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April 19 - 25

by Brian Hanson, Apr 19th 2008

Wow, when I posted my little Adult Swim rant last week I was thrown for a bit of a loop - people actually defended Adult Swim's business decisions, not necessarily out of fanboyish love, but for purely rational and educated reasons.

More of a reason, then, that all you guys who read this site should be darn proud of yourselves - that sort of reasoned logic would certainly not be present at Adult Swim's own forums, or practically any other big anime discussion group out there. Kudos and a big, piping hot plate of delicious homemade cookies for all!*



Shin chan
(Adult Swim)
Sunday April 20 12:00am - Episode 28 "The Stalker Song" (Repeats Sun Apr 20 3:00am)

I didn't think last week's Shin chan season premiere to be quite as amusing as previous episodes, but it was still (WARNING: FLAMEWAR BAITING AHEAD) leagues better, I think, than that repetitive and dull Family Guy-Star Wars parody. And half the length! Nonetheless, I'm still up for more Shin chan goodness, and so are all of you I'd bet. Maybe?

Anime Current
(G4TechTV Canada)
Friday April 25 8:30pm (Repeats Fri Apr 25 11:30pm)

I don't live in Canada, so Canadian TV listings are always a tricky thing. Perhaps, though, I could buy some kind of satellite to receive it here in The Desert, America? That would probably be highly illegal, however, and would no doubt require a satellite dish the size of Rhode Island, and would need to be jerry-rigged with some kind of lost alien technology and swiped black-market weaponry, leading to my eventual and highly publicized death being gunned down by a SWAT team flown in by helicopter as I'm leaving Safeway with a jug of green tea and two boxes of Cheez-Its. But, G4TechTV is showing anime shows on Anime Current! Probably.

PREMIERES:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday April 19 11:00am - Episode 9 "Fight or Flight"

So, this Bakugan thing... it's cards, but also marbles? You play the marbles on the playing cards, which have Magic: The Gathering-like effects on your hit points or somesuch? This sounds like a complete subversion and perversion of the wholesome fun of simply playing with some gosh-damned marbles. Clearly, though, I'm not one of those savvy 30-something marketing types who know what 6-11 year old boys are into, so my opinion matters naught.

Black Lagoon
(Starz Edge)
-Tuesday April 22 12:00am - Episode 17 "The Roanapur Freakshow Circus" (Repeats Thu Apr 24 4:35am)
-Tuesday April 22 12:30am - Episode 18 "Mr. Benny's Good Fortune" (Repeats Thu Apr 24 5:00am)

The Black Lagoon embroils itself in a decidedly non-delicious way in a delicate situation involving the fugitive "Greenback Jane" and the bounty hunters thereof.

Bleach
(Adult Swim)
Sunday April 20 12:30am - Episode 60 (Repeats Sun Apr 20 3:30am)

Ichigo's battle is seemingly over, but Captain Hitsugaya has unraveled a sinister plot behind the scenes of the Soul Society that threatens the natural order of... something. Don't worry; there are lots of stabbings and special powers and other such violence and dramatic tension!

Blue Dragon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday April 19 9:00am - Episode 4 "A Visitor From the Devee Clan" (Repeats Sat Apr 19 10:00pm)

Apparently, there is a mild bit of discussion going on over the censorship of this show: One of the main characters is having her once-ample cleavage digitally reduced in every scene. That sounds a bit excessive, but I certainly hope they've hired the man responsible for doing the same thing to Lindsay Lohan's breasts in the awful Herbie remake a few years ago. I can't imagine he's had much luck in the field of Photoshop boob-reduction since Disney figured that they shouldn't allow a syphilitic walking disaster star in kids movies.

Death Note
(Adult Swim)
Sunday April 20 1:00am - Episode 26 "Renewal" (Repeats Sun Apr 20 4:00am)

(YTV)
Friday April 25 10:00pm - Episode 26 "Renewal" (Repeats Sat Apr 26 1:30am)

After last week's BIG SPOILER-Y THING FOR PEOPLE WHO MAYBE MISSED IT OR WHATEVER Light continues his descent into omniscient, almost Caligula-esque madness in creating his "utopia."

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
Monday April 21 9:30pm - Episode 240 "The Beginning of the End!"

Somebody took offense of the fact that I keep calling the Digimon: Data Squad characters "kids" when they are, in fact, pre-to-post-pubescent. Well, to me, you're nothin' more than just a "kid" until you've beaten and killed an enemy on the battlefield with your best friend's severed leg, and you return home scarred, scared, and changed. Or, when you buy your first bag of chips with a credit card. Whichever comes first.

Kyo kara Maoh!
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tuesday April 22 7:30pm - Episode 46 "The Priestess in the Forest" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 10:30pm, Wed Apr 23 3:00am, 3:00pm)

-Tuesday April 22 8:00pm - Episode 47 "Proof of Life" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 11:00pm, Wed Apr 23 3:30am, 3:30pm)

Yuri and his team search for a lost trinket in a dank, smelly forest, and encounter some not-too-friendly faces along the way. Hijinks ensue, fun is had, laughs are shared, blood is spilled.

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday April 19 9:00pm - Episode 158 "Follow My Lead: The Great Survival Challenge"
-Saturday April 19 9:30pm - Episode 159 "The Bounty Hunter From the Wilderness"

IMAGINE THAT I AM SHOUTING THIS FROM A MEGAPHONE ATOP A TALL BUILDING WEARING NOTHING BUT MY UNDERPANTS. THIS WEEK ON NARUTO: THE SPUNKY SCAMP HAS TO SHIP INTO SHAPE KONOHAMARU AND HIS CRONIES FOR A SEEMINGLY SIMPLE MISSION, AND LATER THEY ENCOUNTER A BUMBLING THIEF AND A NEBBISH BOUNTY HUNTER.

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday April 19 9:30am - Episode 519 "Once There Were Greenfields"

This week on Pokémon: Ash goes to a gym on Veilstone City to get another badge, the greedy badge-hog, but Team Rocket steps in to thwart his plans. Again. You think maybe they're running out of ideas, here?

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
Friday April 25 11:15pm - Episode 8 "Dentophobia" (Repeats Sat Apr 26 2:05am)

An evil dentist attempts to put a cap on Saiga's life. Hah, dental pun! Hey, this reminds me of a horrifying, hideously disgusting nightmare I had once that has haunted me ever since that you probably don't want to hear about! I was strapped in an uncomfortable, splintery chair in a dark room with only a tiny, pale light shining down upon a big metal bowl in my lap. In as painful and graphic way as possible, each one of my teeth was separately plucked from my mouth, tossed into the bowl, and then were blended into a thick, boney milkshake, which I was then forced to drink. I was forced to drink a milkshake made of my own teeth. According to the Dream Moods Dream Dictionary, this means that "...your health and/or business is in jeopardy. You may have uttered some false or foul words and those words are coming back to haunt you." Which, you know, I may have called somebody a jerk once. Huh.

Street Fighter II V
(IFC Canada)
-Saturday April 19 12:00pm - Episode 5 "Hot Blooded Fei Long"
-Saturday April 19 12:30pm - Episode 6 "Appearance of the Secret Technique" (Repeats Sat Apr 19 5:30pm)
-Monday April 21 11:00pm - Episode 7 "The Revenge of Ashura" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 11:00am, 5:00pm, Fri Apr 25 8:00pm, Sat Apr 26 2:00am)
-Monday April 21 11:30pm - Episode 8 "Trap, Prison and the Scream of Truth" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 11:30am, 5:30pm, Fri Apr 25 8:30pm, Sat Apr 26 2:30am)

Now showing on IFC in Canada - the unnecessarily homoerotic adventures of Ken and Ryu! And the whole Street Fighter gang! You know, I joke about this, but I'm incredibly excited for Street Fighter 4 in a completely non-ironic way.

Tactics
(Sci Fi)
Monday April 21 11:00pm - Episode 25 "The Invisible Power"

Tactics ends its relatively inauspicious but mostly engaging run on the Sci Fi Channel this week, so. Just in case you all were interested in something else on Sci Fi besides Battlestar Galactica.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(4KidsTV)
Saturday April 19 10:00am - Episode 140 "A Sight Unseen, Part 2"

Oh no!! The real Jaden is trapped within the evil Supreme King, and only dueling will release him! Oh no!! OH NO

MOVIES/SPECIALS

Psychic Wars
(Sci Fi)
Monday April 21 11:30pm

What a complete treat! You call can enjoy the completely, thoroughly wretched, terrible, poorly made OAV, Psychic Wars! I mean, personally I would rather watch three hours of Bea Arthur doing nude jumping jacks, but still!

Akira
(Starz Edge)
Wednesday April 23 4:40pm (Repeats Thu Apr 24 2:00am)

Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
(Starz Edge)
Friday April 25 10:15am

Karas: The Prophecy
(Encore Action)
Thursday April 24 2:35am

(Encore WAM)
Friday April 25 1:20am

The Weathering Continent
(Encore WAM)
Tuesday April 22 8:40am (Repeats Tue Apr 22 5:00pm, 10:40pm, Wed Apr 23 4:50am)

(Encore Action)
Saturday April 26 5:00am

The rest of the movies, are, ehhh. Akira and Jin-Roh are excellent, of course, but I've written at length of their excellence before, and the rest are thoroughly missable.

And that's all, friends and general well-wishers! I will, of course, be back in seven days to yet again fulfill my column-ly duties. Remember to watch each and every one of these shows here, several times if possible, so that anime ratings will skyrocket and everyone will finally love me. This can and will happen. Good night, y'all!

REPEATS/STRIPS

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
-Sun Apr 20 10:30am - Episode 8 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"

Black Lagoon
(Starz Edge)
-Thu Apr 24 4:10am - Episode 16 "Greenback Jane"

Bleach
(YTV)
-Fri Apr 25 9:30pm - Episode 6 (R Sat Apr 26 2:00am)

Cat's Eye
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat Apr 19 11:00pm - Episode 5 "Night Flying With Dangerous Perfume"
-Sat Apr 19 11:30pm - Episode 6 "Feels Like Love, a Little Bit"

Cowboy Bebop
(Adult Swim)
-Sun Apr 20 1:30am - Episode 26 "The Real Folk Blues, Part 2" (R Sun Apr 20 4:30am)

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
-Sun Apr 20 1:30am - Episode 162 "Island of Misfit Boys"
-Sun Apr 20 6:30am - Episode 163 "The Odd One Out" (R Mon Apr 21 1:30am)
-Mon Apr 21 6:30am - Episode 27 "The Gateway to Home"
-Tue Apr 22 6:30am - Episode 28 "It's All in the Cards"
-Wed Apr 23 6:30am - Episode 29 "Return to Highton View Terrace"
-Thu Apr 24 6:30am - Episode 30 "Almost Home Free"
-Fri Apr 25 6:30am - Episode 31 "The Eighth Digivice"
-Sat Apr 26 6:30am - Episode 164 "Welcome to My Nightmare"

Dinosaur King
(4KidsTV)
-Sat Apr 19 9:30am - Episode 1 "Prehistory in the Making"

Elemental Gelade
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Apr 20 11:00pm - Episode 14 "The Return of the Hunter"
-Tue Apr 22 6:00pm - Episode 15 "The Village With the Large Windmill" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 9:00pm, Wed Apr 23 1:30am, 1:30pm)

Eureka 7
(YTV)
-Sat Apr 26 2:30am - Episode 23 "Differentia"

Fullmetal Alchemist
(YTV)
-Sat Apr 26 1:00am - Episode 7 "Night of the Chimera's Cry"

Gankutsuou
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Apr 20 11:30pm - Episode 14 "Lost Souls"
-Tue Apr 22 6:30pm - Episode 15 "The End of Happiness!, the Beginning of Truth" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 9:30pm, Wed Apr 23 2:00am, 2:00pm)

Gundam Seed Destiny
(YTV)
-Fri Apr 25 10:30pm - Episode TBA

Inuyasha
(Adult Swim)
-Sun Apr 20 5:00am - Episode 8 "The Toad Who Would be Prince"
-Sun Apr 20 5:30am - Episode 9 "Enter Shippo, Plus the Amazing Thunder Brothers"
-Mon Apr 21 5:00am - Episode 10 "Phantom Showdown: The Thunder Brothers vs. Tetsusaiga"
-Mon Apr 21 5:30am - Episode 11 "Terror of the Ancient Noh Mask"
-Tue Apr 22 5:00am - Episode 12 "The Soul Piper and the Mischievous Little Soul"
-Tue Apr 22 5:30am - Episode 13 "The Mystery of the New Moon and the Black-Haired Inuyasha"
-Wed Apr 23 5:00am - Episode 14 "Kikyo's Stolen Ashes"
-Wed Apr 23 5:30am - Episode 15 "Return of the Tragic Priestess, Kikyo"
-Thu Apr 24 5:00am - Episode 16 "Mystical Hand of the Amorous Monk, Miroku"
-Thu Apr 24 5:30am - Episode 17 "Cursed Ink of the Hell-Painter"
-Fri Apr 25 5:00am - Episode 18 "Naraku and Sesshomaru Join Forces"
-Fri Apr 25 5:30am - Episode 19 "Go Home To Your Own Time, Kagome!"
-Sat Apr 26 5:00am - Episode 20 "Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo"
-Sat Apr 26 5:30am - Episode 21 "Naraku's True Identity Revealed"

Law of Ueki
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Apr 20 12:00am - Episode 14 "The Law of the Awakening Organ"
-Tue Apr 22 7:00pm - Episode 15 "The Law of Rinko" (Repeats Tue Apr 22 10:00pm, Wed Apr 23 2:30am, 2:30pm)

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Apr 21 7:00am - Episode 498 "An Angry Combeenation"
-Mon Apr 21 3:00pm - Episode 508 "The Electrike Company"
-Tue Apr 22 7:00am - Episode 499 "All Dressed Up With Somewhere to Go!"
-Tue Apr 22 3:00pm - Episode 509 "Malice in Wonderland!"
-Wed Apr 23 7:00am - Episode 500 "Buizel Your Way Out of This"
-Wed Apr 23 3:00pm - Episode 510 "Mass Hip-Po-Sis"
-Thu Apr 24 7:00am - Episode 501 "An Elite Meet and Greet"
-Thu Apr 24 3:00pm - Episode 511 "Ill-Will Hunting"
-Fri Apr 25 7:00am - Episode 502 "A Secret Sphere of Influence"
-Fri Apr 25 3:00pm - Episode 512 "A Maze-ing Race"

Remi
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Mon Apr 21 1:00pm - Episode 11 "Vitalis' Trial"
-Tue Apr 22 1:00pm - Episode 12 "Remi the Little Leader"
-Wed Apr 23 1:00pm - Episode 13 "Encounter With the Swan"
-Thu Apr 24 1:00pm - Episode 14 "Remi's Troupe on the Swan"
-Fri Apr 25 1:00pm - Episode 15 "A Happy Journey by Boat"

Samurai Deeper Kyo

(Encore WAM)
-Tue Apr 22 11:35pm - Episode 8 "Demon Spear Cries"
-Wed Apr 23 12:00am - Episode 9 "The Blind Smile"
-Wed Apr 23 12:30am - Episode 10 "Cold Blood Illusion"
-Wed Apr 23 1:00am - Episode 11 "Pitch Black Flashback"

10 Tokyo Warriors
(Encore WAM)
-Mon Apr 21 12:15pm - Episode TBA
-Mon Apr 21 12:45pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Apr 22 4:00pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Apr 22 4:30pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Apr 24 9:20am - Episode TBA

Tokko
(Sci Fi)
-Tue Apr 22 12:30am - Episode 1 "Awakening"

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Apr 21 6:00am - Episode 9 "Along Came a Spider"
-Tue Apr 22 6:00am - Episode 10 "Sound and Fury"
-Wed Apr 23 6:00am - Episode 11 "Lost & Found"
-Thu Apr 24 6:00am - Episode 12 "Survival of the Fittest"
-Fri Apr 25 6:00am - Episode 13 "Headmaster"

Witchblade
(IFC)
-Fri Apr 25 11:40pm - Episode 2 "Confusion" (Repeats Sat Apr 26 2:30am)

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