YMMV / Toonami

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: The same fans who spent the last two years referring to TOM 4 as "Tom-ass the Toonami Engine" cried when he left. It was because a simple word ("Bang...") reminded the older audience - the ones who had watched Toonami through all eleven years - that they weren't forgotten. Sure, we thought they had when they started milking Naruto for all it was worth, (practically) changed hosts, and got rid of all the credible shows and original series. But what Tom said - what Steven Jay Blum said - just meant so much more. The fact that a certain imageboard practically broke down during the last hour or so of the final run, overwhelmed with nostalgia and begging each other to do something to stop Toonami from shutting down, simply adds to the heartbreak. In short, Toonami with a crappy looking host is still better than no Toonami at all.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The [adult swim] version of Toonami attempted to avert this by airing Cartoon Network shows such as ThunderCats (2011), Sym-Bionic Titan, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, all of which were considered much more mature fare than Cartoon Network's other shows at the time. Unfortunately, such attempts were often met with derision and cries of Network Decay from fans, mostly those who think that Toonami is an anime block and that such shows are made exclusively for kids. Of course, if Toonami getting to premiere a brand new season of Samurai Jack is any indication, they're still trying to avert this.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The one-minute techno remixes used to introduce each show were so awesome, they eventually put out several soundtracks.
    • Toonami also borrows top-notch tracks from a handful of records labels and artists. (Ninja Tune, Ghostly, El-P, etc.)
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: For the block itself, joked about by [adult swim]'s "Saturday Fanservice" bumpers, with a list of shows that air that night during regular [adult swim] and Toonami, and a "Fanservice Level" meter that instantly fills when the bumper highlights Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann.
  • Broken Base: Enough to warrant it's own page.
  • Critical Research Failure: In 2000, when Toonami still had a fanart segment, they implicitly said that they would not display artwork of any character that had not yet premiered on a specific show (namely "NO TRUNKS"). However, you could easily see the fact that they did display fanart of Chibi Chibi, who not only has never appeared in Toonami's Sailor Moon airings, but didn't appear in any airings inside of the United States, outside of fansubs, which some kids apparently watched back then. They may have assumed that since she had pink hair, she must have been existing character Chibi-Usa/Rini.
    • Anime fans thinking that Toonami is only for anime while ignoring that Toonami focuses on "action cartoons" and has aired Western stuff for years.
    • Sites claiming that Adult Swim's Toonami was losing relevance with anime fans or becoming a shell of its former self due to reruns. Toonami has less appeal to more intense anime fans due to being dubbed and not having immediate access to new shows and new episodes, but the main focus of Toonami has always been to be a gateway to action cartoons in general. With [as] Toonami, unless you're Bebop, shows only really get rerun a limited amount of times and said shows have less episodes...unlike the good ol' days where constant DBZ reruns and the like reigned supreme. Toonami even acknowledged this when the Adult Swim version of Toonami was first starting off, with a remade version of a promo about reruns that originally aired when Moltar was still hosting.
    • There's also the similar problem of anime fans claiming that, with streaming sites and services like Crunchyroll and Hulu that allow them to watch an anime almost immediately after it airs in Japan, Toonami has become essentially pointless. This is ignoring that 1) Toonami happens to be airing on one of the highest rated television networks, 2) anime distribution companies like FUNimation, Aniplex USA, and Sentai Filmworks actually want to have their shows air on the block, 3) Toonami is one of the very few television blocks currently dedicated to airing action animation, and the only one aimed at mature audiences, and 4) Toonami has its entire broadcast streamed on the official [adult swim] website for free.
    • SARA's claim that Rez is about a virus invading the mainframe of a computer, when it's actually about a hacker trying to prevent an AI shutting down.
  • Dork Age: The TOM 4.0 era was hated by a lot of fans for the TOM's redesign, and for things like the Absolution and SARA being dropped without any indication of a reason. The general screwing of multiple shows reducing the block to nothing but reruns and Naruto led many to suspect Executive Meddling, especially given that this happened in 2007, after the Mooninite bomb scare and the resulting management shake-ups at Cartoon Network, eventually leading to the channel's Network Decay. Then the block got taken off, and people mourned its passing, no matter what they'd thought about the retool... But when Toonami came back, it was with an updated version of the previous, well-liked TOM 3, with the Absolution back in space, and with no mention of the last few years of the original run. Until a Shout-Out was made to TOM 4 that insinuated there were multiple TOMS running around.
  • Ear Worm: The Kids' WB! Toonami had that catchy piano riff.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Swayzak.
    • Toonami itself was this to Cartoon Network and nowadays to Adult Swim, thanks to its shows sticking out from the rest, its surprisingly complex hosts, its beautiful CGI and the fact that its original run introduced so many American kids to anime guaranteed it to be listed here.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: TOM 4 never happened. Ever. Has waned a bit after the reveal that Tom 3 and 4 are separate beings.
  • Fandom Rivalry: A number of Toonami fans have expressed dislike for the FOX reruns on Adult-Swim following the block's lost hours, citing poorer ratings as a result to suggest for the restoration of the block's previous length. A less noticeable but still there issue between Toonami fans and Boondocks reruns also surfaces on occasion, with Toonami fans seeing the show as a herald of bad Toonami rating periods when it is the last program between Adult Swim and Toonami programming.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • TOM 4.0's speech "Eleven years and counting! Raise your hand if you were alive during Toonami's launch" wasn't as celebratory when it eventually turned out to be the final year of the original Toonami's existence.
    • "Till the sun rises on a world without Toonami" was rather cringe-worthy during the period of Toonami's cancellation when the sun actually rose on a world without Toonami.
  • Gateway Series: Entire generations of fans learned about anime in general from the network - without it, the anime boom of the early 2000s would likely have never happened. Itís no surprise because of this that quite a few fans say that the original cancellation of Toonami marked the end of that anime boom, and the blockís revival is proof that we are in the middle of another one..
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Toonami was almost single-handedly responsible for popularizing franchises such as Gundam, Rurouni Kenshin, Naruto, and above all Dragon Ball Z in the US. Shows that bombed in Japan like The Big O, Outlaw Star, and Deadman Wonderland made it big in America on this program.
  • Growing the Beard: For the Framing Device itself, it was The Intruder miniseries for establishing everything that makes Toonami unique.
    • Toonami's beard first emerged with the acquisition of its two killer app anime; Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z.
    • Toonami's relaunch grew its beard when they fully expanded to six hours in length. The beard thicknened considerably when it gained One Piece to complete the Naruto-Bleach-One Piece trinity.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
    • When "Raise your hand if you were alive during Toonami's Launch!" was uttered by TOM 4.0, it was uttered during the last year of its existence... Then it got revived! Looks like we're still counting.
    • During the April Fools Day 2012 broadcast, Toonami aired a commercial advertising the Bandai Entertainment DVD release of Gundam Wing (which had went out of print literally the day before) that would initially be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, saying to "pick up the DVDs wherever you can find them". Now that Nozomi Entertainment has struck a deal with Sunrise to distribute almost all of the entire Gundam franchise in the U.S., Gundam Wing included, fans really will get to pick up those DVDs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • At the end of each Tenchi promo, you hear the narrator say, "Love Stinks", keep in mind that that narrator was the voice of the original Optimus Prime! Mr. "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings"! A character who is known for being serious and almost entirely lacking in a sense of humor (at least in later Transformers shows and movies)!
    • Back at the height of the 2000s anime boom, some ads mistakenly labelled Cowboy Bebop as part of the Toonami block. It took a while, but it did finally happen in 2012.
    • There was once a obscure [adult swim] bump in the past, making fun of the fact that Toonami claimed to be cooler than Adult Swim, and had a pretty comical in-house rivalry (both being run by Williams Street). Cut to 2012, where Toonami has been Uncancelled and now runs on Adult Swim hours.
    • One of D's quotes, "Glad to see you stayed with us. Toonami loves you", could easily describe the revival.
    • In 2002, the Toonami review of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind had SARA praise it while TOM act completely dismissive towards it. ("...if you care.") Flash forward 10 years later, where TOM looks at Skyrim and not only showers it with praise, but gives it a rating of 100/10 (Dawnguard got an 8/10)
    • For April Fools Day 2014, the fan site ToonamiFaithful.com wrote an article stating that the original Dragon Ball Z would be returning to Toonami. Fans went absolutely berserk, as despite being written in a very conspicuous manner (including fake quotes and a very nonsensical fake lineup), the article managed to fool a lot of people into thinking that Dragon Ball Z really was returning to the block. One month later, on May 24th (which was coincidently the same night that Toonami aired Cooler's Revenge), Toonami confirmed at Momocon 2014 and on their tumblr that the show really would be returning to the block in the form of Dragon Ball Z Kai.
    • Back in 2011, one of the first shows that NeoToonami (which was essentially a fan-made Toonami streamed on the internet) aired was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. A couple years later, come August 16th, Gurren Lagann is now airing on the official Toonami.
    • In 2013, around when the first season of Sword Art Online was announced to air, there were detractors claiming that airing the show would lead to the death of Toonami. Fast forward to the time of this edit. Not only is Toonami still around, but the second season, Sword Art Online II, is now officially slated to air.
    • Back in the TOM 2.0 era, there was a review for Super Mario Sunshine, during which TOM comments on the large amount of coins. ("I'm seein' coins in my sleep...") If he thinks that game has a lot of coins, let's wait until he plays one of the more recent Mario games...
    • TOM himself is a tough male character in blue without any eyes; cue the Eddsworld jokes.
    • When FLCL first aired on [adult swim] in 2003 and did gangbusters for the block, [adult swim] pushed several times for a second season. 13 years later, they're finally getting their wish.
    • It seems that whenever ToonamiFaithful.com makes an April Fools' Day joke, said joke eventually becomes a reality. Case and point is this fake promo for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, made for April Fools Day 2015. About a year later, it was announced that the show really would be airing on Toonami.
  • Hypocritical Hatedom: Those who use the rebuttal "ALL TOONAMI IS IS ADULT SWIM WITH TOM!" tend to be oblivious to the fact that the original Midnight Run eventually lead to the creation of Adult Swim. Then again, [adult swim] wasnít a poster example of Network Decay back then.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • TOM screaming in pain as his arm is rendered useless by the Intruder has become subject to this due to TOM's hilariously Narmy scream, which makes it less disturbing.
    • TOM Talking Smack.
    • "If ya leave now, you'll be sad, you'll be all cryin' WHY DID I LEAVE?"
  • Mis-blamed:
    • Some fans believe that Naruto (more specifically, Naruto fillers) was responsible for Toonamiís original demise, when it was in fact Cartoon Networkís fault for refusing to make or acquire more action cartoons and anime for the block. A lot of it had to do with the Network Decay Cartoon Network was undergoing at the time as they were heavily pushing a retool of the network with live action shows instead of cartoons, which evidently did worse for the network than whatever Naruto did. Plus, if Naruto did prove to be a block killer, it would not have been a part of the blockís revival, much less be one of the headlining shows.
    • A lot of viewers don't like that the intros and outros of shows get trimmed down or cut entirely and will usually blame Toonami for that. However, it's actually the distributors themselves who do that, due to TV time constraints. They even addressed this on an on air Q & A session.
    • Marathons. Ever since the start of 2015, Toonami has continually ran marathons during weekends with major Holidays note  due to television ratings be traditionally low. Fans get upset with producers despite them being rather transparent about the limited budget they are working with.
  • Moe:
    • SARA's kinda cute, isn't she?
    • It should noted that the Toonami block itself almost never airs any anime that has Moe artstyle or aesthetic, mainly because many of the Moe anime usually aren't action anime note . That being said, several individual shows such as Sword Art Online and Akame ga Kill! have characters that fit into this bill, as well as when Hamtaro aired in 2002.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Intruder ripping out out SARA's core, seemingly killing her. To make things worse, he gloats about killing TOM 4.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Some say a lot of love for Toonami in the current day comes from this. Fans insist however that they love the block because of how high-quality and influential it was.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Of Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
  • Periphery Demographic: TOM's final farewell closed with a reference to Cowboy Bebop — a show that had appeared on [adult swim], but never Toonami (until the relaunch). The relaunch itself can also fit into this bill. Even though the relaunched Toonami is geared towards a more adult and teenage male audience, that doesn't stop the block having dedicated female fans or even fans that are younger than their intended audience, especially kids who sneak downstairs and try to watch Adult Swim.
  • Replacement Scrappy: TOM for Moltar, and TOM v4 for TOM v3.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • Most of the revamps got this, but the 4.0 revamp was the worst, no doubt thanks to the block being cut down to two hours a week (Toonami started out with fifteen), TOM 4, SARA's disappearance, and (finally) the cancellation of the block.
    • The 2012 revival caused a Broken Base. Opposers complain about the Darker and Edgier elements, the later time slot, the poor launch lineup, and the fact it's near indistinguishable from [adult swim]'s normal anime block. Supporters are just happy that [adult swim] is (showing interest of) returning to its roots after the whole Network Decay fiasco that ravaged Cartoon Network during the late 2000's, and say that it'll get better shows and an expanded timeslot if it gets support. Whether or not its lineup of shows improved is debatable, but it did get an expanded timeslot after a few months (and there's still support to get the timeslot to expand even further).
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: While Hamtaro is not actually a bad show, it's completely out of place in the Toonami block. So when Executive Meddling gave them the show, the team decided to go for broke with the promos, using a Peter Cullen voiceover in a completely serious tone over heroic hamster antics in a valiant attempt to make lemonade out of the lemon they'd been given. The effect was actually pretty awesome...for the promos.
  • Uncanny Valley: The TOM 4-era Robot Buddies had movable facial features and gave the distinct impression that they would eat your face if you changed the channel. Or didn't change the channel.
    • Swayzak could be this for some. What the heck are his eyes supposed to be?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: If there's one thing Toonami has a reputation for outside of stellar programming and a kickass host, it's the CG effects. Ever since the early days with Moltar and TOM 1.0, Toonami has been provided with some of the best-looking CG this side of PIXAR, with the CG work getting better and better with each successive retool. The TOM 4.0 era used Pixar's Renderman software, which at the time was usually too expensive for a TV budget!
  • Win Back the Crowd: The decision to revive Toonami is one of the many things Cartoon Network as a whole has done to win back viewers after the whole CN Real fiasco.


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