As an April Fools’ joke earlier this year, Cartoon Network aired the old Toonami block of programming in place of Adult Swim. This caused a bit of an uproar, but the kind where people remembered how much they loved and miss Toonami. Now, Adult Swim has announced that they’ll be bringing Toonami back from the programming grave starting Saturday, May 26. For realsies this time.
The resurrected Toonami will be airing on Saturdays from midnight to six in the morning, bringing back some old anime favorites, and mixing in some new original anime programming. Adult Swim hasn’t released an official schedule as of yet, but the Anime News Network scoped out TV Guide’s listing for Adult Swim’s programming on May 27. It’s a mix of old and new programming:
12:00 a.m. – Bleach
12:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist
1:00 a.m. – Durarara!!
1:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
2:00 a.m. – FLCL
2:30 a.m. – Cowboy Bebop
3:00 a.m. – Bleach
3:30 a.m. – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
4:00 a.m. – Bleach
4:30 a.m. – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
5:00 a.m. – Durarara!!
5:30 a.m. – Cowboy Bebop
That’s certainly a lot of Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist. The above listing is just what appeared over on TV Guide, so it might not be totally set in stone as of yet, especially considering a Toonami revival would almost certainly require Dragonball Z, which always seemed to greet us when we just got home from school back in the Toonami days. Whatever the schedule, Toonami is back, and you now have an easily accessible (and legal!) place to watch late night anime once again.
- Cartoon Network aired Toonami this year as part of an April Fools’ joke
- The free Adult Swim iOS app streamed full episodes
- But then got rid of the full streams less then a year later