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How to stream Toonami anytime, anywhere.

Anime fans have grown up, and they're looking to cut the cord.

Jun 18, 2020, 6:37 pm*


Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

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. 

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.

Toonami live stream: 4 ways to watch online

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*First Published: Nov 10, 2018, 5:30 am