Meiji Tokyo Renka

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Meiji Tokyo Renka
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Key Visual
明治東亰恋伽
(Meiji Tōkyō Renka)
GenreRomance
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
Anime film
Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hanakagami no Fantasia
Directed byHiroshi Watanabe
StudioStudio Deen
ReleasedMay 6, 2016
Runtime60 minutes
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
Meiji Tokyo Renka
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 – present
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
See also
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Meiji Tokyo Renka (Japanese: 明治東亰恋伽, Hepburn: Meiji Tōkyō Renka) is a Japanese visual novel series produced by Mages. Initially released as a mobile game by Dwango in 2011, it soon received a video game port on the PlayStation Portable in 2013, followed by several game sequels. The original game also included a series of adaptations, including two animated films, a stage play adaptation, 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 is determined to return to her own time period.

Characters[edit]

Mei Ayazuki (綾月芽衣, Ayazuki Mei)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi (anime)[1][2] (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)
Portrayed by:: Shion Aoki/Momoko Suzuki (musical), Rikka Ihara (live-action film)[3]
Mei is a high school student who is transported into the Meiji period and loses her memories. She is a tamayori and can 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)[4] (Japanese); Christopher Wekhamp (English)
Portrayed by: Hirofumi Araki (musical),[5] Shuto Miyazaki (live-action film)[6]
Ogai is a translator and writer. After meeting Mei, he has her to pretend to be his fiancée to avoid suspicion and invites her to live in his house.
Shunso Hishida (菱田春草, Hishida Shunsō)
Voiced by: KENN (anime & games)[4] (Japanese); Daman Mills (English)
Portrayed by: Shohei Hashimoto (musical),[5] Makaha Takahashi (live-action film)[6]
Shunso is an artist living with Ōgai. He is fascinated with cats.
Otojiro Kawakami (川上音二郎, Kawakami Otojirō)
Voiced by: Kousuke Toriumi (anime & games)[4] (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)
Portrayed by: Kousuke Asuma (musical),[5] Daiki Yamazaki (live-action film)[6]
Otojiro is an actor who works at a cross-dressing geisha bar.
Kyoka Izumi (泉鏡花, Izumi Kyōka)
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (anime & games)[4] (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (English)
Portrayed by: Tomoru Akazawa (musical),[5] Toman (live-action film)[6]
Kyoka is a playwright. He is mysophobic and hates dogs, but he loves rabbits. Like Mei, he is also a tamayori and can see spirits.
Goro Fujita (藤田五郎, Fujita Gorō)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama (anime & games)[4]
Portrayed by: Yu Yoshioka (musical),[5] Yuki Kubota (live-action film)[6]
Goro is a policeman and a former member of the Shinsengumi.
Yakumo Koizumi (小泉八雲, Koizumi Yakumo)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana (anime & games)[4]
Portrayed by: Ire Shiozaki (musical),[5] Tetsuya Iwanaga (live-action film)[6]
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)[4]
Portrayed by: Yūya Asato (musical),[5] Yutaka Kobayashi (live-action film)[6]
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).
Tosuke Iwasaki (岩崎桃介, Iwasaki Tōsuke)
Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya (anime & games)[1][4]
Portrayed by: Shōta Matsushima (live-action film)[6]
Tosuke was introduced as an original character for the 2015 anime film Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade,[1] but was integrated into the main cast following the release of Full Moon. He is an inventor and also a tamayori who can see spirits.
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[7]
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
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.[3] The characters were designed by Karu.[8] 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.

Meiji Tokyo Renka: Full Moon was released for the PlayStation Vita on August 25, 2016. A mobile port for the iOS and Android were released on July 20, 2017.[9]

A fourth game developed by Mages and titled Meiji Tokyo Renka: Haikara Date was released as a mobile game app on December 14, 2018.[10]

Film[edit]

An animated film adaptation titled Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade was announced in January 2013.[8] It was released in theaters in Japan on July 18, 2015, with the cast from the original game reprising their roles.[4] Sumire Morohoshi was cast as Mei, who was unvoiced in the games, and the film also introduced a new original character, Tōsuke Iwasaki.[1] The film was animated by Studio Deen and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe.[1] The theme song, "Dance in the Light", was performed by KENN.[11]

A second animated film, Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Hanakagami no Fantasia (劇場版 明治東亰恋伽 〜花鏡の幻想曲〜) was released in theaters in Japan on May 6, 2016. The theme song, "Yakusoku", was performed by KENN.

A live-action film was announced in January 2018 and is slated for a 2019 release.[12] Rikka Ihara was cast as Mei.[3] The film also stars Yutaka Kobayashi as Charlie, Shuto Miyazaki as Ōgai, Makaha Takahashi as Shunso, Daiki Yamazaki as Otojirō, Toman as Kyōka, Yuuki Kubota as Gorō, Tetsuya Iwanaga as Yakumo, and Shōta Matsushima as Tōsuke.[6] To promote the film, a live-action television series featuring the same cast will air in April 2019.[12]

Musical[edit]

A musical adaptation titled Kageki Meiji Tokyo Renka: Oborozuki no Chat Noir ran in June 2016[13][14] and was a follow-up sequel to the plot of the 2015 anime film Gekijōban Meiji Tokyo Renka: Yumihari no Serenade.[15] The musical was directed by Kotaro Yoshitani and written by Sayaka Sakuragi.[5] It starred Hirofumi Araki as Ōgai, Shohei Hashimoto as Shunso, Kousuke Asuma as Otojirō, Tomoru Akazawa as Kyōka, Yu Yoshioka as Gorō, Ire Shiozaki as Yakumo, and Yūya Asato as Charlie.[5] A sequel stage musical titled 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.[16]

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced at a promotional event in October 2016.[17] Akitaro Daichi was announced as the director at the Haikara Date promotional event on January 21, 2018.[12] The cast from the games and the anime film will be reprising their roles and the show will be animated by TMS Entertainment.[12] The series will air on Tokyo MX on January 9, 2019.[2][18] The series is being simulcasted by Crunchyroll, and in Indonesia by Ponimu.[19][20] It is also being given an English dub by FUNimation.[21]

The opening theme song is "Tsukiakari no Rhapsodia" by KENN.[22] The series will feature 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.[22]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Director Writer 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)
Akitaro DaichiMotoko TakahashiJanuary 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)
TBATBAJanuary 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)
TBATBAJanuary 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)
TBATBAJanuary 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)
TBATBAFebruary 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)
TBATBAFebruary 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)
7"I Miss You Dearly, Rainy Day"
Transcription: "逢いたくて逢いたくてレイニーデイ" (Japanese: Aitakuteaitakute reinīdei)
TBATBAFebruary 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)

Reception[edit]

Over 300,000 users had downloaded the 2011 mobile game.[3] The PlayStation Portable port of the original game sold 5,963 copies in its first week.[23]

References[edit]

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