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Mazinger Z: Infinity Falls to #9, Yo-kai Watch to #8 at Japanese Box Office

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kamakura Monogatari, Miseinen dakedo also rank; Chūnibyō falls off top 10

Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, the live-action film of Ryohei Saigan's Kamakura Monogatari manga, fell from #4 to #7 during the January 20-21 weekend, its seventh weekend at the Japanese box office. The film earned 78,671,500 yen (about US$711,100) on January 19-21, pushing its total to 2,869,898,200 yen (about US$25 million). Takashi Yamazaki (Always: Sunset on Third Street, Stand By Me Doraemon) directed the film, penned the script, and handled the visual effects. The manga's story centers on mystery writer Masakazu Isshiki, who lives with his wife Akiko in Kamakura, as they encounter strange incidents and creatures such as kappa and gods of poverty.

Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yo-kai Watch franchise, fell from #5 to #8 in its sixth weekend. The film earned 44,327,500 yen (about US$400,200) on January 19-21, and the film has earned 1,863,413,400 yen (about US$17.33 million) total so far. The new film is expected to earn 2.5 billion yen (about US$22 million).

New to the film is the ability for yo-kai to transform into "lightside" and "shadowside" forms. In these forms, yo-kai show different personalities, abilities, and appearances. Jibanyan, Komasan, Whisper, Nurarihyon, Lord Enma, and Slimamander returned in the film. Characters from Shigeru Mizuki's Gegege no Kitarō manga also appear in the film. LEVEL-5 president and CEO and Yo-kai Watch creator Akihiro Hino oversaw production of the film, as well as provided the original concept and wrote the script.

The Mazinger Z: Infinity anime film fell from #6 to #9 in its second weekend. The film earned 47,459,500 yen (about US$428,500) on January 19-21, and the film has earned a cumulative total of 192,612,900 yen (about US$1.73 million). Junji Shimizu (One Piece: Episode of Chopper - The Miracle Winter Cherry Blossom, Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi) directed the film off a script by ume's Takahiro Ozawa (Tokyo Toybox, Steves). Takayuki Yanase (Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) drafted the mechanic designs, and Hiroya Iijima (Afro Samurai) designed the characters. The film's story takes place 10 years after Koji Kabuto has stopped being a pilot and is now a scientist like his father and grandfather.

The live-action film adaptation of Kanan Minami's Miseinen dakedo Kodomo ja Nai (I'm a Minor But I'm Not a Child) manga fell from #8 to #10 in its fifth weekend. The film earned 21,661,900 yen (about US$195,600) on January 19-21, and has earned a total of 617,785,300 yen (about US$5.57 million) so far. The film stars Yuna Taira as protagonist Karin Oriyama, Sexy Zone's Kento Nakajima as "school prince" Nao Tsurugi, and Hey! Say! JUMP's Yūri Chinen as Karin's childhood friend Isuzu Ebina.

The story centers on 16-year-old high school girl Karin Oriyama. As a present for her 16th birthday, her parents arrange for her to get married to her crush Nao Tsurugi, the "school prince" who gets good grades and excels at sports. However, Nao declares that he does not like her and demands they keep the marriage a secret. Nao slowly seems to warm up to her, but then Karin's childhood friend finds out about their secret marriage.

The Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me (Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! the Movie: Take On Me) film fell from the top 10 chart in its third weekend. The film earned 22,590,400 yen (about US$203,900) on January 19-21, and has earned a cumulative total of 193,264,100 yen (about US$1.74 million).

While the first film in the six-film Girls und Panzer das Finale anime project fell off the top 10 chart in its fifth weekend two weeks ago, the film has still earned 21,523,700 yen (about US$194,300) on January 19-21, and has earned a cumulative total of 539,152,180 yen (about US$4.86 million).

Sources: Kōgyō Tsūshin, comScore via KOFIC

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