Adult Swim has always been on the frontier of animation, and in the late '90s and early 2000s the anime on Adult Swim introduced millions of young people to the fascinating world of Japanese animation. Rather than saying, “up next, we’ve got a show about a 12-year-old ninja who has the ghost of a fox inside of him,” Adult Swim made jaw droppingly good promos. If you didn’t have the pleasure of living through the era of Toonami, get ready to have your mind blown by these Adult Swim anime promos that could make any series look like a must-watch.
Adult Swim's best anime promo videos pick a tone and relentlessly grind it into the audience’s brain. Whether they’re going for a Tarantinoesque cool, or a stark visual palette, the promos are just as fun to watch as the anime they were based on. Vote up your favorite anime promos that ran on Adult Swim, no matter how old the show is now.
If this didn't get you excited to watch the second season of FMA, you probably didn't like the series. This great promo features Edward fighting Greed.
This Inuyasha ad is one of my favorite Adult Swim anime promos ever made. They take a ton of clips of Inuyasha and Kagome yelling each other's names, and compile them into one epic supercut.
This promo essentially works as a fractal version of Cowboy Bebop; the first 20 seconds of the promo present you with one narrative, and a style that is completely at odds with the rest of the promo when things start to go down. From there on out the viewer is assaulted with acid jazz, gun fights, car chases, and wormholes floating in space. If you can't make it through the promo then you probably shouldn't try to watch this show.
Sometimes all you need to do to make a great promo is to set a bunch of rad samurai sword fights to early 90s breakbeats. Adult Swim did a great job hyping up Samurai Champloo before it debuted on the network in 2005.