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Toonami Faithful Podcast Extra – Toonami Retrospective for 2008 and 2012: Death and Rebirth

Sketch and Paul are joined by CabooseJr and Chad Bonin to discuss Toonami’s final year on Cartoon Network and how it was reborn on Adult Swim.

Chad shares his memories from being at the very panel where Cartoon Network representatives announced that Toonami was cancelled and Paul shares his memories of the early Toonami Faithful movement in 2012.

Sketch also gives an overview of what was going on in the world of action animation during Toonami’s absence from American television as well as touching on how fandom kept the spirit of Toonami alive.

In case you were wondering, yes we will have retrospectives for 2013 and 2014 along with the first few months of 2015.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions of the participants of this podcast are not the views of ToonamiFaithful.Com or it’s affiliates, nor are they the views of Toonami, [adult swim], Williams Street, Turner or any other Time Warner property.

Your hosts this week are Sketch (Editor-In-Chief of and Paul Pescrillo (Founder of

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  • pattywagon

    I really enjoy this podcast. Sadly I was in the same camp as you guys because I didn’t watch Toonami at the time, I was a Sophmore in college in 2008, and I was busy and fell out of anime. When I rediscovered it full time again last year, then I was like, “Man, I really missed this stuff! I like how it’s a mix of my childhood has merged into something that appeals to me as an adult, and I forgot how much I love anime.” It’s why I constantly tweet, talk about it online, and even spread the word because it’s a weekly event for me.

    It’s a top notch program block by bringing anime to western audiences, and more importantly Toonami gives us more then anime form game reviews to motivational speeches. It’s something unique on TV, and my worries we were heading to a repeat of 2008 has been subsided with the “Pre-Flight podcast” to now airing a 24 encore stream on Saturdays. I hope the brand can continue to grow, and even evolve with an online counterpart like an [AS] Toonami stream on their website in addition to Saturday Nights.