Is it just me, or has Toonami been the shit lately? I do not spend my Saturday nights dating or at the club; I spend them watching this awesome block of anime. Ok so, Dragon Ball Z has been a longtime favorite of mine. But I’ve also fallen in love with newcomers like Michiko and Hatchin and Parasyte. And I am SO looking forward to One Punch Man, which will be dropping this month! Although I’ve already seen every episode of One Punch Man, it will be nice to see the English-speaking adaptation of the cartoon and not have to read subtitles. Most of all, I am looking forward to the long-awaited comeback of Samurai Jack, which is supposed to premiere sometime during 2016. Let’s review some of these Toonami favorites.

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z is confusing to me at times (first Goku is dead, then he’s alive, then he’s dead again) but I love it anyway. The different villain sagas are always exciting and lead to an ultimate showdown that does not disappoint. Most recently, Toonami has been airing the Cell saga. I kid you not, I have been glued to my TV screen every Saturday to see how it unfolds. Although my son has already dropped some spoilers because he’s already seen it, I still really enjoy watching. Cell is a son of a bitch and has been murdering and absorbing everything in sight. It’s up to the Saiyans to defeat him before he manages to absorb Androids 17 and 18 and becomes too powerful to defeat. Side note: I love the strong female characters in Dragon Ball Z, including Bulma and Chi-Chi. Bulma was so ratchet in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods that she has become one of my favorite characters. She drinks, fights, and tells it like it is; but she also loves the hell out of her family and friends.

Michiko and Hatchin

I LOVE this show. The characters have so much depth – they carry around so much pain and baggage, but they also have a lot to offer each other. Michiko and Hatchin develop sort of a reluctant mother-daughter dynamic, but neither truly knows how to love because they’ve been hurt and abandoned at a very young age. Michiko grew up in an orphanage, and Hatchin grew up in foster care. Together, they eventually find in each other what neither of them ever had – family. Michiko is a bad-ass, street smart criminal on the run, in search of her former lover who has disappeared after possibly faking his death. She breaks Hatchin out of her abusive foster home in hopes that the girl can help her find her ex-lover, who is also Hatchin’s father. The two travel all over what I assume is South America in search of the man, and they embark on many dangerous yet hilarious adventures together. I absolutely love the different skin tones that we encounter while watching Michiko and Hatchin. Michiko herself  is a caramel brown and appears to be Latina. Her rival, Officer Atsuko Jackson, is a beautiful dark brown with a funky blonde afro. The female characters are strong, bad-ass, and absolutely awesome.

Parasyte

From the very first preview that I saw of Parasyte, I knew that I would love it. The main character, Shinichi, has his body infiltrated by an alien parasite. However, the parasitic being is never able to fully take over Shinichi’s body, just his hand. This leaves Shinichi in control of the rest of his body, for the most part. Shinichi learns that his parasite (Migi) is not the only one on earth, and that this race of parasites wants to take over humanity by occupying their bodies and feeding on them. Migi is not familiar with human emotions and only knows one thing: survival. However, after spending so much time and going through so much with Shinichi, the little parasite eventually learns about love and compassion. Although at first he hates having a parasite in his body (for obvious reasons), Shinichi also comes to love and care about Migi. The two become friends and decide to fight back against the other parasites and try to save humanity. This show is full of action and has the right balance of drama, horror, and comedy all pulled together beautifully.

I won’t talk about One Punch Man and Samurai Jack right now because they haven’t aired yet and I don’t want to put any spoilers out there. I’ll review both of those after they release on Toonami. But rest assured that both shows are totally and completely awesome, so be sure to watch!

Anique Toussaint is a Brooklyn native living in Atlanta. When she’s not working or volunteering, she’s watching cartoons while enjoying cookies and wine. She’s a mom 24/7 and enjoys plotting world domination with her awesome kid.