Medaka Box

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Medaka Box
Medaka Box 17.png
Cover of the Japanese edition of volume 17 published by Shueisha featuring main characters Medaka Kurokami (left) and Zenkichi Hitoyoshi (right)
めだかボックス
(Medaka Bokkusu)
Genre Action, Comedy, Romance
Manga
Written by Nisio Isin
Illustrated by Akira Akatsuki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run May 2009April 27, 2013
Volumes 22 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Shouji Saeki
Written by Shouji Saeki
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio Gainax
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo, TVA, TVO, Niconico Channel, AT-X
Original run April 5, 2012June 21, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Medaka Box Abnormal
Directed by Shouji Saeki
Written by Shouji Saeki
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio Gainax
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo, TVA, TVO, Niconico Channel, AT-X
Original run October 11, 2012December 27, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Medaka Box (Japanese: めだかボックス Hepburn: Medaka Bokkusu?) is a Japanese shōnen manga written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Akira Akatsuki. The series follows the student council, originally Medaka Kurokami and Zenkichi Hitoyoshi, during their various adventures to honor suggestions, presented by academy members, in order to better the academy.

Medaka Box was serialized in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, published by Shueisha between May 2009 and April 2013. As of February 2013, Shueisha has compiled its chapters into 22 bound volumes. It was adapted into an anime television series that aired between April 5 and June 21, 2012. A second season aired between October 11 and December 27, 2012.

Plot[edit]

The plot follows Medaka Kurokami, a charismatic and attractive first-year Hakoniwa Academy student who is elected Student Council President with 98% of the vote. She institutes a suggestion box, and with the help with her childhood friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi, addresses these requests in her unconventional manner. Over the course of the story, she distributes the student council leadership positions to other students such as Kouki Akune and Mogana Kikaijima.

The Student Council learns that the academy chairman intends to initiate the Flask Plan, a project to forcefully experiment on regular students, called Normals, in order to turn them into Abnormals, that is humans with superhuman abilities. The Student Council infiltrates the academy's secret lab and battles other students that are involved with the project.

Shortly after, the Student Council are challenged to a tournament by Misogi Kumagawa who wishes to replace Medaka's Student Council with one of his own. After Kumagawa's defeat, two students are unsealed from his powers and complete their transfer to Hakoniwa Academy. The two are more powerful than Abnormals and are dubbed "Not Equals". Their leader, Anshin'in, threatens to restart the Flask Plan once Medaka graduates, forcing the Student Council to train their successors. However, Anshin'in's true plan is to have Zenkichi usurp Medaka's position as Student Council President. Zenkichi does so on the pretense of improving the student life and succeeds. He convinces Medaka to allow the Flask Plan for those who are willing.

Relieved from her duties as president of the Student Council, Medaka soon becomes involved in a tournament to decide her husband. Medaka enters herself and becomes the victor, choosing to marry Zenkichi once they both graduate. Soon after, Zenkichi's close friend Hansode Shiranui leaves the academy. Medaka and Zenkichi discover she is to become the next host for Iihiko Shishime, a 5000 year old being. Medaka defeats him and disappears after stopping the moon from crashing towards the Earth, just to reappear in time for the year-end ceremony. Following her return, Medaka decides to leave the academy and assume her father's place ahead of her family's business conglomerate, the Kurokami Group, just to later return as the new chairwoman. Ten years later, Zenkichi, had worked his way up the Kurokami Group, becoming a high-level employee before reuniting with her, with both promising to never get separated again.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga series Medaka Box is written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Akira Akatsuki. Medaka Box was serialized in the Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump, published by Shueisha between May 2009[citation needed] and April 2013.[1][2] By September 4, 2013, Shueisha has compiled its chapters into 22 bound volumes.[3]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the manga produced by Gainax was announced by the series' creator in late 2011, and premiered on April 5, 2012.[4][5] The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks, who released the anime in both digital and home video formats on September 2013.[6]

A second season, titled Medaka Box Abnormal (めだかボックス アブノーマル Medaka Bokkusu Abunōmaru?), aired between October 11 and December 27, 2012.[6] Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the second season for digital and home video, which was released on January 21, 2014.[7][8]

Video games[edit]

Medaka appears as a playable character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS, with Misogi appearing as a support character.[9]

Reception[edit]

The series is quite successful in sales volume, and as of 2013 the series has reached a total of 5 million copies sold.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Medaka Box Manga Ends". Anime News Network. April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "「めだかボックス」最終回!夏発売のNEXT!に球磨川完結編" (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. April 27, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ めだかボックス 22 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved September 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Medaka Box Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Medaka Box School Comedy Anime To Be Produced By Gainax". Anime News Network. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Medaka Box TV Anime". Anime News Network. April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Medaka Box Abnormal TV Anime". Anime News Network. September 28, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "North American Anime, Manga Releases, January 19-25". Anime News Network. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Medaka Box Joins Shonen Jump Crossover Game J-Stars Victory Vs.". Anime News Network. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  10. ^ "めだかボックス : 西尾維新原作の人気マンガついに完結 4年の歴史に幕". Mantan Web. April 27, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 

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