Toonami To Air “Evangelion 2.22″ August 31; “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” To Air August 17th

Tom on the TurntablesHappy Odaiba Memorial Day everybody! Samurai here once with some big news on the Toonami home-front. The resurrected anime time slot will air “Evangelion 2.22: You Can (NOT) Advance” on August 31st. It was also announced that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will be placed on the lineup to replace “Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven” when it’s run concludes next month. More after the break. 

"Evangelion 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance" Movie PosterOn it’s Tumblr page this past Wednesday, the staff at Toonami announced that it will air “Evangelion 2.22: You Can (NOT) Advance” on the late-night anime time-slot at the end of the month on the 31st. [Yes, there are indeed thirty-one days in August…] If you recall, Toonami aired the first movie in the “Revival of Evangelion” series, “Evangelion 1.11: You are (NOT) Alone”, on March 17th during the special “Toonami Birthday Party” lineup. The third movie, “Evangelion 3.33: You Can (NOT) Redo” has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment earlier this year, with no word yet on an English dub.

Toonami also announced that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, an animated spin-off series based of George Lucas blockbuster “Star Wars” franchise, will be added to the Toonami lineup next month to replace “Psalms of Planets Eureka Seven”, which will conclude it’s run on August 10th. In the announcement, Toonami staff said:

On August 17th, Eureka 7 will be going away, never to return. We’ll be sorry to see it go. Replacing it will be STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, which we’re very happy about because we always felt it was a Toonami show. FYI: We’ll be skipping some of the non-continuity (read: Jar Jar) eps, but they’ll generally run in order. AMERICAN CARTOONS BELONG ON TOONAMI! xoxoxoxo

No definite  word yet on what episodes will be skipped, but sharp eyed fans of the series will no doubt point out the episodes, for better or worse. So, as tradition dictates, here’s how the line up will look on August 17th [Note that the times are Central Standard and that colored entries are shows that either myself or OtakuAndrain have reviewed…]:

Bleach 11:00PM
Naruto 11:30PM
One Piece 12:00AM
Soul Eater 12:30AM
Sword Art Online 1:00AM
IGPX 1:30AM
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 2:00AM
The Big O [Season 2] 2:30AM
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 3:00AM
Cowboy Bebop 3:30AM
Inuyasha 4:00AM
Inuyasha 4:30AM

Ao, Flur, Elena and Noah from "Eureka Seven: AO" End Credits

And if that wasn’t enough to butter your biscuits, Toonami also teased viewers with the promise of “a special little goodie that you’ll have to wait to find out about.” Heaven only knows what this could mean, but if I were to make any kind of bet, I would theorize that MAYBE Toonami got their hands on “Eureka Seven Astral Ocean” for TV broadcast. The only reason I say that is because “AO” is slated for DVD release in September–what better way to sell DVD’s than to push the show on TV first as a form of advertising? It wouldn’t be the first time Funimation did something like this–look at “Soul Eater”…heck, look at “Deadman Wonderland”!

The Goodbye Scene from "Digimon Adventure"Oh, and while I’m on the subject of DVD’s, and because I couldn’t let today go by without talking about “Digimon”, it should be noted that “Digimon Frontier”, the 4th incarnation of the lucrative “Digimon” Franchise, will be released, complete collection style, September 10th of this year, joining it’s predecessors, “Adventure”, “Adventure 02” and “Tamers”, and it’s successor “Data Squad”  in many brick and mortar stores and online. Walmart currently has the set listed for $49.96–drastically marked down from it’s listing price of $79.95, making it the highest priced season of the group.

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