Vocaloid hologram selling out concerts

16 11 2010

The Yamaha Vocaloid program avatar Hatsune Miku is selling out concerts, several news sources like the Huffington Post reported.

The hologram started her first concert in August 2009, and first solo performance in March, and enthusiastic audiences have been showing up since.

Her voice is synthesized off actress Saki Fujita, who is not a singer. Miku is the avatar for the Vocaloid software program, which allows users to make their own songs with her singing.

Check out a video of one of Miku’s performances, World is Mine, here: (Hatsune Miku).

Oricon top Five

16 09 2010

Here’s Week 37 on the everchanging Oricon charts:

1. (N) Love Rainbow — Arashi

— catchy Jpop from the band taking Japan by Storm (couldn’t resist).

2. (N) Precious — Glay

— A very long, sad Jpop ballad.

3. (N) Gohan ha Okazu — Ho-kago Tea Time

— Dripping with candy-coated sweetness, laced with heavy, fast guitars that still sound cute. Here’s K-on performing Gohan ha Okazu on the show.

4. (N) Genie — Girl’s Generation

— Proving that Korean girls can sell cute just as well, and in Japan no less. Cute Kpop sung by Cute Korean girls in sexy sailor outfits.

5. (N) Zutto Mae Kara — French Kiss

— French Kiss is an offshoot from AKB48, a group of 48 idols, the concept of which I still don’t understand. The video has something to do with baseball and love, though the connection isn’t entirely clear. Should have went with sailor uniforms. That’s why Girl’s Generation beat you.

Oricon Jpop Charts: Week 20

27 05 2010

Here’s a look at this week’s Oricon Jpop rankings, with links (when possible:

Oricon, Week 20

1. (N) Going — KAT-TUN
2. (N) Devil Side — VAMPS
3. (N) Nakama — Ketsumeishi
4. (N) Thousand Enemies — Girls Dead Monster
5. (2) Arigatou — Ikimonogakari

Turning in a No. 1 this week is pop/rap group KAT-TUN with their song going. The song mixes fast-paced electronica with a mix of boy band and rapped lyrics.

This week’s charts adds a little guitar power to the Jpop charts, and The Vamps’ Devil Side packs a Marilyn Manson inspired vocals with some fast-paced guitar riffs. The video strongly emphasizes gothic/erotic imagery with good old fashioned glam rock ideals – ie brooding rock star surrounded by sexy groupies.

Taking fourth is Girls Dead Monster with Thousand Enemies, from the Angel Beats soundtrack (link is non-video). Remeniscent of 90s pop/rock, the song is catchy and fun, if a little (not a lot) generic.

Oricon J Pop charts: Week 18

10 05 2010

Here’s a look at this week’s Jpop top five, with links:

Week 18
1. (NEW) Go! Go! Maniac — Ho-Kago Tea Time
2. (NEW) Listen!! — Ho-Kago Tea Time
3. (1) Mahou no Ryori – Kimi Kara Kimi E — Bump of Chicken
4. (6) Mata Kimi Ni Koi Shiteru — Fuyumi Sakamoto
5. (New) Campus life – Umarete Kite Yokatta — C-ute

This week’s top two songs come from Ho-Kago Tea Time, the band from fan-favorite K-on! Go! Go! Maniac is a high-energy ball of anime energy; Listen is a little less frentic, more reminiscent of the series first ending theme.The organ riff lends a nice touch to this tune.

Interestingly enough, the guitarist from Bump of Chicken, No. 3 on the charts, seems to own the same guitar as Yui from K-On. Their style seems to be a lot more laid-back and mellow, however.

If you want to kick a little more old school (really old school) this traditional song by Fuyumi Sakamoto hit the charts at No. 4. You’ll see this type of music on the same kind of commericials that you do Hank Williams in the States – interesting that it would hit the Oricon.

Following up at No. 5 is C-ute, every bit aptly named as they dance and strut in quasi-school girl outfits and standard Tokyo style to pretty standard J-pop fare. The name sums up the selling point here.

J Geeks weekly roundup

29 01 2010

Avatar continues its hold on the Japanese box offices, as it did in America, holding the No. 1 spot for five weekends in a row. It will be interesting to see how long the movie’s staying power will be worth.

The manga top five looks almost unchanged from five weeks ago, save for a new first-placer. Yugioh GX, Vol. 4 sits atop the nytimes.com list, leading Naruto 46, followed by Vampire Knight Vol. 8.

The Oricon Jpop charts, as they often do, are almost competely new, but with some old favorites. Yui dominates the top of the chart, with Kodi Kuma at No. 2 and Miss Nana herself, Mika Nakashima in No. 3.

J Geeks Weekly Roundup

26 12 2009

With little surprise, One Piece once again dominates the weekend box office charts for the week before X-mas, taking the No. 1 spot the for the second week in a row since its premiere. It will be interesting to see how much staying power the film will have. The only addition to the chart is the Nodame Cantabile movie.

As per usual, the Jpop charts are completely different this week, with the top spot going to Masaharu Fukuyama.

Topping the anime charts this week is a little slice of Americana. Bolt earned the No. 1 spot on the Oricon weekly DVD charts, with the latest Pokemon Movie to release on DVD coming in second.

It must be breaktime at the NY Times, with no manga update for the week.

J Geeks top 5 roundup (Dec. 9)

9 12 2009

Asian Kung Fu Generation hits the charts again.

Asian Kung Fu Generation makes its way onto the Oricon charts this week, earning the fifth spot on Week 50. Their latest single, a mellow electronic number “Shinseki no Long Song,” has a pretty funky video, which can be seen here: (Asian Kung Fu Generation).

An American duo tops the New York times manga charts this week. Warriors: Ravenpaw’s Path edged out all comers to take the top spot. Naruto’s 46th volume still maintains a stranglehold on the third spot, and Vampire Knight, Vol. 8 stays on the chart at slot No. 2.

Thanks for Kogyo Tsushinsha, J Geeks now has a reliable source for Japanese cinema charts. This week its two American releases dominating the J box office, with UP! earning the No. 1 spot, 2012 in second and Disney’s A Christmas Carol in fourth.

On Japanese DVD, the charts look like a simple reshuffling, with nearly all the top five having been there before. Sengoku Basara, Vol. 6 earns the top spot on the Oricon charts this week, with Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser dropping to No. 5.

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.

J Geeks’ Top five roundup

25 11 2009

This week’s big news seems to be in the DVD front, where an American invasion has taken over the top five. K-On! leads the pack, but hot on its heels are Monsters vs. Aliens, Terminator: Salvation and Star Wars: Clone Wars. Rounding out the top five is a blast from the past, Doraemon Time Machine box 1979 (just so happens to be the year I was born).

Still waiting on Oricon charts for Jpop singles, and once again box office mojo is behind on their Japan totals. In manga, vampires still pervade the top five with Vampire Kisses holding the top spot.

Check back later in the week for an updated Jpop chart.

U.S. Utada tour planned

13 11 2009


hikaru utada

Hikaru Utada’s official website has announced that the singer will launch a monthlong tour of the U.S. The dates are as follows:

January 15 Honolulu, HI
January 19 Los Angeles, CA
January 21 Seattle, WA
January 24 San Francisco, CA
January 30 Las Vegas, NV
February 2 Chicago, IL
February 5 Boston, MA
February 8 New York, NY
February 12 London, UK

Called In the Flesh, the tour is largely to promote Utada’s latest English language album, This is the One. It’s her second album released in English.

Tickets for most venues went on sale last week.

(Schedule courtesy Anime News Network)