Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle (Japanese: ヒプノシスマイク-Division Rap Battle-, Hepburn: Hipunoshisu Maiku: Division Rap Battle) is a Japanese multimedia project by King Records under their Evil Line Records label. The characters were designed by Idea Factory under their Otomate label, with Yuichiro Momose as the main scenario writer. The project features eighteen voice actors and is centered on rap battles, with fans voting for their preferred team. The CDs have ranked high on mainstream music charts and the franchise has grown to include manga adaptations, a mobile game, and an anime.

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle
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Background information
OriginJapan
GenresJapanese hip hop
Years active2017–present
LabelsEvil Line Records
Websitehypnosismic.com
Manga
Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle -Before the Battle- The Dirty Dawg
Written byYuichiro Momose
Illustrated byRui Karasuduki
Published byKodansha
MagazineShōnen Magazine Edge
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 17, 2018 – present
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Manga
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Side B.B & M.T.C
Written byYuichiro Momose
Illustrated byKanie Tetsuji
Published byKodansha
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Sirius
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 26, 2018March 26, 2020
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side F.P & M
Written byYuichiro Momose
Illustrated byKiko Aiba
Published byIchijinsha
MagazineMonthly Comic Zero Sum
DemographicJosei
Original runDecember 28, 2018 – present
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Game
Hypnosis Mic: Alternative Rap Battle
DeveloperIdea Factory
PublisherIdea Factory
GenreRhythm game
PlatformAndroid, iOS
ReleasedMarch 26, 2020
Manga
Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- Side D.H & B.A.T
Written byYuichiro Momose
Illustrated byShiro Kiko
Published byKodansha
MagazineMagazine Pocket
DemographicShōnen
Original runApril 8, 2020 – present
Anime television series
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

PlotEdit

After war, women have taken over ruling politics in the Chuo ward and have banned and destroyed weapons. This has caused men to fight through rap battles using Hypnosis Mics, which can be used to affect people's sympathetic nerves and influence their thought process. However, the legendary rap group, The Dirty Dawg, has split up into four groups, each representing a division of Tokyo, Japan and engaging in territorial battles using words and the Hypnosis Mics.

DiscographyEdit

Beginning in 2017, each group released an introductory single.[1] In April 2018, the first Battle Season began, and each first press edition of the rap battle albums came with a voting card.[2] Mad Trigger Crew and Matenro were the finalists.[3] Matenro won the battle held in December 2018 and released a celebratory album titled The Champion, produced by Zeebra.[4]

In 2019, Bad Ass Temple debuted with the album Bad Ass Temple Funky Sounds, which was produced by Nobodyknows. The song "Sōgyaran Bam" was written by Diggy-Mo.[5]

ToursEdit

  • Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: 1st Live at Ikebukuro (Animate Girls Festival 2017) (2017)[6]
  • Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: 2nd Live at Shinagawa (2018)[7]
  • Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: 3rd Live at Odaiba (2018)
  • Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: 4th Live at Osaka (2019)

MediaEdit

Video gamesEdit

On September 9, 2018, a smartphone game titled Hypnosis Mic: Alternative Rap Battle was announced by video game developer and publisher Idea Factory. The smartphone game was slated for a December 2019 release, but was then announced to be delayed until March 2020 to improve the quality of the app.[8] Kazui is the character designer for the smartphone game, while Yuichiro Momose will be the scenario writer.[9]

MangaEdit

The official manga adaptation is split into four different sections:

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Before the Battle: The Dirty DawgEdit

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Before the Battle: The Dirty Dawg, which focuses on all the former members of The Dirty Dawg, began in Kodansha's Shonen Magazine Edge on December 17, 2018.[10][11]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 May 30, 2019[12][13]978-4-06-516111-1 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-06-516123-4 (limited edition)
2 October 17, 2019[14][15]978-4-06-517425-8 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-06-517626-9 (limited edition)

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Side B.B. & M.T.CEdit

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Side B.B. & M.T.C, which focuses on Buster Bros!!! and Mad Trigger Crew, was serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Sirius from December 26, 2018 to March 26, 2020.[10][16][17][18]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 June 25, 2019[19][20]978-4-06-516170-8 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-06-516099-2 (limited edition)
2 December 12, 2019[21][22]978-4-06-516170-8 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-06-516099-2 (limited edition)
3 April 24, 2020[23]
April 27, 2020[24]
978-4-06-519435-5 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-06-519425-6 (limited edition)

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Side F.P & MEdit

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Side F.P & M, which focuses on Fling Posse and Matenro, began running in Ichijinsha's Monthly Comic Zero Sum beginning in the February 2019 issue.[10]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 June 25, 2019[25][26]978-4-75-803433-3 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-75-803434-0 (limited edition)
2 December 12, 2019[27][28]978-4-75-803471-5 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-75-803470-8 (limited edition)
3 April 25, 2020[29][30]978-4-75-803500-2 (regular edition)
ISBN 978-4-75-803501-9 (limited edition)

Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: side D.H & B.A.TEdit

Hypnosis Mic -Division Rap Battle- side D.H & B.A.T, which focuses on the Osaka Division Dotsuitare Hompo and Nagoya Division Bad Ass Temple, began serialization in Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app on April 8, 2020.[31][32]

Stage playsEdit

Two stage plays were announced in September 2019. Both plays were directed by Gō Ueki and written by Shinjirō Kaneda. The first stage play, Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rule the Stage Track 1, focuses on Buster Bros!!! and Mad Trigger Crew, running from November 15 to December 1, 2019 in Tokyo. The second stage play, Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rule the Stage Track 2, focuses on Fling Posse and Matenro, ran in Q2 2020.[33]

AnimeEdit

An anime television series adaptation titled Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Rhyme Anima was announced on December 4, 2019.[34] It aired from October 3 to December 26, 2020.

ReceptionEdit

"Hypnosis Mic: Final Battle" was one of the trending topics on Twitter in Japan during the month of November 2018.[35] In 2018, Hypnosis Mic was the most-followed Twitter account in Japan for voice actors in terms of fan engagement.[36]

Fling Posse VS Matenro ranked #1 in the Oricon Weekly Digital Albums Chart.[37] Mad Trigger Crew VS Matenro also ranked #1 on the Oricon Weekly Digital Albums Chart during its first week of release, with approximately 8,000 downloads.[37]

Matenro's album, The Champion, ranked #1 in digital album sales on Oricon on its first week of release, with approximately 9,000 downloads.[4]

The January 2019 issue of Shonen Magazine Edge, where Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Before the Battle: The Dirty Dawg debuted, unexpectedly sold out upon manga release.[11]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work/Recipient Result Ref(s)
2019 13th Seiyu Awards Singing Award Hypnosis Mic franchise Won [38]

ReferencesEdit

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