The number one single for this week was “Ikujinashi Masquerade” (意気地なしマスカレード) from Sashihara Rino with Anrire, selling 68,403. It doesn’t look like it will break gold, so this is the third week out of four this fall that the #1 single was sub-gold material. I guess companies are holding back, getting ready to blitz us ahead of the Christmans-New Year’s buying season.

KARA’s “Electric Boy” (エレクトリックボーイ) took #2 with a lackluster 57,942 sales. There’s no way that’s good for them – their last single sold 99,236 in its first week. This might be their first Japanese single to fail to break 100,000.

The #3 spot was taken by “Halloween Party” from Halloween Junky Orchestra – a Halloween novelty act formed by rock performers Hyde (VAMPS), Acid Black Cherry, Daigo (BREAKERZ), kyo (D’ERLANGER), Tommy february6, Tommy heavenly6, Tatsuro (Mucc), Tsuchiya Anna, Aoki Ryuji, K.A.Z (VAMPS), Hitsugi (Nightmare), Aki (SID), Rina (SCANDAL), and Wakeshima Kanon (thanks to TokyoHive for the full list). I’m always intrigued by Hyde’s voice, Daigo’s humor, and Tsuchiya Anna’s personality, so I was rooting for this team to take the top spot in the face of weak opposition. Unfortunately, they fell a bit short with 56,582.

Fukuyama Masaharu-san took #8 with “Beautiful Life / GAME” adding 13,260 in its second week for a total of 158,485 – pretty close to the expected 10% level.

SHINee‘s “Dazzling Girl” sold a bit short of 10% in its second week, but crossed into gold territory, selling 8,562 for a total of 105,673. Incidentally, considering the name of this single and KARA’s “Electric Boy”, are we seeing a pattern here? Do you suppose any couple bought the two singles as a pair?

Will “Hashire! Bicycle” ever make a final departure from the top 30? Nogizaka46 appears to have some serious staying power in the standings, taking #17 in their ninth week, adding 3,903 for a total of 238,288.

Morning Musume was at #18, with “Wakuteka Take a Chance” managing a two-week total of 85,634.

“Gingham Check” from AKB48 is still in there, taking #21 for a eight-week total of 1,286,106.

In its third week, Sexy Zone’s “Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu” found itself at #22, now totaling 107,414.

To round out the singles, SKE48 took #28, with “Kisu Datte Hidarikiki” selling 563,302 in five weeks.

In albums, Kanjani8’s “8EST” compilation album was at #1, selling 298,385 copies. The thresholds I had in mind for this one were : 330K+=great, 300-330K=as expected, 270-300K=light, 270K-=disappointment. So, this was a little on the light side, but so close to the 300K level that I don’t think there’s much to make a big deal of. I want to do a review of this album as a way of talking about Kanjani8, but the start of the drama season is hitting me right now, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to give such an article the attention it would require.

Yamashita Tatsuro-san’s “Opus ~All Time Best 1975-2012~” held #2, adding 31,427 in week four for a total of 439,322.

Kobukuro was at #7, with “All Singles Best 2″ reaching 648,612 in sales.