Well, Toonami had a fairly decent year. Even with 3 1/2 hours, we still had a lot of good stuff (and Dimension W) come to the block. And a bunch of good stuff (and Akame ga Kill!) leave the block. But we’ve had a ton of good news, and I’m gonna go over everything that happened this year, and my thoughts about what each show has brought to the block.
So the Attack on Titan movies has had their theatrical run here in America, and I saw both of them. What did I think of them?
“That day, Attack on Titan remembered: the terror of being dominated by intellectual cash-ins, and the shame of being held captive in its own massive popularity.” Anyhoo, since cheap knockoffs are clearly not working, let’s try something completely different.
Attack on Titan: Junior High, a Production I.G adaptaion of Saki Nakagawa’s manga spinoff of Hajime Isayama’s manga Attack on Titan, has everything you enjoyed about Attack on Titan, but it’s Super-Deformed! And in junior high school.
Yeah, Attack on Titan: Junior High is certainly a thing. It’s silly and over-the-top with recycling its parent series soundtrack. I mean, it’s certainly playing the Attack on Titan tropes tongue-in-cheek, and for me, tongue-in-cheek is fine enough for me, and each episode being less than 20 minutes means it won’t get trite for too long.
So this has been bothering me for quite some time, and I’m gotten rather fed up with this new trend of action. And with Akame ga Kill! set for a Toonami airing in August after Kill la Kill wraps up, now’s as good as time as any to talk about it.
In an unexpected surprise to everyone, the Toonami Tumblr announced that due to lackluster ratings recently, they’re losing the 5:00 AM hour to [adult swim]’s King of the Hill. So after this weekend as of this writing, Toonami will be 5.5 hours long. This weekend will be IGPX and Samurai Jack‘s last week on the block for now. Some fans… are in a panic over this news.
This is not as worse as it looks. Nothing’s changed overall. Sure, losing the an hour means Toonami has less space to work with, but just look at the major positive: We’re cutting down on reruns. One issue I’ve had since November is a rerun as the block opener. The ratings mostly prove that reruns as openers don’t work, even if Attack on Titan is popular enough to bring in viewers. Which is probably why Dragon Ball Z Kai, a premiere, is the new opener. Also, once Kill la Kill arrives on February 7 (time TBD), that just means more premieres. Believe me, if Toonami really was in danger, then they wouldn’t even have Kill la Kill.
And as much as I am crossing my fingers that a Sentai Filmworks show will find its way on Toonami eventually (Come on, bring The Big O Season 1!), it most likely still would’ve lost an hour either way and it doesn’t even affect the chances of one showing up anyway. And it sure as Hell won’t impact the ratings.
Rest assured, this isn’t another Toonami doomsday. As long as you do your part in watching Toonami every weekend and let the staff do what they do (whether or not you agree with their decisions), it’s in good hands.
Some Good News and some Bad News. Let’s get the bad news out the way, shall we?
Something went wrong when Toonami picked up airing rights for Hellsing Ultimate. Apparently they only got the rights to air the first 8 episodes. Presumably, broadcasting right for episodes 9 and 10 are separate from the first 8 episodes. Which means that anyone watching Hellsing Ultimate on Toonami but hasn’t bought the DVD/Blu-ray set for Episodes 9 & 10 are gonna be shit outta luck unless they pick up those last two episodes.
So next weekend will be Hellsing Ultimate‘s last night on Toonami, as well as Dragon Ball Z Kai‘s initial night on Toonami. Weekend after next is the premiere InuYasha: The Final Act (a show that’s been long overdue for [adult swim] to air), and Bleach starting reruns from Episode 282.
Now let’s do some Parting Thoughts:
Attack on Titan Season 1: Watching the English dub has actually given me a new opinion on Attack on Titan. And yes, I’m willing to say that I find the English dub better than the Japanese. I realize that when you’re living in a world where naked, man-eating, humanoid behemoths are driving humanity to the brink of extinction, you don’t exactly have things handed to you that easy, and that’s a good thing. Because that’s what makes the characters… well, characters and not Marty Stus. Yeah, the pacing can get really tedious at times and everyone that doesn’t have main character status have pretty much almost no real character other than being Titan fodder. But that’s what creates drama. Genuine, convincing drama. Most anime nowadays can learn a few things on how Attack on Titan does things. So yeah, I enjoyed it far more than I did last year, and although it wasn’t as great as it was hyped to be (and since when has anything recently lived up to hype?), but still remains good nonetheless. [8/10]
Bleach: After 8 years on [adult swim]/Toonami and 366 episodes, making it the longest-running series on the network (at least until One Piece takes that honor), Bleach has come and gone. And as far as I’m concerned, it should’ve ended after Aizen was defeated. Now it’s really just nothing more than a zombie: Something that lasted far longer than it should have.
You know what really grinds my gears? When people see an anime that’s coming out and it looks great and all, leading fans to proclaim “ANIME OF THE YEAR!1!!” or “GREATEST ANIME EVER!1!!!1” going by only the Preview Video alone. That is an example of getting hype, and that leads to disaster. Continue reading