The Click September 2nd - September 8th
by Brian Hanson,
Greetings, welcome, and other such salutations! I'm writing about anime on TV, that you can watch, so stick around and read it if you'd like to find that out. But be forewarned; these listings and such can be a tricky, devilish mistress to navigate, unless you heed the facts that all dates and times are tentative, and all times listed are eastern. That time-zone thing, you know.
My apologies, please, if this week's iteration of The Click is decidedly dry and unfunny, and rife with grammatical errors and paranoid diatribes about the Illuminati and the Reptoid alliance. I'm fighting a nasty head cold, and it seems the effectiveness of DayQuil is utterly nil. Regardless, I'll keep writing words into sentences for as long as my head doesn't start leaking precious fluids.
And, since YTV is shifting around their long-stagnant “Bionix” schedule, while Razer keeps on rockin' with new episodes of fresh Funimation material, I'd like to propose this week “Canada Week.” Right now, I'm going to put Strange Brew in the DVD player, open up a cold Molson's, don my best lumberjack outfit, and salute each and every moose I see. You've earned it, Canada; your anime TV offerings this week utterly trump our own. We admit defeat.
Friday September 8 10:30pm - Episode 1 "The Day I Became a Shinigami" (Tentative Title)
This is a tentative title because it's a fan-approved translation of the original Japanese title, and I don't want to be held responsible for getting anybody's hopes up over the use of the word “Shinigami” in the English dub. Some people go nuts over that stuff.
Synopsis: Ichigo Kurosaki can see ghosts, gets mixed up with the feisty Rukia of the “Soul Society,” as well as other things that essentially set up the rest of the show. Catch it a good 26 hours before us Americans do, Canadians!
Sunday September 3 1:00am - Episode 19 "Acperience 2" (Repeats Sun Sep 3 4:00am)
Last week there was some minor brouhaha over whether or not Eureka 7 would see it's second half of 26 episodes to fruition; adult swim had the series repeat after episode 26, so I figured everyone had simply thrown in the proverbial Eureka 7 towel. Not so, it appears; a recent Adult Swim schedule update has the show going onward and upward towards its actual conclusion – still at the mediocre 1:00am timeslot, however.
Synopsis: Eureka's illness grows more and more severe, with the crew of the Gekko thinking her sickness is somehow tied to the mines, but the foolhardy lass finds herself trapped in said mines with her Nirvash, leading Renton to put on his special Superman underpants in order to muster up the courage to dive into the depths to save her.
Thursday September 7 5:30pm - Episode 10 "Divine Mandate" (Repeats Fri Sep 8 12:30am, 1:00pm)
Lord Ieyasu of the shogun tallies the ongoing slaughter between the rival Kouga and Iga ninja clans, in order to label the triumphant clan with the task of being the shogun's official goons. But, like any great rivalry, from Brian Hanson and Dominic's Great Third-Grade NES Cartridge War up to... wars and stuff, the battle is long and vicious, and did I mention long?
Saturday September 2 10:00pm - Episode 43 "Ha-le Oo-pu Ah-ah"
Bo-bobo production staff fires their episode title guy; the company Gorilla, Mittens, quickly comes up with a new title for this week's episode. The episode is apparently about Bo-bobo taking the villainous Halekulani on a fun-filled Bo-bobo-type week to remind the money-crazed beefcake of what's really important in the world. Of course, Bo-bobo episodes typically aren't about anything. Aside from maybe ham.
Friday September 8 9:30pm - Episode 1 "Blue Monday"
Fellow Canadians: there is a show called “Eureka 7” that will be airing on your half of our continent this coming Friday night. It is a good show, with fun characters and animation, and believe it will perform better on YTV's younger-skewing demographic than it has thus far on Adult Swim. It involves a protagonist named Renton Thurston, who is the son of a famous “lifter” and lives with his cranky mechanic grandpa until a gang of outlaws and lifting enthusiasts called the “Gekkostate” arrive in town and turn his life asunder. Hopefully that logline will inspire you all to watch. If not, then I have failed.
Friday September 8 10:00pm - Episode 28 "All Is One, One Is All" (Repeats Sat Sep 9 1:00am)
Izumi, Ed and Al's tough-as-nails Alchemy teacher, takes the boys for a little nostalgia trip; the Island of Yock, a small deserted island where the boys were left to fend for themselves until the discovered the truth behind Izumi's cryptic phrase, “all is one, one is all.” It's also the title of the episode! Those cheeky devils.
Friday September 8 9:00pm - Episode 157 "Destroy Naraku With Adamant Barrage" (Repeats Sat Sep 9 2:00am)
This latest Inuyasha half-hour entertainment program involves: Hosenki challenges Inuyasha to a no-holds-barred duel to the death, but our smitten half-demon dog-boy refuses the challenge in order to aide Kagome and the rest of his band of somewhat-merry men and women.
Saturday September 2 9:00pm - Episode 50 "The Fifth Gate: A Splendid Ninja is Born"
Rock Lee unlocks some serious ass-kicking powers, causing a massive power build-up of DBZ-like proportions. But unlike DBZ, where such power only resulted in lots of grunting from possibly stomachaches or constipation, can the bowl-haired “taijutsu master” survive the strain on his body?
Friday September 8 8:00pm - Episode TBA (Repeats Sat Sep 9 2:30am)
There HAS to be a new episode here. Considering YTV originally stopped at episode 37 (or was it 38? 36?) in order to give Viz more time to dub the remaining episodes, and that Cartoon Network is currently running episode 50, methinks they simply ARE airing new episodes but simply don't feel like informing anybody of this fact. Or maybe they are, with commercials and stuff. Not that I would be able to find that out; essentially what I'm saying is, I think YTV is giving me one giant, metaphorical middle finger, with my name written on it in Sharpie, followed by the word “sux.”
Friday September 8 8:30pm - Episode 417 "Fear Factor Phony"
Will Pokemon's ninth season start off with a bang or a whimper? Or possibly a thud? What about a ka-bong? We can all find out this Friday, when the show starts airing on its new home on basic cable. In the actual episode, plucky young Ash Ketchum and his buddies wander into a ghost town rife with angry, music playing Psychic Pokemon. Such a bizarre premise has to be somewhat entertaining! Unless the dub is ear-piercingly awful!
Saturday September 2 7:30pm - Episode 15 "Putting the Air Back in Aerodactyl"
Continuing along Cartoon Network's recent trend of milking the ailing Pokemon franchise dry, this Pokemon spin-off deal involves Gary, Ash's sworn nemesis, reviving a prehistoric, fossilized Pokemon. Perhaps Michael Crichton should consider legal action here.
(Independent Film Channel)
Saturday September 2 10:30pm - Episode 23 "The Lies" (Repeats Sun Sep 3 1:30am, Thu Sep 7 11:30pm, Fri Sep 8 2:30am)
As Kambei leads the remaining loyal samurai to wage war against the corrupt capitol, Katsushiro discovers a band of Ukyo's men attempting to set the besieged Kanna village ablaze. Naturally, they have a bit of a problem with that.
Thursday September 7 5:00pm - Episode 10 "The Journey" (Repeats Fri Sep 8 12:00am, 12:30pm)
“Somebody Got Murdered” is not only a really great Clash song, it's also a fitting description for this episode! Being able to tie unrelated things to song titles is truly the height of wit. (It also happens to be what's playing on my iTunes right now.) The “Somebody” who “Got” murdered would be an Imperial Envoy, and the only clue left behind, a bloodied samurai sword, causes a citywide samurai roundup, which does not bode well for our fellow samurai heroes.
Thursday September 7 6:00pm - Episode 10 "Lucifer's Choice" (Repeats Fri Sep 8 1:00am, 1:30pm)
Confound this accursed internet machine! All I ever wanted was perhaps some sort of official, Funimation-sanctioned plot synopsis for this episode; instead all I was greeted with was this grotesque, blank space of despair. Making up my own plots for anime has since lost its luster, so instead I will just sit here and sulk. And play Tetris.
-Saturday September 2 12:00pm - Episode 49 "Rise of the Sacred Beasts, Part 2"
-Friday September 8 6:00pm - Episode 50 "Magna Chum Laude"
Lordy, Yu-Gi-Oh GX is everywhere now. So let's get this overwith: Jaden caps off his epic two-part battle with Kagemaru, and the goofy but loveable Chumley wins an illustration contest but has difficulty battling with his cards instead of drawing them.
-Tuesday September 5 5:30pm - Episode 63 "Curry Worries"
-Wednesday September 6 5:30pm - Episode 64 "Camaraderie Contest"
-Thursday September 7 5:30pm - Episode 65 "No Pain, No Game"
-Friday September 8 5:30pm - Episode 66 "Going Bananas"
No Yu-Gi-Oh on Labor Day, because battling cards would be blasphemous. Somehow. Later in the week, there's episodes involving curry, fights over best-friendmanship, and even a clip show!
Saturday September 2 9:30pm - Episode 65 "Ponygon's Lightning Speed"
Ponygon, the oft-denigrated comedy relief in this show full of equally goofy creatures, finally gets his chance to shine. Literally.
Friday September 8 8:30pm - Episode 36 "Collision: Zatch vs. Naomi"
Zatch clashes with his pre-school nemesis, the toothy Naomi, while a lion escapes from the zoo where Zatch's buddy Kiyo and other tertiary buddies happened to be enjoying the afternoon.
Saturday September 2 12:00am
When they aired this once, I said nothing. When they aired this thrice, I said nothing. When they aired it fourty-five times in one afternoon, I said nothing. But I'll say something now: I sure am running out of things to say about it.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
Friday September 8 8:00pm
Remember what I said earlier, about Cartoon Network milking Pokemon dry? Here's another example to that hypothesis; a half-hour special where the Pokemon actually talk!Gimmicky enough, you think? I think this special was made to promote a Nintendo DS game in Japan, but don't quote me on that.
That's all I'm physically capable of today, folks. I'm going to lie down now and let this nice doctor from the Dark Ages bleed all the demons out of my body. See you next week! Oh, and here's some repeats. Some good'uns lie below!
10 Tokyo Warriors
-Mon Sep 4 1:00pm - Episode TBA
-Mon Sep 4 1:35pm - Episode TBA
-Sat Sep 2 10:00pm - Episode 9 "Farewell" (R Sun Sep 3 1:00am, 11:00am)
-Tue Sep 5 5:30am - Episode 1 "Cobalt Blue"
-Tue Sep 5 3:30pm - Episode 45 "B-DaBreakdown, Part 1"
-Wed Sep 6 5:30am - Episode 2 "B-DaBattle Mountain"
-Thu Sep 7 5:30am - Episode 3 "Something to Crow About"
-Thu Sep 7 3:30pm - Episode 46 "B-DaBreakdown, Part 2"
-Fri Sep 8 5:30am - Episode 4 "Ice to Meet You"
-Sat Sep 2 5:30am - Episode 65 "Gideon Raises Gerry"
-Sat Sep 2 1:00pm - Episode 24 "Viva Las Vegas"
-Tue Sep 5 1:30am - Episode 26 "The Show Must Go On" (R Tue Sep 5 5:00am)
-Wed Sep 6 1:30am - Episode 1 "Roger the Negotiator" (R Wed Sep 6 5:00am)
-Thu Sep 7 1:30am - Episode 2 "Dorothy, Dorothy" (R Thu Sep 7 5:00am)
-Fri Sep 8 1:30am - Episode 3 "Electric City" (R Fri Sep 8 5:00am)
-Sun Sep 3 8:00pm - Episode 5 "Militia" (R Mon Sep 4 12:05am, Fri Sep 8 8:35pm)
-Thu Sep 7 5:30am - Episode 6 "Jewel Witch" (R Fri Sep 8 9:00pm)
-Fri Sep 8 6:55pm - Episode 1 "Sister Rosette"
-Fri Sep 8 7:20pm - Episode 2 "Contractor"
-Fri Sep 8 7:45pm - Episode 3 "Servants"
-Fri Sep 8 8:10pm - Episode 4 "Sinner"
-Sat Sep 2 10:00pm - Episode 12 "Loose as a Caboose"
-Sun Sep 3 10:00pm - Episode 13 "The Mystery of Team X"
-Sat Sep 2 9:30pm - Episode 121 "Duel With the Deva" (R Sun Sep 3 2:00am)
-Sun Sep 3 9:30pm - Episode 122 "Digital Beauty" (R Mon Sep 4 2:00am)
-Tue Sep 5 10:30pm - Episode 83 "Arukenimon's Tangled Web" (R Wed Sep 6 3:00am)
-Wed Sep 6 10:30pm - Episode 84 "Ultimate Antihero" (R Thu Sep 7 3:00am)
-Thu Sep 7 10:30pm - Episode 85 "Opposites Attract" (R Fri Sep 8 3:00am)
-Fri Sep 8 10:30pm - Episode 86 "If I Only Had a Heart" (R Sep 9 3:00am)
Dragon Ball GT
-Sat Sep 2 3:30am - Episode 61 "Goku Swallows the Four-Starred Dragon Ball!"
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat Sep 9 12:30am - Episode 111 "The Androids Appear"
-Sun Sep 3 12:00am - Episode 22 "Created Human" (R Sun Sep 3 3:00am)
-Tue Sep 5 1:00am - Episode 13 "Flame vs. Fullmetal" (R Tue Sep 5 4:30am)
-Wed Sep 6 1:00am - Episode 14 "Destruction's Right Hand" (R Wed Sep 6 4:30am)
-Thu Sep 7 1:00am - Episode 15 "The Ishbal Massacre" (R Thu Sep 7 4:30am)
-Fri Sep 8 1:00am - Episode 16 "That Which is Lost" (R Fri Sep 8 4:30am)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
-Sun Sep 3 12:30am - Episode 11 "Portraitz" (R Sun Sep 3 3:30am)
-Sat Sep 9 1:00am - Episode 25 "Barrage"
-Tue Sep 5 5:30am - Episode "The Crossbones Caper"
-Wed Sep 6 5:30am - Episode "Ransom at Point X"
-Thu Sep 7 5:30am - Episode "The Gypsy Spaceship"
-Fri Sep 8 5:30am - Episode "The Space Cats"
-Sun Sep 3 1:30am - Episode 146 "The Fiery Bird Master, Princess Abi" (R Sun Sep 3 4:30am)
-Tue Sep 5 12:30am - Episode 136 "A Strange Invisible Demon Appears" (R Tue Sep 5 4:00am)
-Wed Sep 6 12:30am - Episode 137 "An Ancestor Named Kagome" (R Wed Sep 6 4:00am)
-Thu Sep 7 12:30am - Episode 138 "Mountain of Demons: Survival of the Duo" (R Thu Sep 7 4:00am)
-Fri Sep 8 12:30am - Episode 139 "The Great Duel at Shoun Falls" (R Fri Sep 8 4:00am)
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
-Sat Sep 2 8:00am - Episode 11 "The Big Taste Test"
Mirage of Blaze
-Tue Sep 5 12:00am - Episode 1 "Ill Fated Destiny" (R Tue Sep 5 12:00pm)
-Tue Sep 5 12:30am - Episode 2 "Possessor From the Darkness" (R Tue Sep 5 12:30pm)
-Wed Sep 6 12:00am - Episode 3 "An Imperfect Awakening" (R Wed Sep 6 12:00pm)
-Wed Sep 6 12:30am - Episode 4 "Premonition of a Chain Reaction" (R Wed Sep 6 12:30pm)
-Thu Sep 7 12:00am - Episode 5 "Endless Conflict" (R Thu Sep 7 12:00pm)
-Thu Sep 7 12:30am - Episode 6 "Golden Emblem" (R Thu Sep 7 12:30pm)
-Fri Sep 8 12:00am - Episode 7 "Memories of Hateful Anguish" (R Fri Sep 8 12:00pm)
-Fri Sep 8 12:30am - Episode 8 "At the End of Obsession" (R Fri Sep 8 12:00pm)
-Sat Sep 2 8:30pm - Episode 49 "Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu"
-Tue Sep 5 10:00pm - Episode 21 "Meet Your Opponents: The Genin Arrive"
-Wed Sep 6 10:00pm - Episode 22 "Chunin Challenge: Rock Lee vs. Sasuke"
-Thu Sep 7 10:00pm - Episode 23 "Genin Takedown; All Nine Rookies Face Off"
-Sat Sep 2 8:30am - Episode 10 "Resistant Like Rush"
-Sat Sep 2 8:30pm - Episode 12 "The Will to Win"
-Sun Sep 3 8:30am - Episode 11 "Silent Like Spirit"
-Sun Sep 3 8:30pm - Episode 13 "Make Way!"
-Tue Sep 5 12:30am - Episode 7 "Treacherous Like Toros"
-Fri Sep 8 9:00pm - Episode 8 "Agile Like Aikka" (R Sat Sep 9 1:30am)
-Sat Sep 2 4:00am - Episode 9 "The Teller of Tales"
-Fri Sep 8 7:30pm - Episode 27 "Blitz Krieg"
-Sat Sep 2 10:30pm - Episode 61 "Chasing Luffy"
-Sun Sep 3 7:30pm - Episode "Thoughts" (R Sun Sep 3 11:40pm, Mon Sep 4 5:00am, Wed Sep 6 5:30am, Fri Sep 8 12:50am)
-Fri Sep 8 9:30pm - Episode "Poetry"
-Sat Sep 2 10:00am - Episode 411 "Sitting Psyduck"
-Tue Sep 5 5:00pm - Episode 391 "The Ribbon Cup Caper"
-Wed Sep 6 5:00pm - Episode 392 "Hi Ho Silver Wind!"
-Thu Sep 7 5:00pm - Episode 393 "Deceit and Assist"
-Fri Sep 8 5:00pm - Episode 394 "Rhapsody in Drew"
-Tue Sep 5 5:00am - Episode 61 "Mr. Mime Time"
-Wed Sep 6 5:00am - Episode 210 "Fly Me to the Moon"
-Thu Sep 7 5:00am - Episode 211 "Takin' It on the Chinchou!"
-Fri Sep 8 5:00am - Episode 212 "A Corsola Caper!"
-Fri Sep 8 3:30pm - Episode 398 "From Brags to Riches"
-Sat Sep 2 5:00am - Episode 10 "Oaknapped!"
-Sat Sep 2 7:00pm - Episode 14 "Journey to the Starting Line"
-Sat Sep 2 9:30pm - Episode 9 "The Bandits" (R Sun Sep 3 12:30am, 10:30am)
-Fri Sep 1 11:30am - Episode TBA
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Sat Sep 2 4:00pm - Episode 3 "Red Mirage" (R Sun Sep 3 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Sun Sep 3 4:00pm - Episode 4 "The Creeping Nightmare" (R Mon Sep 4 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Mon Sep 4 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Tears of the Assassin" (R Tue Sep 5 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Tue Sep 5 4:00pm - Episode 6 "The Duel at Hibiya Bay" (R Wed Sep 6 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Wed Sep 6 4:00pm - Episode 7 "Keichou Era Battle Royal" (R Thu Sep 7 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Thu Sep 7 4:00pm - Episode 8 "Demon Spear Cries" (R Fri Sep 8 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Fri Sep 8 4:00pm - Episode 9 "The Blind Smile" (R Sat Sep 9 1:00am, 6:00am)
-Sat Sep 2 11:30pm - Episode 5 (R Sun Sep 3 2:30am)
Sat Sep 2 10:30am - Episode 11 "Deadly Distraction"
Street Fighter II V
-Sat Sep 2 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Landing in Hong Kong" (R Sun Sep 3 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Sun Sep 3 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Darkness at Kowloon Palace" (R Mon Sep 4 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Mon Sep 4 4:30pm - Episode 4 "Hot Blooded Fei Long" (R Tue Sep 5 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Tue Sep 5 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Appearance of the Secret Technique" (R Wed Sep 6 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Wed Sep 6 4:30pm - Episode 6 "The Revenge of Ashura" (R Thu Sep 7 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Thu Sep 7 4:30pm - Episode 7 "Trap, Prison and the Scream of Truth" (R Fri Sep 8 1:30am, 6:30am)
-Fri Sep 8 4:30pm - Episode 8 "The Superstar of Muay Thai" (R Sat Sep 9 1:30am, 6:30am)
Submarine 707 Revolution
-Thu Sep 7 3:00am - Episode 1 "Mission:01"
-Sun Sep 3 5:00am - Episode 8 "The Virtual Sound System"
-Mon Aug 28 6:00am - Episode 18 "Champions"
-Tue Aug 29 6:00am - Episode 19 "Ice"
-Wed Aug 30 6:00am - Episode 20 "Honor"
-Thu Aug 31 6:00am - Episode 21 "Primal"
-Fri Sep 1 6:00am - Episode 22 "Trust"
-Sat Sep 2 3:00am - Episode 5 "Space"
-Fri Sep 8 7:00pm - Episode 6 "Rush"
-Sat Sep 2 10:30pm - Episode 9 "The Belfry of Downfall" (R Sun Sep 3 1:30am, 11:30am)
-Sat Sep 2 7:00am - Episode 48 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 3"
-Sat Sep 2 7:30am - Episode 49 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 4"
-Sat Sep 2 9:00am - Episode TBA
-Sat Sep 2 9:30am - Episode TBA
-Sat Sep 2 10:00am - Episode TBA
-Sat Sep 2 10:30am - Episode TBA
-Sat Sep 2 4:30am - Episode "Fortress of Fear"
-Tue Sep 5 4:00am - Episode 98 "A Virtual Nightmare"
-Wed Sep 6 4:00am - Episode 99 "Isolated in Cyber Space: Yugi vs. Big 1, Part 1"
-Thu Sep 7 4:00am - Episode 100 "Isolated in Cyber Space: Yugi vs. Big 1, Part 2"
-Fri Sep 8 4:00am - Episode 101 "Isolated in Cyber Space: Yugi vs. Big 1, Part 3"
-Tue Sep 5 4:30am - Episode 1 "The Next King of Games"
-Wed Sep 6 4:30am - Episode 2 "Welcome to Duel Academy"
-Thu Sep 7 4:30am - Episode 3 "A Duel in Love"
-Fri Sep 8 4:30am - Episode 4 "Making the Grade"
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