How to watch Toonami anytime, anywhere



Long live T.O.M. If you’re a cartoon and anime fanatic, then Toonami is as sacred as any other earthly religion. It’s where plenty of us discovered anime exists to begin with, be it the muscle-bound kamehameha fights of Dragon Ball Z, the boy ninja wonder Naruto, or my personal favorite, the Nascar-meets-Gundam world of IGPX. And now there’s an easy way to watch a Toonami live stream anytime, anywhere. What a time to be alive. 

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What is Toonami?

Although Toonami was launched in 1997 as Cartoon Network’s action-animation block, it wasn’t until a retooling (and the introduction of robotic host T.O.M.) in 1999 that Toonami became more associated with American cartoons and Japanese anime. Its first runs consisted of anime classics like Sailor Moon, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, and Dragon Ball Z. In the years since, it’s introduced mega-franchises like Naruto, One Piece, and Teen Titans to a new generation of animation fans. Toonami now serves as the evening block on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s nighttime programming block. It’s fair to think of it as the mostly anime warm-up to Adult Swim’s weirder midnight fare.


Adult Swim’s Toonami live stream

You no longer have to wait till Saturday to watch Toonami online. Adult Swim offers a free Toonami live stream. You don’t even have to sign in for it. Just go to the official Adult Swim website and hit up the Toonami link. It’s all Toonami, all the time. There’s even a chat function so that you can have conversations with other folks who are streaming at the same time. 

We let the Toonami live stream on Adult Swim run for a while and didn’t even run into any ads during the block’s downtime, but we’re willing to bet it runs them during actual episode premieres. Of course, you won’t be able to DVR or go back to any content, but you can pause it for those critical bathroom breaks. It’s even so considerate as to add closed captions.

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Toonami live stream: 4 ways to watch online

1) Hulu with Live TV

It’s exactly what it sounds like, and one of the few services that genuinely combines on-demand viewing with live streaming outside of a DVR function. You’ll get the necessary Cartoon Network, plus Syfy, FX, and a bunch of news and sports channels. No AMC though. Sorry, Walking Dead fans. (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s on-demand library, meaning you can catch up on all of your favorite shows. (Here are our picks for the best movies on Hulu, Hulu documentaries, anime, and the must-see Hulu originals.)

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2) Sling TV

Choosing between Sling’s Orange or Blue package comes down to how bad you want the Disney Channel (no Disney XD) or how bad you want more sports programming. You can always pay $45 a month for the combo package, but either one will get you a Toonami live stream via Cartoon Network. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV offers the most football for the least amount of money.



3) FuboTV

FuboTV caters to sports fans mostly, with packages that include NFL Network and college sports networks (Pac-12, Big Ten), but no ESPN unfortunately. If you’re more into the entertainment side of things, you’ll get your Toonami live stream on Cartoon Network, AMC for The Walking Dead, Syfy, and more. (Here’s a complete guide to FuboTV channels.)

Game-changing feature: Three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR.

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4) AT&T Now


  • Cost: $60-$135 per month
  • Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Samsung TV, iOS and Android devices
  • Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO on PLUS and MAX channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


5)  YouTube TV

YouTube TV (not the same thing as YouTube Premium, so beware) is one of the better options if you want to blend your cartoon channels (Cartoon Network, Disney XD) with a ton of sports options, including ESPN and NBA TV. (Here’s a complete guide to YouTube TV channels.)

Game-changing feature: You can add up to six accounts per household, and each one of those accounts gets unlimited cloud DVR. Even better: You can fast-forward through ads in recorded programs.

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Joseph Knoop

Joseph Knoop

Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.