September 30th - October 6th
by Brian Hanson,
Welcome to a very special post-25th edition of The Click! We'll begin with a very special edition of our usual caveat, wherein I inform everybody that all dates and times are tentative and subject to change, and that all times listed are for Eastern timezone-ers.
So, it's been over 25 columns already? I'll be honest, I tend to forget that The Click exists until approximately 19 hours before the next edition is due; everything involved in the previous iteration is completely removed from my brain mere seconds after I'm finished. And with the intervening time being a non-stop cavalcade of video games, caffeine, and first-degree arson, I have a hard enough time celebrating meaningless milestones as it is.
Socrates or some other smart guy once said that "the only constant thing is change," and I've been doing a rather poor job of changing much as of late. Meanwhile, the anime-on-TV "industry" as it were is constantly finding new and unique venues to proudly display itself to anyone curious enough to take a peek - much like the homeless man on the overpass during my commute to work. However, we've got people working as diligently as their paychecks allow to have all these things covered, and more!
Until then, we'll all have to make do with The Click as usual; a handy-dandy companion containing all the best anime you can possibly find on that cable or satellite box you have, preceded by not-at-all paranoid rants about the City's plot to stop the circulation of my Objectivist newsletter!
For now, let's get down to brass tacks and put our elbow grease to the grindstone and such:
(Independent Film Channel)
Saturday September 30 10:30pm - Episode 26 "The Era's End" (Repeats Sun Oct 1 1:35am)
Samurai 7 ends its Kurosawa-inspired sci-fi run with a literal bang, ending in a highly climactic and awesome battle between the four surviving samurai and their once-comrade, Ukyo, all while the fate of Kanna Village hangs in the balance. I like italicizing cliches, y'know, to make my sub-par writing just that more noticeable.
Thursday October 5 5:30pm - Episode 14 "Fallen Flower" (Repeats Fri Oct 6 12:30am, 1:00pm)
This week on that-other-ninja-show, a major defection in the ranks of one of the opposing clans causes confusion, turmoil, and swelling and discomfort around the defected area.
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday October 6 11:00pm - Episode 1 "Destiny" (Repeats Sat Oct 7 2:00am)
The series proper won't be starting until sometime early next year, but until then the good folks at IFC have saw fit to give US viewers a nice first-episode glimpse at Basilisk. Enjoy!
Sunday October 1 12:30am - Episode 4 "And Your Bird Can Speak" (Repeats Sun Oct 1 3:30am)
Ichigo's intimidatingly-sized buddy Chad takes a shine to a lonely looking cockatiel, only the chirpy little fellow seems to have made a few nasty enemies; namely, a Hollow.
Friday October 6 10:30pm - Episode 5 "Beat the Invisible Enemy!" (Tentative)
Ichigo's intimidatingly sized buddy Chad tries to fight said Hollow, but runs into some difficulty when he realizes he can only sense its presence but cannot see it. Force training?
Saturday September 30 10:00pm - Episode 47 "A Battle of Skills and Wills With One Green Onion... Or Is That Garlic?"
FUN BO-BOBO MAD LIBS! Bo-bobo and his (noun) fight a gaggle of (adjective) bad guys while trying to (verb) the (Proper Noun) with their socks, (adverb).
Sunday October 1 1:00am - Episode 23 "Differentia" (Repeats Sun Oct 1 4:00am)
Renton is enjoying himself with his new surrogate family, the bubbly Ray and Charles, when a routine transport goes awry and Renton finds himself trying desperately to save a dying girl whose family has given up all hope.
Friday October 6 9:30pm - Episode 6 "Childhood"
Renton is tormented by the three children on board the Gekko, and when one of their pranks threatens the entire ship and all of its denizens, everybody learns a valuable lesson. Whichever one that is.
Friday October 6 10:00pm - Episode 31 "Sin" (Repeats Sat Oct 7 1:00am)
With the identity of the mysterious, alchemy-wielding child revealed, as well as his relation to Izumi, the enraged teacher plots to atone for her sins. That, of course, would involve lots of death, so Ed and Al arrive just in time to put a stop to it.
G.I. Joe Sigma 6
Saturday September 30 10:30am - Episode 17 "Showdown"
It's G.I. Joe, minus the 80's camp and injected with maybe-too-clean Gonzo digital animation! This week: Cobra Commander commands Destro to infiltrate and capture some ultra-secret nanotechnology. Kooky!
Saturday September 30 12:30pm - Episode 4 "Reveal"
Snake Eyes, the resident ninja, battles his ninja rival Storm Shadow, as much for his own honor as for the safety of the world. Because that's just what ninjas do.
Saturday September 30 9:00pm - Episode 53 "Long Time No See: Jiraiya Returns!"
Wow, speaking of Ninjas, and meaningless milestones, Naruto technically begins its third season this weekend! Three cheers for the orange catchphrase-touting shinobi! This week: Naruto encounters Jiraiya, the "pervert sage," and demands to become his new pupil. This of course leads to some TV-PG hanky panky!
Friday October 7 8:00pm - Episode 49 "Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu" (Repeats Sat Oct 7 2:30am)
Thank you, ye Gods of the TV Listings, for bestowing upon me accurate episode titles for Naruto on YTV. I thank you, Canadians thank you, even little animals and spiders thank you. As for the episode itself: Lee attempts to prove his worth to his sensei and friends, and begins to tap into his dangerous strength to beat the nigh-unbeatable Gaara.
Monday October 2 9:00pm - Episode 17 "Optimized Like Ondai" (Repeats Tue Oct 3 1:30am, Fri Oct 6 9:00pm, Sat Oct 7 1:30am)
Is there a reason nearly every episode has the word "like" in the title? We should all ponder on this, because I have no idea what this episode is about, honestly. Good show, sometimes great show, though.
Friday October 6 7:30pm - Episode 31 "Thief With a Heart of Gold" (Repeats Sat Oct 7 3:00am)
While Luffy and the others dispatch of a giant, literal "sea cow," Zolo travels inland to try and find Nami, and there the floodgates of backstory open!
-Saturday September 30 9:00am - Episode "On Olden Pond!" (Repeats Sun Oct 1 7:00pm)
-Saturday September 30 9:30am - Episode "Tactics Theatrics!" (Repeats Sun Oct 1 7:30pm)
New Pokemon, new battles, all that stuff. These sixty minutes of tiny critter subjugation includes: Ash and co. getting rid of a troublesome Crawdaunt, Ash and co. arrive at the "Battle Dome" where Ash tries to win a "Tactics Symbol."
Saturday September 30 7:30pm - Episode 18 "The Search for the Legend"
A legendary Pokemon-thing named Moltres is the star attraction here, with a group of good guys out to merely see the majestic beast, while some no-goodniks from Team Rocket are out to capture it and possibly do mean things to it.
Thursday October 5 5:00pm - Episode 14 "The Offering" (Repeats Fri Oct 6 12:00am, 12:30pm)
Some no-good ruffian Bandits have invaded their ship, and Kambei bets that by making them an offering, they just might win the battle. Maybe.
Sunday October 1 12:00am - Episode 4 "The Star of Sorrow: Hunter's Banquet" (Repeats Sun Oct 1 3:00am)
As the "Star of Sorrow" looms, Abel Nightroad and his new friend Esther have been taken captive. The two start singing Gilbert and Sullivan tunes to lighten the mood and pass the time.
Thursday October 5 6:00pm - Episode 14 "The Iblis: Mark of the Sinner" (Repeats Fri Oct 6 1:00am, 1:30pm)
SUDDENLY, THE PUNCHLINE TO A "CATHY" CARTOON AND TRINITY BLOOD'S EPISODE DESCRIPTION ARE SWITCHED: Ack!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
Saturday September 30 9:00am - Episode 4 "Fortress of Fear"
The Yu-Gi-Oh team is faced with a tough challenge: they must discover the titular Fortress of Fear, or remain stuck in the Capsule Monsters world for all eternity! Given the title of the series, and the fact that if they leave there really isn't much of a series, I know where my money is going.
-Monday October 2 5:30pm - Episode 67 "Homecoming Duel, Part 1"
-Tuesday October 3 5:30pm - Episode 68 "Homecoming Duel, Part 2"
-Wednesday October 4 5:30pm - Episode 69 "Dormitory Demolition"
-Thursday October 5 5:30pm - Episode 70 "Obelisk White?"
-Friday October 6 5:30pm - Episode 71 "DuelFellas"
Another batch of new GX episodes this week, followed by another month or two of repeats no doubt. This week: Jaden returns to the academy rarin' to duel, the academy's faculty has a quick duel to work out their disagreements, Chazz defeats an entire classroom of "Obelisk Blue" students, and a notorious assassin slithers into the Duel Academy's fertile walls. In short, there is a lot of dueling.
Saturday September 30 9:30pm - Episode 68 "Tia's Plan to Confess"
The ever-shy Tia attempts to thank the ever-clueless Zatch for saving her in the previous battle, but all manner of comedic pratfalls prevents this event from happening.
Friday October 6 8:30pm - Episode 39 "The Invisible Hunter"
While on a trip to a local hot springs for some much-needed nudity, Zatch and Kiyo find themselves in the crosshairs of a ruthless mamodo-wielder with tons of invisibility tricks up his sleeve.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
Saturday September 30 3:00pm
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie
Saturday September 30 4:00pm
Kai Doh Maru
Saturday September 30 12:00am
Blood: The Last Vampire
Sunday October 1 2:10am
Thursday October 5 3:00am
Grown-up stuff we've all seen before!
That does it for The Click; tune in next time when it gets all pimped out with spinnin' rims, a frozen yogurt dispenser, and a promotional gig for G-Unit.
-Sat Sep 30 10:00pm - Episode 13 "A Swarm of Butterflies" (R Sun Oct 1 1:00am, 11:00am)
-Sat Sep 30 5:30am - Episode 20 "With a Little Help From My Friends"
-Sat Sep 30 1:30pm - Episode 4 "Ice to Meet You"
-Tue Oct 3 5:30am - Episode 21 "Great B-DaBalls of Fire"
-Tue Oct 3 3:30pm - Episode 1 "Cobalt Blade"
-Wed Oct 4 5:30am - Episode 22 "The Rapid and the Powerful"
-Thu Oct 5 5:30am - Episode 23 "Who's Who?"
-Thu Oct 5 3:30pm - Episode 2 "B-DaBattle Mountain"
-Fri Oct 6 5:30am - Episode 24 "Twisted Sister Act"
-Sun Oct 1 9:30pm - Episode 105 "Invitation to Battle" (R Mon Oct 2 2:00am)
-Mon Oct 2 12:05am - Episode 9 "Joshua" (R Fri Oct 6 12:10am, 5:30am, 8:30pm)
-Fri Oct 6 6:00pm - Episode 4 "Sinner"
-Fri Oct 6 6:30pm - Episode 5 "Militia"
-Fri Oct 6 7:00pm - Episode 6 "Jewel Witch"
-Fri Oct 6 7:30pm - Episode 7 "Devil"
-Fri Oct 6 8:00pm - Episode 8 "Puppets"
-Fri Oct 6 9:00pm - Episode 10 "Horn"
-Sun Oct 1 10:30pm - Episode 17 "Brits, Bots and Betty" (R Mon Oct 2 3:00am)
-Sun Oct 1 9:00pm - Episode 126 "The Boar Wars" (R Mon Oct 2 1:30am)
-Mon Oct 2 10:30pm - Episode 106 "Digimon, Digimon Everywhere" (R Tue Oct 3 3:00am)
-Tue Oct 3 10:30pm - Episode 107 "To Fight or Not to Fight" (R Wed Oct 4 3:00am)
-Wed Oct 4 10:30pm - Episode 108 "It Came From the Other Side" (R Thu Oct 5 3:00am)
-Thu Oct 5 10:30pm - Episode 109 "Dream a Little Dream" (R Fri Oct 6 3:00am)
-Fri Oct 6 10:30pm - Episode 110 "O Partner, Where Art Thou" (R Sat Oct 7 3:00am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat Oct 7 12:30am - Episode 115 "The Secret of Dr. Gero"
-Sun Oct 1 1:30am - Episode 3 "Marquis de Carabas" (R Sun Oct 1 4:30am)
-Tue Oct 3 1:00am - Episode 29 "The Untainted Child" (R Tue Oct 3 4:30am)
-Wed Oct 4 1:00am - Episode 30 "Assault on South Headquarters" (R Wed Oct 4 4:30am)
-Thu Oct 5 1:00am - Episode 31 "Sin" (R Thu Oct 5 4:30am)
-Fri Oct 6 1:00am - Episode 32 "Dante of the Deep Forest" (R Fri Oct 6 4:30am)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
-Tue Oct 3 1:30am - Episode 13 "Not Equal" (R Tue Oct 3 5:00am)
-Wed Oct 4 1:30am - Episode 14 "Yes" (R Wed Oct 4 5:00am)
-Thu Oct 5 1:30am - Episode 15 "Machine Desirantes" (R Thu Oct 5 5:00am)
-Fri Oct 6 1:30am - Episode 16 "Ag2O" (R Fri Oct 6 5:00am)
-Sat Oct 7 1:30am - Episode 3 "Android and I"
-Tue Oct 3 5:30am - Episode 49 "The Evil Robot Brain"
-Wed Oct 4 5:30am - Episode 50 "The Devil Gantry"
-Thu Oct 5 5:30am - Episode 51 "The Robot Arsenal"
-Fri Oct 6 5:30am - Episode 52 "Danger's Dinosaurs"
-Sun Oct 1 2:00am - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With a Secret is Born!" (R Sun Oct 1 8:00am)
-Sun Oct 1 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Duel! Shin vs. Ojou?" (R Mon Oct 2 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Oct 2 4:00pm - Episode 3 "Kuma's First Time" (R Tue Oct 3 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Oct 3 4:00pm - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?" (R Wed Oct 4 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Oct 4 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Oedo Clan in Crisis" (R Thu Oct 5 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Oct 5 4:00pm - Episode 6 "Kyo-san's Knockout Performance" (R Fri Oct 6 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Oct 6 4:00pm - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?" (R Sat Oct 7 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Oct 3 12:30am - Episode 152 "Protect and Plunder" (R Tue Oct 3 4:00am)
-Wed Oct 4 12:30am - Episode 153 "The Cruel Reunion of Fate" (R Wed Oct 4 4:00am)
-Thu Oct 5 12:30am - Episode 154 "The Demon Linked With the Netherworld" (R Thu Oct 5 4:00am)
-Fri Oct 6 12:30am - Episode 155 "The Demon Protector of the Sacred Jewel Shard" (R Fri Oct 6 4:00am)
-Fri Oct 6 9:00pm - Episode 29 "Sango's Suffering and Kohaku's Life" (R Sat Oct 7 2:00am)
Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
-Sat Sep 30 8:00am - Episode 90 "Born to Be Mild"
Mew Mew Power
-Sun Oct 1 7:30am - Episode 4 "Pooltergeist"
Mon Colle Knights
-Sun Oct 1 11:00pm - Episode 11 "These Boots Were Made for Flyin'" (R Mon Oct 2 3:30am)
-Sat Sep 30 8:30pm - Episode 52 "Ebisu Returns: Naruto's Toughest Training Yet"
-Sat Sep 30 8:30am - Episode 15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter"
-Sat Sep 30 10:00pm - Episode 4 "In Like Flint" (R Sun Oct 1 2:30am)
-Sun Oct 1 8:30am - Episode 16 "Nervous Like Ning & Skun"
-Sat Sep 30 10:30pm - Episode 65 "Humps, Bumps and Chumps"
-Sat Sep 30 5:30am - Episode 18 "Rain" (R Sun Oct 1 11:35pm, Tue Oct 3 6:10pm, Fri Oct 6 12:35am)
-Fri Oct 6 9:30pm - Episode 19 "Sky" (R Sat Oct 7 4:30am)
-Sun Oct 1 4:00pm - Episode 417 "Fear Factor Phony"
-Sun Oct 1 4:30pm - Episode 418 "Sweet Baby James"
-Sun Oct 1 5:00pm - Episode 419 "A Chip off the Old Brock"
-Sun Oct 1 5:30pm - Episode 420 "Wheel.. of... Frontier!"
-Sun Oct 1 6:00pm - Episode 421 "May's Egg-Cellent Adventure"
-Sun Oct 1 6:30pm - Episode 422 "Weekend Warrior!"
-Mon Oct 2 5:00pm - Episode 411 "Sitting Psyduck"
-Tue Oct 3 5:00pm - Episode 412 "Hail to the Chef!"
-Wed Oct 4 5:00pm - Episode 413 "Caterpie's Big Dilemma"
-Thu Oct 5 5:00pm - Episode 414 "The Saffron Con"
-Fri Oct 6 5:00pm - Episode 415 "A Hurdle for Squirtle"
-Sat Sep 30 5:00am - Episode 228 "An Egg-Sighting Adventure"
-Sat Sep 30 1:00pm - Episode 401 "Choose It or Lose It"
-Tue Oct 3 5:00am - Episode 229 "Hatching a Plan"
-Wed Oct 4 5:00am - Episode 230 "Dues and Don'ts!"
-Thu Oct 5 5:00am - Episode 231 "Just Waiting on a Friend"
-Fri Oct 6 5:00am - Episode 232 "A Tyroque Full of Trouble"
-Fri Oct 6 3:30pm - Episode 402 "At the End of the Fray"
-Sat Sep 30 7:00pm - Episode 17 "Those Darn Electabuzz!"
-Sat Sep 30 9:30pm - Episode 13 "The Attack" (R Sun Oct 1 12:30am, 10:30am)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Sat Sep 30 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Tears of the Assassin"
-Sun Oct 1 10:00pm - Episode 4 "Day at the Park" (R Mon Oct 2 2:30am)
Street Fighter II V
-Sat Sep 30 4:30pm - Episode 2 "The King of the Air Force"
-Tue Oct 3 12:00am - Episode 1 "The Beginning of a Journey" (R Tue Oct 3 12:00pm)
-Tue Oct 3 12:30am - Episode 2 "The King of the Air Force" (R Tue Oct 3 12:30pm)
-Wed Oct 4 12:00am - Episode 3 "Landing in Hong Kong" (R Wed Oct 4 12:00pm)
-Wed Oct 4 12:30am - Episode 4 "Darkness at Kowloon Palace" (R Wed Oct 4 12:30pm)
-Thu Oct 5 12:00am - Episode 5 "Hot Blooded Fei Long" (R Thu Oct 5 12:00pm)
-Thu Oct 5 12:30am - Episode 6 "Appearance of the Secret Technique" (R Thu Oct 5 12:30pm)
-Fri Oct 6 12:00am - Episode 7 "The Revenge of Ashura" (R Fri Oct 6 12:00pm)
-Fri Oct 6 12:30am - Episode 8 "Trap, Prison and the Scream of Truth" (R Fri Oct 6 12:30pm)
-Sun Oct 1 5:00am - Episode 12 "Farewell to Mankind"
-Mon Oct 2 6:30am - Episode 52 "Inferno"
-Tue Oct 3 6:30am - Episode 33 "Darkness"
-Wed Oct 4 6:30am - Episode 34 "Memory"
-Thu Oct 5 6:30am - Episode 35 "Escape"
-Fri Oct 6 6:30am - Episode 36 "Family"
-Sat Sep 30 3:30am - Episode 9 "Time" (R Sat Sep 30 2:00pm)
-Fri Oct 6 7:00pm - Episode 7 "Speed" (R Sat Oct 7 3:30am)
-Sat Sep 30 10:30pm - Episode 13 "The Iblis: Betrayal Blaze" (R Sun Oct 1 1:30am, 11:30am)
-Sun Oct 1 2:30am - Episode 1 "First Stage: Boy Meets Girl" (R Sun Oct 1 8:30am)
-Sun Oct 1 4:30pm - Episode 2 "First Stage: And... I've Lost My Way" (R Mon Oct 2 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon Oct 2 4:30pm - Episode 3 "First Stage: This Is the Path I Choose To Live" (R Tue Oct 3 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Oct 3 4:30pm - Episode 4 "First Stage: I Want to Know More About You" (R Wed Oct 4 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed Oct 4 4:30pm - Episode 5 "First Stage: Sweet Temptation" (R Thu Oct 5 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu Oct 5 4:30pm - Episode 6 "First Stage: What a Wonderful World" (R Fri Oct 6 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri Oct 6 4:30pm - Episode 7 "First Stage: Easy Life" (R Sat Oct 7 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sat Sep 30 4:00am - Episode 117 "Noah's Final Threat, Part 1"
-Mon Oct 2 3:30pm - Episode 217 "The Dark One Cometh, Part 3"
-Tue Oct 3 4:00am - Episode 118 "Noah's Final Threat, Part 2"
-Wed Oct 4 4:00am - Episode 119 "So Close Yet So Far"
-Thu Oct 5 4:00am - Episode 120 "Burying the Past, Part 1"
-Fri Oct 6 4:00am - Episode 121 "Burying the Past, Part 2"
-Sat Sep 30 4:30am - Episode 20 "The Maiden in Love"
-Sat Sep 30 2:30pm - Episode 52 "The Graduation Match, Part 2"
-Tue Oct 3 4:30am - Episode 21 "The Duel Off, Part 1"
-Wed Oct 4 4:30am - Episode 22 "The Duel Off, Part 2"
-Thu Oct 5 4:30am - Episode 23 "The Little Belowski"
-Fri Oct 6 4:30am - Episode 24 "The New Chazz"
-Fri Oct 6 6:00pm - Episode TBA
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