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I would like to know your guys thoughts on Toonami affecting the popularity of Anime in the Untied States. As a kid I watched pokemon and digimon, but didn't really get into Anime until one fateful night when I turned the channel to 31 (Adult Swim) and watched Ghost in the Shell Standalone complex; I was totally entranced.

It seems like anime in The Untied States didn't have a major outlet until the creation of Toonami; which was broadcasted on a channel that was on basic cable and since it was on basic cable millions of Americas then had access to watching anime.
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I can say with all honesty that I happily blame toonami for my addiction to anime. I don't think it would be anywhere near as big here in the states without it.
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I have to say the same Gettnlag though I did watch some OLD animes before Toonami....Voltron (Go Lion) and what not lol. Wow, just saw both of ya ages and I feel even older now lol but I do hope that they will give toonami a bigger time slot so they can show more shows you know? Maybe I'm asking too much but I am a anime fan, what can I say? ^_^
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It definitely had a positive effect in the US. A lot of my friends discovered anime on Toonami. Their block right now is really epic too and I read that the ratings were good. They have the Big 3, Brotherhood, Soul Eater, Eureka, Inuyasha...

They could do some real damage if they move it to 9 pm instead of midnight. I mean we've all watched every episode of Family Guy by now and it airs on every other day of the week and on 20 different channels...
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I do remember watching Lupin the Third on the old toonami or adult swim at one point which I enjoyed a lot. I also watched Dragonball Z, Case Closed, Inuyasha, and maybe some others. But I really didn't discover what anime actually was until I stumbled across Bleach on the Internet. I just assumed they were regular shows going along with the cartoon network theme.

With Toonami and english dubbing in general being decently far behind subbed anime I think Toonmai draws attention to anime in general. I'm sure it happens often that someone wants to see more about say Naruto and uses a Google search and then they discover more anime from whichever website they look at for Naruto content. Same would go for any other show on Toonami. The Internet wasn't all that big when I was a kid and it was much harder to find content for anime. There wasn't a Google, streaming wasn't around, and there were 0 legal sources for it other than TV or VCR. The Internet has certainly changed things.
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Gettnlag wrote:

I can say with all honesty that I happily blame toonami for my addiction to anime. I don't think it would be anywhere near as big here in the states without it.


^ This.
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9058 wrote:


Gettnlag wrote:

I can say with all honesty that I happily blame toonami for my addiction to anime. I don't think it would be anywhere near as big here in the states without it.


^ This.


same here. catching DBZ Frieza Saga on Toonami one random day changed it all for me.
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Toonami is probably the best thing to ever happen for anime in America, they introduced anime to the west that wasn't edited and localized beyond recognition, I mean, Speed Racer and Astroboy are 2 of the first animes well received in the US but at the time (and for a surprising amount, even now) nobody knew they were Japanese. Toonami also made anime available for the less die-hard fan...which actually turned some of them into die-hard otaku. Even if they weren't a fan period, Toonami introduced anime to the masses, and it seems to have been fairly well received. I'm only 14 so I didn't get to experience much of the original Toonami, but Toonami was my first taste of anime and is actually directly linked to how I started watching subbed anime instead of just dubbed (which lead to the realization that most dubs are actually pretty horrible) but I love it just as much as any Toonami Faithful and tune in every Saturday, if nothing else, just to help the ratings. Without Toonami, I bet the anime boom that occurred in the last decade probably would have NEVER happened and CR probably wouldn't exist. Thanks Toonami.
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i remember staying up to the wee hours of the morning many a saturday nights for adult swim back in the day lol huddled up as close as i could get to the tv to still be able to hear without waking my parents while watching yu yu hakusho and outlaw star and bebop. good times man lol i think adult swim and toonami had a great deal of influence in anime's growing popularity in america i watched salior moon and DBZ long before but it really brought a whole new variety over. i'm sure anime would still be popular, just not as main stream popular as it is now a days.
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Guys, let's stop this topic. Too many memories are overflowing my mind right now, I'm gonna cry. Stahp, pls.

-Nostalgia attack-
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*nods*

Toonami played a major role in the anime / manga boom that started in '99, both in leading up to it and keeping it going.
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I grew up in the anime fandom long before Toonami, so that's not my cup of tea.

However, if it introduces others to anime that would have otherwise never watched such until then? More power to 'em!
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crazysouthsider wrote:

I would like to know your guys thoughts on Toonami affecting the popularity of Anime in the Untied States. As a kid I watched pokemon and digimon, but didn't really get into Amine until one fateful night when I turned the channel to 31 (Adult Swim) and watched Ghost in the Shell Standalone complex; I was totally entranced.

It seems like anime in The Untied States didn't have a major outlet until the creation of Toonami; which was broadcasted on a channel that was on basic cable and since it was on basic cable millions of Americas then had access to watching anime.


I have to say that That's almost the same exact thing that happened to me. I feel asleep with the T.V on and When I woke up I saw Ichigo Fighting hollows and I was like "WHAAAAAAT is THIS!!" But I did watch naruto before this. I just didn't know they they had anime with........bad words ^////^ lmao

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I never grew up with Toonami so I wasn't sure on how popular the block was. I believe it does has a positive impact but not too big of a fan base nowadays.
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Toonami did have a major impact in consistently bringing anime to the masses.
Prior to CN there were the standard Americanized cartoons on various channels, and I remember a time before UPN took the channel over watching Dragon Ball (not Z at the time) and enjoying it.
Back in the good old days before all the channels decided that "Judge somebody" was entertainment there used to be morning and afternoon cartoons. I cry when I think back to Saturday morning cartoon wars...
USA and SciFi tried, and seemed to fail, at airing anime blocks, and there was the TechTV block before G4 took them over and turned to crap.
Late night randomly aired anime movies, Vampire Hunter D being the first I ever understood as anime, and the odd thing was I first started watching them on a Christmas eve.
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