Toonami to air Harley Quinn marathon on August 8, My Hero Academia and Food Wars doubleheaders on July 31

Last Updated on by Daniel Limjoco

Toonami will showcase doubleheaders of My Hero Academia and Food Wars on July 31, followed a week later by a marathon of Harley Quinn Season 1 on August 8 to commemorate the release of The Suicide Squad.

With the season finale of Dr. Stone approaching within the next two weeks, Toonami will be seeing some changes within the coming weeks, including the addition of the DC animated show Harley Quinn for one night this coming August 8th.

On July 31, the week following Dr Stone’s season finale on July 24, Toonami will have doubleheaders of My Hero Academia from midnight to 1 am, as well as Food Wars from 1:30-2:30 am. It’s unclear if both episodes of both series will be new episodes, or will be a rerun of the previous week’s episode followed by a premiere.

While the reason for a double dose of My Hero Academia is because the show that will be replacing Dr. Stone on the lineup will not be ready to premiere just yet, the hour of Food Wars will be due to Black Clover taking a mini-hiatus from the lineup. While the situation regarding Black Clover wasn’t officially mentioned by Toonami, as we have seen with other Funimation SimulDubs that have aired on Toonami, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in the productions, and the mini-hiatus should allow the dubbing crew at Funimation some more time for the dub’s production.

The following week on August 8, Toonami will be airing a marathon night of the DC Universe series Harley Quinn. The block will air all 13 episodes of the first season from 10:30 pm – 5:00 am. This marathon will be done in part for advertising the upcoming DC live-action film The Suicide Squad, which will premiere in theaters around the United States and simultaneously streaming on HBO Max three days before the marathon on August 5, 2021.

The official description of Harley Quinn is as follows:

Harley Quinn has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this half-hour adult animated action-comedy series.  The series features Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe.

Harley Quinn first premiered on the former DC Universe streaming service, with all 13 episodes of the first season being released between November 29, 2019 to February 21, 2020. A second season, also 13 episodes in length, was released from April 3 – June 26, 2020. DC Universe was merged into HBO Max earlier this year, with both seasons (and any prospective future seasons) now available streaming on the WarnerMedia service.

Through the past year, Toonami has aired several DC animated films to commemorate major releases from DC Comics. Last August, Batman: Year One, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Gotham Knight aired as part of the DC FanDome virtual convention. Several months later on December 19, Toonami aired the films Wonder Woman: Bloodlines and Justice League: The New Frontier to commemorate the release of the film Wonder Woman 1984.

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Daniel Limjoco

Editor of the “Toonami Trending Rundown” a weekly article cataloging Toonami’s social media impact. News editor and social media curator for Toonami Squad. Former news editor and social media curator to from 2013-2021.