November 3rd - November 9th
by Brian Hanson,
Happy Post-Halloween-Pre-Thanksgiving Period, everybody! It's that most wonderful time of year: Holiday Flux! That most glorious time when every retail chain, television station, and general corporate empire decides that its time to ram down everyone's collective throats the misbegotten notion that you should, nay, must begin your annual tradition of buying useless and emotionally empty goods for people you probably don't like! Spending every hard-earned dollar under your name in the vain hope that perhaps maybe you'll get something better from somebody else! Which, as is one of the many lessons of A Charlie Brown Christmas, never actually happens.
To that I say: forget that noise. It's getting cold outside, the traffic is probably terrible, and you don't want to risk maxing out your credit card again, even if they did just increase your limit. Sit back and enjoy the vast bounty of Japanese animated programming on TV this week. Just, uh, remember that all dates and times are tentative and are biased to those in the Eastern time zone, since they seemingly write all the checks it seems.
Karas: The Revelation
Monday November 5 11:00pm
New to the block this week, albeit probably not for long once it becomes a regular staple on one of the Encore networks, is the stunningly gorgeous three-part finale to the Karas series. Which is available on DVD right now at your favorite retailers, but before sinking another $26.99 MSRP plus tax on an optical disc, why not tune in to the Sci Fi Channel this Monday and sample it for free? "Free" being a relative term of course because you'll be sitting through an endless stream of asinine advertisements, and you or somebody in your household is already paying at least forty bucks a month for cable. But you know what I mean.
Friday November 9 8:00pm - Episode 3 "Ring-Ding Ship Chase"
Fun fact about today's modern pirates, aside from that fact that they still, technically, exist: There are no eyepatches, no incessant "Y'arrr!"-ing, but there is still lots of plundering and wanton violence. Get educated on the plights of today's modern, hard-working pirates by watching Black Lagoon. You'll be glad you did.
Friday November 9 10:30pm - Episode 35 (Repeats Sat Nov 10 2:00am)
You Canadian readers are awesome. You have heard my frustration week after week, my obscenity-laden phone calls at three in the morning, about how upsetting it is that its impossible to get accurate schedule data for YTV's constantly-changing Friday anime block, and have come to my aid when I am at my most flummoxed. However, I am now able to say with relative certainty that episode 35 of Bleach airs this week, which is a good'un, as a mysterious murder of one of the elite Squad Captains threatens to tear the already-shearing Soul Society apart.
Sunday November 4 12:30am - Episode 31 "Breaking Shield" (Repeats Sun Nov 4 4:00am)
After a few rather chatty, introspective episodes, Blood+ finally lives up to its title: Saya fights against the vicious Diva in order to protect Riku. And yes, there is blood.
Sunday November 4 12:00am - Episode 3 "Dealings" (Repeats Sun Nov 4 3:30am)
Friday November 9 10:00pm - Episode 3 "Dealings" (Repeats Sat Nov 10 1:30am)
The chase is on as L quickly becomes hot on Light's trail, and Ryuk, Light's shinigami buddy, offers to help. At quite the cost, of course. If you can't bilk your friends, who can you bilk?
Monday November 5 8:30pm - Episode 220 "A Brithday Kristy Will Never Forget"
Marcus and his would-be comrade Thomas' rivalry intensifies with the addition of your atypical love triangle, as the cute-as-a-button Kristy is taken to a local amusement park on her birthday. Then, Digimon attack! Of course.
Saturday November 3 9:30am - Episode 8 "Dino Snore"
The D-Team's most despised of rivals, the Alpha Gang (no doubt the "Gang" implies sinister connotations), attempts to steal an Ankylosaurus they have discovered in Tokyo. It's like Jurassic Park, except the dinosaurs are everywhere, and there's no screaming.
Thursday November 8 8:00pm - Episode 16 "Busy Doing Nothing"
Great title, first of all. Second, this episode focuses on Re-l attempting to understand the complex motivations driving Vincent to become a horrible thing like a "Proxy," and other ponderings.
Saturday November 10 12:00am - Episode 21 "Shampoo Planet"
Another fabulous title, and speaking of fabulousity: You forum-goers are, again, utterly fabulous for doing some detective work (i.e., watching Fuse) to figure out which episodes were airing. I want to buy drinks and drunkenly hug you all!
Friday November 9 11:00pm - Episode 49 "Shout to the Top!"
The next-to-last Eureka 7 episodes has a few surprises to deliver, such as Dewey's psychotic drive to destroy the Control Cluster, and the Nirvash itself takes an unexpected turn. Hopefully YTV won't cut the finale to shreds and then humbly apologize and re-air it a la Adult Swim.
Gundam Seed Destiny
Friday November 9 9:30pm - Episode 32 "Stella" (Repeats Sat Nov 10 2:30am)
The death toll heightens between the Minerva and ZAFT soldiers, so the Earth Alliance begins shifting its military might to Eurasia. Which ardent Strider players might recall features a rather nasty robot gorilla population.
Tuesday November 6 5:00pm - Episode 15 "A Small Step" (Repeats Tue Nov 6 8:00pm, Wed Nov 7 12:30am, 12:00pm)
Why does Yurie have such a hard time keeping up with her "normal" life? If I were a pre-teen gifted with Divine powers, I would abuse them to no end, making a mockery of omnipotence at the expense of my believers. But I suppose I'm a traditionalist at heart.
Sunday November 4 8:00pm - Episode 16 "Breakthrough" (Repeats Mon Nov 5 12:00am)
The ardent Sophia finally makes her way to visit the Emperor, who is currently embroiled in a nasty little bit of war-related business with an army known as the Dusis. Too much war this week.
-Saturday November 3 9:00pm - Episode 112 "Squad Mutiny: Everything Falls Apart"
-Saturday November 3 9:30pm - Episode 113 "Full Throttle Power: Choji, Ablaze"
The group is put to the ultimate test when they are trapped by one of the Sound Ninja's impregnable jutsu, testing their bonds as it seems only one of them will be able to escape. Later, Choji gets his turn in the spotlight. Roll credits.
Friday November 9 8:00pm - Episode 112 "Squad Mutiny: Everything Falls Apart"
See above for plot description! Then read it backwards and decode it for satanic messages.
Saturday November 3 10:00pm - Episode 110 "Steer For the Clouds: Capture the South Bird"
The straw hat gang ("gang" in this case implying a closely-knit group of like-minded amiable ruffians, and definitely not law-breaking hooligans) discovers a way to finally make it to Sky Island - but first, they have to capture an elusive "South Bird." Subjugating wild animals is a pirate's duty, after all.
Saturday November 3 9:30am - Episode 501 "An Elite Meet and Greet"
Five-hundred-and-one episodes is a bit less of a landmark than an even five-hundred, but still commendable. This week on the unstoppable pop-culture behemoth, Ash runs into a member of the highly-regarded "Elite Four" and battling ensues.
Requiem From the Darkness
Saturday November 3 8:00pm - Episode 3 "White Fox" (Repeats Sun Nov 4 12:00am)
In something I'm sure all us writers/intrepid TV anime columnists can relate to, the weary Momosuke, desperate for a story to turn in to his demanding, slave-driving, baby-eating boss, puts his life quite literally on the line in search of a legendary white fox.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock
-Monday November 5 8:30pm - Episode 4 "Encounter" (Repeats Tue Nov 6 1:30am, 5:30am)
-Tuesday November 6 8:30pm - Episode 5 "Struggle" (Repeats Wed Nov 7 1:30am, 5:30am)
-Wednesday November 7 8:30pm - Episode 6 "Awakening" (Repeats Thu Nov 8 1:30am, 5:30am)
Fangirls, set your Reaction Dials to "Squeal"! Those kooky, bishie-riffic Saiyuki boys are back for another season. Just in case I didn't make a big enough deal about it last week.
-Monday November 5 10:00pm - Episode 15 "The Itsy Mitzi Spider; Rainal Leakage; Shin-Chan: The Page One Rewrite" (Repeats Tue Nov 6 1:30am)
-Monday November 5 10:30pm - Episode 16 "Pink Eye and the Red Hot Doc; Door Jam; The Adventures of Super Pooper" (Repeats Tue Nov 6 2:00am)
Ladies and Gentleman, Shin-Chan: quite possibly the only anime in existence to make jokes about the very real and very serious condition that is Anal Leakage. On behalf of all of us - I mean, uh, all of those who suffer from it, I urge you not to watch Shin-Chan and its crude, crass mockery of those who deal with this ailment every day. Please.
Saturday November 10 12:30am - Episode 21 "Spontaneous Explosion"
"Explosion" being in the title is meant to lure in those lurid viewers looking for instant carnage in their anime entertainment. And it works for me! The dark secrets of the Executive Council are relayed via flashback in preparation for their next battle.
Saturday November 3 8:30pm - Episode 16 "Strain" (Repeats Sun Nov 4 12:30am)
The infestation of entities known only as "Shapes" continues unabated, and the so-called "Salvation Alliance" discovers something shocking in their midst. William Gibson-esque techno-horror abounds!
Sunday November 3 8:30pm - Episode 16 "Raid - The Unforgotten Melody" (Repeats Mon Nov 5 12:30am)
The noble Rumina continues in his epic quest to defend his would-be sweetheart Ruri from the evil bad guys who suck that want to perform bad deeds upon her person. He does this with fighting. Tune in to watch said fighting!
Saturday November 3 11:30am - Episode 125 "Triple Play, Part 2"
Jaden's three buddies end their grand duel with the masked knights to an impressively unexpected outcome. Without spoiling anything, let's just say that nobody dies.
The Weathering Continent
Tuesday November 6 6:45am
Howl's Moving Castle
Tuesday November 6 6:00pm (Repeats Wed Nov 7 2:00am)
Kind of a meager weak in many regards, I suppose, although Howl's Moving Castle continues to be great but I honestly don't put it as high on my Studio Ghibli Re-Watchability List as, say, Totoro. But whatever.
Well, that'll be all I suppose until next time! Except for all the repeats below, which you should probably read at some point because honestly the networks that run these things typically don't tell anybody about them, so that responsibility falls to me. Which, if you think about it, I am sort of in their employ, and no doubt they owe me tons of money that I honestly need for things that don't involve my own personal Jumping Castle and Petting Zoo. I'll be back next week with further updates!
-Sun Nov 4 2:00am - Episode 15 "Hell Is Other Robots" (R Sun Nov 4 5:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 5:30pm - Episode 2 "Goddess of the Dark Tower, Part 2" (R Tue Nov 6 8:30pm, Wed Nov 7 1:00am, 12:30pm)
-Tue Nov 6 12:30am - Episode 31 (R Tue Nov 6 4:00am)
-Wed Nov 7 12:30am - Episode 32 (R Wed Nov 7 4:00am)
-Thu Nov 8 12:30am - Episode 33 (R Thu Nov 8 4:00am)
-Fri Nov 9 12:30am - Episode 34 (R Fri Nov 9 4:00am)
-Sat Nov 10 12:30am - Episode 35 (R Sat Nov 10 4:00am)
-Mon Nov 5 9:30am - Episode 31 "Starting From the Kiss" (R Tue Nov 6 5:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 9:30am - Episode 32 "Museum Filled With Danger" (R Wed Nov 7 5:30am)
-Wed Nov 7 9:30am - Episode 33 "The Goal is to Propose" (R Thu Nov 8 5:30am)
-Thu Nov 8 9:30am - Episode 34 "Did You See Hanz?" (R Fri Nov 9 5:30am)
-Fri Nov 9 9:30am - Episode 35 "The Exposure of the Cat's Eye's Secret" (R Sat Nov 10 5:30am)
-Mon Nov 5 12:00am - Episode 20 "Temptation" (R Fri Nov 9 2:50am)
-Mon Nov 5 12:30am - Episode 21 "Mary Magdalene" (R Fri Nov 9 3:15am)
-Fri Nov 9 8:35pm - Episode 22 "Sayonara"
-Fri Nov 9 9:00pm - Episode 23 "The Noise"
-Fri Nov 9 9:30pm - Episode 24 "Chrono"
-Sat Nov 3 5:30pm - Episode 15 "The Dark Network of Etemon"
-Sun Nov 4 5:30pm - Episode 16 "The Arrival of Skullgreymon"
-Mon Nov 5 10:00pm - Episode 110 "O Partner, Where Art Thou?"
-Tue Nov 6 10:00pm - Episode 111 "Now You See It, Now You Don't"
-Wed Nov 7 10:00pm - Episode 112 "A Question of Trust"
-Thu Nov 8 10:00pm - Episode 113 "Not as Seen on TV"
-Fri Nov 9 10:00pm - Episode 114 "The Icemon Cometh"
Dragon Ball Z
-Sat Nov 3 10:30pm - Episode 146 "Vegeta Must Pay"
-Thu Nov 8 3:00am - Episode TBA
-Thu Nov 8 3:30am - Episode TBA
-Sun Nov 4 1:30am - Episode 2 "Body of the Sanctioned" (R Sun Nov 4 5:00am)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
-Sun Nov 4 1:00am - Episode 23 "Martial Law" (R Sun Nov 4 4:30am)
-Sat Nov 3 4:30pm - Episode 3 "Kuma's First Time" (R Sun Nov 4 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Sun Nov 4 4:30pm - Episode 4 "Oju Goes Blond! Whodunnit?" (R Mon Nov 5 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Mon Nov 5 4:30pm - Episode 5 "Ooedoo Clan in Crisis" (R Tue Nov 6 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 4:30pm - Episode 6 "Kyo-san's Knockout Performance" (R Wed Nov 7 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Wed Nov 7 4:30pm - Episode 7 "Shirokin Boy's Choir? Say What?" (R Thu Nov 8 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Thu Nov 8 4:30pm - Episode 8 "The Class Trip Into Hell Begins" (R Fri Nov 9 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Fri Nov 9 4:30pm - Episode 9 "Schoolground Battle Without Honor" (R Sat Nov 10 1:30am, 8:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 1:00am - Episode 59 "The Beautiful Sister Apprentices" (R Tue Nov 6 4:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 1:30am - Episode 60 "The 50-Year Old Curse of the Dark Priestess" (R Tue Nov 6 5:00am)
-Wed Nov 7 1:00am - Episode 61 "Kikyo and the Dark Priestess" (R Wed Nov 7 4:30am)
-Wed Nov 7 1:30am - Episode 62 "Tsubaki's Unrelenting Evil Spell" (R Wed Nov 7 5:00am)
-Thu Nov 8 1:00am - Episode 63 "The Red and White Priestesses" (R Thu Nov 8 4:30am)
-Thu Nov 8 1:30am - Episode 64 "The Giant Ogre of the Forbidden Tower" (R Thu Nov 8 5:00am)
-Fri Nov 9 1:00am - Episode 65 "Farewell Days of Youth!" (R Fri Nov 9 4:30am)
-Fri Nov 9 1:30am - Episode 66 "Naraku's Barrier, Kagura's Decision" (R Fri Nov 9 5:00am)
-Sat Nov 10 1:00am - Episode 67 "Howling Wind of Betrayal" (R Sat Nov 10 4:30am)
-Sat Nov 10 1:30am - Episode 68 "Shippo Gets an Angry Challenge" (R Sat Nov 10 5:00am)
-Sun Nov 4 9:30pm - Episode 14 "Dream Colored Message" (R Mon Nov 5 2:00am, 1:30pm)
Mirage of Blaze
-Sat Nov 3 4:00pm - Episode 2 "Posesser From the Darkness" (R Sun Nov 4 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Sun Nov 4 4:00pm - Episode 3 "An Imperfect Awakening" (R Mon Nov 5 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Mon Nov 5 4:00pm - Episode 4 "Premonition of a Chain Reaction" (R Tue Nov 6 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Nov 6 4:00pm - Episode 5 "Endless Conflict" (R Wed Nov 7 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Wed Nov 7 4:00pm - Episode 6 "Golden Emblem" (R Thu Nov 8 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Thu Nov 8 4:00pm - Episode 7 "Memories of Hateful Anguish" (R Fri Nov 9 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Fri Nov 9 4:00pm - Episode 8 "At the End of Obsession" (R Sat Nov 10 1:00am, 8:00am)
-Tue Nov 6 2:00am - Episode TBA
-Tue Nov 6 2:30am - Episode TBA
-Tue Nov 6 3:00am - Episode TBA
-Tue Nov 6 3:30am - Episode TBA
-Mon Nov 5 10:30pm - Episode 74 "Astonishing Truth! Gaara's Identity Emerges"
-Tue Nov 6 10:30pm - Episode 75 "Sasuke's Decision: Pushed to the Edge"
-Wed Nov 7 10:30pm - Episode 76 "Assassin of the Moonlit Night"
-Thu Nov 8 10:30pm - Episode 77 "Light vs. Dark: The Two Faces of Gaara"
-Sun Nov 4 2:30am - Episode 8 "Agile Like Aikka"
-Mon Nov 5 2:30am - Episode 9 "Surprising Like Super-Racer"
-Mon Nov 5 8:30am - Episode 31 "Children" (R Tue Nov 6 5:00am)
-Tue Nov 6 8:30am - Episode 32 "Lost World" (R Wed Nov 7 5:00am)
-Wed Nov 7 8:30am - Episode 33 "Last Charge" (R Thu Nov 8 5:00am)
-Thu Nov 8 8:30am - Episode 34 "Battlefield" (R Fri Nov 9 5:00am)
-Fri Nov 9 8:30am - Episode 35 "Space-Time Creation" (R Sat Nov 10 5:00am)
-Sun Nov 4 11:00pm - Episode 2 "Illumination" (R Mon Nov 5 3:30am, 3:00pm)
-Tue Nov 6 6:00pm - Episode 3 "Kiss" (R Tue Nov 6 9:00pm, Wed Nov 6 1:30am, 1:00pm)
-Sat Nov 3 9:00am - Episode 500 "Buizel Your Way Out of This"
-Sat Nov 3 12:00pm - Episode 20 "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak"
-Sat Nov 3 12:30pm - Episode 21 "Bye, Bye Butterfree"
-Sat Nov 3 1:00pm - Episode 22 "Abra and the Psychic Showdown"
-Sat Nov 3 1:30pm - Episode 23 "The Tower of Terror"
-Sat Nov 3 2:00pm - Episode 24 "Haunter vs. Kadabra"
-Sun Nov 4 11:30am - Episode 479 "A Staravia Is Born"
-Sun Nov 4 12:00pm - Episode 480 "Leave It to Brocko"
-Mon Nov 5 6:00pm - Episode 91 "In the Pink"
-Mon Nov 5 6:30pm - Episode 471 "Gettin' Twiggy With It"
-Tue Nov 6 6:00pm - Episode 92 "Shell Shock"
-Tue Nov 6 6:30pm - Episode 472 "Different Strokes For Different Blokes"
-Wed Nov 7 6:00pm - Episode 93 "Bye, Bye Psyduck"
-Wed Nov 7 6:30pm - Episode 473 "Like It or Lup It"
-Thu Nov 8 6:00pm - Episode 94 "The Joy of Pokemon"
-Thu Nov 8 6:30pm - Episode 474 "Gymbaliar"
-Mon Nov 5 6:00am - Episode 19 "In a Heavy Snowstorm" (R Mon Nov 5 9:00am, Tue Nov 6 4:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 6:00am - Episode 20 "Remi and the Wolves" (R Tue Nov 6 9:00am, Wed Nov 7 4:30am)
-Wed Nov 7 6:00am - Episode 21 "Birth of a New Life" (R Wed Nov 7 9:00am, Thu Nov 8 4:30am)
-Thu Nov 8 6:00am - Episode 22 "Joli-Coeur the Star" (R Thu Nov 8 9:00am, Fri Nov 9 4:30am)
-Fri Nov 9 6:00am - Episode 23 "A Wonderful Teacher" (R Fri Nov 9 9:00am, Sat Nov 10 4:30am)
-Tue Nov 6 4:00am - Episode 30 "Mushra's Mission"
-Wed Nov 7 4:00am - Episode 31 "Soul Survivor"
-Thu Nov 8 4:00am - Episode 32 "Long Live Yakumo"
-Fri Nov 9 4:00am - Episode 1 "Awakening"
-Sat Nov 10 4:00am - Episode 2 "Bee-ware of the Hunters"
-Sat Nov 3 10:30am - Episode 27 "Pure Chaos"
-Mon Nov 5 12:00am - Episode TBA
-Mon Nov 5 12:30am - Episode TBA
-Mon Nov 5 3:00am - Episode TBA
-Mon Nov 5 3:30am - Episode TBA
-Wed Nov 7 3:00am - Episode TBA
-Wed Nov 7 3:30am - Episode TBA
-Mon Nov 5 6:00am - Episode 36 "Family"
-Tue Nov 6 6:00am - Episode 37 "Titans"
-Wed Nov 7 6:00am - Episode 38 "Warp"
-Thu Nov 8 6:00am - Episode 39 "Giant"
-Fri Nov 9 6:00am - Episode 40 "Fury"
-Tue Nov 6 2:00am - Episode 43 "Voltron Frees the Slaves" (R Tue Nov 6 5:30am)
-Wed Nov 7 2:00am - Episode 44 "Voltron vs. Voltron" (R Wed Nov 7 5:30am)
-Thu Nov 8 2:00am - Episode 45 "One Princess to Another" (R Thu Nov 8 5:30am)
-Fri Nov 9 2:00am - Episode 46 "Mighty Space Mouse" (R Fri Nov 9 5:30am)
-Sat Nov 10 2:00am - Episode 47 "Summit Meeting" (R Sat Nov 10 5:30am)
-Sat Nov 3 7:30am - Episode 116 "Trapper Keeper, Part 2"
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