|News||Anime that Doesn't Suck: Big O||April 20, 2010|
|News||Adult Swim Postpones New Bleach Until August||March 10, 2010|
|News||Quickie: Adult Swim to Start Earlier in 2011||Feb. 16, 2010|
|News||Happy V-Day: Adult Swim to Give Anime Present||Jan. 19, 2010|
|News||Adult Swim: No More Death Note, Blood+, 3 New Shows||Jan. 11, 2010|
The Cartoon Network programing known as Adult Swim has always been known for it's rather outlandish April Fools jokes. One year, I remember they played the first episode of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and added a bunch of fart sound effects throughout the entire episode. They are always short gags that end quickly and are just as soon forgotten. Well, this April 1st it seems this time they struck a nerve with their own audience.
As part of the gag, Adult Swim returned the Toonami anime programming block for one evening. It even had a review for MASS EFFECT 3 in the mix. Ever since, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network have been inundated with messages from the fans to bring back Toonami. The hash tag #BringBackToonami has been trending on Twitter since and even made it into some of the rhythms laid down by the Otaku King Richie Branson in his "Bring Back Toonami Song".
Let it be known that on this day in history that the anime fans have been heard. Adult Swim posted this on Twitter earlier today,
@adultswim: Attention Toonami Faithful: We heard you. On 05.26.12 #ToonamisBackBitches http://ow.ly/i/D8Rj
You asked for it, and they are delivering. It's over a week away, and we have no idea what the programming will be or the time. That's some pretty short notice for a change in the programming lineup. They are making an effort. You have to give them that. I just hope that all the people who have brought about this change are actually going to be there and staying tuned.
They are facing a lot of stiff challengers in the anime market. Back when Toonami first began, there weren't sites such as Crunchyroll, FUNimation Video, VIZ Anime, and HULU that hosts free and legal streaming anime fresh out of Japan. These distributors also hosts many series with very little edits. Toonami was pretty famous for only airing heavily edited version of popular animes such as OUTLAW STAR and the infamous 4KIDS' version of ONE PIECE. One thing that Toonami really excelled at was just in the number of people they were able to reach and interest in seeing more anime.
If they have some new and exciting programs lined up. I think they'll have my interest. If this will be late night, I'm putting some money down on PANTY & STOCKING being in the mix. Are there any programs you're hoping that they add to their lineup?
" @adultswim: #BringBackToonami We've heard you. Thank you for your passion and interest - stay tuned. "
In its day, Toonami introduced a variety of anime series to many in the west on national TV. It began airing in 1997, and I remember getting out of football practice to get home and watch DRAGON BALL Z, among other shows. The problem is that in the future that has since brought us a wide variety of legal online streaming websites, is Toonami even needed anymore?
Think how frequently Toonami would only air the censored version of shows. This is where the infamous 4Kids edit of ONE PIECE really spread, and whole portions of OUTLAW STAR were never even aired. In this age, we now have sites such as Crunchyroll, HULU, The Anime Network, VIZ Anime, FUNimation.com, and the companies that put whole episodes and seasons up on YouTube. I can pull these up on my computer or portable device and pause at any time.
These legal anime sites offer a much larger variety of anime that we can watch any time of the day. Often times when episodes are fresh after their airing in Japan. Toonami wont be showing these programs until years after they were originally aired. Cartoon Network has also had a shaky relationship with various anime series. Frequently, they would cancel and revive series repeatedly, or they would just repeat older shows they already aired once before. When Toonami aired these series, they were often sans any opening themes. I can name many things they take away, but what do they bring? The only thing I can come to. They possibly introduce a new set of people to series that they then dig deeper to watch other shows.
Is anyone excited for the return of Toonami, or do you plan on watching anime other places?
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion
First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.
Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53
Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.
Beginner's Guide to FLCL
Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.
Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!
Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs
Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!
HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER #2 -- Special Review
Wow... even the Narrator is taking pot-shots at him.
BLEACH Ch. 610 Review
Ichibe's fate is just about as brutal and obvious as Samuel Jackson's in DEEP BLUE SEA.
Anime Caption Contest -- 12/26/14
Last Caption Contest of the Year, New Year's Day Theme!