According to ANN, Cartoon Network’s ‘Toonami’ block will reportedly cease to exist tonight after 11 years of existence. It was revealed at Anime Weekend Atlanta this morning that a special announcement regarding the cancellation will appear on CN during the 10:30-11 pm EST timeslot.
Insert big fanboy/fangirl “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!” here.
Though Toonami’s only current Asian animation is Narutofillers, it has been home to at least 30 anime series over the years, including Dragonball and Sailor Moon. (ANN’s article has the full list of series.) Heck, I remember a very old-skool CG version of Tom, Toonami’s old mascot, popping up during Sailor Moon commercial breaks when I was a kid. (Yes, I’m that old young.)
Nostalgia aside, though, Naruto‘s future is somewhat up in the air. While there are two episodes scheduled to air tonight, one of next week’s episodes has been replaced with Batman: Gotham Knight, and no further news has been released regarding Naruto‘s future times or episodes. It’s unlikely that CN will outright cancel the airings of Naruto, however, I see at least some filler removal in its future. Perhaps skipping ahead to Shippuuden, the ‘second season’ of sorts? Perhaps VIZ has some special plans for the uber-popular franchise’s adaptation.
Expect updates as AWA continues and New York Anime Fest rolls around next weekend.