It was unfortunately announced on Toonami Pre-Flight yesterday that Toonami will be saying farewell to One Piece on March 18th. It was also announced that Tokyo Ghoul will be joining Toonami on March 25th.
It was not confirmed if Tokyo Ghoul will be taking One Piece’s time slot. Toonami will be sending One Piece out in style and with a bang, check out the farewell tribute music video above that will be airing on Toonami tonight.
Jason DeMarco has stated that he is bummed about losing One Piece. He stated on twitter that he hates to lose one of the greatest shonen ever made but the decision had to be made. This decision was made because of ratings, cost, and many other factors he couldn’t say because of business and legal reasons. When asked if there was a chance One Piece could ever come back to the block or if it was gone for good Jason said “You never know”. Jason also said One Piece’s leaving the block had nothing to do with them acquiring Tokyo Ghoul.
(Updated 03/14 @ 5:00pm C/T): We have confirmed with Adult Swim via email that Tokyo Ghoul will be airing at 1:00am E/T on March 25th
pushing back Gundam Unicorn, Hunter X Hunter, and Naruto: Shippuden. The full schedules for March 18th and 25th are below.
(Updated 3/16 @1:20pm C/T): We have confirmed with Adult Swim via email that Tokyo Ghoul will be airing at 1:00am E/T on March 25th however Hunter X Hunter will remain at 1:30am E/T but Gundam Unicorn will air at 2:00am E/T and Shippuden will air at 2:30am E/T. The full schedules for March 18th and 25th are below.
Toonami Schedule for March 18th:
12:05AM – Dragon Ball Z Kai Episode 109 – “Restless Foreboding. A Mysterious Warrior Appears!
12:30AM – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Episode 21 – “A Hundred Against Two”
1:00AM – Gundam Unicorn Episode 11 – “Battle at Torrington”
1:30AM – Hunter x Hunter Episode 43 – “A x Shocking x Tragedy”
2:00AM – Naruto: Shippuden Episode 150 – “The Forbidden Jutsu Released”
2:30AM – One Piece Episode 384 – “Brook’s Hard Struggle – The Difficult Path of Becoming a True Comrade”
3:00AM – Ghost in the Shell Episode 7 – “Idolator”
Toonami Schedule for March 25th:
11:00PM – Samurai Jack Season 5 Episode 3 – “XCIV”
11:30PM – Dragon Ball Super Episode 12 – “The Universe Is Collapsing! The God of Destruction and Super Saiyan God Clash”
12:00AM – Sand Whale and Me Episode 2 – “Search and Destroy”
12:05AM – Dragon Ball Z Kai Episode 110 – “What Happened, Piccolo? An Unexpected Outcome in the First Round”
12:30AM – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Episode 22 – “A True Warrior”
1:00AM – Tokyo Ghoul Episode 1 – “Tragedy”
1:30AM – Hunter x Hunter Episode 44 – “Buildup x to a x Fierce Battle”
2:00AM – Gundam Unicorn Episode 12 – “A Private War”
2:30AM – Naruto: Shippuden Episode 151 – “Master and Student”
3:00AM – Ghost in the Shell Episode 8 – “Missing Hearts”
Some people are disappointed (including myself) and some are overly excited about One Piece leaving the block, please act civil about it there is no reason to be rude, obnoxious, and disrespectful about it toward other people. Also please don’t curse Jason or the rest of the Toonami crew out I understand people are upset but acting like that is certainly not going to help bring it back. Jason said that they did not want to get rid One Piece but unfortunately they had to but maybe one day it might return never say never. And to the people who are happy that it is leaving I get you don’t like the show you have the right to your opinion and I respect your opinion. However you don’t have the right to go attack other people rubbing it in their faces. To the people who are upset about One Piece leaving the same goes for you as well if someone states on their twitter that they are happy about it that doesn’t give you the right to attack them either. Everyone has a right to their opinion whether you agree or disagree with it and this isn’t the end of the world.
One Piece is leaving Toonami but the show itself won’t be ending you can still watch it on Funimation or purchase the Blu-ray/DVD sets.