Awesome, Dear Boy: 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 series. This is obviously a work of love on the part of the crew.
On Toonami Pre-Flight, sometimes Jason and Gil will set up for a certain video to play, only to play something else entirely by accident.
When Toonami aired the first episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai, they accidentally aired the version that contained the infamously plagiarized Kenji Yamamoto score. Afterwards, all episodes aired were the ones with the replace Shunsuke Kikuchi score.
On March 16, 2019, the latest episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization froze around 7-8 minutes in. The block then cut to commercial. Afterwards, it went back to the episode... only for it to still be frozen. The block quickly cut back to commercial before they followed it up with the first 15 minutes of the latest episode of Megalo Box, which they then replayed from the beginning in its proper time slot. The block would re-air the Alicization episode in full a week later.
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, a.k.a. Jason DeMarco, who pretty much is unknown outside of Toonami fan circles.
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!
Just before Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F was given its limited release, Toonami helped promote the movie by showing a sneak preview. The bump seems to have worked both ways, since the following week after the movie was released, Toonami's ratings surged upwards to the point that Dragon Ball Z Kai managed to break 2 million viewers.
A lot of cancelled series, shows disrespected by Executive Meddling regarding their schedules, or short-runners that developed a cult following regularly aired or still air on Toonami in the late-night rotation slots, such as Genndy Tartakovsky produced series and the ThunderCats reboot.
Toonami itself was given this treatment because of the April Fools' Day stunt and the hashtag campaign to revive it.
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.
The revived [adult swim] block has to compete with streaming services like Netflix, Crunchyroll, and Hulu. If Toonami isn't airing a highly requested series, it's most likely because a streaming service got the distribution rights first.
For some time after Toonami's revival, Nicktoons held the airing rights to the Dragon Ball series, and would often attempt to compete with the block by airing marathons of Kai, GT, and the movies on Saturday nights.
The Toonami crew's 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.
Downplayed in regards to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, since it was given the same treatment of having its opening and ending shortened. However, many fans speculated that the ending (which uses "Roundabout" as its theme) would end up getting either dubbed over with different music or cut out entirely due to licensing issues. This notion was jossed entirely when the promo for the series was revealed on Pre-Flight and finally when the series began airing proper, as "Roundabout" was kept as the theme.
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.
Fandom Rivalry: To say that the Toonami Faithful and the broader western anime community (your /a/, /r/anime, MAL, etc. folks) don't really understand each other is an understatement. A large part of this is just different focuses, Toonami isn't (as the block's creators maintain) strictly an anime block, and what they do air is A) Dubbed, itself a point of serious contention for anime fans, and B) often at least a few years old and sometimes downright retro, which for the usual anime fan that mostly keeps up with seasonal shows, is pointless. While there are large contingents of both groups that take a "live and let live" mentality, and a degree of overlap, there is plenty of bickering, with anime fans seeing Toonami as a relic of a bygone era and not understanding that the fanbase is something of a subculture unto itself, and Toonami fans basically considering anime fans who use streaming services like Crunchyroll or the like to be, well, uber-nerds.
Chiller (an obscure sister channel to Syfy) got some attention for attempting their own anime block, with a line-up that can be considered "Toonami with a horror slant".note For the curious, said lineup consisted of Is This a Zombie?, Tokyo Majin, Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, and Black Blood Brothers. The "Chiller Anime" block ended up being a failure due to a number of reasons, including airing on Wednesdays, lack of promotion, and the channel itself being low-key.
Miguzi can come across as this as it took similar elements of Toonami.
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...
Around May 2019, the Toonami staff hinted that another non-action title would air on the block following the success of Pop Team Epic. Many fans speculated that it would either be Food Wars! or Osomatsu-san since both were the most requested non-action anime titles. The former was later confirmed to air on Toonami in July 2019.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: When Toonami Pre-Flight first began streaming, [adult swim] didn't archive the episodes in any way due to rights issues revolving around Jason and Gill playing YouTube videos on the podcast. They eventually started uploading the two most recent episodes up on the official website, but for the most part, fans who wanted to watch any past episodes they missed will have to rely on Toonami Digital Arsenal.
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.
When Moltar was still around, Toonami had the Lunar Eclipse, a marathon of the last 17 episodes of the English dub of Sailor Moon R.
Being one of the block's darlings, Dragon Ball Z was often given marathons sporadically. They rang in one New Year's Eve with a full showcase of the Garlic Jr. Saga.
In 2000, there was a marathon called Full Cycle, where Toonami took over Cartoon Network for an entire day.
In 2006, Toonami had the Naruto Hundo, where the block celebrated Naruto reaching 100 episodes by marathoning every past episode for three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).
On the night when Trigun: Badlands Rumble was aired as part of A Month of Movies, the movie was followed by a best-of Cowboy Bebop marathon to help promote the world-premiere of Space Dandy.
On the night Season 2 premiered, Space Dandy had a mini-marathon (airing the last two episodes at 11:30 AM and 12:00 AM, with the premiere of Season 2 airing at 12:30 AM), preempting Attack on Titan and Bleach for one night.
In light of the news that Beware the Batman was written off by Cartoon Network, Toonami gave the last seven episodes of the show a marathon in order to let it reach its conclusion.
Starting in 2015, for notable Holiday Weekendsnote Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's the block will air Marathons dedicated to one of their current airing series.
Back when the block turned 10 years old, they aired a montage of old clips from over the years. What was thought to have suffered from Chuck Cunningham Syndrome was shown. TOM 4.0 even recalls taking over the Absolution after the Intruder. A very bad case of Trolling Creator, indeed.
Averted for the most part, though even they weren't immune to this during the CN Real era.note More specifically, 2009, when Cartoon Network tried its hand at live-action programming in the form of a new programming block called CN Real. Not only was it attacked for contradicting the network's namesake, the block was introduced too close to the proximity of Toonami's dismissal in 2008, which caused it to be labeled a Replacement Scrappy and bashed relentlessly.
In a case of What Could Have Been, the Dragon Ball Z dub almost ceased production due to its original syndicate run not drudging up enough interest. It wasn't until Toonami picked the series up that it became a smash hit and one of the pillars of the anime boom of the '90s.
Much like with Dragon Ball Z, the DiC Entertainment dub of Sailor Moon only got 17 episodes into its second season before it was cancelled due to the USA Network dumping all of its animated content. Once it was picked up by Toonami, not only did it become a smash hit, allowing the rest of the second season to air in the U.S. (after its initial Canadian airing), but it also allowed the third and fourth seasons to be dubbed (the fifth season would never get released until many years later when Viz Media licensed the series).
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.
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 series started to get more violent, Disney simply stopped airing it and did absolutely nothing with the series. Once the license expired, Toonami wasted no time picking up Shippuden for airing uncut and uncensored. Hilarious in Hindsight considering the "TOM talking smack" bumpers from when Naruto used to air on the original Toonami.
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.
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.
Before 2015, Toonami opted to air movies during the holidays as a way to "shake things up" from the norm. While movies initially brought some good ratings, after the 2014 Month of Movies brought in lackluster ratings for various reasons combined with the blocks shortening a month later and a need to refocus the budget to get more popular shows, Toonami has instead opted to showcase marathons during the holiday weekends which are much cheaper to air as they were included in a shows broadcasting contract from the get-go, in addition to the benefit of giving those lagging behind to catch up with the current broadcast. That all being said, Toonami has since aired movies on very special occasions, such as Children Who Chase Lost Voices during the end of Daylight Savings 2016, and Mind Game during the 2018 April Fools' stunt.
No Export for You: Toonami has never had a presence in Canada. The channel that passes for Cartoon Network up north does have an [adult swim] block on it, but Toonami has been nowhere to be found there, and given the loss of interest in anime on the part of Canada's broadcastersyes, even YTVit seems unlikely that Canadians will get to experience Toonami any time soon, at least on regular television.
Discussed in Episode 6 of Toonami Pre-Flight, where Jason and Gil list 6 things that they consider to be Toonami's greatest failures, including the airing of Wulin Warriors, Hamtaro, and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, as well as the Klik Skate Tour, TOM 4, and the cancellation of Toonami. During the same episode of Pre-Flight, the Toonami Facebook page considered the airing of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo to be a failure, a notion that Jason and Gil both immediately shot down.
Implied to be the case with Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures (and eventually confirmed to be so, as it was yet another show that they were forced to air), as Jason very bluntly admitted to hating the show on Toonami Pre-Flight.
Averted with the "special surprise" (King Star King, Korgoth of Barbaria, and Kick-Heart) that aired on November 3, 2013 for Daylight Savings Time. Despite the very negative reception the event garnered, Jason DeMarco still defended the decision to air it.
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.
Swayzak (from Trapped in Hyperspace) is an interesting example. On TV, he was voiced by Star Trek alumini Michael Dorn, but in the online tie-in game, he was voiced by this unidentified amateur from New Zealand. What's even stranger is that when Swayzak cameoed in the Rez review from April 2004, they used an archive recording of his laugh from the game.
Back in the earlier days, they aired Hamtaro, which was an anime children's show aimed at a much younger demographic than that of the block. Tellingly, it's the only show Toonami has ever aired with a TV-G rating.
Toonami normally air shows that are either action-oriented series (regardless if the anime is Rated M for Manly or not), or if it's not an action series, it's most likely an adventure type instead (i.e. Space Dandy). Pop Team Epic is a far cry from their usual titles, as it's a parody comedy Widget Series similar to South Park that takes a lot of Japanese pop culture references. Likewise, Food Wars! is a shonen work that isn't an action title. Yet, the series is a World of Ham so over-the-top where cooking is taken as Serious Business to the point that it can easily pass as an action title without actually being an action title.
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is a downplayed example. It technically counts as an action show, but it's also a wacky Gag Series that heavily parodies other shonen anime, and is appropriately described by Peter Cullen in one promo as "an action show unlike any you've ever seen."
One of the reasons why JoJo's Bizarre Adventure wasn't able to make it onto the block earlier than October 2016 despite being one of the most highly requested series by fans. Warner Bros. had no interest of letting Toonami airing it unless the latter was willing to pay up a fortune, and it wasn't until after Viz Media acquired distribution rights for the series on Blu-ray did Toonami finally manage to license the series for airing. Because the series changes protagonists every arc, it also allows it to go off-air between seasons, allowing for other series to take its time slot.
Sym-Bionic Titan, ThunderCats (2011), Beware the Batman all share one thing in common- being darker, gritter TV shows that only got to produce one full season apiece before being moved off Cartoon Network and written off as financial failures, each owing lack of support and interest to their downfall. Due to being written off, this meant none of the shows would be permitted to be rerun on the network. Moreover, action cartoons were falling by the wayside to comedic cartoons (and a disturbing uprising of sadist shows), which were easier to market to a wider range of audiences rather than a niche periphery. Toonami aired every single one in full before their licensing rights were vaulted.
This is the reason a number of highly requested series don't end up airing on the block. Jason DeMarco has mentioned several times that the block will sometimes have to compete with the big streamingservices, and this sometimes results in them losing out on the rights of various series, meaning that several popular series like the Fateseries, Sailor Moon Crystal, Blue Exorcist Season 2, and My Hero Academia ended up off limits. Fortunately, My Hero Academia eventually ended up airing, which shows that rights issues are at least not a permanent obstacle.
The reason Naruto: Shippuden wasn't aired immediately when the block was revived, as Disney still held the airing rights for some time before expiring.
The reason One Piece got pulled prematurely from the block in 2017, as Toei decided to increase the broadcasting licensing fees of all of their franchises. While the network was willing to pay the extra fees for Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z Kai, One Piece unfortunately did not turn over the type of ratings that they would be willing to pay the extra price for, leading to the show unfortunately having to be removed from the block.
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 cancelled 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.
The rights issues that caused InuYasha to get pulled off in March 2014, and lead to Hellsing Ultimate's last two episodes being delayed, could also count.
Sleeper Hit: As detailed throughout this page, 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 Deadman Wonderland. The latter series deserves special mention, both because by the second episode, its ratings rivaled those of Bleach.
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.
On December 13, 2015, DeMarco tweeted that the crew was trying to get Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine as a replacement for the timeslot for Michiko & Hatchin, which would end that weekend. Both were helmed by visionary director Sayo Yamamoto, who has collaborated frequently with Shinichiro Watanabe. They discovered it had too much nudity they would have to censor, and couldn't simply edit those shots out considering some are even in the opening sequence, and sex plays a heavy role in the story. At the 11th hour, they replaced it with an [adult swim] rerun in Samurai Champloo for the start of 2016.
They were "very close" to getting Sailor Moon Crystal on the block, but it was one of the many shows outbid by Neon Alley, a Hulu-based streaming site.
The anime adaptation of Slam Dunk almost ended up airing on Toonami during the block's days on Cartoon Network. The reason that never happened, according to Jason DeMarco on an episode of Toonami Pre-Flight, is due to U.S. audiences' general reaction towards sports-related shows.
Had Sunrise not stepped in and forced Toonami to air the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Toonami could've followed up Gundam Wing with either After War Gundam X or Turn A Gundam.
According to Jason DeMarco, the block pursued airing TRON: Uprising - however, Disney wouldn't allow it.
The 2018 April Fools Day gag, which involved Toonami airing subtitled anime, was originally planned to include the first episode of FLCL Progressive. However, the animation for the episode wasn't finished, so they instead showed the first episode of Alternative.
When the crew began to look for a replacement for Moltar as host, they went through several ideas, including an AI named "Serge" who would send shows to a live action control room run by a teen girl.
Before Sonny Strait and Steve Blum were cast as the voices of TOM, other voice actors were in consideration to provide his voice. This include Freddie Prinze Jr. and Beau Billingslea.
The concept art for TOM 4.0◊ shows a much taller, lankier TOM with big forearms to support big weapons, and fingers that could turn into tools and display holograms, as opposed to the short, squat, TOM 1.0-esque model that was used. The blue and yellow coloration was also much more vivid.
Over the years, Jason DeMarco and the Toonami crew have repeatedly tried to make a standalone series featuring TOM and SARA as the protagonists, but their pitches were rejected. This tied into the "lost" Toonami comic set during the TOM 3.0 era, involving a Robot War with TOM and SARA joining "The Specials" in combatting General Grey, leader of the rebellion.
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 ran the Toonami Asia channel, has said that NAMI, the host of the channel, existed in the same universe as TOM and SARA.