The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window

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The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window
The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window vol 1 JPN.jpg
Cover of the Japanese version of vol. 1, first published on February 10, 2014
さんかく窓の外側は夜
(Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru)
Genre
Manga
Written byTomoko Yamashita
Published byLibre
English publisher
ImprintKurofune Comics
MagazineMagazine Be × Boy
DemographicJosei
Original runMarch 7, 2013 (2013-03-07)December 7, 2020 (2020-12-07)
Volumes10
Live-action film
Directed byYukihiro Morigaki
Written byTomoko Aizawa
Music byyuma yamaguchi
StudioShochiku
ReleasedJanuary 22, 2021 (2021-01-22)
Runtime102 minutes
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Daiji Iwanaga (Chief)
  • Yoshitaka Yasuda
Written byAyumi Sekine
Music byEvan Call
StudioZero-G
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, SUN, BS Fuji
Original run October 3, 2021 December 19, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window (Japanese: さんかく窓の外側は夜, Hepburn: Sankaku Mado no Sotogawa wa Yoru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tomoko Yamashita. It was serialized in the monthly yaoi manga magazine Magazine Be × Boy from March 7, 2013, to December 7, 2020. A live-action film adaptation was released on January 22, 2021, and an anime television series adaptation by Zero-G aired from October to December 2021.

Plot[edit]

Kosuke Mikado, a bookstore clerk, is able to see ghosts since he was young, which terrifies him. One day, he meets Rihito Hiyakawa, a fearless exorcist who lacks social boundaries. Hiyakawa is able to see and exorcise ghosts by entering Mikado's body and requests him to become his assistant. As the two work closely together, they learn that the supernatural incidents are closely tied with a high school student named Erika Hiura, who works as a mercenary necromancer to cast curses on other people. As Mikado and Hiyakawa investigate, Mikado begins realizing that Hiyakawa is hiding a secret.

Characters[edit]

Kosuke Mikado (三角 康介, Mikado Kōsuke)
Voiced by: Haruki Ishiya (drama CD),[4] Nobunaga Shimazaki (anime)[5]
Played by: Jun Shison[2]
Rihito Hiyakawa (冷川 理人, Hiyakawa Rihito)
Voiced by: Taito Ban [ja] (drama CD),[4] Wataru Hatano (anime)[5]
Played by: Masaki Okada[2]
Erika Hiura (非浦 英莉可, Hiura Erika)
Voiced by: Chika Anzai (anime)[6]
Played by: Yurina Hirate[7]
Keita Mukae (迎 系多, Mukae Keita)
Voiced by: Soma Saito (anime)[6]
Hiroki Hanzawa (半澤 日路輝, Hanzawa Hiroki)
Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami (anime)[6]
Portrayed by: Kenichi Takita[8]
Kazuomi Sakaki (逆木 一臣, Sakaki Kazuomi)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (anime)[6]
Portrayed by: Shinya Niiro[8]

Development[edit]

In 2021, Yamashita stated that she initially wrote The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window as a short story before it became serialized.[9] Yamashita also affirmed that while she did see feedback from others that Hiyakawa and Mikado could be considered a reversible pairing, she intended for Hiyakawa to be the top in their relationship.[9] In addition, she stated that she focuses on the surrounding environment and characters besides the main couple.[9] Yamashita also said that she wanted to include heterosexual romance in her yaoi works and she was surprised that she received positive feedback on chapters that focused on Erika and Sasaki's romance, as well as Mikado's parents, despite the story being serialized in a yaoi magazine.[9] She claimed that she initially wrote Erika and Mukae as characters who would lure Hiyakawa and Mikado into temptation, but she changed her mind after realizing how "sad" it would be if her characters had an "unhappy" role.[9] Yamashita also stated that she includes diversity into her works, such as including female police officers with male police officers.[9]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window is written and illustrated by Tomoko Yamashita. It is her longest work to date.[9] It was serialized in the monthly manga magazine Magazine Be × Boy from March 7, 2013, in the April 2013 issue[2][10] to December 7, 2020, in the January 2021 issue.[11] The chapters were later released in 8 bound volumes by Libre under the Kurofune Comics imprint. Volume 2 was sold with a bonus illustration card with purchase through Amazon.[12]

In September 2014, Viz Media announced at Yaoi-Con that they licensed the series for North American distribution in English under their SuBLime imprint, releasing it in digital format.[13]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 10, 2014 (2014-02-10)[14]978-4-7997-1436-2March 24, 2015 (2015-03-24)[15]978-1-4215-8219-1
2 February 10, 2015 (2015-02-10)[16]978-4-7997-2487-3November 24, 2015 (2015-11-24)[17]978-1-4215-8649-6
3 March 10, 2016 (2016-03-10)[18]978-4-7997-2894-9November 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)[19]978-1-4215-9549-8
4 December 10, 2016 (2016-12-10)[20]978-4-7997-3163-5December 26, 2017 (2017-12-26)[21]978-1-9747-0129-2
5 August 10, 2017 (2017-08-10)[22]978-4-7997-3436-0August 24, 2018 (2018-08-24)[23]978-1-9747-0560-3
6 July 10, 2018 (2018-07-10)[24]978-4-7997-3924-2October 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)[25]978-1-9747-1429-2
7 April 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)[26]978-4-7997-4285-3October 27, 2020 (2020-10-27)[27]978-1-9747-2335-5
8 February 10, 2020 (2020-02-10)978-4-7997-4285-3July 27, 2021 (2021-07-27)[28]978-1-9747-2593-9
9 September 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)978-4-7997-4921-0October 26, 2021 (2021-10-26)[29]978-1-9747-2733-9
10 March 10, 2021 (2021-03-10)978-4-7997-5166-4March 22, 2022 (2022-03-22)[30]978-1-9747-3177-0

Drama CD[edit]

An audio drama CD adaptation was released on April 10, 2019, with the release of volume 7 in Japan, starring Haruki Ishiya as Kosuke Mikado and Taito Ban [ja] as Rihito Hiyakawa.[4] A second drama CD was released on February 10, 2020, with the release of volume 8, featuring an original story.[31][32]

Film[edit]

Jun Shison (left, 2018) and Masaki Okada (right, 2013) portrayed Kosuke and Hiyakawa respectively in the live-action film

A live-action film adaptation was announced in January 2020, starring Jun Shison as Kosuke Mikado, Masaki Okada as Rihito Hiyakawa, and Yurina Hirate as Erika Hiura.[2][7] The film is directed by Yukihiro Morigaki and written by Tomoko Aizawa. The release date was originally announced as October 30, 2020,[33] but it was delayed to January 22, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[34][35] Yuki Sakurai, Kenichi Takita, Emi Wakui, Makita Sports, Michitaka Tsutsui, and Shinya Niiro were announced as additional cast members in March 2020.[8] Keiko Kitagawa also appears in a minor role in the film as a lawyer.[36] The film's theme song is "Darken" by Zutomayo, and their song "Hypersomnia" is also featured in the film.[37] The soundtrack is composed by yuma yamaguchi.

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window was announced in the January 2021 issue of Magazine Be × Boy, published on December 7, 2020.[38][39] The anime is produced by Zero-G and is directed by Yoshitaka Yasuda, who will also be in charge of character design. Daiji Iwanaga is the chief director for the series, with Ayumi Sekine in charge of the series' scripts, and Evan Call composing the series' music. It aired from October 3 to December 19, 2021, on Tokyo MX, SUN, and BS Fuji.[5] Frederic performed the opening theme "Saika", while Wataru Hatano performed the ending theme "Breakers".[40][41] Crunchyroll licensed the series.[42]

Episode list[edit]

No.Title [43][44]Directed by [a]Written by [a]Storyboarded by [a]Original air date [45]
1"Encounter"
Transcription: "Deai" (Japanese: 出逢)
Daiji IwanagaAyumi SekineDaiji IwanagaOctober 3, 2021 (2021-10-03)
2"Binding"
Transcription: "Sokubaku" (Japanese: 束縛)
Masaki UtsunomiyaKatsuhiko TakayamaMiyana OkitaOctober 10, 2021 (2021-10-10)
3"Malediction"
Transcription: "Juso" (Japanese: 呪詛)
Tōru KitahataTomoko KonparuYoshitaka YasudaOctober 17, 2021 (2021-10-17)
4"Pitfall"
Transcription: "Kansei" (Japanese: 陥穽)
Tomoya TakayamaKatsuhiko TakayamaTatsuya AbeOctober 24, 2021 (2021-10-24)
5"Past"
Transcription: "Kako" (Japanese: 過去)
Daiji IwanagaTomoko KonparuMiyana OkitaOctober 31, 2021 (2021-10-31)
6"(dis)belief"
Transcription: "Shingi" (Japanese: 信疑)
Kaoru SuzukiAyumi SekineYōichi UedaNovember 7, 2021 (2021-11-07)
7"Atonement"
Transcription: "Shokuzai" (Japanese: 贖罪)
Fumihiro MatsuiKatsuhiko TakayamaKatsuyuki KoderaNovember 14, 2021 (2021-11-14)
8"Loneliness"
Transcription: "Kodoku" (Japanese: 孤独)
Masahiro TakataTomoko KonparuKatsuyuki KoderaNovember 21, 2021 (2021-11-21)
9"Confluence"
Transcription: "Kōsaku" (Japanese: 交錯)
Akiko NakanoKatsuhiko TakayamaKiyoko SayamaNovember 28, 2021 (2021-11-28)
10"Resolve"
Transcription: "Kakugo" (Japanese: 覚悟)
Tatsuya AbeTomoko KonparuTatsuya AbeDecember 5, 2021 (2021-12-05)
11"Confrontation"
Transcription: "Taiji" (Japanese: 対峙)
Daiji IwanagaAyumi SekineMiyana OkitaDecember 12, 2021 (2021-12-12)
12"Destiny"
Transcription: "Unmei" (Japanese: 運命)
Kaoru SuzukiAyumi SekineYōichi UedaDecember 19, 2021 (2021-12-19)

Reception[edit]

The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window has sold a cumulative total of 1 million physical copies in Japan by January 2020.[1] Volume 1 peaked at No. 14 on Oricon and sold a total of 24,718 physical copies on its first week of sales.[46] Volume 2 peaked at No. 16 on Oricon and sold a total of 27,201 physical copies on its first week of sales.[47] Volume 3 peaked at No. 36 on Oricon and sold a total of 22,680 physical copies on its first week of sales.[48] Volume 4 sold a cumulative total of 30,196 physical copies on its first two weeks of sales.[49] Volume 5 peaked at No. 48 on Oricon and sold a total of 17,710 physical copies on its first week of sales.[50] Volume 6 peaked at No. 48 on Oricon and sold a total of 19,918 physical copies on its first week of sales.[51]

Rebecca Silverman from Anime News Network cites the horror and mystery plot as the series' greatest strength and that the lesser focus on romance may make it easier for readers who are not interested in boys' love. However, she also claims the romance has creepy undertones.[52]

For the live-action film, Mark Schilling from The Japan Times gave it 3 out of 5 stars, describing it "absurd" but praising Hirate's acting.[53]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.

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