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Ultraman leads the music - Japan Billboard (week 21/52) Japan Music charts review

The original Ultraman appeared on the same decade as the men landed on the moon. Yes! Is that old! Also, a very good symbol of the Japanese pop culture before there as a sailor moon.


The theme song of the movie "Shin Ultraman", "M 87", recorded two crowns in the first place in download and lookup. Single 2nd place, streaming 4th place, radio 2nd place, video playback 3rd place, Twitter 6th place, marking high points in each index, won the first place.

Why does Ultraman song call M87?

On the original series and story, Ultraman comes from Galaxy M78. As the story was told throughout the years, the Ultraman also evolve. To be honest, Ultraman is like a Family or community name. There are Ultraman king, Ultraman with many second names like Ultraman 80 or Ultraman Saga. M87 is also refer to the light sword, or beam energy sword.

Official music video:

M87 (M八七) - Kenshi Yonezu (米津玄師 )

A little of the lyrics:

“Because the distant star shined so bright

I trembled as I ran after its light

In a cracked mirror, I stared at a reflection of my past self

I wanted to be strong, in awe of everything

You looked up at a hat fluttering in the wind

As you went on a long and short journey

Traces of bygone days

If you so wish, he’ll come to your aide with everything he has

For now, fear nothing and be the only one to understand the meaning of pain

A flower about to wilt said its last words to me

“Though you may no longer see me, I’ll watch over you from afar” “

Personal Japan billboard Review:

I Have to say the music is not Different from what we hear from Kenshi Yonezu! This is the perfect is not a surprise but is not bad either.

The melody with the lyrics combination makes a good song to just close the eyes and hear it in full mode.


Don’t forget to check out the top 10 at the end of this post!

Who is Kenshi Yonezu (米津玄師 ) ?

Born March 10, 1991, in Tokushima Prefecture, also known as Hachi in many released works.

From 2009, he started posting original songs to Nico Nico Douga and released works such as "Matryoshka", "Panda Hero", and "Yuinde Kaiite Rasetsu Toku". In the VOCALOID scene, he has an outstanding track record of opening a presence with addictive rock sound and attracting attention from all over the world, In addition, he also worked on illustrations and videos himself, and released two albums "Hanataba to Suisou" and "OFFICIAL ORANGE" in 2010.

Official website



Who are on the second and third position that might steal the throne?

On the second and third position, we have 2 new songs on the billboard as well, which make them my highlight this week.

2nd position

Bye-Good-Bye -- BE: FIRST

“BE: FIRST's "Bye-Good-Bye" recorded 2nd place on radio and Twitter, 2nd place on video playback, 3rd place on single, download, streaming, and lookup, and 2nd place overall. This song, which has been in the 100th place for 11 weeks since the top of the chart released on March 16th, will be added points for singles and lookup indicators with the release of the single, and from the 41st place in the previous week in the 11th week. “Billboard-Japan

Be:First is a 7 member Jpop group under and produced by BMSG. They were formed through the audition program BSMG AUDITION – THE FIRST 21, along 231 aspiring stars. They released 2 pre debut singles, and they officially debuted on November 3, 2021, with the single album ‘Gifted’. The group's motto: "Reach the top, but don't kick others down".

On YouTube, the licensing was done by AVEX INC, on behalf of the main company B-me, which is the short version of BMSG. This happens because B-ME was co-founded by AVEX.


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3rd position

"It's a former boyfriend" (元カレです) - AKB48

“AKB48's "Motokaredesu", the 59th major single lead song, recorded the 1st single with 418,710 sales in the first week, but it was 7th in lookup, 9th in Twitter, 18th in radio, and 52nd in download. “ Billboard-Japan

This seems to be a little different from the previous styles?! What are they trying to do ?

The AKB48 has 5 teams - Team A, Team K, Team B, Team 4 and Team 8. the group consists of 98 members, divided among several teams: Team A with 20 members, Team K with 20 members, Team B with 21 members, and Team 4 with 25 members, Team 8 with 42 members, the last of which have 30 members serving concurrently with other AKB48 teams.

Akihabara is the district of Tokyo where the AKB48 theatre has been located since the group debuted in 2015. A common abbreviation for "Akihabara" in Japanese is "Akiba", and taking the first letter of each syllable you get: A, K B. The names of the other groups arose in a similar fashion.

In the beginning, it had 16 members per team, 3 teams in total ( 16 plus 3 = 48), that work in rotation in the theatre, where they performed daily. By rotating, the teams had enough time to rest before the next performance. But as you can see the number 48 meaning lost its importance.

AKB48 has sisters-groups as I mentioned before, one of them is Nogizaka46. But there are many others across Asia :

  • SKE48: Sakae, Japan. Known for being good dancers. Sometimes called "S Gay E 48" because of the lesbian undertones in some of their songs.

  • NMB48: Namba, Japan. Known for being interesting on variety shows.

  • HKT48: Hakata, Japan. Originally the youngest group, but NGT is now the youngest.

  • NGT48: Niigata, Japan (new group)

  • Keyakizaka46: ???, Japan (new group, sister group of Nogi46)

  • JKT48: Jakarta, Indonesia (international group, sings in Indonesian and English). Very popular in their country, to my knowledge.

  • SNH48: Shanghai, China (international group, sings in Mandarin Chinese). Not very popular in their country, to my knowledge. They have a ton of sponsorships, though.

[JAPAN HOT 100] Billboard Japan Top Chart (25 MAY 2022) 1st place [ Last week Position - 2] "M 87" Genshi Yonezu (241,867 sheets, 43,795DL, 7,375,856 playback)

2nd place [ Last week Position - 41] "Bye-Good-Bye" BE: FIRST (162,492 sheets, 11,809DL ・ 9,997,340 playback)

3rd place [new] "It's a former boyfriend" AKB48 (418,710 sheets ・-・-)

4th place [Last week Position - 1] "Mixed nuts" Official Beard Man dism (-・ 14,842DL ・ 9,826,352 playback)

5th place [Last week Position - 4] "W / X / Y" Tani Yuuki (-・ 5,108DL ・ 8,826,930 playback)

6th place [Last week Position - 6] "Habit" SEKAI NO OWARI (-・ 4,416DL ・ 6,719,588 playback)

7th place [Last week Position - 5] "Cinderella Boy" Saucy Dog (-・-・ 6,985,237 playback)

8th place [Last week Position - 7] "Comedy" Hoshino Gen (-・ 7,209DL ・ 5,189,277 playback)

9th place [Last week Position - 8] "Betelgeuse" Yuri (-・ 1,913DL ・ 6,263,643 playback)

10th place [Last week Position - 11] "Dried flower" Yuri (-・ 1,272DL ・ 4,952,702 reproduction)

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