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19th Aug '16 2:40:13 AM Tre
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* The Creator/SciFiChannel's Ani-Monday block ran from 10PM to midnight Eastern time. They adjusted it for time zones for the standard channel but not the HD channel, so on the west coast you could see it at 7PM, potentially averting the trope.

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* The Creator/SciFiChannel's [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]]'s Ani-Monday block ran from 10PM to midnight Eastern time. They adjusted it for time zones for the standard channel but not the HD channel, so on the west coast you could see it at 7PM, potentially averting the trope.
16th Jul '16 3:54:54 PM GoldenSeals
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{{Anime}} aired from around 11 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning, occasionally indicated by the odd-looking "22:00-27:00" annotation. They are almost universally watched by an [[{{Seinen}} older male audience]], and often mocked by any shows aired earlier.

This sounds like a rather strange time to broadcast a show that's trying to make money, but it works for several reasons. These kinds of time slots are usually bought by production companies (generally a span of three months, called a ''cour'') who end up as their own sponsor. This is cheaper than depending on someone else's advertising money. These shows have a strong, if unusual, MerchandiseDriven concept that help pay for themselves. This is supplied by the often small but dutiful fan base. The TV station gets to fill an otherwise crappy time slot.

Unlike the United States, the TV in Japan is still driven heavily by the six free-to-air broadcast networks (like many other large Japanese corporations, they're practically government). Satellite channels exist and do air anime (either first or second run), but they only account for about 10% of overall viewership. This more competitive atmosphere means that very few series can pull the ratings necessary to stay in the lucrative after-school or prime time timeslots.

There is also, like in many other countries, a concern over content; when ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' aired in the dinner hour in 1995 to massive numbers of complaints over its sexual and violent content, many networks dropped anime programming from similar timeslots.

This also creates the infamous tendency to neuter, [[CensorSteam literally]] or [[OffModel figuratively]], the broadcast in an effort to get you to buy [=DVDs=]; shows may not even supply the 'full' finale. In fact, many small companies don't even release {{OAV}}s anymore unless they've done a TV run, just to make sure their audience wants them.

Interestingly, distribution in the fansub community largely removes this time restriction, as does DVR technology (which allows people to set their TV to record a show at, say, 3 a.m., and then watch it whenever they like it) and streaming. An [[PeripheryDemographic unexpected demographic can take interest in a show]], or a larger fandom is created for a series that originally had a much smaller one.

On an interesting note, the reason why times are listed as 24:00-27:00 (or as late as 28:00) is because of how Japanese TV listings work, and to keep a show to a certain day. (For example, the first season of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' aired Thursday 25:25, which was technically Friday Morning at 1:25 AM). Japan seems to go between using the 12-hour style of North America and Anglophone nations, to the 24-hour style of Europe, though Japan tends to lean towards the latter for television matters (Though there is the occasional use of the former for TV). Japanese TV listings work from sign-on to sign-off, and in the case of a channel operating 24 hours, like NHK General, Tokyo MX or the big free-to-air channels in the big cities, automatically turns from 28:00 hour to 4:00, as the official start of their broadcast day. (Like the ''Oha!4'' early morning news program that NTV and a number of it's affilates air.) However, unlike the United States or Canada, where most stay on the air through the night, even in smaller markets, many stations, like NHK Educational, many independent prefectural channels, most smaller stations outside of the big cities and TX (Creator/TVTokyo) affiliates outside of Tokyo regularly continue to sign-off sometime between 26:00-28:00 (2:00-4:00 AM), and resume broadcasting 4:00-6:00.

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{{Anime}} aired from around 11 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning, occasionally indicated by the odd-looking "22:00-27:00" annotation.notation. They are almost universally watched by an [[{{Seinen}} older male audience]], and often mocked by any shows aired earlier.

This sounds is common in Japan for several reasons, even if it seems like a rather strange weird time to broadcast a show that's trying to make money, but it works for several reasons. money.
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These kinds of time slots are usually bought by shows tend to have a strong (if unusual) MerchandiseDriven bent, which allows them to pay for themselves; this means that production companies (generally a span of three months, called a ''cour'') who end up as can buy these timeslots directly from the networks and sponsor their own sponsor. This is cheaper than depending on someone else's advertising money. These shows have a strong, if unusual, MerchandiseDriven concept that help pay for themselves. This is supplied by the often small shows. The [[{{Otaku}} fan base tends to be small, but dutiful fan base. The TV station gets dedicated]], so it's usually worthwhile to fill an otherwise crappy time slot.

Unlike the United States, the
do this.
* Most
TV in Japan is still driven heavily provided by the six free-to-air broadcast networks (like (which, like many other large Japanese corporations, they're are practically government). Satellite If it's not on one of those networks, it's not likely to succeed, and because the landscape is so competitive, very few shows can draw the ratings needed to stay in prime time or on an after-school timeslot. Shows aired on cable or satellite channels exist and do air anime (either first or second run), but they only account for about only 10% of overall viewership. This anime viewership in Japan.
* Content concerns are a big deal, as in most other countries. Otaku O'Clock shows tend to be on the
more competitive atmosphere means that very few series can pull the ratings necessary to stay violent or sexual side in the lucrative after-school or terms of content. Such shows have been aired in prime time timeslots.

There is also, like
before, but not to universal acclaim; in many other countries, a concern over content; particular, there was large public outcry in 1995 when ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' aired in the dinner hour in 1995 to massive numbers hour. In spite of complaints over its sexual and violent content, the post-{{Watershed}} timing, though, many networks dropped anime programming from similar timeslots.

This also creates the infamous tendency to neuter, [[CensorSteam literally]]
of these shows will still be {{censor|shiptropes}}ed or [[OffModel figuratively]], otherwise poorly executed]], at least partly to convince the broadcast in an effort to get you otaku to buy [=DVDs=]; the [=DVD=].
* And in this era of [=DVR=] technology, it doesn't really matter when you air the program anyway; the fans will record it or stream it. Where the show isn't aired, {{fansub}}s will provide the show.

The trope name refers to the odd way of noting when the
shows may not even supply the 'full' finale. In fact, many small companies don't even release {{OAV}}s anymore unless they've done a TV run, just start airing; it's common to make sure their audience wants them.

Interestingly, distribution in the fansub community
see a show aired at 1:00 am listed at "25:00". This is largely removes this time restriction, as does DVR technology (which allows people done to set their TV to record a show at, say, 3 a.m., and then watch it whenever they like it) and streaming. An [[PeripheryDemographic unexpected demographic can take interest in a show]], or a larger fandom is created for a series align the schedule with that originally had a much smaller one.

On an interesting note,
of the reason why times are listed as 24:00-27:00 (or as late as 28:00) is because of how previous day; many Japanese TV listings work, and to keep a show to a certain day. (For example, the first season of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' aired Thursday 25:25, which was technically Friday Morning at 1:25 AM). Japan seems to go between using the 12-hour style of North America and Anglophone nations, to the 24-hour style of Europe, though Japan tends to lean towards the latter for television matters (Though there is the occasional use of the former for TV). Japanese TV listings work from sign-on to sign-off, and networks still sign off in the case middle of a channel operating 24 hours, like NHK General, Tokyo MX or the big free-to-air channels in the big cities, automatically turns from 28:00 hour to 4:00, as the official start of their broadcast day. (Like the ''Oha!4'' early morning news program that NTV and a number of it's affilates air.) However, unlike the United States or Canada, where most stay on the air through the night, even in smaller markets, many stations, like NHK Educational, many independent prefectural channels, most smaller stations outside of the big cities and TX (Creator/TVTokyo) affiliates outside of Tokyo regularly continue those who don't will only switch to sign-off sometime between 26:00-28:00 (2:00-4:00 AM), and resume broadcasting 4:00-6:00.
"the next day"'s programming at 4 am or so.
1st Jul '16 11:04:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' was aired at 1:25 AM (rendered on Japanese TV as as 25:25) in spite of having a ridiculous amount of mainstream promotion. This is just one small part of the Noachian deluge of "25" references the series made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ''Macross''.

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* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' was aired at 1:25 AM (rendered on Japanese TV as as 25:25) in spite of having a ridiculous amount of mainstream promotion. This is just one small part of the Noachian deluge of "25" references the series made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ''Macross''.''Anime/{{Macross}}''.
6th Jun '16 7:27:57 AM MarkFlrs
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* The first season of ''Manga/{{Haikyuu}}'' aired on Sundays at 5 PM. The second season, however, moved to the Saturday late-night time slot.
9th Mar '16 5:00:40 PM MarcoPolo250
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* This is the theory behind Creator/AdultSwim, which airs between 9 PM and 6 AM and devotes its Saturday night broadcast to anime.
** They've started a new segment called "DVR Theater" which shows some of the older CultClassic programs around 4:00 AM.
** And the revived form of Creator/{{Toonami}} now takes the place of the anime block on Adult Swim, running from 11:30 PM to 6:00 AM on Saturday night.

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* This is the theory behind Creator/AdultSwim, which airs between 9 broadcasts nightly from 8 PM and 6 AM and devotes its Saturday night broadcast nights to anime.
** They've started a new segment called [as]'s "DVR Theater" which shows segment showed some of the older CultClassic programs around 4:00 AM.
** And the revived form their revival of Creator/{{Toonami}} now takes took the place of the their own anime block on Adult Swim, running from 11:30 PM to 6:00 AM on Saturday night.block.
14th Feb '16 1:35:05 AM bwburke94
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* During the years when being a ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan meant you were an anorak of colossal proportions, the BigFinishDoctorWho audio dramas were played on Radio 4 at painful hours of the night (and in the years before iPlayer and Listen Again made this less important) - especially cruel seeing as they were still, essentially, children's programmes. As the revival series started and the show's profile improved, the BBC gave it more sympathetic time slots - in particular, broadcasting the first season of the ''Fourth Doctor Adventures'' in the traditional Fourth Doctor-era time slot of 5:15PM on Saturday.

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* During the years when being a ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan meant you were an anorak of colossal proportions, the BigFinishDoctorWho ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio dramas were played on Radio 4 at painful hours of the night (and in the years before iPlayer and Listen Again made this less important) - especially cruel seeing as they were still, essentially, children's programmes. As the revival series started and the show's profile improved, the BBC gave it more sympathetic time slots - in particular, broadcasting the first season of the ''Fourth Doctor Adventures'' in the traditional Fourth Doctor-era time slot of 5:15PM on Saturday.
6th Feb '16 6:43:07 PM stewyworks333
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** Oddly enough, ''Anime/HunterXHunter2011'' (The 2011 version) oddly enough started airing at ''10:55 AM'' on Sunday morning, despite being one of the most violent mainstream {{Shounen}} manga out there. [[{{Bowdlerize}} It was still quite censored]], but it was still quite violent for it's timeslot, hence moving to Tuesday Nights 25:30/Wednesday Mornings 1:30 AM for the last portion.

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** Oddly enough, ''Anime/HunterXHunter2011'' ''Anime/HunterXHunter'' (The 2011 version) oddly enough started airing at ''10:55 AM'' on Sunday morning, despite being one of the most violent mainstream {{Shounen}} manga out there. [[{{Bowdlerize}} It was still quite censored]], but it was still quite violent for it's timeslot, hence moving to Tuesday Nights 25:30/Wednesday Mornings 1:30 AM for the last portion.
6th Feb '16 5:54:33 PM stewyworks333
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On an interesting note, the reason why times are listed as 24:00-27:00 (or as late as 28:00) is because of how Japanese TV listings work, and to keep a show to a certain day. (For example, the first season of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' aired Thursday 25:25, which was technically Friday Morning at 1:25 AM). Japan seems to go between using the 12-hour style of North America and Anglophone nations, to the 24-hour style of Europe, though Japan tends to lean towards the latter for television matters (Though there is the occasional use of the former for TV). Japanese TV listings work from sign-on to sign-off, and in the case of a channel operating 24 hours, like NHK General, Tokyo MX or the big free-to-air channels in the big cities, automatically turns from 28:00 hour to 4:00, as the official start of their broadcast day. (Like the ''Oha!4'' early morning news program that NTV and a number of it's affilates air.) However, unlike the United States or Canada, where most stay on the air through the night, even in smaller markets, many stations, like NHK Educational, many independent prefectural channels, most smaller stations outside of the big cities and TX (Creator/TVTokyo) affiliates outside of Tokyo regularly continue to sign-off sometime between 26:00-28:00 (2:00-4:00 AM), and resume broadcasting 4:00-6:00.



* ''Anime/CodeGeass''' first season aired at 12:30, which apparently allowed them to get away with bloody violence, swearing, [[spoiler:a girl masturbating with a table corner, and the massacre of a stadium full of people.]] The fact that the second season aired at 6 PM on Sunday, a timeslot typically reserved for news programming, required them to drastically alter the plot.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass''' first season aired at 12:30, 25:25 (1:25 AM), which apparently allowed them to get away with bloody violence, [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath bloody]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath violence]], swearing, [[spoiler:a girl masturbating [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbating]] with a table corner, and the massacre of a stadium full of people.]] The fact that the second season aired at 6 5 PM on Sunday, a timeslot typically reserved for news programming, required them to drastically alter the plot.



* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' aired at 1:15 AM, which in 1999 was one of the earliest attempts at broadcasting anime in this timeslot. Coincidentally, much of this anime takes place at night or in otherwise surreal circumstances, so the decision to air it at night may have been to enhance the viewing experience.

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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' aired at 1:15 AM, which in 1999 was one of the earliest attempts at broadcasting anime in this timeslot. Coincidentally, much of this anime takes place at night or in otherwise surreal circumstances, so the decision to air it at night may have been to enhance the viewing experience. That and the fact that it StartsWithASuicide.


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** Oddly enough, ''Anime/HunterXHunter2011'' (The 2011 version) oddly enough started airing at ''10:55 AM'' on Sunday morning, despite being one of the most violent mainstream {{Shounen}} manga out there. [[{{Bowdlerize}} It was still quite censored]], but it was still quite violent for it's timeslot, hence moving to Tuesday Nights 25:30/Wednesday Mornings 1:30 AM for the last portion.
11th Dec '15 10:47:35 PM RxF
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** ''Series/LionMaruG'' for the same reasons as Deep Love and it is also aired at 1:30 AM.
19th Nov '15 4:09:11 PM Sugao
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* ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' was originally created to promote [[VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction the game]], but was aired at midnight and one AM, casting doubts on how much "promotion" it actually accomplished. The game was only rated B (12+), and the show itself is ''incredibly'' tame, no more violent than your average afternoon {{Shounen}}, with no foul language or sexual content. There ''is'' the little matter that the show's "heroine" claims to be out to destroy the world, but half the time they don't even ''mention'' that fact...
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