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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Special Edition)
Posted 17 August 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[Special contributor Graham (a.k.a. Daikun) from Toonami Infolink continues his article series. Check out part onetwothree, and four!]

After more than two years since returning to Adult Swim, Toonami has finally been given the chance to broadcast premieres of a western animated series. Instead of waiting over a full year for Star Wars: The Clone Wars to catch up to its unaired sixth season (assuming they would get the rights down the road), Toonami was placed on the fast track by airing Beware the Batman in full. This marks a big stepping stone for the block since it reunites them with DC Entertainment – Toonami and DC have always mixed well together like peanut butter and jelly.

I’m celebrating this occasion with a special episode of Second Wind. Instead of one particular series, I’m going to recommend a bunch of DC animation in general.

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Toonami Absolution Sessions: “Final Session”
Posted 25 June 2014 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

This is the end, beautiful friends. Because I am now hosting and editing the Toonami Faithful Podcast, the Absolution Sessions are coming to end. I wanted to give it some kind of send-off and had previously promised Jose that he could be on one of these round-table discussions, so here’s one last episode in which we talk about Space Dandy, future prospects for Toonami and a bit about Toonami since it’s return and it’s current position on US television. We constantly go off topic and there’s about a half hour of off-topic discussion that may interest you after the end of the episode. Stay gold.
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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Part 4) (Really)
Posted 5 June 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[Special contributor Graham (a.k.a. Daikun) from Toonami Infolink continues his article series. Check out part onetwo, and three!]

Well, Toonami has gone and done it.  Recently at MomoCon, Toonami has announced that they’ve acquired DBZ Kai – the very show I railed against back in my first editorial.  I’m not mad, though, just a bit disappointed.  Bleach has roughly 20 episodes left, and since Kai is coming (in their words) in the fall, it seems like the most obvious replacement.  Good for DBZ fans, but Toonami really could have used that slot for something that hasn’t been played hundreds of times already.  How about a new show, or perhaps another classic series that hasn’t been played nearly as much…  Something that we haven’t seen in seemingly forever…?

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Attack on Titan: Colossal Expectations
Posted 25 April 2014 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

I have to applaud Toonami for how they broke the news that they would be airing the (currently red-hot) Attack on Titan. Until the first teaser aired, they patched all the leaks, kept FUNimation from announcing it at a convention, and never spoke a word about the series joining the block. So despite many Toonami viewers expecting the show to air this year, seeing the teaser for the first time still gave me chills. The 30 second spot offered just enough narration and visuals to give viewers a taste of things to come without spoiling the initial episodes. The two things on my mind were “they actually did it” and “this is going to be amazing”.

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The Dark Knight Returns
Posted 25 April 2014 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

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Beware the Batman will return to television this May at the very “Batman-y hour” of 3AM. Toonami has once again given a second chance to an action cartoon that Cartoon Network kicked to the curb. Beware the Batman has received criticism for the CGI style, the decision to not use iconic Batman villains and the decision to make Katana Batman’s first partner instead of Robin. All these choices were made to set Beware apart from previous animated Batman incarnations. We already have many memorable animated stories featuring The Joker, Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, Cat Woman, etc. It was well past time some of the more obscure members of Batman’s expansive rouges’ gallery got a chance to be animated. The series is surprisingly dark for this era of Cartoon Network. It did not fit the image they were going for with the rest of the network. CN barely promoted the series and I honestly doubt many kids were aware the show was on. I was not too keen on the visual style myself, as I feel it is a downgrade from the better character models and vibrant scenery of Green Lantern but I am willing to see past that to enjoy the stories. I am glad Toonami is giving it second chance but the victory is bittersweet for anyone hoping this show would exceed the usual order of 26 episodes.

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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Part 4)
Posted 1 April 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[Special contributor Graham (a.k.a. Daikun) from Toonami Infolink continues his article series. Check out part onetwo, and three!]

Sword Art Online ended over a month ago, and I’m feeling the itch for another series on Toonami where players are trapped in an MMORPG and have to make it through the game in order to survive. Log Horizon certainly shows promise – it even looks to be a better series than SAO, since its main character isn’t a Gary Stu. However, the series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks, so chances of it coming to Toonami are slim. That leaves us with another franchise that only (tragically) aired for a few episodes on Toonami. FUNimation rescued the license from Bandai last year, so I think the .hack franchise should deserve another chance.

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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Part 3)
Posted 9 March 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[Special contributor Graham (a.k.a. Daikun) from Toonami Infolink continues his article series. Check out part one and two!]

I thought I’d wait for a few episodes of Blue Exorcist to air on Toonami before I started my next entry in this series. But then something unexpected happened, which prompted me to switch gears: Toonami has lost the rights to InuYasha and is replacing it with Sym-Bionic Titan. That got me thinking – what happened to the mech shows on Toonami? They were pretty prominent when the block returned in 2012, then they just quietly vanished over time. I’m sure mech shows will inevitably make their comeback as licenses change hands, but there’s one series in particular that Toonami and Adult Swim fans alike have been wanting to make its triumphant return for years:

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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Part 2)
Posted 4 February 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[Special contributor Graham (a.k.a. Daikun) from Toonami Infolink continues his article series. Check out the first part here!]

So, a few episodes of Space Dandy have made their world premieres on Toonami. Despite consistently strong ratings each week, viewer reactions seem divided. For some people, the show leaves the sour taste of Tenchi Muyo! GXP in their mouths for the simple fact that it’s a comedy set in space with lots of perverted humor. For others, Dandy is GXP done right thanks to the involvement of the Cowboy Bebop crew. I won’t take a side on this issue, but it seems that space fiction in anime seems to fare better with regard to audience perceptions – at least in the States – when it takes a more serious approach. The three default mainstream examples that come to mind are Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and of course, Outlaw Star.

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Toonami Absolution Sessions: “A Dandy Conversation” (Space Dandy 1-4 Talkback)
Posted 1 February 2014 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

No, you’re not seeing things. And no, it has not been 9 months since the last one. CabooseJr made us a new intro and he and Paul wouldn’t quit bugging me about being on one of these podcasts. We kick off with a discussion of Black Lagoon joining the block, followed by a talkback for the first four episodes of Space Dandy. We also discuss how Space Dandy is doing so far (SPOILER: it is doing Dandy). We deviate a little here and there – that’s how you know it’s 100% Absolution Session. Then we take a long time to sign off and get way off-topic at the end. You know what you came for by now.

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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Part 1)
Posted 11 January 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[We’re happy to have Graham (better known as Daikun) from Toonami Infolink contributing an article series. Enjoy!]

When Toonami returned to the airwaves on May 26, 2012, the last thing I expected was for the revived block to bring back the shows that made Toonami a household name a decade earlier. I figured they would diversify the lineup with a few American cartoons – as Sym-Bionic Titan, ThunderCats, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars would indicate – in order to distance their new identity from being just a continuation of Adult Swim Action with Toonami bumpers. Primarily, I guessed they would be showing mainly new, adult-oriented anime due to the new demographic they’d have to cater to.

I didn’t expect Toonami to actually go out of their way and reacquire shows from their former life.

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