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“Stay right there, [Fena.] I’ll protect you. If anyone so much as lays a finger on you, I’ll show no mercy.”
– Yukimaru, Fena: Pirate Princess (Ep. 07)
The Toonami Trending Rundown for September 18-19, 2021. As summer comes to an end, things are heating up as we’re past the halfway point for Fena: Pirate Princess, while My Hero Academia begins the “My Villain Academia” arc, among other great moments.
On Twitter, #Toonami trended in the United States on Twitter alongside Adult Swim and five of the block’s eight shows: Fena Pirate Princess, My Hero Academia, Yashahime, Food Wars, and Black Clover. Fena’s buzz also led to a character trending for the first time with Yukimaru, as he chased after Abel to rescue Fena from him. Meanwhile on Tumblr, #Toonami also trended. The full list, including statistics and tweet counts from the Twitter app, can be seen below.
This week’s feature was a video game review of ALBA: A Wildlife Adventure. It received an 8.0 out of 10 score.
An hour before Toonami’s broadcast, Adult Swim aired an episode of Family Guy for the final time as the show’s cable and streaming rights were transferred to Disney-owned networks and streaming platforms due in part to the Disney-FOX merger. Following the broadcast, TOM and SARA joined characters from Adult Swim’s original programming in a bumper waving farewell to the program. Despite that Family Guy’s critical acclaim among long-time fans has dropped in recent years, alongside concerns that the block was becoming too over-reliant on the show for ratings and filling time slots, watching Adult Swim help revive the show played a tremendous role on shaping what the network is today, and I think I can speak for many of Adult Swim and Cartoon Network’s viewers that things won’t be the same without the Griffins on the lineup. Thanks for the memories.
Farewell to Family Guy on Adult Swim. pic.twitter.com/L3JlvHQqRB
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Lupin the 3rd Franchise, Sentai Filmworks and TMS Entertainment will be hosting a limited theatrical run featuring the dub premiere of Lupin the Third Part 1, Episode 1, alongside the first two subtitled episodes of Lupin the Third Part 6. This theatrical event will take place in select theaters from October 22-28, 2021. If you’re interested, click here to check out a list of viewings near your area.
Ufotable and Aniplex has announced today that Demon Slayer‘s second season will begin on October 10 with a seven episode TV recap of Mugen Train, before beginning the highly anticipated Entertainment District Arc on December 5th. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation have announced that they will simulcast the new season, as they have done with the previous one. It has yet to be announced if and when Toonami will renew the series once the dub is ready, but this is potentially good news for those worried about Toonami viewers getting shut out from the Mugen Train storyline when/if Demon Slayer returns.
If you missed it, I previously discussed this looming problem in further detail in my editorial: “Is Toonami’s “No Movies” Policy Coming Back to Haunt Its Viewers?” Of course, Toonami fans may not be completely out of the woods yet in this regard, given that the first installment of Sword Art Online: Progressive, titled Aria of a Starless Night will be a feature film. If you remember back in 2018, Toonami deferred from airing Sword Art Online: Oridinal Scale when the show returned for Project Alicizaiton, which unfortunately had ramifications in the long run as Ordinal Scale introduced elements and plot lines to the storyline that ultimately left Toonami fans completely out of the loop. Depending on what Reki Kawahara, A1 Pictures, and Aniplex’s long-term plans are for Progressive, Toonami viewers could potentially be in for a rude awakening if Progressive has a similar plan to what was done with Ordinal Scale, rather the “Dragon Ball Super-esque” route Demon Slayer has taken regarding Mugen Train.
Following the season finale of My Hero Academia in Japan, it has been announced that a sixth season of the My Hero Academia franchise is already in production. Toonami aired Episode 108 (Episode 20 of Season 5) this past Saturday, so starting tonight, we have five more episodes left before Toonami viewers reach that point.
Finally, Production I.G released a new key visual for Fena: Pirate Princess, to coincide with the Japanese premiere of the show on October 2nd. You can check it out below.
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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.
United States Trends:
- #Toonami [#10]
- Adult Swim [#9]
- #FenaPiratePrincess [#9]
- Yukimaru (From Fena: Pirate Princess) [Trended with #FenaPiratePrincess]
- #MyHeroAcademia [Trended with #FenaPiratePrincess]
- #Yashahime [Trended with #Toonami]
- #FoodWars [Trended with #Toonami]
- #BlackClover [Trended with #Toonami]
- Adult Swim [4,049 tweets]
- #MyHeroAcademia [9,497 tweets]
- #BlackClover [4,056 tweets]
Alright, so who knows what kind of bird this is? Only Toonami on [adult swim] on Cartoon Network.