July 7, 2005

Youth in the Shell.

So the YTV network in Canada has just announced what new series they are going to be carrying starting this fall. The big acquisitions are shows that have already been running on US networks. Some are not really big surprises, but one came as a huge shock. Here are some “highlights” as far as animation goes.

Krypto the Super Dog: A cartoon for preschoolers about Superman’s superpowered dog. Why must this show exist? Seriously, why?

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Originally from Nickelodeon, this is a show that is in an anime style like Teen Titans. I know nothing about it, but have heard some positive buzz.

Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: Well it’s no secret that I like Puffy’s music. I’ve seen a few episodes of this show and it actually has more in common with classic American cartoons than it does with anime. It’s a silly show, but Puffy is a silly band that sings silly songs and does silly dances, so it’s true to form, if a bit overexaggerated. The music of the show is all made up of snippets from Puffy’s music.

Zatch Bell: I saw a subtitled episode of the original Japanese version, known as Gash Bell, before it was licensed. The star of this show is an annoying little boy who was naked most of the time. Needless to say. I had no interest in watching any further episodes of this series. This is one case where I’ll be glad if this show is considerably toned down for TV.

D.I.C.E: Something about Dinosaurs. I don’t know. Haven’t heard anything good about this show.

And the big surprise…

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: ….


You’ve got to be kidding me!

YTV is supposed to be “Youth Television“, and even though they have been making strides towards programming for “an older youth audience“, the Ghost in the Shell franchise is not for ANY youth audience! What are they thinking? What is going to happen with this? Is it going to be cut or censored or rearranged or what? How can they pull this off?

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s great that YTV is picking up this show. More power too ’em and all that. They’re pretty much the only Canadian network that’s supporting anime, even though there are at least 2 other channels that should. But this show… I just can’t imagine it. This is completely out of left field. Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see how it’s handeled, and the aftermath!

Special thanks to Zannen, Canada.



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