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, 2017 – present
Episodes 6
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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 and ended in July 2017. Ten 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]
Played by: Noritake Kinashi
The head of Inuyashiki family who looks older than his age, being 58 years old. He has no friends and is disrespected by his family with the only thing he trusts being his dog Hanako. He was on the verge of death, but after being struck by a meteor he was transformed into a cyborg. Not wanting to lose his humanity, he fights to save those in trouble.
Hiro Shishigami (獅子神 皓, Shishigami Hiro)
Voiced by: Nijirō Murakami[2]
Played by: Takeru Satoh
A teenager who was with Inuyashiki when a terrestrial beings struck them to death. He also became a cyborg, but instead he takes pleasure in killing people which, according to him, keeps him human. The only people he cares about are Andō, his mother, and later Shion.
Naoyuki Andō (安堂 直行, Andō Naoyuki)
Voiced by: Kanata Hongō[3]
Played by: Kanata Hongō
Hiro's childhood friend who initially shut himself in at home after being bullied at their school. He is the only one whom Hiro told about his cyborg body and wanting to stop his friend from killing, he teamed up with Inuyashiki.
Mari Inuyashiki (犬屋敷 麻理, Inuyashiki Mari)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka[4]
Played by: Ayaka Miyoshi
Inuyashiki's teenage daughter and a classmate of both Hiro and Andō. She secretly wants to become a mangaka.
Shion Watanabe (渡辺 しおん, Watanabe Shion)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi[4]
Played by: Fumi Nikaido
A classmate of Hiro who has a crush on him. She sheltered Hiro at her home after he first escaped from the police, and become another woman that Hiro loved.

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 ended in its 10th volume.[7]

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA began airing on October 12, 2017 and a live-action film adaptation has been announced for 2018.[8] The anime series' opening theme is "My Hero", performed by Japanese rock band Man with a Mission.[2] The ending theme "Ai o Oshietekureta Kimi e" (愛を教えてくれた君へ, lit. "To You Who Taught Me Love") is performed by the band Qajiff.[4] Amazon has licensed the series and is streaming it online on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and overseas. It is also streaming it on Anime Strike in the United States.[9]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1 "Ichirō Inuyashiki"
"Inuyashiki Ichirō" (犬屋敷壱郎) 
October 12, 2017
Salaryman Inuyashiki Ichirou feels trapped within his humdrum life and ageing body, automatically going through his workday routines. When he takes his wife and children to their new modest home, the children are unimpressed. After a visit to the doctor where he is diagnosed with stomach cancer and given 3 months to live, he is unable to tell his self-absorbed family. One evening, while walking his dog in a park on a hill, he breaks down and cries. Suddenly he and a youth standing nearby are struck by a mysterious explosion apparently of extraterrestrial origin. His body is replaced by an incredibly powerful, but still outwardly human, mechanical body. He realizes some of his body's powers after saving a homeless man being beaten by a pack of teenagers. The electronics within his body also manages to identify and expose the teenagers. He then realizes that even though his body is now an electromechanical cyborg, he still thinks and feels like a human. 
2 "Hiro Shishigami"
"Shishigami Hiro" (獅子神皓) 
October 19, 2017
Student Hiro Shishigami remarks that one of his friends, Naoyuki Andou, has been absent from school and goes to visit him. Hiro talks about the spate of recent slashing murders, jokingly accusing Naoyuki. He then reveals that he is no longer human and demonstrates some of his powers. Naoyuki is impressed until Hiro causes cars to start crashing in the street and realizes they are not just tricks. Hiro reveals his cyborg body and convinces Naoyuki to return to school, calmly offering to kill the student who beat him up. Naoyuki however is fearful about Hiro's mental state and powers of his old school friend. After leaving, Hiro picks a house at random and casually kills the occupants by shooting an invisible beam. His remarks that he feels 'alive'. When the daughter comes home, he threatens to kill her, and Inuyashiki hears her screams of fear. He drives, following the voice he hears in his head, until, while stopped in traffic, hears her die. He finally arrives at the house, finding the bodies, but is confronted by Hiro who shoots him. As Hiro leaves however, Inuyashiki has already recovered and stands at the doorway, much to Hiro's amazement. 
3 "Naoyuki Ando"
"Andō Naoyuki" (安堂直行) 
October 26, 2017
Surprised at Inuyashiki's recovery, Hiro uses the jets in his back to fly off. Inuyashiki realizes that Hiro has undergone the same transformation as him but cannot understand his motivation. Hiro again visits Naoyuki who still refuses to return to school. Meanwhile, Inuyashiki sees some thugs take a young man into an alley. He follows them and beats them up using only his physical strength. He then hears the voices of people trapped in a building on fire, and tries to envoke the flying mechanism he saw Hiro use. Desperately trying he sings the Astro Boy theme song and takes off but has difficulty controlling the jets. He eventually reaches the scene, rescuing those trapped inside. His remarks that he feels 'so happy'. Hiro finally convinces Naoyuki to return to school, but when the bullies threaten him, Hiro intervenes and forces them to back off. Later that afternoon he kills four of the boys at a distance as Naoyuki watches. Hiro describes his many powers, including control over electronic devices, including milking an ATM. Naoyuki then says he can no longer be friends with someone who kills and steals, and Hiro walks off. That evening Inuyashiki discovers his healing power when he revives a cat that had been run over and thanks God. Meanwhile Hiro again enters a house at random and kills all the occupants. 
4 "Samejima"
"Samejima" (鮫島) 
November 2, 2017
A Yakuza is humiliated by his boss Samejima for death of a woman from a drug overdose. Elsewhere, Fumino Inoue, a young woman working in a cafe becomes engaged to her boyfriend Satoru, but she is abducted on the way home by Samejima's men. She is injected with drugs but wounds Samejima and manages to escape and return home to Satoru. Before they can act, Samejima and his men burst into their apartment to take Fumino. Samejima begins to choke Satoru, but suddenly Inuyashiki arrives at the apartment, disables the men. Inuyashiki begins to crush Samejima who pulls a gun and shoots Inuyashiki in the head and he collapses. When Inuyashiki wakes up, he is alone in the apartment with the dead Satoru. He desperately tries to revive him and Satoru finally recovers. Meanwhile he traces Samejima and flies to find him at a Yakuza meeting. He calls out Samejima and beats him up. When the rest of the Yakuza fire volleys of bullets into Inuyashiki, his cyborg body's self-defense mechanism activates and rockets from his power pack blinds and maims the men, leaving them all crippled for life. He then tracks down Fumino and rescues her, telling her he is no-one special and reunites her with Satoru. 
5 "Yuko Shishigami"
"Shishigami Yūko" (獅子神優子) 
November 9, 2017
There are media reports of the attack on the Koudankai crime syndicate and that another home in the Suganami ward was attacked by a type of firearm but there was no sign of bullets. At school, Shishigami and Andou are suspected by the other students to be responsible for the deaths of Tetchan and the others. Andou tries to report Shishigami but cannot proceed. After reading about miraculous cures, Andou suspects Shishigami, but dismisses it, thinking there may be other like him with similar powers. In desperation he screams out that he is going to be killed, and Inuyashiki arrives at his door. When Inuyashiki admits who he is, Andou vows to help him stop Shishigami even if it means killing him. Fellow classmate, Shion Watanabe introduces herself to Shishigami but is too embarrassed to continue. That night Andou gets Inuyashiki to test his powers, but he has trouble controlling them. Meanwhile Shishigami's mother tells him she has cancer and only months to live. The next morning she finds that she has been miraculously cured, and Shishigami suggests they move to a better apartment with money he fortuitously obtained. Hiro vows to stop killing for his mother's sake. However, after the media report a breakthrough in the household murder cases, police surround Hiro's home and attempt to take him into custody. 
6 "People of 2 chan"
"nichan no hito tachi" (2chの人たち) 
November 16, 2017
Hiro escapes the grasp of the police and flees, taking refuge at Shion's house. Meanwhile, Andou tells Inuyashiki that Hiro has integrated his mobile phone into his electronics system and gets Inuyashiki to do the same. In testing the communication distance, Inuyashiki flies as high as an orbiting satellite. While laying low over the next few days, Hiro finds out that people are insulting his mother on 2chan. Ashamed at Hiro's actions and hounded by the media, his mother commits suicide. Distraught at his mother's death, Hiro goes to his father's house. Finding the media outside, he kills everybody in front of his father and then seeks revenge against everybody on 2channel who posted the insults. He starts by seeking the person responsible for starting the topic. Hiro kills him by hacking his computer and shooting him though his computer screen. He then traces all of the others who posted and kills them remotely in a similar way. 

Notes

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Anime Strike.

Reception

Volume 2 reached the 18th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts[10] and, as of November 2, 2014, has sold 76,886 copies;[11] volume 3 reached the 15th place and, as of March 1, 2015, has sold 74,974 copies.[12] Due to underwhelming sales in Japan, Oku is said to only be eyeing the completion of ten volumes of the manga in total.[13] In the ninth volume, it was confirmed that ten volumes would be the final total. [14]

It was one of the Jury Selections of the Manga Division at the 18th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards.[15] It was also picked as a nominee for Best Comic for the 44th annual Angoulême International Comics Festival held in 2017.[16]

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. ^ "Inuyashiki Anime's Trailer Previews Opening, Ending Themes". Anime News Network. October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 20-26". Anime News Network. October 29, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 27-November 2". Anime News Network. November 6, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 23-March 1". Anime News Network. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki Manga Planned for 10 Volumes". Anime News Network. March 24, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Gantz's Hiroya Oku to End Inuyashiki Manga in Volume 10". Anime News Network. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Giovanni's Island Film Wins Media Arts Award". Anime News Network. November 28, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Inuyashiki, Sunny, My Brother's Husband, Chiisakobee Nominated For Angoulême's Top Prize". Anime News Network. December 18, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 

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