Screwed By The Network: Anime

  • In a rare subversion, Code Geass seems to be a case where Screwed by the Network didn't end up killing the show. Reportedly, Sunrise was wary of giving too much leeway and many resources to a director like Goro Taniguchi, still relatively untested and with a reputation for absolute perfectionism. According to the staff, in the early days of the show they had to share offices (and copiers) with other productions, and were only about three episodes ahead in terms of writing, while most shows are 8-10 episodes ahead. On top of all this, Sunrise only gave Taniguchi half of the fifty episodes he wanted, but the runaway success of the show convinced them to give it an Oddly Named Sequel. After this announcement, they changed the time slot for the sequel from after Midnight to 5:00 PM Sunday, which forced the staff to alter their original plans for Season 2 and made them tone down parts of the series. For many fans the most notable casualty ended up being the second half of Code Geass R2, whose rushed pacing was a result of having to rewrite much of the first half in order to allow newcomers to understand what was going on.
  • After War Gundam X suffered this in Japan when it got moved from 5:00 PM on Fridays to 6:00 AM on Saturdays; its 49-episode run was also cut down to 39 episodes.
  • Sailor Moon was screwed over in U.S. syndication when the episodes were shown in early morning dead timeslots on weekdays onlynote , though, depending on what local station aired the show, viewers could see this show as early as 4:00 in the morning note  or as late as 2:30 in the afternoon note . After 65 episodes (ending on the Sailor Moon R episode "Sibling Rivalry"note ), the show was canceled. When Cartoon Network's Toonami action cartoon line-up (back when that was a daytime line-up with anime series that were moderately-to-heavily edited for content) picked up the show two years after its cancellation from syndication, it got a better timeslot (3:30pm at first, then 4:00pm, which is when a lot of kids would already be home from schoolnote ) and aired all the episodes beyond the first 65 (read: the episodes seen in Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon Super S, along with the movies) under a new dubbing studio note . Despite this, the final season was never licensed to be dubbed due to the creator fearing that many countries— America, specifically — wouldn't take kindly to the fact that the Sailor Stars are men who transform into women (not to mention the copious nudity in the last few episodes, even though, in Japan, nudity is a symbol of purity and doesn't have any sexual connotations to it). This will change when Viz Media gets its hands on that season and release it online and on DVD.
  • There is tell of an urban legend that Naruto's mangled corpse was found in a graveyard slot in the United Kingdom. No one attended the funeral because its parents would rather have dinner parties in Coronation Street and Albert Square... wait. We're getting word that it was just a Shadow Clone, and Naruto has escaped to a safe haven in the Toonami block where it can air uncut.
    • When the license of Naruto was acquired by Cartoon Network Latin America, many fans rejoiced. However, CN didn't consider airing it until 5 years later (In fact, they did not even start dubbing it before that). So, by the time the first episodes were airing, the rest of the world was already watching Shippuden. As of 2012, it seems improbable that we will reach the last season.
  • Speaking of Viewtiful Joe, that's nothing compared to the fact that the Japanese version didn't finish the game's complete story arc, the second season was never released on DVD, and the international release was canceled after the first season.
  • A curious case occurred in Israel with Cowboy Bebop. The then-budding cable comedy channel "Beep" bought the show during the height of anime fever in the early 2000s. The series was aired once, in an after-Midnight slot, presumably due to adult content. Then, after many requests by fans to run it again in a more manageable slot, it was re-aired on Friday mornings — basically the worst time slot for any channel or show on Israeli television. It has not been aired since.
  • Slayers and Magic Knight Rayearth were both screwed by Fox Kids. Toonami was interested in both shows, but Fox Kids picked up both so that Toonami could never obtain them. What does Fox Kids do? They didn't do anything with them! Fox Kids basically sat on the broadcast rights to the shows until their rights expired and Toonami was no longer interested. Slayers has since been broadcast on the defunct International Channel, Colours TV, and the Funimation Channel. Rayearth, however, has never been shown anywhere.
  • Cartoon Network also consigned IGPX to death as well. Season 1 aired on Toonami, and when executives weren't happy with the ratings, switched its timeslot to right before Adult Swim in the middle of Season 2. What made things worse was that apart from a few commercials, they pretty much did not inform anybody of this move at all.
  • You're Italia Uno, an Italian network whose main public is made of young people and children, so everyday you broadcast various cartoons, mostly Japanese, in the after-lunch and pre-evening timeslots, and you also have the obligatory Saturday-morning cartoon marathon. The latter two are directed to more young children, while the first is supposed to appeal to adolescents. Whenever a cartoon in the after-lunch slot manages to have a decent rating (despite the Mackering policy the channel applies to Japanese animation), what can you do to valorize it? Move it to one of the other two timeslots, what else? The ratings decrease because children don't find appealing an anime created for an older public and because on Saturday mornings adolescents are at school? How could this possibly happen?
  • Cartoon Network showed .hack//Roots at 5:00 AM on Saturday mornings with no advance advertising — or really any mention at all. They also only showed 21 of the 26 episodes, supposedly to avoid airing .hack//G.U. game spoilers. The show vanished eight months later when Adult Swim went to an all-night format.
    • .hack//SIGN suffered the same fate, first airing on Saturday afternoons in the late afternoon Toonami Slot, then being bumped to midnight.
    • Note that SIGN changed timeslots right after two female characters started dating each other. Presumably, CN thought this was too much for impressionable youths.
  • Unlike other countries, Spain did show Pichi Pichi Pitch thanks to Clan TVE. However, in a flash of inspiration, it started in July (Because kids in holidays watch a lot of TV), and while it was on a decent timeslot (11:30 AM), they kept shuffling it a half-hour back or forward every other week, whenever the previous/next show ended its run (Instead of, y'know, putting a new different show on the timeslot of the finished one). All fine and dandy, as long as you checked every Monday's schedule, but then they changed its timeslot on a Wednesday. Why? Because it was October 1, and new month means rearranging the schedule without telling anyone. And since this show just hadn't had enough, they changed it again one week and a half later, this time being shoved to 2:00 PM right against newscasting and The Simpsons. At least this time they bothered repeating the last episode in case someone missed it with so many changes.
    • And when the series finished? Instead of rerunning it (a common occurrence in Spain), they replaced it with... Pretty Cure, a show that had already been shown on two other channels. So if you had missed any episode of PPP (likely), you had to wait several months until they decided to rerun it (without advertising this, of course) and catch the episode. Thanks.
  • Telecinco, another Spanish channel, used to broadcast Pokémon during the height of Pokémania, with millions of viewers. The executives didn't like people watching them so they started to broadcast it sooner and sooner and repeating episodes all they could so as to kill any interest. After they managed to put the series at 6AM it slowly died. It is sad because children got up early just to watch Pokémon and it had a lot of audience. They just didn't care, the network just hates anything that is not sensationalist, a talk show or about naked celebrities and it shows.
  • The original Mobile Suit Gundam practically embodies this Trope. Originally meant to run for 52 episodes, low ratings caused the plug to be pulled after 39 episodes; the staff, however, managed to get a one month extension to 43 episodes in order to finish the story.
    • In America, it never even got to finish its first airing as Cartoon Network used September 11th as an excuse to remove it, mostly due to low ratings.
  • Canada's YTV so completely screwed its Bionix anime block that it almost makes Cartoon Network's screwing look minor in comparison. The block originally ran from 7:30 to 10:30 on Friday nights and aired five different shows. However, when Death Note and Gundam SEED Destiny ended, YTV failed to pick up any new shows to replace them with that had been picked up in the States, such as Code Geass or Gundam 00. As such, the block was significantly shortened and moved to Saturday nights, isolating more of its viewing audience. After Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, they did pick up Blue Dragon, but the run was short, barely lasting 15 or 20 episodes. All they had left at that point was Naruto, Bleach, and Zatch Bell!, and they cut Zatch Bell a few months later. With only Naruto and Bleach left, they shifted what was left of the block to run from Midnight to 2:00 AM, pretty much killing off what was left of the audience. Not only that, but both series were in filler hell, meaning that nobody would really want to watch anyway. And to complete the screwing over of this block, once the filler episodes ran out, they simply went back to reruns. That's right: no Shippuden, and no Arrancar Saga. With that, YTV pretty much had the perfect excuse to cut anime altogether. Where Bionix once was is now sitcoms and reality shows.
    • Nowadays, it's not just a single network in Canada that has gone apathetic toward anime; the entire broadcasting industry in that country is shying away from it.
  • The Prince of Tennis and MÄR had an unusual version of this Trope happen to them. Sure, they got a decent time slot, but Cartoon Network randomly skipped episodes. Since these were serials, nobody could follow the plot. Eventually, they started over from Episode 1 and aired them in order, but by then it was too late. They were removed from the lineup, and eventually removed from being aired online, too. These were intended to be the replacements for the recently ended Bo-bobo too. Cartoon Network would later go on to show their true colors by cutting Toonami's budget to the point where they couldn't get new shows and had to rely entirely on reruns and Naruto Filler.
  • Anime in general on [adult swim] is considered as this these days, partly due to Cartoon Network's Network Decay. It was somewhat admitted in a [adult swim] bump that at times a kind of programming spring cleaning is done every few months by Cartoon Network to see which shows to keep airing, air later, or get rid of and never even bother showing again. The cleaning process is created by an evaluating combination of ratings and audience online based reaction. Thus shows like Lupin and Reign are very little or no longer aired. Even to AS' chagrin many of the shows that they themselves would have liked to kept on the air are cast by the wayside. However another reason for anime not getting much love is that one of those in charge of [adult swim]'s programming doesn't like it. With the exceptions of Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, and InuYasha, many Anime titles these days are given little chance. Adult Swim has often rather been vocal about their increasing contempt towards Anime and the block. Bumps regularly criticize it, commercials show their Narm moments and episode descriptions on their website tend to read like "Vampires, robots, big hats!" Perfect Hair Forever basically boils down to several hours of Take That against the whole genre.
    • The Big O is a specific example to this. Despite that it was a popular show and the ratings of [adult swim] airings were the sole reason the series even got a second season in the first place, the premiere of the second season was around the same time Adult Swim began its Network Decay, and they ended up screwing up the airing of a couple episodes (including accidentally airing a repeat over the finale) and ended up canceling the show before a reportedly expected third season, despite it having paid off financially.
    • Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit was constantly schedule-switch later and later until it aired at 5:30 AM EST by [adult swim], dropped after 10 episodes, restarted in a better timeslot, and then got dropped again after Geneon went bankrupt, and it was removed from the air until the licensing issues were resolved. However, the problems were eventually solved, and [adult swim] re-aired and completed the series between June and December 2009 and even then there were constant volume problems with the show where it would air noticeably quieter, almost inaudible, compared to other shows on the block (forcing people to turn the volume up just to understand the dialogue) only to have unbearably loud commercial breaks.
    • Not completely screwed, but they won't air Fullmetal Alchemist, which was one of their most well-liked anime, now that the more faithful adaptation of the manga Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has been dubbed.
    • Of course, nowadays, the problem has been solved by sweeping all the anime to the Toonami block, so now fans will know when anime is on and can watch (or not watch) accordingly
  • Speaking of Cartoon Network's Network Decay, the cancellation of the original Toonami block (and this also applies to Western Animation as well). The decay began when it was moved from every weekday to Saturdays only, and the block's time slot was cut in half; its schedule eventually consisted of reruns, filler, and Naruto; it was replaced by the network's new darling (Miguzi) the week following its move to Saturdays-only...the list goes on and on. Long story short, it was canceled by Cartoon Network, which was supposedly due to bad ratings, despite the fact they were the ones causing them.

    One might say that Toonami's decay began as early as 2000-2001, when Kids' WB! forced Cartoon Network to cut its 3-hour Toonami back down to 2 so they could air their own Toonami, canceling a few long-runners like Tenchi Muyo! and Sailor Moon. It picked up when 9/11 helped cause the cancellation of the original Mobile Suit Gundam and had its entire run filled with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z.
    • Despite being brought back to fan approval, Toonami is still getting shafted as they are only stuck with one air night a week as Cartoon Network refuses, despite the shows getting good ratings considering their timeslots and numerous people expressing their support for it they won't get it a weekday slot to air shows cause they'd mess up the airing of their current beloved shows Annoying Orange and Teen Titans Go. Which is pretty bad since they started reairing Naruto at the beginning of the series and a good number of the shows there are Long Runners.
      • Even worse when you realize that it's six people who are responsible for running and producing Toonami and weekly showings. Not to mention having almost no budget and having to do it on their free time. Makes you wonder if Cartoon Network has a vendetta against Anime.
      • It seems as if adult swim Toonami itself has a vendetta against reruns, no matter how loved or popular they are seeing as how the entire schedule was cut in half starting Feb 7, 2015, which basically means all the reruns, including Cowboy Bebop (which had just began airing on the block for the first time in HD weeks before), Ghost in the Shell, and Samurai Jack were unceremoniously pulled without some of them even getting a chance to finish.
    • Toonami suffered different fates in other countries. For example, while it did get its own channel in the UK (the renamed CNX) Cartoon Network eventually decided to remove all of the channel's identifiable features, including TOM, SARA, the Absolution EVERYTHING bar the Toonami logo. They then stuck the logo on a plain coloured background, made some cartoonishly simple looking monsters to run around and called it a day. The programming then slowly changed from anime and amazing Western Animation to some of the shows they didn't want to show on the main channel anymore, live-actions shows and even a block for young kids called 'Cartoonito'. If you're familiar with the introduction of 'special program blocks' on a channel you can probably guess what 'Toonami' eventually morphed into, including a rename. And as far as I know, we've not even got back the new block.
  • Nicktoons Network does not treat the reruns of the second Yu-Gi-Oh! anime fairly. At first, it aired 2 episodes every night at 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday, and got moved to 3 episodes on Sunday afternoons from the odd times of 3:30 to 5:00, while the reruns were in the middle of a filler arc that fans had mixed-to-negative feelings towards. note  Then the reruns got moved AGAIN to 2 episodes every Saturday night at a more reasonable 6:00 PM, but has now mysteriously disappeared from that time slot as of this writing.
  • Animax Latin America —beginning with its Network Decay— did this:
    • Fate/stay night and Black Cat, originally getting decent time slots on Friday night were moved to Saturday mornings at 8:00 AM for the second half of each series' run.
    • Solty Rei was moved in a pretty bad time slot, airing after two live-action shows (The Middle Man and Distraction).
    • It also killed any chances that they'll air more new Bleach episodes.
    • To add shows that were supposed to air were Hell Girl's second season, Gallery Fake, Monkey Typhoon, Requiem for a Phanthom, and Dancouga Nova. Now THAT'S getting screwed.
    • By the time the channel rebranded as Sony Spin, anime as a whole was only aired at early morning hours. This changed in March 2012, when the remaining lineup was replaced by live action shows, thus finally eliminating the anime medium as a whole.
  • YTV's dub of Futari wa Pretty Cure got a nasty case of this. To make it worse, YTV commissoned the dub.
  • YuYu Hakusho's run in America was screwed by a huge time slot move. Originally aired on [adult swim], it was moved to a fairly steady time slot on Toonami. Then, for reasons still unexplained, it was removed from Toonami near the end of the show, and moved to 4:30 in the morning on Saturday. Many people weren't even aware it was moved, and those who did had to be pretty dedicated to stay up for the remaining episodes.
  • Kids' WB! in the U.S., and TF1 in France screwed around with Pokémon, airing as many new episodes they could, and then airing reruns for several months (often airing episodes Out of Order or certain ones to death) when they exhausted them. They did this for a few years until fans started to get annoyed and move on to other shows, and Pokémon itself declined in popularity.
  • Fox Kids tried to sell the dub of Vision of Escaflowne (skipping the first episode) as a kids show, rolling it out alongside the likes of Digimon and Beast Machines without realizing it delved into some fairly mature stuff in the latter half of the show. They quickly shelved it after about 10 episodes and tried to forget about it. YTV in Canada, which began its run of the series shortly after Fox did, quickly learned from Fox's mistake and aired the entire series in prime time with appropriate content warning bumpers attached to it.
  • Meanwhile, back in Japan... After the 2011 Sendai earthquake, MBS, the station with first airing rights for Puella Magi Madoka Magica refused to air the final two episodes for over a month, far in excess of what happened to any other series, some of which could well be argued to be less sensitive about the tragedy than the events of Madoka. Though, this ultimately failed to screw the series, as it continued to be mind-bendingly popular, and the day it did air ended up causing retroactive symbolism: It aired on Good Friday, and the titular character became the embodiment of hope.
  • Syfy's anime block is horribly in this funk. Starting off as a Monday anime block entitled "Ani-Monday" for famous anime movies and such —- it later became "Ani-Tuesday" around the time their hit Monster ended. They then decided to play "motion comics," which completely makes "ani" look like it means nothing. Around the end of Ani-Tuesday, they changed their schedule to play Chrono Crusade and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Tuesday nights at 11 PM. Then Thursday nights at 11 PM. Then Friday mornings at...2 AM. Then, of course, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was replaced with Star Blazers, an old 70's toon. Two weeks after the Star Blazers premiere, the block went on a "hiatus", which was later confirmed to be an outright cancellation.
  • Mega Man NT Warrior deserves a mention, its time slot was constantly being shifted, and new episodes tended to be delayed, sometimes cycling between new episodes and reruns without warning, and then delaying it for weeks before going back to new episodes, and then taking it off the air completely before deciding to air the third season, when the third season came, Kids WB moved it to a weekday afternoon time slot, at a time when most kids were still in school, and then moved it back to Saturday mornings, then cancelling it, never airing the remainder of the third season, what's worse is that the later seasons were not even dubbed thanks to the cancellation.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew AKA Mew Mew Power was 4KidsTV's highest rated show on its Saturday morning kids block at one time, however, only 26 of the 52 episodes were dubbed into English, and only 23 were actually broadcast in the US. The reason? Apparently, 4Kids cared a lot more about merchandise sales than ratings. The show wasn't able to get a merchandise deal at all in the US because its modest 52 episode run being too short compared to the giant franchises that dominated the toy shelves, and basically, no licensor was interested in it. Despite the show's ratings success, 4Kids pretty much stopped caring about it, and never bothered to license the second half of the series for an international release. What's worse is that episode 26 ended on a sharp cliffhanger complete with a To Be Continued message! 4Kids spared US viewers from this by not showing the last 3 dubbed episodes, and instead ending on a typical "Monster of the Week" episode. However, all 26 episodes of Mew Mew Power were broadcast in Canada, Australia, the UK, and pretty much... every other country around the world! That's right! 4Kids pretty much screwed over the show in close to a dozen foreign languages that were based off of their version, complete with the cliffhanger ending!
    • 4KidsTV also screwed over Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and Shaman King, airing them at the same time that Kids WB ran Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, 4Kids' biggest cash cows. 4Kids knew they couldn't compete with them, so they sacrificed Kirby and Shaman King to the competing timeslots, knowing they would be killed in the ratings. They also initially skipped two episodes of Kirby, which thankfully weren't plot relevant. One of said episodes was likely skipped because they didn't want to show the title character getting possessed by a demon frog and attacking the residents of Dream Land.
  • Stitch! in the US on Disney XD. After 4 episodes, it got cancelled and replaced by Rated "A" for Awesome. Depending on how well the upcoming dub of Doraemon goes, it might come back one day.
  • The UK treatment of Inazuma Eleven is, frankly, a Shakespearian tale of woe. In short, the game was released in English in Europe at the start of 2011; however, Nintendo of Europe decided the UK needed to air the dub of the anime first (in a country that is notorious for not giving anything more intellectual than Pokémon a look-in anime wise) and then the anime only aired for a month in the summer. Oy vay.
    • Inazuma Eleven suffered from this in Latin America. For no apparent reason the show was put in graveyard slots in different countries, sometimes at 5:00 AM eventually pulling it out of the schedule, it seemed they were screwing the show on purpose. The show is very popular in Chile and Brazil, due to networks there giving it a decent schedule. Some fans think it's because they're afraid of the "superpowered soccer" and the Nostalgia Filter about Captain Tsubasa, which is very strong down the south, have something to do with the Executive Meddling and Screwed by the Network.
  • Super Book is still screwed on TBN's Smile of a Child in every morning timeslot and it started at 4 AM/3 AM Central.
  • Love Hina's Latin American Spanish dub was screwed by both the (amateur) voice actors and the network at the same time!: While Love Hina is infamous for being extremely hard to dub, the Latin American Spanish dub suffered from being dubbed almost entirely by amateur voice actors (Due of a voice actors' strike in Mexico after The Simpsons' original voice actors were replaced with non-unionized actors). Due of the subpar performance of almost all the voice cast (not to mention it was broadcasted on a midnight slot), Cartoon Network pulled out the series after his first run due to the complaints about the voice acting and it was never broadcasted since then.
  • Naruto Shippuden was briefly treated well by Disney XD, when the early episodes of the show were light-hearted fun for tween boys...then Disney discovered the show would get more violent, and pushed it to a later time slot and didn't notify the Shonen Jump publishers advertising the show on Disney XD in the magazine of it, causing the time to be wrong for Shonen Jump readers. Then the show was preempted by tweencoms at the last minute twice, then just plain disappeared from the schedule. Disney XD has since removed all Naruto material from their website.
  • CITV has been somewhat awful at showing action cartoons without losing control of its bowels (ReBoot was infamously cancelled in mid-series for being "too violent"). Pokémon is the only action cartoon they didn't up and out cancel before the strand "Evolved" into its channel incarnation (Cardcaptor Sakura got to the second half of the Sakura Card arc before being yanked and Digimon only got three episodes of Tamers out of the gate before it suffered the same fate. Card Captors, at the very least, got to finish its run as filler for Formula One races and on GMTV).
    • Digimon was probably one of the most poorly handled programmes at CITV, throughout its run the series was treated with little regard, as episodes were repeated to hell, shown once and never again, or just missed altogether. With Digimon Adventure, CITV actually skipped most of the third arc and went straight into the fourth, meaning Kari and Gatomon appeared seemingly out of nowhere and Myotismon's fate went unknown (the arc was broadcast a couple of years later, albeit at a time when it wasn't really relevant anymore). Digimon Adventure 02 got even worse treatment, with the second half of the series being broadcast at a painfully slow, on-and-off rate until, three episodes from the end, CITV dropped the series and aired the first three episodes of Digimon Tamers in its place! To add insult to injury, CITV never broadcast any more Tamers episodes (or even repeated the three they'd shown already), and never broadcast the concluding episodes of Adventure 02, which they could've shown anyway had they not decided to replace them with Tamers episodes.
  • G4 seemed to screw over Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi by airing it late at night over a course of eight days, not rerunning the whole series, then completely washing their hands of it. It's rumored they were uneasy about some of the content, as some things couldn't be edited out due to them being plot-important. No other show on Anime Unleashed got such cruel treatment.
  • RCTV in Venezuela was legendary on the mistreatment of every anime series they had their paws on it. They either stuck them on the 4-5 am saturday slot, or began to air it and then stopped without reason after a week or so worth of episodes, just to be replaced by whatever Disney or Nickelodeon cartoon they were overmilking at the time. Ranma ˝ managed to get six episodes aired in a aceptable weekday afternoon slot, before being interrupted by an news extra on the middle of the seventh episode, never to go back. They heavily promoted Sorcerer Stabber Orphen but never bothered to actually air it, leading for the meme "When RCTV premieres Orphen" as a synonym of "When Pigs Fly" within the local fandom. The only series they treated remotedly well was Candy Candy on its first run, when they promoted the final episode the same way they promoted their normal soap operas endings, and actually aired it on the announced day... after repeating the early coeurs of the series at least thrice before that.
  • After Tenchi Muyo! GXP didn't get quite the ratings hoped for on Toonami, it was moved from it's 12:30AM EST slot right after Bleach, the highest rated show to 3:00AM EST, the last premiering slot before reruns. The FUNimation.com page still lists the old time, and Adult Swim won't let you view any of the episodes on their website without Adult Swim Gold (not yet available on many cable providers), leaving fans of the show screwed unless they feel like pulling an almost all-nighter.
  • InuYasha had this treatment in Hungary. RTL Klub, the country's leading commercial TV network, possessed exclusive rights to airing the series, while Animax, a former anime station, had rights to airing those episodes that have already been shown on RTL. However RTL has abruptly canceled the series after episode 113 — they've received complaints from people shocked that such content was handled as a Sunday morning cartoon, and though RTL began crassly censoring the episodes and giving them the appropriate rating, more viewer letters and the media authorities forced them to cancel the series. It has also been suggested that they canceled it due to a conflict with their distributors. For a while, they did rerun unedited episodes, but no one watched them due to the impossible airtimes (3-4 AM) that constantly kept changing. Animax, to make up for not being able to air these episodes, tried acquiring rights for the The Final Act, the finishing part of the series, but their distributor denied them the rights, with the alleged explanation that episodes 114-167 have to be shown first.

    More than half a decade later, fans are still pestering RTL to do something, but they refuse to continue airing the remainder episodes, even on their several sister-channels. Animax, meanwhile, was terminated after a heavy dose of Network Decay, since its daddy-network AXN no longer considers importing anime to be gainful, which in itself is a major screw-over for all potential anime releases in the country.
    • In fact, this has more-or-less caused the fall of anime as a whole in the Hungarian market, which can in part be traced back to Animax's poor handling of their shows and fanbase. During their heyday, they've decided to shift focus to shonen series, pushing every other genre to the back, which, following their Network Decay, proved to have been a mistake. In short, they've been forced to simply leave many of their still-running animated shows (among others, Naruto, Bleach, Detective Conan, D.Gray-Man and Kirarin Revolution) hanging, and the decline of the country's only (originally) Japan-inspired TV network has also effectively doomed nearly all potential future anime releases, barring occasional popular Merchandise-Driven kids' shows that other cartoon stations still continue to air.
    • One must however note that part of the blame should be put on the former media authority ORTT, who've waged an all-out war against just about any and all anime (as well as any animated production they thought had questionable content — a very broad term when it came to ORTT), forcing RTL to cancel numerous anime series, most of which still have yet to be shown (Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon being other famous examples, as much of them has been dubbed but never shown). RTL's unwillingness to put such "not absolutely kid friendly" shows as InuYasha back onto screens may partly be the result of their ugly past experiences with Hungary's media authorities.
    • Dragon Ball Z is a unique case, because it managed to get unscrewed after 13 years. Originally advertised in 1999 as a series meant for little kids due to the French distributors, parents bombarded RTL with complaints regarding the show's violent nature. While the channel initially defended the series, the threat of a lawsuit forced them to reschedule it to a late-night airtime where it failed to produce decent ratings (partly due to being shown from the beginning again), and it was canceled afterwards despite its popularity with the fans. Episodes 121-137 came out on VHS, but they didn't bother with any more releases after that. What differentiates this case from that of InuYasha is that the rest of the show (apart from five missing episodes) were later purchased by the fans, and that after the European broadcast rights were made available again in 2012, another TV station (Viasat6) picked up the series, with the TV spots boasting "What has been taken away, we now give it back", a clear reference to the show's handling under RTL and the ORTT.
  • Cartoon Network Hungary's, Romania's and Poland's (from September 30, 2002 till September 30, 2009 these countries shared the same CN feed) handling of Transformers Cybertron was a mess. They left out the pilot from the get-go, repeating the following ~16 episodes for several months each weekday. After what seemed like an eternity, they continued with the rest of the series, randomly cutting it off in the middle of the final story-arc. It went on to be repeated again (finally with the pilot), only to be taken off the air a couple of episodes before the series finale... because the intended one-year timeframe of the series had ended. For a full year, they repeatedly kept fumbling up on airing all 51+1 episodes of the show, even though they screened it on every weekday. A couple of years later, they reran the prequel show Transformers Energon, but Cybertron didn't follow.
    • At least in Hungary, a channel called Megamax picked up the show again in 2014, producing a new dub for it. There have been no scheduling difficulties.
  • Disney XD strikes again with their treatment of Doraemon. On the third Friday of its run, they pre-empted its slot for a Gravity Falls marathon. Then, they replaced the slots new episodes were to premiere in with re-runs of other Doraemon episodes and decided to show only one new episode one week... on a Wednesday, and then stopped showing any new episodes at all. As of August 6, 2014, they still have nine episodes left to air. With this treatment, Stitch! may never see the light of day in America again...
    • Great news! This has now been averted - the remaining episodes are finally scheduled to air thanks to a time slot change!
  • The Swedish dub of Sailor Moon got this treatment from TV 4.
    • During its first run (1996-1997) it aired most Sunday mornings as part of the program Junior, except for the third Sunday in the month when they showed a movie instead. Episodes 15 and 18 were skipped because of damaged tapes. When Junior was canceled Sailor Moon was supposed to be part of its successor Lattjo Lajban... except one of the executives decided it was too violent, leaving us with only 21 out of 88 episodes aired. After this followed two years of producers being dead-set on letting the license run out and fans fighting and pleading.
    • In 1999 this payed off as the second run started from the beginning, airing once a week and finally showing episodes 15 and 18. Episode 4 was skipped because of Moral Guardians, but things seemed good until 2000... when episodes 34, 40, and 46 aired without the songs, episode 62's song got replaced with a few seconds of Heart Moving, episodes 49, 54 and 68 got skipped over, and the series suddenly stopped after episode 78.
    • During its third run (2001) it ended up in time slots when the kids were in school. It didn't help that TV 4 kept shifting the time 5-10 minutes without telling, so anyone trying to record the episodes - especially the new ones - wound up missing chunks. Once again 34, 40 and 46 missed their songs, and once again 49, 54 and 68 were skipped because of "damaged tapes". Two weeks before TV 4's license ran out they finally aired episode 88... sans song.
    • The kicker? Fans managed find out the reason most of the songs were missing: TV 4 were worried people wouldn't understand the Japanese words. 49, 54 and 68 didn't get dubbed because the songs couldn't be removed. What makes this extra stupid is that the one time the song was left alone, in episode 21, the overwhelming reaction was "Awesome song! Where can I buy it?"
      In contrast, after Kanal 5 picked up the license they aired the dub 6 times in 2,5-3 years. They were even looking into buying the rest of the series before the license pull happened.
  • In Smile of a Child TV's rebrand, Ai No Wakakusa Monogatari moved from 7:00 pm to midnight and literally cancelled it after the rights expired. But later Cartoon Network got the rights and plan on adding it on 2015 uncut.
  • A now-closed Geocities website on preschool programming of the 80's and 90's had a section on Cinar, who distributed most of Nick Jr's preschool shows back in the day, stated that anything they dubbed that wasn't European after the Face rebrand of Nick Jr had canned The Adventures Of The Little Koala would have a hard time being sold to networks. The website stated that a dub of Shimajiro they did suffered this the most-it was pitched to television syndicators, then Fox Kids's preschool block, then to Nick Jr. and CBS, but all of them rejected it for being too similar to the The Busy World Of Richard Scary, another one of their programs. Moomin, which they were going to distribute to the United States, was going to avert this trope by being shown on Nick Jr. alongside Papa Beaver's Storytime, but was dropped for no reason and with no announcement of it airing to air reruns of Rugrats in its' place.
  • The Tamagotchi anime had this treatment on GO!, thanks to their network pet Animaniacs. They also kept pushing the schedule around and only dubbed 26 episodes. The dub of YumeKira Dream takes it Up to Eleven by replacing the theme song and insert songs and splitting the episodes in three-minute parts.
  • The 4Kids Entertainment dub of Sonic X had this treatment in Australia, having been aired on Channel 7 at 6:30 AM on Saturdays — just before the "Saturday Disney" programming block started. It was blatantly Out of Order, thus rendering the entire third season utterly incomprehensible (due to its ongoing plot and low count of filler episodes). There was next to no sign it was even on, and when its time slot suddenly contained W.I.T.C.H. instead, nobody could tell if it was because the series had ended or not due to the random episode ordernote . Kids who got up early were very confused.
  • Hellsing Ultimate had some unintentional screwings for its Toonami airing. The show first premiered at the same 3:00 AM timeslot as Tenchi Muyo! GXP, but despite that it got some very good ratings for being on so late. Then the series was, without any warning, dumped for one week so Toonami could play the rest of the episodes for Beware the Batman before it was to be written off by Cartoon Network. Even despite being moved up a full hour to 2:00 AM the following week, it would appear that many viewers thought it was off for good, as ratings numbers tanked and never recovered. But the really nasty surprise came when Toonami found out they did not have the rights to air the last two episodes, which had recently been dubbed and released by FUNimation. So the show was taken off two weeks early in exchange for Inu Yasha The Final Act. The day was ultimately saved, however, as FUNi realized their mistake and negotiated for Toonami to air the final two episodes during a month of movies in December, 2014, and in a much better timeslot (starting off at Midnight, and lasting until 1:00/1:30 AM), and this was announced before the series aired its last episode at 2:00A. This brought the story to a happy ending...

    However, it may have had a damaging effect on Toonami in the long run. Ratings for the movie month were also low compared to the block's equivalent event in 2013. Combined with low-rated Attack on Titan reruns leading off the block, Toonami's ratings suffered as a whole for the last part of 2014 into January 2015, which may have directly resulted in the block losing 3 hours of its time, as mentioned above. So, if you think about it, because FUNimation didn't give the last two episodes to Toonami right away, in the end, everyone ended up getting screwed over.
  • The first Japanese TV run of Cowboy Bebop on TV Tokyo was botched due to overly violent content. Over three months in the spring and summer of 1998, only 11 episodes aired, not including episode 1. Pay TV service WOWOW picked up the series that fall, successfully airing the entire series.
  • When it first aired in Hungary, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX was canceled after one season, along with a number of other kid-oriented anime series. Following the downfall of Animax Central Europe, owned by Sony, a station called Viasat6 began showing interest in anime, and in 2014 they redubbed GX, airing its first two seasons. After some downtime, it was placed back into their midday animation block, leading viewers to think its third season would follow. Instead, in 2015, it was taken out of the block again, its reruns relegated to an early morning timeslot, with no news about whether the rest will be dubbed as originally planned. This raised suspicion among certain anime fans as this happened shortly after Sony had taken ownership of the channel.
  • Cyborg009, already having experienced a Bowdlerized yet completely-dubbed English adaptation via Sony Pictures, didn't get too much love on Toonami through 2003, where after airing the first 26 episodes, Cartoon Network put it on hiatus. Through the summer of 2004, episodes 27-47 wound up stealthily aired in a 1am death slot on Friday nights/Saturday mornings, with the show being pulled just before the grand finale and the "God's War" OVA. By that point, it's speculated that Cartoon Network had opted to "financially write-off" the series due to its lack of ratings success, and broadcast whatever they could before their airing rights were up. Infamously, season 2 had begun airing earlier on CN Latinoamerica, which wound up spoiling the developments for US viewers that were unable to wait it out.

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