First week sales figures of hit anime, Attack on Titan, have begun to surface on the Oricon charts and it looks healthy. The Blu-ray home release saw sales of 37,000 units shooting it straight into the number one position on the Blu-ray charts.
This also means that it is now the best selling Blu-ray in Japan for 2013. Previously, Girls und Panzer held the record with 36,000 units sold. Here’s a brief PV of the anime below, if you haven’t yet tuned in, make sure you do so. It’s a great show with interesting characters and an amazing OP (Opening Theme).
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is an extremely popular J-Pop star all around the world and this no more evident than in her home country of Japan.
Her latest release, the album “NANDA COLLECTION” has stormed to the top of the Oricon music charts in its first week of release, which by doing so also set the record for Best First Week Album Sales for Japan in 2013. The album contains 12 tracks including Fashion Monster, Invader Invader and Ninjari Ban Ban which have all previously hit number 1.
The Limited Edition version also ships with a DVD holding 4 music videos which can be picked up at CD RAMA and HMV stores.
Time to take a look at the Oricon music charts in Japan and hopefully see if your favourite J-Pop stars and idols are setting the music world alight.
Storming up the charts and taking the coveted first position is Morning Musume with “Brainstorming/Kimi sae Ireba Nani mo Iranai” selling a staggering 94,037 copies since being released on the 17th of April for the singles chart. On the album front, E-girls take the top spot with their album release, “Lesson 1″. Something in there for fans of K-Pop boyband, BIGBANG, with their ALIVE TOUR 2012 IN JAPAN SPECIAL FINAL IN DOME -TOKYO DOME, taking out the 5th spot on the music DVD chart.
Official music chart keepers in Japan, Oricon, have recently posted their list of the best concerts to have seen in Japan for 2012. Bigbang’sAlive Tour 2012 in Japan came in at a respectable #5 while another K-Pop boyband, 2PM, came in at #6 with their 2PM Live 2012 Six Beautiful Days tour.
Amongst the positive reviews for both groups, Oricon said the following statements, first off, Bigbang: “We were amazed at the high level of performance. The strongly addictive songs and the remarkable creativity in every aspect made it clear that big artists from out of this world have arrived.”
They had equally positive comments about 2PM adding, “Although a member was injured prior to the concert so the odds were against them to perform with a 100% satisfactory performance, they were still able to achieve a handsome six-day stage. Their charms are their dancing with their strong built figures and the quality of their songs in addition to the members’ characters. They were able to shows their individual charms through their solo stages that changed each day and brought the fans to their feet. It was a large scale performance that made the stage feel cozy.”
Time for another update from the music charts of Japan, Oricon. This is the period covering from December 31 through to January 6. Let’s see how your favourite artists did this week, AKB48 is in there, UVERworld and more, check the charts to see how they’ve started the new year.
Single Weekly Ranking
1. “Dance My Generation” – Golden Bomber : 1/1/2013 (124,827)
2. “Eien Pressure” – AKB48 : 12/5/2012 (10,156)
3. “Seifuku no Mannequin” – Nogizaka46 : 12/19/2012 (10,039)
4. “Memeshikute” – Golden Bomber : 10/21/2009 (8,490)
Korean boyband, U-KISS, have just announced that they will be releasing their 6th Japanese single this coming February. The track is called, ‘Alone’ and will also feature the instrumental version of the song. There will also be another song on the single with the corresponding instrumental version of that song as well.
The boys have announced that there will be a second version of the single which will ship with a bonus track as well as a DVD which will have the ‘Alone’ clip and the making of the video.
Only just recently, U-KISS released their 5th track in Japan, ‘Distance…’ which took out the 3rd spot on the Japanese Oricon charts. It looks like U-KISS will be definitely staying around the Japanese music scene for a while.
Oricon are the keeps of the music charts in Japan just as Billboard is in the United States and Aria in Australia. We like to keep abreast of the music happenings from Japan when we can as there’s some really great stuff out there we normally wouldn’t be exposed to.
AKB spin-off group, SKE48 is currently sitting pretty at the top with their catchy song, ‘Kiss Datte Hidarikiki.’ It’s an awesome track which you should give a listen if J-Pop is your thing.