Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky Sets Twitter Record

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Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta [Laputa, Castle In The Sky] (1986)

Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta (Laputa, Cas­tle In The Sky

A recent Japan­ese tele­vi­sion air­ing of Stu­dio Ghibli’s Tenkû No Shiro Rapyuta (Eng­lish title: Laputa: Cas­tle in the Sky) has trig­gered a new record for the high­est tweets per sec­ond, accord­ing to the social network.


Mea­sur­ing the num­ber of times the world men­tions a spe­cific sub­jected over the course of a sin­gle sec­ond in time, Twit­ter keeps track of the Tweets Per Sec­ond– or TPS– for a vari­ety of trend­ing sub­jects. With 25,088 TPS, the new record holder goes to the Dec. 9 Japan­ese TV screen­ing of Cas­tle in the Sky, the ani­mated tale of sky pirates in a post apoc­a­lyp­tic society.

Why would an anime over twenty years old cause such a stir in the social media? Accord­ing to those who pro­fess to know, the Japan­ese cel­e­bra­tion and tragedy seem to dom­i­nate the records across the board. But, noth­ing comes close to how peo­ple feel about their clas­sic post-apocalyptic animation.

The pre­vi­ous record of 8,868 TPS was held by pop singer Beyonce’s preg­nancy announce­ment dur­ing MTV Video Music Awards show in August. Other notable records include a recent U.S. women’s soc­cer team game (7,196 TPS), Japan’s New Year’s Eve 2010 cel­e­bra­tion (6,939 TPS), the sad news of Steve Jobs’ pass­ing (6,049 TPS), the death of ter­ror­ist Bin Laden (5,106 TPS) and the 8.9 earth­quake that hit Japan in March (5,530 TPS).

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