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(Adult Swim) Toonami's effect on Anime Popularity in America
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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....


That use to happen to me basically every time change the channel the sci-fi channel. When the used to do anime Mondays, which I think was after toonami started playing anime, but I am not for sure.


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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.


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:



I think that is really weird. Why do you think they wouldn't just say anime? Or at least say an Anime and cartoon broadcaster.


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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.


I think it would just depend on your cable provider, and where you live the United States or Canada.

I have Mediacom and live in Des Moines, Iowa.

What about you?

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I never watched anime until one day my friend showed me Inuyasha on adult swim. Then I slowly started watching other shows on it like Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion, and Big O just to name a few. Needless to say I was addicted ever since.
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Toonami airing Dragonball Z is what got me into the Anime market. I owe them for finding me a hobby I really enjoy.
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i dunno what channel i watched DBZ on but any channel showing anime is a good thing. Anime is also a cultural thing and for that reason it is good for others to be aware of it ^^
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my first anime ever was from cartoon network and i dont think i wouldve been interested in anime if it wasn't for them showing it on tv... i think it was either one piece dbz or naruto i forget but one of them... but i stopped watchingit becuase i got sick of their stupid dubbed voices and after years forgot about anime.. about 4 or 3 years past and for some reason i saw this add about naruto shippuden im like wtf is this and i watch it and i finally remember how great anime is but even better then before now that it's in their native language so they dont sound retarted and so i becam an anime fanantic once again just dont watch dubbed but i understand it's importance... cartoon net work and toonami wouldnt play subbed anime and at my young age i wouldnt have liked reading all that with my small vocabulary and lack of attention i wouldve prefferedit in my language so dubbed only when your young and foolish but when you get smarter go to subbed where they dont sound like dora the mofo explorer....
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I watch anime thanks to Toonami! I mean, I ran home from school to make sure I watched my DBZ, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, (anybody remember Reboot?) and all that good stuff. I think Adult Swim got me into the much more teen/adult anime that I watch now but yes! I think Toonami was super relevant to the popularity of anime in America! 1999 was a good year for me!
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I wouldn't have become as into Anime as I am if it wasn't for Toonami.

I've been watching it since '97 (I was 15).
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Back in the day. Probably 1995 or 1996. I watched Morning Sun on toonami. Awoke rather early in the morning probably around 2 am or so. And I watched Dragon Ball Z. I already was in love with Pokemon. and DBZ was my gateway drug into anime.
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yep toonami hooked me in into anime and I'm grateful.
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my first anime ever was from cartoon network and i dont think i wouldve been interested in anime if it wasn't for them showing it on tv... i think it was either one piece dbz or naruto i forget but one of them... but i stopped watchingit becuase i got sick of their stupid dubbed voices and after years forgot about anime.. about 4 or 3 years past and for some reason i saw this add about naruto shippuden im like wtf is this and i watch it and i finally remember how great anime is but even better then before now that it's in their native language so they dont sound retarted and so i becam an anime fanantic once again just dont watch dubbed but i understand it's importance... cartoon net work and toonami wouldnt play subbed anime and at my young age i wouldnt have liked reading all that with my small vocabulary and lack of attention i wouldve prefferedit in my language so dubbed only when your young and foolish but when you get smarter go to subbed where they dont sound like dora the mofo explorer....


I always end up doing both! lol
Posted 7/29/13
its toonamis fault i watched pokemon and digimon when i was a kid but what made me come back was toonami i missed it so i went back to watch the old shows then i found new shows then became an addict anime after a while it bounced to manga
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I agree toonami has one of the biggest effects on the popularity of anime in the U.S. I started watching anime right after i saw code geass on toonami and i'm sure that its the same to the other millions of fans.
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I remember seeing anime shows like DBZ, Sailor Moon and YuYu Hakusho. Toonami is the reason why I got into anime.
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I don't watch television. I have never really looked at any channel here in the states that shows anime. I've found most of the anime I like isn't the popular stuff that we get in America. I stick to the internet for anime and watch it here mostly. Even then, I still go to Amazon and take an occasional chance and buy a blu ray / dvd set of a show I haven't seen. I also prefer sub over dub.
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For sure. Most people I talk to that have seen anime have seen it through toonami or adult swim. I really, really, wish that theyd stop giving family guy, american dad, and cleveland show like 4 hours every night. They are all awful shows, and it's really disappointing that Adult Swim's huge stable of really awesome shows have to be played at like 3 in the morning.
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