The Law of Ueki

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Law of Ueki
Ueki no Hosoku Vol 1 SS.jpg
The cover of volume 1 of the manga, published by Shogakukan
うえきの法則
(Ueki no Hōsoku)
GenreAdventure, comedy,[1] supernatural[2]
Manga
Written byTsubasa Fukuchi
Published byShogakukan
English publisher
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
DemographicShōnen
Original runAugust 8, 2001October 27, 2004
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Watanabe
Written byToshifumi Kawase
Music byAkifumi Tada
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 4, 2005 March 27, 2006
Episodes51 (List of episodes)
Manga
The Law of Ueki Plus
Written byTsubasa Fukuchi
Published byShogakukan
ImprintShōnen Sunday Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
DemographicShōnen
Original runApril 20, 2005July 4, 2007
Volumes5 (List of volumes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

The Law of Ueki (うえきの法則, Ueki no Hōsoku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsubasa Fukuchi. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from August 2001 to October 2004. Sixteen tankōbon volumes were compiled and published by Shogakukan. A manga sequel, The Law of Ueki Plus was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 2005 to July 2007.

An anime television series adaptation produced by Studio Deen was first broadcast on TV Tokyo in April 2005, and ended with 51 episodes in March 2006.

The manga was licensed for distribution in North America by Viz Media, while the anime adaptation was licensed by Geneon and later by Discotek Media in 2018.

Plot[edit]

The story starts out with the Battle of the Supernatural Powers, a tournament to decide who will be the next god of The Celestial World (rendered as God Candidates in the Animax version[3]) and Kami (天界人) in the Japanese version).

Each candidate (100 in total) is required to choose a junior high school student to act as their fighter. The student is given a unique power and told to eliminate as many enemies as possible. The winning God Candidate will become The New God of Heaven and the winning student will receive the Blank Zai (or talent), a talent that can be anything they choose.

While this leads many students to thoughts of greed and selfishness, Kosuke Ueki decides to take it upon himself to win this tournament to keep that power away from those that would abuse such a gift.

The Law of Ueki Plus[edit]

Two years after the tournament in The Law of Ueki, Kosuke Ueki is now a 3rd year student in Hinokuni Junior High School. For some reason, everyone in the real world has lost their memory of their most important person, including his friends who participated in the tournament two years ago. Ueki is the only one unaffected, and is fighting in order to restore everyone's memories. He follows a little sheep named U-lu (wool in English) to another world called Hangekai where he meets new companions and gains new abilities.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The Law of Ueki is written and illustrated by Tsubasa Fukuchi. It was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday from August 8, 2001 to October 27, 2004.[4][5] Sixteen tankōbon volumes were compiled and published by Shogakukan, with the first volume published on December 18, 2001 and the last on January 14, 2005.[6][7]

In North America, the manga was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media in 2005.[8]

A manga sequel, The Law of Ueki Plus (うえきの法則プラス, Ueki no Hōsoku Purasu), was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from April 20, 2005 to July 4, 2007,[9] and compiled in five tankōbon volumes released from August 8, 2005[10] to September 18, 2007.[11]

Anime[edit]

A 51-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Studio Deen premiered on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2005, and finished on March 27, 2006.[12][13][14][15] The series is directed by Hiroshi Watanabe, with series composition by Toshifumi Kawase and music by Akifumi Tada.[16] Avex collected the series on seventeen DVDs. Episodes 1–27 were released on nine volumes from August 10, 2005 to April 12, 2006.[17][18] Episodes 28–51 were released on eight volumes from May 10 to December 13, 2006.[19][20] The first opening theme for episodes 1–32 is "Falco" by Hitomi Shimatani, and the second opening theme for episodes 33–51 is "No Regret" by Kumi Koda. The first ending theme for episodes 1–15 is "Kokoro no Wakusei ~Little planets~" (こころの惑星〜Little planets〜) by Aiko Kayo. The second ending theme for episodes 16–32 is "Earthship 〜Uchūsen Chikyūgō〜" (Earthship 〜宇宙船地球号〜) by SweetS. The third ending theme for episodes 33–42 is "Kono Machi de wa Dare Mo ga Mina Jibun Igai no Nani Ka ni Narita garu (この街では誰もがみな自分以外の何かになりたがる) by The Ivory Brothers. The fourth ending theme for episodes 43–50 is Bokutachi ni Aru Mono" (ボクたちにあるもの) by Romi Park. The ending theme for episode 51 is "True Blue by Hitomi Shimatani.[21]

The anime was originally licensed by Geneon Entertainment.[22] Geneon released the first 36 episodes of the series on nine DVDs.[23] The first volume was released on May 16, 2006,[24] and the last volume on September 18, 2007.[25] ImaginAsian TV broadcast the anime series to the American audience on its Anime EnerG block, starting on January 30, 2007.[26] On July 3, 2008, Geneon and Funimation announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon would still retain the license, Funimation would assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. The Law of Ueki was one of several titles involved in the deal.[27] Funimation released the entire series on a DVD box set on June 9, 2009.[28] The rights to the series expired in 2011.[29] In May 2018, Discotek Media announced the acquisition of the series.[30] It was released on Blu-ray Disc on July 31, 2018.[31][32]

Video games[edit]

The Law of Ueki was also adapted into a PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance game released only in Japan. The PlayStation 2 game is called Ueki no Hōsoku: Taosu ze Roberuto Jūdan!! (うえきの法則: 倒ぜロベルト十団!) while the Game Boy Advance game is called Ueki no Hōsoku: Jingi Sakuretsu! Nōryokusha Battle (うえきの法則: 神器炸裂!能力者バトル). They are based on the story of the anime.

Reception[edit]

Manga[edit]

Luke Carroll of Anime News Network ranked the first volume as B-. Carroll lauded the concept of Ueki's power to turn trash into trees and the humor of the series, but called it an "another run of the mill shounen title". He labeled Fukuchi's art style as "simple" and compared it to One Piece, as "there is vagueness in a lot of detail", but clarified that it is suited to the comedic tone of the story.[33] Michael Aronson of Manga Life ranked the first volume as C+. He criticized the series for its similar premise to other action manga series and for its "overly hyperactive" characters. Aronson concluded; "fans of hyper action series like One Piece and Dragon Ball will feel at home here. Anyone else will merely glaze over and out."[34] Patti Martinson of Sequential Tart gave a 4/10 for the fourth volume. Martinson compared the content of the volume to the anime adaptation, and wrote; "at times the manga made less sense than the DVD did. However, the characterizations seem to be slightly better, but not enough to make me see what happens in the next volume."[35]

Anime[edit]

Reviewer Grade / Score Notes Source
Carlo Santos Overall (dub): D
Overall (sub): C
Story: C-
Animation: B-
Art: C
Music: C
DVD/Anime Review of DVD 1 [36]
Chris Beveridge Content: C
Audio: B+
Video: B+
Packaging: B
Menus: B-
Extras: B-
DVD/Anime Review [37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Website for The Law of Ueki". Viz Media. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Mullin, Jeremy (May 17, 2012). "The Law of Ueki, Volume 1: The Battle Commencement". IGN. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Law of Ueki." Animax India. March 15, 2007. Retrieved on July 23, 2009.
  4. ^ 週刊少年サンデー 2001/08/08 表示号数34 (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  5. ^ 週刊少年サンデー 2004/10/27 表示号数46 (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  6. ^ うえきの法則 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  7. ^ うえきの法則 16 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on February 18, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Macdonald, Christopher (November 25, 2005). "New Viz Titles". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  9. ^ 週刊少年サンデー うえきの法則+(福地翼) (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  10. ^ うえきの法則プラス 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  11. ^ うえきの法則プラス 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  12. ^ うえきの法則[あらすじ] 第1話~第13話 (in Japanese). Avex Mode. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  13. ^ うえきの法則[あらすじ] 第14話~第26話 (in Japanese). Avex Mode. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  14. ^ うえきの法則[あらすじ] 第27話~第39話 (in Japanese). Avex Mode. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  15. ^ うえきの法則[あらすじ] 第40話~第51話 (in Japanese). Avex Mode. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  16. ^ うえきの法則 – スタッフ - キャスト (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  17. ^ "Ueki no Hosoku (The Law of Ueki) Rule.1". CDJapan. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  18. ^ "Ueki no Hosoku (The Law of Ueki) Rule.9". CDJapan. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  19. ^ "Ueki no Hosoku (The Law of Ueki) Tenkaihen Rule.1". CDJapan. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  20. ^ "Ueki no Hosoku (The Law of Ueki) Tenkaihen Rule.8". CDJapan. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  21. ^ CD (in Japanese). Avex Mode. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  22. ^ Macdonald, Christopher (June 22, 2005). "Geneon Licenses The Law of Ueki". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  23. ^ Oppliger, John (December 22, 2008). "Ask John: Where's the Rest of Law of Ueki?". AnimeNation. Archived from the original on April 5, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  24. ^ "The Law of Ueki - (V.1) The Battle Commencement". Geneon Entertainment. Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  25. ^ "The Law of Ueki - Vol.09 -The Cold Survival Game". Geneon Entertainment. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007.
  26. ^ "ImaginAsian TV Launches New Anime Block". Anime News Network. October 26, 2006. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  27. ^ "FUNimation Entertainment and Geneon Entertainment Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for North America". Anime News Network (Press release). July 3, 2008. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
  28. ^ Jones, Davey C. (July 6, 2009). "The Law of Ueki: The Complete Series". activeAnime. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014.
  29. ^ Osmond, Andrew (August 17, 2011). "Funimation Confirms Some Geneon Licenses Have Expired". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  30. ^ Ressler, Karen. "Discotek Licenses Devilman, Angel Cop, Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, Law of Ueki, Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  31. ^ Ressler, Karen (July 31, 2018). "North American Anime, Manga Releases, July 29-August 4". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  32. ^ "The Law of Ueki Blu-Ray". Discotek Media. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  33. ^ Carroll, Luke (October 19, 2006). "The Law of Ueki - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  34. ^ "The Law of Ueki v1". Manga Life. Archived from the original on December 8, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  35. ^ Martinson, Patti (March 1, 2007). "The Law of Ueki Vol. 4". Sequential Tart. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  36. ^ Santos, Carlo (May 25, 2006). "The Law of Ueki DVD 1: The Battle Commencement". Anime News Network.
  37. ^ Beveridge, Chris (March 29, 2006). "Law of Ueki Vol. #01 (of 13)". Anime On DVD. Archived from the original on April 21, 2008. Law of Ueki Vol. #01 @ Mania.com at the Wayback Machine (archived September 23, 2012)

External links[edit]