Toonami Meets It’s End
It’s a sad day in the world of Japanese animation in the United States world. I JUST heard this moments ago, but Cartoon Network has cancelled, after 11.5 years of running, the Toonami block. I don’t know about you all, but a little bit of me just died inside. Toonami was, quite frankly, my childhood, and I grew up watching almost every show on there. Yes, eventually, when Tom, the host, started becoming different, and the shows they provided became more lame, I stopped watching, but I always had a place in my heart for the entire setup.
Tom was voiced, starting with Tom2, by Steven Blum, and stayed in that position to this day. The original Tom, which you see pictured in the banner above, was voiced by the famous Sonny Strait. Both of them were famous for their roles, not only as Tom, but in many other English dubbed animes.
Even as I write this, I am still truly upset. It still bothers me, even though I know it shouldn’t, and this happens with all of these types of things. But Toonami is really what got me onto the path that I’m on right now. There was so much there that kept me interested, like their Total Immersion Events, which started with “The Intruder” in 2000.
I’ve decided to change my desktop picture in memory of this event, and I shall leave you with a picture of the original Tom, convieniently with a somber look to him. You can find much more information on Toonami on their Wikipedia page, or if you’re interested in seeing ancient videos of the original Toonami and beyond, you can visit Toonami Digital Arsenal.
And now, for your viewing pleasure (or regret), Tom’s final words to the world.