Haruchika

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Haruchika
Haruchika novel volume 1 cover.jpg
Cover of Taishutsu Game, the first novel in the Haruchika series
ハルチカ
Genre Mystery
Novel series
Written by Sei Hatsuno
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Original run October 29, 2008 – present
Volumes 5
Manga
Written by Sei Hatsuno
Illustrated by Būta
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace
Original run December 2015 – present
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Haruchika: Haruta & Chika
Directed by Masakazu Hashimoto
Produced by Jun'ichirō Tamura
Kenji Horikawa
Yukiko Katō
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Shirō Hamaguchi
Studio P.A.Works
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, SUN, SBS, KNB, TVS, CTC, tvk, GBS, BS11, MTV, TVQ
English network
Original run January 7, 2016March 24, 2016
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Live-action film
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Haruchika (ハルチカ), also called Haruta & Chika, is a Japanese mystery novel series by Sei Hatsuno. Kadokawa Shoten has published five novels since October 2008. A manga adaptation published by Kadokawa Shoten in Monthly Shōnen Ace began serialization in December 2015. An anime television series adaptation titled Haruchika: Haruta & Chika by P.A.Works premiered on January 7, 2016. A live-action film adaptation of the same name will premiere on March 4, 2017.

Plot[edit]

Haruta and Chika are members of their high school wind instrument club that is on the verge of being shutdown because there are only four members. The two are childhood friends that got split up, but reunited nine years later and they spend their days studying and also trying to recruit new members. When a mysterious event occurs within their school, they band together in order to solve the mystery.

Characters[edit]

Chika Homura (穂村 千夏, Homura Chika)
Voiced by: Sarah Emi Bridcutt
Played by: Kanna Hashimoto
Chika is a first-year high school student. She was a tomboy girl who wants to changes her image to be a girly girl by joining the Brass Club. She plays the flute.
Haruta Kamijō (上条 春太, Kamijō Haruta)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō
Played by: Shori Sato
Haruta is a first-year high school student. He is Chika's childhood friend, but is often attacked by her as a running gag. He lives alone in a small apartment to escape the exploitation of his three elder sisters. Haruta gains a huge popularity, both in and outside the school campus due to his capability of solving mysteries. He plays the French horn.
Shinjirō Kusakabe (草壁 信二郎, Kusakabe Shinjirō)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae
Played by: Keisuke Koide
The school's music teacher and club supervisor. He was once a famous conductor, but suddenly retired and becomes a music teacher instead. He is the center of Chika and Haruta's attention. Like Haruta, Kusakabe is also a capable detective and always solves the problem first before Haruta, but allows Haruta and Chika to discover things for themselves.
Miyoko Narushima (成島 美代子, Narushima Miyoko)
Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga
A second year student. She plays the oboe. She stopped playing for a year following the death of her younger brother, until Haruta completes a supposedly unsolvable Rubik's cube for her and told her that she needed to put the past behind her and keep on living.
Maren Sei (マレン・セイ)
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki
A first year student. He plays the alto saxophone. He is a Chinese-American and was born in China, but due to the country's one-child policy, his parents put him up for adoption with the intent of giving him a better life elsewhere. He was briefly a member of the drama club, but he joined the brass band club after being defeated by Haruta in an acting challenge.
Akari Gotō (後藤 朱里, Gotō Akari)
Voiced by: Yuki Yamada
She is a lively girl who leads the first-year members. She plays the bass trombone. She first met the brass club in order to solve a mystery involving her grandfather. She later joins upon entering high school, when Haruta, Chika, and the rest of the first-years became second-years.
Kaiyū Hiyama (檜山 界雄, Hiyama Kaiyū)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Played by: Hiroya Shimizu
Naoko's childhood friend who plays percussion. He had withdrawn from school for a year during which he was a radio announcer on the indie radio program "Frequency 77.4 MHz," where he and a group of senior citizens give out advice to listeners.
Naoko Serizawa (芹澤 直子, Serizawa Naoko)
Voiced by: Asami Seto
Played by: Yuri Tsunematsu
A first-year student. She is a clarinet player who dreams of playing professionally, until she started losing her hearing. She has completely lost the hearing in her left ear, and is partially deaf in her right ear as well. She was the only main character to never actually join the brass club, only being a supporter of the group, and one of Chika's music mentors. However, she eventually joins after watching them at competition.
Keisuke Katagiri (片桐 圭介, Katagiri Keisuke)
Voiced by: Seiichirō Yamashita
Played by: Koki Maeda
The Brass Club's president. He plays the trumpet.
Kae Asahina (朝比奈 香恵, Asahina Kae)
Voiced by: Chiaki Omigawa
A second-year high school student and Sae's older twin sister. She plays the clarinet.
Sae Asahina (朝比奈 紗恵, Asahina Sae)
Voiced by: Emi Miyajima
A second-year high school student and Kae's younger twin sister. She plays the bass tuba.

Media[edit]

Print[edit]

The Haruchika series of mystery novels are written by Sei Hatsuno. The first novel in the series was published by Kadokawa Shoten on October 29, 2008 in a tankōbon format; five volumes have been published in this format as of September 30, 2015. Kadokawa Shoten has also released the series in bunkobon format starting on July 24, 2010 featuring cover illustrations by Yoko Tanji for the first three volumes, and Hiko Yamanaka for the subsequent volumes. The Taiwan print version features illustrations by Rum.

A manga adaptation[2] illustrated by Būta, with character designs by Namaniku ATK, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace with the December 2015 issue.[3] The first tankōbon was released on December 26, 2015.[4]

Novel list[edit]

No. Title Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 Exit Game
Taishutsu Gēmu (退出ゲーム)
October 29, 2008[5] ISBN 978-4-04-873898-9
2 First Love Sommelier
Hatsukoi Somurie (初恋ソムリエ)
October 1, 2009[6] ISBN 978-4-04-873998-6
3 Fantasy Organ
Kūsō Orugan (空想オルガン)
August 31, 2010[7] ISBN 978-4-04-874097-5
4 Thousand-year Juliet
Sennen Jurietto (千年ジュリエット)
March 26, 2012[8] ISBN 978-4-04-874227-6
5 Planet Charon
Wakusei Karon (惑星カロン)
September 30, 2015[9] ISBN 978-4-04-110476-7

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation titled Haruchika: Haruta & Chika (ハルチカ 〜ハルタとチカは青春する〜, Haruchika: Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru, lit. Haruta and Chika Enjoy Their Youth), produced by P.A.Works and directed by Masakazu Hashimoto, premiered on January 7, 2016 on Tokyo MX.[10] Character design is provided by Namaniku ATK. The opening theme song is "Niji o Ametara" (虹を編めたら, "If We Could Weave Rainbows") by Fhána, and the ending theme is "Kūsō Triangle" (空想トライアングル, "Imaginary Triangle") by ChouCho.[10] The series is licensed by Funimation in North America, and is simulcast on their website. Madman Entertainment licensed the series in Australia and New Zealand, and the series is simulcasting on AnimeLab.

Episode list[edit]

No. Official English title[11]
Original Japanese title[12]
Original air date
1 "Melodious Cipher"
"Merodiasu na Angō" (メロディアスな暗号) 
January 7, 2016
The Brass Band Club find a coded message left for their teacher. 
2 "Cloth Cube"
"Kurosu Kyūbu" (クロスキューブ) 
January 14, 2016
Haruta and Chika discover the reason for an oboist's depression and help her complete a puzzle to resolve her grief. 
3 "Exit Game"
"Taishutsu Gēmu" (退出ゲーム) 
January 21, 2016
The Brass Band and Drama clubs use an improvisational acting showdown to help an adopted saxophonist resolve feelings of rejection from his birth parents. 
4 "Vernacular Modernism"
"Vanakyurā Modanizumu" (ヴァナキュラー・モダニズム) 
January 28, 2016
Haruta needs a new place to live and the only available apartment seems to be in a haunted building inherited from a practical joker. 
5 "Elephant's Breath"
"Erefantsu Buresu" (エレファンツ・ブレス) 
February 4, 2016
A trombonist asks Haruta to solve the mystery of why her recently returned grandfather abandoned her grandmother decades ago. 
6 "Springraphy"
"Supuringurafi" (スプリングラフィ) 
February 11, 2016
Haruta and Chika investigate an intruder in the music room, and why she has recently become withdrawn and had falling grades. 
7 "The Frequency is 77.4 MHz"
"Shūhasū wa 77.4MHz" (周波数は77.4MHz) 
February 18, 2016
To increase their club budget for the new year, Haruta and Chika search for the president of the geology research club and find two colonies of shut-ins. 
8 "First Love Sommelier"
"Hatsukoi Somurie" (初恋ソムリエ) 
February 25, 2016
Serizawa asks for help saving her aunt who is investigating her first love. 
9 "The Gaze of Asmodeus"
"Asumodeusu no Shisen" (アスモデウスの視線) 
March 3, 2016
Haruta and Chika visit a neighbouring school to discover why its music teacher accepted a voluntary suspension. 
10 "The Jabberwock's License"
"Jabauokku no Kansatsu" (ジャバウォックの鑑札) 
March 10, 2016
On the day of the district competition, Haruta finds a valuable dog and must quickly determine which of two claimants is its true owner. 
11 "Valley of Eden"
"Eden no Tani" (エデンの谷) 
March 17, 2016
Haruta and Chika help an eccentric friend of their teacher to discover what happened to the key for a rare antique piano. 
12 "Sympathy Triangle"
"Kyōmei Toraianguru" (共鳴トライアングル) 
March 24, 2016
Haruta deduces that their teacher has been offered a job with a symphony and follows him with Chika, learning more about why he left professional music. 

Film[edit]

A live-action film adaptation of the same name starring Shori Sato of the idol group Sexy Zone and Kanna Hashimoto will premiere on March 4, 2017.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aniplus HD to Air HaruChika, ERASED, Norn9 Anime in January". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
  2. ^ "HaruChika Mystery Novel Series Gets Manga Adaptation". Anime News Network. August 30, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "TVアニメ化決定の吹奏楽ミステリ「ハルチカ」など、エース新連載4本" (in Japanese). Natalie. October 26, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "ハルチカ (1)" [Haruchika (1)] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved January 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ 退出ゲーム [Taishutsu Game] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  6. ^ 初恋ソムリエ [Hatsukoi Sommelier] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  7. ^ 空想オルガン [Kūsō Organ] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  8. ^ 千年ジュリエット [Sennen Juliet] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  9. ^ 惑星カロン [Wakusei Charon] (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "HaruChika Anime's 2nd Promo Video Reveals January 6 Premiere". Anime News Network. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Haruchika: Haruta & Chika". Funimation. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Story" (in Japanese). P.A.Works. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ "HaruChika Novels Get Live-Action Film With Idols Shori Sato, Kanna Hashimoto". Anime News Network. March 17, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Live-Action HaruChika Film Downplays Love Triangle, Mystery-Solving". Anime News Network. September 28, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 

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