Toonami, the anime block on Adult Swim is returning this month and it will bring along a lot of the best current-day anime as well as the most famous ones (because they are not necessarily the best). The upcoming Saurday, May 26 will turn out to be a party-worthy day for everyone who will be bale to watch anime on Toonami. Oh the joy!
Toonami was erased from anime history in 2008 after making otaku happy for 11 years. It was a shock to the community, but at the time there was not enough action against this, obviously, as the one otaku took against the removal of FUNimation Channel from Verizon.
Toonami was played by Adult Swim on April 1, 2012. This was explained by the staff as an ‘April Fools’ joke, but in fact was an obvious research of how much would such a block be watched if it existed these days. Naturally, the ‘prank’ was a success and the company has decided to bring Toonami back for the time being. The shows that are expected are not something entirely new and strange, but rather the good-strong-popular shows such as Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist. If this tendency will continue after the seasons are over (if Toonami stays that is), it is still unknown. The schedules released by some TV guides give us some pretty known names, but Adult Swim has promised an entirely new and original anime programming.
The block will be shownweekly on Saturdays from 00:00 to 06:00am local time.
The first schedule for the block has been listed as follows:
12:00 a.m. – Bleach
12:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist
1:00 a.m. – Durarara!!
1:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2:00 a.m. – FLCL
2:30 a.m. – Cowboy Bebop
3:00 a.m. – Bleach
3:30 a.m. – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
4:00 a.m. – Bleach
4:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
5:00 a.m. - Durarara!!
5:30 a.m. - Cowboy Bebop
This is a third-party schedule and not an official one from Adult Swim nor Cartoon Network or anything related. The official websites list no information such as this, but it is still quite reliable.
A song made from a self-classified as nerdcore rapper Richie Branson. ‘Bring Back Toonami’ is a sweet plea for the return of the program that was released on May 8 and since then has not only caught the eye of Adult Swim itself, but also been included into ads.
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