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The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped

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's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most popular manga out there, beating out Bleach, Soul Eater, and Attack on Titan. Show More Summary

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

It's time to head back to 1998, as today's music is coming from Mr Reichi Nakaido. This is the first of two places you may have heard his music if you're into your anime, as he composed most of the soundtrack for Serial Experiments Lain, including the ending theme up top. Show More Summary

Puzzle & Dragons heads to arcades...a second time

I think we're all at least somewhat aware of how widely spread Puzzle & Dragons fever is in Japan, but I think their latest project is definitely a good indicator of its success. We've known since last year that Square Enix were developing...Show More Summary

Shinji's voice actor set to marry Ms. Norway

No, Megumi Ogata isn't coming out of the closet by announcing her marriage to the reigning Ms. Norway. Spike Spencer, the voice actor best known for playing Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rolo in Code Geass is set to marry Kim MacKenzie, 2013's Miss Norway. Show More Summary

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 it can be, supplanting the perennial favorite Attack on Titan. Show More Summary

Birthday Rouge

When I first moved to San Francisco in 2008, I had little idea what to do with myself, beyond knowing that I had graduated with a degree in "Communications" and probably should be working. So I took a writing workshop that included an...Show More Summary

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied

Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an opportunity...Show More Summary

Schwarzenegger & Willis starring in new Kowa coffee ads

The latest bit of marketing for Kowa's new "Power" canned-coffee line features aging-action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis getting their hands dirty and shouting power at the top of their lungs. While it's not unusual for...Show More Summary

CNN declares World Order the new Gangnam Style?

I know we just took a look at World Order's new video for Have a Nice Day yesterday on The Dose, but while scrolling through CNN's website I came across a pretty hilarious headline. "Is this the new Gangnam Style?" While I was excited...Show More Summary

Studio Yumakano produces smiling screws

Ever feel like you keep seeing faces in everyday objects? Don't worry, you're not weird. And you're definitely not weird for seeing a smiling face on these screws from Studio Yumakano and Komuro Manufacturing. These smiling screws, complete with a custom screwdriver, are meant to inject a little bit of happiness into your household repairs. Show More Summary

Takeshi Koike to direct Lupin IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone

Can I freak out, guys? I love Takeshi Koike works -- not just Redline, but his earlier stuff too, like Trava: Fist Planet. His style is killer and when combined with his insane dedication to smooth animation, it results in some stylish works. Show More Summary

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, dropping off by 47% compared to last week, but we can see the ranking held fairly stable. Show More Summary

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 paceShow More Summary

Squall dumps Rinoa, marries White Mage instead

I have to admit: as much as my husband and I both adore a certain long-running JRPG series, it didn't occur to either of us to make our 2012 wedding ceremony Final Fantasy-themed. We did think of making it Persona-themed, but we figured...Show More Summary

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 in Japan -- over 4 million copies thus far. Show More Summary

The end of Rog & Tyrone

I just had to share this: Ryan Pollard, the fellow who first uploaded the original "Rog" video, has posted the epic conclusion to the saga, featuring Rog and Tyrone in the End of Rogelion. I won't spoil any more of it, just click play...Show More Summary

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14

[PV] back number - fish by narita-keiichi-it 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. Show More Summary

Hirose Dyeworks keeps a 400-year-old tradition alive

Observing and Transforming Tradition from Takashi Hirukawa on Vimeo. Take a minute and watch Yuichi Hirose narrate how Hirose Dyeworks keeps a 400-year-old kimono dyeing method alive in the modern day of Japan. The quality of their work...Show More Summary

Smash Bros. meets second Attack on Titan opening

Attack on Titan continues to stick in people's minds, even months after the anime's conclusion. Just take a look at this video, hand-animated by AmazingArtistYellow. Taking over six months of work, AmazingArtistYellow takes loads of Smash Bros. Show More Summary

Nintendo bringing over Tomodachi Collection?

Here's some good news from Nintendo this week: company president Satoru Iwata recently was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on their plans to revitalize the company's lagging Wii U sales. However, Iwata dropped a little announcement...Show More Summary

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