The Return of the King

24 May


There are things in this life that you just don’t forget. Your parents, close friends, steamy lovers, and even a few select moments of television that heaped over the mindless drivel of advertising. For over a decade there was one section of programming that had a life of its own. And, even today, its mere name has a profound influence over anyone who made it a part of their life. That name is, Toonami.

From March of 1997 to September of 2008, Toonami was Cartoon Network’s primary action lineup. It started airing in the mid-afternoon and featured shows like Thundercats, Voltron, and some crappy Johnny Quest show I never bothered to watch. It was hosted by a CGed Moltar who was also featured at the controls on the also great show “Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast”. Toonami wasn’t just a random string of action shows however. GundamWingThey were set out to, in their own words, “Build a better cartoon show”. Over the next decade Toonami did exactly that by giving us so many great shows, events, and memories on a list that is literally too long to type up. Sadly the last couple years of Toonami featured a downturn in creative changes and programming. There was a major shift in the day-to-day management of Cartoon Network and action programming was side-lined because of their losing battle against Disney for girl viewers. Toonami stopped transmission suddenly on a very sad day in September of ‘08.

But there was a prophecy that Toonami would one day return to us. Thankfully true believers, that day has come. This Saturday, May 26th, Toonami returns as the latter half of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim lineup. There is no real word on what will be involved in this return, but surprise has always been half the fun with Toonami. Adult Swim has been airing anime in these timeslots for years, so anime will probably be a major, if not 100%, of the programming. A brief hint of concern hits my gut that this is just a ploy to get people to watch late night Adult Swim programming, but my heart truly hopes this will be as awesome as we remember. Pardon the dust, Toonami has set up shop once again.

Mom's Basement Article about Toonami by Bruce Osborne

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2 Responses to “The Return of the King”

  1. Alia May 24, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Thank you for featuring my Dragon Balls bottle! Toonami is where I first fell in love with Dragon Ball Z. I’m excited to see what the new Toonami has to offer.

  2. Darren June 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Thanks for featuring my Voltron print! Toonami forever! It introduced me to Tenchi Muyo!

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