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#ToonamisBackBitches should be trending sooner than anyone thought.

The Cartoon Network programing known as Adult Swim has always been known for it's rather outlandish April Fools jokes. One year, I remember they played the first episode of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and added a bunch of fart sound effects throughout the entire episode. They are always short gags that end quickly and are just as soon forgotten. Well, this April 1st it seems this time they struck a nerve with their own audience.

As part of the gag, Adult Swim returned the Toonami anime programming block for one evening. It even had a review for MASS EFFECT 3 in the mix. Ever since, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network have been inundated with messages from the fans to bring back Toonami. The hash tag #BringBackToonami has been trending on Twitter since and even made it into some of the rhythms laid down by the Otaku King Richie Branson in his "Bring Back Toonami Song".

Let it be known that on this day in history that the anime fans have been heard. Adult Swim posted this on Twitter earlier today,

@adultswim: Attention Toonami Faithful: We heard you. On 05.26.12 #ToonamisBackBitches http://ow.ly/i/D8Rj

You asked for it, and they are delivering. It's over a week away, and we have no idea what the programming will be or the time. That's some pretty short notice for a change in the programming lineup. They are making an effort. You have to give them that. I just hope that all the people who have brought about this change are actually going to be there and staying tuned.

They are facing a lot of stiff challengers in the anime market. Back when Toonami first began, there weren't sites such as Crunchyroll, FUNimation Video, VIZ Anime, and HULU that hosts free and legal streaming anime fresh out of Japan. These distributors also hosts many series with very little edits. Toonami was pretty famous for only airing heavily edited version of popular animes such as OUTLAW STAR and the infamous 4KIDS' version of ONE PIECE. One thing that Toonami really excelled at was just in the number of people they were able to reach and interest in seeing more anime.

If they have some new and exciting programs lined up. I think they'll have my interest. If this will be late night, I'm putting some money down on PANTY & STOCKING being in the mix. Are there any programs you're hoping that they add to their lineup?

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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Though Toonami is possibly set to return to TV. Is it even needed anymore?

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Rumors have been spreading for a while about Cartoon Network's plan to revive the Toonami anime programming to the channel. Even today the Adult Swim official Twitter account responded by saying:

" @adultswim: #BringBackToonami We've heard you. Thank you for your passion and interest - stay tuned. "

In its day, Toonami introduced a variety of anime series to many in the west on national TV. It began airing in 1997, and I remember getting out of football practice to get home and watch DRAGON BALL Z, among other shows. The problem is that in the future that has since brought us a wide variety of legal online streaming websites, is Toonami even needed anymore?

Think how frequently Toonami would only air the censored version of shows. This is where the infamous 4Kids edit of ONE PIECE really spread, and whole portions of OUTLAW STAR were never even aired. In this age, we now have sites such as Crunchyroll, HULU, The Anime Network, VIZ Anime, FUNimation.com, and the companies that put whole episodes and seasons up on YouTube. I can pull these up on my computer or portable device and pause at any time.

These legal anime sites offer a much larger variety of anime that we can watch any time of the day. Often times when episodes are fresh after their airing in Japan. Toonami wont be showing these programs until years after they were originally aired. Cartoon Network has also had a shaky relationship with various anime series. Frequently, they would cancel and revive series repeatedly, or they would just repeat older shows they already aired once before. When Toonami aired these series, they were often sans any opening themes. I can name many things they take away, but what do they bring? The only thing I can come to. They possibly introduce a new set of people to series that they then dig deeper to watch other shows.

Is anyone excited for the return of Toonami, or do you plan on watching anime other places?

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ AnimeVicers/ @ FoxxFireArt

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It's been quite a while since I last saw Dragon Ball Z on air. It was a couple of years ago (Like 2007 and maybe 2008?) that I last viewed Dragon Ball Z on Toonami. The series was on the Cell Saga and I knew that I had to watch it. I have lot of fond memories experiencing what would be consider the highlight of the Dragon Ball Z series; I wanted to relive it again, but the show was taken off the air in the middle of saga =(. 
 
The 20th anniversary comes up and Funimation commemorates the occasion by remastering the series in the form of Dragon Ball Z Kai - a version that has been quicken in terms of pacing, redrawn frames of animations to look good for HD, and a brand new dub.  The first place I expected for this new version of Dragon Ball Z to air on television was Cartoon Network. Obviously a lot of you people know that there's tons of history with Cartoon Network and Dragon Ball Z, or pretty much the Dragon Ball universe period, but then I find out that Nicktoons will be airing the series instead. I was surprise by the announcement and drew some skepticism within me, I mean Nicktoons, Nickelodeon was about targeting a younger audience, while Cartoon Network has done pretty good for themselves appealing to a wider crowd. I just had a feeling that Nickelodeon was going to heavily censor the show for those young kids, yes I know Cartoon Network has done some censoring, but I thought it wasn't that bad when compare to the uncut version.
No Dragon Ball Z Kai on Cartoon Network was a huge disappointment. I figure that a show that was the biggest thing for Cartoon Network from the late 90s to the early 2000s would be something that Cartoon Network could be worth fighting for. Now I'm not sure if Cartoon Network was actually considering getting the broadcasting rights for Dragon Ball Z Kai, though some people have accused the new president of Cartoon Network of not wanting anything to do with anime. 
   
Now, the show finally made its debut on Nicktoons. So far, it seems okay; I'm not seeing any noticeable censors (With the exception of some blood), I honesty thought me watching Dragon Ball Z Kai on Nicktoons would a similar experience to watching the Disney Channel XD version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - where as lines of dialogue where cut out. I do have some problems though, the new voice actor for Gohan sucks, the intro music, "Dragon Soul," pales in comparison to "Rock the Dragon" - "Dragon Soul" was cheering and had a kid friendly tone to it, while "Rock the Dragon" had a dark, edgy theme, and also made you feel like a bad-ass.  
  
There's also a new narrator, he's not bad but again, I prefer the original narrator. The original sounded more dramatic and kept you immerse in the tone. I also saw the new promos for the show. *Sigh* I couldn't help but go onto YouTube and view some of the old classic Toonami promos. 
So what my opinion of Dragon Ball Z Kai? Fine. . . The series is only on the Sayain Saga and I saw six episodes so far. I will keep watching, and of course, I am anticipating the Android/Cell Saga once again; time to relive the good old times.      

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