It’s very interesting visiting characters that you responded to during your younger years when you get older because often times your perspective of their actions changes.
Like watching Evangelion when you get older and relating more to Asuka or Misato than you did to Shinji Ikari who you no longer like and relate to as much.
Or watching The X-Files and realizing that Scully is the one you connect to more as you mellow out with maturity and that Mulder often comes across as an impulsive jerk who doesn’t respect her as much as he should.
“Everything, every word, every
thought that you know is wrong! Aku…Aku is the one that has laid waste to the
beauty of this world. He has destroyed mother nature. Where do you think we
are? Aku has unleashed these monstrosities upon our world and they feed off his
carnage. Believe what you may, but if you open your eyes and let go of the
hate, you [Ashi] will see the truth.”
Jack, Samurai Jack, (Season 5, Ep. 04)
The Toonami Trending Rundown for
April 8-9, 2017. Following the events of last week, it’s back to business as
usual for the better cartoon show, as Jack tries to convince Ashi, the last
surviving daughter of Aku, that Aku’s ways are not the righteous ones, while JoJo
saves Lisa Lisa from falling to her death, and Kars undergoes a transformation
putting on the stone mask and conbining it with the Red Stone and the
ultraviolet beams, and Marida is found to be brainwashed by the Vist Foundation
and Banagher tries to snap her out of it, among other great moments.
On Twitter, every show from Samurai
Jack to Gundam Unicorn (with the exception of Sand Whale and Me) successfully trended in the US during their respective
East Coast airings, and Samurai Jack briefly trended worldwide. In addition, both
Samurai Jack and Dragon Ball Super would also trend on Tumblr.
The Naruto franchise has played a pivotal role in the growth of Toonami and the anime industry overall over the years, and those keeping up with the latest simulcasts might know that the next chapter to the Naruto series, Boruto has begun its run in Japan. I can’t say much about this series here due to obvious spoiler reasons, though depending on how things go, we could likely see this down the line on the better cartoon show. Of course, unlike many of the shows lately that we’ve been keeping an eye on for a potential Toonami run of their sequels, we still have several more years of Shippuden left to go, so unless they air Boruto and Shippuden at the same time (much like for DBZ), or if Shippuden is pulled in favor of airing Boruto, we could be waiting a while for this one to occur. As we’ve seen with One Piece’s cancellation among other things, things can easily change and anything can happen, so it’s pretty hard to predict what could happen regarding the future of Naruto’s Toonami presence ahead. All I can really recommend for those that want Boruto at some point is to keep supporting Toonami and Naruto overall and as with all potential shows, let Toonami know you want it. In the meantime, if you are caught up with Naruto and you wish to check out the sub now, it’s available on legal streams such as Hulu and Crunchyroll.
In Ghost in the Shell news, it was announced on Friday
by Production IG & Kodansha that a new Ghost In The Shell anime is in the
works. Kenji Kamiyama, who previously directed Stand Alone Complex, and Shinji
Aramaki, who previously directed Appleseed, will serve as the new show’s
co-directors. No further details have been released as of yet. With Stand Alone
Complex being a Toonami classic along with Toonami’s good relations with
Production IG, no doubt this will also be one to watch out for depending on how
things go ahead.
Next week, JoJo’s will be completing
the Battle Tendency story arc with a bang as Toonami will be showcasing the
final two episodes from 12:30-1:30am Eastern. As this move is made in part to fast
tracking the Attack on Titan season 2 dub premiere in 2 weeks, Tokyo Ghoul will
have the night off to make way. In addition, next week will also showcase the
finale of Super’s Battle of Gods arc while Samurai Jack will reach the halfway
point of season 5, among other great moments. Until next week, we wish all
those celebrating a Happy Holy Week and a blessed Passover, and we’ll see you
again next week for another round of the better cartoon show.
Legend: The shows listed
are ordered based on their appearance on the schedule. Show trends are listed
in bold. The number next to the listed trend represents the highest it trended
on the list (not counting the promoted trend), judging only by the images
placed in the rundown.Forthe Twitter tweet counts, the listed
number of tweets are also sorely based on the highest number shown based on the
images on the rundown.
“I’m sorry, Shinji,” Kaworu would struggle to say through the fluid filling the lungs he’d prized for giving him the ability to sigh Shinji’s name and sing his music. “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, but I don’t think I’ll be able to sing duets with you anymore with my lungs like this; this is all my fault, I should have seen this coming, I’m sorry…”
top 5 yuya moments in arc v. whatever you consider a 'yuya' moment.
hoooo boy ho boyyyyy this is the hardest thing i’ve ever had to do i think ugh like i love this entire show? so how do i choose just five???? uggggghhhh but here goes
note: so this list turned out to be top Yuya moments in his duels. I wouldn’t say his Top Duels. That would be some other list. also I wanted this list to be about true Yuya, not him being in berserk mode or possessed, so I avoided that. These are some of my faves, but not all. But even if I ever make another list or modify this one, I know for certain #1 stays #1 so…
5. ep 61 - His duel against Enjoy Chojiro. I feel like this is a moment that gets forgotten for some reason but it’s the exact kind of thing that Yuya lives for? His stubborn attitude and faith in himself and in his Entertainment dueling actually put a smile back on Chojiro’s face and basically ended up giving the guy his life back. Like. c’mon. It may not have been a significant duel but it’s a perfect display of what he’s capable as an Entertainment duelist.
4. ep 122 - Oh shit. A controversial choice for this list maybe? Since apparently not a lot of people liked the BB arc (tho I actually enjoyed it wow). But anyway, I like this one because basically, despite all the messed up shit BB put them through, Yuya actually finds a way to relate to his enemy and in doing so finds a way to communicate his intentions to him in a way that his enemy can understand. The fact that he’s able to pull off such a nice Entame in such a bleak looking duel too… I really love that. It’s a light of hope in an atmosphere that has lost all of it. *cries* I really loved it.
3. ep 79 - His duel vs Shinji. I mean.
He’s not exactly trying to entertain anyone in this one but that doesn’t stop him from a) surprising the crowd and his opponent and b) teaching everyone a lesson in having a little more faith even in dire situations. Plus I just love that he made Shinji and everyone who called Tuning Magician “useless” eat their own words. Also, Enlightenment Paladin is really fucking rad. And it’s hist first Synchro Summon and he does it pretty much all on his own aaaaa.
Oh right. He also made Jack Atlas smile for the first time. So there’s that too.
2. eps 50/51 - Okay there are so many reasons why I love this moment. First off, the duel was fucking amazing. Like… the duel itself had a plot twist at the end, even after all those close calls Reiji seemed to have had and all those seemingly perfect moves Yuya was pulling. Secondly, the fruitshipping evidence in this is unreal. But lastly, why I’m placing it on this list as one of my favorite moments for Yuya… is because of his conviction.
Not to mention… the foreshadowing.
Just… throughout the show, it seems like he was getting none of this done. He didn’t get Yuzu back or keep his promise to Yuto to make everyone smile until the very end. And the desperation in his eyes and in his voice to not want to lose and to win on top of the irony that he doesn’t want to win to please anyone through violence… it’s just… sadly magnificent knowing what happens later on in the story and who he truly is (Zarc).
Reiji pushes him to the opposite of his entertainment persona, which later on we see develop in a much grander light, but this is basically the point we see clearly how flawed Yuya is and the fact that his character goes through a deconstruction throughout the entire story is honestly so good in a VERY refreshing way. Any other show would usually have the protagonist fulfilling his convictions at a much earlier point with lighter consequences in order to validate his feelings here but I’m glad they didn’t do that with Yuya.
I know my explanation for why I love this moment of his might seem odd but like… he’s far from a perfect protagonist and I absolutely love that so much about him.
1. My absolute favorite moment of his is episodes 31/32 aka his duel vs Shingo during MCS.
This is, of course, the very definition of what an Entertainment Duel is. Everything about it is true entertainment. But there’s a big difference in this duel than all other Entertainment duels Yuya participated in, I think. And that’s
… his own. True. Genuine. Smile.
Born out of his own excitement for the duel. For himself. Not for the crowd. Not for any of his friends.
I know very well that it’s not true that to make others smile, you have to smile yourself first… but honestly, happiness translates so much better when you yourself truly are happy. It’s just so much easier to make others happy that way.
For that reason I LOVE this moment to death. This is why, imo, this was the best Entertainment duel he pulled off in the show. He wasn’t dueling to win or to win over the crowd (explicitly, at least). He was mainly dueling to push himself and to have fun with it, and the crowd’s excitement later arising from seeing him like that is incredibly realistic.
I can say so because… well, I was basically a part of that cheering crowd.
I loved all his duels up to this point but damn this one in particular… I was like… Entertainment Dueling. Is. Real.
Yeah believe it or not, I was still not convinced until this duel. My gods. What a life changer.
We should be happy we have more than one anime with canon LGBT characters.
The no. 6 anime came out 5 years ago. It’s been a while since we last had a real gay couple on anime instead of mere fanservice and queerbaiting.
Instead of fighting about which one is better, we should celebrate we got them.
There’s also Neon Genesis Evangelion(1995-1996) with Shinji Ikari, who is bisexual and had romantic feelings for Kaworu Nagisa, and I don’t see anyone bringing up Shinsekai Yori(2012), where all characters are bisexual, and both a gay couple and a lesbian couple kiss onscreen.
What we should be celebrating now is that we finally have a real gay couple in a sports anime. That’s a first for that genre.
We can hope it’ll bring more LGTB characters to anime.