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Tear Jerker: Toonami
  • The greatest Tear Jerker of all (other than the finale) is no doubt when the first TOM died...many fans were no doubt shocked and horrified when they saw TOM get liquefied...
  • The closing speech is a Tear Jerker:
    "Well, this is the end, beautiful friends. After more than 11 years, this is Toonami's final broadcast. It's been a lot of fun, and we'd like to thank each and every one of you who made this journey with us. Toonami wouldn't have been anything without you. Hopefully we've left you with some good memories. So, until we meet again, stay gold.

    • If you ever saw Toonami before it met its untimely end, it's impossible to see that and not feel a tear come to your eye.
      • Steve Blum has stated at a con that recording that speech was among his most difficult to get through in his career.
    • It's made even worse by an archived thread on 4chan's /a/ from the last day of Toonami. The infamously rude and edgy board being reduced to tears from the sudden announcement of the block's cancellation and its final hours is just depressing to look at.
    • Hell, the music itself ("Tycho: Cascade") comes from [adult swim]'s soundtrack, "Ghostly Swim".
  • "Don't fear failure". The deep, emotional message and quotes used for this promo along with the Outlaw Star footage used in the promo has caused many a fan to tear up.
  • The April 1, 2012 one night revival on [adult swim] as part of their annual April Fool's stunt. Tears of joy, Manly Tears and tears of nostalgia all flowed freely as "Toonami" played shows from the glory days (including completely unexpected fare like Blue Submarine No. 6), Tom was brought back with new lines voiced by Steve Blum (who seemed to be shedding those nostalgia tears as well) and the previously posted "Broken Promises (Dreams)" promo was aired.
  • Everyone is sure they cried tears of joy once [as] announced they will officially bring Toonami back on May 26th!
    • It being back in general is probably an example. People who haven't watched Cartoon Network in years tune in for the new Toonami, and it just gives a general feeling of coolness every time it's on.
  • The first motivational speech from TOM since the TOM 2 era, simply titled "Life". It can be seen as a thank-you toward fans who brought the block back.
  • To the fans of Neotoonami, their final farewell is definitely this.
    • Respectfully, they shut down because the original Toonami came back. It would be rude to do otherwise, because then they might have been cited as knockoffs and receive unjust flak. They were our consolation for the wilderness years without Toonami, and with their purpose having been served, it was time to retire in a positive light.
  • It's incredibly sad when you realize that the only way a major United States cable network can air a block that is filled with mostly anime is to have it produced by six people making the content, on a tiny budget, on their off-hours, for free.
  • TOM trying to get a perfect day in his review of Pikmin 3. You can't help but shed some space dust along with him.
  • In 2013, they lost the rights to Cowboy Bebop and it officially ended on October 19th. Even if you weren't a die hard fan of the show it's tear-jerking when you realize a show that was so loved for twelve years is gone.
    • Any show leaving the lineup can be considered a Tear Jerker in some small way. With that in mind, no matter how many people love Cowboy Bebop, its departing pales in comparison to those of Thunder Cats 2011 (along with Sym-Bionic Titan, it was desperately in need of support for a second season, and though it brought some of the block's better ratingsnote , it was still removedů in the middle of a two-part episode, just to rub salt in the wound, and due to the rights expiring, meaning that it can't even come back like Sym-Bionic Titan can) and Tenchi Muyo! GXP (it started out in the generous 12:30 AM timeslot, before being bumped down to 1:00 AM to make way for Naruto, and then eventually relegated to the 3:00 AM "death slot" for the rest of its run, simply because of the negative reception it was getting on the grounds that it was a non-action show). Cowboy Bebop at least got good consistent treatment, while Thunder Cats and Tenchi Muyo! GXP got Screwed by the Network (or Warner Bros., in the former's case).
    • Inuyasha joins the club when its rights were lost out of nowhere.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Samurai Jack being relegated to the 5:00 AM hour during their initial runs. Granted, Samurai Jack is old and has aired plenty times before on the old Toonami, regular Cartoon Network hours, and Boomerang, but with The Clone Wars, there's no excuse.
    • And now the final nail on The Clone Wars's coffin: on October 4th (exactly one day after Star Wars: Rebels premieres on the Disney Channel), The Clone Wars will be taken off.
  • The fact that, with the removal of The Clone Wars as stated above, Toonami currently risks becoming an anime-only block (with the exception of Sym-Bionic Titan and Samurai Jack, since Toonami perpetually owns the rights to those shows) due to anime fans constantly bitching about western shows airing on Toonami and action-oriented western shows in general becoming a dying breed. This issue was discussed in heartbreaking detail on Episode 114 of the Toonami Faithful Podcast, and it explains why Toonami is an action-animation block, not an anime block like its newer fans think it is.
  • Cartoon Network has officially written off Sym-Bionic Titan and Beware the Batman, meaning that neither show can air on Toonami ever again. This officially leaves Samurai Jack as the only western show Toonami can air now, as well as increases the chances of the possibility of Toonami becoming an anime-only block once again.
  • Hellsing Ultimate only getting a partial run. One of the best shows Toonami has ever aired, having pushed the boundaries for what the block can air in terms of content and runtime... and it can't even air in its entirety because of a case of miscommunication.

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