Evolve or Die.

“Why don’t people watch Toonami?”

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In the 90s and early 00’s, Toonami was a block on Cartoon Network. It was responsible for bringing anime into the mainstream in the United States. Popular show like Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragonball Z, and Gundam Wing ran on it until its demise in 2008. That happened on my birthday. It was revitalized and retooled into a late Saturday night block for Adult Swim in May 2012.

My brother watches the new Toonami every week. He came up to me a bit miffed last week. Toonami‘s time had been cut in half. Now it was only three and a half hours. He wanted to know why people rallied on Twitter to bring it back but didn’t seem to be watching. It was going to die again! He even pointed a finger at me. He said that I was an avid fan of all things Dragonball (except GT). I had numerous action figures and video games. I had watched the series multiple times. Yet I do not watch Dragonball Kai on Toonami.

Here’s the answer I couldn’t give you before; Nostalgia only goes so far.

Like you said, I’ve seen Dragonball Z in its entirety (291 episodes!!!) many times. Why would I go out of my way once a week to watch it again? I’m certain other people have that exact same feelings. They are not starved for the content like they were when they were children. When the internet was younger, Toonami thrived on bringing foreign animation to the masses. Tape trading was around, but not everyone knew someone who could get them anime.

So Toonami used to be the place to get your anime fix. But times are different. The internet is faster. If you’re a huge Dragonball fan, you’ve bought all the DVDs or used illicit methods to get the content. It’s nice to tune in every once in a while to remember those old times when Goku and Freeza fought for five minutes in three episode, but beyond that I don’t have much interest.

What Toonami needs to not die isn’t to dig up the past or appeal to nostalgia. They have new shows, but they need more. They to evolve. You evolve or die.

Kill La Kill‘s English dub just came on . It ended in Japan slightly under a year ago. Anime fans are not patient nor reasonable people. Not many people will wait a year . I know the process of dubbing is long and takes money. But If Toonami is to thrive, the dub has to be out quicker. The best way to drive interest is to have exclusive content that people can only get from you.

In an ideal situation, the dub is out the next Saturday after the Japanese airing. A killer original show would do worlds for them. If Toonami could fund and air an animation on par with Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead, they’d be beating off viewers with a stick.

So there you go, bro. My answer.

Stupid old fucks.

The internet is going to die and it’s going down at the hands of stupid old people who can’t tell the difference between a toaster and a calculator. Are you fucking kidding me? This is America? This is the great country that I hear praised all the time on July 4th and September 11th? What a disgrace. What a complete and utter disgrace.

This country’s government sickens me. We keep losing rights each year. Corporations are somehow people. They can control the politicians and the politicians control us. Obama said he would bring change. But what happened? Nothing. I was so excited in 2008 about the first black president and he’s done nothing. Zilch! Zippo! NADA! I don’t usually like talking about politics but to see a group of old people decide for the entire country when they don’t know the issues makes me want to vomit. What is there to look forward to after this bill is passed? How does this help the common person? These people don’t even understand the difference between piracy and actual stealing. How can people so unqualified be in these positions? We place so much emphasis on getting degrees and being qualified for things to day to stand out. It’s worthless. It’s all a waste of time.

There are few things that can break my heart in this world. This isn’t one of them. I wish it did, but deep down I always knew this was the truth. It’s the reason I’ve always avoided politics. It’s the reason I don’t vote. It just doesn’t work.

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I misunderstood something. Somebody please help me make sense of this nonsense.

Copyright Infringement kills another fan project.

I looked up several fan projects that I had been interested.

Terrordome, a fighting game based on bringing huge horror icons, is being crippled by movie companies asking their characters to be removed. It’s been worked on for

The game is nonprofit. It’s going to be released for free and yet these companies still want their characters out.

This is a game for fans of horror movies. It’s not possible for a game like this to ever be made because of the licensing issues. They can’t just ignore it? They can’t just let this guy finish it? How does this hurt the company?

The fans will enjoy a free game at no cost to the company. Why do they want this shut down? People make these things because they love the product.

You can check out the logs of what happened to the game, here.

http://www.terrordrome-thegame.com/

There’s more beyond this. It needs to stop. Fans should be able to express their love for the shows and games that they like.

Intellectual properties need to be protected!

This idea seems good. We should be preventing people from making money off of other’s work. That’s why people copyright what they create.

However through my years on the internet, I have yet to see the harm that copyright infringement brings.

I have seen how it can stunt creativity. In 2007, there was a youtube user known as cyberdragon666. He made videos using video game footage and footage from a TV show. He was showing how well the video game engine was designed as it could reenact scenes from the TV show.

His youtube site was shut down due to copyright infringement. He has left the internet ever since. He spent years working on this and it was all gone with just a click. The TV show had been off air for years. He bought the video game.

How would these videos have damaged the company that owned the copy right? He didn’t upload episodes. He didn’t say he made the television and he wasn’t selling it for money.

I’ve seen so many accounts terminated for this damageless copyright infringement and I can’t see why this is right. It’s free advertisment. People were talking about how good the game was. But somehow it’s seen as wrong by law. How did this come to be?

This shutting down of fan projects isn’t going to make people buy more DVDs or action figures. It’s just crushing the work of people.

Another example would be the Streets of Rage Remake that was built from the ground up and worked on for eight years by a group of devoted fans. Sega didn’t do anything with the franchise during that time. Then they give them a cease and desist letter. Eight years of work shut down. And Sega still isn’t doing anything with their copyright on Streets of Rage.

This is right?