Toonami Midnight Run Memories?

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  1. Joshua Dierickx

    Joshua Dierickx New Member

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    I keep having thoughts and memories that keep come flooding back to me (as of lately) about the late-night weeknight block that Toonami had aired from early 2000 through January 2003, and I couldn't forget about the original TMR that aired in 1999 to 2000 sometime, with TOM1.

    Questions:
    Did you watch Midnight Run every night it was on? Or occasionally? If so, what was your favorite Midnight Run schedule? What did/do you remember about it, or like about it?

    Back to the point: it seems as if everyone I know who talks about TMR, they always had to sneak downstairs, living room, the basement, or whatever, just to watch it, so that their parents wouldn't find out. Or they had elementary school in the morning, and they didn't care if they were tired the next day, so they had told their friends of what they seen or watched last night. However I rarely know people who were old enough to be up and watch it.

    That is all.
     
  2. Light Lucario

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    This is more fitting for the Adult Swim/Toonami section, so I'll move it there.

    As for the question at hand, I remember seeing some of Sailor Moon on the Midnight Run. I might have seen some other shows on that block, but seeing a couple of Sailor Moon episodes before I went to sleep is the most vivid memory I have of the Midnight Run.
     
  3. Joshua Dierickx

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    i forgot that Sailor Moon was even on the Saturday night TMR. However I heard that there was a public outcry to broadcast Sailor Moon on the daily Midnight Run... and yeah, it never happened obviously....
     
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    I so wanted to stay up and watch this - anime, at midnight, on Cartoon Network?!

    Alas, my Dad was watching TV at the time, and the one chance I want to see it, my brother wanted to watch Legend on the Sci-Fi Channel.
     
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    Midnight Run Special Edition formally introduced me to Gorillaz.
     
  6. Joshua Dierickx

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    Midnight Run was the best block that Cartoon Network and Toonami had offered; I thought it was better than the weekday afternoon counterpart (just my opinion). And yes, I was one of those who had snuck downstairs or in the basement to watch it. Good times. I only got caught 1-2, maybe 3 times, by my parents.

    Well, where I lived, it was from 11pm-Midnight, but whatever. Yes Cartoon Network had on anime for an hour, and then it had went went back to normal Cartoon Network programming. (P.S. just anime! It was during the "Anime Boom," that might be why.)
     
  7. Space Cadet

    Space Cadet I'M SWEATING

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    I was in middle school-beginning of high school when the Midnight Run was on. I didn't really get to stay up much to watch it, unfortunately. It was on too late and I had to get up the next morning(my parents were strict about this). However, there were a couple times I was able to do it(either I was up late due to working on a school project or I snuck to watch some TV) and I do remember watching an episode or two of uncut Gundam Wing which was mindblowing for me at the time. Most of the time, if there was something I wanted to watch, I would set my VCR to record it. That's how I was able to watch the 08th MS Team.

    Sometimes I miss it, but the spirit of the block is with Toonami right now.
     
  8. Joshua Dierickx

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    Nice, man. It sucks that I didn't record any of it.... if I did, it was too late to do so. I recorded some DBZ and Outlaw Star, if I believe so.

    However I was in elementary school when Midnight Run had first premiered, and my parents didn't know that I was staying up late to watch such a thing. The next day, I would tell my friends at school about it in class or at lunch about what I saw, and they saw it, too. I was just like you "mindblowing." The reason why it was mindblowing was because I had the ability to see something late at night. I rarely got the permission to do so from my parents, it was nice. However on Fridays, I got to because it was the start of the weekend, and CCF was on. It was a great day indeed.
     
  9. The Man in Black

    The Man in Black I have 5 of broats

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    G.I. Joe.

    And yeah I tended to either watch and then fall asleep or fall asleep during DBZ/Dragonball reruns on the Midnight Run which later turned into Adult Swim Weeknights.
     
  10. Joshua Dierickx

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    I forgot about G.I. Joe was even on TMR for a second.

    The final lineup was:
    Midnight: G Gundam
    12:30am - G.I. Joe

    Am I right on that schedule? The final schedule for the Midnight Run...

    However, the DBZ/DB line-up was great because I got to see reruns that I missed during the weekday afternoons, or new episodes that they had aired there as well. Eh, Adult Swim didn't get weekdays completely until spring 2003, and Adult Swim didn't claim Fridays as their own until 2008.... so yeah... Adult Swim weeknights is what killed Cartoon Network's late night programming, but whatever. I do wish that the Midnight Run would be back since 2003 but it will never happen again just like weekday cartoons... we can only have memories to talk about forever.
     
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  11. The Man in Black

    The Man in Black I have 5 of broats

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    I know the final Midnight Run line-up had G.I. Joe and G Gundam but I'm not sure in which order.
     
  12. Joshua Dierickx

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    I'll tell you what the final schedule of the Midnight Run is, and in what order. If you want to know.
     
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    The Man in Black I have 5 of broats

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    Oh hai:

    [video=youtube;UFIrwUJ18fQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFIrwUJ18fQ[/video]
     
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    I remember gundam 0080 and wing plus dbz and outlaw star and sailor moon g gundam and hamtaro and zoids
     
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    and a lot of dbz movies
     
  16. The Man in Black

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    Don't think Zoids was ever on Midnight Run. Hamtaro definitely wasn't xD. But now I'm thinking of an amusing "Nighttime Toonami's changing but it's not always for the better" promo with hamsters xD
     
  17. Joshua Dierickx

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    Yes; Dragonball Z, Gundam 0080, Gundam Wing, and Outlaw Star, were on the weeknight version of the Midnight Run. However, Sailor Moon was only on the Saturday Night Midnight Run edition, which was only on for 6 months, back in 1999.

    Hamtaro and Zoids were never on the Midnight Run. Hamtaro was only on Toonami's afternoon block, and if I remember correctly (do not kill the messenger on that one), was only on weekdays was because Turner and Cartoon Network thought that they needed more educational or more children programming, to rival that of Nickelodeon. I think that FCC were pressuring them to have one educational programming because local networks were all regulated by the federal government, and they were trying to regulate cable/satellite.

    Zoids were never on the Midnight Run, though it was one of the options to put on their final schedule for the Midnight Run - until Toonami had G Gundam and G.I. Joe for its final lineup, back in 2002 - up until the Midnight Run had ended its run in early 2003.
     
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  18. Sketch

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    I remember Hamtaro also airing outside of Toonami in the morning hours the same days it was on Toonami.
     
  19. Golden Geek

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    Unfortunately, I was born in 2000. 2-3 year old me had no interest in midnight anime.

    Which sucks because this looks awesome. Well, at least now I can watch a Midnight Run, for six hours too! :D
     
  20. Hypeathon

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    That was one of the few things about Midnight run I remember watching at the time growing up. Specifically, it was because of that I first became aware of Daft Punk and Interstella 5555. Even back then, the Toonami crew weren't exactly afraid to experiment.

    [video=youtube;PfmDehdLQd8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfmDehdLQd8[/video]

    Other than that, I don't remember watching that much else. For me, either the programming I had already seen on weekday afternoons and thus saw no point in watching it again or it was programming that as a kid at the time I was uninterested in. Although the idea of Gundam had always intrigued me and I wanted to like it more past the actual mechs, watching Gundam Wing, 08th MS team and 0080 felt either way too over my head or too serious for my taste. It's the same reason I didn't initially get into Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex when it first premiered on Adult Swim.

    One thing that I'm not sure of though, did any episodes of Dragon Ball Z premiere on the Midnight Run? For some reason, I specifically remember watching the Other World Game episodes on the Midnight Run even though they probably premiered on Weekday afternoons like any other episode.
     

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