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  1. Haikyu!!: Volleyball Anime, Movies & Dramas in Asia
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    If there is Slam Dunk for basketball and Captain Tsubasa for soccer, then the one true manga/anime for volleyball would definitely be Haikyu!!. Hailyuu!! has been an iconic title since the manga began in 2012, but its popularity rose to the next level with Season 4 of the anime, Haikyu!! To the Top, which was launched in 2020 during the pandemic. It even brought attention to Japan's real-life national men's volleyball team. After over three years of wait, Haikyu!!: The Dumpster Battle, the long-awaited first film (and one of the last adaptations) of the beloved volleyball anime finally opened in Japan on February 16, 2024. Before enjoying the fateful battle between Karasuno High and Nekoma... [read more]
  2. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - Chinese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Jacky Cheung effortlessly climbs back to #1 of YesAsia's overall best-selling C-pop artists list despite not having a single entry in the album or concert charts! He is followed by Leslie Cheung, who also tops the best-selling album chart with the best-of album REMEMBRANCE Leslie commemorating the 20th anniversary of his passing. Priscilla Chan and Teresa Teng are crowned our top two best-selling female artists again with their old and reissue releases. MC Cheung breaks into our annual bestseller charts for the first time with his album This is MC and his concert with Hung Kaho, while Terence Lam again guards a spot in each category. Hins Cheung, Hacken Lee and Eason Chan each secure... [read more]
  3. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - Japanese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Stray Kids are not only YesAsia's best-selling male artist in Korean music but also our top-selling artist in Japanese music! The popular K-pop group has the top two Japanese albums of 2023, and their JYP labelmates also make a strong showing. Twice ranks sixth among artists, and MISAMO, formed by Twice's three Japanese members, attains top ten artist ranking on the strength of only two releases, including the overall #3 album and #3 concert. ITZY's first full Japan album and first concert in Japan are both in the top ten. NCT Dream is the #2 highest-selling artist with their first Japan single topping Japanese music sales. ATEEZ, LE SSERAFIM and STAYC each claim dual top ten singles and a... [read more]
  4. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - Korean Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Following 2021's Don't Call Me, SHINee tops our YesAsia K-pop bestseller album chart again with HARD in 2023! Besides the group release, Key, Tae Min and Onew each secure spots in the album and the bestselling artist charts with their solo releases. Twice is the overall #1 bestseller among K-pop artists with their #2 top-selling album READY TO BE, while Stray Kids continue to reign over the best-selling male artist list as well as the K-pop video chart. Besides SHINee, other SMTOWN artists dominate the bestseller charts – EXO is in third place with their seventh album EXIST, Red Velvet comes in second among female acts with their third album Chill Kill, and NCT 127 grabs a spot in the male... [read more]
  5. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - TV Dramas
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of television/drama releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to December 31, 2023. TOP 10 TV DRAMAS (OVERALL) 1. Love in the Air 2. We Best Love 3. A Shoulder to Cry On 4. HIStory3: Trapped 5. My Beautiful Man Season 2 6. My Tooth Your Love 7. Semantic Error 8. HIStory5: Love in the Future 9 (tie). About Youth 9 (tie). My Beautiful Man OTHER ASIA TV BESTSELLERS BL dramas have completely taken over our TV bestsellers charts, and the alpha spot goes to Love in the Air, which is also the only Thai series in the overall top ten. In the Other Asia TV category covering titles from Southeast Asia, Love in the Air is followed mainly by other productions from... [read more]
  6. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - Chinese Books
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of Chinese-language books (excluding horoscope books) on YesAsia.com from January 1 to December 31, 2023. TOP 10 CHINESE BOOKS Yi Shu continues to be the best-selling Chinese writer with three novels in the top ten. Collectible books by and about celebrities are popular, including books commemorating legendary Hong Kong bands Beyond and The Wynners, Priscilla Wong's travelogue and Jet Li's spiritual healing book. With THE FIRST SLAM DUNK being a blockbuster hit across Asia in 2023, the anime film's behind-the-scenes book has also become a bestseller. Works by BL novelist Mo Xiang Tong Xiu continue to have an enthusiastic following both at home and... [read more]
  7. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - Movies
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to December 31, 2023. TOP 10 MOVIES (OVERALL) 1. Born to Fly 2. Sakra 3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 4. Hidden Blade 5. Table for Six 6. It Remains 7. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania 8. Hong Kong Family 9. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever 10. Limbo BEST-SELLING CHINESE MOVIES Wang Yibo soars to the top of our movie bestsellers in 2023 with the aerial action drama Born to Fly surging past Donnie Yen's wuxia actioner Sakra for first place. The popular idol's period espionage drama Hidden Blade with Tony Leung is also in the top five. Hong Kong's new box office king Dayo Wong has two blockbusters in the... [read more]
  8. Best Asian Movies of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Here are our editors' picks for the best Asian films released on DVD or Blu-ray in 2023! SANWEI'S PICKS Blue Giant Based on Ishizuka Shinichi's manga, Blue Giant is a classic making-of-the-band story with buoyant jazz and shonen spirit to spare. Produced by NUT and directed by Tachikawa Yuzuru, the stirring animated feature follows teen wunderkind Miyamoto Dai, who heads to Tokyo with little more than his saxophone and a dream to become the best in jazz. With his sheer talent and tenacity, Dai motivates his roommate Shunji to take up drums, and convinces piano prodigy Sawabe Yukinori to form the band JASS and together take the jazz scene by storm. Though a story of youth passion, Blue Giant... [read more]
  9. Best Japanese Albums of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best physical Japanese albums of 2023! ano - Nyang Nyang Oeeee Please enjoy the musical equivalent of a cat puking rainbows in this ridiculously cute, deceptively upbeat and unequivocally entertaining album from ano. Titled Nyang Nyang Oeeee meaning "Cat Vomiting," the album gets straight to the feline point in the wild kawaii rock explosion Nyang Oeeee Gokurako Ondo. There's plenty more high-speed, high-energy and high-pitched cuteness delivered in ano's unique singing style, but the perky songs drenched in furious beats are far from happy and innocent. Smile Agenai seems like fast-food nonsense – "I ate lunch while watching TV / That potato / I can't move from... [read more]
  10. Best Chinese Albums of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best Chinese albums of 2023! Accusefive - We Will Be Fine Fasten your seat belt, because Accusefive is taking us on a wondrous trip of magical sounds accompanied with their healing voices! In their third album, the trio wanders between indie rock and mainstream pop in ten pieces of diverse genres, ranging from synthpop, folk and Latin to Motown and adult contemporary music. The band ushers us to comfort zone with relaxing music, including "We Will Be Fine," the groovy disco-pop "How To Do," the upbeat "Your Guilt-trip" and "Aaaaah!," "Wish You Were Here" about long-distance relationship, and the loving serenades "In The Clouds" and "Can't Live Without You." Though... [read more]
  11. Best Korean Albums of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best Korean albums of 2023! aespa - MY WORLD Welcome to aespa's world! aespa unfolds a new chapter of their musical worldview through their third mini-album MY WORLD! Almost a year after Girls, the girls record their journey returning from KWANGYA to the real world in six new tracks. The album starts off with the dreamy alternative pop intro Welcome To MY World (featuring nævis) that brings us on a sweet escape. With dynamic beats and intense synth bass sounds, metallic dance plug Spicy showcases a confident, lively and freewheeling kind of energy that aespa has never shown before. They continue to delve into soft emotions with the R&B hit Thirsty, as well as the... [read more]
  12. Best Japanese Dramas of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Herea are our editors' picks for the best Japanese dramas of 2023! 0.5 Man Matsuda Ryuhei is in very Matsuda Ryuhei mode in this WOWOW comedy-drama written and directed by Okita Shuichi, the master of quirky, meaningful life stories. Protagonist Tachibana Masaharu is a hikikomori who spends his days gaming in his room, with occasional visits to the convenience store. Life is hunky-dory like this, but change arrives with his married sister moving back into the family home. The residence gets converted into a "2.5 family" house for his supportive parents, his sister's family and himself as the "0.5." Masaharu's awkward but earnest efforts to interact with his grumpy niece and screamy nephew... [read more]
  13. Best Korean Dramas of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the ten best Korean dramas of 2023! D.P. Season 2 Webtoon-based military drama D.P., which made our year-end list in 2021, returned this year with a gut-wrenching second season again helmed by writer-director Han Jun Hee. Though less intimate than the first Netflix series which told smaller stories of what drives desperate conscripts to desert, Season 2 is even more daring and disturbing by starting with the army barrack shooting that ended Season 1. When shocked protagonist An Jun Ho (Jung Hae In) questions how this could happen, the reply from a fellow soldier cuts straight to the terrible truth: it could happen to anyone. In this season, the D.P. unit not only... [read more]
  14. Best Chinese Dramas of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    As 2023 draws to an end, we kick off the year-end lists with our editors' picks for the best Chinese dramas of the year! Living Living ain't easy. Produced by Ruby Lin and co-written by Ryan Tu, this Taiwan drama is often warm, familiar and funny as it captures the interactions and arguments of a normal family. The five-way bickering of the irritable Gao family members in a house barely big enough to hold them all could be straight out of a sitcom, but the drama is actually set in motion by eldest prodigal son Jia Yue (Wu Kang Ren) hitting rock bottom and pondering ending his life. He decides to return home to see his family a last time, only to find they're all going through troubles of... [read more]
  15. 2023 has been another year of ups and (too many) downs. In the month of gratitude, we're thankful for the good things, from hit shows and games to fun trends and nostalgic comebacks, that made this year better. AI Yearbook Image from Jeong Yeon's Instagram AI Yearbook has been one of the most fun viral trends of 2023. Created by the Korean SNOW Corporation (best known for the SNOW filter app), EPIK - AI Photo Editor app allows us to create our own collection of 90s "high teen" style high school yearbook photos for quality social media content. Generated within seconds by just uploading several selfies, most of the yearbook snaps seem cute and realistic, but it can also go hilariously wrong…... [read more]
  16. Looking for a good scare? For spine-tingling paranormal thrillers, vengeful ghost stories, gruesome urban legends and supernatural horror comedies, curate an Asian horror movie marathon with the filmographies of the best contemporary Asian directors working in the horror genre. From trailblazing J-horror filmmakers still thriving in the genre to Thai and Indonesian horror specialists who are refreshing the game, the 13 horror meisters profiled below are responsible for some of the scariest and most intriguing horror movies out of Asia in the past two-plus decades. BANJONG PISANTHANAKUN Thai cinema is known for horror films, and that reputation largely began with Banjong Pisanthanakun and... [read more]
  17. Let's take a look at ten hot K-pop debuts in 2023 from survival audition programs ranging from Mnet's globally well-received Boys Planet and Queendom Puzzle to Korea's first-ever virtual idol survival show GIRL'S RE:VERSE! ZEROBASEONE Following the global success of Girls Planet 999 and its project group Kep1er, Mnet launched the male version of the survival audition show – Boys Planet – after two years. Zhang Hao, Sung Han Bin, Seok Matthew, Ricky, Park Gun Wook, Kim Tae Rae, Kim Gyu Vin, Kim Ji Woong and Han Yu Jin won positions in the nine-member global group ZEROBASEONE. The group's name signifies the journey of nine members to be completed as one. ZEROBASEONE officially took their... [read more]
  18. 15 Asian Dramas to Watch in 2nd Half of 2023
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    With the second half of 2023 well underway, we've highlighted 15 new and highly anticipated Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai dramas to enjoy throughout the rest of the year! A Time Called You (South Korea) Release Date: September 8 (Netflix) Korea's remake of the acclaimed Taiwan time-slip fantasy series Someday or One Day is set to be released on Netflix in early September. In A Time Called You, Ahn Hyo Seop, Jeon Yeo Been and Kang Hoon portray Greg Hsu, Alice Ko and Patrick Shih's characters from the original work, respectively. Living through grief ever since the passing of her boyfriend Yeon Jun (Ahn Hyo Seop), Jun Hee (Jeon Yeo Been) receives a cassette tape that will "take her to... [read more]
  19. YesAsia 2023 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music, TV and book releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to June 30, 2023. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. BEST-SELLING K-POP RELEASES Twice, who has ranked among our top-selling K-pop artists every year since 2016, leads the K-pop bestseller chart with their 12th mini-album. SHINee occupies three spots in the top ten, with their group album at #2, and Key and Onew's solo albums at #3 and #7. Their SM Entertainment labelmates Kai and NCT 127 are also in the top ten. MAMAMOO subunit MAMAMOO+, popular boy groups ATEEZ and Stray Kids, and super rookie IVE... [read more]
  20. Slam Dunk: Basketball Anime, Movies & Dramas in Asia
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    From December 2022 through 2023, The First Slam Dunk opened in Japan and then South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and across Southeast Asia. Everywhere it's gone, the Japanese basketball anime film has inspired collective fanfare and nostalgia for a generation that knows the fictional exploits of the Shohoku High School basketball team better than the NBA. In Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, The First Slam Dunk is still in theaters over half a year since its release. Though Slam Dunk is undoubtedly the most well-known, there are other sports anime as well as live-action Asian movies and series themed around basketball. From Slam Dunk to The First Slam Dunk, below are 15... [read more]
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