Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
Sheryl Nome, the fictional idol singer from the Macross Frontier anime, debuted her Universal Bunny CD on Oricon's album chart at #3 during the November 22-29 week. It sold 54,196 copies. May'n, the real singer behind Sheryl's voice, also ranked on the chart at #7 with her Styles album. May'n's album sold 24,938 copies. During the same week, the Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime film opened at #1 at the Japanese box office.
Also during the same week, Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle made her Japanese debut with her Yume Yaburete (I Dreamed a Dream) album at #5 with 35,731 copies. Besides being the song that made Boyle an Internet fad, the title song will also serve as the main theme of next month's Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume The Movie 3 ~http://takanotsume.jp wa Eien ni~ anime film.
On the singles chart, Porno Graffiti's Bleach theme song "Anima Rossa" landed at #3 with 50,838 copies sold. As the anthropomorphized character America, Katsuyuki Konishi put Hetalia Character CD Vol. 6 America (W.D.C ~World Dancing~) at #6 with 22,484 copies. Arashi's My Girl album, with the theme song for the manga-based live-action drama of the same name, fell from #3 to #7 in its third week.