March 19-20, 2016 Image

March 19-20, 2016 US

March 19-20, 2016 PA

“Shinichi, you’re actually a pretty good guy, aren’t you? The two of us have gone through a lot together, haven’t we? So even if something bad happens, we’ll be okay. We can make it.”

–     Satomi Murano, Parasyte (Ep. 21)

The Toonami Trending Rundown for March 19-20, 2016. We celebrate the 19th anniversary of the better cartoon show as as every show on the block trended during their respective East Coast airings in addition to #DBZKai during it’s encore presentation.

In addition, each show on the block produced at least one character trend, the first time ever we have seen this occur. DBZ Kai gave us Piccolo as he ultimately demolishes Android 19. Dimension W had Mira trend for the third week in a row as after a bath, she gets attacked and captured by Shijuro and the ghosts of the students killed years ago. Parasyte gave us Shinichi as he’s scarred contemplating on whether to fight Gotou or flee, before deciding to fight when being comforted and “making love” with Murano. Champloo had Fuu trending as while she was in the bath, Mugen and Jin both had a look at her diary. Shippuden gave us Guren as it was revealed that she was responsible for the death of Yukimaru’s mother. One Piece had Brook trend as he reveals that he was killed but was revived eating the Revive Revive fruit and also mentions that he had his shadow stolen, rendering him unable to live in direct sunlight. And Kill la Kill gave us both Mako and Senketsu as they both help free Ryuko from being “tied” to Junketsu.

You could say this was one of those coincidental “fan service themed” nights. We’ve had moments like this before and considering that fan service in anime can be pretty frequent at times, for better or for worse it probably won’t be the last. That being said, considering the standards and practices Toonami follows to not shoo away advertisers and the fact that Toonami is an action cartoon block and a “gateway drug” to anime and not an “otaku pandering” block, don’t expect Toonami to go out of their way to get themselves shows with heavy fan service…unless you want to see a lot of censoring.

Tune in next week as Samurai Champloo begins it’s 2nd half, while Parasyte comes down to it’s final 3 episodes, among other great moments. Will Shinichi live or will he just be another one of Gotou’s victims? Until next week, have a good March Madness, and stay gold.


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 [#8]
  • #DBZKai (Also during the encore presentation) [#6]
  • Piccolo (From DBZ Kai) [#8]
  • #DimensionW [#6]
  • Mira (From Dimension W) [#8]
  • #Parasyte [#7]
  • Shinichi (From Parasyte) [#8]
  • #SamuraiChamploo [#6]
  • Fuu (From Samurai Champloo) [#8]
  • #Shippuden [#6]
  • Guren (From Naruto Shippuden) [#8]
  • #OnePiece [#5]
  • Brook (From One Piece) [#6]
  • #KillLaKill [#5]
  • Mako (From Kill la Kill) [#6]
  • Senketsu (From Kill la Kill) [#7]

Tweet Counts:

  • #Parasyte [2,005 tweets]
  • One Piece [25.4k tweets]

Special thanks to @JMB_70056, @myanimewaifu and others I forgot to mention for spotting some of the trends on this list.

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