January 27th - February 2nd
by Brian Hanson,
Totally wicked and way extreme salutations, all! Welcome to this week's The Click, which has effervescently plucked each and every list and date of all those Japanese anime programs airing on TV this week with a patented 360-launch into nose-grind and chrysanthemum-spit-Jello-fall into the ground that is your face. Remember, though, all dates and times are tentative, and all times listed are Eastern. It is most heinous if you forget.
I'd like to take a little time to, once again, sincerely and honestly thank all of you for reading this little excursion of madness known as The Click since its inception nearly one whole year ago. You guys are the real heroes out there, no question. Researchers, doctors, soldiers, and Nobel Prize Winners? Pfuh. They don't make a small-time anime columnist feel somewhat good about himself. You guys deserve a medal. Honestly.
-Saturday January 27 9:00pm - Episode 71 "An Unrivaled Match: Hokage Battle Royale"
-Saturday January 27 9:30pm - Episode 72 "A Mistake From the Past: A Face Revealed"
These constant Naruto marathons are getting a little bit out of hand. Yes, Cartoon Network, we understand that Naruto is a cornerstone of your network, one of the few properties, anime or no, that continually garners high ratings - and we are proud of that fact, yes. Damn proud. Overexposure, however, is a dangerous line to tread, and the last thing we need are those Leaf Village Headband-wearing fans to get burnt out on their once-favorite show, and for anime as a whole to once again be portrayed as a passing fad. Regardless, these two episodes are especially good, with the noble Hokage and the villainous Orochimaru engaging in very high-level Ninja combat for the fate of the Hidden Leaf Village, so I'll let this constant marathon-ing slide. For now, anyway.
Saturday January 27 5:00am - Episode 12 "Breakup"
HIGHLY APPROPOS EPISODE TITLE ALERT: The once-strong Twilight Brigade clan engages in a bit of a tiff, thus causing much of its members to consider splitting up.
Thursday February 1 11:00pm - Episode 5 "Justice" (Repeats Fri Feb 2 12:30am, Sat Feb 3 1:30am)
Afro Samurai reaches its penultimate denouement, with another episode that will be predictably filled with spilling buckets of crimson and jive-talkin' ethnically diverse samurai lilting the chorus. Not a bad way to kill thirty minutes, I'll bet.
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday February 2 11:30pm - Episode 5 "The Surprise Attack" (Repeats Sat Feb 3 5:55am)
As Gennosuke entrenches himself in the thick of his supposed enemy, the Iga, his worried Kouga clan-mates are dispatched to survey the land and scope out his position. If I had any clever ninja puns or jokes they would probably go here.
Sunday January 28 12:00am - Episode 19 (Repeats Sun Jan 28 3:00am)
Ichigo Kurosaki, our ever-effervescent protagonist, undergoes his grueling training under Uruhara's watchful eye, and is given a grim task: in a dank pit with his arms tied up by his slowly-eroding "chain of fate," Ichigo must reach the tall summit of the pit before the chain erodes completely, turning him into a Hollow in the process.
Friday February 2 10:30pm - Episode 21
Not to spoil anything for Bleach's US TV viewing audience, but, surprisingly and strangely, Ichigo survives his training and beats a hasty retreat to the Soul Society, with his buds Orihime and Chad closely in tow.]
Sunday January 28 9:00pm - Episode 6 "Sympathy for the Devil"
Spike and Jet fall into yet another bit of trouble, as our conspicuous duo are given a mystical-looking Stone by a man with his last, dying breath, while a musically gifted child named Wen seems to be the key to this little mystery.
Sunday January 28 12:30am - Episode 38 "Date of Birth" (Repeats Sun Jan 28 3:30am)
While the rest of the Gekko crew attempts to give sagely relationship advice to our two young lovers, Eureka recants to Renton the heroics of his late father, Adrock Thurston.
Friday February 2 9:30pm - Episode 20 "Substance Abuse"
From such MPAA ratings descriptors as "Mild Violence" and "Brief Nudity" comes "Substance Abuse," an episode of Eureka 7 wherein Renton looks after an injured Eureka and chides the erstwhile Holland of taking on a dangerous job while Eureka lies in critical condition.
Friday February 2 10:00pm - Episode 47 "Sealing the Homonculus" (Repeats Sat Feb 3 1:00am)
Ed and Al battle Sloth, the homonculus created from the boys' silly attempt to bring their dead mother back from the grave. Of course, this causes no amount of psychological anguish for the boys, who aren't particularly keen on attacking a perfect likeness of their matriarch.
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday February 2 11:00pm - Episode 5 "Promise; Promessa" (Repeats Sat Feb 3 5:20am)
Ravera, a former high-ranking army officer, is recruited by Give Little Brainwashed Girls Guns, Ltd. to partner with Claes, a quiet girl who takes a shine to the gentleman, a shine that is in no way creepy or whatever and if you think that you must always think of things like that naturally which is gross.
Saturday January 27 10:30pm - Episode 14 "Babbo Version Three: Gargoyle"
Babbo and Ginta fight one of those "Chess Pieces" they'd been searching for, which is fine and dandy except it seems that our heroes are of no proverbial match for said Chess Piece. Which is where "Babbo Version Three" comes in.
Friday February 2 8:00pm - Episode 66 "Bushy Brow's Jutsu: Sasuke Style!" (Repeats Sat Feb 3 2:30am)
Sasuke finally steps up to the Chunin Exam plate after an extended absence, which looks to have served him well, as the lad seems to be able to run laps around the villainous sand-wielder, using advanced moves copied directly from Rock Lee, the bruised combatant Gaara had crushed in episodes prior.
Prince of Tennis
Saturday January 27 10:00pm - Episode 11 "Ryoma vs. Momoshiro"
Tennis wünderkind Ryoma battles Momoshiro in a most gentlemanly manner; via tennis! The victor of this particular match receives a spot in the much-vaunted district preliminaries.
Sunday January 28 9:30pm - Episode 6 "Stranger Searching"
The wandering samurai trio enters an eating competition in the hopes of scoring some free grub, but their hopes are dashed as a big foreigner wins the contest, and decides to tag along on their perilous journey.
-Saturday January 27 11:00am - Episode 10 "The Enemy Below"
-Saturday January 27 11:30am - Episode 11 "Deadly Distraction"
Yes, ladies and gentleman, Spider Riders returns to American soil to mildly entertain our youth with its tepid action and milquetoast characters! Be slightly bemused as Hunter and his fellow bug-hunters explore various subterranean hovels and destroy the evil insects that lie in wait.
-Monday January 29 8:30pm - Episode 9 "Enforcement"
-Tuesday January 30 8:30pm - Episode 10 "Memory"
-Wednesday January 31 8:30pm - Episode 11 "One With An Unusual Talent"
-Thursday February 1 8:30pm - Episode 12 "Darkness"
-Friday February 2 8:30pm - Episode 13 "Magical Power"
After their spat in the bowling alley, the elusive Aya briefs Nagi and Bob on her tumultuous past with the Executive Council, and other such highly exciting, violent high school melodrama!
Saturday January 27 11:30pm - Episode 19 "The Night Lords V: A Start of Pilgrimage" (Repeats Sun Jan 28 2:30am)
The once-dependable Ion has seemingly lost himself in a vampire fervor, causing the poor lad to lash out against Sister Esther as the various plot threads and intrigues come to a figurative head.
Wednesday January 31 10:00am
Kids love their Pokemon, so it makes some sense that they might also enjoy Pokemon-related feature film outings. This is the last of the Pokemon features to receive even a cursory theatrical release, if that matters at all. It probably doesn't.
Kai Doh Maru
Thursday February 1 12:00am (Repeats Thu Feb 1 4:00am)
Thursday February 1 6:00pm
An entire week without seeing Steamboy on one of Encore's channels? Nonsense! They're also throwing Kai Doh Maru back on in case you missed it during the umpteen other weeks it has aired. They're generous, those Encore folks.
That's all for my pithy commentary, as I'll be in Phoenix for the weekend as part of the Phoenix Comicon shenanigans! As always, I'll be around next week for another bout of fun-like simulacrum!
-Sun Jan 28 5:00am - Episode 4 "Underground Terror"
-Mon Jan 29 12:00am - Episode 2 "Contractor" (R Fri Feb 2 2:00am)
-Fri Feb 2 9:00pm - Episode 3 "Servants"
-Sat Jan 27 11:00am - Episode 2 "Garurumon"
-Sun Jan 28 11:00am - Episode 3 "Biyomon Gets Firepower"
-Sun Jan 28 9:00pm - Episode 146 "Reunion" (R Mon Jan 29 1:30am)
-Mon Jan 29 8:00am - Episode 173 "Trailmon vs. Trailmon" (R Tue Jan 30 2:30am)
-Mon Jan 29 10:30pm - Episode 195 "Bully Pulpit" (R Tue Jan 30 3:00am)
-Tue Jan 30 8:00am - Episode 174 "You Want Fries With That?" (R Wed Jan 31 2:30am)
-Tue Jan 30 10:30pm - Episode 196 "Jerks and the Beanstalk" (R Wed Jan 31 3:00am)
-Wed Jan 31 8:00am - Episode 175 "From Dawn to Duskmon" (R Thu Feb 1 2:30am)
-Wed Jan 31 10:30pm - Episode 197 "Glean Eggs and Scram" (R Thu Feb 1 3:00am)
-Thu Feb 1 8:00am - Episode 176 "Darkest Before Duskmon" (R Fri Feb 2 2:30am)
-Thu Feb 1 10:30pm - Episode 198 "Bad to the Bones" (R Fri Feb 2 3:00am)
-Fri Feb 2 8:00am - Episode 177 "Home Again, Takuya Returns" (R Sat Feb 3 2:30am)
-Fri Feb 2 10:30pm - Episode 199 "Now You See It Now You Don't" (R Sat Feb 3 3:00am)
-Tue Jan 30 12:30am - Episode 42 "His Name Is Unknown" (R Tue Jan 30 4:00am)
-Wed Jan 31 12:30am - Episode 43 "The Stray Dog" (R Wed Jan 31 4:00am)
-Thu Feb 1 12:30am - Episode 44 "Hohenheim of Light" (R Thu Feb 1 4:00am)
-Fri Feb 2 12:30am - Episode 45 "A Rotted Heart" (R Fri Feb 2 4:00am)
-Sun Jan 28 5:30am - Episode 4 "Return of the Spider"
-Sat Jan 27 12:00am - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?"
-Sat Jan 27 12:30am - Episode 5 "Ooedoo Clan in Crisis"
-Sat Jan 27 1:00am - Episode 6 "Kyo-San's Knockout Performance"
-Tue Jan 30 12:00am - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?"
-Tue Jan 30 12:30am - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins"
-Tue Jan 30 1:00am - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor"
-Wed Jan 31 12:00am - Episode 10 "School in the Crosshairs"
-Wed Jan 31 12:30am - Episode 11 "Shin Drops Out of School"
-Wed Jan 31 1:00am - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing"
-Wed Jan 31 1:30am - Episode 13 "Yakumi's Final Act of Honor"
-Thu Feb 1 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With A Secret Is Born!" (R Fri Feb 2 2:00am, 8:00am, 4:00pm)
-Thu Feb 1 6:00am - Episode "Challenge"
-Fri Feb 2 6:00am - Episode "Detour"
-Tue Jan 30 1:00am - Episode 33 "Kikyo, Captured by Naraku" (R Tue Jan 30 4:30am)
-Tue Jan 30 1:30am - Episode 34 "Tetsusaiga and Tenseiga" (R Tue Jan 30 5:00am)
-Wed Jan 31 1:00am - Episode 35 "The True Owner of the Great Sword" (R Wed Jan 31 4:30am)
-Wed Jan 31 1:30am - Episode 36 "Kagome Kidnapped by Koga, the Wolf Demon" (R Wed Jan 31 5:00am)
-Thu Feb 1 1:00am - Episode 37 "The Man Who Fell in Love With Kagome" (R Thu Feb 1 4:30am)
-Thu Feb 1 1:30am - Episode 38 "Two Hearts, One Mind" (R Thu Feb 1 5:00am)
-Fri Feb 2 1:00am - Episode 39 "Trapped in a Duel to the Death" (R Fri Feb 2 4:30am)
-Fri Feb 2 1:30am - Episode 40 "The Deadly Trap of Kagura, the Wind Sorceress" (R Fri Feb 2 5:00am)
Mirage of Blaze
-Sat Jan 27 4:30pm - Episode 11 "Eternal Blaze" (R Sun Jan 28 8:30am)
-Sun Jan 28 4:30pm - Episode 12 "Choices of Conflict" (R Mon Jan 29 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon Jan 29 4:30pm - Episode 13 "Twilight of Beyond" (R Tue Jan 30 2:30am, 8:30am)
Mirage of Blaze: Rebels of the River's Edge
-Tue Jan 30 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Dearest Wish" (R Wed Jan 31 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed Jan 31 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Tiger's Eye" (R Thu Feb 1 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sat Jan 27 7:00pm - Episode 67 "Late for the Show, But Ready to Go! The Ultimate Secret Technique Is Born"
-Sat Jan 27 7:30pm - Episode 68 "Zero Hour: The Destruction of the Hidden Leaf Village Begins"
-Sat Jan 27 8:00pm - Episode 69 "Village in Distress: A New A-Ranked Mission"
-Sat Jan 27 8:30pm - Episode 70 "A Shirker's Call to Action: A Layabout No More"
-Mon Jan 29 5:30pm - Episode 13 "Haku's Secret Jutsu: Crystal Ice Mirrors"
-Tue Jan 30 5:30pm - Episode 14 "The Number One Hyperactive, Knucklehead Ninja Joins the Fight"
-Wed Jan 31 5:30pm - Episode 15 "Zero Visibility: The Sharingan Shatters"
-Thu Feb 1 5:30pm - Episode 16 "The Broken Seal"
-Sat Jan 27 8:30pm - Episode 6 "Playful Like Paradice" (R Sun Jan 28 2:30am)
-Sun Jan 28 8:30pm - Episode 7 "Treacherous Like Toros" (R Mon Jan 29 2:30am)
-Mon Jan 29 9:00pm - Episode 11 "Silent Like Spirit" (R Tue Jan 30 1:30am, Fri Feb 2 9:00pm, Sat Feb 3 1:30am)
-Sun Jan 28 1:30am - Episode 12 "Radar Man" (R Sun Jan 28 4:30am)
-Sat Jan 27 5:30am - Episode 11 "Plot" (R Sun Jan 28 11:30pm, Fri Feb 2 2:25am)
-Fri Feb 2 9:30pm - Episode 12 "Big Brother"
-Sat Jan 27 9:00am - Episode TBA
-Sat Jan 27 9:30am - Episode TBA
-Sun Jan 28 5:00pm - Episode 440 "Curbing the Crimson Tide" (R Thu Feb 1 5:00pm)
-Sun Jan 28 5:30pm - Episode 441 "What I Did For Love"
-Mon Jan 29 6:30am - Episode 384 "Do I Hear a Ralts?"
-Mon Jan 29 5:00pm - Episode 437 "Cutting the Ties That Bind"
-Tue Jan 30 6:30am - Episode 385 "The Great Eight Fate!"
-Tue Jan 30 5:00pm - Episode 438 "Ka Boom With a View"
-Wed Jan 31 6:30am - Episode 386 "Eight Ain't Enough"
-Wed Jan 31 5:00pm - Episode 439 "King and Queen For a Day"
-Thu Feb 1 6:30am - Episode 387 "Showdown at Linoone"
-Fri Feb 2 6:30am - Episode 388 "Who, What, Where, Whynaut?"
-Sat Jan 27 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Wanted Dead or Alive" (R Sun Jan 28 8:00am)
-Sun Jan 28 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Lethal Weapon" (R Mon Jan 29 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Jan 29 4:00pm - Episode 3 "Negative Energy" (R Tue Jan 30 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Jan 30 4:00pm - Episode 4 "Voice" (R Wed Jan 31 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Jan 31 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Sad Memory" (R Thu Feb 1 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sun Jan 28 1:00am - Episode 12 "The Disorder Diaries" (R Sun Jan 28 4:00am)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Thu Feb 1 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Road to Armageddon" (R Fri Feb 2 2:30am, 8:30am, 4:30pm)
-Sat Jan 27 4:00am - Episode 21 "A Battle of One"
-Tue Jan 30 4:00am - Episode 22 "A New Beginning"
-Wed Jan 31 4:00am - Episode 23 "Bear Claws"
-Thu Feb 1 4:00am - Episode 24 "The Nightmare Dream Center"
-Fri Feb 2 4:00am - Episode 25 "Eilis of the Storm"
-Sat Feb 3 4:00am - Episode 26 "Reviving Yakumo"
-Sat Jan 20 11:00am - Episode 1 "The Inner World"
-Sat Jan 20 11:30am - Episode 3 "First Impressions"
-Mon Jan 29 6:00am - Episode 2 "Haven"
-Tue Jan 30 6:00am - Episode 3 "Hidden"
-Wed Jan 31 6:00am - Episode 4 "Landmine"
-Tue Jan 30 5:30am - Episode 17 "Give Me Your Princess"
-Wed Jan 31 5:30am - Episode 18 "Bridge Over River Chozzerai"
-Thu Feb 1 5:30am - Episode 55 "My Brother Is a Robeast"
-Fri Feb 2 5:30am - Episode 19 "Zakron Is Dying"
-Sat Jan 27 9:30am - Episode 18 "Arena of Lost Souls, Part 2"
-Sat Jan 27 10:00am - Episode 19 "Double Trouble Duel, Part 1"
-Mon Jan 29 4:30pm - Episode 87 "Blinded by the Light, Part 1"
-Tue Jan 30 4:30pm - Episode 88 "Blinded by the Light, Part 2"
-Wed Jan 31 4:30pm - Episode 89 "The Darkness Within"
-Thu Feb 1 4:30pm - Episode 90 "Pro-Dueling"
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