About 2 months ago I did a little list called 5 ANIME THAT SHOULD BE ON TOONAMI. In it, I ran down a list of 5 anime i thought would be best suited to be on Cartoon Network’s resurrected anime block. Me being a total idiot forgot a few outstanding anime series that would also fit in Toonami’s schedule, and with One Piece’s return this month, allow me to petition 5 more anime for Toonami consideration.
5. Accel World
From the creator of SWORD ART ONLINE, Accel World is the story of Haruyuki Arita; a overweight loser in his high school who is constantly bullied. His only escape from his sucky life lies within his school’s online network where he always gets the high score in squash. However, one day his score is crushed by Kuroyukihime, the school’s councils beautiful & popular VP. She invites him to lunch the next day and introduces him to Brain Burst, a VRMMO with high stakes as he aids her in her quest take down the “6 Kings of Color”. Accel World, like SAO, is visually appealing with unique character designs and environment; however it is more tech savvy than SAO explaining the technology used in the show more.
Every 60 year’s or so an event known as the Holy Grail War takes place. This ritual is performed by 7 mages and their “Heroic spirits” as they battle to attain the “Holy Grail” that is said to have the power to grant miracles. Mercenary Kiritsugu Emiya is hired by the Einzbern family to participate in the 4th Holy Grail war along with his spirit Saber. Usually doing anything to accomplish his goals, Emiya is now torn between his mission and his love for his wife and daughter, as the war gets underway, he finds himself the target of another participant in the war, Kirei Kotomine; a priest who hopes to use Emiya to fill the emptiness in his life. This anime takes place 10 years before Fate/stay night which came out in 2006; luckily you don’t have to watch that to get into this anime that is chock full of intrigue, fast paced action, and breathtaking visuals.
3. Persona 4 The Animation
Since we already review the series (1st Episode) I won’t really get into the story of this one. All that can be said at this point is that this a pretty good mystery anime that would fit well on the Toonami block, with plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers engaged and anxious from week to week.
2. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Yukiteru “Yuki” Amano is a loner who spends most of his time writing a diary on his cell phone or talking with his imaginary friends Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space; and Murmur, Deus’ servant. One day, Deus gives Yuki a special diary, mentioning something about a game. Strangely, Yuki’s new diary has entries in it spanning the next 90 days—entries about the future that come unnervingly true. Deus, the not-so-imaginary God of Time and Space, then forces Yuki to participate in a battle royale with eleven other people, each of whom also has a diary that can predict the future in some unique way. The rules of this “Diary Game” are simple: the contestants must try to find and kill all the other contestants before the world ends on Day 90, and only the last one standing can prevent the Apocalypse and become the new God of Time and Space. Teaming up with Yuno Gasai (an obsessive stalker and 2nd diary owner) Yukiteru initially aims to survive, but his motives become darker as the game wears on. Full of mystery, horrific imagery, and plenty of blood, Future Diary is another worthy addition to the block especially with Funimation’s dub coming this summer .
1. Attack on Titan
In the year 738, humanity is nearly rendered extinct by a race of collasal beings known as Titans. In order to safe guard their race, humanity built 3 walls, each 50 meters tall and hundreds of km long, in order to safeguard them from the bloodthristy Titans. Peace reigned over humanity for 100 years until the year 845, a titan 60 meters tall opened a hole in Wall Maria (the outermost wall) allowing the Titans to come inside. During the invasion a young boy named Eren Jeager watches in horror as his mother is devoured by a Titan as he is forced to retreat inside Wall Rose. That day he vows to annihilate all the Titans in the world and along with his adopted sister, Mikasa Ackerman, and childhood friend, Armin Arlert, joins the “Recon Corps” of the military in order to actively pursue and kill the Titans. While still a new series (it only debuted a couple weeks ago) I think Attack on Titan would make an awesome edition to Toonami (especially is licensor Funimation can get the rights to dub the series) with it’s strong themes, crisp animation, and heart stopping action. Attack on Titan is an anime that needs to be seen to be believed.
So what do you think of my choices this time around? Are they worthy of Toonami, or do they suck eggs? Let us know and feel free to give your own anime suggestions in the comments section below.
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