The latest Billboard Japan Hot 100 Chart has been released, and YOASOBI’s “Idol,” the opening theme song for the Spring 2023 anime OSHI NO KO, is at the top.
In addition to the Hot 100, “Idol” is the top song on the Streaming Songs and Hot Animation charts, and YOASOBI is the top artist on the Artist 100 chart. Ayase holds the same position on the Hot 100 Composers and Hot 100 Lyricists charts.
The placement of “Idol” on the Billboard Japan Charts is the latest indication of the song’s popularity; the animated music video directed by Naoya Nakayama (“Chika Dance” ending sequence from Kaguya-sama Love is War, “stars we chase” performance sequence from Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2) has amassed 21 million views on YouTube since its April 12 debut.
Other Top 10 anime songs on the new Hot 100 Chart include Spitz’s “Utsukushii Hire” (the theme song for the recently released Detective Conan: Kurogane no Submarine film) and MAN WITH A MISSIONmilet’s “Kizuna no Kiseki” (the opening song for another Spring 2023 anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Swordsmith Village Arc).
The OSHI NO KO anime is based on the Shueisha-published manga written by Aka Akasaka and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari, which debuted in Weekly Young Jump in 2020 and has 10 tankoubon volumes as of January 2023. “Idol” is based on Akasaka’s story 45510.
Ai Hoshino, sixteen, is a talented and beautiful idol who is adored by her fans. She embodies the ideal of a pure, young maiden. But not everything that glitters is gold.
Gorou Amemiya is a rural gynecologist who adores Ai. So when the pregnant idol arrives at his hospital, he is completely perplexed. Gorou assures her of a safe delivery. He has no idea that an encounter with a mysterious figure will result in his untimely death—or so he believes.
When Gorou opens his eyes in the lap of his idol, he discovers that he has been reborn as Aquamarine Hoshino—Ai’s newborn son! With his world turned upside down, Gorou quickly discovers that the world of showbiz is paved with thorns, and that talent does not always translate into success. Will he be able to protect Ai’s smile with the help of an eccentric and unexpected ally?
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