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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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Eye of the Toonami: Classic Sean Akins Interview
Posted 14 February 2008 / By Nick Gibson / Interview

Originally published in ‘Wizard Anime Invasion’ #1, Winter 2002. By Robert Bricken.

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Shortchanged: Cut Intros
Posted 2 February 2008 / By Nick Gibson / Opinion

Advertising is vital to the life of a network, whether we like it or not. And the only reason Toonami was able to deliver the goods every week was because of the ads that ran for eight-to-nine minutes of each thirty-minute programming block. The thing is, if you look at a bunch of anime episodes you’ll see that they typically run just about 24 minutes. So where did those extra three minutes of advertising on Toonami come from? Well, aside from content edits in the actual show itself, that time was created thanks to the modified intros that Toonami used. Instead of the original 1:30 J-Pop extravaganzas, Toonami would fabricate :30 intros with totally different music and footage and use the saved time to hock Capri Suns.

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