Sci Fi renews ‘Ani-Mondays’ block

Three U.S. premieres added to slate

Sci Fi is renewing its “Ani-Mondays” block with three U.S. premieres added to the slate: toon series “Gundam 00,” “Gurren Lagann” and “Strait Jacket.”

The 25-episode “Gundam 00” is the latest in the “Mobile Suit Gundam” franchise; Bandai distribs the series in the U.S., and the Sci Fi cablecasts will rep the English-language preem. The show is popular with young male demos and tends to attract vidgame advertisers. It is also the first “Gundam” series to be produced in high-def.

“Gurren Lagann” is a similar, robot-heavy property, running 27 episodes, while “Strait Jacket” is a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid consisting of three 30-minute episodes that the net will run together as a 90-minute movie.

The shows come from Starz Media’s anime distrib arm, Manga Entertainment, which has just inked deals with Bandai and financially embattled Central Park Media, which provides reruns of “Black Jack” and “MD Geist.”

“Ani-Monday” will kick off in July with “Gurren Lagann,” among others, and is skedded through December. “Gundam 00,” which also will run through December, and “Strait Jacket” will preem in October. The block runs from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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