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Richie Branson #OtakuTuesdays Vol. II

If you’re a fan of nerdcore music and you haven’t heard of Richie Branson, you and I have been living under the same rock. Howdy, neighbor.

Richie Branson is a rapper/producer who has produced Billboard charting songs for some of the industries top artists. He’s also a fan of anime and video games and other nerdy things and raps about them on the Internet. Quite well, I might add.

Last Tuesday he released #OtakuTuesdays Vol. II Mixtape, a collection of songs inspired by some of my favorite anime series and games. I’ve been waiting to hear a good nerdcore artist tackle the music from Bowser’s Castle and Branson delivers.

“I’m fly like I’m in a tanuki suit, bitch!”

Another of my favorites off of this album is Toguro Dreams, which retells the story of Toguro from Yu Yu Hakosho. True to his Otaku MC reputation, Branson highlights one of the things Hip Hop and Anime have in common: compelling storytelling. This song reminds me of other great songs, “It Was A Good Day,” “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” “Children’s Story.” It’s the same thing, but about a nine-foot tall demon fighting an undead high school student.

The other thing Richie Branson is known for is HELPING TO REVIVE TOONAMI!! And we already know my feelings about that block of programming, so I was beyond excited when Adult Swim started the hashtag #BringBackToonami earlier this year. Apparently, so was Branson. He released a rap which helped push interest even further and now #ToonamiIsBackBitches, thanks in part to Richie Branson and us, the fans! Keep an ear our for some music he produced next time you’re watching Toonami.

#OtakuTuesdays Vol. II and the equally awesome Vol. I offer 45 minutes of hot Otaku rhymes and beats that appeal to the nerd and the hip hop head in us all, all for free. If you grew up with Toonami, you need this these mixtapes. Listening to the tracks about Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, or Cowboy Bebop take you right back to when you rushed home after school and tuned in to see something unique and impressive; two words that sum up Richie B’s music perfectly. Go grab the latest, Vol. II, right here and click here for Vol. I.

And show your support by purchasing Richie Branson’s N.E.R.D. EP here. Don’t worry, it stands for “Nothing Ever Requires Discipline,” so Pharrell won’t be suing for acronym infringement. This album features another of my nerdcore favorites, Random aka Mega Ran.

So, now that we both know who Richie Branson is, keep an eye on his website for new releases and have fun blasting all of that new music. But not too loud, neighbor. I can’t hear myself drink over here.


Rest In Peace

Rest In Peace to Toonami, the greatest programing block in the universe.
Toonami is responsible for a lot of the anime fans out there now. It is also responsible for Adult Swim, the spiritual successor of Toonami Midnight Run.

I remember Toonami for being the only programming block where I cared what happened to the characters who were presenting the shows. I wanted Tom to defeat “The Intruder.” And I was worried about Tom and Sara during “The Lockdown.”

And it wasn’t just their special events. All of their promos were awesome. Like this one for Advanced Robotics.

By the way, that’s Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, you’re hearing in those videos.

Watching a Toonami promo made you excited for shows you’ve never would’ve watched before. A political drama with giant robots. No thanks. But after watching this promo for Gundam Wing, I want to see this. Immediately! When is it on!?

Or a Samurai who doesn’t kill and hangs out with some girl and two brats at a swordfighting school. Snore! Wait, that’s what Rurouni Kenshin is like!? I’m there!!

Toonami actually managed to drag quite a few series out of cancellation, like Sailor Moon, ReBoot, and my personal favorite, Dragon Ball Z.

It was screwed over by Cartoon Network when they replaced it with Miguzi, shoved Tom into a Saturday night time slot, reduced it’s run time and saddled it with Naruto episodes and reruns of… something else, I’m not even sure. I won’t even mention what they did to Tom and the Absolution with this move.

I caught the last broadcast two years ago completely by accident and it was genuinely sad to see it end. Does anyone miss Stick Stickly? I don’t. But I miss Tom and Sara and the Absolution.

There are a few websites devoted to keeping Toonami’s spirit alive, like NeoToonami or Toonami Aftermath.

And here’s a ton more links to Toonami promos and music videos on YouTube. Binge!

Ronin Warriors Intro
Tom On Anger
Gundam Promo
Samurai Jack Intro
Toonami Promo 2003
2003 Opening
Naruto Hundo Promo
Justice League Unlimited
JLU Season 2
Batman Promo
Batman Opening

Can’t believe I forgot:
Outlaw Star
And Sailor Moon!