|Posted by Anna H. on May 28, 2017 at 7:55 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? How have you been enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend, so far? Mine could be a lot better than what it is, right now.
After doing the usual chores yesterday, I wasn't feeling very well. Therefore, I plan on taking it easy these next couple of days.
Aside from not feeling very well, I did not waste time last night watching the Toonami block for the Samurai Jack Marathon. Judging from what I have heard and read, those who spent the last several years or so kicking and screaming about this Samurai Jack revival, did NOT even watch the marathon, after all that noise.
Because I was never a fan of this cartoon, zero fucks were given. Then again, Samurai Jack was meant for children to watch on Cartoon Network. By the time Samurai Jack premiered in 2001, I was already a college freshman watching Adult Swim, which also launched the same year.
Adult Swim's version of the Toonami block mostly panders to younger Millennials and older Gen Z fanboys. The fact that Adult Swim shafted its veteran viewers to pander to Toonami fanboys these last 5 years, pissed off a lot of us.
Don't get me wrong. There have been a few shows I have enjoyed watching on this Toonami block over these last 5 years. However, I still cherry picked which shows I wanted to watch and still do today.
Some of us that were never Toonami zealots would love to watch more mature Anime with adult themes as opposed to little kids wanting to be hunters, or something along those lines. I understand that Toonami is an Action block. At the same time, the block still panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia.
Shonen and Seinen Action Anime such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon, Blue Exorcist, Michiko & Hatchin, and more recently Tokyo Ghoul are meant for more mature viewers, which is something the fans should be. MATURE.
Toonami fanboys incessantly WHINE about no longer having the stereotypical Shonen Jump Action Anime like One Piece on the block. They need to suck it up, put on their big boy pants, and learn to watch something different and for their own age group.
Speaking of Black Lagoon, I have repeatedly said that the Toonami block should re-air Black Lagoon. Then, follow it up with the OVA's, Roberta's Blood Trail as a Memorial Day Marathon or something along those lines.
In order to clarify what I am saying, Toonami should have Black Lagoon back on the regular schedule at the start of the new year. It would especially be nice to see the Omakes (animated shorts) between the episodes of the show.
After re-airing Black Lagoon in its entirety during the spring, Roberta's Blood Trail should be aired, during Memorial Day Weekend.
Roberta's Blood Trail can be its OWN marathon on the Toonami block because it is a 5-episode OVA about Roberta.
Not only is Roberta's Blood Trail a 5-episode OVA, but also OVA 1 is the conclusion to the last episode of the series, Black Lagoon. The finale left the series as incomplete regarding The Washimine Group and Yukio Washimine.
Even though Black Lagoon is mostly about criminals (pirates, gangsters, and trained assassins to be more specific), it DOES have war themes. A number of Black Lagoon characters have a history of being war vets.
War Veteran Characters From Black Lagoon:
Dutch- former Marine, who fought during The Vietnam War.
Balalaika- the boss of Hotel Moscow was a captain in the Soviet Army and a Russian Airborne Troop, who served in the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
Bao- bartender and owner of the dive bar, Yellow Flag. He is also an ex-ARVN soldier, who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Captain- an experienced ex-soldier, who saw action in the Liberian Civil War in the early 1990's.
Major Shane Caxton- a Vietnam War veteran like Dutch, who still maintains his moral code of conduct. Also, he's an American black-ops operator hiding in Roanapur, while waiting to be deployed to Indochina.
Captain Wentzel Ahbe- was the decorated skipper of the Type IXC U-boat U-1324 and a Battle of the Atlantic survivor. His last order was during the last months of World War II in Europe.
Lieutenant Colonel Matsuda- was an Imperial Japanese Army officer posted to Germany to study Aeronautics and remained there until early 1945.
SS Lieutenant Colonel Spielberger- the U-1324’s second passenger and a member of the SD. He was charged with the care of the painting, The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda.
The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda was part of a Nazi plot to prepare for the Nazis' eventual return to power following their defeat in World War II.
Rosarita Cisneros/"Roberta"- a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. Rosarita also acts as a Columbian maid,who worked for 4 years at The Lovelace Household in Venezuela.
In addition, Roberta developed a close bond with Garcia Lovelace. Garcia is the only son of Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace.
All 5 Black Lagoon OVA's are mostly about Roberta. The OVA's for Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail have YET to be aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
For the last 2 years, I have been saying this needs to happen. Aside from me being a Roberta fan, she is a fan favorite among other Black Lagoon fans.
Rather than sharing the usual animation blog for Cartoon Sunday, I thought I would share something a little different. If you would like to watch Black Lagoon from the beginning, you can click on the following Cartoon Sunday blog from 2015.
Today I am sharing an interview with the English Dub cast of Black Lagoon for this Cartoon Sunday. I have been told that this interview is on the DVD for the series.
Watching this interview was interesting. Fans of the Black Lagoon franchise have a chance to see what the voice actors thought about the characters they played.
If you happen to be a fan of Death Note, you may want to watch this interview. Brad Swaile, who voiced Light Yagami also did the voice for the protagonist, Rock in Black Lagoon. Anyway, here is the English Dub Cast Interview for Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon: English Dub Cast Interview (2007)
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