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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 current pace and hol...

 
 
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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 like gangbusters i...

 
 
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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 in the mood bet...

 
 
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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 draw. Well that a...

 
 
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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 challengers. We...

 
 
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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 some of the youn...

 
 
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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 isn't king? On t...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/10

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 dropped off insta...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of December 13th

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 hanging on for very...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of December 6th

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 have you shipped...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 29th

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 to listen to. ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 22nd

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 lot of outside at...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 15th

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 third spot in ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 8th

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 way into the top ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of November 1

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 don't have any...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 25th

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 a distinct pos...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of October 18th

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. After a rampa...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 11th

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 a turnover. Th...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 4th

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 overall income among...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of September 27th

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 numbers this week, t...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of September 20th

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-mileage. I can't im...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of September 13th

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 older volumes of ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of September 7th

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, Ghibli's late...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of August 30th

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 are not just de...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of August 16th

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 having fun in the...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of August 9th

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 the power of Ghi...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of August 2nd

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 flies its way ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of July 26th

It's an interesting week across the charts for repeats. On the music side, we see an unprecedented five songs repeating within the top ten -- Girls Rule by Nogizaka 46 sits at #5 in its third week! On the film side, apart from Silent H...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of July 19th

Monsters University is dominating all the other films in the box office once again. Even the latest Pokemon movie did little more than half of what Monsters University did. The plus side is that when there's a title draw...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of July 12th

I'm thrilled to see Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin take top honors in this week's manga listings. It's an excellent series and really deserves your attention. Now, would a Gundam be able to handle the beast from Attack on Titan? I'll ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of July 5th

We've got three volumes of Attack on Titan sitting on the New York Times' bestsellers list this week. I guess the manga -- and thus the show -- are popular around these parts. Some other big items on this week's list includes the ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of June 28th

One of the many "48" girl groups is out with another single dominating Japanese airwaves this week. Also on the mind of Japanese consumers is Will Smith's After Earth, which attracted a healthy sum of money thanks to the action-heavy plot a...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of June 14th

Brad's still away on his trip, so he has appointed me with the responsibility of keeping Rock the Charts full. Things have gotten a bit interesting this week, as Arashi gets smacked out of first place by SMAP. Despite the slight surprise wi...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of June 7th

Well, this is an interesting week. On the Oricon singles, we rarely see songs hold on strong after their first week on the charts, but this week AKB48's Sayonara Crawl only fell two spots -- a real rarity. That speaks to the power of Japan'...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the week of May 24th

This week we have a shorter-than-expected week. Our usual source for Japanese box office numbers doesn't have any updated data for last weekend. We'll do our best to find some new sources in case this trend continues. Nonetheless, there are...

 
 




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