Fanart Friday returns, celebrating really good news. Last week, we delivered on our promise of a "Guys with Glasses Edition," and you loved it! Originally, this week's theme was "twins," but the sudden (albeit unsurprising) announcement of Toonami's return (along with the most recent Natestalgia) has put me in a more nostalgic mood than normal.
So bearing that in mind, we're gonna take a trip down memory lane, with fanart of some of your favorite titles from Toonami's Midnight Run and Adult Swim. Unfortunately, classics like Voltron, Transformers, ThunderCats and G Gundam don't make the cut, as they only aired on Toonami's afternoon block, but you'll see them here in a future installment! For now, though, dim the lights, turn on some drum-and-bass, and check out some fanart from Toonami's best!
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Even the late-night version of Outlaw Star kept some things edited. Not to say that it was a particularly dirty show, but it needed a fair amount of trimming so your mom didn't wander in on you watching those devil porno cartoons.
Kiyone is easily my favorite character from Tenchi Muyo. I wholly identify with having to work with people who are hell-bent on "accidentally" making your day as difficult as possible through their sheer stupidity. Thank God those days are over.
Wow! It's awesome to see some Cowboy Bebop art that doesn't put Ed and Ein front and center (not that I don't love them), but instead focuses on the six or seven actual "story" episodes. Bebop was 100% proof that good characters are more important than any semblance of an actual plot, because when it came time to actually tell a story, you were invested.
by 茶柱 藤壷（茶壷）
This piece from Gundam 0080 immediately stood out for how sad it was. 0080 was easily one of the most emotional anime ever aired on Cartoon Network--when I saw they were airing this, I was honestly wondering if Now and Then, Here and There or Grave of the Fireflies would show up on Adult Swim.
I may not have been a big fan, but holy crap was Wolf's Rain popular. Literally, the only thing I can remember is that it was about furries people who changed into wolves... I think. And maybe Kate Beckinsale (<3) made an appearance.
FLCL was only like six episodes long, and got played and replayed over and over again. How much you wanna bet that GAINAX's other high-energy series, Gurren-Lagann, eventually gets a run on the new Toonami?
Oh look, DBZ fanart that looks similar to actual art from the series. Not too exciting, right? What is exciting is that it's Dragonball Z fanart that was made pixel-by-pixel in MS Paint!
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is the perfect series to hook people who aren't into anime. No sweatdrops, no goofy expressions, not even particularly cartoony art--just solid characters and a tense, well-told story.
Samurai Champloo was a massive hit with a great soundtrack thanks to the late DJ/producer/record store owner Nujabes, who was in my opinion the perfect person for the job.
TRIGUN is a great anime, but it deviates so far from the manga that it's kind of hard to watch after a certain point. I love the show, but it goes through major mood swings--it's goofy and hyper one minute, then incredibly dark and depressing the next. I have to be in a very specific mood to want to watch it.
Okay, so there was a long period of time where Adult Swim was barely showing any anime, and instead you'd get like three hours' worth of Futurama. I'm fine with that--Futurama is by and far one of the best animated shows ever made.
So Light Yagami has a noble goal: save the world from itself. The current order isn't doing anything to protect the people, so they need to be united under a strong leader who will do whatever it takes, including mass murder and betraying everybody who cares about him, to get the job done. That sounds like a villain, right? Right?
SO WHY IN THE HELL DOES EVERYBODY CONSIDER LELOUCH A HERO?! Code Geass was about two things: hilariously out-of-place fanservice and Lelouch's calculating vengeance-at-all-costs trip through the ruined, Britannia-conquered Japan.
Y'know what I miss? The old Ichigo. The one who cared about his friends beyond needing to protect them, the one who actually gave his family the time of day. He turned from a pretty cool guy to somebody whose power had gone to his head, who divided others into "people to protect" and "people to fight."
God, I love Yu Yu Hakusho. Y'know, I was planning on buying the whole series DVD by DVD, until I stopped somewhere around the start of the Dark Tournament. When the "season sets" came out years later, I bought it all in one go for the cost of about 2-3 of those single DVDs.
Here's the one that started it all. Back when Toonami was a brand-new afternoon block of action cartoons and anime, you could watch Gundam Wing as part of the afternoon lineup, with teenage terrorists who really liked to say "darn" and "heck" a lot... or you could tune in later for a much more intense experience in the Midnight Run. Uncut Gundam Wing paved the way for so much more anime to be shown on TV.
I remember when The Big O started airing, people were asking me whether it was American- or Japanese-animated. I can understand their confusion--The Big O drew heavy influence from the film-noir style of animation in Batman: The Animated Series. Basically, as a combination of two of my favorite things ever (Batman: The Animated Series and Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still), I was really happy to see it reach a wider audience.
I've always been a bigger fan of Lupin III's supporting cast (mainly Fujiko) than of Lupin himself. I was always a little sad that this series and Case Closed (Detective Conan) kind of bombed over here--they're good shows that just didn't work overseas.
While I've always liked the manga for Inuyasha, I've never particularly liked the anime. I decided to give it a shot again recently, and y'know what? It wasn't that bad. It might be because it's the first handful of episodes, or it might just be the series' really good soundtrack, but Inuyasha pleasantly surprised me. Let's see how I feel when I finish up all seven seasons... I'm not really looking forward to that.
What can I say about Fullmetal Alchemist (or its manga-accurate follow-up Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) that I haven't already said? The first anime's ending wasn't bad per se, it was just drastically different from what fans were expecting. Wait, I've said that one before?
But out of all the different animated shows that Adult Swim has featured, what is my all-time favorite?
You have no idea how much I appreciate the long breaks that Metalocalypse goes on. In season-long dozen-episode bursts every other year, I love the combination of goofy comedy and great music, but if it just kept going on season after season like so many other shows, I'd get sick of it.
And that's all for this week, folks! What are your favorite Adult Swim and Toonami Midnight Run titles? I know that there's a long list of shows that didn't make the cut this time, but sound off in the comments, let us know which favorites didn't show up! As always, your art is welcome here, no matter what it is--send it on over to me in a PM and I'll make sure it shows up in a future installment!
Also, be sure to tune in next week, when, uh... actually, I won't be here next week, I'll be at FanimeCon! Our very own Scott Green--no stranger to fanart features himself--will be taking over Fanart Friday for next week, so be sure to swing by and check it out! Thanks for being with us for this installment of Fanart Friday--I'll see all of you in two weeks!