If you’ve never heard of Toonami, you missed out on one of the greatest animation blocks around. From 1997 to 2008, Cartoon Network bundled the best of action cartoons together, and for most of that run, TOM hosted the block. Beyond hosting shows, he had his own adventures, but played video games, and regularly reviewed them. He also raced Jak from Jak and Daxter, and a show made for Toonami, IGPX, got it’s own game for the PlayStation 2.
For April Fool’s Day, Adult Swim decided to resurrect the block. For six hours starting at midnight on April 1st, Cartoon Network aired Toonami mainstays Dragonball Z, The Big O, Gigantor, Yu Yu Hakusho, Outlaw Star, Blue Submarine No. 6, Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, and inducted the original Astro Boy, Trigun, and Bleach into the block’s legacy. To add a bit of traditional flair to the interstitals, TOM reviewed Mass Effect 3. The review reminds all of those who loved the old block what Toonami did; giving substance to interstitials.
I was blown away. Were you lucky enough to catch the block?