It’s almost the end of 2013 and that means it’s time to sit back and reflect on the events of this past year. Was it a good one for you, filled with PS4s and all-you-can-eat Whoppers? Or are you anxious to get on with the year of the horse? Whatever 2013 looked like for you and no matter where you are located in the world, we’re sure you spent a good portion of your time on YouTube. So why not ring in the new year by watching the top 10 most popular YouTube videos in Japan during 2013.
10) Matrix-inspired “Dance-ish” routine by Tokyo dancer, Kenichi Ebina
Tokyo dancer Kenichi Ebina shows off his matrix-style dance moves on TV show, America’s Got Talent. With over 22 million views from all over the world, this video, despite coming in at number 10 within Japan, is by far the most global of the list.
9) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle Trailer #4
The fourth trailer for the video game version of popular manga, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, came in at number 9 on the list. The game was released in Japan in August of this year, but those in the US, UK and Australia will have to wait until next year.
8) Lightning strikes moving train
They say your chances of getting struck by lighting in your lifetime are 1 in 3,000. We wonder what the chances are of lightning striking a moving train while someone is filming it.
7) Cute kids show off their new Anpanman Go Go Elevator Parking Set
This may just be a video of two pigtailed sisters playing with their toy, but it’s cute enough to be viewed over 5 million times.
6) Japanese beauty in lingerie
From the company that brought you Sailor Moon lingerie comes this video of a beautiful Japanese woman getting ready for a night out on the town in France. Dressed to impress, she steps out on the red carpet only to get her dress caught in the car door…This is a commercial for lingerie so you can probably guess what happens next.
5) Handbag store staff butchers popular idol dance
How did this beat out a beautiful woman in lingerie?
4) Cute kids are at it again, playing with their conveyor belt sushi toy
Those cute little girls from the seventh most popular video of 2013 are back in the number 4 spot, this time showing off their brand new Anpanman Osakana Sui Sui Kaiten Sushi Set.
3) Cool moves, man!
The bronze medal goes to this video introducing the Charge Spear special move from video game, God Eater 2.
2) The cuteness doesn’t stop! Adorable kids show off yet another toy
The two sisters are at it again, this time bringing the characters of Anpanman to life. These girls are unstoppable, taking three of the top ten spots!
1) AKB48 staff dances to AKB48
And coming in at number one is a music video featuring the staff behind Japan’s pop idol sensation, AKB48, performing one of the group’s signature dances. The song and dance to koi suru fortune cookie (Fortune Cookie in Love) was only released in July of this year, but quickly gained over 8 million views, making it the most watched video in Japan for 2013.