Quotes: Steve Blum
"[Toonami] was such an amazing ride for me, and it was funny because I did TOM for many, many years and…the day that that ended, I just didn’t realize how attached I’d become to him… I really got maybe a week or two notice before Toonami decided to fold, we literally cried in the studio…and the amazing thing was that afterward… I went to a convention… and a lot of people came up to me and said that Toonami was a really big part of their childhood, and that was just something that didn’t occur to me. People grew up with TOM. TOM really was a huge part of my life for a very long time and I miss him…really badly. The only way something like that could be resurrected is if people write in and enough people make enough noise."
—Steve Blum, in a panel during Saboten-Con 2009.
"I'm going to address this once and move on. Sad that I even need to. Piracy does affect the business - in all areas of entertainment. Those of you who so vehemently dispute this fact are obviously breaking federal law and intending to continue this trend with no regard for the damage you cause real people - some who have sacrificed everything to produce the products you steal. I wish you the best of luck building a career based on entitlement. Please allow us to pay our respects to a company that was one of the primary building blocks for the anime industry in America. Thank you, Bandai, for one helluva ride. Bang."
— Steve Blum on the closing down of Bandai Entertainment, January 2012
"For the record... My quest to #BringBackToonami is not about a job. It's profoundly personal for me. Anime has been decimated through the years. I am fighting to preserve this incredible art form for future generations and on behalf of those who have not yet found their voice. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Anime, those who create it, perform it, promote it and enjoy it. I love all of you and thank you for joining me in this journey. I am humbled and grateful to be part of this movement."
"I still do some free stuff from time to time. I'll do some PSAs [...] and I'll put just as much if not more of myself into those than I do for the highest-paying gigs. And even anime in these days; it doesn't pay the bills, you can't survive off of it; but I love working in that environment, I love the people that I'm working with in that environment, I love the passion that people have for anime and I love the fans."