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Post Reply Toonami doesn't have the same impact now as it used to in the past
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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17
Damn that was my major portal into anime fandom. I watched Toonami when it first started. There were actually some episodes of Sailor Moon that were good- I was in high school at that time. Then once I was in college, that was how me and my roommates spent the afternoon- watching DBZ, Outlaw Star (which was awesome), Tenchi, Big O... I remember we had a big DBZ following in the residence hall, we even used to get hyped before the next episode, I remember one of them we were pissed because it was Goku and Frieza literally staring at each other THE ENTIRE EPISODE because so much filler. I miss those days.
When Adult Swim first started I discovered Cowboy Bebop (which had just been released to TV) and later, Ghost in the Shell SAIC. And the commercials weren't bad because a lot of these shows you can see the spot where the commercial is supposed to happen, so when there's a little break in the middle you can go get a snack. I didn't mind. It put the anime right in front of you and you had to watch it- or else not watch anime. It's not like now, where you scroll through hundreds of shows and pick and choose. You took what you could get on TV, and somehow that made it seem better.
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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17
I'm surprised Toonami has not tried to diversify its anime portfolio with more then just action anime
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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17
I thought we could still stream some stuff on adult swim site or toonami, I haven't had cable in over a year now so I have no clue what comes on CN any time of the day. but when I did have cable, and the only station I really watched was CN, I noticed that the block of toonami, even on Saturday, still had a rich distribute of Japanimation for the masses. sadly I wished, instead of the old stuff, they'd park new stuff, but that's their call, and I believe they are partnered up with funimation, goodness look at all those funimation shows. regardless, toonami was good back in it's day, and to this day it's still good. it could be worse, could have no toonami on CN, could have no CN. from what I'm hearing a lot of stations are struggling at the moment. if you're really adventurous watch adultswim/toonami from another country, and really see some old school. Japan is full of 90s throwbacks on their block of after hours cartoon section.
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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17
With the risk of sounding like an old hipster I was into anime well before Toonami. So it didn't impact me much, but I certainty noticed it's influence in the States. I was always kinda ahead of what Toonami was airing, so when they finally started to show Naruto I was already 150 episodes in. Then in just a couple years ready for Shippuden.

Once DBZ started to get mega popular they started to show the original Dragon Ball run. I had only seen a dozen or so episodes and it was something I always wanted to watch in full. So that was fun catching it every afternoon, but they never finished it. Also I was in college and I'd miss an episode every now and then. Fortunately I finally finished it a few years ago when Hulu got the full run of the show.
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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17
As everyone stated, Toonami was awesome before the streaming era. Now since they have to decide what "we" have to watch, is not gonna have as much of impact as before.

Their strong points were their own made series, but after 'Teen Titans GO' and 'Uncle Grandpa' they lose me completely, not bothering into tuning them anymore till their quality rises again.

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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17

Commander_PonyShep wrote:

And not just because it's rebooted as an Adult Swim block.


Although it IS because CN pretty much sold Toonami down the river about fifteen years ago, once they decided to become the House That Adult Swim built.

If you're still watching Toonami hoping that anime and action toons will show up, yeah, I miss the 90's too.
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Posted 8/20/17 , edited 8/20/17
Toonami was awesome in the past as all anime was new to me. Many that they show are what I've seen or don't care to see, so there's no point to my watching. If I've seen it I remember it and don't need to waste the time on it. Then there's also the dubs that my dub tolerance is pretty low.
Towards the end of the original toonami they played the Month of Miazaki and that's how I came to love the Studio Ghibili films.
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17

gornotck wrote:

Toonami died when Tom went away. Then they brought in Fake Tom to try to drum up the nostalgics, but it didn't really work. But what really ruined it, more or less, was when they stopped doing the weekend bit where they showed movies.


Fake Tom was for an April Fool's prank, right?
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Posted 8/23/17 , edited 8/23/17
I think the biggest issue is more in the fact that the block comes only one a week and late at night. I think it could potentially fare way better if Toonami started right after CN (I know a DBS rerun does that) but till say midnight Monday- Saturday. If only they had the funds to make a deal with Crunchyroll and Funimation to air even a fraction of their massive library of anime on TV the way they used to but with cable television falling and ratings way down on average, I know that is nothing but a pipe dream...
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