TV5 Animega – Episode 1: The Emerging Tiger

By bluemist on May 20th, 2009

http://www.tv5.com.ph/showsmain_anime.html

fmatv52
In the last episode of my Animax-Asia series, we see Animax-Asia make TV history. This time, one of our own Philippine TV channels is about to make its own TV history too. It’s an exciting time to be an anime fan!

Well, admittedly I don’t follow Filipino dubs of anime anymore, so it’s not as exciting to me. However, I certainly appreciate its existence, because I used to watch them regularly. Today, there are a lot of people who are still not into DVDs and fansubs, heck I think some don’t even have cable TV. That is why when progress is made at the local TV front, I had to be there up close. I used to be fairly active in a number of Philippine-based anime forums some years ago. Ah those were the days. We’d nitpick every cut being made in the anime, be it for censorship reasons or just to insert more ads into the timeslot. We’d bash and praise bad and good voice acting, compare the Filipino dubs to the original, and try to see how the translations fared during the conversion.

While I have graduated from watching dubs on local TV and on cable, I still follow a bit of the local scene to see how anime is being treated. As I had said in the Animax-Asia article, choice is good. What’s quite amusing is how fast they catch up to me today. Animes that are being licensed and acquired by our local TV companies are getting newer and newer. There used to be a couple of years gap between an anime’s airing in Japan and its airing in the Philippines. That gap is slowly shrinking. I am seeing acquirations left and right of anime which are fairly recent. Now, much like Animax-Asia, there is a new tiger in town… TV5.

Since the new management change, the channel has revived its anime primetime block. This will be the first time in 5 or so years that anime can be seen on evening, because the other major channels have trashed this idea in favor of more lucrative markets like gameshows, the usual teleseryes and more meh reality series. TV5 goes a step further, with its anime selection seemingly and surprisingly relevant to the very discerning anime fan. Maybe their staff are anime fans too, probably knowing about the fansub and internet world and also what’s critically acclaimed and popular in anime. In any case, they know their stuff. They do decent dubs, they never cut anything badly, and they show full openings and endings. Also, they are pushing the bar in turnaround time. Currently they are airing Code Geass R2. How about that? Within half a year, the anime is here. I don’t know anything about the television business, but they must have a decent amount of budget dedicated to anime licensing, localization and promotion. I heard that TV5 has partnerships abroad, and so maybe there’s the source of their finances. What’s amazing here is that they see the potential of anime in primetime. They know that someone is bound to stick to their channel during the anime slot while the other big two channels are showing crappy soap operas. For better entertainment, watch anime instead.

fmatv5
Now they are pushing further. Remember Toradora? It just ended in Japan this spring. Guess what… they’re airing it NOW. But wait, there’s more! Remember Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? THEY’RE GONNA AIR IT TOO! WEEKLY! Alright, this is not the “same week in Japan” treatment in Animax-Asia, but they are merely 7 episodes behind. This is TV history by any respects, the very first near-simulcast broadcast of any anime in the Philippines. The fastest acquired anime, and it’s no sloppy anime either. This is freaking Fullmetal Alchemist. I’d give up Naruto and Bleach for this thing (then again, I’ve already given them up long ago)! Suddenly the tables have not only turned, but tumbled over. I now regard TV5 as the new local TV anime authority.

They aren’t even in this business for a year yet! They just showed anime after anime since August of 2008 as if they were insane. One of their very first lineups was Shakugan No Shana, and I was fashionably late in discovering about it. I didn’t care much about the anime, except that I exclaimed that this is good news. Some months later, I saw more anime being acquired, and I started to take notice. The rest is history. Everytime I see something new in TV5, I always get surprised. From classics like Ranma 1/2, mild hits like Special A, DNAngel, and Ragnarok to REALLY good stuff like Azumanga Daioh, Code Geass, and Cowboy Bebop, this is really a powerhouse lineup that trumps even the 24-hour anime cable channel selections.

I really hope they’re generating profit with this, because I’d hate to see a major stumble in their awesome run. At this point, I don’t care if they start showing reruns of their old anime licenses. The selection is vibrant anyway. In any case, I’ll be following the progress of this channel’s anime block from now on. I do admit, I don’t watch dubbed anime regularly anymore, and so I am not their audience. With this post I’m merely spreading the word. If you live in a cave like me sometimes, and you still like your anime served in Filipino dub, please tune in to TV5 every primetime evenings to see what you’re missing.

Update:
tv5haruhi
I FACEPALM IN A POSITIVE WAY.

Another big arsenal. Regardless of whether you like Haruhi or not, you know it’s big.

40 Comments

Posted By: Zeroblade On: May 21, 2009 At: 1:11 am

Wow, I’m still just surprised as to just how in god’s name they were able to get all that awesome (and recent!) stuff. (if only they were subbed…)

Posted By: Moonlight Bomber On: May 21, 2009 At: 4:48 am

TV5’s anime assault just doesn’t stop there at FMA:B and Toradora. There will be several more hot titles that will be aired in the future.

We all have to thank the Malaysian investors for shaking our TV’s, just as the network’s slogan says.

Posted By: ghostlightning On: May 21, 2009 At: 7:01 am

I’ve come to realize that we are a minority among anime fans in the Philippines. The majority of anime fans internationally (or at least in the US) are dub-watchers who see the shows on TV.

We aren’t representative of these fans — just go to any local convention and see if you can relate to 20% of the participants.

In that case, I’d rather that the local anime distributors service the market as it is, if it means a larger anime presence locally, which will result in a larger base even if remaining a minority — of fans like us.

Posted By: bluemist On: May 21, 2009 At: 8:17 am

Yes, we’re talking internet vs. television penetration rate in our country. But I could say that the vast majority is now catching up. When I had gone to a few early anime conventions of my own, I’d realize that most will tend to like the old stuff and be oblivious about new ones. Nowadays, because we have a lot of choices available for free and also for cheap (cable), fans would tend to like different kinds of stuff.

The next revolution will be subbed anime on local TV. I don’t think I’d live to see that day… and even if it does, I bet it’ll be a flop. But then again we never know what’s shaking in the future.

Posted By: Kairu Ishimaru On: May 21, 2009 At: 1:56 pm

Yeah. Im starting to like my local cable even better. CG R2 is airing too in TV5 right? Their dubs for Toradora wasnt bad at all too. ๐Ÿ˜€

Posted By: meganeshounen On: May 21, 2009 At: 9:21 pm

I just saw Toradora a while ago (which last replaced Witchblade last week), and… I almost shat bricks when I first realized it. TV5 sure is on the bleeding edge when it comes to anime picks, due to Toradora.

The dub wasn’t half bad, but the episode had a surprising lack of Ami~n, which would probably be remedied tomorrow (her introductory episode’s next, iirc). Although, I had this seiyuu stereotyping of Kugimiya Rie’s Tagalog dub voice from Shakugan no Shana… but the VA now sounds just as bitchy and tsundere as the real thing, at least to me.

With Toradora on TV now, I wonder what kind of shows will they pick up next in the same vein? Gundam OO? =D

Posted By: bluemist On: May 21, 2009 At: 11:06 pm

A new Gundam or even a new Macross will be interesting, because they will certainly retrieve old fans of those mecha stuff.

Posted By: sadakups On: May 22, 2009 At: 1:30 pm

I actually appreciate what TV5 is doing. I honestly thought they’re doing what GMA did before where they claim that their viewers are not knowledgeable about anime. And TV5’s anime staff sure know what they are showing.

Yes, a Gundam or a Macross is definitely another step for them. Or maybe that’s just me as a mecha fan.

Posted By: maxie On: May 24, 2009 At: 4:57 pm

AFAIK Haruhi Suzumiya is coming on TV5 sometime next month(YEY!!!)…I wonder what happened to thier one of thier animes that they should air which is Seto no Hanayome??

Yeah subbed animes on local TV would be a great thing and i hope those guys at TV5 would notice that and do something about it!!

Posted By: soulassassin On: May 25, 2009 At: 12:08 am

The other best thing about what TV5 is doing is allowing some viewers to catch up what they miss by doing reruns on weekend afternoons.

This is what I call niche TV5 programming: paying real attention at what fans actually want, and doing what 2 and 7 could no longer do anymore.

Posted By: cathy jane On: June 27, 2009 At: 7:31 pm

hi!!pho gnda po ng pinapalabas nyo quest ko lng po yng la corda de oro s animega

sna po mapalabas nyo yn hehehe!!!!!!!

Posted By: Rikitchie On: July 03, 2009 At: 10:42 am

ahhhH!!!!

i want The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Right now on TV 5!!

I wnt to watch it again, but this time. in

Tagalog Version ahhhaah >.<

Posted By: Rikitchie On: July 03, 2009 At: 10:44 am

Sana bukod sa Melancholy, mai palabas nio din

po ung class anime na Chobits pwease!!!

love u TV5!!! Shake ko tlaga TV koh!!!

Posted By: joven On: July 14, 2009 At: 4:13 pm

sana tangalin nyo na ang toradora at ipalit ang lupin the third

Posted By: michelle On: July 27, 2009 At: 1:46 pm

ahh..??? REQUEST KO NAMAN POH PALABAS NYO SA TV5 ANIMEGA YUN “FRUIT BASKET” ANG GANDA POH KASI NUN..???? KUNG PWEDE LANG POH SALAMAT..

Posted By: michelle On: July 27, 2009 At: 1:48 pm

KUNG PWEDE POH PLS..???

MARAMING SALAMAT POH..???

MORE POWER..

ANG GAGANDA POH KASI NG MGA ANIME

NYO LALO NA POH YUN

YAMATO NADESHIKO

MARAMING SALAMAT POH..??

Posted By: michelle On: July 27, 2009 At: 1:50 pm

ahh.. IPALABAS NYO RIN POH

YUN HIS ANG HER CIRCUMTANCE..???

MAGANDA RIN POH KASI YUN EH

AHH…?? XENXHA NA POH ADIK LANG

POH TALAGA AKO SA MGA ANIME NYO

MORE POWERT POH..?

SHAKE KO TV PROMISE..???

Posted By: michelle On: July 27, 2009 At: 2:00 pm

LAGI POH AKONG NANONOOD

SA TV5 PROMISE

ADIK POH TALAGA KAO SA MGA

ANIME NYOIPALABAS NYO NAMAN POH YUN

“FRUIT BASKET”

“HIS AND HER CIRCUMTANCE”

“GET BACKERS” AT

“FULL METAL PANIC”..??

MAGAGANDAPOH YUN PROMISE..???

SANA POH TUPARIN NYO WISH KOH..??

PLS..PLS..PLS..PLS..PLS..PLS..PLS…

POH..??? MARAMING SALAMAT POH..???

Posted By: mitchie On: July 30, 2009 At: 1:04 pm

hello poh
muxtah na poh
sana poh ipalabas nyo
sa tv5 yun fruit basket
maganda poh kasi yun
tsaka namimiss ko na poh
yun palabas na yun
promise sana poh pls..pls,..
ngatx na lang poh..???

Posted By: michelle On: July 30, 2009 At: 1:06 pm

sana poh ipalabas nyo na poh
pls..pls,.pls..pls..pls..pls..
hayxxzzz pls poh..??

guxto ko poh talaga yu fruit basket
sana poh iplalbas nyo na

maraming salamat poh..???

Posted By: michelle On: July 30, 2009 At: 1:07 pm

fruit basket..??
fruit basket..
fruit basket
fruit basket
fruit basket
pls poh ipalabas nyo na
pls..???

PLEASE..???

Posted By: evil death On: August 05, 2009 At: 1:44 am

ASTIH PUHHH CHANNEL NYO SARAP PANORIN
PWEDE PUHH ADD PO KAU DA CAPO PLS….AND GURREN LAGGAN

DA CAPO PLS….
DA CAPO PLS….DA CAPO PLS….DA CAPO PLS….
DA CAPO PLS….DA CAPO PLS….AND ALSO GURREN LAGGAN

ASTIG PUH KAU I SALUTE

Posted By: louie On: August 17, 2009 At: 12:11 am

sana reply nyo nmn ang melonchony of haruhu suzumiya hehe!!
para kcng d natapos ang season eh!!
pero pinalitan nyo ng bagong anime

Posted By: ayu-chan tsukimiya On: August 29, 2009 At: 7:18 am

sana po palabas nyo ung clannad, clannad after story, kanon, air, sola. sobrang gaganda po nian…c; I SWEAR!

Posted By: bluemist anime blog » Blog Archive » TV5 Animega – Episode 2: Endless Eight On: August 29, 2009 At: 4:57 pm

[…] OF CONTENTS TV5 Animega รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Episode 1: The Emerging Tiger TV5 Animega – Episode 2: Endless […]

Posted By: marjo On: October 07, 2009 At: 11:11 am

ang ganda ng mga anime.matagal napo me adik pero naaadik pa ko lalo dahil sa anime!!! yung nickelodean cartoons din po kahit ulit-ulit maganda pa rin!!! sana po tapusin nyo na ung kwento ng avatar ang ganda po kasi eh!!!

Posted By: michelle On: October 07, 2009 At: 2:06 pm

paki reply naman poh
yun SPECIAL A
ganda poh kasi nun eh
tsaka poh yun
YAMATO NADESHIKO
plss naman poh..????

Posted By: michelle On: October 07, 2009 At: 2:09 pm

sana poh..??
magpalabas poh kayo ng mga
anime nadi pa poh
napapalabas para naman poh
kakaiba..??
nakakamiss rin poh yun
azumanga daioh

more power poh sa inyo
take care always

Posted By: Leo Paulo S. Soriano On: December 16, 2009 At: 7:32 pm

GRABE!!!!! siguradong matutuwa kaming magka-classmate!!!!kasi talagang ADIK na ADIK na ADIK na ADIK talaga kami sa ANIMEGA!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless pa po sa animega!

Posted By: camille On: January 11, 2010 At: 4:52 pm

pls pwede po ba ipalit sa coyote ragtime show yung special a . at saka po pwede rin po ipalit sa shakugan no shana ung po haruhi suzumiya. paki reaserch po kung may code geass r3 r4 r5 . please lang po oh!

Posted By: maricris On: January 20, 2010 At: 3:44 pm

==..>hello i’m so addicted to animega at sana wag nyO poh…aAliz ung code geass r2 and sna magkaroOn pAh saNa ng R3..and many more code geass and thanks poh sa tv5…!!!!!

==..>>at sna maNy more cartoOn animega ung my love story…!!!!!

==..>>>at sna poh way nyO poh aALisin yung repLy twing saturday & sUnday kzi dun Lng poh ako nkakanoOn…thankzzz poooh…

Posted By: shana On: February 14, 2010 At: 6:54 pm

pwede nyo po bang ipalabas ang shakugan no shana 3 ang ganda po kasi nun eh…pls,pls,pls.thanks very much

Posted By: justine bryan t soriano On: February 18, 2010 At: 2:08 pm

hello po sa na ipalabas ninyo ng ang cowboy bebop pati po ung rider chage hindi po ung maske rider hibiki ang panget ng maske rider hibiki po salamat po

Posted By: anne On: August 05, 2010 At: 8:23 pm

I was very happy when the animega on tv5 came back but I was so dissapointed when the schedule is not good for me and to the other animelover. We hope that the schedule will be change at night time,saturday or sunday afternoon.tnx. pahabol: special A still nakakakilig and 100x very nice.100%…………we want to see the new s.a.,code geass,clannad,d.gray man,sailormoon,fushigi yuugi,rayearth and many many more. all the animega on tv5.

Posted By: secret On: August 14, 2010 At: 3:47 pm

sana po ibalik nyo po ang animega o kaya naman po gawin nyo poyng tv5 na parang animax joke lng po…. sori po… gustu ko po yng animega kasi para sa akin po sa lahat na channel sa mga walang cable tv5 po ang maganda na anime kase merong anime na magaganda ang storya ginagawang animax ko po yng animega ng tv5 kaya sana po ibalik yo po sa dating timeslot…. astig po kasi parang animax sa cable channel sana ipalabas uli yng lucky star thank you;-)poh Idol ko po ang animega….:-)

Posted By: secret On: August 14, 2010 At: 3:49 pm

para po sa mga iba wla pa pong code geass season 3 manga comics pa lang poh thank you poh

Posted By: YuzuNakamura On: September 27, 2010 At: 1:14 pm

Meron na palang Haruhi Suzumiya anime movie (2hrs. video length.. sana meron po nito sa TV5.. =)

Posted By: YuzuNakamura On: September 27, 2010 At: 1:25 pm

uhhhhmmm… palagi akong updated sa mga anime.. today sept 27— there are 41 new animes were released… and updated 41 new episodes weekly. wla lng.. hehehe.. more power for TV5!

Posted By: Miro On: November 27, 2010 At: 8:32 pm

eh sana ipalabas to sa tv5 rozen maiden at vampire knight

Posted By: kenshin On: January 23, 2011 At: 3:43 pm

pls. ilagay niyo po ung d.gray man

-->