2009 has just kicked in and you can bet that it would be one heck of a year for all Animax Asia viewers. They certainly are living up to their slogan: “Be Different”.
The Philippines and other South-East Asian countries have begged for a 24/7 anime cable channel which will feature all of our favorite anime shows — some old while others new, and we finally got it with Animax. Of course, in the Philippines there’s the Hero channel, a copy-cat channel of what Animax had been doing, which, unfortunately for Hero isn’t enough. Having to watch anime with a pathetically dubbed voice acting isn’t exactly what we wanted. Sure their shows are newer and more popular than what Animax had to offer but it sure is a drag to watch at their channel.
Anyways, I am not here to talk about Hero Channel but about Animax. Yes, I am a loyalist when it comes to that channel as I definetly do not watch any other channels when it comes to my anime needs. That is why, I was so happy when my favorite manga turned anime shows were aired. Titles such as Tsubasa Chronicles (Chronicles of the Wings), xxxHolic, and .hack// are all but a few of the dozens of anime titles I watch at the channel.
This January, however, animax had unveiled it’s latest addition to their growing list of aired Anime shows. First up is Ghost Slayer Ayashi, don’t know much about this anime save that it would probably end up in their supernatural wednesday time slot (correct me if I got that wrong). There’s also Origin: Spirits of the Past, Red Garden, Emma’s second season. Then there’s the hit reality show, Super Big Product Fun Show, which is hillarious by the way. Of course, what I’m really looking forward to watching would have to be Darker than Black. I’ve heard so many good things about this manga turned anime show.
Of course, I would be really ecstatic if Animax would air popular shows such as Naruto Shippuuden, Bleach, One Piece, Shakugan no Shana, and a bunch of well known anime shows instead of having to watch re-runs over and over again… though, that’s not as bad as it sounds as I enjoy watching re-runs of my favorite shows. But, one has to wonder how long before Animax decides to abandon Slam Dunk, YuYu Hakusho, Flame of Recca and all those old shows that are getting pretty boring.
One of the things that is highly anticipated, however, is the upcoming release of LaMB, Animax’ first anime production. Based from the trailers, I can’t help but see how well they really made the movie. The 3d animation was astounding. I really want to see the whole thing to learn how they made such a production possible. The story is also new, and the way they are showing these trailers in the form of news segments and youtube-like videos is also well thought of.
Animax certainly has gone a long way from its conception. Having housed a dozen of contests and aired a lot of anime shows, it has made it’s mark as a true anime channel — living up to how fans expected it to be.
Just seeing the January shows for Animax is enough to have me thinking what other line-up for the rest of the year do they have instore for us? It’s exciting to think of it. But for now, I’m looking forward to watching Darker than Black and LaMB.