The top single for the past week was “Takane no Ringo” from NMB48, which sold 406,579 copies in its first week – in-line with the trajectory set by their previous singles.

At #2 was Sandaime J Soul Brothers’ “S.A.K.U.R.A.”, which saw a good 109,554 copies sold.

SKE48’s “Mirai to wa?” took #3 in week two by selling 55,911 copies, bringing its total to 453,785. That’s a much stronger second week than the -48 family usually puts up, and I wonder whether there was either some sort of event or perhaps just latent demand, considering the first week for the single was so far below what the group normally sells. Was some part of the normal first week effort pushed to the second week?

“ikki ! ! !” (with numerous other exclamation marks and possibly another ‘i’) got onto my radar as well. The single from Choutokkyu sold 32,157 this week at #4.

In a bit of special coverage, DREAMS COME TRUE’s “AGAIN” sold 14,806 at #10.

Kis-My-Ft2’s “Hikari no Signal” fell only one spot – going to #12 in its fourth week. It sold 6,621 copies to push its total to 234,736. Still hoping to see platinum on this one before it drops below #30.

Moving from #6 to #14 in its third week, “Sakura, Minna de Tabeta” from HKT48 saw 5,547 copies sold and now has a total of 292,619.

Taking #16, Tackey & Tsubasa’s “Boku no Soba ni wa Hoshi ga Aru/Viva Viva More” has a two-week total of 48,037.

AKB48’s “Mae Shika Mukanee” held onto #18, selling 4,121 in its fifth week. Its running total is 1,133,904.

At #21, “Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi kara . . .” by Acid Black Cherry now boasts a three-week total of 67,168.

And yes, Fukuda Kouhei-san’s “Nanbu Semishigure” remains in the top 30 – taking #26 in its seventy-fifth week, and getting its total to 176,703.

Among the albums, Kis-My-Ft2’s “Hit! Hit! Hit!” took the top spot, selling 217,860. Considering it was a compilation album, that’s not bad.

A number of groups I don’t know much about posted decent results in the next few spots.

“Love Story” from back number took #2, selling 38,713 copies.

Unicorn’s “Igajakejoro” was at #3 with 35,956 sold.

At #5, MYNAME’s “Five Stars” saw 30,081 copies sold.

Back to familiar names, “Heartful Song Covers” from May J. sold 29,375 at #6.

E-girls’ “COLORFUL POP” had a very strong second week, selling 25,895 copies to bring its total to 115,661. If not for all the albums selling around 30k, it would have done better than #9.