Infinite Dendrogram

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Infinite Dendrogram
Infinite Dendrogram Vol 1 Cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
インフィニット・デンドログラム
(Infinitto Dendoroguramu)
Novel series
Written bySakon Kaidō
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2015 – present
Light novel
Written bySakon Kaidō
Illustrated byTaiki
Published byHobby Japan
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintHJ Bunko
Original runOctober 2016 – present
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Manga
Illustrated byKami Imai
Published byHobby Japan
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
ImprintHJ Comics
MagazineComic Fire
Original run2016 – present
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Manga
Crow Record: Infinite Dendrogram Another
Illustrated byLa-na
Published byMedia Factory
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runMay 27, 2019 – present
Anime television series
Directed byTomoki Kobayashi
Written byYūichirō Momose
Music byKenji Hiramatsu
StudioNAZ
Licensed byFunimation[1]
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, SUN
Original run January 9, 2020 – present
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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Infinite Dendrogram (インフィニット・デンドログラム, Infinitto Dendoroguramu) is a Japanese light novel series written by Sakon Kaidō and illustrated by Taiki. It began serialization online in 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Hobby Japan, who published the first light novel volume in October 2016 under their HJ Bunko imprint. Eleven volumes have been released as of October 2019. A manga adaptation with art by Kami Imai has been serialized via Hobby Japan's Comic Fire website since 2016. It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes. Both the light novel and manga have been licensed in North America by J-Novel Club.[2][3] An anime television series adaptation by NAZ premiered on January 9, 2020.

Premise[edit]

In the year 2043, the virtual reality MMORPG Infinite Dendrogram is released, featuring the ability to perfectly simulate players' five senses. Nearly two years later, Reiji Mukudori enters the world of Infinite Dendrogram and assumes the name "Ray Starling", and upon his arrival, he is joined by his more experienced brother Shuu and his Embryo companion Nemesis. As Ray explores the world of Infinite Dendrogram, he learns to make a life for himself there and meets different kinds of friends and foes.

Characters[edit]

Reiji Mukudori (椋鳥 玲二, Mukudori Reiji) / Ray Starling (レイ・スターリング, Rei Sutāringu)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō[4]
The protagonist. A soon-to-be college freshman that bought a copy of Infinite Dendrogram two years after the game's release. He chooses to begin his adventure in the Kingdom of Altar, where he becomes a Paladin.
Nemesis (ネメシス, Nemeshisu)
Voiced by: Yūko Ōno[4]
Ray's Embryo, an special kind of artificial intelligence that provides the player with information and tactical support. She transforms into Ray's weapon, a sword, and like all Embryos, she can evolve depending on Ray's progress throughout the game.
Shu Starling (シュウ・スターリング, Shū Sutāringu)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[4]
Ray's brother, already an experienced player of Infinite Dendrogram. He constantly wears a bear costume.
Rook Holmes (ルーク・ホームズ, Rūku Hōmuzu)
Voiced by: Makoto Koichi[4]
A player Ray helps in a battle.
Babylon (バビロン, Babiron)
Voiced by: Yūki Takada[4]
Rook's Embryo.
Hugo Lesseps (ユーゴー・レセップス, Yūgō Reseppusu)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase[4]
Cyco (キューコ, Kyūko)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura[4]
Marie Adler (マリー・アドラー, Marī Adorā)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[4]
Liliana Grandria (リリアーナ・グランドリア, Ririāna Gurandoria)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[5]
An NPC serving as Vice Commander for the army of Altar. She asks for Ray's help in looking for her sister Milianne.
Milianne Grandria (ミリアーナ・グランドリア, Miriāna Gurandoria)
Voiced by: Natsumi Haruse[5]
Liliana's younger sister. She gets lost in an abandoned orchard but Ray saves her.
Cheshire (チェシャ, Chesha)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[5]
One of the artificial intelligences overseeing Infinite Dendrogram. He explains the basic elements of the game to Ray.
Figaro (フィガロ)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[6]
Xunyu (迅羽)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama[6]
Elizabeth S. Altar (エリザベート・S・アルター, Erizabēto Esu Arutā)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida[7]
Juliet (ジュリエット, Jurietto)
Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara[8]
Chelsea (チェルシー, Cherushī)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[8]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

It was originally published by Sakon Kaidō as a free-to-read web novel on Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2015 and Hobby Japan published the first volume in print with illustrations by Taiki in October 2016. As of October 31, 2019, eleven volumes have been published.

Manga[edit]

The light novel series was adapted into a manga series by Kami Imai and published by Hobby Japan, with six volumes released as of October 25, 2019. Both the manga and light novel series are licensed by J-Novel Club.

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on January 25, 2019.[4] Tomoki Kobayashi directs the series,[9] with NAZ producing the animation, Yūichirō Momose handling series composition, Masahiko Nakata designing the characters, and Kenji Hiramatsu composing the series' music. It premiered on January 9, 2020 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, and SUN.[10] Aoi Yūki performs the series' opening theme song "Unbreakable", while Aya Uchida performs the series' ending theme song "Reverb".[6][7] Funimation has licensed the series for a simuldub.[11][12] It will run for 13 episodes.[13]

No. Title[14][a] Original air date[15]
1"The Beginning of Possibility"
Transcription: "Kanōsei no Hajimari" (Japanese: 可能性の始まり)
January 9, 2020 (2020-01-09)
Reiji Mukudori buys a copy of Infinite Dendrogram, the world's first full virtual reality MMORPG. Upon entering the game, he is greeted by Cheshire, one of the AIs in charge of overseeing the game, who tells Reiji he must choose an online alias. Reiji chooses the name "Ray Starling". As he arrives at the Kingdom of Altar, Ray meets Liliana Grandria, an NPC who asks for his help in looking for her sister Milianne. Shu, Ray's brother, offers to help in the quest, but after finding Milianne in an abandoned orchard, they are attacked by demi-drag-worms. With Shu dragged underground and Liliana fighting elsewhere, only Ray is left to bring Milliane to safety. Fortunately, Ray awakens his Embryo, Nemesis, who manifests as a sword, and destroys the last demi-drag-worm, finishing the quest.
2"Tomb Labyrinth"
Transcription: "Bohyō Meikyū" (Japanese: 墓標迷宮)
January 16, 2020 (2020-01-16)
As Ray, Nemesis and Shu celebrate the completion of Ray's first quest, Shu explains some of Altar's history to Ray and helps him to become a Paladin. Later, Ray and Nemesis attempt to level up but they are ambushed by a player killer. Despite his efforts to escape, Ray is killed and has to wait 24 hours before logging into Infinite Dendrogram again. To become stronger, Ray and Nemesis go to the Tomb Labyrinth in the royal cemetery, where they fight zombies and meet Figaro, one of the top-ranking players in Altar, who recommends Ray to visit Gideon, a city where players can have duels and suffer no penalty for dying. As Figaro takes his leave, Ray and Nemesis continue their fight throughout the labyrinth, but Nemesis is left terrified by the zombies and Ray consoles her by polishing her blade.
3"Superior"
(Japanese: 超級)
January 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Funimation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stay Cozy with Funimation's Winter 2020 Lineup". Funimation. December 26, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "J-Novel Club Licenses Demon King Daimaou, Infinite Dendrogram Light Novel Series". Anime News Network. May 9, 2017. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "J-Novel Club Launches Online Manga Reader, Licenses 5 Manga Titles". Anime News Network. November 20, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Infinite Dendrogram Light Novels About VRMMO Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Infinite Dendrogram Anime Casts Aoi Yūki, Natsumi Haruse, Shiori Izawa". Anime News Network. June 4, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Infinite Dendrogram Anime Reveals Promo Video, Opening Theme Artist, Visual, January Premiere". Anime News Network. October 18, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Aya Uchida Performs Ending Theme for Infinite Dendrogram Anime". Anime News Network. December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Infinite Dendrogram Anime Casts Yūki Kuwahara, Maaya Uchida". Anime News Network. December 27, 2019. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  9. ^ "Infinite Dendrogram Anime's Video Reveals Tomoki Kobayashi as Director". Anime News Network. March 23, 2019. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  10. ^ "Infinite Dendrogram Anime Premieres on January 9". Anime News Network. November 15, 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Stay Cozy with Funimation's Winter 2020 Lineup". Funimation. December 26, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "Funimation to Stream Infinite Dendrogram Anime". Anime News Network. December 24, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Infinite Dendrogram Anime Has 13 Episodes". Anime News Network. January 10, 2020. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  14. ^ "STORY" (in Japanese). Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  15. ^ "インフィニット・デンドログラム". Tokyo MX (in Japanese). Retrieved January 9, 2020.

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