Toonami Announces New Schedule Beginning February 7, 2015

Toonami announced on its Tumblr account that starting on February 7, 2015, Toonami’s schedule will be reduced to a midnight-3:30 a.m. run every Saturday.

As part of their announcement, Toonami commented, “For fans of GITS, IGPX, Bebop AoT, etc, we’re sorry but due to slipping ratings in those later hours, Adult Swim programming has determined a change is necessary. These shows may be back at some point- or they may not. Nothing is definitive on that front.”

The new schedule, beginning February 7, 2015, will be:

12:00 a.m.: Dragon Ball Z Kai
12:30 a.m.: Kill la Kill
01:00 a.m.: Naruto Shippuden
01:30 a.m.: Inuyasha: The Final Act
02:00 a.m.: Gurren Lagann
02:30 a.m.: One Piece
03:00 a.m.: Deadman Wonderland

Source: Toonami

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

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

VIZ Media Announces the Premiere of Inuyasha: The Final Act on Toonami

VIZ Media is proud to announce the domestic broadcast premiere of Inuyasha: The Final Act, the finale to the long-running animated adventure saga, set to be broadcast on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the final story arc of the famed action/adventure/fantasy anime series will premiere at 2:00am on Sunday, November 16, 2014 with future episodes to air each subsequent Sunday. Check local listings for channel availability and specific regional broadcast times. Adult Swim’s Toonami is the Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s network for offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

Inuyasha: The Final Act is based on the massively popular manga series (also published by VIZ Media, rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) by famed creator Rumiko Takahashi. The Inuyasha anime series has run for 193 episodes in total and has also spawned several popular feature films. Pulled back in time to Japan’s ancient past, Japanese high school girl Kagome finds her destiny linked to a dog-like half-demon named Inuyasha, who remembers Kagome’s previous incarnation as the woman who killed him – and to the Shikon Jewel, or “Jewel of Four Souls,” which can fulfill the greatest dreams of any man or monster. Now Kagome and Inuyasha must work together to search for the scattered shards of the jewel before everyone’s nightmares are given the power they need to come true.

Inuyasha: The Final Act offers the culmination of the epic quest to restore the shattered Shikon Jewel. In the final episodes, the half-demon Inuyasha and modern schoolgirl Kagome face the deadly and cunning enemy demon mastermind, Naraku. With the Shikon Jewel nearly whole, the race to collect the remaining shards intensifies and a battle of epic proportions is brewing on the horizon!

“This legendary anime series reaches its ultimate conclusion with the exciting premiere of THE FINAL ACT on Toonami and plenty of action and quite a few plot surprises are in-store as Inuyasha and Kagome finally see the realization of their quest to restore the Shikon Jewel,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager of Animation. “INUYASHA first premiered on Toonami and the series has played a pivotal role in helping to spawn the massive popularity that manga and anime now enjoys in North America. It’s very fitting that Toonami hosts the grand finale of one of anime’s most famous properties. Don’t miss the exciting premiere this weekend!”

Toonami to Begin Airing InuYasha: The Final Act on November 15, 2014

Toonami has announced that it will begin airing the InuYasha: The Final Act television anime series on November 15, 2014 at 2:00 a.m. EST. The Toonami staff says that they will edit the show to a TV-MA rating, and that they do not anticipate making many edits.

Toonami has also stated that they cannot air all 10 episodes of Hellsing Ultimate as previously planned. The staff apologized and said that fans would have to “finish the story where you can find it.”

Toonami’s lineup on November 1, 2014 will be:

11:30 p.m.: Attack on Titan (finale)
12:00 a.m.: Bleach (finale)
12:30 a.m.: Naruto Shippuden
01:00 a.m.: One Piece
01:30 a.m.: Gurren Lagann
02:00 a.m.: Hellsing Ultimate
02:00 a.m.: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (bonus hour of anime due to Daylight Savings Time ending)
03:00 a.m.: Space Dandy
03:30 a.m.: Cowboy Bebop
04:00 a.m.: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
04:30 a.m.: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
05:00 a.m.: Big O
05:30 a.m.: Samurai Jack

Toonami’s lineup on November 8, 2014 will be:

11:30 p.m.: Attack on Titan (rerun)
12:00 a.m.: Dragon Ball Z Kai (premiere)
12:30 a.m.: Naruto Shippuden
01:00 a.m.: One Piece
01:30 a.m.: Gurren Lagann
02:00 a.m.: Hellsing Ultimate (finale)
03:00 a.m.: Space Dandy
03:30 a.m.: Cowboy Bebop
04:00 a.m.: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
04:30 a.m.: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
05:00 a.m.: Big O
05:30 a.m.: Samurai Jack

Anime Soundtrack Review: Inuyasha Best Song History

Inuyasha Best Song History is a two-disc soundtrack that was released in Japan in 2010. The first disc includes all of the opening and ending theme songs for the seven seasons of the Inuyasha anime series. The second disc includes the opening theme for Inuyasha: The Final Act, all three ending themes for Inuyasha: The Final Act, score pieces from the final episode of Inuyasha: The Final Act, the ending theme songs for the four Inuyasha films, and an insert song from the second Inuyasha movie.

Inuyasha Best Song History
Publisher: Avex Mode
Release Date: March 24, 2010

Admittedly, if you already have the Best of Inuyasha CD, then you already have most of what appears on the first disc of this set. However, since not all of the opening and closing themes were on that disc, this means that you gain five opening and ending themes that weren’t on Best of Inuyasha. You also gain the insert song from episode 124.

The second disc has a lot more material that did not originally appear on the Best of Inuyasha soundtrack CD. The only songs that appear on both releases are “No More Words” and “Song of Love.”

Compared to Best of Inuyasha, the sequencing of the songs on this release makes a little more sense. On the first disc, the songs are sequenced by what episode that theme first made its appearance in the series. The insert song for episode 124 is also sequenced in this manner as well.

My only real gripe with this set is the inclusion of “Final Speech Subtitle” for the final episode score. While this may have been a score that appeared in the final episode of Inuyasha: The Final Act, it’s only about 12 seconds in length. With that short of a length, I’m really not convinced that this absolutely had to be included on this release.

The booklet included with this release has the lyrics for the songs printed in Japanese, as well as credits and release information for each song. There is also an insert promoting projects that some of the acts that appear on this release were promoting at the time this was released.

It’s nice to have an Inuyasha music collection that includes all of the opening and ending themes songs from the original series, the ending themes for all four Inuyasha films, as well as the important music from Inuyasha: The Final Act. Ultimately, Inuyasa Best Song History is probably the closest thing there will ever be to a complete soundtrack for the Inuyasha franchise.

Unfortunately, since this album was not released outside of Japan, you will need to take a look around at sites that sell Japanese imports and try to find the best deal on this release.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Inuyasha Best Song History that my husband purchased for me as a gift.