As I often do when Superchannel gets to the end of one anime show's run(this time Monster: the series finale airs on August 8th 2011), I decided yesterday to email Superchannel/Allarco Media's VR about the future of anime on their station since before August 2nd 2011, their schedule listed neither Monster or Requiem For The Darkness on their website.
Today I get a response. Naturally I was surprised at what they had to say:
Thank you for your email. We'll be airing Full Metal Alchemist:Brotherhood starting August 15. Starting December we'll be airing a new anime title which has yet to be announced.
Since my email was sent, the Superchannel schedule has been updated - effective two weeks from now(August 2nd 2011), Superchannel will run FMA Brotherhood at 10:00PM on Mondays(in Monster's old timeslot), and Monster will get a second run at 10:30PM in Requiem For The Darkness's old timeslot(although the second run is starting at around EP55-56...). Same goes for all of the encore airings.
This is the first [adult swim] anime series to run on the Superchannel service, and it's also the first anime series Superchannel has run which is from Funimation. Previously, they've only run stuff from Manga, Bandai, ViZ, ADV or Geneon. Unfortunatley, like with Gurren Lagann back in 2008, it's only running on a a service which only a fraction of Canadian viewers are likely to get. I happen to be part of that fraction of viewers, incidentally(why else would I email Superchannel about their anime content?).
While they picked a very good show to pick up, they didn't exactly pick a good time to start running it(this is another detractor to the show finally airing up here - the first being the limited access to the service). Most people here have either:
-Watched FMA:B on Funimation's streaming sites, either subbed or dubbed. The dub goes upto EP52 on Funi's official website(or it should this month sometime) - FYI the shows on funimation.com are accessible to Canadians again, at least since this Spring.
-Have bought the DVD/Bluray releases(or the digital releases on the PSN, Xbox and iTunes video services).
I fall into category B - I got the fifth and final set last week from Amazon(they weren't made aware that the DVD release for Part Five was pushed back to this week). Haven't actually watched it yet, I decided to hold back on watching it solely because I didn't want to wait four-five months inbetween each DVD/Bluray release. Did the same thing with Gundam-00, although in that case I ultimatley decided to wait until the movie was released in North America officially.
Source: Email from Superchannel/Allarco Media VR and Superchannel online listings