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The Decline of ABS-CBN’s Team Animazing

Animes on ABS-CBN are suddenly out of commission with the re-airing of classic adapted Japanese cartoons such as ‘Princess Sarah’ and ‘Cedie’. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN)

Hard-hitting animes on ABS-CBN are now a thing of the past.

With new seasons of ‘Naruto Shippuden’ and ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ still months away from their premiere, ABS-CBN decided to re-air their popular 1990s Japanese adaptations of classic novels on the said block. This despite the fact that they have the backing of sister channel Hero to bring in new animes.

It is clear that Team Animazing, once a formidable rival to GMA’s Astig Authority block, is on the decline. And here are some reasons why.

It all started when ABS-CBN took advantage of ‘Princess Sarah”s renewed popularity on social media by re-airing the series in October. Then in a more desperate move, the Kapamilya network re-aired ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’, ‘Cedie: Ang Munting Prinsipe’ and ‘Dog of Flanders’, much to the dismay of their anime fans.

Worse, ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ continued to air on the said block, even though it is clear no one is in the mood to watch the Nickelodeon icon in Tagalized and heavily edited form.

As a result, Astig Authority overwhelmed Team Animazing in the ratings, even though they were frequently criticized for re-airing old animes regularly. But Team Animazing’s problems go beyond low ratings.

Unlike Astig Authority, which runs for over three hours, Team Animazing is only given half of what the former is allotted. This leads to fewer programs, and worse, heavily edited episodes, which does not bode well with viewers and the anime community in general.

And if there’s anything the Kapamilya anime fans want to blame, it is the presence of Kris Aquino in the mornings. ‘Kris TV’, which is now airing for four years but is struggling for ratings, continue to be honored by the network thanks to Kris’ ‘ironclad’ contract demands.

Team Animazing’s recent slump is only one of several problems that concern ABS-CBN today. That said, for the Kapamilya anime community, it is unfair for ABS-CBN to not commit towards new animes.

What’s the use of Hero if ABS-CBN won’t do favors to their anime fans? This definitely makes no sense.


30 thoughts on “The Decline of ABS-CBN’s Team Animazing

  1. Jake Jacinto says:

    It’d be better if ABS-CBN will move Kris TV before It’s Showtime, and then Umagang Kay Ganda will end again at 8:30 AM. Suggested timeslot for Kris TV is 11:00 AM. This way, they’ll compete with The Ryzza Mae Show of GMA.

    • An even better suggestion is if Kris TV becomes a 30-minute program while staying on its current timeslot, provided that Kris finally softens on her demands. It is impossible to move Kris TV before noontime, since a game show and Oh My G are rating well for ABS.

      Also, ABS airs the NBA on weekdays during the conference finals and finals, which is another obstacle to your suggestion.

      • Yes, na-sinabi ninyo ng malaking obstacle talaga ang NBA sa Kapmilya Network lalo na sa Conference Fnals and Finals. Similar sa nangyari last year na nag air ang NBA Finals 9:30 am instead of 9 am (Wednesday, Friday) and 8 am (Monday) eh dahil sa pinaplabas ng Kris TV at Spongebob Squarepants (Tagalog-Dubbed)/N&CA Program (on a 1-day delay sa mga Regional Stations). I’d also sa this year’s 2015 NBA Finals sana’y ipalabas na nila ang lahat ng mga games LIVE not on Tape-Delay at ilagay na lang si Kris na mas maaga, lalo na sa Monday NBA Finals airing ng 8 am ang coverage nito (8 pm Sunday sa US).

        Since papapalit na ang 2015 NBA All Star Games next week, I hope na ipalabas ang lahat ng 3-day event ng live sa ABS then primetime telecast sa S&A, na dapat walang muna KB sa Feb. 15 para ipalabas ang NBA Saturday Night All Star Activities nito.

      • Sorry Mr. Suggestion, pero the All-Star Saturday and All-Star Game this year will still be on Sports+Action. Yung Rising Stars Challenge lang ang sa ABS. In short, kahit All-Star Weekend, regular season scheme pa rin ang sinusundan ng ABS.

        Yung NBA Finals suggestion mo, I doubt that again, dahil sa mga ‘demands’ ni Kris. Unless she finally loosens the reins, magiging nightmare pa rin sa mga anime at basketball fans ang Kris TV.

  2. KG says:

    Kunin na lang yung mga anime na pinapalabas sa Hero, baka madami ang viewers. Kaya lang matatalo talaga sila laban sa viewer’s choice na GMA.

  3. Mimo says:

    Those classic anime being re-aired by ABS-CBN are part of the three-decades-long “World Masterpiece Theater” series. The ‘Dog of Flanders’ anime currently on ABS-CBN’s broadcast schedule is from 1975. (Were the three World Masterpiece Theater anime from the 2000’s aired in the Philippines?)

    ABS-CBN promised to air season 8 of their dub of Naruto Shippuden this year, but chances of airing the next season of the Filipino dub of Kuroko’s Basketball in the coming months are slim for now because the third season of the original is currently airing in Japan.

    In bringing new anime to be dubbed in Filipino by the voice talents commissioned by ABS-CBN, channel 2 seems to be ignored unlike HERO.

    SpongeBob Squarepants is a long-running cartoon so ABS-CBN is apparently unwilling to put the show off their schedule.

    • But Spongebob is becoming a nuisance to the Team Animazing. Nickelodeon on ABS is increasingly becoming useless for them, after Sports+Action dropped Nick shows like Dora and Team Umizoomi. The only Nick shows left are of Spongebob and Jimmy Neutron, so it is clear that Nick is a liability.

      The World Masterpiece Theater series, honestly, are not considered anime, but rather Japanese-influenced Western animation.

      In any event, it’s clear that Hero is becoming a liability to ABS, since the latter has no effort whatsoever to bring in new animes sourced from the former.

    • Dakchigo says:

      “Les Miserables” aired on ABS-CBN, “Porphy no Nagai Tabi/Porphy’s Long Journey” on what was then Studio 23. I don’t recall if “Anne: Before Green Gables” was shown, but its prequel, “Anne of Green Gables” aired on ABS-CBN in the 1990s.

      • Actually it’s Mina and Porphy according to Studio 23. I remember when that show aired before Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies on the now-defunct channel some years ago.

  4. Well mornings has never been that profitable than before except during specials. Philippine TV has been evolving as the majority of the demographic of the viewers change. Unless these animes become a real threat expect ABS wont budge. Before mornings has been dominated by female oriented programs, that change when the majority of the moms began working. Leaving the timeslot to helpers such as the rise of morning teleseryes. But the timeslot after KrisTV is really a dead timeslot considering that this is the time where no one is at home. Most helpers are on errands, kids are in school and parents are working. Call center peeps are either already asleep or watching downloads of american series. These are the scenarios that typically happens to the middle class homes in the metro

    If I am ABS, I will do regional programming. This is the best time to air these shows as these localities haven’t adopted the above scenario yet. As for the Metro maybe a public service program could help similar to Hoy Gising since this is the time most gov’t office is open and receptive to attend to public concerns. The program can also set the tone for the news programs in primetime. They can invite key speakers similar to headstart with Karen Davila.

    • Still, there are bummers who watch, and most of them are anime fans. GMA animes continue to rate well even with the presence of reruns because of these fans’ obsession. If ABS can do the same to the bummers, that may bring justice to the network’s lack of anime. It’s worth a try.

      • well it looks like the bummers will be watching Kapamilya Blockbusters starting next week. hopefully they will show anime movies in that timeslot.

      • I doubt that. Much like the KB that aired on KGold weeks ago, I’d expect local movies to air on KB in the mornings.

        Also, the cartoons are expected to continue even with KGold taking over. More on that in an upcoming article.

  5. I can’t take it anymore with Team Animazing because of lack of time according to my analysis on my AbeTorial. Meron din “Action Kids” Block sa Sports+Action on a prupose only. Kris TV ang dapat sisihin beacuse of the said timeslot (7:30am-9am) they reducing the airtime of Umagang Kay Ganda to face the alternate competitors (Astig Authority and TV5Kids/AniMEGA). this is the reason why Kris TV is thew worst morning program ever according to you Ralph.

    • Anime fans can turn to Sports+Action’s Action Kids nowadays. But since it’s a UHF channel, there’s no way they can beat Astig Authority on the VHF GMA.

      Kris TV running for 90 minutes is just too much for a morning talk show. Kung may guts lang si Kris na bawas-bawasan ng konti ang kanyang talk show, it would have benefited anime fans and ABS’ early morning ratings in the long run. But as it stands, sobrang ‘ironclad’ at demand-oriented ang kontrata niya so there’s no way she can loosen the reins a bit.

  6. Jake Jacinto says:

    I miss the days when weekday morning schedules looked like this:

    5:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Morning show
    9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Cartoons and educational programs
    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Public service programs or cooking shows
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Talk shows
    11:30 AM – 12:00 NN: Dramas/serials/teleseryes/canned programs

    I also missed the days when animes and cartoons aired in the afternoons, when kids will watch upon arrival from school. You’re right, blame Kris and PNoy for killing morning time for cartoon and anime and basketball fans.

    • Well, times are changing, to the point that teleseryes are now dominating the landscape. Technology should also be the culprit for the declining quality of Philippine television in general, because kids can now have other ways to watch their favorite shows anytime.

    • talagang naninibago na po ang panahon ngayon, sa ngayon ganito na ang schedule ng weekday mornings even na sa GMA:

      5:00am-7:30am – Morning Show (dati ksi 5:15-8:30am, tapos 5am-8am)
      7:30am-10:30am – Anime shows
      10:30-11:30am – Foreign Drama shows
      11:30am-12:15nn – Talk Show (na dati ay 10:30-11:30am, na inextend ng 12nn)

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