Anyone remember the programming block on TechTv [now known as G4] called Anime Unleashed? It was a block dedicated to airing anime that dealt with technology, science fiction and futuristic themes in order to keep with the channels technological atmosphere; providing us with titles such as Last Exile, Boogiepop Phantom, Gad Guard, Gatekeepers 21 and R.O.D. the TV just to name a few.
Well according to the little information I dug up on the internet, G4 in its “INFAMOUS” transformation to being a more male oriented network, took Anime Unleashed off their network in 2006, but continued to air brief commercials in some sort of “expected to return” fashion.
However, that never materialized and the programming block was quietly cancelled due to reasons unexplained; even 5 years later.
Now I have come up with a bunch of theories as to why this may have happened. First of all, if could be that management at G4 didn’t see Anime Unleashed as a good fit in its new male oriented schedule. Or, they may have lost the broadcast rights to some of their anime and never bothered to renew it. It can even be that the Anime Unleashed block didn’t quite pull the ratings [which I doubt is the reason].
Now Anime Unleashed was no Toonami, but it served as a nice addition to popularizing Japanese anime such as the weird and SUPER CONFUSING series called Serial Experiments Lain or the daring and fan service filled series of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi. It also came at a time when Toonami was starting to lose its appeal due to the increase of mediocre anime and non-anime affiliations.
Like everything last good thing in the world since the ending of 2006, Anime Unleashed was lost in the shuffle for dubious reasons and basically KILLED OFF. I believe it would have been a very popular programming block in this present time had it been given the time to truly shine. Unfortunately such privileges were not granted and we lost yet another reason to actually watch tv let alone bother to pay for cablevision.
For this reason, I will always stick with the notion that 2006 was the last good year in living life. After that everything basically went to HELL which includes music, movies, video games, entertainment etc. Now you will still get a few good things coming out from time to time but they are almost always lost among the mediocrity that seems to spread throughout society like a virus.