Kenichi Suzumura and Mamoru Miyano hit the Oricon Top 5, even before their cross-unit is released

Two of Uta no Prince-sama’s best seiyuu-singers, Kenichi Suzumura and Mamoru Miyano, managed to enter the coveted top five positions in the Oricon charts, albeit in different categories even before they would release a single together as a fictional cross-unit.

Miyano’s new single, titled (シャイン) SHINE managed to clinch the third (3rd) position in the Oricon Weekly Chart for single rankings, with 28,814 units sold. The song, シャイン、was used as the opening theme to the anime, Uta no Prince-Sama Maji Love Revolutions. Coincidentally, one of his previous singles, カノン、which was also used as the theme song to Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 2000% achieved the same 3rd position in its first week of release in 2013. Top 10 – Singles (2015.04.13 – 2015.04.19) 01. San Daime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBEstarting over 02. Morning Musume.’15Seishun kozou ga naiteru / Yuugure ha ameagari / Ima koko kara 03. Miyano MamoruShine 04. Da-iCEBILLION DREAMS 05. Porno GraffittiOh! Ribar 06. YuzuOLA!! 07. *(Asterisk)THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS ANIMATION PROJECT 06 ΦωΦ ver!! 08. NMB48Don’t look back! 09. Nogizaka46Inochi wa utsukushii 10. JupiterTHE IDOLM@STER SideM ST@RTING LINE -01 Jupiter (BRAND NEW FIELD) Of interest in this week’s ranking is that three out of ten (3/10) of the singles in the Top 10 are tied in with fictional idol franchises. Two singles from THE IDOLM@STER franchise made it into the Top 10 along with Miyano’s single which is tied up with Uta no Prince-sama. Likewise, three idol girl groups also managed to make it into the Top 10 (Morning Musume, NMB48, Nogizaka46) and a subunit from EXILE TRIBE clinched the coveted Number One spot; an interesting reflection on the dominance of idol groups in the Japanese CD market with Nogizaka46’s single retaining their top 10 position for the fifth week counting.

Meanwhile, on the Music Blu-ray side, veteran Kenichi Suzumura managed to attain the fifth position (5th) on its Weekly Chart with his concert Blu-ray, Kenichi Suzumura Live Tour 2014 VESSEL. This is his first time entering the Oricon Top 10 for Concert DVDs and Blu-rays in general. Interestingly, the album that spawned off the live tour, VESSEL, was also Suzumura’s first time in the Oricon Top 10. Perhaps it’s a testament to the popularity of his latest album! Top 10 – Blu-rays (2015.04.13 – 2015.04.19) 01. ArashiARASHI BLAST in Hawaii 02. UVERworldUVERworld LIVE at KYOCERA DOME OSAKA 03. FTISLANDAUTUMN TOUR 2014 “To The Light” 04. GIRLS’ GENERATIONGIRLS’ GENERATION THE BEST LIVE at TOKYO DOME 05. Suzumura KenichiSuzumura Kenichi Live Tour 2014 VESSEL 06. Fukuyama MasaharuFUKUYAMA MASAHARU WE’RE BROS. TOUR 2014 HUMAN 07. Idoling!!!14th LIVE I no naka no Idoling!!! Ooumi de Bataashing!!! Kikuchi Ami Idol Sotsugyou made no Countdown 08. EXILE TRIBEEXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~ 09. Shiritsu Ebisu ChugakuShiritsu Ebisu Chugaku Touzai Dai Gakugeikei 2014 “Ebichuu no omocha Big Garage” 10. BIGBANGBIGBANG JAPAN DOME TOUR 2014~2015 “X” Suzumura is the only Anisong artiste to hit the Top 10 this week. The Blu-ray chart this week is dominated by idol groups, both Korean and Japanese. Veteran live-action actor and accomplished Masaharu Fukuyama also managed to enter the top 10 positions simultaneously in both the Weekly Album Chart and Music Blu-Ray charts. Unsurprisingly, Japan’s top boyband, Arashi, clinched the number one spot. Rock band UVERworld also clinched a spot in the Top 3. Top 10 – Albums (2015.04.13 – 2015.04.19) 01. 2PM2PM OF 2PM 02.Southern All StarsBudou 03. AyakaRainbow Road 04. ClariSClariS ~SINGLE BEST 1st~ 05. Fukuyama MasaharuTama Requ 06. “Various Artists” – Noitamina FAN BEST 07. miwaONENESS 08. EXILE19 -Road to AMAZING WORLD- 09. “Soundtrack” – Wild Speed Sky Mission Original Soundtrack (Fast And Furious 7) 10. MIYAVIThe Others Mainstream music dominates the album chart this time round, with only ClariS of Madoka Magica fame entering the Top 10 along with a compilation of hit Anisong tracks selected by fans of the anime programming block, Noitamina.  Top 10 – DVDs (2015.04.13 – 2015.04.19) 01. ArashiARASHI BLAST in Hawaii 02. UVERworldUVERworld LIVE at KYOCERA DOME OSAKA 03. Hikawa KiyoshiHikawa Kiyoshi Special Concert 2014 Kiyoshi kono yoru Vol. 14 04. FTISLANDAUTUMN TOUR 2014 “To The Light” 05. Hikawa KiyoshiSasurai bojou 06. Da-iCEDa-iCE LIVE TOUR PHASE 3 ~FIGHT BACK~ 07. EXILE TRIBEEXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~ 08. BIGBANGBIGBANG JAPAN DOME TOUR 2014~2015 “X” 09. GIRLS’ GENERATIONGIRLS’ GENERATION THE BEST LIVE at TOKYO DOME 10. SensationsKoro Sensations

With impressive performances in the Oricon charts this week and the two seiyuus voicing two of the most popular STARISH members, their cross-unit single is definitely one to look out for when it is released next month! Future highlights outside of UtaPri also include Nana Mizuki’s new single, Angel Blossom, which is used as the theme song to Mahou Shojou Lyrical Nanoha ViViD. Image credits to Animelo Official Site, Uta no Prince-sama Official Site, CDJapan ~Astrid 

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