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How Australia ruined the Pokemon anime for me.

Posted January 30th, 2013 at 12:12 AM by Hikamaru
Updated January 30th, 2013 at 12:17 AM by Hikamaru

Now this will be a bit of a rage-fest so don't read if you don't like these sorts of blog entries. This will also be probably the longest blog entry I am ever compiling here so I got tired a lot when writing this.

I remember a time back in 2008 or something when I first watched the Sinnoh saga of the Pokemon anime in my humble Australia, on a kid's programming block called Toasted TV which aired on Channel Ten. I was watching the episodes from the 10th season of the Pokemon anime, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl. First episode I probably watched from that season might be the one where Dawn entered a Contest or she and Ash battled those twins with the Quilava and Croconaw or something, but I couldn't remember.

Then, come 2009 and I first watched Battle Dimension, it may have been a year behind the US but at least the episodes were alright. Same when I first watched Galactic Battles in 2010, the Team Galactic arc was kinda epic. Then, September 2010, Pokemon Black and White (soon to be my favorite games) came out in Japan and then the Best Wishes saga of the anime started airing in Japan, then followed by the US in February 2011. I was wondering when it would make it to Australia, when Toasted TV started airing the final DP season Sinnoh League Victors. September 3rd, 2011 the final DP episode aired, and man I cried so much. And finally the first dubbed Unova season, Pokemon Black & White started its Australian run the following week on September 10, 2011. The day the episode when Ash caught Tepig aired, it was my 19th birthday and I got my beloved Pokemon Black Version, finishing the main story in 13 days, just shy of a fortnight. I loved the story of this game to be honest.

2012 was when it all started going downhill for me. Channel Ten had announced a new breakfast news show called Breakfast which was to air in the 6-9am slot. I was then speculating what would happen to Toasted TV when Breakfast aired. I then found out via one of Australia's most popular TV news websites, TV Tonight that Toasted TV was making the switch to Ten's sister channel Eleven. However, Breakfast debuted a little earlier than its scheduled premiere thanks to the resignation of the then-Australian Foreign Affairs minister Kevin Rudd.

The show was alright, but I hated the set. Toasted TV's first airing on Eleven, February 27, 2012, as well as the continuation of Black & White was scheduled for the next week. I then watched the rest of the episodes, and then when it finished the Sinnoh saga got re-aired again with Battle Dimension, which I started getting sick of. Then I started getting more love for all the fun comedy shows over on the ABC, and as of June 2012 my interest in the Pokemon anime started to wane because I knew that constantly re-airing a certain saga would eventually signal the end of watching it for me.

Toasted TV then re-aired Black & White again around the later half of 2012, and in February the second BW season, Rival Destinies started airing in the US and I was then speculating when Australia would get it, but given Toasted TV's "obsession" with the Sinnoh saga I knew that we would probably fall a year behind the US.

December 25, 2012, I got my copies of Black 2 and White 2, and again I was still hearing when Rival Destinies was going to make it to Australia, a few weeks later the premiere was announced to be January 28, 2013. I was so anticipated, and then suddenly after reading a post in Serebii's "Pokemon In Australia" thread, which is probably one of the only parts of Serebii I involve myself in nowadays, that it was going to be RERUNS OF DP GALACTIC BATTLES INSTEAD!

I then finally decided I have totally lost all hope in Toasted TV, which has been getting worse for me since the Eleven switchover. Even worse, the Pokemon X and Y games were announced earlier in the month and then the third and final BW season, Adventures In Unova was going to debut in the US. Toasted TV are, in my opinion, fans of the 4th Generation and that makes me mad. They have also been treating Yu-Gi-Oh! badly too, constant reruns of 5D's despite the latest saga being Zexal. Then, at the end of November, Breakfast (the show that made Toasted TV worse for me) met its demise due to viewers not liking the presenters.

I bet that by the time we get Adventures In Unova, the saga for X and Y would probably be already airing in the US. This shows why we are always so late at airing new episodes of Pokemon, not to mention there are so many other shows I'm looking forward to this year that I think would be much more entertaining and fun than the Pokemon anime. My interest in the Pokemon anime was basically over.

So yeah, according to me and this blog title, my modern life is rubbish.
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    Squirrel's Avatar
    Sorry to hear it! I can sympathise with you here, that's happened countless times in the past for shows I watch (including the Pokémon anime back when it was the Hoenn saga!) and it's really annoying D: There's always other ways to watch them though!
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 12:27 AM by Squirrel Squirrel is offline
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    vaporeon7's Avatar
    Not to mention the edit the episodes and cut out parts to make time for more commercials and the hosts!
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 12:37 AM by vaporeon7 vaporeon7 is offline
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    Hikamaru's Avatar
    Yeah, it's terrible. No wonder I ditched Toasted TV for online anime viewing sites recently.

    I'll start watching more episodes when my computer comes back but as I'm using one on loan right now I can't.
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 1:15 AM by Hikamaru Hikamaru is online now
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    gunnerpow7's Avatar
    Um... why does Australia has weird channel names like Nine, Ten, Eleven, etc... In fact why are all channel names weird?

    But Australia is also notorious for being big on censoring... and short times... I suggest go online instead of tv... :3

    It also happens here in the PH i think... CN Phil airs the DP saga months after its US airings and they would air reruns of the Hoenn Saga... I'm not even sure if CN here airs BW yet... I never watch TV these days.. :3 Oh yes, and local channels like GMA here stinks since it's in Filipino and they cut out parts! And I'm pretty certain it is in the Hoenn Saga still :/
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 1:17 AM by gunnerpow7 gunnerpow7 is offline
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    kuzronk's Avatar
    It's have always been like this sadly.
    BD started 2 or so years after DP finished in 2007/08. I was getting less into pokemon but I saw a picture of GB and wondered why it wasn't aired here. I got back into it by downloading DPLV episodes off youtube the day they came out.
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 2:16 AM by kuzronk kuzronk is online now
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    Urugamosu's Avatar
    Australia & That just don't mix. Even on foxtel..
    I just resorted to watching it online.
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 3:14 AM by Urugamosu Urugamosu is offline
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    DrFuji's Avatar
    I remember when they finished airing the first Indigo League series way back when it was still Cheez TV in the mornings. It took them over a year and a half for Ash and co. to get off that damn crashed blimp :/

    Its not the first time Channel Ten has screwed Pokemon anime watchers haha
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 4:26 AM by DrFuji DrFuji is offline
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    Awwww, that's too bad for you...why dom't you try watching online?
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 4:49 AM by
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    derozio's Avatar
    I don't like how Australia is notorious for censoring and banning of violent video games. The latter irks me more, tbh. :
    Posted January 30th, 2013 at 5:52 AM by derozio derozio is offline

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