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April 5 - 11

by Brian Hanson, Apr 5th 2008

A most humble allotment of greetings and welcomings, Ladies and Gentlemen. Allow me to present to you a fine assortment of the smoothest, most stimulating selections of anime airing on TV this week. Shows that will make you stroke your beard in intellectual approval, specials that will make you nod slightly, sipping your Earl Grey, and casually mutter, "...indeed."


Black Lagoon
(Starz Edge)
-Tuesday April 8 12:00am - Episode 13 "The Vampire Twins Comen"
-Tuesday April 8 12:35am - Episode 14 "Bloodsport Fairytale"

Kyo kara Maoh!
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tuesday April 8 6:30pm - Episode TBA (Repeats Tue Apr 8 9:30pm, Wed Apr 9 2:00am, 2:00pm)
-Tuesday April 8 7:00pm - Episode TBA (Repeats Tue Apr 8 10:00pm, Wed Apr 9 2:30am, 2:30pm)

Recommended for your viewing perusal this week are two victims of Geneon's demise, whose second seasons' remain in limbo in regards to a DVD release. However, the upstanding chaps at Starz Edge and ImaginAsian have seen fit to allow you to sample these unfortunate shows even though a home pressed-disc packaged media release is unlikely! So please, support the plight of the trouble-seeking Black Lagoon Company, and the misbegotten trials of a pretty-boy in a strange Demonic kingdom as he seeks to unite the land. Philanthropy, gents, is the spice of life.

PREMIERES:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)

Saturday April 5 11:00am - Episode 7 "Bakugan Idol"

The energetic little moppets that play some such "Bakugan" game make fast friends with a sensational Popular Music duo, and engage in a few hearty games of Bakugan. All is well.

Bleach
(Adult Swim)

Sunday April 6 12:30am - Episode 58 (Repeats Sun Apr 6 3:30am)

Ichigo, that high-spirited ruffian, engages in a battle of proper swordsmithyship with a high-ranking officer. Such disrespect!

Blue Dragon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday April 5 9:30am - Episode 2 "A Fateful Decision" (Repeats Sat Apr 5 10:00pm)

The venerable "Blue Dragon" is risen, and the noble but confused young ragamuffin Shu is suddenly thrust into a world of danger and excitement. Hopefully it will not cause children any undue excitement and empowerment; there are chores to be done!

Death Note
(Adult Swim)
Sunday April 6 1:00am - Episode 24 "Revival" (Repeats Sun Apr 6 4:00am)

(YTV)
Friday April 11 10:00pm - Episode 24 "Revival" (Repeats Sat Apr 12 1:30am)

After aiding in the capture of the faux-"Kira", our deviant, Machiavellian teenager, Light, regains his memory. The pen is mighter, as they say.

Dinosaur King
(4KidsTV)
Saturday April 5 9:30am - Episode 25 "A Miner Disaster"

In order to thwart that wily group of scalawags, the Alpha Team, from stealing yet another batch of rare dinosaur fossils, the Alpha Gang must enter a treacherous minefield. To them, I quote the poet W. N. Hodgson:

Ere the sun swings his noonday sword
Must say goodbye to all of this;--
By all delights that I shall miss,
Help me to die, O Lord.

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday April 5 9:00pm - Episode 154 "The Enemy of Byakugan"
-Saturday April 5 9:30pm - Episode 155 "The Dark Creeping Clouds"

(YTV)
Friday April 11 8:00pm - Episode 130 "Father and Son, the Broken Crest"

Three episodes of that most imperative rapscallion of a Ninja grace North American televisions this week, as earnest but callow Americans treated to Naruto's chum Neji overcoming a dastardly mist that threatens his near-perfect vision, while diligent yet oblique Canadians can view Sasuke's charmingly dark attempt to bond with his now-late father.

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
Friday April 11 11:00pm - Episode 6 "Out of Focus"

Embittered photo-curist Saiga toils against a powerful new foe, who can change her body to solid diamond to become impervious to Saiga's soul-stealing pictographication machine.

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday April 5 10:30am - Episode 16 "Megatron Rising, Part 2" (Repeats Sun Apr 6 11:00am)

Robots? Preposterous! Why resort to mechanized robo-men when low-paid civil servants will perform much of the same tasks? Call me a luddite if you must. This week, these rubbish mechano-droids fight to keep their all-powerful artifact, the AllSpark, from falling into villainous hands, or some darn such thing.

Witchblade
(IFC)
Friday April 11 11:30pm - Episode 15 "Bonds" (Repeats Sat Apr 12 2:30am)

A nefarious plot reveals itself to the wayward young Maria, who then seeks to find her separated foster mother. How utterly scandalous! And they are witches, to boot!

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(4KidsTV)
Saturday April 5 10:00am - Episode 138 "The Darkness is Revealed"

Shrieking possessed children summon beasts and demons from the bowels of Hell thru witchcraft and card-playing, which is obviously gambling. Sounds kind of neat, actually. This time, a villain is hunting for "duelists," which gives everyone a bit of pause when Jaden turns up missing.

MOVIES/SPECIALS

The Weathering Continent
(Encore WAM)
Wednesday April 9 3:00am (Repeats Wed Apr 9 5:00pm, Thu Apr 10 12:35am)

Ah, a band of frightened youngsters in a desolate land search for water and... themselves. Zounds!

Well gents and ladies, that about covers my involvement in this "Click" process. I will return next week, no doubt, to provide all the austere commentary and snobbery that such an endeavor utterly requires. Good night, and God Bless.

REPEATS/STRIPS

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Apr 6 10:30am - Episode 6 "Combination Battle"

Black Lagoon
(Starz Edge)
-Sun Apr 6 2:40am - Episode 11 "Lock n' Load Revolution"
-Sun Apr 6 3:05am - Episode 12 "Guerrillas in the Jungle"

Blue Dragon
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Apr 5 9:00am - Episode 1 "The Shadow Comes Forth"

Cat's Eye
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat Apr 5 10:00pm - Episode 1 "You're a Sexy Thief"
-Sat Apr 5 10:30pm - Episode 2 "Welcome to the Police Station"

Cowboy Bebop
(Adult Swim)
-Sun Apr 6 1:30am - Episode 13 "Jupiter Jazz, Part 2" (R Sun Apr 6 4:30am)

Elemental Gelade
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue Apr 8 5:00pm - Episode TBA (R Tue Apr 8 8:00pm, Wed Apr 9 12:30am, 12:30pm)

Gankutsuou
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue Apr 8 5:30pm - Episode TBA (R Tue Apr 8 8:30pm, Wed Apr 9 1:00am, 1:00pm)

Inuyasha
(Adult Swim)
-Sun Apr 6 5:00am - Episode 147 "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny, Part 1"
-Sun Apr 6 5:30am - Episode 148 "The Tragic Love Song of Destiny, Part 2"
-Mon Apr 7 5:00am - Episode 149 "The Single Arrow of Chaos"
-Mon Apr 7 5:30am - Episode 150 "The Mysterious Light That Guides the Saint"
-Tue Apr 8 5:00am - Episode 151 "Kagome's Instinctive Choice"
-Tue Apr 8 5:30am - Episode 152 "Protect and Plunder"
-Wed Apr 9 5:00am - Episode 153 "The Cruel Reunion of Fate"
-Wed Apr 9 5:30am - Epsiode 154 "The Demon Linked With the Netherworld"
-Thu Apr 10 5:00am - Episode 155 "The Demon Protector of the Sacred Jewel Shard"
-Thu Apr 10 5:30am - Episode 156 "Final Battle at the Graveside! Sesshomaru Vs Inuyasha"
-Fri Apr 11 5:00am - Episode 157 "Destroy Naraku With Adamant Barrage"
-Fri Apr 11 5:30am - Episode 158 "Stampede of the Countless Demon Rats"
-Sat Apr 12 5:00am - Episode 159 "Kohaku's Decision and Sango's Heart"
-Sat Apr 12 5:30am - Episode 160 "Miroku's Past Mistake"

Law of Ueki
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue Apr 8 6:00pm - Episode TBA (R Tue Apr 8 9:00pm, Wed Apr 9 1:30am, 1:30pm)

New Fist of the North Star
(Showtime Beyond)
-Wed Apr 9 11:45pm - Episode 1 "The Cursed City"
-Thu Apr 10 12:45am - Episode 2 "The Forbidden City"
-Thu Apr 10 1:45am - Episode 3 "When a Man Carries Sorrow"

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Apr 7 3:00pm - Episode 498 "An Angry Combeenation"
-Tue Apr 8 7:00am - Episode 489 "Faces With Steelix Determination!"
-Tue Apr 8 3:00pm - Episode 499 "All Dressed Up With Somewhere to Go!"
-Wed Apr 9 7:00am - Episode 490 "Cooking Up a Sweet Story"
-Wed Apr 9 3:00pm - Episode 500 "Buizel Your Way Out of This"
-Thu Apr 10 7:00am - Episode 491 "Oh Do You Know the Poffin Plan!"
-Thu Apr 10 3:00pm - Episode 501 "An Elite Meet and Greet"
-Fri Apr 11 7:00am - Episode 492 "Getting the Pre-Contest Titters!"

Remi
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Mon Apr 7 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Apr 8 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Wed Apr 9 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Apr 10 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Fri Apr 11 12:00pm - Episode TBA

Samurai Deeper Kyo

(Encore WAM)
-Fri Apr 11 1:50pm - Episode 2 "Wanted Dead or Alive"
-Fri Apr 11 2:20pm - Episode 3 "Red Mirage"

Shin-chan
(Adult Swim)
-Sun Apr 6 12:00am - Episode 23 "Your IQ's Like 5, Right?" (R Sun Apr 6 3:00am)

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
-Mon Apr 7 8:30pm - Episode 5 "Whore of Diamonds"


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