The top single for the past week was AKB48’s “鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関系はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの”. Unfortunately, it seems  if sales of AKB single may be inversely proportional to the length of their name, reaching a lower bound as the name reaches infinity of 1 million sold in the first week (just joking , of course). So, this single managed just 1,033,336 copies sold. I’m sure there are many, many other factors involved, including the fact we’ve just seen two other recent singles from the group, but I’d like to think of this as a blow for brevity.

At #2, we have . . . it could be read Mai Matsuri-gumi (舞祭組), but this is in fact the Busaiku team. It’s the Kis-My-Ft2 subunit made up of Yokoo-kun, Miyata-kun, Senga-kun, and Nikaido-kun that was brought to a début single by SMAP’s Nakai-san. And that début single, “Tana kara Botamochi”, has now sold 132,538 copies. On any other week, it would have had a fair chance for #1, and compares well to the numbers from the other four-member units from Johnny’s, though most of that is probably novelty value. I think. Still, I think this is a good enough number that Johnny’s will have reason to give them a second chance.

Super Junior took #3 with “Blue World” selling 68,684.

The single at #4 was “Mousou Nikki” (妄想日記) from Alice Juuban and Steam Girls with 37,581 sold. There seems to be a number of groups releasing a song called “Mousou Nikki” this week – what’s going on here?

SKE48’s “Sansei Kawaii” took #5, popping up a bit by selling 30,958 – no doubt due to some event. Its four-week total is now 527,082.

In its second week, Kanjani8’s “Kokoro Sora Moyou” took #7, selling 16,636 additional copies to bring its total to 209,209.

“Barrette” from Nogizaka46 is still in the top 10 in its third week – hanging on to #8. It added 14,571 in sales to push its total to 437,988.

SHINee’s “3 2 1” had a very strong second week, selling 9,292 to score a running total of 76,799.

I guess I have to mention that Fukuda Kouhei-san’s single “南部蟬しぐれ” (I’m not 100% sure how that is romanized) has been making a return to the top 30, despite having been out for sixty weeks. It took #17 this week, which is the highest it has ever been, and now has a grand total of 106,827. I generally don’t mention singles that pop back up after that long, feeling that it must be event-driven, but this seemed worthy of attention.

Kis-My-Ft2’s “Snow Dome no Yakusoku/Luv Sick” took #19, gaining two spots. It has a five-week total of 311,396.

At #21, “So Right” from Sandaime J Soul Brothers had an extraordinarily soft second week, selling only 4,326 to get its total to 114,502. That result suggests that the first week number was a bit inflated.

Tohoshinki’s “Very Merry Xmas” took #24, selling 3,762 in its third week to bring its total to 128,279.

Interestingly, even though the new AKB48 single had relatively weak sales, it did manage to give the two other recent AKB offerings a minor boost. “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” got #27 and now has a seventeen-week total of 1,482,689 while “Heart Ereki” stayed at #28 with a seven-week total of 1,264,328.

Finally, Yuzu just barely managed to hang on, with “Ame nochi Hareruya/Mamotte Agetai” taking #30 with 2,807 in sales, bringing its five-week total to 49,669

Okay, on to the album side. Shoujo Jidai took the top spot with “Love & Peace” selling 129,255 copies. Apparently there were some hijinks around this album that were similar to what happened with the EXILE single I despise so much (especially because it served to keep Arashi out of the year-end top five) – there was some association between buying the album and buying concert tickets. However, unlike the EXILE case, it’s difficult to say what effect the ploy had except to note that this album sold roughly 13k more than last year’s “Girls & Peace”.

RADWIMPS took #2, with “Batsu to Maru to Tsumi to” (×と○と罪と) selling 76,780 copies.

At #3, LUNA SEA’s “A WILL” managed 34,203 in sales.

“Midnight Memories” from One Direction held onto #6 and is now on the doorstep of Japanese gold in its third week. It added 12,943 in sales for a total of 99,477.

Porno Graffitti’s 15th Anniversary “All Time Singes” album was at #8 and now boasts a four-week total of 153,101.

Finally, at #9, the “L album” from KinKi Kids had a fairly weak showing in week two, selling 11,453 to bring its total to 147,964.