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Though i was aware of it, i never really watched anime on G4. I just stuck to toonami. I think it was cuz the shows they played i never heard of, and i was too green with the genre to wanna experiment with something new, yet.
Yes Toonami did show anime first, however Anime Unleashed gave us that WTF anime known as Cromartie High School.
No offense, but you guys might want to proof read some of these entries. Otherwise, great compilation as always.
YUP... TOONAMI WAS FIRST!
To be fair: Toonami showed anime right as it was cool to play anime on TV. If they had more Gundman and less Thundercats in 1997, then we'd have something.
Toonami made it popular first although it was nice to have more variety available.
I watched Toonami before this block I never watched came into being, but whatever.
I gotta disagree with this Toonami did it first
I was gonna say . . . . . . Toonami would like to have a talk with you. By the time Anime Unleashed had started, Toonami was already blowing up ratings with DBZ and Gundam Wing. Maybe it would be better if this picture was titled "They had the guts to show anime on TV" because very few stations did, even back then. What else was there, Sci-Fi? KidsWB? Maybe some movies on a movie channel?
UPN was a fairly solid place to watch anime, particularly on Saturdays with the original Funimation dubs of Dragonball and DBZ, as well as Teknoman, Knights of the Zodiac, and I think Samurai Pizza Cats also had some airtime on that station. I think DiC's dub of Sailormoon and Sailormoon R was shown on UPN during the weekdays. KIKU was another network (in Hawai'i) that had some anime, dubbed (Utena) or subbed (Shin-Chan, BEFORE it was ever licensed by Funimation).
While I am grateful that television blocks like Toonami and Anime Unleashed helped to bring about an anime boom in the West, please remember that there were a few..."pioneers" that came before them.
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