Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
Hi guys! It's me again, doing The Click sans any gimmicks for what feels like the hundredth-plus time, letting all you wonderful readers know of the bountiful treasures that lie on the idiot box for the coming week. Yep, just some good ol'-fashioned TV listings this week, with no silly joke-ifyin' or rhyming or nutty vegetable-related tirades to interrupt the flow. No sir, no disjointed, pointless rants about how the taco stand across the street from my apartment has stopped taking my checks - what's up with that? Do I not look just like a person named "Senior Alberto Diego" when I'm wearing a fake mustache? And then the guy had the unmitigated audacity to tell me that he didn't even accept checks! Regardless of my one-man crusade to purchase large amounts of tacos under an assumed identity, there is a literal bevy of new shows this week, so let's get crackin'.
Tuesday July 31 6:30pm - Episode 1 "Atelier" (Repeats Tue July 31 9:30pm, Wed Aug 1 2:00am, 1:30pm)
A cleverly written and very entertaining Japanese animated series aimed at - get this - women?!? On Television?!? What a unique concept! Why, it almost starts to make sense, in a way, considering that literally half of the folks who read manga, watch anime, and generally do anything in this fandom of ours are female! As much as I relish the dozens of well-meaning but idiotic action shows that permeate The Click every week, it's nice to have something offering a different perspective on the medium, other than "Big guy fight other guy!!! Ugngh. Part 5!"
Kudos to ImaginAsianTV and Geneon's partnership; boo to the majority of cable and satellite providers who keep the network away from regular, anime-seeking Joes like myself. Speaking of Geneon, Canadian viewers are in for a real treat the coming months:
Sunday July 29 8:00pm - Episode 2 "Luft Vanship" (Repeats Mon July 30 12:00am)
Friday August 4 8:00pm - Episode 2 "The Golden Shoes"
Serial Experiments Lain
Saturday July 28 8:00pm - Episode 2 "Girls" (Repeats Sun July 29 12:00am)
Saturday July 28 8:30pm - Episode 2 "Forfeiture" (Repeats Sun July 29 12:30am)
Sunday July 29 8:30pm - Episode 2 "Resurrection - The Maiden of Life" (Repeats Mon July 30 12:30am)
The literal cream of Geneon's crop has landed upon G4TechTV's doorstep! Of course, I was supposed to mention this last week, when these wonderful shows actually debuted, but clearly, making childish rhymes is more important that factual accuracy. I defy anyone to claim otherwise, because it is impossible. Paranoia Agent is, obviously, the one that I would threaten you all at gunpoint to watch most of all, with Lain and Last Exile not too far behind, but all in all there isn't a truly bad show in the bunch - so get comfy, Canadians. Sit cozy in your log-based furniture, drink your Labatt Blue, and ready a bowl of Moose Jerky.
Tuesday July 31 7:00pm - Episode 1 (Repeats Tue July 31 10:00pm, Wed Aug 1 2:30am, 2:00pm)
I suppose if I had any actual knowledge of classic Japanese ghost stories and folk legends, I would be a bit more qualified to speak on behalf of Ayakashi, a neat little series that compiles three centuries-old ghost stories into a neat and tidy anime TV package.
Sunday July 29 12:00am - Episode 43 (Repeats Sun July 29 3:30am)
Orihime and Uryu are in some hot water once again, as they face off against Captain Kurotsuchi, who harbors a deep secret regarding the deaths of the "Quincy" - the proud race Uryu hails from. A proud race, that loves archery, and tailoring.
Sunday July 29 12:30am - Episode 19 "Broken Heart" (Repeats Sun July 29 4:00am)
Saya and her stalwart group of young vampire-fighters regroups in a nearby hotel, where philosophies are discussed, fevers are had, motivations are made clear, commercials are inserted, flashbacks are had (with that really annoying, echo-y reverb), credits are rolled, and then it ends.
Bo-Bobo and Jelly Jiggler fuse together to form BoJiggler, and do battle with General Lee Fishcake. Later, BoJiggler slams a Mountain Dew, while riding a skateboard - made out of LAVA - into the Grand Canyon, before nosediving into a pit of pirahnas and applying himself with AXE brand Body Spray, which then gets him hella ladies.
-Thursday August 2 9:30am - Episode 21 "Wanting to See You Again" (Repeats Fri Aug 3 5:30am)
-Friday August 3 9:30am - Episode 22 "Visitor on a Snowy Day" (Repeats Sat Aug 4 5:30am)
Cat's Eye is back, offering more sultry ladies slinkin' around in skin-tight suits, snapping up everything not nailed down, and learning important life lessons in the progress. Like a girl-power, less-nihilistic version of Lupin III.
Saturday July 28 12:00am - Episode 7 "Re-l124C41+" (Repeats Thu Aug 2 12:00am, 12:30am)
I'm not up on my "hack-saur" culture, but hasn't "leet" speak officially died out yet? Or is there some sad, lonely man, probably somewhere in Montana, still wearing his cross-stiched "ph33r" hat? Give it up, guys. It had a good run. Anyway, this week's Ergo Proxy with the crazy title involves the stalwart Vincant making his dangerous trek towards his home-dome, Mosko Dome.
The Gekkostate begins its next mission: to save the planet. Note that this does not in any involve a mulleted environmental superhero.
Gundam Seed Destiny
Friday August 3 9:30pm - Episode 21 "Roaming Eyes" (Repeats Sat Aug 4 1:30am)
The epic Gundam battle continues, its epic-ness and battle-ness unabated. The aftermath leaves Shinn and his none-too-enthused female compatriot, Stellar, abandoned and helpless. This of course leads to some serious macking of the first degree. Or at least, it'd better.
Tuesday July 31 5:00pm - Episode 1 "The Spice of Youth" (Repeats Tue July 31 8:00pm, Wed Aug 1 12:30am, 12:00pm)
And now for something so sacchrine-sweet, so toothachingly adorable, you might need to consult your physician for some emergency medication, in the event you slide into insulin shock. The cute-as-buttons Yurie, an atypical 80's junior highschooler, has recently discovered that she is, no joke, an actual factual goddess, and then numerous instances and happenstances and misadventures occur.
Kyo kara Maoh!
Tuesday July 31 5:30pm - Episode 27 "Conrad's Arm" (Repeats Tue July 31 8:30pm, Wed Aug 1 1:00am, 12:30pm)
And now, something else for the ladies, albeit something far more bawdy: hot, oily, caring men!
The Law of Ueki
Tuesday July 31 6:00pm - Episode 29 "Don't Die! The Law of Tenko" (Repeats Tue July 31 9:00pm, Wed Aug 1 1:30am, 1:00pm)
In order for Ueki to become strong enough to fight another batch of vicious opponents, Ueki's friend Tenko must be sacrificed. But will Ueki sacrifice his friend in order to gain strength? Indeed, will the main character do what I have mentioned twice already? Will he do that thing? Will it be gotten done, forever? Watch and find out!
Friday August 3 7:00pm - Episode 10 "The Second Great War Begins"
With the titular "Second Great War" on the horizon, Ginta and his surly squad of would-be warriors begin their training. To... fight better. Probably.
Saturday July 28 9:00pm - Episode 98 "Tsunade's Warning: Ninja No More"
Naruto and Tsunade arrive rather uneventfully back at the Hidden Leaf Village, to which Naruto promptly asks the newly-crowned Hokage to heal his friends - one of whom, it seems, may never recuperate. A sad scene all around. Except when it isn't.
-Friday August 3 8:00pm - Episode 96 "Deadlock: Sannin Showdown"
-Friday August 3 8:30pm - Episode 97 "Kidnapped: Naruto's Hot Spring Adventure"
The three legendary Sannin, Tsunade, Orochimaru, and Jiraiya, engage in a 2-on-1 battle royal, and later a much more lighthearted affair as our hero traipses through a local hot spring and runs afoul of a few emissaries out for Tsunade's wallet.
Saturday July 28 10:30pm - Episode 100 "Stowaway"
One Piece not-quite-as-proudly-as-it-could-be hits the 100 episode mark this week, wherein Nico Robin makes her intention to join the Straw Hat crew quite clear. Then there are the usual puns and bad jokes and odd edits and wholly inappropriate product placement for Pottery Barn.
-Tuesday July 31 6:00am - Episode 21 "Birth of a New Life" (Repeats Tue July 31 9:00am, Wed Aug 1 4:30am)
-Wednesday August 1 6:00am - Episode 22 "Joli-Coeur the Star" (Repeats Wed Aug 1 9:00am, Thu Aug 2 4:30am)
-Thursday August 2 6:00am - Episode 23 "A Wonderful Teacher" (Repeats Thu Aug 2 9:00am, Fri Aug 3 4:30am)
-Friday August 3 6:00am - Episode 24 "Parisian Buddy Mathias" (Repeats Fri Aug 3 9:00am, Sat Aug 4 4:30am)
If there's one thing to be learned from Remi, it's this: life is an unending series of utter, absolute torment and misery, people are horrible creatures that act out of greed and lust, and that being a poor orphan sucks. Despite this, the plucky lad keeps his head held up high, and laughs and learns with the best of them. If you've grown a tolerance for the maudlin, Remi is your show.
Saturday July 28 12:30am - Episode 7 "Crushed" (Repeats Sat July 28 1:00pm, 1:30pm)
Souichiro and the rest of the upstart Juken Club hold their own against the overpowering skill and sheer numbers of the opposing Executive Council. Blood is spilled, breasts are conveniently shown via high camera angles, so basically everybody watching gets what they want.
Saturday July 28 7:30pm - Episode 115 "Trapper Keeper"
I probably have a Trapper Keeper buried somewhere under my pile of old grade school junk; one filled with violent, excessive doodles featuring cartoon men and women being the victims of gruesome shark attacks and the like. Anyway, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX this week as more card-battlin'! Jaden and his buds attempt to take back a friends' stolen card, the only way they know how! Card-battlin'! Yeah!
Highlander: Search for Vengeance
Monday July 30 11:00pm
You've probably already read the reviews for this, but in case you haven't: The Highlander anime is a perfectly good waste of a good director, a good studio, and a good premise in the service of a lackluster, ailing Hollywood franchise that was never that good to begin with. In other words, I wouldn't watch this unless I'm sobering up on the couch, and the mere act of changing the channel with the remote is far too epic to imagine.
Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
Tuesday July 31 4:20pm
Wednesday August 1 12:00am (Repeats Wed Aug 1 3:45pm)
Meanwhile, Encore Action continues their hit parade of the standard flicks you've come to expect - Akira and Jin-Roh being exceptional, but overplayed, and Gundress being overplayed and also really, really bad.
Alright folks, that wraps it up for this fine July afternoon - I'm off to convince this "Juan" fellow that my checks and swarthy, tied-on mustache are perfectly legit and are worth at least fifteen tacos. I wanted to post a blog to keep everybody up-to-date on this incident, but sadly tacoblog.blogspot.com is already in use. Anyway, I'll be back next week!
10 Tokyo Warriors
-Mon July 30 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Mon July 30 12:30pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Aug 2 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Aug 2 12:30pm - Episode TBA
-Fri Aug 3 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Fri Aug 3 12:30pm - Episode TBA
-Sun July 29 2:00am - Episode 3 "Expedition to Mars" (R Sun July 29 5:30am)
-Tue July 31 12:30am - Episode 32 (R Tue July 31 4:00am)
-Wed Aug 1 12:30am - Episode 33 (R Wed Aug 1 4:00am)
-Thu Aug 2 12:30am - Episode 34 (R Thu Aug 2 4:00am)
-Fri Aug 3 12:30am - Episode 35 (R Fri Aug 3 4:00am)
-Sat Aug 4 12:30am - Episode 36 (R Sat Aug 4 4:00am)
-Mon July 30 9:30am - Episode 18 "No Way to Run" (R Tue July 31 5:30am)
-Tue July 31 9:30am - Episode 19 "Only Say Good Night to You" (R Wed Aug 1 5:30am)
-Wed Aug 1 9:30am - Episode 20 "Lover's Holiday" (R Thu Aug 2 5:30am)
-Mon July 30 12:15am - Episode 16 "Believer" (R Fri Aug 3 1:05am, 8:05pm)
-Mon July 30 12:40am - Episode 17 "Accomplices" (R Fri Aug 3 1:30am, 8:30pm)
-Fri Aug 3 9:00pm - Episode 18 "Four People" (R Sat Aug 4 5:00am)
-Fri Aug 3 9:30pm - Episode 19 "Atonement" (R Sat Aug 4 5:30am)
-Sat July 28 10:30pm - Episode 17 "The Crest of Sincerity"
-Sun July 29 5:30pm - Episode 173 "Trailmon vs. Trailmon" (R Sun July 29 10:30pm)
-Mon July 30 8:00am - Episode 110 "O Partner, Where Art Thou" (R Tue July 31 2:00am)
-Mon July 30 9:30pm - Episode 142 "Azulongmon Explains It All" (R Tue July 31 2:30am)
-Tue July 31 8:00am - Episode 111 "Now You See It Now You Don't" (R Wed Aug 1 2:00am)
-Tue July 31 7:30pm - Episode 162 "Island of Misfit Boys"
-Tue July 31 9:30pm - Episode 143 "Song of a Sakuyamon" (R Wed Aug 1 2:30am)
-Wed Aug 1 8:00am - Episode 112 "A Question of Trust" (R Thu Aug 2 2:00am)
-Wed Aug 1 7:30pm - Episode 163 "The Odd One Out"
-Wed Aug 1 9:30pm - Episode 144 "Janyu's Ark" (R Thu Aug 2 2:30am)
-Thu Aug 2 8:00am - Episode 113 "Not as Seen on TV" (R Fri Aug 3 2:00am)
-Thu Aug 2 7:30pm - Episode 164 "Welcome to My Nightmare"
-Thu Aug 2 9:30pm - Episode 145 "Homeward Bound" (R Fri Aug 3 2:30am)
-Fri Aug 3 8:00am - Episode 114 "The Icemon Cometh" (R Sat Aug 4 2:00am)
-Fri Aug 3 9:30pm - Episode 146 "Reunion" (R Sat Aug 4 2:30am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat July 28 7:00pm - Episode 135 "Up to Piccolo"
-Sat Aug 4 12:00am - Episode 1
-Sat Aug 4 12:30am - Episode 2
-Sun July 29 10:00pm - Episode 26 "The Song of the Heavens and Tomorrow" (R Mon July 30 2:00am, 2:00pm)
-Tue July 31 1:00am - Episode 20 "Soul of the Guardian" (R Tue July 31 4:30am)
-Wed Aug 1 1:00am - Episode 21 "The Red Glow" (R Wed Aug 1 4:30am)
-Thu Aug 2 1:00am - Episode 22 "Created Human" (R Thu Aug 2 4:30am)
-Fri Aug 3 1:00am - Episode 23 "Fullmetal Heart" (R Fri Aug 3 4:30am)
-Sat Aug 4 1:00am - Episode 24 "Bonding Memories" (R Sat Aug 4 4:30am)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
-Sun July 29 1:00am - Episode 11 "Affection" (R Sun July 29 4:30am)
-Wed Aug 1 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With a Secret is Born!" (R Thu Aug 2 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Aug 2 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Duel! Shin vs. Ojou?" (R Fri Aug 3 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Aug 3 4:00pm - Episode 3 "Kuma's First Time" (R Sat Aug 4 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue July 31 1:30am - Episode 88 "The Three Sprites of the Monkey God" (R Tue July 31 5:00am)
-Tue July 31 2:00am - Episode 89 "The Nursing Battle of the Rival Lovers" (R Tue July 31 5:30am)
-Wed Aug 1 1:30am - Episode 90 "Sota's Brave Confession of Love" (R Wed Aug 1 5:00am)
-Wed Aug 1 2:00am - Episode 91 "Suspicious Faith Healer and the Black Kirara" (R Wed Aug 1 5:30am)
-Thu Aug 2 1:30am - Episode 92 "Plot of the Walking Dead" (R Thu Aug 2 5:00am)
-Thu Aug 2 2:00am - Episode 93 "Mystery of the Lecherous Monk" (R Thu Aug 2 5:30am)
-Fri Aug 3 1:30am - Episode 94 "The Sacred Jewel Maker, Part 1" (R Fri Aug 3 5:00am)
-Fri Aug 3 2:00am - Episode 95 "The Sacred Jewel Maker, Part 2" (R Fri Aug 3 5:30am)
-Sat Aug 4 1:30am - Episode 96 "Jaken Falls Ill" (R Sat Aug 4 5:00am)
-Sat Aug 4 2:00am - Episode 97 "Kirara Come Home" (R Sat AUg 4 5:30am)
Kyo kara Maoh!
-Sun July 29 10:30pm - Episode 26 "At the End of the Life Cycle" (R Mon July 30 2:30am, 2:30pm)
-Sun July 29 1:00am - Episode TBA
-Sun July 29 1:30am - Episode TBA
-Sun July 29 2:00am - Episode TBA
-Sun July 29 2:30am - Episode TBA
-Mon July 30 8:30pm - Episode TBA (R Tue July 31 1:30am, 5:30am)
-Tue July 31 8:30pm - Episode TBA (R Wed Aug 1 1:30am, 5:30am)
-Wed Aug 1 8:30pm - Episode TBA (R Thu Aug 2 1:30am, 5:30am)
The Law of Ueki
-Sun July 29 11:00pm - Episode 27 "The Law of Hideyoshi" (R Mon July 30 3:00am, 3:00pm)
-Sun July 29 11:30pm - Episode 28 "The Law of the Sun House" (R Mon July 30 3:30am, 3:30pm)
Mirage of Blaze
-Sat July 28 4:30pm - Episode 11 "Choices of Conflict" (R Sat July 28 10:30pm, Sun July 29 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sun July 29 4:30pm - Episode 12 "Twilight of Beyond" (R Mon July 30 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sat July 28 8:30pm - Episode 97 "Kidnapped: Naruto's Hot Spring Adventure"
-Mon July 30 10:30pm - Episode 21 "Meet Your Opponents: The Genin Arrive"
-Tue July 31 10:30pm - Episode 22 "Chunin Challenge: Rock Lee vs. Sasuke"
-Thu Aug 2 10:30pm - Episode 23 "Genin Takedown: All Nine Rookies Face Off"
-Sat July 28 11:30pm - Episode 19 "The Origin of the World"
-Sun July 29 2:30am - Episode 6 "Playful Like Paradice"
-Sun July 29 11:30pm - Episode 20 "Secret Like Sul"
-Mon July 30 2:30am - Episode 7 "Treacherous Like Toros"
-Mon July 30 8:30am - Episode 16 "The Factory" (R Tue July 31 5:00am)
-Tue July 31 8:30am - Episode 17 "Seventeen" (R Wed Aug 1 5:00am)
-Wed Aug 1 8:30am - Episode 18 "Sisters" (R Thu Aug 2 5:00am)
-Thu Aug 2 8:30am - Episode 19 "Time Slip" (R Fri Aug 3 5:00am)
-Fri Aug 3 8:30am - Episode 20 "Broken Through" (R Sat Aug 4 5:00am)
-Sat July 28 9:00am - Episode 481 "Shapes of Things to Come"
-Sat July 28 9:30am - Episode 482 "A Gruff Act to Follow"
-Mon July 30 8:00am - Episode 472 "Different Strokes for Different Blokes"
-Mon July 30 4:00pm - Episode 75 "Bad to the Bone!"
-Mon July 30 4:30pm - Episode 76 "All Fired Up!"
-Mon July 30 5:00pm - Episode 77 "Round One: Begin!"
-Mon July 30 5:30pm - Episode 78 "Fire & Ice"
-Mon July 30 6:00pm - Episode 79 "The Fourth Round Rumble"
-Mon July 30 6:30pm - Episode 80 "A Friend in Deed"
-Mon July 30 7:30pm - Episode 474 "Gymbaliar" (R Thu Aug 2 8:00am)
-Tue July 31 8:00am - Episode 473 "Like it or Lup it"
-Tue July 31 7:30pm - Episode 475 "Setting the World on it's Buneary" (R Fri Aug 3 8:00am)
-Thu Aug 2 7:30pm - Episode 476 "Not on My Watch Ya Don't"
-Mon July 30 6:00am - Episode 20 "Remi and the Wolves" (R Mon July 30 9:00am, Tue July 31 4:30am)
-Sat July 28 4:00pm - Episode 8 "Poison" (R Sun July 29 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sun July 29 4:00pm - Episode 9 "Self Defense" (R Mon July 30 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon July 30 4:00pm - Episode 10 "Trick or Treat" (R Tue July 31 2:00am, 8:00am, 12:30pm)
-Tue July 31 4:00pm - Episode 11 "Mother" (R Tue July 31 10:35pm, Wed Aug 1 2:00am, 8:00am)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Wed Aug 1 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Road to Armageddon" (R Thu Aug 2 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu Aug 2 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Wanted Dead or Alive" (R Fri Aug 3 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri Aug 3 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Red Mirage" (R Sat Aug 4 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sat July 28 11:30pm - Episode 8 "The Shin Must Poop On" (R Sun July 29 3:00am)
-Tue July 31 4:00am - Episode 24 "The Nightmare Dream Center"
-Wed Aug 1 4:00am - Episode 25 "Eilis of the Storm"
-Thu Aug 2 4:00am - Episode 26 "Reviving Yakumo"
-Fri Aug 3 4:00am - Episode 27 "Lanancuras Arises"
-Sat Aug 4 4:00am - Episode 28 "Lanancuras Unbound"
-Sat July 28 7:30am - Episode "Beating Eggman"
Special Duty Combat Unit: Shinesman
-Sun July 29 11:50am - Episode 1 (R Sun July 29 9:30pm, Mon July 30 3:00am)
-Sun July 29 12:25pm - Episode 2 (R Sun July 29 10:00pm, Mon July 30 3:30am)
Submarine 707 Revolution
-Thu Aug 2 12:05am - Episode 1 "Mission: 01"
-Fri Aug 3 12:00am - Episode 2 "Mission: 02"
-Mon July 30 6:00am - Episode 48 "Homecoming"
-Tue July 31 6:00am - Episode 49 "End"
-Thu Aug 2 6:00am - Episode 50 "Unfinished"
-Fri Aug 3 6:00am - Episode 51 "Beginning"
-Sun July 29 1:30am - Episode 10 "Overcount II: Lucifer's Choice" (R Sun July 29 5:00am)
-Sat July 28 10:30am - Episode 139 "The Final Face Off, Part 2"
-Mon July 30 6:30am - Episode 92 "Duel for Hire"
-Tue July 31 6:30am - Episode 93 "Heart of Ice: Part 1"
-Thu Aug 2 6:30am - Episode 94 "Heart of Ice: Part 2"
-Fri Aug 3 6:30am - Episode 95 "Tough Love"