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Old 09-21-2008, 11:25 PM   #1
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toonami

Toonami is dead. RIP.
September 20th, 2008 – 6:57 pm
Tagged as: Anime, Industry News
It’s official. Cartoon Network announced today that they are ending their Toonami cartoon block. After tonight, September 20th, 2008, it’s gone. Employees who worked on the block will be going to other parts of the channel. Anime will be mostly handled by Adult Swim (which, as I wrote earlier, is also dying), and there will be another action block replacing Toonami on Friday nights afterwards. Toonami Jetstream will remain without the Toonami name.

This is another sad day for American fans of anime. Toonami was one of the programming blocks that brought decent anime to U.S. airwaves. Now it’s gone, and it looks like anime on Cartoon Network is doomed to extinction.

Started in 1997, Toonami was the first real cable option action anime. It brought us shows like Outlaw Star, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Wing, and most importantly, Dragon Ball Z. In its later days, Toonami aired more generic shows like Naruto and One Piece while Adult Swim handled the more “mature” series like Death Note, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, and Blood+. But recently, most anime fans had given up on the block since its selection of shows had been rather…poor. Some stalwart fans still held out hope that the execs at Cartoon Network would bring in exciting new shows again, but it seems like they’ve decided to give up. No word on exactly what shows they plan to replace the Toonami lineup with.

There’s also no official word yet on whether Toonami’s biggest current series, Naruto, will be continued past the remaining episodes they have the broadcast rights to. The show is in the middle of a big set of “filler” episodes, and ratings have apparently tanked. Lots of fans were still looking forward to seeing Naruto: Shippuden air, but there’s no word on whether that will happen now.

Tonight there will be a special on-air announcement for the final airing of the block. Tune in and say goodbye.


i just wanted to hear some more thoughts about it. it played a big part for me when i was younger, i used to watch it religously. but it kinda went downhill recently. and i wonder what will happen to naruto
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:40 PM   #2
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Re: toonami

Toonami got me into anime when I was around 10. This really sucks. I remember the Sailor Moon, DBZ and Gundam Wing block like the back of my hand.

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Old 09-21-2008, 11:47 PM   #3
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I gazed in awe as the luminescent glow of dusk settled; the sands of time whipped about along the wind. How was I to know what I would feel in those passing moments? Glee? Shock? Rage? Angst?

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For the only emotion that welled up inside the calloused cauldron of my soul was a distinct emptiness. Alone I sat in front of the flickering screen as the lights dimmed. The sweet serenade that had ushered me to a fantastical sleep as a child populated by dreams and promises was fading. The voice of my youngest of years whispered so eloquently the long, last goodbye.

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Warmth did touch my eyes and stream down my cheeks. Though I am a man today the child inside wept. There was nothing. There was nothing.

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Old 09-21-2008, 11:51 PM   #4
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Re: toonami

Indeed sad news...however, after 04 there was a steep and steady decline in the content of anime showed on toonami...

But weep not my friends...us american anime fans can find respite in the wonders of subbed anime.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:41 AM   #5
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Re: toonami

did it really take 3 years to die off?
this doesnt affect me in the least bit since I havent watched Cartoon Network in at least 2 years (excluding adult swim)

its probably gonna be replaced with some kid friendly bullshit
now thats a shame

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Indeed sad news...however, after 04 there was a steep and steady decline in the content of anime showed on toonami...

But weep not my friends...us american anime fans can find respite in the wonders of subbed anime.
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:03 AM   #6
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Re: toonami

toonami did open up my horizon in anime back in the days of gold with yu yu hakusho, gundam wing, salor moon, inuyasha, cyborg 009, fullmetal alchemist, some of Hayao Miyazaki's work like My Neighbor Totoro, and others. it was great up until maybe 3 or 4 years ago then i stopped watching because it simply started to suck due to their poor selection of anime like blake mentioned. but yeah the news doesn't shock me one bit either.
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:35 AM   #7
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Re: toonami

If I see some gay ass Total Drama island, Camp Lazzlo, or other retarded CN show...I'm going to scream. They've been going downhill with shows in the last few years. They cater more to little kids now. Let Nick and Disney have their kiddie shows and retarded teen shows. The only TV I watch is Adult Swim, The Colbert Report, and all the Guns & Ammo tv on Wednesdays. Don't take my Adult Swim.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:46 AM   #8
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Re: toonami

there taking adult swim away too.
all i miss was when they used to have dbz gundam wing, and yuyu everyday starting at 5. that was the only real reason i watched cn. and i guess there wont be naruto shipiuuden subbed because i think theyre trying to go away from anime
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:19 AM   #9
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We've barely ever had any anime broadcast in the UK. Shut your collective whining.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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that sucks.......
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USA > UK. STFU Jaxon.
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Old 09-22-2008, 01:32 PM   #13
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I remember ronin warriors. I have some episodes on my youtube playlist. I can't believe toonami is going to be gone. What will happen to Naruto?
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I remember ronin warriors. I have some episodes on my youtube playlist. I can't believe toonami is going to be gone. What will happen to Naruto?
hopfully on adult swim
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naruto isnt violent enough for adult swim imo. its more of a kid anime. but if adult swim folds there wont be anywhere for naruto unless it gets picked up by 4kids and we dont want that
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