TOM cutting off [adult swim]'s traditional April Fools' Day airing of The Room, then proceeding to air an entire block of fan-favorite anime series that haven't been seen on Cartoon Network for the better part of a decade — complete with new TOM-narrated promos!
Tom reviewing Mass Effect 3 was a huge surprise that night, but it's even better than you think: he called the game out on import issues, the lack of characters from previous games being in the party, and the weak ending. Even so, he still enjoyed it and ended up giving it an 8.5, making himself a fairer and more credible game reviewer than IGN, Game Informer, and G4 TV in the process.
TOM 3.5 in the new Absolution, declaring the block to be "back, bitches" and introducing the new lineup? Awesome, plus classic TOM.
The ratings were nothing special the first night back, with the highest-rated show on the block only scoring 10% higher than what had been their the week before Toonami relaunched. Week two, however? Toonami broke a million in its first hour, 900k in its second, and the tail end's ratings were those of the first hour the previous week. Plus both weeks won their timeslots overall.
The review of the game Fix-it Felix Jr. (based on the film Wreck-It Ralph), a paid endorsement from Disney. Why is this in the awesome folder? Because it was some of the first new animation we've seen since the block's creation, and it was awesome.
Hell, it's the first time in the new run we got a new room on the Absolution.
This. Not only for bringing TOM 4 back, but for making fans happy and excited about seeing TOM 4 again!
And to top this, the announcement on November 6th, 2013 that Naruto: Shippuden is coming to Toonami in January 2014 - UNCUT!
At the crack of 2013, Toonami switched the colors of its title card borders from the traditional red to blue to pay tribute to its troubled past and reference this song from Cowboy Bebop- the one song that plays out the credits of the very last episode, where Spike collapses on a stairwell and delivers his Famous: "Bang.", another character played by Steve Blum, TOM's V.A. It acts as a stark reminder of how Toonami befell the same sad fate and collapsed once ... only to come back to life nearly four years later. It's proof Toonami is invested in its fans as much as they are in Toonami and they are grateful to us for helping bring back Toonami.
TOM: "Welcome to 2013, Toonami fans. When I start thinking about everything we've been through together, it makes me kind of... blue."
The Momocon 2013 Panel. Where they announced Rebuild of Evangelion 1.11 for their anniversary (March 17th), One Piece sometime down the road, and TOM 5.0 and new Absolution.
The new incarnation may have a sparse set, a cast of one, a parred-down crew and some money troubles, but all this just makes it more impressive that they have one new video a week and (as of 2013) a new introductory speech each week as well, which is a level of content production none of the older incarnations ever met.
Sara, Brent and Jason of Toonami set out to create "the best Evangelion promo ever made". They succeeded.
The return of IGPX.
May 2013 onward, Toonami is running the Big 3 shonenanimeBleach, Naruto (Part 1), and One Piece all together on the same block. This is the first time it's ever happened in the U.S., and it is awesome.
This occurrence is made even better with Naruto: Shippuden's Toonami premiere in January 2014, despite replacing Naruto (Part 1) in complementing Bleach and One Piece.
The return of Sara at the very beginning of the April 27th Broadcast. Her design is a throwback to the Oracular Head appearance she had in the TOM 2.0 era, a budget-saving move compared to her expensive full body design in the 3.0 era.
The debut of TOM 5.0, a blend of his 2.0 and 3.0 designs. He has the forearms lights of 2.0 but the build of 3.0. In a sense, he looks like a Darker and Edgier TOM, which is exactly appropriate for him, considering that he swears and talks maturely to the grown up audience from yesteryear.
The announcement at Anime Boston that Toonami will premiere Sword Art Online in August (later moved to July 27 to coincide with The Big O Season 2), not only because of the show itself, but also for diversity reasons. As of this writing, most of the shows Toonami has been airing are owned by either VIZ Media or Funimation, or leftover Bandai shows. The fact that Toonami will premiere Sword Art Online, which is licensed by Aniplex USA, proves that they're willing to work with companies other than the aforementioned VIZ and Funimation.
August 10th. Not only did thefirstfourshows get over a million viewers, but so did Sword Art Online, marking not only the first time that the show got over a million views, but also the first time that five shows on the block garnered over a million. Even more impressive, Sword Art Online managed to beat One Piece and Soul Eater in ratings. And did it TWICE in a row
When ThunderCats (2011) was still on, it sustained over a million views for some nights in a row, being the only western show to do so so far. It even surpassed Naruto in ratings once.
If you thought the promo for Evangelion 1.11 was awesome, then take a look at the promo for Evangelion 2.22.
The way Toonami handled the IGPX finale. To coincide with the finales of twoother shows that night, Toonami aired two episodes of IGPX (albeit taking Star Wars: The Clone Wars off of the lineup for one night), effectively making it the biggest and most epic finale that night. A fitting end for Toonami's first (and so far, only) original series.
And on the same night, Sword Art Online manages to gain a slight one; getting a near 70,000 viewer jump over the two programs before it and nearly 200,000 more viewers than the week before
Toonami would be handling the world premiere of the anticipated Space Dandy in the U.S., on January 4th, 2014, before it airs in Japan.
On January 4th, 2014, the block will be expanding by half an hour with Space Dandy kicking off the expanded block at 11:30 PM. Whether this expansion is permanent or is simply for Space Dandy's premiere isn't known, but for now, we'll eventually be getting an extra half-hour of Toonami.
FLCL may have been the big debut for the 26th of October, but Star Wars: The Clone Wars got awesome points for managing to gain about 50,000 over FLCL, despite being on the 3:00 'dead zone'
In fact, closer inspection shows this to be just the tail end of it. After debuting just 3,000 viewers behind IGPX, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has gotten more views than the program before it, (Bar movie nights and double IGPX finales) three weeks in a row, and had another streak for the two nights before IGPX's finale. True, between the two streaks was a back to back period when this was not true, but two of those weeks were not the block's best viewer wise.
12/7/13; AKIRA aired, and debuted the return of the Toonami Hyperspace Movie systems from the old Tom era, cooler than ever! The trailer they made for it, is probably the very best Toonami promo ever made.
December 14th. Not a single thing, overall, dropped below 600,000 that night (keep in mind that it's currently the holiday season, a time when television ratings start to dwindle). Summer Wars managed to maintain an average of 1,362,000 viewers, even more than Akira. There's also FLCL and Star Wars: The Clone Wars both maintaining 845,000 (which makes the decision to move the latter down to 5:00 AM even more confusing).
Not only did Space Dandy world Premiere on January 4th, but both Bleach and Shippuden were given classic Toonami 30 second bumps!
The announcement of The Intruder: Part 2 where Tom and Sara will once again do battle with The Creature who tried to hijack and destroy The Absolution. And not only that, the fans tagging their tweets with #intruder2 (in order to support how big the event will be), caused the tag to trend worldwide.
Blue Exorcist beating One Piece, its lineup predecessor at 1:00, TWICE. And in doing so only differing from its premiere night by 4000 viewers.
That same night, IGPX managed to pull over 500,000 viewers. Might not seem like much, but considering that IGPX usually pulls about 400,000 or less...
The same night; for the first time in ages, the first five series on the line up (At the moment Space Dandy, Bleach, Naruto Ship, One Piece and Blue Exorcist) pull over 1 million views, with Soul Eater just 4000 views from making it six. In addition, Naruto the original had over 90000 views, while Samuari Jack and Star Wars the Clone Wars gained over 100000 views from their general amount, with Clone Wars in particular having only 38000 less than Samurai Jack, a program an hour before it during the low end of the block's general view ratings.
May 10th, Toonami is coming to Gotham City as Toonami's first post revival super hero series. What makes this especially awesome is that DC Comics shows were thought to have been ineligible choices for Toonami for unknown reasons. The announcement for Beware the Batman more or less proves that theory wrong.
Right out of left field came the schedule for May 24th, with the Dragon Ball Z Movie Cooler's Revenge.