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Adult Swim: No More Death Note, Blood+, 3 New Shows

What? An update on anime on Adult Swim? No way!


Courtesy of reader HSaabedra at his site, AnimeNews.biz, Adult Swim has aired a bump with an "Anime Status Update," which one user transcribed at their forums:

 "We lost the rights to
Death Note and Blood+
 
hang on
 
Don't rally and sign internet petitions
 
We're just clearing house for
goodies from our last Tokyo visit
 
We can't tell you
anything yet.
 
but we think we
bought three series
 
[maybe]"

 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Adult Swim fans are already speculating the likelihood that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and InuYasha: The Final Act are two of those three (I'm with them; the name recognition makes them very, very likely). But no one is quite sure what the third might be; a few fans are considering Soul Eater, which would certainly fit [as]'s tone overall. Some readers are also crossing their fingers for Eden of the East, but as fantastic as I think the show is, I think it's probably more of a risk than [as] is probably willing to take on anime these days.
 
What do YOU think Adult Swim will show? What do you WANT them to show? I'd really love for them to show something really different from the stuff they usually do-- I'd love for there to be an FLCL or something --but alas, I think it unlikely. I can dream though.
 
Hey, maybe they'll show both seasons of Haruhi, complete with Endless Eight. Would be fun to watch fans whine about THAT again!
Chibi_Kajion Jan. 11, 2010 at 8:17 a.m.
I didn't even know those shows were still on AS.... then again I haven't watch AS in a while.
YotaruVegetaon Jan. 11, 2010 at 8:23 a.m.
I don't care, because I don't have cable (and also because these things are legally available on the net) but if they choose these series, I'm happy for the viewers. Anime is not dead on CN!
Dream moderator on Jan. 11, 2010 at 9:13 a.m.

Considering how AS has been neglecting its anime lineup as of late, I'd be careful at jumping the gun and thinking they are back to seriously airing anime titles.
Blindshogunon Jan. 11, 2010 at 9:49 a.m.
@Dream: What sucks is that anime doesn't do well ratings-wise some networks that do show anime sometimes limit or get rid of aime all together (G4 use to have an  anime block before they stopped airing anime citing  the same reasons. That's why I'm kinda thankful Starz and SyFy  do air anime.). AS have stated themselves that anime is just not a buyable medium to show on television (Niche networks that where anime exclusive have gone demand, citing lack of an audience.) . It really does blow cause a lot of animes tell some really great stories that I feel more people should be aware of but people just don't care; anime [watchers] may just have to remain a sub-genre of nerd hopefully for just a little while longer.       
 
Sorry for the rant defending the lack of anime on television (defending AS) but I don't blame the network(s) I blame the dumb-dumd-dumb people who refuse to watch anime. I think there should be a conversation as to why anime doesn't do well in American markets and how that could be remedied.
 
Penis!
JJOR64on Jan. 11, 2010 at 10:59 a.m.
Adult Swim still shows anime?    Joking.    It would be nice if they showed anime every night like they used to.
John_Martoneon Jan. 11, 2010 at 11:08 a.m.
@Chibi_Kaji said: @JJOR64:

" I didn't even know those shows were still on AS.... then again I haven't watch AS in a while. "

Yeah, they were put into like... 2-3am on Saturday evenings/Sunday mornings.
 
I actually tend to Tivo the occasional series from their line up (Death Note and Big O most recently) for things to watch when I eat lunch.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Jan. 11, 2010 at 12:07 p.m.
I have not even watched [adult swim] since they moved Code Geass to a single 5AM showing when the episodes were on their first showing. They openly mock anime series, and they have some of the most idiotic shows on their network that look like someone spent ten minutes on a laptop making them, such as 9oz Mouse and Squidbillies.
Kuma_From_Argentina is online on Jan. 11, 2010 at 12:13 p.m.
United stated dubbed Anime is in my opinion the worst possible way to watch anime, any person that speaks spanish could tell you that easily Goku in DBZ in the Mexican dub kick the ass of Goku in USA dub, in overall the mexican dubbing kick USA dubbing ass...
Slimon Jan. 11, 2010 at 12:19 p.m.
I want to fall into the cynical group with this and blabber on about how I don't care about Cable TV anymore and how I never liked Death Note the anime. The truth is that I'm not the only f^cker on this planet (last I checked) and the more kids that can get hooked to crappy anime shows on cable means more adult anime otaku to hang out with. Kind of like the Cigarette industry without all the cancer.
CrazyCanuckon Jan. 11, 2010 at 2:29 p.m.
I'm Canadian so I haven't seen audit swim.  but anyone else confused about the line "  but we think we bought three series."  wouldn't it be obvious?  I had 1000 and now it's gone... was I robed.  Anyway I hope you get some good anime. 
InfiniteGeasson Jan. 11, 2010 at 2:46 p.m.
Good to know. They really could use some new anime. Also, didn't they show FLCL once? It was a while ago, but they showed it I think.
Dream moderator on Jan. 11, 2010 at 3:58 p.m.
@Blindshogun: During the early to mid 2000s, anime boomed in popularity and Cowboy Bebop was a gamble for the Adult Swim block when it first aired. When ratings for it went the block's way, they started adding more titles to their lineup. Granted, they were mostly action or raunchy comedy titles. But still, they aired anime and for a time, Cartoon Network and the Adult Swim block actually cared for pleasing the fans with anime. They even managed to snag Eva onto AS despite its presence on the Anime Network during the mid 2000s. 
 
But I suppose not all things last. I've heard enough speculations over why there was a decline in CN and AS's focus on anime. Some blame the increased use of fansubs by fans online for making the channel consider less focus on anime thinking there would be little reason to now airing them regularly. Others think that the change of presidents from CN in 2007 to be a factor as former CN president Jim Samples resigned after the Boston Mooninite Scare and Stuart Snyder became president starting off a radical re-vamping of the network which included reduced timeslots for anime on CN and Adult Swim. Who knows. All I meant with my quote is that considering Adult Swim has done enough to push the buttons of any anime fans that still watch their block on the weekends, you should be cautious over the bones that they're gonna toss out.
darkcyderon Jan. 11, 2010 at 3:59 p.m.
@Gia: I honestly don't think it could possibly be FMA:B or Inuyasha:FA simply because they are still releasing in Japan and I'm almost sure that they have yet to actually start the dubbing process. ([as] won't show subbed shows)
Destinyheroknighton Jan. 11, 2010 at 4:02 p.m.

I'll hope it's Soul Eater.
DocHaus is online on Jan. 11, 2010 at 5:22 p.m.
Maybe they'll show Queen's Blade?
 
Think about it: late night, appeals to their target audience, recently licensed in America and soon to be dubbed in English. Maybe they'll keep the censored steam/fog/shadow over the naughty bits, but wouldn't that be hilarious?
 
Or maybe they'll just tape a five year old scribbling with crayons on construction paper, get Dana Snyder to do a funny voice, and call it a show.
Kou_Leifohon Jan. 11, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.
Adult Swim has aired great Anime series over the years. But its presentation will never recapture the essence of Toonami. 
 
I would think that one of the factors that Cartoon Network put more focus on Adult Swim was because the animators at William Street can create their own animated series (Though I will say that most of them are awful). 
 
I also starting to think they dislike the anime fans with constantly changing the anime schedule for Saturdays every couple of weeks and lack of promotion for the shows that they are airing. 
 
I am kind of glade that they no longer have the broadcasting rights to Death Note and Blood+, I already seen the entire series on Adult Swim and I'm ready to move on. Adult Swim debuting three new anime shows (thank god it's not more Adult Swim originals) is really surprising. 
 
As for what would be the third show, I would like to see the return of the Tenchi Muyo OVA series. There is brand new episodes made for that series after it last aired on Toonami in 2001.
mediarighton Jan. 11, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
Geez. Enough with all the complaining. Keeping in mind that dubbing is far better these days than it was back in olden times (with the exception of Naruto and Bleach), and especially since two of the shows discussed above are Funimation dubs...and Funi knows what its doing now adays dub-wise (see FMA 1)...I think this is great. 
 
All in all, anime on TV brings in a whole new and different audience. One that isn't usually exposed to the medium. If this gets even one viewer to go out and buy more anime, this is a great move by [adult swim]. This doesn't cheapen anime for you guys. More eyeballs = a healthier industry...so please stop whining people. 
 
Brotherhood sounds good...even though I'm not the biggest fan, I know others who are. Soul Eater sounds like the perfect fit, especially now that CN is going towards more comedy animation anyway for that block. BTW, Brotherhood is well on its way in dubbing...it'll actually hit on DVD this summer, so it's fairly far along already.
HSaabedraon Jan. 12, 2010 at 8:15 a.m.
If Williams Street is going directly to Japan to acquire broadcast licenses as alluded by the bump instead of cutting their usual pay for play deals with R1, wouldn't it stand to reason that the three shows may not even be directly licensed here and possibly be exclusive to the block?
Kou_Leifohon Jan. 15, 2010 at 6:53 p.m.
@DocHaus said:

  Or maybe they'll just tape a five year old scribbling with crayons on construction paper, get Dana Snyder to do a funny voice, and call it a show. "

 

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