Toonami: Cosmo Samurai Deserves a Complete Series

Many Toonami fans have wondered if TOM and SARA could sustain their own animated series. Cosmo Samurai shows how they could.

Toonami’s host robots, TOM and SARA, have a lot more personality than you might expect from characters whose main goal is to advertise action cartoons. Several “Total Immersion Events” (TIE) have transformed the Cartoon Network / Adult Swim block package into an intriguing universe of its own. For years, many Toonami faithful have wondered if TOM and SARA could sustain their own animated series. Cosmo Samurai, the latest TIE, offers perhaps the best way forward for such a show.

Unlike other TIEs, which were manufactured in-house by the Toonami team on Williams Street and integrated into the block packaging, the four-part package Cosmo Samurai series is an anime directed by NarutoYasuaki Kurotsu and animated by Telecom Animation Film (the studio behind tower of God and the recent Lupine III Serie). It is not “canonical”, so the animation was not subject to the specific designs used in the bumpers of the block.

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Cosmo SamuraiThe story packs a lot of action and energy in its 13 minute runtime. When his ship, the Absolution, is attacked by space pirates, TOM and SARA are separated across the galaxy. Fortunately, TOM is rescued by Cosmo Samurai, a team consisting of a swordsman, a caster, a ninja, and a talking psychic cat. Meanwhile, SARA is kidnapped by Cosmo Samurai’s nemesis dinosaur, so it’s up to TOM and his new friends to save the day.

It’s all very ridiculous in a classic “anime” form, but it’s not so much a parody as an effective recreation of what makes these tropes so hilarious in the first place. He would feel right at home in any of the old school Toonami lineups, alongside Tenchi Muyo, Ronin Warriors Y Outlaw star.

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Cosmo Samurai ends in a suspense that demands continuation, and Jason DeMarco, the co-creator of the Toonami block, has confirmed will receive one next year. For the moment, however, playing shy on whether this continuation will take the form of another TIE or a full half-hour series. The latter would be especially exciting.

In the age of streaming, Toonami needs all the original programming it can get to stay relevant, and Cosmo Samurai seems to have cracked the formula for how to make TOM and SARA the heroes of a compelling ongoing narrative. This TIE gave them a diverse and eccentric cast of characters to bounce off of and the freedom to tell bigger stories without the limits of Toonami’s bumper requirements. He deserves a full-blown anime series.

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