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After years of waiting, Made in Abyss’ highly anticipated second season, titled The Golden City of the Scorching Sun, made its premiere in Japan and on HiDive stateside, running from July 6 to September 28, 2022. On November 5, Toonami viewers will get their turn to view Reg and Riko as they continue their path down the abyss. Yesterday evening on Toonami’s Facebook page, the block has announced that Made in Abyss season 2 will be making its premiere on November 5 at 12:30 a.m. EDT.
Among the other notable changes to the schedule, My Hero Academia will return to headline the block at midnight, although for the time being will be reruns of Season 5. It’s unknown if this airing will serve as a stopgap until Toonami gets the green light to air season 6. Previous seasons of My Hero Academia premiered on Toonami roughly a month after the Funimation/Crunchyroll premieres the simuldub (the season 6 dub premiered on October 15), and given precedent and that the show is in the front of the block, this likely could be the case. Unfortunately, Sony’s monopolistic hold on the anime industry since purchasing Crunchyroll last year has put a huge blow on Toonami’s long standing partnerships with Aniplex, Crunchyroll, and Funimation, so it’s still to be determined if Toonami will still get to air the new season (as was the case with Attack on Titan), or if Sony somehow managed to snake themselves out of their contractual obligations with the block (as apparently was the case with Demon Slayer).
The One Piece doubleheader will be removed, with only one episode airing weekly at 1:30 a.m, and the block will conclude with reruns of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal at 2:30. November 5 also marks the end of Daylight Savings time, and with the extra hour, Toonami will be airing two additional episodes of Primal for the night.
Unfortunately, Made in Abyss’ continuation comes with a catch. In 2020, alongside two compilation movies, a third movie titled Dawn of the Deep Soul was released that is canon to the overall storyline as it covers the Ido Front Arc in the manga. Unfortunately, Jason DeMarco has confirmed that they were unable to get the broadcast rights to air the film.
This means that Made in Abyss fans are in the same boat as Sword Art Online fans were with Ordinal Scale, in which fans will need to watch the film elsewhere (in this case, streaming on HiDive or purchasing the Blu-rays) to see that particular part of the story.
Toonami has softened their “no movies” policy in recent years, and Jason did mention earlier that they were trying to get the film for broadcast to avoid this situation, but didn’t know if it was going to be possible. Alongside possible financial issues (the asking price was higher than Toonami could afford), anime movies are usually separately licensed from the shows themselves, and tend to have a bigger and/or different production committee from the anime. And not all companies are willing to give Toonami a discount for a broadcast deal, or even let them air it at all. This is partly why, for instance, the upcoming Black Clover film is going to Netflix, in comparison to the rest of the anime franchise, which is under Crunchyroll/Funimation.
Made in Abyss season 1 originally aired from July 7-September 29, 2017 in Japan. However, it would be over four years until the hit show would make it to television, airing on Toonami from January 16-April 10, 2022. Toonami showcased a rerun of season 1 from August 12-October 22, 2022.
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Jason has mentioned that he’ll have more announcements to come “hopefully soonish” and thanks fans for their patience and patronage.
SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO on Twitter: “More announcements to come, hopefully (!!) soonish. Thank you for your patience and your patronage. / Twitter”
More announcements to come, hopefully (!!) soonish. Thank you for your patience and your patronage.
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