News: Adult Swim nabs Code Geass R2!

It appears that Code Geass is fairing well on Adult Swim. So much so that the latest season has been picked up before they've completed the run of the original series.

Anime News Network reports:

"Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block will run the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 sequel series in the United States. The late-night block has been running Bandai Entertainment's English-dubbed version of the first Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion robot anime series since April 26. The 18th episode of Code Geass R2 just aired in Japan on Sunday, and the series is expected to end after 25 episodes in October when the second season of Gundam 00 will take over its timeslot.

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UPDATE!!!: In addition, Bandai revealed this bit o' news, which in turn was added to the previously mentioned article:

"Bandai Entertainment noted at Maryland's Otakon event last Saturday that the Code Geass R2 sequel will run on Adult Swim immediately after the first series ends."

Hot damn! R2 has yet to cool off in Japan and now we're going to see it continue directly after it concludes in it's native market? Talk about service!

This is fantastic news, since I was a little worried that due to Bandai's growing partnership with Sci-Fi might have resulted in them acquiring Geass R2. I still have no idea what the actual ratings are for the current season are on Adult Swim, but they have to be substantial for them to take interest in & acquire R2.

It's funny, though, since many of us had the impression that Cartoon Network didn't have much interest in the series, not seeing more than the occasional cards for it every once in a blue moon. It originally aired at 1:30 in the am when it first dropped on US airwaves and then has moved through the time-slot ranks to 1pm and then jumped a whole hour to Midnight! Of course, this is where is should have been in the first place, but it's cool to know that the series has persevered despite having the handicap of scheduling against it.

At the offices of Adult Swim, it's common knowledge that "half" the staff enjoy anime while the remainder dislike it. And that's putting it nicely. It's also well known that the head in charge of the network, Mike Lazzo (unless he's no longer at the reigns), is not much of an anime fan and it's been rumored that he rather prefer the channel to be free of it. I'm hoping that if this state of mind exists within AS's management that they realize that there are great anime series out there that can strike a chord with American audiences that aren't shows that are called Dragon Ball Z or Naruto. I've got nothing but love for those aforementioned series, but to see a mecha series with superb plot & character development like Geass put a dent in the ratings might sway them a little to take a chance on other unique series.

Of course, my optimism is certain to backfire on me again, but until then I can enjoy the fact that I'll be able to rock through R2 for the second time on American television. And if AS ever does give up on anime, at least we have Sci-Fi ^_^

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