The Twitter Japan blog releases a list of top hashtags for each week. Tweet Beat investigates the buzz behind the hashtag.
Politics could not beat enthusiasm for #猫の恩返し (in English, “The Cat Returns”) airing on Friday night, although Nippon Television and TBS radio’s coverage of the Upper House elections under #zero選挙 and #senkyo954 respectively both made it into the top 20 hashtags of last week.
The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan’s official #日本を取り戻す (“Take back Japan”) was a bit more popular than the demonstration hashtag profiled here a couple weeks ago, #愛国競争 (“patriotism competition”). Meanwhile, boys’ love otaku campaigned under their own hashtag #bl選挙 (“boys love election”).
What came closest to the top spot besides classic anime was baseball. The three #allstar (or the more useful katakana tag, #オールスター) games were played the July 19, 20 and 22.
— よっしー#8 (@yoshi_8_d1994) July 19, 2013
Oshima’s face on base earlier! I’ve never seen him like this!
Some fans were touched as Shohei Otani and Yusei Kikuchi played together. They graduated from the same high school (Hanamaki Higashi) a couple years apart. Normally they’re on different teams, but the All-Star game had them together on the Pacific League side.
“Kikuchi will throw and Otani will protect. Awww.”
One viewer was more interested in the mascots than the 19-year-old rookie Otani:
— sats＠秋田ロッテさん (@clm_bba) July 19, 2013
I’ll never forgive Asahi for cutting this off and running footage of Otani. RT @manayayo Mascot commemorative photograph!
Game 2 saw the Central League team win 3-1, but not before some Osaka Toin grads got away with a comedic skit in play.
“Osaka Toin skit!”
“The Toin group is having fun, huh.”
“Wha?! What are you guys doing, Toin? lololol A Nishioka conspiracy lolololol”
“The Toin showdown between Sho Nakata and Fujinami is funny no matter how many times you watch it.”
“Cute” Takahiro Arai named MVP.
— allegro moderato (@SaeScherzo) July 20, 2013
— 不知火ﾌﾁｶ (@longe_banzai) July 20, 2013
It was fun doing a lot of different cheers. It really is like a festival. I’m relieved the Yakult pitchers didn’t give up any runs.
The final game, on Monday, the 22nd, was technically outside the scope of the data from last week, but the hashtag remained popular as the Pacific League won 3-1.
Hina from the Yakult Swallows official dance team tweeted a cute pic:
Being a member of Passion during the 3-Day Mazda All Star Game was truly fun and a great experience.
At least one fan wished there would have been a little more action over the course of the series:
— 錦 (@sts_ns) July 22, 2013
What! This time! In the end! There were . . . no home runs!