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Hell yeah, man I grew up on toonami, remember rushing home after school to watch anime
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Interesting. I guess there are multitude of different generations that where exposed to Anime; I just don't think to the extent of what Toonami did. What I mean by that is that Toonami brought in a huge new audience into anime in America. Did everyone know what anime was when you started? Everyone knows what anime is today. Also, it probably made anime profitable as a genre, by its self, in America for the first time.

I really want to see manga sells before and after Toonami.

I guess since you have been into anime long before me. When do you think anime got really popular in America?



I'm not disagreeing with you on it's effect. I was pointing out that I was the wrong generation to judge. I never saw Toonami it didn't exist in my time and doesn't exist in my country. I think anime getting it's own uncut cable airing through Toonami was helpful. But before Toonami there was Sailor Moon, and Before sailor moon Robotech and Battle of the Planets. They are part of a continuum of break through shows that brought anime closer and closer to mainstream. But this is also the NA history. Quebec rode France's coattails for some of it's programing and France with it's 'Bande Desinges' was closer to the manga/anime approach that existed in Japan. There were cool anime shows in french on TV back when Colour was a new thing for TVs and many people still had black & white.

Britain, The Rest of Europe, all these other places that are not America, were introduced to and adopted anime to a completely different schedule and narrative.

I think the two biggest breakthroughs were Carl Macek butchering three different anime to make robotech and then the networks spamming the show to rid themselves of Macek as fast as possible.

And When ADV got the rights to the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series. (I know this was big for ADV. That's when they went from the same 6 voice actors on everything and only doing obscure anime to... Well... ADV.)

Inuyasha, Naruto and One peice seem to be the other big 'Gateway' animes that lead to the hard stuff. :)

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Without a doubt it was one of the primary reasons anime has become anything resembling mainstream in the US. Obviously it's still nothing compared to traditional western media here, but there was an entire generation of kids in the 90s/early 2000s that was exposed to anime frequently that likely would have had no interest otherwise.

Of course, the advent of streaming is what keeps it going these days, but there needed to be a market for that in the first place for it to become as big as it is now.

Maybe I'm overestimating how significant it was/is, but I really do believe without Toonami/Adult Swim anime would still be pretty much limited to that weird thing that obsessive weaboos are into, whereas nowadays you see a pretty wide variety of fans from all over the place, and more importantly, they aren't a small demographic anymore.

I remember as a kid in elementary school being absolutely enamored with Dragon Ball Z. Would I watch it now? Of course not, but if it weren't for Toonami and that gateway, so to speak, I probably wouldn't be on CR right now continuing to watch this stuff.
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If it wasn't for Toonami, I wouldn't have gotten into Anime. I'd be stuck watching Adventure Time or some other crap.
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papagolfwhiskey wrote:


crazysouthsider wrote:

Interesting. I guess there are multitude of different generations that where exposed to Anime; I just don't think to the extent of what Toonami did. What I mean by that is that Toonami brought in a huge new audience into anime in America. Did everyone know what anime was when you started? Everyone knows what anime is today. Also, it probably made anime profitable as a genre, by its self, in America for the first time.

I really want to see manga sells before and after Toonami.

I guess since you have been into anime long before me. When do you think anime got really popular in America?



I'm not disagreeing with you on it's effect. I was pointing out that I was the wrong generation to judge. I never saw Toonami it didn't exist in my time and doesn't exist in my country. I think anime getting it's own uncut cable airing through Toonami was helpful. But before Toonami there was Sailor Moon, and Before sailor moon Robotech and Battle of the Planets. They are part of a continuum of break through shows that brought anime closer and closer to mainstream. But this is also the NA history. Quebec rode France's coattails for some of it's programing and France with it's 'Bande Desinges' was closer to the manga/anime approach that existed in Japan. There were cool anime shows in french on TV back when Colour was a new thing for TVs and many people still had black & white.

Britain, The Rest of Europe, all these other places that are not America, were introduced to and adopted anime to a completely different schedule and narrative.

I think the two biggest breakthroughs were Carl Macek butchering three different anime to make robotech and then the networks spamming the show to rid themselves of Macek as fast as possible.

And When ADV got the rights to the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series. (I know this was big for ADV. That's when they went from the same 6 voice actors on everything and only doing obscure anime to... Well... ADV.)

Inuyasha, Naruto and One peice seem to be the other big 'Gateway' animes that lead to the hard stuff. :)





Hard stuff indeed. Neon Genesis Evangelion led me to george herbert mead's "looking glass self"

So I am guessing your in Quebec, Canada? If not where are you from?

Weirdly, the show I got hooked on Toonami was Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
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I got hooked before Toonami . . . but it kind of re-hooked me...

I think it helped in getting more people into anime...

Some of the side affects, fan-boys that turned out to be really arrogant about anime... The narrowness of choices... how few hours to fill with what, etc.

There were good shows and some not-so-good... BUT anime is like that...

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Hey heads up Blue exorcist is supposed to be airing on toonami in march!!!!
http://toonami.tumblr.com/tagged/blue-exorcist
(maybe we should make a toonami discussion forum for all things toonami news,shows, etc.)
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Without Toonami I would of never discovered anime. An I know that's where many of my friends discovered anime.
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