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    Outlaw Star TV Spots

    It's almost hard to believe there was a time where Outlaw Star aired on a major TV network, even though I'm sure that's how a good number of us discovered the series. Ahh, the good old days. Naturally, to promote the show Toonami had a number of television spots. I'll just post this one for now, to encourage discussion I'll let you guys share your own findings.



    Nostalgia aside, do you think they did a good job of representing the series? If you saw this today, would it make you want to check it out? Honestly, I think I would. Toonami were always great at this kind of thing, Tom even managed to make Hamtaro look interesting.

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    I know a lot of Stateside fans are thinking of this, so I'm gonna' do my best to represent.



    As many of us know, Toonami used to really roll out the red carpet for the programs on their lineup (I'm happy to say that since its resurrection, they still often do). OS was certainly no exception; in fact, even more so than most series, I'd contend, some of the very essence of what the series is all about was expounded upon in promos like the aforementioned Broken Promise bumper. This spot wasn't just about spotlighting the series: whoever was behind producing it, God bless their souls because they really knew what OS was all about, extracted the very ethos of its message, and extrapolated it to Toonami's entire lineup itself and aimed it right at the hearts of their young and impressionable demographic.

    A lot of those promos are nostalgic as heck for me, and attempting to be as objective as possible I'd say they still hold up (especially when you consider that the people editing those probably didn't think they'd be archived and scrutinized by millions of people for years to come...they were TV ads, after all). Peter Cullen could sell ice to the Eskimos, and you'd better believe that whatever title he was describing at any given time I was glued to the TV, it looked like the best thing since hydrogen met up with oxygen and I just HAD to have it (if it were advertising a brown paper bag, I'd feel the same way: when you consider that he was doing this for true classics like Tenchi Muyo! and Rurouni Kenshin, that just puts everything on a whole different level).

    Again, nostalgia aside (to try and put a bow on all this), re-watching this promo and hearing Hilda's ephemeral words echoing on-screen and still resonating in my head for the last decade and however long, along with my re-viewing of OS...it's STILL relevant to me, maybe now more than ever. I can't think of a single instance, in fact, where a glorified TV advertisement had a profound effect on me in my formative years...from a series that, sadly, at the time I hadn't even gotten to experience proper.

    I've recently heard some youngin's (see my Pet Peeve's rant about binge-watching something on a five-inch screen via the internet and ignorantly thinking you've actually digested anything) say OS is a bit overrated (I know, surpress your murderous thoughts) or not that good...well, yeah there's some nostalgia to it, and yeah you had to be there, but let me tell you this mofo's: If you randomly asked, I'd bet you my right arm, 9 out of 10 90s kids would say, single-handedly, THIS promo I've posted was perhaps THE most profound thing about Toonami--out of all the other ads, bumpers, and even the programs themselves--they've carried around with them all these years, and when you sit back and realize that about 95% of that bump is unadulterated OS, well...who sounds 'overrated' now?

    That's what I thought.
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    I don't know if that promo ever aired in the UK, but it sure is amazing. I saw it when I was 16 and re-discovered the series, and it definately left an impression on me. I can only imagine how awe-inspiring it must have been to witness as a youngster.

    Yeah, I've been in random 4chan threads where Outlaw Star has come up. Usually on /v/ for some reason... weird, but no one actually discusses video games there anyway. I've heard people call the series 'overrated' before, not that the majority of channers know what they're talking about, but... no. Just no. Most of the time, thankfully-- when it does come up, people can agree that Outlaw Star is a fantastic series that doesn't get enough attention. One post I really liked was something like 'Outlaw Star recieving any kind of attention would mean there was justice in the world', sad but true.

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    I was born in the nineties, not sure I count as a nineties kid...but is it weird I don't remember when it was on Toonami well? I think I watched it the second time I did on there, but...pretty sure it was in the 00s or so. It was awesome to me because it rekindled a love I'd already had. Might be different to those who didn't see it already though. A lot on Toonami was a big deal to me. OLS is just one of them.

    I wish there'd be a spot with it on again, but with streaming I suppose it's like there always is?

    I've never heard someone call it overrated though. Either they didn't know it or they loved it. Weird...or lucky for me?
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    Funnily enough I don't recall ever seeing a single advertisement for OLS while it was broadcast here in the UK. This isn't just me having a bad memory either because I can remember some pretty obscure ads from back in the day including a Batman Beyond (aka Batman of the Future) Return of the Joker promo that featured the song Without Me by Eminem with the lyrics "Guess who's back" playing over visuals of the Joker, it's impossible to find online but I can still remember seeing it on TV. I also vaguely recall CNX advertisements for Big O which I haven't been able to find online either.

    If there were any UK ads for OLS I guess I must not have been around to seen them.

    Thanks to Youtube I did eventually come across the various US Toonami promos and needless to say, they're pretty awesome. Unfortunately we didn't have those types of "motivational" ads for anime nor did we have Steve Blum or Peter Cullen narrating our version of Toonami.

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    I only remember the Toonami promos with OLS scenes, actually. I don't really remember seeing any ads for it. Then again, I do t see any ads for anime on TV besides Toonami, really.

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    The amount of feels these old Toonami promos bring about are too intense.
    The golden age of my childhood years right there.
    They had some dedicated side editors on that original Toonami run staff, miss those folks.
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    This was a good idea Mantis.

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