January 13th - January 19th
by Brian Hanson,
A cool, crisp scent wafts vivaciously through the air during an otherwise drab winter morning. Could it possibly be The Click, imperishably arriving for another week of television listings and madcap banter? Yeah, actually.
Just briefly glancing upon the heaps and piles of new, premiere episodes this week is a little daunting. And to be honest, also a little dull. Certainly, though, there's hardly a truly bad show among them - discounting the shows that are made for audiences too young to have developed a sense of taste as well as those who stubbornly refuse to develop one - but this particular season of Japanese animated diversions have a distinct lack of a true underdog.
Sunday January 14 12:00am - Episode 17 (Repeats Sun Jan 14 3:00am)
In a week that is quite literally chock full of premieres and very little in the way of hidden gems tucked away in any of television's proverbial dark corners, it's admittedly difficult to pick something aside from what I, and most everyone else I imagine, are most looking forward to actually seeing. So, here's Bleach! The very long (and still ongoing, maybe) Soul Society arc begins in earnest here, as Ichigo stumbles somewhat in his battle against Renji, the tattooed, red-haired Soul Reaper out to arrest the fair damsel Rukia for her numerous crimes against draconian Soul Society Law. But our hero proves resilient, lasting far longer in a battle against his well-trained upperclassmen than logic would normally dictate. And when all hope seems lost, that enigmatic pool cue-wielding Uruhara steps in to aid our beleaguered protagonist on his one-man assault against the Soul Society.
Saturday January 13 5:00am - Episode 10 "Missing"
Haseo's Twilight Brigade fights the brave fight against a threatening new villain, in a new .hack episode that is quite possibly filled to the brim with MMORPG-related chicanery!
Thursday January 18 11:00pm - Episode 3 "The Clan of the Empty Seven" (Repeats Fri Jan 19 12:30am, Sat Jan 20 1:30am)
The appropriately-named Afro battles more of the nefarious no-goodniks that thwart his path of vengeance and redemption, in another episode that is almost guaranteed to include plenty of animated blood, violence, gore, and adult situations!
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday January 19 11:30pm - Episode 3 "The Onslaught of War" (Repeats Sat Jan 20 5:40am)
The art of peacekeeping between divisive clans of bloodthirsty ninja can be a difficult, arduous thing. Which is why they tend to never happen. As this episode of Basilisk clearly demonstrates, as members of the Iga clan celebrate the dissolution of the "no hostilities" pact with a humble smackdown on their chipper rivals, the Kouga.
Friday January 19 10:30pm - Episode 19
Canadian Bleach viewers will no doubt be pleased as punch to note that I have now corrected the episode numbers for YTV's Friday night run of the show. You guys get new episodes a full week and a day ahead of us! Feel proud, Canada. Feel proud.
This week: Ichigo undergoes some particularly grueling training under the seemingly masochistic Uruhara, which could possibly cost Ichigo his very life. Possibly.
Wednesday January 17 8:30pm - Episode 4 "Gateway Shuffle"
Rounding out Canada's particularly robust anime lineup is the absolutely sublime Cowboy Bebop, with a lovely episode involving Spike, Jet, Faye, Ein, and a group of ruthless environmentally aware terrorists out to spoil our humble bounty hunters' fun.
Sunday January 14 10:30pm - Episode 32 "Doctor Bridget Explains it All" (Repeats Mon Jan 15 3:00am)
This week on Daigunder: a temporal space-time rift is caused due to a children's series referencing the title of another children's series in the title of its latest episode, killing thousands. And robots!
Sunday January 14 12:30am - Episode 36 "Fantasia" (Repeats Sun Jan 14 3:30am)
This week on Eureka 7 in America, the high-flying robot antics take a backseat to the inter-personal relationships of the Gekkostate members, as Eureka seeks romantic advice from the erstwhile Gidget, resulting in a quite salacious incident involving makeup.
Friday January 19 9:30pm - Episode 18 "Ill Communication"
With the Gekko in hiding, the crew is introduced to an eccentric and enigmatic miner named Breetani, who no doubt hides a terrible secret of some sort.
Friday January 19 10:00pm - Episode 45 "A Rotted Heart" (Repeats Sat Jan 13 1:00am)
The various Fullmetal plot threads handily convene as the story reaches its spellbinding conclusion, as the famed alchemical duo go in search of their father and in turn uncover some startling truths regarding the Homunculi, Dante, and the military.
-Monday January 15 8:30pm - Episode 25 "Time Towards the Sky"
-Tuesday January 16 8:30pm - Episode 26 "Young Traveler"
Gad Guard wraps up its Canadian run with these final two episodes, chronicling the dapper Hajiki's attempts to trace his absent father's path into that most final-est of frontiers: Space!
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday January 19 11:00pm - Episode 3 "Young Boy; Ragazzo" (Repeats Sat Jan 20 5:10am)
Rico, one of the gaggle of gunslinging pre-teens this series prominently features, is dispatched on her first assassination; later, the mentally distraught killer samples her first taste of music and friendship, and likes it!
Saturday January 13 10:30pm - Episode 7 "Awaken: Meet the Other Ed!"
Cartoon Network continues to throw random episodes of MAR into the giant, sucking void that is television, with this out-of-context episode showing the spunky Ginta battling one of the powerful "Chess Pieces" to rescue the fair Princess Snow.
Saturday January 13 9:00pm - Episode 69 "Village in Distress: A New A-Ranked Mission"
With the Chunin Exams interrupted due to the awfully inconvenient all-out assault against the Hidden Leaf Village, Kakashi rounds up Naruto, Sakura, and the ineffectual Shikamaru to pursue Sasuke, who is in turn pursuing the fleeing Sand Village ninja. To aid in their perilous quest, Kakashi summons one of his trusty hounds for tracking his elusive pupil, as well as merchandising concerns.
Friday January 19 8:00pm - Episode 64 "Zero Motivation: The Guy With Cloud Envy" (Repeats Sat Jan 20 2:30am)
Shikamaru gets his big chance to strut his ninja stuff, but Shikamaru doesn't really jive well with all this "effort" and "determination," so things get a bit tricky against the Sand Village's elite Temari.
Prince of Tennis
Saturday January 13 10:00pm - Episode 5 "The Snake Shot"
The impossibly gifted Ryoma continues his match against the outclassed Kaido, leading to a decisive moment resting upon Ryoma's ability to pull off one of the most difficult of tennis maneuvers; the snake shot! WARNING: none of the tennis moves utilized by the characters of Prince of Tennis should be replicated while playing ping pong. Torn ligaments, broken ping pong tables, and angry, litigious YMCA volunteers may result.
Wednesday January 17 8:00pm - Episode 4 "Hellhounds for Hire, Part 2"
Despite Mugen and Jin's mutual decision to abdicate from their verbal contract to escort the wayward Fuu, the three misbegotten misfits find themselves allied once again, as a powder keg-like confrontation between the rival yakuza gangs rests on Fuu's gambling ability in a high-stakes game of dice.
-Wednesday January 17 8:30pm - Episode 1 "Sanctuary"
-Thursday January 18 8:30pm - Episode 2 "Defeat"
-Friday January 19 8:30pm - Episode 3 "Executioner"
Canada gets a series before the US? Say what? Alas, no reason to be exceptionally jubilant, as Tenjho Tenge ain't no great shakes - certainly not terrible, but a far, poorly designed cry from Oh! Great's manga original. This is a timeless tale of boy and his chum arrive in a new school, beat the tar out of most of the students, then later get the tar beaten out of themselves by elite members of a martial arts clan, and tons of other kooky, violent plot points.
Saturday January 13 11:30pm - Episode 17 "The Night Lords III: The Island of Her Darling Children" (Repeats Sun Jan 14 2:30am)
As the bumbling Father Abel continues to fumble through a delicate, diplomatically critical situation in a neighboring republic, Sister Esther recovers from injuries received in episodes prior while the hunt is on for the fiendish fiends responsible for the entire fiasco.
Saturday January 13 7:30pm - Episode 87 "Blinded by the Light, Part 1"
I've had many unkind things to say on Yu-Gi-Oh's behalf, but I will say this: thanks to this episode's title, I have been reminded of how much I enjoy Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of "Blinded by the Light" and have now decided that I will totally pick this song for my next karaoke jaunt. Anyway, in this week's episode, the burly Chazz duels a professional Yu-Gi-Oh cardsman who is a member of the so-called "Association of Light," which is where the delightful song title pun comes in.
Friday January 19 8:30pm - Episode 52 "My Beloved Zatch"
A girl mamodo with a bit of a demonic crush on our doe-eyed, dress-wearing hero arrives in Zatch's school, and when the relationship goes sour, a mamodo battle inevitably occurs. Can't have an episode without one, anyway. They're kind of what defines this show.
Saturday January 13 6:10pm
Kudos, Encore networks, for putting something of a moratorium on some of your more played-out features and keeping things simple, and for choosing to re-air Texhnolyze, a slow paced but fascinating series that sadly doesn't get the recognition some of creator Yoshitoshi ABe's other series, such as Lain.
That wraps up the new content this week; keep an eye on this space as I strip to my skivvies and arrhythmically bob and weave in celebration of the recent announcement of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo's second season renewal! Below: Repeats!
-Sun Jan 14 9:30pm - Episode 119 "Same Old Dirty Tricks" (R Mon Jan 15 2:00am)
-Sun Jan 14 5:00am - Episode 2 "Dorothy, Dorothy"
-Mon Jan 15 12:10am - Episode 24 "Chrono" (R Fri Jan 19 4:10am)
-Fri Jan 19 9:00pm - Episode 1 "Sister Rosette"
-Sun Jan 14 9:00pm - Episode 144 "Janyu's Ark" (R Mon Jan 15 1:30am)
-Mon Jan 15 8:00am - Episode 163 "The Odd One Out" (R Tue Jan 16 2:30am)
-Mon Jan 15 10:30pm - Episode 185 "O Brother, Who Art Thou?" (R Tue Jan 16 3:00am)
-Tue Jan 16 8:00am - Episode 164 "Welcome to My Nightmare" (R Wed Jan 17 2:30am)
-Tue Jan 16 10:30pm - Episode 186 "Workin' on the Train Gang" (R Wed Jan 17 3:00am)
-Wed Jan 17 8:00am - Episode 165 "Can't Keep a Grumblemon Down" (R Thu Jan 18 2:30am)
-Wed Jan 17 10:30pm - Episode 187 "My Brother in Spirit" (R Thu Jan 18 3:00am)
-Thu Jan 18 8:00am - Episode 166 "A Hunka Hunka Burning Greymon" (R Fri Jan 19 2:30am)
-Thu Jan 18 10:30pm - Episode 188 "Ne'er the Twins Shall Meet" (R Fri Jan 19 3:00am)
-Fri Jan 19 8:00am - Episode 167 "Fear and Loathing in Los Arbol" (R Sat Jan 20 2:30am)
-Fri Jan 19 10:30pm - Episode 189 "Operation Free Ophanimon" (R Sat Jan 20 3:00am)
-Tue Jan 16 12:30am - Episode 34 "Theory of Avarice" (R Tue Jan 16 4:00am)
-Wed Jan 17 12:30am - Episode 35 "Reunion of the Fallen" (R Wed Jan 17 4:00am)
-Thu Jan 18 12:30am - Episode 36 "The Sinner Within" (R Thu Jan 18 4:00am)
-Fri Jan 19 12:30am - Episode 37 "The Flame Alchemist, the Bachelor Lieutenant and the Mystery of Laboratory 13" (R Fri Jan 19 4:00am)
-Sun Jan 14 5:30am - Episode 2 "Battle of the Bottom of the World"
-Thu Jan 18 6:00am - Episode 3 "Reveal"
-Fri Jan 19 6:00am - Episode 4 "Hidden"
-Tue Jan 16 1:00am - Episode 17 "Cursed Ink of the Hell-Painter" (R Tue Jan 16 4:30am)
-Tue Jan 16 1:30am - Episode 18 "Naraku and Sesshomaru Join Forces" (R Tue Jan 16 5:00am)
-Wed Jan 17 1:00am - Episode 19 "Go Home to Your Own Time, Kagome!" (R Wed Jan 17 4:30am)
-Wed Jan 17 1:30am - Episode 20 "Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo" (R Wed Jan 17 5:00am)
-Thu Jan 18 1:00am - Episode 21 "Naraku's True Identity Revealed" (R Thu Jan 18 4:30am)
-Thu Jan 18 1:30am - Episode 22 "A Wicked Smile" (R Thu Jan 18 5:00am)
-Fri Jan 19 1:00am - Episode 23 "Kagome's Voice and Kikyo's Kiss" (R Fri Jan 19 4:30am)
-Fri Jan 19 1:30am - Episode 24 "Enter Sango the Demon Exterminator" (R Fri Jan 19 5:00am)
Kirby: Right Back At Ya!
-Sat Jan 13 8:00am - Episode 91 "Born to Be Mild, Part 2"
Mirage of Blaze
-Sat Jan 13 4:30pm - Episode 13 "Twilight of Beyond" (R Sun Jan 14 8:30am)
-Wed Jan 17 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Ill Fated Destiny" (R Thu Jan 18 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu Jan 18 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Possessor From the Darkness" (R Fri Jan 19 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri Jan 19 4:30pm - Episode 3 "An Imperfect Awakening" (R Sat Jan 20 2:30am, 8:30am)
Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River's Edge
-Sun Jan 14 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Dearest Wish" (R Mon Jan 15 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon Jan 15 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Tiger's Eye" (R Tue Jan 16 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Jan 16 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Wind of the River's Edge" (R Wed Jan 17 2:30am, 8:30am)
Mon Colle Knights
-Sun Jan 14 11:00pm - Episode 19 "The Eel Thing" (R Mon Jan 15 3:30am)
-Sat Jan 13 8:30pm - Episode 68 "Zero Hour: The Destruction of the Hidden Leaf Village Begins"
-Tue Jan 16 5:30pm - Episode 4 "Pass or Fail: Survival Test"
-Wed Jan 17 5:30pm - Episode 5 "You Failed! Kakashi's Final Decision"
-Thu Jan 18 5:30pm - Episode 6 "A Dangerous Mission! Journey to the Land of Waves"
-Fri Jan 19 5:30pm - Episode 7 "The Assassin of the Mist"
-Sat Jan 13 8:30am - Episode 6 "Playful Like Paradice"
-Sat Jan 13 10:00pm - Episode 3 "Grave Like Groor" (R Sun Jan 14 2:30am, Wed Jan 17 9:30am)
-Sun Jan 14 8:30am - Episode 7 "Treacherous Like Toros"
-Tue Jan 16 1:30am - Episode 9 "Surprising Like Super-Racer" (R Fri Jan 19 9:00pm, Sat Jan 20 1:30am)
-Tue Jan 16 9:30am - Episode 2 "Hostilities Break Out"
-Thu Jan 18 9:30am - Episode 4 "In Like Flint"
-Fri Jan 19 9:30am - Episode 5 "Cruel Like Ceres"
-Sun Jan 14 1:30am - Episode 10 "Mellow Maromi" (R Sun Jan 14 4:30am)
-Sun Jan 14 11:45pm - Episode 9 "Ryo" (R Fri Jan 19 4:40am)
-Fri Jan 19 9:30pm - Episode 10 "Quiet"
-Sat Jan 13 9:00am - Episode TBA
-Sat Jan 13 9:30am - Episode TBA
-Sat Jan 13 7:00pm - Episode 428 "Reversing the Charges"
-Mon Jan 15 6:30am - Episode 374 "It's Still Rocket Roll to Me"
-Tue Jan 16 6:30am - Episode 375 "Solid As a Solrock"
-Tue Jan 16 5:00pm - Episode 390 "Mean With Envy"
-Wed Jan 17 6:30am - Episode 376 "Vanity Affair"
-Wed Jan 17 5:00pm - Episode 391 "Pacifidlog Jam"
-Thu Jan 18 6:30am - Episode 377 "Where's Armaldo?"
-Thu Jan 18 5:00pm - Episode 392 "Berry, Berry Interesting"
-Fri Jan 19 6:30am - Episode 378 "A Cacturne for the Worse"
-Fri Jan 19 5:00pm - Episode 393 "Less Is Morrison"
-Sat Jan 13 2:00am - Episode 12 "Tiny Dream" (R Sat Jan 13 8:00am)
-Sat Jan 13 4:00pm - Episode 13 "Lovely Baby" (R Sun Jan 14 8:00am)
-Sun Jan 14 4:00pm - Episode 14 "Black Crow" (R Mon Jan 15 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Jan 15 4:00pm - Episode 15 "Secret Ambition" (R Tue Jan 16 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Jan 16 4:00pm - Episode 16 "Opposite" (R Wed Jan 17 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Jan 17 4:00pm - Episode 17 "Wish" (R Thu Jan 18 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Jan 18 4:00pm - Episode 18 "Critical Day" (R Fri Jan 19 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Jan 19 4:00pm - Episode 19 "Farewell" (R Sat Jan 20 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sun Jan 14 1:00am - Episode 10 "Lethal Lunacy" (R Sun Jan 14 4:00am)
-Sat Jan 13 4:00am - Episode 11 "Clash of the Hyper Warriors"
-Sun Jan 14 10:00pm - Episode 19 "Feathered Fiend" (R Mon Jan 15 2:30am)
-Tue Jan 16 4:00am - Episode 12 "Test"
-Wed Jan 17 4:00am - Episode 13 "Ryuma, Lord of the Reptiles"
-Thu Jan 18 4:00am - Episode 14 "The Dark Spirit of Destruction"
-Fri Jan 19 4:00am - Episode 15 "Mechano City"
-Sat Jan 20 4:00am - Episode 16 "The Giant Robot"
-Sat Jan 13 12:00am - Episode 9 "Wiggle"
-Sat Jan 13 12:30am - Episode 10 "Conclusion"
-Tue Jan 16 12:00am - Episode 11 "Vagrant"
-Tue Jan 16 12:30am - Episode 12 "Precognition"
-Wed Jan 17 12:00am - Episode 13 "Vista"
-Wed Jan 17 12:30am - Episode 14 "Rejection"
-Thu Jan 18 12:00am - Episode 15 "Shapes"
-Thu Jan 18 12:30am - Episode 16 "Strain"
-Fri Jan 19 12:00am - Episode 17 "Dependence"
-Fri Jan 19 12:30am - Episode 18 "Throne"
-Mon Jan 15 6:00am - Episode 48 "Homecoming"
-Tue Jan 16 6:00am - Episode 49 "Endgame"
-Wed Jan 17 6:00am - Episode 50 "End"
-Tue Jan 16 5:30am - Episode 7 "The Lion Has New Claws"
-Wed Jan 17 5:30am - Episode 11 "The Stolen Lion"
-Thu Jan 18 5:30am - Episode 12 "A Pretty Spy"
-Fri Jan 19 5:30am - Episode 13 "Secret of the White Lion"
-Sat Jan 13 9:30am - Episode 15 "Winning Through Determination"
-Sat Jan 13 10:00am - Episode 16 "The Scars of Defeat"
-Tue Jan 16 4:30pm - Episode 78 "Mirror, Mirror, Part 1"
-Wed Jan 17 4:30pm - Episode 79 "Mirror, Mirror, Part 2"
-Thu Jan 18 4:30pm - Episode 80 "What a Doll!"
-Fri Jan 19 4:30pm - Episode 81 "Let's Make a Duel"
-Sat Jan 13 9:30pm - Episode 76 "No Escape! The Wicked Zofis Returns"
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