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|
3 1/2 hours (2015)
Toonami (stylized as TOONAMI on Adult Swim) 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.
Early YearsEditSpace 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.
In 1999, 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 from Space Ghost. TOM's first appearance as host actually came during Toonami's very first Midnight Run broadcast on July 10, 1999.
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). 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 fiathful companion SARA was also introduced during the event. On July 3, 2000 Toonami expanded by an extra hour, running for 3 hours from 4-7 PM.
In May 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 ToonamiEdit
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 NightsEdit
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 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)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 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:
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. 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 6, 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 EraEdit
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).
- 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)
- 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)
- For a full list of schedules that have been broadcast by Toonami since March 17, 1997 go to
Toonami Lineups (1997-Present).
- For a full list of schedules that have been broadcast by Toonami since March 17, 1997 go to
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 Advetures of Jonny|
|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|
|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|
|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 33 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|
|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||55 (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||January 31, 2015||366|
|2||Deadman Wonderland||May 26, 2012||Present||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||January 31, 2015||26|
|6||Cowboy Bebop||May 26, 2012||January 31, 2015||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||May 3, 2014||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 shown)|
|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||Present||Ongoing|
|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 shown)|
|21||FLCL||October 26, 2013||January 25, 2014||6|
|22||King Star King||November 2, 2013||November 2, 2013||7|
|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||Ongoing|
|26||Samurai Jack||February 1, 2014||January 24, 2015||52|
|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||January 17, 2015||25.5|
|30||Beware the Batman||May 10, 2014||September 27, 2014||26|
|31||Gurren Lagann||August 16, 2014||Present||27|
|32||Hellsing Ultimate||September 13, 2014||November 8, 2014||10|
|33||Dragon Ball Z Kai||November 8, 2014||Present||Ongoing|
|34||InuYasha: The Final Act||November 15, 2014||Present||26|
|35||Kill la Kill||February 7, 2015||Present||24|
|36||Sword Art Online II||March 28, 2015||24.5|
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|
|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|
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 RunEdit
- Main article: The Midnight Run
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 SunEdit
- Main article: The Rising Sun
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 SaturdayEdit
- Main article: Toonami Super Saturday
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.
- 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|
|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|
|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|
|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
|April Fools 2002 (Joker's Day)||April 1, 2002||5:00 PM - 7:00 PM|
|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|
|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|
|Night of Naruto||July 15, 2006||7:00 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|
|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|
Online Video ServicesEdit
- 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" (stylized as "TOONAMI"). 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.
- Main article: Music Releases
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.
Video Game ReviewsEdit
- Main article: Video Game Reviews
Frequently throughout it's history, Toonami has 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).
- Main article: Toonami Comics
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
UK & IrelandEdit
- 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 Japan
Toonami launched on Cartoon Network in Japan on July 22, 2002. While it's 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: 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 ArsenalEdit
- 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.
- 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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