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)
GenreAdventure, romance, supernatural[1]
Manga
Written byYoshiaki Sukeno
Published byShueisha
English publisher
ImprintJump Comics SQ.
MagazineJump Square
DemographicShōnen
Original runOctober 4, 2013 – present
Volumes21 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTomohisa Taguchi
Produced by
  • Makoto Hijikata
  • Maiko Isogai
  • Tomohiko Iwase
  • Naoto Tani
  • Teruaki Sanematsu
Written byNaruhisa Arakawa
Music byMikio Endō
StudioPierrot
Licensed by
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo), AT-X
English network
Original run April 6, 2016 March 29, 2017
Episodes50 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko
Written byHajime Tanaka
Illustrated byYoshiaki Sukeno
Published byShueisha
ImprintJUMP j-BOOKS
DemographicMale
PublishedAugust 4, 2016
Volumes1
Game
DeveloperBandai Namco Entertainment
PublisherBandai Namco Entertainment
GenreAdventure
PlatformPS Vita
Released
  • JP: January 26, 2017
Light novel
Sōsei no Onmyōji: Shiga Kenbyaku
Written byHajime Tanaka
Illustrated byYoshiaki Sukeno
Published byShueisha
ImprintJUMP j-BOOKS
DemographicMale
PublishedMarch 3, 2017
Volumes1
Manga
Sōsei no Onmyōji: SD Nyoritsuryō!!
Written bykoppy[4]
Illustrated byYoshiaki Sukeno
Published byShueisha
MagazineSaikyō Jump
DemographicShōnen
PublishedMarch 3, 2017
Volumes1
Light novel
Sōsei no Onmyōji: Santen Haja
Written byHajime Tanaka
Illustrated byYoshiaki Sukeno
Published byShueisha
ImprintJUMP j-BOOKS
DemographicMale
PublishedDecember 4, 2018
Volumes1
Manga
Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko: Nishoku Kokkeiga
Written byHajime Tanaka
Illustrated byYoshiaki Sukeno
Published byShueisha
MagazineShonen Jump+[5]
DemographicShōnen
PublishedDecember 4, 2018
Volumes1
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Twin Star Exorcists (双星の陰陽師, Sōsei no Onmyōji) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiaki Sukeno. The manga has been serialized in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine since October 2013, with individual chapters collected into twenty-one tankōbon volumes as of March 2020. The story revolves around Rokuro Enmado and Benio Adashino, a pair of young and talented exorcists, who (according to a prophecy) are destined to marry and have a child that will be the ultimate exorcist.

The series was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot, that ran from April 6, 2016 to March 29, 2017. The manga series has been licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, publishing the first volume in July 2015. A video game was developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PS Vita and released on January 26, 2017 in Japan.

As of December 2018, three light novels and two spin-off manga series have also been published and released in Japan.[6]

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 a 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 (Kegare) from the world and ending the war that has lasted over a millennium.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Yoshiaki Sukeno began serializing the manga in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine on October 4, 2013.[7] A special chapter was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump in April 2016.[8]

Viz Media licensed the series for publication in North America, with the first volume released on July 7, 2015.[9][10]

The first part is almost the same as the first act of the anime, with a few differences here and there. Like, some characters appearing early or later, then anime counterparts. The second part of the manga has a 2 year time skip, similar to the anime, but a different story, which involves Rokuro heading to the island where Benio grew up, to finish the battle between him and Yuuto. Benio not being able to go as the result of losing her ability to use her talismans. A lot of hidden truths about the Kagare, the Exorcist’s, the pasts of both Ryuko and Benio and even the Miko, are brought to the surface. Like part 1, some characters appear at different times and in a different order then their anime counterparts, with manga exclusive character. The 3rd and current part, this time with a 4 year time skip, deals with Rokuro and Benio getting married, and their want to be together, has now been put into jeopardy. Less anime counterparts and more manga original characters, with some anime exclusive characters appearing.

Spin-offs[edit]

The first spin-off manga series, Sōsei no Onmyōji: SD Nyoritsuryō!! (双星の陰陽師 SD如律令!!) is a comedy spin-off comic, written by koppy and supervised by Yoshiaki Sukeno. It is published at the official website of the original manga[11], as well as the magazine Saikyō Jump. The content of this manga is canon, showing personalities of many characters. The compiled volume was published and released on March 3, 2017 in Japan.[12]

The second spin-off manga series, Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko: Nishoku Kokkeiga (双星の陰陽師 天縁若虎〜二色滑稽画) is a manga adaptation of the light novel, "Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko", written and illustrated by the same authors. The back-story focuses on the characters, Seigen Amawaka and Yukari Otomi. The spin-off series was launched by Yoshiaki Sukeno on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website[13] on September 3, 2018. The compiled volume was published and released on December 4, 2018 in Japan.[14]

Light novels[edit]

As of December 2018, three light novel adaptations have been published and released by Shueisha under its JUMP j-BOOKS imprint. The light novels are titled in the following order; Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko (双星の陰陽師 ―天縁若虎), Sōsei no Onmyōji: Shiga Kenbyaku (双星の陰陽師 ―士牙繭闢) and Sōsei no Onmyōji: Santen Haja (双星の陰陽師 ―三天破邪). Each novel features a back-story from the perspective of different characters from the main series, serving as prologues to the main story. The light novels are written by Hajime Tanaka and supervised by Yoshiaki Sukeno.[15]

Anime[edit]

An anime television adaptation was announced on the January 2016 cover of Jump Square on December 4, 2015.[16] The series is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and written by Naruhisa Arakawa,[17] with animation by Studio Pierrot.[18] Additionally, Shishō Igarashi is serving as assistant director, Kikuko Sadakata is designing the characters, and Itsuko Takeda is serving as chief animation director.[17] The series' first opening theme song is "Valkyrie -Ikusa Otome-" (Valkyrie -戦乙女-, lit. "Valkyrie -War Maiden-") by Wagakki Band,[19] while the first ending theme is "Eyes" (アイズ, Aizu) by Hitomi Kaji.[20] The second opening theme, "Re:Call", is performed by the idol group i☆Ris,[21][22][23] while the second ending theme, "Yadori-boshi" (宿り星) is performed by the two-man group Itowokashi (Kashitarō Itō and Ryō Miyada).[24] The third opening theme, "sync" is performed by lol, while the third ending theme "Hide & Seek" is performed by Girlfriend.[25] The fourth opening theme, "Kanadeai" is performed by Itowokoashi, while the fourth ending theme "Hotarubi" is performed by Wagakki Band. [26]

The series began airing on April 6, 2016 on TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations,[27][28] and later on AT-X.[29] Animax Asia aired the series with English Subtitles. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series worldwide outside of Asia,[30] and also released the series on Blu-ray + DVD with an English dub. Part 1 (Episodes 1-13) has been released on July 24, 2018 with a collector's box to store the later three parts, and Part 2 (Episodes 14-26) on September 18, 2018. Part 3 (Episodes 27-40) was released on November 13, 2018, and Part 4 (Episodes 41-50) on January 8, 2019.[31] Chinese streaming site iQiyi has listed the series with fifty episodes.[32]

The anime is licensed in North America and the United Kingdom by Crunchyroll, with home video distribution handled by Funimation in North America and by Anime Limited in the UK.[33][34]

Despite the manga still being serialized, the anime ended at 50 episodes.

Video game[edit]

A video game adaptation of the series from Bandai Namco Entertainment was announced on September 3, 2016. The battle adventure game was released for PlayStation Vita, and features Rokuro as a playable character. It features 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.[35]

Reception[edit]

Volume 1 reached 11th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts, with 29,527 copies sold;[36] volume 2 reached 23rd place, with 30,734 copies;[37] volume 3 reached 46th place, with 38,835 copies;[38] volume 4 reached 24th place, with 37,900 copies;[39] volume 5 also reached 24th place, with 47,489 copies;[40] volume 6 reached 32nd place, with 48,029 copies;[41] volume 7 reached 20th place, with 48,762 copies;[42] and volume 8 reached 11th place, with 56,947 copies.[43]

Volume 3 of the English translation appeared on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list for two non-consecutive weeks, first at 8th place and then at 6th.[44][45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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