Adult Swim Cuts Multiple Anime, Cartoons as Warner Bros. Discovery Purge Grows

Many adult animated and anime shows quit Adult Swim’s website and HBO Max amid the Warner Bros. Discovery content elimination.

Adult Swim is not exempt from the Warner Bros. Discovery content purge. There are some titles taken off the site of Cartoon Network’s adult-oriented block of programming — which includes a handful of Adult Swim original anime series.

According to The Cartoon Network news Twitter account, CN News/Schedules, Five shows have been taken off Adult Swim’s website. They include The adult-oriented series Lazor Wulf and Tigtone and the anime show Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Fena: Pirate Princess and Shenmue the Animation.

As of this writing, the shows Lazor WulfTigtoneand Black Lotus are also not accessible to stream via HBO Max. The shows, however, Black LotusFena: Pirate Princess and Shenmueare available on Crunchyroll, which produced the three shows together with Adult Swim. Additionally, Lazor Wulf and Tigtone are accessible for purchase via digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon.

Jason DeMarco, co-creator of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s Toonami anime block and the SVP for Action and Anime at Warner Bros. Discovery and CN News/Schedules, has replied to CN News/Schedules’ initial post. “Sorry, guys. This has happened,” DeMarco wrote. “You can enjoy all the episodes via Crunchyroll as well. It will be available for download in digital format. Yes, it’s appearing that there will be no Season 2or 3 of Shenmue even though. Unfortunately, it performed very well, and we were getting ready for S2. Maybe someday. …”

In a different post, DeMarco explained that upcoming shows are still safe. However, those which have been cancelled have only a few years to run. “Doesn’t matter for future productions,” he wrote. “But these shows are taken off the air. They are still available on home video, and that’s it.”

Which shows were recently removed from Adult Swim?

Henry Bonsu created the show Lazor Wulf, which first aired on Adult Swim in 2019. This show was renewed for the third and final season from late 2020 until early 2021. In the meantime, Tigtonewas created by Andrew Koehler and Benjamin Martian. The first season it was premiered on Adult Swim in the year 2019. The show was relaunched for its second and final season in 2020.

Blade Runner: Black Lotus is a CGI animated series set in the broader Blade Runner universe for the show’s anime. The show aired thirteen 13 episodes on Toonami/Adult Swim between November 2021 through February 2022. Fine, The Pirate Princess is, in contrast, an original animated series (i.e. an anime not inspired by a manga or light novel or any additional source material) that debuted on Toonami on August 20, 2021. It will last for 12 episodes until the end of October 2021. Then, Shenmue the Animation is an adaptation of The Shenmuevideo games series. The series aired thirteen episodes over Toonami from February 2022 until May 2022.

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