Toonami (Australia)

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Toonami (Australia)
Type action-animation programming block (2001-2006)
Branding Toonami (2001-2006)
Country Australia
Availability no availability in the Australia as of September 2006
Motto "Building you a better cartoon show"
Slogan "The revolution will be televised"
Launch date
7 July 2001
Dissolved September 2006
Affiliation Cartoon Network

Toonami (a portmanteau of the words cartoon and tsunami) was a registered trademark of Cartoon Network, used initially for action-oriented programming blocks on Cartoon Network television channels worldwide, mostly showing American cartoons and Japanese anime, originating in Australia on July 7, 2001 and ended on September 2006.[citation needed]


Toonami launched on Cartoon Network Australia on 7 July 2001[1] as an outlet for action animation. Most of its lineup consisted of anime, including already popular shows such as Dragon Ball Z, as well as the Australian premiere of Cardcaptors and exclusives such as Mobile Suit Gundam Wing and YuYu Hakusho. Occasionally it also broadcast action cartoons from the United States such as Batman Beyond.[citation needed]

On its launch, Toonami broadcast on Saturday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Each day's programming was repeated in the Toonami "Late Run" from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am. Toonami soon expanded to weekdays, and for a number of years could be seen seven days a week. Although time-slots varied, the main Toonami block remained on weekday afternoons; in 2005 it was airing weeknights from 6.00pm, with mini-marathons playing on Saturday and Sunday mornings.[citation needed]

In September 2006, Toonami was dropped from the Cartoon Network schedule. Former Toonami programming, and new programming that would have previously gone to Toonami is now spread out across the network's other time-slots.[citation needed]


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