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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Toonami is Back


Do you know what that was? That was the final word that TOM, gave before flying off into the sunset, ending an 11 year cartoon/anime block on Cartoon Network known as Toonami. Toonami was responsible for introducing a plethora of people into anime such as YuYu Hakusho, Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, numerous versions of Gundam, Tenchi and many others. I liked anime before Toonami, but Toonami is the reason I became a huge Dragon Ball/DBZ fan. This block also replayed popular cartoon shows like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Batman Beyond, three of my all-time favorite western animated cartoons.

When TOM spoke to the audience on the final broadcast, I couldn't believe my eyes. I mean, yeah, the block changed like all network and show blocks do, but I never thought Toonami would fade away. It was like a dear friend I'd known for years suddenly told me they were going away and I'd never see them again. Long after the final broadcast was aired, I still couldn't believe it.

In the years that followed, I continued to watch anime and cartoons but I still missed Toonami. Every time I saw a promo for a cartoon or anime series from Toonami on YouTube, it made me sadder that it was gone. On April 1st on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] block, I heard that there was going to be a one night revival for Toonami. Being April 1st, I thought it was a joke. Turns out that it was not a joke. April 1st on adult swim was a one night revival of Toonami and would be known as The Night No 90's Kids Slept. We got to see our old friend for a few hours. It was just like old times.

Yesterday, May 16, this was posted from [adult swim] via Twitter.

It's like you said, you said, TOM. We stayed gold. "Until we meet again." Well, the time is now. Mark your calenders boys and girls, men and women, gamers, cartoon lovers and anime fans. May 26, 2012 TOONAMI. IS. BACK!!!

I am every single word there is to expressive a positive emotion right now. That's how excited I am about this news. Even better now that Toonami will be airing on the [adult swim] block, it will get less edited anime. Part of the lineup is Trigun, Cowboy Beebop, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I'm not for certain on the full list of shows but it looks like we'll get a healthy does of anime with awesome segments from TOM mixed in. Also, TOM will be wearing his helmet. So long Thomas the Tank!

So yeah, May 26. One week from now. Toonami returns. GET HYPED!!

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