Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight

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Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight
Ulysses, Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
ユリシーズ ジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士
(Yurishīzu Jan'nu Daruku to Renkin no Kishi)
Light novel
Written by Mikage Kasuga
Illustrated by Tomari Meron
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Male
Imprint Dash X Bunko
Original run August 25, 2015 – present
Volumes 5 + 1 prequel
Manga
Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Hyakunen Sensō no Himitsu
Illustrated by Yagi Shinba
Hirafumi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Dash X Comic
Original run February 28, 2018 – present
Anime television series
Directed by Shin Itagaki
Written by Ryunosuke Kingetsu
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio AXsiZ
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, Sun TV, BS Fuji, AT-X[1]
Original run October 7, 2018 – present
Episodes 12
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Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemy Knights (ユリシーズ ジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士, Yurishīzu Jan'nu Daruku to Renkin no Kishi) is a Japanese light novel series written by Mikage Kasuga and illustrated by Tomari Meron. Five volumes and one prequel volume have been published by Shueisha since August 2015 under their Dash X Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Yagi Shinba and Hirafumi titled Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Hyakunen Sensō no Himitsu (ユリシーズ ジャンヌ・ダルクと百年戦争のひみつ) began serialization in Shueisha's Dash X Comic website from February 28, 2018. An anime television series adaptation by AXsiZ began airing October 7, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Montmorency is a young knight whose dreams is to become an alchemist and find out the secret of the Philosopher’s Stone.

When the English army occupy northern France during the Hundred Years War, most of the young students of the Knights School are sent in battle, and the same Montmorency's secret love is apparently killed during the Battle of Azincourt; after this, everyone's routes take different ways, at the point of finding themselves as enemies when some of their households choose to betray France for England.

In search of a way to stop every war, Montmorency performs a secret alchemic ritual that allows him to evoke the Queen of the Fairies Astaroth, which promises to teach him how to use the stone to become a Ulysses, an immortal alchemist with infinite power.

In the following seven years Montmorency keeps on learning from Astaroth how to become a Ulysses while traveling along France, but due to unexpected events, he ends up performing the ritual on a young dying girl named Jeanne, which becomes the new Ulysses in his place. In this way, Jeanne will gain the power to turn the tides of the war and will be known from now on as Jeanne d'Arc.

Characters[edit]

Montmorency (モンモランシ, Monmoranshi)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka[2]
A young alchemist in search of a way to unveil the secret behind the Philosopher's Stone and become a Ulysses, a supreme being with the power to create a worldwide utopia. He met Jeanne and used half of the stone to save her life, he has sworn to protect her and make sure that her fate of holy savior of France is fulfilled.
Jeanne d'Arc (ジャンヌ・ダルク, Jannu Daruku)
Voiced by: Yūko Ōno[2]
A twelve-year-old young girl from Domremy with a kind and gentle personality. After having been mortally wounded by the English when Domremy is attacked, Montmorency has put half of his Philosopher's Stone in her body to save her life, making her the new Ulysses. Due to her young age and having only half of the stone in her body, Jeanne can become an Ulysses just for three minutes; in this form, she turns into a powerful and almost invincible fighter, but at the same time she becomes extremely brutal and sadistic, since the stone's power implements her arrogance.
Astaroth (アスタロト, Asutaroto)
Voiced by: Hisako Tōjō[2]
The Queen of the Fairies and the guardian of the Philosopher's Stone, called in the human world by Montmorency to help him become a Ulysses. She loves to provoke Montmorency and scold him for his lack of experience.
Arthur de Richemont (アルテュール・ド・リッシュモン, Arutyūru do Risshumon)
Voiced by: Manami Numakura[2]
One of Montmorency's childhood friends, and the young boy's secret love since when they studied at the Knights Academy. When the French army is wiped away in the battle of Azincourt, her broken sword has been found on the battlefield by Montmorency, pursuing the boy to think her dead. However it's later revealed that she's been captured by the English. She belongs to the Brittany household.
Philip (フィリップ, Firippu)
Voiced by: Yūki Takada[2]
The heir of the Burgundy household, she's one of Montmorency's childhood friends. After the Battle of Azincourt her family has chosen to betray the Valois and side with the English.
Charlotte (シャロット, Sharotto)
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi[2]
Third daughter of the French Royal Family of the Valois, she's the third member of Montmorency's old group of friends. After her brothers' death in the Battle of Azincourt, she's become the next heir to the throne.
La Hire (ラ・イル, Ra Iru)
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami[2]
The commander of a mercenary unit sent by Charlotte to protect Domremy and the rest of Lorraine. She wields a massive lance and a pistol. She loves cute things, and because of this, she fell in love for Jeanne and Astaroth the moment she saw them.
Batard
Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara[3]
Alençon
Voiced by: Junji Majima[3]
Xaintrailles
Voiced by: Hidenori Takahashi[3]
Second-in-Command of La Hire's mercenary unit, he fights by wielding a massive broadsword. He's in love with his Commander, continuously trying to receive a kiss from her.

Media[edit]

Light novel[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 August 25, 2015[4]ISBN 978-4-08-631011-6
2 August 25, 2015[5]ISBN 978-4-08-631064-2
3 April, 22, 2016[6]ISBN 978-4-08-631108-3
4 February 23, 2018[7]ISBN 978-4-08-631233-2
5 September 21, 2018[8]ISBN 978-4-08-631265-3

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation by AXsiZ premiered October 7, 2018 on Tokyo MX and other channels.[3][9] The series is directed by Shin Itagaki, with Ryunosuke Kingetsu handling series composition, Jouji Sawada designing the characters, and Taku Iwasaki composing the music.[2] The opening theme is "Libération" by Mai Fuchigami.[10] The ending theme is "Hyakunen no Meram" by Rionos.[11] The series will be simulcast by Crunchyroll[12] with Funimation streaming the simuldub.[13] The series will run for 12 episodes.[14]

No. Title Original air date[15] Ref.
1"Oath"
"Renkinjutsu to, Yōsei to" (錬金術と、妖精と)
October 7, 2018[16]
In 1415's France, Montmorency and his friends Richemont, Charlotte and Philippe are students of Paris' Knights School. However, Montmorency is more interested in alchemic studies, and his dream is to unveil the true power of the Philosophers' Stone that his ancestors bought back from the Holy Land during the last crusade. Meanwhile, France and England are fighting one against the other during the Hundred Years War, and soon every household serving the King of France is called to arms to protect Paris from the enemy. Before departing, the four friends swear to remain together till their last breath and do their best to end the war, but a few time later the French Army faces a dramatic defeat in Azincourt, and the same Richemont is apparently killed during the battle. Seeing his remaining friends leaving his side (Charlotte is called back to her castle, since her brothers' death has made her the heir to the throne, while Philippe's Household surrenders the Burgundy to the English), Montmorency desperately performs a ritual to call a demon capable to make him able to find out the secret of the stone in exchange for his soul, calling the Queen of the Fairies Astaroth in the human world. Astaroth teaches Montmorency how to create the Elixir, which power will allow him to swallow the stone and gain his power becoming an Ulysses. However something goes wrong, and due to an unexpected side-effect at the end of the ritual Montmorency discovers that seven years has passed meanwhile.
2"The Girl Called Jeanne"
"Jan'nu to iu shōjo" (ジャンヌという少女)
October 14, 2018TBA
Montmorency starts traveling around France, alongside Astaroth in search of a way to complete the ritual and become a Ulysses. One day, his never ending voyage leads him to the small village of Domremy where he meets Jeanne, a twelve-year-old little girl with a kind and pure heart. Meanwhile, the English army has conquered most of Northern France, and Lorraine is about to fall; because of this, Princess Charlotte sends the mercenary commander La Hire and her soldiers to protect the people. Meanwhile in Domremy, Montmorency discovers from Astaroth that the ritual has made his body capable of producing an endless amount of elixir, however due to this he's no more able to swallow the stone, since the elixir in his body could easily send it to berserk and kill him. Unfortunately, the English forces arrive sooner than expected, and there are too many for La Hire's army to defeat them. During the battle, Jeanne is deadly wounded after seeing her friendly fairies brutally killed by the English, and to save her life Montmorency decides to perform a ritual on her, inserting half of the stone in Jeanne's body. The ritual saves Jeanne and makes her a Ulysses, but also turns her into a brutal and ruthless fighter. Jeanne then defeats the English foreces and almost kills La Hire for her being jealous of the size of her breasts. Fortunately, the power of the stone stops at the right moment, proving that Jeanne can only become a Ulysses just for three minutes. At that point, knowing that she can no more remain in Domremy, Jeanne chooses to depart with La Hire and Montmorency. La Hire fears that as the voices of Jeanne's power will start spreading she'll be marked as an heretic and hunted by the Inquisition, but Montmorency objects that on contrary she'll become the holy saint that will repel the English and save France.
3"To the Scheming Palace"
"Bōryaku no kyūtei e" (謀略の宮廷へ)
October 21, 2018TBA
Montmorency starts spreading rumors about Jeanne's supposed holiness, claiming that she's the legendary virgin chosen by God to protect France from evil named in some old legends. When voices start spreading, Montmorency and Jeanne go to Chinon to speak with Charlotte herself and ask her to make Jeanne a knight and a commander of France army. Thinking that Jeanne is just yet another charlatan in search for money, Charlotte tries to mock her by switching her place on the throne with a maid during a party, but with Astaroth's help Jeanne finds out the trick gaining even more consideration. In a second time, Jeanne saves Charlotte from an assassination attempt, but at the end of the battle a mysterious man appears from nowhere saying that the assassin's true objective was to make Jeanne weak enough to claim the Philosopher's Stone. Meanwhile, Montmorency is captured by La Tremoille, one of Charlotte's councilors, which captures Astaroth too, and thrown in the castle's underground. In prison, he finds Richemonts, that tells him how after the Battle of Azincourt she had chosen to switch side and pleadged her loyalty to Henry V, hoping to gain enough consideration in both kingdoms to negotiate the end of the war; however, after Henry's death, she had deserted again due to his son's sinister ego, but once returned to France she was branded as a traitor and jailed by La Tremoille, which is clearly aiming to take the throne.
4"Who Was the Promise For"
"Ano yakusoku wa daregatameni" (あの約束は誰がために)
TBATBA

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On Air". Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi Official Site (in Japanese). Ulysses Partners. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Promo Video, October Premiere". Anime News Network. May 5, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime Reveals Cast, Visual". Anime News Network. August 3, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "ユリシーズジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士I". Shueisha. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "ユリシーズジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士II". Shueisha. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "ユリシーズジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士III". Shueisha. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  7. ^ "ユリシーズジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士IV". Shueisha. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "ユリシーズジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士V". Shueisha. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi Fantasy Novels Have Anime in the Works". Anime News Network. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime's Video Previews Mai Fuchigami Song". Anime News Network. September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "rionos Performs Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime's Ending Theme". Anime News Network. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "Crunchyroll Lists Fall Simulcast for Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc and the Alchemist Knight Anime". Anime News Network. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Funimation Adds Ulysses, Goblin Slayer, Senran Kagura, Radiant Anime to Fall Season Dub Lineup". Anime News Network. September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  14. ^ "Ulysses Anime Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "ユリシーズ ジャンヌ・ダルクと錬金の騎士" (in Japanese). Tokyo MX. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  16. ^ "錬金術と、妖精と". Ulysses: Jeanne d'Arc to Renkin no Kishi Official Site (in Japanese). Ulysses Partners. Retrieved October 7, 2018.

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