Gen Hoshino’s “Doraemon” Film Theme Song Tops Billboard Japan’s 2018 Mid-Year Anison Ranking

Billboard Japan announced its mid-year rankings of 2018 for seven categories today. The most popular song in the “Hot Animation” section during the period between November 27, 2017, and May 27, 2018, was singer-songwriter/actor Gen Hoshio’s 11th single “Doraemon,” which was used as the theme song for the Doraemon anime franchise’s 38th feature film Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island released in March. The song also ranked 3rd in the “Hot 100” section. 


Meanwhile, “Uchiage Hanabi” by singer/rapper DAOKO, which was the theme song for the Shaft-animated film Uchiage Hanabi/Fireworks and was chosen as the top anime song in the year 2017, still ranked 2nd. 



Billboard Japan “Hot Animation” top 10 in the first half of 2018


1. “Doraemon” Gen Hoshino (Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island theme song) 



2. “Uchiage Hanabi” by DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu (Uchiage Hanabi/Fireworks theme song)



3. “Topaz Love” KinKi Kids (Time Bokan: The Villains’ Strike Back 2nd ED)



4. “Peace Sign” Kenshi Yonezu (My Hero Academia 2nd OP)



5. “-ZERO-“ Masaharu Fukuyama (Detective Conan Zero the Enforcer theme song)

Film trailer featuring the theme song



6. “Ultra Blast” ST☆RISH (Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Kingdom insert song)



7. “Ref:rain” Aimer (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni ED)


Anime PV featuring the OP and ED songs

8. “Sinka Riron” BOYS AND MEN (Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion OP)



9. “ODD FUTURE” UVERworld (My Hero Academia 3rd season OP)


Anime OP movie (legitimately posted on Toho Animation Channel)



10. “POP TEAM EPIC” Sumire Uesaka (Pop Team Epic OP)




Source: Billboard Japan