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“I’ve programmed it to respond to you [Banagher] and you alone. If you can prove yourself to be a suitable pilot, the Unicorn will grant you powers unrivaled, and then show you the path to Laplace’s Box. It’s a dark curse that has sentenced the Vist family to serve as its guardian for a hundred years. But if used properly, it can bring light to this Universal Century. Anna…Your mother didn’t want to see you fall victim to this curse, so she took you from me. She should hate me as I’m sure you do as well. But you must go! Fear not; if you trust in the possibility that lies within and try with all your might, the path will show itself to you…”
– Cardeas Vist, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE-0096 (Ep. 03)
The Toonami Trending Rundown for January 21-22, 2017. Another good week of the better cartoon show passes with Banagher getting the Gundam Unicorn and Gon having his bout with Hisoka among other moments. In terms of trending, Toonami and every program’s respective hashtag trended in the US during their respective East Coast airings, Hunter x Hunter and One Piece reaching the top trend, and Dragon Ball Super, JoJo’s, and OPM reaching the #2 position. Super, DBZ, Hunter x Hunter, and Shippuden also popped back up on the trends later in the night, and during the primetime hour at 8, both Dragon Ball Super and Samurai Jack also trended in the US. Toonami would also trend on tumblr.
Finally, One Piece produced a pair of character trends, one being Zoro as he attempts to fight Kuma but his attacks were repelled without effort with his Paw-Paw fruit abilities, while Franky, Sanji, and Usopp attempted to back him up, but proved no match against Kuma’s power. Kuma also trended as he offered to stand down if the Strawhats surrendered Luffy to him, but they refused, forcing Kuma to bomb the entire island in response.
This week’s feature was a celebratory nod to the hip-hop group Run the Jewels with the release of their new album, Run the Jewels 3, as all the Toonami promos and packaging featured music from the album including a music video which you can see below. Indeed, El-P and Killer Mike were brought together by Toonami head Jason DeMarco himself back in 2011 and are regular contributors to Adult Swim’s music library, with their works regularly being used on Toonami bumpers and music videos.
Some great news in regards to Samurai Jack was released on Sunday. During one of Adult Swim’s bumps when they were answering twitter questions, it was announced that the long awaited 5th season of Samurai Jack will premiere on March 11th at 11:30pm Eastern. Toonami will most likely have an expansion to accomidate Jack, though no word yet on whether Super will be pushed up to 11 or bumped down to 12 along with the rest of the block each by 30 minutes to make way. We’ll keep you posted as we know. In terms of trending, #SamuraiJack trended on both Twitter and Facebook as a result.
Not much else to say other than see you again next week for another round of the better cartoon show. Later.
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.
United States Trends:
- Toonami/#Toonami [#3]
- #DragonBallSuper (Also during the Primetime Presentation) [#2]
- #SamuraiJack (During the Primetime Presentation and during the announcement the next day) [#7]
- #DBZKai [#3]
- #JoJosBizarreAdventure [#2]
- #GundamUnicorn [#3]
- #HunterXHunter [#1]
- #Shippuden [#5]
- #OnePiece [#1]
- Kuma (From One Piece) [#16]
- Zoro (From One Piece) [#4]
- #OnePunchMan [#2]
- Toonami [6,629 tweets]
- #Toonami [2,574 tweets]
- #DragonBallSuper [15.9k tweets]
- #DBZKai [1,736 tweets]
- #JoJosBizarreAdventure [2,249 tweets]
- #GundamUnicorn [1,321 tweets]
- #HunterXHunter [2,137 tweets]
- Kuma (From One Piece) [32.8k tweets]
- #SamuraiJack [#1 with 21k people talking about this]
To my only desire, the beast of possibility. The symbol of hope. Only Toonami on [adult swim] on Cartoon Network.