Blackfox (2019 film)

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Blackfox
Black Fox promotional art.jpg
Promotional art for the film
Directed by
  • Kazuya Nomura
  • Keisuke Shinohara
Screenplay byNaoki Hayashi
Starring
Music by
CinematographyYu Wakabayashi
Edited byGō Sadamatsu
Production
company
3Hz
Infinite
Release date
  • October 4, 2019 (2019-10-04) (Crunchyroll)
  • October 5, 2019 (2019-10-05) (Japan)
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Blackfox is an Japanese anime film produced by studio 3Hz. It premiered in Japan on October 5, 2019.

Plot[edit]

Rikka Isuragi is a young girl living at her family home, who happen to be the descendants of ninjas, at the edge of Brad City. While expected to follow in the steps of her grandfather, Hyōei Isurugi, and become the next head of the family, she instead wants to be like her father, Allen Isurugi, who's a renowned robot scientist. One day, Rikka returns home from school for her birthday to find it being attacked by a hit squad led by her father's former colleague, Lauren, to obtain his research, including three animal drones - Oboro, Madara, and Kasumi. Hyōei tries to fight back, only to be restrained and mortally wounded by an esper Lauren is controlling. Allen is also shot and dies, but not before having the drones take Rikka to safely. Afterwards, Rikka vows to find those responsible for her family's deaths and bring them down.

Six months later, Rikka - now going by the alias "Lily" - is living in a small apartment with her roommate, Melissa, while working as a detective-in-training. In private, however, she is secretly working with the animal drones to find information about her family's murderers. Learning a company named Gradsheim was responsible, Lily checks out one of their facilities, only to be caught by security. She is fortunately helped out by a girl named Mia, who vouches for her, and the two become fast friends. That night, Lily infiltrates the facility to steal back her father's research, but is caught by Lauren and the esper. During the ensuing battle, the esper is revealed to be Mia - who's further revealed to be Lauren's daughter. Recognizing Lily as Allen's daughter, Lauren goes into a jealous rage towards his former colleague and uses a control collar to order Mia to kill her. However, this causes her powers to go berserk and destroy the facility, though Lily manages to escape with Mia while Lauren flees.

Discouraged by the animal drones, Lily can't bring herself to kill Mia and brings her to her apartment where Melissa helps her recuperate. While their friendship has been somewhat soured after discovering each others' true identities, Mia feels bad for getting Lily involved in what she believes are her personal problems and calls her father to pick her up. However, he instead sends a military drone created using Allen's research to kill Lily. Teaming up, Lily and Mia lure the drone to the former's family home, where they take it out using one of the house's ninja traps. However, Lauren - having used his research on Mia to make himself an esper as well - then attacks them and destroys the house. Blaming herself for never standing up to her father, Mia fights him but is defeated. Meanwhile, in the ruins of the house, Lily finds a recording of her father and grandfather, wishing her a happy birthday and giving her a present: a ninja suit with cybernetic enhancements. Once again embracing her true identity as Rikka, she then defeats Lauren and restrains him. Mia tries one last time to reason with her father, but he instead puts the control collar on her and transfers his powers to her, killing himself in the process, causing her to once again go berserk and attack Rikka. In the end, with help from Melissa and the animal drones, Rikka manages to destroy the collar and free Mia.

Afterwards, since their apartment was destroyed by the drone, Rikka's boss, Harold Berkeley, allows her and Melissa to stay at the detective agency. Meanwhile, the president of Gradsheim, Brad Ingram, holds a press conference where he denies any involvement in the incident with the drone. Recognizing Brad as another former colleague of her father and the mastermind behind the attack on her family, Rikka - now going by the code name "Black Fox" - along with Mia, Melissa, and the animal drones, plans to go after him next.

Characters[edit]

Rikka Isurugi (石動 律花)
Voiced by: Ayaka Nanase[1]
The main protagonist, a ninja and detective in training.
Mia (ミア)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu[1]
An esper girl researched and used by her father Lauren. His experiments strengthened her ability and turned her into a powerful telekinetic.
Melissa (メリッサ)
Voiced by: Yō Taichi[1]
Rikka's roommate. Also known as AMD00, the first drone created by Rikka’s father.
Allen Isurugi
Voiced by: Hiroshi Tsuchida[2]
Rikka's father and an accomplished scientist. Creator of Melissa, Oboro, Madara and Kasumi.
Hyōei Isurugi
Voiced by: Eizō Tsuda[2]
Rikka's grandfather and the 26th head of the Isurugi clan. He trained Rikka to be a ninja.
Oboro
Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara[2]
A dog drone who serves Rikka; also known as AMD01.
Madara
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki[2]
A flying squirrel drone who serves Rikka; also known as AMD02.
Kasumi
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi[2]
An eagle drone who serves Rikka; also known as AMD03.
Lauren
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita[2]
A scientist for Gradsheim and Allen's former colleague. He is jealous of Allen's success and is determined steal his research and ruin his reputation.
Brad Ingram
Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi[2]
The president of Gradsheim and mayor of Brad City. Allen’s former colleague.
Harold Berkeley
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama[2]
Rikka's boss at the detective agency she works at.

Production and release[edit]

The film is produced by studio 3Hz, and directed by Keisuke Shinohara and written by Naoki Hayashi, with Kazuya Nomura serving as chief director. Atsushi Saito is providing the character designs. Infinite is producing the film.[3] Art designers for the series include Fumihiro Katagai (mechanical design), Kenji Andō (Animaldrone design), Ryō Akizuki (prop design), and Yūho Taniuchi, Moriyoshi Ōhara, Atsushi Morikawa, Jyu Ishiguchi, and Kō Kawamura (background design).[4] Background art is provided by Aoshashin. Yūji Kaneko is the series art director. Yukie Noguchi is the colorist, and Hirofumi Araki is the graphic artist. Shunsaku Usui is directing the 3DCG at Flying Ship Studio.[4] T2 Studio is compositing the film, and Gō Sadamatsu is the film's editor.[4] Masaru Yokoyama and Kana Hashiguchi are composing the music.

Crunchyroll will stream the film on their website on October 4, 2019 in all territories, except Asia, France, Germany, Italy, the rest of Europe and Russia. The film will premiere in Japanese theaters on October 5, 2019.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 16, 2018). "Blackfox Anime Reveals 2nd Promo Video, Cast, Story, Visuals". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 23, 2019). "Blackfox Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals New Cast, Staff, Theme Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (March 16, 2018). "Studio 3Hz Reveals Blackfox Original Anime Project". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 24, 2018). "Black Fox Anime's Video Reveals Additional Staff". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 14, 2019). "Blackfox Theatrical Anime Opens in Japan on October 5". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 14, 2019.

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