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Old July 12 2009, 03:09 AM   #16
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anyone know if Adult Swim will be picking up any more anime other than Bleach & reruns of older shows?
It's apparently a lucky thing that Adult Swim hasn't dropped anime altogether...yet.


The unaired episodes of Moribito might be the closest to a new acquisition right now.
If they'd stop dissing the fans and putting up good anime again, their ratings might go up. I mean, come on... Family Guy? And their... live action? Gag me...
Robot Chicken and Moral Orel are and were stop-action. And they're enjoyable. But some of AS's stuff lately...
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Old July 12 2009, 04:42 AM   #17
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thanks,
yeah I havent been watching AS "action" since they screwed up the Code Geass schedule, making me miss some episodes of R2(Im just gonna watch the rest on dvd, thank you Netflix) so I have no idea whats going on in that end or heard any news about them picking up anything new. I have a feeling after they burn of the rest of Moributo they will just probably finish Bleach & thats it. Though maybe theyll give the new FMA a try since the original series seemed to had done well there.
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Old July 12 2009, 03:16 PM   #18
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anyone know if Adult Swim will be picking up any more anime other than Bleach & reruns of older shows?
It's apparently a lucky thing that Adult Swim hasn't dropped anime altogether...yet.


The unaired episodes of Moribito might be the closest to a new acquisition right now.
If they'd stop dissing the fans and putting up good anime again, their ratings might go up. I mean, come on... Family Guy? And their... live action? Gag me...
Adult Swim can poke fun at anime fans because the comedies can get up to three times the ratings of the anime shows (Bleach is the only show that is considered a serious contender on Saturday nights, and even it falls noticeably short of the Sunday night shows). Comedies are where Adult Swim's bread and butter is, and they have no problems letting anime fans--who frequently send them otaku-style letters/emails complaining about this or that--know that.
Robot Chicken and Moral Orel are and were stop-action. And they're enjoyable. But some of AS's stuff lately...
This is only the beginning...
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Old July 12 2009, 03:51 PM   #19
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I caught some Adult Swim on TV in the hotel room I was staying at while staffing AMA. It looks about as lame as it's been the last two or three years. They seem to have this weird mathematical formula worked out where it's three to five bad shows for every good one.

I'm also tired of them trying to get multiple seasons out of jokes that were only marginally humorous the first episode out.
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Old July 13 2009, 01:56 AM   #20
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I'm currently watching:

Bakemonogatari- I like it's strange sense of humor and homages to other anime. Not sure exactly where it's going yet. Hiragi is one of the more interesting characters I've seen in a while.

Canaan- A reporter and his camerawoman look for scoop and seem to have gotten it, along with what looks like a lot of trouble. Seems like a highly interesting "girls with guns" show and I'm a sucker for those. It also has some interesting elements of mystery and an interesting cast.

Needless- It's kind of Scryed ripoff if you ask me. Your standard people with powers fighting show. Entertaining enough to pass some time, but nothing overly complex or worthwhile. It revolves arround a boy trying to survive in a devestated area of Japan as he's being hunted by a group of superpowered vilains.

Spice and Wolf II- The long awaited sequel. Currently am enjoying my Horo fix as usual. Also yeah, it's amazing how this show can be so good when it's subject matter (economics and trade) is so dry. It's supported by the excellent characters.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0- Mirai is having a bad day stressed over family trouble and worried about her grades and future carreer, and now she's been saddled with shaporoaning her little brother Youki arround town instead of enjoying her summer break. She wishes everything would just fall apart....well she should have been more careful what she wished for as she got it. A massive earthquake strikes Tokyo and the two siblings are trapped in the destroyed remains of a multi-story mall.

Umeneko no Naju Koroni- Another supernatural murder mystery from the creators of the Higurashi no Naku Koroni series. When the rich head of a family becomes terminally ill, his sons and daughters meet on an isolated iland to (calously) decide how to divide up the family wealth. No doubt many people will croak before this series is over.

There's also a buch of shows still running that haven't completed yet which I'm watching like Asura Cryin', Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Guin Saga, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya II, Naruto Shippuden, Pandora Hearts, Phantom, and White Album. I'm also enjoying a bunch of OVA series and movies as they're sporadically released such as Denpa Teki no Kanojo, Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark, Hellsing Ultimate, Higurashi no Naku Koroni Rei, Kara no Kyoukai, Time of Eve, and the Utawarerumono OVA.
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Old July 13 2009, 02:22 AM   #21
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What is your opinion on Gantz? I recently watched the first few episodes and it was OK. I then read about it online and found that many fans thought it was under-achieving.

I always liked anime, but I too don't know where to start or what to go for. I like Science Fiction, Mysterious Stuff, Cyber-Punk, Spy, can you recommend some titles like that, or other good anime websites?
Gantz is the type of series that makes you wish you could get all the wasted hours you spent watching it back. It's pretty much nothing but ultraviolence and sex with no substance, soul, or proper conclusion. Really not recommended unless violence and sex are the only things you're watching it for. The first half was alright but the second half is a horrid trainwreck.

As for recent stuff you might like, you might want to give:

Darker Than Black
Eden of the East
Ergo Proxy
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
The Kara no Kyoukai films
Kaze no Yojimbo
Kurenai
Monster
Red Garden
Rideback
Ryoko's Case Files (Yakushiji Ryoko no Kaiki Jikenbo)
Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan)

....a try.

Adult Swim can poke fun at anime fans because the comedies can get up to three times the ratings of the anime shows (Bleach is the only show that is considered a serious contender on Saturday nights, and even it falls noticeably short of the Sunday night shows). Comedies are where Adult Swim's bread and butter is, and they have no problems letting anime fans--who frequently send them otaku-style letters/emails complaining about this or that--know that.
Well, I could tell off all the people that piss me off at work too, but its just dumb and simply bad bussiness practice. You want people to use your service so you can get money. Being an asshole is counter-productive to this, because you will lose customers, and in AS's case, viewers. AS whines that anime doesn't get the ratings when their own actions have played a large part in why that is, by driving them off in the first place.
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Old July 13 2009, 05:17 PM   #22
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Adult Swim can poke fun at anime fans because the comedies can get up to three times the ratings of the anime shows (Bleach is the only show that is considered a serious contender on Saturday nights, and even it falls noticeably short of the Sunday night shows). Comedies are where Adult Swim's bread and butter is, and they have no problems letting anime fans--who frequently send them otaku-style letters/emails complaining about this or that--know that.
Well, I could tell off all the people that piss me off at work too, but its just dumb and simply bad bussiness practice. You want people to use your service so you can get money. Being an asshole is counter-productive to this, because you will lose customers, and in AS's case, viewers. AS whines that anime doesn't get the ratings when their own actions have played a large part in why that is, by driving them off in the first place.
Adult Swim also knows how thin-skinned most anime fans are, which makes poking fun at them even more tempting. But the more anime fans that leave, the less reason Adult Swim probably has to continue airing anime--and it wouldn't be that significant of a loss to them, probably.

In a way, anime on television is something of a losing proposition--unless it's something that appeals to the 6-11 male demographic and has a popular card game or toyline behind it. There are anime fans out there who won't watch a show on TV because they either already have it on DVD, it's edited for US television, or (even if they haven't seen it before) simply because its dubbed. That's a chunk of a potential audience already gone.

To be fair, though, Adult Swim could have easily got rid of all their anime a long time ago (i.e., "pulled a Naruto" like Cartoon Network proper did). They probably could have got bigger ratings airing reruns of Welcome Back Kotter and Chico and the Man than new episodes of Bleach and Code Geass R2. I think it's actually amazing that Adult Swim is even bothering to show Moribito again and in its entirety...
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Old July 13 2009, 05:59 PM   #23
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I suppose.

I also think they know that they run the risk of killing some of their comedy shows if they don't have something to kind of buffer between them. I don't know.

Still, I'd say the most successful Anime series they ever ran was probably Cowboy Bebop, with Trigun and Lupin III doing pretty good as well.
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Old July 13 2009, 06:10 PM   #24
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Also gotta love how AS has bumpers of the 1/1 scale Gundam and acts like it loves the franchise when they where responsible for canning 0079 and refusing to air 00.
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Old July 13 2009, 09:32 PM   #25
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^^^
Perhaps they thought most people had forgotten that Gundam once aired on Cartoon Network...I know I sure did when I saw that bumper. It's been, what, four years since CN finally threw in the towel after being burned by one too many Gundam shows?

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Still, I'd say the most successful Anime series they ever ran was probably Cowboy Bebop, with Trigun and Lupin III doing pretty good as well.
The fact that they're still showing Bebop today says much about how well it did and how it's still got a faithful audience. Ditto for Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost In The Shell, and the other anime shows that fill out the rest of Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Though it might be possible that the only reason why those shows are still on is because Adult Swim may have finally given up on Saturday nights and that they might as well show anime after all...
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Old July 14 2009, 01:46 AM   #26
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FLCL was also pretty darn high on the ratings scale for the anime they've aired. Probabally because it was funny, which could also explain why some of the others had the viewership as well, because they included humor to a fairly significant degree. You think they'd try to roll with that angle and get more comedy anime if comedy is successful on AS. If they were smart anyway....

Maybe pick up Azumanga Daioh, Bamboo Blade, Chobits, Excel Saga, the Galaxy Angel series, or even The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya if action stuff doesn't work.
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Old July 14 2009, 02:15 AM   #27
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BTW, a bit off topic, but what's with all this new kiddified reality crap on CN now? I saw this huge promo commercial for it before the trailers that ran for Up this summer, & just sat there watching the screen mortified....start them when they're young, I guess.
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Old July 14 2009, 02:52 AM   #28
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FLCL was also pretty darn high on the ratings scale for the anime they've aired. Probabally because it was funny, which could also explain why some of the others had the viewership as well, because they included humor to a fairly significant degree. You think they'd try to roll with that angle and get more comedy anime if comedy is successful on AS. If they were smart anyway....

Maybe pick up Azumanga Daioh, Bamboo Blade, Chobits, Excel Saga, the Galaxy Angel series, or even The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya if action stuff doesn't work.
Oh god I can just hear the complaints from people over how Excel Saga ruined their lives because of its cracked out psychotic humor. I loved that show I think one of the problems is that AS didn't really choose some of its shows well. i for one loved Moribito but it really wasn't right for the channel. What they need is something edgy and daring. Something like Elfin Lied
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Old July 14 2009, 02:57 AM   #29
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Call me crazy, but I've just never found Excel Saga all that funny.

It's like my friend's favorite show and he's always trying to get me to watch it and every time I do, I find myself struggling to get a laugh out.
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Its probably because you aren't stoned. its the most important part of the experience
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