All’s been quiet on the Toonami front lately since the last bit of news, the addition of Eureka Seven. The block’s been rolling along, doing as well as anime and action does on Adult Swim, and doing its own thing. Until today, that is.
According to Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s VP of strategic marketing and promotions, Jason DeMarco, Toonami will stretch to 6 hours starting next week, Saturday October 6th. The block will run from midnight-6AM, cutting out the 3-6AM repeat block, and will welcome former Cartoon Network titles, Sym-Bionic Titan, and Thundercats (the 2011 edition). And finally, Cowboy Bebop will make its return to the block from 5-6AM. Things are a-changin’ on Adult Swim Saturdays.
If you’ve never seen Sym-Bionic Titan, the 2010 show ran for 20 episodes and was then not renewed by the network– effectively canceled– because of a “lack of merchandise”. The show was created by creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and director of the upcoming film Hotel Transylvania, Genndy Tartakovsky. Here’s a quick description courtesy of Wikipedia:
Billed as “an exciting hybrid of high school drama and giant robot battles”, Sym-Bionic Titan features “the adventures of three beings from the planet Galaluna who crash-land on Earth while attempting to escape their war-torn world.” The series follows the lives of Ilana, Lance, and Octus, two alien teens and a robot in the form of humanoids who arrive on Earth, an “identical” planet to Galaluna, while fleeing an evil general who has taken over their home planet with the help of monstrous creatures called Mutraddi.
The three main characters include Ilana, princess of the royal family; Lance, a rebellious but capable soldier; and Octus, a bio-cybernetic robot, all of whom must now blend into everyday life in Sherman, Illinois. Posing as high school students, Lance and Octus work to conceal Princess Ilana from General Modula and his hideous space mutants sent to kill the sole heir of Galaluna. When called into battle, the Galalunans are outfitted with individual armor that provides more than ample protection. It is when the gravest of danger appears that Octus activates the sym-bionic defense program and he, Ilana, and Lance unite “Heart, Body and Mind” and come together to form the spectacular cyber-giant Sym-Bionic Titan.
Check out a clip that Jason DeMarco tweeted of the show:
Thundercats is a 2011 reboot of the 1980′s action cartoon. The show was developed in tandem with Warner Bros Animation and Japanese studio Studio 4°C, who also worked on Transformers Animated, the film Mind Game, and a handful of shorts from short film anthologies Halo Legends, Batman: Gotham Knight, and The Animatrix. If you’re somehow unaware of what Thundercats is all about, here’s another Wikipedia summary:
On the planet known as Third Earth, the cats have lived and thrived for generations in the kingdom of Thundera. However, one night the kingdom is attacked by the Lizard army, led by the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra. With them, the lizards bring technology, a concept unfamiliar to the cats. Because of this, Thundera is destroyed, but a small band of surviving Thunderians, led by the young heir to the throne, Lion-O (who wields the powerful Sword of Omens), flee the destroyed city, in order to seek out the Book of Omens, which is said to have the knowledge needed to defeat Mumm-Ra. Once they find it, the ThunderCats realize that in order for them to defeat Mumm-Ra, they must unite all the different species living on Third Earth. The ThunderCats also find out that they have to find three stones of power which, if found by Mumm-Ra, will give him power to become the most powerful being in the universe.
Here’s a trailer for the series:
Toonami and Adult Swim’s Saturday programming is branching out of anime for its action programming for the first time in quite a while. Check out Sym-Bionic Titan at 2AM, and Thundercats at 2:30AM starting next Saturday, October 6th. And also check out the rest of Toonami, which will now be running straight through from midnight to 6AM without a repeat block, and will still include new Bleach, Samurai 7, and Casshern Sins to kick off the action.
October 6th. These are good shows. Watch ‘em. Help the block out. Get more new cool shows. You know the drill. Enjoy Toonami.