Archive for October, 2012

These are some of the single and album releases for November (i.e. releases from groups that I’m interested in tracking). My apologies if I missed a significant release – please mention the artist and title in a comment and I’ll update the list.

More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list). For my part, I think there’s some value in also having a shortlist (especially for my own reference), so I’ll stick with this format.

October 31st

Arashi – Popcorn (album)


Nakayama Yuma – Missing Piece

AAA – Niji

Superfly – Force (single)

mihimaruGT – Banzai Sansho!!!

November 7th

NMB48 – Kitagawa Kenji

The Second from EXILE – Think ‘Bout It!

Nishino Kana – Always

flumpool – Answer

Dream5 – Shekimeki

November 8th

Hamasaki Ayumi – Love

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So, score it four out of five weeks in fall where the number one single sold less than 100,000. At least we’ll start getting out of the doldrums next week, with Arashi and AKB48 kicking off the winter buying season.

The number one single this week as the appropriately named “Go to the top” from Koda Kumi-san, selling 54,559 copies.

Super Girls’ “Akai Jounetsu” was at #2 with a razor’s edge difference in sales – 53,607.

Halloween Junky Orchestra saw a very strong second week in sales of “Halloween Party” at #5, adding 13,284 (more than 20% of first week sales) for a total of 69,866.

“Ikujinashi Masquerade” from Sashihara Rino with Anrire took #12, selling 7,519 in a respectable second week, giving the single a total of 75,922.

KARA was at #13 with “Electric Boy” seeing 7,490 in sales for a two-week total of 65,382. This was a pretty good second week tally considering the first week numbers.

SKE48’s “Kisu Datte Hidarikiki” remained in the ranking in week 6, taking the #15 spot for a running total for 570,150.

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I think there’s also going to be a lot of shaking up between the dramas, since a lot of their premises looked good initially, leading to a lot of 10%+ ratings on the first episodes, but viewers will have to decide which show executes on its promise the best. I’ve had trouble picking between them myself. I’m going with MONSTERS and Piece, and am leaning towards adding Ooku because the subtitlers on that series seem to be among the quickest to get subs out. Other than that, I’m still weighing Perfect Blue (which also has consistent subtitles), Doctor X (looks good on subs so far), Resident (no subs in sight), and Priceless (Jounetsu_8 just picked it up and episode 1 subs are up). I’d love to track Aibou 11, too, but there isn’t even a hint that anyone is going to sub it.

You can get information on all of this season’s dramas, at the most recent of the bi-weekly TokyoHive articles here.

Prime Time Shows

Doctor X  (01) 18.6%, (02) 17.6%

Aibou 11  (01) 19.9%, (02) 17.3%, (03) 16.5%

Priceless (01) 16.9%

MONSTERS  (01) 13.8%, (02) 13.4%

Akumu-chan  (01) 13.6%, (02) 10.7%, (03) 12.9%

Tokyo Airport  (01) 14.0%, (02) 9.4%, (03) 9.3%

Ooku  (01) 11.6%, (02) 10.6%, (03) 7.9%

Perfect Blue  (01) 9.0%, (02) 7.1%, (03) 9.2%

Resident  (01) 8.4%, (02) 6.2%

Koukou Nyushi  (01) 7.7%, (02) 6.3%, (03) 7.0%, (04) 4.9%

Late Night Shows

Poison  (01) 3.7%, (02) 3.5%, (03) 3.0%, (04) 3.3%

Piece  (01) 2.5%, (02) 3.4%, (03) 2.0%, (04) 1.8%

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In this week’s Arashi ni Shiyagare (嵐にしやがれ), the members of Arashi entered looking . . . I think the right word is “spiffy.” They naturally reflected on last week’s unique experience with the Takarazuka Revue.

But this time, Sakurai-san is convinced that they’ll end up wearing traditional Japanese clothing (和服 – wafuku), though he doesn’t want to explain why he thinks this. The implication, which Ninomiya-kun picks up on immediately, is that the guest is a kabuki actor.

Without further ado, the guest, Nomura Mansai-san (野村萬斎) appears, confirming everybody’s predictions. In a resonating voice, he says it’s probably going to be severe (厳しい – kibishii) and that they’re going to use their bodies a lot. Yay!

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This episode of Himitsu no Arashi-chan (ひみつの嵐ちゃん) is somewhat of a recap special, but it features all five members of Arashi in the share house set discussing past episodes and viewing VTRs of famous scenes or scenes that weren’t aired. It’s sort of reminiscent of similar episodes in their older shows when they used to run highlight reels but goof off between them. If you’re an Arashi fan, you’ll probably like this episode, because we haven’t seen them reflect on their share house escapades as a group. On the other hand, this is a language-intensive episode, and with all the clips, it’s tough to use the flow of events to understand what’s going on.

After they make a lengthy approach to the studio, their entry is pretty bland, and they settle in quickly. Then, out of all things, Sakurai-san prompts Ohno-san for an “American joke.” Ohno-san points out that there wasn’t one in the script, but Sakurai-san doesn’t let him off the hook, so Ohno-san starts to tell one . . .

. . . but thankfully the doorbell interrupts. Instead of a guest, they receive an envelope with three discs marked as “video restricted for special purposes” (a rough translation of 禁断のワケあり動画 – kindan no wakeari douga).

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