Sunday, August 17, 2014

Toonami: Manipulating the Manual

Recently. the revived Toonami block on [adult swim] has started a campaign where viewers can write through mail or through the Tumblr page about their suggestions for the future of Toonami. Now, I haven't been watching Toonami much. Soul Eater has ended, I've decided to just marathon Space Dandy in the future, and I really couldn't get into Attack on Titan, so I dumped that after two episodes (the same amount it took me to abandon Kaze no Sitgma, though that was more Ayano Kannagi's fault; seriously, screw her), though I have Gurren Lagann set up on the good ole' DVR. That said, I do hope for the future of Toonami.

Now, here's a rundown of my main ideas for helping Toonami get better:

  • Dark is fine, but not too much. Darkness is fine in moderation. However, it's too much when it starts to become a noticeable problem. Not because of personal offense or because it evokes too many negative emotions, but rather, if all it is is darkness, darkness, and more darkness, then it can become clear that it's little more than a crutch for a predictable, bog standard story (this was my main problem with what little I saw of Titan). The opposite is true. Too much lightness isn't just insufferably saccharine, it's also a lazy attempt to hide mediocre writing, which leads to shit like Fantasista Doll.
  • Broaden horizons. Don't just work with the same two or three companies. While Aniplex, FUNimation, Viz Media, and Turner each have a good action library, that may not be quite enough. Companies like Sentai Filmworks and... I can't really think of anyone else, but they too have a great library of action shows that'd fit right in.
  • Try to get more airtime, if possible. More slots means more shows. There's really no other way to explain this. And finally, and this is a biggie...
  • DON'T LET NOSTALGIA ALONE GUIDE OPINIONS. Let's be honest here: we've all liked stuff that turned out to be garbage when we got older. In fact, I remember liking Super Duper Sumos. Truth is, while there are greats like Rocko's Modern Life and Animaniacs that never go bad no matter how ancient they get, we're more than likely going to realize what terrible shows we liked. So the best advise is to ask with caution.

So that covers what I want to talk about. Not much else to add except support Toonami.

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