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The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11 photo
The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11
by 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, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force it can be, supplanting the perennial favorite Attack on Titan. It's taken people a while, but they're finally realizing just how great of a series Gundam: The Origin is. If you've never gotten into the Gundam franchise, this is the perfect way to get in. Plus, Vertical's gorgeous volumes make it a must-have.

On the film side, an interesting flick caught my eye: The Snow White Murder Case. Take a look at the trailer and see for yourself. It's about a murder at a cosmetics company, and a TV show starts investigating one the victim's co-workers to see if she was the wicked person to kill the poor office lady. I'd love to see how it turns out. 

Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:

Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Kidsuitara Kataomoi by Nogizaka46
2. No Mercy by BAP
3. High Five by Yuma Nakayama

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol. 5
2. Soul Eater Vol. 19
3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Frozen
2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo
3. Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider

Check out the full lists after the jump!

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9:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Wolf Girl & Black Prince manga series is becoming an anime and I want in

The latest issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret is about to announce an anime edition of Ayuko Hatta's Wolf Girl & Black Prince, and I'm extremely interested. You guys remember Hot Gimmick, right? This sounds so totally ...

Brittany Vincent







Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Happy Monday, folks! It's time to get focused on fighting off the banality of the week with Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that's using the title bar to conveniently censor the werewolf above! Don't look! It's a....compromising position.

Where we don't compromise, however, is on the hottest new chapters of Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter, with a side order of PreCure to boot! Get on below to get all that into your system!

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5:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Flowers of Evil manga ending in June

Remember how much fun I had with Flowers of Evil? I also am a fan of the manga, which does a much better job of delving into the events of the anime series further, especially given the complex nature of the relationship betw...

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 04.05.2014

TokyoPop founder Stu Levy does AMA on Reddit

Buried in the midst of Reddit's Ask Me Anything section, TokyoPop founder Stu Levy popped in for two hours to answer questions from fans about the company, the industry, and manga in general. One of the more interesting quest...

Brad Rice

8:00 PM on 04.04.2014

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

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...

Brad Rice



Shonen Showdown 3-29-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-29-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the latest edition of your weekly fight-show roundup, Shonen Showdown! And now it's time for your daily Mad Ninja Skillz™ Top Tip:

You can't expect to intimidate anyone when you select the "Nervous Teddy Bear" expression as your Ninja Mask.

This helpful tip was brought to you by the latest episodes and chapters of Naruto, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, and One Piece!

Oh, and have you checked out the latest addition to our Shonen Showdown stable? That's right, manly men, we've got HappinessCharge Precure! And no, we're not kidding!

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7:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Hidden batch of risque Tezuka art released by his daughter

Want to take a walk on the weird side? Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, drew a lot of risque and taboo things in his lifetime. He tackled a variety of subjects (sexuality, politics, etc) that at the time pushed the boundaries ...

Ben Huber



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

Here's a shocking development: Attack on Titan title tops the best-selling manga list. With the first of many Attack on Titan spinoffs debuting this week, retailers are stocking up on all of the people-eating goods that they can. Rather than be a fly-by-night license, the Attack on Titan property is here to stay and drain as much money from you as possible. I'm glad to see the manga drawing so much attention, but I wonder how the light novels will hold up once they're released?

On the music side, I just want to point out the song Naniwa no Haniwa by Takoyaki Rainbow. First off, the band name. Imagine a rainbow made of takoyaki. Second, listen to as much of the song as you can. Now I get the saccharine nature of most of the girl groups, but this takes it to a new level. It's aimed at little kids, but I have the odd suspicion that they're not the ones buying this music in droves. I think it's the creepers obsessed with Momoiro Clover Z.

Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:

Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Mirai to ha? by SKE48
2. Boku no Soba ni ha Hoshi ga Aru by Tackey & Tsubasa
3. Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss by Juice = Juice

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1
2. One Piece Vol. 70
 3. Nisekoi Vol. 2

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Frozen
2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo
3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3

Check out the full lists after the jump!

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Review: Deadman Wonderland Vol. 1 photo
Review: Deadman Wonderland Vol. 1
by Brittany Vincent

When the anime adaptation of Deadman Wonderland began airing on Toonami, I was intrigued -- not because I thought I'd ever be able to catch it when it came on, or that I'd remember to hit the record button on my DVR, but because I thought it might be genuinely grotesque. When I finally had the chance to catch it on Blu-ray for Japanator, I was thrilled. The series delivered, mostly -- except for the part where it came to a screeching halt in what felt like the first half of a series with no second half in sight. Just as the events of the series came to a head, it was over as quickly as it had begun. What next? I did what every Berserk fan knows to do: I started reading the manga.

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5:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Read select English Kadokawa manga for free at ComicWalker

If you're a heavy user of Crunchyroll's new digital manga service or prefer to read your favorite series digitally, you might want to get in on Kadokawa's latest project, ComicWalker. ComicWalker is an online application that...

Brittany Vincent



Releases of the Week: Ranma 1/2 brings back the oldies photo
Releases of the Week: Ranma 1/2 brings back the oldies
by Brad Rice

If you're a fan of classics, this week has some good stuff for you. Namely, a Blu-ray release of Ranma 1/2, and the latest volume of Gundam: The Origin. For all of the younger fans out there, these are great ways to get into hallmark series.

What Did You Eat Yesterday? marks its debut, and the series is one well worth highlighting. It tells the story of a gay couple in Tokyo, and much of the story plays out around the kitchen table. We'll be reviewing it shortly, but it's an interesting title to think about in the wake of the VIIV billboard news that hit the other day.

Some other notable releases include Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust, Soul Eater Vol. 19, and Sword Art Online's manga debut. Check out the full list after the jump, complete with links to buy what you want. Let us know what you're getting!

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Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership photo
Square Enix and Yen Press announce worldwide digital partnership
by Brad Rice

Yen Press and Square Enix just announced a partnership to put eBook versions of 175 manga titles online, giving the English-language versions of Square Enix's manga worldwide reach. Starting April 8, you'll be able to access some of Yen Press's most popular titles through Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, and Kobo digital platforms.

Initially the service will start with just Soul Eater, Black Butler, and Doubt, but Yen Press will roll out more titles throughout April and the coming months. It gives you something to look forward to each week!

In addition to that, Soul Eater, Soul Eater NOT!, and Secret will all see weekly chapter releases in digital form, starting on April 14th. It's a way to keep fans reading in between the volume releases.

I'll admit that I'm a little surprised they didn't announce joining Comixology, which seems to be the go-to place for reading American comics. It's the industry standard for Marvel and DC, and it's not a bad market to tap into. Comixology might not be available in every marketplace, but it's still worth a shot, no?

Check out the full press release after the jump.

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JapanaTerror 016: Manhole photo
JapanaTerror 016: Manhole
by Brittany Vincent

When the landscape of western horror simply isn't extreme enough for you, you need another way to satisfy your cravings. Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers may be enough to terrify the masses, but you're looking for something a little more exotic, right? Lucky for you, the land that brought you your favorite anime series is rife with decidedly more disturbing offerings. We bring you JapanaTerror, a weekly rendezvous with the disgusting and the depraved. Whether it's anime, manga, film, or a novel, you'll find something of value to disturb and delight. We'll cover everything, from bizarre body horror to the craziest thrill rides we can find. Pull those covers tight and lock the doors, because you're about to be haunted.

Title: Manhole
Author: Tetsuya Tsutsui
Published: Square Enix
Released: 2004

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The Adventures of Ai-Fi 4 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 4
by Karen Mead

Weekly 4Koma time. In this installment, Ai-Fi continues on her mission to acquire anime DVDs for bored Japanator editors to review...but at what cost?

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Shonen Showdown 3-22-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-22-2014
by Josh Tolentino

It's time now for Shonen Showdown, the recap that doesn't want your pity or your mourning, for it is doing what it was always meant to do...recap battle anime and manga, and recap it hard.

We've got a full house today with the latest offerings from our talented fighter-writers, with the latest recaps of Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Bleach and One Piece! Get on below and commemorate the loss of a man among men, Might Guy!

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

Japan loves Disney. Everyone loves Frozen. So it's only natural that Japan love Frozen just as much as everyone else. The film debuted like gangbuster, raking in over $7.5 million, which is blockbuster status in Japan. Expect that to reign over the charts for the next few months. Other kid-friendly films topped this week's box office numbers, presumably because people had a hard time getting in to see Frozen.

On the music side, people are rolling out cherry blossom-themed songs because, well, it's that time of year. It's amazing how the Japanese music industry churns out these one-hit wonder songs, they sell like hotcakes, and then everyone moves on.

Gotta love it. Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:

Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48
2. Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi Kara by Acid Black Cherry
3. Sakura Appareshon by Denpagumi Inc.

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. One Piece Vol. 70
2. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11
3. Pokemon Adventures Vol. 21

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Frozen
2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo
3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3

Check out the full lists after the jump!

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8:00 PM on 03.20.2014

Ah! My Goddess manga ending next month

After 25 years of publication, Kosuke Fujishima's Ah! My Goddess will end in the next issue of Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon, on sale April 25. There's also mention of a "super important" announcement, but no other details are...

Pedro Cortes



A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1 photo
A look at: Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 1
by LB Bryant

By day Maron Kusakabe is a normal, everyday high school student. She lives in an apartment by herself, has a best friend who lives next door and she's a member of the rhythmic gymnastics team. What people don't realize, however, is that Maron's hiding a secret: at night she's a phantom thief who steals paintings in which demons reside and seals them away before those demons can eat the hearts of the paintings owner. 

For the most part things have been going well for her and the police have yet to be able to catch her. However, things change when a new phantom thief named Sinbad appears on the scene and starts trying to steal those paintings before she can. What Maron doesn't realize though is that Sinbad is actually the alter-ego of the flirtatious new transfer student named Chiaki who has moved into Maron's apartment building. Will the two learn to co-exist as friends in both of their lives or will they be forced to become enemies? 

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7:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness

An interesting struggle is going on in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a popular gay neighborhood. VIIV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company that makes an HIV drug, selected popular gay artist Poko Murata to draw up an HIV awarene...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Insufficient Direction to get flash animation adaptation

Color this convenient: shortly after the English release of Moyoco Anno's Insufficient Direction, it's been announced that it's getting an anime adaptation. It won't be much -- 13 3-minute flash animations as a part of Animus...

Brad Rice



The Adventures of Ai-Fi 3 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 3
by Karen Mead

Another Monday, another Ai-Fi 4Koma. I'm finding the four-panel format pretty challenging, because back in the day, I always used to draw comics in the form of full pages; it's hard to pare down my ideas so that they work in four panels. Despite being difficult though, it's still a lot of fun.

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Shonen Showdown 3-15-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-15-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that--HAH! Got you! You thought you were gonna make this column late? You just delayed my clone! No one stops the recap train!

We're up tonight with the latest workplace drama from Naruto, the latest child-abuse drama from Bleach, and a new dose of awesome from Hunter x Hunter, all tonight and ready!

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Review: Insufficient Direction photo
Review: Insufficient Direction
by Brad Rice

Being an otaku isn't easy. But when you've fallen in love with someone who's king of the otaku? Well, that means you've got a long way to go to up your nerd game.

That's the struggle Rompers faces in Moyoco Anno's autobiographical manga, detailing the adventures she has in living with and marrying Hideaki Anno -- one of Japan's biggest otaku. They struggle with everything from the music in the car to decorating their house. Will Rompers survive the struggles of being a true otaku?

If you're a fan of any of Moyoco Anno's other works (Sakuran, Hataraki Man, Sugar Sugar Rune), then Insufficient Direction will provide a peek behind the curtain and see what her private life is like.

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6:00 PM on 03.14.2014

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

Brad Rice



The Adventures of Ai-Fi 2 photo
The Adventures of Ai-Fi 2
by Karen Mead

It's time to learn more about everybody's favorite Multipurpose Japanator Android. I don't know about you, but seeing the exploits of Chibi Ai-Fi brightens my regular Monday gloom just a little bit.

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Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone!

Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now. 

It's an extra full house this week, with recaps of the best in fighting anime and manga, including Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, and a double-header of Naruto Shippuden in addition to the Naruto manga!

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11:25 PM on 03.09.2014

J-Stars Victory VS gets one final 13 minute promo

I love me a good crossover multiplayer game, and Bandai Namco's upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. looks to fill that hole in my life quite nicely. Featuring over 50 characters from Shonen Jump characters spanning the magazine's 4...

Elliot Gay

7:00 PM on 03.08.2014

Even more manga is added to Crunchyroll

Another one of Moyoco Anno's wonderful mangas has been added to Crunchyroll's manga list called The Diary Ochibi-San. It's about a boy named Ochibi-San, who lives with his dog Nazeni, and his cat Jack. The story line fol...

Amber Hunt

6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

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

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...

Brad Rice