Trivia: Toonami

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The following are Trivia facts relating to Toonami.

  • Actor Allusion: TOM 4.0's final line closing out Toonami's initial run echoes that of another character voiced by Steven Jay Blum.
  • Adored by the Network: Enough to warrant an entire page.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy / Doing It for the Art: There's only six people manning the ship of the Toonami reboot. They've even admitted that they aren't getting paid for it. Any money that is budgeted to the block goes directly into production values and licensing new shows. This is obviously a work of love on the part of the crew.
  • Channel Hop: Well, sort of. Toonami coming from the daytime Cartoon Network to [adult swim].
    • Toonami briefly aired on Kids' WB!, though it never left Cartoon Network during that time.
  • Colbert Bump: Most music featured on the block has a huge surge in popularity afterwards. This is doubly true for original run composer Joe Boyd Vigil, who is almost unknown outside of Toonami fan circles, and DJ Clarknova, AKA Jason DeMarco, who pretty much is unknown outside of Toonami fan circles.
    • Slender became massively popular over the Summer of 2012 after it was reviewed on Toonami. Check the review here.
    • El-P is already an established rap act. But the views for his song "True Story" jumped after it was used in a bumper of the same name.
    • The screening of Evangelion 1.11 had Blu-Rays of 1.11 and 2.22 top the Amazon anime charts.
    • Despite it airing 4 previous times on American television, Episode 8 of Gurren Lagaan on Toonami saw the charcter tweet #kamina and #ripkamina trend worldwide, the only worldwide Toonami trend that night!
  • Doing It for the Art: Steve Blum returned to voice TOM because he really, really wanted to. In fact, he led the charge for its return when the April Fools' broadcast revitalized the fanbase.
  • Edited for Syndication: The Toonami crew's current policy with show openings and endings is to use a shortened opening provided by the show's distributor for the sake of making way for commercials and the Toonami bumps and intros themselves, with exceptions being the show that airs at the start of the block (currently Dragon Ball Z Kai), Naruto Shippuden (which has been airing with a custom 30-second Toonami intro since its premiere), american cartoons, and shows that have previously aired on [adult swim] such as Eureka Seven and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason why Hamtaro aired. TOM's bewildered reaction to it was probably a case of Biting-the-Hand Humor.
    • According to the official Tumblr, Wulin Warriors sounded like a case of this.
    • An unfortunate example would be Cartoon Network writing off Beware the Batman and Sym-Bionic Titan, which means that Toonami can no longer air either show legally. The former was still in the middle of its run when this was announced, and it forced Toonami to marathon the last seven episodes before they took it off.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Toonami Faithful.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!
    • C. Martin Croker voiced Moltar during the block's first couple years. He also voiced the character, as well as Zorak, in Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
    • When TOM was introduced in his first iteration, his voice was provided by Sonny Strait, who's mostly known for voicing Krillin and Usopp.
    • Peter Cullen provides the voiceovers during various Toonami promos. He's most famously known for his voicing Optimus Prime, and the creators chose him after hearing his narration over the intro to Voltron (he not only narrates the show, but also voices a few characters as well, specifically Coran and Commander Hawkins).
    • Steve Blum, who has been voicing TOM ever since the TOM 2 era. The creators chose him due to his performance in Cowboy Bebop.
    • SARA's second voice actress is Dana Swanson, an Adult Swim staff member and performs in her own band. Movie buffs may be most familiar with her as the singer for the the song "I Like Your Booty But I'm Not Gay" in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Moviefilm For Theaters.
    • Jim Cummings was the narrator for the Kids' WB! Toonami.
  • I Knew It: When Cartoon Network announced the return of Cartoon Planet, some fans speculated that this would lead to Toonami returning as part of the network returning to its roots for its 20th anniversary. Of course just a day after Cartoon Planet premiered, on the night of March 31-April 1 2012...
  • Long Runner: The original block ran for 11 years, from 1997 to 2008. Several shows on the block also count, most notably Bleach, which began running on [adult swim] Action while the original Toonami was still airing on Cartoon Network.
  • Network Decay: Heroically averted for the most part, though even they weren’t immune to this during the CN Real era, getting canceled instead during that era’s peak, but were uncanceled when CN returned to its animation roots. The Unique Situations page goes into more detail on this.
  • Network to the Rescue: Disney used to air Naruto Shippuden on Disney XD, with some edits removing blood and swears to make it more appropriate for Disney XD's younger target audience. That may not necessitate a rescue, but when the show started to get more violent, Disney simply stopped airing it and did absolutely nothing with the show. Once the license expired, Toonami wasted no time picking up Shippuden for airing uncut and uncensored.
    • Beware the Batman is certainly a case of this. Subjected to Invisible Advertising while Teen Titans Go! became Adored by the Network, the show was put on hiatus al la Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series after airing 11 episodes, with the only word of its return being from Batman's voice actor in the show, who said it would return on January. When that time rolled around, it was delayed even further until "the middle of 2014" (the fact that new episodes were airing in New Zealand didn't help matters much). Cue the Toonami crew announcing that Beware the Batman would be coming to the block...
    • And later, when it was suddenly announced that Cartoon Network would be writing off the Beware the Batman, thus preventing it from ever being aired again, Toonami announced a last minute schedule change to run all the remaining episodes before they lose to rights to air it, being able to show every episode and thus prevent there from being Lost Episodes. A very sweet gesture on their part.
    • Toonami aired the last two episodes of Hellsing Ultimate during the 2014 month of movies, only a few weeks after they announced they'd only be able to air the first eight.
  • No Budget: On a Toonami sub-Reddit AMA, Jason DeMarco cited budgetary issues as the reason for certain questionable decisions regarding the block, such as rerunning Attack on Titan at 11:30, putting a rerun at 2:30 once Hellsing Ultimate leaves, and repeating some movies for Month of Movies 2014.
  • One of Us: Steve Blum's definitely a member of the Toonami Faithful.
    • Averted as far as being tropers go. While they said they're not actually tropers, they have cited this very wiki as a very good source of information.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • TOM was first voiced by Sonny Strait, then by Steve Blum from the Intruder event onwards.
    • SARA's absence all these years was attributed to Sally Timms being unavailable to voice her. She is now voiced by Dana Swanson, a full-fledged member of Toonami's crew.
  • Screwed by the Network: Toonami aired every weekday for years before being moved to Saturdays only, and the block's time slot was cut in half; its schedule eventually consisted of reruns, filler, and Naruto; it was replaced by the network's new darling Miguzi the week following its move to Saturdays-only...the list goes on and on. Long story short, it was canceled by Cartoon Network, which was supposedly due to bad ratings, despite the fact they were the ones causing them. Then, it was un-screwed when the fandom made enough noise. With the new Toonami gaining more popular shows which get better ratings and are of higher demand into 2013-2014, it screws over equally good but more obscure shows that need to be aired later into the night because Toonami doesn't want to move those more popular ones from their earlier timeslot.
    • Even on the new Toonami, unfortunately, the shows themselves still aren't immune to this. So far, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was removed partway through its run and replaced with InuYasha (though since the removal of Cowboy Bebop, it has returned), Tenchi Muyo! GXP was moved down to 3:00 AM, and ThunderCats (2011) and Sym-Bionic Titan, the former of which pulled in as many ratings as Bleach and Naruto when airing in the right timeslot, were also unceremoniously removed the former being taken off partway through its second run (to be fair, though, it was because the airings rights unexpectedly expired, and Sym-Bionic Titan has been confirmed to return).
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars was hit with this on January 4th, being moved down to 5:00 AM and replacing one episode of InuYasha (essentially screwing over that show as well) to make way for 3:00 AM reruns of the original Naruto (keep in mind, Naruto was originally stated to have officially left on November 30th). This is despite the show doing surprisingly well at 3:00 AM.
    • Samurai Jack has apparently set a new record for how fast a show can get screwed over: 3 weeks before even airing. The 2/1/14 lineup that the crew posted on their tumblr reveals that Samurai Jack, which was hyped up quite a bit for its eventual return to Toonami, is being aired at 4:00 AM. Especially egregrious considering that the show it's replacing, FLCL (which was airing reruns on [adult swim] Action much longer than Samurai Jack was on Boomerang), was aired at 2:30 AM.
    • InuYasha has joined the 'screwed by rights' category, leaving the block out of nowhere due to rights losses.
    • Come May 10th, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex was removed in favor of another show, with said show in that case being Beware the Batman. Technically averted, strangely enough, as the Toonami crew has confirmed that the show would still return, a promise they made good on when the show was previously removed to make room for InuYasha. Also somewhat justified, as Toonami was running thin on room for premieres (Attack on Titan premiered the week before and pushed every show in the lineup down one timeslot in the process), and something had to be removed to make room for Beware the Batman.
    • But the single worst screwing of all was done to Megas XLR and Immortal Grand Prix. Both were written off as financial losses long ago in the original Toonami era, and were effectively barred from ever returning to the network. With a lot of paperwork and negotiation, at least IGPX got a second shot on the network, as an original Toonami-funded work.
    • July 26th had two schedule changes. The first was Beware the Batman switching timeslots with Black Lagoon, putting the former at 2:30 AM and the latter at 3:00 AM. Though granted, this was downplayed due to Beware the Batman moving into premieres this week, thus justifying moving Black Lagoon (which is an older show and has already aired on another channel) down a timeslot. The second change was the return of Cowboy Bebop, which was placed at 4:30 AM and moved Samurai Jack down to the very end of the lineup, at 5:30 AM.
    • After suffering the move from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM, Star Wars: The Clone Wars was taken off the block on October 4th. Though granted, this wass because Star Wars: Rebels will premiere on the Disney Channel the day before.
    • The screwing intensified when Toonami announced that Sym-Bionic Titan and Beware the Batman suffered the same fate as Megas XLR: being written off by Cartoon Network and not being allowed to air on their channel ever again. To at least give fans of the latter show a chance to see the whole thing, however, Toonami marathoned the last 7 episodes of Beware the Batman, ensuring that the show would reach its conclusion.
    • A month of lower ratings caused further screwing, as Toonami lost the 5:00 AM hour, which in turn means that IGPX (which had just started its third run at the beginning of the year) and Samurai Jack (which had been jerked around the lower half of the block for most of 2014 and is just two episodes shy of finishing its run) were removed from the lineup.
    • Shortly after Dragon Ball Z Kai was given an encore airing at 8:00 PM on regular [adult swim], One Piece was also given an encore airing at 8:30 PM. Unfortunately, the show was going through a couple filler episodes at the time. The result? One Piece's encore airings drew in less ratings than normal, and [adult swim] decided to replace it with King of the Hill after a few episodes, despite what was essentially bad timing on their part.
  • Sleeper Hit: Toonami is darn famous for them. As detailed elsewhere, anime series that didn't do well in their original Japanese run and that were simply picked up due to having low asking prices for TV airing ended up becoming quite popular in their Toonami incarnations. The best examples of this are Outlaw Star, The Big O and, most recently, Deadman Wonderland. Deadman deserves special mention, both because by the second episode its ratings rivaled those of Bleach and because the show tanked in its home country so badly that ratings data is simply not available for it.
  • Talking to Himself: Steve Blum voices both TOM 3.5 and TOM 4 when they chat with each other.
  • Trolling Creator: Quite a bit. Whether it's their send-off to Deadman Wonderland, their responses to negativity on the Tumblr, or Jason DeMarco re-tweeting "Toonami Sucks" tweets, the crew gets plenty of trolling on the fans.
  • Uncanceled: Toonami's Back Bitches.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: The Toonami Tumblr stopped answering questions daily starting in April 2013 because they kept getting "nonsense", and questions they already answered countless times. They'll still post pics, gifs, behind the scenes stuff, music suggestions and the occasional Q&A session however.
  • What Could Have Been: There were various shows that were meant to air on Toonami, but didn't make the cut.
    • Some shows that aired on [adult swim] such as Blue Gender, Trigun, and Pilot Candidate were originally meant for Toonami, but instead ended up airing on the former.
    • This could easily explain why Blue Gender was heavily censored when it aired on [adult swim], and it does explain why Pilot Candidate was a Macekre. It was filled with plot holes due to heavy censoring, such as one character getting killed in battle yet being given the Put on a Bus treatment instead. while showing her body being prepared for her funeral.
      • So far in a case of averting this, one such show, InuYasha, finally got the chance to air on Toonami.
    • Cartoon Network attempted to get airing rights for The Vision of Escaflowne and The Slayers. Unfortunately, the rights ended up going to Saban Entertainment instead, and of those two shows, only the former ended up airing on Fox Kids (heavily censored, too. To be fair, though, Escaflowne probably would've been censored on Toonami as well, considering the content and the censorship the other shows like Outlaw Star went through).
    • Two shows that were intended to stream on Toonami Jetstream, had the service been kept alive, were Megaman NT Warrior and Zoids: Genesis.
    • The crew wanted to get Freddie Prinze Jr to voice TOM, but he never answered, possibly since he was on a wave of huge movie deals at the time.
    • When Kill la Kill was announced for airing, the crew stated that it would air at 11:30 PM, relegating the Attack on Titan reruns to 2:30 AM. Unfortunately, [adult swim] decided to have a knee jerk reaction towards the low ratings that said Attack on Titan reruns were causing and take away 11:30 PM (as well as the entire back-half of the block), resulting in Kill la Kill having to premiere at the less impressive timeslot of 12:30 AM.
  • Wiki Rule: The Toonami Wiki, which provides information on both the current and past Toonami (even the Kids' WB Toonami), shows that have aired, are currently airing, or will be airing in the future.
  • Word of God: Glen Bartlett, the man who runs the Toonami Asia channel, has said that NAMI, the host of the channel, exists in the same universe as TOM and SARA, teasing at a possible meeting between the characters. However, the staff of Toonami Asia is different than the U.S. Toonami staff, meaning that Bartlett's statement holding water depends on whether or not Jason DeMarco and the rest of the crew agree with it (DeMarco himself stating that the U.S. Toonami staff are not involved with Toonami Asia doesn't help).