The Click
May 10th - 16th

by Brian Hanson, May 10th 2008

Somehow a few days ago my wonderful cat got outside and hasn't come home yet. This of course fills me with rage and seething hatred towards the world and its populace as a whole. And also causes me to dye my hair black and drape my bangs over one of my eyes and cut my arms and such while pretending that I understand Camus and Sartre. Sorrow, in other words.

Sigh. Here's The Click.



Macross Plus
(Sci Fi)
Monday May 12 11:00pm - Episode 1 "Part 1"

Ah, here we go. I and others my age used to rent pure crap like Vampire Wars in the hopes of getting our adolescent fix of gratuitous violence and nudity. My discovery of Macross Plus sometime in high school was downright instrumental in the realization that compelling characters with an emotional center, as well as outstanding animation and a terrific soundtrack, can indeed be found in anime if you know where to look.

PREMIERES:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 10 11:00am - Episode 12 "Bakugan Still" (Repeats Sun May 11 10:30am)

The Bakugan kids Bakugan around with their Bakugan. BAKUGAN!!! They also get new Bakugan and learn about other Bakugan and generally what I'm getting at here is that there is an awful lot of Bakugan.

Black Lagoon
(Starz Edge)
-Tuesday May 13 12:05am - Episode 23 "Snow White's Payback"
-Tuesday May 13 12:30am - Episode 24 "The Gunslingers"

You guys've been watching Black Lagoon, right? Because it's over this week. No new premier episodes. Not available on DVD. Yet, anyway. So, watch as Rock continues to convince his cohorts aboard the Black Lagoon to stop the nefarious Washimine Group's stranglehold over the criminal element in Japan.

Bleach
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 11 12:00am - Episode 63 (Repeats Sun May 11 3:00am)

Recap episode time! Feel free to make yourself a nice sandwich or two, or three if possible and have it express-shipped over to me. Or you can watch, I guess, if you feel like you need a refresher course on all the craziness during the Soul Society story arc.

Blue Dragon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 10 9:00am - Episode 7 "The Trouble With Ghosts" (Repeats Sat May 10 10:00pm)

Shu and his traveling companions encounter a ghost, of sorts! Or actually a "Shadow User" mistaken for a ghost, which certainly happens to me often enough.

Code Geass
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 11 1:00am - Episode 3 "False Classmate" (Repeats Sun May 11 4:00am)

Lelouch, quite honestly the clumsiest character name I've yet encountered in an anime, bumps into a suspicious new transfer student at school, whom he suspects is working undercover for the resistance movement.

Death Note
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 11 12:30am - Episode 29 "Father" (Repeats Sun May 11 3:30am)

(YTV)
Friday May 16 10:00pm - Episode 29 "Father" (Repeats Sat May 17 1:30am)

When the Death Note quite literally falls into the wrong hands, certain sacrifices are made in order to retrieve it. That was as vague as anything I've ever written.

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
Monday May 12 9:30pm - Episode 243 "Journey to the Sacred City" (Repeats Fri May 16 9:30pm)

The kids and other young men and women of assorted ages that comprise the Data Squad storms the Holy Capital, but are unceremoniously captured by some kind of digital fiend!

Kyo kara Maoh!
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tuesday May 13 7:30pm - Episode 52 "Conrad Standing Tall" (Repeats Tue May 13 10:30pm, Wed May 14 3:00am, 3:00pm)
-Tuesday May 13 8:00pm - Episode 53 "Dear King Yuri" (Repeats Tue May 13 11:00pm, Wed May 14 3:30am, 3:30pm)

Yuri gets a little curious about his vast assortment of treasures and artifacts, and wouldn't you know it, somehow transports himself back in time! Funny, that.

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday May 10 9:00pm - Episode 164 "Too Late For Help"
-Saturday May 10 9:30pm - Episode 165 "The Death of Naruto"

(YTV)
Friday May 16 8:00pm - Episode 134 "End of Tears"

For those of you who may be worried that Naruto actually dies in episode 165, please slap yourself briskly and justly across the face. For everyone else: Naruto and the others learns of the "ghost"'s true identity in America, and Naruto and Sasuke's Brawl to End Them All, er, ends in Canada.

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 10 9:30am - Episode 521 "The Keystone Pops"

Ash and his Poke-fellows come across a rare and mysterious stone-based Pokémon, who probably does stuff while saying his name like all Pokémon are wont to do.

Shin-chan
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 11 1:30am - Episode 31 (Repeats Sun May 11 4:30am)

Yikes, that's an awful timeslot for what I assumed was a solidly performing show. Unless, it is perhaps some huge ploy to make everybody fall asleep before the show airs, and make us want to buy the DVDs instead! Oh, the currents of treachery and duplicity run deep.

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
Friday May 16 11:00pm - Episode 11 "Mother Critical" (Repeats Sat May 17 2:00am)

I am totally going out to watch Speed Racer as soon as I'm done writing this thing, and I will enjoy it. Anyway, on this episode of Guy With Magic Camera That Kills Things, Saiga falls into the enemy's clutches after barely surviving his latest kerfluffle.

Street Fighter II V
(IFC Canada)
-Monday May 12 11:00pm - Episode 13 "The Legend of Hadou Ken: All Creation, Source of Energy" (Repeats Tue May 13 11:00am, 5:00pm)
-Monday May 12 11:30pm - Episode 14 "The Bloodthristy Prince: A Lust for Beauty and a Love Potion For Chun Li" (Repeats Tue May 13 11:30am, 5:00pm)

I'm a firm believer in giving children far more credit than they are often given, but me and my friends in grade school actually believed that throwing a fireball out of your palms was possible with enough academic and spiritual study of Street Fighter II. Seriously.

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 10 10:30am - Episode 20 "Garbage In, Garbage Out" (Repeats Sun May 11 11:00am)

Kudos to the writers for adding a reference to the all-time classic of Thug Life cinema, "Blood In Blood Out." Anyway, the AllSpark plays Robo-God and creates a new Transformer character out of assorted scrap and crap, which is out on toy store shelves now! Go buy!

Witchblade
(IFC)
Friday May 16 11:30pm - Episode 20 "Request" (Repeats Sat May 17 2:30am)

The NSWF experiences a bit of a hiccup regarding its leadership team, probably forcing employees on the lower end of the corporate ladder to endure dozens of meaningless two-hour meetings and read through reams of pointless, corporate-speak emails and memos. Also, Masane wields her Witchblade and goes into battle all half-naked and sexylike!

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(4KidsTV)
Saturday May 10 10:00am - Episode 143 "What Lies Beneath, Part 3"

Axel shows up at the Supreme King's castle, which is either the final level in a Burger King video game or the place where Jaden is being held hostage! One of those two things!

MOVIES/FEATURES

Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
(Encore Action)
Tuesday May 13 3:15pm

Castle of Cagliostro
(Encore Action)
Friday May 16 9:50am

The always-terrific duo of Castle of Cagliostro and Jin-Roh round out the feature film portion of The Click this week, which is now utterly finished by my estimation. I'm off to go enjoy moving-picture entertainment in the hopes that I will forget about my poor missing cat, whom the previous owners assure me will return in a days' time, but I don't believe them. It's not like I have abandonment issues or anything, you know, IT JUST ALWAYS HAPPENS TO THE THINGS I LOVE.

See you next week!

REPEATS/STRIPS

Bleach
(YTV)
-Fri May 16 9:30pm - Episode 9 (R Sat May 17 2:00am)

Cat's Eye
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat May 10 11:00pm - Episode 11 "Dangerous American Temptation"
-Sat May 10 11:30pm - Episode 12 "Gorgeous European Temptation"

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
-Sun May 11 1:30am - Episode 168 "Better an Egg Than an Egg Shell"
-Sun May 11 6:30am - Episode 169 "No Whamon" (R Mon May 12 1:30am)
-Mon May 12 6:30am - Episode 45 "The Ultimate Clash"
-Tue May 13 6:30am - Episode 46 "Etemon's Comeback Tour"
-Wed May 14 6:30am - Episode 47 "Ogremon's Honor"
-Thu May 15 6:30am - Episode 48 "My Sister's Keeper"
-Fri May 16 6:30am - Episode 49 "The Crest of Light"
-Sat May 17 6:30am - Episode 170 "Beastie Girl"

Dinosaur King
(4KidsTV)
-Sat May 10 10:30am - Episode 4 "Bungle in the Jungle"

Eiken is on the
(Encore Action)
channel at some point during this week. I won't tell you exactly when, however, because I don't want to feel responsible for somebody being subjected to it.

Elemental Gelade
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue May 13 6:00pm - Episode 18 "Ficticious Reaction" (R Tue May 13 9:00pm, Wed May 14 1:30am, 1:30pm)

Eureka 7
(YTV)
-Sat May 17 2:30am - Episode 26 "Morning Glory"

Fullmetal Alchemist
(YTV)
-Sat May 17 1:00am - Episode 10 "The Phantom Thief"

Gankutsuou
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue May 13 6:30pm - Episode 18 "The Duel" (R Tue May 13 9:30pm, Wed May 14 2:00am, 2:00pm)

Gokusen
(Encore WAM)
-Mon May 12 2:50am - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?"
-Mon May 12 3:15am - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins"
-Tue May 13 1:30pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor"
-Tue May 13 2:00pm - Episode 10 "School in the Crosshairs"

Gundam Seed Destiny
(YTV)
-Fri May 16 10:30pm - Episode 7 "Land of Confusion"

Inuyasha
(Adult Swim)
-Sat May 10 11:00pm - Episode 3 "Down the Rabbit Hole and Back Again" (R Sun May 11 2:00am)
-Sat May 11 11:30pm - Episode 4 "Yura of the Demon-Hair" (R Sun May 11 2:30am)
-Sun May 11 5:00am - Episode 50 "That Unforgettable Face"
-Sun May 11 5:30am - Episode 51 "Inuyasha's Soul, Devoured"
-Mon May 12 5:00am - Episode 52 "The Demon's True Nature"
-Mon May 12 5:30am - Episode 53 "Father's Old Enemy: Ryukotsusei"
-Tue May 13 5:00am - Episode 54 "The Backlash Wave: Tetsusaiga's Ultimate Technique"
-Tue May 13 5:30am - Episode 55 "The Stone Flower and Shippo's First Love"
-Wed May 14 5:00am - Episode 56 "Temptress in the Mist"
-Wed May 14 5:30am - Episode 57 "Fateful Night in Togenkyo, Part 1"
-Thu May 15 5:00am - Episode 58 "Fateful Night in Togenkyo, Part 2"
-Thu May 15 5:30am - Episode 59 "The Beautiful Sister Apprentices"
-Fri May 16 5:00am -Episode 60 "The 50 Year Old Curse of the Dark Priestess"
-Fri May 16 5:30am - Episode 61 "Kikyo and the Dark Priestess"
-Sat May 17 5:00am - Episode 62 "Tsubaki's Unrelenting Evil Spell"
-Sat May 17 5:30am - Episode 63 "The Red and White Priestesses"

Law of Ueki
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue May 13 7:00pm - Episode 18 "The Law of Dogura Mansion" (R Tue May 13 10:00pm, Wed May 14 2:30am, 2:30pm)

Mirage of Blaze
(Encore Action)
-Wed May 14 3:05am - Episode 3 "An Imperfect Awakening"
-Wed May 14 3:30am - Episode 4 "Premotion of a Chain Reaction"
-Fri May 16 9:20am - Episode 5 "Endless Conflict"

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon May 12 7:00am - Episode 513 "Sandshrew's Locker"
-Mon May 12 3:00pm - Episode 472 "Different Strokes for Different Blokes"
-Tue May 13 7:00am - Episode 514 "Dawn's Early Light"
-Tue May 13 3:00pm - Episode 473 "Like it or Lup It"
-Wed May 14 7:00am - Episode 515 "Tag! We're It"
-Wed May 14 3:00pm - Episode 474 "Gymbaliar"
-Thu May 15 7:00am - Episode 516 "Glory Blaze"
-Thu May 15 3:00pm - Episode 475 "Setting the World on its Buneary"
-Fri May 16 7:00am - Episode 517 "Smells Like Team Spirit"
-Fri May 16 3:00pm - Episode 476 "Not on My Watch Ya Don't"

Remi
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Mon May 12 1:00pm - Episode 26 "Goodbye, My Son"
-Tue May 13 1:00pm - Episode 27 "Vitalis' Past"
-Wed May 14 1:00pm - Episode 28 "Lize's Sympathy"
-Thu May 15 1:00pm - Episode 29 "Warmth of Happiness!"
-Fri May 16 1:00pm - Episode 30 "A Brother's Ring"

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
-Mon May 12 8:30pm - Episode 10 "Suitengu Cometh" (R Tue May 13 3:05am)

10 Tokyo Warriors
(Encore Action)
-Mon May 12 10:30am - Episode TBA
-Wed May 14 9:50am - Episode TBA
-Wed May 14 10:20am - Episode TBA

Tokko
(Sci Fi)
-Tue May 13 12:00am - Episode 4 "Corpses in the Laboratory"
-Tue May 13 12:30am - Episode 5 "A Father, All Alone"

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon May 12 6:00am - Episode 7 "Nanosec"
-Tue May 13 6:00am - Episode 9 "Along Came a Spider"
-Wed May 14 6:00am - Episode 10 "Sound and Fury"
-Thu May 15 6:00am - Episode 11 "Lost & Found"
-Fri May 16 6:00am - Episode 12 "Survival of the Fittest"


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