The Click
May 17th - 23rd

by Brian Hanson, May 17th 2008

Before we begin with the usual craziness that The Click has become renowned for over the years, I just want to say "Thanks!" to everybody who wished me well regarding the disappearance of Bat: The Cat last week. Bat: The Cat was recently spotted around the neighborhood, so it'll hopefully not be too much longer before he wanders either back home or into the clutches of one of my wonderful neighbors. You guys are great. Guys? Guys and gals. I'm sure I have one, maybe two female readers. Maybe.


Macross Plus
(Sci Fi)
Monday May 19 11:00pm - Episode 2 "Part 2"

Shock of shocks! Macross Plus is my Click Pick yet again! Did I mention how terrific this show was last week? How smart and taut the script is? How the animation sizzles and pops in the right amounts? How superbly great Yoko Kanno's seminal musical score is? Yes? Okay.

PREMIERES:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 17 11:00am - Episode 13 "Just For the Shun of it" (Repeats Sun May 18 10:30am)

Avid Bakugan fans are enraged over the destruction of Bakugans the world over, so Shun and his Bakuganning Buddies attempt to put a stop to the rampant Bakuganicide.

Bleach
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 18 12:00am - Episode 64 (Repeats Sun May 18 3:00am)

Right, so. Apparently last week's episode WASN'T a recap, rather it was the second half of an hour-long episode that, in Japan, contained a recap of the entire "Soul Society" story arc. My apologies to those that might've since skipped out and thereby missed the grand denouement of the entire Soul Society shenanigans. This week, though! New bad guys abound, and Ichigo and the others do stuff that is related to them in some way.

Blue Dragon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 17 9:00am - Episode 8 "Castle Under Siege" (Repeats Sat May 17 10:00pm)

Shu and his RPG archetype acolytes stumble upon The King, only to discover a surprise attack by those nasty evil guys who wish harm upon the innocent.

Code Geass
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 18 1:00am - Episode 4 "His Name is Zero" (Repeats Sun May 18 4:00am)

Lelouch takes a cue from Bruce Wayne and dons a masked persona with which to fight against the evil, nasty cracker-ass honkies from Britannia as "Zero."

Death Note
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 18 12:30am - Episode 30 "Justice" (Repeats Sun May 18 3:30am)

(YTV)
Friday May 23 10:00pm - Episode 30 "Justice" (Repeats Sat May 24 1:30am)

Light endures quite a bit of difficulty in keeping up appearances as his two alter-egos undergo harsh scrutiny from the calculative Near. What the hell is up with the names in this show, anyway? Not even Thomas Pynchon can fully get away with giving his characters goofy names.

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
Monday May 19 9:30pm - Episode 244 "Showdown Between Geniuses: Thomas vs. Nanami!"

THE DEATHMATCH OF THE CENTURY! Thomas vs. Nanami will make "Bloodsport" look like "Mild-Injury Sport." And the other Data Squad members try to save the "Holy Capital" from evil! Zounds!

Kyo kara Maoh!
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tuesday May 20 7:30pm - Episode 54 "The Holy Sword and the Demon Sword, Part 1" (Repeats Tue May 20 10:30pm, Wed May 21 3:00am, 3:00pm)
-Tuesday May 20 8:00pm - Episode 55 "The Holy Sword and the Demon Sword, Part 2" (Repeats Tue May 20 11:00pm, Wed May 21 3:30am, 3:30pm)

In this conveniently-timed two-part episode, Yuri sets out to investigate a series of brutal slayings that are attributed to a man he believes is incapable of such carnage. Such benevolence! If only our monarchies were spearheaded by boyish teenagers who are frequently given swirlies.

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday May 17 9:00pm - Episode 166 "When Time Stands Still"
-Saturday May 17 9:30pm - Episode 167 "When Egrets Flap Their Wings"

(YTV)
Friday May 23 8:00pm - Episode 135 "The Promise That Could Not Be Kept"

IN USA:
Naruto is still very much alive, thank you, but a new pair of villains have a dangerous new set of tricks and secrets that threaten to destroy our favorite boy ninja.

IN CANADA:
Shikamaru, Sakura, and Naruto take a moment to reflect on the somewhat-failed mission as well as their next move. It's filler-ville from here on out, folks.

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 17 9:30am - Episode 522 "Bibarel Gnaws Best!"

Bibarel is the evolved form of that stupid-looking beaver Pokémon you find ten-million of at the beginning of the game. I already hate this episode because of this.

Shin-chan
(Adult Swim)
Sunday May 18 1:30am - Episode 32 (Repeats Sun May 18 4:30am)

Somebody in the forums last week made a good point about Shin-chan's "lousy" timeslot: It's been well documented that really nothing on Saturday nights works well for Adult Swim, so it's all pretty much irrelevant. So, watch as Shin-chan drops his pants and talks about bowel movements! And buy the DVD while you're at it, too.

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
Friday May 23 11:00pm - Episode 12 "Left Hand Lullaby" (Repeats Sat May 24 2:00am)

Today's Speed Grapher involves that most time-honored of family traditions: marriage. Or rather, arranged marriages in the interest of commerce and consolidating wealth and power. You know, like corporate mergers, privatized health care, and charging your friend twenty bucks a week to sleep on the couch.

Street Fighter II V
(IFC Canada)
-Monday May 19 11:00pm - Episode 15 "Clash of the Titans: Mortal Combat for Pride, Life and Cinderella" (Repeats Tue May 20 11:00am, 5:00pm)
-Monday May 19 11:30pm - Episode 16 "The Unveiled Ruler: The Rampage of the Fearful Thirst for Conquest Begins" (Repeats Tue May 20 11:30am, 5:30pm)

Ha ha, "Mortal Combat." Hilarious. Remember when Mortal Kombat was the Grand Theft Auto of its day? All gaining controversy and notoriety, with Hollywood both anxious and eager about its aggressive popularity and cash-producing properties? Now, it's but a relic, a reminder of times where chunky sprites tearing out tiny red chunks of each other was enough to launch a congressional investigation. Anyway! Street Fighter II: V is on the air in Canada this week, and Ryu and Ken and Bison and the others fight each other for hopefully noble reasons.

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday May 17 10:30am - Episode 21 "Velocity" (Repeats Sun May 18 11:00am)

Bumblebee goes the Initial D route this week, as the erstwhile transformable robomatron finds himself a component of an team of law-breaking street racers.

Witchblade
(IFC)
Friday May 23 11:30pm - Episode 21 "Vow" (Repeats Sat May 24 2:30am)

Masane can seemingly take the stress and pain of the Witchblade no more, and threatens to destroy it once and for all - even if she must be destroyed along with it. I don't really have a joke here, so feel free to make one up on your own.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
(4KidsTV)
Saturday May 17 10:00am - Episode 144 "The Forbidden Ritual, Part 1"

Axel frees his pal Jaden from the clutches of the so-called Supreme King, but all is still not well within the hallowed halls of the Duel Academy. Ailments, misery, and card-battling of the highest degree abounds!

MOVIES/FEATURES

Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
(Encore Action)
Tuesday May 20 5:15am

Jin-Roh brings an often-seen but much-needed air of quality to round out this week's lineup of solid shows. Also, Karas: The Prophecy and Eiken are on this week, somewhere. But I'm not going to talk about them because both my shrink and I agree that it hurts me inside. Although you can probably guess where they're showing, as well as when if you're especially curious.

I'll be around next week, of course, maybe with something astoundingly creative! Or not! Bye!

REPEATS/STRIPS

Bleach
(YTV)
-Fri May 23 9:30pm - Episode 10 (R Sat May 24 2:00am)

Cat's Eye
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat May 17 11:00pm - Episode 13 "My Love, Don't Go"
-Sat May 17 11:30pm - Episode 14 "Cleopatra Ransom"

Digimon
(Toon Disney)
-Sun May 18 1:30am - Episode 170 "Beastie Girl"
-Sun May 18 6:30am - Episode 171 "The Swiss Family Digimon" (R Mon May 19 1:30am)
-Mon May 19 6:30am - Episode 50 "Joe's Battle"
-Tue May 20 6:30am - Episode 51 "The Crest of Friendship"
-Wed May 21 6:30am - Episode 52 "Piedmon's Last Jest"
-Thu May 22 6:30am - Episode 53 "Now Apocalymon"
-Fri May 23 6:30am - Episode 54 "The Fate of Two Worlds"
-Sat May 24 6:30am - Episode 172 "Bizarre Bazaar"

Dinosaur King
(4KidsTV)
-Sat May 17 10:30am - Episode 5 "Rubble Trouble"

Elemental Gelade
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue May 20 6:00pm - Episode 19 "Unspoken Thoughts" (R Tue May 20 9:00pm, Wed May 21 1:30am, 1:30pm)

Eureka 7
(YTV)
-Sat May 24 2:30am - Episode 27 "Helter Skelter"

Fullmetal Alchemist
(YTV)
-Sat May 24 1:00am - Episode 11 "The Other Brothers Elric, Part 1"

Gankutsuou
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue May 20 6:30pm - Episode 19 "Even if I Should Stop Being Me" (R Tue May 20 9:30pm, Wed May 21 2:00am, 2:00pm)

Gokusen
(Encore WAM)
-Sun May 18 2:30am - Episode 10 "School in the Crosshairs"
-Sun May 18 3:00am - Episode 11 "Shin Drops Out of School"
-Sun May 18 3:30am - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing"

Gundam Seed Destiny
(YTV)
-Fri May 23 10:30pm - Episode 8 "Junction"

Inuyasha
(Adult Swim)
-Sat May 17 11:00pm - Episode 5 "Aristocratic Assassin, Sesshomaru" (R Sun May 18 2:00am)
-Sat May 17 11:30pm - Episode 6 "Tetsusaiga, the Phantom Sword" (R Sun May 18 2:30am)
-Sun May 18 5:00am - Episode 64 "Giant Ogre of the Forbidden Tower"
-Sun May 18 5:30am - Episode 65 "Farewell Days of My Youth"
-Mon May 19 5:00am - Epsiode 66 "Naraku's Barrier, Kagura's Decision"
-Mon May 19 5:30am - Episode 67 "The Howling Wind of Betrayal"
-Tue May 20 5:00am - Episode 68 "Shippo Gets an Angry Challenge"
-Tue May 20 5:30am - Episode 69 "Terror of the Faceless Man"
-Wed May 21 5:00am - Episode 70 "Onigumo's Memory Restored"
-Wed May 21 5:30am - Episode 71 "Three-Sided Battle to the Death"
-Thu May 22 5:00am - Episode 72 "Totosai's Rigid Training"
-Thu May 22 5:30am - Episode 73 "Shiori's Family and Inuyasha's Feelings"
-Fri May 23 5:00am - Episode 74 "The Red Tetsusaiga Breaks the Barrier"
-Fri May 23 5:30am - Episode 75 "The Plot of the Panther Devas"
-Sat May 23 5:00am - Episode 76 "Target: Sesshomaru and Inuyasha"
-Sat May 23 5:30am - Episode 77 "The Panther Tribe and the Two Swords of the Fang"

Law of Ueki
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Tue May 20 7:00pm - Episode 19 "The Law of Cossack's Dance" (R Tue May 20 10:00pm, Wed May 21 2:30am, 2:30pm)

Mirage of Blaze
(Encore Action)
-Sun May 18 8:40am - Episode 6 "Golden Emblem"

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon May 19 7:00am - Episode 467 "Following a Maiden's Voyage"
-Mon May 19 3:00pm - Episode 477 "Mounting a Coordinator Assault"
-Tue May 20 7:00am - Episode 468 "Two Degrees of Separation"
-Tue May 20 3:00pm - Episode 478 "Arrival of a Rival"
-Wed May 21 7:00am - Episode 469 "When Pokémon Worlds Collide"
-Wed May 21 3:00pm - Episode 479 "A Staravia Is Born"
-Thu May 22 7:00am - Episode 470 "Dawn of a New Era"
-Thu May 22 3:00pm - Episode 480 "Leave it to Brocko"
-Fri May 23 7:00am - Episode 471 "Gettin' Twiggy With It"
-Fri May 23 3:00pm - Episode 481 "Shapes of Things to Come"

Remi
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Mon May 19 1:00pm - Episode 31 "Thank You, Mathias"
-Tue May 20 1:00pm - Episode 32 "A Great Idea"
-Wed May 21 1:00pm - Episode 33 "With a Friend Like That..."
-Thu May 22 1:00pm - Episode 34 "Storm 250 Meters Underground!"
-Fri May 23 1:00pm - Episode 35 "Save Remi!"

Samurai Deeper Kyo
(Encore WAM)
-Sat May 17 9:50am - Episode 20 "Far Away, to Absolute Zero"
-Sat May 17 10:15am - Episode 21 "The Demonic Mibu Castle"
-Sat May 17 10:40am - Episode 22 "The Machine Made Dolls"
-Sun May 18 1:20pm - Episode 26 "The Ballad of the Samurai"
-Sun May 18 1:50pm - Episode 1 "Road to Armageddon"
-Wed May 21 1:35pm - Episode 2 "Wanted Dead or Alive"
-Wed May 21 2:05pm - Episode 3 "Red Mirage"

Speed Grapher
(IFC)
-Mon May 19 8:30pm - Episode 11 "Mother Critical" (R Tue May 20 12:30am)

Tokko
(Sci Fi)
-Tue May 20 12:00am - Episode 6 "Who Kills My Brother"
-Tue May 20 12:30am - Episode 7 "A Telephone Call"

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon May 19 6:00am - Episode 13 "Headmaster"
-Tue May 20 6:00am - Episode 14 "Nature Calls"
-Wed May 21 6:00am - Episode 15 "Megaton Rising, Part 1"
-Thu May 22 6:00am - Episode 16 "Megaton Rising, Part 2"
-Fri May 23 6:00am - Episode 17 "The Elite Guard"


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