The Click June 16 - 22
by Brian Hanson, Jun 16th 2007
Hi again, welcome to The Click, there is anime on TV this week, and my job is to tell you about it in as jocular way as possible, so let's get down to business since my air conditioning is busted and I feel like I'm about to melt into an incredibly handsome and dapper puddle.First, though, let me alleviate certain allegations that have sprung up recently about my proclivity to be utterly, irreparably wrong in regards to most things. And by that I mean, allow me to publicly and profusely apologize for certain claims made in the past The Clicks which have not held up to any scrutiny:
- Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is not, as I indicated last week, a "compilation feature" comprised of mostly animation from the first TV series. It is, in fact, an entirely original feature-length production. I had merely gotten it confused with an earlier announcement that the original Stand Alone Complex's "Laughing Man" arc would be condensed into a feature-length special.
- Remi, the classic anime series currently being run on ImaginAsianTV's risky but admirable "TMS Anime Classics" block, was never a part of World Masterpiece Theater. A remake of the original series, produced about 10 years ago, however, was . Hence the confusion.
- Lieutenant Dominic in the series Eureka 7 was actually introduced around episode 10 of said series, and not in episode 29 as I mistakenly alluded to in last week's column.
- Sadly, the Digimon series never once had an entire 10 minute gay sex scene animated, dubbed, and then cut at the last second.
- Despite numerous, drunken party anecdotes to the contrary, I have never received sagely advice from Bill Cosby during a fever dream to invade the republic of Congo and incite revolution.
- Apologies as well to the families and friends of the victims of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster; it was a mistake to openly admit to causing the disaster through the sheer power of my telekinetic abilities.
Feels good to get that off my conscience. Say, have I mentioned that I was once on tour with The Buzzcocks? Or that I got kicked out of X for stabbing their drummer in the chest with a broken bottle, and then puking on him?
Sunday June 17 9:30pm - Episode 26 "Evanescent Encounter, Part 3"
The especially noteworthy additions to this week's television lineup happen to be in Canada for this week; Inuyasha makes his final stop in the country in the form of his fourth movie, which, don't get me wrong here, isn't especially great, but considering the lackluster quality of most long-running anime series turned movies (Naruto), "quite watchable" is indeed a compliment. What is great though, are the back-to-back series finale of both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. Both are exciting, dramatic, action-packed, and leave the viewer with just a hint of unresolved questions to leave them aching, physically aching, for more. Which probably won't happen, ever, considering statements made by the series' director, Shinichiro Watanabe, content with pursuing other projects. Unless that long-standing rumor about Adult Swim head honcho Mike Lazzo attempting to court studio Sunrise to produce more Bebop actually comes true, which it probably won't.
Sunday June 17 12:00am - Episode 37 (Repeats Sun June 17 3:00am)
Sad news for Canadian Bleach fans, as my warnings that new episodes might be postponed in favor of more reruns came horrifically true. Though honestly, I would hesitate a bit to make a nation of hockey fans even mildly upset - I've seen that Law & Order episode about pee-wee hockey enough to know that hockey has a dangerous and deadly effect on the human mind. This week on Bleach, in America, the stoic and gargantuan Chad steals the limelight, as he delves into the secrets of his power while fighting the 8th Squad Captain, Kyoraku.
Sunday June 17 12:30am - Episode 13 "Jungle Paradise" (Repeats Sun June 17 3:30am)
Saya, our pubescent heroine, would probably rather be doing things average 14 year old girls do, such as read Teen Beat and listen to Maroon 5, but sadly, she's the latest incarnation of a vampire warrior-person, so that lifestyle is out. This week, she and her friends are held captive in an experimental farm in the middle of the Vietnam jungle, and the sweet smell of blood drives her inner vampire to the point of madness. Fun!
Bo-Bobo and his friends take a tour of the Great Redwood Forest in California, and learn six helpful tips to save the environment! Later, they make Soapbox Derby cars out of rotten onions and ride them to Rod Steiger's house.
-Monday June 18 9:30am - Episode 8 "Distant Dodochino" (Repeats Tue June 19 5:30am)
-Tuesday June 19 9:30am - Episode 9 "Bizarre Track, Thief Chases Police" (Repeats Wed June 20 5:30am)
-Wednesday June 20 9:30am - Episode 10 "Do You Like Dog Food?" (Repeats Thu June 21 5:30am)
No, I really don't like dog food. Thanks, though. Anyway, Tsukasa Hojo's forgotten campy classic about three curvaceous sisters and their thieving exploits wraps up this week, as ImaginAsianTV seems to be running their "TMS Anime Classics" in 10-episode blocks, for some reason.
Tuesday June 19 5:00pm - Episode 21 "The Revealed Truth" (Repeats Tue June 19 8:00pm, Wed June 20 12:30am, 12:00pm)
Sky pirate Cou learns the truth about Viro, who is tied between her intense feelings for Cou and her mission... to kill him! Later, the Gobbledygook Bananalingading strikes a chord with the Hossenfefferification Woof-Nook.
Saturday June 16 12:00am - Episode 2 "Confession" (Repeats Thu June 21 12:00am, 12:30am)
The hard-to-figure-out-how-to-pronounce Re-I encounters one of those mystical "phantoms" or whatever, and when her friends and family refuse to believe her, the young, gothic lass strikes out on her own to discover the truth!
Friday June 22 11:00pm - Episode 30 "Change of Life" (Repeats Sat June 23 2:30am)
Now that Renton has been re-established as a Gekkostate member, the spunky lad becomes curious about Eureka's elusive past, and prods the other Gekkostate members for information. There, he learns more about himself, his grandfather, Eureka, the Nirvash, Holland, particle physics, and tort reform.
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Tuesday June 19 6:30pm - Episode 21 "The Nobleman's True Self" (Repeats Tue June 19 9:30pm, Wed June 20 2:00am, 1:30pm)
What's a green-skinned Count to do, when all of his devious machinations seem to be wonderfully falling into place at the same time? It involves a lot of traveling, let's just say.
Kyo kara Maoh!
Tuesday June 19 5:30pm - Episode 21 "The Dangerous Visitor" (Repeats Tue June 19 8:30pm, Wed June 20 1:00am, 12:30pm)
Part of being a king, a demon one notwithstanding, is learning to cope with numerous people wishing to take your life for various political reasons. Yuri, our protagonist, does so with compassion, when a young girl posing as his illegitimate child attempts, and fails of course, to assassinate our erstwhile king. He then attempts to look after his attempted murderer, but what secrets does she hold? (Plenty, I would bet.)
The Law of Ueki
Tuesday June 19 6:00pm - Episode 21 "The Law of Seiichiro Sano" (Repeats Tue June 19 9:00pm, Wed June 20 1:30am, 1:00pm)
Now here's something you don't see everyday, aside from the hit Disney Channel musical event "Jump In!" - a Rope-Jumping battle, between Ueki and the titular Seichiro Sano. I, personally, can't wait for the epic Hop-Scotch battle, or the battle to determine who can jump the farthest from the swing set.
-Monday June 18 8:30pm - Episode 31 "Twins Pique"
-Tuesday June 19 8:30pm - Episode 32 "Lupin the Interred"
-Wednesday June 20 8:30pm - Episode 33 "A Rumble Royal"
-Thursday June 21 8:30pm - Episode 34 "But Your Brother Was Such a Nice Guy"
-Friday June 22 8:30pm - Episode 35 "Gorilla Tactics"
Now this is just unfair. G4TechTV Canada gets a second season of dubbed Lupin III antics, while Adult Swim is content to re-air their initial order of 25 episodes into oblivion? They obviously can't be terribly expensive, Lupin's lukewarm ratings notwithstanding. What gives? I suppose your Northern viewers can doff your Royal Mounted Police caps and enjoy while Lupin searches for a viking treasure, lies low in prison to avoid a skilled assassin, fights for an ancient royal crown, and other priceless artifacts and ribald escapades.
Friday June 22 7:00pm - Episode 4 "Lost and Found Babbo"
Ginta feels the pangs of homesickness, and learns from his weapon (with a handsome and swarthy mustache), Babbo, that he must seek the "Dimension ARM" that had originally brought him to the world of MAR. Jack and his trusty Battle Shovel joins up for the ride, and then more stuff happens!
Saturday June 16 9:00pm - Episode 91 "Inheritance! The Necklace of Death"
The disconcertingly buxom Tsunade makes a bet with an enraged Naruto, challenging our favorite Ninja cadet that if he should master his newest move, the destructive "Rasengan," in one week, she'll give him her treasured "Necklace of Death." I can't foresee why anyone would really want a so-called "Necklace of Death," but that's animation for you.
Friday June 22 8:00pm - Episode 86 "A New Training Begins: I Will Be Strong"
Five weeks ago in the US, we saw this episode, wherein Jiraiya demonstrates to Naruto a powerful new Jutsu - the "Rasengan." What carefree, bygone times those were, five weeks ago!
Saturday June 16 10:30pm - Episode 93 "The Bomb in the Belfry"
I suppose while whiling away the days until August, wherein new, Funimation-produced One Piece will be available, one could stare in abject horror at the last of 4Kids' hastily produced One Piece episodes. This one has Luffy continuing to fight Crocodile, while Vivi and her trusty companion, Pell, attempt to disarm a bomb! With lots of puns and bad jokes and cloying music.
-Monday June 18 8:30am - Episode 6 "Vanishing Point" (Repeats Tue June 19 5:00am)
-Tuesday June 19 8:30am - Episode 7 "I Love You" (Repeats Wed June 20 5:00am)
-Wednesday June 20 8:30am - Episode 8 "Runaway" (Repeats Thu June 21 5:00am)
-Thursday June 21 8:30am - Episode 9 "Revolution" (Repeats Fri June 22 5:00am)
-Friday June 22 8:30am - Episode 10 "Barbarians" (Repeats Sat June 22 5:00am)
Yep, it's another five episodes of Nobuo Uematu's love-conquers-all robots-in-space story, missing in action from US shelves since US Renditions bit the dust almost fifteen years ago. As featured on "This Week in the 80's: Part 152" on VH1!
-Monday June 18 7:30pm - Episode 475 "Setting the World on it's Bunearary"
-Tuesday June 19 7:30pm - Episode 476 "Not On My Watch Ya Don't
-Wednesday June 20 7:30pm - Episode 478 "Mounting a Coordinator Assault"
-Thursday June 21 7:30pm - Episode 479 "Arrival of a Rival"
I have to confess that I not only know what a Buneary is, but that I've actually caught one, being fully immersed in the gotta-catch-'em-all madness that is Pokémon Pearl. What's more daunting is that Pokémon is rapidly approaching 500 - five-freakin'-hundred episodes dubbed in the US. That's small potatoes compared to some of the anime behemoths still running in Japan, such as Sazae-san or Doraemon, but still.
Monday June 18 6:00am - Episode 10 "Unforseen Incident" (Repeats Mon June 18 9:00am, Tue June 19 4:30am)
Have I mentioned before that anyone with ImaginAsianTV should be required by anime fan law to watch all of their TMS Classics? Especially since all three of them will be launching into repeats this week. And who doesn't want to watch a French orphan make friends in the beautiful European countryside?
Saturday June 16 12:30am - Episode 2 "Defeat" (Repeats Sat June 16 1:00pm, 1:30pm)
The put-upon Souichiro Nagi and his friend, bob, continue their assault against their new schoolmates, which all culminates in both a hilarious defeat and a marriage proposal. Which is just like how schoolyard fights in real life end up.
Friday June 22 8:30pm - Episode 74 "Pamoon, the Celestial Warrior"
Zatch and co. meet up with Pamoon, a kind mamodo who is forced against his will to do the bidding of the wicked Zofis. But, isn't working in complicity for an evil despot in itself somewhat evil? Have the Nuremberg trials taught us nothing? Not that such subtlety will permeate a children's series about superpowered little demons, but nonetheless.
Howl's Moving Castle tends to re-appear at whim on various networks every other week, so this isn't a surprise. But just in case you're an anime fan who has been living on an oil barge in Alaska for the past two years - Howl's Moving Castle is a really good movie! Not Miyazaki's best, obviously, but still damn wonderful!
Pokemon 3 - The Movie
Tuesday June 19 11:00am
Pokémon 3 was released in theaters around the time that most pop-culture theologians had dismissed the series as a passing fad, and its mediocre box-office take was provided as evidence. It still made more money than both Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke combined, for whatever that's worth.
Tuesday June 19 9:40am (Repeats Tue June 19 6:30pm)
Another week, another ho-hum selection of repeat offenders make their mark on Encore Action. Not that either of them are particularly egregious - especially the ponderous Jin-Roh - but a little variety is, as they say, the seasoning of life.
That'll be all for the witty repartee for the week, though I'll be back next week for more stories about how I totally invented Punk Rock, raided Tutankhamen's Tomb, and filmed the iconic Hindenburg explosion!
10 Tokyo Warriors
-Tue June 19 12:00am - Episode 1
-Tue June 19 12:30am - Episode 2
-Wed June 20 12:00am - Episode 3
-Wed June 20 12:30am - Episode 4
-Thu June 21 12:00am - Episode 5
-Thu June 21 12:30am - Episode 6
-Sat June 16 5:30am - Episode 10 "Missing"
-Sun June 17 5:00am - Episode 24 "The Big Fight"
-Tue June 19 12:30am - Episode 5 (R Tue June 19 4:00am)
-Wed June 20 12:30am - Episode 6 (R Wed June 20 4:00am)
-Thu June 21 12:30am - Episode 7 (R Thu June 21 4:00am)
-Fri June 22 12:30am - Episode 8 (R Fri June 22 4:00am)
-Thu June 21 9:30am - Episode 1 "You're a Sexy Thief" (R Fri June 22 5:30am)
-Fri June 22 9:30am - Episode 2 "Welcome to the Police Station" (R Sat June 23 5:30am)
-Sun June 17 7:50pm - Episode 5 "Militia" (R Mon June 18 12:00am, Fri June 22 1:25am, 8:30pm)
-Sun June 17 11:35pm - Episode 4 "Sinner" (R Fri June 22 1:00am)
-Fri June 22 9:00pm - Episode 6 "Jewel Witch"
-Fri June 22 9:30pm - Episode 7 "Devil"
-Sat June 16 5:30pm - Episode 160 "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Beetlemon!" (R Sat June 16 10:30pm)
-Sun June 17 5:30pm - Episode 161 "A Molehill Out of a Mountain" (R Sun June 17 10:30pm)
-Mon June 18 8:00am - Episode 76 "Davis Cries Wolfman" (R Tue June 19 2:30am)
-Tue June 19 2:30am - Episode 109 "Dream a Little Dream"
-Tue June 19 8:00am - Episode 77 "Genesis of Evil" (R Wed June 20 2:30am)
-Tue June 19 7:30pm - Episode 144 "Janyu's Ark"
-Tue June 19 9:30pm - Episode 110 "O Partner, Where Art Thou" (R Wed June 20 2:00am)
-Wed June 20 8:00am - Episode 78 "If I Had a Tail Hammer" (R Thu June 21 2:30am)
-Wed June 20 7:30pm - Episode 145 "Homeward Bound"
-Wed June 20 9:30pm - Episode 111 "Now You See It Now You Don't" (R Thu June 21 2:00am)
-Thu June 21 8:00am - Episode 79 "Spirit Needle" (R Fri June 22 2:30am)
-Thu June 21 7:30pm - Episode 146 "Reunion"
-Thu June 21 9:30pm - Episode 112 "A Question of Trust" (R Fri June 22 2:00am)
-Fri June 22 8:00am - Episode 80 "United We Stand" (R Sat June 23 2:30am)
-Fri June 22 9:30pm - Episode 113 "Not as Seen on TV" (R Sat June 23 2:00am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat June 16 7:00pm - Episode 131 "Our Hero Awakes"
-Sun June 17 10:00pm - Episode 20 "Viro" (R Mon June 18 2:00am, 2:00pm)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
-Sun June 17 11:30pm - Episode 20 "Farewell, Eugenie" (R Mon June 18 3:30am, 3:30pm)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
-Sun June 17 1:00am - Episode 5 "Inductance" (R Sun June 17 4:00am)
-Thu June 21 6:00am - Episode 11 "Training"
-Fri June 22 6:00am - Episode 12 "Enemy Master"
-Tue June 19 1:00am - Episode 34 "Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga" (R Tue June 19 4:30am)
-Tue June 19 1:30am - Episode 35 "The True Owner of the Great Sword" (R Tue June 19 5:00am)
-Wed June 20 1:00am - Episode 36 "Kagome Kidnapped by Koga, the Wolf Demon" (R Wed June 20 4:30am)
-Wed June 20 1:30am - Episode 37 "The Man Who Fell In Love With Kagome" (R Wed June 20 5:00am)
-Thu June 21 1:00am - Episode 38 "Two Hearts, One Mind" (R Thu June 21 4:30am)
-Thu June 21 1:30am - Episode 39 "Trapped in a Duel to the Death" (R Thu June 21 5:00am)
-Fri June 22 1:00am - Episode 40 "The Deadly Trap of Kagura, the Wind Sorceress" (R Fri June 22 4:30am)
-Fri June 22 1:30am - Episode 41 "Kagura's Dance and Kanna's Mirror" (R Fri June 22 5:00am)
Kyo kara Maoh!
-Sun June 17 10:30pm - Episode 20 "Hero Vs. Maoh, Part 2" (R Mon June 18 2:30am, 2:30pm)
The Law of Ueki
-Sun June 17 11:00pm - Episode 20 "The Law of Cat and Mouse" (R Mon June 18 3:00am, 3:00pm)
Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River's Edge
-Fri June 22 12:00am - Episode 1 "Dearest Wish"
-Fri June 22 12:35am - Episode 2 "Tiger's Eye"
-Fri June 22 1:10am - Episode 3 "Wind of the River's Edge"
-Sat June 16 8:30pm - Episode 89 "An Impossible Choice: The Pain Within Tsunade's Heart"
-Sat June 16 11:30pm - Episode 7 "Treacherous Like Toros"
-Sun June 17 2:30am - Episode 21 "Ominous Like O"
-Sun June 17 11:30pm - Episode 8 "Agile Like Aikka"
-Mon June 18 2:30am - Episode 22 "Revelations"
-Sat June 16 6:06pm - Episode 9 "Ryo"
-Sat June 16 6:35pm - Episode 10 "Quiet"
-Sat June 16 7:00pm - Episode 11 "Plot"
-Sat June 16 7:30pm - Episode 12 "Big Brother"
-Sat June 16 8:00pm - Episode 13 "Gaze"
-Sat June 16 8:30pm - Episode 14 "Thoughts"
-Sat June 16 9:00pm - Episode 15 "Poetry"
-Sat June 16 9:30pm - Episode 16 "Deceit"
-Mon June 18 9:00pm - Episode 17 "Hollow"
-Mon June 18 9:30pm - Episode 18 "Rain"
-Tue June 19 9:00pm - Episode 19 "Sky"
-Tue June 19 9:30pm - Episode 20 "Blade"
-Wed June 20 9:00pm - Episode 21 "Battle Array"
-Wed June 20 9:30pm - Episode 22 "Fight"
-Thu June 21 9:00pm - Episode 23 "Truth"
-Thu June 21 9:30pm - Episode 24 "Iron"
-Sat June 16 9:00am - Episode 469 "When Pokémon Worlds Collide" (R Wed June 20 7:00am)
-Sat June 16 9:30am - Episode 470 "Dawn of a New Era" (R Thu June 21 7:00am)
-Mon June 18 7:00am - Episode 467 "Following a Maiden's Voyage"
-Tue June 19 7:00am - Episode 468 "Two Degrees of Separation"
-Fri June 22 7:00am - Episode 471 "Gettin' Twiggy With It"
-Tue June 19 6:00am - Episode 1 "Remi, Boy of Chavanon Village" (R Tue June 19 9:00am, Wed June 20 4:30am)
-Wed June 20 6:00am - Episode 2 "Remi, Child of Fate" (R Wed June 20 9:00am, Thu June 21 4:30am)
-Thu June 21 6:00am - Episode 3 "Remi's Departure" (R Thu June 21 9:00am, Fri June 22 4:30am)
-Fri June 22 6:00am - Episode 4 "Forward, Remi!" (R Fri June 22 9:00am, Sat June 23 4:30am)
-Sat June 16 4:30pm - Episode 16 "Opposite" (R Sun June 17 8:30am)
-Sun June 17 4:30pm - Episode 17 "Wish" (R Mon June 18 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon June 18 4:30pm - Episode 18 "Critical Day" (R Tue June 19 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue June 19 4:30pm - Episode 19 "Farewell" (R Wed June 20 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed June 20 4:30pm - Episode 20 "Chase" (R Thu June 21 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu June 21 4:30pm - Episode 21 "Don't Cry" (R Fri June 22 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri June 22 2:30am - Episode 22 "Pain" (R Sat June 23 2:30am, 8:30am)
(Independent Film Channel)
-Sat June 16 8:00am - Episode 9 "The Bandits" (R Sat June 16 1:35pm)
-Sat June 16 8:30am - Episode 10 "The Journey" (R Sat June 26 2:05pm)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Sat June 16 4:00pm - Episode 21 "The Demonic Mibu Castle" (R Sun June 17 8:00am)
-Sun June 17 4:00pm - Episode 22 "The Machine Made Dolls" (R Mon June 18 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon June 18 4:00pm - Episode 23 "Scorching Ecstacy" (R Tue June 19 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue June 19 4:00pm - Episode 24 (R Wed June 20 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed June 20 4:00pm - Episode 25 "The One That Surpasses Tach" (R Thu June 21 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu June 21 4:00pm - Episode 26 "The Ballad of the Samurai" (R Fri June 22 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri June 22 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Far Away, to Absolute Zero" (R Sat June 23 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sat June 16 11:30pm - Episode 2 (R Sun June 17 2:30am)
-Sat June 16 4:00am - Episode 25 "Eilis of the Storm"
-Tue June 19 4:00am - Episode 26 "Reviving Yakumo"
-Wed June 20 4:00am - Episode 27 "Lanancuras Arises"
-Thu June 21 4:00am - Episode 28 "Lanancuras Unbound"
-Fri June 22 4:00am - Episode 29 "Mushrambo Meets His Match"
-Sat June 16 10:00am - Episode "Party Hardly"
Special Duty Combat Unit: Shinesman
-Sun June 17 10:00am - Episode 1 (R Fri June 22 11:10am)
-Sun June 17 10:30am - Episode 2 (R Fri June 22 11:40am)
-Mon June 18 6:00am - Episode 9 "Time"
-Tue June 19 6:00am - Episode 10 "Search"
-Wed June 20 6:00am - Episode 11 "Deep"
-Sun June 17 1:30am - Episode 4 "The Star of Sorrow: Hunter's Banquet" (R Sun June 17 4:30am)
-Sun June 17 5:30am - Episode 12 "Bad Birthday Party"
-Tue June 19 5:30am - Episode 31 "The Sincerest Form of Flattery"
-Wed June 20 5:30am - Episode 32 "A Transplant for the Blue Lion"
-Thu June 21 5:30am - Episode 33 "Attack of the Fierce Frogs"
-Fri June 22 5:30am - Episode 34 "Lotor Traps Pidge"
-Sat June 16 10:30am - Episode 73 "Double Duel, Part 4"
-Sat June 16 7:30pm - Episode 111 "Head in the Clouds, Part 1"
-Mon June 18 6:30am - Episode 67 "Homecoming Duel, Part 1"
-Tue June 19 6:30am - Episode 68 "Homecoming Duel, Part 2"
-Wed June 20 6:30am - Episode 69 "Dormitory Demolition"
-Thu June 21 6:30am - Episode 70 "Obelisk White?"
-Fri June 22 6:30am - Episode 71 "DuelFellas"
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