Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens volume 1 cover.jpg
Light novel first volume cover
博多豚骨ラーメンズ
(Hakata Tonkotsu Rāmenzu)
Light novel
Written by Chiaki Kisaki
Illustrated by Hako Ichiiro
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Media Works Bunko
Original run February 25, 2014 – present
Volumes 8
Manga
Written by Chiaki Kisaki
Illustrated by Kisara Akino
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
Original run July 2016May 2017
Volumes 2
Manga
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō
Written by Chiaki Kisaki
Illustrated by Chiako Nagaoka
Published by Square Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly G Fantasy
Original run August 2017 – present
Anime television series
Directed by Kenji Yasuda
Written by Shogo Yasukawa
Music by Kōtarō Nakagawa
Studio Satelight
Licensed by Crunchyroll (Worldwide rights outside of Asia)[1]
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, TVQ
Original run January 12, 2018 March 30, 2018
Episodes 12
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Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens (博多豚骨ラーメンズ, Hakata Tonkotsu Rāmenzu) is a Japanese light novel series written by Chiaki Kisaki and illustrated by Hako Ichiiro. ASCII Media Works have published seven volumes since 2014 under their Media Works Bunko imprint. The light novel won the Grand Prize at the 20th annual Dengeki Novel Awards. A manga adaptation with art by Kisara Akino was serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine G Fantasy between July 2016 and May 2017. It was collected in two tankōbon volumes. A second manga adaptation titled Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō, with art by Chiako Nagaoka, was launched on August 18, 2017 in the same magazine. An anime television series adaptation by Satelight aired from January 12 to March 30, 2018.

Characters[edit]

Characters from Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens. From left to right: Genzō Gohda, Enokida, Yamato, Saeki, José Martínez, Shigematsu, Saitoh, Lin Xianming, Zenji Banba, Jiro, and Misaki.
Zenji Banba (馬場 善治, Banba Zenji)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono[2] (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)[3]
A detective who runs his own agency called the Banba Detective Office. Born and raised in Hakata, he loves Tonkotsu ramen, Mentaiko, and baseball. He is also the identity of the famous assassin known as The Niwaka Samurai.
Lin Xianming (林 憲明, Rin Shenmin)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji[2] (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)[3]
A crossdressing hitman from Kunming, China. He is skilled with the knife. He came to Japan to look for his sister and to pay off a large debt incurred by his family. After finding out his sister was murdered by the very agency he worked for, he teamed up with Banba to kill them and joins him afterwards. His real name is Maomei, and he sold himself to help his family's poor financial situation. He would undergo brutal training to become an assassin for five years with the help of his roommate Feilang, who ended up betraying him during the final exam.
Kazuki Saitoh (斉藤 和樹, Saitō Kazuki)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi[2] (Japanese); Stephen Fu (English)[3]
A former baseball player who was kicked off the team for severely injuring a fellow player during a pitch. He becomes a contractor for Murder Inc. He is a new employee having recently moved from Tokyo to Hakata.
Enokida (榎田)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono[2] (Japanese); Kyle Igneczi (English)[3]
A skilled computer hacker who runs an information shop. He and Banba have a longstanding working relationship. He uses mechanical spiders as tracking devices to discreetly pick up information. His real name is Chihiro Matsuda (松田 千尋) and he is the son of Kazuo Matsuda, a member of Japan's House of Representatives. He was caught hacking and his father ordered his butler Yagi fake his death by sending him away to Hakata to allow him to live freely. He would dye his hair and assume the name of Enokida to cover his true identity.
Jirō (ジロー)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[2] (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)[3]
A former hairdresser who runs his own hitman agency. He moved to Hakata after his lover was murdered to start his own agency, and has been Misaki's caretaker.
Misaki (ミサキ)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[2] (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors (English)[3]
An elementary school student who assists Jiro in running his agency.
José Martínez (ホセ・マルティネス, Hose Marutinesu)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[2] (Japanese); Marcus D. Stimac (English)[3]
A torturer who immigrated from the Dominican Republic.
Yamato (大和)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[2] (Japanese); Eric Vale (English)[3]
A host who works for the club Adam.
Saeki (佐伯)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[2]
Director of a cosmetic surgery clinic.
Shigematsu (重松)
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada[2] (Japanese); Ben Phillips (English)[3]
A veteran detective who has a great working relationship with Banba. He investigates incidents that are not judged by the law.
Genzō Gohda (剛田 源造, Gōda Genzō)
Voiced by: Kōsei Hirota[2]
A chef who works at a ramen stand that Banba frequently dines at. He is a former hitman nicknamed G.G (Ji-Ji) who was the strongest in Hakata.
Shunsuke Saruwatari (猿渡 俊助, Saruwatari Shunsuke)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[2]
A hitman who formerly worked for Murder Inc. He is a submarine-style pitcher for a rival baseball team and he fights by throwing shurikens and other projectiles in the same manner. He was ace of Murder Inc, but he left Murder Inc and return to Kitakyushu where is his home. because he was fed up with the boring assignments he keeps on getting and want to fight a stronger opponent. With his new employer, he is assigned to kill the Nikawa Samurai and is determined to do it on his own terms. As such, he develops a rivalry with Banba and will help him out when he is threatened not wanting anybody else to kill him.
Naoya Nitta (新田 巨也, Nitta Naoya)
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze[2] (Japanese); Shawn Gann (English)[3]
A consultant who investigates child murders in Kitakyushu. He used to play baseball as Saruwatari's catcher, and as such he has a close relationship with him.
Chegaru (チェガル)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[4] (Japanese); Chris Wehkamp (English)[3]
Siva (シヴァ, Shiba)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae[4] (Japanese); Justin Briner (English)[3]
Irasawa (井良沢)
Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka[4] (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (English)[3]
Feilang (緋狼)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki[4] (Japanese); Alejandro Saab (English)[3]
A hitman from Beijing who was Lin's training partner. He provided emotional support for Lin while at the assassin training grounds in China. However, he ends up betraying him at the final exam where the two had to fight to the death when he revealed that he killed his previous roommate. Lin apparently killed him to pass the exam, but he survived and has since made a living as a hitman in Beijing.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by Satelight aired from January 12 to March 30, 2018, as part of Dengeki's 25th anniversary. The opening theme is "Stray" (ストレイ, Sutorei), performed by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets. The ending theme is "Dirty Bullet" performed by the jazz band TRI4TH.[2][5][4] Crunchyroll streamed the series and Funimation the simuldub.[6]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Play Ball"
"Purei bōru" (プレイボール)
January 12, 2018
2"Irregular"
"Iregyurā" (イレギュラー)
January 19, 2018
3"Teamwork"
"Chīmuwāku" (チームワーク)
January 26, 2018
4"Ninth Inning, Two Outs"
"9 kai ura tsūauto" (9回裏ツーアウト)
February 2, 2018
5"Tryouts"
"Torai auto" (トライアウト)
February 9, 2018
6"Pinch Hitter"
"Pinchi hittā" (ピンチヒッター)
February 16, 2018
7"Lead-off Hitter"
"Rīdo ofu man" (リードオフマン)
February 23, 2018
8"Trick Play"
"Torikku purei" (トリックプレイ)
March 2, 2018
9"Hit and Run"
"Endo ran" (エンドラン)
March 9, 2018
10"Shortstop"
"Shōto sutoppu" (ショートストップ (遊撃手))
March 16, 2018
11"Brawl"
"Rantō" (乱闘)
March 23, 2018
12"Walk-Off Home Run"
"Sayonara hōmu ran" (サヨナラホームラン)
March 30, 2018

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2018 Simulcast License Acquisitions". Crunchyroll. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Anime Reveals Promo Video, More of Cast, Song Artists, January Debut". Anime News Network. October 1, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens English Cast & Crew". Funimation. January 28, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Anime Adds 4 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. February 10, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Anime Premieres January 12". Anime News Network. December 1, 2017. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Crunchyroll, Funimation Announce 7 Anime for Winter 2018 Simulcast Season". Anime News Network. December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.

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