It has been 4 days since Q Channel 11 has signed-off “forever” and will be replaced by “new channel” called GMA News TV. And as you may know, GMA News TV is the network’s first foray on a non-entertainment platform. We have seen the plugs, and the only thing we have to do is to watch the program itself.
But before that, let reminisce the Japanese anime programs that made a mark as they were aired on Channel 11. We had asked our facebook & twitter followers about that, and here are some of their picks.
Aired in 2006 and was quite popular. Kaleido Star is a story of a Japanese Girl, Sora Naegino, who has a great talent in acrobatics and dreams to be a part of the Kaleido Stage in the United States. It has been almost 5 years since this anime was aired, and unfortunately… never given a rerun.
I was one of its avid viewers, and in my opinion, the story was quite interesting. It is a story of life, full of challenges and surprises, failures & successes, sadness & happiness.
Also aired in 2006 and was quite interesting. It was taking place in the future, and following the story of Éclair and Lumière. Quite frankly, I cannot follow the story because it was a little slow… it was an agonizing process.
Aired on the last quarter of 2006, it was quite popular… mostly because they have carried-over the characters from CLAMP, like Sakura & Syaoran (Cardcaptor Sakura), Yuuko Ichihara (xxxHolic), but it has a different story.
The story was quite adventurous and always interesting. And from what I remember, Qtv also gave Tsubasa a late-night rerun, but unfortunately, the second season was not aired on the channel. Sad.
Aired in 2006, I believe just a few months after it was aired on ANIMAX. It has a unique comedy, but frankly, I do not really follow their comedy. But I guess you don’t really need intelligence to laugh at their humor.
Aired in 2007 and was one of the most requested animes at that time. I’m not sure if it is because of the the action, or the love story between Cou and Ren, that the viewers wanted to see on the program, but it was quite popular anong the anime fans.
Originally Aired on GMA-7, but was given a rerun on Qtv in 2005. The story of Keitaro Urashima, and wanting to fulfil a childhood promise with a girl to go to Tokyo University together, but unfortunately had forgotten her name but hopes to find her if he was accepted to Tokyo University.
Frankly, this was one hell of a love story. But because of time-constraints, GMA-7 has only given minimal time to Love Hina… advertisements again. I guess I give credit to Qtv Channel 11 for airing the program in its entirety… well, except for the OVAs of course.
First aired in 2009, and have been popular ever since. A story of a debt-ridden boy, Hayate, who has to do all the work, while his parents steal his hard-worked money for gambling and other irresponsible acts. And in a sudden leap of faith, Hayate met Nagi Sanzenin, the sole heir to the Sanzenin estate, and Nagi fall in love and hired him as a buttler.
Despite the anger of some anime fans, saying that the dubbers did not give justice to the characters, the show was surprisingly popular… despite the fact that it was not the typical shonen (like Naruto) or shoujo (like Maid-sama!) shows we have been watching throughout the years. Also, like Lucky Star, this show is infested with Japanese Pop-culture; I wonder how the Pinoy anime fans relate to the anime?
Just aired this year, and was the very last new anime on Q Channel 11. This is a story of the first female school council president Misaki Ayuzawa, who is taking a hard-line reforms to change the image of Seika High School. But because of the status of her family, she secretly works part-time at a maid cafe… but then was discovered by Takumi Usui, when she was discovered working after-school.
In my opinion, I still think that this anime is using the Special A formula and nothing is special about it. But it’s very popular with the Pinoy Anime fans, especially the girls, and that’s all that matters. Though if you ask me, airing this popular anime was a fitting end to Q Channel 11’s five year history.
Premiered on December 19, 2005, and it was a story about a young tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen but was living under the shadow of his father, which is a professional tennis player. He attends Seishun Academy (also known as Seigaku) and had defeated numerous upperclassmen, and his goal is to win the National Middle School Tennis Championship.
If you ask me, nothing beats this anime. It was Qtv Channel 11’s first big fish, and no one can forget it. Well, not until GMA-7 tried to air it on a much larger scale… then flopped. In my point of view, the show really fits the taste of every single Filipino viewer, with its mix of Sports & competition, with bishonen characters. ‘nuff said.
We’ll that’s about it for the Q Channel 11 nostalgia, and it was a very exciting five years… we give them a round of applause. And we would like to say that we are also excited for GMA-7’s new venture, we all hope that everyone will be informed “oras-oras.”
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