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Adult Swim Website Announces Return of "Toonami" Programming Block (updated)

Via twitter and a newly-launched web page, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block has announced the return of the Toonami programming block on May 26th, 2012. This news comes in advance of Adult Swim’s upfront this Wednesday evening and weeks after “Toonami on Adult Swim” aired on April 1st as a joke. Afterward Adult Swim posted a “Want it back? Let us know.” message on twitter, prompting a weeks-long campaign in support of the block on social media.

First launched on Cartoon Network in March 17, 1997, the original Toonami block was dedicated to airing a variety of action animation. The popular block ran regularly on weekday afternoons and later Saturday nights, until its final broadcast on September 20, 2008. Stay tuned to Toonzone News for more information about this story and the Adult Swim upfront as it becomes available.

Update, 9:08 PM: A press release from Adult Swim includes the following description of the new Toonami block:

“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.”

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