Shinobu: “If only humans and demons can get along with each other. Wouldn’t you agree Tomioka?”

Giyu: “That’s a pipe dream. As long as demons hunt us.”

–          Demon Slayer (Ep. 15)

The Toonami Trending Rundown for Feb. 8-9, 2020. As the block begins condensing during these next three weeks as Fire Force goes into its off-season, the better cartoon show continues strong as Demon Slayer begins the Natagumo Mountain Arc.

Among the notable moments of the night, My Hero Academia saw Deku and Sir Nighteye catching up to backup Mirio, who managed to rescue Eri but sustained major injuries. His quirk was also disabled by Overhaul’s special bullets making things look bleak for Lemillon. However, Overhaul was not going to give Eri up without a fight as he severely wounded Nighteye in battle showing how powerful the yakuza boss is. Sword Art Online would see Gabriel and Vassago logging in to the Underworld with accounts as the leaders of the Dark Territory. With an unquenchable lust for bloodshed (even killing his childhood friend Alicia to see what would happen to her soul), Gabriel rallied the guilds of the Dark Territory to wage war against the humans and the Axiom Church as he and Vassago begin their search for Alice. Wanting peace between the two sides, both Lipia and Shasta tried to stop the conflict but were quickly silenced by Gabriel and his minions. And in Food Wars, Subaru challenged Takumi to a food war featuring lemon cakes. Takumi wagered his cherished mezzaluna knife putting his pride on the line for this Shokugeki. Despite wowing the crowd with his cake, Subaru’s tactics of stalking and intimidation proved to be too much for Takumi, as the judges ruled in Subaru’s favor with his cake. Despite Soma being next on Subaru’s hit list, Soma has not been intimidated by his bullying, as he risks his enrollment at Totsuki to stop Subaru and give everyone their knives back.

On Twitter, #Toonami would successfully trend in the United States along with six of the ten shows on the lineup. Meanwhile, on Tumblr, #Toonami would trend alongside #BNHA and #JJBA. The full list, including statistics and tweet counts from the Twitter app and Amr Rahmy’s Fan Screening analytics app, can be seen below.

This week’s feature was a music video titled Shlon by Omar Souleyman. You can check it out below.

This week, released our 11th interview from Anime Expo 2019, as I met with Cedric L. Williams Jr., the voice of Don in The Promised Neverland and Cheetu in Hunter x Hunter.

Bandai Namco released a new trailer for the upcoming Sword Art Online video game, titled Alicization Lycoris. The trailer showcased some of the game’s core gameplay, including the battle system, character building, and multiplayer aspects. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris is scheduled for release on May 22 on all major platforms except for the Nintendo Switch.

There was more Sword Art Online news involving the anime, with Aniplex announcing the fourth opening theme song of the Project Alicization story arc is titled “ANIMA,” sung by ReoNa. Aniplex also released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth and final cour of Alicization. The trailer contains significant spoilers for those following the show through the Toonami broadcasts, so for those who watched the series via the simulcasts, you can check out the trailer by clicking here. The fourth cour is scheduled to premiere in Japan and on streaming sites (subtitled) beginning in April 2020. Aniplex and Toonami have yet to announce plans for the premiere of the English dub as of this time.

Tune in Saturday for the penultimate episode of Dr. Stone’s first season, among other great moments. Until next week, have a Happy Valentines Day and 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:

  • #Toonami [#7]
  • #DrStone [#8]
  • #SwordArtOnline [#25]
  • #DemonSlayer [#22]
  • #FoodWars [#13]
  • #Shippuden [Trended with #Toonami]
  • #ThePromisedNeverland [Trended with #Toonami]

Tweet Counts:

  • #Toonami [6,734 tweets]
  • #DrStone [2,674 tweets]
  • #SwordArtOnline [2,481 tweets]
  • #DemonSlayer [5,943 tweets]
  • #FoodWars [1,576 tweets]

Fan Screening Counts:

  • #MyHeroAcademia [#4 with 3,932 tweets]
  • #DrStone [#10 with 1,765 tweets]
  • #SwordArtOnline [#12 with 1,470 tweets]
  • #DemonSlayer [#6 with 3,678 tweets]
  • #KimetsuNoYaiba [#9 with 2,040 tweets]
  • #FoodWars [#17 with 1,069 tweets]
  • #BlackClover [#18 with 1,194 tweets]
  • #JoJosBizarreAdventure [#16 with 1,357 tweets]

Tumblr Trends:

  • #Toonami
  • #BNHA
  • #JJBA

Notes and Other Statistics:

Special thanks to @myanimewaifu and others I forgot to mention for spotting some of the trends on this list.

NEZUKO-CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN. Only Toonami on [adult swim] on Cartoon Network.