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?
Sorry for the late post on this edition. Sunday was crazy with the yard work I needed to get done, and I went out to see THE AVENGERS. For this week's picture, I had one of my clones stand in with the latest edition of NEGIMA! that I recently ordered.
I tried out three new series for this week. They consisted of IS THIS A ZOMBIE?, LUPIN III: THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE, and EUREKA SEVEN ASTRAL OCEAN. Watching DEADMAN WONDERLAND makes me want to read the manga more since I was told that this series ends with one of those non-canon anime finales. I've really been digging this Fujiko Mine anime. They are really trying to draw the vibe of the original manga. Much more mature with a Noire sensibility. I like it when a series can make a weird twist on zombies, and IS THIS A ZOMBIE? does that quite well.
Week 1 Results Weight/BMI:147.7 lbs. / 23.47
|Day||Anime||Watched at||Time||Total Time|
|Apr. 29||Lupin III: Fujiko Mine Ep. 1|
Lupin III: Fujiko Mine Ep. 2
Lupin III: Fujiko Mine Ep. 3
Lupin III: Fujiko Mine Ep. 4
|Apr. 30||Deadman Wonderland Ep. 5|
Deadman Wonderland Ep. 6
|May 1||Persona 4 Ep. 25|
Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals Ep. 4
Is This a Zombie? Ep. 1
Is This a Zombie? Ep. 2
|The Anime Network HERE|
|May 2||Is This a Zombie? Ep. 3|
Is This a Zombie? Ep. 4
|May 3||Is This a Zombie? Ep. 5|
Is This a Zombie? Ep. 6
Deadman Wonderland Ep. 7
|May 4||Magician's Academy Ep. 4|
Is This a Zombie? Ep. 7
|May 5||Lupin III: Fujiko Mine Ep. 5|
Magician's Academy Ep. 7
Eureka Seven AO Ep. 1
Eureka Seven AO Ep. 2
Week 2 Results Weight/BMI:149 lbs. / 23.95
I was confused by the weight gain. Perhaps I was drinking too much water. I know last fall I was working on building some more mass. I wonder if I'm just at the stage where I can't have really dramatic weight loss. I'm already far from overweight. Maybe this week I'll try increasing my pace and wear a sweatshirt to encourage more sweating. Stay tuned for next week's results, and be sure to link out this blog or post on Twitter to get more involved.
Though the anime PANTY & STOCKING WITH GARTERBELT is having a rather tenuous release with FUNimation Entertainment being blocked from releasing the series on Blu-ray by Kadokawa Pictures. We can be excited that we get our first look at the DVD box art for this July release.
The complete series DVD is set fore release on July 10, 2012 and being sold on both Amazon.com and Rightstuf.com. Rightstuf is the only online retailer that's offering a special limited edition to come with an unspecified gift while supplies last.
Special Features include:
If you've been itching to get your hands on the TRIAGE X manga from Shoji Sato (artist of HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD) after it was announced that Yen Press would be publishing the series. We now know when we can finally make our first appointment -- no insurance required. Yen Press revealed, via their website, the release dates for the first three volumes and the their official series synopsis.
Mochizuki General Hospital boasts some of the most well-trained (and well-endowed) nurses in town. But though these ladies spend much of their day battling disease, their after-hours are spent fighting a very different sort of disease…Under the leadership of the hospital chairman, a handful of staff members and local teenagers form a group of mercenary assassins, targeting the “cancers” of society and excising those individuals before their wickedness spreads.
While Volume 1 will be out this October 30, 2012, the following two wont be out till 2013. The Japanese publication has currently reached four volumes and is still ongoing.
- TRIAGE X Volume 1 | Coming October 2012
- TRIAGE X Volume 2 | Coming February 2013
- TRIAGE X Volume 3 | Coming June 2013
Volume 1 is currently available on Amazon.com for pre-orders. I checked Rightstuf.com, but I couldn't find anything. It shouldn't be too much longer until it's there as well.
Source: YEN PRESS HERE
Today is the Japanese release date for two of the big Shonen Three volumes from Shueisha. Though, by this time it was yesterday for them. Ah, the thirteen hour time difference.
Included in the release is ONE PIECE Vol. 66, which contains Chapter 647-656. This concludes the Fish-Man Island Arc, the first arc of the post-time skip era; and begins the latest Punk Hazard Island Arc. It's been great having Smoker and Tashigi back in the story. NARUTO Vol. 60 was also released, which contains Chapter 566-575. This continues to Shinobi World Arc arc, but Naruto has made a groundbreaking change in his relationship with the Nine-Tailed Fox and learns his true name. BLEACH Vol. 55 won't be released in Japan until June 4, 2012.
With VIZ Media's initiative of increasing the publication of these two series, buying these translated in the U.S. shouldn't be that far off. With all the issues I have with some of their publishing and editting practices, I have to applaud them for this.