Inuyashiki

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Inuyashiki
Inuyashiki v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Inuyashiki
いぬやしき
Genre Science fiction
Manga
Written by Hiroya Oku
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Kodansha Comics USA (print)
Crunchyroll (digital)
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Evening
Original run January 2014July 2017
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
Written by Hiroshi Seko
Music by Yoshihiro Ike
Studio MAPPA
Licensed by Amazon (streaming)
Original network Fuji TV (Noitamina)
Original run October 12, 2017scheduled
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Inuyashiki (いぬやしき) is a Japanese science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Inuyashiki debuted in the January 2014 issue of Kodansha's seinen manga magazine, Evening. As of May 2017, nine compilation volumes have been published.[1]

Plot

Inuyashiki Ichiro is an elderly, friendless man with an uncaring family. One fateful evening, he is struck by a mysterious explosion in a public park, which is of extraterrestrial origin, and his body is replaced by an incredibly powerful, but still outwardly human, mechanical body. He quickly realizes the extent of his body's powers, and after saving a homeless man being beaten by a pack of teenagers, he decides to dedicate himself to doing good, using his powers to heal those with incurable diseases and fight crime.

However, a teenager who was with him at the time of the explosion, Shishigami Hiro, had the same fate as Ichiro, but unlike Inuyashiki, Shishigami becomes a sociopath who goes about using his new found abilities to murder people, from classmates that annoy him to innocent families, including young children, just for amusement. His acts of merciless cruelty brings him the attention of the police, who can do nothing to stop him, even as it does not take long for Hiro to become the most wanted and dangerous criminal in the country. The series then keeps following these two different individuals who once shared the same, bizarre experience, as their paths are destined to clash, and in the end, their ultimate fates.

Characters

Ichirō Inuyashiki (犬屋敷 壱郎, Inuyashiki Ichirō)
Voiced by: Fumiyo Kohinata[2]
Hiro Shishigami (獅子神 皓, Shishigami Hiro)
Voiced by: Nijirō Murakami[2]
Naoyuki Andō
Voiced by: Kanata Hongou[3]
Mari Inuyashiki
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka[4]
Shion Watanabe
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi[4]

Media

Manga

Kodansha's American subsidiary, Kodansha Comics, are publishing the manga in English.[5] Crunchyroll published the manga in a digital format.[6] The manga will end in its 10th volume.[7]

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA has been announced and will begin airing on October 12, 2017, as well as a live-action film adaptation in 2018.[8] The anime series' opening theme will be "My Hero", performed by Japanese rock band Man with a Mission.[2] The ending theme "Ai wo Oshietekureta Kimi e" (To You Who Taught Me Love) is performed by the band Qajiff.[4]

Reception

Volume 2 reached the 18th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts[9] and, as of November 2, 2014, has sold 76,886 copies;[10] volume 3 reached the 15th place and, as of March 1, 2015, has sold 74,974 copies.[11] Due to underwhelming sales in Japan, Oku is said to only be eyeing the completion of ten volumes of the manga in total.[12] In the ninth volume, it was confirmed that ten volumes would be the final total. [13]

It was one of the Jury Selections of the Manga Division at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.[14] It was also picked as a nominee for Best Comic for the 44th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival held in 2017.[15]

References

  1. ^ "いぬやしき(9)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Inuyashiki Anime's Promo Video Reveals Cast, Man With a Mission Theme Song". Anime News Network. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Inuyashiki Anime Adds Kanata Hongou to Cast". Anime News Network. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "Inuyashiki Anime Reveals More Cast, Ending Theme Song". Anime News Network. September 21, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Kodansha USA Adds Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE, Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral, L DK, Inuyashiki Manga". Anime News Network. October 12, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Inuyashiki Manga by Gantz Creator". Anime News Network. May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Gantz's Hiroya Oku to End Inuyashiki Manga in Volume 10". Anime News Network. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Inuyashiki Manga By Gantz's Hiroya Oku Gets TV Anime, Live-Action Film Adaptations". Anime News Network. December 15, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 20-26". Anime News Network. October 29, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 27-November 2". Anime News Network. November 6, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 23-March 1". Anime News Network. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki Manga Planned for 10 Volumes". Anime News Network. March 24, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Gantz's Hiroya Oku to End Inuyashiki Manga in Volume 10". Anime News Network. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Giovanni's Island Film Wins Media Arts Award". Anime News Network. November 28, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Inuyashiki, Sunny, My Brother's Husband, Chiisakobee Nominated For Angoulême's Top Prize". Anime News Network. December 18, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 

External links

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