Hanjuku Hero

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Hanjuku Hero (半熟英雄 Hanjuku Hīrō?, "Soft-Boiled Hero")[Note 1] is a Japan-exclusive series of real-time strategy video games. It is directed by Takashi Tokita and published by Square Enix (formerly Square). The series contains four main titles and a spinoff game. The main titles are Hanjuku Hero (1988), Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare...! (1992), Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D (2003), and Hanjuku Hero 4: 7-Jin no Hanjuku Hero (2005). The spinoff is a Nintendo DS game called Egg Monster Hero (2005), which is a role-playing game with an emphasis on touch-based gameplay. The series is known for its humor and is centered on Lord Almamoon, the protagonist who must save his country from danger in each game.[1]

Games[edit]

Hanjuku Hero[edit]

Hanjuku Hero
Developer(s) Square
Publisher(s) Square
Designer(s) Takashi Tokita
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Platform(s) Famicom
Release date(s)
  • JP December 2, 1988
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player

Hanjuku Hero (半熟英雄 Hanjuku Hīrō?, "Soft-Boiled Hero") is the first game in the series, released in 1988 for Famicom. It was re-released on the Virtual Console in 2007 for the Wii, in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS and on April 9, 2014 for the Wii U.[2]

Although the game did not receive a stand-alone soundtrack album release, a bonus disc of 17 tracks from the game was included in the soundtrack album to Hanjuku Hero VS 3D, featuring some of Uematsu's earliest work.[3] Patrick Gann of RPGFan was reminded of the soundtracks to Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy III, amid this "humorous" album.[3]

Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare...![edit]

Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare...!
Developer(s) Square
Publisher(s) Square
Designer(s) Takashi Tokita
Artist(s) Kazuyuki Kurashima
Composer(s) Koichi Sugiyama
Platform(s) Super Famicom, WonderSwan Color
Release date(s)
  • JP December 12, 1992
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player

Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare...! (半熟英雄 ああ、世界よ半熟なれ…!! "Let the world become soft-boiled!"?) is the second game in the series. The Egg Monsters featured in the game are parodies of Final Fantasy IV characters. The game was re-released on the WonderSwan Color in 2002. This version features a graphical overhaul and twelve new summons.[4]

A soundtrack album for the game, titled Divertimento Hanjuku Hero, was released by NTT Publishing on January 21, 1993. It features four orchestral renderings of songs from the soundtrack, and 42 tracks from the original soundtrack, composed by Dragon Quest series composer, Koichi Sugiyama.[5]

Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D[edit]

Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D
Developer(s) Square Enix PDD 7
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • JP June 26, 2003
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player

Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D (半熟英雄 対 3D?, "Soft-Boiled Hero vs. 3D") is the first title in the series to be in 3D. Lord Almamoon and his kingdom are sucked into an alternate 3-dimensional world and must fight off polygonal Egg Monsters.[6] A limited edition of the game was released alongside the standard edition, and included merchandise such as playing cards, an egg monster sheet, and a sketchbook.[7] The game sold 151,000 copies the week of its release.[8]

A soundtrack album for the game, titled Hanjuku Hero VS 3D OST, was released by DigiCube on June 25, 2003. It features two discs of tracks from this game, totaling 58 tracks and 1:50:27, and a bonus disc of tracks from the original Hanjuku Hero game, 17:57 long and with 17 tracks.[3] Patrick Gann of RPGFan praised the quirky and referential album, which features humorous vocal songs, musical allusions to Final Fantasy tracks, and numerous puns in the track titles.[3] Additionally, a single for the game's theme song was released by DigiCube on April 23, 2003, with the theme song "Fight! Hanjuku Hero", the song "Without Yolk...", and instrumental versions of the two, totaling 16:02 in duration.[9]

Egg Monster Hero[edit]

Egg Monster Hero
Developer(s) Neverland[10]
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Designer(s) Takashi Tokita
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, mobile phone
Release date(s)
  • JP March, 24, 2005
(DS)
  • JP June 6, 2005
(mobile)
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Egg Monster Hero (エッグモンスターHERO?) is a role playing game spinoff of the Hanjuku Hero. Between Egg Monster invasions, Lord Almamoon has begun slacking off. In order to counteract this, his minister Sebastian sends him to an island to train, which kicks off the story.[11] Egg Monster Hero was released on the Nintendo DS in Japan on March 24, 2005, and was the first game Square Enix published for that console. Players primarily interact using the stylus to drag Egg Monsters towards the enemy and perform special attacks.[1] A mobile phone version of the game became available in Japan on June 6, 2005.[12] The game was intended for a North American release but ultimately canceled due to poor reception by focus groups.[11] It was the 141st best-selling game of 2005 in Japan, selling 92,096 copies.[13]

Hanjuku Hero 4: 7-Jin no Hanjuku Hero[edit]

Hanjuku Hero 4: 7-Jin no Hanjuku Hero
Developer(s) Square Enix PDD 7
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Designer(s) Takashi Tokita
Composer(s) Nobuo Uematsu
Kenji Ito
Tsuyoshi Sekito
Hirosato Noda
Naoshi Mizuta
Ai Yamashita
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • JP April 26, 2005
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player

Hanjuku Hero 4: 7-Jin no Hanjuku Hero (半熟英雄4 ~7人の半熟英雄~?, "Hanjuku Hero 4: The 7 Hanjuku Heroes") was released for the PlayStation 2 in Japan on April 26, 2005. It was released in a normal edition as well as a limited edition titled Hanjuku Ginga Bentō (半熟銀河弁当?, Hanjuku Galaxy Lunch) which contained a lunch box and promotional items.[14] In this game, Lord Almamoon discovers that he has been tricked into marrying the princess of the Katri Kingdom, who is considered to be the ugliest woman in the world.[1] The game contains two types of battles: 100 on 100 battle using a mix of 2D and 3D, and three-on-three party-based Egg Monster vs. Egg Monster battles.[15]

Composers Nobuo Uematsu, Kenji Ito, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Hirosato Noda, Naoshi Mizuta, and Ai Yamashita did the soundtrack of the game. Uematsu has a cameo appearance within the game, along with Sekito and Kenichiro Fukui, both of whom were members of his former band, The Black Mages.[16][17] The limited edition of the game came with a two-disc soundtrack album for the game, titled Hanjuku Hero 4 -The 7 Heroes- ~Sound Collection~. The album contains 43 tracks and covers a duration of 1:51:42.[18]

Reception[edit]

Review scores of the Hanjuku Hero series have been fairly good. The Japanese magazine Famitsu has scored the WonderSwan version of Hanjuku Hero: Aa, Sekaiyo Hanjukunare...! a 30,[19] Tai 3D a 32, Egg Monster Hero a 33, and Hanjuku Hero 4 a 33 on the magazine's 40-point scale.[20]

Hanjuku Hero Tai 3D was the second best-selling game the day of its release at 49,904 copies.[21] The game sold over 169,000 copies during 2003.[22] Egg Monster Hero debuted on the Japanese Dengeki sales charts at number 6 during the week of its release and stayed in the top 50 until the week of May 31, 2005.[23][24] The game has managed to sell approximately 92,096 copies of November 2008.[25] Media Create sales data suggests that Hanjuku Hero 4 sold around 42,819 copies by the week ending June 5, 2005.[26]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The kanji would normally be read eiyū, but furigana (not displayed) indicate the intended reading.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Niizumi, Hirohiko (2004-09-26). "New details on next Square Enix Egg Monster games". GameSpot. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  2. ^ NE_Brian (2014-04-01). "Super Punch-Out!!, Hanjuku Hero hitting the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console next week". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gann, Patrick (2006-02-14). "Hanjuku Hero VS 3D OST". RPGFan. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  4. ^ Harnest, Michael (November 22, 2001). "Hanjuku Hero Sequel Remake Announced with Changes". RPGamer.com. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  5. ^ Gann, Patrick (2000-08-06). "Divertimento Hanjuku Hero". RPGFan. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  6. ^ Niizumi, Hirohiko (2003-03-21). "Square's Hanjuku Hero vs. 3D site gets a major update". GameSpot. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  7. ^ Winkler, Chris (April 16, 2003). "Hanjuku Eiyuu Tai 3D Limited Edition Details". RPGFan.com. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  8. ^ "ファミ通.com / 集計期間:2003年7月14日〜2003年7月20日" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2003-08-01. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  9. ^ Gann, Patrick (2004-10-28). "Fight! Hanjuku Hero / Without Yolk...". RPGFan. Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  10. ^ http://www.n-land.co.jp/develop/emh/emh.html
  11. ^ a b Spencer (2011-03-31). "Why Egg Monster Hero, Square Enix's First DS Game, Was Canned". Siliconera. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  12. ^ Jackson, Jordan (June 13, 2005). "Yukata". RPGamer.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Media Create Top 500 2005". Geimin.net. Retrieved 2009-01-26. 
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  16. ^ Niizumi, Hirohiko (2005-01-21). "Uematsu's Hanjuku plans will make fans smile". GameSpot. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  17. ^ Winkler, Chris (January 21, 2005). "Hanjuku Eiyuu 4 Composers Revealed". RPGFan.com. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  18. ^ Gann, Patrick (2005-10-30). "Hanjuku Hero 4 -The 7 Heroes- ~Sound Collection~". Retrieved 2011-05-11. 
  19. ^ ワンダースワン - 半熟英雄 ああ、世界よ半熟なれ・・・!!. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.113. 30 June 2006.
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  21. ^ Winkler, Chris (2003-06-27). "Hanjuku Hero VS 3D and Viorate no Atelier Sales". RPGFan.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  22. ^ "2003 Top 100 Best Selling Japanese Console Games". The-MagicBox.com. Retrieved 2008-12-21. 
  23. ^ Jackson, Jordan (May 31, 2005). "Culture Shock". RPGamer. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  24. ^ Jackson, Jordan (April 4, 2005). "Konnichiwa". RPGamer. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  25. ^ "Nintendo DS Japanese Ranking". Japan-GameCharts.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  26. ^ Bayer, Glen (June 14, 2005). "[Japa-N] Sales data; info on Lunar and Goemon". N-Sider.com. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 

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