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May 14-15, 2016 US

May 14-15, 2016 PA

“This is how I am, how I’ve always been. Trouble and danger come looking for me, like I’m some kind of magnet. It probably would have turned out even worse if Miyabi hadn’t come along to give me a new path. That’s why I’m gonna keep doing this job. New paths, new possibilities. Besides, this is what I am. A collector.”

–     Kyouma Mabuchi, Dimension W (Ep. 12)

The Toonami Trending Rundown for May 14-15, 2016. We complete Dimension W’s broadcast dub run with a bang as Dimension W, in addition to Toonami, DBZ Kai, Hunter x Hunter, and Samurai Champloo had successfully trended in the US during their respective East Coast airings as well as Hunter x Hunter during its West Coast airing.

Both Hunter x Hunter and One Piece would also produce a character trend, the first of such for the former, with Hisoka as he basically toys with Gon and Leorio, as well as Luffy as he gets captured and thrown into a coffin.

Dimension W Retrospective Banner

In 2011, manga artist Yūji Iwahara created the Dimension W manga, which was published in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine; later Monthly Big Gangan magazine, and has successfully published 10 volumes and counting, eventually leading to getting itself an anime adaptation in 2016. Normally, it would have taken perhaps a year to be dubbed into English and released in US shores, but with the success of Space Dandy’s run on Toonami, there has been an increase in anime companies releasing “Broadcast Dubs”, shows that have had their dubs made and released immediately or shortly after their respective broadcasts in Japan. Dimension W became one of such Broadcast Dubs, and it became the first such dub to air on Toonami when it premiered on the night of February 27th.

12 weeks of Kyouma and Mira’s quest to solve the mystery of Easter Island and Dimension W’s run is now in the books. During the show’s Toonami run, the hashtag #DimensionW has successfully trended in the US during all 12 weeks of its run, including during the two weeks before its premiere when a promo commercial was shown. Dimension W’s buzz also had Mira trending during the show’s 2nd, 3rd, and 4th episodes.


For those that want to check out more Dimension W, there’s the previously mentioned manga which is being translated into English and published by Yen Press. In addition, there’s a OVA that’s in the works, though it won’t be out until August 26th in Japan; to be bundled with the final Blu-Ray release, so much like in the situations for the Deadman OVA, Kill la Kill episode 25, and SAO Extra Edition, you’re gonna need to wait for the DVDs and Blu-Rays to be released at this side of the Pacific for that.

The show does leave itself open for continuation, and indeed the manga is being continued to this very day. Whether it will get itself a sequel is up in the air, but regardless of what happens, thanks for the memories, Dimension W, and we wish this show all the best for the future.

It's A Gundam Banner

If you didn’t hear the news, during the Turner Upfront on Thursday, it was announced that the newest Gundam series: Iron-Blooded Orphans, will indeed be Toonami’s next show. Yep, you heard that right, Gundam is coming home…we’ll its US broadcast home at least.

This will be the first time since 2004 since Gundam Seed that Toonami has aired a Gundam series and the first time since 2009 (When Gundam 00 aired on Sci-Fi before its rebrand to Syfy and subsequent Network Decay) that Gundam has aired on US television. Of course as you may know, it has been a tough past few years for the Gundam franchise, especially with the closure of Bandai Entertainment which put the future of Gundam in the US into doubt for awhile. But much like Toonami itself, Gundam is poised to make a comeback and IBO’s dub premiere is yet another example that it is a good time to be a Toonami and anime fan and that nothing really is impossible for the better cartoon show.

And Finally

Unfortunately, Gundam IBO isn’t ready to go just yet, with the premiere being held off until June 4th. But not to worry as in the meantime, a doubleheader of DBZ Kai will be showcased from 12-1am, while on the week after, Toonami will showcase episodes 15-21 of Samurai Champloo as part of the Memorial Day weekend. In addition, tune in next week as Naruto Shippuden returns to canon as we kick off the Itachi Pursuit Mission arc among other great moments. Until then, congrats to Ukraine on winning the Eurovision Song Contest and stay golden 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 [#23]
  • #DBZKai [#21]
  • #DimensionW [#20]
  • #HunterXHunter (Also during the West Coast airing) [#19]
  • #SamuraiChamploo [#25]
  • Luffy (From One Piece) [#9]

Tweet Counts:

  • #Toonami [3,832 tweets]
  • #DimensionW [3,324 tweets]
  • #HunterXHunter [3,728 tweets]
  • Hisoka (From Hunter x Hunter) [2,219 tweets]
  • Luffy (From One Piece) [7,032 tweets]

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

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