Uirabu, Godzilla, Zoku Owarimonogatari, Anemone Films Open in Top 10
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The live-action film adaptation of Yukimo Hoshimori's Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- (Uirabu.: Story of Innocent Love) manga sold 143,000 tickets and earned 170 million yen (about US$1.49 million) in its opening weekend. That is 265.3% higher than the opening weekend box office of Honey (another shōjo manga-based film starring Shō Hirano which opened on March 31) and 239.2% higher than Marmalade Boy (another shōjo manga-based film starring Hinako Sakurai which opened on April 28). Uirabu. -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi- opened last Friday in 215 theaters.
Hoshimori launched the manga in Sho-Comi in 2015, and ended it in July 2017. Shogakukan published the manga's 10th and final compiled book volume in November 2017. The series has more than 1 million copies in print as of August 2017.
The Eiga Hugtto! Precure ♡ Futari wa Precure All Stars Memories crossover film dropped from #3 to #5 on its third weekend. The film earned 114,491,900 yen (about US$1 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 817,855,400 yen (about US$71.9 million).
The film opened in Japan on October 27, and it sold more than 300,000 tickets and earned more than 350 million yen (about US$3.13 million) in its first two days.
The film, with a theme of "memories," marks a revival of the "All Stars" film series, and also commemorates the overall franchise's 15th anniversary. The film features 55 Precures, and earned the Guinness World Record for "Most magical warriors in an anime film" on Saturday. The previous film in the "All Stars" series, Eiga Precure All Stars: Minna de Utau Kiseki no Mahō!, opened in Japan in March 2016. Crossover films after that were titled Eiga Precure Dream Stars! and Precure Super Stars!.
The film opened in 158 theaters theaters last Friday. The film also closed out the Tokyo International Film Festival, which ran from October 25 to November 3 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi, and the Hibiya Step Square.
The website describes the film's story in English:
20,000 years into the future, the Earth is ruled by Godzilla. Pitted against him are the straggling remnants of the human race. The final chapter, Godzilla: The Planet Eater, finds the Mechagodzilla city, the peak of scientific evolution and mankind's best hope, burned to cinders. Godzilla Earth reigns supreme but he has one more challenge: the winged creature, KING GHIDORAH.
Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare and other Detective Conan movies, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin, Knights of Sidonia) directed the films at Polygon Pictures. Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass) of Nitroplus is credited with the story concept and screenplay. Urobuchi was also responsible for series composition with Yūsuke Kozaki.
The anime adaptation of NisiOisin's Zoku Owarimonogatari novel ranked at #7 in its opening weekend, and also ranked at #1 in the mini-theater ranking. The film opened in 30 theaters in Japan last Saturday.
The novel series centers on Koyomi Araragi, a loner and failing student. One day, his classmate Hitagi Senjōgahara falls into his arms accidentally, and he discovers that Hitagi literally weighs nothing. According to her, she has had this problem since the first year of high school. After Koyomi helps out with her supernatural problem, Koyomi then meets other girls who are all troubled by some manner of supernatural "oddity."
Aniplex of America is releasing the anime adaptations of the Monogatari Series in North America. The Owarimonogatari Second Season anime special, the most recent anime in the franchise, tackles the third Owarimonogatari novel. The anime premiered in a two-day television special in August 2017. Aniplex of America streamed the special on Crunchyroll.
Anemone: Kōkyōshihen Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (Anemone: Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution), the second film in the Eureka Seven: Hi - Evolution film trilogy. ranked #9 in its opening weekend. The film opened in Japan last Saturday in 107 theaters.
For the first time in the Eureka Seven franchise, the film is set in Tokyo. The film centers on Anemone, a girl who lost her father in a battle in Tokyo seven years prior to the film's story, leaving her with only her stuffed toy Gulliver, and the AI concierge Dominikids for emotional support. Now she is a key part of a strategy by the experimental unit "Acid" to combat the seventh Eureka, "Eureka Seven," an enemy of humanity that has killed 2.6 billion people. Driven to the brink, all of humanity entrusts its hope to Anemone as she dives deep into the interior of Eureka Seven.
The staff remained mostly the same as the first film, but added Takuhito Kusanagi and Fumihiro Katagai as designers. Shigeru Fujita and Ayumi Kurashima remain credited as character animation director, but were also credited as sub-character designers. Kenta Yokoya was credited as mechanical animation director and design works, while previous mechanical animation director Shingo Abe was credited as one of the main animators, alongside Hideki Kakita, Shuichi Kaneko, Ken Ootsuka, and Nobuaki Nagano.
The first film opened in September 2017, and the third film is slated to open in 2019.
The Laws of the Universe: Part 1, Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files, and Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202's Kaisei-hen film all fell off the top 10 this week. Kaisei-hen still earned 15,461,800 yen (about US$136,000) from Friday to Sunday, and the film has earned a cumulative total of 108,771,000 yen (about US$956,900).
In addition, the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer anime film also opened in China last Friday. With the addition of the weekend earnings in China, the film has now earned 10 billion yen worldwide (about US$87 million). Voice actor Tohru Furuya revealed the number at his SHOWROOM live stream on Monday. The 4D screenings for the film began in Japan on October 19, and the film has earned a cumulative total of 221,466,600 yen (about US$1.95 million) in Japan alone.