((c) 2005, Paula O'Keefe, based on characters owned by Manglobe/Shimoigusa Champloos)
=+=====Revised and updated March 9th, 2006=====+=
May 20 2004: Champloo's original broadcast run begins when Fuji TV airs Episode 1. Regular airings continue until Sept. 23 (Episode 17).
Sept. 23 2004: Fuji TV announces they're dropping Champloo from the network station and switching it to their satellite channel, Broadcast Satellite Fuji (basically equivalent to a show moving from network TV to cable here in the US). Unfortunately for both Japanese and USA fans who had been following the network run, BSFuji starts the series over at episode 1, forcing a 17-week hiatus while the satellite channel re-airs all the episodes previously aired on Fuji TV.
Early January 2005: After months of speculation and campaigning by the series' American fans, Cartoon Network announces
that it has acquired USA broadcast rights to Samurai Champloo, to join the channel's late night "Adult Swim" anime and
comedy programming block in summer 2005.
[AS] celebrates by launching two kickass promos --a 60-second full version and a 30-second edit--for the series, backed with a specially commissioned track by trip-hop aces Psyche Origami. ==>Download them here.
January 22 2005: The first run finally resumes with the airing of Episode 18. No further problems occur, and Champloo wraps up its initial TV showing in Japan on March 19th.
May 14 2005: Less than two months after completing its debut run at home, Champloo makes its American series premiere on Adult Swim.
May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Episodes 1-12 air on Adult Swim.
[At this point the series goes into re-runs, owing to a licensing agreement with Geneon (the series' US distributor) which specified that the aired episodes must not get too far ahead of Geneon's USA DVD releases.]
August 6, 13, 20: episodes 1-3 rebroadcast.
Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10: "Anime Movie Nights", no Champloo episode.
Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12: episodes 4-12 rebroadcast.
November 19 2005: American series premieres finally resume with Episode 13.
Nov. 26: Episode 14 airs.
Nov. 30 2005: Adult Swim announces changes in its anime scheduling for 2006. Champloo will be pulled from the Saturday night anime lineup; its first-run episodes will air on Wednesday nights at 12:30 AM.
December 3, 10, 17: Episodes 15-17 air.
Dec. 24, 31: No Champloo episodes due to holiday programming.
Jan. 4 2006: Episode 17 airs again (possibly due to a late-running football game on another channel. Or something like that. Sheesh.).
Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb 1: Episodes 18-21 air on Wednesday nights as scheduled.
Feb. 3 2006: Champloo is added to Adult Swim's "Friday Night Fix" (FNF) online roster, the first non-comedy series to do so. The first episode to air on FNF, #22 "Cosmic Collisions", is the most-viewed episode of the night with 9000+ hits.
Feb. 8 2006: The regular on-air debut of "Cosmic Collisions".
Feb. 10th and 15th: FNF and on-air premieres of #23 "Baseball Blues".
Feb. 17th and 22nd: FNF and on-air premieres of #24 "Evanescent Encounter part 1".
Feb. 24th: FNF premiere of #25 "Evanescent Encounter part 2".
Feb. 27th: It is confirmed that after its premiere run ends, Champloo will once again relocate in the [AS] schedule and go into reruns, taking the Monday-Thursday 1 AM slot. [AS] debuts a brand-new, long awaited 60-second promo for the series. ==>Download it here.
March 1st: On-air premiere of #25 "Evanescent Encounter part 2".
March 3rd: FNF premiere of #26 "Evanescent Encounter part 3".
March 6th: Champloo begins its Monday-Thursday weeknight reruns at 1 AM with episode 1.
March 8th: On-air premiere of #26 "Evanescent Encounter part 3".
===Samurai Champloo finally completes its first USA TV run, nearly a year after beginning it.
Tentative immediate future:==reruns:
on-air weeknights Monday-Thursday 1 AM; online, Friday Night Fix, 11 PM Friday to 6 AM Saturday EST.
(FNF reruns begin Friday March 10th with Ep. 1 "Tempestuous Temperaments")
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