Awestruck Kevin thought it would be a good idea to do a recap of 2013 so he, Ani-Nation, Duelist and myself recorded a round-table discussion in our usual Absolution Sessions format. We recap 2013 by talking about the good, the bad and the so-so. We also discuss what’s coming soon and give our hopes and predictions for the block in 2014. Hit the jump for the video. Hope you enjoy it!
Surprise! For some time now, Matt C. has been building an awesome archive of Toonami programming schedules. It represents a huge chunk of the block’s history, spanning from 2004 to the present. Better yet, he has plans to extend the archive all the way back to Toonami’s birth in the late ’90s. Check it out here first, then go tell him thanks on Twitter @ItachiIshtar. If you have any information or data that can help fill in the pre-2004 gap, feel free to pitch in! You can ping us here at Toonami Fan via our contact page or hit us up on one of our social media platforms. (Better yet, tell Matt yourself!)
One of the most frequently requested shows for Toonami is the infamously violent and sexual Highschool of the Dead. A show about high school teens killing zombies and risking losing their own humanity in the process, HOTD revels in trashiness by putting its female characters in compromising positions (even though some of them, particularly Saeko, are capable of kicking serious ass) and forcing underwear and panty shots on the viewers – along with zombies getting their heads and bodies mutilated.
In April of 2008, I wrote a piece celebrating the return of Samurai Jack to Toonami on what would be the the final year of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. Samurai Jack was the last show to air on Toonami, and the programmers’ choice to play the show’s bumpers without voice-over from the hosts turned out to be a solemn precursor to the saddest moment in Toonami history: when TOM and the gang bid us farewell the for the first time.