August 2009 marks the first-year anniversary of the TV5 reformat. This local channel of ours had been struggling to keep up with the big two (ABS-CBN and GMA), but since the reformat it has been doing quite well. They have innovative and fresh TV programming which made them #1 in some timeslots. In particular, the anime blocks had been receiving a lot of praise from some of our most dedicated local anime fans. For almost a year, a slew of anime have been aired with less cuts, good dubbing, and impressive lineups. Unfortunately, they can’t keep up with their high pace for too long, and so these past few months have been quite troubling for them.
Remember Toradora? They didn’t finish the airing of the anime. After 12 episodes, they re-aired the first 12 again. Then after a few episodes more (up to 17 I think), they canned the show. The weekly airing of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood had been stuck at episode 7 for at least two weeks. Finally, Haruhi didn’t finish its airing either, they only showed 9 episodes if I’m correct.
What the heck is happening?
Funny enough, our local anime fan contingent had been struck by their own version of the Endless Eight flu. Reruns and programming confusion abound. Moreover, I think I had a bit of complaint with the Toradora dubbing when I watched a few episodes. In those episodes, they had completely removed the audio track replacing it with their own brand of BGM aside from the local dubbing. Yup, you won’t hear the original Toradora soundtrack in those episodes. That’s a big NO-NO for me, and is worse than cutting scenes for censorship reasons.
In any case, I haven’t watched the anime slot on TV5 since, so I’m only getting this from the accounts of various forumers around the local anime TV scene. Some say that there had been numerous production delays on the side of the channel. I recall Haruhi was announced much earlier, and that they actually delayed the airing because they haven’t finished the dubbing yet. For Toradora, their supplier didn’t give them the complete episodes to show. I would assume the same for FMA. If you ask me my opinion on this… I would immediately raise the “juvenile” flag. This is massively erratic programming, especially for a television business. You don’t make promises you can’t keep. If you need to show a complete series, heck finish the dubbing or acquire all the episodes even before you announce the darn thing.
But I would step back from extreme criticism because I don’t know the whole picture. Besides, for our kind of television business, I think it’s kinda normal to air reruns and cut off shows. Even regular TV series get this kind of treatment after all. For the fact that this is anime, and I’m writing in an anime blog, I would notice these programming quirks. If I were a general TV buff I would notice other series getting bad or worse treatment. In any case, the local TV anime audience must be patient. TV5’s anime crew knows their audience rather well, and for sure they would return these incomplete shows someday.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TV5 Animega â€“ Episode 1: The Emerging Tiger
TV5 Animega – Episode 2: Endless Eight