So the Samurai 7 announcement and DeMarco's recent Q&A both opened and closed a lot of possibilities for what might end up airing on Toonami. Older shows are now on the table but certain popular favorites like Outlaw Star, Trigun, and Gundam are off-limits for now. Neon Alley isn't an obstacle to getting Viz shows but prices may be. One thing is clear: the block is being heavily-driven by DeMarco and Manning's own tastes. Samurai 7 was a show they went after 6 years ago but got outbid on, so any favorites of theirs they didn't or couldn't air in the past (aside from BS&P rejections like Elfen Lied) are on the table. This makes the following all possibilities: -Last Exile -The Slayers -Escaflowne -Gurren Lagann -Magic Knights Rayearth -Martian Successor Nadesico -Serial Experiments Lain Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water and Saber Marionette J were also at one point or another considered for Toonami, but the former is older than Sailor Moon and the latter has kind of fallen off the face of the Earth, so I don't expect either to air. Of those, Last Exile seems the closest thing to a sure bet to air. It's probably cheap to pick up, it's got action, it's the same studio as Samurai 7, and there's a sequel series to air after if it's successful. DeMarco's lack of a "not likely"/"not now" response concerning Gurren Lagann makes it seem like a real possibility as well. The other shows listed may be bordering on too old but they each have something going for them: Slayers has newer series they could air, Escaflowne's animation quality for the most part holds up and would also provide both mecha action and girl power for the block, Rayearth would help appease those wanting Sailor Moon back, and both Nadesico and Lain have high-profile rereleases to promote (though Lain's light on action and might not fit the block so well). For shows that have already been on Toonami, it's sounding like FUNimation's probably easier to work with than Bandai. If any older shows end up coming back, I'd guess either YYH or Tenchi, the former being able to fill their desire for a long-running shonen, the latter having new episodes to premiere. I'd also guess WBA is easier to work with than CN Studios, given that they seem to be taking Thundercats as a serious possibility while describing MEGAS and Jack as unlikely to show up. Then there's the question of other shows. Is Baccano possible? Darker Than Black? Black Lagoon? There's been rumors of Hellsing coming to the block at some point. As far as newer releases goes, FUNimation has plenty of stuff to chose from, but I can't predict what will get on TV besides the fair certainty/hope Michiko to Hatchin will show up sometime next year. Panty and Stocking seems the biggest question mark, as the show FUNi clearly wants on TV but AS doesn't seem to be biting for whatever reason. Does anyone know if any of the higher-ups at AS actively dislike the show? Are the censorship hurdles too great? Or is it a money issue? What of Madoka Magica? And will Viz be willing to offer anything for a low enough price? Lots of questions.