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Cop Craft: Dragnet Mirage Reloaded
Cop Craft Volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first light novel.
コップクラフト DRAGNET MIRAGE RELOADED
(Koppukurafuto DRAGNET MIRAGE RELOADED)
GenreAction[1]
Light novel
Written byShoji Gatoh
Illustrated byRange Murata
Published byShogakukan
DemographicMale
ImprintGagaga Bunko
Original runNovember 18, 2009 – present
Volumes6
Anime television series
Directed byShin Itagaki
Written byShoji Gatoh
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioMillepensee
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, Wowow
Original run July 8, 2019 – present
Episodes7 (List of episodes)
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Cop Craft: Dragnet Mirage Reloaded (コップクラフト DRAGNET MIRAGE RELOADED) is a Japanese light novel series, written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Range Murata. Shogakukan have published six volumes since November 2009 under their Gagaga Bunko imprint. An anime television series adaptation by Millepensee premiered on July 8, 2019.

Plot[edit]

15 years ago, a mysterious hyperspace gate appeared over the Pacific Ocean in our world. Elves, fairies, and other fantastic creatures came through the gate from the other side and established diplomatic relations with Earth. In the present day, Kariana Island and its main city of San-Teresa serves as Earth's "front door" to the magical world on the other side of the gate, and over two million non-humans live within the city, mixing with additional human residents. This results in both prosperous growth for the island, and a seedy underbelly of criminals who seek to take advantage of it. The San-Teresa Metropolitan Police Department is established to keep order within the city between those two forces.

After a drug bust goes horribly wrong, Detective Sergeant Kei Matoba loses both the fairy being sold as a catalyst for new drugs and his partner of four years in the Metropolitan Police to a Semanian attacker. Despite his attitude towards the Semanian people he derisively calls "aliens," Matoba is forced to partner with a Semanian knight to find the fairy lost in the drug bust, as they consider the fairy an important Semanian citizen. From there, Matoba slowly learns to tolerate the Semanian people, while the knight slowly acclimates herself to Earth and its customs.

Characters[edit]

Kei Matoba (ケイ・マトバ)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[2] (Japanese); David Matranga[3] (English)
A former JSDF soldier turned Detective Sergeant for the San-Teresa Metropolitan Police. He has a hostile attitude towards non-human "aliens" from the world beyond the gate, but slowly softens his attitude while working with Tilarna. Kei is willing to bend the rules or associate with unscrupulous people in order to accomplish his tasks.
Tilarna Exedilica (ティラナ・エクセディリカ, Tirana Ekusedirika)
Voiced by: Mayu Yoshioka[2] (Japanese); Felecia Angelle[3] (English)
A noble Knight of Mirvor with a long name who has come through the gate to rescue the kidnapped fairy and punish those responsible for kidnapping her. She wields a sword and can use some magic but is unaccustomed to Earth and its modern technology.
Cecil Epps (セシル・エップス, Seshiru Eppisu)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa[4]
A medical examiner who works for the city of San-Teresa. Kei's ex-girlfriend who still holds some feelings for him.
Jack Roth (ジャック・ロス, Jakku Rosu)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada[4] (Japanese); Andy Mullins[3] (English)
Chief of the San-Teresa Metropolitan Police. He later reveals himself to be secretly assisting Zelada to spark a war between the humans and the Semanian people, fearing that the Earth's human population will be overrun by people from the other world in a peaceful time.
Tony McBee (トニー・マクビー, Tonī Makubī)
Voiced by: Ryousuke Takahashi[4] (Japanese); Anthony Bowling[3] (English)
Jamie Austin (ジェミー・オースティン, Jemī Ōsutin)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara[4]
Cameron Estefan (キャメロン・エステファン, Kyameron Esutefan)
Voiced by: Marina Inoue[4]
Alexander Godunov (アレクサンドル・ゴドノフ, Arekusandoru Godonofu)
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka[4]
Biz O'Neill (ビズ・オニール, Bizu Onīru)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi[5] (Japanese); Christopher Dontrell Piper[3] (English)
A black market dealer who runs the strip club "Lady Chapel" while putting up a thin guise of acting like a priest. Kei tolerates him as a confidential informant.
Kenny (ケニー, Kenī)
Voiced by: Volcano Ōta[5] (Japanese); Randy E. Aguebor[3] (English)
A bouncer and bodyguard who works for Biz O'Neill.
Zelada (ゼラーダ, Zerāda)
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka[5]
A powerful mage who can control dead bodies like puppets, he works for Elbaji. Later revealed to be the evil mage responsible for wiping out most of Kei's unit during a battle years ago.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The first light novel volume was published on November 18, 2009 by Shogakukan under their Gagaga Bunko imprint. Six volumes have been published as of December 2018.

No.Release date ISBN
1 November 18, 2009[6]ISBN 978-4-09-451172-7
2 June 18, 2010[7]ISBN 978-4-09-451209-0
3 January 18, 2011[8]ISBN 978-4-09-451245-8
4 June 18, 2014[9]ISBN 978-4-09-451471-1
5 June 18, 2015[10]ISBN 978-4-09-451544-2
6 October 18, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-09-451630-2

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on December 29, 2018.[1] The series premiered on July 8, 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Wowow.[5] The series is directed by Shin Itagaki and animated by Millepensee, with Shoji Gatoh himself penning the series' scripts, Hiromi Kimura designing the characters for animation and Taku Iwasaki composing the music.[2] Masayoshi Ōishi performed the series' opening theme song "Rakuen Toshi", while Mayu Yoshioka performed the series' ending theme song.[12] Funimaton has licensed the series for a simuldub.[13]

No. Title Original air date[14]
1"Cop Show, Witch Craft"July 8, 2019 (2019-07-08)
While performing what appears to be a routine drug bust on a couple of criminals in San-Teresa looking to trade a kidnapped fairy, one of the suspects breaks free from his handcuffs with some magical power, survives several 9mm shots, and snaps the neck of one detective before escaping with the fairy. The surviving detective, Kei Matoba, informs the widow of his dead partner Rick Fury before returning home. Kei wants to hunt down Rick's murderer, but his superiors insist he meet up with a Semanian noble the next day as he speaks their language. Kei reluctantly accepts their request, riding on a ship with the local Coast Guard to meet the noble. He is surprised to find the noble is a little girl named Tilarna Exedilica who proclaims herself a Knight of Mirvor who has come to rescue the fairy and punish those who kidnapped her under a treaty established with the United Nations that gives her nation the authority to do so. Despite Kei's hostility towards non-human people he considers "aliens," his superiors force him to team up with her. Tilarna quickly reveals her unfamiliarity with Earth customs and technology as Kei constantly warns her not to touch anything. Later, Kei gets a tip that a Mexican gang of smugglers is involved with the kidnapped fairy, and he visits the shady priest Biz O'Neill for information. He follows the lead to an apartment building where Tilarna senses some magical entity, and the two witness a man stabbing a Mexican gang member before turning a gun on them.
2"Dragnet Mirage"July 15, 2019 (2019-07-15)
Kei and Tilarna have trouble keeping the attacker down before Tilarna slices the enemy with her sword. Kei chastises her for killing the attacker instead of keeping it alive for questioning, but Tilarna answers that it was controlled by "mildey," magic that turned the body into a lifeless puppet. The dead bodies are later transported to the coroner, Cecil, who confirms Tilarna's analysis that they were dead yet somehow able to move. Tilarna says that she can smell "evil latena" from the corpse, that the captured fairy from before was used to make "fairy dust" that the men ingested before being turned into lifeless puppets. Kei reluctantly lets Tilarna stay at his home, where she learns that he has been keeping a cat despite being allergic to it because he felt guilty for the cat getting injured while chasing down a suspect. Meanwhile, an elf named Elbaji meets a terrorist named Kareem to demonstrate the power of a prototype "fairy bomb" that can instantly turn people into puppet corpses. After attending Rick's funeral, Kei and Tilarna are sidetracked to find that two more police corpses have been found in a nearby river. Tilarna confirms finding fairy dust on the bodies, and claims that for such a high concentration they would need gold to act as a catalyst, but it has to be sculpted in a precise manner that is difficult for most craftsmen. Kei decides to look for anyone who has recently purchased precise manufacturing equipment, and finds a club owner named Dennis Elbaji has done so through a shell company. Despite Kei's warnings about building a solid legal case, Tilarna decides to go after Elbaji herself, leaving Kei behind with her sword.
3"Midnight Train"July 22, 2019 (2019-07-22)
Kei discovers that Tilarna left her sword behind to symbolize her willingness to break the rules and track down Dennis Elbaji. Tilarna infiltrates Dennis's nightclub with Biz's help, then meets Dennis himself, intending to take back the kidnapped fairy. However, Dennis beats her after a quick swordfight and kidnaps her instead, taking her to an abandoned temple in the outskirts of San-Teresa. Kei stakes out the area from afar, but when Tilarna uses magic to escape, Kei ignores his orders to wait for a SWAT team and runs in by himself. Tilarna enters a room in the burning temple to find it stocked with hundreds of fairies being used to create fairy dust. Dennis rants about how he enjoys the "American Dream" of Earth as opposed to the noble life he was expected to lead in their homeworld, then begins swordfighting Tilarna again. Suddenly, Kei rushes in and tosses Tilarna her trusted sword, letting her overpower Dennis and deliver a killing blow. However, Tilarna senses the original fairy is not the one Dennis held, and goes with Kei to find her. Kei quickly spots the wizard Zelada and cuffs him before he can escape, when Jack Roth appears and shoots Tilarna before holding Kei at gunpoint. Jack helps Zelada escape and reveals that he was the mole quietly helping Zelada in order to spark a war between the humans and Semanians using the fairy bomb. Before he shoots Kei, Tilarna rises up, giving Kei a split second to shoot Jack in the chest. Tilarna reveals that Jack's bullet hit her sword's guard as Jack commandeers a car to take them back to the city. The two head to a high-rise building called Forest Tower, dodging Zelada's traps, when Tilarna spots the fairy on the roof inside a ticking time bomb.
4"In The Air Tonight"July 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
Kei attempts to defuse the fairy bomb but is struck by Zelada's magic. Kei uses his own senses to pinpoint Zelada's location and shoot him, exposing his true location to Tilarna who cuts off his arm before he escapes. With the bomb about to explode and Kei dying on the roof, the fairy decides to sacrifice her own life to heal Kei and Tilarna instead of exploding. After the incident, Tilarna heads home and Kei returns to his single life, but some time later Tilarna appears in his house to announce that the San-Teresa MPD has hired her as a Detective so she can track down Zelada and other criminals. On their first raid together, Tilarna cuts off the finger of a suspect as they storm a house, and Kei gets chewed out by the new Chief for her actions. After the suspects are arrested, the police discover a coffin with a mummified Semanian woman in their garage, and take it to Cecil for examination. While Tilarna brutally interrogates one of the suspects, he confesses that he robbed the coffin from a certain graveyard, thinking he could get lots of money by selling it. Tilarna rushes back to the medical examiner's office while Cecil discovers her assistant having his blood sucked out by the supposedly dead woman. As she runs away, Tilarna fights the regenerated woman, calling her a "vampire."
5"Lonesome Vampire"August 5, 2019 (2019-08-05)
6"Need For Speed"August 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)
7"Girls On Ice"August 19, 2019 (2019-08-19)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Full Metal Panic! Author's Cop Craft Light Novel Gets 2019 TV Anime". Anime News Network. December 29, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Cop Craft TV Anime Unveils Staff, Cast, Summer Premiere". AnimeNewsNetwork. March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Cop Craft English Cast". Funimation. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Cop Craft Anime Casts Fumiko Orikasa, Kenji Hamada, Ryousuke Takahashi". AnimeNewsNetwork. April 18, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d "Cop Craft Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists, July 8 Premiere". AnimeNewsNetwork. May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "コップクラフト #1 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  7. ^ "コップクラフト #2 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  8. ^ "コップクラフト #3 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  9. ^ "コップクラフト #4 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  10. ^ "コップクラフト #5 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  11. ^ "コップクラフト #6 at Shogakukan.co.jp" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  12. ^ "Cop Craft Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews Opening Song". AnimeNewsNetwork. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Funimation. "Funimation Turns Up the Heat with Their Summer 2019 Lineup!". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  14. ^ "コップクラフト". Tokyo MX (in Japanese). Retrieved 8 July 2019.

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