Tantei Opera Milky Holmes

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Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
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Cover of first BD/DVD volume of the television anime series. From left to right: Sherlock Shellingford (with Kamaboko), Nero Yuzurizaki, Cordelia Glauca and Hercule Barton.
探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ
(Tantei Opera Mirukī Hōmuzu)
Genre Detective, Mystery, Comedy
Manga
Written by Bushiroad
Illustrated by Sorahiro Mizushima
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comp Ace
Original run May 2010January 2011
Volumes 2
Anime television series
Directed by Makoto Moriwaki
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by Satoru Kousaki
Studio J.C.Staff
Network Tokyo MX
Original run October 7, 2010December 23, 2010
Episodes 12 (+1 special) (List of episodes)
Game
Developer Artdink
Publisher Bushiroad
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP December 16, 2010
Light novel
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Overture
Written by Hideaki Koyasu
Illustrated by Natsuki Tanihara
Keiichi Ishikura
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Published December 10, 2010
Anime television series
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Act 2
Directed by Makoto Moriwaki
Written by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu
Studio J.C.Staff
Animation Studio Artland
Network Tokyo MX
Original run January 5, 2012March 22, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Game
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2
Developer Artdink
Publisher Bushiroad
Genre Adventure
Platform PlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP August 23, 2012
Original video animation
Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Alternative
Studio J.C.Staff
Animation Studio Artland
Released August 25, 2012January 9, 2013
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Futari wa Milky Holmes
Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Written by Hideki Shirane
Studio J.C.Staff
Nomad
Network Tokyo MX
Original run July 13, 2013September 28, 2013
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD
Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Written by Tenga Komuro
Music by Elements Garden
Studio J.C.Staff
Nomad
Network Tokyo MX
Original run January 4, 2015March 28, 2015
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

Tantei Opera Milky Holmes (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ Tantei Opera Mirukii Hōmuzu?, lit. "Detective Opera Milky Holmes") is a media franchise owned by the Japanese trading card game company Bushiroad. The first release was an Internet radio drama, released in December 2009. An anime adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between October and December 2010, with a special episode aired on August 26, 2011. The second anime season aired between January and March 2012 with another special aired on August 25, 2012.[1][2] A third series, titled Futari wa Milky Holmes, aired between July and September 2013.[3] A fourth series titled Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD began airing in January 2015. Other media includes a manga adaptation serialized in Comp Ace between May 2010 and January 2011; two visual novels, released for the PlayStation Portable in December 2010 and August 2012 respectively; a trading card game tie-in with Bushiroad's Weiß Schwarz; and a light novel series published by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko label.

The series is a homage to the detective fiction genre, with the four female leads named after famous fictional detectives: Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Hercule Poirot and Cordelia Gray. Milky Holmes is also the name of a voice acting unit consisting of the series' four main voice actresses; Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Mikoi Sasaki and Izumi Kitta.

Plot[edit]

Set in the near future in the Great Era of Detectives, chosen people are born with supernatural abilities known as Toys (トイズ Toizu?). Those who use these Toys for evil are responsible for a wave of crimes and necessitate employing Toy-using detectives to help solve them. In the Yokohama District, Opera Kobayashi runs a detective agency named Milky Holmes, made up of four budding young detectives, Sherlock Shellingford, Nero Yuzurizaki, Hercule Burton and Cordelia Glauca, who each wield their own unique toys and train to become detectives at Holmes Detective Academy.

The video game casts players in the role of Kobayashi, who must utilise Milky Holmes' unique abilities to stop the Thieves' Empire, a band of thieves led by the mysterious Arséne. The second puts players in the role of another detective, Ellery Himeyuri. The Alternative TV specials also take place in this universe, in which Kobayashi and Milky Holmes are assisted by another Toy user, Lily Adler, in fighting against the Thieves' Empire whilst visiting London.

In the first two television anime series, the four girls of Milky Holmes, Sherlock, Nero, Hercule and Cordelia, end up losing their Toys during an encounter with the Thieves' Empire. Taken away from their rich lifestyle and thrown into an attic, the girls must try and regain use of their Toys or else face expulsion from Holmes Detective Academy. Futari wa Milky Holmes, which takes place two years after the other series, follows two young girls, Alice and Kazumi, who, inspired by Milky Holmes, form their own detective unit, Feathers, and fight against a group of thieves known as the Color the Phantom. Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD sees Milky Holmes help an idol named Marine Amagi recover her Toys, the seven Elements, which have been stolen from her.

Media[edit]

Box art of the video game for the PSP.
The voice actresses of Milky Holmes, in London. From left to right: Mikoi Sasaki, Sora Tokui, Suzuko Mimori, Izumi Kitta

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Sorahiro Mizushima was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comp Ace magazine between May 2010 and January 2011 and was published into two tankōbon volumes.

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes by J.C. Staff aired between October 7, 2010 and December 23, 2010 and was also streamed by Crunchyroll. A special episode aired in August 2011.[4] A second anime season co-produced by Animation Studio Artland, titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes: Act 2 (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ 第2幕 Tantei Opera Miruki Hōmuzu Dai-ni Maku?) aired in Japan from January 5, 2012 to March 23, 2012 and was streamed by Nico Nico.[2][5][6] A third season, titled Futari wa Milky Holmes (ふたりはミルキィホームズ?, lit. The Two of Us are Milky Holmes), co-produced with Nomad, aired between July 13, 2013 and September 28, 2013, alongside live action segments featuring the cast.[7] The series is set two years following the other series and focuses on a new pair of protagonists.[8][9] A fourth series titled Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD (探偵歌劇ミルキィホームズTD?) is scheduled to air on Tokyo MX began airing in January 2015.[10]

A TV special episode based on the PSP games, titled Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Alternative One ~Opera Kobayashi and the Five Paintings (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ Alternative ONE~小林オペラと5枚の絵画~ Tantei Opera Miruki Hōmuzu Alternative ONE ~Kobayashi Opera to Go-mai no Kaiga?), was streamed on Nico Nico Douga between August 19 and August 25, 2012, before airing on Tokyo MX on August 25, 2012.[11][12] A follow up special, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Alternative Two ~Opera Kobayashi and the Raven of the Empty Sky~ (探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ Alternative TWO ~小林オペラと虚空の大鴉 Tantei Opera Miruki Hōmuzu Alternative TWO ~Kobayashi Opera to Kokū no Ōgarasu~?), was announced and both Alternative episodes were released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 9, 2013.[13]

Music[edit]

For the first season, the opening theme is "The Answer Is One! Not!!" (正解はひとつ!じゃない!! Seikai wa Hitotsu! Janai!!?) by Milky Holmes (Suzuko Mimori, Izumi Kitta, Sora Tokui and Mikoi Sasaki), whilst the ending theme is "Instinct Doubt" (本能のDOUBT Honnou no DOUBT?) by Faylan. The ending theme for the TV special is "Party Party!" (パーティーパーティー! Pātī Pātī!?) by Milky Holmes. For the second series, the opening theme is "Nazo! Nazo? Happiness!!" (ナゾ!ナゾ?Happiness!!?) by Milky Holmes whilst the ending theme is "Lovely Girls Anthem" by Natsuko Aso.[14] For Futari wa Milky Holmes, the opening theme is "Glory Glowing☆Days" (ぐろーりーぐろーいん☆DAYS Gurōri Gurōin Deizu?) by Milky Holmes whilst the ending theme is "Seishun Beginner!" (セイシュンビギナー! Seishun Biginā!?) by Milky Holmes Feathers (Ayasa Itō and Aimi Terakawa).

A maxi single, Colorful Garden, was released on April 6, 2011.

Visual novels/Games[edit]

A visual novel developed by Bushiroad was released on PlayStation Portable on December 16, 2010.[15] Players play the role of Opera Kobayashi, who must train Milky Holmes to be great detectives and use their abilities to stop thieves. The game's second chapter, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 1.5 was released on September 29, 2011 from the PlayStation Store.[16] A sequel, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes 2, was released on August 23, 2012, casting players in the role of a new protagonist named Ellery Himeyuri.[17] A new Videogame based on the Animated Series was announced by Bushiroad in July 2013. The Game is a Music-based game, the Platform of release is unknown and the game will be released during 2014.[18]

Other appearances[edit]

The four main characters of Milky Holmes appear briefly in many different episodes of Cardfight!! Vanguard as cameos where they are simply shown in the background. The voice actresses also make a cameo as the Milky Holmes in episode 23 of Fire Leon, a live action series also produced by Bushiroad. In this scene, Suzuko Mimori portrays both Sherlock Shellingford and Yû Kusayanagi, a recurring character of the series. Additionally, the character "Sherlock "Sheryl" Shellingford" appears as a "guest" partner in the Japanese MMORPG Onigiri Online.

Potential movie adaptation[edit]

An idea of a movie adaptation was first teased in the form of clues hidden within the end cards of the delayed fifth episode of Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD for fans to solve. Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, Hokuriku Broadcasting, TV Aichi and Sun TV aired the same episode in different regions, but showed a different pair of letters in the end card, which when rearranged vertically could be read as "Milky Movie".[19] A leak also emerged from the Japanese retail website Gamers' listing for the April issue of Monthly Bushiroad magazine, which included an image sample of a bundled publicity image extra which said "Milky Holmes movie adaptation planning start!!" The image has since been taken down from the website.[20] The existence of the project was officially revealed later in a special edition of Miru Miru Milky, a variety show starring the main voice actors, and confirmed by the Milky Holmes official website the next day. However, it was also announced that they need support from the fans to realize its production, meaning the project hasn't gotten greenlit for production yet.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bushiroad Confirms Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Anime". Anime News Network. 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  2. ^ a b "Milky Holmes anime gets 2nd season in January 2012". Anime News Network. 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Detective Opera Milky Holmes Gets 3rd TV Anime This Summer". Anime News Network. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Milky Holmes TV Anime to Get Special This Summer". Anime News Network. February 27, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Milky Holmes 2 TV Anime, PSP Game Slated for 2012". Anime News Network. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  6. ^ "Niconico to Stream High School DxD, Symphogear, Milky Holmes 2". Anime News Network. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  7. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-07-12/futari-wa-milky-holmes-anime-tv-ad-highlights-new-girls
  8. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-01-23/detective-opera-milky-holmes-gets-3rd-tv-anime
  9. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-04-27/index-nishikiori-helms-j.c-staff/nomad-futari-wa-milky-holmes
  10. ^ "Detective Opera Milky Holmes Gets New TV Anime in January". Anime News Network. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  11. ^ "Milky Holmes Gets New TV Anime Special This Summer". Anime News Network. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  12. ^ "Milky Holmes Alternative One to Be Streamed Before Airing". Anime News Network. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  13. ^ "Milky Holmes Gets 2nd Alternative TV Anime Special". Anime News Network. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  14. ^ "2nd Milky Holmes Season's Ending Sung by Natsuko Aso". Anime News Network. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  15. ^ 探偵オペラミルキィホームズ(通常版) (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Detective Opera Milky Holmes 1.5 Demo Posted for Free". Anime News Network. August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Detective Opera Milky Holmes 2 PSP's Opening Streamed". Anime News Network. 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  18. ^ http://gematsu.com/2013/07/milky-holmes-game-announced-for-2014
  19. ^ "Detective Opera Milky Holmes 'Movie' Teased". Anime News Network. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  20. ^ "Gamers Retail Website Lists Milky Holmes Movie Project". Anime News Network. 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  21. ^ ""Milky Holmes" Movie Project Needs Support from the Fans". Crunchyroll. 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  22. ^ 「ミルキィホームズ映画化企画」スタート (in Japanese). Milky Holmes Official Website. 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 

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