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Cartoon Network's Toonami Program Block Ends

by Maora
Sep 21, 2008 5:49 AM | 79 Comments
After about 11 years running in Cartoon Network, Toonami has ended with the final airing on 09/20/08. While on TV Toonami has ended, The online Toonami Jetstream still runs strongly.

The following anime series were part of Toonami sometime in the 11 years:
BOLD Text = anime aired on the Last Toonami Block.
* Voltron
* Robotech
* Sailor Moon
* Dragon Ball
* Ronin Warriors
* Gatchaman
* Blue Submarine No. 6
* Tenchi Muyo!
* Cardcaptors
* .hack//SIGN
* Yu Yu Hakusho
* Rurouni Kenshin
* Big O
* Outlaw Star
* Yu-Gi-Oh!
* Cyborg 009
* Duel Masters
* Astro Boy
* Gundam
* Rave Master
* Zatch Bell!
* One Piece
* Naruto
* Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
* Pokemon
* MAR
* Prince of Tennis
* MegaMan
* Bakugan
* Blue Dragon


Cartoon Network are planning to pick up Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z. They are also running Batman: Gotham Knight on October 4th.


Source: ANN

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Remember when Toonami had time for fanart and video game reviews? I actually bought some video games because of Tom. xD

... I made myself sad again. Tom was an awesome dude. :(

Mar 15, 2009 11:03 PM by Gin-iro

I was planning on watching shippuden (?) on that network.
Guess it's to Hulu for me.

Mar 12, 2009 6:00 PM by Simpleandclean93

aww =( Im kind of sad that toonami is gone...but i never watched it anymore since it kind of started to suck =x

Mar 12, 2009 5:54 PM by EuphoricField

SageShinigami said:
kisami said:
well toonami has served CN very well. for 11 years they had a very good run, and they probably got a lot of people introduced to the Anime genre. there at the end though, they had some crap running.

the latest trend though is that most shows and block of shows do not last for very long. American viewers are very picky and their attention span is about 2 seconds. these days its not surprising for a new show to go off the air within 3 years time. any show that lasts 5-10 years usually is outstanding and dies near the 10 year mark.


Toonami wasn't a show, it was a block. And it failing is solely Cartoon Network's fault.

I'd like to say I was sad when they killed Toonami, but I totally wasn't.

Don't get me wrong--I loved Toonami. And I was definitely pretty depressed over its real death--back in April 2004, when they moved it to the weekends. That was the true killer of Toonami.

Yeah, it went another four years, but it was pretty much limping. If it hadn't been for the occasional movie gimmick (airing Marvel's DTVs, Month of Miyazaki) and the powerhouse that is Naruto, Toonami wouldn't have even made it to that tenth anniversary.

Come on. This is a block that gained its fans primarily from shonen series. (Or mecha series.) Y'know, those series that run 100+ episodes? (Or for mecha, 40-50 episodes.) And you're going to switch to a WEEKLY format? Ugh. And to move it to late night on Saturdays when no one's home and essentially make it "Adult Swim Jr."...that was beyond stupid.

The entire thing was insulting. They moved it to Saturdays because the target audience had changed (newsflash--they grew up and still liked the shows, idiots), and then they go on to air such "adult shows" as Pokemon, Duel Masters, and "4Kids Presents One Piece". GTF outta here. There's nothing they aired on Saturdays that couldn't have been aired on weekdays after school and gotten much higher ratings.

The fact that with the tenth anniversary, all we got were a couple shorts and TOM v4.whogivesashit, should've been the sign to everyone that things were over. Ten years in the game and no new original series? No new anime? Hell, not even a return to weekdays? WTF. I remember even the Toonami fansite gave in the towel at that point, and they were totally right to.

Yeah. I was sad about Toonami dying. But Toonami died for me 4 years ago. This was just the passing of some shell that resembled it.


agreed

Mar 12, 2009 9:53 AM by death1001

SageShinigami said:
kisami said:
well toonami has served CN very well. for 11 years they had a very good run, and they probably got a lot of people introduced to the Anime genre. there at the end though, they had some crap running.

the latest trend though is that most shows and block of shows do not last for very long. American viewers are very picky and their attention span is about 2 seconds. these days its not surprising for a new show to go off the air within 3 years time. any show that lasts 5-10 years usually is outstanding and dies near the 10 year mark.


Toonami wasn't a show, it was a block. And it failing is solely Cartoon Network's fault.

I'd like to say I was sad when they killed Toonami, but I totally wasn't.

Don't get me wrong--I loved Toonami. And I was definitely pretty depressed over its real death--back in April 2004, when they moved it to the weekends. That was the true killer of Toonami.

Yeah, it went another four years, but it was pretty much limping. If it hadn't been for the occasional movie gimmick (airing Marvel's DTVs, Month of Miyazaki) and the powerhouse that is Naruto, Toonami wouldn't have even made it to that tenth anniversary.

Come on. This is a block that gained its fans primarily from shonen series. (Or mecha series.) Y'know, those series that run 100+ episodes? (Or for mecha, 40-50 episodes.) And you're going to switch to a WEEKLY format? Ugh. And to move it to late night on Saturdays when no one's home and essentially make it "Adult Swim Jr."...that was beyond stupid.

The entire thing was insulting. They moved it to Saturdays because the target audience had changed (newsflash--they grew up and still liked the shows, idiots), and then they go on to air such "adult shows" as Pokemon, Duel Masters, and "4Kids Presents One Piece". GTF outta here. There's nothing they aired on Saturdays that couldn't have been aired on weekdays after school and gotten much higher ratings.

The fact that with the tenth anniversary, all we got were a couple shorts and TOM v4.whogivesashit, should've been the sign to everyone that things were over. Ten years in the game and no new original series? No new anime? Hell, not even a return to weekdays? WTF. I remember even the Toonami fansite gave in the towel at that point, and they were totally right to.

Yeah. I was sad about Toonami dying. But Toonami died for me 4 years ago. This was just the passing of some shell that resembled it.


Thats true but Toonami did have an almost decent lineup in 2005. Then they just canceled all the good shows just because they are fucking idiots.

Dec 3, 2008 12:50 AM by Drunk_Samurai

Aww. I will miss it. I watched it when it first started airing. I think they showed Reboot.

Dec 2, 2008 1:04 PM by nomomoe

you forgot G Gundam.

Dec 2, 2008 1:02 PM by cantius

kisami said:
well toonami has served CN very well. for 11 years they had a very good run, and they probably got a lot of people introduced to the Anime genre. there at the end though, they had some crap running.

the latest trend though is that most shows and block of shows do not last for very long. American viewers are very picky and their attention span is about 2 seconds. these days its not surprising for a new show to go off the air within 3 years time. any show that lasts 5-10 years usually is outstanding and dies near the 10 year mark.


Toonami wasn't a show, it was a block. And it failing is solely Cartoon Network's fault.

I'd like to say I was sad when they killed Toonami, but I totally wasn't.

Don't get me wrong--I loved Toonami. And I was definitely pretty depressed over its real death--back in April 2004, when they moved it to the weekends. That was the true killer of Toonami.

Yeah, it went another four years, but it was pretty much limping. If it hadn't been for the occasional movie gimmick (airing Marvel's DTVs, Month of Miyazaki) and the powerhouse that is Naruto, Toonami wouldn't have even made it to that tenth anniversary.

Come on. This is a block that gained its fans primarily from shonen series. (Or mecha series.) Y'know, those series that run 100+ episodes? (Or for mecha, 40-50 episodes.) And you're going to switch to a WEEKLY format? Ugh. And to move it to late night on Saturdays when no one's home and essentially make it "Adult Swim Jr."...that was beyond stupid.

The entire thing was insulting. They moved it to Saturdays because the target audience had changed (newsflash--they grew up and still liked the shows, idiots), and then they go on to air such "adult shows" as Pokemon, Duel Masters, and "4Kids Presents One Piece". GTF outta here. There's nothing they aired on Saturdays that couldn't have been aired on weekdays after school and gotten much higher ratings.

The fact that with the tenth anniversary, all we got were a couple shorts and TOM v4.whogivesashit, should've been the sign to everyone that things were over. Ten years in the game and no new original series? No new anime? Hell, not even a return to weekdays? WTF. I remember even the Toonami fansite gave in the towel at that point, and they were totally right to.

Yeah. I was sad about Toonami dying. But Toonami died for me 4 years ago. This was just the passing of some shell that resembled it.

Dec 1, 2008 11:18 PM by SageShinigami

well toonami has served CN very well. for 11 years they had a very good run, and they probably got a lot of people introduced to the Anime genre. there at the end though, they had some crap running.

the latest trend though is that most shows and block of shows do not last for very long. American viewers are very picky and their attention span is about 2 seconds. these days its not surprising for a new show to go off the air within 3 years time. any show that lasts 5-10 years usually is outstanding and dies near the 10 year mark.

Dec 1, 2008 7:06 PM by kisami

Leon-Gun said:
They are blaming Japanese animation companies and Sci-fi for catering to anime fans instead of general viewers.

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...well damn CN. At least accept some blame here. The network KILLED Toonami, not just Sci-fi or modern Anime. I'm pretty sure "smart" lineups at hours people are actually awake could have helped (the last one is aimed at Adult Swim). This reminds me of how DBZ bombed when it originally aired in the US, due to being aired at 5 AM. Then CN picked it up, in which I believe was the first official "Toonami" lineup, and it was a hit. If anything, my example proves that shows don't kill networks... networks kill shows.


They are idiots. It was 100% their fault Toonami failed.

Dec 1, 2008 12:23 AM by Drunk_Samurai

It makes you wounder what are they thinking when they do this stuff.

Nov 30, 2008 12:07 AM by Sha8

Leon-Gun said:
They are blaming Japanese animation companies and Sci-fi for catering to anime fans instead of general viewers.

....

....

....

...well damn CN. At least accept some blame here. The network KILLED Toonami, not just Sci-fi or modern Anime. I'm pretty sure "smart" lineups at hours people are actually awake could have helped (the last one is aimed at Adult Swim). This reminds me of how DBZ bombed when it originally aired in the US, due to being aired at 5 AM. Then CN picked it up, in which I believe was the first official "Toonami" lineup, and it was a hit. If anything, my example proves that shows don't kill networks...
networks kill shows.


Agreed completely, airing shows at insane hours, or having just a horrible line-up will ruin the number of viewers.

Nov 29, 2008 11:53 PM by apple

They are blaming Japanese animation companies and Sci-fi for catering to anime fans instead of general viewers.

....

....

....

...well damn CN. At least accept some blame here. The network KILLED Toonami, not just Sci-fi or modern Anime. I'm pretty sure "smart" lineups at hours people are actually awake could have helped (the last one is aimed at Adult Swim). This reminds me of how DBZ bombed when it originally aired in the US, due to being aired at 5 AM. Then CN picked it up, in which I believe was the first official "Toonami" lineup, and it was a hit. If anything, my example proves that shows don't kill networks... networks kill shows.

Nov 25, 2008 1:39 PM by Leon-Gun

toonami was part of my child hood and its gone, a little depressing but i learned to live without out it after it moved to Saturdays instead of weekdays.

Nov 25, 2008 11:59 AM by mosdefind

Oh, wow. That sucks. Like alot of people, Toonami is what got me into anime. What will happen to the new geneartion!? lol.

Ah, yes, the good old days. Watching DBZ, Kenshin, Hakasho, Zoids and Gundam after school. And (lol) Hamtaro too. I remember when they kept on changing Tom's appearence.

Oct 10, 2008 4:07 PM by ImaginAsian

i remeber so many shows from toonamai gundam wing dbz dragon ball yu yu kenshin a lot more gundamsno6 sumberine or something like that so many shows.....and don't even start on as....cowboy bebop trigun inuyasha yu yu so many good shows and now what? almost no anime

Oct 10, 2008 2:56 PM by death1001

POR QUE?! lol TOONAMI IS THE REASON I LUV ANIME AND GOT INTO ANIME!

I can still remember watching:
Tenchi Muyo
Dragon Ball and DBZ
Rurouni Kenshin
Zoids: Chaotic Century
Gundam
Yu Yu Hakusho
and Hamtaro!

gosh, i'm gonna miss the old Tom.

Oct 8, 2008 10:49 PM by SkiesOfBlue

I haven't watched Toonami in years but it's still a bit sad to hear.

Oct 8, 2008 10:36 PM by saizo6

Monkey_D_Luffy said:
Toonami holds some great memories for me, being what primarily got me into anime with the likes of DBZ, Yuu Yuu Hakusho, and Kenshin. I haven't watched it in a long time, but it's still sad to hear.


i remember the start of the season and when yu yu was first aired i was rlly hooked then

i still remember the line up if i recall correctly CEST times
DBZ - 5:30pm
yu yu - 6:00pm
kkenshin -6:30pm
gundamn - 7:00pm

and the new episodes aired on Wednesdays it rocked


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ya AS is rlly fucking up its like there turning away from anime all the new shows are aired so l8 at night- the morning

Oct 6, 2008 7:01 PM by soul4soul

Maora said:
Baby_Naruto said:
denilmo said:
I'm sad to see it go, I hate admitting it, but it was going downhill. Naruto was the only good thing left and they dulled the esries down to fit toonami standards .... bleh.
But the furthest I've seen in the CN lineup for Naruto is Oct 11 - one of the movies, The Legend of the Stone of Gelel and then Oct 18 is episode 201.

I really hope that AS picks up and starts airing Shippuden, leave it uncut ... or at least not as edited as it would have been on toonami


Last Saturday, October 4, 2008, episode 200 of Naruto aired.


AS Is also going Downhill, too. They took away the meaning of saturday nights. >< Anime. So new episodes of Code Geass and Moribito is at the time EVERYONE is asleep. D:


That's why I go to sleep after Bleach ends at 11:30 P.M. and wake up at 5:55 A.M, 5 minutes before Code Geass airs.

Oct 6, 2008 5:40 PM by Toddler_Naruto