"[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.
"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."