Archive for November 7, 2012


MONSTERS Ep 02 Review

Monsters is a comedic mystery drama starring Katori Shingo-san and Yamashita Tomohisa-kun as police detectives. In the first episode, we discovered that the mystery part of the equation was solid, but the humor was . . . an acquired taste. Let’s hope they focus more on what works and avoid excessive goofiness.

Well, maybe after the opening. It looks like they prefer to go with humor at the start of each episode, so we begin with Saionji Kousuke (Yamashita) looking for Hiratsuka Heihachi (Katori), and doing so by shouting and looking through bathroom stalls.

Meanwhile, a news report informs us about a political race in Tokyo’s 27th district between the former prime minister Saginuma and challenger Oohata.

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As expected from what I saw last week, there are significant fluctuations in some dramas while others have stabilized with consistent audiences. I’m reviewing MONSTERS and Piece, but continue to have trouble picking further series to cover. On the bright side, Priceless has joined the list of shows with consistent English subtitles available, leaving Aibou 11, Resident, and Poison apparently unsupported. That’s a shame, because I really wanted to add Resident, but don’t have any confidence reviewing it without subtitles.

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%

Priceless (01) 16.9%, (02) 18.8%

Aibou 11  (01) 19.9%, (02) 17.3%, (03) 16.5%, (04) 15.0%

MONSTERS  (01) 13.8%, (02) 13.4%, (03) 11.2%

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

Tokyo Airport  (01) 14.0%, (02) 9.4%, (03) 9.3%, (04) 9.6%

Ooku  (01) 11.6%, (02) 10.6%, (03) 7.9%, (04) 7.6%

Perfect Blue  (01) 9.0%, (02) 7.1%, (03) 9.2%, (04) 7.7%

Resident  (01) 8.4%, (02) 6.2%, (03) 9.7%

Koukou Nyushi  (01) 7.7%, (02) 6.3%, (03) 7.0%, (04) 4.9%, (05) 7.2%

Late Night Shows

Poison  (01) 3.7%, (02) 3.5%, (03) 3.0%, (04) 3.3%, (05) 3.4%

Piece  (01) 2.5%, (02) 3.4%, (03) 2.0%, (04) 1.8%, (05) 1.3%

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The top single for this week was AKB48’s “UZA”, selling 1,128,696 copies. That’s down from their recent singles, but as long as they continue to sell above a million copies in the first week, I can’t bring myself to draw any conclusions from this decline.

Nakayama Yuma-kun took #2, with 45,017 copies of “Missing Piece” sold. I was looking for 50,000, but there was no way to calibrate expectations since this was his first solo attempt. With a stronger song or a higher profile tie-in, I’d expect that he could get 50,000 on a future single without trouble.

The third spot went to AAA, with “Niji” selling 40,025 in its first week.

Koda Kumi‘s “Go to the top” was at #13 in its second week, with total sales now 63,331.

Halloween Junky Orchestra might be aiming for gold, as “Halloween Part” tacks on 8,563 at #14 in its third week – again more than 10% of first week sales – for a total of 78,429.

SKE48’s “Kisu Datte Hidari Kiki” celebrates its seventh week in the standings at #16, scoring a total of 578,338.

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