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Post Reply Why didn't Toonami premiere any slice-of-life anime, both back then and right now?
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
I understand that Toonami is an action block, first and foremost. However, the anime industry is just as much well-known for producing tons of slice-of-life anime as it does action anime.

So how come Toonami never premiered any slice-of-life anime, both during the late 90's/early 2000's, and right now as an Adult Swim Saturday midnight block?
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
Because the Saturday toonami (previously called adult swim) has always focused on action series' since they feel fits the stereotypical US viewer.
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
Because slice-of-life anime likely don't test out in the target focus groups their advertisers are targeting. Similar to why Legend of Korra got such poor treatment from Nickelodeon: if it doesn't do well with boys ages 6-14 it's not going to line up with their advertisers.
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
That's not what is popular with wider audiences

I'd say the closest they have ever shown to slice of life was Tenchi Muyo

Back in the day, the Funimation Channel was great for slice of life stuff. They had School Rumble, Baka and Test, Suzuka, Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, Peach Girl
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
What goku8399 said
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Action shows have the most mainstream appeal.
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
It's simply a matter of mass appeal, and almost all slice-of-life shows don't have it, at least not to the level that would make it worthy to put on late night TV.
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
Corporate decisions are based on cost benefit. Where you justify a decision not only based on what you can make on it, but also by considering what you could have made by making another decision.

Think of it another way. It costs money to air shows. Some shows cost less then others based on what they bring in in profit (ad revenue based on viewer ratings), some shows they know will bring in x amount of dollars. When they decided to have the line up they did it was based on that decision as to how much it would cost them. Not only in losses of time of man hours, licenses, and materials but also in considering what it could have been made had they aired something else.

Btw the anime industry does the same thing. The whole reason that there are different genera's of anime is explained in part by the over saturation of certain stories. Ever complain about seeing the same show in another anime? Creators have to be try to original or people don't watch, and thus the money doesn't come in. That's also why some shows don't always get 500 episodes.

That's a very basic rundown of some of the reasons. USA was and, still is to an extent, a brand new market for anime. We have even less exposure to anime, so we have less dissatisfaction with repeated themes. That also means we arn't prepared for some of the more esoteric themes anime draws out in genera's like "slice of life."
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18

qwueri wrote:

Because slice-of-life anime likely don't test out in the target focus groups their advertisers are targeting. Similar to why Legend of Korra got such poor treatment from Nickelodeon: if it doesn't do well with boys ages 6-14 it's not going to line up with their advertisers.


C.f. Young Justice which was canceled because of poor toy sales.
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
since I haven't seen many slice of life dubbed... but I have seen a few and they do shorts from time to time, but, for the most part they park funimation or mainstream things up there regarding action. there is some slice of life within said stuff, but overall nope. and the things they do play is a special, one time thing during a seasonal bracket. sadly the attention span of some toonami folks is slim when it comes to cartoons, so they have to park up the popular and hope for the best.
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Because "slice of life" is generally considered "boring", and thus rarely watched in the US.

Even here on CR among anime fans, "slice of life" series do not command the audience many other genres do, such as shounen, action, and possibly even horror. Amongst the mainstream US audience, "slice of life" would fail even worse.



HOOfan_1 wrote:

That's not what is popular with wider audiences

I'd say the closest they have ever shown to slice of life was Tenchi Muyo

Back in the day, the Funimation Channel was great for slice of life stuff. They had School Rumble, Baka and Test, Suzuka, Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, Peach Girl


Some of those are not slice of life. Baka and Test is a comedy. Beck is a musical series.

I haven't seen School Rumble or Suzuka, but willing to be they really don't fit well either.

Slice of life would be more like Aria, Minami-ke, and possibly even "Working!" where nothing changes. The episode ends as it starts, and nothing of consequence really happens. There's no real continuity (you can watch the series in virtually any episode order, including last to first) and it doesn't suffer for it.

Unfortunately, I have to say, "slice of life" is a very misunderstood genre defined by what it's not. I think people tend to think anime is typically scifi or at least fantastical, so anything set in the real everyday world must be "slice of life", which again, it's not.

EDIT: also, more true to life settings, dramas and romances don't get much viewership either because of the same reasons why they get tossed into slice of life erroneously: people tend to think of day to day life as boring, and so they really don't care to watch it in favor of the more fantastical ideas/concepts (which may also relate to people's misconception of anime as a genre rather than medium (animation), which in turn, is why we get so many crappy series aimed at young teens, because at the heart of it, we still associate animation with "cartoons" and anime with "more adult cartoons" rather than what drew many of us older fans into it. Plus, for a while anime seemed to be the preferred way to do a movie on the cheap, especially if it was too fantastical for live action, rather than "ZOMG!!! A NEW CASH COW!!!")
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18

serifsansserif wrote:

Because "slice of life" is generally considered "boring", and thus rarely watched in the US.

Even here on CR among anime fans, "slice of life" series do not command the audience many other genres do, such as shounen, action, and possibly even horror. Amongst the mainstream US audience, "slice of life" would fail even worse.



HOOfan_1 wrote:

That's not what is popular with wider audiences

I'd say the closest they have ever shown to slice of life was Tenchi Muyo

Back in the day, the Funimation Channel was great for slice of life stuff. They had School Rumble, Baka and Test, Suzuka, Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, Peach Girl


Some of those are not slice of life. Baka and Test is a comedy. Beck is a musical series.

I haven't seen School Rumble or Suzuka, but willing to be they really don't fit well either.


Well some people would disagree with you. School Rumble and Beck are both categorized as slice of life on wikipedia Beck is also categorized as slice of life on My Anime List. Most slice of life shows are also comedic, so I'm not sure why Baka and Test being a comedy keeps it from being slice of life. It might not be strictly slice of life, but there are many slice of life aspects to it.


Heck I haven't seen Minami-Ke, but the description sounds a lot like School Rumble
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18

HOOfan_1 wrote:

Well some people would disagree with you. School Rumble and Beck are both categorized as slice of life on wikipedia Beck is also categorized as slice of life on My Anime List. Most slice of life shows are also comedic, so I'm not sure why Baka and Test being a comedy keeps it from being slice of life. It might not be strictly slice of life, but there are many slice of life aspects to it.


Heck I haven't seen Minami-Ke, but the description sounds a lot like School Rumble



Just cause it's on wiki doesn't make it true. OR MAL. (both rely on other people to just type in what they think it is).

If Baka and Test are slice of life, then so is Cheating Craft or Assassination Classroom?

If Beck is slice of life, then what differentiates it from Idolmaster or Love Life? Because the main character is male? It's basically a young person's dream to be a famous musician and their story about how they got to be one

I said I hadn't watched School Rumble, so I already admitted that that might be.

You're right, most slice of life are somewhat comedic, and another part I hadn't mentioned about slice of life, because i don't feel entirely like it's necessarily genre specific, but even within an episode, they may actually have 2 or 3 non sequitur scenes, with absolutely nothing related... Like say, Azumanga Daioh. (slice of life/comedy).

And as I ALSO said, slice of life is defined, oddly by what it's not, which is why it also gets other crap tossed into its label.
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
And now I've just gotten back from the googles. Here's a good article (long too) explaining "slice of life"

https://the-artifice.com/slice-of-life-anime/
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Posted 1/23/18 , edited 1/23/18
Because Toonami is for the normies.
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