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By otakuman5000 On 27 May, 2012 At 02:54 AM | Categorized As Animation, News, Television | With 0 Comments

No Gravatar has let loose that today Saturday May 26th. They have set up a tweet box with the auto-tweet #ToonamiBackB#### and have recently released a schedule for Toonami Rebirth and the shows are as follows.
Rebirth 2012 Schedule on Adult Swim
12:00AM – Bleach
12:30AM – Deadman Wonderland
1:00AM – Casshern Sins
1:30AM – Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
2:00AM – Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd GIG
2:30AM – Cowboy Bebop

It is safe to say that Toonami is playing it safe when it comes to Toonami because many of the shows that where originally aired are now on the competitions networks and as you can see by the time frames are very very late night even for a Saturday night. I think Cartoon Network wants to see if they can put faith in tooonami so go out and watch it. There are only to new shows on the bill Casshern Sins and Deadman Wonderland, so in order for the network to move you will have to watch and tell your friends as well if you want to see Tom and his gang fly through space.

In other news The Boondocks gang Huey, Riley and Granddad are back for season 4 of the critically acclaimed and controversial cartoon was though over at the end of the last season in 2010 do to the disputes with Series Creator Aaron McGruder and Sony (who distributed the show world wide) and (SPOILER WARNING) the last season ended with Huey becoming a nation terrorist so it will be interesting to see what will happen in the new Season.

So what was your favorite era of Toonami? What is your favorite season or episode the boondocks?
Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to ROG for more updates on this story and more.

By Charles On 17 Oct, 2011 At 09:40 PM | Categorized As Animation, Editorials, Tales of Real Otaku | With 2 Comments

No GravatarA few weeks ago, I wrote an article on the games that changed my life. Not the best games, or the most popular ones, just the games that held specific meaning for me as a person and a gamer, and how they shaped my gaming life. Today, I wanted to write a second installment to that, a sort of follow-up piece for another major force in my fandom participation. Because gaming, while it is a big part of my life, is not the only part of my life. I take part in a lot of activities and interests, all of which shape and form who I am, and influence where I go.

So, for today, I am once more listing influential things in my life. This time around, I’m focusing on the anime that made me who I am.

It all started here, sub not dub.

I got into anime way back in 1997, when a friend of mine lent me a copy of “Dragonball Z: The Dead Zone.” Prior to this, I had an inkling of what anime was, but aside from unintentionally watching shows like Voltron back in the 80s, I hadn’t given it much thought. Dragonball Z changed that. I can’t say how many times I watched “Dead Zone” over the next few months, but it was enough to wear out to VHS I had copied it to. I spent a good 3 years waking up extra early to watch the Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon dubs in syndication. I remember actually paying attention in Spanish class so I could stumble through the Telemundo broadcast of “Duragonball Zeto.” And for maybe 2 years, this was all the anime I knew. And I fell into it hard.

Dragonball Z was the first, the gateway into the wide world of anime. And that is the last time I will mention it in this list, because while it was my first, I also outgrew it very fast. The repetitive nature of the episodes, the constant theme of “get stronger, defeat opponent, find stronger one” got old fast, especially as I entered college and found other fans like me. Dragonball opened the door, and after I ran through, I left it behind. There was so much more to discover out there, and I had all the time in the world (at least theoretically) to find it.

Some of the entries on this list are new. Some are movies. Some contain multiple titles. There is a reason for this: sometimes its not the individual series that impacted me, but how it related to others I was watching at the time. Sometimes it’s the animation studio or director that holds the power. So there are definitely more than 10 anime listed on here, but in the end, all of them managed to do the same thing- they shaped who I am today. And, as always, ignore the numbering system. I didn’t rank them in any particular order.

1: Rurouni Kenshin- This was the first show I discovered after Dragonball. Much like its predecessor, this was loaned to me in subtitled VHS format. But the similarities end there. Whereas DBZ is a beat-em-up shounen fight show, Kenshin was so much more. An introduction to the tumultuous Meiji era, when Japan modernized itself rapidly. A study in psychology and the creation of heroes and villains. A moral drama about penitence and forgiveness. It contained a lot of elements DBZ lacked, but which make anime so unique, and enjoyable. And that made me want to watch it more. I recall marathoning the entire Kyoto arc in a weekend. I remember quite vividly discussing the historical accuracy of one Hajime Saito. I also know I spent a lot of money buying a few volumes of this on DVD at the end of Freshman year in college.

These days, I tend to avoid the show. Kenshin the anime lacks a lot of what Kenshin the manga contained. Indeed, the manga had the same impact on my written consumption as the anime did on my viewing. I don’t own any volumes or DVDs anymore, long traded away to make room for new series. But the mark left by Rurouni Kenshin on my anime viewing remains. Had I not started watching this show, Dragonball might have been both the first, and last, anime I ever watched.

And yes, Ed Elric is indeed short.

2: Fullmetal Alchemist- This is without a doubt the biggest anime of the past decade. It has one of the largest, most devoted fandoms attached to it. Two series and an amazing manga title later and people still talk about the misadventures of Edward Elric and Roy Mustang. It made Vic Mignogna famous. And Travis Willingham too. FMA’s impact stretches past that of any others, crossing boundaries and pulling more fans in all the time.

None of this mattered to me in 2007, when I bought the DVDs after Anime Boston. It was an Anime Music Video that introduced me, and while I was aware that the show had nothing to do with the trailer it was attached to, I wanted to see what this interesting show was about. So, on my way home from work, I stopped by the anime shop and grabbed the entire series. I think it lasted me a week.

Fullmetal Alchemist taught me to have fun. Unlike the Gundam series I was used to watching at the time, I didn’t need to deconstruct it. Watching 4-5 episodes before going to sleep every night wasn’t a drain on my brain, as they moved fast, were paced perfectly, and practically begged for advancement. FMA was easily the most accessible show I had seen at the time, and was deep enough to hold my interest, but open enough not to linger past my watching time. It was the first show in a long time I could pick up and put down easily, but still enjoyed enough to re-watch later on. It embodied the notion that anime, first and foremost, has to be fun, or its not worth watching.

And, like Kenshin, the manga is better.

I want this to be me.

3: Usagi Drop- This show ended maybe a month ago. It’s the most recent one on this list. But why is it on here? Simple- it showed me that anime is more than just “kid’s stuff.”

Now I am not saying that anime as a medium is childish, because it’s not. Unlike Western animation, anime crosses boundaries and appeals to a wide range of people, from children to teens to professional adults. But out of all the series I have watched, Usagi Drop might be the most mature. Not in terms of subject matter or content, but in terms of story, and how that story related to me.

I just turned 30 this year. And with that came a lot of new conflicts and questions about where I’m going in my life. Like a flipped switch, suddenly the things that never bothered me before suddenly seem more important. Things like family, work, moving on and being an adult- I spent my 20s ignoring them, and now I feel like I can’t afford to.

Which is exactly where Usagi Drop comes in. The same issues I ponder over are the ones 30 year old protagonist Daikichi does. Only he has a “daughter” thrown into the mix. Growing up and becoming a real family man are major issues for him. Responsibility to more than just himself is a major theme, revisited every time he encounters a new conflict with little Rin. This show gave me the chance to look at myself, both from inside and outside, and see that life might be complicated, but not overwhelmingly so. And when one needs to finally put away childish things and be an adult, it’s not so bad.

It also makes me want to have a daughter, but that’s a whole other story…

Es unos ganador, or whatever…

4: BECK Mongolian Chop Squad- Not a lot of people know this, but for a good chunk of my 20s, I worked in the music industry, as a DJ, promoter and eventually a talent scout for a small independent record label in New York. And during that time, music was the be all and end all of my life. I bought 2-3 albums a week, went to at least one live show every Friday night and spoke at a lot of music conferences. Also during that time my love of music, and my influences and tastes changed wildly.

The reason I mention this is because when I started watching BECK earlier this year, a lot of those memories and emotions came back in droves. Watching Koyuki grow from awkward teen into musician was something I was privy to many times, and I recognized a lot of the pitfalls he and the band were going through trying to break in an increasingly more competitive business. While I did not see myself in Koyuki, Chiba, Ryusuke and the others, I understood what they were going through, and it made the series all the more real to me. The inspirations for their songs, and the chosen songs themselves, added to the experience, and made BECK a show I watched through three times in quick succession.

While this series did not alter my life in any way, it did remind me of a time when my life was changing and growing by leaps and bounds, and made the lessons I learned then even more potent and memorable.

Best. Anime. Ever.

5: Monster- Whenever I get the chance, I tell people about this series.  In an age when half the scripted shows on television are crime procedurals, Monster stands both with them, and above them, telling a story full of suspense, intrigue, philosophy and the nature of righteousness. And it tells itself better than any live-action American show can.

Monster redefined what anime meant to me. I was used to these shows being fantastical, set in implausible locations and full of unlikely creatures. Monster is none of these. It is a story with believable characters, perfect pacing and enough meat to keep it going for 74 episodes without a “clip show” or bit of “filler” at all. It showed me that anime itself is a medium, but one just as varied and capable as any other. The fact that this show could have been scripted and been just as good shows through repeated veiwings. It is a drama on par with anything “real,” and perhaps far better.

By otakuman5000 On 1 May, 2011 At 03:03 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarStarting in May, 2011, manga publisher VIZ Media will begin re-releasing more of its most popular series in omnibus collections: Naruto, Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist and Kekkaishi. Each book will collect the first three volumes of each manga.


Naruto manga 3-in-1 omnibus


VIZ Media has already released the first three volumes of the Shonen Jump manga Once Piece in the 3-in-1 format, as part of a promotion to start readers on series. VIZ has previously released collections of popular series like Rurouni Kenshin and  Fushigi Yugi in VIZ Big editions, where the page size has also been released to match the original magazine release of the comics. The 3-in-1 editions have the same page size as a regular manga release.

More information on the four manga series is available in the press release below:



San Francisco, CA, April 21, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, kicks off the summer reading season with the release of new 3-in-1 omnibus editions for several best-loved manga (graphic novels) series. NARUTO and KEKKAISHI both launch on May 3rd, and BLEACH and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST go on sale June 7th. Each of the new omnibus releases bundles 3 complete manga volumes into a handy summertime reading companion.

NARUTO 3-in-1 Edition Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available May 3rd

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja! It’s training day and no one takes Naruto seriously at Ninja Academy. Especially not the other students, who all are competing to be the best ninja ever and some day lead Konoha, the Village Hidden in the Leaves. Naruto and his classmates are about to embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond Ninja Academy, beyond Konoha, beyond anything they ever imagined. What is Naruto’s true destiny? The epic story that has sold millions worldwide begins now! For more information, please visit the official NARUTO website at

Kekkaishi manga 3-in-1 omnibus.

KEKKAISHI 3-in-1 Edition Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available May 3rd

By night, teenager Yoshimori Sumimura is a “kekkaishi”–a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori’s got other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather! Yoshimori’s pretty neighbor and childhood friend, Tokine Yukimura, is also a kekkaishi, but their families are feuding over who is the true practitioner of the art. Now the two rival kekkaishi must do battle with amphibious demons, the ghost of a pastry chef, charming demon-charmer Yomi and her pet demon Yoki, embittered demon-dog Koya – and more! More information on KEKKAISHI is available at:

BLEACH 3-in-1 Edition Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available June 7th

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits, and along with Rukia – who is slowly regaining her powers – it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace. The paranormal action-adventure begins now! More information on BLEACH is available at

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST 3-in-1 Edition Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available June 7th

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world, somewhere between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in these powers to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living iron. Now they are agents of the government, slaves of the military-alchemical complex, using their unique powers to obey their orders…even to kill. But their powers aren’t unique. The world crawls with evil alchemists. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher’s Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are! More information on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST is available at:

By otakuman5000 On 5 Apr, 2011 At 01:07 PM | Categorized As Comics/Manga, News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarHiromu Arakawa is best known for her manga series Fullmetal Alchemist, which spans 27 volumes and inspired two anime series, as well as the manga Hero Tales. Now the popular manga artist is debuting a new manga , Silver Spoon, or Gin no Saji.

Silver Spoon Manga by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, a school manga by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon will run in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday manga magazine when the issue is released April 6, 2011. This will be Arakawa’s first weekly manga. The cover of Silver Spoon‘s premiere issue will feature the manga, and there will be a full-color opening page as well.

Little information has been released on the plot of Silver Spoon; all we know of the plot is that it takes place in a high school in Hokkaido. But fans still sad to see Fullmetal Alchemist end are excited to see what Arakawa is bringing us now.

Hiromu Arakawa

Hiromu Arakawa, self-portrait

Hiromu Arakawa was born in 1973 and comes from the town of Tokachi in Hokkaido, Japan. She first published manga in 1999 with Stray Dog, for which she won the Shonen Gangan award. She also won an award for Fullmetal Alchemist in 2004 at the Shogakukan Manga Awards. Along with her popular series, she has also created single-chapter manga stories.

Via Anime News Network