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 4 August 2006
Affiliation Cartoon Network

Toonami (a portmanteau of the words cartoon and tsunami) is 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 7 July 2001 and ended on 4 August 2006.[citation needed]


Toonami was 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 August 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]


  • Astro Boy
  • Batman Beyond
  • Battle B-Daman
  • Beyblade
  • Beyblade G Revolution (January 3, 2005)
  • Cardcaptors
  • Crush Gear: Turbo
  • Cyborg 009 (July 5, 2004)
  • Dragon Ball
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Dragon Ball GT
  • Duel Masters
  • Gundam Wing
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (September 22, 2003)
  • Justice League
  • Mega Man NT Warrior
  • Mega Man NT Warrior: Axess (September 12, 2005)
  • One Piece (4Kids)
  • Pokémon
  • Transformers: Armada
  • Transformers: Cybertron
  • Transformers: Energon
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars
  • Ultimate Muscle (June 23, 2003)
  • Xiaolin Showdown
  • Zatch Bell! (December 12, 2005)
  • Zoids: Chaotic Century
  • Zoids: New Century
  • Zoids: Fuzors (August 14, 2004)


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