Yup, it’s definitely a happy holiday season for anime fans out there! Recently, the Toonami Shows 2016 list revealed the air dates of special anime shows this upcoming holidays. Both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on Saturday this year. Thus, the Adult Swim block is preparing two marathons. The first one is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure which is slated on December 24. It has a double-episode lead-in this coming December 17. Then there’s Dragon Ball Z Kai on December 31 per crunchyroll.com.
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Toonami Shows: A Glimpse at History
Toonami is a brand name which is geared towards action packed programming. It consists primarily of American animation plus Japanese anime. It used to be an afternoon and evening block on Cartoon Network which ended on September 20, 2008. Right now, since May 18, 2012, it has become a late Saturday night adult-oriented animation block on Adult Swim. This was created by Jason DeMarco and Sean Atkins and produced by Williams Street. It’s a fusion of the words ‘cartoon’ and ?tsunami?, which suggest a ‘tidal wave’ of animated shows.
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Initially, Toonami was aired on Cartoon Network from 1997 to 2008. During its original run, it was famous for releasing action anime that became very popular with the American viewers. This included Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Ronin Warriors, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo! Outlaw Star, The Big O, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Naruto and One Piece. It was also acclaimed for it’s anime music videos, space-themed backdrop, and amazing soundtrack. Oh yeah, and a host robot named T.O.M., which is short for Toonami Operations Module.
Toonami Shows 2016 List
Come 2012, Adult Swim relaunched Toonami. This time as an adult-oriented anime block. This continued as a Saturday night action block coming from its forerunner, Midnight Run. Shows which belonged to the previous lineup returned occasionally. There were newer shows
which were featured as well. This included ?Bleach, Soul Eater, Sword Art Online, Space Dandy, Naruto: Shippuden, Attack on Titan, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Kill la Kill, Akame ga Kill!, Parasyte -the maxim-, Hunter ? Hunter (2011), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, One-Punch Man, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, as published by Wikipedia.
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