NEWS: Dragon Ball Z: Kai and One Piece Marathons Planned for December 19th and 26th

Today on the Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that both Dragon Ball Z: Kai and One Piece will be getting special marathons on December 19th and 26th respectively. On another note, despite the 8:00 PM time slot returning on November 30th, the DBZ: Kai rerun slot won’t come back until January 2nd. Here are the schedules for those nights:

December 19th:

12:00 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #44

12:30 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #45

1:00 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #46

1:30 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #47

2:00 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #48

2:30 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #49

3:00 AM – Dragon Ball Z: Kai #50

December 26th: 

12:00 AM – One Piece #320

12:30 AM – One Piece #321

1:00 AM – One Piece #322

1:30 AM – One Piece #323

2:00 AM – One Piece #324

2:30 AM – One Piece #325

3:00 AM – One Piece #326

Based on the popular manga by Akira Toryama, Dragon Ball Z: Kai originally aired on April 4th, 2009, using remastered footage from the original 1989 series to create a more accurate representation of the manga series. The series went on a 97 episode run until 2011, when it was cancelled after the Cell Saga. On April 5th 2014, the show was picked up for one final 61 episode season to adapt the last arc of the manga. This season lasted until June 27th, 2015 before being replaced by the currently airing Dragon Ball Super. On American television, the show is licensed by FUNimation Entertainment and was run on Nicktoons from 2010 to 2013, as well as the CW from 2011-2014. Both networks eventually lost the rights to the show, and it now airs unedited every Saturday night at 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM EST on both regular Adult Swim and the Toonami block.

Based on Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga series, One Piece started airing on October 18th, 1999 and has been going strong in Japan ever since. Be it manga, anime, video games, and other merchandise, the series is a total juggernaut and is considered one of the most popular manga/anime series’ in Japan. In America, the show was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment in 2004, and ran on both FOX’s Saturday morning block and Cartoon Network’s Toonami block until 2007, when the rights were seized from 4Kids and handed to FUNimation Entertainment, who are still handling the series to this day. Because of this, a slightly edited version of FUNimation’s dub was aired on Toonami from 2007 until 2008, when the series was pulled due to the block’s low ratings at the time. The show wouldn’t be seen on American TV again until May of 2013, when the show returned to the Adult Swim Toonami block uncut, starting with the 207th episode. The series is still running on the block every Saturday night at 2:30 AM.

Are you excited for these marathons, or would you rather be blasted with both a Kamehame-ha and a Gum-Gum Pistol at the same time than watch those episodes again? Let us know in the comments below!

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