Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Anime

Cartoon Network Serves Up More Anime 331

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the good-stuff-here-people dept.
E-Rock-23 writes "Anime News Network has the scoop on more Anime series Cartoon Network plans to bring to the Adult Swim block next year. Witch Hunter Robin (2) has been confirmed for a February run. On the "Probably" list are Wolf's Rain in April and Ghost in the Shell in July, though they didn't specify if it'd be the Mamoru Oshii film or the Stand Alone Complex TV series. Either way, the latter will most likely have to be rather heavily edited for TV. Looks like I have a few more reasons to stay up past my bedtime..." Or get a tivo. Witch Hunter Robin & Wolf's Rain are both really excellent shows- it's very cool to see them hit mainstream TV.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Cartoon Network Serves Up More Anime

Comments Filter:
  • by halivar (535827) <bfelger&gmail,com> on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:34AM (#7557684) Homepage
    ...when we're going to get past this dubbing thing and see some subs.
    • by gabec (538140)
      erm.... never? when was the last time you saw anything on mainstream media subtitled? Sure, I've seen a few foreign films (e.g. those up for oscars for best foreign film or something) but they have been at "that" theatre that is specifically known for showing oddities. ;) and on TV? on cartoon network??

      Dunno, Maybe on the Anime Network late at night. who knows. ;)

      • when was the last time you saw anything on mainstream media subtitled?

        Yesterday, the day before that, and the one before that, etc. Here in Norway, the only things that are dubbed are programs and movies for children under 11-12 and often the narration on documentaries. Other than that, every foreign piece of video is subtitled.

        It's quite amusing, since so very few shows are dubbed, the same people are recurring. You can hear Papa Smurf (played by Harald Maele) in most of them :)

    • not for awhile (Score:5, Insightful)

      by tuffy (10202) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:38AM (#7557720) Homepage Journal
      ...when we're going to get past this dubbing thing and see some subs.

      The market for subbed-only anime is still very small, that's why studios work hard to ensure all the DVD releases have a dub track (preferably a good one). Trying to put subbed-only anime, even on late night, isn't going to keep enough people watching to pay the advertising dollars.

    • ...when we're going to get past this dubbing thing and see some subs.

      When the ambient temperature in Hades drops below zero degrees Centigrade.

    • by p4ul13 (560810) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:42AM (#7557776) Homepage
      God I really freakin' can't stand this old complaint. The subtitled text is interpreted into our language just as the dubbed dialog would be, so no matter what, unless you speak the native language of the show, you're getting an interpretation of it in english.

      If your complaint instead has to do with the quality of the voice acting, well I still think it's lame in that you won't fully get to know how good the original voice acting was if you can't understand what words they're actually emphasizing.

      Sit back and enjoy the show. If you're that much of a purist, rent the DvDs when they come and they'll probably have an original language track with subtitles.
      • by gabec (538140) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:03AM (#7557992)
        It's not really the quality of the english voice acting, it's the casting and direction of european voice actors that often doesn't fit. For example, in the series Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), the Japanese version had a woman doing the voice of Kenshin and it was convincing. In the english version they had a guy sounding like he'd been kicked in the balls and perpetually on happy pills do the voice acting.

        If you're six years old then the latter is probably more interesting (for example who can stand the sound of Barney's voice for more than a minute except a six year old?), but to me I prefer the more natural voice (even though it was from a woman, her voice was rather ambiguous in that way and it did seem to fit Kenshin).

      • God I really freakin' can't stand this old complaint. The subtitled text is interpreted into our language just as the dubbed dialog would be, so no matter what, unless you speak the native language of the show, you're getting an interpretation of it in english.

        God I really freakin' can't stand this old excuse.

        Dub scripts are always edited to match the mouth movements of the animation. Dubbed vocal inflection is always ruined by attempts to make the words fit the mouth movements. Subtitles are not subje

        • In America voice acting is what you do when you can't get hired as a real actor, in most cases.

          There's a few exceptions of course. Primarily the big-name stars Disney brings into their Ghilbi translations.

          Your namesake [imdb.com], for example, was entirely decent until electro-reverb Gillian Anderson showed up. "Kikki's Delivery Service" was also quite tolerable, even though they inserted a stream of new sidekick chatter everytime the characters were offscreen.
          • I just accidentally rented a new dubbed translation of fist of legend on DVD - not anime, not even Japanese I know, but bear with me. In the original the Judge spoke English and he said something to the effect of "These proceedings are ridiculous. And anyway, I have a cricket game to go to. Case dismissed." And I guess they felt that even "reverse" racism isn't ok because they changed even that, took out the cricket game... They still overdubbed him! I was pissed. I'm still pissed, actually. And I get just
        • Dub scripts are always edited to match the mouth movements of the animation. Dubbed vocal inflection is always ruined by attempts to make the words fit the mouth movements. Subtitles are not subject to these limitations.

          Subtitle scripts are limited only by the talent of the translators. Dubs are limited by the casting directors, voice directors, and actors.


          Subtitles have to be readable in the time alloted, and they do make them more concise to achieve that. Dubs are not subject to that limitation.
        • by dr00g911 (531736) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @01:51PM (#7559801)
          Dub scripts are always edited to match the mouth movements of the animation. Dubbed vocal inflection isalways ruined by attempts to make the words fit the mouth movements. Subtitles are not subject to these limitations.


          Always is a pretty harsh term. Sometimes the dubbing house gets stuff right. Like, say, Cowboy Bebop? Big O? (pretty much the same US voice cast).

          I'll have to agree that for the vast majority of anime, I've always preferred subbed vs. dubbed versions. Something about Bebop... I actually preferred the dubbed version over subtitles. The characters' voices seemed better matched to me -- and the acting was good enough to make me cry like a baby during the final episode.

          I have a theory: the more anime becomes mainstream in the US (ever look at the anime aisle in Best Buy?), the more likely we are to have good dubs vs. the Speed Racer / Pokemon dreck. Meaning that the dub houses are going to spend time and energy getting them right.

          But, you have to admit, if it's going to be shown on a network -- you've got your 99% chance of it *needing* to be dubbed. Cartoon Network, especially. You're dealing with a) kids and b) people who rent Crouching Tiger and take it back because they've gotta read and c) people who treat the material a little more seriously.

          We're part of group C, but the minority.

          It is changing, though. Slowly.
      • I have two real complains with dubs personally.

        The largest is probably the... horible casting. It just feels... wrong... to watch some japanese woman with a US southern accent. Mind you, if she was a japanese woman who LIVED in the southern US states it would be different... (Ive heard some hard core North American accents from some very asian faces before.)

        The other issue I have,... and mind you this is not always an issue... But the subs tend to take a lot of liberties. Generally in the form of quips or
      • There actually is a big difference and it's all about timing .

        See, different languages have different words and syntax and thus it can take varying amounts of time to say the same thing in Japanese and in English.

        So, a dubbed film must fit all the voice acting into the same amount of time as the original meaning that you not only have to translate the text but you have to make it fit. So, if it takes 130 seconds to say the equivelant of "I love you" in Japanese, an English Dub will have to fill that sp

      • Dubs and subs are interpretations, but with dubs they have to fiddle with it so it fits the mouth flap timing.

        Some dub writers even change parts of the story to suit their whims or to regear it to a different (usu. younger) audience. By many accounts that seem to have a decent understanding of Japanese, this happens to the subtitles far less often.
      • " If your complaint instead has to do with the quality of the voice acting, well I still think it's lame in that you won't fully get to know how good the original voice acting was if you can't understand what words they're actually emphasizing."

        The first part is exactly the problem, voice actors are usually horrible and cast by people who 'market the product for American audiences.' Rent the Cowboy Bebop movie and watch the interview extras at the end. Pay close attention to the two women who voiced Fae's c

    • I would just be happy if they actually FINISH some of the series... I am STILL waiting for the final episode of "Big O" ..they did a repeat when it should have shown, then nothing for 2 weeks.. now they are playing all the episodes again. Yu Yu has been pulled, moved, restarted so many times I have no idea when or where it's on (I think it's of now). Same with several other shows they have on there. CN does a REALLY good job of irking me when it comes to the anime they show... at least I still have TechT
      • by tuffy (10202)

        I would just be happy if they actually FINISH some of the series... I am STILL waiting for the final episode of "Big O" ..they did a repeat when it should have shown, then nothing for 2 weeks..

        The Cartoon Network played the final episode the week after they mixed up and played a repeat. They pushed their special "Family Guy" episode back just so they could fix their mistake and so fans only had to wait two weeks to see the final Big O episode. Sorry you missed it - it was very trippy.

    • by Chibi (232518) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:18AM (#7558152) Journal
      ...when we're going to get past this dubbing thing and see some subs.


      I'm not sure if they'd made any progress on this, but I believe ADV has at least tossed the idea around a bit for their Anime Channel. It'd have to use a combination of closed captioning and SAP, but it's not impossible. Just have to figure out if the demand is high enough and what the related costs are. I feel that, for the most part, the US anime industry has a much better connection with their fans than a lot of more mainstream entertainment entities (RIAA, MPAA, etc).

    • Dubbing does have its sides, if it's done right. If you're from a culture where dubbing is the standard (say, Germany), subtitles would be horrible. Sometimes the dub even gets better than the original Japanese audio, but that's usually if the series doesn't take place in Japan per se (example: Cowboy Bebop).

      If you're from a smaller lingual area of influence, say, Finland, it's far more likely that you've grown up watching foreign TV series subtitled. Therefore it feels much more jarring to see people who

    • Short Answer is: No (Score:5, Interesting)

      by EXTomar (78739) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:51AM (#7558457)
      Not for a cable channel that wants to target the 18-24 segement anyway. Adult Swim shows are some of the highest rated stuff floating around cable even though they are dubbed. Going sub is a giant risk since the ratings indicate that there are more now more than just Anime fans watching the block of programming.

      In Japan they have plenty of US movies and TV shows but are they subtitled? The Japanese like hearing things in their native language which is why its in Japanese in the first place. On this side of the Pacific, the US Anime Industry has advanced pretty far. The quality of scripts have gone up since translators have access to even more material than they used to (including the production staff!!!). The quality of actors has gone up since it has been shown you can make money acting. There really is no reason to ask for a sub unless you really really really want to her you favorite actress. The casual and non-fan viewers are definately not interested in that.

      I like raw shows as much as any hardcore fan but people have to realize there are many more people out there than the hardcore otaku fandom. Getting causual and non-fans to sit down and watch subtitled material is hard. Having people watch Robin and SAC is great! Its better than having these shows sit only in Anime fandom obscurity.
      • I've always been lead to believe that most movies are shown in English with subtitles when it's run in Japan, but maybe that's no longer true, or it never was. Can anyone comment? Frankly I can never handle dubbed anime, I converted my girlfriend to subtitles thank goodness. Also we've been watching a lot of fansubbed stuff which hasn't been produced in the US so there's no other way to watch it.
        • Take this movie. [cdjapan.co.jp] Or this TV show. [cdjapan.co.jp]

          There are number of movies like speghetti westerns that I've seen that are in Japanese. The grand point is that the Japanese like watching things in Japanese. For some odd reason its bad for Americans to watch things in English? *shrug*

          ps. Fansubs are the only way to watch shows? I [cdjapan.co.jp] beg [cdjapan.co.jp] to [cdjapan.co.jp] differ [cdjapan.co.jp]. Of course no one ever thinks about watching it off the air raw. ^_^
    • Considering that this is animation...animation where they don't take a lot of care to animate the mouth movements to the sounds the characters are making...is it that big of a deal as long as the dub is well done? Most problems with dubs I've seen is the poor quality and casting of voice actors.
  • by bluethundr (562578) * on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:37AM (#7557717) Homepage Journal
    Looks like I have a few more reasons to stay up past my bedtime..." Or get a tivo.

    *upper lip trembling* you mean there are poor souls out there that actually lack this essential technology? ;P

    Seriously, if it weren't for Tivo I'd never catch my fix of Twilight Zone reruns and Enterprise. I do Tivo Anime Crash [animecrash.com] on TechTV, but some of the Anime they show is a little esoteric for my tastes. So, a lot of that gets deleted before I have a chance to watch it.

    My friend Mike got slashdotted [slashdot.org] recently pointing out that Time Warner cable is rolling out Tivo to their users for something on the order of less than $10 a month...and at no cost to the subscriber for the box!Pretty sweet deal considering that I paid slightly over $400 for the Sony DirctTV/Tivo combo box. That particular combination is a pretty sweet deal. I guess I could regret having shelled out that much money in light of Mike's cable deal. But...naaahhh. How can you regret shelling out for such a life-affirming technology?

    I just checked with my registrar [godaddy.com] and it looks like tivoaid.com is still open. I think I may buy that domain to start a worthy cause....
    • Seriously, if it weren't for Tivo I'd never catch my fix of Twilight Zone reruns and Enterprise.

      It was Cartoon Network's airing of Cowboy Bebop that soured me on Enterprise. After witnessing the gritty exploits of Spike, Jet, Faye, Ed and even Ein, I could no longer stomach the goody two-shoes of Enterprise. All I could remember was Captain Puss^H^H^H^H Archer curling up into a little ball as a bunch of Andorans stole his lunch money or something.

      I own the DVD boxed set of Bebop (and the movie, which wa

    • It would take a lot more than a Tivo at 10 bucks to get me to switch from DISH to cable.
    • The Time Warner box isn't a Tivo, just a DVR. By all accounts, the Tivo has a much better interface to control what you record, especially if you watch shows that are repeated multiple times per day/week. I'm more likely to buy a second Tivo than to order the TW DVR.
      • It's worse than that - read the Usenet postings about it - apparently it's a piece of crap, alpha-grade software, and basically unsupported. Maybe they've fixed it in the past 6 months. Maybe not.
    • by t0ny (590331)
      I generally dislike commenting on sigs, but didnt Mark Twain say that? or is that just a popular misconception?
    • by Issue9mm (97360) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:45AM (#7558398)
      I'm blowing my mod points by replying to this, but I just wanted to point out that Time Warner is not rolling out Tivo to their subscribers, but a DVR solution crafted by Scientific Atlanta. I sold my Tivo and switched, and it was the worst mistake of my life (only slight exaggeration).

      The Tivo is nice, solid, and bug-free, whereas the TW DVR crashes frequently, forgets recordings, and has a host of bugs that nobody at TW seems to care to correct.

      -9mm-
  • Ranma 1/2 (Score:3, Funny)

    by TheBrownShow (454945) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:38AM (#7557722)
    It's such a shame that they refuse to play Ranma 1/2... though I don't know how the censors would react to a half-guy, half-girl character who somehow always has his, er, her chest exposed.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Well, I happen to know the guy who does/did the Japanese-English translation for GITS:TV (yes, it will be the tv). He also did it for Big-O, Tenchi in Tokyo and a few others, he works freelance, including a VERY sweet looking 'dieselpunk' fantasy series called Last Exile.

    From all impressions I get, editing won't be too bad. But the creepiest thing is that the series has 3 experimental spider-tank characters, who supposedly start out as a 'hive mind', but begin to develop individuality over the course of se
    • The Tachikomas are like that in the original, which is similar in turn to the original manga. There's even a series of shorts that were made with just the Tachikomas sitting around postulating about various things.
  • Don't forget (Score:5, Interesting)

    by yoshi_mon (172895) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:42AM (#7557775)
    I know Taco loves his Anime but I'd also just like to send a big shout out to Cartoon Network for the great stuff they have been doing with the other part of Adult Swim.

    The new SpaceGoasts CTC have been great as well as all of the other ones. (Sealab2021, ATHF, Brak Show)

    Even after the death of Harry Goz (1932 - 2003),voice of Captin Murphy on Sealab 2021, the show has bounced back imo and did a good new ep.

    Thanks Cartoon Network. I'm not a big fan of Anime (Cowboy Beebob as one of the BIG exceptions.) but you still have given me a reason to stay up late every night.
    • "The new SpaceGoasts CTC have been great as well as all of the other ones."

      After reading that minor, humorous typo, I couldn't help but think of my sig.

    • Re:Don't forget (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Cutriss (262920) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:17AM (#7558137) Homepage
      Even after the death of Harry Goz (1932 - 2003),voice of Captin Murphy on Sealab 2021, the show has bounced back imo and did a good new ep.

      While it is true that Harry Goz did pass away, rumors of new episodes without his voicework are exaggerated.

      Williams Street had just completed work on a new season of Sealab before Harry Goz died, and so all the episodes running in this season are his final work. They aren't put together weekly.
    • I'm glad somebody posted this. If it wasn't for TiVo, I'd have never seen these shows at all -- I thought Adult Swim was nothing but a morass of overrated anime trash until an insomniac friend at work mentioned Sealab...
  • The show was made for japanese TV viewing, whose standards aren't all that different from those of american TV. As such, the show features little of the gore and nudity of the feature film while still presenting plenty of action and musings about the ramifications of future technology. And besides, Bandai wants this on Adult Swim so they can sell plenty of shiny DVDs in preperation for the show's second season.
  • Standalone Complex (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tim Fraser (16824) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @10:49AM (#7557858) Homepage
    I don't think the Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex TV series would have to be edited too much for US TV. I have all but the last DVD (imported from Taiwan), and I think most of the episodes are free of anything that might cause US TVs to melt down in a fit of self-righteous indignation.

    Of course, perhaps the good/bad stuff is in the last few episodes I don't have. I can't seem to get the last DVD. One of my local Anime dealers told me that this is intentional - He said that the producers of these (non-US) releases don't release the last DVD until they release the whole series as a boxed set. Their plan is to force all the fools (like myself) who bought the single DVDs to buy them all again in the boxed set in order to get the last episodes.

    Can anyone confirm or debunk this theory?

    - Tim
    • I have seen the entire series. It is clean of anything. No nudity, very low violence. Easily on par with Cowboy Bebop as it was shown on Adult Swim.

      The show is not about violence.
    • Can you post some more info on the set that you purchased? You mentioned that they are imported from Taiwan, so that makes me wonder if they are, in fact, bootlegs. There are some legitimate Taiwanese releases, so I don't want to make a huge assumption, but this idea of forcing someone to re-purchase the entire series just to get the ending doesn't sound quite right to me. I could possibly understand if this was done and two different sets had different extras, but restricting access to the shows itself

      • I think they aren't bootlegs, but I suppose I can't really be sure. Here's the info:

        My DVDs are region-free, Japanese audio with Chinese and English subtitles. I claim they're imported from Taiwan only because the DVD cases had additional cardboard overlays under the shrink-wrap that were apparently added by a Taiwanese distributor. These overlays had the title translated into Chinese ("something-or-other infantry"), along with contact information for the distributor and a short list of their other prod
    • by DavidBrown (177261)
      - He said that the producers of these (non-US) releases don't release the last DVD until they release the whole series as a boxed set. Their plan is to force all the fools (like myself) who bought the single DVDs to buy them all again in the boxed set in order to get the last episodes.

      Can anyone confirm or debunk this theory?


      I've seen where the producer will release either the first DVD (too many titles to name) or the last DVD (FLCL) in a box designed to hold all of the DVD's in the series.
    • Hard to say. This is the network, after all, that edited Futurama--a show that was originally shown at 8:30pm, then 7pm, that CN shows in the middle of the night.

      Sweet zombie Jesus! I'm sure they'll find something. :-)
  • Just my opinion, but Wolf's Rain really quite bad. The first season was impressive. It set up a lot of potential, and the second season was a total let-down. After four episodes of re-cap, they had weak character development and dumb plot-ideas. All-in-all, it's a bad show.

    Witch Hunter Robin was good right up to the end. The very last episode was a little weak, but it was not bad. It was only worse than the previous episodes in that series.

    Personally, I think the best serieses deserving a run right now ar
    • Wolf's Rain was great overall I thought. I haven't seen the last 4 episodes (it's 30, not 26). Four episodes of recap was terrible though. The story really did kinda burn out near the end though. But then, so did WHR. Probably the first Full Metal Panic would be good to run rather than Fumoffu.
    • NTHT on Cartoon Network? I think not. While not as explicit as some, it's one of the more brutal series on a psychological level. Christ man, it's got kids getting raped and beating each other to death. I'd like to see Saikano, Berserk, GTO, or Initial D, but like it or not there are limits. Maybe if AS was split off onto it's own channel with it's own age standards they could get away with it, but even then...

      FMP:F deserves to go on TV though, although I found the original boring and unoriginal. I
      • I don't see FMP? Fumoffu being entertaining unless the original FMP! is watched, unfortunately. Fumoffu is downright funny, but only if you understand where the extreme character personalities are coming from. I think the original FMP! is a good show too, though.

        Witch Hunter Robin is a good series, IMO, but not superb or anything. Probably about the same level of Wolf's Rain and Noir. Good but not great due to certain flaws that can get annoying.

        Last Exile is a great show though. I really like the wa
  • I just wish they hadn't pulled Rurouni Kenshin from the afternoon block.
  • Even in slots deceptively called "Adult Swim"....

    Who wants to watch raped versions anyway ? Just stick to the original DVD's for the true anime experience.

    • Or instead, use bittorrent searches to find and subsequently download episodes of fansubbed anime which has not been released in the US. Sure sometimes the sub is so out there you find yourself thinking you could do a better job when you don't even speak Japanese, but if that bothers you so much, you probably speak Japanese, and can do your own translating.
  • by Orne (144925) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:14AM (#7558108) Homepage
    I, for one, welcome our new Unedited Cartoon Network... err...

    Seriously, suppose Cartoon Network spun off a sister-station, and cable networks made it an optional channel to standard packages, who's purpose was to show anime in its raw form? Parents have the option for nudity and cursing on HBO & Cinemax, and they also have the control whether they want that stuff in their home or not. If you don't want it, the cable company can block it.

    I'm not saying that we need a cartoon Spice channel (not that there's any shortage of hentai), just that there should be some medium for your average movie where you can catch the whole thing. The Cartoon Network has an image to keep as a channel for kids (the alternative to Nickelodeon), and they can't risk someones child staying up late and catching some unedited Vampire Hunter D.

    Adult Swim has this nostalgic aura about it now (GiJoe, He-Man) ... like 80s Strike Back on VH1. And mix in a bit of "here's something cool you didn't know existed"... sort of like catching Most Extreme Elimination Challenge on TNT/SpikeTV. That's what anime is to American audiences... years of shows about robots and vampires, lasers and rockets and giant aliens, fast action and a "new" visual style.

    There's something that bugs me about watching a show or movie when I know that it has been edited by some middleman... The director of the project had an artistic vision and those scenes & language capture the intent. You can't express the story of the rough mafia men in the Sopranos without the occasional trip to the strip club... this is what tells the story of men making bad choices and dealing with the consequences.
    • I know I've read articles suggesting that Cartoon Network is looking into starting a separate channel. I don't think it's a good idea.

      An AS-only channel would just be another MTV2. It'd be cool for a while before getting much worse as executives realized its audience can only be expanded so far. Oh, and I wouldn't get it from my cable provider.

      If you haven't noticed, CN airs a lot of crap. Sure, the kids-home-from-school to stoned-college-students-call-it-a-night hours have mostly good stuff. If you

    • U.S. anime distributor ADV launched an Anime Network awhile back, which is available in select digital/satellite TV markets (mainly those monopolized by Comcast, AFAIK). I suppose it's a matter of time to see how well that channel does before Adult Swim branches off into it's own thing.

      (Not that CN doesn't already have its own spinoff: there's Boomerang, which is pretty much all old Hanna Barbera stuff. Don't know how well that network's doing...)

      As for the editing issue... blame the anime companies thems
    • Catoon network has already spun off one channel, "Boomerang" which is all the old cartoons. However, I don't know how sucessful it is. I used to have Time-Warner cable (the owners of Cartoon Network and Boomerang) and they didn't carry it. If you can't get one of your subsidiaries to carry you channel, I think that indicates how sucessfull the channel is.

      Thus since Boomerang does not seem to have much popularity (of course I could be totally wrong, it could be on every cable providor except the two i'v
  • by cyranoVR (518628) <cyranoVR AT gmail DOT com> on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @11:45AM (#7558400) Homepage Journal
    They have been showing Blue Gender [adultswim.com] with minimal editing and FLCL [adultswim.com] with virtually none (just one word in episode 6).

    And let's not forget the latest season of Inuyasha is uncut [animenation.net]...gory demon deaths abound...

    It is called ADULT Swim after all.
    • I would hardly call the editing of Blue Gender "minimal"... The cutting room floor is practically a bloodbath [animenewsnetwork.com]. They've also taken huge chunks out of Rurouni Kenshin, although I think they really could've shown it virtually unedited on Adult Swim.
    • The only editing Blue Gender needs is editing it out of existance. Bleah.

      Now, Furikuri is something I'm surprised to see on Cartoon Network. I find it hard to believe that edits were light, at least. What time are they showing that?

      I don't know what the editing in Inuyasha is like. I don't see too much that needs editing, though, since the action is so unrealistic. Maybe Jakotsu will be edited to be "not as gay" when they reach the Shichinintai story arc (after episode 100).
  • Anime Network? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by failedlogic (627314) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @12:02PM (#7558554)
    Cartoons are becoming more popular by making them interested to wide audiences case in point: King of the Hill, The Simpsons and Futureama among others.

    Anime has the same appeal. So, whats holding the networks from making an Anime Network? Certainly, there should be enough variety and enough material to make one.

    (I'm hopeing some of it has to do with the voice dubbing. Please get better English voices, or just leave the Japanese voices in with subtitles.)
  • by May Kasahara (606310) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @12:18PM (#7558722) Journal
    The anime show Great Teacher Onizuka (better known as GTO has been picked up to air on SHO Next [awn.com]. If you've never seen GTO, it's a hilarious show about a former street punk who takes on a job teaching high school.
  • Not really on topic, but of interest. A few weeks ago, I noticed you can buy the DVD box sets of all three Robotech series. At $35-45 each, they are pretty cheap too, especially compared with the Gundam Wing box set (which, if memory serves, is around $135).
    • Not really on topic, but of interest. A few weeks ago, I noticed you can buy the DVD box sets of all three Robotech series. At $35-45 each, they are pretty cheap too, especially compared with the Gundam Wing box set (which, if memory serves, is around $135).

      ADV is completely remastering the original Robotech series from the original film stock. In addition, the sound is being remixed to 5.1 and additional scenes (originally cut for violence, etc.) are being re-added. So if you really like Robotech, yo

  • Full Metal Panic 2 (Score:3, Informative)

    by chendo (678767) on Tuesday November 25, 2003 @04:34PM (#7561683)
    I've finished watching the subbed versions, and I have to say this is one of the most hillarious anime [animenfo.com] I've ever watched.

    It's just the original Full Metal Panic [animenfo.com], without most of the serious stuff. For those who doesn't know, the original Full Metal Panic had Sagara Souske, a professional solider/teenager (with absolutely -zero- common sense and social skills) assigned to protect Chidori Kaname from the Russians because she is one of the 'Whispered', people who are born with 'Black' technology. Sagara is part of Mithril, a self-appointed military division.
    Sosuke Sagara is an elite soldier who belongs to an independent special force named "Mithril". Mithril is a self appointed military force that fights terrorism across the globe. With technology that is far superior to that of normal nations, Mithril intercedes on behalf of justice. Sagara, a Second Lieutenant under Mithril's command, is assigned to the duty of protecting a girl named Kaname Chidori, who attends high school in Japan. To accomplish this task, he pretends to be a transfer student attending at Kaname's school. As Sagara settles into his new role as classmate, a massive plot unfolds beginning with the kidnapping of Chidori. What is Chidori's role in the conspiracy? Why does she seem to be born with knowledge of technology that has only been recently invented?
    (Taken from animenfo.com)

    Full Metal Panic 2 (Also known as Full Metal Panic : Fumoffu) is more about Sagara and Chidori than about the whole Mithril thing. I mean, he blows up his shoebox with plastic explosives because he found a hair in front of his shoebox and thought that someone sent him a mailbomb, when in fact it was a love letter.

    One of my favourite episodes was the Rugby one (ep 10), and it was aired just before the World Cup started. Turning a team of pansies into killers... bwahahahahahhaa

    Anyhow, FMP2 is a great series and I suggest you check it out while it's still unlicensed. Also, FMP3 is rumored to be in the planning and will focus more of the military-side of things. Which I find very interesting as well. And if I didn't mention it eariler, FMP contains mecha called Arm Slaves (AS), and Souske is a good pilot of it. FMP2 contains a mechanized teddy bear costume named 'Bonta-kun' [deviantart.com], that Sousuke made himself after he stole the costume from a theme park, and he absolutely kicks ASS!

Are you having fun yet?

Working...