A Fond Farewell To Toonami

Cartoon Network announced Saturday September 20, at Anime Weekend Atlanta, that Saturday night’s broadcast was the final bow for Toonami. After eleven years, the network was cancelling the programming block.
Toonami Shutdown

Fans of the programming block were given little time to recover from this sudden and unexpected announcement. It was followed by a short, bittersweet announcement made on air following tonight’s Naruto episode. You can see it for yourself here. It didn’t end with a bang, despite their feeble attempt. It ended with a gasp and a whimper.

This was an unnecessary death caused by out of touch program directors and impatient marketing pros who enjoyed Toonami’s success but wouldn’t give it a chance to flourish again. The ones who chose to move it from different time slot to different time slot. Each time courting a different age group. There are so many wonderful animes out there, not to mention the large number of action cartoons, that CN could have chosen to revamp Toonami. Naruto is a great anime but it’s not enough all on it’s own.

Toonami Tom

Toonami is largely responsible for my, and many others, discovery and love of anime. I have
followed Toonami from it’s humble beginnings in 1997 to it’s slow, painful death Saturday night; from Moltar to all of Tom’s incarnations. It started with such classics as ThunderCats and Voltron. Then moved on to anime favs like Robotech, Sailor Moon,Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin and Astro Boy. It hit it’s peak with Dragonball and Dragonball Z. At the end, the cartoon block was only anchored with one program, Naruto.

And so we mourn the loss of a true friend. A companion that helped spark imaginations and brought some of the best entertainment out there straight to our living rooms five days a week. Thanks for the memories and fun. You will be missed.

Toonami Spike
“…bang!” The parting words of both Tom and Spike Spiegel.

9 thoughts on “A Fond Farewell To Toonami

  1. david

    i wish Toonami would go back the way it was years ago because the show were great like dbz gungam one pieace kenshin yu yu hakusho even tho naruto is pretty good it cant hold up on how good Toonami was and besides the line up now sucks like sameri jack that show in ass

  2. Profile photo of 2xKnight2xKnight

    Dude, I’m with you on that. Toonami had some great shows over the years. Shoot, just show the old stuff and call it Toonami Classic. That would be awesome.

  3. Ned Talamoa

    I’ve always loved Toonami,
    even TOM and Sara on their
    ”GPS: Absolution”.
    I will miss them, miss them all.
    Farewell, Toonami, and to you
    too: TOM and Sara.

  4. Ian Isberto

    I know that you missed Toonami, but we want the Cartoon Network that they should relaunch Toonami for a new channel or On Demand for our request. Don’t blame Cartoon Network, because the only thing they truly excel at is the FUTURE. I say that we should blame the future as well for forcing Cartoon Network to cancel Toonami.

  5. masteratomsik

    Well all i can hope for is that toonami the thing that gave me anime will return better than ever. as TOM said: “Toonami wouldn’t have been anything without you. Hopefully we’ve left you with some good memories. So, until we meet again, stay gold. Bang.” I hope we will meet again.

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