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Japan's TBS Confirms Anime's Move from Saturday, 6 p.m.

posted on by Egan Loo
Ratings drop prompt move of Gundam, Blood+'s former timeslot to Sunday

Japan's TBS/MBS broadcast network has announced that the two-hour Hōdō Tokushū newsmagazine program will move from Sundays at 5:30 p.m. to Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. on April 5 — effectively pushing out the anime programs that have run for over five straight years in the network's popular Saturday 6:00 p.m. timeslot. Mobile Suit Gundam 00's first 25-episode run will end on Saturday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m., but Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 will not take over its timeslot. Instead the Code Geass sequel will premiere on Sunday, April 6, at 5:00 p.m.

The TBS/MBS network has run an anime series or an Ultraman live-action special-effects series in that Saturday 6:00 p.m timeslot since 1993. The timeslot reached its heyday during the 2002-2003 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed run and the 2003-2004 Fullmetal Alchemist run. Ratings began slipping with 2005-2006's Blood+. The ratings drop accelerated when NHK's Major baseball anime series ran directly against the TBS anime programs.

Here are the TBS/MBS progams that have run in the Saturday 6:00 p.m. timeslot in the last 15 years:

Title Premiere Date Finale Date
Sanchome no Tama: Uchi no Tama Shirimasenka? (Tama & Friends) 1993.07.03 1993.08.28
Mukamuka Paradise 1993.09.04 1994.08.27
Ai to Yūki no Pig Girl Tonde Būrin 1994.09.03 1995.08.26
Mama wa Poyopoyo-Saurus ga Osuki 1995.09.02 1996.08.31
Ultraman Tiga 1996.09.07 1997.08.30
Ultraman Dyna 1997.09.06 1998.08.29
Ultraman Gaia 1998.09.05 1999.08.28
Zoids 1999.09.04 2000.12.23
Zoids/ZERO 2001.01.06 2001.06.30
Ultraman Cosmos 2001.07.07 2002.09.28
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed 2002.10.05 2003.09.27
Fullmetal Alchemist 2003.10.04 2004.10.02
Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny 2004.10.09 2005.10.01
Blood+ 2005.10.08 2006.09.23
Ayakashi Ayashi 2006.10.07 2007.03.31
To Terra... 2007.04.07 2007.09.22
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (First run) 2007.10.06 2008.03.29

Source: Gunota Headlines

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