On April Fools Day 2012, Adult Swim thought it would be hilarious if instead of making traditional adult swim plugs and bumps. They would make everything look like Toonami : Midnight Launch. This backfired as more people took wind in it’s return. Creating the campaign “#BringBackToonami” with just one goal – to get Steve Blum another voice role.
Well they delivered and it’s returning “May 26, 2012” according to a jpeg image. And now every anime nerd must be excited about this great return. The days of Hour-Long Hamtaro followed by Dragon Ball Z and Dragonball must be returning too, right? Wrong.
If anything, this new “Toonami” (Newnami sounds ridiculous, and was what I was thinking of calling it) will be nothing more than Adult Swim’s Saturday Action Line-up, just with a new name. Your Toonami Block, which you’re expecting will pride itself in Japanese Cartoons, will continue having two hours spent on American Dad and King of the Hill. Are you going to bitch about that next internet? Why don’t they replace it with Inuyasha/Death Note/FMA/Trigun or maybe even the same 6 episodes of FLCL for the one thousandth time.
Point is, it’s not going to be the “Nostalgic” Toonami, you were more than likely trying to redeem. Those memories are just that memories. There wasn’t a #BringBackCartoonCartoonFridays or #BringBackFoxKids or #BringBackSlimeTimeLive there was just #BringBackToonami and nothing rewarding is going to happen. Unless you want to see “Tom” return and give video games 8 out of 10s.
Toonami should have stayed dead, and instead Adult Swim (or Cartoon Network) should have created a new fancy block for our next generation to appreciate. Instead of pretending that just because we’re bringing back “Toonami”, we’re bringing back Gundam Wing and other animus. Although, I would appreciate the return of He-Man.
Until next time, Stay Gold. Bang.
EDIT: You could have replaced “Toonami” with a six hour block of “Toon Heads” and nothing would change regarding the ratings. #BringBackToonHeads