November 2003

LESS-THAN-2-WEEK WARNING! Posted Wednesday, November 26, 2003, 2:53PM by TylerL
"For your information, the Show Us Your Arsenal contest ends on December 8th.
If you're working on a video, or haven't started yet, HURRY UP!
No entries will be accepted after 11:59pm est on Dec 8.
Click that new-fangled banner thingy above for more info.

The name's Rumor, Batman Rumor." Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2003, 2:10PM by Andromaton
"According to Batman On Film, the name most often being bandied about for the upcoming BATMAN 5 role of Ra's Al Ghul is Daniel Day-Lewis, most recently of GANGS OF NEW YORK.

So that puts Christian Bale as Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred, and Daniel Day-Lewis as Ra's Al Ghul with a little Scarecrow thrown in for good measure. Sounds like it could be interesting.

17FPS! Posted Monday, November 24, 2003, 10:20PM by TylerL
"Clone Wars is airing on Toonami starting December 1st.
All Clone Wars promos are available in the Other Shows download section.

Also, Tiger Woods Game Review in the Games section.

...now if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to playing with my brand new Dual 2GHz G5 :D

It's fun go Taiketsu party happy happy! Posted Monday, November 24, 2003, 9:17PM by Andromaton
"Atari has shipped Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu for the GBA. Taiketsu features fifteen DBZ fighters which, including Brolly, can be played in both single-player or multiplayer using the Game Link cable.

Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu is rated ""T"" and is $29.99.

Rhino wants your vote today! Posted Monday, November 24, 2003, 1:55PM by Andromaton
"Rhino is turning to fans to help decide which properties to release next. On its website is a survey, which includes He-Man, Thundercats, M.A.S.K., Dungeons & Dragons, Voltron, The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers: Headmasters and Transformers: Robots In Disguise.

Vote up the survey by clicking here.
Source: Animation Insider

Teenage Mutant Ninja Toonami? Posted Monday, November 24, 2003, 1:04PM by Andromaton
"4Kids Entertaiment has announced that Cartoon Netowrk has picked up the first 40 episodes of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series for Spring of 2004. Where will this property end up? Most likely SVES but who knows, it could end up on Toonami as a Fridays only show. Either way, this is great news for TMNT fans.

Thanks to Kanshisha.
Source: 4kids Entertainment. Click read more for whole announcement.

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has licensed the U.S. cable television rights to the first 40 episodes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Cartoon Network. These episodes of the animated series will be part of Cartoon Network's lineup beginning Spring 2004.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will continue all first-run broadcasts of new episodes on the Fox Box, 4Kids Entertainment's weekend morning four-hour program block. 4Kids has already picked up the series for the 2004-2005 broadcast season. In addition, 4Kids will continue to be able to broadcast the first 40 episodes of the series on the Fox Box.

""The 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' have won the hearts of a whole new generation of fans,"" said Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. ""We're pleased to be able to broadcast the series with Cartoon Network. Now that we're adding the Cartoon Network audience, we're certain that many more kids across the country will become part of the growing craze and get 'Turtle-ized.'""

Now in its second season on the Fox Box, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which is produced by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Licensing, Inc., features the colorful characters, exciting ninja action and irreverent humor that sparked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mania more than a dozen years ago, but updated for today's kids with an all-new edgier look and feel.

Let's rebuild the Veritechs! Posted Thursday, November 20, 2003, 12:11PM by KnuxFive
"Harmony Gold just can't pimp this series enough.

First we got the original DVDs. Then there were toys and games. Now we're getting the DVDs again.

Harmony Gold will be releasing ""Robotech Remastered: Extended Edition"", DVDs of, obviously, remastered episodes of Robotech. The first 12-episode Box Set will be released on January 27th, 2004.

Source: Animé on DVD

FOR THE LOVE OF [DEITY], STOP TELLING ME I'M WRONG" Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2003, 10:33PM by TylerL
"Many of you have e-mailed me with songs that don't contain ""yume"" or ""dreams"".
Stop it! You're driving me nuts!
(I'm still right, though.)

Sorry, no firehose." Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2003, 2:09PM by TylerL
"A huge TDA THANK YOU to all who donated over the last few days.
We got enough to not only cover THIS month, but NEXT one as well.
So...there'll be TDA goodness for at least until the end of the year :)

Kenshin's really a woman and other secrets told in secret interview Posted Tuesday, November 18, 2003, 12:21AM by Andromaton
"Kenshin's crew recently took some time out of their ever busy day of hardcore samurai action to grant... nah, several english cast members of Rurouni Kenshin were interviewed by Dub Review. Interviews include Elyse Floyd (Yahiko Myojin), Sparky Thornton (Hajime Saito), Lex Lang (Sanosuke Sagara), and Dorothy Melendrez (Kaoru Kamiya), as well as the ADR Director Kaeko Sakamoto and ADR Writer Clark Cheng.

Read the Interviews Here

Repaying a Bet Posted Monday, November 17, 2003, 8:51PM by KnuxFive
"Yeah, yeah, it's not great for me to go a month without updating news and coming up with THIS...

Jonathan ""WB"" Gray has attained a position at Archie Comics' own Sonic the Hedgehog. While this admittedly has no relevance to Toonami, WB is a cool guy, and since the Season Premiere of SNL DIDN'T start with an Arnold Schwarznengnernenger joke, I owed him this.

Source: The Dub's Own Site

G.I Joe the Real American DVD Posted Monday, November 17, 2003, 1:30PM by Andromaton
"Rhino Home Video has turned its attention to another big hit of the 80s -- G.I. Joe. To be exact, G.I. Joe Season One Part One, the first half of the first complete season of the show.
Click read more for more.

G.I. Joe is slated for release on February 3rd with a MSRP of $59.99. Some of the extras are things like interviews with voice director Wally Burr and writer Christy Marx.
Note -- this will not contain the first two miniseries as Rhino has already released them on DVD.

I'm a Splinter (夢 -- ゆめ) Posted Sunday, November 16, 2003, 5:12PM by TylerL
"Cop-out update.
Want to see something funny?
http://www.animelyrics.com/search/search.asp?search=yume
Over 3,000 anime songs include the word ""yume"" (dreams) in their lyrics. That's crazy.
I dare you to find a lyricful anime intro without ""yume"" or ""dreams"" in it.
Update by Tyler after his G5 shipped: So far, the only one found has been the SailorStars intro. C'mon, people. Go search!
Update by Zogg: I made the subject cooler.
Update by Tyler after his G5 left Sacramento: Yes. Yes you did.

Superman of Monte Cristo Posted Sunday, November 16, 2003, 1:36AM by andromaton
"Reports have come through E! Online that 20 year old Henry Cavill (The Count of Monte Cristo), has been picked as the frontrunner to don the man of steel's tights by the unofficial Superman director McG.
Source: E! Online via Media Sharx

''Dragonball GT'' Tops Average Ratings of Kids WB's New Line-Up Posted Friday, November 14, 2003, 1:09AM by Meteo
"According to ICv2, Toonami's newest series, ""Dragonball GT,"" scored impressive numbers in its debut with a 9.7 for males ages 9-14 and an 8.6 for males ages 6-11. The article adds:

""Compare GT's numbers with the ratings for the Kids WB, the top-rated Saturday morning cartoon block, which just debuted its new lineup and scored a 6.1 for males 9-14 and a 5.5 for boys 6-11.""

Check out ICv2 for the full story.

Toonami starting at 4PM in January? Posted Thursday, November 13, 2003, 7:42PM by TylerL
"According to Cartoon Network's January Highlights' Schedule, Toonami will start airing at 4pm. No word on if the ending time remains the same yet.
Thanks to Meteo for his mad observation skillz.

Imminent Shock Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 7:24PM by andromaton
Toonami UK has been airing ads stating that the WB's hit Static Shock is coming. No dates have been announced.

Simensky Leaves Cartoon Network. Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 10:24PM by andromaton
"Quoted from Animation Blast
No confirmation yet on whether Genndy Tartakovsky has jumped ship from Cartoon Network to Lucasfilm, but another major departure from Cartoon Network which can be confirmed is that of Linda Simensky. She had been with the cable outlet since 1995 and was CN's senior vice-president of original animation when she left her post in early October. AWN.com originally broke the news of her departure and has been following the story since then.

Click read more. Do it. Pepito commands you.


Quote continued from Animation Blast
As of this past Monday, Simensky officially assumed the position of senior director of children's programming at PBS where she will manage the PBS Kids programming block. Linda has long been one of animation's most artist-friendly executives and her departure from Cartoon Network is significant news. The network has been following an ominous path during the past year, evidenced by various executive shake-ups and programming changes, and their loss of Simensky seems to be another indication of which direction the network is headed towards.

Colonel Sanders and Aunt Jemima Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 6:25PM by TylerL
The Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic game review is where it should be. Download it.
I'm tired.
Update by Tyler...IN THE FUTURE: ...oh yeah. Pepito's site got updated too. Big news.

Top Toonami Ratings - September 2003 Posted Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 2:51PM by Meteo
"The Top 116 Cartoon Network Telecasts for September are out and 3 out of the 4 Toonami shows made it on the list. ""Dragonball Z"" returned to the list as the highest single episode rating for a Toonami show while both ""Dragonball"" and ""SD Gundam"" made the list with their new episodes.

There were approximately 77 Toonami telecasts in the month of September and thus about 25% of those made Cartoon Network's Top 9% list. It was a excellent month for the block, when compared to the overall network. Overall it was a decent month for Cartoon Network, although lower than the previous month. The lowest number in the Top 116 was an 1.8.

For the complete list and more information click ""Read More""

Here are Toonami telecasts that made the list:

#3: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/18/03 - Thu - 5.5P-6.0P - 2.2
#5: DRAGONBALL - 9/4/03 - Thu - 6.5P-7.0P - 2.2
#14: DBZ Movie ""Cooler's Revenge"" (1st Half) - 9/19/03 - Fri - 6.0P-6.5P - 2.1
#15: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/19/03 - Fri - 5.5P-6.00P - 2.1
#18: DBZ Movie ""Bardock: Father of Goku"" - 9/5/03 - Fri - 6.0P-7.0P - 2.1
#22: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/23/03 - Tue - 5.5P-6.0P - 2.0
#36: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/24/03 - Wed - 5.5P-6.0P - 1.9
#37: SD GUNDAM - 9/24/03 - Wed - 5.0P-5.5P - 1.9
#39: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/22/03 - Mon - 5.5P-6.0P - 1.9
#40: DBZ Movie ""Cooler's Revenge"" (2nd Half)* - 9/19/03 - Fri - 6:35P-7.0P - 1.9
#45: DBZ Movie ""The History of Trunks"" - 9/12/03 - Fri - 6.0P-7.0P - 1.9
#63: DRAGONBALL - 9/22/03 - Mon - 6.5P-7.0P - 1.8
#77: DRAGONBALL* - 9/18/03 - Thu - 6:35P-7.0P - 1.8
#81: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/15/03 - Mon - 5.5P-6.0P - 1.8
#82: SD GUNDAM - 9/15/03 - Mon - 5.0P-5.5P - 1.8
#91: SD GUNDAM - 9/10/03 - Wed - 5.0P-5.5P - 1.8
#95: DRAGONBALL - 9/8/03 - Mon - 6.5P-7.0P - 1.8
#107: DRAGONBALL Z - 9/4/03 - Thu - 5.5P-6.0P - 1.8
#110: SD GUNDAM - 9/3/03 - Wed - 5.0P-5.5P - 1.8

* After IGPX

Other telecasts of note:

#68: ZOIDS (Zero - SVES) - 9/20/03 - Sat - 10:30P-11:00P - 1.8
#76: TOTALLY SPIES (After Toonami) - 9/18/03 - Thu - 7:00P-7:30 - 1.8
#83: ZOIDS (Zero - SVES) - 9/13/03 - Sat - 10:30P-11:00P - 1.8
#101: RUROUNI KENSHIN (SVES) - 9/6/03 - Sat - 11:00P-11:30P - 1.8

Remember, with 28 rated days in September, 24 hours in a day and considering that most CN telecasts are 1/2 an hour long, there were possibly over 1,300 telecasts in the month. Thus, the list only covers shows that placed in about the Top 9% or so. A show could fail to make this list and still have good, great or even excellent ratings.

There were approximately 77 Toonami telecasts in the month of September and thus about 25% of those made Cartoon Network's Top 9% list. It was a excellent month for the block, when compared to the overall network, for this ratings indicator. However, it should be noted that these ratings take into account everybody watching Cartoon Network. With regards to Toonami, CN is for the most part only interested in the 9-14, 6-11 and 6-17 ratings (although other viewers are certainly nice to have as well).

Furthermore, it should be pointed out that the lowest number provided was a 1.8, while in the past the highest has sometimes been a 1.8. Thus, several Toonami telecasts could have easily placed in the high 1.X's and still had great ratings.

Alan should let the masses handle it this time. Posted Sunday, November 9, 2003, 5:46PM by TylerL
"Hey there, TDA's friendly bandwidth leechers.
Another fiscal month ends for TDA/Infolink/P.D.F. on November 28th.
Just like October 28th.
...but what happened last month?
Nobody donated.
Who paid the $105.53 server bill?
Tyler.
That's bad. Tyler can't be throwing over a hundred dollars every month at a hobby. That's not a very good not-a-business model.
Do you want TDA to get to bombshells #4 and possibly #5?
Donate.
For the love of stuff, please donate.

Gamecube Gundam? Posted Saturday, November 8, 2003, 3:11PM by TylerL
"Hot off the heels of Nintendo's purchase of Bandai stock last month, it appears that the latter has finally decided to bring its mecha powerhouse to the Gamecube console.

According to this article, Mobile Suit Gundam: Senshitachi no Kiseki is currently in production and is expected to be released in Japan sometime next year. It would be safe to assume a U.S. release will follow...

Source: IGN.com

I forgot how to do these. Posted Friday, November 7, 2003, 6:58PM by TylerL
"The Dragon Ball GT section has the first promo and Toonami intro now. Go get them.
Also, for all info on the Show Us Your Arsenal contest, click on its banner above. It's also available in the Features section.
We've gotten a few good entries already. Keep 'em coming...

Toonami Takes it to the Grand Tour Posted Friday, November 7, 2003, 2:13AM by Meteo
"Once again it's Friday and that means it is time for a whole batch of new episodes on the block. Today's highlight is the Cartoon Network premiere of the final Dragonball series, ""Dragonball GT."" The series will be starting with Funimation's recap episode of the first saga, not episode 1. Today also includes a Cartoon Network premiere ""Transformers Armada"" episode and a Toonami premiere ""He-Man and the Masters of the Universe"" episode. For the complete schedule click ""Read More""

[Source: Toonami]

The New Toonami Fridays Schedule (and today's episodes)

5.0 PM - SD Gundam ""Gundam Force, Team Up""
5.5 PM - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe - ""Out of the Past""
6.0 PM - Transformers Armada ""Puppet""
6.5 PM - Dragonball GT ""A Grand Problem""

Win a PT Cruiser By Watching Toonami Today Posted Friday, November 7, 2003, 2:03AM by Meteo
"Toonami is having another contest today and the winner receives a rather big prize. 200 winners will receive a Serpent Cyclone Track Set and a Smash Mouth CD while 1 Grand Prize winner will win a customized PT Cruiser loaded with Hot Wheels cars. As usual it is a ""look for the toll-free number"" type of contest. For more information click ""Read More""

[Source: Toonami]

How do you win? Do what you always do, watch Toonami from 5-7 PM (Eastern). While doing so look for the toll-free number. Call the number.

Who can't win? Folks under the age of 5 years or residents of Hawaii, Alaska or Florida.

What if I am a minor? They your parents or legal guardian get the PT Cruiser. You probably get to keep the little cars though, your parents don't want those anyway.

Why should I enter? To keep Knux from winning.

''Zoids: Chaotic Century'' To Be Released On VHS Posted Friday, November 7, 2003, 1:50AM by Meteo
"Zoids: Chaotic Century, The X Bridge's 2002 Toonami Show of the Year, will be getting a VHS release by Viz starting this February. There has not been any information regarding a DVD release, but this is certainly a good sign for the fan-favorite series. The first tape is already available for pre-order at Amazon.

For more information about the series click ""Read More""

[Source: Dr. Gamer of the Toon Zone Forums]

""Zoids: Chaotic Century"" currently airs at 6 AM (Eastern) Monday through Friday on Cartoon Network. If you are new to the series this is a good time to jump in since Friday morning will be episode three. Here is the series prolog thanks to Zoids Unofficial:

On the far reaches of the Milky Way, on the Planet Zi, there exists metallic  life forms that posses superior fighting skills. These are the Zoids.  Warriors by nature, Zoids have been used as the ultimate weapons in an ongoing war between the Imperial forces, and the Republicans of Planet Zi. A young boy named Van, born and raised on Zi, holds a strong fascination with Zoids. He develops a special friendship with a Zoid called Zeke, who is able to fuse with another Zoid, thereby enhancing its fighting ability. He also meets a girl called Fiona with whom he starts a journey of discovery to find out about her mysterious past.

Toonami UK Adds Four Series Posted Friday, November 7, 2003, 1:36AM by Meteo
"For most of its first two months the new Toonami network in the UK consisted of less shows than there are hours in the day. To add some variety to the line-up they have begun to did into the vaults. Recently added to the network are:

The Pirates of Dark Water
Swat Kats
The Mask
Ripping Friends

For more information on these series click ""Read More""

[Source: HellCat of Toon Zone's TICA Toonami Message Board]

The Pirates of Dark Water - ""The alien world of Mer is being devoured by Dark Water. Only Ren, a young prince, can stop it, by finding the lost Thirteen Treasures of Rule. At his side is an unlikely but loyal crew of misfits; at his back, the evil pirate lord Bloth, who would stop at nothing to get the Treasures for himself.""

[Source: Andorus's Pirates of Dark Water Page]

Swat Kats - This show is about two humanoid cats (called ""kats"") who fly around in a jet (the Turbokat) and fight supervillains. Also featured in the series are a police/military force called the Enforcers, headed by Commander Feral, and a gutsy Deputy Mayor, Callico Briggs.

[Source: strike's sk zone]

The Mask - This animated series is based on the blockbuster hit by New Line Cinema. When nice-guy Stanley Lipkiss dons his powerful mask, he explodes with looney cartoon powers.

[Source: Cartoon Network Latin America]

Ripping Friends - The Ripping Friends are the manliest men in the world. Their mission: to ""rip"" anything that stands in the way of freedom. Through training and sheer force of will, Crag, Rip, Slag and Chunk have built their strengths to extraordinary proportions. They are the most powerful crime fighters in the universe.

[Source: Adult Swim]

Genndy Leaves Cartoon Network For Lucasfilm? Posted Wednesday, November 5, 2003, 2:01PM by andromaton
"Quoted from Animation Blast
This could be big news. I've yet to confirm this story, and there is a chance it could be completely UNTRUE, but a reliable source informs me that SAMURAI JACK and DEXTER'S LAB creator Genndy Tartakovsky is leaving (has left?) Cartoon Network and is joining the new division of Lucasfilm specializing in animated features called Lucasfilm Animation. Genndy, of course, is also the director/producer of Cartoon Network's highly touted forthcoming STAR WARS: CLONE WARS mini-series (produced at Cartoon Network Studios and not Lucasfilm). Once again, I must stress that this is UNconfirmed and only hearsay at this moment, but if anybody can validate or refute this claim, drop me a line at amid&animationblast.com (replace & with @).

Toonami December Schedule Posted Tuesday, November 4, 2003, 1:08PM by Meteo
"The Toonami December schedule will be the same as the November schedule. Of note, once this season of ""Dragonball"" ends, the show will start over from the beginning. Remember, schedules are always subject to change.

[Source: Adlink]

Batman and the Gang Celebrate Christmas CN Style. Posted Monday, November 3, 2003, 4:02PM by andromaton
"With the holiday season fastly approaching, Cartoon Network has announced it will air a new Justice League half-hour christmas special ""Comfort and Joy"" and the christmas episode of Batman: The New Adventures ""Holiday Knights"" and on December 13th at 10.0 and 10.5 respectively.

Click Read more for a summary of ""Comfort and Joy"". Spoilers ahoy.

The Justice League, comprised of the world's finest superheroes, rushes to complete one last mission to save two planets from colliding before each embarks on a week's vacation to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Flash pays his traditional visit to the Central City Orphanage as ""that jolly man in the red suit"" to bring a special present to the resident kids. Green Lantern decides to show Hawkgirl his favorite childhood games and activities that involve snow, which results in a spectacular snowball fight. Superman, heading home to spend Christmas with his Earthly parents, the Kents, and await Santa's arrival, decides to bring along a depressed Martian Manhunter, who doesn't understand why everyone finds the season so magical. (Batman and Wonder Woman volunteer to serve ""world monitor duty"" at the League's Watchtower headquarters.)

Little does each hero suspect that major surprises await them all. When Flash is asked to produce the hottest toy of the season, a ""DJ Rubber Ducky,"" he is forced to search the world for it. With the doll at last in Flash's possession, arch-villain Ultra-Humanite appears and nearly destroys it. Through an amazing act of goodwill and compromise, Flash and Ultra-Humanite actually join forces to repair the toy and deliver it the anxious kids before resuming their adversarial relationship. Hawkgirl reciprocates Green Lantern's holiday ""gift"" by showing him the place and unique way she prefers to celebrate-resulting in mayhem. One last surprise awaits them both: a secret romance. And Superman's family embraces Martian Manhunter warmly, leaving him the freedom to explore the peace and joy of Christmas Eve on his own. His unexpected experiences that night lead him to compose his own song of joy which he shares with the Kent family.

Thanks to Animation Insider for the episode summary.

The Last Son on DVD Posted Saturday, November 1, 2003, 11:00PM by andromaton
"Warner Bros. has announced that they'll be releasing a single Superman DVD on February 3rd.

For a features list click read more.

MSRP: $14.98
Subformat: Single Sided
Sound Track Language: English
Run Time: 61 minutes
Closed Captioning: Yes
Aspect Ratio:
--Orginal Aspect Ratio - 1.33
--Standard [4:3 Transfer]
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Sound Quality:
--Dolby Surround Stereo - Spanish
--Dolby Surround Stereo - English