Toonami’s Return – Cartoon Network Still Sucks

A little before Adult Swim had its usual April Fool’s Day joke air, I commented that it’d be pretty funny if Toonami had aired instead of the usual airing of the movie “The Room.” Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened! Toonami aired the entire night through. Some classics were shown (such as Dragon Ball Z, Outlaw Star, Yu Yu Hakusho and even Blue Submarine No. 6), while some others that hadn’t aired before were shown (such as Trigun and Tenchi Muyo OVA 3). The night also featured a new game review, along with promo bumps all voiced by Steven Blum as TOM. Twitter had erupted with Tweets about Toonami airing. Later on, Adult Swim asked if it was something the fans wanted to see return.

A month later, we got our answer; Toonami was coming back. However, there was a catch. Due to the small budget that Cartoon Network had given them, they were only able to secure two new shows, while the rest were standard Adult Swim programming that had already aired (along with a new episode of Bleach). The two new series’ are Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins. Deadman Wonderland is premiering for the first time in English in any manner, as it’s currently not available on home video in North America as of yet. Casshern Sins has been available for quite some time and is viewable on Netflix. However, both series’ have never appeared on cable television. While not big name shows many people have asked for, they’re welcome additions to the Toonami block. Unfortunately, many people have complained about the lack of any other shows, whether new or from the original Toonami lineups, being added on. It’s understandable that Adult Swim couldn’t afford to bring some of the older shows back, as some have either become unlicensed or the companies involved want too much money. In some cases, some shows are being aired by the competition (namely Naruto and Dragon Ball Z).

Due to all of this, Toonami’s got a long way to go to become the old, successful block it was. In order to afford more shows, it’s going to need to pull in a lot of viewers. However, I ultimately lay the blame on Cartoon Network for making this a difficult process. Let’s think back about this. Back around 2004, Toonami had only been airing Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z during its weekday run. Having two series’ run the block wouldn’t cut it. Especially when both series’ had finished their runs. CN had removed Toonami from weekdays, replacing it with Miguzi. Toonami was then put on Saturdays. It regained its spark of life with the addition of shows such as Teen Titans, Megas XLR, Justice League, Naruto and even the 4Kids dub of One Piece, which was more successful on Toonami than it was on 4Kids’ own Saturday morning block. Three years later, Toonami was suddenly cancelled. Many wondered why this happened, but here’s the sad truth: CN ran it to the ground, as they did when it aired on weekdays.

Around the time of Toonami’s end, CN had cancelled One Piece weeks before, was airing only two new premieres in the form of Naruto episodes while airing reruns of Dragon Ball Z, Samurai Jack, Blue Dragon and Bakugan. CN felt Toonami was no longer worth keeping around and ended it. In its place, it aired live-action movies. Eventually, the network would begin to air original, live-action programming, distancing itself from the “all cartoon” channel image it intended to be. Cutting around to today, we’re seeing the same uncaring attitude from the network again. Nickelodeon’s begun to give the channel a run for its money with its Nicktoons Network, along with Disney XD and newcomer The Hub. So one would think that trying to bring back a previously successful block back would bring in not only the old crowd, but a new one as well. It worked for Teen Nick with “The ’90s Are All That.”

Unfortunately, CN chose to place more money in getting shows such as a live-action, sketch comedy show featuring Nick Cannon and an animated version of Annoying Orange. On top of this, they’ve also gotten a second season for Level Up, another live-action sketch comedy, and a fifth season for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. If CN has the money to support shows like this, why oh why did they not give the same treatment to Toonami? Just how long can you drag The Clone Wars, anyway? The answer may simply be that Cartoon Network just sucks and is appealing to one of the worst generations of children out there.

I’ll still watch Toonami come this Saturday. I’ll support it for as long as it airs. It’s just a crying shame how poorly it’s been treated, even to this day, despite how badly the folks at Adult Swim want it to succeed.

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By Tsukento Posted in Anime

10 comments on “Toonami’s Return – Cartoon Network Still Sucks

  1. Clone Wars is entering its fifth, and supposedly final season, but it’s an incredibly solid show, the later seasons of which far outstrip the movies the show takes place between.

    The only crime about the show entering a fifth season is that it can’t be a part of a Toonami block at a reasonable hour. It would be a perfect place for the show, and would draw folks into watching the anime in the surrounding time slots.

    But such isn’t a possibility, sadly.

  2. I stopped watching cartoon network the minute they aired live action shit. And looks like I made a good decision. Glad toonami is returning with new life and goodluck to it.

  3. I find this strange trend with entertainment complanies, “let’s implement this bad idea, and when there’s backlash, ignore it since they’ll come to their senses eventually.” Then we get this April fools joke of “hey, lets do a toonami night on April first and show the old anime from yester-year. Man we’ll get them so good.” Jokes on them, it was super successful. Now a person with reason would see the super high ratings from this unsceduled event, and compair them to the ratings of advertize the hell out of shows like NTSF:SD:SUV, Eagle Heart, Childrens Hospital, ect, realize the great difference in favor of toonami, and continue with Toonami since it has major potential replacing the low rated shows. Unfortunately Cartoon Network/Adult Swim is run by idiots so they don’t give Toonami proper treatment.

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  5. This new Toonami sucks ass. Couldn’t they have used the budget to buy Gundam Wing and Dragon Ball Z? Without those two it does not deserve to be called Toonami.

    • Gundam Wing is owned by Bandai, who no longer has a US branch for anime anymore. So the license is out. Dragon Ball Z’s license is tied up with Nickelodeon.

      And Toonami has always existed before and after those two shows. To claim that Toonami is nothing without them is silly. Especially since both of those shows have been aired more than enough times. DBZ especially.

  6. Cartoon network is actually quite successful now. Regular show, adventure time, they have quite a few hits on their hands. Nickelodeon is a shadow of its former 90s self, same with disney (course they always sucked). The only problem I could possibly have with a network as well run as this one (adult swim only gets better) is wth they’re trying to do with Saturday night. TONS of great new, innovative anime out there, but they want none of it. Code geass, steins gate, monster et al, the list is endless, planetes, so many recent classics. Instead they air stuff from MY childhood (naruto? What?). Bleach, one piece, complete crap. The last hits theu

    • The last hits they had on there were death note and eureka 7. You can’t tell me with all the revenue they get, they can’t afford one or two recent anime classics they haven’t aired before. Of course I blame inuyasha fans, when one is abused one strikes out at the abuser. It seems the cn people have completely decided to s%$* on anime fans since that event. Although the evangelion you can’t advance thing is awesome, but no regular shows that aren’t for ten year olds way past bed time? Cmon cn, show a little compassion for those of us who didn’t bellyache when you wanted to cancel a dead horse. We all know you have the money. Haibane renmei, the melancholy of haruki suzumiya, there’s endless great titles. Hellsing ultimate? The gun nuts would love that one. How is squidbillies okay past midnight (where a guy gets his hair washed with crystal meth and rips his own face off) and not any anime that wasn’t created with young tweens in mind? No one else even airs anime anymore, save me like you used to do cn.

  7. exactly!!! it’s like there trying to make New Cartoons but now it freakin sucks because of Adventure time and other shows i don’t agree cartoon network totally went downhill and They need to bring back the Classics.

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