Archive for October, 2013


The October line-up was a fairly strong one. Will November keep up the pace, or will artists hold off until we get closer to the holiday season? Actually, it looks like even though November lacks some of the marquee names like AKB48 and Arashi, the month boasts an even more impressive and diverse line-up than October, especially when it comes to acts with decades-long careers.

This list has selected single and album releases for the month, not all of them (i.e. releases from groups that I’m interested in tracking or at least recognize). 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).

November 6th

Ieiri Leo – Taiyo no Megami

Momoiro Clover Z – GOUNN

Akanishi Jin – #JUSTJIN (album)

Hottake Band – Sayonara Arigatou

Cute – Tokai no Hitori Gurashi/Aitte Motto Zanshin

SID – Anniversary

Kalafina – Kimi no Gin no Niwa

An Cafe – Hikagyaku Ziprock (album)

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Mottai Night Land

November 13th

Kis-My-Ft2 – SNOW DOME no Yakusoku/Luv Sick

Generations from EXILE TRIBE – Generations (album)

Yuzu – Ame Nochi Hallelujah / Mamotte Agetai

IDOLING!!! – SHOUT!!!

Koda Kumi – Dreaming Now!

THE ALFEE – GLORIOUS

LUNA SEA – Ran

Kimura Kaela – Rock (album)

RIP SLYME – SLY

Becky# – New Single (Title TBA)

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The top single for the past week was KinKi Kids’ “Mada Namida ni Naranai Kanashimi ga/Koi wa Nioeto Chirinuru wo” (I hope I got that right) which sold 178,348 copies. I think that’s the pair’s best first week result since “Secret Code” in 2008, but I’m missing some information. Anyway, it’s certainly an excellent showing, and continued evidence of KinKi Kids’ phenomenal longevity and consistency.

“Kakumei Dualism” from Mizuki Nana-san and T.M. Revolution took #2, selling a decent 80,775 copies. That’s not as good as their previous collaboration, but nothing to sneeze at.

Apparently EXILE decided to do a re-release of “EXILE PRIDE ~Konna Sekai wo Koisuru Tame~” less than six months after its original release. That boosted it from #105 to #3 as they managed to distribute 52,579 additional copies to bring the single’s total . . . to bring the single’s total to 991,608. Of course, they did this just to annoy me, and I’m not going to take it anymore! They clearly want to force their way to a million seller by whatever means necessary, but this is the last time I’m going to mention this blasted single. Sorry, EXILE fans, but I’m no longer tracking this puppy – I’m going to close my eyes and hum loudly as it crosses into seven digit territory.

At #4, Nishino Kana-san’s “Sayonara” saw 22,820 copies sold.

RADWIMPS‘ “Gogatsu no Hae/Last Virgin” had a very strong second week, taking #6 by selling 10,816 copies to bring its total to 54,110.

Right behind at #7, 2PM’s “Winter Games” now has a two-week total of 119,015.

“Halloween Party” by the collaboration group Halloween Junky Orchestra continued its re-release pop a year after its first release, taking #9 with a new total of 132,451.

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When we last left the Numata family in Kazoku Game (家族ゲーム), they were in a pretty desperate state.

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And since there’s one episode after this one, it seems unlikely that they’ll get out of their funk in this episode – not if the writers want to keep up their excellent pacing and retain audience interest in the finale.

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So, what exactly are we going to get in this episode? The opening is just a montage of the depths the family has reached, and I guess the question that has to go through our minds while watching them go into complete dysfunction instead of, say, being defiant, is whether this family deserves to be saved.

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Gotta laugh when Shinichi (Kamiki Ryunosuke), unable to find anything in the fridge, buys some groceries for himself, but labels them all with his name.

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49 Ep 03 Review

At the end of the last episode of 49, and again at the start of this one, Kagami Dan (Sato Shori) – or, more accurately, Dan possessed by his dead father (Possessed Dan, as I will call him, as opposed to Real Dan) – asked the most popular girl in school, Minaduki Mana (Nishino Nanase) to go out with him.

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This is much to the dismay of Sawamura Shogo (Teranishi Takuto), who was also aiming to become Mana’s boyfriend. Is this going to be the start of a continuing rivalry between them? Anyway, Shogo seems confident that Mana will turn Dan down.

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But Shogo has the whole gym saying “gomennasai” – in other words, rooting for a rejection . . .

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Shounen Club 2013.10.23 Review

We don’t normally get new Shounen Club (ザ少年倶楽部) episodes in the bottom half of the month, but this is a legit new episode. I guess with the Osaka specials on the first two Wednesdays of the month, Johnny’s couldn’t leave us with no Kanto representation at all, so here we are. And honestly, going into this, I have a good feeling about it. Can’t say why – maybe residual goodwill from the solid Kansai episodes. Maybe I just feel that they had to have some good stuff for us, or they wouldn’t have given us this extra.

It seems like we’re going to get a new episode on October 30th, and it’s likely that we could get four new episodes in a row – not totally sure on that yet, though.

Anyway, this episode started off with noon boyz doing the title call and leading the proceedings. Even though we got the horrible graphic opening, there was one change right away – they named the opening medley and put the title in the upper left corner briefly.

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The first song was Sexy Zone’s “Lady Diamond”, with all five members of the group performing it in pink outfits that . . . are as good as pink outfits get, I think.

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That was followed by KAT-TUN’s “Real Face” performed by Sanada-kun, Anderson Casey-kun, Masuda Ryo-kun (with a new hairstyle that almost made it difficult to recognize him), Teranishi Takuto-kun, and Kishi Takayoshi-kun.

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Nozawa-kun sang KinKi Kids’ “Yokubou no Rain” with the Bad Boys guys. Okay for a short version, but I still remember Nakajima Kento-kun’s much more vigorous approach to the song.

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