August 23rd - 29th
by Brian Hanson,
Whew! Apologies, as always, for missing my deadlines last week - it was a combination of family issues (which is a term that usually means depressing things, but in fact was quite the opposite!), and a grand scheme for another, bigger Click-via-cartoons edition that got much larger and more complicated than I was prepared to really deal with. With any luck, though, it should be ready by next week. Hopefully.
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
Sunday August 24 1:30am - Episode 1 "Balsa, the Female Bodyguard" (Repeats Sun Aug 24 4:30am)
Moribito's been sitting alone, quiet and untouched, in a bin somewhere during Cartoon Network and Adult Swim's Anime Acquisition pile for about a year, with very solemn and none-too-exciting conversations about whether it would be edited slightly for general Cartoon Network or dumped on Adult Swim. And it's the latter! Those shallow betting pools can close now; collect your meager sums and move on, anime-on-TV bookies.
I'll confess that I'm not terribly familiar with the series, having only seen a small handful of episodes; but it is good! The animation is smooth and lively, with a terrific usage of color and very clean designs. It's a Production I.G., uh, production, so there's no way it wouldn't have that, but nevermind. High fantasy action, with chicks brandishing mythical spears about! Yeah!!! I'll definitely be watching. I don't want to be the only one doing so, guys. And girls. And... pets?
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
Saturday August 23 11:00am - Episode 26 "Doom Dimension or Bust"
Bakugan ends its Peabody Award-winning first season by teaching kids a valuable lesson in conflict resolution: collect enough Bakugan toys and cards as your parents' can afford, and go out in a blaze of glory! Here, the Bakugan gang tests their mettle against the head of the Masquerade (the evil fictional organization, not the Cosplay contest you stand in line all day for).
Sunday August 24 12:30am - Episode 77 (Repeats Sun Aug 24 3:30am)
Ichigo fights Ichinose, no relation, and encounters difficulty in defeating his towering opponent, as he often does, until another dude who likes Ichigo's spunk steps in to help.
Sunday August 24 1:00am - Episode 17 "Knight" (Repeats Sun Aug 24 4:00am)
The Japanese Liberation Front (must... resist urge... to reference Monty Python's Life of Brian!!!) sheepishly asks the Order of the Black Knights for help in rescuing their captured commander, who lies in the desolate dungeons of the Britannian Army. So many fictional factions, my head is spinning! I need to lie down.
Ghost Slayers Ayashi
Wednesday August 27 10:00pm - Episode 4 "The Living Doll" (Repeats Thu Aug 28 2:30am, 7:30pm)
Something so seemingly innocuous as a little girl on a horse suddenly turns evil and icky, when the horse is discovered to be a Youi, which means that it's a ghost of some sort. I won't divulge further details, aside from the fact that this show is called "Ghost Slayers" for a reason.
Wednesday August 27 8:00pm - Episode 4 "Mischief of the Wind" (Repeats Thu Aug 28 1:30am, 6:00pm)
Beleagured Mai is still reeling from the discovery of being a HiME, which is of course a crazy acronym of some kind that describes her special powers, but all of the seriousness still makes way for a good, clean, fun panty-raid.
-Saturday August 23 9:00pm - Episode 190 "The Byakugan Sees the Blind Spot"
-Saturday August 23 9:30pm - Episode 191 "Forecast: Death! Cloudy With a Chance of Sun"
I don't know about you, but I'd be a little worried if the weather forecast said "Death!" Not just "death" but "Death!" with an exclamation mark. Are we talking a rain of fire and hell of biblical proportions, or just Hurricane-level downpours, that threaten to flood away all human life? Watch as Naruto deals with these struggling questions, as well as rescuing a princess with Hinata's Byakugan expertise.
Wednesday August 27 9:30pm - Episode 4 "Part of the Job" (Repeats Thu Aug 28 2:00am, 7:00pm)
The crew of the ISPV-7 gets an important visitor, who decides it's his important job of import to be escorted on an important mission alongside the Debris Section.
Saturday August 23 9:30am - Episode 536 "Crossing Paths"
It's a Team Rocket episode! Forget Ash and his dumbbutt cronies; it's time to give the Time Bokan-inspired bad guys a break from Blasting Off Again into the stratosphere. One of their Pokemon acts strangely during a full moon, and it just so happens to be a full moon tonight. Eerie.
Wednesday August 27 9:00pm - Episode 4 "Meetings and Partings Concerto" (Repeats Thu Aug 28 6:30pm)
A member of Pacifica's merry band of Apocalypse-loving comrades has been kidnapped, and the ransom is, natch, Pacifica herself. A plan is hatched to solve this predicament, involving swords clanging against one another, the gnarling and gnashing of teeth, upholding honor, and all that jazz.
Sunday August 24 12:00am - Episode 45 "The Kiss of Debt / Shinja Gaiden / Grandfather Knows Best" (Repeats Sun Aug 24 3:00am)
Oh, if only more anime dubs were as thoroughly funny as Shin Chan. But noooo, we stupid anime fans want untampered, uncensored scripts, that are faithful to the original vision of the creators'! Nuts to that! I want the Sailor Scouts engaging in unencumbered, self-reflexive dialog throughout each episode talking about their short skirts, characters in Naruto to randomly curse and quote Lil' Jon, and most importantly, random fart noises inserted into the soundtrack.
Saturday August 23 11:00am - Episode 155 "Return of the Supreme King, Part 3"
A fair warning; at some point during this newest Yu-Gi-Oh GX episode, some things called "Rainbow Neos" enters into the plot. Now, I give mind-rotting, product-shilling children's entertainment a free pass for the most part because lord knows I still watch enough of it and I made it through alright (or at least, debatably alright), but I seriously have issues with things called "Rainbow Neos." I would attempt to explain as to why "Rainbow Neos" makes me so uncomfortable, but I'm willing to wager that many of you feel the same way.
Read or Die
Monday August 25 11:00pm
Gurren Lagann leaves a big void of fun on the schedule this week, so Sci Fi makes a (noble) attempt to replace it with the fun-but-overexposed Read or Die OAV series. I give it a C-, instead of the usual B+.
I'm out like something that rhymes with "trout", everyone! Check back next week for something so incredibly unusual, you might charter a flight to Tucson just to slap the crap out of me. Bye for now!
Bakugan Battle Brawlers
-Mon Aug 25 8:00am - Episode 21 "My Good Friend"
-Tue Aug 26 8:00am - Episode 22 "Drago's on Fire"
-Wed Aug 27 8:00am - Episode 23 "Say It Ain't So"
-Thu Aug 28 8:00am - Episode 24 "Secret of Success"
-Fri Aug 29 8:00am - Epsiode 25 "Trust Me"
-Sun Aug 14 3:05am - Episode 15 "Swan Song at Dawn"
-Tue Aug 26 4:45pm - Episode 16 "Greenback Jane"
-Tue Aug 26 5:10pm - Episode 17 "The Roanapur Freakshow Circus"
-Thu Aug 28 4:50am - Episode 18 "Mr. Benny's Good Fortune"
-Fri Aug 29 2:30am - Episode 19 "Fujiyama Gangsta Paradise"
-Fri Aug 29 12:10pm - Episode 20 "The Seccession"
-Fri Aug 29 12:35pm - Episode 21 "Two Father's Little Soldier Girls"
-Sun Aug 24 1:30am - Episode 198 "Bad to the Bones"
-Mon Aug 25 1:30am - Episode 199 "Now You See It Now You Don't"
-Mon Aug 25 9:30pm - Episode 214 "There Are Monsters Among Us" (R Tue Aug 26 12:30am)
-Fri Aug 29 9:30pm - Episode 215 "Marcus' Inner Strength" (R Sat Aug 30 12:30am)
-Sat Aug 23 10:30pm - Episode 19 "The Big Apple Grapple"
-Sat Aug 23 9:00am - Episode 1 "The Songs of the Sky and the Wind" (R Sat Aug 23 3:00pm, Sun Aug 24 11:00am)
-Sat Aug 23 9:30am - Episode 2 "The Fateful React" (R Sat Aug 23 3:30pm, Sun Aug 24 11:30am)
Ghost Slayers Ayashi
-Sun Aug 24 10:30pm - Episode 3 "The Undercurrent Below Flowery Edo"
-Fri Aug 29 11:30pm - Episode 9 "Spider Lily: Lycoris Radiata Herb" (R Sat Aug 30 2:30am)
-Sun Aug 24 5:00am - Episode 19 "Go Home To Your Own Time, Kagome!"
-Sun Aug 24 5:30am - Episode 20 "Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo"
-Mon Aug 25 5:00am - Episode 21 "Naraku's True Identity Revealed"
-Mon Aug 25 5:30am - Episode 22 "A Wicked Smile"
-Tue Aug 26 5:30am - Episode 23 "Kagome's Voice and Kikyo's Kiss"
-Wed Aug 27 5:30am - Episode 24 "Enter Sango the Demon Exterminator"
-Thu Aug 28 5:30am - Episode 25 "Naraku's Insidious Plot"
-Fri Aug 29 5:30am - Episode 26 "Secret of the Jewel of Four Souls Revealed"
-Sat Aug 30 5:30am - Episode 27 "Lake of the Evil Water God"
Kirby: Right Back at Ya!
-Sat Aug 23 11:00am - Episode 48 "Don't Bank On It"
Law of Ueki
-Sat Aug 23 8:00am - Episode 37 "Law of the Sacred Weapon's Weak Spots" (R Sat Aug 23 2:00pm, Sun Aug 24 10:00am)
-Sat Aug 23 8:30am - Episode 38 "The Law of Sano's Awakening!" (R Sat Aug 23 2:30pm, Sun Aug 24 10:30am)
-Sun Aug 24 9:00pm - Episode 3 "Dance of Flames / Promise of the Stars"
-Sun Aug 24 2:30am - Episode 15 "Fierce Like Lord Furter"
-Mon Aug 25 2:30am - Episode 16 "Nervous Like Ning & Skun"
-Sun Aug 24 10:00pm - Episode 3 "Return Trajectory"
-Sat Aug 23 9:00am - Episode 535 "The Bells Are Singing"
-Mon Aug 25 7:00am - Episode 283 "A Tail With a Twist"
-Mon Aug 25 7:30am - Episode 284 "Taming of the Shroomish"
-Tue Aug 26 7:00am - Episode 285 "You Said a Mouthful!"
-Tue Aug 26 7:30am - Episode 286 "A Bite to Remember"
-Wed Aug 27 7:00am - Episode 287 "The Lotad Lowdown"
-Wed Aug 27 7:30am - Episode 288 "All Things Bright and Beautifly"
-Thu Aug 28 7:00am - Episode 289 "All in a Days Wurmple"
-Thu Aug 28 7:30am - Episode 290 "Gonna Rule the School!"
-Fri Aug 29 7:00am - Episode 291 "The Winner by a Nosepass"
-Fri Aug 29 7:30am - Episode 292 "Stairway to Devon"
-Thu Aug 28 8:30pm - Episode 8 "The Guardians"
-Sun Aug 24 9:30pm - Episode 3 "Cacophany of the Unforgivable"
-Tue Aug 26 4:00am - Episode 14 "The Dark Spirit of Destruction"
-Wed Aug 27 4:00am - Episode 15 "Mechano City"
-Thu Aug 28 4:00am - Episode 16 "The Giant Robot"
-Fri Aug 29 4:00am - Episode 17 "The Great War"
-Sat Aug 30 4:00am - Episode 18 "Secrets of the Seven"
-Sat Aug 23 10:00am - Episode 10 "Unfair Ball"
Special Duty Combat Unit: Shinesman
-Sun Aug 24 9:10am - Episode TBA
-Fri Aug 29 9:30am - Episode TBA
-Sat Aug 23 11:30am - Episode 1 "The Next King of Games"
-Mon Aug 25 6:30am - Episode 141 "What Lies Beneath, Part 1"
-Tue Aug 26 6:30am - Episode 142 "What Lies Beneath, Part 2"
-Wed Aug 27 6:30am - Episode 144 "The Forbidden Ritual, Part 1"
-Thu Aug 28 6:30am - Episode 145 "The Forbidden Ritual, Part 2"
-Fri Aug 29 6:30am - Episode 146 "Conquering the Past, Part 1"
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