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Desc:History of Toonami from the people that made it happen
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Classic TV Clips
Tags:Anime, Cartoon Network, toonami
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baleen - 2016-08-07
dairyqueenlatifah - 2016-08-07
The affinity weebs today have for Toonami is a peculiar one. I remember back when Toonami was a block of three anime shows and ReBoot that aired on weekday afternoons (and an entirely different lineup that aired in the god awful post-midnight hours of Saturday nights/Sunday mornings), they all bitched about how loathsome Toonami was because they censored all their anime (even though obviously they were still watching it to know this). Then the moment Cartoon Network killed it off some years back they all cried about it being gone. Then Adult Swim brought it back thanks to the overwhelming positive reaction to an April Fools joke they pulled.

I remember really liking some of the shows on Toonami, but I couldn't have cared less about the Toonami block itself. Like how they actually had an ongoing storyline that revolved around TOM and that spaceship he was on. Apparently that all meant a lot to some people though.
SolRo - 2016-08-07
I didn't care about the TOM host thing (moltar was cool though) I just liked the awesome trailers they made and good music used.

Xenocide - 2016-08-07
Toonami's "storyline" basically amounted to "the network has mandated that we have to update our packaging and logo once a year, so let's hype it up like crazy by having it somehow be the consequence of TOM fighting a space monster." And amazingly, it worked.

Last year they brought that approach back, but they decided to stop fucking around and actually blew up TOM's spaceship. Now he broadcasts from an outpost on a desolate planet, just like Moltar used to. I'm sure this has really upset some people on Twitter or wherever.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2016-08-07
Amen to that SolRo. The bumpers/trailers/commercials/show openings they made were great, as was the music they used. If I recall correctly, there's actually a super rare CD that got released at some point with a lot of the music they used for them.

Xenocide - 2016-08-07
I think you mean Deep Space Bass. Here you go:


Quad9Damage - 2016-08-07
Toonami defined my middle and high school afternoons. I had a friend who would spoil Dragon Ball Z episodes two years before those episodes were dubbed because he'd watched all the fansubs.

I don't remember hearing any complaints about them censoring anything. I do remember when those 'new' DBZ episodes started airing and we lost our shit because now there was blood and the word "kill."

Also didn't really give a damn about TOM. His body got destroyed and he came out of a stasis chamber with some new design or something, right? I was probably playing Carmageddon at the time.
Cena_mark - 2016-08-07
Despite the censoring it was a lot of people's first and only exposure to anime back then.

SolRo - 2016-08-07
It was most heavy handed in One Piece (weapons replaced with silly shit).

Sailor Moon (lesbians turned into cousins and boys transforming into girls turned out were girls that just liked to dress as boys all along).

and Tenchi Muyo (digital bikini).

It was all the same studio doing the censoring I believe.

Xenocide - 2016-08-07
The guys who run Toonami have a weekly behind the scenes show they do, and they were actually talking about Tenchi the other week, and what a pain in the ass it was to brodcast.

Unlike all their other shows, which were edited by the same company that did the dubbing, Cartoon Network did the editing for Tenchi in-house, and apparently it was insanely expensive and excruciatingly boring. The digital bikinis had to be applied frame-by-frame, and there had to be a guy from the network there to approve every single frame before they moved on to the next one.

But it was all worth it because kids got to enjoy the only cartoon that was so afraid of plot resolution that it abruptly rebooted itself twice.

SolRo - 2016-08-07
I liked the future magical tree technology of tenchi muyo. All that amazing futurism, design work and nice animation was wasted on a harem plot line.

Quad9Damage - 2016-08-08
Weren't those Sailor Moon episodes originally broadcast on network television? I believe it was DIC, Standards & Practices and the FCC behind the censoring; Cartoon Network just re-aired the damage. The government had our Saturday morning cartoons pussified on a cosmic scale, which is one reason my generation turned to anime in the first place.

As for Tenchi and those digital bikinis, I suppose that makes sense. Cable networks regulate themselves, but America can't handle bare breasts on television without making it headline news for a year. If you're going to broadcast anime that has a hot springs scene you can expect the number of edited frames to equal how much the Bible Belt goes apeshit over tits.

TheSupafly - 2016-08-08
I just remember that toonami was the first thing cartoon network ever had a streaming service for way back in 99 or whatever. A crappy little webplayer they called the 'toonami reactor' was one of the few ways I could effectively use my parents new DSL bandwidth back then. That is basically my entire exposure to toonami because I never had cable.

So this shit is beyond anything I am even remotely familiar with.
SolRo - 2016-08-08
Didn't see that.

I do though remember back in like 1999 the animatrix debuted its shorts in a crappy web player before the DVD release, and kept the web 1.0 site with videos up for like 10 years.

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