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Absolute Duo
Absolute Duo light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
アブソリュート・デュオ
(Abusoryūto Duo)
GenreFantasy, action, harem
Light novel
Written byTakumi Hiiragiboshi
Illustrated byYū Asaba
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicMale
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runAugust 24, 2012 – present
Volumes11
Manga
Written byTakumi Hiiragiboshi
Illustrated byShin'ichirō Nariie
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runApril 27, 2013 – present
Volumes4
Manga
Absolute Duo Tea Party
Written byTakumi Hiiragiboshi
Illustrated byToru Oiwaka
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runOctober 27, 2014 – present
Anime television series
Directed byAtsushi Nakayama
Produced byHidetake Komiya
Kazuo Ōnuki
Keisuke Kaminaga
Makoto Ito
Mika Shimizu
Uesama
Written byTakamitsu Kōno
Music byAtsushi Hirasawa
Studio8-Bit
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS, TV Aichi, BS11
Original run January 4, 2015 March 22, 2015
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Absolute Duo (Japanese: アブソリュート・デュオ, Hepburn: Abusoryūto Duo) is a Japanese light novel series by Takumi Hiiragiboshi with illustrations by Yū Asaba. Media Factory has published eleven volumes since 2012 under their MF Bunko J imprint. It has received two manga adaptations. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by 8-Bit aired between January 4 and March 22, 2015.

Plot[edit]

Tor Kokonoe enrolls in Koryo Academy, a high school where its students battle each other with weapons known as Blaze (焔牙/ブレイズ, Bureizu) as training to become future peacekeepers. The students must pass a battle during the qualification ceremony of the freshmen day in order to be enrolled in the academy. Although most students manifest their Blazes as melee weapons, Tor's ability manifests as a shield, making him an Irregular (イレギュラー, iregyurā). The school uses a special Duo system in which students are assigned partners. Tor is paired with Julie Sigtuna, a silver-haired girl from Scandinavia, and must share a room with her.[1]

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Tor Kokonoe (九重 透流, Kokonoe Tōru)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[2] (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo[3] (English)
Tor is the protagonist of Absolute Duo. He enrolls in Kouryou Academy with the hope of getting stronger so he can avenge the death of his younger sister Otoha (音羽).[4] He is dubbed an Irregular for having a shield for a Blaze. He learns a powerful punch attack to use in conjunction with his Blaze. Julie sometimes refers to him as Thor. After spending some time with Julie, his goal switches from avenging his sister to becoming strong so that he can protect Julie. He obtains the Level 4 Sublimition which is "Aegis Desire".vol. 4
Julie Sigtuna (ユリエ・シグトゥーナ, Yurie Shigutūna)
Voiced by: Nozomi Yamamoto[2] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[3] (English)
Julie is a girl with red eyes and silver hair, styled in twin tails who becomes Tor's partner at the academy.[4] She takes a liking towards Tor and after some time she becomes his duo. She is from a village named Gimlé in Scandinavia. Her Blaze is a Sword Type, known as Twin Blades. The reason she came to Japan and enrolled to Kouryou Academy is because she wants to get stronger to avenge her family's death; the scar on her back serves as a reminder of the incident. Because of this she seeks out Tor for help and to teach her his Final Move. Julie says "Yes" and "No" in Danish/Swedish/Norwegian: "Ja" (ヤー, ) and "Nej" (ナイ, Nai). One of her interesting features is her single strain of hair that stands and moves around whenever she says "Ja" (ヤー, ) or agrees to something. It also moves when she is happy.
Tomoe Tachibana (橘 巴, Tachibana Tomoe)
Voiced by: Ayaka Suwa[2] (Japanese); Whitney Rodgers[3] (English)
One of the female protagonists and Tor and Julie's classmate. She is a typical yamato nadeshiko character, who is smart and talented and possesses a dignified atmosphere. She cares very much about the people who are close to her especially Miyabi, whom despite of being weak still chooses her to form a duo. She is very much into martial arts and Shogi. She can never tolerate idly work, so she always wakes others when they're about to be late. Being a vegetarian, she often gives Toru a plate of vegetables to maintain his stamina and power. Her Blaze is a Kusarigama.
Miyabi Hotaka (穂高 みやび, Hotaka Miyabi)
Voiced by: Ayaka Imamura[2] (Japanese); Ashleigh Domangue[3] (English)
One of the female protagonists who is a buxom girl, she forms a Duo with Tomoe. She is also in Tor's class and tends to be shy around others.[4] Her shyness especially around boys comes from how she used to be in an all-girls school before coming to Kouryou Academy. She lacks stamina that keeps her from doing any physical activity for long periods of time. She eventually comes to realize she is in love with Tor and confesses, however, he instead turned her down telling her that he's too weak (having a flashback of his sister's death). Despite his rejection, she takes Toru´s words to her heart, even accepting Equipment Smith´s offer to become stronger, getting a Unit suit, despite having to fight against her friends. Her Blaze is a huge and heavy lance which is capable of doing large scale destruction, however she has a hard time using it as she lacks stamina.
Lilith Bristol (リーリス・ブリストル, Rīrisu Burisutoru)
Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki[2] (Japanese); Caitlin Glass[3] (English)
A transfer student from England came from an affluent family. She is a very exceptional student whom at a young age has learned how to shoot and hunt, however, she is also selfish and arrogant. She is called an "Exception" and due to this, she claims to be able to do anything regardless of the rules. She went to Japan in order to form a duo with Tor after hearing news about his capability and being special just like Lilith, however much to her disappointment Tor declines. She later falls in love with Toru, and declares he will be her future husband and win his heart. Though she is officially enrolled in Kouryou Academy, she never attends class claiming that she had already finished her studies a long time ago which is why she prefers loitering around the school garden sipping tea with her confidant Sarah. Her Blaze is a rifle, and she is a superb marksman. Though she is armed with a weapon that she can fire from a distance, she is surprisingly very agile to the point that she can shoot anybody at point blank range.

Other[edit]

Sakuya Tsukumo (九十九 朔夜, Tsukumo Sakuya)
Voiced by: Yui Horie[5] (Japanese); Felecia Angelle[3] (English)
The Chairman of Kouryou Academy, and is always seen wearing a Gothic Lolita dress. Her way of running the school is so ruthless that she actually encourages battle amongst the students. She's known as the Blaze Diabolica.
Rito Tsukimi (月見 璃兎, Tsukimi Rito)
Voiced by: Yukari Tamura[5] (Japanese); Jennifer McDaniel[3] (English)
Tor's homeroom teacher, who is always energetic and dresses like a maid with bunny ears, which greatly disturbs her entire class.[1] She has two personalities; the first one is a child-like, carefree, and happy person who likes calling her students various names, while the second is a foul-mouthed, sadistic, and ruthless villain, who doesn't even think twice about attacking her own students. Despite her cold attitude, it is shown that she does care for her students, as she defended them against K's attack and even gave them a thumbs up. She does not appear to like a lot of attention on her, as she is seen running away from a bunch of students the next day. Her Blaze is a sword. She gains Level 4 Sublimition from Sakuya and she has a new ability "Ouburos"
Imari Nagakura (永倉 伊万里, Nagakura Imari)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu[5] (Japanese); Michelle Rojas[3] (English)
Imari is the first person Tor talks to after entering the school.[4] However, she is soon expelled from the school after losing against Tor during the entrance ceremony's combat exam. Her Blaze consists of a single sword, which she wields like a katana. She reappeared when Tor's class were sent to summer training camp at some remote island where Kouryou Academy has another branch, where students like her who failed the combat exam from the main branch where actually transferred there and were trained to become shinobis. She was also one of the greeting parties who ambushed Tor's class the moment they arrived to the island.
Aoi Torasaki (虎崎 葵, Torasaki Aoi)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[5] (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)
Commonly known as Tora. He is Tor's childhood friend who is also considered an Irregular. His Blaze is a katar.
Tatu (タツ, Tatsu, lit."dragon")
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara[5] (Japanese); Tyson Rinehart (English)
A silent classmate and Tora's roommate, he is the tallest person in class who has a muscular physique. His Blaze is a naginata. His full name is Ryutaro Tatsuno (辰乃 龍太朗, Tatsuno Ryūtarō) (in the manga). Rito often calls him "Barbarian".
K
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[6] (Japanese); Z. Charles Bolton (English)
A soldier of Equipment Smith and the younger brother of Ryan Wayfair. His real name is Kevin Wayfair (ケヴィン=ウェイフェア, Kevin Weifea). Since he lost his family at a young age, he was sold to Equipment Smith, who made him a ruthless killing machine that only cares about power and results.
Sakaki Narukami (榊鳴神, Narukami Sakaki)
Tor's former best friend who is responsible for killing Tor's sister Otoha and Julie's father in the past.
Equipment Smith (イクイップメント・スミス, Ikuippumento Sumisu)
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura (Japanese); Kent Williams (English)
A scientist who developed the Unit suits and resents Sakuya's grandfather for defeating him many years ago, believing Units are superior to Exceeds. His real name is Edward Walker (エドワード·ウォルカー, Edowādo Worukā). After K is defeated and he begins to insult him and calling him a failure, K kills him.
Silent Diva (洌游の對姫/サイレントディーバ, Sairento Dība)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)
Silent Diva is a young woman, with her light blue hair coming down to her hips, and she has purple clothes with diamonds on each side of her hair, and she has purple eyes, just like Sakuya. Also known as Beatrix Emerald.
Sarah (サラ, Sara)
Voiced by: Nozomi Nishida (Japanese); Alex Moore (English)
Sara is Lilith Bristol's female butler. Sara comes from a family that serves as their butlers.
Dark Ray Disaster
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese); Joel McDonald (English)
Also known as Hugo.
Tempest Judge
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum (English)
Also known as Cloweiss.
Grave Phantom
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (Japanese); Chris Rager (English)
Also known as Ougi.
Momo Kibitsu (吉備津 桃, Kibitsu Momo)
Voiced by: Mami Uchida (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
One of Rito Tsukimi's student.
Otoha Kokonoe (九重 音羽, Kokonoe Otoha)
Voiced by: Manami Tanaka (Japanese); Lara Woodhull (English)
Tor's deceased sister who was killed by Sakaki Narukami.
Ryan Wayfair (ライアン ウェイフェア, Raian Weifea)
Voiced by: Takahiro Miyake (Japanese); Robert McCollum (English)
K's brother who died after protecting K.
Miwa
Voiced by: Aimi Tanaka (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
Imari Nagakura's duo partner.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The first light novel was published on August 24, 2012, by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J imprint. Eleven volumes have been published as of July 2016.

No.TitleRelease date ISBN
1Kokuhaku wa Sōkoku no Yoru ni (告白は蒼刻の夜に)August 24, 2012[7]ISBN 978-4-04-066487-3
2Uso to Shin to Akai Kurenai (嘘と真と赤い紅)December 25, 2012[8]ISBN 978-4-04-066470-5
3Nagisa ni Yureru Koi Monogatari (渚に揺れる恋物語り)June 25, 2013[9]ISBN 978-4-8401-5228-0
4Reimei Seshi Inō no Kyōkai (黎明せし異能の境界)November 25, 2013[10]ISBN 978-4-04-066029-5
5Yami no Gin Ōkami, Hikari no Shinen (闇ノ銀狼、光ノ深淵)March 25, 2014[11]ISBN 978-4-04-066312-8
6Kaze to Homura to Kaminari to (風と焔と雷と)July 25, 2014[12]ISBN 978-4-04-066911-3
7Kinki no Kajitsu (禁忌の果実)December 25, 2014[13]ISBN 978-4-04-067312-7
8Memories ConnectMarch 25, 2015[14]ISBN 978-4-04-067473-5
9Ashes to Ashes (ashes to ashes,)July 24, 2015[15]ISBN 978-4-04-067717-0
10Dust to Dust (dust to dust.)January 25, 2016[16]ISBN 978-4-04-068036-1
11Jeg kan lide dig,July 25, 2016[17]ISBN 978-4-04-068455-0

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation with art by Shin'ichirō Nariie started serialization in Media Factory's seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive from April 27, 2013, and has been collected in a three tankōbon volumes. A second spin-off four-panel comedy manga adaptation titled Absolute Duo Tea Party (アブソリュート・デュオ TEA PARTY) with art by Tor Oiwaka will also be serialized in Monthly Comic Alive magazine with the December 2014 issue to be sold on October 27, 2014.[18] Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the series in North America.[19]

List of volumes[edit]

Absolute Duo
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 22 November 2013[20]ISBN 978404066113129 August 2017[21]ISBN 978-1-626925-39-7
2 23 September 2014[22]ISBN 978404066850526 December 2017[21]ISBN 978-1-626926-64-6
3 23 March 2015[23]ISBN 97840406728853 April 2018[21]ISBN 978-1-626927-16-2
4 23 September 2017[24]ISBN 978404069202927 November 2018[21]ISBN 978-1-626929-39-5
Absolute Duo Tea Party
No.Release date ISBN
1 23 January 2015[25]ISBN 9784040672458

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by 8-Bit was announced at Media Factory's 2014 Summer School Festival event.[26] It aired between January 4 and March 22, 2015 on AT-X. It also aired on Tokyo MX, Sun Television, Kyoto Broadcasting System, Television Aichi Broadcasting and Nippon BS Broadcasting at later dates.[27] Crunchyroll began streaming episodes to parts of Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa in the same week, and Funimation has licensed the anime, broadcasting English-dubbed episodes on its online service starting March 16.[3][28][29]

The opening theme song is "Absolute Soul" by Konomi Suzuki, the first ending theme song is "BelievexBelieve" by Nozomi Yamamoto, the second ending theme song is "Apple Tea no Aji" (アップルティーの味, lit. The Taste of Apple Tea) by Yamamoto and Haruka Yamazaki, and the third ending theme song is "2/2" by Ayaka Imamura and Ayaka Suwa.

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date [27]
1"Blaze"
"Bureizu" (Japanese: 焔牙/ブレイズ)
January 4, 2015 (2015-01-04)
Tor is in a small battle with anyone that is seated next to each other, in a head to head fight. While Sakuya tells everyone in the building the same, to pass the test.
2"Duo"
"Dyuo" (Japanese: 絆双刃/デュオ)
January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11)
3"Avenger"
"Avenjā" (Japanese: 復讐者/アヴェンジャー)
January 18, 2015 (2015-01-18)
4"Exception"
"Ekusepushon" (Japanese: 特別/エクセプション)
January 25, 2015 (2015-01-25)
5"Level Up"
"Reberuappu" (Japanese: 位階昇華/レベルアップ)
February 1, 2015 (2015-02-01)
After the events of the New Blade Battle, Tor and his companions sublimate to level two.
6"Survive"
"Sabaibu" (Japanese: 生存闘争/サバイブ)
February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08)
7"Silver-Blonde, Yellow Topaz"
"Gin'iro no kami Koganeiro no kami" (Japanese: 銀色の髪, 黄金色の髪)
February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)
8"Selection"
"Hinpyō-kai" (Japanese: 品評会/セレクション)
February 22, 2015 (2015-02-22)
9"Rebels"
"Ribērusu" (Japanese: 神滅部隊/リベールス)
March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01)
Koryo Academy is under attack. Tor and Julie work together in battling the chief of the marauding corps, while Tomoe searches for Miyabi.
10"Reign Conference"
"Reinkanfarensu" (Japanese: 七芒夜会/レインカンファレンス)
March 8, 2015 (2015-03-08)
11"Killing Game"
"kiringugēmu" (Japanese: 殺破遊戯/キリングゲーム)
March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15)
12"Absolute Duo"
"Abusoryūto Dyuo" (Japanese: 絶対双刃/アブソリュート・デュオ)
March 22, 2015 (2015-03-22)
The idea of wanting to protect someone is still foreign to K, so in a dramatic, no-holds-barred faceoff, Tor decides to show him how it is done. After K's defeat, Tor is discharged from the hospital, and he and Julie renew their vows as duo partners.

References[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Manga[edit]

  • Vol. 1 (ch. 1–): Absolute Duo Volume 1

Other[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Absolute Duo - The Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide - Anime News Network". Anime News Network. January 6, 2015. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Nozomi Yamamoto Lead Absolute Duo Anime's Cast". Anime News Network. October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Funimation Announces Absolute Duo English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "アブソリュート・デュオ". ComicWalker - 人気マンガが無料で読める!. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Haruka Tomatsu, Yukari Tamura, Yui Horie Join Absolute Duo Cast". Anime News Network. November 22, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "『アブソリュート・デュオ』公式サイト". absoluteduo.com. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
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  10. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ IV at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ V at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ VI at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  13. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ VII at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  14. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ VIII at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  15. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ IX at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオ X at mediafactory.co.jp" (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "アブソリュート・デュオXI Jeg kan lide dig," (in Japanese). Media Factory. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  18. ^ "From the New World's Oikawa Launches Absolute Duo Spinoff Manga". Anime News Network. September 27, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  19. ^ "Seven Seas Licenses Absolute Duo Manga". Anime News Network. January 9, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  20. ^ アブソリュート・デュオ 1 [Absolute Duo 1]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  21. ^ a b c d ""Seven Seas Entertainment"". Seven Seas Entertainment. Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  22. ^ アブソリュート・デュオ 2 [Absolute Duo 2]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  23. ^ アブソリュート・デュオ 3 [Absolute Duo 3]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  24. ^ アブソリュート・デュオ 4 [Absolute Duo 4]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  25. ^ アブソリュート・デュオ TEA PARTY [Absolute Duo Tea Party]. Media Factory (in Japanese). Retrieved February 9, 2017.
  26. ^ "Absolutely Duo Fantasy School Light Novels Get TV Anime by 8-Bit". Anime News Network. July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  27. ^ a b "『アブソリュート・デュオ』公式サイト". absoluteduo.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  28. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Absolute Duo Outside N. America". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  29. ^ "Absolute Duo".

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