Adult Swim to Re-Air an Episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization After Error

Adult Swim’s Toonami block has announced that it will re-air the sixth episode of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime on March 23, 2019 at 12:30 a.m., after its airing of the episode on March 16, 2019 had an error during airing, with the video supposedly being frozen.

The block will air the seventh and eighth episodes of the anime back-to-back on March 30, 2019 from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Sword Art Online: Alicization premiered on the block on February 9, 2019 with a one-hour premiere.

Source: ANN

Adult Swim to Shorten Toonami Lineup

The official Facebook page for Adult Swim’s Toonami block announced a new schedule. As of January 5, 2019, the lineup will be:

11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super
11:30 p.m. – Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
12:00 a.m. – My Hero Academia
12:30 a.m. – Mob Psycho 100
1:00 a.m. – Megalobox
1:30 a.m. – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
2:00 a.m. – Black Clover
2:30 a.m. – Hunter x Hunter
3:00 a.m. – Naruto Shippūden
3:30 a.m. – Attack on Titan
4:00 a.m. – Pop Team Epic
4:30 a.m. – Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

The block will start at 11:00 p.m. again, instead of 9:00 p.m. as it does now. It will also drop the hour of programming it gained in September 2018. Dragon Ball Z Kai and Samurai Jack will drop off the current lineup.

Source: ANN

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll to Produce the Blade Runner — Black Lotus Anime Series

Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have announced that they are partnering with Alcon Entertainment to produce an anime series based on Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. The series, titled Blade Runner — Black Lotus, will have 13 episodes.

Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama are directing all the episodes at Sola Digital Arts. Shinichiro Watanabe is a creative producer on the series.

Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Al-Francis Cuenca of Alcon Entertainment are executive producers on the project along with Sola Digital Arts’ Joseph Chou. Alcon executive Ben Roberts is serving as co-executive producer, and Production I.G’s Mitsuhisa Ishikawa is a production adviser.

The series’ story will take place in 2032, between the two films, and will include some familiar characters.

Adult Swim will have worldwide distribution rights to an English-dubbed version outside of Asia, and will air it in the United States on its Toonami block. Crunchyroll will stream the anime worldwide.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces the Premiere of Hunter x Hunter on Adult Swim

VIZ Media announces the launch of the all new Hunter x Hunter anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the supernatural adventure series will premiere on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:00 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

This latest anime property to join the VIZ Media catalog was produced in 2011 by the animation studio, MADHOUSE, and was broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV. The series reboots the Hunter x Hunter manga series created by Yoshihiro Togashi. For the North American debut, VIZ Media has assembled a fresh cast of talented voice actors that includes Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss, Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck, Matthew Mercer as Leorio, Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, and Erika Harlacher as Kurapika.

In the original Hunter x Hunter manga series, Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

In the Hunter x Hunter anime series, abundant riches, hidden treasures, fearsome monsters, and exotic creatures are scattered around the world. Gon departs on a journey to become a Pro Hunter who risks his life in search of the unknown. Along the way, he meets other applicants for the Hunter exam: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Can Gon pass the rigorous challenges of the Hunter exam and become the best Hunter in the world!? His wild and epic journey is about to begin.

Hunter x Hunter is a fast-paced fantasy adventure beautifully animated by studio MADHOUSE and we are pleased to debut the series on Adult Swim’s Toonami with a first-ever English dub that adheres very closely to the storyline depicted in the original manga series,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “We invite audiences to immerse themselves in this action-filled anime series and catch a new episode broadcast premiere each week!”

Adult Swim Experimenting With Earlier One Piece Rebroadcast

Jason DeMarco announced on Twitter that Adult Swim will be attempting a rebroadcast of the previous week’s One Piece episode at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The network is already experimenting with this idea with a rebroadcast of the previous week’s episode of Dragon Ball Z at 8pm on Saturdays.

New episodes of One Piece will continue to air during Toonami at 3:30am.

Source: Crunchyroll

Adult Swim and Inuyasha: The Final Act Top Ratings Charts for November 2014

The US TV ratings for November 2014 have been released, and the scores for anime related content include Adult Swim ranking as basic cable’s #1 network in total day among adults 18-24, adults 18-34, and men 18-24. The Saturday 2:00 a.m. airings of Inuyasha: The Final Act were #1 in their time period among adults 18-24 and men 18-24, with premieres up among adults 18-49 and men 18-24 versus a year ago.

In addition, Cartoon Network’s Saturday morning debuts of Sonic Boom at 7:00 a.m. and Pokémon the Series XY premieres both ranked #1 in their respective time periods among boys 6-11/9-14, and both saw ratings increases across all targeted demographers over the same time period year ago, ranging from +46% to +73%.

Source: Crunchyroll

Adult Swim and Cartoon Network Are #1 in Quarterly Rankings for Key Demographics

Adult Swim and Cartoon Network drew in top rankings among boys and adult males for the quarter. Adult Swim had the second most-watched first quarter in its history among adults 18-34 and was the #1 network among adults 18-34 and 18-49 and men 18-34 and 18-49 in total day.

New episode premieres of Space Dandy grew average delivery ranging between two percent and 17 percent and new episodes of Bleach grew two percent and five percent among targeted demographics in March. Blue Exorcist also grew in viewers compared to last year while Black Lagoon grew average delivery by mostly double digits across all targeted adults and men, between eight percent and 65 percent.

For March 2014, Adult Swim programming accounted for 18 of the top 50 telecasts on basic cable among adults ages 18-34, and 12 of the top 50 with men ages 18-34, both more than any other network.

Cartoon Network ranked #1 among boys age 9-14 during early primetime hours (7-9 p.m.) and was the #1 television network among boys 6-11 and 9-14 on Monday nights in March 2014. New episodes of the Pokémon XY television anime series grew between two percent and seven percent among kids age 2-11 and 6-11 compared to the previous Pokémon series that aired last year.

FLCL Is Joining the Toonami Lineup

It has been announced on Toonami’s Tumblr page that the FLCL anime will be joining the Toonami lineup on October 26, 2013. As of that date, the schedule for Toonami will be:

  • 12:00 a.m. – Bleach
  • 12:30 a.m. – Naruto
  • 1:00 a.m. – One Piece
  • 01:30 a.m. – Soul Eater
  • 02:00 a.m. – Sword Art Online
  • 02:30 a.m. – FLCL
  • 03:00 a.m. – SWCW
  • 03:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • 04:00 a.m. – Ghost in the Shell (Season 1)
  • 04:30 a.m. – IGPX
  • 05:00 a.m. – Inuyasha
  • 05:30 a.m. – Inuyasha

Evangelion 2.22 and “Kick-Heart”‘s Ratings on Toonami

The Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance anime film brought in 1.097 million viewers, while the “Kick-Heart” anime short brought in 708,000 viewers for its first airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on Sunday, September 1, 2013.

To compare, here is how the other programs on the Toonami block that night fared in the ratings:

  • Repeat of The Big O: 599,000 viewers
  • Second airing of “Kick-Heart”: 618,000 viewers
  • Repeat of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: 652,000 viewers
  • Repeat of Cowboy Bebop: 584,000 viewers
  • Repeat of Inuyasha: 646,000 viewers
  • Repeat of a second Inuyasha episode: 681,000 viewers