Cartoon Network Block
|March 17, 1997|
|September 20, 2008|
|1 hour (2000–2003 Midnight Run)|
2 hours (1997–2000, 2002–2004, 2007–2008)
3 hours (2000–2002) (2000 Rising Sun) (2001–2003 Super Saturday)
4 hours (2004–2007)
5 hours (1999–2000 Midnight Run)
Kids' WB! Block
|July 30, 2001|
|June 30, 2002|
|2 hours (2001–2002)|
Adult Swim Block
|May 26, 2012|
3 1/2 hours (2015–2016)
Toonami is an animated programming block that formerly aired on Cartoon Network, and currently airs on Adult Swim, geared toward action animation, mostly consisting of American cartoons and Japanese anime. The name is a combination of the words cartoon and tsunami, suggesting that the block is a "tidal wave" of animated shows. The block originated in the US on March 17, 1997 and served as Cartoon Network's primary action-animation block until September 20, 2008. Toonami was revived on Saturday, May 26, 2012, as a more mature incarnation on Adult Swim.
Pre-LaunchIn 1996, Sean Akins was asked by Cartoon Network executive, Mike Lazzo to create a new action animation block for the network. Akins enlisted his friend Jason DeMarco to help him and together, with the help of several other individuals, they created what eventually became the Toonami block.
The weekend before the launch of Toonami (March 15-16), Cartoon Network held a two day marathon of action cartoons and titled the weekend, Superheroes Weekend. The weekend featured the Super Friends, a show that would eventually wind up on the Toonami block, and SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, a show that never appeared on Toonami. During the weekend there were also several sneak peeks of the Toonami block.
Early YearsSpace Ghost villain-turned-producer Moltar from the Ghost Planet Industries building from 1997 to July 9, 1999.
In the animated world, Moltar began the program by sending his mobile satellite probe, Clyde 49, to earth to retrieve data and transmit it through the Ghost Planet Studio, where Space Ghost: Coast to Coast was broadcast.
ExpansionIn 1999, Moltar was replaced as the host of Toonami by an A.I. named TOM, who was given the Ghost Planet vessel, GPS Absolution Mk. I, to travel through the universe and continue Moltar's work. TOM's first appearance as host actually came during Toonami's very first Midnight Run broadcast, which started at 11:55 p.m. ET on July 10, 1999.
With TOM in the driver's seat, Toonami began reaching out in new and unexpected programming and added several additional programming blocks (Midnight Run, Rising Sun, Super Saturday). In 2000, Toonami premiered the first Total Immersion Event, The Intruder, in which an Intruder ate into the Absolution and killed TOM, leaving his successor, TOM 2 to take over and rid the vessel of the intruder. TOM's faithful companion, SARA, was also introduced during the event. On July 3, 2000 Toonami expanded by an additional hour, running for 3 hours from 4-7 PM.
On May 14, 2001, the Toonami block lost the 4-5 PM hour in preparation for the premiere of the Toonami block on Kids' WB on July 30, 2001.
From July 30, 2001 until June 30, 2002 Kids' WB aired a Toonami block that was, more or less, the Kids' WB lineup with the Toonami name. It was critically panned by industry observers and fans, who noticed the action branding of the block did not translate content wise, which had added shows like Scooby-Doo and The Nightmare Room, a live-action series created by Goosebumps author R. L. Stine. In Spring 2002, Kids' WB announced that they would drop the Toonami name from their weekday lineup, once again making the Toonami brand exclusive to Cartoon Network.
Post Kids' WB Toonami
On June 3, 2002 Toonami regained the 4-5 PM hour. From August to the middle of September, Toonami hosted Hyper Space Movies on Fridays, but the Absolution got Trapped in Hyperspace due to a computer virus named Swayzak.
In March 2003, an online Toonami comic titled Endgame was released. In the comic, the Absolution was destroyed and SARA taken from it. TOM was also destroyed, but was rebuilt into a new body (referred to as TOM 3) and rescued SARA, building a new ship from scrap, dubbed the GPS Absolution Mk. II. On March 17, 2003 TOM 3 began hosting Toonami and the block was shortened once again, losing the 4-5 PM hour.
Toonami Rules Saturday Nights
On April 17, 2004, Cartoon Network moved Toonami from weekday afternoons to Saturday evenings, airing from 7-11 PM, aimed at a preteen and teen audience. Cartoon Network also added a new lighter-toned action/comedy hybrid block, Miguzi, to weekday afternoons in place of Toonami.
Toonami also replaced the block known as Saturday Video Entertainment System. One big reason for the move from weekdays to Saturday nights was the fact that some of the shows on the weekday lineup (such as Yu Yu Hakusho, Cyborg 009, and Rurouni Kenshin) became too violent for a weekday afternoon broadcast on the network.
3.17.07 (Toonami's 10th anniversary)
On March 17, 2007, Toonami celebrated its 10th anniversary with the introduction of TOM 4, and the jungle control room called Flowus 3 with a trio of new robots- Flash, D and a new Clyde. There were also numerous montages celebrating the block's history.
The montages included a look at past hosts, former logos, and a decade's worth of clips and voiceovers from shows that aired on Toonami. There were a total of 4 montages, all of them having different clips.
As part of the anniversary (and to coincide with Cartoon Network's March Movie Madness event), Toonami planned a month of movies:
- March 3 - The Invincible Iron Man
- March 10 - Stan Lee Presents: Mosaic
- March 17 - Hellboy: Blood and Iron
- March 24 - Stan Lee Presents: The Condor
- March 31 - Spirited Away and Teen Titans: Trouble In Tokyo
On October 13, 2007, Toonami was shortened from 4 hours to just 2 hours, airing from 9-11 PM.
On Saturday morning, September 20, 2008, at the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Cartoon Network announced that they had canceled the Toonami block due to low ratings. Toonami then aired its final transmission that same evening. Employees who worked on the block moved to other parts of the Cartoon Network or Adult Swim. Anime was mostly handled by Adult Swim, which on that same day, was deemed by Cartoon Network to be the new "main source for anime." Action cartoons were mostly handled by a then-new programming block titled "You Are Here", and a then-new block titled "Action Flicks" replaced Toonami on Saturday nights. Toonami Jetstream remained without the Toonami name until January 2009. At the end of Toonami's final airing, the host, voiced by Steve Blum, ended the block with a final monologue simply reading:
Flash and D were then seen in the Flowus 3 broadcast station, pushing buttons one final time to initiate the permanent shutdown sequence and a countdown clock, that ticked down the seconds to Flowus 3's shutdown. Flash and D then join together, do a fist bump, and leave the station. The last part, which was spoken as soon as TOM jumped from the Flowus 3 broadcast station one final time to blast off into the sunset, echoed the final words of the character Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, who was also voiced by Steve Blum in the English dub of the anime. After that, all traces of Toonami, including the Toonami name and mascot were all but completely phased out from mainstream television airwaves and online websites from 2008 until 2012.
On midnight of April 1, 2012, just past Toonami's 15th anniversary, Adult Swim, which generally changes its programming for April Fools' Day, began to play The Room (as they had done the past several years). The scene then switched to TOM (in an updated version of his third incarnation) aboard the Absolution, greeting the viewers while commenting on April Fools' Day, before introducing that week's scheduled episode of Bleach. The Toonami-related programming and bumpers continued throughout the night, featuring Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo!, Outlaw Star, The Big O, Yu Yu Hakusho, Blue Submarine No. 6, and Gigantor. Trigun and Astro Boy, two series that were never shown on the original Toonami, were also shown. TOM also presented a review of "Mass Effect 3" and promoted the recent DVD releases of the series shown that night.
On May 16, 2012, Adult Swim posted a message on Facebook announcing that Toonami would return on May 26, with a similar message on Twitter, ending with #ToonamisBackBitches. The network issued a press release later that day confirming the block's revival as a Saturday late night block. Toonami made its return on May 26, 2012, after a four-year hiatus from mainstream television airwaves, with all new bumpers, game reviews and an updated animation of TOM. This midnight timeslot block features more mature programming than any of its predecessors. The initial lineup continued some of the Adult Swim Saturday anime block programs and premiered two new shows, Deadman Wonderland and Casshern Sins.
On September 26, it was announced that the 3-6AM time period formerly used to repeat the Toonami block would be replaced with two episodes (1 hour) each of Cowboy Bebop, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. This new schedule began on October 6, 2012.
On January 5, 2013, Toonami changed its color scheme from dark red to blue after using the blue scheme to introduce Inuyasha on November 3.
During Momocon 2013, the Toonami staff unveiled designs for a TOM 5 and a new Absolution, and announced a look overhaul (New logo, schedule bumps, etc.) which will all debut in april. Toonami also announced that they would air Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone on the block's anniversary March 17, and One Piece would be added to the lineup some time in 2013. The color scheme changed to green on March 17, for one day, for Toonami's birthday celebration (and St. Patrick's Day), though on the official Toonami Tumblr, they said the change to green had nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day.
On March 26, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that TOM 5, the GPS Absolution Mk. III, and the new look of the block, will premiere on April 27. It was also announced that the formerly written off Toonami original series IGPX has been brought back to Toonami.
TOM 5 Era
On April 27, 2013, IGPX, TOM 5, The GPS Absolution Mk. III, and the new look of the block (logo, bumps, etc.) made their scheduled premiere along with the surprise return of the Absolution's A.I. Matrix, SARA, redesigned and now voiced by Dana Swanson.
On June 27, 2013, it was announced on the official Toonami Tumblr that after July 20th Toonami will no longer hold the rights to Thundercats (2011), so it will not be coming back to the block.
On October 25, 2013, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that Toonami would be expanded by half an hour, making it a 6 1/2 hour block and would start at 11:30 PM on January 4, 2014. It was also announced that Space Dandy would be making its world television premiere on Toonami on January 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM.
On November 15, 2013, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that December would be a month of movies, with Toonami airing 4 movies over 4 weeks.
The scheduled movies were:
- Akira - December 7, 2013
- Summer Wars - December 14, 2013
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa - December 21, 2013
- Trigun: Badlands Rumble - December 28, 2013
On February 5, 2014, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that The Intruder II, the sequel to the original Toonami Total Immersion Event, The Intruder, was in development for a 2015 premiere.
On April 5, 2014, the block received a surprise look (logo, font, bumps, etc.) upgrade.
On August 15, 2014, on the official Toonami Tumblr it was announced that there would be an Attack on Titan marathon on August 30th from 12-6 AM.
On September 22, 2014, on the official Toonami Tumbler it was announced that Beware the Batman and Sym-Bionic Titan had been written off by Cartoon Network and will never appear on Toonami again. It was also announced that the final 7 episodes of Beware the Batman would air on September 27th from 2:30-6:00 AM.
On November 8, 2014 on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that December would be another month of movies, with Toonami airing 6 movies over 4 weeks as well as the final 2 episodes of Hellsing Ultimate.
The scheduled movies were:
- Hellsing Ultimate (Episode 9) - December 6, 2014
- Summer Wars - December 6, 2014
- Hellsing Ultimate (Episode 10) - December 13, 2014
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos - December 13, 2014
- Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan - December 20, 2014
- Akira - December 20, 2014
- Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone - December 27, 2014
- Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance - December 27, 2014
On January 23, 2015 on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that Toonami would be losing the 5-6 AM hour. Just a few days later, on January 27th, it was announced that Toonami would be shortened to a 3.5 hour block (12:00-3:30 AM).
On November 7, 2015, the 7 episode Toonami Total Immersion Event, The Intruder II began. On December 19, 2015, with the conclusion of The Intruder II, Toonami received a look overhaul, including a new broadcast station from Shogo 162 and new bumpers.
On March 24, 2016, it was announced that a second and third season of FLCL would be co-produced by Adult Swim and Production I.G., with the new seasons to air on Toonami.
On May 28, 2016, it was announced that Toonami would air a half hour earlier, running from 11:30 PM to 3:00 AM, beginning on June 4th. On September 21st, Adult Swim was pushed back an hour, thus starting at 9:00 PM, per the network's yearly tradition, causing Toonami to be pushed back by half an hour, starting at 12:00 AM, effective on October 1st.
On July 1, 2016, it was announced that a new micro-series directed by Mamoru Oshii, coproduced by Adult Swim and Production I.G, would premiere in March of 2017, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Toonami. The series will be the first subtitled property to air on the Toonami block. It was later announced that the series would be titled: Sand Whale and Me.
On November 5, 2016, the 4 episode Toonami Total Immersion Event, The Intruder III began. On November 26, 2016, with the conclusion of The Intruder III, Toonami received a look overhaul, including a new broadcast station, the Vindication, and new bumpers.
On January 7, 2017, the 11:30 PM-12 AM time slot was added to the block, lengthening Toonami to 4 hours. On March 11, 2017, the 11-11:30 PM time slot was added to the block, lengthening Toonami to 4.5 hours. The fifth and final season of Samurai Jack also premiered on March 11th, at 11:00 PM. After July 1, 2017, Toonami lost the 11:00-11:30 PM time slot. However, on July 29, 2017, the 11:00-11:30 PM time slot returned. On September 9, 2017, the 3:30-4:00 AM time slot was added to the block, lengthening Toonami to 5 hours.
- Jason DeMarco (1997-2008; 2012-present)
- Gill Austin (1997-2008; 2012-present)
- Mike Lazzo (1997-2008; 2012-present)
- Jonny Rej (1998-2008; 2012-present)
- Steve Blum (2000-2008; 2012-present)
- Dennis Moloney (2000-2008; 2012-present)
- Sara Hardy (2002-2008; 2012-present)
- Brent Busby (2005-2008; 2012-present)
- Chris Hartley (2012-present)
- Howard Parker (2012-present)
- Kim Manning (2012-present)
- Dana Swanson (2013-present)
- Shawn Moore (2014-present)
- Sean Akins (1997-2008)
- Michael Cahill (1997-2002)
- C. Martin Croker (1997-1999)
- Randall Lane (1997-1998)
- Tommy Guerrero (1997-1999)
- Joe Boyd Vigil (1999-2002)
- Peter Cullen (1999-2008)
- Sonny Strait (1999-2000; 2015)
- Sally Timms (2000-2007)
- Mike Terrell (2004-2008)
- Julia Merrill (2005-2008)
- Tom Kenny (2007-2008)
- Dave Wittenberg (2007-2008)
Toonami has played host to many cartoons over its years on the air, broadcasting both american action cartoon series and japanese anime series.
Toonami Series (1997-2008)
The following is a list of series that appeared on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from March 17, 1997 to September 20, 2008.
Toonami Series (2012-Present)
The following is a list of the series that have appeared on Adult Swim's Toonami block since May 26, 2012.
Note: The dates under "End Date" are the last time the series appeared on Toonami. Some series had multiple runs that were not always consecutive.
No. of Episodes
|1||Bleach||May 26, 2012||January 31, 2015||366 (only 113 aired)|
|2||Deadman Wonderland||May 26, 2012||March 21, 2015||12|
|3||Casshern Sins||May 26, 2012||November 3, 2012||24|
|4||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood||May 26, 2012||December 13, 2014||64|
|5||Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG||May 26, 2012||Present||26|
|6||Cowboy Bebop||May 26, 2012||Present||26|
|7||Samurai 7||August 18, 2012||February 9, 2013||26|
|8||Eureka 7||August 18, 2012||August 10, 2013||50|
|9||Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex||August 18, 2012||August 12, 2017||26|
|10||Sym-Bionic Titan||October 6, 2012||July 20, 2014||20|
|11||ThunderCats (2011 Series)||October 6, 2012||July 20, 2013||26|
|12||InuYasha||November 3, 2012||March 1, 2014||167 (only 127 aired)|
|13||Tenchi Muyo! GXP||November 10, 2012||May 11, 2013||26|
|14||Naruto||December 1, 2012||September 6, 2014||220|
|15||Soul Eater||February 16, 2013||March 15, 2014||51|
|16||IGPX||April 27, 2013||January 31, 2015||26|
|17||One Piece||May 18, 2013||March 18, 2017||Ongoing (only 178 aired)|
|18||Sword Art Online||July 27, 2013||February 15, 2014||25|
|19||The Big O: Season 2||July 27, 2013||December 27, 2014||13|
|20||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||August 17, 2013||September 20, 2014||108 (only 56 aired)|
|21||FLCL||October 26, 2013||January 25, 2014||6|
|22||King Star King||November 2, 2013||November 2, 2013||7 (only 1 aired)|
|23||Korgoth of Barbaria||November 2, 2013||November 2, 2013||1|
|24||Space Dandy||January 4, 2014||January 31, 2015||26|
|25||Naruto Shippuden||January 4, 2014||Present||500|
|26||Samurai Jack||February 1, 2014||June 24, 2017||62|
|27||Blue Exorcist||February 22, 2014||August 9, 2014||25|
|28||Black Lagoon||March 22, 2014||September 6, 2014||24|
|29||Attack on Titan||May 3, 2014||October 14, 2017||37|
|30||Beware the Batman||May 10, 2014||September 27, 2014||26|
|31||Gurren Lagann||August 16, 2014||March 21, 2015||27|
|32||Hellsing Ultimate||September 13, 2014||November 8, 2014||10|
|33||Dragon Ball Z Kai||November 8, 2014||Present||159|
|34||InuYasha: The Final Act||November 15, 2014||June 13, 2015||26|
|35||Kill la Kill||February 7, 2015||April 9, 2016||24|
|36||Sword Art Online II||March 28, 2015||September 26, 2015||24|
|37||Michiko & Hatchin||June 20, 2015||December 12, 2015||22|
|38||Akame ga Kill!||August 8, 2015||February 20, 2016||24|
|39||Parasyte -the maxim-||October 3, 2015||October 1, 2016||24|
|40||Samurai Champloo||January 2, 2016||July 9, 2016||26|
|41||Dimension W||February 27, 2016||May 14, 2016||12|
|42||Hunter x Hunter||April 16, 2016||Present||148|
|43|| Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded|
|June 4, 2016||Present||50|
|44||One Punch Man||July 16, 2016||January 28, 2017||12|
|45||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure||October 15, 2016||Present||Ongoing|
|46||Dragon Ball Super||January 7, 2017||Present||Ongoing|
|47||Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096||January 7, 2017||June 10, 2017||22|
|48||Sand Whale and Me||March 18, 2017||April 15, 2017||5|
|49||Tokyo Ghoul||March 25, 2017||September 30, 2017||24|
|50||Lupin the Third: The Italian Adventure||June 17, 2017||Present||26|
|51||Outlaw Star||August 19, 2017||Present||26|
|52||Black Clover||December 2, 2017||Present||51|
Toonami Movies (1997-2008)
The following is a list of movies that appeared on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from March 17, 1997 to September 20, 2008.
Toonami Movies (2012-Present)
The following is a list of movies that have appeared on Adult Swim's Toonami block since May 26, 2012.
|1||Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone||March 17, 2013|
|2||Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance||August 31, 2013|
|3||Kick-Heart||August 31, 2013|
|4||Akira||December 7, 2013|
|5||Summer Wars||December 14, 2013|
|6||Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa||December 21, 2013|
|7||Trigun: Badlands Rumble||December 28, 2013|
|8||Batman: Strange Days||May 10, 2014|
|9||Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge||May 24, 2014|
|10||Batman Beyond: Batman 75th Anniversary Short||August 2, 2014|
|11||The Birth of Captain Murphy||August 23, 2014|
|12||Zurtrun||August 30, 2014|
|13||Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos||December 13, 2014|
|14||Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan||December 20, 2014|
|15||Children Who Chase Lost Voices||November 5, 2016|
|16||Scavengers||December 24, 2016|
|17||Shelter||December 31, 2016|
Toonami Reactor Exclusive Series
No. of Episodes
|1||Star Blazers||April 30, 2001||March 2002||77|
|2||Harlock Saga||November 14, 2001||March 2002||6|
|3||Record of Lodoss War||November 14, 2001||March 2002||13|
|4||Patlabor||February 18, 2002||March 2002||47|
Toonami Jetstream Exclusive Series
No. of Episodes
|1||Hikaru no Go||July 14, 2006||January 30, 2009||75|
|2||Pokemon||October 9, 2006||January 30, 2009||Ongoing|
|3||Eyeshield 21||December 17, 2007||January 30, 2009||145|
|4||Transformers: Animated||February 15, 2008||January 30, 2009||42|
|5||Kiba||July 14, 2008||January 30, 2009||51|
Giant Robot Week Exclusive Series
No. of Episodes
|1||Martian Successor Nadesico||February 24, 2003||February 26, 2003||26 (only 3 shown)|
|2||Gigantor||February 24, 2003||February 28, 2003||52|
|3||Neon Genesis Evangelion||February 24, 2003||February 25, 2003||26 (only 2 shown)|
|4||Dai-Guard||February 27, 2003||February 28, 2003||26 (only 2 shown)|
Toonami April Fools 2012 Exclusive Series
No. of Episodes
|1||Trigun||April 1, 2012||26 (only 1 shown)|
|2||Astro Boy||April 1, 2012||193 (only 1 shown)|
|3||Gigantor||April 1, 2012||52 (only 1 shown)|
Toonami: Midnight Run
- Main article: Toonami: Midnight Run
Toonami: Midnight Run was a Toonami programming block that aired from 1999-2003. Initially from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM on Saturdays from 1999 to 2000. It was then moved to weekdays and ran from 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM until its cancellation in 2003. It consisted of series such as Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star, and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, among others. Midnight Run tended to have slightly more blood and violence than its day-time counterpart, at one point even running an uncut version of Gundam Wing.
Toonami: Rising Sun
- Main article: Toonami: Rising Sun
Toonami: Rising Sun was a Saturday morning Toonami programming block that started and ended in 2000. The Rising Sun initially aired from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, but later was moved back an hour and aired from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. It consisted of series such as Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, Batman: The Animated Series, and Ronin Warriors, among others. The Rising Sun was somewhat hampered to avoid competing with sister network Kids WB, ultimately leading to its cancellation. However, in 2002, an hour long Rising Sun block was aired on Sundays from 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM, consisting only of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series.
Toonami: Super Saturday
- Main article: Toonami: Super Saturday
Toonami: Super Saturday is a Toonami programming block that initially aired on Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, then from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. It consisted of series such as Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002 TV series), Transformers: Armada, and .hack//SIGN. The final 4 episodes of Zoids: Chaotic Century were shown for the first and last time on any Toonami block on January 4, 2003 as part of Super Saturday. The block premiered in 2001 and was cancelled in 2003, replaced by SVES, a Non-Toonami action oriented cartoon block.
- Main article: Toonami Events
Throughout its history (on both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim) Toonami has had several special events that usually consisted of marathons, showcasing a mixture of the shows on Toonami at the time or a single particular show such as Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, or Naruto. Most of these events occurred on holidays, such as New Years Eve, Valentine's Day, and President's Day, but occassionally the timing was random or coincided with the return of a series to the block, such as the return of new Dragon Ball Z episodes or the airing of the "Lost Episodes" of Sailor Moon. Toonami has also had a handful of special interactive events known as Total Immersion Events (T.I.E.s) that take place both on-air during Toonami and online at Toonami.com.
|Year||Title||Broadcast Date||Broadcast Time|
|1998||Re-Quest Weekdays||July 27-31, 1998||4:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|1999||Lunar Eclipse||May 23, 1999||11:30 AM - 8:00 PM|
|DBZ20XL||May 24-29, 1999|| May 24-28: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
May 29: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
|Z-Day (1st)||September 13, 1999||4:00 PM - 6:00 PM|
|2000||DBZ President's Day Movie Marathon||February 21, 2000||4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Toonami: Full Cycle||April 8-9, 2000||6:00 AM - 6:00 AM|
|The Intruder|| September 18-22,|
November 6 and 24, 2000
|Total Immersion Event|
|2001||New Year's Evil||January 1, 2001||12:00 AM - 5:00 AM|
|Villaintine's Day||February 14, 2001||4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Z-Day (2nd)||May 25, 2001||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Midnight Run: Special Edition (1st)||August 31, 2001||12:00 AM - 1:00 AM|
|Lockdown||September 17-21, 2001||Total Immersion Event|
|Midnight Run: Special Edition (2nd)||November 16, 2001||12:00 AM - 1:00 AM|
|Zoids Cubed||December 14, 2001||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|2002||A Night of New Year's Eve-il||January 1, 2002||12:00 AM - 4:00 AM|
|Batman VS. Superman||January 21-26, 2002|| Jan. 21-25: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
Jan. 26: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
|Toonami 5 Year Anniversary||March 15, 2002||4:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Joker's Day||April 1, 2002||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|In-Flight Movies: Pick-a-Flick||August 3, 2002||4:00 PM - 5:30 PM|
|Trapped in Hyperspace||September 16-20, 2002||Total Immersion Event|
|He-Man-athon||November 30, 2002||4:30 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Transformers: Armada Marathon||December 8, 2002||1:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Samurai Jack Marathon||December 28, 2002||1:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|2003||Zoids: Chaotic Century Final Four||January 4, 2003||2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|
|Giant Robot Week||February 24-28, 2003||4:00 PM - 5:00 PM|
|DBZ: Best of Buu||March 11-14, 2003||5:30 PM - 6:00 PM|
|DBZ Movies|| September 5, 2003|
September 12, 2003
September 19, 2003
September 26, 2003
|6:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|IGPX Micro-series||September 15-19, 2003||Total Immersion Event|
|2004||Dragonball Chronicles||March 29, 2004 - April 16, 2004||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Transformers: Energon Marathon||April 9, 2004||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|Samurai Jack\Clone Wars Marathon||September 25, 2004||7:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|2005||Star Wars: Clone Wars Marathon||May 14, 2005||7:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|Naruto Year's Eve||December 31, 2005||2:30 PM - 11:00 PM|
|2006||A Month of Miyazaki||March 18, 2006 - April 8, 2006||7:30 PM - 10:30 PM|
|Naruto-athon||April 15, 2006||8:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|Night of Naruto||July 15, 2006||7:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Naruto Marathon||November 18, 2006||9:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|New Year's Eve's Eve||December 30, 2006||6:30 PM - 11:00 PM|
|2007||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Marathon||January 20, 2007||6:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Naruto Marathon||January 27, 2007||7:00 PM - 10:00 PM|
|Toonami 10 Year Anniversary|| March 3, 2007|
March 10, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 31, 2007
|7:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Naruto Marathon||April 7, 2007||8:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Transformers: Cybertron Marathon||June 30, 2007||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Naruto Independence Marathon||July 7, 2007||7:00 PM - 11:00 PM|
|Naruto Hundo||August 17-19, 2007|| Aug. 17-18: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM|
Aug. 19: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
|2012||Toonami April Fools 2012||April 1, 2012||12:00 AM - 6:00 AM|
|2013||Toonami Month of Movies: 2013|| December 7, 2013|
December 14, 2013
December 21, 2013
December 28, 2013
|12:00 AM - 6:00 AM|
|2014||Space Dandy Premiere-athon||July 5, 2014||11:30 PM - 12:30 AM|
|Attack on Titan Marathon||August 30, 2014||12:00 AM - 6:00 AM|
|Beware the Batman Blowout||September 27, 2014||2:30 AM - 6:00 AM|
|Toonami Month of Movies: 2014|| December 6, 2014|
December 13, 2014
December 20, 2014
December 27, 2014
|11:30 PM - 6:00 AM|
|2015||Kill la Kill Marathon||May 23, 2015||12:30 AM - 3:30 AM|
|DBZ-Athon||July 4, 2015||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|Michiko & Hatchin Marathon||September 5, 2015||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|Akame Ga Kill! Marathon||October 31, 2015||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|The Intruder II|| November 7, 2015|
November 14, 2015
November 21, 2015
November 28, 2015
December 5, 2015
December 12, 2015
December 19, 2015
|Total Immersion Event|
|Parasyte Marathon||November 28, 2015||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|DBZ Kai Marathon||December 19, 2015||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|One Piece Marathon||December 26, 2015||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|2016||DBZ Kai Power Hour||May 21, 2016||12:00 AM - 1:00 AM|
|Samurai Champloo Marathon||May 28, 2016||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|Hunter x Hunter Marathon||July 2, 2016||11:30 PM - 3:00 AM|
|One Punch Man Marathon||September 3, 2016||11:30 PM - 3:00 AM|
| Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded|
|October 29, 2016||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|The Intruder III|| November 5, 2016|
November 12, 2016
November 19, 2016
November 26, 2015
|Total Immersion Event|
|JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Marathon||December 24, 2016||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|DBZ Kai Marathon||December 31, 2016||12:00 AM - 3:30 AM|
|2017||Samurai Jack Season 5 Marathon||May 27, 2017||11:00 PM - 4:00 AM|
|Attack on Titan Season 2 Marathon||July 1, 2017||11:00 PM - 3:30 AM|
|DBZ Kai Marathon||September 2, 2017||11:00 PM - 3:30 AM|
|Samurai Jack Marathon||October 28, 2017||11:00 PM - 4:00 AM|
|DBZ Kai Marathon||November 25, 2017||11:00 PM - 4:00 AM|
|Cowboy Bebop Holiday Marathon||December 23, 2017||10:30 PM - 4:00 AM|
|Dragon Ball Super Marathon||December 30, 2017||10:30 PM - 4:00 AM|
- Main article: Toonami Giveaways
Since 1997, with the exception of the 4-year hiatus (lasting from 2008 until 2012), Toonami has held many sponsored sweepstakes, contests and giveaways that gave the loyal viewers a chance to win prizes. These giveaways were open to all residents of the continental United States. However, Florida was unexplainably excluded from most of them.
Online Video Services
- Main article: Toonami Reactor
On April 30, 2001, Cartoon Network launched Toonami Reactor, their first online streaming video service. The three-month service featured streaming episodes from Dragon Ball Z and Star Blazers, the latter of which was an online-exclusive series. Editorial content was provided by the now-defunct Animerica Magazine, published by VIZ Media. After the three-month "trial run" was over, Cartoon Network took it offline and completely revamped it.
On November 14, 2001, Cartoon Network relaunched Toonami Reactor with all online-exclusive programs such as Star Blazers, Patlabor, Harlock Saga, and Record of Lodoss War, as well as videos from Daft Punk and Toonami-themed games. In the summer of 2002, Toonami Reactor was revamped again under the Adult Swim brand and, with a joint venture with VIZ's Weekly Shonen Jump, programmed it as "Adult Swim Pipeline."
- Main article: Toonami Jetstream
On April 25, 2006, a little over five years since the launch of the now-defunct Toonami Reactor, Cartoon Network and VIZ Media announced plans to launch Toonami Jetstream, a new ad-supported streaming video service featuring Toonami series like Naruto, Samurai Jack, Megas XLR, and IGPX. As well as the U.S. internet stream premieres of Hikaru no Go, MÄR, Eyeshield 21, The Prince of Tennis, Megaman Star Force, and Kiba. MegaMan NT Warriors and Zoids: Genesis were scheduled to be part of Toonami Jetstream but never ended up being streamed.
Toonami Jetstream launched on July 17, 2006 (after a brief unofficial sneak preview that began on July 14), and offered episodes of Naruto, Hikaru no Go, MAR, Zatch Bell!, Pokémon, Blue Dragon, Samurai Jack, Kiba, Storm Hawks, and Transformers: Animated. On January 30, 2009, Toonami Jetstream ended it's run. After Jetstream's end, many of the shows aired until their cancellation on Cartoon Network Video on it's main web site, cartoonnetwork.com.
In 2012, Adult Swim rebranded their action videos section on video.adultswim.com as "Toonami shows". The site features current Toonami shows such as Bleach, Naruto, and Soul Eater. As well as past Toonami shows such as Big O, Deadman Wonderland, and Samurai 7. The site also featured a Non-Toonami, former Adult Swim Action show, Durarara!!, but all content from the show was removed from the site as of June 24th, 2013 and adult swim lost the rights to the show.
On July 3, 2013, Toonami got its own section on video.adultswim.com, complete with full schedule, a tumblr feed from the official Toonami Tumblr, and links to show pages, also on video.adultswim.com, that host full episodes and clips from most of the current Toonami shows.
- Main article: Music Releases
Toonami proved to be a haven for music throughout its history, using original compositions; first by skater/artist Tommy Guerrero from 1997 to 1999, and then by Atlanta-based composer Joe Boyd Vigil from 1999 to 2002, many of which were compiled in the CD Toonami: Deep Space Bass in 2001, which is now out of print. In 2003, DJ Clarknova (the alias of Toonami co-founder Jason DeMarco) took Toonami's beats (both old and new) and mixed them with sound bites from recent Toonami and Adult Swim shows. This resulted in an hour-long compilation of Toonami remixes, called the Toonami: Black Hole Megamix, but for unknown reasons was never published. However, the Megamix is now hosted by Toonami Digital Arsenal, a popular unofficial Toonami multimedia site. DJ Clarknova then released another Toonami album, entitled Toonami: Supernova Megamix, on Christmas Eve of 2012 as a free download through the official Toonami Tumblr webpage.
From 2003 through 2008, Toonami relied on original and library tracks from various artists from publisher Ninja Tune. On rare occasions, videos from musicians such as Daft Punk, The White Stripes and Gorillaz aired on the block.
Video Game Reviews
- Main article: Video Game Reviews
Frequently throughout its history, Toonami has aired Video Game Reviews, written by Jason DeMarco and/or Gill Austin. The reviews, delivered by TOM and occasionally SARA, are fairly short and run during commercial breaks. The hosts score the games on a 1 - 10 system: 10 signifying an excellent game, 1 signifying a very poor game. (The score system was originally 1 - 5 until 2001.)
Two games were given a "?" rating, Dropship: United Peace Force for the PlayStation 2 (because of many failed attempts to get past Level 6) and Slender by Marc "Parsec" Hadley of Parsec Productions (because of not finding all eight pages in time, and the fright of looking at the Slender Man).
- Main article: Toonami Comics
Toonami has released multiple comics during its history. The first comics were part of DC's Cartoon Network Presents series. The next two were online Flash comics. Toonami Swarm, was a plot-related story about the origin of TOM 1. Blue Falcon and Dynomutt featured an original, somewhat edgy, storyline for the classic Hanna-Barbera superhero duo. Toonami: Endgame, an online (non-Flash) comic introduced the origin of TOM 3. The fifth comic, that doesn't officially have a name but is referred to as the Lost Toonami Comic, was created but never released during Toonami's original run. The lost comic was released post Toonami revival via the Toonami Tumblr page. On November 7, 2015, a companion comic for The Intruder II was made available on the Toonami Tumblr that features TOM 4, Flash and D, facing off against the Intruder. It takes place sometime after the 2008 cancellation.
Toonami: Outside The U.S.
UK & Ireland
- Main article: Toonami UK
Toonami aired on Cartoon Network in the UK, from September 2000 until October 2002, when it became a key component of CNX, a new channel launched by Cartoon Network UK, the first Cartoon Network derivative to launch outside North America. CNX also broadcasted martial arts movies and dramas like The Shield and Birds of Prey at night. The network catered towards a young male audience. A year later, CNX was relaunched as Toonami and was then targeted at younger audience.
In 2004, the Toonami channel got rid of TOM and SARA and adopted a new look, featuring spinning and sliding red and black squares in different forms on a light blue background. From March 6, 2006, Toonami UK changed its focus from action cartoons to entertainment in general, as the channel moved to Sky 602 and began airing live-action shows such as Backyard Science, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and Life with Derek. Additionally, the channel's graphics were redesigned, with the black, white and red logos replaced by a new blue background logo and giggling, blob-like mascots that are used in the channel's break bumpers, promos and idents which contrasted heavily with the original themes of the channel. Toonami and Cartoon Network Too merged into one channel on May 24, 2007, ending the run of Toonami UK.
- Main article: Toonami Australia
Toonami launched on Cartoon Network Australia on July 7, 2001 as an outlet for action animation. Most of its lineup consisted of anime, including already popular shows such as Dragon Ball Z, as well as the Australian premiere of Cardcaptors and exclusives such as Gundam Wing and Yu Yu Hakusho. Occasionally it also broadcast action cartoons from the United States such as Batman Beyond. Toonami soon expanded to weekdays, and for a number of years could be seen seven days a week. Although timeslots varied, the main Toonami block remained on weekday afternoons. In September 2006, Toonami was dropped from the Cartoon Network Australia schedule.
- Main article: Toonami India
Toonami is currently a 24-hour channel in India that launched on February 26, 2015. However, it was also formerly a programming block that aired on Cartoon Network in India from September 8, 2001 to 2008. For most of its run, the Toonami India block aired three times a day with an early block, an afternoon block, and a late night block. Most of the block's programming consisted of Japanese anime, such as Dragon Ball Z and Cardcaptors, along with a few North American animated series, such as Batman Beyond and Max Steel.
- Main article: Toonami Japan
Toonami launched on Cartoon Network in Japan on July 22, 2002. While its North American counterpart heavily featured Japanese anime, Toonami Japan instead featured mostly North American animated series. The block also aired movies in a similar fashion to its American counterpart. In 2008 the block was removed from the Cartoon Network Japan schedule.
- Main article: Toonami Latin America
On December 2, 2002, Toonami premiered on Cartoon Network Latin America, replacing a similarly themed block, Talisman. Toonami aired shows that were already on the lineup such as Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, and Pokémon. It also served as the home of Inuyasha. Over the years, Toonami added shows like Yu Yu Hakusho and Knights of the Zodiac, as well as the revamped versions of Cyborg 009 and Astro Boy. However, the block had to move to the late-night slots on CN Latin America due to protests of violent scenes on the block. Mexico moved Toonami to midnight in October 2003 while the rest of Latin America moved the block in November 2004. In 2007 the block was removed from the Cartoon Network Latin America schedule.
- Main article: Toonami Spain
Toonami launched on Cartoon Network in Spain beginning in September of 2003 with a one hour weekday lineup and a two hour weekend lineup. The block also aired original promos and music videos in a similar fashion to its American counterpart. Toonami was removed from Cartoon Network Spain's schedule in 2009.
- Main article: Toonami Asia
Toonami Asia is a television channel that launched in Asia on December 1, 2012. It is operated and distributed in Asia by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific Inc., a Time Warner company. Although the brand carries the same name as the programming block available in the US, they are in no way affiliated with each other, other than both being part of the Turner Broadcasting family. The Toonami channel in Asia is available 24 hours a day.
- Main article: Toonami France
Toonami is a television channel that launched in France on February 11, 2016. It is operated and distributed in France by Turner Broadcasting System Europe, Inc., a Time Warner company. The channel is named after the Toonami programming block created in the United States (a version of which was formerly aired in France on Cartoon Network), using a logo similar to the one introduced in 2004 but with different branded promos that are also used in Toonami Asia. The programming consists of superhero series such as Justice League, Beware the Batman and Ben 10. Unlike its predecessors, Toonami Asia and Toonami India, the programming featured on Toonami France is dubbed into the country's native language.
- Main article: Toonami Taiwan
Toonami is a children's programming block that premiered on Cartoon Network in Taiwan on July 9, 2016. The Saturday evening block airs weekly from 7:30-10:30 PM in Mandarin Chinese. The block's programming consists of mostly anime series. The block closely resembles the kid friendly Toonami Asia in both tone and programming.
- Main article: Fan-made projects
Toonami has had multiple fan made websites and projects over the years. Toonami Wiki itself is a fan made project decicated to providing information about the history, shows and universe of Toonami. Toonami Wiki fully supports and fully promotes the revived Toonami on Adult Swim, as well as the hardworking staff of Toonami. Toonami Wiki also supports any fan made websites that support and do not impede the success of Toonami.
Toonami Digital Arsenal
- Main article: Toonami Digital Arsenal
Toonami Digital Arsenal (stylized as "TOONAMI DIGITAL ARSENAL") is a website launched in 1999 that features a collection of Toonami's many promos, music videos, and bumpers. The Toonami Staff have stated on their Tumblr several times that they appreciate Toonami Digital Arensal's work and have a link to the site on their FAQ page. There is also a link to the site on Toonami.com.
- Main article: Toonami Faithful
Toonami Faithful is a website launched in 2012 that features Toonami news, a Toonami related forum, as well as a podcast that focuses solely on Toonami. The podcast has featured many guests including Toonami co-creator, Jason DeMarco, the voice of TOM, Steve Blum, the creator of Megas XLR, George Krstic, etc. Toonami Faithful is partially responsible for setting up the Toonami Panel at MomoCon and has been featured on the official Toonami Tumblr. There is a link to the site on Toonami.com.
- Main article: Toonami Infolink
Toonami Infolink is a website launched in 2002 that features Toonami news, articles, reviews (DVDs, Video Games, Toonami Lineups), and a forum. It is no longer an active site, as on August 10, 2015 it was converted into a read-only archive of past site content.
- Main article: Toonami Fan
Toonami Fan is a website launched in early 2008, during Toonami's final year on Cartoon Network. After Toonami's cancelation the site unofficially ceased, but after being listed on Toonami.com in late 2013, some of the former contributors decided to revamp the site and start adding new content again. The site features articles, a Forum, and other Toonami related content.
- Main article: Toonami Aftermath
Toonami Aftermath is a 24/7 oniline channel that began broadcasting on January 18, 2010 airing programs from Toonami, Kid's WB, and Cartoon Network (Cartoon Cartoons).
- Main article: NeoToonami
NeoToonami is a former Toonami fan site launched after the revival of Toonami on Adult Swim. The creators claim NeoToonami's purpose is to "create a true successor to the original Toonami". NeoToonami broadcasts several shows that were previously broadcasted on Toonami as well as new shows. NeoToonami also is unique in the fact that it has it's own 3D Animation, featuring their own versions of TOM and the Absolution. NeoToonami ended on April 26, 2013, concluding with the explosion of their versions of the Absolution and Tom.
Note: Toonami, The Toonami Staff, and The Adminstrators of Toonami Wiki do not offically endorse the NeoToonami or the Toonami Aftermath projects or their respective affiliates because these sites feature illegal use of Turner owned properties.
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- ↑ "Toonami To Lose One Hour ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 25, 2001. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2001-04-25/toonami-to-lose-one-hour. Retrieved on April 4, 2015.
- ↑ "Toonami Gets its 3rd Hour Back ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 18, 2002. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2002-04-18/toonami-gets-its-3rd-hour-back. Retrieved on April 4, 2015.
- ↑ "Program Changeup at Cartoon Network ". animenewsnetwork.com. February 4, 2003. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2003-02-04/program-changeup-at-cartoon-network. Retrieved on April 4, 2015.