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 Toonami 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|
6 hours (2012-2013)
Toonami is an animated programming block formerly on Cartoon Network, and currently on Adult Swim, geared toward action-oriented programming, 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 ended its run on September 20, 2008. It was revived on Saturday May 26, 2012, as a more mature-geared incarnation on Adult Swim.
HistoryEditSpace 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. After some time, Moltar passed the torch of being host to an AI named TOM, who was given the Ghost Planet vessel, GPS Absolution Mk. I, to travel through the universe and continue Moltar's work while he is stuck on Ghost Planet as punishment by Space Ghost.
With TOM in the driver's seat, Toonami began reaching out in new and unexpected programming and programming blocks (The Midnight Run, The Rising Sun, Toonami Super Saturday). At one point, 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 hosted Hyper Space Movie Fridays after this, but got stuck once due to a computer virus. Sometime after, the Absolution was destroyed and SARA taken from it. TOM was destroyed, but 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.
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.
Toonami Rules Saturday NightsEdit
On April 17, 2004, Cartoon Network moved Toonami from weekday afternoons to Saturday evenings with a new demographic of preteen and teen audiences while adding a new lighter-toned action franchise, Miguzi, to weekdays in its place.
Toonami also replaced the block known as Saturday Video Entertainment System or SVES. One big reason for the move from weekdays to Saturday nights was because some of the shows on the weekday lineup (such as Yu Yu Hakusho, Cyborg 009, and Rurouni Kenshin) became too violent for a weekday broadcast on the network.
3.17.07 (Toonami's 10th anniversary)Edit
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 Saturday, September 20, 2008, Cartoon Network canceled the block and Toonami aired its final transmission. Employees who worked on the block went to other parts of the Cartoon Network or Adult Swim. Anime was mostly handled by Adult Swim, and a new block titled "CN Real" 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:
The last part 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.
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 anime block. Toonami made its return 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 August 18, the initial Toonami 2012 program lineup was changed, with Samurai 7 and Eureka Seven replacing Deadman Wonderland and Cowboy Bebop. In addition, the program time slots within the block were rearranged.
On September 26, it was reported that Sym-Bionic Titan and ThunderCats would join the block taking the 2am/1c and 2:30am/1:30c time slots, respectively. It was also reported that the remaining 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 November 3, it was confirmed that Tenchi Muyo! GXP will join the lineup along with Inuyasha. On November 22 it was confirmed that Toonami will air uncut episodes of Naruto and that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will start over from the beginning. Also, Bleach had reruns for 8 weeks, beginning on December 1.
On January 6, 2013, Toonami changed their color scheme from dark red to blue after using the blue scheme to introduce Inuyasha on November 3. New episodes of Bleach began on January 26. On February 16, Soul Eater began airing on Toonami replacing Samurai 7.
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 replacing one of the episodes of Cowboy Bebop (but not in that timeslot). IGPX will also begin airing on April 27. It was announced on April 12, on the official Toonami Tumblr that One Piece will be returning to the lineup on May 17, replacing Tenchi Muyo! GXP.
TOM 5 EraEdit
On April 27, 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 May 24, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that Sword Art Online would be premiering on Toonami sometime in August. On June 27, It was announced on the official Toonami Tumblr that Sword Art Online will instead be premiering, along with Season 2 of The Big O, on July 27, 2013. They will replace Sym-Bionic Titan and Thundercats (2011). They also announced that after July 20th they will no longer hold the rights to Thundercats (2011), so it will not be coming back to the block, but Sym-Bionic Titan will be back at some point in the future.
On July 31, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be replacing Eureka Seven on August 17th. Also, it was announced that Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance would premiere on August 31st. On August 31, Evangelion 2.22 premiered and was immediately followed by a special surprise, the short film Kick-Heart.
On September 26, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that IGPX would air twice in the 2:30 AM to 3:30 AM timeslot (preempting Star Wars: The Clone Wars) on October 19th. It was also announced that FLCL and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex would be replacing The Big O and Cowboy Bebop on October 26th.
On October 25, 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. It was also announced that in December Toonami will have 3 more movie specials over 3 weeks.
On November 2, an extra hour was added to the block thanks to the end of Daylights Savings. After Sword Art Online and FLCL aired during the extra hour; King Star King, Korgoth of Barbaria, & Kick-Heart aired during the 2:00 AM - 3:00 AM hour.
On November 6, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that Naruto would be ending its run on November 30th and in January 2014 Naruto Shippuden would be added to the lineup in its place. It was later announced that Naruto would not be leaving the block. On January 4, 2014 Naruto Shippuden premiered on Toonami at 12:30 AM and Naruto moved down to 3:00 AM.
On November 15, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that December will now be a month of movies, with Toonami airing 4 movies over 4 weeks, as opposed to the previously announced 3 movies.
The scheduled movies are:
- 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 November 22, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that in March 2014, Blue Exorcist will be added to the Toonami lineup. On February 22, 2014, Blue Exorcist premiered on Toonami at 1:30 AM.
On December 10, on the official Toonami Tumblr it was announced that in February 2014, Samurai Jack will be added to the Toonami lineup. On February 1, 2014, the series returned to Toonami at 4:00 AM.
On January 4, 2014, on the official Toonami Tumblr, it was announced that Black Lagoon would make its U.S. television premiere on Toonami beginning March 22, 2014. On March 22, 2014, Black Lagoon premiered on Toonami at 2:00 AM.
On March 22, 2014 it was announced that season 2 of Space Dandy would premiere on Toonami in July.
On April 5, 2014, the block received a surprise look (logo, font, bumps, etc.) upgrade.
- Jason Demarco (1997-2008; 2012-present)
- Gill Austin (1997-2008; 2012-present)
- Mike Lazzo (1997-2008; 2012-present)
- Jonny Ray (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)
- Sean Akins (1997-2008)
- C. Martin Croker (1997-1999)
- Joe Boyd Vigil (1997-2002)
- Peter Cullen (1999-2008)
- Sonny Strait (1999-2000)
- Sally Timms (2000-2007)
- Tom Kenny (2007-2008)
- Dave Wittenberg (2007-2008)
Toonami Lineups (1997-Present) is a list of schedules that have been broadcast by Toonami since March 17, 1997.
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)Edit
The series that appeared on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from March 17, 1997 to September 20, 2008.
No. of Episodes
|1||ThunderCats||March 17, 1997||May 31, 2002||130|
|2||Cartoon Roulette||March 17, 1997||March 5, 2000|
|3||Voltron||March 17, 1997||February 28, 2000||124 (only 104 shown)|
|4||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||March 17, 1997||September 26, 1999||52|
|5||Robotech||January 12, 1998||December 26, 1999||85 (only 60 shown)|
|6||Transformers: Beast Wars||March 9, 1998||March 13, 1998||52 (only 5 shown)|
|7||Sailor Moon||June 1, 1998||May 4, 2001||200 (only 166 shown)|
|8||Dragon Ball Z||August 31, 1998||March 22, 2008||291|
|9||Super Friends||October 5, 1998||January 22, 1999||109|
|10||ReBoot||March 15, 1999||November 30, 2001||48|
|11||The Powerpuff Girls||July 10, 1999||April 16, 2004||78|
|12||Ronin Warriors||September 27, 1999||March 9, 2001||39|
|13||G-Force: Guardians of Space||January 1, 2000||March 5, 2000||85 (only 10 shown)|
|14||Gundam Wing||March 6, 2000||May 11, 2001||49|
|15||Tenchi Muyo!||July 3, 2000||January 16, 2002||21 (only 14 shown)|
|16||Batman: The Animated Series||July 3, 2000||February 16, 2001||109|
|17||Tenchi Universe||July 24, 2000||February 21, 2002||26|
|18||Tenchi in Tokyo||August 28, 2000||April 12, 2002||26|
|19||Blue Submarine No. 6||November 6, 2000||November 10, 2000||4|
|20||Superman: The Animated Series||November 13, 2000||June 1, 2001||54|
|21||Outlaw Star||January 13, 2001||February 6, 2002||26 (only 25 shown)|
|22||The Big O||April 2, 2001||July 13, 2001||26 (only 13 shown)|
|23||Cardcaptors||June 4, 2001||June 22, 2001||70 (only 39 shown)|
|24||Mobile Suit Gundam||July 23, 2001||September 12, 2001||43 (only 38 shown)|
|25||Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team||July 23, 2001||November 2, 2001||12|
|26||Dragon Ball||August 20, 2001||April 16, 2004||153|
|27||Batman Beyond||October 1, 2001||March 14, 2003||52|
|28||Zoids: New Century||November 5, 2001||July 26, 2002||26|
|29||Gundam 0080||November 6, 2001||December 1, 2001||6|
|30||Hamtaro||June 3, 2002||October 4, 2002||296 (only 52 shown)|
|31||Zoids: Chaotic Century||July 29, 2002||May 30, 2003||67|
|32||G Gundam||August 5, 2002||April 25, 2003||49|
|33||He-Man and the Masters of the Universe||August 16, 2002||January 10, 2004||39|
|34||Transformers: Armada||August 23, 2002||January 2, 2004||52|
|35||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero||November 4, 2002||January 11, 2003||100 (only 40 shown)|
|36||.hack//SIGN||February 1, 2003||February 22, 2003||29 (only 4 shown)|
|37||Yu Yu Hakusho||March 17, 2003||February 26, 2005||112 (only 88 shown)|
|38||Rurouni Kenshin||March 17, 2003||March 12, 2005||95 (only 62 shown)|
|39||Justice League||June 2, 2003||May 29, 2004||52|
|40||Cyborg 009||June 30, 2003||September 26, 2003||52 (only 26 shown)|
|41||SD Gundam||September 1, 2003||March 5, 2004||52 (only 26 shown)|
|42||Dragon Ball GT||September 5, 2003||April 16, 2005||64|
|43||Samurai Jack||September 29, 2003||September 20, 2008||52|
|44||Star Wars: Clone Wars||December 1, 2003||November 26, 2005||25|
|45||Duel Masters||February 27, 2004||May 13, 2006||65|
|46||Astro Boy (2003 Series)||March 8, 2004||July 3, 2004||52 (only 17 shown)|
|47||Transformers: Energon||April 9, 2004||April 9, 2004||52 (only 4 shown)|
|48||Jackie Chan Adventures||April 17, 2004||July 17, 2004||95 (only 9 shown)|
|49||Gundam SEED||April 17, 2004||October 16, 2004||50 (only 26 shown)|
|50||Megas XLR||May 1, 2004||March 19, 2005||26|
|51||Rave Master||June 5, 2004||June 4, 2005||51 (only 31 shown)|
|52||Teen Titans||July 10, 2004||October 6, 2007||65|
|53||Justice League Unlimited||July 31, 2004||October 14, 2006||39|
|54||D.I.C.E.||January 22, 2005||April 2, 2005||40 (only 10 shown)|
|55||Zatch Bell!||March 5, 2005||January 20, 2007||150 (only 77 shown)|
|56||The Batman||April 2, 2005||December 23, 2006||65 (only 26 shown)|
|57||One Piece||April 23, 2005||March 15, 2008||ongoing|
|58||Transformers: Cybertron||July 2, 2005||June 30, 2007||52 (only 22 shown)|
|59||Yu-Gi-Oh!||August 6, 2005||September 10, 2005||224 (only 6 shown)|
|50||Naruto||September 10, 2005||September 20, 2008||220 (only 199 shown)|
|61||Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo||October 1, 2005||October 13, 2007||76|
|62||IGPX||November 5, 2005||July 1, 2006||26 (only 20 shown)|
|63||Wulin Warriors||February 4, 2006||February 11, 2006||13 (only 2 shown)|
|64||Pokemon Chronicles||June 3, 2006||October 21, 2006||22 (only 21 shown)|
|65||Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes||Septeber 2, 2006||July 14, 2007||26 (only 15 shown)|
|66||Pokemon Battle Frontier||October 28, 2006||February 24, 2007||47 (only 14 shown)|
|67||Yu-Gi-Oh! GX||October 28, 2006||August 4, 2007||180 (only 30 shown)|
|68||MAR||December 23, 2006||May 26, 2007||102 (only 18 shown)|
|69||The Prince of Tennis||December 23, 2006||May 26, 2007||178 (only 18 shown)|
|70||Storm Hawks||July 21, 2007||October 6, 2007||52 (only 9 shown)|
|71||Megaman Star Force||August 25, 2007||August 25, 2007||26 (only a special shown)|
|72||Bakugan Battle Brawlers||March 22, 2008||March 29, 2008||52 (only 1 shown)|
|73||Blue Dragon||March 29, 2008||May 17, 2008||51 (only 8 shown)|
|74||Ben 10: Alien Force||June 21, 2008||September 20, 2008||46 (only 7 shown)|
Toonami Series (2012-Present)Edit
The series that have appeared on Adult Swim's Toonami block from May 26, 2012 to the present.
No. of Episodes
|1||Bleach||May 26, 2012||Present||366|
|2||Deadman Wonderland||May 26, 2012||August 12, 2012||12|
|3||Casshern Sins||May 26, 2012||November 3, 2012||24|
|4||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood||May 26, 2012||Present||64|
|5||Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG||May 26, 2012||August 11, 2012||26|
|6||Cowboy Bebop||May 26, 2012||October 19, 2013||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||Present||26|
|10||Sym-Bionic Titan||October 6, 2012||Present||20|
|11||ThunderCats (2011 Series)||October 6, 2012||July 20, 2013||26|
|12||InuYasha||November 3, 2012||March 1, 2014||167 (only 127 shown)|
|13||Tenchi Muyo! GXP||November 10, 2012||May 11, 2013||26|
|14||Naruto||December 1, 2012||Present||220|
|15||Soul Eater||February 16, 2013||March 15, 2014||51|
|16||IGPX||April 27, 2013||Present||26|
|17||One Piece||May 18, 2013||Present||Ongoing|
|18||Sword Art Online||July 27, 2013||February 15, 2014||25|
|19||The Big O: Season 2||July 27, 2013||October 19, 2013||13|
|20||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||August 17, 2013||Present||108|
|21||FLCL||October 26, 2013||January 25, 2014||6|
|22||King Star King||November 2, 2013||November 2, 2013||1|
|23||Korgoth of Barbaria||November 2, 2013||November 2, 2013||1|
|24||Space Dandy||January 4, 2014||Present||26|
|25||Naruto Shippuden||January 4, 2014||Present||Ongoing|
|27||Samurai Jack||February 1, 2014||Present||52|
|28||Blue Exorcist||February 22, 2014||Present||25|
|29||Black Lagoon||March 22, 2014||Present||24|
|30||Attack on Titan||May 3, 2014||25.5|
|31||Beware the Batman||May 10, 2014||26|
Toonami Movies (1997-2008)Edit
The movies that appeared on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from March 17, 1997 to September 20, 2008.
Toonami Movies (2012-Present)Edit
The movies that have appeared on Adult Swim's Toonami block from May 26, 2012 to the present.
|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|
Toonami Reactor Exclusive SeriesEdit
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 SeriesEdit
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 SeriesEdit
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 SeriesEdit
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)|
The Midnight Run was a Toonami Programming Block that ran 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 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.
The Rising Sun was a Saturday morning Toonami Programming Block that started and ended in 2000, Toonami's Rising Sun initially ran from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, but later was changed to run 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.
Toonami Super Saturday is a Toonami Programming Block that ran on Saturdays initially 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 Toonami Super Saturday. The block premiered in 2001 and was cancelled in 2003, replaced by SVES, a Non-Toonami action oriented cartoon block.
The very first TIE was The Intruder, which introduced TOM's companion, an AI matrix known as SARA. The Intruder was an eight part mini-series that aired during Toonami from September 18, 2000 to September 27, 2000. It resulted in the rebirth of TOM, upgrading his appearance from a short Bomberman-esque character (voiced by Sonny Strait) to a taller, darker, deeper-voiced incarnation dubbed TOM 2.0 (voiced by Steve Blum).
The following TIE, Lockdown, aired between September 17–21, 2001, and included the introduction of CartoonNetwork.com's first MORPG as well as a record-breaking amount of page views and ratings for the network. During Lockdown TOM fights to save the Absolution from an attack by a giant trash compactor.
Trapped in Hyperspace, the next TIE, ran for a week from September 16–20, 2002. The ship's computer, SARA was infected by a computer virus and TOM became trapped in hyperspace. TOM eventually destroys the virus before the absolution hits Earth. The Intruder and Lockdown aired in the UK, but did not achieve the same amount of success as their American airings.
The TIE in September 2003 was a diversion from the TOM and SARA adventures and introduced a new, 2D universe.Immortal Grand Prix (IGPX), created by Toonami producers Sean Akins and Jason DeMarco and produced by anime studio Production I.G. It aired in five short installments and served as a pilot for the first Toonami original series, which premiered in November 2005.
A Toonami special event in which the last 17 episodes of Sailor Moon R (Sailor Moon Season 2), called "The Lost Episodes", aired in order, in a marathon, on Sunday May 23, 1999, from 11:30 AM - 8:00 PM.
A week-long Toonami special event, which occurred the week of Monday May 24, 1999 - Friday May 28, 1999. During the event four episodes of Dragon Ball Z were shown during the Toonami timeslot 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM each day. To conclude the event, on Saturday, May 29th, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, three Dragon Ball Z movies were shown; Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, and Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone.
A Toonami special event in which Dragon Ball Z took over Toonami for the day, it was originally meant to celebrate the return of new episodes of Dragon Ball Z. However in its second appearance, the format became a viewers choice marathon. Z-Day first occurred on September 13, 1999 and occurred for the second time on May 25, 2001.
A special marathon of three Dragon Ball Z movies that ran on February 21, 2000 (President's Day) from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. The three movies shown were Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might , Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest, and Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone.
A marathon that saw Toonami take over Cartoon Network for 24-hours, from 6:00 AM Saturday April 8, 2000 to 6:00 AM Sunday April 9, 2000. The marathon featured popular Toonami series and Movies and also premiered the entire Garlic Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball Z. The series shown included Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Batman: The Animated Series, Ronin Warriors, Sailor Moon, Thundercats, Super Friends, and ReBoot. The movies shown included 2 batman movies, 3 Dragon Ball Z movies, and Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz.
A Toonami new years marathon that showed the Dragon Ball Z: Garlic Jr. Saga in it’s entirity on january 1, 2001 from 12:00 AM - 5:00 AM.
A Toonami Special Event which occurred on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2001. The usual three hour block of Toonami was shown, with all the episodes featuring some of the best villains from each series, such as Cell from Dragon Ball Z.
A Toonami marathon in which four episodes of Zoids: New Century were shown during the regular Toonami timeslot, on Friday December 14, 2001 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
A Toonami new years marathon that ran from 12:00 AM - 4:00 AM on January 1, 2002. The week before New years eve Toonami held a fan poll on Toonami.com, where fans voted for their favorite villain and the top seven vote recieving villain’s series were shown. The series shown were Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo!, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Batman: The Animated Series. Majin Buu was voted the the winner of the poll by the fans online, recieving 46,276 votes.
A Toonami Event and Contest which ran from Monday, January 21, 2002 through Friday, January 25, 2002. Every night, Monday-Friday, Toonami aired back-to-back episodes of Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Viewers could then log on to Toonami.com to view the site's first "gomic," an exclusive interactive hybrid combining a video game and a comic, to cast their vote for the superhero of their choice.
April Fools 2002 also referred to as “Joker’s Day” was a Toonami April Fools marathon in which the Joker infected SARA with a computer virus. The virus forced her to air four Joker-themed episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, instead of the regularly scheduled Toonami lineup. At the end of the fourth episode TOM was finally able to remove the virus by rebooting the system, thus returning control to SARA.
A Toonami marathon in which the first 13 episodes of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were shown on Saturday, November 30, 2002 from 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM. The marathon featured all 13 episodes that had aired up to that point.
A Toonami special event that occurred during the week of February 24–28, 2003. It was a five-day special based on mecha anime series, which were licensed by A.D. Vision. The series shown were Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gigantor, Robotech, Martian Successor Nadesico, and Dai-Guard In the evening of the final day, the channel finished its salute to giant robots with the film The Iron Giant.
A month long Toonami Event in which 4 Dragon Ball Z movies were shown every Friday from September 5, 2003 - September 26, 2003. The movies were as follows:
- Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku
- Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks
- Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
- Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
A Toonami Event, that was somewhat reminiscent of DBZ20XL, in that Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT took over Toonami for three weeks. Dragon Ball Chronicles lasted from March 29 - April 16, 2004, and was meant to celebrate Toonami's move from Weekday afternoons to Saturday nights, which started on Saturday April 17, 2004.
A Toonami New Years marathon in which the first 17 episodes of Naruto were aired on December 31, 2005. The marathon began at 2:30 PM and ended with a brand new episode that premiered at 10:30 PM.
On Saturday, March 18, 2006, just past the block's ninth anniversary, Toonami began airing A Month of Miyazaki, a four-week celebration of the works of acclaimed qnime director Hayao Miyazaki. Like sibling station TCM's similar marathon in January 2006, Toonami aired a different movie every week between Toonami anniversaries (the marathon began on the weekend of the ninth anniversary of the block and ended the week before the second anniversary of the block's move to Saturday nights). The films scheduled for A Month of Miyazaki (which all aired uncut and unedited as per Miyazaki's policy not to have his films altered). However, there were many complaints due to the large number of commercial interruptions during the films, with commercial breaks cutting in about every 20 minutes. The movies were as follows:
A Toonami marathon in which eight episodes of Naruto were shown, with the last two being brand new episodes, on Saturday July 15, 2006 from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Episodes 36 - 43 of the series were shown. The marathon was meant to commemorate the launch of Toonami Jetstream, which launched on July 17, 2006.
A Toonami new years movie marathon that featured Spirited Away and Hellboy: Sword of Storms. The marathon started on Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 6:30 PM and ran until 11:00 PM. This marked the Fourth Toonami New Years special.</div>
Naruto Hundo ("Hundo" being slang for one hundred) was a Toonami Special Event which occurred from Friday, August 17, 2007 to Sunday, August 19, 2007. The three day marathon of Naruto started each day at 6:00 AM and continued until 11:00 PM, except on Sunday which ended at 10:00 PM. Episodes 1 - 100 of the series were shown, the marathon concluded with the lone new episode, episode 100.
The Toonami Month of Movies was a month long movie marathon in which one movie was shown each week from December 7, 2013 to December 28, 2013. The final week of the marathon also featured a special Cowboy Bebop marathon. The movies were as follows:
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."
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 features 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 it's 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.
Toonami proved to be a haven for music throughout it's 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 recently was 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, Linkin Park, The White Stripes, Beck, and Gorillaz aired on the block.
Frequently throughout it's history, Toonami aired Video Game Reviews, written by Jason DeMarco and/or Gill Austin. The reviews, delivered by TOM and occasionally SARA, were fairly short and ran during commercial breaks. The hosts scored 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).
Toonami has released multiple comics during it's history. The first comics were part of DC's Cartoon Network Presents series. The next two were online comics. Toonami Swarm (A flash comic) and Toonami Endgame, told overall plot-related stories about the origin of TOM 1 and the origin of TOM 3 respectivly. The fourth comic, that doesn't offically have a name but is refered to as the Lost Toonami Comic, was never released during Toonami's original run. The lost comic was released post Toonami revival via the Toonami Tumblr page. In the next couple of months the Toonami Staff will premiere an online comic that will tell the story of how TOM 3 became TOM 4, how TOM 4 became TOM 3.5, where Sara and the Clydes were/are, and how TOM 5 and the new Absolution came to be.
Toonami: Outside The U.S.Edit
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 2005, Toonami had short-lived weekend schedules, which were later replaced by the premiere of Adult Swim in Latin America (October 7, 2005). In March 2006, Toonami revamped their lineup to include more adult-oriented series, such as Love Hina, taking advantage of the late schedule and the refusal of anime on Adult Swim, as well as to compete against the anime channel Animax (now Sony Spin) for new anime series. In June 2006, Toonami premiered anime movies in two monthly variations: Dragon Ball Theatricals (which had 17 different Dragon Ball movies), and Toonami Movies (generally animated action movies).
In 2007, CN Latin America cut Toonami completely and the movies were no longer aired, save those of Dragon Ball Z. After its cancellation in Latin America (March 26, 2007), the anime programming of the channel gradually vanished, currently the only anime which air on CN Latin America are Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z Kai.
In January 2010 the block Animaction was created, showing on Wednesday evenings. This block broadcasted both action programming and anime programming until it was removed in April 2011.
UK & IrelandEdit
Toonami UK was a programming block on the Cartoon Network in the UK, 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.
Toonami UK, throughout its existence, also aired cartoons based on DC Comics properties on the channel, such as Justice League Unlimited and the first two seasons of Batman Beyond (aired as Batman of the Future). Contractual disputes with Warner TV distribution prevented the channel from showing the third and final season of Batman Beyond and the whole of Superman: The Animated Series, forcing the channel to recycle through the first two seasons of Batman Beyond as a result.
In 2004, Toonami 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, Blue Water High. 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.
Toonami launched on Cartoon Network Australia on 7 July 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.
On its launch, Toonami broadcast on Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Each day's programming was repeated in the Toonami "Late Run" from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am. 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 2005 it was airing weeknights at 6.00pm, with mini-marathons playing on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
In September 2006, Toonami was dropped from the Cartoon Network Australia schedule. Former Toonami programming, and new programming that would have previously gone to Toonami is now spread out across the network's other timeslots.
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.
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 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.
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.
Toonami Infolink is a website launched in 2002 that features Toonami news, articles, reviews (DVDs, Video Games, Toonami Lineups), and a forum.
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.
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).
NeoToonami was released 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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