I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Anime Opens at #10, Gintama 2 Stays at #2
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shin'ichirō Ushijima directed the film and wrote the script, while Yūichi Oka was the chief animation director and character designer. Hiroko Sebu composed the music. Studio VOLN (Idol Incidents, Ushio & Tora) produced the animation.
The novel's story is told from the point of view of an unnamed protagonist who happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family who knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.
Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, stayed at #2 in its third week. The film sold 256,000 tickets for 308 million yen (about US$2.77 million) over the weekend. The film has sold a total number of 1.88 million tickets, and has earned a cumulative total of 2,439,699,300 yen (about US$21.96 million).
The film opened in Japan on August 17 in 345 theaters. The film earned over 800 million yen (about US$7.27 million) from Friday to Sunday to rank #1 in its opening weekend. The movie sold 215,903 tickets for 279,910,100 yen (about US$2.54 million) on that Friday, 190,682 tickets for 260,606,100 yen (about US$2.37 million) on Saturday, and 194,210 tickets for 267,002,200 yen (about US$2.43 million) on Sunday.
The film's story covers both the "Shinsengumi Crisis" and the "Shogun Reception" arcs, the latter of which features the introduction of the Shogun. The film stars Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, and Masaki Okada as Kotarō Katsura.
The first film opened in Japan last July, and it earned 980 million yen (US$8.9 million) in its first four days. Well Go USA released the first film on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, and Digital HD on March 6.
The Gekijōban Nanatsu no Taizai: Tenkū no Torawarebito (The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky) anime film dropped off the top 10 in its third weekend. The film still earned 51,475,900 yen (about US$463,800) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 549,019,700 yen (about US$4.94 million).
Non Non Biyori Vacation, the anime film of Atto's Non Non Biyori manga, remained at #1 in the Japanese mini-theater rankings in its second week. The film opened on August 25. The first episode of the Tennis no Ōjisama BEST GAMES!! (Prince of Tennis BEST GAMES!!) original video anime (OVA) project remained at #2 in the mini-theater rankings in its second week. The OVA began its limited two-week screening in Japan on August 24.