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Heavy Object
Heavy Object light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover featuring the character Milinda Brantini
ヘヴィーオブジェクト
(Hevī Obujekuto)
Genre Action, Mecha
Light novel
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Ryō Nagi
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run October 10, 2009 – present
Volumes 15
Manga
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Shinsuke Inue
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Black Maoh, Dengeki Maoh
Original run 20092011
Volumes 1
Manga
Heavy Object S
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Sakae Saitō
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run 20112013
Volumes 3
Manga
Heavy Object A
Written by Kazuma Kamachi
Illustrated by Sakae Saitō
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run February 2015October 2016
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Takashi Watanabe
Produced by Jun Fukuda
Kazuma Miki
Kosuke Shukuwa
Kozue Kananiwa
Nobuhiro Nakayama
Satoshi Fukao
Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino
Music by Maiko Iuchi
Keiji Inai
Studio J.C.Staff
Sanzigen (3DCG)
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, MBS, TVA, BS11, AT-X
Original run October 2, 2015 March 25, 2016
Episodes 24 (List of episodes)
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Heavy Object (ヘヴィーオブジェクト, Hevī Obujekuto) is a Japanese light novel series, written by Kazuma Kamachi and illustrated by Ryō Nagi. ASCII Media Works have published fourteen volumes since 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko label. It has received three manga adaptations. A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by J.C.Staff (with 3DCG provided by Sanzigen) aired from October 2 to March 25, 2016.[1]

Plot[edit]

In the future, the development of massive war machines called Objects have rendered conventional warfare and even tactical nuclear weapons seemingly obsolete. As a consequence of this military upheaval, all of the nations of the world have fractured into four coalitions which constantly wage war on each other; the "Legitimate Kingdom", focused on tradition; the "Capitalist Corporation" (in the anime the "Capitalist Enterprise"), which values profit; the "Information Alliance" (in the anime the "Intelligence Union"), focused on knowledge; and the "Faith Organization", which values religion above everything else. With the perception that only Objects can destroy Objects, modern warfare is reduced to duels between Objects, resulting in shorter, cleaner, and safer wars. However, this all changes when two regular soldiers from the Legitimate Kingdom, Qwenthur Barbotage and Havia Winchell, use their smarts and ingenuity to destroy the "Water Strider" Object of the Faith Organization all by themselves. Having proven that Objects created by man can also be destroyed by man, Qwenthur and Havia are thrown into a new world of harrowing adventures and dangerous suicide missions, while together with Qwenthur befriending and saving the Legitimate Kingdom's Elite Melinda Brantini, of the Object the "Baby Magnum".

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Qwenthur Barbotage (クウェンサー=バーボタージュ, Kuwensā Bābotāju)
Voiced by: Natsuki Hanae (Japanese); Justin Briner[2] (English)
Qwenthur, the main protagonist, is a young military cadet studying to be a Heavy Object engineer due to his fascination with Objects. His kindness and chivalry is only second to his quick wit. He is Havia's best friend and partner in their missions and usually acts as the brains of the duo. He is also close friends with Milinda after saving her from capture by the Faith Organization.
Havia Winchell (ヘイヴィア=ウィンチェル, Heivia Wincheru)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Micah Solusod[2] (English)
Havia is a member of the powerful Winchell family, and joins the military in the hopes of gaining enough fame and renown to earn his inheritance as the head of the Winchell family. He is Qwenthur's best friend and partner in their missions and typically handles all of the fighting. It is later revealed that he wishes to take control of the Winchell family in order to end its feud with the rival Vanderbilt family, so that he can marry his fiance who is part of the Vanderbilts.
Milinda Brantini (ミリンダ=ブランティーニ, Mirinda Burantīni)
Voiced by: Eri Suzuki (Japanese); Alexis Tipton[2] (English)
Milinda is the pilot of the Legitimate Kingdom's Heavy Object "Baby Magnum", a first generation Object. After being saved by Qwenthur and Havia, Milinda quickly befriends the two soldiers and happily provides whatever support she can to their missions within Baby Magnum. It is also hinted that she has a crush on Qwenthur.
Frolaytia Capistrano (フローレイティア=カピストラーノ, Furōreitia Kapisutorāno)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō[3] (Japanese); Morgan Garrett[2] (English)
Frolaytia is Qwenthur and Havia's strict and heartless commanding officer. She's often happy to throw the pair into extremely dangerous missions and is quick to punish them for any disobedience. However, she secretly does care for Qwenthur and Havia and does whatever she can to make sure they complete their missions and survive. Her reason for joining the military is because she wants to avoid an arranged marriage with a long list of suitors who want to use her to produce a male heir offspring. Qwethur's actions help end the pressure of her 3rd suitor, Halreed Copacabana, who had just become 1st on the list.

Legitimacy Kingdom[edit]

Ayami Cherryblossom (アヤミ=チェリーブロッサム, Ayami Cherīburossamu)
Voiced by: Mari Yokoo (Japanese); Wendy Powell[2] (English)
Flide (フライド, Furaido)
Voiced by: Ryusuke Obayashi (Japanese); R Bruce Elliott[citation needed] (English)
Seawax (シーワックス, Shīwakkusu)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese); Ian Sinclair[citation needed] (English)
Vanderbilt (バンダービルト, Bandābiruto)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[citation needed] (English)
Havia's betrothed who is from a rival family. Although Havia seems to act cold towards her, he truly does care for her as he fears for her life during "The Battle for Supremacy in Antarctica". Also although their families are against their betroval Havia plans to end the feud once he takes over the Winchell family.
Halreed Copacabana (ハルリード=コパカバーナ, Harurīdo Kopakabāna)
Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi (Japanese); J. Michael Tatum[citation needed] (English)
Halreed is the pilot of the Legitimate Kingdom's Heavy Object "Bright Hopper", a second generation Object. Assigned to defeat the Mass Driver Conglomerate's Heavy Object, Halreed was injured after the Bright Hopper was destroyed by the MDC's railgun. A high ranking noble, Halreed was one of the top suitors to be in an arranged marriage with the Kingdom's commanding officer Frolaytia and produce a male heir offspring out of it. But he canceled those plans after Qwenthur fooled him into thinking that Frolaytia was in an illicit relationship with one of her soldiers.
Bilany Saronno (バイラニー=サローノ, Bairanī Sarōno)
Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Japanese); Anastasia Muñoz[citation needed] (English)
Staccato Raylong (スタッカート=レイロング, Stakkāto Reirongu)
Voiced by: Shinobu Matsumoto (Japanese); Marcus D. Stimac[citation needed] (English)
Staccato is a jet fighter pilot who goes under the codename "Burning Alpha". He assists Qwenthur in freeing the Kingdom's Object Baby Magnum from debris during a mission in the abandoned Amazon City.
Charlotte Zoom (シャルロット=ズーム, Sharurotto Zūmu)
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi (Japanese); Felecia Angelle[4] (English)
An oversight officer who is interested in Qwenthur. She joins Qwenthur's team during a mission in Kamchatka that involved infiltrating a radar facility where her and Qwenthur are almost killed.
Myonri (ミョンリ, Myonri)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese); Tia Ballard[citation needed] (English)
Myonri is a soldier assigned to Havia's team during a mission in Kamchatka that involved infiltrating a radar facility. She survives the failed attempt at sabotaging the Faith Organization's Heavy Object "Wing Balancer" and makes it back to base with Havia, Qwethur, and Charlotte.
Westy (ウェスティ Wesuti)
Voiced by: Yuna Yoshino (Japanese); Apphia Yu[citation needed] (English)
Westy is a soldier assigned to Havia's team during a mission in Kamchatka that involved infiltrating a radar facility. She's killed along with Cookman during a failed attempt at sabotaging the Faith Organization's Heavy Object "Wing Balancer".
Charles (チャールズ, Chāruzu)
Voiced by: Daiki Yamashita (Japanese); Clifford Chapin[4] (English)
Charles is the shy and barely speaking military tech expert assigned to Qwenthur's team during a mission in Kamchatka that involved hacking surveillance UAVs belonging to the Faith Organization. He was killed by Nutley who betrayed the group.
Cookman (クックマン, Kukkuman)
Voiced by: Kaku Yamamoto (Japanese); Rick Keeling[citation needed] (English)
Cookman is a soldier assigned to Havia's team during a mission in Kamchatka that involved infiltrating a radar facility. He's killed along with Westy during a failed attempt at sabotaging the Faith Organization's Heavy Object "Wing Balancer".

Information Alliance[edit]

Lendy Farolito (レンディ=ファロリート, Rendi Farorīto)
Voiced by: Rina Sato (Japanese); Jamie Marchi[citation needed] (English)
Lendy is the Lieutenant Colonel of the Information Alliance. She takes an interest in Qwenthur later on in the series after Qwethur's confrontation with Oh ho ho.
Oh ho ho (おほほ, Ohoho)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese); Monica Rial[citation needed] (English)
Oh ho ho is the code name given by the Legitimate Kingdom for the pop idol and pilot of the Information Alliance's Heavy Object "Rush", a second generation Object. Originally assigned to a joint operation in Oceania with the Kingdom's Object Baby Magnum, Oh ho ho prevented Milinda from providing backup to Qwenthur and Havia's mission under the orders of the joint task force commander Councillor Flide. They would cross paths again in Alaska in a battle between Rush and Baby Magnum, where Qwenthur confronts the pilot in her cockpit and finds out her true appearance is child-like due to genetic enhancements. After this confrontation she seems to have developed a crush on Qwethur. She even wanted him as her personal object maintainer.

Battlefield Cleanup Service[edit]

Wydine Uptown (ワイディーネ=アップタウン, Waidīne Apputaun)
Voiced by: Satomi Arai (Japanese); Carli Mosier[citation needed] (English)
Leader of the team; She will do anything for money. Qwethur convinces her and her team to help them in the Victoria Island battle by paying with the diamonds he found in the mine from his last mission.
Charm (チャーム, Chāmu)
Voiced by: Mari Nakatsu (Japanese); Kristen McGuire[citation needed] (English)
A battle maid serving under Wydine.
Lemish (レミッシュ, Remisshu)
Voiced by: Juri Kimura (Japanese); Natalie Hoover[citation needed] (English)
Another battle maid serving under Wydine.

Capitalist Corporations[edit]

Buffer Planters (バッファ=プランターズ, Baffa Purantāzu)
Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese); Greg Dulcie[citation needed] (English)

24th Mobile Maintenance Battalion[edit]

Nutley (ナッツレイ, Nattsurei)
Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Josh Grelle[citation needed] (English)
Prizewell City Slicker (プライズウェル=シティ=スリッカー, Puraizuweru Shiti Surikkaa)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese); Eric Vale[citation needed] (English)
Prizewell is the pilot of the Legitimate Kingdom's Heavy Object "Indigo Plasma", a second generation Object.

Faith Organization[edit]

Klondike (クロンダイク, Kurondaiku)
Voiced by: Shinpachi Tsuji (Japanese); Mark Stoddard[citation needed] (English)

Other characters[edit]

Monica (モニカ, Monika)
Voiced by: Rumi Okubo (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft[citation needed] (English)
Monica is a starlet and battlefield reporter for the CS Military Channel. She is the spoiled daughter of a wealthy noble family, before they lost everything and accepted refuge from Qwenthur's father to hideout in his storehouse. Her position as reporter was set up by Qwenthur himself.
Sladder Honeysuckle (スラッダー=ハニーサックル, Suraddā Hanīsakkuru)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo[citation needed] (English)
Shikibu (シキブ, Shikibu)
Voiced by: Ikumi Hayama (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak[citation needed] (English)
Iekazu (イエカズ, Iekazu)
Voiced by: Junichi Yanagita (Japanese); Anthony Bowling[citation needed] (English)
Orihime (オリヒメ, Orihime)
Voiced by: Inori Minase (Japanese); Alison Viktorin[citation needed] (English)

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The first light novel volume was published on October 10, 2009 by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. As of September 2017, fourteen volumes have been published.

Volume list[edit]

No.TitleJapanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1Heavy Object
Hevī Obujekuto (ヘヴィーオブジェクト)
October 10, 2009[5]ISBN 978-4-04-868069-1
2Heavy Object: Recruitment War
Hevī Obujekuto Saiyō Sensō (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 採用戦争)
June 10, 2010[6]ISBN 978-4-04-868594-8
3Heavy Object: Shadow of the Giants
Hevī Obujekuto Kyōjin-tachi no Kage (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 巨人達の影)
November 10, 2010[7]ISBN 978-4-04-870051-1
4Heavy Object: The Electric Mathematic Treasure
Hevī Obujekuto Denshi Sūgaku no Zaihō (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 電子数学の財宝)
September 10, 2011[8]ISBN 978-4-04-870549-3
5Heavy Object: Festival of Death
Hevī Obujekuto Shi no Saiten (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 死の祭典)
November 10, 2011[9]ISBN 978-4-04-870997-2
6Heavy Object: Path to the Third Generation
Hevī Obujekuto Daisansedai e no Michi (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 第三世代への道)
June 10, 2012[10]ISBN 978-4-04-886624-8
7Heavy Object: Ghost Police
Hevī Obujekuto Bōrei-tachi no Keisatsu (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 亡霊達の警察)
November 9, 2013[11]ISBN 978-4-04-866080-8
8Heavy Object: The 7X% Governor
Hevī Obujekuto Nanamaru Pāsento no Shihaisha (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 七〇%の支配者)
March 8, 2014[12]ISBN 978-4-04-866379-3
9Heavy Object: The Salvation of Negative 195 Degrees
Hevī Obujekuto Hyōtenka Ichikyūgodo no Kyūsai (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 氷点下一九五度の救済)
April 10, 2015[13]ISBN 978-4-04-865064-9
10Heavy Object: The Outer Gods
Hevī Obujekuto Sotonaru Kami (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 外なる神)
October 10, 2015[14]ISBN 978-4-04-865452-4
11Heavy Object: Dance With Noble Sister
Hevī Obujekuto Banira Aji no Kagaku-shiki (ヘヴィーオブジェクト バニラ味の化学式)
February 10, 2016[15]ISBN 978-4-04-865764-8
12Heavy Object: 0.01mm War
Hevī Obujekuto Ichiban Chīsana Sensō (ヘヴィーオブジェクト 一番小さな戦争)
September 10, 2016[16]ISBN 978-4-04-892353-8
13Heavy Object: Northern Empire Cinderella Story
ヘヴィーオブジェクト 北欧禁猟区シンデレラストーリー
April 10, 2017[17]ISBN 978-4-04-892835-9
14Heavy Object: Project Whiz Kid
ヘヴィーオブジェクト 最も賢明な思考放棄
September 8, 2017[18]ISBN 978-4-04-893331-5
15Heavy Object: Manhattan On Stage
ヘヴィーオブジェクト 最も賢明な思考放棄 #予測不能の結末
April 10, 2018[19]ISBN 978-4-04-893787-0

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation with art by Shinsuke Inue was serialized in ASCII Media Works's seinen manga magazines Dengeki Black Maoh and Dengeki Maoh from 2009 to 2011. A single tankōbon of Heavy Object was released on May 27, 2011.[20] A second manga adaptation, with art by Sakae Saitō and titled Heavy Object S, was also serialized in Dengeki Maoh from 2011 to 2013. Three tankōbon volumes of the manga were released between August 27, 2012 and July 27, 2013.[21][22] A third manga adaptation titled Heavy Object A, also by Saitō, was serialized in Dengeki Maoh from 2015 to 2016.[23] It also received three tankōbon volumes, released between February 27, 2015 and October 27, 2016.

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff was announced at the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival event on October 5, 2014. Twenty-four episodes aired between October 2, 2015 and March 25, 2016, with the CG being handled by studio Sanzigen.[1]

Video games[edit]

Several Heavy Object characters appeared in the sequel to Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, a fighting game by Sega featuring various characters from works published under the Dengeki Bunko imprint. Qwenthur is a playable character, assisted by Milinda and Havia, and Frolaytia is a support character.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Heavy Object Anime Date, Visual, Staff Revealed". Anime News Network. March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Fall Broadcast Dub English Cast Announcement – Heavy Object!". Funimation. November 7, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Shizuka Itou Joins Heavy Object Anime Cast". Anime News Network. October 13, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Charlotte: @FeleciaAngelle Westy: @soymilkpudding Nutsray: @JoshGrelle Charles: @CliffordChapin (1 of 2)". Twitter. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 採用戦争 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 巨人達の影 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 電子数学の財宝 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  9. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 死の祭典 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 第三世代への道 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 亡霊達の警察 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 七〇%の支配者 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 氷点下一九五度の救済 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 外なる神 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト バニラ味の化学式 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 一番小さな戦争 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  17. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 北欧禁猟区シンデレラストーリー (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  18. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 最も賢明な思考放棄 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  19. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト 最も賢明な思考放棄 #予測不能の結末 (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  20. ^ ヘヴィーオブジェクト (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  21. ^ "ヘヴィーオブジェクトS 01" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  22. ^ "ヘヴィーオブジェクトS 03" (in Japanese). Dengeki Bunko. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Heavy Object Novels by Magical Index's Kamachi Get New Manga". Anime News Network. February 8, 2015. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Heavy Object Characters Join Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Sequel". Anime News Network. June 8, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 

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