30am - Episode 411 "Hooked on Onix"

Pokémon Chronicles (Cartoon Network)
-Mon May 14 4:30pm - Episode 15 "Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl"
-Tue May 15 4:30pm - Episode 16 "Luvdisc is a Many Splendored Thing"
-Wed May 16 4:30pm - Episode 17 "Those Darn Electabuzz!"
-Thu May 17 4:30pm - Episode 18 "The Search for the Legend"

Prince of Tennis (Cartoon Network)
-Sat May 5 10:30pm - Episode 9 "The Hard Day"

Samurai Champloo (Cartoon Network)
-Sun May 13 1:30am - Episode 26 "Evanescent Encounter, Part 3" (R Sun May 13 4:30am)

Samurai Deeper Kyo (Encore WAM)
-Sat May 12 4:00pm - Episode 12 "The Boy From the Deep Forest" (R Sun May 13 1:55am, 8:00am)
-Sun May 13 4:00pm - Episode 13 "Crossing Souls" (R Mon May 14 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon May 14 4:00pm - Episode 14 "Satan Again" (R Tue May 15 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue May 15 4:00pm - Episode 15 "Our Friend Red Tiger" (R Wed May 16 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed May 16 4:00pm - Episode 16 "Perfect Victory" (R Thu May 17 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu May 17 4:00pm - Episode 17 "The Secret Talk of Girls" (R Fri May 18 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri May 18 4:00pm - Episode 18 "Nurturing the Devil" (R Sat May 19 2:00am, 8:00am)

Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars (ImaginAsianTV)
-Mon May 14 6:00am - Episode 11 "Thank You, Courage" (R Mon May 14 9:00am, Tue May 15 4:30am)
-Tue May 15 6:00am - Episode 12 "Despite Friendship" (R Tue May 15 9:00am, Wed May 16 4:30am)
-Wed May 16 6:00am - Episode 13 "Secret Village Hometown" (R Wed May 16 9:00am, Thu May 17 4:30am)
-Thu May 17 6:00am - Episode 14 "Our Summer" (R Thu May 17 9:00am, Fri May 18 4:30am)
-Fri May 18 6:00am - Episode 15 "Father's Return" (R Fri May 18 9:00am, Sat May 19 4:30am)

Shinzo (Toon Disney)
-Sat May 12 4:00am - Episode 32 "Long Live Yakumo"
-Sat May 12 8:00am - Episode 21 "A Battle of One"
-Sun May 13 8:00am - Episode 22 "A New Beginning"
-Tue May 15 4:00am - Episode 1 "The Awakening"
-Wed May 16 4:00am - Episode 2 "Bee-Ware the Hunters"
-Thu May 17 4:00am - Episode 3 "Web of Evil"
-Fri May 18 4:00am - Episode "Day at the Park"

Sonic X (4KidsTV)
-Sat May 12 10:00am - Episode "Sonic to the Rescue"

Special Duty Combat Unit: Shinesman (Encore WAM)
-Tue May 15 11:50am - Episode 1
-Tue May 15 12:25pm - Episode 2

Submarine 707 Revolution (Encore Action)
-Fri May 18 12:00am - Episode 1 "Mission: 01"

Transformers: Cybertron (Cartoon Network)
-Mon May 14 6:00am - Episode 47 "Guardian"
-Tue May 15 6:00am - Episode 48 "Homecoming"
-Wed May 16 6:00am - Episode 49 "Endgame"

Voltron (Cartoon Network)
-Sun May 13 5:30am - Episode 7 "The Lion Has New Claws"
-Tue May 15 5:30am - Episode 46 "Surrender"
-Wed May 16 5:30am - Episode 47 "Bad Birthday Party"
-Thu May 17 5:30am - Episode 48 "The Witch Gets a Facelift"
-Fri May 18 5:30am - Episode 49 "Yurak Gets His Pink Slip"

Yu-Gi-Oh! (4KidsTV)
-Sat May 12 10:30am - Episode 48 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 3"


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