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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.


Yeah, they did it to me too. One night, I saw this guy with bed hair and an orange jumpsuit laughing while flying on a cloud. I wondered "Well, this is odd, I wonder what kind of show this is? It looks like a cartoon, yet it's so much more. Well it says that it'll come on at 10/11 ET on something called a 'Toonami' so I'll check it out." Next thing I knew, I was watching it every time it came on tv. This show was DBZ. I mean, sure, I knew Pokemon was an anime but I was only interested in the game of that. This show called DBZ blew...my...mind. It litterally opened a flood gate of other anime to me. Even, dare I say it, Sailor Moon. I then checked into other anime, but as you know, we were lucky enough just for Toonami to be showing it on tv and for Funi to put it on VHS and DVD. And to think now I can just turn on my pc and just watch it on the Internet or my smartphone. We've come a looooooong way
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Amine?
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Old Toonami > New Toonami
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I can only assume Amine is a typo that or its a new slang word for Anime in America.
But anyway to answer the question even though my country doesn't get Toonami I think it is safe to assume that it would make anime more popular, as TV watchers would maybe land on the channel and be like wow this is pretty good and then maybe want to watch more.
Wish the UK had a channel like that the only way to watch anime is through the internet here used to have 2 of the big 3 (Naruto, One Piece) but they are gone as well now as far as I am aware.
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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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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



I had no idea that I would like anime so much! I remember I had to play "asleep" when my mom would walk into my room.
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Toonami was a flood gate but it satisfied me enough...I wanted to see more but I accepted what I was given.

But the real legit reason Im really really really into manga/anime is because one day I was in the Library and some kid was reading Manga online on the comp and I was like WTF Man how did you do that? and he told me about the site (onemanga) and Then it was like a candy store for me.

Because I had been really itching to finish Zatch bell and Kenshin
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Haha, I was one of those poor kids who didn't have cable. I got introduced to anime (Robotech) through my local PBS public television, which when I look back on those years, is kinda surprising since PBS stations are usually more known for educational programming.
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My knowledge (and future addiction) can be placed before Toonami with Saturday morning anime on the Sci Fi channel during the early nineties. They used to air a lot of old manga corp. publications such as demon city shinjuku, dominion tank police, the first few episodes of record of lodoss wars, vampire hunter d, project A-ko movies, etc.

Between that and sailor moon during the week, I had something like 30 VHS movies filled with recordings. What I really loved Toonami for was Gundam Wing, and Sailor Moon R. Almost everything else they aired I owned before it went over the air waves.
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Did anyone have this moment?

They were flipping thru channels and they randomly found some anime, but the next time they tried to flip the the channels for anime they never saw it again....
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I never knew it was called anime till I got to college and my roommate told me it was.

I always thought they were just cartoons. The first one that really struck me was when I saw princess monoake in like 5th grade.
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zesire wrote:

Did anyone have this moment?

They were flipping thru channels and they randomly found some anime, but the next time they tried to flip the the channels for anime they never saw it again....


Yes, yes I did. It was when I had cable and this channel called....G4tv existed. The old one now, when it was know as TechTv and slowly turned into G4tv, not the G4tv that turned into the mess I see in toilets. Ok, now that I done explained that, it was one night I was flipping thru channels and I saw a girl standing in the middle of a plane runaway. I immediately changed back and said, "What the heck is she...?". The next thing I knew, she made a giant plane made of paper. I watched it till the end and found out it was R.O.D the TV on Anime Unleashed. The next night, I quickly changed to Tech tv, same time. The show wasn't on. I checked the guide but it wasn't up there to show. I was so ticked, I went to sleep and woke up the next morning wondering why the heck I got cheated like that. Found out that was the beginning of them fading out Anime Unleashed. I'm still cheezed off about G4tv's dumbbutt moves to the idiotic whatchamacallit mess they're showing now. Another example of how something good went horribly wrong
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I started watching anime in high school before I had cable access, but once I got to college, Toonami and Adult Swim definitely pulled me in much deeper. It was also during this time that my frustration with filler episodes, drastic storyline changes, and dropped series sparked my interest in manga.
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The reason anime didn't have a major outlet was that the major broadcast networks would have massive coronaries the moment any anime series does what it usually does - stand a situation on its head and do a fast 180 or 270.

Examples:

Cardcaptors - Sakura's older brother is clearly in a relationship with another male near the middle of the second season. Not something to show on children's TV in the 90's. Bounced by CBS shortly after.

Vision of Escaflowne - The badass boy enemy is

Not to mention the plot had more jitters than a snake with St Vitas' Dance. This aired as part of Fox '4 Kids' lineup, but was bounced almost immediately after said enemy literally and visually crushed one of his own agents near the end of an episode.

Sailor Moon - this show got a complete (and awful) rewrite for US consumption, and episodes were still pulled.

In the cases of Cardcaptors and Escaflowne, it was pretty obvious that the management had not seen the complete series, or the episodes would never have aired. I imagine the phone lines were very busy shortly after they aired.

In the case of Sailor Moon, the series was rewritten strictly so merchandise could be sold... period.

If you get a chance to watch any of these in the original language with subtitles (or without if you're fortunate enough to understand Japanese), you'll find that they're far more dramatic and intriguing than the pablum that was served up by the broadcast networks.
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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 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.


The funny thing about this, is that toonami has yet to consider itself a anime broadcasting station, It still thinks it is broadcasting a variety of types of shows on it's network. But, almost all of the fans and viewers of it's station consider it a 'anime station' everytime, including me. But, if Do not believe me then just Read this question which was submitted by me on their tumblr account:

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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 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.


Adult swim was on channel 54 for me. but i think it use to be in the thirties i cant remember anymore. Adult swim definatley impacted my life. i am an Anime superfan now.
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