Toonami Celebrates 20th Anniversary On 17th March

Toonami Celebrates 20th Anniversary On 17th March

Toonami Celebrates 20th Anniversary On 17th March

Cartoon Network’s action-animation and Japanese anime programming block and international channel brand – Toonami will celebrate its 20th anniversary this Friday (17/03/2017) and Saturday (18/03/2017) with live streams, never-before-seen animated shorts and prize giveaways. The weekend ceremony will start with a Toonami Pre-Flight livestream on Friday at 8pm ET on Toonami’s website (http://www.toonami.com/PreFlight) with feature Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, the iconic voices of Toonami’s 3D CGI presenters T.O.M (Steven Blum) and SARA (Dana Swanson), the live-stream will feature classic footage from the history of Toonami and an interview with Sean Akins – the co-creator of Toonami programming block.

Toonami first appeared as an afternoon programming block on Cartoon Network USA on 17th March 1997, starting off with an episode from the 1985 animated series – Thundercats, as time went on, Toonami aired hit imports from Japan such as Dragon Ball Z, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gundam Wing and U.S. animation such as Justice League Unlimited from Warner Bros. Animation. Toonami also expanded to Cartoon Network’s international feeds, including the UK and Australia. The block ended in 2008, but was revived four years later in 2012 as part of Cartoon Network’s adult nighttime programming block – Adult Swim, since then, Toonami also had an international revival with channel launches in Asia and France. Faithful action-animation and anime fans have kept Toonami popular despite its late-night timeslot, with many of its new episode premieres trending on Twitter on Saturday nights.

Toonami has recently extended its broadcast period by half hour, starting at the earlier time of 11pm ET/PT on Saturday nights, the block has also welcomed back new episodes of Samurai Jack, a show which also aired on Toonami while the block was airing on Cartoon Network. New episodes of Samurai Jack are produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Williams Street (Adult Swim’s production house). Toonami has also been airing the latest installment of the Dragon Ball franchise – Dragon Ball Super.

On Saturday 18th March at midnight, Toonami will premiere Mamoru Oshii’s (creator of the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi anime series – Ghost in the Shell) new five-episode micro-series, “Sand Whale and Me”. A new 5-minute episode from the micro-series will air every week for the next five consecutive weeks. Toonami fans also voted for their favourite Toonami logo throughout the history of the block, the winning logo will be used on-air for the special 20th-anniversary broadcast. Throughout the 20th anniversary broadcast, viewers will have a chance to win T-shirts, T.O.M action figures, a limited run, printed comic from Intruder 3, and much more.

Adult Swim’s Toonami Celebrates 20 Years of Action, Ghost in the Shell’s Mamoru Oshii to Premiere New Micro-Series on Anniversary Weekend: From the Adult Swim Press Release, via ToonamiFaithful.com

Adult Swim’s dedicated weekend block, Toonami, celebrates 20 years with live streams, never-before-seen animated shorts and giveaways. The weekend celebration will kick-off Friday, March 17 with a Toonami Pre-Flight live-stream on Toonami.com/PreFlight and will feature Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, the iconic voices of T.O.M and SARA, and classic footage from the past and an interview with co-creator Sean Akins.

Toonami first appeared on Cartoon Network’s afternoon programming block on March 17, 1997 and returned as a Saturday-night block on Adult Swim in 2012. Part lifestyle brand, part programming block, Toonami helped usher in the wave of anime in the late 90s. Toonami has recently welcomed back new episodes of Samurai Jack, and has extended its broadcast a half-hour earlier to 11 p.m. ET/PT.

“It’s hard to believe Toonami is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. Much has changed since Toonami’s premiere in 1997, but our strategy remains the same: to air the best anime and action cartoons, packaged and presented in a way that respects and welcomes fans” says DeMarco, senior vice president and creative director, on-air for Adult Swim. “Those fans are the reason Toonami still exists in 2017, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their years of support. Here’s hoping we’re still around for another 20 years.”

Viewers across the country are invited to join the festivities with a special, live edition of Toonami Pre-Flight starting at 8 pm. ET on Friday. Steve Blum, voice of T.O.M will be live in the studio to help celebrate and answer fan questions along with DeMarco and Austin. Blum’s otherworldly counterpart, Dana Swanson (SARA), will also present an exclusive reflections piece. There will be favourite Toonami memories, throwbacks and more.

The celebration will continue into the March 18 broadcast of Toonami, with the help of Arby’s®. Fans of the block voted on their favorite graphics look of Toonami throughout the years and starting that Saturday, The premiere of legendary director Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost in the Shell) five-episode micro-series, “Sand Whale and Me,” is also scheduled for Midnight. Each 5-minute episode will run throughout the next five consecutive weeks. For on-air eyes only, fans will have the limited chance to participate in an anniversary-themed giveaway to win T-shirts, T.O.M action figures, a limited run, printed comic from Intruder 3, and more. Details on how to register will be revealed during that night’s broadcast.

Toonami airs Saturday nights at 11 p.m. ET/PT and Toonami Pre-Flight airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on AdultSwim.com.

http://toonamifaithful.com/press-release-toonami-celebrates-20-years-of-action/

Toonami USA Dragon Ball Super Premieres 7th January 2017

Toonami USA Dragon Ball Super Premieres 7th January 2017

Toonami USA Dragon Ball Super Premieres 7th January 2017

The long-awaited next installment of the Dragon Ball franchise – Dragon Ball Super will premiere on Adult Swim USA’s anime action block – Toonami on Tuesday 7th January 2017. Season 1 of the new series will have a total of 26 episodes, encompassing the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ story arcs. New episodes will air every Saturday. Voice acting talent features veteran voice actors from previous Dragon Ball series’ including Seán Schemmel (Goku), Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta), Jason Douglas (Beerus), Ian Sinclair (Whis) and Sonny Strait (Krillin).

Dragonball Super is animated by infamous Japanese anime studio – Toei Animation (also known for Digimon, Sailor Moon and One Piece) and dubbed in American English by Funimation. Toonami Asia will premiere the show on 21st January 2017, with another English dub produced by Bang Zoom Entertainment.

Dragonball Super Synopsis

With Majin Buu defeated, Goku has taken a completely new role as…a radish farmer?! With Earth at peace, our heroes have settled into normal lives. But they can’t get too comfortable. Far away, the powerful God of Destruction, Beerus, awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of an even more formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

From The Funimation Press Release: English Dub Of “Dragon Ball Super” Hit Anime Series To Premiere On Adult Swim’s Toonami January 7, 2017 At 8 PM And 11:30PM ET

Dragon Ball fans everywhere just received the biggest gift of the holiday season. Toei Animation Inc., Funimation© Entertainment and Adult Swim are pleased to announce their partnership to bring “Dragon Ball Super” to TV audiences starting next January. “Dragon Ball Super” is the first new storyline in more than 18 years from original creator Akira Toriyama and the Dragon Ball franchise, which was first introduced to the U.S. more than 20 years ago. Adult Swim will begin airing the U.S. English dub of “Dragon Ball Super” Season 1 during the Toonami block starting on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET. Season 1, which totals 26 episodes, encompasses the Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ story arcs. New episodes of “Dragon Ball Super” will air each Saturday.

”Dragon Ball Super” is more than the latest adventure in the Dragon Ball saga – It’s a collaboration between the series original creator, Akira Toriyama and a passionate team of men and women who are both longtime partners and talented newcomers. “Dragon Ball Super” comes with everything viewers can hope for after waiting 18 long years for a new series – impressible dangers to overcome, the reuniting of beloved characters, and new additions to the mythos that will rock Dragon Ball’s very foundation,” said Masayuki Endo, President and CEO of Toei Animation Inc. “We are very excited to return “Dragon Ball Super” to its U.S. broadcast home on Adult Swim.”

“Toonami and the Dragon Ball franchise have a long and storied history together in the U.S.,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president of on-air for Adult Swim. “We are thrilled to be premiering “Dragon Ball Super” to our audience and keeping Dragon Ball on Toonami!”

“We’re extremely pleased to join with Toei Animation in this broadcast partnership with Adult Swim to bring “Dragon Ball Super” to a whole new generation of TV audiences,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation. “I have no doubt that ‘Dragon Ball Super’ will eclipse the television success of the original Dragon Ball series that first aired here more than 20 years ago when anime was still new to the U.S. Those kids that grew up watching Dragon Ball now have kids of their own.”

http://www.funimation.com/blog/2016/12/07/english-dub-of-dragon-ball-super-hit-anime-series-to-premiere-on-adult-swims-toonami-january-7-2017-at-8-p-m-and-1130-p-m-et/