Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hana Kagami no Fantasia

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Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hana Kagami no Fantasia
Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka Hanakagami no Fantasia DVD cover.jpg
Cover of the regular edition DVD
Japanese明治東亰恋伽~弦月の小夜曲~
Directed byHiroshi Watanabe
Screenplay byYoshiko Nakamura
Based onMeiji Tokyo Renka
by Mages
Starring
Music byImagine Voice
CinematographyAsahiko Koshiyama
Edited byRie Matsubara
Production
company
Release date
  • May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hana Kagami no Fantasia (劇場版 明治東亰恋伽 〜花鏡の幻想曲〜, "Meiji Tokyo Renka the Movie: Fantasia of the Flower Mirror") is a 2016 Japanese anime film directed by Hiroshi Watanabe and based on the visual novel Meiji Tokyo Renka by Mages. The film was screened at Shinjuku and Ikebukuro in Tokyo, Japan on May 6, 2016.

The story follows Mei Ayazuki, a high school girl with the ability to see spirits, who was sent back in time to the Meiji period. The plot is a continuation of the 2015 anime film, Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade, which follows Kyōka Izumi's route from the original Meiji Tokyo Renka game, with the addition of Tōsuke Iwasaki, an original character, to introduce new elements.

Plot[edit]

As Mei Ayazuki and the others watch Otojiro Kawakami perform, Kyōka recalls meeting Tosuke and his mother during childhood. During the after-party, Tosuke shows Mei and Kyōka the shattered flower mirror, informing them that the shards she had freed have returned. He requests Mei to help him find the remaining pieces, hoping to restore the mirror in order to avenge his mother's death by killing the snake spirit living inside. Mei recalls seeing the mirror in her own time period, but she faints upon memory.

The next day, Kyoka visits Mei at Otojiro's ochaya and reveals that the mirror is connected to the spirit world. He gives her a rabbit-shaped bell out of concern for her leaving with Tosuke alone the night prior and, when he becomes drunk, reveals that he fears her leaving. Later, Yakumo Koizumi notifies Mei and Tosuke of an onmoraki, which he believes has possessed Goro Fujita; however, both Mei and Tosuke see one in town. During their investigation, Tosuke, noticing Mei's rabbit-shaped bell, admits to Mei that, like Kyoka, he would never let her out of his sight, only to brush off his comment as a joke. At night, Mei spots Charlie in town and follows him to a shrine, where he informs her that she will be able to return to her time period the next week for the full moon. When she confides this to Kyoka, he becomes angry and avoids her. In the following days, Mei continues to help Tosuke, while Kyoka seeks advice from Ogai Mori and Shunso Hishida.

During Shunso's art exhibit, he becomes possessed by the onmoraki and draws a nue, and Otojiro knocks him out before he can jump out of the window. Tosuke defeats the onmoraki with his electric device, allowing Mei to take its shard. The mirror is restored, but, with Tosuke's electric device, it brings the nue into real life. When Tosuke takes Mei to the world inside the mirror, he confronts the snake spirit and attempts to shoot it despite her protests. Instead, Kyoka, who had followed them, is mortally wounded from the gunshot after sacrificing himself to save Mei.

Kyoka recognizes the snake spirit as Tosuke's mother, who he met as a child after his mother had died. The snake spirit confirms that she had impersonated Tosuke's mother after his real mother had died from illness and left when she could no longer maintain a human form. Kyoka also realizes that he and Mei had met when they were young, after she had seen him through the mirror. Before he dies, he tells Tosuke that he can still change and confesses to Mei that he loves her. Mei replies that she loves him as well and kisses him. The snake spirit sacrifices herself to revive Kyoka, and Tosuke makes peace with her. The three return from the mirror, with the town back to normal and the nue gone.

During the next full moon, Mei meets with Charlie, realizing that he had led her to the mirror when she was young and had introduced her to Kyoka. She thanks him for allowing her to meet new people, and he proceeds with his magic show. In a post-credits scene, Mei meets with Kyōka, revealing that she had chosen to stay in the Meiji period instead of going home.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hana Kagami no Fantasia is part of the animated film project that Broccoli had announced on November 4, 2013.[1] The film is animated by Studio DEEN, with Hiroshi Watanabe directing under supervision from Yukiko Uozumi, the scenario writer for the original game.[2] Additional staff members included Yoshiko Nakamura as the screenplay writer and Akio Hirakawa as the character designer.[2] The voice cast reprised their roles from the game and the previous film.[3][4] The plot is a continuation of the 2015 anime film, Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade, which follows Kyōka Izumi's route from the original Meiji Tokyo Renka game, with new plot elements introduced through Tōsuke Iwasaki's character.[5]

The theme song for the film is "Yakusoku (約束)", performed by KENN, which was released as a single on September 4, 2016.[6] Two versions of the single were released with alternate covers: one with a themed Meiji Tokyo Renka cover,[6], and one with a "KENN style cover", which features himself.[7] The single reached #41 on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.[6]

Due to Yumihari no Serenade's poor box office performance, Hana Kagami no Fantasia was released through a one-day screening event on May 6, 2016 at Cinemart Shinjuku in Shinjuku and Cinema Sunshine in Ikebukuro, with Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kyoka's voice actor, appearing at the final screening.[5] Afterwards, the film screened at Animate stores in the middle of May 2016.[8] The film was later given a region 2 DVD home release on August 22, 2016, which peaked at #13 on the Oricon Weekly DVD Chart.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2013-11-04). "Meiji Tokyo Renka Romance Game Gets Anime Project". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  2. ^ a b Loo, Egan (2015-02-02). "Meiji Tokyo Renka Film's Deen Staff, July Opening Unveiled". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (2015-04-15). "Meiji Tokyo Renka Game's Cast Returns for Anime Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2015-05-08). "Sumire Morohoshi to Voice Heroine in Meiji Tokyo Renka Film". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  5. ^ a b "『明治東亰恋伽~花鏡の幻想曲~』岡本信彦さん登壇の最速上映会、先行チケット抽選販売が本日スタート! 新グッズも発売決定". Animate (in Japanese). 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  6. ^ a b c "劇場版「明治東亰恋伽~花鏡の幻想曲~」主題歌「約束」". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ "劇場版「明治東亰恋伽~花鏡の幻想曲~」主題歌「約束」【KENN style盤】". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  8. ^ "5月6日に行われた映画「明治東亰恋伽~花鏡の幻想曲~」舞台挨拶のレポートが公開". 4gamer (in Japanese). 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  9. ^ "劇場版 明治東亰恋伽 ~花鏡の幻想曲~【魂依BOX】". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2019-03-17.

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