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At Midnight on April 1, 2012, just a few weeks after Toonami's 15th anniversary, Adult Swim, which generally changes its programming for April Fools' Day, began to play The Room (as they had the past several years). The scene then cut to TOM 3 aboard the GPS Absolution Mk. II, greeting the viewers with "Oh, Hi Adult Swim, I got the results of the test back, I definitely have April Fools", before introducing that week's scheduled episode of Bleach. The Toonami-related programming and bumps continued throughout the night.

The programming consisted of the regularly scheduled Bleach, as well as past Toonami series, such as: Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo!, Outlaw Star, The Big O, Yu Yu HakushoBlue Submarine No. 6, and Gigantor. Two series (Trigun and Astro Boy) which had previously appeared on Adult Swim but never on Toonami, were also shown. TOM also presented a video game review of Mass Effect 3 and promoted the recent DVD releases of the series featured.

The following day, Adult Swim posted a message on their Twitter page, simply stating, "Want it back? Let us know. #BringBackToonami". On April 4, Adult Swim followed up this tweet with one stating, "#BringBackToonami We've heard you. Thank you for your passion and interest - stay tuned." On April 8, Adult Swim aired 2 bumps about the Toonami tweets and answered with "[we're listening]" and "[we're looking into it]"

What started off as a clever April Fools stunt ultimately resulted in the rebirth of Toonami on Adult Swim on May 26, 2012.


  • 12:00 AM – Bleach – Episode 247: "Deceived Shinigami! The World Collapse Crisis"
  • 12:30 AM – Dragon Ball Z – Episode 191: "Save the World"
  • 1:00 AM – Gundam Wing – Episode 10: "Heero, Distracted by Defeat"
  • 1:30 AM – Tenchi Muyo! – Episode 19: "Z"
  • 2:10 AM – Outlaw Star – Episode 25: "Maze of Despair"
  • 2:45 AM – The Big O – Episode 1: "Roger the Negotiator"
  • 3:15 AM – Yu Yu Hakusho – Episode 110: "A Reason to Fight"
  • 3:45 AM – Blue Submarine No. 6 – Episode 1: "Blues"
  • 4:20 AM – Trigun – Episode 23: "Paradise"
  • 4:50 AM – Astro Boy – Episode 1: "Birth of Astro Boy"
  • 5:20 AM – Gigantor – Episode 3: "Sting of the Spider"


Toonami Events
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1999 Lunar EclipseDBZ20XLDBZ Triple FeatureZ-Day
2000 DBZ President's Day Movie MarathonFull CycleDBZ: Garlic Jr. Saga Mini-Marathon
2001 New Year's EvilVillaintine's DayPower to the PeopleMidnight Run: Special EditionZoids Cubed
2002 A Night of New Year's Eve-ilBatman VS. SupermanMobile Game Unit5 Year AnniversaryJoker's DayIn-Flight Movies: Pick-a-FlickHe-Man-athonTransformers: Armada MarathonSamurai Jack Marathon
2003 Zoids: Chaotic Century Final FourGiant Robot WeekDBZ: Best of BuuBest of KenshinDBZ Movies
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