The “Evolution” of Toonami


Toonami was (and still is) the greatest thing to happen to Cartoon Network. On 3/17/97, it first hit the airwaves and I haven’t been the same since! At 8 years old, I was introduced to to awesome shows like Voltron, ThunderCats, DBZ, and Sailor Moon. The block was first hosted by Moltar from Space Ghost, then the series of TOM robots. New shows started popping up like Gundam Wing and my all-time favorite Outlaw Star. Anime would NOT be as big in the US as it is today without Toonami. For 11 years, this as been a big part of my life growing up. And while, it’s nowhere near as good as it once was, I will forever be a “Toonami Faithful.” The video is a tribute to the most kickass programing block in TV history. No Copyright Infringement Was Meant. Clips from: www.toonamiarsenal.com Music: Motörhead – “Line in the Sand” (Evolution Theme)

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  1. Indignation211 says:

    Born in 89, I was along for most of Toonami’s glorious ride. Though about 2 years after it went Saturday only I moved up to Adult Swim (back when that was still good), so I didnt experience the 4th Tom or its tragic end. Now I just get my anime from the internet. Not only did the fans get their hearts ripped out, but the US anime industry lost a prime (direct and/or indirect) source of income, and even more to fansubs.

  2. josejosedragon says:

    oh man i wish i was born in the 1990s missed out on all the good shows

  3. Mixinnitup says:

    @Snoofman Yeah I think our generation kind of depended on it. Not to sound all asskissy but…that little robot turned broadcasting cool and more mature-leveled shows into an art form. Nowadays half the shows on cartoon network aren’t even cartoons. I pray for the kids of today…pray for them

  4. 63dez says:

    @Superkool453 i used to do the same. i would get chewed out because i skipped homework for it

  5. Snoofman says:

    As a kid, and even a teenager, I grew up with Toonami. There was no other show or collection of shows like it. I thought it was a great method of slowly introducing kids to the more serious and mature themes that they would have to face later in life, and Toonami had a very effective and gentle way of doing that. Cartoon Network has lost so much popularity over the years because it is cutting the classics and replacing them with shows that have absolutely nothing to do with animation.

  6. cobaniac19 says:

    @GDISCairsoft born in 91…..i know what you mean lol

  7. SexabIe says:

    I remember the commercials for new DBZ episodes… v.v

  8. SerpentKunoichi26 says:

    it never should have ended

  9. 15Ellimist says:

    Everbody, JOIN THE PETITION ON FACEBOOK, IT WILL REALLY WORK WE CAN ACUTALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE, JUST TUPE IN PETITION TO BRING TOONAMI BACK AND CLIK ADD, THIS WILL HELP A LOT

  10. 88superlink says:

    I remember the 2nd or 3rd and maybe 4th

  11. 9R3DSKULL6 says:

    it used to be the end of my world if i missed toonami

  12. Ipwn84 says:

    11 People have no soul, they just suck

  13. Gamer19975 says:

    guys like this fb page, mabye with enough likes we can get toonami back not spamming dead serious pages/NickToonami/186242741423391?sk=wall

  14. Kjoker9 says:

    my favorite tom was 2:20 – 2:28

  15. GDISCairsoft says:

    born in 92 toonami was the single greatest television event of my childhood

  16. kungfufreak360 says:

    i wish this song wasnt there…

  17. halogodess says:

    even though i was born june 97 toonami was a big part of me and why i love anime R.I.P toonami

  18. joshemane says:

    TACTICAL MUTE INCOMING

  19. edchumley says:

    @MastaWillis1995 or Dragonball GT :)

  20. skylinechris181 says:

    cartoonnetwork is dead now it has nothing interesting the only way for them to come back alive is to BRING TOONAMI BACK

  21. Jebus4209 says:

    Long live Toonami!! You were my gateway to more anime than anything else in this world. Goodbye and Rest in Peace! ♥♥♥

  22. jibbninja says:

    song is fucking gay lol

  23. MastaWillis1995 says:

    Toonami R.I.P If you come back, please come back with DRAGONBALL Z!!!!!!!

  24. gpe41 says:

    @nick1177 it was from 2005-2008. also, i may have been 3, but i still was old enough to remember what i watched.

  25. nick1177 says:

    @gpe41 naruto was never on toonami… 94 is still pretty young to even remember this. after all it died in what 2004.

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