Last April 1st, Cartoon Network temporarily returned the Toonami programming block as an April Fool’s Joke, but rumors ran abound that the network was also testing the fans’ response to a possible Toonami return, and it turns out that all the rumors are true, since Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has recently announced the return of Toonami on May 26th, 2012, via twitter and a newly-launched web page.
Toonami was originally launched on Cartoon Network in MNarch 17, 1997, with the programming block largely credited for making anime popular in North America, and being the first time a lot of American Kids were exposed to modern anime (keep in mind that this was when the Internet is still not widely used). Toonami ran regularly on weekday afternoons and Saturday nights, until its final broadcast on September 20, 2008.
In support of Toonami’s return, Adult Swim will also be developing new original anime programming for fans, according to their recent press release. The details for said anime programs have not been revealed, but we can assume that they will be disclosed when ready.
For more details, you can visit Toonami’s new official site at www.adultswim.com/shows/toonami/index.html