Timeslot History: Anime on WOWOW (1994-2000)

WOWOW was a satellite channel, and was thus responsible for 80% of “I’m really surprised this didn’t air later at night” thoughts I had while gathering timeslot information. This summary also took less time to put together because most of their dedicated anime blocks were a pretty localized phenomenon, opening between 1998-1999 and ending, at the latest, in 2003.

General boilerplate stuff:

If you’re curious about the details, you can find the data I’ve gathered on this spreadsheet. Note on the format: the master list has just the networks, timeslots, and years of airing. Other sheets contain the shows aired in a given year and those aired on non-Japanese TV, with relevant links for the numerous series for which the Japanese wikipedia page didn’t provide sufficient information on the timeslot.

For each broadcaster, I’ll be asking two questions. First, which, if any slots did they have dedicated to anime in general? To qualify as an anime slot for the purposes of this exercise, a timeslot has to have aired premieres of at least 3 TV anime from 1994 to 2000. This excludes, for example, the Fuji TV Sunday 18:30 slot, which has been running Sazae-san for a really long time. I’m more interested in timeslots that would have been available to new shows during this period. I do track timeslots before and after the period to get an idea of where their demos originated and where they ended up.

Second, which, if any shows did that broadcaster air after midnight? I want to give as complete a view as possible on the stance different companies took in regards to airing anime late at night. Since I’ve been poring over the data, I already have a decent idea of what the answer is going to be, but it’s neat to look at how different broadcasters’ stances were during this period.

Show title [month of first episode airing]

Monday 19:00

Aa! Megami-sama!: Chichaitte Koto wa Benri da ne [04-1998]
Android Ana Maico 2010 [04-1998]
Neo Ranga [04-1998]
Kurogane Communication [10-1998]
Arc the Lad [04-1999]
Wild Arms [10-1999]

(No data on post-Wild Arms programming.)

Tuesday 18:30

Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon [10-1999]
Boys Be [04-2000]
Strange Dawn [07-2000]
Vandread [10-2000]
Chikyuu Bouei Kazoku [01-2001]
Mahou Senshi Louie [04-2001]
Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon (connecting rebroadcast-see comments) [09-2001]
Full Metal Panic [01-2002]
G-on Riders [07-2002]
Scrapped Princess [04-2003]
Maburaho [10-2003]

(No data on post-Maburaho programming.)

Tuesday 19:00

Neo Ranga (from Monday 19:00, after 6-month break) [04-1999]
D4 Princess [04-1999]
Risky/Safety [10-1999]
Steel Angel Kurumi [10-1999]
Ginsoukikou Ordian [04-2000]

(Ginsoukikou Ordian ended in September of 2000 and was replaced by a Champions League highlight broadcast.)

Wednesday 18:30

Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran (from Wednesday 19:00) [04-2000]
NieA Under 7 [04-2000]
Hand Maid May [07-2000]
Gravitation [10-2000]
Hakaima Sadamitsu [01-2001]
Pretear [04-2001]
Ai Mai Mii! Strawberry Eggs [07-2001]
X (TV 2001) [10-2001]

(X ended in March of 2002 and was replaced by the music show Oto no Summer!)

Wednesday 19:00

Seihou Tenshi Angel Links [04-1999]
Mahou Tsukai Tai (TV 1999) [07-1999]
The Big O [10-1999]
Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran [01-2000]

(Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran switched slots to Wednesday 18:30 in April 2000, and was replaced by Saishin Shine Magic, an unspecified type of program that aired on multiple weekdays.)

Thursday 19:00

Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures [04-1999]
Kachou Ouji [07-1999]
Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku [10-1999]
Oh! Super Milk-chan [01-2000]

(Oh! Super Milk-chan switched slots to Thursday 18:30 in April 2000, and was replaced by Saishin Shine Magic, an unspecified type of program that aired on multiple weekdays.)

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Late Night Programs:

Cowboy Bebop (Friday 25:00, 1998)
Nessa no Haou Gandalla (Friday 25:00, 1998)
Seikai no Monshou (Saturday 24:30, 1999)

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Comments:

-Much of the anime listed above (the shows in the Monday/Tuesday 19:00 slots) aired in the Anime Complex family of blocks. Anime Complex NIGHT, the third and final installment, started in 2001 and lasted two years, ran the sequel to Steel Angel Kurumi as well as Hanaukyo Maid-tai and Rizelmine.

-Whatever Shine Magic was bumped off multiple anime blocks, forcing Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran and Oh! Super Milk Chan into new slots for their final month.

-Only 3 shows actually aired after midnight on this channel, but they aired some pretty mature stuff (in many different meanings of the word) during their “prime-time” evening hours. This is possibly somewhat analogous, though certainly not identical, to how the move to cable TV allowed anime to get away with more minimal editing in the US.

-No current anime timeslots started in this period on WOWOW have lasted through to the modern day. The last anime they aired as primary programming were Ozma in 2012 and Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo/Kaiba in 2008.

-The original FMP anime was slated for Fall 2001, before being delayed due to the recent occurance of the 9/11 attacks. Probably a sensible move for the network, though it represents a talking point for those wary of the can of worms self-censorship can open.

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