May 26 - June 1
by Brian Hanson,
Good evening or afternoon or whatever time you decide to read articles on the internet about anime on television! The Click is back and loaded to its proverbial brim with precious and lovingly crafted "content."
Of course, the big news in the world of all nerd-dom this week deals with the release of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I hope you'll all forgive me for discussing something that is neither animated, from Japan, nor on television, but I've just returned home from a late-night screening of the latest installment, and feel I need to speak on a few things in a somewhat public place, where they really have no purpose being said. I do this mostly to make myself feel important, of course. Jack Sparrow is one of those rare, iconic movie characters, and is a wonderful creation in just about every way. He is this generation's Indiana Jones, for certain. Why, then, do his movies seem to sidetrack him as much as possible? Is it because common moviegoers actually want to watch Orlando Bloom do his Pouting Sad Face, followed by his Pouting Love Face? Or Keira Knightley's oh-so-adorable shrieking 12-year-old-girl voice in place of acting? Or about two-dozen ill-conceived plot twists in place of an actual story? I'm certain that if they took Pirates 2 and 3, cut each of them in half, and mooshed them together, there'd be a fun, entertaining movie there that would make a lot more sense. But then, of course, Jerry Bruckheimer would be out the guaranteed 600 million dollars another movie with "Pirates of the Caribbean" tacked to its title would make, so scratch that idea.
Now, back to anime! Which, though many of them may be as ridiculous and silly as Pirates 3, none of them are nearly three hours long, which is a definite improvement.
Seriously, no more trolling at the expense of Pirates 3. I'm done with it. I think.
Sunday May 27 12:00am - Episode 35 (Repeats Sun May 27 3:00am)
This week's Click Pick hearkens back that old adage - what am *I* looking forward to watching most this week? That would easily be this week's Bleach premiere, wherein a sudden and mysterious death amongst the ranks of the Soul Society elite causes all manner of uproar, which spells trouble for our friends Ichigo and co. - being that they are the ones blamed for the supposed murder.
YTV viewers, rejoice! Major, major props to my man Jesse Betteridge for the juicy info that, yes, Eureka 7's new season begins on YTV this week, as well as many other tidbits of information that pertains to our Canadian contingent. And it just so happens that this is a very, very good episode, too, featuring Charles and Ray infiltrating the Gekko, while a clueless Renton remains locked in the brig.
(Independent Film Channel)
Friday June 1 11:30pm - Episode 22 "The Haunted" (Repeats Sat June 2 2:45am)
Yet more jilted ninja cross-clan love feuds this week, as the dark and foreboding milieu of Basilisk forebodes the foreboding tale of Oboro, who tries to lure her would-be lover Gennosuke with the aid of a captive.
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
-Monday May 28 12:00am - Episode 23 "Festival" (Repeats Tue May 29 7:00pm, Wed May 30 12:00am, 4:00pm)
-Tuesday May 28 12:30am - Episode 24 "Third Stage" (Repeats Tue May 29 7:30pm, Wed May 30 12:30am, 4:30pm)
Beck reaches it's seemingly penultimate conclusion, as the band readies for the Grateful Sound Music Festival, but a myriad of personal problems, behind-the-scenes deals, and tempered egos threatens to destroy the band before they even have the chance to shine. Pathos, bathos, and rockin' out!
Friday June 1 10:30pm - Episode TBA (Repeats Sat June 2 2:00am)
Eureka 7 is returning to YTV with new episodes, and according to my Canuck homeslice Jesse Betteridge, Bleach is likely to follow suit - but no guarantees here, folks, so be wary. Remember to wear your repeat-proof protective gear as a precaution.
Sunday May 27 12:30am - Episode 11 "After the Dance" (Repeats Sun May 27 3:30am)
The Phantom continues to stalk the erstwhile vampire-killin' Saya, which spells trouble for the student body as the worst possible time for a vicious, child-abducting stalker to appear would be during the annual formal ball! Think of all the ruined dates! Those poor, fictional animated schoolchildren!
Saturday May 26 8:30pm - Episode 60 "Blowing Your Savings on Bubbles: Is It Worth It?"
Bo-Bobo and friends team up to fight bodily hairs, comb, Sharpie Marker, bowling trophy, discarded Q-tips surrounding assorted computer cables and Popsicle sticks.
The most cerebral episode of Bebop, both literally and figuratively, centers on a mysterious cult known as Scratch, and the helpless souls who become entangled in their web. Which now includes a desperate-to-escape-her-debts Faye Valentine. Expect lots of technobabble and philosophical gobbledygook!
Tuesday May 29 5:00pm - Episode 18 "The False React" (Repeats Tue May 29 8:00pm, Wed May 30 12:30am, 12:00pm)
With a brand new ally in tow, the spunky Viro, our heroes continue their journey to escape the evil clutches of the sky pirates after their heads. Must... avoid... discussing... dissatisfaction... with... Pirates of the Caribbean...
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
Tuesday May 29 6:30pm - Episode 18 "Duel" (Repeats Tue May 29 9:30pm, Wed May 30 2:00am, 1:30pm)
The noble Albert, fed up with the Count's constant jibba-jabba, duels with him, and in the process lots of juicy, spoiler-ific details spring forth, like a bounteous geyser.
Gundam Seed Destiny
Friday June 1 9:30pm - Episode 13 "Revived Wings" (Repeats Sat June 2 1:30am)
Jumpin' Jehosephat, how many acronyms can one show have? I know SEED stands for something, and then there's MINERVA and ZAFT and lots of stuff like EA and... despite my love for acronyms in their myriad of forms, even I think this is a bit crazy. Anyway, all of those acronyms come up in this week's Gundam Seed Destiny, in Canada! New and old allies return to heed the call of battle, including one Kira Yamato, heretofore forgotten protagonist of the first Gundam Seed series.
-Friday June 1 5:30am - Episode 9 "Smile"
-Friday June 1 9:30am - Episode 10 "Street" (Repeats Sat June 2 5:30am)
What gives with the scheduling on this show? It isn't as though it's early-morning timeslot wasn't enough to practically doom it to obscurity - I would think the meager, albeit sincere, promotion I could proffer it would be appreciated. Anyway, catch these episodes of Human Crossing, and enjoy a slow-paced but interestingly deep show focusing on the crazy lives of ordinary people! Yeah!
Kyo kara Maoh!
Tuesday May 29 5:30pm - Episode 18 "For That Love" (Repeats Tue May 29 8:30pm, Wed May 30 1:00am, 12:30pm)
Yuri, that beleaguered demonic deity, has made a royal decree - Wolfram, his bratty compatriot, needs his own room. Then there are monsters and drama and such.
The Law of Ueki
Tuesday May 29 6:00pm - Episode 18 "The Law of Dogura Mansion" (Repeats Tue May 29 9:00pm, Wed May 30 1:30am, 1:00pm)
An invitation to a "party" given to Ueki and his band of rough-trigger troublemakers, of course, leads to more fighting. Ueki goes up against the newest member of the Robert's Ten, and there are shoutings of attack names and such.
-Monday May 28 8:30pm - Episode 16 "Sheik-Down"
-Tuesday May 29 8:30pm - Episode 17 "My Birthday Pursuit"
-Wednesday May 30 8:30pm - Episode 18 "A Safe Bet"
-Thursday May 31 8:30pm - Episode 19 "Hell Toupee"
-Friday June 1 8:30pm - Episode 20 "Last Mastery"
Oy gevalt! How do I keep missing these things? Canada, you, as a nation, have an obligation to watch Lupin III as much and as earnestly as possible. It is an honestly funny, engaging, and charming show, with delectable old-school animation infused with hip new-school humor. This week's batch of thievery and lechery includes Lupin outsmarting a would-be Lawrence of Arabia, a Pink Panther-esque diamond, Neo-Nazis, and an old samurai friend of his stalwart swordsman companion, Goemon.
Saturday May 26 10:00pm - Episode 11 "Babbo: Version 2"
Spikey-haired kid Ginta's magical weapon, an anthropomorphic, mustachioed "ARM" named Babbo, becomes new and improved! But will it actually be "new" and "improved," unlike so many Dorito's bags that have made that same claim? Find out!
Friday June 1 7:00pm - Episode 1 "Open! Door to Another World"
YTV adds the trans-dimensional kookiness of MAR to its Friday-night hit parade, to the shrieking joy of no doubt millions. Maybe. Watch as Ginta enters the crazy fantasy land of MAR, for the first time ever!
Saturday May 26 9:00pm - Episode 89 "An Impossible Choice: The Pain Within Tsunade's Heart"
This week's Naruto introduces the disconcertingly buxom Tsunade, one of the former "Legendary Sannin" that has now taken to gambling her life away in ignominy. That is, until Naruto and his dirty-minded teacher attempt to sway her help - unless the nefarious Orochimaru gets to her first.
Friday June 1 8:00pm - Episode 83 "Jiraiya: Naruto's Potential Disaster"
Naruto learns some important Ninja history courtesy of Jiraiya, while Sasuke searches for Naruto, in order to warn him of the impending danger caused by Itachi and his secret society. If I could think of any good "Ninja vs. Pirate" jokes, they would go here, probably. Too bad there aren't any.
Saturday May 26 9:30pm - Episode 91 "The Crypt Script"
Even for a lame pun, that title doesn't make any sense. Especially considering the content of the episode, which features neither crypts nor scripts. Instead it features villain extraordinaire Crocodile, betraying his right-hand woman, Nico Robin, while Luffy follows in hot pursuit and the rest of the crew attempt to defuse a bomb that threatens to destroy the kingdom.
The Prince of Tennis
Saturday May 26 10:30pm - Episode 10 "Counterattack! Sasabe Again"
This week, Ryoma squares off in Mortal Tennis Kombat against a man with probably the greatest nickname ever - the "Golden Retriever," so named because he "retrieves" nearly any ball in the court. Clever, no?
Sunday May 27 9:30pm - Episode 23 "Baseball Blues"
Sigh, if only every episode of Prince of Tennis were as much unadulterated fun as this stand-alone Champloo episode. Our traveling trio encounters a ship of boorish Americans, and end up literally going to bat for a small village in a game of winner-takes-all baseball.
Saturday May 26 7:30pm - Episode 110 "Primal Instinct"
When I was a kid, I really wanted the game "Primal Rage" for my Sega Genesis. It had dinosaurs, dinosaurs that fought and literally ripped out each others hearts and ate them, and could stomp on little cavemen. It seemed as though it were the greatest game ever crafted by human hands. I mowed the lawn and practically landscaped the backyard of this lady in the neighborhood, who probably could have saved herself the 80 dollars she paid me to simply do it herself, but she rather enjoyed screaming and yelling at a confused and exhausted 11-year old child, so I suppose that was worth it. Anyway, the game itself turned out to be a chunky, uncontrollable piece of detritus. After about an entire month of trying to figure out the game's unresponsive controls, I relented the game to my sister, who played it for about two days before burying it in the closet. The End.
...Oh, uh, and this week's Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is about cards.
Friday June 1 8:30pm - Episode 71 "The Roar of Rao Diboren!"
The gang's all here, as Zatch and Kiyo's esteemed fighting partners all join their quest to destroy the nefarious Zofis, and they all fight and such.
Any Studio Ghibli is always a welcome addition to the lineup. Though I, and I suspect many of you, already own this fine film on DVD, so I'm afraid that's how I'll end up watching it if I do indeed watch it this week.
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Monday May 28 10:00am
Look, kids! Pokémon! I'll bet in this feature film they Pokémon all over the place, Pokemonning in ways never witnessed before by human eyes! Or something!
In case you've missed this head-trip of a 60 minute feature before: this film features a character who has a drill in place for a rather unpleasant part of his anatomy.
And that's it, guys. Be sure to check out next week, when I thinly disguise myself as an anime columnist to talk about movies, such as why all movies that have ever won Academy Awards are actually terrible, and how any movie that makes more than 100 thousand dollars is a piece of crap you should be ashamed for enjoying!
-Sat May 26 5:00am - Episode 7 "Intrigue"
-Sun May 27 5:00am - Episode 21 "The Third Big"
-Sun May 27 11:55pm - Episode 22 "Sayonara"
-Mon May 28 12:20am - Episode 23 "The Noise" (R Fri June 1 1:25am)
-Fri June 1 1:00am - Episode 15 "Pursuer"
-Fri June 1 9:00pm - Episode 24 "Chrono"
-Fri June 1 9:30pm - Episode 1 "Sister Rosette"
-Sat May 26 11:00am - Episode 38 "Prophecy"
-Sun May 27 11:00am - Episode 40 "Enter the Dark Masters"
-Mon May 28 12:00am - Episode 11 "Now You See It Now You Don't"
-Mon May 28 8:00am - Episode 61 "Guardian Angel" (R Tue May 29 2:30am)
-Mon May 28 9:30pm - Episode 90 "Stone Soup" (R Tue May 29 2:00am)
-Tue May 29 8:00am - Episode 62 "Ken's Secret" (R Wed May 30 2:30am)
-Tue May 29 7:30pm - Episode 138 "Lionheart"
-Tue May 29 9:30pm - Episode 91 "Kyoto Dragon" (R Wed May 30 2:00am)
-Wed May 30 8:00am - Episode 63 "The Emperor's New Home" (R Thu May 31 2:30am)
-Wed May 30 7:30pm - Episode 139 "Give a Little Bit"
-Wed May 30 9:30pm - Episode 93 "Dramon Power" (R Thu May 31 2:00am)
-Thu May 31 8:00am - Episode 64 "The Captive Digimon" (R Fri June 1 2:30am)
-Thu May 31 7:30pm - Episode 94 "Digimon World Tour, Part 1"
-Thu May 31 9:30pm - Episode 95 "Digimon World Tour, Part 2" (R Fri June 1 2:00am)
-Fri June 1 8:00am - Episode 65 "The Storm of Friendship" (R Sat June 2 2:30am)
-Fri June 1 9:30pm - Episode "Digimon World Tour, Part 3" (R Sat June 2 2:00am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat May 26 7:00pm - Episode 130 "Laboratory Basement"
-Sun May 27 10:00pm - Episode 17 "The Troublesome Chance Meeting" (R Mon May 28 2:00am, 2:00pm)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo
-Sun May 27 11:30pm - Episode 17 "Confession" (R Mon May 28 3:30am, 3:30pm)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
-Sun May 27 1:00am - Episode 4 "Cash Eye" (R Sun May 27 4:00am)
-Sat May 26 4:30pm - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?" (R Sun May 27 8:30am)
-Sun May 27 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Ooedoo Clan in Crisis" (R Mon May 28 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon May 28 4:30pm - Episode 6 "Kyo-san's Knockout Performance" (R Tue May 29 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue May 29 4:30pm - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?" (R Wed May 30 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed May 30 4:30pm - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins" (R Thu May 31 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu May 31 4:30pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Fri June 1 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu May 31 6:00am - Episode 5 "Reveal"
-Fri June 1 6:00am - Episode 6 "Hidden"
-Tue May 29 1:00am - Episode 10 "Phantom Showdown: The Thunder Brothers vs. Tetsusaiga" (R Tue May 29 4:30am)
-Tue May 29 1:30am - Episode 11 "Terror of the Ancient Noh Mask" (R Tue May 29 5:00am)
-Wed May 30 1:00am - Episode 12 "The Soul Piper and the Mischievous Little Soul" (R Wed May 30 4:30am)
-Wed May 30 1:30am - Episode 13 "The Mystery of the New Moon and the Black Haired Inuyasha" (R Wed May 30 5:00am)
-Thu May 31 1:00am - Episode 14 "Kikyo's Stolen Ashes" (R Thu May 31 4:30am)
-Thu May 31 1:30am - Episode 15 "Return of the Tragic Priestess, Kikyo" (R Thu May 31 5:00am)
-Fri June 1 1:00am - Episode 16 "Mystical Hand of the Amorous Monk, Miroku" (R Fri June 1 4:30am)
-Fri June 1 1:30am - Episode 17 "Cursed Ink of the Hell-Painter" (R Fri June 1 5:00am)
Kyo kara Maoh!
-Sun May 27 10:30pm - Episode 17 "I'll Remarry!" (R Mon May 28 2:30am, 2:30pm)
The Law of Ueki
-Sun May 27 11:00pm - Episode 17 "The Law of the Tow Powers" (R Mon May 28 3:00am, 3:00pm)
Mirage of Blaze
-Sun May 27 2:30pm - Episode 1 "Ill Fated Destiny"
-Sat May 26 8:00pm - Episode 87 "Keep On Training: Pop Goes the Water Balloon"
-Tue May 29 5:30pm - Episode 2 "My Name Is Konohamaru"
-Wed May 30 5:30pm - Episode 3 "Sasuke and Sakura: Friends or Foes?"
-Thu May 31 5:30pm - Episode 4 "Pass or Fail: Survival Test"
-Fri June 1 5:30pm - Episode 5 "You Failed! Kakashi's Final Decision"
-Mon May 28 8:30am - Episode 4 "Alien and a Beginner Waitress Bath" (R Mon May 28 9:30am, Tue May 29 5:00am, 5:30am)
-Tue May 29 8:30am - Episode 6 "Alien and Rival Hot Spring Bath" (R Wed May 30 8:30am, 9:30am, Thu May 31 5:00am, 5:30am)
-Tue May 29 9:30am - Episode 5 "Alien and Dried Up Amusements Bath" (R Wed May 30 5:00am, 5:30am)
-Thu May 31 8:30am - Episode 7 "Mothership, Go-Con and Cloudy Skies Bath" (R Thu May 31 9:30am, Fri June 1 5:00am)
-Fri June 1 8:30am - Episode 8 "Melancholy and Cast Off Summer Bath" (R Sat June 2 5:00am)
-Sat May 26 8:30pm - Episode 15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter" (R Sun May 27 2:30am)
-Sat May 26 11:30pm - Episode 1 "A Fresh Start"
-Sun May 27 11:30pm - Episode 2 "Hostilities Break Out"
-Mon May 28 2:30am - Episode 16 "Nervous Like Ning & Skun"
-Mon May 28 9:00pm - Episode 19 "The Origin of the World" (R Tue May 29 1:30am)
-Wed May 30 8:00pm - Episode 24 "Iron"
-Sat May 26 9:00am - Episode 437 "Cutting the Ties That Bind"
-Sat May 26 9:30am - Episode 438 "Ka Boom With a View"
-Tue May 29 6:30am - Episode 417 "The Saffron Con"
-Tue May 29 5:00pm - Episode 456 "Channeling the Battle Zone"
-Wed May 30 6:30am - Episode 418 "A Hurdle For Squirtle"
-Wed May 30 5:00pm - Episode 457 "Aipom and Circumstance"
-Thu May 31 6:30am - Episode 419 "Pasta Lavista!"
-Thu May 31 5:00pm - Episode 458 "Strategy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight!"
-Fri June 1 6:30am - Episode 368 "Clamperl of Wisdom"
-Fru June 1 5:00pm - Episode 459 "Duels of the Jungle!"
-Fri June 1 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Run" (R Sat June 2 2:30am, 8:30am)
(Independent Film Channel)
-Sat May 26 8:00am - Episode 3 "The Entertainer"
-Sat May 26 8:30am - Episode 4 "The Loner"
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Sat May 26 4:00pm - Episode 26 "The Ballad of the Samurai" (R Sun May 27 8:00am)
-Sun May 27 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Road to Armageddon" (R Mon May 28 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon May 28 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Wanted Dead or Alive" (R Tue May 29 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue May 29 4:00pm - Episode 3 "Red Mirage" (R Wed May 30 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed May 30 4:00pm - Episode 4 "The Creeping Nightmare" (R Thu May 31 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu May 31 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Tears of the Assassin" (R Fri June 1 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri June 1 4:00pm - Episode 6 "The Duel at Hibiya Bay" (R Sat June 2 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue May 29 12:30am - Episode 15 (R Tue May 29 4:00am)
-Wed May 30 12:30am - Episode 16 (R Wed May 30 4:00am)
-Thu May 31 12:30am - Episode 17 (R Thu May 31 4:00am)
-Fri June 1 12:30am - Episode 18 (R Fri June 1 4:00am)
Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars
-Mon May 28 6:00am - Episode 21 "Helpers Meet" (R Mon May 28 9:00am)
-Tue May 29 6:00am - Episode 22 "Please Look Up the Sky" (R Tue May 29 9:00am, Wed May 30 4:30am)
-Wed May 30 6:00am - Episode 23 "Federation and Leage" (R Wed May 30 9:00am, Thu May 31 4:30am)
-Thu May 31 6:00am - Episode 24 "The Ones Which Are Here" (R Thu May 31 9:00am, Fri June 1 4:30am)
-Fri June 1 6:00am - Episode 25 "The Fake Awakens" (R Fri June 1 9:00am, Sat June 2 4:30am)
-Sat May 26 4:00am - Episode 10 "Mushrambo: The Ultimate Samurai"
-Sat May 26 8:00am - Episode 25 "Eilis of the Storm"
-Sun May 27 8:00am - Episode 26 "Reviving Yakumo"
-Tue May 29 4:00am - Episode 11 "Clash of the Hyper Warriors"
-Wed May 30 4:00am - Episode 12 "Test"
-Thu May 31 4:00am - Episode 13 "Ryuma, Lord of the Reptiles"
-Fri June 1 4:00am - Episode 14 "The Dark Spirit of Destruction"
-Sat May 26 10:00am - Episode "Chaos Emerald Chaos"
Special Duty Combat Unit: Shinesman
-Mon May 28 3:00pm - Episode 1 (R Tue May 29 11:45am)
-Mon May 28 3:30pm - Episode 2 (R Tue May 29 12:20pm)
-Sat May 26 12:00am - Episode 9 "Pilot"
-Sat May 26 12:30am - Episode 10 "Crucible"
-Sat May 26 1:00am - Episode 11 "Wiggle"
-Tue May 29 12:00am - Episode 12 "Conclusion"
-Tue May 29 12:30am - Episode 13 "Vagrant"
-Tue May 29 1:00am - Episode 14 "Precognition"
-Wed May 30 12:00am - Episode 15 "Vista"
-Wed May 30 12:30am - Episode 16 "Rejection"
-Wed May 30 1:00am - Episode 17 "Shapes"
-Thu May 31 12:00am - Episode 18 "Strain"
-Thu May 31 12:30am - Episode 19 "Dependence"
-Thu May 31 1:00am - Episode 20 "Throne"
-Fri June 1 12:00am - Episode 21 "Heavenward"
-Fri June 1 12:30am - Episode 22 "Hades"
-Fri June 1 1:00am - Episode 23 "Encephalopathy"
-Fri June 1 1:30am - Episode 24 "Myth"
-Tue May 29 6:00am - Episode 1 "Fallen"
-Wed May 30 6:00am - Episode 2 "Haven"
-Sun May 27 1:30am - Episode 2 "Witch Hunt" (R Sun May 27 4:30am)
-Sun May 27 5:30am - Episode 9 "A Pretty Spy"
-Tue May 29 5:30am - Episode 54 "The Buried Castle"
-Wed May 30 5:30am - Episode 55 "Pidge's Home Planet"
-Thu May 31 5:30am - Episode 56 "It'll Be a Cold Day"
-Fri June 1 5:30am - Episode 57 "The Deadly Flowers"
-Sat May 26 10:30am - Episode 70 "Double Duel, Part 1"
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