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Adult Swim’s Anime Experiment
Over the past couple of months, a few changes have been made to Toonami. The shortening of the block by two hours and the addition of Kill La Kill to the line-up, for starters. The past couple of weeks have seen another change to the Anime side of Adult Swim though, with Dragonball Z Kai having it’s latest episode run at 8:00 PM and One Piece joining it at 8:30 PM.
An interesting move for Adult Swim in what could be reasonably seen as a bit of downsizing for Toonami, given the reason for it’s cut from midnight to 5:00 AM to 3:30 AM. While Dragonball Z Kai (DBZK) had an impressively early time slot for the programming block at 12:00 AM, while One Piece wasn’t quite as fortunate, having a much later slot at 2:30 AM.
Given that the reason for cutting the block in the first place, was due to low ratings in the later hours, it appears as though someone at Adult Swim seems to have a high opinion of One Piece, and given the popularity of the series, it’s certainly not misplaced.
However, this could be a good thing, and Jason DeMarco, Adult Swim employee and head of Toonami points out that if these shows do good ratings wise, they’ll remain there.
It will NOT be Toonami. It will be last week's ep of One Piece, just like w/DBZ. If it does well it'll likely stay there for a while.
— LICH KING DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) March 4, 2015
The fact that Anime would become a part of Adult Swim’s usual line-up, alongside staples such as American Dad, King of the Hill, and a host of other popular series, could be a big step towards having Anime more widely available, as opposed to just on Saturday Night when you’re probably doing more than just sitting at home.
And seeing as how Adult Swim is known for changing schedules fairly often and swapping out series, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that somewhere down the line some of todays popular Anime couldn’t find their way to a midnight time slot five to six nights a week, like Hunter x Hunter or a returning Attack on Titan. They could even shock us with the return of a classic like Yu-Yu Hakusho.
So, if you’re not doing anything at 8:00 PM on a Saturday (and let’s face it, the good places don’t get really jumpin’ til about 2:00 anyway,) why not attune your television sets to Cartoon Network and show some love? Even if you don’t particularly like either series, it’s a good way to support Anime in general.