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How to stream Toonami anytime, anywhere.

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


Joseph Knoop


Posted on Nov 10, 2018   Updated on Sep 28, 2020, 12:52 pm CDT

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.

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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

Cartoon Network is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming.

Cartoon Network on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, Cartoon Network where you can stream hits like The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears.

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Cartoon Network on Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package. To gain access to Cartoon Network, you’ll either need Sling Blue, Sling Orange, or Sling Orange + Blue. Sling also has a number of add-ons, including robust international packages organized by languages all over the globe.

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Cartoon Network on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for Cartoon Network, get in at the AT&T TV Now Max tier to stream it.

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Cartoon Network on YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels, sports options including ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBA TV, and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

If you’re looking for Cartoon Network, know that you can stream it on YouTube TV.

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