Monday, May 21, 2012

Confirmed: New Toonami Programming Leaked


Update: Adult Swim Employee Jason DeMarco confirmed the scheduling via twitter. It's official, the new programs are Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins. 

Toonami's return has to be the biggest domestic anime news this week, and Adult Swim is banking on that. The network has kept tight lips about the entire situation, and has tried to keep an air of mystery about the upcoming programming schedule until Toonami actually hits airwaves again. Fans have been wildly speculating about what new shows will appear on the network, and have hit every series from Panty and Stocking to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Well, it looks like somebody at Adult Swim goofed, and now the Toonami schedule is up 5 days before it was supposed to be. Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Ghost in the Shell, and Cowboy Bebop (Shocker!) are all returning this weekend, along with two new contenders. Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins are listed as well, and seem to be the network's newest acquisitions.

I can't say that I know much about Deadman Wonderland, aside from the fact that fans were going crazy for it back when it first premiered, but it seems like a decent fit for the block's matured audience. The fact that Casshern Sins is on the block actually kind of pisses me off. In just the last two years, there have been dozens of anime that are monumentally better than Casshern. Casshern had an awesome premise, and I thought it was actually pretty beautifully animated, but it was so incredibly slow and boring that I couldn't make it through the entire series.

This is pretty awful for the block. Casshern has to be the most incredibly boring anime that I have ever seen, and now the future of Toonami is banking on it. What about Black Butler, or Darker than Black? Both are critically acclaimed series that hit the Adult Swim/Toonami demographic. There's a sea of great anime that would thrive on Adult Swim, and Adult Swim decided to run their ship aground on Casshern Isle.

Here's to hoping Casshern won't do too much damage.

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