Is anyone else disappointed that Toonami doesn't seem to have any interest in airing classic (80s- early 90s) anime? That's really my favorite era and I think it's a shame that no one will give anything old a chance. I'd love to see them air Zeta Gundam, Macross, Dirty Pair, Saint Seiya, or anything else that's good and has a dub. I guess I'm not the biggest fan of their lineup right now.
The Toonami crew has made it very clear that they don't intend to be a nostalgia block. They're treating Toonami as if it never went off the air by continuing to showcase newer shows. Technically, we do have Cowboy Bebop as a classic 90s anime (it was produced and aired in Japan from 1998-1999). Of course, some fans are hating on Bebop due to how long Adult Swim has been airing it.
I'm not upset with the lack of classic anime on the lineup. While I wouldn't mind seeing some older titles on the lineup, I would much rather see them use their budget for shows that are more recent and/or haven't had much exposure.
What has my attention in Animation RIGHT NOW:
Hunter X Hunter (2011), One Piece, The Legend of Korra, TMNT (2012), Teen Titans Go!, Magi 2, Kill la Kill, A Certain Scientific Railgun
"Truth suffers, but never dies." - Saint Teresa Of Avila
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” - Salvor Hardin, Asimov's Foundation.
The reason why we haven't seen anymore "classics" return to Toonami is because of a combination of licensing issues, being too expensive of an acquisition or that the ratings wouldn't justify airing it. That's not to say that we won't see anymore as I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more show up, although at the moment, the only "classic" Toonami show with a realistic possibility of returning is Yu Yu Hakusho (and even then the budget needs to improve before they can get airing rights).
Not that I'm complaining. It'd be awful if the block was a nostalgia block.To be fair, many of the shows they did air back in 1998-2004 had finished up airing years ago (or in Tenchi-Muyo! case, the OVA 2 had been finished for nearly five years). Dragon Ball/Z, Sailor Moon, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Wings and Tenchi-Muyo were all popular shows and had finished in Japan by the time Toonami acquired them (heck, the only show that was "new" to American audience out of the five shows mentioned was Gundam Wings).Originally Posted by Gatomon41
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