Ibinalik ba ang AniMEGA sa TV5?

Sword Art Online will finally (hopefully) reach Philippine TV airwaves this weekend.

Sword Art Online will finally (hopefully) reach Philippine TV airwaves this weekend.

ACCORDING TO Anime Pilipinas, five anime shows are offered on TV5 throughout this week. Does this mean AniMEGA fans will see the light?


A Short History

When Channel 5 revived its operation as ABC 5 in 1992, the channel was a haven for new anime – an alternative from the Big Two. The Turf only remembered “Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars” under the channel administered by Tony Boy Conjuangco. Sixteen years later, when ABC became TV5, the anime block was restructured and thus, AniMEGA was born. Fresh anime at that time were Code Geass, Azumanga Daioh, Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star. The block ended in 2010, the same year Manny V. Pangilinan reformatted as the Kapatid Network.

In 2013, only Mobile Suit Gundam 00 was the only hope for anime fans on TV5 until Willie Revillame grabbed the noon slot without just compensation. The past year (2014) saw the anime drought on TV5 and the Turf was able to receive many yet illogical reasons.

Lobbying continued over social media until December 1, thinking that the worst was over. It wasn’t.

The network from Reliance carried Infinity Nado, a Mandarin Chinese animation. With the demand full of meticulous specifications (e.g. must be recently released, must be recently aired from Japanese TV networks and must be made by genuine Japanese animators), 2014 was declared the annus horribilis because there is no real anime aired for TV5 throughout.

Happy now?

Now, that the good news from the highest anime news authority has delivered, the question becomes, “Would the anime fans be relieved from TV5’s recent offering?”

Let’s dissect the five and see which one is recent.

Rockman.EXE Axess became the weekday show after Infinity Nado and the aggregate block of Disney and Cartoon Network at 9:30 a.m. The anime was originally aired in Japan in 2004. Magical DoReMi (Ojamajo Doremi) will air this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. but the original airing at the home country was in 2003. Sword Art Online will greet the anime patrons this weekend at 9:30 a.m., originally aired in 2012; Fushigi Yuugi and Street Fighter II V, both 1995 anime programs, will follow.

The insight is obvious, Sword Art Online is the one fans wanted to watch out and to yearn for. Although there will be a question that AniMEGA name would be revived, a recent anime arriving this weekend will relieve its clients from their militant demands.

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[Photo courtesy of Anime Pilipinas / Reki Kawahara / ASCII MEDIA WORKS / SAO Project]



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