Should There Be A One Piece Catch Up Special?
Now those of us who watched and remembered back during Cartoon Network's Saturday Toonami about 8-7 years ago know that when an anime was fairly popular, chances are not only would it actually get rerun slots on weekdays, but that Toonami would even air special episode specific promos for each upcoming new release. Why? It was a way of trying to get people invested in the show who may of missed an episode or two or maybe hadn't really been paying attention but wanted to check it out. Of course there was another way of catching people up that Toonami did for it's most popular series at the time:
The One Hour Catch Up Special.
Both Naruto and Zatch Bell after a certain amount of time on the air (Naruto after the Chunin exams's third round was over, Zatch Bell after episode 26 and then after episode 52) had a special american only Catch Up Special. Which was pretty much an excuse to showcase clips of previous episodes with narration trying to put it into some sort of actual story. Like it actually was part of the show's canon (well the Zatch Bell ones anyway) and happened between the episode before and the episode after it. Still the point was mostly just making sure people remembered key elements or battles or characters or plot points from the series in case they missed a specific episode. And this talk of One Piece coming back to Toonami got me thinking:
Should One Piece Have A Catch Up Special?
Now for those of you who haven't heard, One Piece will be back on May 18th on Toonami but starting at episode 207. The 4th "Season" of OP and the start of the Davy Black Fight Arc. Why is the show starting there? Because starting over at the beginning wouldn't really interest folks and 207 is when the show actually went widescreen HD in Japan so seems like as good a place as any for Toonami Adult Swim to start showing it. Problem is that there are going to be people coming on May 18th who may of never seen One Piece and haven't been watching the sub release of the epsodes or read the manga. Or even those who were following the show when it ran on Toonami years back when the show ended midway through Skypeia who may be lost on what happened. And really starting with the slower episodes most likely aren't going to keep people's interest up in the show, which is why I propose the idea of A One Piece Catch Up Special.
All you need to do is on May 11th have Toonami/Funimation cut together a various selection of clips of OP and run an hour of them explaining the show's premise, the characters, the plot points and what's happened so far in the various arcs of OP. You know a way of condencing the previous 206 episodes of OP down so you can have people go into it at 207 and not be totally loss. Since at least the basics would be covered in the catch up special and hey may give people more incentive to buy the DVDs/ read the manga of the material they missed.
So what do you think of this idea? You think it's something that should be considered/done or should they not bother and just have the show air from 207 without bothering to explain anything that happened before it? Talk about that here people.
Instead of just using this new signature to celebrate a thousand more post, let me list of all the great things you can expect of me on this board for 2012:
...... The same talkbacks you saw me do last year but with new episodes.
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