It seems like just yesterday that we were all obsessing over the Twilight phenomenon. Fans of the New York Times bestselling saga were camping out eagerly in front of video stores, combing through each box office tally in hopes of finding a glimpse of their favorite bloodsuckers. Now, nearly a decade later, the craze hasn’t died down. In fact, it’s taken on a whole new life with the rise of the anime fandom.
If you’re a massive fan of the Twilight series—and who isn’t?—you might be excited about the prospects of a standalone spin-off helmed by none other than the series’ gorgeous heartthrob, Robert Pattinson.
Nowadays, when fans get excited about something, they usually don’t hold back. So it is with Twilight spin-off. While the manga and anime community is still in the process of digesting the last vestiges of the Twilight craze, the fanbase is already looking ahead to the next big project. After making his directorial debut with the film Beautiful Bastard, in which he also starred, Robert Pattinson is set to helm his first television production, a Twilight spin-off titled simply, Pattinson.
The movie will be based on the manga of the same name by Mitsuru Mihara. The story follows two teenage vampires, Lloyd and Victoria, who fall in love and try to navigate the treacherous waters of high school together.
The series was already a huge hit when it was initially released in Japan back in 2008, topping both the manga and anime charts. It wasn’t long before Twilight took over the entire world, confirming Mihara’s status as the queen of vampire fiction.
While the first installment of the Twilight franchise was largely panned by critics, becoming both a commercial and critical flop, it still holds a special place in the hearts of fans. In fact, it’s one of the most downloaded movies of all time, with more than 500 million downloads to date. That’s more than the entire population of the United States.
So it should come as no great surprise that fans are already anticipating the premiere of their favorite movie adaptation. This is especially true considering how long it took for the first film to be released in theaters. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later that fans could finally see the movie they had been waiting for (sort of).
What’s interesting is how the anime community has reacted to the news of a potential Twilight film adaptation. To give you an idea of how much anime fans care about the topic, let’s take a look at some of the top Twitter trends concerning the upcoming film.
When news broke that Robert Pattinson would be taking the helm of the film adaptation of Mitsuru Mihara’s popular manga, fans of the vampire fiction genre began saluting the actor with the hashtag #Pattinson. The trend began to trend on Twitter as fans were over the moon that their favorite star was finally going to get a chance to shine in a big way.
#Pattinson trended in Japan for three days with more than 200,000 tweets. Fans were so enamored with the idea of seeing more of Robert Pattinson that they didn’t even notice the trending topic at the top of their feed. It wasn’t until the fourth day that they finally noticed the hashtag and began to notice the film’s connections to the Twilight series. After that, the hashtag began to trend in the U.S. as well.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been numerous trending topics related to the Twilight series. If you go out on Twitter and look up any of these topics, you’ll see that Twi-hard fans have been talking about the upcoming film for months. It wasn’t until just recently that the hashtags began to trend internationally. However, as of Monday morning, the trending topics will be attached to the first ever Twilight standalone film, confirming its significance to the anime community.
The first and most obvious hashtag of the year is #Twilight. The news that the film would be a standalone adaptation without any of the Twilight characters resonated with fans, especially since this would be the first time they’d get to see their favorite stars outside of the context of the Twilight universe.
The first thing that came to mind when I heard that Robert Pattinson would be making his directorial debut with the film Beautiful Bastard was how much I hated that movie. However, after seeing the trailer, I began to realize how much I didn’t hate it. It wasn’t that I loved it or anything, but it was definitely a better movie than I thought it would be.
Even if I didn’t like the movie, I would still be interested in seeing it. Not because I was a big fan of the Twilight series, but because it was directed by Robert Pattinson. I figured that he must have some talent behind the camera, and his unique perspective might add a new aspect to the story. Furthermore, after watching the trailer, I realized that the movie would be similar in tone to the Twilight series, but it wouldn’t actually be set in the Twilight universe. This is exactly what drew me in and made me curious to see what would happen.
Anime Otaku is another trending topic that’s been around for a while, but it has only recently become popular amongst anime fans. The hashtag refers to those who love anime, but are also into other media. For example, some might be big fans of the Attack on Titan series, but they also might like to read the light novels or watch the animated adaptations of Haruhi Suzumiya or Food Wars!
As you might imagine, trending topics related to anime lead to a wealth of fascinating information. For example, during the height of the #LionsGateDebacle, fans were tweeting about how much time had passed in the anime world. Since the fall of #LionsGate, the hashtags have mostly returned to their original state, but there are still some diehard fans who are convinced that the scandal forever changed the industry.
Some of the more recent trending topics are attached to the new film GenshinIvo, the sequel to last year’s blockbuster Death Note. Like the original, GenshinIvo is based on the popular manga and anime series of the same name. The film stars the legendary Death Note author and illustrator, Ryūnosuke Nakamura, reprising his role as Ryūnosuke Nakamura. Additionally, the film is going to be adapted from Death Note soundtrack composer, Tsukasa Saito’s, best-selling album of the same name.
The only other movie that comes close in terms of popularity is Pokémon Go, the popular augmented reality (AR) game developed by Pokémon Company and distributed globally by The Pokémon Company GmbH in 2013. The AR game and film Pokken are so popular in Japan that the movie surpassed both the live-action film and Manga Entertainment’s Anime Grand Prix to become the top-grossing film of all time in Japan. In addition to becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, Pokken also proved to be a major success when it was released in other countries.
While #Pattinson, #Twilight, and #BeautifulBastard are all tied to the upcoming release of a single film, #Kazakhstan is trending because it is the first-ever film directly inspired by One Piece, a Manga Entertainment property.
As the name implies, #Kazakhstan is tied to the fictional country of Kazakhstan, which is located in Southeast Asia. The name itself is inspired by the Kazakh people, who are famous for their horsemanship and hospitality. The country itself is home to both the Kunlun Belt and the Great Wall, two of the most recognizable geographic features in the region. In the original One Piece, the Kazakh people are often featured wearing distinctive bright, white outfits with a blue sky as a background.
While it might be difficult to quantify the size of the One Piece fanatic club, Manga Entertainment’s financial results for the quarter ending on March 31, 2019 showed a 25% increase in net sales compared to the same period last year. This increase can be attributed to the fact that the first installment of One Piece was released in 2010, and the second season just this year.