Here we are again folks. Another day Toonami list. With Toonami getting only more popular by the week it only makes sense that it’s stable grow as well. Toonami has proven time and time again that it is the premiere platform for launching anime in the American conciousness so it only makes sense that the best shows should show up on the block. Oddly, since I’ve made these lists three of the shows I petitioned have ended up on Toonami (Are the powers that be watching me?). Anyway let’s get started.
Note: The anime that make these lists are those that have either already been dubbed in English or have a dub in the works.
In the quaint little village of Sotoba, farming and being old are the norm. During a particularly hot summer a somewhat odd family moves into a European style mansion on the outskirts of town. A few days after their arrival, an epidemic starts to spread through Sotoba, claiming the lives of numerous villagers. As the reasons behind the epidemic start to be revealed, and the dead begin to rise, a war for two species very way of life takes place.
Shiki is not your typical mainstream vampire series. No Twilight sparkles here. Shiki takes the vampire mythos to it’s roots and shows why they are creatures to be feared, and even in a sense, respected. While the show can be a bit of a slow burn, it manages to make viewers sympathize for both the humans and the Shiki (vampires).
With it’s haunting score and even more haunting visuals, Shiki is surely a show that will make viewers lock their doors and windows at night while watching.
In the year 2113, the Sybil System has all but neutralized crime in Japan. By measuring citizen’s mental states via their “psycho-pass”, the system creates a crime coefficient which shows the probability of a citizen committing a crime. When their coefficient reaches a certain number, the Public Safety Bureau and the enforcers come knocking.
Akane Tsunemori is the newest recruit to the PSB’s Unit 1. Along with her fellow officers and the enforcers, they handle various crimes ranging from kidnapping to outright murder. When a mysterious man named Makishima enters the scene, Akane realizes that sometimes your own form of justice is the only one you can trust.
Psycho-Pass was a major hit when it debubted in 2012 (with a recut edition airing now, a sequel premiering in October, and a movie being released next year), taking full advantage of its setting and characters; Psycho-Pass asks the question: “Just how far would you go to uphold the law?”
With it’s cyberpunk style and numerous Philip K. Dick references, Psycho-Pass would be a great addition to Toonami, following in the vein of the ever popular Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. (Stand Alone Complex).
In 1972 a student at Yomiyama North Middle School named Misaki unexpectedly died in the middle of the school year. 26 years later, 15 year old Koichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North an ends up in the exact class that Misaki belonged to.
There Koichi meets Mei Misaki, a strange girl who the other students and faculty seem to ignore on a daily basis. Soon Koichi and his classmates are entangled in a phenomenon that leads to many mysterious and gruesome deaths around the school that are somehow related to the “Misaki of 1972”.
Another will be sure to catch the attention of horror fans with it’s gruesome deaths and mysteries surrounding them. Seeing as how Toonami has no horror themed anime, this would be perfect to debut around Halloween season.
Jonathan Mar AKA Jonah, hates guns and the people who use them. The irony of his particular state of mind is that he’s a child soldier. To add to his already strong hate against weapons, he comes under the employ of Koko Hekmatyar, an arm’s dealer. As Jonah travels the world doing things he hates with people he is supposed to hate even more, he finds himself seeing things in new lights.
Fans of Black Lagoon will most likely latch on to this series (they even take place in the same universe). While Black Lagoon focused on the Lagoon company and only loosely touched on the characters who dealt weapons, Jormungand shows more of the subtle art of weapons dealing, with plenty of bloody gun fights for good measure.
This would be a god show to put on when Black Lagoon finishes it’s run.
Kill la Kill
Ryuko Matoi is your typical teenage girl except for one problem: her father’s dead, murdered actually, and the only lead she has on his killer is half of a giant scissor blade. Looking for leads she’s ends up at Honnouji Academy, a school dominated by it’s fearsome student council led by the even more fearsome Satsuki Kiryuin. Believing she’s found her father’s killer, Ryuko attacks…and has her but handed to her.
After returning home she comes a mysterious (and sentient) school uniform named Senketsu. With Senketsu in tow Ryuko enrolls at Honnouji Academy to both take down Satsuki and find out the truth behind her father’s murder.
After Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill was easily the biggest hit to come out of last year. With it’s big battles, over the top characters, and crazy as hell story; there is no denying that Kill la Kill is pure entertainment from start to finish. Seeing as how Toonami recently started showing Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill seems like a logical step in the right direction.
So how about it my fellow anime fans? Is the third time the charm? Or have I left anything out?
Let us know in the comments below.