Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
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Cover of the first DVD of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Spell of the Dragon.
魔術士オーフェン
(Majutsushi Ōfen)
GenreAdventure, comedy,[1]
sword and sorcery[2]
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
DemographicMale
Original runMay 1994September 2003
Volumes20
Further information
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Reckless Journey
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byFujimi Shobo
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
DemographicMale
Original runFebruary 1996October 2003
Volumes13
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Detour
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byKadokawa Shoten
ImprintKadokawa Mini Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runNovember 1997September 1998
Volumes2
Manga
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byHajime Sawada
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
MagazineDragon Magazine
DemographicSeinen
Original run19982001
Volumes8
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Watanabe
Produced by
  • Tetsuo Genshō
  • Michihisa Abe
  • Yūji Matsukura
Written by
  • Masashi Kubota
  • Mayori Sekijima
Music byHatake (Sharam Q)
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkTBS
English network
Original run 3 October 1998 27 March 1999
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge
Directed byTōru Takahashi
Produced by
  • Tetsuo Genshō
  • Michihisa Abe
  • Yūji Matsukura
Written by
  • Masashi Kubota
  • Mayori Sekijima
Music byYasunori Iwasaki
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks
Original networkTBS
English network
Adult Swim
Anime Network
Original run 2 October 1999 26 March 2000
Episodes23 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Slayers vs Orphen
Written by
Illustrated by
  • Rui Araizumi
  • Yuuya Kusaka
Published byFujimi Shobo
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
DemographicMale
Published2005
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The New Wayward Journey
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
English publisher
J-Novel Club
DemographicMale
Original runSeptember 2011 – present
Volumes12
Manga
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byMuraji
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineComp Ace
DemographicSeinen
Original runMarch 2017November 2018
Volumes5
Manga
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Reckless Journey
Written byYu Yagami
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
J-Novel Club
MagazineComp Ace
DemographicSeinen
Original runDecember 2018March 2021
Volumes6
Manga
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Youthful Journey
Written byKirouran
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
J-Novel Club
MagazineComp Ace
DemographicSeinen
Original run25 December 201814 December 2019
Volumes2
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anthology
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
DemographicMale
Published30 November 2019
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Comicron's Plan
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
DemographicMale
Published25 December 2019
Anime television series
Directed byTakayuki Hamana
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byShinnosuke
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed byFunimation[3]
Original networkAT-X, BS Fuji, Tokyo MX, Wowow
Original run 7 January 2020 31 March 2020
Episodes13 + OVA (List of episodes)
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Heartia's Choice
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
DemographicMale
Published20 January 2021
Anime television series
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck
Directed byTakayuki Hamana
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byShinnosuke
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkAT-X, BS Fuji, Tokyo MX, Wowow
Original run 20 January 2021 31 March 2021
Episodes11 (List of episodes)
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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (魔術士オーフェン, Majutsushi Ōfen, lit. "Sorcerer Orphen") is a Japanese light novel series written by Yoshinobu Akita. It was adapted into manga, four anime television series (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (2020), Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck) and a video game.

As of December 2019, the novels had over 14 million copies in circulation.[4]

Plot[edit]

The young man Orphen engages in money lending activities in the back streets of the commercial city of Totokanta. Once, he was known as one of the Tower of Fang's most promising black sorcerers. One day, Orphen was approached by Volkan and Dortin, who had a very profitable money making scheme set up. Under the guise of wealthy merchants, they set forth toward the Everlasting household to partake in a marriage fraud. But, there was one problem: Volcan's plan was full of holes, leading one of the sisters to find out about their plan too. Then suddenly, a huge monster attacks the mansion. Among all the commotion, one name rings out: Azalie. This monster was what he was looking for for five years: his older sister Azalie who transformed into a dragonic monster. Between those who seek to kill the monster and Orphen, giving everything to protect it, his peaceful days are at an end. Trying desperately to transform his sister, Azalie, back to her true form leads to a treacherous journey that, ultimately, allows Orphen to learn the vast secrets of his world.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

After publishing an award-winning Japanese-style fantasy novel Inside a Sparkle from the Snow Yoshinobu Akita who possessed deep admiration for European and American literature started his work on a European-style fantasy about the magically created world of Orphen inhabited by characters with deep personalities that make a reader empathize with them.[citation needed]

The series Orphen came about when author Yoshinobu Akita with Yuuya Kusaka as illustrator created a series of light novels called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey. It consists of 20 novels which were first published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label in the Monthly Dragon Magazine between 1994 and 2003, and was the basis for the first anime and manga series. In November 2019, a light novel known as the Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anthology was also released. It features a collection of original stories written by the author, Yoshinobu Akita, as well as guest writers such as Hajime Kanzaka, Yutaka Kono, Koushi Tachibana, Miya Kazuki, and Yomi Hirasaka. Ryo Mizuno was in charge of commentary while the illustrations and cover were drawn by Yuuya Kusaka.[5]

Two years after the beginning of the main novel series, Yoshinobu Akita created a second series called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Reckless Journey, which is a collection of side-stories that depicted more light-hearted and comedic adventures that took place during Orphen's journey, and chronologically set before the events of the main series. The novel series spanned 13 volumes between 1996 and 2003, which were published the same way as the first series. In 2009, he published an additional chapter for the novel on Akita Yoshinobu's Sadami BOX, the author's personal website.[6] In 1997, he released Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Detour, a short light novel series that consisted of side stories that took place during the first half of Orphen's journey with Claiomh and Majic. The novels spanned two volumes.

In September 2011, T.O Entertainment released a brand new series of the Orphen novels known as Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: New Wayward Journey, which takes place more than two decades after the original series. Orphen is now older and is married to Claiomh Everlasting, both of whom give birth to three daughters that become Sorcerers.[7] Majic is a Sorcerer lecturer at the new school that Orphen runs. Orphen is known as the "Demon King" due to his exploits in the original novels. The main protagonist of the new series is Mayor MacCredy, who is the son of Leticia MacCredy and Forte Puckingham. The novel series originally spanned into 10 volumes between 2011 and 2015. In September 2019, Yoshinobu Akita announced that in commemoration of the series' 25th anniversary, he will be writing a new novel for the main novella series titled Sorcerer Stabber Orphen: Comicron's Plan, a prequel that takes place four years after Orphen departed the Tower of Fangs to search for Azalie, which was released on December 25, 2019. It is tentatively referred to as the "Gap Edition" in the author's afterword which will fill in gaps within the main series' timeline with new stories, with three new volumes currently being planned. The books are published in a standard version and also a special edition version which comes with a behind the scenes booklet about the book and a Drama CD which is based on the new novel series itself.[8] The original Orphen novel series received a reprint as well.

The Slayers vs Orphen novel was a special collaborative novel between Yoshinobu Akita and Hajime Kanzaka and was published in 2005. It was later reprinted in 2013.[9]

During their panel at Anime Expo 2018, J-Novel Club announced that they have licensed the light novels.[10]

Manga[edit]

The manga adaptation was created by writer Yoshinobu Akita and artist Hajime Sawada. The first volume was released stateside by ADV Manga in March, 2005. The manga is split into two separate series: Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi, which is six volumes long, and the two volume side story known as Majutsushi Orphen MAX. The first volume of the manga series was released in 2005 by ADV Manga.

There is also a special manga that was released called "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Special Parody," or "Majutsushi O-fuen Haguretabi Spesharu Paarodi." It is a collection of doujinshi of Orphen put into one volume of Orphen.

A new manga adaptation based on the main novels (or the "Stray Journey" arc) was created and released by Yoshinobu Akita and illustrator Muraji in March 2017. In July 2018, Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the manga's license for English distribution.[11][12]

In August 2018, a manga adaptation based on the light novel spin-off series, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Journey (Majutsushi Orphen: Mubouhen), was released. It is written and illustrated by Yu Yagami (The author of Those Who Hunt Elves).[13] In July 2019, J-Novel Club announced the acquisition of the manga's license for English distribution.[14]

In December 2018, Kirouran and Yoshinobu Akita released the first volume of a manga adaptation known as Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Youthful Journey (Majutsushi Orphen: Pre-hen), which adapts the side-stories from Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Journey light novels. The manga chronicles Orphen's childhood and misadventures at the Tower of Fangs with his classmates. J-Novel Club acquired the licensing rights of the manga for English distribution.

Anime[edit]

The original Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime series was animated by J.C.Staff and produced by Kadokawa Shoten, Orphen was airing simultaneously on the TBS and HBC from October 3, 1998, to March 27, 1999, then it was released in North America on DVD and VHS by ADV Films in 2001. It has 24 episodes in length.

The original Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime series was later released in Australia by Madman Entertainment in May 2002, the MSRP for the first series of Orphen in Australia were initially $29.95 AUD for DVD version,[15] $22.95 AUD for VHS version,[16] and $11.95 AUD for DVD version (which include the first three episode of the anime) that shipped with a PC PowerPlay Magazine.[17]

A second series called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge, or Orphen Revenge, was later broadcast in 1999. The second anime series was released on DVD in North America in December 2003 by ADV Films. It has 23 episodes in length. In 2009, Sentai Filmworks released a box set featuring all 47 episodes of the two seasons of Orphen in an economic box set.[18] A 2-disc SD Blu-ray of the entire series was released on 20 August 2019.

A new TV anime adaptation has been announced to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary.[19] The series was initially set to premiere in 2019,[20] but was rescheduled to premiere from January to March 2020.

The new series premiered from January 7 to March 31, 2020, on AT-X, BS Fuji, Tokyo MX, and Wowow.[21] The new series is animated by Studio Deen and directed by Takayuki Hamana, with Reiko Yoshida handling series composition, and Takahiko Yoshida designing the characters. Showtaro Morikubo reprised his role as Orphen, while the rest of the characters had new voice actors.[22] Funimation licensed the show outside of Asia.[23] An English dub premiered January 21, 2020.[24] It ran for 13 episodes, with an unaired episode bundled with the series' second Blu-ray volume on 8 May 2020.[25]

A second season of the 2020 remake was announced with the title of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck.[26] It aired from January 20 to March 31, 2021.[27][28] Funimation licensed the second season worldwide outside of Asia.[29] The English dub launched on its service June 9, 2021.[30]

Video game[edit]

A single player console role-playing video game was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2000 by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan as Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and by Activision in North America and Europe as Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. It included a whole new adventure and a few video scenes with more sophistication but a minor difference in the voices and personalities of the characters. Reviews of the game were mixed.

Reception[edit]

As of December 2019, the novels had over 14 million copies in circulation.[31][32]

In the 21st Anime Grand Prix polls conducted by Animage in June 1999, Orphen was voted the second "Favorite Male Character", the TV series was vote the eight "Anime Title Of The Year" and first Ending themes from the anime, "Last Kiss" by Tanpopo was ranked 16th placed for "Best Theme Song Of The Year".[33]

Mike Crandol of the Anime News Network called the series a "fairly enjoyable fantasy adventure" but criticized it for falling into "a pitfall common for anime sword-and-sorcery series."[34] He later called the anime "all-around average...in terms of art, music, and animation."[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ Crandol, Mike (26 February 2002). "Orphen DVD 3 - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved 12 May 2020. Despite its many faults, you could do a lot worse than "Orphen". It's certainly a far sight better than the majority of sword-and-sorcery anime out there today, thanks to its involving plotline.
  3. ^ "Stay Cozy with Funimation's Winter 2020 Lineup". Funimation. 26 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  4. ^ TVアニメ「魔術士オーフェンはぐれ旅」公式 レジェンド声優 森久保祥太郎 新規撮り下ろしボイスが入ったAmazon Alexaスキル「オーフェントーク」サービス開始!!. The Asashi Shimbun (in Japanese). 23 December 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
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  6. ^ "完全限定生産版!!! 秋田禎信Box".
  7. ^ 秋田禎信 (1 November 2017). 魔術士オーフェンはぐれ旅: 原大陸開戦. TOブックス. ISBN 9784864726283 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Official Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 25th Anniversary website".
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee; Pineda, Rafael Antonio (5 July 2018). "J-Novel Club Licenses Amagi Brilliant Park, Kokoro Connect, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  11. ^ ""Orphen" Is Resurrected in New Manga Release". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  12. ^ Grainger, Jennifer (2018). "Seven Seas Announces Acquisition of Ten Licenses at Anime Expo 2018". Manga Tokyo. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Those Who Hunt Elves' Yu Yagami Launches Manga of Orphen's Comedy Spinoff Novels".
  14. ^ J-Novel Club Announces Licenses of 7 New Light Novels, 3 New Manga
  15. ^ "ORPHEN 1 - SPELL OF THE DRAGON - DVD". Archived from the original on 20 April 2002. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  16. ^ "ORPHEN 1 - SPELL OF THE DRAGON". Archived from the original on 12 June 2002. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  17. ^ Noone, Paul (May 2002). "PC Powerplay Issue 073". PC PowerPlay. No. 73. Future plc. p. 112. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  18. ^ Orphen Complete Collection (2009)
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  20. ^ "Showtaro Morikubo Reprises Titular Role in New 2019 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen TV Anime". Anime News Network. 25 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  21. ^ "New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, 7 January Debut". Anime News Network. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  22. ^ "New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals 10 Cast Members, DEEN Staff, January Debut". Anime News Network. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  23. ^ "Funimation to Stream Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, A3!, Smile Down the Runway Anime". Anime News Network. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Stay Cozy with Funimation's Winter 2020 Lineup". Funimation. 26 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  25. ^ "New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime Gets 13 TV Episodes, Unaired Episode". Anime News Network. 9 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  26. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Season 2 release date in 2021: Battle of Kimluck confirmed as Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi Season 2". Monsters and Critics. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's 2nd Season Promo Video Reveals January 2021 Debut". Anime News Network. 20 August 2020. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  28. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime Season 2 Premieres on January 20". Anime News Network. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  29. ^ Friedman, Nicholas (16 December 2020). "This January Season Enter a World Unlike Any Other on Funimation". Funimation. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  30. ^ Friedman, Nicholas (8 June 2021). "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Battle of Kimluck English Dub Announced". Funimation. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  31. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Official Anime Site". Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  32. ^ TVアニメ「魔術士オーフェンはぐれ旅」公式 レジェンド声優 森久保祥太郎 新規撮り下ろしボイスが入ったAmazon Alexaスキル「オーフェントーク」サービス開始!!. The Asashi Shimbun (in Japanese). 23 December 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  33. ^ "第21回アニメグランプリ[1999年6月号]". Animage. Archived from the original on 19 October 2010.
  34. ^ Crandol, Mike (February 26, 2002). "Orphen DVD 3: Ruins and Relics [review]". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 28, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
  35. ^ Crandol, Mike (March 29, 2002). "Orphen DVD 4: Mystere [review]". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on March 28, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2021.

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