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**Note: The following post was supposed to be released around 2015 but there were delays. This is a response to what happened during the announcement that the schedule was cut in half.**
If there is one animation block on Cartoon Network that I have enjoyed during my lifetime, it is titled Toonami. This programming block has been entertaining to watch because it featured cartoons that can excite children with vivid imaginations. It is also one of the only access to Japanese animation or anime as it is called for those who are not familiar with it. I have seen my favorite anime featured on the cartoon block and watched some great animated movies alongside it. In the past, the program would be featured in several different channels such as the WB or Kids WB during a time when kids could watch their favorite cartoons on the main channels at their homes.
Recently, the block has had to shorten the time slot due to ratings. This has resulted in, many fans worrying that this could be the beginning of the end of Toonami once again. This has had me thinking, why not make a channel or spinoff channel suitable not just for action packed cartoons but also featuring the latest in action-packed anime as well? These are my reasons how and why the Toonami block should be made into a spinoff channel.
So far there have been several channels that have been created and have provided some entertaining for content for viewers. A Toonami channel could just be that type of channel to attract anyone who is a fan of animation. The channel can provide a multi-platform experience of action based franchises and superhero animated shows.
It can also cater to popular anime around the current time as well. Companies such as DC, Marvel, Funimation, etc. to really provide some action-packed shows for 24-hours a day! There are various other channels from parent companies that have been trying feature specific material outside their own programing for years also. On a Toonami channel, this can be the very thing to motivate the viewers. They can also feature some great animated movies, sometimes feature them with limited commercial breaks sponsored by good advertising that will sure to attract viewers.
As I described in the last paragraph, the Toonami channel can feature programing that will be entertaining fans of cartoons animation. Every day of the week they can feature some animated shows from around the 90s-2000s era and some days they can feature some throwbacks from past cartoons to attract some nostalgic fans. Then on late nights, like what Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network have done, they can air a late-night block where they can show much more mature content. This could great for anyone who wants to see more comic book or anime related content on television. Plus, late night showings would allow the channel to feature more anime television shows and films. It should also feature other animated movies that are more aimed for older audiences who are fans of the material. Try working out a deal with other companies to allow reruns of previous action franchises to air on the channel. Find advertisement that will attract people during commercial breaks.
Some films, such as those from Miyazaki, can be featured with limited commercial breaks sponsored by some very well established companies. Several sponsors can include Madman Entertainment, Crunchyroll, Fundimation, and Viz Media. They are huge providers for anime related content and their support could not only feature anime but can generate and promote several new materials.
The channel could also align themselves with other related channels like Toonami Asia. The channel can also feature new material by bringing new creative animated shows to the attention of audiences.
For now, the circumstances seem pretty grim, but I’m sure the people in charge will find a way to keep it going. Time goes by and the world progress to newer things, and shows that we do not see on television anymore are now being shown digitally. As much as people are now enjoying watching their favorite programs online, there are some who would like to see their favorite shows featured on the TV screen, especially those that are not very keen on spending time on the internet.
This blog is just my views and ideas for a future that would include more of Toonami.