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What Happened to Toonzai?

What Happened to Toonzai?

Over the past weekend, we’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number of people who came to Toonbarn while searching for more info on Toonzai. Some of them were even specifically looking for the “new toonzai,” and we felt like we should at least point people towards the right direction, instead of letting them fumble their way through the archives.

Well, as most people already know by now, Toonzai was a Saturday morning cartoon block from The CW that ran from 2008 to 2012, originally titled The CW4Kids before being rebranded in 2010, using the portmanteau of “toon” and “banzai,” which is very apt as the block featured a lot of anime content.

The reason I kept referring to it in the past tense is that the block ended its run on The CW last August 18, 2012, without much fanfare (which is probably the reason why a lot of people are still searching for info on it). But what a lot of people don’t know is that it didn’t really die so much as it just changed hands a bit, and got a new name.

It was in July last year, when Saban Brands, via Kidsco Media Ventures, acquired the block. They then renamed the block into “Vortexx,” and continued to air it on the CW. So that’s it, if you want to watch Toonzai again, all you have to do is tune in to the CW every Saturday mornings at 7 am to 12 pm, and watch it under its new name, Vortexx.

The current line up for the Vortexx block is

Rescue Heroes
The New Adventures of Nanoboy
Sonic X
Transformers: Prime
Justice League Unlimited
Dragonball Z Kai
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

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Neil Raymundo

A cowardly and treacherous Toonbarn blogger who can transform into a McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. Secretly wants to replace Toonbarn Rob as leader of the Decepticons.
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One Comment

  1. nothing but reruns of very old shows. public tv at its best. CW cant even air decent new cartoons these days. if there was a word less than pathetic, this would be it.

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