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The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan


The top charts for the week of May 3rd
May 03
// Brad Rice
Japan's love affair with bath houses proves to dominate once again, as Thermae Romae II takes second place in the Japanese box office, behind Disney powerhouse Frozen. The first Thermae Romae movie did incredibly we...
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The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan


The top charts for the week of April 26th
Apr 26
// Brad Rice
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. I think it's no surprise that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back at the top of t...
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The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped


The top charts for the week of April 18th
Apr 18
// Brad Rice
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's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most pop...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11

Apr 11 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of April 6th 1. Kidsuitara Kataomoi by Nogizaka46 - Week 1 2. No Mercy by BAP - Week 1 3. High Five by Yuma Nakayama - Week 1 4. Grotesque by Ken Hirai feat. Namie Amuro - Week 1 5. Mitaiken Future by FTIsland - Week 1 6. Touge Koe by Fukuda Kouhei- Week 1 7. Sakura Horizon by Idoling NEO - Week 1 8. Kourei no Ryuugou by NMB48 - Week 2 9. Lalala/850 yen per hour by Kamereo - Week 1 10. Mirai to ha? by SKE48 - Week 3 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of April 13th 1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol. 5 - Week 1 2. Soul Eater Vol. 19 - Week 1 3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 42 4. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1 - Week 3 5. Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 1 - Week 2 6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Vol. 3 - Week 1 7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Vol. 1 - Week 1 8. Attack on Titan Vol. 10 - Week 8 9. Fairy Tail Vol. 36 - Week 1 10. Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare - Week 2 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of April 6th 1. Frozen - Week 4, grossed $8.24 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 5, grossed $1.73 million 3. Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider - Week 2, grossed $1.57 million 4. The Snow White Murder Case - Week 2, grossed $1.16 million 5. Team Batista Final: Kerberos no Shozo - Week 2, grossed $923k 6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Week 3, grossed $639k 7. One Third - Week 1, grossed $614k 8. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 4, grossed $557k 9. Kamisama no Karute 2 - Week 3, grossed $434k 10. Sakura Saku - Week 1, grossed $252k Source: Box Office Mojo
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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 ...

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The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 4


Attack on Titan and Frozen to dominate charts forever
Apr 04
// Brad Rice
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. With all of Kodansha's Attack on Titan side titles out right now, the s...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 28

Mar 28 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of March 23rd 1. Mirai to ha? by SKE48 - Week 1 2. Boku no Soba ni ha Hoshi ga Aru by Tackey & Tsubasa - Week 1 3. Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss by Juice = Juice - Week 1 4. Hone by BugLug - Week 1 5. Free Character Song Duet #4 by Mamoru Miyano and Nobunaga Simazaki - Week 1 6. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48 - Week 2 7. Retsu-sha Sentai Tokkyuujā by Isedaiki - Week 1 8. Ai Subeki Ashita, Isshun to Isshou o by GReeeeN - Week 1 9. Tsunaida Te Kara by back number - Week 1 10. Naniwa no Haniwa by Takoyaki Rainbow - Week 1 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of March 30th 1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1 - Week 1 2. One Piece Vol. 70 - Week 2 3. Nisekoi Vol. 2 - Week 2 4. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11 - Week 2 5. Black Bird Vol. 18 - Week 2 6. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 40 7. Attack on Titan Vol. 11 - Week 6 8. Fairy Tail Vol. 35 - Week 2 9. Midnight Secretary Vol. 4 - Week 2 10. Attack on Titan Vol. 2 - Week 23 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of March 16th 1. Frozen - Week 1, grossed $7.53 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 2, grossed $3.98 million 3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 1, grossed $1.90 million 4. Robocop - Week 1, grossed $985k 5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Week 3, grossed $965k 6. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji - Week 5, grossed $865k 7. Silver Spoon - Week 2, grossed $778k 8. The Eternal Zero - Week 13, grossed $486k 9. Kiki's Delivery Service - Week 3, grossed $421k 10. 12 Years a Slave - Week 2, grossed $322k Source: Box Office Mojo
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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...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 21

Mar 21 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of March 16th 1. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48 - Week 1 2. Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi Kara by Acid Black Cherry- Week 1 3. Sakura Appareshon by Denpagumi Inc.- Week 1 4. With You by 9nine - Week 1 5. Hikari no Signal by Kis-my-Ft2 - Week 2 6. Californi by Ketsumeishi - Week 1 7. Starting Over by HachaMecha- Week 1 8. Saki Shika Mukanee by AKB48 - Week 3 9. The World's End by Horie Yui - Week 1 10. Parallel by Keytalk - Week 1 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of March 23rd 1. One Piece Vol. 70 - Week 1 2. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11 - Week 1 3. Pokemon Adventures Vol. 21 - Week 1 4. Black Bird Vol. 18 - Week 1 5. Nisekoi Vol. 2 - Week 1 6. Nijigahara Holograph - Week 1 7. Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 1 - Week 1 8. Midnight Secretary Vol. 4 - Week 1 9. Fairy Tail Vol. 35 - Week 1 10. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 39 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of March 16th 1. Frozen - Week 1, grossed $7.53 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 2, grossed $3.98 million 3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 1, grossed $1.90 million 4. Robocop - Week 1, grossed $985k 5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Week 3, grossed $965k 6. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji - Week 5, grossed $865k 7. Silver Spoon - Week 2, grossed $778k 8. The Eternal Zero - Week 13, grossed $486k 9. Kiki's Delivery Service - Week 3, grossed $421k 10. 12 Years a Slave - Week 2, grossed $322k Source: Box Office Mojo
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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...

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


Nijigahara Holograph breaks into top 10 on debut week
Mar 14
// Brad Rice
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...
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The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 7


Kiki's Delivery Service has strong showing in Japan
Mar 07
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28


Kanjani puts two singles in top 10
Feb 28
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21


Takashi Miike takes top honors at box office
Feb 21
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14


Love was in the air ahead of V-Day
Feb 14
// Brad Rice
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 ...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/7


Wolf of Wall Street makes surprising debut
Feb 07
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/31


Sekai no Owari sitting pretty atop Oricon charts
Jan 31
// Brad Rice
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 ...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/24


Monster Girls and Zero pilots prove popular
Jan 24
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/17


Misaki Isawa debuts atop Oricon charts
Jan 17
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/10


VisKei tops Oricon, Gravity trumps Catching Fire at Japanese BO
Jan 12
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of December 13th


47 Ronin debuts in top three films
Dec 13
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of December 6th


All hail Yotsuba
Dec 06
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 29th


New Ghibli film tops the box office
Nov 29
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 22nd


Madoka hangs in the top three films
Nov 22
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 15th


Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's new single is finally out!
Nov 16
// Salvador GRodiles
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 8th


Madoka and Precure are on top!
Nov 08
// Salvador GRodiles
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...

Rock the Charts for the Week of November 1

Nov 01 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of October 27th 1. Mada Namida ga Naranai Kanashimi ga by KinKi Kids - Week 1 2. Kakumei Dualism by Nana Mizuki x TM Revolution - Week 1 3. Exile Pride by Exile - Week 5 4. Sayonara by Kana Nishino - Week 1 5. Yuniba Page by Suzuko Mimori - Week 1 6. Mayfly/Last Virgin by Radwimps - Week 2 7. Winter Games by 2PM - Week 2 8. Iijan! by Tokyo Cheer Party - Week 1 9. Halloween Party by Halloween Junky Orchestra - Week 2 10. Remember me by Kururi - Week 1 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of November 3rd 1. Monster Musume Vol. 1 - Week 1 2. Bleach Vol. 58 - Week 3 3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 19 4. Attack on Titan Vol. 7 - Week 4 5. Attack on Titan Vol. 2 - Week 12 6. Attack on Titan Vol. 3 - Week 10 7. Rosario + Vampire Season II Vol. 12 - Week 2 8. Attack on Titan Vol. 4 - Week 3 9. Black Bird Vol. 17 - Week 3 10. Attack on Titan Vol. 5 - Week 9 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of October 27th 1. The Girl in the Sun - Week 3, grossed $1.61 million 2. The Apology King - Week 4, grossed $1.05 million 3. Now You See Me - Week 1, grossed 1.03 million 4. Like Father, Like Son- Week 5, grossed $1.01 million 5. Despicable Me 2 - Week 6, grossed $618k 6. The Human Trust- Week 2, grossed $561k 7. Diana - Week 2, grossed $297k 8. The Wind Rises - Week 15, grossed $242k 9. RIPD - Week 2, grossed $241k 10. Oshin - Week 3, grossed $219k Source: Box Office Mojo
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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...

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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 25th


More AoT dominance, Radwimps drop new singles
Oct 25
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the week of October 18th


The Titans have conquered New York!
Oct 18
// Salvador GRodiles
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 11th


Attack on Titan still holds strong even with new Bleach title
Oct 11
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 4th


Gundam: The Origin debuts on top
Oct 04
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the week of September 27th


Despicable Me 2 debuts on top
Sep 27
// Brad Rice
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...
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Rock the Charts for the Week of September 20th


I miss Hiroko already ;_;
Sep 20
// Brad Rice
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...

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