Ensemble Stars!

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Ensemble Stars!
Ensemble Stars promotional art.jpg
Promotional image for the anime
あんさんぶるスターズ!
(Ansanburu Sutāzu!)
GenreSchool life[1]
Manga
Written byIchi Sayo
Published byKodansha
MagazineAria
DemographicShōjo
Original runAugust 28, 2015December 28, 2016
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byYasufumi Soejima
Mazakazu Hishida
Written byShinichi Inotsume
Akira
Music byTatsuya Kato
StudioDavid Production
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, BS11
Original run July 7, 2019 December 22, 2019
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Ensemble Stars! (あんさんぶるスターズ!, Ansanburu Sutāzu!), often referred to as Enstars! (あんスターズ!, Ansutāzu!) is a Japanese game franchise by Happy Elements and a spin-off of the 2012 game Ensemble Girls! It was first released as a Mobile Japanese CCG (Card Collecting Game) released on Google Play on April 28, 2015 and on the App Store on May 1, 2015. On March 9, 2020, the app was relaunched and was split into two separate games, Basic, the original Mobile Japanese CCG with brand new story content, and Music, a brand new rhythm game. An anime television series by David Production aired from July 7 to December 22, 2019.[2]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Trickstar[edit]

Subaru Akehoshi (明星 スバル, Akehoshi Subaru)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese); Garret Storms (English)[3]
Hokuto Hidaka (冰鷹 北斗, Hidaka Hokuto)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese); Adam Gibbs (English)[3]
Makoto Yūki (遊木 真, Yūki Makoto)
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese); Jerry Jewell (English)[3]
Mao Isara (衣更 真緒, Isara Mao)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji (Japanese); David Matranga (English)[3]
Anzu (あんず, Anzu)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)[3]
The point-of-view character throughout the Ensemble Stars! main story.

Yumenosaki Private Academy[edit]

Fine[edit]

Eichi Tenshouin (天祥院 英智, Tenshōin Eichi)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (English)[3]

Tori Himemiya (姫宮 桃李, Himemiya Tori)

Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (Japanese); Mikaela Krantz (English)[3]
Yuzuru Fushimi (伏見 弓弦, Fushimi Yuzuru)
Voiced by: Kotaro Hashimoto (Japanese); Evin Wood (English)[3]
Wataru Hibiki (日々樹 渉, Hibiki Wataru)
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)[3]

Undead[edit]

Rei Sakuma (朔間 零, Sakuma Rei)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (Japanese); Anthony Bowling (English)[3]
Adonis Otogari (乙狩アドニス, Otogari Adonisu)
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano (Japanese); Taylor Harris (English)[3]
Koga Ogami (大神晃牙, Ōgami Koga)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)[3]
Kaoru Hakaze (羽風 薫, Hakaze Kaoru)
Voiced by: Kei Hosogai (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)[3]

Valkyrie[edit]

Mika Kagehira ((影片みか, Kagehira Mika)
Voiced by: Jun Osuka (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)[3]
Shu Itsuki (斎宮宗, Itsuki Shū)
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi (Japanese); Shawn Gann (English)[3]

Knights[edit]

Tsukasa Suou (朱桜司, Suō Tsukasa)
Voiced by: Reio Tsuchida (Japanese); Kyle Phillips (English)[3]
Arashi Narukami (鳴上嵐, Narukami Arashi)
Voiced by: Ryo Kitamura (Japanese); Matt Shipman (English)[3]
Arashi is a member of Knights and is described as an onee character, and speaks using feminine speech.[4][5]
Ritsu Sakuma (朔間凛月, Sakuma Ritsu)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita (Japanese); Zach Bolton (English)[3]
Izumi Sena (濑名泉, Sena Izumi)
Voiced by: Masami Ito (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)[3]
Leo Tsukinaga (月永レオ, Tsukinaga Leo)
Voiced by: Shintarō Asanuma (Japanese); Jordan Dash Cruz (English)[3]

Ryuseitai[edit]

Tetora Nagumo (南雲鉄虎, Nagumo Tetora)
Voiced by: Yoshiki Nakajima (Japanese); Kyle Igneczi (English)[3]
Shinobu Sengoku (仙石忍, Sengoku Shinobu)
Voiced by: Anju Nitta (Japanese); Christopher Llewyn Ramirez (English)[3]
Midori Takamine (高峯翠, Takamine Midori)
Voiced by: Takumi Watanabe (Japanese); Jason Librecht (English)[3]
Chiaki Morisawa (守沢千秋, Morisawa Chiaki)
Voiced by: Yuichi Jose (Japanese); Aaron Campbell (English)[3]
Kanata Shinkai (深海奏汰, Shinkai Kanata)
Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama (Japanese); Brandon McInnis (English)[3]

Ra*bits[edit]

Nazuna Nito (仁兎なずな, Nito Nazuna)
Voiced by: Yuki Yonai (Japanese); Stephen Sanders (English)[3]
Hajime Shino (紫之創, Shinō Hajime)
Voiced by: Tomoya Kosaka (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)[3]
Tomoya Mashiro (真白友也, Mashiro Tomoya)
Voiced by: Shunya Hiruma (Japanese); Blake McNamara (English)[3]
Mitsuru Tenma (天満光, Tenma Mitsuru)
Voiced by: Junya Ikeda (Japanese); Derek Whitener (English)[3]

2wink[edit]

Yuta Aoi (葵ゆうた, Aoi Yūta) and Hinata Aoi (葵ひなた, Aoi Hinata)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō (Japanese); Justin Duncan (English)[3]

Akatsuki[edit]

Soma Kanzaki (神崎颯馬, Kanzaki Sōma)
Voiced by: Keisuke Kaminaga (Japanese); Patrick McAlister (English)[3]
Keito Hasumi (蓮巳敬人, Hasumi Keito)
Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)[3]
Kuro Kiryu (鬼龍紅郎, Kiryu Kuro)
Voiced by: Shinichiro Kamio (Japanese); Jarrod Greene (English)[3]

MaM[edit]

Madara Mikejima (三毛縞斑, Mikejima Madara)
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (Japanese); Tyson Rineheart (English)[3]

Switch[edit]

Natsume Sakasaki (逆先夏目, Sakasaki Natsume)
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese); Derick Snow (English)[3]
Sora Harukawa (春川宙, Harukawa Sora)
Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese); Emily Fajardo (English)[3]
Tsumugi Aoba (青葉つむぎ, Aoba Tsumugi)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)[3]

Shuuetsu Academy[edit]

Adam[edit]

Nagisa Ran (乱凪砂, Ran Nagisa)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
Ibara Saegusa (七種茨, Saegusa Ibara)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka

Reimei Academy[edit]

Eve[edit]

Hiyori Tomoe (巴日和, Tomoe Hiyori)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Dallas Reid (English)[3]
Jun Sazanami (漣 ジュン, Sazanami Jun)
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida (Japanese); Orion Pitts (English)[3]

Ensemble Square[edit]

Alkaloid[edit]

Hiiro Amagi (天城一彩, Amagi Hiiro)
Voiced by: Gakuto Kajiwara
Aira Shiratori (白鳥藍良, Shiratori Aira)
Voiced by: Kōhei Amasaki
Mayoi Ayase (礼瀬 マヨイ, Ayase Mayoi)
Voiced by: Chiharu Shigematsu
Tatsumi Kazehaya (風早巽, Kazehaya Tatsumi)
Voiced by: Masatomo Nakazawa

Crazy:B[edit]

Rinne Amagi (天城燐音, Amagi Rinne)
Voiced by: Yohei Azakami
HiMERU (ひめる, Himeru)
Voiced by: Jun Kasama
Niki Shiina (椎名 ニキ, Shiina Niki)
Voiced by: Tomohiro Yamaguchi
Kohaku Oukawa (桜河 こはく, Oukawa Kohaku)
Voiced by: Kaito Tasuku

Supporting characters[edit]

Jin Sagami (佐賀美陣, Sagami Jin)
Voiced by: Tomoyasu Hishiba (Japanese); Mike McFarland (English)[3]
Akiomi Kunugi (椚章臣, Kunugi Akiomi)
Voiced by: Wataru Komada

Media[edit]

Game[edit]

Ensemble Stars! was released for the Android on April 28, 2015 and iOS on May 1, 2015. On March 9, 2020, the app was relaunched and was split into two separate games: Basic the original game with brand new story content; and Music, a brand new rhythm game. In June 2020, Happy Elements announced that they were changing the game's App Store rating from 4+ to 17+.[6]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation written and illustrated by Ichi Sayo was launched in Kodansha's Shōjo manga magazine Aria on August 28, 2015[7] and ended on December 28, 2016.[8]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced in December 2015.[9] It was planned to premiere in 2017, but the staff announced they had postponed it in February 2017.[10] The series was produced by David Production aired from July 7 to December 22, 2019 on Tokyo MX, SUN, KBS, TVA, and BS11.[11] Masakazu Hishida was the director under the pseudonym Junpaku Yagurashita.[12] Yasufumi Soejima was the series director, with Shinichi Inotsume as chief writer, and Haruko Iizuka, Tomoyuki Shitaya, and Eri Nagata as character designers.[13] Akira was the scriptwriter, and Tatsuya Kato composed the series' music.[14] Funimation has acquired the series for streaming in North America; the simuldub premiered on August 4, 2019.[15] The anime uses the CACANi 2D animation & in-between software tool.

No. Title Original air date
1"New Wind"
July 7, 2019 (2019-07-07)
2"Howl"
July 14, 2019 (2019-07-14)
3"Resolve"
July 21, 2019 (2019-07-21)
4"Blooming"
July 28, 2019 (2019-07-28)
5"Marionette (Part 1)"
August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)
6"Marionette (Part 2)"
August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)
7"Emperor"
August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)
8"Rift"
August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)
9"Counterattack"
September 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)
10"Element (Part 1)"
September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)
11"Element (Part 2)"
September 15, 2019 (2019-09-15)
12"Decision"
September 22, 2019 (2019-09-22)
13"Supernova"
October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
14"Tanbata (Part 1)"
October 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)
15"Tanbata (Part 2)"
October 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)
16"Summer Concert (Part 1)"
October 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)
17"Summer Concert (Part 2)"
November 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)
18"Judgement"
November 10, 2019 (2019-11-10)
19"Autumn Live (Part 1)"
November 17, 2019 (2019-11-17)
20"Autumn Live (Part 2)"
November 24, 2019 (2019-11-24)
21"Halloween Party"
December 1, 2019 (2019-12-01)
22"Starlight Festival"
December 8, 2019 (2019-12-08)
23"Effort"
December 15, 2019 (2019-12-15)
24"Miracle"
December 22, 2019 (2019-12-22)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Summer 2019 Anime Preview Guide". Anime News Network. 2019-07-08.
  2. ^ "「あんスタ」 5周年&アニメ化記念、2020年春にメットライフドームでライブ" (in Japanese). Natalie. Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an Funimation. "[Master Thread] Ensemble Stars (English dub)". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2019-08-07.
  4. ^ "4月4日はオカマの日!みんなが思い浮かべるオネェキャラや男の娘キャラは?". Nijimen (in Japanese). 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  5. ^ "気さくで明るいオネェキャラ!? 草摩そうすけさん演じる『あんさんぶるスターズ!』鳴上 嵐を紹介!【第13回】". Animate (in Japanese). 2015-04-23. Retrieved 2020-05-09.
  6. ^ "App Store版(iOS版)のアプリの年齢制限指定変更の経緯について". Happy Elements (in Japanese). 2020-06-06. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  7. ^ 「あんさんぶるスターズ!」マンガ版開幕、TrickstarらがARIAでキラめく. Natalie (in Japanese). August 28, 2015. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  8. ^ マンガ版「あんさんぶるスターズ!」フィナーレ!ARIAで車谷晴子の新連載も. Natalie (in Japanese). December 28, 2016. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Ressler, Karen (2015-12-04). "Ensemble Stars! TV Anime, Stage Play Confirmed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-04-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2017-02-17). "Genco Postpones Ensemble Stars! TV Anime Series". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2021-04-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Ensemble Stars! TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Reveals July Premiere". Anime News Network. January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "King of Prism's Masakazu Hishida Revealed as Ensemble Stars! Anime's Director (Updated)". Anime News Network. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Ensemble Stars! TV Anime Unveils Directors, Designers, July 7 Premiere, Character Visuals". Anime News Network. April 7, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ensemble Stars TV Anime Reveals Staff, 2019 Premiere". Anime News Network. May 5, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "Funimation Turns Up the Heat with Their Summer 2019 Lineup!". Funimation. June 14, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.

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