The tweets soon gained popularity, spawning many other parodies, featuring a variety of anime character interacting with the snack bars.
On April 27th, 2014, Twitter user @SuperRoyalLand posted a self-deprecative message about buying a Nature Valley granola bar while dreading about his lack of social life at school. On the next morning, @NatureValley, the official Twitter handle for the brand, responded to @SuperRoyalLand's tweet with a message of encouragement suggesting that he should befriend some of their other followers who have expressed their love for anime.
SuperRoyalLand</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/galacticpixie">galacticpixie
Elkasaurus</a> We've met lots of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23anime&src=hash">#anime</a> friends who do exist right here in the Twitter-sphere. Befriend them!</p>— Nature Valley (NatureValley) April 28, 2014
As of May 2014, the tweet has garnered over 100 retweets and favorites. After the tweets, many different news sites picked up on the story, including Crunchyroll, Anime News Network and Anime Herald. The American anime licensing company Funimation also tweeted at the company using their twitter handle @Funimation, joking that their Senpai Had Noticed Them.
FUNimation</a> None of the above. But we did emerge from a long winter of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23polarvortexes&src=hash">#polarvortexes</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23icecaves&src=hash">#icecaves</a>. Thank you for noticing us, Senpai.</p>— Nature Valley (NatureValley) April 30, 2014
On April 30th, the handle retweeted a photoshopped image of the character Kokoro Akemi, from the anime Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, holding two nature valley bars from user @KokoroAkemi, adding an invitation for other users to do the same. The tweet received over 600 retweets and over 300 favorites.
Let the #NatureValley + #anime art fest begin. RT— Nature Valley (@NatureValley) April 30, 2014
KokoroAkechi</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/NatureValley">NatureValley pic.twitter.com/i5ieAUxHHy
The new official snack food of anime –
NatureValley</a> <a href="http://t.co/UHRl6L06EA">pic.twitter.com/UHRl6L06EA</a></p>— NΞØNTΛSTΞR (neontaster) April 30, 2014
NatureValley</a>'s granola bars are so good, they must be the work of a Stand user. <a href="http://t.co/rs8qOFFrZD">pic.twitter.com/rs8qOFFrZD</a></p>— EsperP Arms (PuellaRider) April 30, 2014
 Anime News Network – Start Your Day Off Right with Some Granola Bar Social Media Fun
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