By Brad Rice from Japanator
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 week to a decent showing, garnering a bit over $1m in its opening weekend. My bet is the film will have decent numbers for a couple of weeks before falling off the charts not long after. In the meanwhile, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
will surely hold the Japanese audience's attention for quite some time.
On the manga side, Blood Lad
is the only title making a real dent in the charts this week. It debuted at #1, while older titles shuffled around in the bottom half of the charts. Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:
Oricon's Top Three Songs
1. Saki Shika Mukanee by AKB48
2. Diamond Only by E-Girls
3. Sakura by Lead
New York Times' Top Three Manga
1. Blood Lad Vol. 4
2. Bleach Vol. 59
3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1
Japan's Top Three Box Office Films
1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji
3. Kiki's Delivery Service
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By Mechafire from TFW2005
Thanks to Newsarama
, we now have the full preview for Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #27, Part 10 of Dark Cybertron:
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #27: Dark Cybertron Part 10 (of 12)
TOGETHER AT LAST! The crew of the Lost Light and the survivors of CYERTRON get a brief moment of calm as they take stock of who’s survived DARK CYBERTRON this far. But things get worse—the final fate of the DEAD UNIVERSE reveals a nightmarish link to the greatest threat the universe has ever faced!
The full comic will be released on Wednesday, March 12. You can check out the preview after the jump - if you don't mind some spoilers, that is.Read Replies (0)
By Ben Huber from Japanator
After all the insanity from last week, it's time for Hazama to take it easy. We can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful world he's helped create. No serious crimes, no violence, just an average life. It's so peaceful it's almost unsettling. I highly doubt that something crazy would happen abruptly and throw everything into chaos again, right? Right?!
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By L.B. Bryant from Japanator
We've all experienced it. That horrible, empty feeling when one of our favorite characters dies in an anime or manga series that we had been enjoying up to that point. Plenty of series have done it (though I won't name names so that no one is spoiled on anything) but it's still always hard to stomach particularly when it is a main character who drifting off into the big sleep that no one wakes up from. At least this time we're being prepared for it ever so slightly.
In a recent blog post, the author of Magi
noted that she is preparing to kill off some major characters. Notice the plural use of the word there. Not only is she going to kill off main characters... she's going to kill more than one! Read more...Read Replies (0)
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator
This week has seen its fair share of Attack on Titan
-related news. To start, the official soundtrack has been licensed by Anime Limited
, and is now available digitally through iTunes
, Amazon UK
and Google play
. The release seems to be an exact copy of the original Japanese soundtrack, with all 16 tracks complete and intact. A physical release is said to be on its way this summer, no doubt just in time for the bulk of convention season, though an exact date has yet to be announced.
A handful of Attack on Titan
have also been scheduled to attend Sakura-Con this April, leading some to speculate that a screening of the Funimation's upcoming dub may take place at the event. Some of those announced include Mikasa Ackerman's voice actress Yui Ishikawa, and series director Tetsuya Kinoshita.
Finally, in gaming news, Sega's Phantasy Star Online 2
will be having a special Attack on Titan
crossover event. It's not the first crossover to grace the MMO, but it looks pretty amazing. The trailer gives us all a look at what gamers can expect -- new costumes, 3D-maneuvering gear, and a cameo by everyone's favorite Colossal Titan, though I'm told you won't be able to actually fight him. Now, if only Sega would get off their asses and localize the game for us.
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By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's foxes-are-friendlier-than-androids department
mattydread23 writes with an opinion piece naming a few reasons Firefox OS is likely to succeed "It's geared toward low-powered hardware in a way that Google doesn't care as much about with Android, it's cheap enough for the pre-paid phones that are much more common than post-paid in developing countries, and most important, there are still 3.5 billion people in the world who have feature phones and for whom this will be an amazing upgrade."
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By DESTRO from TFW2005
NJCC 2014 adds Dan Khanna as guest Transformers artist. Dan started his Transformers career as a fan artist, creating commissioned drawings of Transformers characters and action scenes. He gained fame in the community, and has since become part of the creative team for the new Fun Publications-run Fan Club and conventions, illustrating and plotting Club & BotCon comics as well as designing heads and character mock-ups for exclusive toys. Dan will have prints, comics, original pages for sale, and will be doing sketches as well.
The next NJCC will be March 9th 2014
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By Chris Walden from Japanator
Painting! Puppets! Crazy looking giant bugs! Yeah, I don't remember half of the stuff in this trailer appearing in the original OVAs, and I suppose that's exactly why I'm so excited for David Production to cover Stardust Crusaders
. I never got around to reading the manga, so there's plenty I don't know about part three. April 5th can't come soon enough.
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By Jeff Chuang from Japanator
With over 1900 backers and over $107,100+ pledged, Anime Limited's Mai Mai Miracle
Kickstarter ended with all the numerated stretch goals reached. This means the eventual Kickstarter release will contain an English dub, a localized version of the original theatrical pamphlet, and All The Anime will have enough money to produce the soundtrack, licensing agreement pending. A non-Kickstarter edition of the movie will also be made available down the road, Anime Limited has mentioned.Mai Mai Miracle's
licensing situation is probably not as much of a tear-jerker as the movie itself, but it's worth noting. The movie originally did poorly in theaters despite a strong support from a small group of viewers that fell in love with the movie. The marketing originally pegged it as a family friendly film, and it is, but Mai Mai Miracle's
magic works more on adults, over kids, in an unexpected way. It's through the perseverance of real fans of the work--those who fell in love with the movie by watching it--that finally, in 2014, the light is green for Mai Mai Miracle's
That an English-language version of the release is going to be produced through an UK publisher goes to show how under the radar this work has been, and its fair success at Kickstarter is a form of validation to just how strongly Mai Mai Miracle
resounds in the heart of some, and without much marketing help. You might know what I have to say about it
, but if you want a fancy yet mature movie that you can watch with kids, do yourself a favor and track this movie down once it's available.
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