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Saturday, September 10th, 2011
10:57 pm - New Animes for September

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New animes for Animax Asia/Philippines/Malaysia this month are:

Shangri-La(in Japanese audio with English subtitles)

Winter Sonata(in Korean audio with English subtitles)

Animax will return the same week telecast from Japan anime format next month!

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Monday, June 7th, 2010
12:27 am - I don't know what to call this post.

As you can probably tell by the lack of activity in this comm...my loyalty to this channel is fading and fading fast. I don't know this channel anymore. I was a fan of the channel that started 5 years ago. I don't know where it went.

(As for Fullmetal Alchemist? It will be done soon, and I'm watching elsewhere. Kaichou wa Maid-sama lost me early on, and I feel now that Animax should have optioned for Durarara instead.)

The comm will not be taken down, and any of the members are still free to post when they want, but don't be surprised if you no longer get any posts from me.

Thank you very much for your understanding and patronage.

EK 8 )

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Saturday, April 24th, 2010
10:45 am

In relation to the earlier post...do realize that GMA did air Coffee Prince and Princess Hours prior to Animax. So there is possible truth to that news that the Korean dramas will get local dubs instead of English dubs.

Pinoys remember how Tagalog Initial D sounded, right? (cringe...)

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Friday, April 23rd, 2010
10:03 am - Korean show lineup

(Edit) I hadn't realized this until I checked the website: this block takes up the 8-9pm timeslot, so the anime  in that slot moves to the 9pm-10pm block. For instance, the new episode of FMA:B is moved to 9:30 pm/1:30am (for the replay), and last week's episode at 9:00 pm/1:00 am.

From the schedule in the website:

Monday: LIVE POWER MUSIC | Specials
Tuesday: PRETTY BOYS & GIRLS | Reality
Wednesday:  MY GIRL | Drama Series
Thursday: PRINCESS HOURS (GOONG) | Drama Series

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Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
12:10 am

GONZO's RomeoXJuliet has been announced to start this month, April 27 Tuesday 8pm, replacing K-on!. (Argh, I still haven't watched my own copies of this and now it's on TV, argh....)

If you haven't heard of this, RomeoXJuliet is Gonzo's take on the Shakespeare play, with futuristic elements and big mecha and changes to characters. Give it a try, at least.

Kaichou wa Maid-sama starts April 4 Sunday 8:30pm, if you haven't heard yet, one week delayed from Japan (like Inuyasha).

There is still no word on what will replace Inuyasha Final Act and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood when they finish this month.

Lest we all forget, the drastic changes by May 3 will likely push through.

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Friday, March 19th, 2010
11:21 pm

Why do I get this feeling no one cares anymore about what Animax thinks of doing? That not too many anime fans care about Animax anymore?

No one seems to be spreading the news online. A Google search only yields a lot of marketing websites where they made an official press release. No one has raised up arms besides this community.

The official Facebook page is this: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Animax-Asia/194854365438?ref=ts#!/pages/Animax-Asia/194854365438?v=wall&ref=ts

It too is downplaying this programming shift by May and June.

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
11:22 pm

I don't know how to show the executives that there is a percentage that is very unhappy about the move toward non-anime content, but here a few official ways to contact them:



http://community.animax-asia.com/group/animaxgroup (requires a Ning ID)

And spread the word to anime fans who are still watching Animax. So far the news was quietly spread, only to marketing and official websites. Very few anime fans know, even at Animax Hi.

If any of you know ways to contact big international anime websites to help spread the word, that will also help.

I seriously miss the first year it aired. Since then it slowly and gradually lost it core audience. With this move they might lose even their stauncher followers like me.

They are starting to make Animax into an AXN for a younger market and with Asian content. Not good, Sony, not good. I pretty much ignore AXN now.

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10:52 am - Animax, we don't recognize you anymore.

This is the full text of that article pactio_eater sited:

SPE Revamps Animax
Singapore – Animax, Asia’s first and leading anime and youth entertainment pay-TV channel, will be sporting a new look, adding programming choices, and taking viewer interaction to a whole new level from 3 May 2010.

This is in line with a global refresh of Animax TV networks worldwide, with the new Animax being able to provide a two-way entertainment experience rich with audience input to create an authentic regional flavor and appeal.

Often regarded as ‘sacred’, on-air graphics elements such as channel IDs and menus are always zealously guarded as they are deemed as an integral part of a channel’s brand identity. For the first time ever, Animax will offer viewers the opportunity to directly shape and colour the on-air look and feel of a television channel, with new on-air elements specifically designed to enable this.

Its change in appearance is also complemented by the addition of more live-action shows led by a brand new Korean youth-interest programming block to serve up entertainment, variety, reality and ‘idol’ drama shows, as well as movies.

The addition does not, however, change Animax’s commitment to bring on the latest and best anime programming as the channel continues to pursue its strategy of simulcasting new anime series with Japan, with Maid Sama! lined up as the next same-week-as-Japan simulcast anime series, premiering in early April 2010.

A new look with viewer interaction
Wholly-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and operated by SPE Networks – Asia, Animax Asia is unveiling a new logo along with an on- and off-air graphics package to match. However, the new on-air look is much more than just passive design graphics on screen, as there will be an opportunity for viewers to get creative and actually determine how Animax looks on air!

As part of the brand new on-air graphics package, upcoming shows on the channel will be introduced by a ‘handheld slate’ with a customizable background dedicated to showcasing the creativity of Animax viewers. Spotlighting the best pictures shared by viewers as the featured background each week, selected contributions will be seen by millions of Animax viewers across Asia. Pictures can be that of the viewer’s favourite haunt, the best-loved corner of the bedroom, or even a shot of contents in the fridge!

With full credit to the contributing viewer on air, it serves as a unique form of recognition for each viewer’s creative efforts to shape and colour Animax. Continuing to engage its youth audiences, this represents Animax’s latest initiative to embrace user-generated content (UGC) by being among the world’s first TV networks to enable viewers to decide the channel’s on-air appearance.

Remaining in its vibrant blue colour, the Animax logo now comes in a clean, sharp font, free of the ellipse that surrounded the brand name in its previous logo. The letter ‘i’ in Animax is stylized with the dot appearing at the top end of the vertical stroke to symbolise the ‘eye’ of the youth – a visual motif signifying a sneak peek into the exciting new Animax experience.

Korean and Japanese entertainment
Along with the new brand identity, the Animax entertainment experience continues to evolve in tandem with the tastes and preferences of its dynamic youth audiences. With Japanese and Korean entertainment proving extremely popular with youth audiences across Asia, Animax which already specializes in Japanese anime and youth programming, will add on Korean live-action shows in the channel’s programming line-up.

From May 2010, Animax viewers in Malaysia and the Philippines can expect to enjoy the Korean programming block including entertainment, variety, reality and drama shows, as well as movies, starting initially with popular drama series like Coffee Prince, My Girl and Princess Hours. The shows will be dubbed in local languages Bahasa Malaysia for Malaysia, and Tagalog for the Philippines, with viewers having the option of catching the shows in original Korean language audio with English subtitles. Viewers in all other markets will be able to catch the new Korean programming block starting from July 2010.

First simulcast anime series of 2010
Indeed, the new look and programming additions do not change Animax’s strategy to offer the latest and best anime programming in the earliest broadcast windows, as it has spared no efforts and resources to bring on the channel’s first same-week-as-Japan simulcast anime series of 2010, Maid Sama!. Continuing its commitment to meet the needs of regional anime fans, Maid Sama! is already Animax’s fourth simulcast series, after Tears to Tiara, the world’s first same-time-as-Japan simulcast anime series in April 2009; as well as same-week-as-Japan broadcasts of popular series Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and InuYasha – The Final Act in April and October 2009 respectively.

Premiering 4 April, airing Sundays 8.30pm across Asia on Animax, in just three days of the series’ widely-anticipated debut in Japan, Maid Sama! is a romantic comedy anime series based on the manga series that won the author Hiro Fujiwara the ‘Outstanding Debut’ honour at the 31st Hakusensha Athena Newcomers’ Awards in Japan. The ongoing manga series is already translated to various languages and is being followed in the US, Taiwan and Hong Kong, with fans eagerly waiting to catch the anime adaptation.

Maid Sama! follows the amusing relationship that blossoms after female student council president Misaki’s secret part-time job as a ‘maid’ at a ‘maid café’ gets discovered by Takumi, the most handsome and popular boy in her high school, who keeps her secret intact but teases her mercilessly. Maid Sama! is being produced by anime studio J.C.Staff, which is also responsible for hit anime franchises Nodame Cantabile and Shakugan no Shana.

“With Korea and Japan continuing to lead entertainment trends in Asia, the addition of Korean live-action shows to our forte of Japanese entertainment enables Animax to live up to its promise as the region’s premiere youth destination. With fresh programming choices, a new look that embodies the spirit of the channel, and a whole suite of new on-air and on-line interactive opportunities, viewers can expect a whole new and immersive Animax experience that is truly ‘A World Less Ordinary’. Going forward, we are also expecting to further localize Animax for individual markets with programming and marketing initiatives to tailor to the needs of audiences in specific markets,” said Gregory Ho, Vice President and General Manager, Animax Asia.

My comments:


- SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT, rebadge Animax under another name if you will keep doing this. Rebadge.

That is all. More comments later when I am less annoyed and less in a hurry.

EK 8 )

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
2:47 pm - Kaichou wa Maid-sama! same week simulcast!

JasmineAtAnimax confirms the same week simulcast of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! starting April 4 (Sunday), 8:30 p.m.

That's just 3 days after the initial broadcast :D

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Saturday, February 13th, 2010
8:29 am

K-on! has been announced for March 16, 8pm. So if you haven't joined the hype and haven't seen it yet, here's your chance.

I'm glad Animax is getting a bit faster about new releases.

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Saturday, January 30th, 2010
12:04 am

Only the second season of Saiunkoku Monogatari (Colorcloud Palace) is new, starting February 8. (GOSH, when does THAT KISS happen?! When did he get so tall?) Here's to hoping the dub is decent and liveable.

There's also a docu on Cosplay set February 13.

I'm not sure when Inuyasha will finish. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood will finish a year's worth of episodes, so it will most likely end in April.

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Friday, January 8th, 2010
12:36 am

Samurai Champloo and Welcome to the NHK have been formally announced on the plugs. Welcome to the NHK has already been running for a few days by now.

I can plug both. Samurai Champloo is a lot like Cowboy Bebop (it's created by the same group after all) and has its own set of really likeable characters. This is probably an American dub, but I'm no longer sure.

Welcome to the NHK is a slice-of-life story about a hikkikomori (a hermit) slowly coaxed out of that NEET life by a quiet girl with her own problems. NHK in this case stands for (in English) The Japanese Hermit Society, not the TV station. It's alternating dark comedy and just plain dark moments, but always well done. More likely a house dub, but I doubt they would botch it. (EDIT: I confirm a house dub, and it's okay. ^^v)


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Monday, December 7th, 2009
11:08 pm

Bleach on Animax is now confirmed Season 1 (only? hope not!) and confirmed the American English dub (thank goodness...no Marky Cielo...).

Also, seriously, Animax...we need no more convincing about how big Bleach is, thank you very much! Just show it already. Whoever is in charge of marketing for Animax...you still don't understand the average anime fan (who is already aware of Bleach, whether or not he watches it), nor the average teenager/yuppie.

I haven't really watched a lot of anime this year, but I guess these are some of my wishes, hoping some come true:

- Xam'd: Lost Memories
- Skip Beat
- Kimi no Todoke
- Vampire Knight
- Kuroshitsuji
- Soul Eater
- the Evangelion remake movies
- Code Geass in English
- Darker than BLACK season 2
- Kobato.
- the xxxHolic / Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle OAV and Tokyo Revelations
- Macross Frontier
- Hayate no Gotoku season 2

The problem with my wishing is FUNimation is taking up majority of the releases for the States, and this has some effect on negotiations, and the dubbing we get.

I definitely wish for more simultaneous and same-week releases, I hope they work on those.

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
8:53 am - Vintage Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atomu! [105 icons]

✔ cosplay various, toys, comics, animation, graffiti & slick ads.
✔ live-action version. o.0;
✔ Uran, his adorable little sis + family.
✔ Dr. Elefun; Prof. Ochanomizu; that nice guy with the big schnoz.
✔ voice actors from the new film.
✔ guest-starring Tezuka characters like Unico!
✔ wacky humor (ex: “Afroboy”)
✔ butt guns…and other cheeky action!
✔ the God of Manga himself.

Cuteness Kills - mild nsfw warning

✩ credit: theidolhands
✩ comments appreciated
no hotlinking
✩ icons aren't bases
*click the "icon" tag to view ALL created.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
11:24 am

- Animax Link to the World concert will be aired on Wednesday November 4 8pm. This is the one from last July? Most likely subbed. It prominently has May'n singing the Black Cat opening song, for one thing. In case 8pm is too early, 8pm slots normally have midnight replays.

- Hellsing OVA is a FUNimation rescue from Geneon, so, sorry guys, unless they air it subtitled it will be an Animax dub.

BTW Keroro Gunsou is also a FUNimation holding, which is one reason why we get good English scripts but Animax dubbing.

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
4:44 am - Stratos 4

Hi all

I'm selling my Stratos 4 DVD complete season. Thought I'd post it incase anyone was interested! Bidding starts at 99p :)


current mood: mellow

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009
10:56 pm

Hellsing OVA has been announced for November 1. 11pm if I saw right.

I'm still stunned. Now could they please bring Ergo Proxy and Trinity Blood and Death Note to SEA too?

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Sunday, October 11th, 2009
12:06 am

Inuyasha The Final Act has a replay at 12 midnight of Saturday. ^^v I hope that info is useful to someone.

Hearing the gang in the original is a welcome change to me, because I've only heard IY in Tagalog all these years, although I did see one of the movies subtitled some time back.

Oooooh, Naraku looks GOOD, lol. My Inuyasha knowledge is only about as much as my Naruto knowhow (meaning, just basic layman information), so that's all I'll say. Enjoy.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009
10:21 pm

Inuyasha: The Final Act will start October 10, 2009 (Saturday). One week late from Japan, similar to FMA:B's setup. It will air Saturday evenings 8pm. There are 13 confirmed episodes.

(Narita Ken doing Sesshoumaru...as if doing Reborn isn't enough...(swoon...)


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Friday, September 4th, 2009
9:15 pm

- Animax has been correcting aspect ratios. This is immediately seen in Gonzo shows such as Pumpkin Scissors and SoltyRei, that are in the rectangular HD format (if I'm not mistaken), in contrast to the squarish format of older series (such as Sergeant Keroro). This ensures that Solty is no longer squashed to fit. Good.

- Animax is also plugging new mobile services: episodes of favorite shows available for download to nifty cellphones.

- They're starting to plug Inuyasha:The Final Act. Expect it probably October. Again, this will be subbed, either simultaneous with Japan or same week as Japan.

- It's the Hong Kong team that did Baccano. Pretty sure I heard voices in this that I also hear on the Sergeant Keroro and the Pumpkin Scissors dubs. Pretty okay, but because of the voices doing several people, I'm also sure the original sounds better.

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