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Animes Return to ABS-CBN, But Problems Still Persist

ABS-CBN’s Team Animazing was dealt a huge blow with the pullout of ‘Haikyuu!!’. A new timeslot for the said anime is still to be determined. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN Animation Official Facebook)

ABS-CBN’s Team Animazing is back, but more problems await them.

Just one week into its run, ABS-CBN abruptly decided to remove the volleyball-themed anime ‘Haikyuu!!’ from the Umaganda lineup. In its place was the re-run of ‘Wansapanatym”s ‘My App Boyfie’, which currently airs as part of the seasonal version of ‘Wansapanatym’ called ‘WansapanaSummer’.

The pullout of ‘Haikyuu!!’ leaves ‘Naruto Shippuden’ as the lone remaining anime on the Umaganda block. The latter now airs after ‘Kris TV’, displacing the Filipino-dubbed Nickelodeon cartoon ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in the process.

This sudden decision by ABS-CBN left anime fans boiling with anger. Reactions were overwhelmingly negative on social media, with some netizens questioning the motives behind ABS-CBN’s puzzling move.

Though ABS-CBN did promise to air ‘Haikyuu!!’ on a new timeslot soon (along with a new season of ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’), the bad blood over the pullout remains fresh from the minds of the Kapamilya anime fans. It was an unwise move on the part of ABS-CBN, simply because of the wrong timing surrounding the change.

The ‘Haikyuu!!’ row was the latest in a series of discouraging decisions involving ‘Team Animazing’. Just recently, ABS-CBN temporarily pulled out ‘Team Animazing’ in favor of Japanese adaptations of classic stories such as ‘Princess Sarah’, Cedie: Ang Munting Prinsipe’ and ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’.

For Kapamilya anime fans, the situation is simply demoralizing.

Things will only get worse once the NBA playoffs begin. ABS-CBN is expected air some playoff games on a delayed basis within the next two months, so anime fans will have to wait a little bit longer.

Right now, though, the pain of ‘Haikyuu!!’s sudden disappearance will have to be endured. Fans can only hope that the pain will dissipate once the Kapamilya network announces a new schedule for the said anime.

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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.

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No Fairly OddParents on ABS-CBN

The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ on the Nick on ABS-CBN block is not good for Nick fans.

Since 2009, select Nickelodeon programs have been airing on both ABS-CBN and Studio 23. All of the Nick programs are dubbed in Filipino. However, one noticeable omission took my notice, and that is the fact that Nickelodeon’s second most popular series ‘The Fairly OddParents‘ is not airing on either network.

The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ dates back to the years when TV5 had the rights to Nickelodeon programs. At the time, the most recognizable programs on Nick were aired on the Kapatid network; namely Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, Danny Phantom and CatDog, among others. When the rights moved to ABS-CBN, Spongebob and Dora were retained, after which new series such as Wonder Pets, Back at the Barnyard, El Tigre, Planet Sheen and Ni Hao Kai Lan began to air. Despite that, neither network wanted to air ‘The Fairly OddParents’, despite its long history and critical acclaim.

The omission of ‘The Fairly OddParents’ really caught me by surprise. I really wanted to see Timmy Turner, Cosmo and Wanda, Vicky and the Pixies speak in Filipino. Very funny and interesting, right? But the management at ABS-CBN never wanted a part of ‘The Fairly OddParents’, either because dubbing the high-pitched and fast lines in Filipino may be difficult for the voice actors, or that the program’s rights may be more expensive, since they already have Spongebob and Dora at their disposal. Regardless, the omission of the popular ‘The Fairly OddParents’ is not a good one for viewers who cannot afford cable TV and have no business watching Nickelodeon’s second-tier animated series.

In the past, I have criticized ABS-CBN for cutting too many scenes on their Nickelodeon programs. For example, a lot of Spongebob episodes have so many scenes cut off that I tuned out for good. This was not the case when TV5 still handled the programs. What ABS-CBN did should be derided and frowned upon; you have no business in editing some funny scenes.

If ABS-CBN finally decided to air ‘The Fairly OddParents’ in the near future, it should satisfy the viewers’ hunger for an animated series featuring magic, moral lessons, and humor. If not, blame the Kapamilya network for not airing it at all.

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