Two words. Holy Crap!
Awesome news. Apparently Turner hasn't forgotten the Toonami branding overseas as well. Hopefully it will be better than the UK version turned out to be!
I'm... not even sure what to make of this, really...
EDIT: Eh, may as well include the post here, for those who don't want to click the link:
Turner Broadcasting System Asia announced on Tuesday that it will launch a multi-language Toonami channel in early 2013 across Southeast Asia.
Toonami, which is based on the same programming block on Cartoon Network, will be a 24-hour channel that Turner Broadcasting System Asia describes as "the ultimate home of the superhero." The channel will feature anime and animated action-adventure series. The official announcement noted that the channel's line-up will include Dragon Ball Z, along with other animated series such as Young Justice, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
Sunny Saha, the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Entertainment Networks at Turner International Asia Pacific Limited, said, "our aim is to make Toonami a socially-charged, multiplatform experience for fans, by fans. We'll invite input from viewers on everything from programming to showcasing fan art submissions on-air and online."
Turner Broadcasting System Asia will also launch the Cartoonito channel that will feature animation catered to younger viewers aged 3-7.
Adult Swim, the cable and satellite network that is paired with Cartoon Network, relaunched its Toonami programming block in the United States in May. Cartoon Network had previously ended Toonami in 2008 after an 11-year run.
Holy crap. Looks like I need a Slingbox now.
11.5 Space Dandy / 12.0 Bleach / 12.5 Shippuden / 1.0 One Piece / 1.5 Soul Eater / 2.0 Sword Art Online / 2.5 Naruto / 3.0 GITS / 3.5 Brotherhood / 4.0 Samurai Jack / 4.5 IGPX / 5.0 Clone Wars / 5.5 Inuyasha
Jack is Back.
Only TOONAMI, on [adult swim]
The only way I think the US would ever get a Toonami channel of our own would be if they rebranded Boomerang as Toonami to compete with Nicktoons and Disney XD. However, I get the impression that Turner would rather not do anything with Boomerang. This Asian channel could be a test, but then again we never got our own Toonami channel after the UK had their own for a few years.
"Give a monkey a brain and he'll swear he's the center of the universe..."
A Toonami Channel for Asia and possibly Australia. Very cool. Hopefully it works out better than Toonami UK did.
As for us getting more Toonami goodness? Not dang likely until someone else runs Turner's youth and young adults entertainment division. The current heads have no love for action animation.
Adult Swim, where they can show more mature programming.)
It's going to have Batman, Young Justice, and DBZ, among others.but i doubt it will be anything like that i think its gpna be just like nicktoons no tom and chilish shows and bumps:/
There's now a website for the channel, which will launch 12/1/2012. http://www.toonamiasia.com/
From the looks of it, the channel will have Generator Rex Star Wars Clone Wars, DBZ, DBZ Kai, Avenger Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Green Lateran TAS, Young Justice, Batman Brave & The Bold, Inazuma 11, Ironman Armored Adventures, Thundercats 2011, Transformers Prime and more.
Sounds pretty good to me!
Inazuma Eleven too.
It's a darn shame that the owners of the rights to all those shows in America would prevent any one channel from being that awesome here. Though I suppose given time and money The Hub could pull it off some day. Vortexx could also but with heavy censorship.
It's off to a great start but hopefully it doesn't degrade like Toonami UK did.
I think I spotted Kamen Rider Dragon Knight in there as well.
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Also they have the youtube accounts of CN Asia, Japan, Australia and NZ, and India linked on their page, so I'm guessing that means the channel will be available in all of those locations (probably the Philippines too).
I wouldn't be surprised if Naruto Shippuden ended up there too because it was on CN Australia until a few months ago when it was pulled. Hopefully they get One Piece there too, because that would really top things off as a perfect lineup in my opinion.
Even if they did bring the channel over we wouldn't get the same shows. Many of the non-CN shows are on The Hub, DXD, Nicktoons and Vortexx in America and CN wouldn't be able to get them. They could instead use their current action library including the anime on Toonami for late nights. But sadly there's really no market for an all action cartoon channel in America right now.
So the I found the first schedule for Toonami Asia that starts 12/1 and I found a few things that were interesting.
1) Apparently Toonami Asia is going to replace Boomerang Asia (http://static.lowyat.net/uploads/att...0244_thumb.jpg). Not much of a loss though since most of it was preschool programming.
2) It appears that the schedule below is just going to be a special schedule, just for the channel's launch
3) A few of the slots shown on the TV Guide I found this info on were left blank for some reason.
So here it is:
5:00 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
5:30 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
6:00 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
6:30 AM Star Wars: The Clone Wars
7:00 AM Star Wars: The Clone Wars
7:30 AM Star Wars: The Clone Wars
8:00 AM Blue Dragon
8:30 AM Blue Dragon
9:00 AM Blue Dragon
9:30 AM ???
10:00 AM ???
10:30 AM ???
11:00 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
11:30 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
12:00 PM Ben 10: Alien Force
12:30 PM Justice League Unlimited
1:00 PM Justice League Unlimited
1:30 PM Justice League Unlimited
2:00 PM Iron Man: Armored Adventures
2:20 PM Iron Man: Armored Adventures
2:45 PM Wolverine And The X-Men
3:10 PM Wolverine And The X-Men
3:30 PM Ben 10: Alien Force
4:00 PM Ben 10: Alien Force
4:30 PM Ben 10: Alien Force
5:00 PM Blue Dragon
5:30 PM Blue Dragon
6:00 PM Blue Dragon
6:30 PM ???
7:00 PM ???
7:30 PM ???
8:00 PM Deltora Quest
8:30 PM Deltora Quest
9:00 PM Deltora Quest
9:30 PM ???
10:00 PM ???
10:30 PM ???
11:00 PM Generator Rex
11:30 PM Generator Rex
12:00 AM Generator Rex
12:30 AM Star Wars: The Clone Wars
1:00 AM Star Wars: The Clone Wars
1:30 AM Star Wars: The Clone Wars
2:00 AM Justice League Unlimited
2:30 AM Justice League Unlimited
3:00 AM Justice League Unlimited
3:30 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
4:00 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
4:30 AM Ben 10: Alien Force
From the press release:
Sadly, TOM won't appear on the channel. But come to think of it, that might not be bad actually. Because if they did have TOM, they would probably hire someone else to voice him and have him with a different personality. And I think most of us don't want to have a TOM like the UK did. So it's good they'll have their own mascot.To kick off Toonami’s launch, budding science-fiction writers can play an active part in the channel’s origins which centers on NAMI, an A.I. lifeform from the future. From December 1 to January 31, fanboys and fangirls can pitch ideas as to how to complete NAMI’s story. The winning entry will be created into an animated clip for the channel and a customized printed comic book. For more information, head to ToonamiAsia.com.
The special schedule for Dec. 1 is okay, but could have been better. I hope they add more shows to the schedule. They could add Samurai Jack, Megas XLR, the original Ben 10, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10: Omniverse and Sym-Bionic Titan. Especially the latter 2, considering Titan hasn't aired in Asia yet and Omniverse is a new show and they could air the new episodes on Toonami first. That could boost the ratings a bit.
Stay tuned for updates!
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