Is the Order a Rabbit?? Anime’s Special Episode Opens at #4
Goch?mon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister — the new special episode for the anime Is the order a rabbit? (Goch?mon wa Usagi Desu ka?) anime — ranked at #4 for tickets sold in its opening weekend of November 11-12 on the Japanese box office chart. The film screened in 40 theaters in Japan, and sold 79,000 tickets to earn 102 million yen (about US$899,907). The film’s per-screen average was 2.55 million yen (about US$22,497). The film is expected to earn 500 million yen (about US$4.41 million).
Hiroyuki Hashimoto returned to direct the episode, but at the animation studio production doA instead of Kinema Citrus and WHITE FOX (the studios behind the previous television seasons). The original manga’s creators Koi and Hiroyuki Hashimoto are credited with the original story concept and script, and Yousuke Okuda returned as the character designer. Ruka Kawada also returned to compose the music. The episode features a returning cast.
The Eiga Kirakira ? Precure a la Mode: Paris to! Omoide no Mille-Feuille! (Kirakira ☆ Precure a la Mode the Movie: With Paris! Mille-Feuille of Memories) anime film dropped from #4 to #6 in its third weekend. In the anime’s story, the Precure members go to France as part of a cooking competition. The film is related to the Kirakira ? Precure a la Mode television anime, the 14th entry in the Precure series, that premiered in February.
The film had earned a cumulative 450 million yen (about US$3.9 million) as of November 5.
The live-action film of Sh?ichi As?‘s Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) manga fell from #7 to #9 in its fourth weekend at the box office. The film had earned a cumulative total of 680,190,600 yen (about US$5.9 million) as of November 5. Y?ichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store, Gintama) directed the film. The original manga and film follow the everyday life of Kusuo Saiki, a 16-year-old high school student who also has psychic powers.
The live-action film of Kazune Kawahara‘s Sensei! manga dropped from #8 to #10 in its third weekend. The film, titled Sensei! …Suki ni Natte mo Ii desu ka? (Teacher! …Is it All Right For Me to Like You?), is expected to earn more than 1 billion yen (US$8.8 million) in total. The film had earned a cumulative total of 362,101,600 (about US$3.1 million) as of November 5. Toma Ikuta (Akihabara @ DEEP‘s Box, Bokura ga Ita/We Were There‘s Motoharu Yano) plays Kōsaku Itō, a high school teacher, while Suzu Hirose (The Boy and The Beast‘s Kaede, live-action Chihayafuru‘s Chihaya, live-action Your Lie in April‘s Kaori) plays Hibiki Shimada, a girl who falls in love with Kōsaku.
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower, the first film in the Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel anime film trilogy, fell from the top 10 list in its fifth weekend.
The Gekij?ban Haikara-san ga T?ru Zenpen – Benio, Hana no 17-sai film opened on November 11 but didn’t rank in the top 10.
The live-action film adaptation of Kiriko Nananan‘s Kabocha to Mayonnaise (Pumpkin and Mayonnaise) manga opened at #5 on the mini-theater rankings for the weekend. The manga focuses on the relationship between Tsuchida and Seiichi, a couple living together trying to make ends meet. Seiichi is a musician and songwriter in a band that dreams big, and Tsuchida works at a clothing store to support them, but sometimes still thinks about her ex-boyfriend Hagio. Tsuchida follows the lead of a friend to work at a hostess bar for extra money, but gives in to the sexual advances of a client. When Seiichi finds out, the couple begin to grow more distant, especially after Hagio’s sudden re-entry into Tsuchida’s life.