Toonami Celebrates Akira Toriyama with a Special Dragon Ball Marathon

In a heartfelt homage to the illustrious Akira Toriyama, Toonami is set to air a marathon of “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” celebrating the indelible mark left by the legendary creator. The world recently mourned the loss of Akira Toriyama, the visionary force behind iconic works such as “Dragon Ball,” “Dr. Slump,” “Sand Land,” and more, who passed away at the age of 68. Toriyama’s groundbreaking contributions have captivated fans globally and inspired countless other creators, leaving behind a legacy that continues to influence the world of animation and storytelling.

In response to this profound loss, tributes from around the globe have been pouring in, commemorating Toriyama’s remarkable life and career. Among these tributes, Adult Swim’s Toonami block has expressed their condolences and is taking a unique approach to honor Toriyama’s memory. With “Dragon Ball Z Kai” recently returning to Toonami’s lineup, the network has revealed plans for a special marathon dedicated to celebrating Toriyama’s legacy. Announced via their official Facebook page, Toonami invites fans to join them in a tribute to the anime legend, stating, “As a tribute to anime legend Akira Toriyama (1955-2024), we’re celebrating his legacy Saturday night with a DBZ Kai marathon from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. May he rest in Super Saiyan power.”

The upcoming “Dragon Ball Z Kai” marathon, set to air on Adult Swim with Toonami on Saturday, March 16th, promises an immersive experience for fans. The schedule is as follows (in EST):

– 12:00AM – Ninja Kamui (English Dub)
– 12:30AM – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Entertainment District Arc
– 1:00AM – Lycoris Recoil
– 1:30AM – Ninja Kamui (English Sub)
– 2:00AM to 5:30AM – “Dragon Ball Z Kai” marathon

This special event will showcase eight consecutive episodes of “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” offering four hours of non-stop action starting at 2:00AM EST. For those who might miss the marathon, the series will continue to be a staple of Toonami’s Saturday evening lineup, with more exciting changes expected throughout the month and beyond.

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