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So, you like Toonami, huh? Well I've got news for you: So do I. When I was a kid, I lived in Indiana. I would come home from my shitty school to deal with my shitty friends and life was complete shit. I had one really rich friend who's parents didn't like me playing with because they thought I'd go nuts and steal his shit. He had a lot of really intricate Digimon toys. Then I had a friend who had a shitload of Gundam Wing trading cards. I had no idea those even existed. And then I had a friend who was poorer than me.
Life was BULLSHIT. So how did I spend it? Not killing cats, if my psychiatrist asks. NO! I was at home, in my awesome as shit bedroom chilling out with TOM. That's right, I was spending my time, not playing with "video games" or looking at boobs in my dads old Playboys, fuck that. I was watching people power up for 30 episodes and people enter spirit tournaments and stab each other with their imaginary sword abilities. I was watching kids not that much older than me enter into bipedal war machines capable of bringing more harm down on an individual then all World Wars combined. I was living.
So what happens next is, I spend all my time buying shit I see on TV, be it badass little Gundam toys, Mobile Suit Gundam: Journey To Jaburo and all the other spices of life. As I grew older, so did Toonami. Me and Tom both had some hardships, with him being killed a bunch and whatnot. It was a metaphor; in order to win, we must lose. In order to grow, you must shed your wings and fly. And fly he did! Fly we both did.
Toonami grew up fast and Toonami grew up hard. With shows like Dragonball Z Uncut going about, it was becoming something else, while staying the same. It was something I loved, it was something many loved. It was growing up with us. It wasn't some guy behind the scenes, making sure it stayed the same for that same agegroup! No! It was someone who was capable of sentient thought! Intelligence! The Toonami kids were growing up, and we had to find things for them quick! Well, as this happened, it was appealing to one group too much. No longer could any random child feast his eyes on the virtual goodies brought before all of us. Their parents say "Too violent", the teachers say "Too imaginative!", the government says "Too chaotic". And it was with those words, those failing ratings that Toonami began to fall out of grace. Not with us, the core fanbase, the fanbase that was there from the get-go... no, it was something worse! It couldn't appeal to CHILDREN! So it changed, Tom changed, the content changed, and here we were, wondering where Toonami went.
"Tom! Tom where did you go!", but he was gone. He was absent from our cries. Cartoon Network boarded his ship and laid siege to him, a prisoner of the past. As he lay locked away in carbonite for years, we sauntered forward with our mundane life. We took it for what it was worth and never got an answer to why Tom had to go.
Our friend was gone. Our show was gone. Our childhood was gone.
Until last night. At approximately 12:00 AM Eastern Pacific time, Adult Swim did the unthinkable; it resurrected TOM! It was him, but it wasn't him from the past, no! It was him from the present! Tom, reviewing Mass Effect 3, swearing! He was back! Not only was he back in some pussy ass family friendly format, he was just like us! The virtual man we had spent our childhood growing up alongside, he was back!
But it was with heavy heart to learn the truth... Tom was not back, not yet. He was merely an April Fools joke to remind us of the time long ago... It was in a nonchalant act of defiance that Adult Swim was able to bring our friend back from beyond the grave. The buzz was enough to implode the earth around us, as our very own forums were able to have a thread that quickly generated three thousand views in mere hours.
Of course, all was not doom and gloom! As Tom voice actor Steven J. Blum had been pointing out to us all day on the internet; it's not up to him, but Cartoon Network would LOVE to know about any feedback you have to offer on the matter. We can move mountains. Build bridges. Unite Galaxies. But today may be the hardest movement in our life... the movement to BRING BACK TOONAMI!
THAT'S RIGHT GIANT BOMB. WE'VE SHOWN THEM WE CARE, NOW IT'S TIME TO SHOW THEM WE'RE READY TO FIGHT FOR IT! And by fighting I mean casually visiting a link at the bottom of this thread and issuing your opinion on Toonami. I've already sent mine, where's yours!?
That's right, brothers and sisters. It is this easy. We must simply visit THIS LINK, select "programming", "Toonami" and then write up our opinions on Toonami. Last night was the buffer we needed to remind the world that Toonami IS STILL RELEVANT! Toonami is still popular! And Toonami is still loved!! Need more proof?
In about ONE HOUR, Steven J. Blum, the voice actor behind characters like, Spike Spiegel, Roger Smith, and Garcia Hotspur and of course, our very own TOM, was able to generate 532 likes, 137 comments, and 145 shares! His word is spreading like a venereal disease through a a hooker. AND THAT'S JUST ONE SITE. Imagine what will happen when our forces combine! Captain Planet? I don't think so, but Toonami for certain!
Stand together, brothers and sisters and remember to visit http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/feedback/, select "programming", "Toonami" and write your feedback about what Toonami means for not just you, but for us. And if you so care to join our cause, remember to sport the colors of the Toonami Movement, in the form of an avatar which I have attached below.
YOUR VOICE CAN BE HEARD. I URGE YOU, IF YOU CARE ABOUT TOONAMI, PLEASE, SEND YOUR FEEDBACK TO CARTOON NETWORK. YOU HEARD IT FROM THE VOICE ACTOR HIMSELF, THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO START! TODAY, TOONAMI, TOMORROW, THE WORLD! TAKE. TOONAMI. BACK.