Bloody Monday (manga)

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Bloody Monday
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Cover of volume 1 of the Japanese version of Bloody Monday
ブラッデイ・マンデイ
(Buraddi Mandei)
Genre Psychological thriller, Mystery, Science fiction, Horror
Manga
Written by Ryumon Ryo
Illustrated by Megumi Kouji
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 20072009
Volumes 11
Television drama
Directed by Hirano Shunichi
Network TBS
Original run October 11, 2008December 20, 2008
Episodes 11
Manga
Bloody Monday Season2 ~Pandora no Hako~
Written by Ryumon Ryo
Illustrated by Megumi Koji
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 2009June 2011
Volumes 8
Manga
Bloody Monday Final Season
Written by Ryumon Ryo
Illustrated by Megumi Koji
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run July 14, 2011May 2012
Volumes 4
Television drama
Bloody Monday Season2 ~Pandora no Hako~
Directed by Hirano Shunichi
Network TBS
Original run January 23, 2010March 20, 2010
Episodes 9
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Bloody Monday (Japanese: ブラッディ・マンデイ Hepburn: Buraddi Mandei?) is a Japanese manga series written by Ryumon Ryo and illustrated by Megumi Koji. The series had been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine by Kodansha from April 2007 to May 2009, with individual chapters collected into eleven tankōbon volume as of May 15, 2009,[1] and a total of 96 chapters altogether. The manga has also been adapted into a drama series, which aired on October 11, 2008, starring Haruma Miura. The second season of the manga began in Weekly Shōnen Magazine number 46 released on October 14, 2009,[2] and the second season of the drama adaption began airing on January 23, 2010.[3] Kodansha's USA division released the first volume in June 2011.[4]

Plot[edit]

A Russian spy is found murdered in Japan, with the only clue to the reasons for his death being a memory chip he managed to hide from his murderer. The Third-I branch of the Public Security Intelligence Agency recruit Fujimaru Takagi, a brilliant hacker known as "Falcon", to decode the chip, which contains a video file documenting a viral outbreak in Russia where thousands are killed, known as the Christmas Massacre.

Things become further complicated when Fujimura's father, a high-ranking official within Third-I, is falsely accused of murdering his superior when he receives further information related to the Christmas Massacre, and the code name "Bloody Monday".

The terrorist Maya Orihara, who was responsible for the incident in Russia, is now in Tokyo in order to recover the memory stick to stop Third-I from knowing the truth of a terrorist plot in Japan. She goes under cover as a teacher at Fujimaru Takagi's High School. From there it becomes difficult for Fujimaru to determine who he can trust as he uses his high-level hacking skills to try to save the country and unravel the mystery of Bloody Monday and the cult behind it.

Characters[edit]

Fujimaru Takagi (高木 藤丸 Takagi Fujimaru?)
A 2nd year high school student and a member of the Newspaper Club. Unknown to everyone (but his father, the PSIA, and the Newspaper Club), he is also Falcon, a hacker prodigy who hacks into corrupt people's computers and brings their crimes to light. His remarkable computer skills are a legacy from his deceased mother, who taught Fujimaru how to use a computer before her death. In the second season, Fujimaru is shown be living a relatively normal life - working at a cafe, and studying to pass the college entrance exams, which he had failed once - on purpose, as Otoya put it. He seemed to have put his hacking days behind him due to the events that occurred during Bloody Monday. It was later revealed that he was actually still working for Third-I as a hacker, and that his cafe manager was also a member of Third-I. However in Season 2, he ends up preventing a plane from crashing into the National Diet building, a nuclear meltdown and also the handing over of Pandora Box to the terrorists. In season 2, it is shown that he had been introduced to hacking through Peter Pan (who is one of the terrorists). In the end of Season 2 he develops romantic feelings for Hibiki. Portrayed by: Haruma Miura (TV drama)
Hibiki Mizusawa (水沢 響 Mizusawa Hibiki?)
She is one of the 8 identical humans that created from genetic material collected from the male and female agents with the top results over three generations of agents who have gone through the facility. She develops romantic feelings for Fujimaru after she was told by Fujimaru that she is not just a clone but an individual. And later in Season 2 it appears that she and Fujimaru are in relationship.
Maya Orihara (折原 マヤ Orihara Maya?)
She was the one who purchased the "Bloody-X" virus in Russia and was responsible for the Christmas Massacre. Upon returning to Japan, she went undercover as a biology teacher in Mishiro Academy High School in order to observe Fujimaru Takagi. She shows that she is a cold and calculating killer who doesn't care who has to die to achieve her objective. She is revealed to be hired mercenary for the main terrorist group and is only interested in the money promised to her for the job. She survives the entire incident as a whole, but was unable to receive the fortune she was expecting, much to her anger and surprise. She makes a reappearance in the second season, working for an as-yet unknown group opposed to the main antagonists, causing her to lend support to a very wary Fujimaru.Portrayed by: Michiko Kichise (TV drama)
Otoya Kujō (九条 音弥 Kujō Otoya?)
A 3rd year student, President of the Newspaper Club, and very skilled archer, having placed 2nd at the national level. He is Fujimaru's childhood friend and "back up" - having been told about every exploit Fujimaru Takagi accomplishes as Falcon. He was the only one outside of Third-I that knew about Fujimaru's supreme hacking skills at the start of the series, and was the one that told the Newspaper Club (with Fujimaru's permission) about the Takagi's work. Throughout the first season, it was revealed that he likes Fujimaru's younger sister, Haruka. He is actually the grandson of the Minister of Justice, Masamune Kujō. It is later revealed that "J" is his half-brother, and in the end, gains a long-awaited opportunity to see his parents, whom he was taken away from by his grandfather. Otoya returns in the second season, now a college student.Portrayed by: Takeru Sato (TV drama)
Ryūnosuke Takagi (高木 竜之介 Takagi Ryūnosuke?)
Fujimaru's father works for the Public Security Intelligence Agency under its secret Third Division, aka Third-I, as its Vice Director. He was framed for the murder of Director Okita, and was on the run for some time as he sought to unravel the mysteries of "Bloody Monday." He is eventually found innocent, though he suffers several injuries during the series. In the second season, Ryūnosuke has gone undercover in a cult group he had infiltrated eight years ago in order to prevent a terrorist attack which has the potential to dwarf the "Bloody Monday" threat. He dies in Season 2 while trying to slow down the terrorists. He was a double agent and was known as 'Beast' among the terrorists led by Alexei (the shooter of the magic bullet) Portrayed by: Tetsushi Tanaka (TV drama)
Aoi Asada (朝田 あおい Asada Aoi?)
A 2nd year and the Vice-president of the Newspaper Club. She is Fujimaru's father's apprentice in karate, and is a very skilled fighter. She seems to have a slight crush on Fujimaru and often flirts with him. Asada too returns in the second season, having now been accepted in karate college though the bullet wound she suffered from Orihara from the "Bloody Monday" incident left a grave scar on her leg. It has also been shown that she is being left in the dark about "Falcon"'s continued activities. Portrayed by: Fujii Mina (TV drama)
Mako Anzai (安斎 真子 Anzai Mako?)
A 1st year and a member of the Newspaper Club. She is a fan of the hacker Falcon. After discovering that Fujimaru was him, she gained a slight crush, more of an obessesion, with him. It is later revealed that she is actually "K", who is the mastermind behind the terrorist cult responsible for the "Bloody Monday" event. When the leader of the cult is killed shortly after having escaped from prison, she takes control of the group and sets the final events in motion. However, she is betrayed and killed by her assistant Judas as the final hour grows near. Despite her being "K" and having intentions to destroy Tokyo, her death was particularly hard for Fujimaru to take, who continues to feel some regret over it in the second season.Portrayed by: Eri Tokunaga (TV drama)
Hide Tachikawa (立川 英 Tachikawa Hide?)
A 2nd year and a member of the Newspaper Club. He seems to be most naive and the least intelligent of the club, but he tries to help Fujimaru in anyway he can. He lives with his father, stepmother, and stepbrother. It turns out that his stepmother and her brother are members of the terrorist cult. He dies after learning of his stepfamily's secret affiliations, due to being infected by the "Bloody-X" virus by his stepmother. It is presumed his father was shot by his stepmother, as part of cleaning up loose ends. Portrayed by: Masahiro Hisano (TV drama)
Haruka Takagi (高木 遥 Takagi Haruka?)
Fujimaru's younger sister by two years. She suffers from kidney failure, requiring dialysis about every three days. Haruka seems to have a slight crush on Otoya. In the second season, she is shown to be much healthier, due to having been given a home dialysis machine from Otoya and his grandfather, allowing her to receive the treatment while she sleeps. She is often kept in the dark about events concerning Fujimaru and her father, for fear of the emotional stress impacting her health. Portrayed by: Umika Kawashima (TV drama)

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