Adult Swim’s popular anime block Toonami is getting a bigger time slot on Saturdays. Toonami will now start at 11:00 p.m. instead of its normal 11:30 p.m. If that is still too late for some of you guys who like to hit the hay early, then I’ve got good news for you. Along with starting thirty minutes earlier, Adult Swim will air two episodes of Dragon Ball Super at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. These will be reruns to catch up viewers for the new episodes that air at the start of Toonami’s time block.
Fans have wanted an extension of Toonami for quite some time now and while this may be a pretty small extension it is at least a step in the right direction. It does seem a little awkward that Dragon Ball Super will air so early only to be followed by Adult Swim’s normal programming before we get the new episode. Dragon Ball followed by Family Guy and back into more Dragon Ball is not exactly the smoothest transition. Why not just start Toonami at ten o’clock or even better just let Toonami air in the entire Adult Swim block?
Toonami is an action animation block that was started by Cartoon Network in 1997. It aired every weekday in the afternoon and became most popular when it started airing episodes of Dragon Ball Z. It didn’t really become what we know it as today until 1999 when it introduced a host named T.O.M. and a late night block which aired a plethora of anime shows with a little more violence than the afternoon counterpart. In 2008 it was sadly canceled, with fans thinking they may never see it again. However, in 2012 it was revived for one night as part of an Adult Swim April Fools joke. Its one-night return was so popular that it then made a comeback on Saturday nights at the time slot we know now. Hopefully one day we will see Toonami take back over all of Saturdays.
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