May 5th - May 11th
by Brian Hanson,
Great Scott! I suppose its that time of week again; time to drag the ole' ENIAC out from the abandoned Army silo in order to utilize it's vacuum-powered computing prowess for another week chock full of anime-on-TV fun! Or something at least resembling fun.
Before I start on that long and deadly road that is this week's listings, two items of news caught my attention this week: Adult Swim, in penance for their mistreatment of the Eureka 7 finale (which, for those maybe four of you who don't know, had approximately four whole minutes chopped out), will be airing a supposedly "improved" version this Saturday night/Sunday morning at 1 a.m. Quite a nice gesture, I think, considering the efforts of a vocal minority that wish to suggest the misconception that Adult Swim outright "hates" anime.
The other bit of info that caught my eye was the megaton announcement that caused a veritable eruption of joy in the hearts of internet-dwelling fanboys everywhere - that of course being, Funimation's recent acquisition of the ailing One Piece license! What outstanding and wonderful news! Too bad, then, that I'm so wrapped up in my tiny little bubble that is The Click to have read this news when it broke some three weeks ago.
-Tuesday May 8 9:30am - Episode 1 "Injury" (Repeats Wed May 9 5:30am)
-Wednesday May 9 9:30am - Episode 2 "First Snow 25:00" (Repeats Thu May 10 5:30am)
-Thursday May 10 9:30am - Episode 3 "Promise" (Repeats Fri May 11 5:30am)
-Friday May 11 9:30am - Episode 4 "Whereabout" (Repeats Sat May 12 5:30am)
ImaginAsianTV strikes gold yet again, replacing the similarly high-minded Kino's Journey with this meandering but uniquely interesting episodic adventures in the lives of ordinary folk. The individual stories themselves don't run much deeper than your average cable TV drama, but Human Crossing stands as a unique testament to the idea that animation can be just as effective a medium for a contemporary drama series. Who in the hell would want to watch this show at 9:30 in the morning is something I probably won't ever understand, but thumbs up to ImaginAsian for continuing to think far, far outside the box when it comes to anime content!
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday May 11 11:30pm - Episode 19 "Conspiracy" (Repeats Sat May 12 6:15am)
Ninja lies leads to ninja murder which then begets ninja conspiracies, this week in Ninja Land. a.k.a. Basilisk.
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
-Sunday May 6 3:00pm - Episode 17 "Three Days" (Repeats Mon May 7 12:00am, Tue May 8 7:00pm, Wed May 9 12:00am, 4:00pm)
-Sunday May 6 3:30pm - Episode 18 "Leon Sykes" (Repeats Mon May 7 12:30am, Tue May 8 7:30pm, Wed May 9 12:30am, 4:30pm)
It's still well over a month before Beck even hits DVD in the US, yet the show is a little over half-finished in Canada. Craziness. In between frequent bouts of hockey, lumberjacking, and outright hoser-ism, Canadian viewers can flip their TVs to MuchMusic to watch as the Mongolian Chop Squad gets signed by an indie label in the US and is invited to play on one of the biggest venues in Tokyo, while the young Koyuki attempts to sort his various romantic feelings, and the requisite bad-boy Ryusuke's dark past is brought to light.
Sunday May 6 12:00am - Episode 32 (Repeats Sun May 6 3:00am)
A near full-length flashback episode, recalling rough-and-tumble lives of a much younger Renji and Rukia in the slums of the Rukon district, is dropped like a lead weight in the middle of a fight between the aforementioned Renji and our orange-coiffed hero, Ichigo. Because artificially inserted backstory is the very best way to add gravitas to a fight.
Saturday May 5 8:30pm - Episode 57 "The Water Slide That's Bonafide to Leave You Terrified"
Attack our heroes from fatal water sliding the dangerously new bad guy the hero and that one group fight with Bobobo of the friend of insanity!
Sunday May 6 9:00pm - Episode 20 "Pierrot Le Fou"
Fie on those who say that there's never anything good on TV. If you are in Canada and have the Razer channel, and aren't watching the one-two punch of awesome that is both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, you should have your TV-watching license revoked. Which would be a shame, as you'd miss out on this awesome episode featuring Spike's hallucinogenic theme park encounter with a rotund, cackling madman.
Tuesday May 8 5:00pm - Episode 15 "The Windmill Village 'El Blanca'" (Repeats Tue May 8 8:00pm, Wed May 9 12:30am, 12:00pm)
Have I made light of the fact that this show uses a ton of preposterous and silly-sounding names? I have? Damn. Anyway, in this here episode, the protagonists continue to evade the Edel Raid hunters and encounter a sleepy village, with a terrible secret! Maybe!
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Tuesday May 8 6:30pm - Episode 15 "The End of Happiness, the Beginning of Truth" (Repeats Tue May 8 9:30pm, Wed May 9 2:00am, 1:30pm)
That scheming, thieving, villainous count (or is he scheming, thieving, and villainous?!?) relates his sad, sad past to Albert, while various other plots and machinations revolve like tiny, precise cogs.
Gundam SEED Destiny
Friday May 11 9:30pm - Episode 10 "Father's Curse" (Repeats Sat May 12 1:30am)
You got your "Art of War"-ripoff philosophy in my Mecha anime! And so forth. This week's 30-minute Gundam injection features Athrun discussing his father, a crazy Hannah Montana-esque switcheroo involving a dead-ringer for the intergalactic pop princess, Lacus, and more!
-Thursday May 10 6:00am - Episode 25 "Runner"
-Friday May 11 6:00am - Episode 26 "No Exit"
I certainly hope Hasbro gave the Cartoon Network a very nice bribe to air this awful dreck; I personally would take no less than a two-story yacht, fully stocked with the most vintage of Cabernet. Or maybe a Tootsie Pop.
Monday May 7 9:30am - Episode 13 "A Kind Land" (Repeats Tue May 8 5:30am)
Kino's Journey wraps up its brief but immensely satisfying 13-episode run with neither a bang nor a whimper, but a well-thought-out conclusion that is quite in keeping with the tone of the show. In a TV market saturated with endless, violent pablum that last for literally hundreds of episodes, its nice to see something with a firm sense of closure.
Kyo Kara Maoh
Tuesday May 8 5:30pm - Episode 15 "Rain Falls in the Desert" (Repeats Tue May 8 8:30pm, Wed May 9 1:00am, 12:30pm)
"Dear Producers of the animated series 'Kyo Kara Maoh,'
I happen to live in a desert, and it rarely, if ever, rains. I may have read somewhere, possibly in a brochure, that deserts are characterized by their lack of participation, which apparently is desert-speak for 'rain.' In restitution and damages, I am claiming a settlement of Ten Thousand US dollars, to be payable to my attorney immediately.
Brian Hanson, esquire and chef"
The Law of Ueki
Tuesday May 8 6:00pm - Episode 15 "The Law of Rinko" (Repeats Tue May 8 9:00pm, Wed May 9 1:30am, 1:00pm)
Ueki earns his proper credentials as a "Four Star Heavenly Being," which means he can now pound five flavors of pain out of his newest adversary. Whoever that is.
Saturday May 5 10:00pm - Episode 9 "The Training Gate - Merilo and Bumoru"
Characters going into different dimensions to train their sentient weapons, called ARMs, to their peak forms - and they say kids can't relate to cartoons these days. Pfuh.
Saturday May 5 9:00pm - Episode 86 "A New Training Begins: I Will Be Strong"
If I had to pick a theme for the week it would probably be "training." This week, Naruto and Jiraiya continue on their quest to find the elusive Tsunade, while Naruto gets excited over the prospect of learning a deadly new jutsu. Plus, shenanigans!
Friday May 11 8:00pm - Episode 80 "The Third Hokage, Forever..."
On a rare training-free episode of Naruto, the bitter Hokage Battle Royale finally concludes, and the Hidden Leaf villagers pay their respects to the fallen. "Fallen" meaning "dead," for those not accustomed to things being merely alluded to instead of blatantly spelled out.
-Monday May 7 8:30am - Episode 2 "Alien and Violence Cosmic Bath" (Repeats Tue May 8 5:00am)
-Tuesday May 8 8:30am - Episode 3 "Alien and Radio Noise Bath" (Repeats Wed May 9 5:00am)
-Wednesday May 9 8:30am - Episode 4 "Alien and a Beginner Waitress Bath" (Repeats Thu May 10 5:00am)
-Thursday May 10 8:30am - Episode 5 "Alien and Dried Up Amusements Bath" (Repeats Fri May 11 5:00am)
-Friday May 11 8:30am - Episode 6 "Alien and Rival Hot Spring Bath" (Repeats Sat May 12 5:00am)
Yes, because when I roll out of bed at 8:30 in the morning, hoping beyond hope that whatever ungodly amount of caffeine I'm imbibing will magically erase any thoughts of calling in sick and spending another four hours in bed, the exact show I want to watch on TV is a kooky but heartwarming tale of a destitute college girl and her wacky, lower-class alien roommate, and the copious amount of social satire that results.
Saturday May 5 9:30pm - Episode 88 "Hook, Lie and Sinker"
The wonderful news about Funimation acquiring One Piece is celebratory enough - but the fact that they'll be premiering these episodes as soon as August is downright exciting! No more interminable Brooklyn accents! No more lame puns and jokes that even the most ardent Garfield fans would find infantile! Until then, though, we'll be slogging through 4Kids' One Piece detritus, including this episode, where Vivi rushes to stop Kohza from storming the palace in Alubarna. With puns.
Prince of Tennis
Saturday May 5 10:30pm - Episode 8 "The Split Step"
Ryoma, that seventh grade tennis prodigy, has been practicing this new move and finally puts it into practice in his fight, I mean, TENNIS MATCH against upperclassman Inui.
Sunday May 6 9:30pm - Episode 20 "Elegy of Entrapment: Verse 1"
The odd couple of Mugen, Jin, and Fuu get a small taste of the dangers that lie in store when a chance encounter with a blind musician turns deadly.
Saturday May 5 7:30pm - Episode 108 "Hanging With Axel, Part 1"
I imagine Yu-Gi-Oh GX would approximate what would happen if you took Harry Potter, and then made it suck. This week on Sucky Harry Potter (With Cards), the students are given these magical belts that show their emotions while dueling.
Friday May 11 8:30pm - Episode 68 "Tia's Plan to Confess"
After their big battle against the deadly Zofis and other such villains, the coy Tia musters up her courage to sincerely thank the nudity-prone Zatch for his brave rescue. Young moppet love; so sweet.
Sunday May 6 9:00am
Pokemon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Friday May 11 7:30pm
Karas: The Prophecy
Tuesday May 8 6:00pm
Wednesday May 9 4:30pm
Pokemon, Pokemon, Well-animated fluff, and a classic we've all seen a dozen times or so! Great! Or maybe not, after giving it some thought.
I suppose that wraps up my erudite commentary for this week; I should probably be around for more in seven days' time. Until then; enjoy the repeats!
-Sat May 5 5:00am - Episode 4 "Forefeel"
-Sun May 6 5:00am - Episode 18 "The Greatest Villain"
-Sun May 6 7:25pm - Episode 16 "Believer" (R Sun May 6 11:40pm, Fri May 11 1:00am)
-Sun May 6 7:50pm - Episode 17 "Accomplices" (R Mon May 7 12:05am, Fri May 11 1:25am)
-Fri May 11 9:00pm - Episode 18 "Four People"
-Fri May 11 9:30pm - Episode 19 "Atonement"
-Sat May 5 11:00am - Episode 31 "The Eighth Digivice"
-Sun May 6 11:00am - Episode 33 "Out on the Town"
-Sun May 6 9:00pm - Episode 159 "Kazemon Kicks It"
-Mon May 7 12:00am - Episode 108 "It Came From the Other Side"
-Mon May 7 8:00am - Episode 46 "Etemon's Comeback Tour" (R Tue May 8 2:30am)
-Mon May 7 9:30pm - Episode 75 "The Crest of Kindness" (R Tue May 8 2:00am)
-Tue May 8 8:00am - Episode 47 "Ogremon's Honor" (R Wed May 9 2:30am)
-Tue May 8 7:30pm - Episode 126 "The Boar Wars"
-Tue May 8 9:30pm - Episode 76 "Davis Cries Wolfman" (R Wed May 9 2:00am)
-Wed May 9 8:00am - Episode 48 "My Sister's Keeper" (R Thu May 10 2:30am)
-Wed May 9 7:30pm - Episode 127 "A World Apart"
-Wed May 9 9:30pm - Episode 77 "Genesis of Evil" (R Thu May 10 2:00am)
-Thu May 10 8:00am - Episode 49 "The Crest of Light" (R Fri May 11 2:30am)
-Thu May 10 7:30pm - Episode 78 "If I Had a Tail Hammer" (R Thu May 10 9:30pm, Fri May 11 2:00am)
-Fri May 11 8:00am - Episode 50 "Joe's Battle" (R Sat May 12 2:30am)
-Fri May 11 9:30pm - Episode 79 "Spirit Needle" (R Sat May 12 2:00am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat May 5 7:00pm - Episode 128 "His Name Is Cell"
-Sun May 6 10:00pm - Episode 14 "Edel Reid Hunter Reappears" (R Mon May 7 2:00am, 2:00pm)
-Sun May 6 1:00am - Episode 50 "Wish Upon a Star" (R Sun May 6 4:00am)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
-Sun May 6 11:30pm - Episode 14 "The Wandering Heart" (R Mon May 7 3:30am, 3:30pm)
-Sat May 5 4:30pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Sun May 6 8:30am)
-Sun May 6 4:30pm - Episode 10 "School in the Crosshairs" (R Mon May 7 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon May 7 4:30pm - Episode 11 "Shin Drops Out of School" (R Tue May 8 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue May 8 4:30pm - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing" (R Wed May 9 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed May 9 4:30pm - Episode 13 "Yakumi's Final Act of Honor" (R Thu May 10 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu May 10 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With a Secret Is Born!" (R Fri May 11 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri May 11 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Duel! Shin vs. Ojou?" (R Sat May 12 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue May 8 1:00am - Episode 153 "The Cruel Reunion of Fate" (R Tue May 8 4:30am)
-Tue May 8 1:30am - Episode 154 "The Demon Linked With the Netherworld" (R Tue May 8 5:00am)
-Wed May 9 1:00am - Episode 155 "The Demon Protector of the Sacred Jewel Shard" (R Wed May 9 4:30am)
-Wed May 9 1:30am - Episode 156 "Final Battle at the Graveside! Sesshomaru Versus Inuyasha" (R Wed May 9 5:00am)
-Thu May 10 1:00am - Episode 157 "Destroy Naraku With Adamant Barrage" (R Thu May 10 4:30am)
-Thu May 10 1:30am - Episode 158 "Stampede of the Countless Demon Rats" (R Thu May 10 5:00am)
-Fri May 11 1:00am - Episode 159 "Kohaku's Decision and Sango's Heart" (R Fri May 11 4:30am)
-Fri May 11 1:30am - Episode 160 "The Lucky But Two-Timing Scoundrel" (R Fri May 11 5:00am)
Kyo Kara Maoh
-Sun May 6 10:30pm - Episode 14 "Yuri, Doing Hard Labor" (R Mon May 7 2:30am, 2:30pm)
The Law of Ueki
-Sun May 6 11:00pm - Episode 14 "The Law of the Awakening Organ" (R Mon May 7 3:00am, 3:00pm)
Mirage of Blaze
-Thu May 10 12:00am - Episode 1 "Ill Fated Destiny"
-Thu May 10 12:30am - Episode 2 "Possessor From the Darkness"
-Thu May 10 1:05am - Episode 3 "An Imperfect Awakening"
-Fri May 11 12:00am - Episode 4 "Premonition of a Chain Reaction"
-Fri May 11 12:30am - Episode 5 "Endless Conflict"
-Fri May 11 1:00am - Episode 6 "Golden Emblem"
-Sat May 5 8:00pm - Episode 84 "Roar, Chidori: Brother vs. Brother"
-Mon May 7 5:30pm - Episode 76 "Assassin of the Moonlit Night"
-Tue May 8 5:30pm - Episode 77 "Light vs. Dark: The Two Faces of Gaara"
-Wed May 9 5:30pm - Episode 78 "Naruto's Ninja Handbook"
-Thu May 10 5:30pm - Episode 79 "Beyond the Limit of Darkness and Light"
-Fri May 11 5:30pm - Episode 80 "The Third Hokage, Forever..."
-Sat May 5 8:30pm - Episode 9 "Surprising Like Super-Racer" (R Sun May 6 2:30am)
-Sat May 5 11:30pm - Episode 21 "Ominous Like O"
-Sun May 6 8:30pm - Episode 10 "Resistant Like Rush" (R Mon May 7 2:30am)
-Mon May 7 9:00pm - Episode 13 "Make Way!" (R Tue May 8 1:30am)
-Fri May 11 9:00pm - Episode 14 "Welcome to Oban!" (R Sat May 12 1:30am)
-Sat May 5 9:00am - Episode 431 "Time-Warp Heals All Wounds!"
-Sat May 5 9:30am - Episode 432 "Queen of the Serpentine"
-Mon May 7 6:30am - Episode 402 "Shocks and Bonds"
-Mon May 7 5:30pm - Episode 439 "King and Queen For a Day"
-Tue May 8 6:30am - Episode 403 "A Judgment Brawl"
-Tue May 8 5:00pm - Episode 440 "Curbing the Crimson Tide"
-Wed May 9 6:30am - Episode 404 "Choose It or Loose It"
-Wed May 9 5:00pm - Episode 441 "What I Did For Love"
-Thu May 10 6:30am - Episode 405 "At the End of the Fray"
-Thu May 10 5:00pm - Episode 442 "Three Jynx and a Baby"
-Fri May 11 6:30am - Episode 406 "The Scheme Team"
-Fri May 11 5:00pm - Episode 443 "Talking a Good Game"
-Mon May 7 4:30pm - Episode 10 "Oaknapped!"
-Tue May 8 4:30pm - Episode 11 "A Date With Delcatty!"
-Wed May 9 4:30pm - Episode 12 "Celebi and Joy!"
-Thu May 10 4:30pm - Episode 13 "Training Daze"
-Fri May 11 4:30pm - Episode 14 "Journey to the Starting Line!"
-Sun May 6 1:30am - Episode 25 "Evanescent Encounter, Part 2" (R Sun May 6 4:30am)
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Sat May 5 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Tears of the Assassin" (R Sun May 6 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Sun May 6 4:00pm - Episode 6 "The Duel at Hibiya Bay" (R Mon May 7 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon May 7 4:00pm - Episode 7 "Keichou Era Battle Royal" (R Tue May 8 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue May 8 4:00pm - Episode 8 "Demon Spear Cries" (R Wed May 9 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed May 9 4:00pm - Episode 9 "The Blind Smile" (R Thu May 10 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu May 10 4:00pm - Episode 10 "Cold Blood Illusion" (R Fri May 11 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri May 11 4:00pm - Episode 11 "Pitch Black Flashback" (R Sat May 12 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue May 8 12:30am - Episode 10 "Can't Abort Them When They're Not Yours" (R Tue May 8 4:00am)
-Wed May 9 12:30am - Episode 11 "Irregular Tampons on Sale" (R Wed May 9 4:00am)
-Thu May 10 12:30am - Episode 12 "Get Yours, or Die" (R Thu May 10 4:00am)
-Fri May 11 12:30am - Episode 13 "Swimming, Diving and Scuba Team" (R Fri May 11 4:00am)
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
-Mon May 7 6:00am - Episode 6 "A Peaceful Battle" (R Mon May 7 9:00am, Tue May 8 4:30am)
-Tue May 8 6:00am - Episode 7 "Your Smile" (R Tue May 8 9:00am, Wed May 9 4:30am)
-Wed May 9 6:00am - Episode 8 "A Humble Feast" (R Wed May 9 9:00am, Thu May 10 4:30am)
-Thu May 10 6:00am - Episode 9 "After the Rain" (R Thu May 10 9:00am, Fri May 11 4:30am)
-Fri May 11 6:00am - Episode 10 "Gazing Eyes" (R Fri May 11 9:00am, Sat May 12 4:30am)
-Sat May 5 4:00am - Episode 27 "Lanancuras Arises"
-Sat May 5 8:00am - Episode 19 "Feathered Fiend"
-Sun May 6 8:00am - Episode 20 "The Two Mushrambos"
-Tue May 8 4:00am - Episode 28 "Lanancuras Unbound"
-Wed May 9 4:00am - Episode 29 "Mushrambo Meets His Match"
-Thu May 10 4:00am - Episode 30 "Mushra's Mission"
-Fri May 11 4:00am - Episode 31 "Soul Survivor"
-Sat May 5 10:00am - Episode "Chaos Control Freaks"
Special Duty Combat Unit: Shinesman
-Fri May 11 11:45am - Episode 1
-Fri May 11 12:20pm - Episode 2
-Sat May 5 12:00am - Episode 13 "Vista"
-Sat May 5 12:30am - Episode 14 "Rejection"
-Sat May 5 1:00am - Episode 15 "Shapes"
-Tue May 8 12:00am - Episode 16 "Strain"
-Tue May 8 12:30am - Episode 17 "Dependence"
-Tue May 8 1:00am - Episode 18 "Throne"
-Wed May 9 12:00am - Episode 19 "Heavenward"
-Wed May 9 12:30am - Episode 20 "Hades"
-Wed May 9 1:00am - Episode 21 "Encephalopathy"
-Wed May 9 1:30am - Episode 22 "Myth"
-Mon May 7 6:00am - Episode 44 "Duel"
-Tue May 8 6:00am - Episode 45 "Leader"
-Wed May 9 6:00am - Episode 46 "Showdown"
-Sun May 6 5:30am - Episode 6 "The Right Arm of Voltron"
-Tue May 8 5:30am - Episode 56 "The Shell Game"
-Wed May 9 5:30am - Episode 57 "The Traitor"
-Thu May 10 5:30am - Episode 58 "Voltron Meets Jungle Woman"
-Fri May 11 5:30am - Episode 59 "Little Buddies"
-Sat May 5 10:30am - Episode 47 "Dungeon Dice Monsters, Part 2"
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