Adult Swim, Toonami Talkback: April 01, 2012
During Toonami’s “Golden Era” circa 1999-2001 with TOM/TOM-2 had the following blocks:
Regular Run (Weekdays): 4:00PM-7:00PM
Midnight Run II (Weeknights): 12:00AM-1:00AM
Rising Sun (Saturday): 9:00AM-12:00PM
Midnight Run (Saturday): 12:00AM-5:00AM
You also had all of these great shows kicking it into high gear:
- Batman: The Animated Series
- Batman Beyond
- Big O
- Blue Sub #6
- Dragonball (Emperor Pilaf-Tournament Saga)
- Dragonball Z (Saiyan-Great Saiyan Man Saga)
- Gundam (0079, 08th MS Team, 0080, & Wing)
- Ronin Warriors
- Sailor Moon (Season 1-Super S)
- Superman: The Animated Series
- Tenchi Muyo! (OVA, Universe, & In Tokyo)
Again this was back circa 1999-2001, and that was a lot of Toonami!
After 2002, Toonami would stay confined to weekdays 4:00PM-7:00PM, and would lose the Saturday blocks and the Midnight Run to Adult Swim. April 17, 2004 came, and Toonami would make the jump to Saturday running from 7:00PM-11:00PM. Then Toonami died on September 20, 2008.
Here's my 1st question….
Would Adult Swim Comedy play nice and give the new Toonami (Adult Swim Action) the 1:30AM-6:00AM weeknight spots?
Here’s what you got currently…
Adult Swim (2012)
Monday: Comedy/Comedy Reruns
Tuesday: Comedy/Comedy Reruns
Wednesday: Comedy/Comedy Reruns
Thursday: Comedy/Comedy Reruns
Friday: Comedy/Comedy Reruns
AS seems to favor this right now: Comedy > Action.
Here’s what I’m hoping for…
Williams Street TV (2012-2013)
Sunday: Adult Swim
Monday: Adult Swim/Toonami
Tuesday: Adult Swim/Toonami
Wednesday: Adult Swim/Toonami
Thursday: Adult Swim/Toonami
Friday: Adult Swim/Toonami
Here you got a more balance programming, than you currently do now.
Just looking at the current Adult Swim Action lineup, the following shows would work better on Monday-Friday vs. just being played once each Saturday.
Monday-Friday + Saturday:
- Full Metal Alchemist
- Ghost In The Shell
- Inu Yasha
- Big O
- Cowboy Bebop
As a viewer, I would probably tune in to watch a more balance out programing block, than what we have right now.
Here's my 2nd question….
Does Tuner Broadcasting have the resources to launch another Cartoon Network channel, namely a Williams Street TV Channel?
We all know, not everyone can get Boomerang in their local TV markets. I’ve always thought a Williams Street Channel would give the group a place to grow, where as being on Cartoon Network expansion isn’t possible.
Toonami’s Original Mission Statement: “The Revolution”
Since Toonami’s departure, “The Revolution” has gone elsewhere somewhat….
-Disney XD (Naruto Shippuden)
-Nicktoons (Avatar, Dragonball Z: Kai, Dragonball GT, Monsuno, & Voltron Force)
-HUB (Batman, Batman Beyond, Duel Masters, GI Joe, My Little Pony, & Transformers)
A lot programming seen elsewhere resembles Toonami circa 2003-2008. I know these shows skew younger, but also have older fan-bases that don’t get counted. With the creation of these channels, certain programming that were once the norm on Toonami won’t likely be back on the new block.
In conclusion, IF Toonami does truly come back it will be Edgy. It will also be current with its audience and target market.
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