Fans now know what will be airing during the 3 a.m. hour on Toonami after their latest schedule was announced on Facebook. With Attack on Titan and Shenmue: The Animation wrapping up, two series will be joining the block to take their place, with this hour continuing the trend of airing reruns. The Toonami original Blade Runner: Black Lotus will return to start the 3 o’clock hour with Made in Abyss following it to finish the night. The rest of the schedule will be the same. Hopefully, this will help in making Toonami players in acquiring newer anime titles for their lineup in the future or help give more time for more originals to air on Adult Swim.
The official Sword Art Online Twitter account published a new visual to get fans excited for the franchise’s tenth anniversary! It’s a stunning piece of artwork that highlights Kirito, Asuna, and other major characters from the story, with Aincrad in the background. The account also announced that Luna Haruna will be at this special event on Nov. 6 in Tokyo. Sword Art Online fans will want to keep their eyes peeled to see what the property has in store for them toward the end of the year!
After a recent network test (or beta test) for the new game Gundam Evolution, players were able to take part in a survey where they could rank their favorite Gundam series, being able to select ten of them! In the tweet below, you can see which series took the top spots from each region. We were intrigued with which series made it into the top ten in North America, with Mobile Suit Gundam reaching number one. Shockingly to some, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans was in second, followed by Gundam Unicorn (Gundam Wing was surprisingly fourth). But it is interesting to see many series that were on Toonami make the list in the North American region showcasing how vital the block was for the franchise. If you’re curious about which series landed where Anime News Network broke it down on their website, you can find it here!
We have covered in the past that there was going to be a Fullmetal Alchemist mobile game to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Well, you won’t have to wait long as Square Enix announced on a live stream that you’ll be able to play it on Aug. 4 this year on both iOS and Android devices! Preregistration is open currently, so now might be as good of a time as any to get ready to dive yourself back into the world of one of the most beloved properties in anime. The game will tell the series’ story with voice-acting and scenes featuring 3DCG and new animation to create an experience unlike any other for Fullmetal Alchemist. It will be interesting to see how this game plays so you might see a staff member or two talk about it relatively soon.
Toonami Faithful has returned to going to conventions! However, for Anime Expo, we were fortunate to have former Director of Social Media Celia Rose write down her experience from the largest convention in the country. It was especially illuminating considering the types of restrictions and protocol that needed to be followed, that followed some of the other issues that typically plague Anime Expo. While a ton of unique panels and guests visited, more is needed to be done to ensure that the convention can run safely and be more enjoyable for attendees. Still, despite all of that, Celia enjoyed her stay and will probably show up to the event next year! Make sure you check out what she had to write in her in-depth report!
And that isn’t the only convention we will have coverage for this year! Staff writer Sakaki represented Toonami Faithful at Otakon this weekend (alongside VLordGTZ and Happy Kuro Kitty, who did not apply under our entity)! He generally attends, and he wanted to cover it as press for us this year! He will have a full report on the event soon, so keep your eyes peeled when that is published.
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