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Film Friday- Twin Star Exorcists

Film Friday- Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiaki Sukeno. The manga has been serialized in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine since October 2013, with individual chapters collected into twenty-four tankōbon volumes as of March 2021. The story revolves around Rokuro Enmado and Benio Adashino, a pair of young and talented exorcists, who (according to a prophecy) are destined to marry and have a child that will be the ultimate exorcist.

The series was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot, that ran from April 6, 2016 to March 29, 2017. The manga series has been licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, publishing the first volume in July 2015. A video game was developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PS Vita and released on January 26, 2017 in Japan.

As of December 2018, three light novels and two spin-off manga series have also been published and released in Japan.

Media

Anime

An anime television adaptation was announced on the January 2016 cover of Jump Square on December 4, 2015. The series is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and written by Naruhisa Arakawa, with animation by Studio Pierrot. Additionally, Shishō Igarashi is serving as assistant director, Kikuko Sadakata is designing the characters, and Itsuko Takeda is serving as chief animation director. The series’ first opening theme song is “Valkyrie -Ikusa Otome-” by Wagakki Band, while the first ending theme is “Eyes” by Hitomi Kaji. The second opening theme, “Re:Call”, is performed by the idol group i☆Ris, while the second ending theme, “Yadori-boshi” is performed by the two-man group Itowokashi. The third opening theme, “sync” is performed by lol, while the third ending theme “Hide & Seek” is performed by Girlfriend. The fourth opening theme, “Kanadeai” is performed by Itowokoashi, while the fourth ending theme “Hotarubi” is performed by Wagakki Band.

The series began airing on April 6, 2016 on TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations, and later on AT-X and ended on March 29, 2017 with 50 episodes aired. Animax Asia aired the series with English Subtitles. Crunchyroll is simulcastin the series worldwide outside of Asia, and also released the series on Blu-ray + DVD with an English dub. Part 1 (Episodes 1-13) has been released on July 24, 2018 with a collector’s box to store the later three parts, and Part 2 (Episodes 14-26) on September 18, 2018. Part 3 (Episodes 27-40) was released on November 13, 2018, and Part 4 (Episodes 41-50) on January 8, 2019. Chinese streaming site iQiyi has listed the series with fifty episodes.

The anime is licensed in North America and the United Kingdom by Crunchyroll, with home video distribution handled by Funimation in North America and by Anime Limited in the UK.

Video game

A video game adaptation of the series from Bandai Namco Entertainment was announced on September 3, 2016. The battle adventure game was released for PlayStation Vita, and features Rokuro as a playable character. It features an alternate setup with five different girls as candidates for the title of Twin Star, including Benio, Mayura, and three other characters designed exclusively for the game by original creator Yoshiaki Sukeno. The game was released to Japan on January 26, 2017.

Characters

Twin Star Exorcists

The Twin Star Exorcists are a couple of exorcists destined to be the parents of the “Miko”, the reincarnation of Abe no Seimei and the ultimate exorcist that is said to be capable of cleansing every kind of evil spirit. The Twin Star Exorcists also have a special, exclusive ability called “Resonance”, that allows them to combine their forces to increase the power of their attacks or access abilities that no other exorcist possess. It is also revealed that the Twin Stars are not proper exorcists, but rather “Vessels” made by Abe no Semei and Ashiya Doman. They do not have guardian spirits, but rather their powers come from the entire world around them. The Male Twin star, made by Semei, is a vessel for the Yang energy and the Female Twin Star, made by Doman, is a vessel for the Yin energy. Both energies normally act as polar opposites to each other, but it is only through a fusion of both powers that the Miko is born, who is not a reincarnation of any spirit, but rather an embodiment of the two powers in one form.

Rokuro Enmado
The main protagonist. A brash and headstrong 14-year old exorcist who once motivated to be the strongest and cleanse all Kegare and sins. Rokuro was found by Seigen in Magano when he was 6 and had no memory of his past, after which Ryougo took him in. However, Yuuto Ijika caused a tragedy at the Hiinatsuki Dormitory which forced Rokuro in taking the lives of his friends who had been forcibly corrupted. Following this, his right arm was corrupted as well and became part Impurity with great offensive power. This tragedy made him nearly abandon exorcism until he met Benio, who inspires him to fight as an exorcist again. Despite not liking the idea of being her groom at first, he later develops feelings for her. During the time skip, Rokuro elevates in his studies and training, making him popular in high school. Rokuro becomes head of the former Adashino House on Tsuchimikado Island. In the climax of Kegare escaping into reality, Rokuro and Benio are rejoined after a long separation. Benio’s fate as an Impurity doesn’t change Rokuro’s feelings for her. The pair live peacefully on the island in the process of four years. Rokuro soon obtains a fragment of Yuto’s yang energy that slightly awakens his own transformation. After persuading the islanders to make an exception of Benio’s misconduct, she and Rokuro officially get married. In the manga, it is eventually revealed that the Twin stars are not truly human, and Rokuro is a vessel for Yang energy. He was created by Abe no Seimei, in other words her son, so it appears as though his Guardian Spirit is Seimei, but in reality neither him nor Benio has a Guardian spirit. In the anime, he is actually the Hajo-ó (Cataclysm King or Star Destroyer King), an extremely powerful Impurity created by Abe no Seimei who is destined to wipe out humanity should they become a threat to the world.
Benio Adashino
The main heroine. A serious, 14-year old girl, she vowed to become the strongest exorcist and destroy all Kegare in order to avenge her parents’ death, who died protecting her. She wears a fox mask during battle. Upon meeting Rokuro she inspired him to return to being an exorcist, and despite not agreeing with the idea of becoming his bride, she secretly admires him for his tenacity, claiming that it is his sole redeeming quality. Benio has a taste for Ohagi. She admired her brother Yuuto until she learns his true colors. She loses both of her legs in the battle against Yuuto, but in the process, gets Impurity legs as replacements from Kamui (like Rokuro’s arm) increasing her speed abilities to fight beside Rokuro. After the time skip, both seem to have become even closer with Benio silently noting that she has fallen in love with him. When receiving Sayo’s enchantment, Benio’s guardian appears to be of a dark entity that rivals with the Basara Impurity and is revealed by Kuzunoha to be Ashiya Doman, Abe no Seimei’s archrival. She later loses her ability to exorcise and decides to stay while Rokuro leaves to Tsuchimikado Island ahead of her, but before that, she confirms her love for him and kisses him for the first time. She later learns from Chinu, the first impurity, that she has not actually lost her powers, but is awakening her real powers instead; the powers of Yin, as Benio is not a human, but an Impurity in a human’s skin. Experiencing the oppression of past Lunas and noticing a weren’t beside them, Benio unlocks her Impurity transformation and rejoins Rokuro just in time for their rematch against Yuuto. After the second time skip, Benio, gains an eyepatch similar to Yuto’s. Benio’s secret is eventually expose and place in custody. Rokuro busted her out and convinces the exorcist community to trust Benio again and accept their marriage.

 

 

Manga Monday- Twin Star Exorcists

Manga Monday- Twin Star Exorcists

Twin Star Exorcists is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiaki Sukeno. The manga has been serialized in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine since October 2013, with individual chapters collected into twenty-four tankōbon volumes as of March 2021. The story revolves around Rokuro Enmado and Benio Adashino, a pair of young and talented exorcists, who (according to a prophecy) are destined to marry and have a child that will be the ultimate exorcist.

The series was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot, that ran from April 6, 2016 to March 29, 2017. The manga series has been licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, publishing the first volume in July 2015. A video game was developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PS Vita and released on January 26, 2017 in Japan.

As of December 2018, three light novels and two spin-off manga series have also been published and released in Japan.

Plot

Rokuro Enmado is a young boy who used to be a powerful aspiring exorcist, before a tragic incident left his friends dead and made him abandon the profession. One day, he has a fateful encounter with Benio Adashino, a girl around his age and a well known exorcist from the east. According to a prophecy, Rokuro and Benio are the “Twin Star Exorcists” and are destined to marry and have a child known as the “Miko” which will be the ultimate exorcist, capable of cleansing all evil spirits (Kegare) from the world and ending the war that has lasted over a millennium.

Reception

Volume 1 reached 11th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts, with 29,527 copies sold; volume 2 reached 23rd place, with 30,734 copies; volume 3 reached 46th place, with 38,835 copies; volume 4 reached 24th place, with 37,900 copies; volume 5 also reached 24th place, with 47,489 copies; volume 6 reached 32nd place, with 48,029 copies; volume 7 reached 20th place, with 48,762 copies; and volume 8 reached 11th place, with 56,947 copies.

Volume 3 of the English translation appeared on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list for two non-consecutive weeks, first at 8th place and then at 6th.

Media

Manga

Yoshiaki Sukeno began serializing the manga in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine on October 4, 2013. A special chapter was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in April 2016.

Viz Media licensed the series for publication in North America, with the first volume released on July 7, 2015.

Spin-offs

The first spin-off manga series, Sōsei no Onmyōji: SD Nyoritsuryō!! is a comedy spin-off comic, written by koppy and supervised by Yoshiaki Sukeno. It is published at the official website of the original manga, as well as the magazine Saikyō Jump. The content of this manga is canon, showing personalities of many characters. The compiled volume was published and released on March 3, 2017 in Japan.

The second spin-off manga series, Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko: Nishoku Kokkeiga is a manga adaptation of the light novel Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko, written and illustrated by the same authors. The back-story focuses on the characters, Seigen Amawaka and Yukari Otomi. The spin-off series was launched by Yoshiaki Sukeno on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ website on August 27, 2018. The compiled volume was published on December 4, 2018 in Japan.

Light novels

As of December 2018, three light novel adaptations have been published and released by Shueisha under its JUMP j-BOOKS imprint. The light novels are titled in the following order; Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko, Sōsei no Onmyōji: Shiga Kenbyaku and Sōsei no Onmyōji: Santen Haja. Each novel features a back-story from the perspective of different characters from the main series, serving as prologues to the main story. The light novels are written by Hajime Tanaka and supervised by Yoshiaki Sukeno.