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Blade Runner: Black Lotus Invades Toonami November 13

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If you’ve been viewing any commercial break on Adult Swim over the last month, then you know Blade Runner: Black Lotus is premiering on Toonami this weekend. And if you’ve been regularly reading this website, you knew that fact way before then (convenient, isn’t it?) The question is what it’s going to do to Toonami’s schedule.

The schedule is in a weird place right now because My Hero Academia just finished its latest season and the next one won’t be available for a while. Other shows have ended and been replaced with nothing (Black Clover’s old spot, for now, is full of Fena repeats). The schedule has changed wildly over the past month, giving itself up to marathons of DC cartoons — which has happened before, but not for several weeks in a row. Here’s how the Toonami schedule looks for November 13:

12:00AM – Blade Runner: Black Lotus
12:30AM – Blade Runner: Black Lotus
01:00AM – Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
01:30AM – Food Wars S4
02:00AM – Naruto: Shippuden
02:30AM – Fena: Pirate Princess
03:00AM – Dr. Stone S2
03:30AM – Dragon Ball Super

Blade Runner will premiere with the first two episodes in a row. That’s all well and good, but what will they do the following week? Surely they’ll have to put a different series in the 12:30 slot, right?

Well…here’s the November 20 schedule:

12:00AM – Blade Runner: Black Lotus
12:30AM – Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
01:00AM – Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
01:30AM – Food Wars S4
02:00AM – Naruto: Shippuden
02:30AM – Fena: Pirate Princess
03:00AM – Dr. Stone S2
03:30AM – Dragon Ball Super

Do you get the sense they’re stalling for time? Like there’s a show they’re trying to get but can’t have just yet? We’re just speculating here without information. The November 27 schedule is still unknown, but we do know what Toonami is showing on November 26. And that’s not a typo…

Yes, it’s two Toonami Firsts in one: their first Adult Swim appearance on a Friday, and their first airing of a live-action movie (feel free to correct me if they ever did this on CN). Blade Runner 2049 will air on AS with Toonami branding Thanksgiving weekend, followed by repeats of episodes 1 through 3 of Black Lotus (the tweet says 2 through 4, but that’s a typo).

The proper Saturday Toonami schedule for the following day is still unknown. But we’re rolling into the holidays and an excuse to do marathons, so it wouldn’t shock us if the remainder of the 2021 schedule is nothing but stalling mechanisms (and Black Lotus premieres). We’ll let you know.