Anyone remember the programming block on TechTv [now known as G4] called Anime Unleashed? It was a block dedicated to airing anime that dealt with technology, science fiction and futuristic themes in order to keep with the channels technological atmosphere; providing us with titles such as Last Exile, Boogiepop Phantom, Gad Guard, Gatekeepers 21 and R.O.D. the TV just to name a few.
Well according to the little information I dug up on the internet, G4 in its “INFAMOUS” transformation to being a more male oriented network, took Anime Unleashed off their network in 2006, but continued to air brief commercials in some sort of “expected to return” fashion.
However, that never materialized and the programming block was quietly cancelled due to reasons unexplained; even 5 years later.
Now I have come up with a bunch of theories as to why this may have happened. First of all, if could be that management at G4 didn’t see Anime Unleashed as a good fit in its new male oriented schedule. Or, they may have lost the broadcast rights to some of their anime and never bothered to renew it. It can even be that the Anime Unleashed block didn’t quite pull the ratings [which I doubt is the reason].
Now Anime Unleashed was no Toonami, but it served as a nice addition to popularizing Japanese anime such as the weird and SUPER CONFUSING series called Serial Experiments Lain or the daring and fan service filled series of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi. It also came at a time when Toonami was starting to lose its appeal due to the increase of mediocre anime and non-anime affiliations.
Like everything last good thing in the world since the ending of 2006, Anime Unleashed was lost in the shuffle for dubious reasons and basically KILLED OFF. I believe it would have been a very popular programming block in this present time had it been given the time to truly shine. Unfortunately such privileges were not granted and we lost yet another reason to actually watch tv let alone bother to pay for cablevision.
For this reason, I will always stick with the notion that 2006 was the last good year in living life. After that everything basically went to HELL which includes music, movies, video games, entertainment etc. Now you will still get a few good things coming out from time to time but they are almost always lost among the mediocrity that seems to spread throughout society like a virus.
I’m just gonna say this right now and get it over with.
I MISS X PLAY SO FUCKING MUCH!
Now, you may say to yourself “Wait a minute sir, isn’t X Play still on the air?”
To which I would reply that it’s not even X Play, but a hollow shell of what was an amazing, funny, and informative program. I really wish I knew exactly what happened that turned G4 into “Cops TV” so my mind could be at ease. X Play was a HUGE part of my childhood with all the brutally honest reviews and hilarious skits, but now it’s become mindless and boring. I’m honestly surprised they haven’t gotten rid of Adam and Morgan altogether as much as they’ve changed the show (as far as I know, they may very well have, I haven’t turned on G4 in years). I remember always looking forward to seeing what games got what scores each week, even if they were games I had absolutely no interest in, because even if the game was crap it would be hilarious to watch them tear it apart with the help of their bizarre and diverse cast of characters. But now, it’s dry, uninteresting, and not even worth turning on with some glimmer of hope for the way things used to be. It’s kinda sad that it basically turned into everything that one of their best skits, “Serious Sess,” was mocking.
I suppose I should stop myself now before this turns into a dash gobbler…
Please reblog if you remember the “good ol’ days” of X Play!
Oh eww. That is literally the worst thing I ever read. The merger between G4 and TechTv was an abomination from the depths of hell. Talented, hard working people lost their jobs so that network could be considered hip and fall apart at the seams. Now it’s a spike-tv clone and they’re showing the Marvel Anime series, which from a storytelling standpoint, is completely UNNECESSARY.
Excuse my rant but thinking about that merger sets me the fuck off. Thanks for the info Paul.
I was scouring the web this morning. Seeing what I could possibly find. That’s when I came upon this gem. The Dreamcast launch special featuring a young Adam Sessler (X-Play). In my opinion, one of the most underrated consoles of all-time. It seems like the SEGA Dreamcast had a very, very rocky start. It’s interesting to see this glimpse into the past. Not solely for nostalgia’s sake, but mostly to wonder, what happened? Perhaps it was just ahead of its time. Just thought I’d share this informative perspective from back then.
“That the show also puts two female founders at the center of the action — at a time when the real-world tech industry has been forced to undergo some soul-searching over the bro culture that suffuses it — makes it all the more distinctive and relevant.”
Last night was the final episode of Attack of the Show.
When I was a kid, Tech TV was my ESPN and The Screen Savers was my Sports Center. My adolescence nerdom was guided, molded by Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton. They taught me who Kevin Mitnick was and introduced me to Digg before Digg was big and before Kevin Rose admitted it was his creation.
I grew up a little, Tech TV turned into G4, The Screen Savers became Attack of the Show, and I still watched. Even in the last year AOTS became my go-to daily resource for updates from all the places I get to play each day: gaming, mobile, digital culture, lolz, etc.
As I watched the final minutes of yesterday’s live show I got choked up. Like, all over body chills for a full minute. At the end of the broadcast AOTS paid homage to The Screen Savers, bringing back Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton (2:50 in) for a quick cameo. It was a powerful moment for me. One of those moments that feels like a time warp. An almost out of body type thing. Clarity.
I felt this crazy connection to my childhood. Felt the full weight of just how lucky I am to do what I love. To do what I have always loved. It was as if 13 year old me had just walked into my living room to give me a high five and say “Dude, you are doing it! This rules!”.
So thank you, The Screen Savers & Attack of the Show, for helping me remember my origin story.