J Geeks’ top five roundup

2 12 2009

Fullmetal Alchemist finds its way into two top fives this week, with volume 21 of the manga series earning the No. 2 spot and the fourth Brotherhood DVD getting the five spot on the Oricon charts. The franchise refuses to fade into obscurity, and shows no sign of decreasing popularity.

Meanwhile, vampires still dominate the manga charts, with volume eight of Vampire Knight holding the top spot again, and Rosario Vampire finding the top five again, with volume 10 taking the No. 5 spot.

In Jpop, Exile hangs on, holding the No. 5 spot with Futatsu no Kichibiru. This week’s top slot goes to Akanishi Jin with its release Bandage.

In DVD’s Bakemonogatari enjoys a surge on the charts, getting spot numero uno with volume three. Detective Conan, Suzumiya and Gintama all share the chart this week.

The Japanese cinema charts still have yet to be updated on Box Office Mojo, and J Geeks may soon be looking for a new source.

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Gintama movie likely

21 10 2009

JG GintamaThe 48th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump is likely to announce next week that a film adaptation of the manga series Gintama is in the works.

Earlier in the month, Warner Bros. registered the domain http://www.gintama-movie.com, though nothing in the way of content is featured on the site, which redirects users to Warner Bros. Japan page.

Gintama features an Edo period Edo (modern day Tokyo) taken over by aliens, and a group of freelancers struggling to find work and pay rent.

To see the opening for the anime series, click: Here!





Shonen Jump adds first manga chapters free online

4 08 2009

JG KagijinEver wanted to check out the first few chapters of your favorite manga series without the terribly time-consuming process of downloading them illegally (or, yeah, buying them)? Check out Weekly Shonen Jump’s official website (Here!), where they’ve posted the first chapters, including: One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, Gintama, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, To Love-Ru -Trouble-, Sket Dance, Psyren, Nurarihyon no Mago, Toriko, Bakuman., Inumarudashi, Kuroko no Baske, Beelzebub, Medaka Box, Akaboshi, Anedoki, Kagijin, Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar, Wasshoi! Wajimani, D.Gray-man

Some of these, like Kagijin, are brand new whereas others are older. Kochira Koenmae, for example (that’s the nickname for that ridiculously long title) is the longest running serialized manga (others like Golgo 13 have been around longer but did not publish continually). 

And if you want manga in English (the above are in Japanese, on the Japanese site) then check out U.S. Shonen Jump’s site (Here!) to get a large selection of their serialized regulars (there seems to be a lot).