Twin Star Exorcists

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Twin Star Exorcists
Twin Star Exorcists, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume as published in Japan by Shueisha, featuring Rokuro Enmado (left) and Benio Adashino (right).
双星の陰陽師
(Sōsei no Onmyōji)
Genre Action, romance, supernatural[1]
Manga
Written by Yoshiaki Sukeno
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Jump Square
Original run October 4, 2013 – present
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Tomohisa Taguchi
Produced by Makoto Hijikata
Maiko Isogai
Tomohiko Iwase
Naoto Tani
Teruaki Sanematsu
Written by Naruhisa Arakawa
Music by Mikio Endō
Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
Original network TXN (TV Tokyo), AT-X
English network
Original run April 6, 2016 March 29, 2017
Episodes 50 (List of episodes)
Game
Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment
Platform PS Vita
Released
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Twin Star Exorcists (双星の陰陽師, Sōsei no Onmyōji) is a Japanese shōnen fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiaki Sukeno about a pair of young and talented exorcists that according to a prophecy, are destined to marry and have a child that will be the ultimate exorcist. The series is published in Japan by Shueisha in its Jump Square magazine, and is published in English by Viz Media. An anime television adaptation by Pierrot ran between April 6, 2016 to March 29, 2017.

Plot[edit]

Rokuro Enmado is a young boy who used to be a powerful aspiring exorcist, before a tragic incident left his friends dead and made him abandon the profession. One day, he has a fateful encounter with Benio Adashino, a girl around his age and a well known exorcist from the east. According to prophecy, Rokuro and Benio are the "Twin Star Exorcists", and are destined to marry and have a child known as the Miko, which will be the ultimate exorcist, capable of cleansing all evil spirits, or Kegare, from the world and ending the war that has lasted over a millennium.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television adaptation was announced on the January 2016 cover of Jump Square on December 4, 2015.[5] The series is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and written by Naruhisa Arakawa,[6] with animation by Studio Pierrot.[7] Additionally, Shishō Igarashi is serving as assistant director, Kikuko Sadakata is designing the characters, and Itsuko Takeda is serving as chief animation director.[6] The series' first opening theme song is "Valkyrie -Ikusa Otome-" (Valkyrie -戦乙女-, lit. "Valkyrie -War Maiden-") by Wagakki Band,[8] while the first ending theme is "Eyes" (アイズ, Aizu) by Hitomi Kaji.[9] The second opening theme, "Re:Call", is performed by the idol group i☆Ris,[10][11][12] while the second ending theme, "Yadori-boshi" (宿り星) is performed by the two-man group Itowokashi (Kashitarō Itō and Ryō Miyada).[13] The third opening theme, "sync" is performed by lol, while the third ending theme "Hide & Seek" is performed by Girlfriend.[14] The fourth opening theme, "Kanadeai" is performed by Itowokoashi, while the fourth ending theme "Hotarubi" is performed by Wagakki Band. [15]

The series began airing on April 6, 2016 on TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations,[16][17] and later on AT-X.[18] Animax Asia aired the series with English Subtitles. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series worldwide outside of Asia,[19] and will also release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub, and Part 1 will be released July 24, 2018.[20] Chinese streaming site iQiyi has listed the series with fifty episodes.[21]

The anime is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll (with home video distribution from Funimation) and in the UK by Anime Limited.[22][23]

Manga[edit]

Yoshiaki Sukeno began serializing the manga in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine on October 4, 2013.[24] A special chapter was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in April 2016.[25]

Viz Media licensed the series for publication in North America, publishing the first volume in July 2015.[26][27]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 4, 2014[28]ISBN 978-4-08-880015-8July 7, 2015[29]ISBN 978-1-4215-8174-3
  1. "Rokuro and Benio" (ろくろとべに, Rokuro to Benio)
  2. "The Twin Stars Cross" (そうせいこう, Sōsei Kōsa)
  3. "The Sound of Magano" (まがおと, Magano no Oto)
Bonus: "Benio in Kyoto" (きようべに, Kyōto no Benio)
2 June 4, 2014[30]ISBN 978-4-08-880117-9October 6, 2015[31]ISBN 978-1-4215-8175-0
  1. "Who are You?" (だれ, So wa Dare zo)
  2. "Your Courage, My Courage" (きみゆうわたしゆう, Kimi no Yūki, Watashi no Yūki)
  3. "Rokuro's True Feelings" (ろくろの, Rokuro no Kimochi)
  4. "Tangled Tragedy" (こうさくするげき, Kōsaku Suru Higeki)
3 October 3, 2014[32]ISBN 978-4-08-880203-9January 5, 2016[33]ISBN 978-1-4215-8217-7
  1. "A Glimpse of Evil" (じゃあくへんりん, Jaaku no Henrin)
  2. "As an Exorcist" (おんみようとして, Onmyōji Toshite)
  3. "Evil" (じゃあく, Jaaku)
  4. "As If a New Star Were Born" (あらたなほしまるるがごと, Aratana Hoshi no Umaruru ga Gotoku)
4 January 5, 2015[34]ISBN 978-4-08-880294-7April 5, 2016[35]ISBN 978-1-4215-8321-1
  1. "The Maiden Battle of a Certain Betrothed Couple"
  2. "Twin Star Sublimation"
    13.5 "Break"
  3. "My Fang"
Bonus 2: "Benio's Struggle"
5 May 1, 2015[36]ISBN 978-4-08-880370-8July 5, 2016[37]ISBN 978-1-4215-8518-5
  1. "The Star Musician"
  2. "The Day Rokuro Arrived"
  3. "Two Paths, Their Paths"
  4. "The Continuation of the Dream"
6 September 4, 2015[38]ISBN 978-4-08-880473-6October 4, 2016[39]ISBN 978-1-4215-8707-3
  1. "Vigorous Movements of the Stars" (夢のつづき, Shinshin no Yakudō)
  2. "Supreme Ruler of the Empty Sky" (虚空の覇者, Kokū no Hasha)
  3. "Perfect Linker"
Bonus 3: Mayura, Shichihenge (繭良、七変化)
Bonus 4: Rokuro, futtō (ろくろ、沸騰)
Bonus 5: Jūnitenshō "Suzaku" Keishō Shikiten (十二天将 ”朱雀” 継承式典)
7 January 4, 2016[40]ISBN 978-4-08-880591-7January 3, 2017[41]ISBN 978-1-4215-9045-5
  1. "Spell" (呪縛, Jubaku)
  2. "A World Without Exorcism" (呪縛無キ空, Jubaku naki sora)
  3. "A History of Defeat" (敗北の歴史, Haiboku no Rekishi)
  4. "Turn Over"
8 April 4, 2016[42]ISBN 978-4-08-880657-0April 4, 2017[43]ISBN 978-1-4215-9160-5
  1. "Those Who Do Not Seek It" (求めざる者は, Motomezaru mono wa)
  2. "Mayura’s Fight" (繭良の戦い, Mayura no tatakai)
  3. "A Black Birth Cry" (黒の産声, Kuro no ubugoe)
  4. "The Sewer Rat's Dream" (溝鼠の夢, Dobunezumi no yume)
9 August 4, 2016[44]ISBN 978-4-08-880757-7July 4, 2017[45]ISBN 978-1-4215-9441-5
  1. "Magano’s Encroachment" (禍野侵食, Magano Shinshoku)
  2. "What I Fear" (俺のコワいモノ, Ore no Kowai Mono)
  3. "The Tomorrow the Two Walk Towards..." (二人が進む明日..., Futari ga Susumu Ashita...)
  4. "Twin Star Divergence" (双星乖離, Sōsei Kairi)
10 December 2, 2016[46]ISBN 978-4-08-880829-1October 3, 2017[47]ISBN 978-1-42-159622-8
  1. "The Island Where Stars Gather" (星集う島, Hoshi Tsudou Shima)
  2. "Frontline" (最前線, Saizensen)
  3. "Place of Beginning, A Distant Past" (はじまりの場所、幽玄の彼方, Hajimari no Basho, Yūgen no Kanata)
  4. "Adashino's Little Giant" (化野の小さな巨人, Adashino no Chīsana Kyojin)
11 March 3, 2017[48]ISBN 978-4-08-881030-0January 2, 2018[49]ISBN 978-1-42-159764-5
  1. "Impure Wish" (醜き願い, Minikuki Negai)
  2. "Tsuchimikado Successor" (土御門の後継, Tsuchimikado no Kōkei)
  3. "Every Three Months" (それぞれの3か月, Sorezore no 3-kagetsu)
Special 1: "Twin Star Regression" (双星回帰, Sōsei Kaiki)
12 July 4, 2017[50]ISBN 978-4-08-881124-6May 1, 2018[51]ISBN 978-1-42-159909-0
  1. "A Woman's Battle: Part 1" (女の戦い①, Onna no Tatakai①)
  2. "A Woman's Battle: Part 2" (女の戦い②, Onna no Tatakai②)
  3. "Ideals, Dreams, and Aspirations" (理想と夢と憧れと, Risō to Yume to Akogare to)
  4. "Raging Inferno at Hadarae Castle!!" (爆燃烈火の波達羅盈城, Bakunen Rekka no Hadarae-jō)
13 November 2, 2017[52]ISBN 978-4-08-881167-3September 4, 2018[53]ISBN 978-1-97-470145-2
  1. "Welcome Back, Dr. Kan-chan" (おかえり、勘ちゃん先生, Okaeri, Kan-chan Sensei)
  2. "Infinite Power" (無限の力, Mugen no Chikara)
  3. "My Name isn't Birdmaru" (俺の名前はトリ丸ではない, Ore no Namae wa Torimaru de wa nai)
  4. "The Lonely Lord"
14 March 2, 2018[54]ISBN 978-4-08-881364-6January 1, 2019[55]ISBN 978-1-97-470394-4
  1. "The Party is Over"
  2. "Hack & Slash"
  3. "Arc of Adashino Benio 1: Benio and Kamui"
  4. "Arc of Adashino Benio 2: A Maiden's Hell"
15 June 4, 2018[56]ISBN 978-4-08-881498-8
Chapters not yet in tankōbon format
  1. "Arc of Adashino Benio 3: Kamui and Benio"
  2. "Arc of Adashino Benio 4: The things I want to convey to you"
  3. "Lid of Hell"
  4. "Despair and Smiles are Together"
  5. "Scattering Flowers of Ioroi"
  6. "A Doll's Empty Dream"
  7. "Promise Again"
  8. "Good Night, Mom"

Video game[edit]

A video game adaptation of the series from Bandai Namco Entertainment was announced on September 3, 2016.[57] The battle adventure game will be released for PlayStation Vita, and will feature Rokuro as a playable character.[57] It will feature an alternate setup with five different girls as candidates for the title of Twin Star, including Benio, Mayura, and three other characters designed exclusively for the game by original creator Yoshiaki Sukeno. The game was released to Japan on January 26, 2017.[4]

Reception[edit]

Volume 1 reached 11th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts, with 29,527 copies sold;[58] volume 2 reached 23rd place, with 30,734 copies;[59] volume 3 reached 46th place, with 38,835 copies;[60] volume 4 reached 24th place, with 37,900 copies;[61] volume 5 also reached 24th place, with 47,489 copies;[62] volume 6 reached 32nd place, with 48,029 copies;[63] volume 7 reached 20th place, with 48,762 copies;[64] and volume 8 reached 11th place, with 56,947 copies.[65]

Volume 3 of the English translation appeared on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list for two nonconsecutive weeks, first at 8th place and then at 6th.[66][67]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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