October 6th - October 13th
by Brian Hanson,
Greetings and salutations, fellow TV addicts! Welcome to another somewhat-wholesome iteration of The Click, the definitive source for anime on TV with supererogatory comments and imbecilic jokes. But first, the typical monition; keep in those wonderful little minds of yours, that all dates and times listed are tentative, and all listings are Eastern. The time zone, that is.
Things are going to start off a bit differently this week. No, I won't erupt into a rollicking song and dance routine - as fantastic as that idea sounds. Instead, there won't be a Click Pick of the Week for this week! To be honest, it's a rather predictable week of television, shockingly enough. You've got all the big names, the Naruto-s and the Bleach-s, bringing their patented fresh rhymes to the crib, and all the typical rerun offenders carrying along their own particular brand of funk and/or noise. Or perhaps you might even consider reading a book? Now I do realize that in our culture, anybody who says "I read books," even if it may be true, is typically delivered with the kind of condescension deserving of a swift, tooth-shattering sucker punch to the face - but.
I forgot where I was going with that tirade. Let's just, move along:
Thursday October 12 5:30pm - Episode 15 "Reckoning" (Repeats Fri Oct 13 12:30am, 1:00pm)
What happens when two crazy ninja clans, struggling for survival amidst a changing political climate, are pitted against each other in a kooky war to capture a powerful ancient scroll and guarantee their survival? Hi-jinx, that's what!
Sunday October 8 12:30am - Episode 5 (Repeats Sun Oct 8 3:30am)
Chad fights blindly against a vicious Hollow, vowing to protect his newfound bird pal, while Ichigo attempts to save his beleaguered friend and set free the somber spirit that resides in the lonely cockatiel.
Friday October 13 10:30pm - Episode 6
This episode of Bleach introduces perennial cosplay-favorite Uruhara, the mysterious, pool-cue wielding shop owner who is definitely, unarguably more than he seems. They also introduce their obligatory, off-color animal mascot!
Saturday October 7 10:00pm - Episode 48 "Silly Singing Saves the Show From a Sinister Scoundrel"
Do I even really need to write an episode synopsis, here? There's a sinister scoundrel, and he's defeated through silly singing. Yes.
Sunday October 8 1:00am - Episode 24 "Paradise Lost" (Repeats Sun Oct 8 4:00am)
Eureka, still reeling from Renton's departure, takes over his duties by manning their general store. Renton, meanwhile, continues living in idyll with Charles and Ray, until he finds out about their true mission. Drama!
Friday October 13 9:30pm - Episode 7 "Absolute Defeat"
Renton, still the ever-hapless, spunky kid this early in the series, is sent on a highly secretive mission to deliver an "important" package. Putting the word "important" in quotes adds to the mystery!
Friday October 13 10:00pm - Episode 32 "Dante of the Deep Forest" (Repeats Sat Oct 14 1:00am)
You know, I was watching Adult Swim late last night and saw this exact episode. So, essentially, I could go into excruciating detail and spoil everything, but I won't. The highlights: Izumi essentially "graduates" Ed and Al, having run out of Alchemic-related things to teach them, and sends them to visit the enigmatic Dante, an old woman who lives, as the title points out, in the "deep forest." Also living with Dante is an old acquaintance from twenty or so episodes back. Plus other stuff!
G.I. Joe Sigma 6
Saturday October 7 10:30am - Episode 18 "Challenge"
This is probably the most insane-sounding episode summary ever, and given my propensity to ignore "facts" in favor of my own pathetic attempts at humor, no doubt some of you might doubt the authenticity of my column, I kid you not when I say that the following is, supposedly, true: Tunnel Rat and Heavy Duty engage in a full-on hamburger eating contest.
Saturday October 7 12:30pm - Episode 5 "Sigma"
And now for a much less, um, crazy sounding episode of the admittedly unrealistic G.I. Joe Japanese animated cartoon saga: the Joes are in a race against time to stop an attack by Cobra from a massive plasma cannon. Action! Probably!
Friday October 13 9:00pm - Episode 160 "The Lucky But Two Timing Scoundrel" (Repeats Sat Oct 14 2:00am)
Adult Swim will be "burning off" the remaining eight episodes of Inuyasha starting next Monday, but YTV picks things up a couple days early. Essentially a light-hearted excursion wherein Kagome and Inuyasha reappear in the modern era quarrel over the accidental destruction of Kagome's bike. Romance-comedy!
Saturday October 7 9:00pm - Episode 54 "Summoning Jutsu: Wisdom of the Toad Sage"
Color me surprised, and somewhat shocked even, that nearly all of Jiraiya's creepy voyeurism and perverse jokes made it through the rigors of the TV dub process. Is there really any coherent argument to be made that Naruto's TV dub is lame anymore? Not that there was much of one in the first place, considering the release of uncut Japaneses language tracks on the DVDs, but whatever.
This week: Naruto tries his hand at the "summoning jutsu" with hilarious results; Gaara reiterates why he's strong and deadly and whatnot; and Kabuto reveals a threatening plot against the sleepy village of Konoha.
Friday October 13 7:30pm - Episode 32 "The Marked Marksman" (Repeats Sat Oct 14 3:00am)
Fans of the Naruto dub often point to the oft-excruciating One Piece adaptation for comparison to what a truly wretched TV dub looks like. Nonetheless, it's been given a second lease on life in YTV, and here we go with Luffy's toned-down pirate crew out to free Nami and her village from the tyrannical rule of the shark-pirate, Arlong.
-Saturday October 7 9:00am - Episode 425 "Reversing the Charges!"
-Saturday October 7 9:30am - Episode 426 "The Green Guardian!"
It's somewhat comforting to me, honestly, that kids are still watching Pokemon after all these years. Comforting, because all those dorks in the press trying to pass off anime as a "fad" are totally dead freakin' wrong. This week: May loses her very-ultra-important Pokemon egg when it sticks to the oddly-named "Elekid"; then, Ash and co. take a scenic detour through a forest and find an injured Celebi.
Saturday October 7 7:30pm - Episode 19 "Of Meowth and Pokemon"
Two unrelated shorts comprise this particular Pokemon-related peregrination: Meowth attempts to have a picnic, only to find his efforts thwarted by an invisible Pokemon, and later Meowth finds his true love and makes several awkward advances towards the fellow feline.
Thursday October 12 5:00pm - Episode 15 "The Gun & The Calm" (Repeats Fri Oct 13 12:00am, 12:30pm)
Samurai 7 has completed its run in the states, however if you missed it the first time, shame on you by the way, there's always reruns! And, uh, DVDs too, I guess. Anyway, in the snowy northern region known as Canada: A momentary calm winds its way through Kanna village, allowing Kirara and Katsushiro to wrangle with that crazy little thing called love, while Kyuzo attempts a dangerous one-man raid against a nearby enemy encampment.
Sunday October 8 12:00am - Episode 5 "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (Repeats Sun Oct 8 3:00am)
In the future, the Catholic church is less concerned with contraceptive rights and drawn-out legal battles over clergyman-related hanky-panky, and more concerned with all-out vampire war. Also, the pope is a scrawny, crying kid who finds solace with Sister Esther. In this episode.
Thursday October 12 6:00pm - Episode 15 "The Night Lords: The Return of the Envoy" (Repeats Fri Oct 13 1:00am, 1:30pm)
By the way, good job on making Trinity Blood an unforeseen success! The ratings are impressive, and the TV airings have literally sold out the currently-available DVDs on store shelves. And, yes, I only brought that up to mask the fact that I really don't know what goes on in this episode. Very astute!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters
Saturday October 7 9:00am - Episode "Eye of the Storm"
Yugi and his sequestered friends must pass a series of tests in order to return to their normal world. But first, they must take a number at the front counter and wait in line approximately thirteen millenia.
-Tuesday October 10 5:30pm - Episode 72 "Not Playing With a Full Deck"
-Wednesday October 11 5:30pm - Episode 73 "Source of Strength"
Cartoon Network continues its "stop and go" approach to new episodes unabated. This week: a top-ranked duelist arrives at the duel-obsessed academy for a match against our protagonist, the effeminately-named Jaden, and later more dueling occurs against an outsider hoping to match wits, only this time against one of the instructors, the goofily-named Tyranno Hassleberry.
Saturday October 7 2:30pm - Episode 53 "Back to Duel"
IN CANADA THIS WEEK: Jaden arrives at Duel Academy for a second year of card-slingin' fun, and kicks things off by picking on a first-year student for, you guessed it, a card duel.
Saturday October 7 9:30pm - Episode 69 "Zofis' Evil Desires"
Zatch, Kiyo, and some of his mamodo pals plot to defeat the evil Zofis. That's about it, really.
Friday October 13 8:30pm - Episode 40 "Big Brother Kanchome"
Kanchome, the duck-billed and pajama-clad mamodo lacking any sort of useful powers, is captured by the circus and befriends some orphans. Dickensian!
Pokemon: Destiny Deoxys
Friday October 13 11:30am
Just your simple story of meteor meets earth, Pokemon arises out of said meteor, other Pokemon perceive meteor-born Pokemon to be evil, other Pokemon and meteor-Pokemon fight.
The Weathering Continent
Saturday October 7 7:00pm (Repeats Sun Oct 8 5:30am, Thu Oct 12 4:00am)
Kai Doh Maru
Wednesday October 11 6:50pm
Blood: The Last Vampire
Friday October 13 12:00am (Repeats Fri Oct 13 12:05pm)
You know, I'm rather tempted to start putting an embargo against these features, on the grounds that I've had to list them nearly a dozen times so far and have run out of funny things to say about after the second time. But, since it is technically anime on TV and that is what I'm required to write about, it'll have to stay. Seriously, though, Encore Networks: get some new stuff! If it's short, hour-long features you're looking for, there's tons of other anime out there. PLEASE.
Also: we're done! There are reruns below, and you should probably browse through them real quick to see if there's anything interesting. I'll be back next week with more fun, mirth, and derogatory comments!
(Independent Film Channel)
-Sat Oct 7 9:00am - Episode 1 "Destiny" (R Sat Oct 7 2:10pm)
-Sat Oct 7 10:00pm - Episode 14 "Fallen Flower" (R Sun Oct 8 1:00am, 11:00am)
-Sat Oct 7 5:30am - Episode 25 "That's No B-Daman, That's My Sister"
-Sat Oct 7 1:30pm - Episode 5 "Gray and the Blues"
-Tue Oct 10 5:30am - Episode 26 "Cobalt Saber"
-Tue Oct 10 3:30pm - Episode 3 "Something to Crow About"
-Wed Oct 11 5:30am - Episode 27 "For a Few B-DaBalls More"
-Thu Oct 12 5:30am - Episode 28 "High Stakes"
-Thu Oct 12 3:30pm - Episode 4 "Ice to Meet You"
-Fri Oct 13 5:30am - Episode 29 "Hurry Up and Wait"
-Sun Oct 8 9:30pm - Episode 106 "We Were Once Bladebreakers" (R Mon Oct 9 2:00am)
-Sun Oct 8 7:10pm - Episode 9 "Joshua"
-Sun Oct 8 7:35pm - Episode 10 "Horn" (R Mon Oct 9 12:00am, Fri Oct 13 12:20am)
-Fri Oct 13 9:00pm - Episode 11 "Beast"
-Sun Oct 8 10:30pm - Episode 18 "A New Friend" (R Mon Oct 9 3:00am)
-Sun Oct 8 11:30am - Episode 32 "Gatomon Comes Calling"
-Sun Oct 8 9:00pm - Episode 127 "A World Apart" (R Mon Oct 9 1:30am)
-Mon Oct 9 10:30pm - Episode 111 "Now You See It Now You Don't" (R Tue Oct 10 3:00am)
-Tue Oct 10 10:30pm - Episode 112 "A Question of Trust" (R Wed Oct 11 3:00am)
-Wed Oct 11 10:30pm - Episode 113 "Not as Seen on TV" (R Thu Oct 12 3:00am)
-Thu Oct 12 10:30pm - Episode 114 "The Icemon Cometh" (R Fri Oct 13 3:00am)
-Fri Oct 13 10:30pm - Episode 115 "Much Ado About Musyamon" (R Sat Oct 14 3:00am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat Oct 14 12:30am - Episode 116 "More Androids?!"
-Sun Oct 8 1:30am - Episode 4 "Full Swing" (R Sun Oct 8 4:30am)
-Tue Oct 10 1:00am - Episode 33 "Al, Captured" (R Tue Oct 10 4:30am)
-Wed Oct 11 1:00am - Episode 34 "Theory of Avarice" (R Wed Oct 11 4:30am)
-Thu Oct 12 1:00am - Episode 35 "Reunion of the Fallen" (R Thu Oct 12 4:30am)
-Fri Oct 13 1:00am - Episode 36 "The Sinner Within" (R Fri Oct 13 4:30am)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
-Tue Oct 10 1:30am - Episode 17 "Angel's Share" (R Tue Oct 10 5:00am)
-Wed Oct 11 1:30am - Episode 18 "Lost Heritage" (R Wed Oct 11 5:00am)
-Thu Oct 12 1:30am - Episode 19 "Captivated" (R Thu Oct 12 5:00am)
-Fri Oct 13 1:30am - Episode 20 "Re-View" (R Fri Oct 13 5:00am)
-Sat Oct 14 1:30am - Episode 4 "Intercepter"
-Tue Oct 10 5:30am - Episode 1 "Struggle at the South Pole"
-Wed Oct 11 5:30am - Episode 2 "Battle of the Bottom of the World"
-Thu Oct 12 5:30am - Episode 3 "Sting of the Spider"
-Fri Oct 13 5:30am - Episode 4 "Return of the Spider"
-Sat Oct 7 4:00pm - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins" (R Sun Oct 8 8:00am)
-Sun Oct 8 4:00pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Mon Oct 9 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Oct 9 4:00pm - Episode 10 "School In the Crosshairs" (R Tue Oct 10 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Oct 10 4:00pm - Episode 11 "Shin Drops Out of School" (R Wed Oct 11 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Oct 11 4:00pm - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing" (R Thu Oct 12 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Oct 12 4:00pm - Episode 13 "Yakumi's Final Act of Honor" (R Fri Oct 13 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Oct 13 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With a Secret Is Born!"
-Tue Oct 10 12:30am - Episode 156 "Final Battle at the Graveside! Sesshomaru Versus Inuyasha" (R Tue Oct 10 4:00am)
-Wed Oct 11 12:30am - Episode 157 "Destroy Naraku With Adamant Barrage" (R Wed Oct 10 4:00am)
-Thu Oct 12 12:30am - Episode 158 "Stampede of the Countless Demon Rats" (R Thu Oct 13 4:00am)
-Fri Oct 13 12:30am - Episode 159 "Kohaku's Decision and Sango's Heart" (R Fri Oct 13 4:00am)
Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
-Sat Oct 7 8:00am - Episode 90 "Born to Be Mild"
Mew Mew Power
-Sun Oct 8 7:30am - Episode 6 "Gymewstics"
Mon Colle Knights
-Sun Oct 8 11:00pm - Episode 12 "The Dream Team" (R Mon Oct 9 3:30am)
-Sat Oct 7 8:30pm - Episode 53 "Long Time No See: Jiraiya Returns!"
-Fri Oct 13 8:00pm - Episode 49 "Lee's Hidden Strength: Forbidden Secret Jutsu" (R Sat Oct 14 2:30am)
-Sat Oct 7 8:30am - Episode 16 "Nervous Like Ning & Skun"
-Sat Oct 7 10:00pm - Episode 5 "Cruel Like Ceres" (R Sun Oct 8 2:30am)
-Sun Oct 8 8:30am - Episode 17 "Optimized Like Ondai"
-Tue Oct 10 1:30am - Episode 1 "A Fresh Start"
-Fri Oct 13 9:00pm - Episode 2 "Hostilities Break Out" (R Sat Oct 14 1:30am)
-Sat Oct 7 10:30pm - Episode 66 "The Sand Trap"
-Sat Oct 7 4:30am - Episode 19 "Sky" (R Sun Oct 8 11:30pm, Fri Oct 13 12:50am)
-Sun Oct 8 8:00pm - Episode 12 "Big Brother"
-Sun Oct 8 8:30pm - Episode 13 "Gaze"
-Sun Oct 8 9:00pm - Episode 14 "Thoughts"
-Sun Oct 8 9:30pm - Episode 15 "Poetry"
-Sun Oct 8 10:00pm - Episode 16 "Deceit"
-Sun Oct 8 10:30pm - Episode 17 "Hollow"
-Sun Oct 8 11:00pm - Episode 18 "Rain"
-Fri Oct 13 9:30pm - Episode 20 "Blade"
-Sun Oct 8 5:00pm - Episode 420 "Wheel... of... Frontier!"
-Sun Oct 8 5:30pm - Episode 421 "May's Egg-Cellent Adventure"
-Tue Oct 10 5:00pm - Episode 416 "Pasta Lavista!"
-Wed Oct 11 5:00pm - Episode 365 "Clamperl of Wisdom"
-Thu Oct 12 5:00pm - Episode 366 "Really, Really Relicanth"
-Fri Oct 13 5:00pm - Episode 367 "The Evolutionary War"
-Sat Oct 7 5:00am - Episode 233 "Xatu the Future"
-Sat Oct 7 1:00pm - Episode 402 "At the End of the Fray"
-Tue Oct 10 5:00am - Episode 234 "Talkin' Bout an Evolution"
-Wed Oct 11 5:00am - Episode 235 "Rage of Innocence"
-Thu Oct 12 5:00am - Episode 236 "As Cold as Pryce"
-Fri Oct 13 5:00am - Episode 237 "Nice Pryce Baby!"
-Fri Oct 13 3:30pm - Episode 403 "The Scheme Team"
-Sat Oct 7 7:00pm - Episode 18 "The Search for the Legend"
(Independant Film Channel)
-Sat Oct 7 8:00am - Episode 1 "The Master" (R Sat Oct 7 1:10pm
-Sat Oct 7 8:30am - Episode 2 "The Pupil"
-Sat Oct 7 9:30pm - Episode 14 "The Offering" (R Sun Oct 8 12:30am, 10:30am)
-Sun Oct 8 10:00pm - Episode 5 "Kiri" (R Mon Oct 9 2:30am)
Street Fighter II V
-Sat Oct 7 12:00am - Episode 9 "The Superstar of Muay Thai" (R Sat Oct 7 12:00pm)
-Sat Oct 7 12:30am - Episode 10 "Dark Omen" (R Sat Oct 7 12:30pm)
-Tue Oct 10 12:00am - Episode 11 "Visitation of the Beasts" (R Tue Oct 10 12:00pm)
-Tue Oct 10 12:30am - Episode 12 "The Deadly Phantom Face Off" (R Tue Oct 10 12:30pm)
-Wed Oct 11 12:00am - Episode 13 "The Legend of Hadou Ken" (R Wed Oct 11 12:00pm)
-Wed Oct 11 12:30am - Episode 14 "The Bloodthirsty Prince" (R Wed Oct 11 12:30pm)
-Wed Oct 11 1:05am - Episode 15 "Clash of the Titans" (R Wed Oct 11 1:00pm)
-Sun Oct 8 5:00am - Episode 13 "Milk-Chan Has Arrived"
-Mon Oct 9 6:30am - Episode 37 "Titans"
-Tue Oct 10 6:30am - Episode 38 "Warp"
-Wed Oct 11 6:30am - Episode 39 "Giant"
-Thu Oct 12 6:30am - Episode 40 "Fury"
-Fri Oct 13 6:30am - Episode 41 "City"
-Sat Oct 7 2:00pm - Episode 7 "Speed"
-Fri Oct 13 7:00pm - Episode 8 "Collapse" (R Sat Oct 14 3:30am)
-Sat Oct 7 10:30pm - Episode 14 "The Iblis: Mark of the Sinner" (R Sun Oct 8 1:30am, 11:30am)
-Sat Oct 7 4:30pm - Episode 8 "First Stage: Impossible!" (R Sun Oct 8 8:30am)
-Sun Oct 8 4:30pm - Episode 9 "First Stage: More Barbaric Than Heaven" (R Mon Oct 9 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon Oct 9 4:30pm - Episode 10 "First Stage: White Love" (R Tue Oct 10 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Oct 10 4:30pm - Episode 11 "First Stage: Together" (R Wed Oct 11 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed Oct 11 4:30pm - Episode 12 "First Stage: They Don't Care About Us" (R Thu Oct 12 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu Oct 12 4:30pm - Episode 13 "First Stage: To Feel the Fire" (R Fri Oct 13 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri Oct 13 4:30pm - Episode 14 "Second Stage: Red Angel" (R Sat Oct 14 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sat Oct 7 4:00am - Episode 122 "Back to Battle City, Part 1"
-Mon Oct 9 3:30pm - Episode 218 "The Dark One Cometh, Part 4"
-Tue Oct 10 4:00am - Episode 123 "Back to Battle City, Part 2"
-Wed Oct 11 4:00am - Episode 124 "Back to Battle City, Part 3"
-Thu Oct 12 4:00am - Episode 216 "The Dark One Cometh, Part 2"
-Fri Oct 13 4:00am - Episode 127 "The Darkness Returns, Part 3"
-Sat Oct 7 4:30am - Episode 25 "The School Duel, Part 1"
-Tue Oct 10 4:30am - Episode 26 "The School Duel, Part 2"
-Wed Oct 11 4:30am - Episode 27 "Grave Risk, Part 1"
-Thu Oct 12 4:30am - Episode 28 "Grave Risk, Part 2"
-Fri Oct 13 4:30am - Episode 29 "Doomsday Duel, Part 1"
-Thu Oct 12 5:30pm - Episode TBA
-Fri Oct 13 5:30pm - Episode TBA
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