The Click April 21st - April 27th
by Brian Hanson,
It's almost hard to believe, really; just seven days and some hours ago prior, I was writing last week's edition of The Click. What good times those were, worthy of perhaps a flashback montage set to "As the Days Go By," by Daryl Braithwaite, or perhaps even David Bowie's "Under Pressure"; there were new episodes of shows like Bleach and Naruto, certain off-kilter shows like Shin-chan and BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad could also be viewed in their respective North American countries, and all in all, it was a simpler, and therefore better, time.
Which leads us to, unfortunately, this week, which just sucks in comparison. Oh sure, there are new episodes of practically everything, but it lacks that distinct and hazy layer of nostalgia that my admittedly iffy memory creates to delude myself that my best years are behind me! Nonetheless, I'm sure that given a few weeks time after they've aired, they'll all be great. Meanwhile, I'm going to curl up in my jammies and watch Voltron.
Eureka 7 is an odd show, simply put. Sleek-looking robots that surf through the air, and the barely-pubescent pilots that love them? Not to mention some of the wild plot details, such as the heavy dose of post-apocalyptic pseudo-science, special-ops intrigue, and even a vaguely middle eastern-looking race accused of terrorism. Somehow, all these elements come together and become quite compelling, that is if you're able to invest the time necessary to enjoy it. Eureka 7, despite its kid-friendly look and pastel palette, is a rather dense and dark series. Which is to say that these final episodes are great for everyone who have seen the previous 48, in their proper consecutive order. Otherwise, eh; I doubt the story of the destructive Scub Corals and such will do much for you.
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday April 27 11:30pm - Episode 17 "Wandering Hearts" (Repeats Sat Apr 28 5:25am)
Ninjas! Violence! Scrolls! Shakespeare-esque tragedy! Things like that.
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
-Sunday April 22 3:00pm - Episode 13 "Ciel Bleu" (Repeats Mon Apr 23 12:00am, Wed Apr 25 4:00pm)
-Sunday April 22 3:30pm - Episode 14 "Dream" (Repeats Mon Apr 23 12:30am, Wed Apr 25 4:30pm)
Lucky blasted Canadians, getting a wholly unique anime series on a major network. Those of you north of the Great Lakes get to watch as Koyuki prepares for the school's fall festival, and faces a minor struggle when his grades begin to slip due to the amount of time he spends with his way-cool band.
Sunday April 22 12:00am - Episode 30 (Repeats Sun Apr 22 3:00am)
Somewhere there are a set of pre-historic stone tablets, and on those tablets the laws of "shonen" anime are written. "In each episode, the character must either be fighting for his life, or training, so that he can better fight for his life." In this episode, that go-getting somewhat-Soul-Reaper Ichigo fights for his life against the deadly Abarai Renji.
Sunday April 22 12:30am - Episode 6 "My Father's Hands" (Repeats Sun Apr 22 3:30am)
What could further compliment a show about vicious and feral-looking vampires than a government conspiracy? This Blood+ has exactly that! Feral vampires and conspiracies, I mean.
Saturday April 21 8:30pm - Episode 56 "The Ultimate SF Battle: Supreme Fisticuffs or Certain Free-For-All"
This week on Bo-Bobo, the recipe to make a smashing cheese fondue is discussed. SPOILER ALERT: the recipe is as follows; 2 tablespoons cornstarch or potato flour, 1/4 cup kirsch (cherry brandy), 1 clove garlic, 1 1/2 cups dry white wine, 12 ounces shredded Emmentaler and Gruyere cheese, 1/4 teaspoon white pepper, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.
In yet another example of Cowboy Bebop's fine pantheon of character-focused episodes, yet more of Faye's elusive past is recollected as a mysterious, rectangular box object - carrying some sort of magnetic "tape" inside - arrives.
Tuesday April 24 5:00pm - Episode 13 "Arc Aire" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 8:00pm, Wed Apr 25 12:30am, 12:00pm)
This week on, uh, this show, the noble Ren continues in his vigil to protect the Edel Reid, Cou, from the secret society known as the Arc Aire. I can randomly string letters together to make nonsense, too; Rejiilate Bekuomenz Slaerywaqq!
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Tuesday April 24 6:30pm - Episode 13 "Haydee" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 9:30pm, Wed Apr 25 2:00am, 1:30pm)
This week on Sci-Fi Anime Masterpiece Theater, war breaks out! Meanwhile, the Count himself grows ill, and Albert pays a visit but instead finds Haydee, who elaborates on her painful past.
Gundam Seed Destiny continues to Gundam it up, being the Gundamiest Gundam show currently on air. This Gundam, the Junius 7 disaster begins to take its toll, and the Gundam pilots prep their Gundams for the inevitable Gundam war.
Hikaru no Go
-Monday April 23 8:30am - Episode 18 "Akira vs. Sai" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 5:00am)
-Tuesday April 24 8:30am - Episode 19 "Hikaru's Strength" (Repeats Wed Apr 25 5:00am)
-Wednesday April 25 8:30am - Episode 20 "The Road to Becoming a Pro" (Repeats Thu Apr 26 5:00am)
-Thursday April 26 8:30am - Episode 21 "The Haze Jr. High Go Club" (Repeats Fri Apr 27 5:00am)
-Friday April 27 8:30am - Episode 22 "The Insei Examination" (Repeats Sat Apr 28 5:00am)
Also written on the aforementioned "shonen" anime tablets, is the edict that "should any anime not involve fighting, then it should at least contain some kind of competitive atmosphere. Perhaps a game? Cards? Tiddlywinks?" This week on Go-Playing Bonanza, Akira tries his luck against the elusive "Sai" on the internet, continues to hone his mad Go skills, and frets about the upcoming "Insei Examination."
-Thursday April 26 6:00am - Episode 21 "Homecomeing, Part 1"
-Friday April 27 6:00am - Episode 22 "Homecomeing, Part 2"
Yes, it was actually spelled "Homecomeing" on Zap2it's program guide. Both times. I'm sure the blame lies in a lazy copy editor, but I will go ahead and blame the Idaten Jump creators and Hasbro anyway. And the uncaring, unloving God that foisted it upon us, while I'm at it.
-Monday April 23 9:30am - Episode 3 "Land of Prophecies" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 5:30am)
-Tuesday April 24 9:30am - Episode 4 "Land of Adults" (Repeats Wed Apr 25 5:30am)
-Wednesday April 25 9:30am - Episode 5 "Three Men Among the Rails" (Repeats Thu Apr 26 5:30am)
-Thursday April 26 9:30am - Episode 6 "Coliseum, Part 1" (Repeats Fri Apr 27 5:30am)
-Friday April 27 9:30am - Episode 7 "Coliseum, Part 2" (Repeats Sat Apr 28 5:30am)
I can't quite get over the early-morning timeslot. This is a quiet and introspective series, with brief moments of surreal, Lewis Carol-inspired humor, aimed at a more sophisticated and older audience than, say, King of Bandit Jing, for which Kino's Journey is replacing. That said, if you've got ImaginAsianTV and TiVo... need I say more? This week sees Kino traveling to a strangely Biblical land, her hometown, and a cruel city reminiscent of ancient Rome.
Kyoh Kara Maoh
Tuesday April 24 5:30pm - Episode 13 "Bride and Yuri and Gwendal" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 8:30pm, Wed Apr 25 1:00am, 12:30pm)
Yuri, that misbegotten and misplaced teenage heartthrob and newly-minted Demon King, is mistakenly arranged to be wed with another man! And, this is a terrible joke, but I'm going to do it anyway: This week's Kyoh Kara Maoh is brought to you by the Massachusetts Tourism Board! There, I'm sorry.
The Law of Ueki
Tuesday April 24 6:00pm - Episode 13 "The Law of the Heavenly Beast" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 9:00pm, Wed Apr 25 1:30am, 1:00pm)
Ueki, for whom this series is about the apparent "Law" of, learns of his place as a proclaimed "Heavenly Being" from a mystical "Heavenly Beast."
Saturday April 21 9:00pm - Episode 84 "Roar, Chidori: Brother vs. Brother"
The top-rated and most successful Ninja-related program in the coveted Boys' aged 9-14 demographic continues, as Sasuke attempts to save Naruto from the clutches of his murderous brother, Itachi.
Friday April 27 8:00pm - Episode 78 "Naruto's Ninja Handbook"
Naruto's Ninja Handbook, the episode, involves Naruto seemingly getting the upper hand against the evil Gaara, until he undergoes a radical transformation, prompting Naruto to call his trump card and summon the Chief Toad, Gamabunta. Naruto's Ninja Handbook, the product, is available at your nearest Borders Books for only $24.95 plus tax!
Saturday April 21 9:30pm - Episode 86 "Bad Girls"
This is an episode of the heavily "Americanized" One Piece. As such, it will contain a lot of things that are the textbook definition of "unnecessary": unnecessary cuts, unnecessary puns, and other unnecessary nonsense. A certain portion of the original animation is there, however, and it is possible to see Nami fight against Baroque Works with her new weapon! Some of the time, I mean.
-Monday April 23 7:00pm - Episode 467 "Following a Maiden's Voyage"
-Tuesday April 24 7:00pm - Episode 468 "Two Degrees of Separation"
-Wednesday April 25 7:00pm - Episode 469 "When Pokémon Worlds Collide"
A new Pokémon game ensures new Pokémon episodes, so it seems. This particular season sees the stalwart young Ash in the village of Sinnoh, capturin' and battlin' those numerous Pokemen.
The Prince of Tennis
Saturday April 21 10:30pm - Episode 7 "The Two Ryomas"
Ryoma is the juvenile tennis savant, and seems to dominate the competition every time - except this time, as he fights Tennis-style against upperclassman Inui.
Sunday April 22 9:30pm - Episode 18 "War of the Words"
Who knew graffiti existed in the Edo period of Japanese history? And more importantly, who cares if the whole idea of ancient Japan being influenced by 20th century hip-hop is inaccurate?
-Tuesday April 24 12:30am - Episode 9 "Shady Real Estate Office, Ho!" (Repeats Tue Apr 24 4:00am)
-Wednesday April 25 12:30am - Episode 10 "Can't Abort Them When They're Not Yours" (Repeats Wed Apr 25 4:00am)
-Thursday April 26 12:30am - Episode 11 "Irregular Tampons on Sale" (Repeats Thu Apr 26 4:00am)
-Friday April 27 12:30am - Episode 12 "Get Yours, or Die" (Repeats Fri Apr 27 4:00am)
This week on Shin-chan, more slightly obscene family values, preschoolyard hijinx, and more child nudity than you though was legal!
-Monday April 23 8:30pm - Episode 17 "Rem Saverem"
-Tuesday April 24 8:30pm - Episode 18 "Goodbye for Now"
-Wednesday April 25 8:30pm - Episode 19 "Hang Fire"
-Thursday April 26 8:30pm - Episode 20 "Flying Ship"
-Friday April 27 8:30pm - Episode 21 "Out of Time"
"Rem Saverem" is my favorite Trigun episode, and is, again, a fine example of how to properly illustrate backstory without using needless flashbacks stretched out over half a dozen episodes. The rest are pretty good, too, I guess. Vash again reunites with the wayward priest Wolfwood, attempts to reunite two feudin' families, shacks up with some skyward friends, and again faces the deadly Gung-Ho Guns.
Saturday April 21 7:30pm - Episode 107 "Jewel of a Duel, Part 2"
What a misleading title; "Jewel of a Duel" implies, perhaps, a card duel unlike no other! Instead, it all sounds rather rote to me. Jaden duels against the young upstart, Johann, without the aid of his best cards. Yawn.
Tuesday April 24 6:00pm
Monday April 23 9:35am (Repeats Mon Apr 23 6:40pm)
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: New Adventure in Sinnoh
Saturday April 21 5:00pm (Repeats Thu Apr 26 7:00pm)
Sunday April 22 9:00am
Steamboy! Again! The Weathering Continent! Again Again! Gundress and Pokémon movies! Again again again again.... you get the point, I'm sure.
Anyway, I suppose that's about it for my pithy contribution to the word of anime-on-TV journalism. I'll be back again, I would think, for more. Probably. Below are the repeats, as per usual.
-Sat Apr 21 5:00am - Episode 3 "Join"
-Sun Apr 22 5:00am - Episode 16 "Day of the Advent"
-Sat Apr 21 11:00am - Episode 27 "The Gateway to Home" (R Fri Apr 27 7:00pm)
-Sun Apr 22 11:00am - Episode 28 "It's All in the Cards"
-Mon Apr 23 1:30am - Episode 158 "Kumamon Baby Light My Fire"
-Mon Apr 23 8:00am - Episode 34 "The Eighth Child Revealed" (R Tue Apr 24 2:30am, Fri Apr 27 8:30pm)
-Mon Apr 23 7:00pm - Episode 206 "Revenge of Diaboromon"
-Mon Apr 23 7:45pm - Episode 207 "Battle of Adventurers"
-Mon Apr 23 8:45pm - Episode 208 "Runaway Locomon"
-Mon Apr 23 9:30pm - Episode 209 "Island of Lost Digimon"
-Mon Apr 23 10:30pm - Episode 53 "Now Apocalymon" (R Tue Apr 24 3:00am)
-Tue Apr 24 8:00am - Episode 35 "Flower Power" (R Wed Apr 25 2:30am)
-Tue Apr 24 7:00pm - Episode 74 "Darkness Before Dawn"
-Tue Apr 24 7:30pm - Episode 75 "The Crest of Kindness"
-Tue Apr 24 10:30pm - Episode 54 "The Fate of Two Worlds" (R Wed Apr 25 3:00am)
-Wed Apr 25 8:00am - Episode 36 "City Under Siege" (R Thu Apr 26 2:30am, Fri Apr 27 9:00pm)
-Wed Apr 25 7:00pm - Episode 126 "The Boar Wars"
-Wed Apr 25 7:30pm - Episode 127 "A World Apart"
-Wed Apr 25 10:30pm - Episode 55 "Enter Flamedramon" (R Thu Apr 26 3:00am)
-Thu Apr 26 8:00am - Episode 37 "Wizardmon's Gift" (R Fri Apr 27 2:30am, Fri Apr 27 9:30pm)
-Thu Apr 26 7:00pm - Episode 191 "Ice Ice Baby"
-Thu Apr 26 7:30pm - Episode 192 "Cherubimania"
-Thu Apr 26 10:30pm - Episode 56 "The Digiteam Complete" (R Fri Apr 27 3:00am)
-Fri Apr 27 8:00am - Episode 38 "Prophecy" (R Sat Apr 28 2:30am)
-Fri Apr 27 7:30pm - Episode 31 "The Eighth Digivice"
-Fri Apr 27 8:00pm - Episode 32 "Gatomon Comes Calling"
-Fri Apr 27 10:30pm - Episode 57 "A New Digitude" (R Sat Apr 28 3:00am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat Apr 21 7:00pm - Episode 127 "Borrowed Powers"
-Sun Apr 22 10:00pm - Episode 12 "Rush for Freedom" (R Mon Apr 23 2:00am, 2:00pm)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
-Sun Apr 22 11:30pm - Episode 12 "Encore" (R Mon Apr 23 3:30am, 3:30pm)
-Sat Apr 21 4:00pm - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins" (R Sun Apr 22 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sun Apr 22 4:00pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Mon Apr 23 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Apr 23 4:00pm - Episode 10 "School in the Crosshairs" (R Tue Apr 24 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Apr 24 4:00pm - Episode 11 "Shin Drops Out of School" (R Wed Apr 25 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Apr 25 4:00pm - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing" (R Thu Apr 26 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Apr 26 4:00pm - Episode 13 "Yakumi's Final Act of Honor" (R Fri Apr 27 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Apr 27 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With a Secret is Born!" (R Sat Apr 28 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sat Apr 21 12:00am - Episode 3 "Kuma's First Time"
-Sat Apr 21 12:30am - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?"
-Tue Apr 24 12:00am - Episode 5 "Ooedoo Clan in Crisis"
-Tue Apr 24 12:30am - Episode 6 "Kyo-san's Knockout Performance"
-Wed Apr 25 12:00am - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?"
-Wed Apr 25 12:30am - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins"
-Thu Apr 26 12:00am - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor"
-Thu Apr 26 12:30am - Episode 10 "School in the Crosshairs"
-Fri Apr 27 12:00am - Episode 11 "Shin Drops Out of School"
-Fri Apr 27 12:30am - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing"
-Tue Apr 24 1:00am - Episode 137 "An Ancestor Named Kagome" (R Tue Apr 24 4:30am)
-Tue Apr 24 1:30am - Episode 138 "Mountain of Demons: Survival of the Duo" (R Tue Apr 24 5:00am)
-Wed Apr 25 1:00am - Episode 139 "The Great Duel at Shoun Falls" (R Wed Apr 25 4:30am)
-Wed Apr 25 1:30am - Episode 140 "Eternal Love, the Naginata of Kenkon" (R Wed Apr 25 5:00am)
-Thu Apr 26 1:00am - Episode 141 "Entei, the Demon Horse Unleashed" (R Thu Apr 26 4:30am)
-Thu Apr 26 1:30am - Episode 142 "Untamed Entei and Horrible Hakudoshi" (R Thu Apr 26 5:00am)
-Fri Apr 27 1:00am - Episode 143 "3000 Leagues in Search of Father" (R Fri Apr 27 4:30am)
-Fri Apr 27 1:30am - Episode 144 "Hosenki and the Last Shard" (R Fri Apr 27 5:00am)
Kyo kara Maoh!
-Sun Apr 22 10:30pm - Episode 12 "The Chain of Love and Fate" (R Mon Apr 23 2:30am, 2:30pm)
The Law of Ueki
-Sun Apr 22 11:00pm - Episode 12 "The Law of the Heavenly Beings" (R Mon Apr 23 3:00am, 3:00pm)
-Sat Apr 21 10:00pm - Episode 7 "Awaken: Meet the Other Ed!"
Mirage of Blaze
-Sat Apr 21 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Endless Conflict" (R Sun Apr 22 8:30am)
-Sun Apr 22 4:30pm - Episode 6 "Golden Emblem" (R Mon Apr 23 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Apr 24 2:30am - Episode 7 "Memories of Hateful Anguish" (R Tue Apr 24 8:30am)
-Tue Apr 24 4:30pm - Episode 8 "At the End of Obsession" (R Wed Apr 25 2:30am)
-Wed Apr 25 4:30pm - Episode 9 "Endless Void" (R Thu Apr 26 2:30am, 8:30am, 4:30pm)
-Fri Apr 27 2:30am - Episode 10 "Sorrowful Betrayal" (R Fri Apr 27 8:30am)
-Fri Apr 27 4:30pm - Episode 11 "Eternal Blaze" (R Sat Apr 28 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Sat Apr 21 8:00am - Episode 83 "Jiraiya: Naruto's Potential Disaster!"
-Mon Apr 23 5:30pm - Episode 67 "Late For the Show, But Ready to Go! The Ultimate Secret Technique is Born"
-Tue Apr 24 5:30pm - Episode 68 "Zero Hour: The Destruction of the Hidden Leaf Village Begins"
-Wed Apr 25 5:30pm - Episode 69 "Village in Distress: A New A-Ranked Mission"
-Thu Apr 26 5:30pm - Episode 70 "A Shirker's Call to Action: A Layabout No More"
-Sat Apr 21 8:30pm - Episode 6 "Playful Like Paradice" (R Sun Apr 22 2:30am)
-Mon Apr 23 2:30am - Episode 7 "Treacherous Like Toros"
-Tue Apr 24 1:30am - Episode 9 "Surprising Like Super-Racer"
-Sun Apr 22 11:30pm - Episode 23 "Truth" (R Fri Apr 27 1:25am)
-Fri Apr 27 9:30pm - Episode 24 "Iron"
-Sat Apr 21 9:00am - Episode 429 "The Green Guardian!"
-Sat Apr 21 9:30am - Episode 430 "From Cradle to Save" (R Mon Apr 23 5:00pm)
-Sun Apr 22 5:00pm - Episode 462 "Pinch Healing"
-Sun Apr 22 5:30pm - Episode 463 "Gathering the Gang of Four"
-Mon Apr 23 6:30am - Episode 392 "Berry, Berry Interesting"
-Tue Apr 24 6:30am - Episode 393 "Less Is Morrison"
-Tue Apr 24 5:00pm - Episode 431 "Time-Warp Heals All Wounds!"
-Wed Apr 25 6:30am - Episode 394 "The Ribbon Cup Caper"
-Wed Apr 25 5:00pm - Episode 432 "Queen of the Serpentine"
-Thu Apr 26 6:30am - Episode 395 "Hi Ho Silver Wind!"
-Thu Apr 26 5:00pm - Episode 433 "Off the Unbeaten Path"
-Fri Apr 27 6:30am - Episode 396 "Deceit and Assist"
-Sun Apr 22 1:30am - Episode 23 "Baseball Blues" (R Sun Apr 22 4:30am)
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
-Mon Apr 23 6:00am - Episode 22 "Please Look Up the Sky" (R Mon Apr 23 9:00am, Tue Apr 24 4:30am)
-Tue Apr 24 6:00am - Episode 23 "Federation and League" (R Tue Apr 24 9:30am, Wed Apr 25 4:30am)
-Wed Apr 25 6:00am - Episode 24 "The Ones Which Are Here" (R Wed Apr 25 9:30am, Thu Apr 26 4:30am)
-Thu Apr 26 6:00am - Episode 25 "The Fake Awakens" (R Thu Apr 26 9:30am, Fri Apr 27 4:30am)
-Fri Apr 27 6:00am - Episode 26 "The War Record Continues" (R Fri Apr 27 9:30am, Sat Apr 28 4:30am)
-Sat Apr 21 4:00am - Episode 17 "The Great War"
-Sat Apr 21 8:00am - Episode 15 "Mechano City"
-Sun Apr 22 8:00am - Episode 16 "The Giant Robot"
-Tue Apr 24 4:00am - Episode 18 "Secrets of the Seven"
-Wed Apr 25 4:00am - Episode 19 "Feathered Friend"
-Thu Apr 26 4:00am - Episode 20 "The Two Mushrambos"
-Fri Apr 27 4:00am - Episode 21 "A Battle of One"
-Mon Apr 23 6:00am - Episode 38 "Warp"
-Tue Apr 24 6:00am - Episode 39 "Giant"
-Wed Apr 25 6:00am - Episode 40 "Fury"
-Sun Apr 22 5:30am - Episode 4 "The Missing Key"
-Tue Apr 24 5:30am - Episode 48 "Return of Coran's Son"
-Wed Apr 25 5:30am - Episode 49 "Coran's Son Runs Amok"
-Thu Apr 26 5:30am - Episode 50 "Zarkon Becomes a Robeast"
-Fri Apr 27 5:30am - Episode 51 "Lotor the King"
-Sat Apr 21 10:00am - Episode 43 "Legendary Heroes, Part 1"
-Sat Apr 21 10:30am - Episode 44 "Legendary Heroes, Part 2"
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