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.

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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.





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).