Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero
|Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero|
Cover of the first Japanese light novel volume
(Hagure Yuusha no Esutetika)
|Genre||Romantic Comedy, Action, Fantasy, Harem, Ecchi|
|Written by||Tetsuto Uesu|
|Illustrated by||Tamago no Kimi|
|Published by||Hobby Japan|
|Original run||May 2010 – ongoing|
|Written by||Tetsuto Uesu|
|Illustrated by||Haiji Nakasone|
|Published by||Hobby Japan|
|Original run||January 20, 2012 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Rion Kujou|
|Music by||Kayo Konishi, Yukio Kondo (MOKA☆)|
|Network||AT-X, Tokyo MX|
|Original run||July 6, 2012 – September 21, 2012|
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (Japanese: はぐれ勇者の鬼畜美学 Hepburn: Hagure Yūsha no Esutetika?) is a Japanese light novel series by Tetsuto Uesu. A 12-episode anime adaptation by Arms aired between July and September, 2012. It has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America.
The story follows a world where several young men and women regularly find themselves spirited away to a world of sword and magic called Alayzard (アレイザード Areizādo?). Those who survive and return are typically gifted with magic abilities. An international training organization named Babel protects these young returnees and trains them in the use of their power. A wayward hero named Akatsuki has come back to his world, along with a beautiful girl called Myuu who is the daughter of the Last Dark Lord, whom he defeated in battle.
Japan BABEL High School
- Akatsuki Ousawa (鳳沢 暁月 Ōsawa Akatsuki?)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Japanese), Eric Vale (English)
- The male protagonist referred to as the "Rogue Hero". Akatsuki is a tall young man, with messy purple hair and blue eyes. He is usually seen wearing either the standard Babel uniform or gym clothes, while in Alayzard he wears a sleeveless medieval-style armour suit. Akatsuki came back to the real world after defeating the demon king (魔王 Maō) and becoming a hero in the alternate world of Alayzard (アレイザード Areizādo). He was entrusted by the Dark Lord with his daughter, Myuu whom Akatsuki brought back with him. Akatsuki began to attend Babel school along with Myuu (posing her as his long lost sister). He is usually very laid back and filled with confidence. Though generally kind, he is sometime viewed as perverted in nature. Akatsuki, unlike most Babel students, cannot use magic, since he did not learn or pick up any magic from the other world. However, he is a master of Renkankei-kikou, which controls the Chi (energy flow) of oneself, others and the surroundings environment. The full nature of this power has not been revealed. He was taught how to tap into this power while in the other world, Alayzard.
- Arms Device (or "AD" for short) are wristbands that are given to students during training. When an AD is worn, it conforms to the user's natural powers and abilities, and transforms into the weapon most suitable for the user. Akatsuki could not initially generate an AD because he only had one and it was not strong enough to withstand his power, but upon noticing that if he had more AD bands on (believing at first that his may be broken), his AD weapon finally manifests. So by gathering the AD wristbands of multiple students, he's finally able to form a huge, unusual sword with tremendous power, and the more AD wristbands he uses the more powerful it becomes, along with changing its shape. This other-dimensional sword, which is called "Laevateinn", has writings engraved upon it. Since discovering this new power, the Laevateinn, Akastuki has employed it regularly in battle. He also managed to control "Sleipnir", a supersonic motorcycle.
- Miu "Myuu" Ousawa (鳳沢 美兎 Ōsawa Miu "Myū"?)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), Felecia Angelle (English)
- The female protagonist and the Dark Lord's daughter, whom Akatsuki defeated and took with him to the real world by the Dark Lord's last dying request, to look after his daughter. Miu is portrayed as a sweet and innocent girl with pink hair that is usually in twin tails and who has green eyes. She's an attractive young girl of average height, who has notably large breasts, a running gag being her difficulty to find clothes large enough for her in the chest area. She pretends to be Akatsuki's little sister in school. Although initially Miu holds a hatred towards Akatsuki for killing her father, she gradually falls in love with him. Miu has a high level of magical skills, being able to generate Shield Magic without any effort and also use multiple magic spells - from different elements - at one time, and in rapid succession. Though she seems to favor using Air-type Magic, as most of her magical circles appear green in color. Miu's AD weapon takes the form of a staff with an elaborate head, called Holy Tin. So far she has only been shown using it as a blocking weapon. It is assumed this staff can aid Miu's magic as well.
- Kuzuha Doumoto (桐元 葛葉 Dōmoto Kuzuha?)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
- Kuzuha has green hair and blue eyes, short and slim in stature. She is the class rep for Class B and takes her job very seriously despite her age. While at first not liking Akatsuki, she grows closer to him, even developing a small crush, after he helped her regain confidence after being looked down upon by the Student Council. She is very young, as she was originally in grade school before being moved to the high school branch. She is very intelligent and that is her reason for being in high school. She is often teased about her height by Akatsuki. She is a close friend of Miu, along with most of the other girls in the story. Her element is Earth and her AD weapon of choice is a giant hammer.
- Chikage Izumi (五泉 千影 Izumi Chikage?)
- Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese), Ryan Reynolds (English)
- A classmate of Akatsuki's and Miu's. She is a friendly, tomboyish girl with short brown hair and amber eyes. She becomes friends with Miu immediately. She is also a lesbian, and admits this fact with no shame, though she develops a slight "liking" towards Akatsuki. Her element is Water and her AD weapon of choice is a longbow.
- Kenya Onizuka (鬼塚 剣哉 Onizuka Kenya?)
- Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Cris George (English)
- A problem classmate who was demoted from Class A. He does not get along with other students and tends to bully them. He initially holds a grudge towards Akatsuki during his first day of school, but later he stood up against Phil during the Babel's Ranking Tournament incident. His element is Fire and his AD weapon of choice is 2 pair of chakrams.
- Motoharu Kaidou (海堂 元春 Kaidō Motoharu?)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Abe (Japanese), Joel McDonald (English)
- The laid-back, troublemaker student who declared himself as "leftovers" of Class A. Despite meeting Akatsuki a few times, Kaidou declares himself Akatsuki's best friend and calls him "Akkii". He is implied to have ulterior motives, and be very powerful, but so far has refrained from confronting Akatsuki, who he believes has yet to reveal his true strength.
- Kyoya Hikami (氷神 京也 Hikami Kyōya?)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Jerry Jewell (English)
- The Student Council's President and boy with silver hair and blue eyes. A member of the COCOON, he usually has a manipulative smile on his face and cold eyes. He is calm and collected towards Akatsuki's taunts to fight, however he has an interest in Akatsuki. He is also implied to have equal power as Akatsuki. His element is Ice and his AD weapon of choice has not yet been seen.
- Haruka Nagase (七瀬 遥 Nagase Haruka?)
- Voiced by: Marina Inoue (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
- The Vice President of Student Council who has long, green hair and green eyes. She dislikes Akatsuki, especially after he humiliates her by stealing both her underwear and bra in the middle of school. She sometimes calls Akatsuki such things as "wolf", yet she seems to acquire a crush on him later on. Her element is Wind and her AD weapons are two push knives (similar to Eskimo Ulu).
- Ryouhei Uesaki (上崎 遼平 Uesaki Ryōhei?)
- Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese), Dallas Reid (English)
- The Secretary of the Student Council with brown, short hair. His element is Fire and his AD weapon is a Dao (Chinese Broadsword). Although in Season 1, episode 8 it briefly shows him standing on the cliff holding a Dao in his right hand while another hilt is shown protruding from his left waist so it may be that he actually uses a pair of Dao.
- Minami Aihara (哀原 美奈巳 Aihara Minami?)
- Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu (Japanese), Morgan Garrett (credited as Mandy Lane) (English)
- The Treasurer of the Student Council, who has long brown hair and brown eyes. A quiet member who says things only when in need to. Her element is Earth and her AD weapon is a single headed chain weapon known as a Liuxing Chui (Meteor Hammer).
- Listy El Da Sherfied (リスティ・エル・ダ・シェルフィード Risuti Eru Da Sherufīdo?)
- Voiced by: Rina Satō (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
- The Princess of Sylphid, a country in Alayzard, whose brother died to protect Akatsuki. After the fall of the Dark Lord, she tried to prevent Akatsuki from returning home, unaware of his oath to protect Miu. she also seems to have some kind of affection towards Akatsuki. (She also does the previews for the next episodes in the anime adaptation.)
- Leon Aceperio (レオン・エスペリオ Reon Esuperio?)
- He was engaged to Listy and was also referred to as a hero. He was killed by Galious when fighting alongside Akatsuki and a tomb was constructed for him. Unfortunately, his tomb was destroyed by Phil out of hatred and for glory, thinking Leon is an eyesore.
- Phil Barnett (フィル・バーネット Firu Bānetto?)
- Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama (Japanese), Todd Haberkorn (English)
- A holy knight of the Disdian army. He was ordered to capture Miu and to take her back to Alayzard in order to execute her. He was also ordered to kill Akatsuki if he tries to save Miu. He also made a contract with Zahhaku, the devious dragon in Alayzard, and used it to attack anyone who stands in his way, especially Akatsuki. His weapon is capable of inflicting poison, which results in an instant death. Phil also destroyed Leon's tomb out of hatred and for glory, referring Leon as an eyesore to him.
A 12-episode anime adaptation by Arms and directed by Rion Kujou began aired between July and September, 2012. It has been licensed by Funimation Entertainment in North America. The opening theme is "Realization" by Faylan and the ending theme is "Ai no Sei de Nemurenai" by Aki Misato.
|1||"New Game Plus"
"Tsuyokute Nyū Gēmu" (強くてニューゲーム)
|July 6, 2012|
|Akatsuki Ousawa, an Earthling summoned to the world of Alayzard, returns home after defeating the Dark Lord who was threatening the realm, bringing with him Miu, the Dark Lord's daughter who was entrusted to him by her father with his dying wish.|
|2||"Holy Water Bond"
"Seisui no Kizuna" (聖水の絆)
|July 13, 2012|
|Akatsuki and Miu enroll into a special school for magic users who returned from other worlds. It does not take long for Akatsuki to get into trouble when he is accidentally locked up in a room with Miu and his classmates Kuzuha Doumoto and Chikage Izumi and in the end all the girls pee in their pants/skirts after losing control because of Akatsuki.|
|3||"To Become An Adult..."
"Otona ni Naru niwa" (大人になるには)
|July 20, 2012|
|Kuzuha receives from the other members of the student council the task of watching Akatsuki and reporting about his behavior to them. She is worried about being forced to enroll in a school with students much older than her, and Akatsuki cheers her up. Soon after, the students are attacked by an overpowered cockatrice during their combat practice.|
|4||"The Hero's Back"
"Yūsha no Senaka" (勇者の背中)
|July 27, 2012|
|After dispatching the monster and exposing the culprit behind the attack, Akatsuki is approached by Kaidou Motoharu, who attacks him to measure his strength.|
|5||"A Day We Spend in the Weekend"
"Tada, Sonna Kyūjitsu no Hitotoki o" (ただ、そんな休日の一時を)
|August 3, 2012|
|Akatsuki joins Miu and her friends for a trip to the mall.|
|6||"Supersonic Speed! Sleipnir!!"
"Chōonsoku! Sureipuniru" (超音速！スレイプニル)
|August 10, 2012|
|Kaidou brings Akatsuki to take the challenge of controlling Sleipnir, a powerful magic bike who rejects anyone it deems unworthy of riding it. After subduing Sleipnir, Akatsuki joins the student council to deal with a hostage situation.|
|7||"A Brute Panic at the Beach!"
"Nagisa no Kichiku Panikku!" (渚の鬼畜パニック！)
|August 17, 2012|
|Akatsuki and his friends spend some time at the beach and join a special game of tag. Meanwhile, in Alayzard, Emperor Baram of Disdia learns of the whereabouts of Miu and sends his envoy, Phil Barnett to capture her on Earth.|
|8||"Babel's Ranking Tournament, Begin!"
"BABEL Rankingu Sen, Kaishi" (BABELランキング戦、開始)
|August 24, 2012|
|A special tournament is held to measure the strength of the students. Akatsuki, Miu, Kazuha and Chikage's team easily subdues all opposition they encounter until Akatsuki accepts the student council's challenge to fight him. Their match is interrupted by Kaidou, who warns them about an unidentified threat.|
|9||"On A Night With Such A Beautiful Moon"
"Konna nimo Kirei na Tsukiyo no Ban ni" (こんなにも綺麗な月夜の晩に)
|August 31, 2012|
|The intruder is revealed as Phil, who chases after Miu while severely wounding everyone else who crosses his path. After Phil catches up with and subdues Miu, Akatsuki appears to confront him.|
|10||"Where I Belong"
"Boku no Ibasho" (ボクの居場所)
|September 7, 2012|
|After a vicious battle, Akatsuki knocks down Phil and Miu tries to commit suicide as she believes there is no safe place for her neither in Alayzard nor on Earth. Akatsuki then stops and comforts her while recovering from the poisonous wound he received from Phil. However, Phil appears once more claiming he will not hold back anymore against Akatsuki.|
"Yoake ga Kuru Mae ni" (夜明けが来る前に)
|September 14, 2012|
|Phil summons a huge dragon and fuses with it. To give time for Akatsuki to recover from the poison, Miu and the others stand against Phil. When Akatsuki returns to resume his fight with him, Phil has the dragon deploy a powerful blast to obliterate all around it.|
|12||"The World is Watching you"
"Sekai ga Kimi o Mitsumete" (世界が君を見つめて)
|September 21, 2012|
|Akatsuki protects the others from the blast and defeats the dragon. Soon after, Miu reveals the truth about herself to Kuzuha and Chikage. As the members of COCOON analyze the recent events and the impact on their plans, Akatsuki realizes that Alayzard is in turmoil and decides to return there to check the situation. Miu, Chikage and Kuzuha decide to go with him, and Vice President Haruka and Kaidou arrive just as they are departing and join them on their journey.|
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