This weekend’s premieres on Adult Swim include robots, chickens, more robots, and the possible return of an old friend.
This weekend’s Adult Swim premieres are a lot like last weekend’s Adult Swim premieres, only with slightly different events. For example, instead of Yoshi, you get Bea Arthur.
There were times when we thought we wouldn’t make it this long, but it’s happened! Toonami has now remained on television for 25 years (give or take a few MIA periods). And the block is celebrating with the announcement of three MORE originals — whether you like it or not.
Last weekend, Robot Chicken commenced its latest season, and this coming weekend it shall continue commencing further. This week Adult Swim has two new premieres to show you, on two different nights.
As long as there is pop culture media to make fun of, Robot Chicken will always be around…well, Adult Swim ceasing broadcast would throw a wrench in it, but maybe it could continue on somewhere else. It leads this weekend’s list of AS premieres with the brand new episode “May Cause a Squeakquel.”
Shenmue: The Animation was announced in 2020 as one of the “partner” shows between Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. At the time both companies were owned by telecom AT&T. The phone giant has already sold off one and is in the process of unloading the other onto Discovery, so no one knows how long the partnership will actually last. But it got us a Shenmue anime.
Attack On Titan is running though its final episode run as we speak, but up to this point it’s been exclusively the sub version of the show. Anime purists would say “who cares.” Toonami would say “we do, we had to run on fumes all December.”
It’s 1986, and Ryo Hazuki’s father has been murdered. It’s up to Ryo to find out why, and he sets off on a long journey of investigation. That’s how the cult video game Shenmue begins, but it’s also how the anime adaption will play out — which was finally given a release date yesterday.
This weekend Adult Swim launches Smiling Friends, its latest animated original. The title of the show is also the name of a small organization devoted to bringing happiness to the world, and the series is centered on their two best employees: Pim, a perky pink little man with mismatched eyes and inextinguishable enthusiasm, and Charlie, a large yellow Picasso-faced person who is always skeptical of Pim’s plans.
Actors Justin Briner and Clifford Chapin Talk “My Hero Academia” Season 5, Dubbing During a Pandemic
With its mix of superhero action and wide diversity of relatable and / or quirky young characters (no pun intended), My Hero Academia is unquestionably one of the most high-profile anime series running today. This spring the show is back for a fifth season, one poised to profile the development of its young heroes against the backdrop of new adult “top heroes” working to protect society and fill the wide gap left empty by the retirement of paragon superhero All-Might. In advance of the season’s English dub premiere PopGeeks was privileged to interview the voice actors of the show’s leading young characters, Justin Briner (“Deku” / Izuku Midoriya) and Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), to discuss the upcoming season and the dubbing process in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been a weird ride for fans of Yu Suzuki’s RPG-slash-life-simulator Shenmue. The original game, released in 2000 for the Dreamcast, was one of the most innovative of its time, one of the first to attempt an authentic, living, breathing world where people went about their activities as they do in reality. Suzuki managed to get a sequel out before the Dreamcast prematurely bit it, but only Europe would see the original release — Americans got an XBox port.
The only good thing about 2020 is that you don’t have to pay to attend Comic-Con! The festivities commence tomorrow and involve a variety of entertainment companies, most of which will be streaming their announcements and panels live for all to watch. Adult Swim in particular has three solid days’ worth of panels ahead, which begin tomorrow.