4th Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Anime Film Opens at #9 at Japanese Box Office
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Destiny - Kamakura Monogatari, the live-action film of Ryohei Saigan's Kamakura Monogatari manga, fell from #7 to #8 during the January 27-28 weekend, its eighth weekend at the Japanese box office. The film earned 52,360,700 yen (about US$483,000) on January 26-28, pushing its total to 2,978,198,200 yen (about US$27 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.
"Tenmei-hen" (Karma Chapter), the fourth film in the Uchū Senkan Yamato 2202: Ai no Senshi-tachi (Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Warriors of Love or Star Blazers 2202: Warriors of Love) anime sequel project, opened on Saturday and ranked at #9 for the weekend. The film earned 54,018,500 yen (about US$498,000) at 29 theaters and topped the mini-theater ranking.
The film is part of a seven-film theatrical anime project. Nobuyoshi Habara (Fafner and Fafner EXODUS director, episode director and storyboard writer for Star Blazers 2199) is directing the new anime, and Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC original novel writer, screenplay for Harlock: Space Pirate) is writing and overseeing the scripts. In the fourth film, the crew of the Yamato suspect that there is a spy on board. The Yamato also reaches Telezart after many trials, but a defense fleet led by Gorand, as well as survival land war division are waiting for them.
Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: Oni-ō no Fukkatsu (Yo-kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King), the fourth film in the Yōkai Watch franchise, fell off the top ten chart in its seventh weekend. Similarly, the Mazinger Z: Infinity anime film fell off the top ten chart in its third weekend. 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 also fell off the top ten chart in its sixth weekend.