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April 16-17, 2016 US

April 16-17, 2016 PA

“[I want to be a hunter] because my dad is a hunter. Being a hunter was the most important thing in the world to my dad, and I want to know why.”

–     Gon Freecss, Hunter x Hunter (Ep.01)

The Toonami Trending Rundown for April 16-17, 2016. Back in 2002, a little show named Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi made its debut on Cartoon Network and during the 4 years it aired (whether it was on Adult Swim or Toonami), it had become one of the most popular and acclaimed anime of its time. Flash forward to today, and Togashi’s next work, Hunter x Hunter, has made its debut on the better cartoon show.

In regards to social media buzz, only 3 shows, Dimension W, Hunter x Hunter, and Samurai Champloo managed to trend this week (though we were able to get tweet counts for every show save for Parasyte). With the NBA and the Stanley Cup playoffs underway among other things, Toonami getting its slice of the social media pie is not easy. On the other hand, #HunterXHunter had trended during a good portion of the block’s duration, including during the West Coast airing, making sure Hunter x Hunter would begin its run on Toonami on a good note.

Many Toonami fans, myself included, have had fond memories of Yu Yu Hakusho back in the day. Can lightning strike twice and will Hunter x Hunter be a Toonami classic in of itself? We’ll find out in the next 147 episodes and possible sequels ahead (the manga is still ongoing and just recently returned from a hiatus). Until next week, stay gold as always.


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:

  • #DimensionW [#24]
  • #HunterXHunter (Also during the West Coast airing) [#5]
  • #SamuraiChamploo [#25]

Tweet Counts:

  • #Toonami [4,684 tweets]
  • #DBZKai [1,793 tweets]
  • #DimensionW [2,404 tweets]
  • #HunterXHunter [8,175 tweets]
  • #SamuraiChamploo [1,212 tweets]
  • Naruto [34.3k tweets]
  • #OnePiece [6,388 tweets]

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