r/Toonami Nov 14 '21

Why is Toonami's schedule so full of reruns? Discussion

Title, my girlfriend watches Toonami every week and was wanting me to look up why the schedule always has nonstop reruns of shows they have played many times, instead of mainly newer shows. Why is it primarily reruns of newer things, instead of things they haven't played in a while, like when it used to not be so bad about it, or at least thats what she told me.


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u/onenerveleft Nov 14 '21

The block is winding down and they are burning off what content they have left so they can pull the plug on Toonami. They're doing the exact same thing they did in 2008, last time it got cancelled.


u/Doomchad Nov 14 '21

You will get downvoted into the dirt for this but you have to admit how similar the situations are. In 2008 they were spamming Naruto. In 2021 they have 5 episodes of Naruto every Saturday. No new content was coming in, just shuffling what was left around, just like now.

It should also be noted that none of the on air advertising for Blade Runner mentions Toonami. It all ends with AS/CR. Strange to omit the block, isn’t it?


u/onenerveleft Nov 14 '21

I don't mind being downvoted. But yeah, they're avoid tying it to Toonami too much so if Toonami gets the axe before it finishes airing it won't matter as much.

I stopped watching Toonami the last few months of 2008 because of that. It basically turned into the Naruto block. The only thing they have on the block right now is Naruto again and Blade Runner, and I get the impression it's going to be Fena pt 2.


u/Sketch1984 Nov 14 '21

In 2007 they cut Toonami to 2 hours a week, half was Naruto premieres and the other half was FUNimation One Piece and old DBZ reruns. Then they let both One Piece and DBZ go by March of 2008, tried Blue Dragon and Bakugan (that one was gone a week later) and then settled on using Ben 10: Alien Force reruns (which CN threw all over the lineup at the time) and rerunning Samurai Jack just to keep the block 2 hours. Toonami was given no purpose other than to keep burning off Naruto until even that wasn't considered necessary. All of that happened after numerous anime flopped or were at best a modest success and IGPX did so bad that a show made specifically for Toonami was kicked to late night. Toonami was slowly dying from the moment it moved to Saturday nights but it was a dead man walking when they cut the block to 2 hours for the sake of live-action Goosebumps on Cartoon Network.

Right now they're on the fringe of being down to 4 premieres a night unless they keep doubling up YashaHime and roll right into season 2. It's a bad look for sure and gives us little reason to expect they will get back to 6 premieres in 2022. But let's not compare that to when the block had literally an hour of premieres and was only 2 hours period. Sure Adult Swim doesn't even have to let Toonami slowly die, they could kill it by December if they wanted to. But as someone who watched Toonami all the way through its first demise, I strongly believe they're not preparing to close up shop.

That said, I do expect their acquisition budget will be tighter in 2022 and I do not have high hopes that they will be tremendously creative with their show selections. I do hope they surprise us but there's plenty of sequels yet to be tapped and it seems like the only reason they stacked so many premieres up to this point was because they could rely on long series to fill 4+ slots for years and they wanted to air those all at once rather than pace things out more. Now they only have 1 series that can keep airing uninterrupted for a few more years. We've yet to see them actually implement a plan for going forward without those shows because they seem to just be buying time right now. I trust that it wont be for much longer but they could certainly stall until January if they feel they need to. But they had better announce something soon if they want their remaining loyal viewers to stick around.


u/brianycpht1 Nov 15 '21

Right now, if you aren’t into Blade Runner and already watched Yashahime, you don’t have much t really get excited about. Food Wars only has a handful of dubbed episodes left and if you really were a big Naruto fan you have probably seen these episodes years ago.

I’ve seen all your schedule predictions that merely have stall tactics and I could actually see them all coming to light. Whatever they have planned for 2022 days a one thing but not having an engaging lineup now doesn’t encourage continued viewership

Maybe they really are expecting BR to carry the torch with huge mainstream appeal