Posts Tagged ‘Nicktoons Network’

Not too long ago I stumbled upon an interesting show on The History Channel called Life After People. It used scientific findings to predict what life “after people” would be like for planet earth. Well I don’t have any scientific findings here but I thought I’d apply their gimmick to a post mortem timeline for the late great Toonami block. It’s been over 2 years and much has changed. In fact, so much has changed that a lot of people probably did not even notice everything that has happened since Toonami was taken off the air. Action animation and anime have found new venues and are now more available to viewers than ever before. So without further ado I present to you, life after Toonami.
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I contemplated making a top 5 or top 10 for the year but I felt like I wouldn’t be giving some shows their due if I just did that so rather than make a list I decided to give a micro-review and some personal thoughts on the cartoons of 2010 that I was able to catch. For the record, I did not include any direct sequels such as Ben 10: Ultimate Alien or Total Drama: World Tour. Follow the jump to see what I thought about the new cartoons that premiered in 2010.
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There is no question that Dragon Ball Z on Toonami was one of the most significant players in the arrival of the anime boom in the early 2000’s along with the uncanny success of Pokémon. Well Pokémon is still around and has not really gone anywhere and Dragon Ball continues to sell gang busters on DVD but it has been a little while since it aired on television up until recently. Just the other week Dragon Ball Z Kai became the number one premiere on Nicktoons Network. Given the low ratings Nicktoons Network generally has this is not all that surprising. In fact, most people saw this coming a mile away. Naruto Shippuden also has done pretty well for itself on Disney 😄 but the impact has not been very notable. If you recall Cartoon Network was not always the household name it is now and one of the shows that got it noticed other than its’ original programming was Dragon Ball Z. The question remains can Dragon Ball Z Kai do one or both of the following. Make Nicktoons a stronger player on cable and create another anime boom? Maybe, just maybe it can.
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Hey folks it’s Sketch here. On the heat of some very interesting acquisitions from Viacom and Disney I’ll talk about how the current race for action entertainment dominance on youth television came about in recent years.
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