City Hunter Film Drops to #5, Code Geass to #6
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City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes, the new anime film adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo's City Hunter manga, dropped from #4 to #5 in its second weekend. The film earned 153,734,680 yen (about US$1.39 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 757,770,500 yen (about US$6.85 million).
Director Kenji Kodama, who has directed most of the previous City Hunter anime, returned as the chief director. Yoichi Kato (Aikatsu!, Yo-kai Watch, Monster Strike the Animation) penned the script. Kumiko Takahashi (Birdy the Mighty, Cardcaptor Sakura) was the character designer and Taku Iwasaki (Gurren Lagann, Gatchaman Crowds) composed the music. Sunrise animated the film. TM Network's song "Get Wild," the ending theme song for the first City Hunter television anime, was also the ending song for the film.
The new film moves the setting to present-day Shinjuku.
The Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch) sequel anime film dropped from #5 to #6 in its second weekend. The film earned 118,672,900 yen (about US$1.07 million) from Friday to Sunday, and has earned a cumulative total of 536,718,450 yen (about US$4.85 million).
The film ranked at #5 and earned earned 286.65 million yen (about US$2.59 million) in its opening weekend. Funimation will screen the film in North America on May 5 (subtitled), and on May 7-8 (dubbed).
Director Goro Taniguchi confirmed that many of the key staff members returned for the movie, and specifically emphasized that the story is complete in one film, which serves as a finale. Leo Ieiri performs the opening theme song "Kono Sekai de" (In This World), and Unione performs the ending theme song "Revive." In addition, Ali Project performs the insert song "Utsukushiki Kemonotachi no Tame no" (For the Beautiful Creatures).
The story begins in the world one year after Zero Requiem.
The live-action film of Tow Ubukata's Jūni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi (Twelve Children Who Want to Die) novel dropped from #7 to #9 in its fourth week. The film earned 76,204,800 yen (about US$689,200) from Friday to Sunday. The film has earned a cumulative total of 1,320,217,700 yen (about US$11.94 million).
The film opened in Japan on January 25, and earned 339,218,900 yen (about US$3.08 million) to rank #2 in its opening weekend.
The story is a locked-room mystery where 12 kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is. The novel was nominated for the Naoki Prize for 2016.
Yukihiko Tsutsumi (live-action 20th Century Boys, Beck, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) directed the film, and Yutaka Kuramochi wrote the script. Filming took place from late July to late August. Utena Kobayashi composed the music. The Royal Concept performed the film's theme song "On Our Way."
Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case.2 First Guardian, the second of the Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System film trilogy, ranked at #11 in its opening weekend.
Naoyoshi Shiotani directed the film with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami. Production I.G is animating all three films and Toho is distributing.
The third film, Psycho-Pass Sinners of the System Case.3 Onshū no Kanata ni ____ (In the Realm Beyond Is ____), will open in Japan on March 8. Naoyoshi Shiotani is again directing the film, with a screenplay by Makoto Fukami. The films will will also have 4D screenings with both 4DX and MX4D in Japan.