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(Adult Swim) Toonami's effect on Anime Popularity in America
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While I do agree that Toonami was a major contributor to the popularity of Anime in the US, for me personally it was the Saturday morning Anime, like Digimon, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh, that really introduced me to it.
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Heh, I remember living overseas with my family (Dad was military), and we got some VHS tapes from my grandma who recorded some shows for us (Back in 99, we had one local Armed Forces Network Channel. It was....bad for a 10 year old kid). Anyway, she had recorded like 6 hours of Cartoon Network. I slap those bad boys in (after running them through the VHS rewinder....), and BAM.

What is this!? Got dude flying around screaming and punching each other through walls and mountains and just all kinds of Hijinks. Then the next show was some chick in a schoolgirl outfit fighting monsters and...MY MIND WAS BLOWN. (My 10 year old mind anyway).

3 years later, when I finally got back to the states, first thing I did was look up CN and MADE SURE we had Toonami. This in turn led to my first DVD purchase with Summer job money...............................and here we are now, with 14 different Saber figures on my dresser....>_>

So yeah, I'd say it was a pretty big deal. Oh Toonami. I thank you.
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Posted 7/23/13
Toonami started me off I use to watch dragon ball z and gundam wing religiously. I still remember me and all my friends talking about the dragon ball z episode those time were the best but I just got into anime more then them.
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I only started watching Toonami this summer... but I was hooked on anime before that. I used to watch Naruto when I was seven and it came on at 8:00 on cartoon network, and I relied on other websites and channels for my other shows. Most of my friends haven't ever heard of Toonami anyway.
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Posted 7/23/13
thta might have been Coyboy Beebop or Star Blazers
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Posted 7/23/13
Does anyone remember Wolf's Rain on Toonami? That show was my entire childhood
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Posted 7/23/13
You should probably just edit your first post next time, mods don't like double posts yet alone triple posts ^

Either way toonami had a significant impact on how anime was received in the USA not just making it popular. It became kind of the "teenager cartoons" or something or gave it a similar label. Unfortunately a lot of people see it that way when in reality it has a lot of adult oriented shows too that will probably never make it to the USA TV simulcasts unless very late night like adult swim. Don't get me wrong, I consider anime ageless in terms of enjoyment. Either way toonami is awesome.
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Toonami definitely got me into anime before I even knew what it was. Started with Sailor Moon and making costumes for my stuffed animals. Then cardcaptors, Rurouni Kenshin. Gundam, Outlaw Star.. That was my childhood. I just wish it could be on earlier than midnight cause most young kids go to bed before that. It used to be on when I got out of school.
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Posted 7/23/13

ariesfireangel wrote:

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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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!!, this happen to me at around ...this was years ago..I think I was around 13. I didn't have cable, but on regular TV every Saturday they had shown a episode of dragon ball Z and he was fighting someone and I was like WTF! Is this amazing awesomeness my eyes are witnessing. It only came on for one month :(...... (broke my heart soo fast). Later in my life "Ronin Warriors" did the same. I searched everywhere for it. Later at 17 i started working for blockbutster and found Dragonball Z at $15.95 in my store for every two eps.(needless to say I spent a lot of money on dbz ( even now I would consider it a lot of $)
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I've been watching anime (without knowing it) since the pokemon and sailor moon days but it wasn't until I watched case closed that I officially became hook on those Japanese cartoons people called anime.
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I've been watching anime (without knowing it) since the pokemon and sailor moon days but it wasn't until I watched case closed that I officially became hook on those Japanese cartoons people called anime. So yeah I can say adultswim and toonami got me forever addicted to anime.
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I first started watching anime when my cousin introduced me to a show called DBS in spanish, watching that show i was hooked. when i found out about Toonami it was game over, Who has time for homework when you have shows like YYH, Rurouni Kenshin, DBZ, Cyborg 009 and others waiting for you right when you got home. Gotta say Toonami Built up a cult following and it was only a matter of time before everyone else got hooked.
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if you have a friend who watched dragonball z in usa. then show him the Japanese version. your friend will punch you for showin him tht. but not only adult swim/toonami. the syfy channel also has or had a anime night. all I remem is gurren lagen and its highschool special, eureka 7, and two more.
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Though I'm only 14. I remember back in 2004 when I saw my first Anime (though I didn't know it was Anime at the time). Saint Seiya. I remember going through channels when I came across a show where 2 guys where fighting each other in a temple, doing flashy moves and wearing some awesome armor.

Though I was only 5-6 at the time it was so different to the cartoons I was so used to watching. But then I moved out of the States and lost my only exposure to Anime. After 3 years I moved back to the States and I switched to CN a little late and saw the same art style of Saint Seiya, with Anime such as Tenchi Muyo, Yu Yu Hakusho, and Inuyasha, Soon followed by Bleach and Naruto.

I think that Toonami did have a massive impact on Anime. While the Internet was slowly growing and exposing more options or series of anime, not everybody had Internet in the early and mid 2000s, thus making Toonami the somewhat only source of Anime. (I had Internet but had no idea that it was called 'Anime' until 2009)
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