New York Times Bestseller

Gundam: The Origin supplants Attack on Titan
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force ... read feature


Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Here's a shocking development: Attack on Titan title tops the best... read feature

Frozen dominates Japanese box office
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Japan loves Disney. Everyone loves Frozen. So it's only natural that Ja... read feature

The Bestsellers

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 14


Nijigahara Holograph breaks into top 10 on debut week
Mar 14
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. The Japanese box office took a massive tanking this past weekend, dropp... read
The Bestsellers

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 7


Kiki's Delivery Service has strong showing in Japan
Mar 07
It's Rock the Charts with a new name. We highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Kiki's Delivery Service (the live-action version) made its debut this we... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28


Kanjani puts two singles in top 10
Feb 28
I'm impressed that after 10 weeks, The Eternal Zero still holds a grip on Japanese audiences. The film cleared $75 million in revenue, which is certainly a feat for any film in Japan. I doubt that the film will keep its curre... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21


Takashi Miike takes top honors at box office
Feb 21
It took a naked man strapped to a car to unseat The Eternal Zero at the Japanese box office. Takashi Miike's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is an adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's manga by the same name, which sells lik... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14


Love was in the air ahead of V-Day
Feb 14
I think Japan's just about ready for Valentine's Day, with something like Back Number's Fish, a song about lost love. Watch the music video above if you want to see a guy singing about losing his love. Because what gets you ... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/7


Wolf of Wall Street makes surprising debut
Feb 07
Well, this is suprising. I honestly never expected The Wolf of Wall Street to debut high in Japan. The movie is three hours long, heavy on dialogue, and has more cocaine than Bogota. Perhaps it's the cocaine that's the big dr... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/31


Sekai no Owari sitting pretty atop Oricon charts
Jan 31
Once again, The Eternal Zero is showing little signs of stopping its domination of the Japanese box office. Japan has a habit of latching on to a film and keeping it in the #1 spot for 10 weeks or so, shrugging off all other ... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/24


Monster Girls and Zero pilots prove popular
Jan 24
Finally, the Attack on Titan craze is subsiding, at least as far as the New York Times' Bestsellers list shows. Now we've got Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh! sitting amongst the top of the bestsellers list once again. It's good to see s... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/17


Misaki Isawa debuts atop Oricon charts
Jan 17
With the new year well under way, we've got some fresh music from AKB48 star Misaki Iwasa topping this week's charts, with the cast of Kuroko no Basketball following up shortly thereafter. Who says industry-manufactured pop i... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/10


VisKei tops Oricon, Gravity trumps Catching Fire at Japanese BO
Jan 12
Are you ready for some Golden Bomber? Their new single "101st Curse" debuts this week, and skyrockets to the top of the Oricon charts. Visual kei cannot be stopped. Elsewhere on the Oricon charts, the Christmas music scene dr... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of December 13th


47 Ronin debuts in top three films
Dec 13
I can't help but wonder what the Japanese reaction to Keanu Reeves' 47 Ronin will be. A lot of people went and saw it, with the film generating over $1 million at the box office on opening weekend, but i can't imagine it hang... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of December 6th


All hail Yotsuba
Dec 06
Without fail, we all go batshit crazy whenever a new volume of Yotsuba! shows up. And why not? For all you know, if you don't go ahead and buy three volumes the day it comes out, Vice President Chief Assistant CEO Bear will h... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of November 29th


New Ghibli film tops the box office
Nov 29
Christmas is already on the brain for Japan. The 30th anniversary edition of Tatsuro Yamashita's "Christmas Eve" cracked into the Oricon Top 10. It feels like such a hallmark of 80's Japanese music, but it's still a good song... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of November 22nd


Madoka hangs in the top three films
Nov 22
Alright! Four weeks in, and Madoka Magica is still hanging on strong with the charts. It's no surprise, as the otaku will spend their money in droves to see their girls. But Madoka managed to cross boundaries and attract a lo... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of November 15th


Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new single is finally out!
Nov 16
Alright, people; you know the drill: Brad is currently relaxing in Ireland, so I'm handling Rock the Charts until he returns from his trip. In an unexpected turn of events, WataMote's first English volume ends up stealing the... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of November 8th


Madoka and Precure are on top!
Nov 08
Brad has left for Ireland for two weeks, so he's left me in charge of covering Rock the Charts. In a surprising new attack, Madoka's final movie and the DokiDoki! Precure film combine their hope and suffering to work their wa... read
Outbreak Company's opening debuts in top ten
It looks like a slow week of entertainment in Japan. The numbers for the Japanese box office are dwindling as the blockbuster American films are still a ways off. Now is a good time for Japanese flicks, but many of the titles... read feature

Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of October 25th


More AoT dominance, Radwimps drop new singles
Oct 25
Retailers sure do love themselves some Attack on Titan. The title now has five volumes on the list! Before you know it, that title will take over the entire list -- with all the spinoff manga on its way from Kodansha, this is... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the week of October 18th


The Titans have conquered New York!
Oct 18
Brad set off on an important trip today, so he has left me in charge of handling this week's exciting episode of Rock the Charts! When Bleach was number one last week, Attack on Titan was fighting to keep its spot in the list... read

Rock the Charts for the Week of October 11th


Attack on Titan still holds strong even with new Bleach title
Oct 11
The Japanese box office saw a real dip compared to last week, as it looks like matters beyond film are keeping the Japanese occupied. Maybe it's the slew of new music this week, as the entirety of the Oricon Top 10 charts saw... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of October 4th


Gundam: The Origin debuts on top
Oct 04
Despicable Me 2 certainly had good numbers in its second week, but not enough to fight off newcomers Like Father, Like Son and The Apology King. The Japanese film market is holding strong, with this week seeing a higher overa... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the week of September 27th


Despicable Me 2 debuts on top
Sep 27
Sure enough, we're seeing the start of a new animated film to take over the charts. Despicable Me 2 came out this week, and if it's anything like the original, it'll be around for a while to come. While showing moderate numbe... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of September 20th


I miss Hiroko already ;_;
Sep 20
I never truly understand the band naming process in Japan. One of the top three songs this week is by the band Juice = Juice. It's part of the Hello! Project brand, which includes Morning Musume, Berryz Kobo, Cute, and S-mile... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of September 13th


One Piece debuts strong, Miyazaki still on top
Sep 13
Wow. The Wind Rises made another strong showing, perhaps on the heels of Miyazaki's retirement. It was the one bright star in the box office numbers, while the manga side of things had a similarly poor showing. A number of ol... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of September 7th


Ghibli holds strong, but not for much longer
Sep 07
The Wind Rises just can't be stopped. Now in its seventh week, the film is showing an uptick in revenue over last week. There's a steep drop-off between that and the next title on the list, but if you follow the recent trends... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of August 30th


Attack on Titan is popular.
Sep 01
While you won't see it in this week's top three ranks, #6-#9 on the New York Times manga list is all taken up by Attack on Titan. I've got to say, that's awfully impressive. It's clear that the title has a number of fans who ... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of August 16th


Ghibli and Attack on Titan continue their domination
Aug 16
Sunshine and happiness are on the collective mind of Japan, as those songs are dominating the Oricon charts. A lot less love and promises of being together forever -- more common in the colder months -- and more a focus on ha... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the week of August 9th


Aug 09
Is it any surprise that a Ghibli film took top accolades this week? Its third week in, The Wind Rises grossed $44 million dollars. By week five, it should outpace Monsters University and garner more than $58 million. That's t... read
Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the week of August 2nd


Sailor Moon finishes off the competition!
Aug 02
Brad's in the middle of a trip, so he has left me in charge of watching over Rock the Charts until he returns to us safely. In a slightly surprising hit, Monsters University loses its number one spot after The Wind Rises... read






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