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BREAKING: Toonami Returns May 26th

In a move that shocks, like, nobody, except anyone who lives under a rock or without a television or internet connection or something, but it still sort of cool and a little exciting, Adult Swim’s bringing back Toonami as a block. Saturday nights just got a whole lot more mid-90′s-to-mid-00′s Cartoon Network.

Adult Swim announced the return of the block today on Twitter accompanied by the image above:


There’s been a huge call for the network to revive the old Cartoon Network action block ever since their April Fool’s stunt for the year turned out to be a full Toonami block complete with old shows (some Toonami aired originally, some they didn’t) and freshly-recorded TOM dialogue and a game review of Mass Effect 3 by the man who gave TOM his voice all those years, Steve Blum. Blum himself started up a Twitter hashtag and campaign of sorts, #BringBackToonami, having his followers start tweeting the tag around the time the action block started every Saturday night on Adult Swim. Looks like it was successful.

If you’re not aware of what Toonami was (I’ve seen people ask, it’s weird, I know), it was a block that began in 1997 that ran action shows on Cartoon Network. Starting out with titles like Voltron and Thundercats, the block eventually came to be known for its Japanese anime content, helping bring shows like Dragon Ball Z, its earlier counterpart Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo, Outlaw Star, The Big O, Yu Yu Hakusho, and a handful of varied Gundam titles to prominence. Later on, it also aired Cartoon Network originals like Samurai Jack. It had an earlier-in-the-day counterpart weekdays on Kids WB for a short time, and a late night block named Midnight Run that lasted for four years. It was also popular for its host: at first hosted by Moltar, who you may know from Space Ghost Coast to Coast, it was later hosted by a few versions of a character named TOM, voiced by Steve Blum, also recognizable as Spike from Cowboy Bebop. He joked, he reviewed video games, he introduced viewers to new music, and was there until the end. The block went off air in 2008.

May 26th will see the return of Toonami as an actual programming block, the first time since 2008 that it has been a presence on US television. What the block will actually air besides Bleach, Cowboy Bebop, and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is unknown as of right now, but hopefully some more light will be shone on the upcoming revival tonight at the Adult Swim upfront. Hopefully some new shows will be included.

You can join Adult Swim Central for a special live Upfront edition of the Swimcast tonight at 10:30PM EST, and we’ll let you know any bit of news regarding Toonami or anything else Adult Swim as we get it!

And you can relive the mid-90′s and early 00′s on May 26th at midnight.

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60 comments on “BREAKING: Toonami Returns May 26th

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  2. Heru Muharrar


    Maybe Cartoon Network is on its way back to being awesome. Young Justice is the first show I’ve watched on the Network…for a long time. But with Toonami back even a 20 year old like my self might find himself tuning into CN.

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  5. Bobby

    totally bring back Tenchi Muyo!!!!! and cowboy and outlaw… dude bring it all back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. profound

    fullmetal alchmist brotherhood should not be played. either play the orignal or something else, i rather GITS SAC 2nd GIG

  8. marc117

    Ahahaha its finally back! It took em long enough I can’t wait to see what’s on the menu new anime movies anyone?

  9. syrknir

    What time will it be on at? Is it gonna be on CN or Adult Swim? It’s just going to replace Adult Swim on Saturdays? Is it going to be a more adult-oriented Toonami, with more “M” rated game reviews? I need more information!

  10. Please for the love of God don’t just be back as Adult Swim with an Toonami skin on. Okay listen to me people as what I’m about to say. What we say or want here really counts. If we just use to toonami as an Nostalgia tube then it will be cancel again. People please let toonami be what it was made for introducing new people into anime & introducing new anime to people. Don’t ask for just all the old show’s okay. Ask them to please air new ones. My line up I want is Bleach first, the FMA Brotherhood then Code Geass, then a new show like Fairy Tail, then DBZ Kai, then Inuyasha Final Act. Then maybe once every month a night dedacted to anime movies & they should air FMA Scare Star of Milios movie. Also may a special night 2 air .hack//Quantum OVA’s. Also I forgot one last anime they should put on there & that Sgt.Frog. Please ask for new anime & not just old ones. We need toonami to be away of making new anime fan’s & also introducing some of the old ones into new anime.

    • so far that’s what it’s turning out to be. i don’t want it too. that’s why i’m creating my own toonami for personal viewing. gonna watch all the classic toonami shows during the weekdays like the good l days. gonna watch a promo before each show starts, the starting intros of Toonami from Moltar to TOM 3 and the invasion minisodes.

  11. Raelinae

    GOD YES. I grew up watching this and I cried when I realized that I had missed almost the whole night on April 1st. Still got my Gundam Wing though~ Ronin Warriors was on early in, and that has always been my first anime love. Toonami opened the door for anime as I know it and I am forever grateful. FUCK YEAH TOONAMI’S BACK, BITCHES.
    I kinda hope they start early and go through though. That’d be great.

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  13. ajr1218

    I know you guys will flame me, but get Naruto back from Disney. They have censored it to all hell, and they stopped airing it. Personally, I would prefer that it be aired from where it left off when Toonami was cancelled: the final arc. Then after that, move on to Naruto Shippuden.

    • Gamedudeshan

      Cldnt agree more I was forced to start watching it onlIne. I really loved naruto. But Disney ruined it for me

  14. Chewie Cookies

    I’m hoping they start with some of the classics, IE Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, and DBZ, then ease us into some new stuff.

  15. << now if only they'd make it their own show instead of adult swim ONLY on saturdays like it used to be ALL week long. Adult Swim sucks so bad now that they stopped showing anime and r now playen RETARDED cartoons that make NO SENSE!
    theyre just using toonami as a ploy to get people to like Adult Swim again
    its not gonna be Adult Swim they like its gonna be Toonami and TOM!

  16. guest1

    If they ever redub Sailor Moon, I’d definitely watch it every time it was on. But, the dub they created a while back chopped up the show to pieces, because so many things were taken out to make it “child friendly”. But, that’s another argument; I’ll leave it at that.

    So, I’d prefer if you’d only air Sailor Moon if it gets redubbed :/

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  18. Pinkduck28

    bring back the old series like Zatch bell or Naruto cause basically disney’s fucking it up!

  19. gothamninja394

    Aww man, THIS IS FANTASTIC! The original Dragonball Z without all the crap edits, please show me my dbz! I LOVE IT! :D FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Though I’m betting the midnight run’s out thanks to The Hub getting a hold of Batman the Animated Series, but even so THIS IS FLIPPIN EPIC! Finally, my inner child can come out again! :D

  20. Rob

    bring powerpuff girls but it will not b right cause cartoon planet has it BUT I BEG U 2 BRING OUTLAW STAR AND DRAGON BALL NICKTOONS DON’ HAVE DB THEY DBZ AND GT

  21. Jcraft6695

    Bring back zatch bell naruto and I think one piece was on here I miss the old days today’s cartoons blow

  22. Martin Daman

    Thank you for returning my childhood, and giving back what CN took away. You can’t go wrong with Toonami, as long as you stay true to yourselves, and true to the viewers. That stunt CN pulled by changing toonami into a more “Kid friendly” block in 2008, as well as the constant airing of Naruto, was the downfall of such an epic television block. You guys didn’t stay true to yourselves and your purpose, but now you’ve returned to TOM 3.0 and ratings have increased significantly. All you have to do, is stay true to yourselves.

  23. Martin Daman

    WE will not abandon Toonami, as long as Toonami does not abandon us for money and “cheap view counts.” I’m rather impressed with them airing Deadman Wonderland. If they keep airing new shows like that, with a couple old ones, all will be well. It would also be nice if they aired toonami at 10:00pm; We all know CN would benefit ridiculously if they were to do so.

  24. Vashslim

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  27. Damiendarkblood

    OMFG it’s been too long and finally, Toonami has returned to to the world. I believe that all of us have finally gotten the christmas/birthday/holday gift we’ve been waiting for. THREE CHEERS FOR THE RETURN OF TOONAMI!

  28. toonami4life

    they need to bring it back fulltime with the good shows like out law star, yu yu hakusho, dragonbaal z, and some of the gundam wings or just put theses on with new action blasting shows like them i mean come on if your goin bring it back bring toonami back in full man prime time

  29. sentroid91

    FYI: I think we’ve established that this comment thread is shot. Half of you get that [as] needs the ratings/money to get the old/good stuff for Toonami. The others just think it’ll magically appear on the network.

    At any rate, I’m closing this thread. Voice your opinions over at our forums.

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