On April 1st, 2012 Cartoon Network and Adult Swim did something that took fans by storm. For the first time in almost four years, Toonami was back on the air. Steve Blum reprised his role of T.O.M. 3.0 with new voice acting for introductions, commercials, and he even reviewed Mass Effect 3. Anime series that haven’t been aired on CN for years were shown, even if it was only for that one night it was some great nostalgia. It was also known as the night that fans didn’t sleep.
This has led to fans both demanding and begging Adult Swim and Cartoon Network to bring back Toonami, because it was a show that was a part of many kids’, teenagers’, and adults’ lives. It also helped anime become mainstream back in the 90’s. Since April 1st, Fans have started online petitions, posting on forums and even Twitter in an attempt to bring the show back. Steve Blum himself wants to bring it back if the people in power will let him. Even now on April 12th, it’s something you still hear people talking about, which means Cartoon Network and Adult Swim did its job.
Let’s not forget that is was both Adult Swim and Cartoon Network that are responsible for helping FOX bring back two great shows that were originally canceled thanks to fans’ support: Family Guy (which is still one of the most popular watched shows on Adult Swim), and Futurama (now on Comedy Central). Both shows were aired nightly on the Adult Swim block, which led to high viewership and massive sales of the DVDs which led FOX to bring back these two shows from the vault. So maybe it wasn’t just your average trick, but more Adults Swim’s way of testing the waters, knowing that fans would more than welcome it.
If you normally watch Adult Swim, you have recently seen the almost nightly bumps about fans wanting Toonami back. Adult Swim posted on their Twitter, “Want it back? Let us know. #BringBackToonami” followed by, “#BringBackToonami We’ve heard you. Thank you for your passion and interest – stay tuned.”
It seems that bringing back Toonami would fit now more than anything. If you remember, the original Cartoon Planet that aired in the early 90’s. It featured Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which had Brak and Zorak co-hosting on a nightly event, and their show was eventually replaced by Toonami. Brak and Zorak are now hosting the Cartoon Planet on Friday Nights which air some of the most popular Cartoon Network original series like Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken and so on, which leads into Adult Swim. Since Saturday nights are when anime is aired anyway, it would make sense for them to simply toss the Toonami banner over it.
So, can we expect to see a revival of Toonami in the very near future? My guess is that Cartoon Network’s team has already been planning this for a good amount of time, and April first was just to confirm their decision.