Article #5 - Lost in the Vortexx
I just finished watching CW's Vortexx for today (sans the 11am Yu-Gi-Oh
/ Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal
repeat duo, but I've seen them already, so no real loss right now), and I have to say that I'm less than impressed by the line-up they put together. I'll go over the shows one by one, so you can get the impression I received watching Vortexx for the first time and comparing it to CW 4Kids:
First thing before we start, I'll quickly summarize the "MC" for the commercial breaks. IMHO, they really
scraped the bottom of the barrel for the announcer's writing. The joke at the Dragonball Z Kai
break was stand-out atrocious: With the animatic of Goku walking away from Frieza, the MC goes, "We'll be 'back' to DragonBall Z Kai
... see, see what I did there?" Yeesh. Just dump this guy and go back to the simple "Dragonball Z Kai
will return", okay?
- 7AM, Cubix
& Rescue Heroes
tbh, I didn't mind this hour all that much. I always thought these were good young kid shows and was glad they were able to keep Cubix
- 8AM, Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
Hmm... I haven't seen this one before, neither the Power Rangers version nor the original Sentai show. Still, looks like a promising show for an action-based block. One thing, though -- since when did Saban get their hands on Starship Troopers
armor? As of October 2012, this is currently the timeslot for [i]Sonic X
-- see update section below[/i]
- 8:30AM, Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal
A nice time for a new show, but why does the dub keep making me facepalm? In any event, starting off the 2nd season with the "World Duel Championships" sounds awful familiar, doesn't it? Just replace Heartland with Kaiba and the "WDC" with the Battle City Tournament, and you've got a complete remake of a season they did before. Will this one be better than Battle City, though? Only time will tell.As of October 2012, this is currently the timeslot for [i]Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
- 9AM, Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Not a bad show to start the duo of comic superheroes, although I've heard from others that it does get worse as it goes. Still, for a kids block, it will probably do the job well.
- 9:30AM, Justice League Unlimited
Being a fan of the DCAU, I was glad to see this show pop up on the schedule. I still have yet to see the entirety of the first season, but I have the excellent second season on DVD, so I can already tell you this is the one to really watch asides from Dragonball Z Kai
. Oh, and it also has a couple of episodes featuring the conclusion of one of my favorite DCAU superheroes, Batman Beyond.
- 10:00AM, WWE Saturday Morning Slam
Or, what I like to call "Cleaning Time". Seriously, I'm not a big enough fan of wrestling to watch this, so I spent the whole time (and probably will spend the same half-hour in the future) cleaning things and not really paying much attention. For what it is, though, if you are interested in wrestling, it's not a bad short segment.
- 10:30AM, Dragon Ball Z Kai
This is the climax of the entire block, featuring the second season. Even though it is edited for kids television (boo), it still has enough left over to really keep the show as action-packed as ever. I can't wait to see this one through.
- 11AM: Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic
If you didn't catch this one ever before, now's a good time to. They restarted at the fourth season, which was the virtual world story arc. I thought this one had some memorable opponents and duels, but compared with the first three seasons, it's a passable arc that still entertains the viewer.
- 11:30AM: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
Seems like this might either be repeats from the first season or a replay of the previous week's episode. We'll see next week which one it is.
So, in the end, my opinion of this new block is that half the programming is pretty strong, while the other half might end up tuning out a lot of people. Also of note is the absence of Sonic X
, which did have quite a few fans who are probably now disappointed it's not back with the new block. Even so, with new eps of Zexal and DBZ Kai to look forward to, I think the block will attract a lot of Japanese anime fans who can't get their fix online -- or just want to watch Saturday Morning Cartoons like they've always done. UPDATE
: Since early October 2012, they added in a new show to the Vortexx line-up by popular demand: reruns of Sonic X
are now in the 8AM slot, with Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
moving up to 8:30am. Overall, a nice change since Sonic X
is a really good show IMHO and having two Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
s was really getting a bit too redundant. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
has its all-new episodes on at 11:30AM now, but so far, I haven't been impressed with the 2nd season -- it's been a rehash of the original's Battle City with cheesy gimmick trainers. They really need to dump the gimmicks and get back on track with story, or Zexal's gong to bite the dust over here sooner.