Titanic news broke for Toonami as they announced a new series to join the lineup on Feb. 12, which has to bring a massive smile for fans. Plus, it looks like IGN might have some information regarding Shenmue the Animation, which has fans buzzing after debuting this past Saturday! It feels great to be a Toonami fan, so check out all the news about the block and Toonami-related series on the newest installment of This Week From Toonami!
While there was some worry about the relationship between FUNimation and Toonami, a new acquisition helped quell those thoughts. Adult Swim announced that Attack on Titan’s second part of the final season would debut on the block starting Feb. 12 at 12:30 a.m. Shenmue the Animation will lead the lineup now that Blade Runner: Black Lotus has finished its initial run. The rest of the schedule will be pushed down a half an hour, with One Piece continuing to have a full hour at 2 a.m. Both FUNimationNow and Crunchyroll will also debut the English dub for Attack on Titan the following Sunday after Toonami. Fans are once again getting excited as it would appear Toonami has found some stability and huge pick-ups to entertain everyone once again!
Funny enough, Attack on Titan was also in the news due to its new opening song being on the top of the charts of the U.S. Billboard Top 100 list for hard rock songs. This isn’t a joke; the song “The Rumbling” by SiM debuted at third place on the chart and would later rise to number one in the week (it isn’t there currently). According to Pony Canyon, the song got more than 10 million playbacks in the first week of its release. The opening video also has over 30 million views on Pony Canyon’s YouTube channel. We’ve mentioned before how popular Attack on Titan has been this past year, and with it set to conclude, anime fans are going crazy for anything and everything about the property.
And to celebrate the festivities of Attack on Titan finishing its iconic run, Crunchyroll displayed murals of the series in downtown New York and Los Angeles. The murals were up all this week and looked spectacular to see. Anime fans are crazy about Attack on Titan, and having all of the promotion it has had, should be a considerable boon for Toonami to premiere the English dub of the final season!
The website IGN announced that their Fan Fest for 2022 is on and headlined a tweet with a Toonami property fans will want to check out. The company highlighted Shenmue the Animation and how it will be coming to the event. We aren’t sure what that will entail since the series has already debuted on Toonami, but starting Feb. 19, Toonami Faithful will make sure we keep you up to date about what IGN will do for the new original. For those interested, on Feb. 19, IGN plans to celebrate all kinds of series of movies, television series, and games such as Sonic the Hedgehog 2, WWE 2K22, Attack on Titan the Final Season Part Two. If you’re a fan, you might want to spare some time to check out what will be happening, and we are excited to learn more about Shenmue the Animation!
If you missed seeing Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld on Toonami, you now have a place to check out the English dub. Both Crunchyroll and FUNimationNow have all 23 episodes ready for you to watch today! Relive all your favorite moments from the season that had a ton of fans and cast members talking when it premiered on the block. It’s great that fans can find a place to check out the series if they missed it previously, and it can be a refresher for those who want to see more of Sword Art Online.
This week, a new Black Clover mobile game trailer was released, and it looks incredible! In the tweet below, the video shows cut scenes that fans can expect, followed by a play-test showing Asta moving around in what would appear to be a more open-world style of game. Very reminiscent of how Genshin Impact looks (even including the pop-up to take action that looks very similar). Fans can even see some characters that players can acquire and showcase popular moments from the anime. It has our attention and is something Black Clover fans will want to keep an eye on when it is finally playable.
Weekly Shonen Jump announced that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Hinokami Chronicles game would launch for Nintendo Switch in Japan on June 9. As of right now, there hasn’t been any news if a Switch release will occur worldwide. Currently, The Hinokami Chronicles game has a million copies in circulation at the time of this article, proving to be a hugely popular title that Demon Slayer fans must be enjoying!
The March issue of Shueisha’s Jump SQ magazine revealed that the manga Blue Exorcist would return in the June issue (shipped out in May) as author Kazue Katō continues to recover. Blue Exorcists has been on hiatus since July of 2021 due to the Katō needing to recover from fatigue, as she explained on Twitter. While the manga’s return being pushed back is alarming, we hope that Katō is healthy and energized to return to making new chapters of her beloved story!
Titan Comics announced this week that the cover for the Cowboy Bebop comic book series would be getting a reprint on March 2. Despite the live-action series being canceled, those interested in picking up this comic will be in luck once the reprint is available.
Writer Rachel Moulden dives into the classic top of what sports anime should people who enjoy sports watch. While Toonami and sports anime have an odd relationship, to say the least, it’s fascinating to see what series anime fans recommend for those who do enjoy leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc. In this piece Moulden suggests that if there’s a sport you’re already of fan of, it might be great to check out an anime that revolves around it. Love tennis? Then check out The Prince of Tennis. Enjoy figure skating (especially with the Winter Olympics happening); why not check Yuri On Ice!!. Moulden does a fantastic job breaking down the perfect sports anime for beginners, and we wanted to highlight it to see if there are any sports anime you want to check out!
On the latest episode of the Toonami Faithful Podcast host, Andrew “Sketch” Hingson is joined by Paul Pescrillo, Darrell Maddox, and Junior as they shoot the breeze and catch up. They do bring up some of the latest tweets from Jason DeMarco asking Toonami fans to give him any questions he could answer. And while it was a more relaxed episode, they do bring up Gil Austin’s promotion and the breakup between AT&T and Warner Media. But if you need to hear a more interpersonal episode, you are in luck as our group of experts navigates all you’ll want to know from DeMarco’s Twitter while having some fun.
On the latest episode of Blade Runner: Black Lotus, fans were treated to a non-stop action thrill ride as Elle had to fend off Water Lily from disposing her under the orders of Wallace Jr. Thankfully, Elle could escape, but Joseph wasn’t as fortunate. He squared off against Marlowe as the two battled and took a trip to memory lane, where it would appear Marlowe ended the life of the singing replicant. The two butt heads on the best ideology for a Blade Runner making many wonder if Joseph was cut out for this job. Are you curious about who came out victorious and what is left for our heroes? Make sure you check out staff writer Umeko Long’s latest review on our website!
Toonami Faithful had the honor and privilege to get an early viewing of the first two episodes of Shenmue the Animation. Just like with Blade Runner: Black Lotus, we will be reviewing each one and continue to offer the best commentary about the series. Thankfully Bryan “Laser Kid” Johnson is a significant fan of the property and played the games and has graciously taken the mantle of Toonami Faithful’s Shenmue expert. For his review, Johnson loved the callbacks to the original games that are littered in the first two episodes and found Adult Swim expanding a bit more on side characters to give him hope that other players of the games will want to stick around for this anime! While he does wish the original cast returned, he has enjoyed the English dub so far and doesn’t mind how authentic the generic dialogue has been (much like how the games were). We recommend you check out this review (if you’re okay with spoilers) and expect more to be on the way.
A new episode of The Demon Slayer Podcast was published this week. Host Varun “VLordGTZ” Gupta is joined by Laser Kid to discuss episodes eight and nine of the Entertainment arc of the series. Both were amazed by these recent episodes, which blew away their expectations. Considering how popular this arc is for Demon Slayer, exceeding expectations is difficult for those who are massive fans of the series. Curious about what the two had to say? Make sure you check out the podcast to find out!
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