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Toonami Talkback: Toonami (Bumps, Reviews, News, etc.) - Daikun - 04-27-2012 02:19 AM
I know that the April Fools prank (which we discussed on the old boards) is a few weeks old by now. We've had our cute Twitter campaign to bring it back, and Adult Swim's response is currently a "maybe, maybe not" sort of situation.
Now is the perfect time to bring back that discussion. A couple of new developments have shown up.
1) Toonami co-founder Jason DeMarco has recently been promoted to VP of Strategic Marketing & Partnerships at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.
2) Steve Blum released a YouTube video with updates on the Twitter campaign.
RE: Toonami - Cody S. - 04-28-2012 01:04 AM
It's been interesting to watch - and it's certainly something that has me at odds, on multiple-levels.
On one hand - I want to jump in and join the fight. It's fun to have a cause (despite how nerdy that cause is). It's fun that they're sort of listening. It's a campaign that basically digs to the root of what Toonami was - and it's reconnecting a bunch of old fans and that's all super fantastic. It'd be great if it worked. Which brings me to the other hand - the cynical side of me doesn't think it will. While the discovery of Toonami opened me up to a world where giant networks listened and interacted with the fans, the death of Toonami made cynical, and instilled in me the fact that networks DON'T care how you feel, what you like, or what your opinion is. Toonami didn't for nothing - folks weren't watching; at least folks weren't watching the BLOCK. And while it didn't exist (mostly) in an era of Twitter and social media madness - I have a hard time allowing myself to believe that the network will take any social media chatter and equate that with ad cash and late-night eyeballs.
On a completely different level it concerns me of what a comeback could mean for what Toonami is. It was very painful watching Toonami, essentially...die - to remember something that was SO fantastic and influential, to me and a whole generation of CN-watchers, and watch it dissolve into an empty shell was awful. It sounds overly sensitive and it sounds ultra-geekish, but it was awful to watch it slowly coast into autopilot and stay there until crashing all together. A part of me worries that what a revived Toonami would be, if not initially, once the nostalgia wore off.
It's like Pet Cemetery - it'd be great to see that kid again, but after a while what if you realized he came back soul-less and kept trying to kill you?
For now I remain a modest supporter. I march to the #BringbackToonami drum on occasion - hell, I even looked into nabbing the Anxtoonami.com domain back from whatever crazy service swiped it from us a few years back (no dice). I'm waiting for more clues before speaking up louder - but at the very least it's been fun.
And it makes me feel younger. Which. You know. Is nice too.
EDIT: Also - it's really nice that Blum's digging it and is as involved as he is. Good stuff!
RE: Toonami - Jeffrey228 - 05-01-2012 03:05 AM
Well just like I mentioned over at the Offcial Adult Swim Message Boards, the only chance Toonami would come back would have to be a more "Mature" version of Toonami, ranging from the light TV-PG to Light TV-MA range, something that could work out on Friday Nights and Saturday Nights, I know recently CN managed to bring back the Classics known as the "Cartoon Planet" Block that have characters from The Brak Show and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast back on there for that block, a sign that Toonami might, Maybe just Might be on the Horizon of returning.
RE: Toonami - Daikun - 05-04-2012 06:40 PM
Check out the new Adult Swim schedule for May 26.
(If you're seeing the old schedule, refresh the page.)
RE: Toonami - Cody S. - 05-05-2012 12:48 PM
You mean the fact that there are two empty blocks? Hmm. It's been a while since I've followed any CN schedule changes, but couldn't that, mean a variety of things?
Guess we'll have to wait and see.
RE: Toonami - Daikun - 05-05-2012 10:11 PM
Three, actually, but yes.
Toonami is Back guys! - Jeffrey228 - 05-16-2012 05:33 PM
Yes this is not a joke, but you can thank Twitter and [adult swim]s Adult Swim Message Board and it's members to pushing Toonami back from it's death.
RE: Official "#ToonamisBackBitches" Thread - Cody S. - 05-16-2012 09:05 PM
Very. Very. VERY. Exciting. The image of TOM alone on that page gave me nostalgia-chills.
(Good call Daikun - on the blank blocks!)
RE: Official "#ToonamisBackBitches" Thread - Jeffrey228 - 05-16-2012 10:05 PM
Well I know one thing, we are seeing a flood of new members at the ASMB, quite a few of those from Facebook and ToonZone Forums, remember, the ASMB was FIRST with the help of Twitter to get the info and had responciblity of helping Mr. DeMarco get us this block back, and the stats over at the adult swim Facebook page Toonami announcement entree is showing of the following,
23,514 like this,
That is VERY IMPRESSIVE...
RE: Official "#ToonamisBackBitches" Thread - Aaron B. - 05-16-2012 10:34 PM
I'm still hesitant to praise the move. As I mentioned in the old forums, unless they decide to re-pledge to Toonami's original mission (as opposed to just bringing back a bunch of rusty anime titles), I'll probably stay that way. I also find it a curious move considering that Toonami's original target demo doesn't really exist anymore. I'll be interested in seeing how they'll format the programming block and how they anticipate making it sustainable.
In any case, Adult Swim Upfront released the following:
Adult Swim Official Wrote:· TOONAMI – Beginning Saturday, May 26, Adult Swim brings back Toonami, the network’s popular block of anime programming. Airing weekly from midnight to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), in addition to the return of previous series featured in Toonami, Adult Swim is also developing new original anime programming for fans.