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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (Part 6)
Posted 9 October 2014 / By Graham (Daikun) / Headline/ Opinion

[Special contributor Graham (a.k.a. Daikun) from Toonami Infolink continues his article series. Check out his previous entry!]

It’s been a long journey.  It’s hard to believe that Bleach is finally coming to an end after 8 long years on Adult Swim.  We’re down to the final month before Ichigo rides into the sunset and Goku takes his place on the throne at midnight.

Way back in part three of my series, I stated that I had another show in mind for that article before Sym-Bionic Titan‘s sudden return (rest in peace, by the way) caused me to switch gears.  Now that Bleach is ending, it’s time I brought my original plan to the forefront.  This show’s plot is often compared to Bleach as they both contain similar themes of fighting spirits and traveling through the world of the dead.  That’s right, it’s time to discuss the widely praised and requested Yu Yu Hakusho.

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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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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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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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Missing Minutes: Unraveling How Toonami Uses Airtime
Posted 10 January 2014 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

There has been some controversy over why Naruto: Shippuden and Bleach received 30 second custom intros on Toonami instead of running their full original openings (which Bleach had done before). I’ll try to unravel that mystery by looking at exactly how long the runtimes for these shows are on Toonami.

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Toonami Absolution Sessions: “Fine and Dandy” (The Toonami 2013 Recap)
Posted 31 December 2013 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

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!

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Welcome Back, Jack (Reprise)
Posted 13 December 2013 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

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.

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Adult Swim: Traitor To the Revolution?
Posted 6 February 2008 / By Nick Gibson / Opinion

The big news recently is that Adult Swim has cut its Action Saturday lineup in half, replacing high-octane programming with more of the Williams Street comedy stuff that is increasingly dominating the block. It’s just another sign that the Swim’s anime-fueled action lineup is not doing much for Swim’s ratings, and that in response AS is preparing to sever its ties with anime altogether. This may not happen any time soon, but it’s beginning to look inevitable.

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