The history of Cartoon Network's Toonami has had more ups and downs than most. Despite putting out some of the best Cartoon Network programming of all time, it still managed to get canceled (temporarily) in 2008. Some consider it a defining childhood experience, and seeing as it's been on the air for decades (longer than some of its viewers have been alive), that may be true.
It's been over two decades since the programming block debuted, enough time for some to forget Toonami's television reign.
When it was canned in 2008 only to reappear four years later on Adult Swim, many asked, "What happened to Toonami?" The answer is as complicated as the lore behind TOM's constantly changing appearance, and as mysterious as the Ghost Planet Spaceship Absolution he broadcasts from.
The Programming Block Launched In 1997 With Hanna-Barbara Re-runs
The Interstitials Were Created To Highlight What Was Considered Cool In 1997
In 1999 Moltar Was Replaced By Tom, Perhaps Toonami's Most Recognizable Host
Toonami First Experienced Success In The 2000s By Broadcasting Anime
Toonami Changed The Face Of Both Television And Gaming With Its Total Immersion Events
Toonami Celebrated Its 10 Year Anniversary In 2007 With A Number Of Ill Received Changes