Mix (manga)

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Mix
Mix volume 1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first manga volume of Mix.
ミックス
(Mikkusu)
GenreSports (baseball)
Manga
Written byMitsuru Adachi
Published byShogakukan
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Sunday
Original runMay 12, 2012 – present
Volumes14
Anime television series
Directed byOdahiro Watanabe
Produced byKōji Nagai
Written byAtsuhiro Tomioka
Music byNorihito Sumitomo
StudioOLM
Licensed by
Original networkNTV, ytv
Original run April 6, 2019 – present
Episodes12
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Mix (Japanese: ミックス, Hepburn: Mikkusu) is a Japanese baseball-themed shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Mitsuru Adachi. It is a semi-sequel to Touch. Its chapters have been serialized since May 12, 2012 in Shogakukan's Monthly Shōnen Sunday magazine.[1][2] As of March 2019, the chapters have been compiled into fourteen tankōbon volumes.[3] An anime television series adaptation by OLM premiered on April 6, 2019.

Plot[edit]

Thirty years after Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi brought Meisei High School to their only appearance and championship at the National High School Baseball Championship, a pair of highly talented stepbrothers, Toma and Soichiro Tachibana, bring the possibility of a return to the Koshien, as they learn of the Meisei High sports heritage of their fathers.

Characters[edit]

Tachibana Family[edit]

Toma Tachibana
Voiced by: Yuki Kaji (Japanese); Howard Wang (English)[4][5]
When Toma was 6 years old, his widowed father, Eisuke Tachibana, married the widow Mayumi Sawai, who also brought her two children, Soichiro and Otomi, into the family. Toma has a friendly and outgoing personality that naturally draws people in. Coincidentally, Toma and Soichiro share the same birthday, Toma only being born ten minutes later than his step-brother. Throughout childhood Toma competed with his new brother to see who would be the destined pitcher of the pair and who would relent and be the catcher for the other. Due his phenomenal pitching speed and maybe because of a successful round of rock-paper-scissors, Toma became the pitcher. In middle school he was held back from being the ace pitcher while the coach gave preferential treatment to a less talented pitcher. Once that situation was resolved, he became the ace in his final year of middle school and later named ace in his first year of High School.
Soichiro Tachibana
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida (Japanese); Clifford Chapin (English)[6][5]
Soichiro is Toma's older brother. He is an athletic and intelligent boy, especially gifted with strategic thinking, perfect for his position as catcher on the baseball team. Soichiro, an overly protective big brother, will insist that Toma drop whatever he is doing in order to go to Otomi if he realizes she might be alone at home or in public. He is seemingly competitive with Toma but it is also possible that he gave up the position of pitcher to him a bit too easily. Both his stepfather, Eisuke, and his coach, Goro, (both of whom know better than anyone that his father was an outstanding pitcher himself) express their confusion over why he gave it up. He is also a bit of a young ladies-man, dating many different girls throughout middle school and still being popular in high school. He stops dating so many girls after falling in love with Haruka at first sight, but she doesn't seem to return his affection. He regularly visits the ramen restaurant where she works part-time just to spend time with her.
Otomi Tachibana
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida (Japanese); Dani Chambers (English)[6][5]
Otomi is a pretty and popular girl who is a talented flutist in the school's brass band. She is only a year younger than her brother and step-brother. She grew up shy, reserved, and especially frightened of strangers after her father died but Toma's companionship and outgoing and confident personality helped her overcome that weakness. She now seems to rely on Toma as much, if not more, than her blood-related brother and will pay extra attention to him, such as making him "special" versions of food. When she first met Haruka, Otomi asked her which of her brothers is her type, but is rendered speechless when Haruka responds "Hmmm, Are you worried?".
Eisuke Tachibana
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese); Bryan Massey (English)[7][5]
Eisuke is Toma's Father, his marriage to Mayumi is his second. His first wife died when Toma was only three years old. He is rough looking, a bit of a goofball and a complainer, but he is also a hard worker, cheerful, and loyal to friends and family. He was a secondary pitcher at Meisei at the same time as Oyama and Sawai, never able to wear the ace number as a player. Although Sawai did gift him his jersey after he was injured.
Mayumi Tachibana
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (Japanese); Mallorie Rodak (English)[7][5]
Mayumi is the mother of Soichiro and Otomi, her marriage to Eisuke is her second. She was originally married to Keiichi Sawai and never knew of his connection to Eisuke until the second marriage began. She is a beautiful and charming woman but can get upset when her husband and Goro drink in the middle of the day and disrupt the family's dinner. She has a habit of telling everyone she meets about her family's unique make-up.
Punch
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese); Emily Fajardo (English)[5]
As in Touch and H2, the family dog is an energetic but fat Samoyed named Punch. Katsu also had a family dog named Punch but it was, appropriately, a Boxer.
Keiichi Sawai
Keiichi Sawai is Soichiro and Otomi's deceased father. In his first year of High School at Meisei he was chosen as the team's ace pitcher over Eisuke in his third year. During the final game of the year his hand was permanently damaged and he never pitched again. Although he couldn't play, he cheerfully stayed with the team for the next two years as a manager. When he married Mayumi he never told her about his playing days. He died late enough that Soichiro has some memory of him smiling when he gave him a baseball glove, but Otomi says she doesn't really remember him at all.
Toma's mother
She died when Toma was three years old. According to Eisuke, she was the ace pitcher of her softball team, and a national tournament runner-up.

Meisei Students and Staff[edit]

Goro Oyama
Voiced by: Jeremy Inman (English)[5]
Goro is the new coach of the Meisei High School baseball team. He says he turned down other jobs to take the Meisei position but that may have been a bluff to make him look better. He is generally seen as a lazy guy and not all that responsible, but he has a good mind for baseball. He is separated from his wife, an upcoming author, but not divorced. His daughter moved with him when he started his new job. He was the captain of the Meisei team when he was younger and is still close friends with Eisuke, his former teammate.
Haruka Oyama
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)[8][5]
Haruka is Goro's pretty daughter. Upon entering Meisei she joined and quickly became a star of the rhythmic gymnastics team but because of a broken leg in her first year and the club being disbanded in her second year she was able to be the baseball team's manager. When Haruka and Toma were both three and Toma's mother died, they met at the funeral and spent the day together, at one point she punched him for being hyper and disrespectful and made him cry. He has no memory of this but she fondly remembers their short time spent together and has always wondered how he turned out.
Shiro Nango
Shiro is a quiet but hulking power hitter and third baseman who moved to Tokyo and entered Meisei presumably to continue playing for Goro, turning down invitations from more prestigious baseball schools to do so, but it is more likely he did it in order to stay close to Haruka. She just considers him a childhood friend though. He looks intimidating but is easily frightened by insects. Although competing with Soichiro for Haruka's affection, he will quietly tag along with him if they meet and can't see Haruka.
Ryō Akai
Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama[9]
Akai is a good student and former star soccer player. Arisa Mita likes him but he starts to have feelings for Otomi while they were both Jr. High Class Representatives. His older brother is the star slugger at Kenjou High but he says the two of them don't get along very well. When he gets to High School he quits soccer and joins the baseball team. He is speedy, a good hitter and can play center field. His brother acknowledges his skill.
Arisa Mita
Voiced by: Mariya Ise[9]
Mita considers Otomi her rival in beauty and popularity and is jealous of her good relationship with her crush, Ryo Akai. She tries to outdo her whenever she can. She eventually secretly befriends Tomohito Akai but insists there's no romantic attraction.
Ichiban Natsuno
Voiced by: Alejandro Saab (English)[5]
Natsuno is a boastful classmate of Otomi but is only a marginally talented baseball player. He believes he is destined to be the baseball team's ace pitcher because his name means "Summer's Number One," and indeed he was the Middle School's ace once Toma leaves for High School. He is one of many boys who like Otomi.
Kosaku Koma
Voiced by: Kyle Phillips (English)[5]
Koma is a right fielder and power hitter with a high strike out rate. He is a talkative friend of Toma and one of many with a crush on Otomi. He usually has the worst academic scores in class.
Tadashi Imakawa
Voiced by: Dallas Reid (English)[5]
Imakawa is a first baseman, was the former captain of the Meisei Middle School team, and is an old friend of Nikaido, although their friendship was strained while Nikaido secretly kept his heart condition from him.
Kenji Nishiki
Nishiki was a member of the Jr. High Baseball team but left after punching Coach Kuroyanagi in the face (for wanting to see Toma pitch). He then joined a group of delinquents after that but returned to the team in the second year of High School. He is a stellar defender but not as good of a hitter.
Daisuke Nikaido
Voiced by: Josh Bangle (English)[5]
Nikaido was once the designated ace of Meisei's Middle School baseball team and the son of a rich alumnus who gifts the team equipment and perks. He has some talent but Toma, Soichiro, and the rest of the team resent him for his privileged position despite what they see as a lack of effort, stamina, and being clearly worse than Toma. It is revealed that his severe pitch limit and short practice sessions were actually precautions put on him because of a serious heart condition. He was made ace by the coach not due to any bribes but solely as an unsolicited favor to Daisuke's father, a close friend of his. He is forced to leave baseball after a risky life-saving surgery. Believing that he would die from his surgery, he kept it a secret from everyone, thinking those that criticized him would feel extreme guilt once they learned of his death. However, he too comes to appreciate Toma's talent and closely follows the future teams' progress.
Coach Kuroyanagi
Voiced by: Mike McFarland (English)[5]
Kuroyanagi was once the Meisei Middle School baseball coach. Due largely to Soichiro's game calling, he was able to lead his school's team out of the first tournament block for the first time in 20 years but refused to sit Nikaido and let Toma pitch in the next block, even though he had obviously lost his ability to pitch effectively. He secretly had a benevolent reason to let him pitch but it led the team to a bad loss after Nikaido came in late to a tie game and gave up 5 runs to finish it up. Although not forced to, he voluntarily resigned his job for unfairly giving preferential treatment.

Others[edit]

Takumi Nishimura
Voiced by: Tōru Nara (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)[10]
Takumi is the prideful pitcher of the Seinan Junior and High School baseball teams. Like his father before him, he is a very talented pitcher with a particularly good curve ball. He has an obsessive crush on Otomi and goes out of his way to get her attention and ask her out but will also secretly have her picture taken and made into poster sized prints for his room.
Isami Nishimura
Voiced by: Ryūsei Nakao (Japanese); Chris Sabat (English)[11][5]
Takumi's father, Isami is the coach of Seinan High School, the team he played for when he was a pitching rival of Tatsuya and Kazuya Uesugi, thirty years prior. He is still a bit pompous but has become a slightly humbler man. While he is proud that his son resembles him in looks and pitching talent he is a little annoyed with his similar boastfulness and the same sort of hopeless dogged pursuit of an uninterested girl that he displayed when he was his age.
Hiroki Mita
Voiced by: Daichi Endō[9]
Mita is an accomplished left-handed pitcher from Toushou High. He pitched his team into the quarterfinals of the National Tournament during his second year. In his third year his little sister, Arisa, asked him to bring his team to play a practice game with Meisei in order to humiliate Otomi and her brothers. Although he did win with a complete perfect game, Toma's stunning High School debut somewhat lessened the accomplishment. He pitched the team to the Koshien that year but only after his team narrowly defeated Mesei in a 15 inning quarter-finals game.
Tomohito Akai
Ryo Akai's older brother and standout member of the team of scouted players at Kenjou High School. An all-around excellent hitter with tremendous power. His team advances to the Spring Koshien at the end of his first year.
Shōhei Harada
A former Mesei student and friend of Tatsuya Uesugi who returns to the school's area with unexplained amnesia. He was a huge boy who looked much older than his age as a teenager and 30 years later looks almost unchanged, although more scarred. In school he was a boxer and a terror to any delinquent who dared challenge him and upon returning to town he still spooks those that recognize him. After saving Otomi from injury or death in a traffic accident he is invited to stay with the Tachibana family while he tries to regain his memory. He prefers to sleep in a tent in the yard.
Minami Asakura
Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)
The heroine of Touch, Minami has not been shown in the manga but it seems it is her narrating the anime.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation premiered on April 6, 2019 on NTV and ytv.[12][13] The series is animated by OLM and directed by Odahiro Watanabe, with Atsuhiro Tomioka handling series composition, Takao Mai designing the characters, and Norihito Sumitomo composing the music.[14] Sumika performed the series' opening theme song "Equal", while Little Glee Monster performed the series' ending theme song "Kimi ni Todoku Made."[15] Porno Graffitti performs the series' second opening theme song, while Qyoto performs the series' second ending theme song.[16] Funimation has licensed the series, and produced an English dub as it airs.[17][18]

Reception[edit]

By November 11, 2012, volume 1 had sold 284,084 copies.[19] By April 6, 2013, volume 2 had sold 345,120 copies.[20] Volume 2 was the 48th best-selling manga volume from November 19, 2012 to May 19, 2013, with 390,176 copies[21] and the 82nd best-selling manga volume from November 19, 2012 to November 17, 2013 with 464,362 copies.[22] By April 6, 2013, volume 3 had sold 319,599 copies.[23] By January 12, 2014, volume 4 had sold 182,060 copies.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Touch's Adachi Draws 'E? Mō Boku no Deban?' 1-Shot Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  2. ^ "Touch's Adachi to Launch New Manga, End Q&A". Anime News Network. 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  3. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking". Anime News Network. 2019-03-10. Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  4. ^ "Mix Baseball Anime Casts Yuuki Kaji, Reveals Visual". Anime News Network. January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Mix English Voice Cast and Crew". www.funimation.com. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  6. ^ a b "Mix Baseball Anime Casts Yūma Uchida, Maaya Uchida". Anime News Network. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Mix Baseball Anime Casts Wataru Takagi, Kikuko Inoue". Anime News Network. February 18, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mix Baseball Anime Casts Kana Hanazawa". Anime News Network. February 11, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Mix Anime Casts Mariya Ise, Kōtarō Nishiyama, Daichi Endō". Anime News Network. May 9, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  10. ^ "Tooru Nara Joins Mix Anime as Takumi Nishimura". Anime News Network. April 20, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mix Baseball Anime Casts Ryusei Nakao". Anime News Network. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (August 2, 2018). "Mitsuru Adachi's Mix Manga Gets TV Anime in Spring 2019". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  13. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 11, 2019). "Mix Baseball Anime Premieres on April 6, 2019". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 6, 2018). "Mix Baseball Anime Reveals Staff, Visual, April 2019 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  15. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (March 7, 2019). "sumika, Little Glee Monster Perform Mix Baseball Anime's Theme Songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  16. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (June 26, 2019). "Porno Graffiti, Qyoto Perform Mix Anime's New Theme Songs". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "Spring 2019 Will Warm You Up!". Funimation. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  18. ^ Mateo, Alex (April 6, 2019). "Funimation Streams Mix Baseball Anime, Reveals Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, November 5-11". Anime News Network. 2012-11-14. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  20. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 1-7". Anime News Network. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  21. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2013 (First Half)". Anime News Network. 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  22. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2013". Anime News Network. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 19-25". Anime News Network. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, January 6-12". Anime News Network. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-01-16.

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