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12:00 PM on 04.11.2014

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

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 ...

Brad Rice


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






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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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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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

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

5:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28

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...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21

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...

Brad Rice

11:00 AM on 02.14.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14

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 ...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 02.07.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/7

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...

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/31

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 ...

Brad Rice

6:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/24

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...

Brad Rice





7:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/17

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...

Brad Rice