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“Last time I was here, you suggested I was the one person left who could solve the mystery of the Stone. I think I’m starting to believe it. That’s why I went and dug deeper into my memories and I revisited that one day I’ve tried to forget. One memory came back. It was the very last word my father said to me. He said: Eden. Where do you suppose my father was trying to take me? And why do you think he was killed? What possible reason could he have had to set out on such a dangerous trip? If something the riddle of the stone he might be a clue to answering those questions, then I need to know. His journey’s over. He’ll never get to complete it. But I’m here. In his name, I swear I will pick up where he left off.”
– Fena Houtman, Fena: Pirate Princess (Ep. 02)
This Toonami Trending Rundown is a double-feature for the nights of August 7-8 and 14-15, 2021.
The night of August 7-8 saw the block take the night off the regular schedule to showcase the first season of the DC Universe/HBO Max original series Harley Quinn. This was done in part to promote the release of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, which premiered in theaters and on HBO Max earlier that week. Unfortunately, for reasons unknown, the last episode was skipped over, with the fourth episode being aired instead. For the social media buzz on that night, #Toonami would trend in the United States on Twitter as well as on Tumblr.
August 14-15 saw the world premiere of Fena: Pirate Princess, as Toonami alongside Crunchyroll debut the first two episodes of the highly anticipated series by Kazuto Nakawaza and Production I.G. For the social media buzz the show created, Fena: Pirate Princess trended in the United States on Twitter throughout the night, alongside #Toonami and Black Clover. #Toonami also trended on Tumblr.
The full list, including statistics and tweet counts from the Twitter app, can be seen below.
This week’s feature is the promo trailer for the premiere of Food Wars: The Fourth Plate, premiering later tonight at 1:30 a.m. Eastern.
Sad news for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Toonami fans this month, as during the Stone Ocean stream on August 7, it was announced that Netflix has claimed exclusive rights to stream the highly anticipated Part 6 of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure franchise this December. When asked on how this happened, the simple answer from Jason DeMarco was “Netflix has big bags of money. A lot bigger than ours lol.” In Japan, Stone Ocean will be broadcasting on Japanese television in January 2022, a month after the Netflix release. Unfortunately, don’t expect Netflix to do the same for TV viewers stateside. When asked by Jason DeMarco if Toonami could have done a similar arrangement, Jason DeMarco answered: “They… aren’t interested in that.”
On August 9, AT&T and WarnerMedia announced that they have sold Crunchyroll to Sony for $1.175 billion. Despite the split-up, Toonami will be continuing their relationships with Crunchyroll, as well as its new corporate siblings Funimation and Aniplex USA, for acquisitions and co-productions.
Sony Pictures on Twitter: “Great day for anime! We’re thrilled to announce that Sony Pictures has completed its acquisition of @Crunchyroll through the @Funimation Global Group.https://t.co/13yln6gngC / Twitter”
Great day for anime! We’re thrilled to announce that Sony Pictures has completed its acquisition of @Crunchyroll through the @Funimation Global Group.https://t.co/13yln6gngC
Warner Bros, despite losing Crunchyroll, has no plans on stopping their ventures into anime and action cartoons anytime soon, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. On August 10, Warner announced that Jason DeMarco was promoted to take on a new role and become the senior vice president in the anime and action series/longform department at Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. Alongside continuing to run Toonami, Jason will spearhead Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network’s expansion into producing anime content, as well as developing action cartoon series and feature films for Toonami, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, HBO Max and other divisions of WarnerMedia.
For readers of the Sword Art Online light novels, Yen Press has released a new audiobook of the first volume, narrated by Bryce Papenbrook, the voice of Kirito. For those interested, it can be purchased at major audiobook selling retailers for $24.98 MSRP.
Yen Press on Twitter: “Experience Sword Art Online like never before with the audiobook from Yen Audio! Relive the epic tale as Kirito makes his way through Aincrad, narrated by @BrycePapenbrook!The Sword Art Online, Vol. 1 audiobook is available now: https://t.co/9Pyk6efJG3 pic.twitter.com/AWUFjzgzhi / Twitter”
Experience Sword Art Online like never before with the audiobook from Yen Audio! Relive the epic tale as Kirito makes his way through Aincrad, narrated by @BrycePapenbrook!The Sword Art Online, Vol. 1 audiobook is available now: https://t.co/9Pyk6efJG3 pic.twitter.com/AWUFjzgzhi
During Sentai Filmwork’s virtual Sentai at Home event, the company announced that they have licensed Lupin the Third: Part 6 for streaming and home video distribution in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and all Nordic Countries. This is a change from previous iterations of the Lupin franchise in recent years, as distribution has regularly been handled by Discotek.Lupin the Third Part 6 will be premiering in Japan this upcoming October, in time for the 50th anniversary of the first anime.
Regular viewers of the Toonami Trending Rundown might be wondering where the regular updates have been these past two months. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, and a need to focus on reporting the Toonami news released during the summer virtual conventions, the trending rundown was put on a hiatus. I still have continued recording the trends for the months of June and July, which I should hopefully be releasing in the next week or two. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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Legend: The shows listed are ordered based on their appearance on the schedule. Show trends are listed in bold. The number next to the listed trend represents the highest it trended on the list (not counting the promoted trend), judging only by the images placed in the rundown. For the Twitter tweet counts, the listed number of tweets are also sorely based on the highest number shown based on the images on the rundown.
August 7-8, 2021 Trends
United States Trends:
- #Toonami [#26]
- #Toonami [2,582 tweets]
August 14-15, 2021 Trends
United States Trends:
- #Toonami [#8]
- #FenaPiratePrincess [#4]
- #BlackClover [Trended with #FenaPiratePrincess]
- #Toonami [4,331 tweets]
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