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Sketch’s 2015+ Toonami Wish List
Posted 24 December 2014 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Headline/ Opinion

I, like anyone, have certain shows that I would love to see air on Toonami. Fortunately, some of my all-time favorites have already joined the line-up at one point or another. There’s still quite a few series that I feel are begging to air on Toonami. In the spirit of the holidays, here is my wish list for Toonami in the year(s) to come.

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Second Wind: Shows That Deserve Another Life (It’s a Gundam! Bonus Edition)
Posted 16 November 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 seems I spoke too soon. In my previous article, I said that I was done listing the shows that I wanted to see on Toonami. Well, less than a week after that article went up, Right Stuf made the surprise announcement that they’ve acquired Gundam from Sunrise. Due to this shocking news coming at the last minute, here’s a bonus editorial for Japan’s enduring mecha franchise. Since Gundam spans multiple series, movies, and spinoffs that encompass 35 years (!!), in the vein of my DC Comics recommendations, I’m going to list off the Gundam media I’d like to see, whether it aired on Toonami or not.

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Gundam Wing Retrospective: Part Three
Posted 10 March 2010 / By Nick Gibson / Opinion

In the first installment of this retrospective, I looked at the themes, characters, story, and execution of the Gundam Wing television series. After that was a rundown on the show’s luxuriously gratifying sequel, Endless Waltz. Now it’s time to analyze the franchise’s impact on the world, from Toonami to the US anime landscape to the Gundam metaverse as a whole.

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Gundam Wing Retrospective: Part Two
Posted 19 May 2008 / By Nick Gibson / Opinion

Gundam Wing wrapped up its run on Japanese television in March of 1996, bowing out amid big explosions, memorable quotes, and a whole lot of death. And for a time it seemed like that would be the end of Wing’s alternate universe. The next spinoff series, After War Gundam X, was scheduled to hit airwaves the next month. But reception of the series had been good, model kit sales were strong, and Bandai sensed that the Wing cash cow was still alive and kicking. So less than a year later, in January of 1997, the series got a combination sequel/prequel in the form of Endless Waltz. Originally released as a three-episode miniseries, Endless Waltz provided additional backstory on the five main pilots and also introduced a new conflict in the form of Mariemaia Khushrenada, the illegitimate daughter of the TV series’ main villain.

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Gundam Wing Retrospective: Part One
Posted 9 May 2008 / By Nick Gibson / Opinion

In 1994, the Gundam metaverse got a new lease on life with Mobile Fighter G Gundam – the first time an installment in the super-robot franchise deviated from the universe established in the 1979 original, Mobile Suit Gundam. The series took the venerable Gundam name and turned it on its head. G Gundam centered on gladitatorial bravado instead of political intrigue, and showcased mechs with names like ‘Tequila Gundam’. The series was a hit in Japan, and sparked a transition from the UC (Universal Century – the timeline for the original Gundam show) to self-contained ‘spinoff’ universes connected by only one thread: big stompy robots. After G Gundam came Gundam Wing, Turn A Gundam, Gundam X, Gundam Seed, and most recently Gundam 00. But only one of those series ever made it big in the United States, and that series is Gundam Wing.

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The Top 5 Shows Toonami Failed
Posted 17 February 2008 / By Andrew "Sketch" Hingson / Opinion

Before the fanboys start harking about KenshinMegasIGPX and Fantastic Four, I’m going to say I give them honorable mentions but, truthfully, Toonami gave them a fair shot and they just didn’t click. This is a list of shows which had a moment of promise before Toonami (or more so Cartoon Network itself) gave up on them. It is pretty sad that their own series (IGPX) had to leave the block, but to their credit the show still aired at a semi-watch able time.

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