The Click
September 20th - 26th

by Brian Hanson, Sep 20th 2008

The stress and rigors of my day job have fully taken their toll on me this week, so The Click will have to react accordingly. Which means I'll be typing it very quickly with my eyelids half-open, aching and yearning for sleep or whiskey or both. So!



Hellsing Ultimate
(Starz Edge)
-Sunday September 21 5:00am - Episode 3
-Monday September 22 4:20am - Episode 4
-Thursday September 25 4:00am - Episode 1
-Thursday September 25 5:00am - Episode 2

Hellsing Ultimate, for those few of you who are unaware, is a complete animated retelling of the original Hellsing manga. Like the TV series! Except with an actual "animation budget" to speak of. And condensed into fifty-minute episodes, instead of half-hour ones. But you still get all the crazy zombie violence, vampire havoc, and cigar-chomping British dignitaries that make you all giddy with retarded excitement. This isn't "new," since Hellsing Ultimate has aired before, but it's definitely worth a second watch; I didn't care for them much when Geneon was pushing them out through their dried up, filth-encrusted, about-to-be-shut-down coffers, but after giving them another go recently I had a newly founded respect for them. Especially after trying to re-watch the original series again, which... hasn't held up so well, let's face it.

PREMIERES:

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday September 20 11:00am - Episode 30 "I Am Marucho Hear Me Roar"

I guess the Bakugan toys are a pretty big deal now, since I'm literally seeing them everywhere; it's mildly revolting and yet heartwarming to know that you can still launch an anime series that is nothing more than an abject toy advertisement in 2008; now if they can only cause such a furor that kids start stabbing each other in school over them again...

Bleach
(Adult Swim)
Saturday September 20 11:00pm - Episode 81 (Repeats Sun Sep 21 2:00am)

(YTV)
Saturday September 20 9:30pm - Episode 60

In the lower half of North America: the Bounts begin their onslaught against innocent civilians of the human world, so Ichigo and the others are in a bit of a tizzy trying to locate and destroy their headquarters. Dans Canada: Hitsugaya découvre qu'une parcelle de terrain secrète venant du sanctuaire intérieur de la société d'âme est la raison vraie de sa capture.

Blue Dragon
(YTV)
Saturday September 20 8:30pm - Episode 3 "Shu and Jiro: Rivals in Training"

Bouf! Shu et Jiro sont sur le point de viser sur une aventure, et ils s'exercent dur!

Code Geass
(Adult Swim)
Sunday September 21 5:00am - Episode 21 "Declaration at the School Festival"

Sparks and jargon flies as a school festival provides the upbeat backdrop to a whole bunch of shady wheelings and dealings between Lelouch and government important-peoples. There's talk of Special Administrative Regions, national identities, stuff like that.

Dinosaur King
(CW Kids)
Saturday September 20 10:00am - Episode 28 "Daddy Dearest"

The D-Team goes on the lookout for a Therizinosaurus. That's about as exciting as I can make this sound, people.

Ghost Slayers Ayashi
(ImaginAsianTV)
Wednesday September 24 10:00pm - Episode 8 "Fox Play" (Repeats Thu Sep 25 2:30am, 7:30pm)

I've long suspected there was something creepy about those Kabuki plays, what with the masks and chanting and whatnot; and now I have this here episode of Ghost Slayers Ayashi to prove my once-unfounded prejudices correct! Bless its heart!

Gurren Lagann
(Sci Fi)
-Monday September 22 11:00pm - Episode 13 "Everybody, Eat to Your Heart's Content"
-Monday September 22 11:30pm - Episode 14 "How Are You, Everyone?"

Nia, the cute, demure, blond-haired female archetype, feels she isn't pulling her weight aboard the Gurren Brigade and tries to cook for the crew. Later, Yoko, the spunky, feisty, red-haired female archetype, accompanies Simon atop the Gurren Lagann to do battle with the Divine Generals.

Mai Hime
(ImaginAsianTV)
Wednesday September 24 8:00pm - Episode 8 "Important Thing" (Repeats Thu Sep 25 1:30am, 6:00pm)

Are school festivals that ubiquitous in Japan? I've come to distrust Japanese pop-culture as an accurate example of actual Japanese life, since discovering somewhat violently that schoolgirls will NOT flash their panties at strangers for little want or reason. Anyway, at THE SCHOOL FESTIVAL Mai accompanies her sickly brother in order to get him some fresh air and fun, except that plan turns sour when they meet up with some friends and wind up in a strange underground labyrinth.

Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit
(Adult Swim)
Sunday September 21 5:30am - Episode 5 "Secret Step, the Blue Hand"

Balsa is ON THE RUN after it's rumored that she had killed the noble Prince Chagum via arson, and the political intrigue gets so thick you cannot drink it with a straw, so don't even try.

Naruto
(Cartoon Network)
-Saturday September 20 9:00pm - Episode 198 "The Anbu Gives Up: Naruto's Recollection"
-Saturday September 20 9:30pm - Episode 199 "The Missed Target"

(YTV)
Saturday September 20 8:00pm - Episode 152 "Funeral March for the Living"

Right here in good ol' America, U.S. of A.: On the hunt for the evil Gennoh, the Anbu black ops captures Naruto and uses their GOP-approved "interrogation" methods on him, but will they work? Dans le pays merveilleux du Canada, Naruto mène une nouvelle équipe étudier quelqu'un qui peut savoir de Sasuke où.

Now and Then, Here and There
(Sci Fi)
Tuesday September 23 12:00am - Episode 13 "Now and Then, Here and There"

The last episode of this tremendously depressing series ends with a series of breakouts, clashes, crashes, and emotional climaxes. I wouldn't dare spoil anything, so go watch, everyone!

Planetes
(ImaginAsianTV)
Wednesday September 24 9:30pm - Episode 8 "A Place to Cling to" (Repeats Thu Sep 25 2:00am, 7:00pm)

Rumors of an affair and the faint whiff of a high-paying promotion gives the Planetes crew plenty to fret about, which threatens their current mission. Can love bloom, even in outer space?

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
Saturday September 20 9:30am - Episode 542 "Staging A Heroes Welcome"

The Poke-friends are all entering a contest; nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, right? Except when egos and personalities get involved, and plenty of butthurt-edness abounds.

Scrapped Princess
(ImaginAsianTV)
Wednesday September 24 9:00pm - Episode 8 "Bonds and Prayers Nocturne" (Repeats Thu Sep 25 6:30pm)

That cute li'l orphan girl turns out to be a full-fledged assassin, and Pacifia must appeal to everyone's better natures to prevent an all-out bloodbath. I mean, besides the one she's prophesied to bring about.

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's
(CW Kids)
Saturday September 20 10:30am - Episode 2 "Creepy Crawlies"

Shy, nebbish Nerve (WHAT AN AMAZING NAME!!! HOLY CRAP THE PERSON WHO WRITES THESE SHOWS IS A BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT INDIVIDUAL WHO I WOULD MARRY, NO MATTER THEIR GENDER OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION), asks Yusei for help in defeating a brutish bully. With cards.

Zatch Bell
(YTV)
Saturday September 20 9:00pm - Episode 95 "Attack of the Iron Army"

Zatch et ses amis sont transportés à un monde entre les mondes, et découvrent un endroit où des criminels mauvais de Mamodo sont introduits l'exil.

MOVIES/FEATURES

Negadon: The Monster from Mars
(Sci Fi)
Tuesday September 23 12:30am

Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade
(Encore Action)
Wednesday September 24 3:35am

The fun if not terribly memorable or exciting Negadon CGI short film fills in a 30-minute gap on Sci Fi's Ani-Mondays, while Jin-Roh once again trods its heavily-armored self through the trenches of Encore's starved lineup. Ho and hum. I actually WON'T be back next week, guys; I've got some stuff to take care of that involves me not being around a computer too often. But the week after that? Provided I'm not mugged and killed in the street by penniless, desperate former Lehman Brothers investors, of course.

REPEATS/STRIPS

Bakugan Battle Brawlers
(Cartoon Network)
-Mon Sep 22 6:30am - Episode 15 "Duel in the Desert"
-Tue Sep 23 6:30am - Episode 16 "No Guts No Glory"
-Wed Sep 24 6:30am - Episode 17 "Best Friends Forever"
-Thu Sep 25 6:30am - Episode 18 "Evolution Revolution"
-Fri Sep 26 6:30am - Episode 19 "Julie Plays Hard"

Digimon
(Toon Disney
-Sat Sep 20 6:30pm - Episode 218 "Digital World, Here We Come!"
-Sun Sep 21 6:30am - Episode 219 "The Ultimate Team No More?" (R Sun Sep 21 6:30pm, Mon Sep 22 9:00pm, Tue Sep 23 12:00am, Sat Sep 27 12:00am)
-Mon Sep 22 6:30am - Episode 229 "Falcomon: Friend or Foe?"
-Tue Sep 23 6:30am - Episode 230 "Yoshi's Biggest Battle: The One With Herself"
-Wed Sep 24 6:30am - Episode 231 "The Clash With Merukimon!"
-Thu Sep 25 6:30am - Episode 232 "The Truth About Keenan"
-Fri Sep 26 6:30am - Episode 233 "The Crier Family Reunion"
-Sat Sep 27 6:30am - Episode 220 "A Birthday Kristy Will Never Forget!"

Elemental Gelade
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat Sep 20 3:00pm - Episode 9 "The Secret of Razfe Ankle" (R Sun Sep 21 11:00am)
-Sat Sep 20 3:30pm - Episode 10 "Love and Greed" (R Sun Sep 21 11:30am)

Fullmetal Alchemist
(Adult Swim)
-Sat Sep 20 11:30pm - Episode 2 "Body of the Sanctioned" (R Sun Sep 21 2:30am)

Ghost Slayers Ayashi
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Sep 21 10:30pm - Episode 7 "The Dragon in the Cloud"

Gunslinger Girl
(IFC)
-Fri Sep 26 11:30pm - Episode 13 "Shooting Star; Stella Cadente" (R Sat Sep 27 2:30am)

Initial D
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat Sep 20 9:00am - Episode 12 "The FR Killer" (R Sun Sep 21 8:00am)
-Sat Sep 20 9:30am - Episode 13 "First Date" (R Sun Sep 21 8:30am)
-Sat Sep 20 10:00am - Episode 14 "Evolving Drift" (R Sun Sep 21 9:00am)
-Sat Sep 20 10:30am - Episode 15 "Takumi's Fury" (R Sun Sep 21 9:30am)
-Sun Sep 21 7:30am - Episode 11 "Shingo Arrives"

Inuyasha
(Adult Swim)
-Mon Sep 22 5:00am - Episode 53 "Father's Old Enemy: Ryukotsusei"
-Mon Sep 22 5:30am - Episode 54 "Tetsusaiga's Ultimate Technique"
-Tue Sep 23 5:30am - Episode 55 "Stone Flower and Shippo's First Love"
-Wed Sep 24 5:30am - Episode 56 "Temptress in the Mist"
-Thu Sep 25 5:30am - Episode 57 "Fateful Night in Togenkyo, Part 1"
-Fri Sep 26 5:30am - Episode 58 "Fateful Night in Togenkyo, Part 2"

Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
(4KidsTV)
-Sat Sep 20 11:00am - Episode 55 "Sweet & Sour Puss"

Law of Ueki
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sat Sep 20 8:00am - Episode 45 "The Law of the Attack From the Past" (R Sat Sep 20 2:00pm, Sun Sep 21 10:00am)
-Sat Sep 20 8:30am - Episode 46 "The Law of God, the Girl and the Future" (R Sat Sep 20 2:00pm, Sun Sep 21 10:30am)

Mai Hime
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Sep 21 9:00pm - Episode 7 "Lost Kitten"

Oban Star-Racers
(Toon Disney)
-Sun Sep 21 2:00am - Episode 20 "Secret Like Sul"
-Sun Sep 21 3:30am - Episode 8 "Agile Like Aikka"
-Mon Sep 22 2:00am - Episode 21 "Ominous Like O"
-Mon Sep 22 3:30am - Episode 9 "Surprising Like Super-Racer"
-Tue Sep 23 2:00am - Episode 22 "Revelations"
-Tue Sep 23 3:30am - Episode 10 "Resistant Like Rush"
-Wed Sep 24 2:00am - Episode 23 "Cruel Like Kross"
-Wed Sep 24 3:30am - Episode 11 "Silent Like Spirit"
-Thu Sep 25 2:00am - Episode 24 "Canaletto's Revenge"
-Thu Sep 25 3:30am - Episode 12 "The Will to Win"
-Fri Sep 26 2:00am - Episode 26 "The Moment of Truth"
-Fri Sep 26 3:30am - Episode 13 "Make Way!"
-Sat Sep 27 2:00am - Episode 1 "A Fresh Start"
-Sat Sep 27 3:30am - Episode 14 "Welcome to Oban!"

Planetes
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Sep 21 10:00pm - Episode 7 "Extraterrestrial Girl"

Pokémon
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Sep 20 9:00am - Episode 541 "A Full Course Tag Battle"

Samurai 7
(IFC)
-Thu Sep 25 8:30pm - Episode 12 "The Truth"

Scrapped Princess
(ImaginAsianTV)
-Sun Sep 21 9:30pm - Episode 7 "Waltz of the Abandoned Dog of a Girl"

Shinzo
(Toon Disney)
-Tue Sep 23 4:00am - Episode 2 "Bee-Ware the Hunters"
-Wed Sep 24 4:00am - Episode 3 "Web of Evil"
-Thu Sep 25 4:00am - Episode 4 "Day at the Park"
-Fri Sep 26 4:00am - Episode 5 "Kiri"
-Sat Sep 27 4:00am - Episode 6 "Battling Daku"

Sonic X
(4KidsTV)
-Sat Sep 20 9:00am - Episode 15 "Skirmish in the Sky"
-Sat Sep 20 9:30am - Episode 16 "Depths of Danger"

Transformers: Animated
(Cartoon Network)
-Sat Sep 20 10:30am - Episode 14 "Nature Calls" (R Sun Sep 21 11:00am)
-Mon Sep 22 6:00am - Episode 9 "Along Came a Spider"
-Tue Sep 23 6:00am - Episode 10 "Sound and Fury"
-Wed Sep 24 6:00am - Episode 11 "Lost & Found"
-Thu Sep 25 6:00am - Episode 12 "Survival of the Fittest"
-Fri Sep 26 6:00am - Episode 13 "Headmaster"


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