August 25 - 31
by Brian Hanson,
Hi folks! Welcome once again to The Click. Or better known as, "that thing where that guy talks about stuff on TV." I'm here, as ever, to be your ever vigilant, debonair and dashing guide through the dank, moist pits of television to point out the unspoiled anime that exists in their natural habitat. And hey, just for old time's sake: All dates and times are tentative! All times listed are Eastern! That means that literally none of the shows listed below are exempt from crazy last-minute schedule revisions, so don't be terribly shocked if what you assume to be Pokémon instead becomes Die Hard 2: The Novelization: The TV Movie, starring Carl Weathers. Oh, and if you live in some weird, freaky non-Eastern time zone, be prepared to do a little math.
Sadly, it's kind of a dry week, all told. Pre-emptions abound, the most notable of which is Adult Swim's nigh-monthly Futurama marathon this Saturday. No new Bleach or Blood+ this week, I guess. Back in the early days of The Click, back when the internet actually was distributed through a series of tubes liable to be clogged by information and assorted vermin, any Adult Swim or Cartoon Network pre-emption left The Click a very empty gesture. Now, though, with so many other channels offering at least two or three shows here and there, I can still offer a feature-filled Click to the world and feel like a more whole person because of it.
So, without further ado, here's what everyone should be watching, followed by what everybody probably wants to watch, and then rounded up by things everyone has already probably seen:
Saturday August 25 9:30pm - Episode 70 "Baldy Bald Bottoms Out! Best of Luck, Be Well and Bye-Bye"
I cannot stop loving this show. I realize that because of this fact, I am shunned from my friends, unpopular at parties, and not allowed in certain fine dining establishments. Everywhere I go, I see the sour expressions on peoples' faces, their furrowing brows and narrowing eyes practically saying, "This Man enjoys Bo-Bobo? What an utter loser. I'll bet he smells like hot dogs, too."
However, I make no apologies for loving this show. Especially since this is the penultimate episode, and given Cartoon Network's none-too-great track record for keeping well-performing but not mega-hit anime shows in repeats, my favorite follicle-flailing friend may be gone from US TV forever after next week. It brings me sadness. So I urge you all to not judge me for my illness, but rather, to accept me for who I am. Maybe even... love me.
So let it be said: Bo-Bobo will never, EVER again be featured as a Click Pick after this week. Unless somebody offers me a dollar.
Tuesday August 28 7:00pm - Episode 5 (Repeats Tue Aug 28 10:00pm, Wed Aug 29 2:30am, 2:00pm)
Ayakashi switches to its second main feature in this haunted omnibus, a centuries-old tale known as the "Tenshu Monogatari," concerning the unrequited love between a heavenly goddess and a lowly human man. Comparisons could be drawn to the movie "Ghost" and the series "Ah! My Goddess" except sans pottery and goddess harem hijinx.
Those foxy, tough-as-nails ladies in oh-so-wonderfully tight Jazzercise outfits from the Cat's Eye cafe continue their reign of unscrupulous thievery and romance and things.
The fugitive Vincent makes a tough choice to either continue on his quest with his comrades, or save the life of Re-l by risking his own. I... made myself excited to see this episode based upon what I just wrote. I'm not sure how I should feel about that.
One of these days I'm going to get utterly loaded and stumble across the Canadian border, spraypainting "YTV is run by a bunch of buttholes!!" on every unfamiliar building. Which would be all of them. Mark my words.
Gundam Seed Destiny
Friday August 31 9:30pm - Episode 23 "War's Shadow" (Repeats Sat Sep 1 1:30am)
Another Gundam episode, yet another pointless, senseless exercise in totally sweet robot-on-robot carnage. And as the battle becomes more intense, lives are lost. Actual fleshy lives, not metal ones.
Tuesday August 28 5:00pm - Episode 5 (Repeats Tue Aug 28 8:00pm, Wed Aug 29 12:30am, 12:00pm)
What's that adorably precocious junior-high deity up to this week? Mayhap some mishaps will occur, requiring Her divine powers to set things right? A good guess.
Kyo kara Maoh!
Tuesday August 28 5:30pm - Episode 31 "Land's End" (Repeats Tue Aug 28 8:30pm, Wed Aug 29 1:00am, 12:30pm)
So, there's like, this guy, right? And he's kinda this wimpy kid? And then he's this king in the demon realm, yeah? But now, like, this other kingdom is looking to usurp his power, and tear his kingdom asunder, and such? Yeah, that's this show.
Sunday August 25 8:00pm - Episode 6 "Arbiter Attack" (Repeats Mon Aug 26 12:00am)
The nimble yet inexperienced Claus wakes up after being savagely attacked by "The Guild," only to find himself on a strange, unfamiliar ship known as the Sylvana. There, he's given the choice to leave, or stay and fight The Guild on the Sylvana's terms. There, I did it again. I'm excited to see this episode again. Way to go, me.
The Law of Ueki
Tuesday August 28 6:00pm - Episode 33 "Assault! The Law of Ueki vs. Li Ho" (Repeats Tue Aug 28 9:00pm, Wed Aug 29 1:30am, 1:00pm)
Ueki faces one of his earlier opponents, who has taken up immense training during the interim to become much, much stronger. Did I mention he's stronger? Because boy howdy is he stronger.
Friday August 31 7:00pm - Episode 14 "Babbo Version 3: Gargoyle"
It's not often you see shows with umlauts on TV: that's almost reason enough to watch MAR right there. Being a colorfully fun kids' show helps too, I suppose. Anyway, this week, Ginta sizes up his newest opponent, Girom, and powers up his mustachioed weapon to a new level!
-Monday August 27 8:30pm - Episode 1 (R Tue Aug 28 1:30am, 5:30am)
-Tuesday August 28 8:30pm - Episode 2 (R Wed Aug 29 1:30am, 5:30am)
-Wednesday August 29 8:30pm - Episode 3 (Repeats Thu Aug 30 1:30am, 5:30am)
Wow, I can't honestly say that I ever expected this show to wind up on TV. Anywhere. An odd choice, to be sure: an otaku-centric vampire story, with a lolicon embodiment galavanting about? Nonetheless, it's certainly not a bad show, just one made for a very specific audience. So if you're into little vampire girls with cat ears and the various things they say and do and sing (and let's be honest - if you're reading this site, quite a few of you are), check it out.
Sunday August 25 9:00pm - Episode 101 "Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi Sensei's True Face"
What happens when you stretch a three-page gag in Kishimoto's manga into a full-length 22-minute episode? This! Watch with slight befuddlement and amusement as Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura attempt to catch a glimpse at Kakashi's uncloaked face. With hilarious results! Maybe!
Monday August 27 11:00pm - Episode 10 "A Stormy Night"
Various factions and bad guys and such fight over Haruka's immense powers, with only her close friend(s) to stop them!
Saturday August 25 10:00pm - Episode 101 "Wreckers Reef"
While lost in the aptly-named "Rainbow Mist," the straw hat crew is attacked by a motley crew of young ruffians, up to no good. Somehow, pirate-ing is involved, I'd suspect.
Tuesday August 28 6:30pm - Episode 5 "Mother" (Repeats Tue Aug 28 9:30pm, Wed Aug 29 2:00am, 1:30pm)
Who'da thunk that the fashion world would be so glamorous and exciting? Yukari confronts her mother about her dream to become a fashion model and refuses to take college entrance exams, which of course is the sort of hair-brained nonsense parental figures don't take kindly to.
Friday August 31 8:00pm - Episode 6 "Fear of a Direct Hit"
I hope you Canadians are relishing the sheer, oozing quality of this series. There aren't that many like it, you know. Anyway, in this quite disturbing episode, the cute-as-buttons Taeko comes to grips with certain unsavory events in her past while wandering about town in the midst of a hurricane warning. Lil' Slugger shows up too, of course.
-Tuesday August 28 6:00am - Episode 31 "Thank You, Mathias" (Repeats Tue Aug 28 9:00am, Wed Aug 29 4:30am)
-Wednesday August 29 6:00am - Episode 32 "A Great Idea" (Repeats Wed Aug 29 9:00am, Thu Aug 30 4:30am)
-Thursday August 30 6:00am - Episode 33 "With a Friend Like That..." (Repeats Thu Aug 30 9:00am, Fri Aug 31 4:30am)
-Friday August 31 6:00am - Episode 34 "Storm 250 Meters Undrground!" (Repeats Fri Aug 31 9:00am, Sat Sep 1 4:30am)
If only I had half of the spunk and do-it-yourself attitude of young Remi here. Most of us here can only complain about trivial things in comparison: stubbing one's toe, losing the remote, getting caught in traffic while desperately needing to use the bathroom. Remi's a freaking orphan, and yet the lad has more fun and lives twice the life of any of us. We need to be more uplifting, damn it!!!
Serial Experiments Lain
Saturday August 25 8:00pm - Episode 6 "Kids" (Repeats Sun Aug 26 12:00am)
Totally unrelated, and not to mention at least six years too late, but: Lain has the most hauntingly beautiful opening theme of any anime I've yet seen. Still, after all this time. That's quite a feat. This episode contains that theme song, and about 21 minutes of craziness, as young children around Lain are acting rather odd, what with their staring blankly into the sky with their arms stretched forth.
Saturday August 25 8:30pm - Episode 6 "Repetition" (Repeats Sun Aug 26 12:30am)
Ichise has a somewhat chance encounter with the guy responsible for removing his limbs. Talk about an awkward moment.
Monday August 27 11:30pm - Episode 10 "Never Mind"
Cue cheesy announcer voice: Ranmaru Shindo is a tough cop who doesn't play by the rules. He gets the bad guys. He gets the girls. He will BLOW YOU AWAY.
Sunday August 26 8:30pm - Episode 6 "Training: Each One's Decisions" (Repeats Mon Aug 27 12:30am)
Remember, kids: When there's bad guys afoot, make sure to dedicate yourself to at least two, three weeks of solid, hellish training. That way your powers will be ultimate. Or at least, that's what the kids from Tokyo Underground would tell you. And they seem like nice guys.
Mega Man Star Force
Saturday August 25 7:00pm
I know, this isn't much of a "feature" per se, but rather the first few episodes of the new Mega Man series strung together in a two-hour block. But the TV grids classify it as a "movie" so, eh.
This movie is awesome! I would recommend buying the DVD, however. As though any of you needed me to tell you that.
See above. Also, why on earth is this airing at ten in the morning? A somber, dark, violent story is not exactly the sort of thing I want to see while rubbing my eyes awake from a vicious hangover.
Kakuren: Hide and Seek
Sunday August 26 1:00am (Repeats Sun Aug 26 2:00am, Tue Aug 28 2:00am, 3:00am)
Ditto. But Kakuren's only a half-hour long, so I would feel less guilty about watching on TV instead of purchasing the DVD.
That's about everything that I'm fit to cover, so I'll be back for another round next week with more of that juicy content you crave! And I'll bring party hats for all! So long!
10 Tokyo Warriors
-Sun Aug 26 11:50am - Episode TBA (R Mon Aug 27 3:00am)
-Sun Aug 26 12:25pm - Episode TBA (R Mon Aug 27 3:30am)
-Mon Aug 27 11:50am - Episode TBA
-Mon Aug 27 12:25pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Aug 28 12:05pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Aug 28 12:34pm - Episode TBA (R Wed Aug 29 4:30am)
-Wed Aug 29 12:00pm - Episode TBA (R Thu Aug 30 4:25am)
-Wed Aug 29 12:30pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Aug 30 12:00pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Aug 30 12:30pm - Episode TBA
-Sun Aug 26 11:30pm - Episode 4 "Yotsuya Ghost Story, Part 4" (R Mon Aug 27 4:00am, 3:30pm)
Ayane's High Kick
-Mon Aug 27 4:30pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Aug 28 4:30pm - Episode TBA
-Wed Aug 29 4:30pm - Episode TBA
-Thu Aug 30 4:30pm - Episode TBA
-Fri Aug 31 4:30pm - Episode TBA
-Tue Aug 28 12:30am - Episode 11 "My Father's Hands" (R Tue Aug 28 4:00am)
-Wed Aug 29 12:30am - Episode 12 "I Must Do It" (R Wed Aug 29 4:00am)
-Thu Aug 30 12:30am - Episode 13 "The Phantom of the School" (R Thu Aug 30 4:00am)
-Fri Aug 31 12:30am - Episode 14 "Rainbow for Each" (R Fri Aug 31 4:00am)
-Sat Sep 1 12:30am - Episode 15 "I Want to See You" (R Sat Sep 1 4:00am)
-Mon Aug 27 9:30am - Episode 27 "Luna Island Hanging on a Thread" (R Tue Aug 28 5:30am)
-Tue Aug 28 9:30am - Epsiode 28 "Lost Memory" (R Wed Aug 29 5:30am)
-Wed Aug 29 9:30am - Episode 29 "The Magnificent Show" (R Thu Aug 30 5:30am)
-Thu Aug 30 9:30am - Episode 30 "The Death Smell at the Health Club" (R Fri Aug 31 5:30am)
-Sun Aug 26 11:40pm - Episode 24 "Chrono" (R Fri Aug 31 3:55am)
-Mon Aug 27 12:05am - Episode 1 "Sister Rosette" (R Fri Aug 31 4:20am)
-Fri Aug 31 9:00pm - Episode 2 "Contractor"
-Fri Aug 31 9:30pm - Epsiode 3 "Servants"
-Sat Aug 25 5:30pm - Episode 200 "All Aboard the Tag Team Express" (R Sat Aug 25 10:30pm)
-Sun Aug 26 5:30pm - Episode 201 "To Make the World Go Away" (R Sun Aug 26 10:30pm)
-Mon Aug 27 8:00am - Episode 130 "Kazu & Kenta's Excellent Adventure" (R Tue Aug 28 2:00am)
-Mon Aug 27 9:30pm - Episode 7 "Ikkakumon's Harpoon Torpedo" (R Tue Aug 28 2:30am)
-Tue Aug 28 8:00am - Episode 131 "Motorcycle Madness" (R Wed Aug 29 2:00am)
-Tue Aug 28 7:30pm - Episode 174 "You Want Fries With That?"
-Tue Aug 28 9:30pm - Episode 8 "Evil Shows His Face" (R Wed Aug 29 2:30am)
-Wed Aug 29 8:00am - Episode 132 "Blame It on Ryo" (R Thu Aug 30 2:00am)
-Wed Aug 29 7:30pm - Episode 175 "From Dawn to Duskmon"
-Wed Aug 29 9:30pm - Episode 9 "Subzero Ice Punch!" (R Thu Aug 30 2:30am)
-Thu Aug 30 8:00am - Episode 133 "Goliath" (R Fri Aug 31 2:00am)
-Thu Aug 30 7:30pm - Episode 176 "Darkest Before Duskmon"
-Thu Aug 30 9:30pm - Episode 10 "A Clue From the Digi-Past" (R Fri Aug 31 2:30am)
-Fri Aug 31 8:00am - Episode 137 "Rabbit Transit" (R Sat Sep 1 2:00am)
-Fri Aug 31 9:30pm - Episode 11 "The Dancing Digimon" (R Sat Sep 1 2:30am)
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat Aug 25 10:30pm - Episode 137 "Say Goodbye, 17"
-Thu Aug 30 12:00am - Episode 10 "Anamuneshisu"
-Thu Aug 30 12:30am - Episode 11 "Hideout"
-Tue Aug 28 1:00am - Episode 39 "Secret of Ishbal" (R Tue Aug 28 4:30am)
-Wed Aug 29 1:00am - Episode 40 "The Scar" (R Wed Aug 29 4:30am)
-Thu Aug 30 1:00am - Episode 41 "Holy Mother" (R Thu Aug 30 4:30am)
-Fri Aug 31 1:00am - Episode 42 "His Name is Unknown" (R Fri Aug 31 4:30am)
-Sat Sep 1 1:00am - Episode 43 "The Stray Dog" (R Sat Sep 1 4:30am)
-Sat Aug 25 4:00pm - Episode 12 "Shirokin High Closing" (R Sun Aug 26 8:00am)
-Sun Aug 26 4:00pm - Episode 13 "Yakumi's Final Act of Honor" (R Mon Aug 27 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Aug 27 4:00pm - Episode 1 "Rookie Teacher With a Secret Is Born!" (R Tue Aug 28 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Aug 28 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Duel! Shin vs. Ojou?" (R Wed Aug 29 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Aug 29 4:00pm - Episode 3 "KUMA's First Time" (R Thu Aug 30 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Aug 30 4:00pm - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?" (R Fri Aug 31 2:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Aug 31 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Ooedoo Clan in Crisis" (R Sat Sep 1 8:00am)
-Tue Aug 28 1:30am - Episode 126 "Transform Heartache Into Courage" (R Tue Aug 28 5:00am)
-Tue Aug 28 2:00am - Episode 127 "Don't Boil It! The Terrifying Dried-Up Demon" (R Tue Aug 28 5:30am)
-Wed Aug 29 1:30am - Episode 128 "Battle Against the Dried-Up Demons at the Cultural Festival" (R Wed Aug 29 5:00am)
-Wed Aug 29 2:00am - Episode 129 "Chokyukai and the Abducted Bride" (R Wed Aug 29 5:30am)
-Thu Aug 30 1:30am - Episode 130 "Shippo's New Technique: The Heart Scar" (R Thu Aug 30 5:00am)
-Thu Aug 30 2:00am - Episode 131 "Trap of the First Wall Hanging" (R Thu Aug 30 5:30am)
-Fri Aug 31 1:30am - Episode 132 "Miroku's Most Dangerous Confession" (R Fri Aug 31 5:00am)
-Fri Aug 31 2:00am - Episode 133 "The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru, Part 1" (R Fri Aug 31 5:30am)
-Sat Sep 1 1:30am - Episode 134 "The Woman Who Loved Sesshomaru, Part 2" (R Sat Sep 1 5:00am)
-Sat Sep 1 2:00am - Episode 135 "The Last Banquet of Miroku's Master" (R Sat Sep 1 5:30am)
-Sun Aug 26 9:30pm - Episode 4 "Earth's Crisis" (R Mon Aug 27 2:00am, 1:30pm)
Kyo kara Maoh!
-Sun Aug 26 10:00pm - Episode 30 "Forbidden Box" (R Mon Aug 27 2:30am, 2:00pm)
The Law of Ueki
-Sun Aug 26 10:30pm - Episode 32 "The Law of Real Strength!" (R Mon Aug 27 3:00am, 2:30pm)
Mirage of Blaze
-Tue Aug 28 12:00am - Episode 1 "Ill Fated Destiny"
-Tue Aug 28 12:30am - Episode 2 "Possessor From the Darkness"
-Wed Aug 29 12:00am - Episode 3 "An Imperfect Awakening"
-Wed Aug 29 12:30am - Episode 4 "Premonition of a Chain Reaction"
-Thu Aug 30 12:00am - Episode 5 "Endless Conflict"
-Thu Aug 30 12:35am - Episode 6 "Golden Emblem"
-Fri Aug 31 12:00am - Episode 7 "Memories of Hateful Anguish"
-Fri Aug 31 12:30am - Episode 8 "At the End of Obsession"
-Mon Aug 27 10:30pm - Episode 36 "Clone vs. Clone: Mine are Better Than Yours!"
-Tue Aug 28 10:30pm - Episode 37 "Surviving the Cut! The Rookie Nine Together Again!"
-Wed Aug 29 10:30pm - Episode 38 "Narrowing the Field: Sudden Death Elimination"
-Thu Aug 30 10:30pm - Episode 39 "Bushy Brow's Jealousy: Barrage of Lions Unleashed"
-Sat Aug 25 11:30pm - Episode 1 "Monstrous Like Muir"
-Sun Aug 26 2:30am - Episode 14 "Welcome to Oban!"
-Sun Aug 26 11:30pm - Episode 2 "A Fresh Start"
-Mon Aug 27 2:30am - Episode 15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter"
-Mon Aug 27 8:30am - Episode 25 "Tiram Soldier" (R Tue Aug 28 5:00am)
-Tue Aug 28 8:30am - Episode 26 "Breakdown" (R Wed Aug 29 5:00am)
-Wed Aug 29 8:30am - Episode 27 "Message" (R Thu Aug 30 5:00am)
-Thu Aug 30 8:30am - Episode 28 "Come Back Later" (R Fri Aug 31 5:00am)
-Fri Aug 31 8:30am - Episode 29 "Choice" (R Sat Sep 1 5:00am)
-Sun Aug 26 11:00pm - Episode 4 "George" (R Mon Aug 20 3:30am, 3:00pm)
-Sat Aug 25 9:00am - Episode 489 "Faced With Steelix Determination!"
-Sat Aug 25 9:30am - Episode 490 "Cooking Up a Sweet Story"
-Mon Aug 27 7:30pm - Episode 485 "Twice Smitten, Once Shy"
-Tue Aug 28 7:30pm - Episode 486 "Mutiny in the Bounty"
-Wed Aug 29 7:30pm - Episode 487 "Ya See We Want an Evolution"
-Thu Aug 30 7:30pm - Episode 488 "Borrowing on Bad Faith"
Samurai Deeper Kyo
-Sat Aug 25 4:30pm - Epsiode 25 "The One That Surpasses Tach" (R Sun Aug 26 8:30am)
-Sun Aug 26 4:30pm - Episode 26 "The Ballad of the Samurai" (R Mon Aug 27 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon Aug 27 4:30pm - Episode 1 "Road to Armageddon" (R Tue Aug 28 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Aug 28 4:30pm - Episode 2 "Wanted Dead or Alive" (R Wed Aug 29 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed Aug 29 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Red Mirage" (R Thu Aug 30 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu Aug 30 4:30pm - Episode 4 "The Creeping Nightmare" (R Fri Aug 31 2:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri Aug 31 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Tears of the Assassin" (R Sat Sep 1 8:30am)
-Tue Aug 28 4:00am - Episode 12 "Test"
-Wed Aug 29 4:00am - Episode 13 ""Ryuma, Lord of the Reptiles"
-Thu Aug 30 4:00am - Episode 14 "The Dark Spirit of Destruction"
-Fri Aug 31 4:00am - Episode 15 "Mechano City"
-Sat Aug 25 7:30am - Episode 17 "The Adventures of Knuckles and Hawk"
Street Fighter II V
-Tue Aug 21 12:00am - Episode 9 "The Superstar of Muay Thai"
-Tue Aug 21 12:30am - Episode 10 "Dark Omen"
-Sat Aug 25 1:00pm - Episode TBA
-Sat Aug 25 1:30pm - Episode TBA
-Mon Aug 20 6:00am - Episode 35 "Escape"
-Tue Aug 21 6:00am - Episode 36 "Family"
-Wed Aug 22 6:00am - Episode 37 "Titans"
-Thu Aug 23 6:00am - Episode 38 "Warp"
-Fri Aug 24 6:00am - Episode 39 "Giant"
-Sat Aug 25 10:30am - Episode 143 "In the Name of the Pharaoh"
-Mon Aug 20 6:30am - Episode 105 "Third Time's a Charm"
-Tue Aug 21 6:30am - Episode 106 "Jewel of a Duel, Part 1"
-Wed Aug 22 6:30am - Episode 107 "Jewel of a Duel, Part 2"
-Thu Aug 23 6:30am - Episode 108 "Hanging With Alex, Part 1"
-Fri Aug 24 6:30am - Episode 109 "Hanging With Alex, Part 2"
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