Yes, you read right. I don’t think toonami will survive more than 1-2 seasons at most due to a few factors that keep it from being the next best lineup on tv – or the best Toonami. This isn’t to say I don’t like the new Toonami, because I think the lineup is amazingly epic. Unfortunately though, I thinkAdult Swim’s “new” phoenix might smolder to ash rather than take off like we know it should. Let’s Begin.
1. Time Slot: Anime fans tend to be weird, making concessions for things they care about…namely, ecchi figures and anime shows. At the moment, I’m living with my dad because of a car accident I’m almost done healing from, so staying up “insanely” late isn’t really something I can count on doing…even for a Saturday. Luckily, I was able to catch the first three shows: Bleach, Deadman Wonderland, and Casshern Sins. The only show I actually paid attention to was Deadman Wonderland, but I’ll get to that later. If pretending I (or you) don’t have a dad to deal with, would you actually stay up past 3am to watch these shows??? I doubt I could, and even if I could, I wouldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the 12 o’ clock time slot isn’t bad. It’s actually okay considering Toonami originally was an April Fools joke, but most people who can stay up late get tired around 3am. Granted, it is a Saturday, but that’s exactly my point: it’s a Saturday.
2. Social Life: Not all anime fans are hermits who stay in on the weekends. (For example) after an occasional night of hardcore clubbing, getting home around 2am-2:30am is typical, and depending on what you did earlier or you’re about to do later, watching anime is completely out the question. I sincerely think Toonami should have shelled out a little more money and procured a better time slot (if it was even possible). I suppose it isn’t the absolute worst, but it hurts. I don’t know if anyone remembers, but the famous anime block came on at 6pm (EST). Instead of tagging this string of shows as Toonami, I feel they should have just brought back the old intro clips of Adult Swim. That’d have been much more fitting. Adult Swim came on late with these type of shows, not Toonami. Again, not terribly bad, but it hurts.
3. Video Games: In addition, when some people aren’t out having a good time elsewhere hanging with friends, they’re online hanging with friends. I can confidently say I WILL be playing Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend a.k.a. BBCS:EX, Guild Wars 2, Skull Girls, Dead or Alive 5 (September), Tekken Tag 2 (unsure of release), and Borderlands 2 (September) as much as I can when I get away from my parents. Sleepless nights will definitely figure in, but not with Toonami.
4. Bleach As First Show:Tell me this: WHY did they have to kick it off with Bleach!? Seriously…Bleach!? I’m sure not many of you remember, but a couple years ago, I made a post about how Bleach
was is a disgrace. I even made funny little pictures illustrating exactly why. Let me do a small recap. ICHIGO ALWAYS WINS…even if it takes THREE-HUNDRED episodes. The ENTIRE show’s about who’s is bigger. “Oh, wait, this isn’t my true form,” followed by, “oh yeah? Well this isn’t my real bankai!” I admit the “level up” aspect is was very exciting to watch, but that’s about it. It gets annoying when it seems a bad guy is getting served, then they “remember” they can power up. Seriously, what’s the point. Dragonball Z already took us on that trip (multiple times -_-”), so is it REALLY necessary to bring it back? I suppose at least one shounen for Toonami is consistent with their programming, but beginning with it? No. Needless to say, this is my opinion, but I know a myriad of anime fans who’ve moved on from Bleach. even those who like shounen. To say a 14 year-old ginger running around screaming is tired, is an understatement.
5. Once A Week: Unless you’ve been under a rock, you should have already seen 4 of the 6 shows. Personally, I’ve seen 5. Technically it’s not a bad thing because the shows are quite good, but it doesn’t negate the fact I (and many others) already seen them. Unless you, A) are an obsessed anime fan, B) have nothing better to do, C) don’t have an online connection D) can stay up late, and/or E) haven’t seen majority of these shows, then that’s fine. Fortunately my Internet connection isn’t connected by a really long piece of string, so I can watch them whenever I’d like. When I think about it, the only show people probably haven’t seen is Deadman Wonderland Btw, is the 2nd season even out yet…? Getting back on track though, I’d imagine after 3-4 weeks, watching Toonamiwill be an afterthought, and eventually a non-thought at all. I’m not so hot about it, but if a Sunday laced with sleepy regret is your thing, then shake n’ bake.
6. Deadman Wonderland:In short, this twisted (shounen?) show centers around a middle schooler framed for a murder…er murders he didnt commit and is sentenced to death for it. Yes. Middle schooler and death sentence in the same clause. Although, he isnt confined in a normal prison with a normal death sentence because thats not anime enough. Instead, he’s relegated to Deadman Wonderland, a theme park Disney would be like if they liked mopping up blood. I LOVED watching this show a couple seasons ago (winter?) along with a bunch of fellow twitterers, but I’m worried some people who like more “classical” shows won’t get this show at all. I would attribute it to all the moeblob around, but I don’t think that’s a solid reason.When Deadman Wonderland came on, my dad and sister (who also like anime) couldn’t sit still. My sister kept asking to turn it to a (good) movie called, Fresh, about an incredibly smart kid taking down drug dealers as though it were chess and my dad kept grimacing from the swearing, blood, and gigantically tasteful boobs. I didn’t get it. The show had plenty of action for a first episode and it didn’t spew it all in the last 10 minutes of the show. They kept complaining how the story was completely over the top and unrealistic. -_-” I swear, I don’t know how many times I had to remind them how “realistic” Dragonball Z, Cowboy Bebop, or
Samurai Champloo was. As for others, why certain people who liked Elfen Lied, an opus of blood don’t like Deadman Wonderland? I have no clue.
If you read through majority of my rambling, you’ll come to find I genuinely liked Toonami/Adult Swim and like what it’s become, but nonetheless, I fear it’ll meet an Ill-fated end. Even with the 4-5 GREAT shows…with the schedule and time slot they have, I don’t see it going anywhere. I think Toonami is like an old girl or boyfriend you’ve gotten over: it was great while it lasted, but it will never be the same if you got back together. The only reason you’re thinking about her (proverbially) is because she gave you a random phone call on April Fools day leaving you wondering if things can work. You pine for the times you had, not the person they are now.
What I’m saying is, anime fans relished the feeling of witnessing brand new anime at a convenient time when DVDs were still kicking off and dial-up was all the rage. Things have changed and the way we devour our entertainment has and will continue to change. Let me preach for second. The truth is, no one wants Toonami even if they say they do. What they want is the feeling it gave them; the “this is why I LOVE anime” feeling. I predict eventually people will just make the small pilgrimage to a YouTube, Netflix, CrunchyRoll, or anime streaming site to get a fix – I know I will. It’s kind of hard to feel anything else other than heavy eyelids with the way things are going. Sweet dreams.