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Meiji Tokyo Renka
Meiji Tokyo Renka anime.jpg
Anime key visual
明治東亰恋伽
(Meiji Tōkyō Renka)
GenreReverse harem[1]
Game
DeveloperBroccoli
PublisherBroccoli
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: September 26, 2013
Game
Meiji Tokyo Renka: Twilight Kiss (明治東亰恋伽 トワヰライト・キス)
DeveloperBroccoli
PublisherBroccoli
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation Portable
Released
  • JP: April 23, 2015
Game
Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon (明治東亰恋伽 Full Moon)
DeveloperMages.
PublisherMages.
GenreVisual novel
PlatformPlayStation Vita
iOS
Android
Released
  • JP: August 25, 2016
(PlayStation Vita)
  • JP: July 20, 2017
(iOs & Android)
Game
Meiji Tokyo Renka: Haikara Date (明治東亰恋伽~ハヰカラデヱト~)
DeveloperMages., Love & Art
PublisherMages., Love & Art
GenreVisual novel
PlatformiOs, Android
Released
  • JP: December 14, 2018
Anime television series
Directed byAkitaro Daichi
Written byYukiko Uozumi
Haruka
Motoko Takahashi
Music byShiki
StudioTMS/V1 Studio
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, TV Aichi
Original run January 9, 2019 March 27, 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
See also
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

Meiji Tokyo Renka (Japanese: 明治東亰恋伽, Hepburn: Meiji Tōkyō Renka) is a Japanese visual novel series produced by Mages, with character design and art provided by Karu. The series follows Mei Ayazuki, a high school girl who is sent back in time to the Meiji period and explores her relationships with spirits and Japanese historical figures.

Meiji Tokyo Renka was released as a mobile game by Dwango in 2011, with over 300,000 users playing the game. In 2013, it was ported onto the PlayStation Portable by Broccoli, and was then followed by game sequels and updated re-releases. The original game franchise also expanded with a series of adaptations, including theatrical animated films, musical theatre adaptations, an animated television series, and a live-action film.

Plot[edit]

On the night of the crimson moon, high school student Mei Ayazuki comes across a traveling magician, Charlie, and is transported back in time to the Meiji period, where she meets several historical figures and is invited to live with them. Though Mei has lost her memories, she begins helping the men with their own concerns through her ability to see and interact with spirits. While waiting for the next full moon, Mei comes to consider staying in the Meiji period altogether.

Characters[edit]

Mei Ayazuki (綾月芽衣, Ayazuki Mei)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (anime)[2][3] (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)
Portrayed by: Shion Aoki (Oborozuki no Chat Noir musical),[4] Momoko Suzuki (Gekkō no Meine Liebe musical),[5] Rikka Ihara (live-action film)[6]
Mei is a high school student who is transported into the Meiji period and loses her memories. She has the ability to see spirits. Her name can be changed by the player in the games.
Ogai Mori (森鴎外, Mori Ōgai)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (anime & games)[7] (Japanese); Christopher Wekhamp (English)
Portrayed by: Hirofumi Araki (musical),[8] Shuto Miyazaki (live-action film)[9]
Ogai is a translator and writer who also works as a doctor for the military. After meeting Mei, he has her to pretend to be his cousin to avoid suspicion. Later on, he asks her to pose as his fiancée and invites her to live in his house. Throughout his route, Ogai faces a spirit named Elise, a character he created based on a girl he admired while he was in Germany.
Shunso Hishida (菱田春草, Hishida Shunsō)
Voiced by: KENN (anime & games)[7] (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)
Portrayed by: Shohei Hashimoto (musical),[8] Makaha Takahashi (live-action film)[9]
Shunso is an artist living with Ōgai and is known for his unique art style. He acts exasperated towards Ogai and Mei, but secretly admires them. He is fascinated with cats, but falls into a slump after a black cat from one of his paintings escapes into the real world. Shunso also has problems with his vision and avoids getting examined out of fear that it may lead to the end of his career.
Otojiro Kawakami (川上音二郎, Kawakami Otojirō)
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (anime & games)[7] (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)
Portrayed by: Kousuke Asuma (musical),[8] Taiki Yamazaki (live-action film)[9]
Otojiro is an actor who works as a cross-dressing geisha under the name Otoyakko. He invites Mei to train as a geisha at his okiya. He enjoys the plays that Kyoka writes and uses them for his performances.
Kyoka Izumi (泉鏡花, Izumi Kyōka)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (anime & games)[7] (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (English)
Portrayed by: Tomoru Akazawa (musical),[8] Toman (live-action film)[9]
Kyoka is a playwright. He is mysophobic and hates dogs. Like Mei, he can also see spirits, including the rabbit on his shoulder, a memento from his deceased mother.
Goro Fujita (藤田五郎, Fujita Gorō)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (anime & games)[7]
Portrayed by: Yu Yoshioka (musical),[8] Yuki Kubota (live-action film)[9]
Goro is a policeman and a former member of the Shinsengumi. The reflection of his katana allows him to see spirits, which he fights to protect peace in the village.
Yakumo Koizumi (小泉八雲, Koizumi Yakumo)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (anime & games)[7]
Portrayed by: Ire Shiozaki (musical),[8] Tetsuya Iwanaga (live-action film)[9]
Yakumo is a researcher from Greece who came to Japan to teach English and do research on Japanese spirits.
Charlie (チャーリー, Chārī)
Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa (anime & games) (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)[7]
Portrayed by: Yūya Asato (musical),[8] Yutaka Kobayashi (live-action film)[9]
Charlie is a traveling magician who transports Mei into the Meiji period. His real identity is Tenichi Shokyokusai (松旭斎 天一, Shōkyokusai Tenichi). He can only appear at nighttime.
Tosuke Iwasaki (岩崎桃介, Iwasaki Tōsuke)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (anime & games)[2][7]
Portrayed by: Shōta Matsushima (live-action film)[9]
Tosuke was introduced as an original character for the 2015 anime film Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade,[2] but was integrated into the main cast following the release of Full Moon. He is an inventor with focus on electric devices and can also see spirits. Because he believes a spirit killed his mother when he was young, he hopes to eliminate all spirits from the world.
Koyo Ozaki (尾崎 紅葉, Ozaki Kōyō)
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara
Koyo is an author and Kyōka's mentor. He was introduced as a new character for Haikara Date.
Rentaro Taki (滝廉 太郎, Taki Rentarō)
Voiced by: Shouta Aoi[10]
Rentaro is a prodigy pianist. He was introduced as a new character for Haikara Date.
Taikan Yokoyama (横山 大観, Yokoyama Taikan)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[11]
Taikan is an apprentice painter and Shunso's friend. He was introduced as a new character for Haikara Date.

Media[edit]

Games[edit]

Meiji Tokyo Renka was originally a game published for mobile phones in 2011 by Dwango.[6] The characters were designed by Karu.[12] The game's theme song was "Tokyo Roman Tan" by KENN. The game was ported to the PlayStation Portable by Broccoli, which released on September 26, 2013. The game's theme song is "Kurenai no Yoru no Uta" by KENN. A sequel, Meiji Tokyo Renka: Twilight Kiss, was released for the PlayStation Portable on April 23, 2015.

An updated re-release of the first game, titled Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon, was released for the PlayStation Vita on August 25, 2016, which included a route for Tosuke Iwasaki, an original character from Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade and Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hana Kagami no Fantasia. A mobile port for the iOS and Android were released on July 20, 2017.[13]

A fourth game developed by Mages and titled Meiji Tokyo Renka: Haikara Date was released as a mobile game app on December 14, 2018.[14]

Film[edit]

An animated film project was announced in January 2013,[12] and the cast from the original game reprised their roles.[7] Sumire Morohoshi was cast as Mei, who was unvoiced in the games, and the film also introduced a new original character, Tōsuke Iwasaki.[2] The film was animated by Studio Deen and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe.[2]

The story is centered on Kyoka Izumi's route, with new plot elements introduced through Tosuke Iwasaki.[15] The first film, Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade, was released in theaters in Japan on July 18, 2015.[7] The theme song, "Dance in the Light", was performed by KENN.[16] The second part, Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hana Kagami no Fantasia was given a one-day screening event on May 6, 2016 in select theaters due to the first film's poor box office performance.[17]

A live-action film titled Meiji Tokyo Renka was announced in January 2018 and is slated for a 2019 release.[18] Rikka Ihara was cast as Mei.[6] The film also stars Yutaka Kobayashi as Charlie, Shuto Miyazaki as Ōgai, Makaha Takahashi as Shunso, Daiki Yamazaki as Otojirō, Toman as Kyōka, Yuki Kubota as Gorō, Tetsuya Iwanaga as Yakumo, and Shōta Matsushima as Tōsuke.[9][19] To promote the film, a live-action television series featuring the same cast will air in April 2019.[18] Daisuke Namikawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto, and Toshiyuki Morikawa, who voiced Ogai, Kyoka, and Charlie respectively, will make voice-only cameos in the film. The theme song, "Ichiya no Eien ni Kimi Omou", will be performed by KENN.[20]

Musicals[edit]

A musical theatre adaptation titled Kageki Meiji Tokyo Renka: Oborozuki no Chat Noir ran in June 2016.[21][22][23] Oborozuki no Chat Noir is centered on Shunso Hishida's route.[24][4][25] The musical was directed by Kotaro Yoshitani and written by Sayaka Sakuragi.[8] It starred Shohei Hashimoto as Shunso, Hirofumi Araki as Ōgai, Kousuke Asuma as Otojirō, Tomoru Akazawa as Kyōka, Yu Yoshioka as Gorō, Ire Shiozaki as Yakumo, and Yūya Asato as Charlie.[8] Shion Aoki was cast as Mei.[4] The musical was given a home release on Blu-ray and region 2 DVD on October 5, 2016, with the Blu-ray peaking at #175 and the DVD at #109 on the Oricon Weekly Charts.[26][27]

A sequel stage musical titled Kageki Meiji Tokyo Renka: Gekkō no Meine Liebe ran from August 18–19, 2018 at Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka and August 25-September 2, 2018 at Theatre 1010 in Tokyo.[28] The musical focuses on Ogai Mori's route.[5] The cast from the previous musical reprised their roles, this time with Hirofumi Araki as lead, while Momoko Suzuki was recast in the role of Mei.[5][29]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced at a promotional event in October 2016.[30] Akitaro Daichi was announced as the director at the Haikara Date promotional event on January 21, 2018.[18] The cast from the games and the anime film reprises their roles and the show is animated by TMS Entertainment.[18] The series premiered on Tokyo MX and TVA from January 9 to March 27, 2019.[3][31] The series is being simulcasted by Crunchyroll, and in Indonesia by Ponimu.[32][33] It is also being given an English dub by Funimation.[34]

The opening theme song is "Tsukiakari no Rhapsodia" by KENN.[35] The series features three ending songs, each performed by members of the cast: "Hoshikuzu no Yomibito" by KENN and Daisuke Namikawa; "Mellow na Yoru ni Odorimashō" by Shinnosuke Tachibana and Nobuhiko Okamoto; and "Yoiya Yoiya" by Kousuke Toriumi and Jun Fukuyama.[35]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1"The Unexpected Strawberry Moon"
Transcription: "Sutoroberī Mūn wa Totsuzen ni" (Japanese: ストロベリームーンは突然に)
January 9, 2019 (2019-01-09)
2"Sukiyaki Is Romance Veiled in Steam"
Transcription: "Gyūnabe wa yuge ni kasumu roman" (Japanese: 牛鍋は湯気にかすむロマン)
January 16, 2019 (2019-01-16)
3"Caught in the Ghost Hotel"
Transcription: "Gōsuto Hoteru de Tsukamaete" (Japanese: ゴーストホテルでつかまえて)
January 23, 2019 (2019-01-23)
4"Flower of Asakusa Rendezvous"
Transcription: "Hana no Asakusa randebū" (Japanese: 花の浅草ランデブー)
January 30, 2019 (2019-01-30)
5"Long Road to Becoming a Fiancée"
Transcription: "Harukanaru fianse e no michi" (Japanese: はるかなるフィアンセへの道)
February 6, 2019 (2019-02-06)
6"Electricity of Dreams and Passion"
Transcription: "Yume to jōnetsu to erekiteru" (Japanese: 夢と情熱とエレキテル)
February 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)
7"I Miss You Dearly, Rainy Day"
Transcription: "Aitakuteaitakute reinīdei" (Japanese: 逢いたくて逢いたくてレイニーデイ)
February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)
8"Masagocho Cat Café Incident"
Transcription: "Managomachi neko kafe jihen" (Japanese: 真砂町猫カフェー事変)
February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
9"Escaping at 3 O'Clock in the Afternoon"
Transcription: "Esukēpu gogosanji" (Japanese: エスケープ午後三時)
March 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)
10"Labyrinth of Love and Heartache"
Transcription: "Aishi-sa to setsuna-sa rabirinsu" (Japanese: 愛しさと切なさラビリンス)
March 13, 2019 (2019-03-13)
11"Chat Noir Won't Look Back"
Transcription: "Shanowāru wa furimukanai" (Japanese: シャノワールは振り向かない)
March 20, 2019 (2019-03-20)
12"Embraced by the Strawberry Moon"
Transcription: "Sutoroberīmūn ni idakarete" (Japanese: ストロベリームーンに抱かれて)
March 27, 2019 (2019-03-27)

Reception[edit]

Over 300,000 users had downloaded the 2011 mobile game.[6] The PlayStation Portable port of the original game sold 5,963 copies in its first week.[36]

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