Animations that hit Philippine television


Kids and even "kids at heart" followed them from the start to the end of their stories. Now, PEP looks back at these animations and notes some similarities between them.

Animations that hit Philippine television

Nerisa Almo

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Cartoons in comic books, movies, and TV are said to be only for children. Yet even their elders, children at heart, are still fond of watching animations. At home everyone turns on to their favorite cartoon shows in the morning or even in the late afternoon.

 

A number of animation programs have already become a hit in the country. Some are based on classic stories such as Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Peter Pan, and A Little Princess; while the others are the Japanese animé (short for "animation") which have their roots in the Japanese Manga drawings.

 

Animation adapted to local film

 

Do you remember Sarah Crewe? Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel, A Little Princess, the story was about the young daughter of a wealthy British family in India, who attended an all-girl's boarding school in London. Tragically, Sarah's father died and her family went bankrupt. Miss Minchin, the head mistress of the school, took advantage of the poor orphan's plight. The cruel Miss Minchin exploited Sarah by making her the school's cleaning maid. Sarah lived in misery.

 

How about Cedie (or Cedric)? He was the American boy in Burnett's novel Little Lord Fauntleroy, who turned out to be the sole heir to a wealthy British earldom. He and his mother left America and resided in Cedie's ancestral castle. The boy's grandfather, the Earl of the Dorincourt Castle, wanted to teach young Cedric to become an aristocrat. But later on the Earl learned that his grandson would become a better Earl than himself—compassionate and caring towards their poverty—stricken subjects.

 

Following the fate of these young children really touched the heart of the televiewers. Their stories taught a lot of things to the kids who were glued to television every morning. Princess Sarah and Lord Fauntleroy were such a hit that these were adapted in the local movies Sarah, Ang Munting Princesa (1995) and Cedie, Ang Munting Prinsipe (1996).

 

In Munting Princesa, the moviegoers discovered the acting skills of then child stars Camille Prats and Angelica Panganiban. Ang Munting Prinsipe showed the kindness that each child should have through the character of the former child actor Tom Taus.

 

Robot-inspired series

 

Voltes V was one of the most famous robot-inspired Japanese animé shown in the country. This predecessor of Combattler V, which was first part of the Robot Romance Trilogy, was first shown in the late '70s, dubbed in English. After more than a decade, its re-runs were shown on television and dubbed in Pilipino.

 

Five young pilots—Steve Armstrong, "Big Bert" Armstrong, "Little John" Armstrong, Mark Gordon, and Jamie Robinson—maneuvered the five "volt machines," which comprised the giant robot. Their aim was to defeat Boazanian invaders and to find the long lost father of the Armstrong brothers, Dr. Ned Armstrong who had designed Voltes V.

 

Following Combattler V and Voltes V, was the third installment of the "romantic trilogy called Daimos. Unlike Voltes V, the robot Daimos only had a sole pilot, Richard Hartfort. The robot had the ability to mimic the movement of its pilot. Since Richard was a karate black-belt champion, he was able to make Daimos wield karate moves in fighting mecha soldiers. This army was deployed by Admiral Richter of the planet Brahm to destroy planet earth's defenses.

 

Daimos's love story was also followed by its hopeless romantic viewers. Richard fell in love with Erika, who turned out to be the sister of the evil Richter.

 

Monster-hunting animations

Children are commonly afraid of monsters but when Pokémon and Digimon were shown on television, the kids became fascinated with monsters that fought evil forces.

 

Pokémon (or pocket monster) originated from the most successful video game of Nintendo with the same title. Its story was about a Pokémon trainer named Ash whose goal was to collect all the available Pokémon species found in a certain area. He trained those collected pocket monsters to fight the creatures that were owned by other trainers and he became the ultimate Pokémon trainer.

 

The show popularized the yellow electric monster called Pikachu, who was the first pocket monster Ash and was regarded as the official mascot of Pokémon. There were also Charmander, Squirtle, and Balbasur.

 

While Pokémon became a hit in GMA-7, ABS-CBN was able to get Digimon to compete with the success of Pokémon. Unlike the rival network's show, Digimon followed the natural cycle of life. The trainers started with a baby Digimon, then they would train it, evolve it, and take good care of it before setting it up for a battle with other digimon.

 

Sports-related animation

 

Basketball and boxing are two of the most popular spectacle sports for Pinoys. And so, the animations Slam Dunk and Baki the Grappler landed a spot in the afternoon block of GMA-7.

 

Basketball fans witnessed how Hanamichi Sakuragi developed from a character who knew nothing about basketball to a superstar cager. He focused on learning this sport out of love for Haruko Akagi, who discovered his potential in basketball.

 

Sakuragi joined the team of Shohoku, which was composed of: Kaede Rukawa, his rival on the court and in love, being the "girl magnet" of the team; Hisashi Mitsui, the former MVP; Ryota Miyagi, the short but fast player of the team; and Takenori Akagi, elder brother of Haruko and team captain of Shohoku.

 

On the other hand, Baki was about the young fighter named Baki Hanma whose dream was to follow his father Yujiro's footsteps and become the strongest fighter in the world. He developed his body through rigorous training and continuous fighting to achieve this goal.

 

Cute alien robots

 

Doraemon and Mojacko were two animé characters, who not only made televiewers laugh but also taught some lessons.

 

Doraemon was a cat-like robot with human intelligence. He had a large pouch-like compartment on his stomach, which contained many gadgets from the future. He was sent for by Nobita to help him in his struggle in life by using his futuristic gadgets.

 

In March 2008, according to Wikipedia, Japan's Foreign Ministry appointed Doreamon as the nation's first animé ambassador to help people in other countries understand Japanese animé better and to deepen the interest in Japanese culture.

 

Mojacko was a furry, rotund alien from the planet called Moja-Moja. He came to Earth when his spaceship malfunctioned awfully while he was exploring the cosmos. He and his robot sidekick Dono befriended a human named Surao and stayed at his place while their spaceship was being fixed. Later on, Mojacko's siblings Mojaru and Mojari joined them; while his enemy Momonja stayed with Surao's arch-enemy, Wutan. Both groups had all kinds of adventure in their search for the greatest treasure in the universe.

 

 

Human adventures in different dimensions

 

The list would not be complete without the hit series titled Ghost Fighter (Yu Yu Hakusho) and Fushigi Yugi. The main characters of these two animations were sent to a different dimensions and got involved in fighting evil.

 

Ghost Fighter was about a delinquent young man named Eugene (Yusuke Urameshi), who died after trying to save a little child from a speeding car. However, due to an unexpected twist of fate, Eugene was assigned to become a detective for the Spirit World to investigate demon cases in the human world.

 

With his spiritual abilities, Eugene led his team-composed of Dennis (Kurama) of the spirit world, Vincent (Hiei) of the demon world, and Alfred (Kuwabara) of the human world-to the Dark Tournament to fight off demons and humans that aim to rule these three worlds.

 

Fushigi Yugi was a about a lady named Miaka who ended up in The Four Universes of the Four Gods after she and her friend Yui read the book with that title. She discovered that she was the Priestess of Suzaku. To fulfill this, gathered all seven guardians—Tamahome, Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Tasuki, Mitsukake, and Chiriko—to summon the god Suzaku.

 

Unfortunately, the emperor of Kutou manipulated Yui to become the Priestess of Seiryuu. This meant that she had to work against her friend Miaka. Both ladies brought together their own warriors to fight for the chance to be granted three wishes by the gods whom they hoped to summon.

 

Ghost Fighter (Yu Yu Hakusho) and Fushigi Yugi were two of the animés that gained a high rating in primetime block. In fact, Ghost Fighter was such a hit that it was shown several times in the GMA Network.

 

 

These are just few of the animations that Pinoys followed avidly in the past. If you feel nostalgic, feel free to add more cartoons that you enjoyed during your childhood days.


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anasantos
July 28, 2008
23:44 PM

neil0916

Did you even read the article? It's not about Japanese anime per se it's about "Animations that hit Philippine television" so it includes ALL cartoons. Please read the article again esp the first 2 paragraphs.

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florenz13
July 28, 2008
23:39 PM

ay sali ako dito..

luvs na luvs ko rin animes ng gma7.. fushigi, slam dunk, dragon ball, ghostfighter, hunterxhunter, 1piece, KO ni ipo.. ano pa.. recca, full metal alchemist :-)

nung bata pa ako, princess sarah, peterpan, cedi.. di ko pa knows gma noon.. pero ngaun PROUD KAPUSO na ko.. :-)

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nagios
July 28, 2008
22:24 PM

maganda ang dragon ball kaya lang hindi nasali d2 kasi hindi naman natapos.. super haba kaya nung anime na yun..
love ghost fighter and doraemon! the best talaga..sana sinali din ang bleach d2..

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neil0916
July 28, 2008
21:50 PM

nakakatuwa itong article na ito!
I didnt expect na magkakaroon ng ganitong topic dito.. bata p lng ako pinapanood na namin ng mga kapatid ko yang mga anime na yan sa ABS pero mas na inspire talaga ako sa mga anime dahil sa mga anime ng GMA!!
and up until now kahit 17 na ako nanunood pa din ako ng anime at nagbabasa pa din ako ng manga!

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neil0916
July 28, 2008
21:38 PM

anasantos

cartoons naman kasi yang iba mong binibigay e animae itong article na ito ok!

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anasantos
July 28, 2008
17:07 PM

Also,
-The Jetsons
-Flintstones
-CareBears
-My Little Pony & Friends

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anasantos
July 28, 2008
16:43 PM

What about the following?
-Voltron (Lion Force & Vehicle versions)
-Thunder cats
-He-Man/She-Ra
-Rainbow Brite
-GoBots
-Dragon Ball Z
-Scooby Doo
-Smurfs
-Garfied & Friends
-GI Joe
-Mighty Mouse
-Pac-Man
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
-Super Friends
-Popeye
-Archie & Friends

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gossipmonger
July 28, 2008
14:28 PM

edhobbit: may nagawa na ang pep about that...

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ballahkapuso
July 28, 2008
14:25 PM

lab ghost fighter...
pati dito sa US pinapanood ko pa din
sa cartoon network...yu yu hakusho
tsaka doraemon...tandang tanda ko pa after skul...miss ko 2loy pinas

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edhobbit
July 28, 2008
12:50 PM

ngayon wala na atang Anime na pinapalabas sa hapon, napalitan na ng mga Asianovelas..,


Sana PEP, gawa rin kayo ng same article about Asianovelas naman.

"Asianovelas that hit Philippine television"

:)

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edhobbit
July 28, 2008
12:47 PM

naalala ko nung HighSchool pa ako, naaddict ako sa Ghost Fighter..
napakarami kong cards at posters nyan nuon, ngayon nagkanda-wala na. :D

Pero bago yon, kinahiligan ko rin yang si Princess Sarah (A Little Princess) at Cedie, gusto ko rin yung istorya ng REMI.

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edhobbit
July 28, 2008
12:44 PM

pinakagusto ko sa lahat yung Time Quest na pinalabas sa IBC-13.

kaya lang hindi ata natapos..


"Lilipad! Lilipad Takure!" :D

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inciang
July 28, 2008
09:15 AM

don't forget to add Superhouse and Flying Book. They're two of the classic Christian animes of the 80's.

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inciang
July 28, 2008
09:14 AM

what's with network war, wala na bang katapusan? yung mga nega nga dito na nagsasabi na walang originality, be it GMA or ABS, magtayo na lang kaya kau ng sarili niyong network, pwede????? (taas ang kilay)

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innocense17
July 27, 2008
20:22 PM

sana gma 7 ang makakuha ng rights para ipalabas ang animena to D GRAY MAN.kasi sobbrang ganda the best. tsaka makakarelate tayong mga filipino kasi marami sa atin christian.

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innocense17
July 27, 2008
20:16 PM

hay naku wala ang mga yan sa best anime of the 21st century titled d gray man. sorry na lang kayo hindi pa pinapalabas dyan sa pilipinas.hhehehe.

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maoh_geass
July 27, 2008
18:32 PM

ah... naalala ko na... mgkalaban pala iyong Pokemon at Digimon evry Friday... 50-50 iyong success ng dalawa noon, pero ngayon?

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gossipmonger
July 26, 2008
20:55 PM

sobrang mahal ko si doraemon!!!!! ang kulit ng mga advice niya kay nobita!

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jenjen
July 26, 2008
16:30 PM

bat wala ang lupin, flame of recca & dragon ball z

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lilsuzie
July 26, 2008
07:55 AM

di ata napasama ang sailormoon (ch. 5)
saka yung mga cartoons na ipinalabas sa ch. 13 such as candy candy, and time quest
and sa ch.9 (na napunta sa ch.7 na rin) ang ranma 1/2?

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mycomment
July 26, 2008
02:00 AM

wla c PETER PAN?

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dose12
July 26, 2008
01:36 AM

hay naku, bat mo pa pinaparticular sa GMA7? sabihin mo ng walang originality ang mga pilipino. dhl lahat yan ang nde gawang pilipino!

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dose12
July 26, 2008
01:34 AM

aaah.. ghost fighter..

this brings back memories..

walang kamatayang "eugene.."

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shatya28
July 25, 2008
22:47 PM

Ay love ko Sarah,Ghost Fighter,Time Quest,Daimos pro pnka sa lahat Peter Pan!

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sanerl
July 25, 2008
16:48 PM

ay oo naman fan na fan ako ng mga anime, pinaka favorite ko ang Fushigi Yuugi bumili pa nga ako ng DVD copy nun eh. Ang ilan pa sa mga favorites ko eh: Ghost Fighter, Mojacko, Slam Dunk....... at marami pang iba hindi pa napapalabas either sa GMA or ABS ang "Glass Mask" maganda din iyon about a young girl name Maya magaling siya sa theater performance.........

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puzzanicornic
snio

July 25, 2008
15:46 PM

favorite ko sa lahat ang Slam Dunk! hehehe, tanda ko pa, yung pagiging "HENYO" ni Sakuragi! Yung "unggoy na meh pulang buhok!" bwahahaha!!!!!!Hinde pati nakakasawang panuorin at talagang nakakatawa ang mga banat ng jokes dun!

Tapos yung Fushigi Yuugi din...grabe, dati tuwing gabi pa yun pinapalabas sa GMA tapos napuntang afternoon slot. Nung nag-field trip kami nung elementary, talagang pinilit namen yung driver ng bus namen na buksan yung TV kase ending na ng FY.

At xempre, c Mojacko! Moja-moja!! Sana mapanuod ko uleeet!!!!!!!!!!!

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taratitat12
July 25, 2008
14:10 PM

the best ang fushigi yugi at ghost fighter.crush ko pa nga dati si eugene and dennis. mega collect pa ko ng mga posters nila ha. hehe.

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17jen
July 25, 2008
13:13 PM

sus pati ba nman sa anime, talagang isisingit kung cno ang nauna? mga kapams nman kse lagi nag papasimula ng banat n hindi maganda, dapat maging masaya n lng kyo kse both network e binigyan tyong mga pinoy ng chance makapanood ng mga ganyang kagagandang anime. heheh wag n mag away away.

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RussWayneRobb
July 25, 2008
11:44 AM

magaling pumili ang GMA ng anime na
pinalalabas nila sa TV...
magaling ding silang pumili ng korean
series kaya maganda ratings nito....

PinakaFave ko sa lahat:

Princess Sarah
Mojacko

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ararkizuna
July 25, 2008
11:37 AM

I2 ang pinaka DBest
sakin
1.Akazukin ChaCha
2.Wedding Peach
3.Ragnarok The Animation
4.Crayon Shinchan
5.Naruto
6.Yakitate Japan
7.Yu-Gi-OH!
8.Mirmo
9.Doraemon
10.Dragon Ball kaso mejo nasawa aq kac ilan ulit narin inair yan ng GMA no
11.Cinderella Monogatari

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ararkizuna
July 25, 2008
11:31 AM

ABSCBN ang nagsimula ng anime dubbed
d2 sa pinas
I think ung kaunahan
ay ung
ASTROBOY

mga taga pep ifull research nyu naman

kayo ha ang tamad nyung mghanap
hehehehe
PEACE V^^

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bugoy07
July 25, 2008
11:28 AM

ala din ba ung "FLAME OF RECCA"i thinks it was shown on GMA?

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NicaNY
July 25, 2008
11:13 AM

Ghostfighter is the best anime Ive seen! Grabe! Im really head-over-heels over Ghostfighter! I still cant get over it! To think it was 9 yrs ago when I 1st watched it. May sentimental value na nga saken eto. Other animes pale in comparison na nga for me. Parang nothing can be better than it.

Next fave ko ung Slam Dunk and Fushigi Yugi. And Naruto pa pala. Haha!

Ive also enjoyed Princess Sarah and Cedie ang Munting Prinsipe.

Mojacko's cute too! Fave line namin ng cousins ko ung, "hopiang monggo". :D

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joelangit
July 25, 2008
11:11 AM

salamat sa correction, elbispresko...
tama ka dun, sa GMA talaga unang pinalabas ang Voltes V...
itong si blackdiamond, masiraan lang ang GMA, magko-comment kahit walang basehan... one bitter kapamilya...

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underscore
July 25, 2008
10:34 AM

daming kulang... parang di nag-effort mag-research at nag-summarize lang ng kwento...

dog of flanders...
gundam wing...
peter pan...
tom sawyer...
naruto...

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shanangshane3
July 25, 2008
09:24 AM

kahit ano pa ang sabihin nyo...TALAGA namang sa GMA SUMIKAT lahat ng yan....

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karelloo
July 25, 2008
09:10 AM

Hahahaha, paborito ko talaga Princess Sarah, pinapalo ako ni Mama kasi ayaw kong mag school kasi manonood ako ng Princess Sarah, hahahahaha...........

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nikkilove
July 25, 2008
06:11 AM

mojackos the funniest. grabe h.s. ako nyan. napapauwi ako ng maaga dahil dyan. pero favorite ko syempre princess
sarah.

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elbispresko
July 25, 2008
03:56 AM

blackdiamond: correction lang...sa GMA talaga unang ini-ere ang "voltes v" in 1978 (kasabayan ng "daimos", "mazinger z" at "grendaizer UFO" on the same network). pero hindi ito natapos dahil pina-ban ni marcos lahat 'yan.

ABS-CBN, and later, IBC, replayed "voltes v" after EDSA 1.

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kapusoanumang
kulayngbuhay

July 25, 2008
01:54 AM

"Huwag mong ipakitang malungkot ka sa ibang tao kung wala kang balak mag share ng problema. Para kang nag alok ng candy pero hindi mo naman ibibigay." - Doraemon

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WhiteShadow
July 25, 2008
00:25 AM

miss ko na yung mojacko.. T_T

nagsimula ako maging kapuso dahil sa mga anime na pinapalabas nila tapos hayun tuloy-tuloy na ko naging kapuso kaya sana magpalabas sila ng bago at magagandang anime dahil parang wala na atang anime ngaun sa gma? pfft.. goodluck..

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charlene
July 24, 2008
23:26 PM

kudos to all the filipino animators behind international shows, though not being fully recognize, just like few people i know, but you're doing a good job!

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walang_kinaka
mpihan

July 24, 2008
23:01 PM

napanood ko rin ang mga anime na yan..ung princess sarah sa ABSCBN2 .napakaganda.natapos ko tlga un..pati na rin ung ghost fighter.1st napanoood ko ang ghost fyter sa IBC 13 pero natapos ko ung story sa GMA7.
ung slam dunk,napanood ko 1st sa AXN,japanese pa ung language.hhehe...pero hnd ata tinapos ng mga animator ung story ng slum dunk kaya binasa ko na lang sa Manga.
ung doraemon,nanonood din ako pero minsan2 lang..
ung Pokemon,nanonood pa rin ako hanggang ngayon khit 18 na ako.i dont like watching it in GMA kc tagalog.maganda pag English like in cartoon network...

bkit konte lang anime pinakita?...saan na 1 piece?naruto?bleach?...

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17jen
July 24, 2008
22:13 PM

nako lahat yan pinanood ko at pinapanood p uli khit paulit ulit heheh. ganda tlga ng mga anime n yan, yung cedie at sarah, sinubaybayan ko tlga yan noon sa dos, wla p yta noong network war, at bta p ko nun kya kung san my cartoon dun ako nanonood heheh pero now loyal kapuso na ko, at im glad halos lahat yan sa GMA pinapalabas o sa GMA sumikat. Nung time n pinalabas yung voltes V at ghost fighter sa IBC13, di ko alam kung tinapos nila yun o hindi. sana sinama yung sailor moon heheh

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anewor
July 24, 2008
21:53 PM

love ko doraemon saka slam dunk! hay naku! pati ba naman sa anime pairalin ang network war? hehe peace!

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bryzanX
July 24, 2008
21:29 PM

ganda ng animes ng GMA.

blackdiamond: originality??? huh??

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blackdiamond0
18

July 24, 2008
20:26 PM

Voltes V at Ghost Fighter
- mga anime na kinuha ng GMA7 from IBC13

Dragon Ball Z
- kinuha din ng GMA7 from Channel 9

Slam Dunk
- kinuha ng GMA7 from Channel 5

in short, GMA7 wlang originality

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