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Monster Strike (モンスターストライク, Monsutā Sutoraiku) is a mobile physics game with elements of role-playing, strategy and cooperative multiplayer. It is developed by Mixi for iOS and Android platforms. The game was co-created by Yoshiki Okamoto.[2] In Japan, its name is often shortened to MonSt (モンスト, Monsuto). The game can be summed up as a cross between Nintendo's Pokémon and Capcom's Metal Walker; the former in that it centers around monster collecting and the latter in that battles take place using catapult mechanics.[vague]

Monster Strike
MonSt.jpg
Developer(s)Mixi
Designer(s)Yoshiki Okamoto[1]
Platform(s)iOS, Android
ReleaseiOS
  • JP: August 8, 2013 (2013-08-08)
  • NA: October 20, 2014
  • TW: May 23, 2014
  • KOR: November 6, 2014

Android
  • JP: December 14, 2013
  • NA: October 21, 2014
  • TW: May 13, 2014
  • KOR: November 16, 2014
Genre(s)Puzzle, role-playing, physics, strategy

By June 30, 2015, the game had daily revenues of $4.2 million,[3] grossing more than $1 billion in 2015.[4] The game subsequently grossed $1.3 billion in 2016,[5] and another $1.3 billion in 2017.[6] As of October 2018, the game has grossed over $7.2 billion worldwide, surpassing Puzzle & Dragons to become the highest-grossing mobile app of all time.[7]

A more traditional role-playing game of Monster Strike was released for the Nintendo 3DS in December 2015. The game was adapted into an anime series in 2015. An anime film adaptation titled Monster Strike The Movie was released on December 10, 2016. A second anime film, titled Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata, was released on October 5, 2018 in Japan.

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GameplayEdit

 
A game of Monster Strike where the player prepares to launch one of their monsters at enemies on the field.

Monster Strike has been compared to competitor Puzzle & Dragons and other freemium puzzle games in that the player battles waves of monsters to collect them, fuse them, and evolve them and earn gold and other items through gameplay to get stronger monsters, and build a list of friends with monsters to use as well. What sets it apart is that rather than being a tile-matching video game, the player aims and flicks their monsters around on a field, similar to billiards/pool,[8] bumping off of walls and enemies to perform damage. Colliding the currently in play monster with any of the allied monsters activates Bump Combos (友情コンボ, Yūjō Konbo, "Friend Combos") that set off explosions, energy beams, or projectiles to perform damage on opponent monsters. Every turn, numerous counters on enemy monsters count down to launch various attacks that deal damage or add hazards to the field. Player monsters often have other unique passive abilities to counter these hazards, or may have passive abilities that cause greater damage to particular kinds of enemy monsters. Some monsters also have gauges that when it is launched at the right time, it activates a secondary gauge ability as well as slightly increases their attack strength. Each of the player's monsters also has its own counter, which allows the player to activate the monster's Strike Shot (ストライクショット, Sutoraiku Shotto) attack to perform more damage. The final battle of each Quest Mission features a Boss monster that has a moving critical hit point. Monster Strike also offers co-operative play for up to 4 players.[2][9][10]

Quests in the game are divided into Solo and Co-Op and then Normal and Event. Event Quests are only available for limited periods of time and often feature rare monsters that are powerful or that can be used in the Ascension of other monsters. Completing the levels of a quest awards the player monsters, catalysts, and coins. In Normal Quests, for completing the penultimate level in the quest, players are awarded a rare catalyst and for completing the final level, they are awarded an Orb as well as unlocking a Bonus Level featuring the experience-increasing or high-selling turtle monsters. A Mission Log is also given to players to reach certain goals in Quests in order to win other Catalysts, Orbs, or experience-increasing monsters. A third set of Quests are available in the Temple of Heroes. Clearing any of these awards the player Ableberries (わくわくの実, Wakuwaku no Mi, "Exciting Fruit") that gives one of the player's monsters an additional stat bonus. Initially, only certain Hatcher monsters could have an Ableberry. Later, the ability for rare Event Quest monsters to have Ableberries was added, but only if the player has Max Luck on two copies of the same monster. A Tower of Champions event is also occasionally run in Japan, providing an increased challenge for players to win rare monsters and prizes. A similar event was held in the North American version of the game for Christmas 2015.

Each monster has its own HP, Attack, and Speed statistics. The player's three monsters' HP and their friend or helper's monsters' HP are combined for a total HP. Attack determines how much damage the player's monster does to enemy monsters and Speed determines how fast (how much distance) the monster travels in a single turn. These values are increased by fusing monsters together to gain experience, or using special stat-only increasing monsters. There is also a Luck (ラック, Rakku) value, symbolized by a four-leaf clover, that determines the possibility of obtaining bonus prizes at the end of a Mission. Luck can only be increased by fusing two of the same monsters together, or monsters in the same evolutionary line; fusing two Red Smydras or a Red Drake and a Red Smydra will both cause Luck to increase. An additional Luck Skill was added to the game, allowing certain monsters to either have a critical hit or a shield to prevent damage on one turn.

After raising a monster to its maximum level, the player can Evolve (進化, Shinka) them through the use of Evolution Catalysts (進化アイテム, Shinka Aitemu, "Evolution Items"). Players can also Ascend (神化, Kamika) their monsters into even more powerful forms through the use of other monsters with specific Luck levels. Divination (獣神化, Jūshinka) is a combination of the two evolutions, giving the monster a second tier to their Strike Shot and a second slot for an Ableberry.

The game also features Hatchers (ガチャ, Gacha) that the player spends either Friend Points (earned through choosing another player's monster to complete a level) for fairly common monsters or Orbs for rarer monsters. The main Hatcher cycles through a series of different sets of monsters that have an increased availability, with the rarest found during the Legend Series (獣神祭, Jūshinsai) events. The Friend Hatcher is sometimes used for giving out rare Event monsters for collaborations, such as with Line Corporation and Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan. The Japanese edition of the game has also featured a special Hatcher to commemorate the release of Godzilla requiring special Godzilla Sharls to use it. Collaborations have also been made with Lawson's convenience store chain, Monster Hunter Big Game Hunting Quest, Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!!, Game Walker, Parasyte, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rebuild of Evangelion and Ultraman.[11]

The game has an in-game store to purchase Orbs that are used to continue lost Missions, expand the number of the player's available saved monsters, restore Stamina used to play Missions, or use them in the game's Hatcher to earn powerful and rare monsters.[12]

DevelopmentEdit

Monster Strike was originally released in Japan in September 2013, and by November 2013 it was credited with saving Mixi, originally a social media network, after the app became popular in the iOS App Store.[13][14] In September 2014, it was announced that a North American version and a South Korean version would be released.[15]

MusicEdit

A theme song for Monster Strike titled "Hippare! Monster Strike" (ヒッパレ!モンスターストライク, Hippare! Monsutā Sutoraiku, "Pull! Monster Strike") was written by Nagae Kuwabara (lyrics) and Riichiro Kuwabara (composition) and performed by Hironobu Kageyama. Kageyama performed it live for the first time at the Monster Strike first anniversary event at the Nico Nico Douga live house nicofarre on October 25, 2014, and the song was later released for sale on October 29.[16]

ReceptionEdit

Commercial performanceEdit

During July–September 2014, the game grossed ¥19.4 billion ($161 million) in content revenue, about 90% of Mixi's total income for the quarter.[17] The game's revenue increased to ¥30 billion ($283 million) in the next quarter, October–December 2014.[18] It overtook Puzzle & Dragons as Japan's highest-grossing mobile app in late 2014, and its revenues exceeded ¥40 billion ($333.8 million) per quarter during January–March 2015.[19] By March 2015, Monster Strike had been downloaded more than 30 million times and had daily revenues of $3.8 million.[20] During April–June 2015, the game's revenue increased to ¥47 billion ($378 million) per quarter.[21] By June 30, 2015, daily revenues reached $4.2 million.[3] During April–December 2015, the game grossed approximately ¥135 billion ($1.224 billion), roughly 90% of Mixi's sales during the period.[4]

It was the highest-grossing mobile game of 2016, earning a revenue of $1.3 billion for the year, more than Pokémon Go and Clash Royale.[5][22] Monster Strike earned another $1.3 billion in 2017, when it was the year's third highest-grossing mobile game, behind Arena of Valor and Fantasy Westward Journey.[6] In Japan, the game grossed ¥104.1 billion ($928 million) between January 2017 and October 3, 2017.[23] By May 2018, the game had over 45 million players worldwide.[24] As of October 2018, the game has grossed over $7.2 billion worldwide, surpassing Puzzle & Dragons to become the highest-grossing mobile app of all time.[7]

The game's popularity has led to a partnership with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to issue VISA credit cards in Japan in 2015.[25]

Critical receptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
GameRankings75%[26]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Android Authority7.5/10
Pocket Gamer6/10[12]
TouchArcade     [27]

With the English language version's release, a reviewer for Android Authority said that the game was fun, but similar to other games on the market, and had concerns about the length of the game's tutorial levels.[9] On Pocket Gamer, the reviewer found the game not challenging, as there did not seem to be any strategy, and as it is easy to earn Orbs (the premium currency), he could easily use the Hatcher to get better monsters, resulting in just a wait for the Stamina to refill and fuse monsters, until you run out of gold to fuse and space in the Monster Box.[12]

Nintendo 3DS gameEdit

Monster Strike
 
Developer(s)Mixi
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • JP: December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
Genre(s)Puzzle, RPG, physics, strategy

An RPG version of Monster Strike for the Nintendo 3DS was released in Japan on December 17, 2015. It features characters and stories introduced in the anime. Characters based on Japanese YouTubers Tomotake "Max" Murai, former CEO of Japanese iPhone news and reviews site AppBank, and beatboxer Hikakin, who both do Let's Play videos of Monster Strike, are featured in the game as NPCs.[28]

AnimeEdit

Monster Strike
 
Original net animation
Directed byKazuya Ichikawa
Produced byNao Hirasawa
Written byYoichi Kato
Music byMONACA
Studio
Released October 10, 2015 December 3, 2016
Runtime8 minutes
Episodes51 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Monster Strike: Mermaid Rhapsody
Directed byKazuya Ichikawa
Produced byNao Hirasawa
Written byJiro Ishii
Music byMONACA
StudioStudio Hibari
Ultra Super Pictures
ReleasedAugust 14, 2016
Runtime50 minutes
Original net animation
Monster Strike: An Encore and Continuance- Pandora's Box
Directed byKazuya Ichikawa
Produced byNao Hirasawa
Written byJiro Ishii
Music byMONACA
StudioStudio Hibari
Ultra Super Pictures
ReleasedDecember 31, 2016
Runtime8 minutes
Original net animation
Monster Strike: Rain of Memories
Directed byHideo Tachibana
Produced byHirasawa Naoshi
Written byYoichi Kato
Music byMONACA
StudioUltra Super Pictures
CONNECT
ReleasedDecember 3, 2016
Runtime46 minutes[29]
Anime film
Monster Strike The Movie
Directed byShinpei Ezaki
Music byMONACA
StudioLiden Films
Ultra Super Pictures
ReleasedDecember 10, 2016
Runtime101 minutes
Original net animation
Monster Strike: The Long Awaited Utopia
Directed byTakayuki Hamana
Music byMONACA
StudioSanzigen
Yokohama Animation Lab
ReleasedMarch 25, 2017
Runtime15 minutes
Original net animation
Monster Strike 2nd Season
Directed byTakayuki Hamana
Produced byNao Hirasawa
Written byYoichi Kato
Music byMONACA
StudioSanzigen
Yokohama Animation Lab
Released April 1, 2017 September 2, 2017
Episodes23
Original net animation
Monster Strike: A Rhapsody Called Lucy -The Very First Song-
Directed byKazuya Sakamoto
Music byMONACA
StudioLiden Films
ReleasedMay 3, 2017
Runtime21 minutes
Original net animation
MSonic! D'Artagnyans Rise to Fame
Directed byKeido Dei
Music byMONACA
MIRACLE BUS
StudioLiden Films
Released June 14, 2017 June 19, 2017
Runtime14 minutes
Episodes5
Original net animation
Monster Strike: The Fading Cosmos
Directed byTakayuki Hamana
Written byYoichi Katou
Music by
  • Satoru Kosaki
  • Keiichi Hirokawa
  • Kuniyuki Takahashi
StudioILCA
Anima
Yokohama Animation Lab
Released October 7, 2017 January 6, 2018
Episodes13
Original net animation
Monster Strike the Animation
Directed byYuuki Nakamura
Written byMasaya Honda
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
StudioILCA
Anima
Released July 8, 2018 – present
Episodes13
Anime film
Monster Strike the Movie: Sora no Kanata
Directed byHiroshi Nishikiori
Music byMasaru Yokoyama
StudioOrange
ReleasedOctober 5, 2018
Runtime97 minutes
  Anime and Manga portal

A web anime adaptation of Monster Strike premiered on October 10, 2015 on YouTube. It tells the story of Ren Homura, a middle school student who moves back to his hometown with his mother and sister, but he apparently cannot remember much of his life there. After having to get his cellphone repaired, he finds that the repairman installed Monster Strike onto it, and he later is attacked by a man who forces him into a real life game of Monster Strike, summoning a monster from within the game to attack Ren. Ren manages to summon a monster of his own, the diminutive dragon Oragon, and with help from his classmate Aoi Mizusawa, as well as an alter ego awoken by his own missing memories, Ren defeats the man's monster, seemingly freeing him from the control of an evil entity. This brings Ren into the world of the town's Monster Strike Stadium leagues, where people play Monster Strike in what appears to be real life but are advanced holograms, as well as Aoi's desire to reunite her friends Akira Kagetsuki and Minami Wakaba into becoming a team of Monster Strike players. However, Akira will not play on a team because Ren is nothing like their former fourth member Haruma, and the air-headed Minami has become possessed by the same evil presence that forced other people to attack Ren and Aoi.

The series' ending theme is a cover of Queen's "We Will Rock You" performed by Japanese vocalist Gloria.[30] After a break, the ending theme switched to several songs by White Ash: "Strike", "Knock On Doors In You", "Mad T.Party (1865-2016)", and "Drop", all of which are from the band's August 17, 2016, EP Quest, including "Monster", a song composed for the MS Grand Prix 2016 Championship.[31]

A second season of Monster Strike has been announced and premiered on April 1, 2017.[32] The plot of the second season revolves around Ren, Aoi, Akira, Minami, and a new American transfer student named Mana dealing with problems caused by monsters manifesting in real life outside of the Monster Strike game. The season was split into two parts, with Monster Strike The Animation: The Fading Cosmos premiering on October 7, 2017.[33]

The Monster Strike anime got its first spin-off on May 3, 2017 with the A Rhapsody Called Lucy -The Very First Song- OVA episode. This lead into the MSonic! D'Artagnyan's Rise to Fame special mini-series that premiered on June 14, 2017. Both A Rhapsody Called Lucy and MSonic! are set in a separate continuity from the main Monster Strike anime.[34][35]

On YouTube, the anime series had been watched 100 million times by August 2016, and over 200 million times as of June 2017.[36]

CharactersEdit

Main charactersEdit

Ren Homura (焔 レン, Homura Ren)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi
The protagonist. He cannot seem to remember anything about his life in his old town, but when his memories temporarily resurface he becomes an ace Monster Strike player. His signature monsters are Oragon, Fenrir X the Monsterwolf (炎邪狼フェンリルX, Enjarō Fenriru Ekkusu) and Ryoma the Visionary (維新の奇跡 坂本龍馬, Ishin no Kiseki Sakamoto Ryōma, voiced by Taishi Murata) who Transcends into Hero of the Restoration, Ryoma (維新回天の英傑 坂本龍馬, Ishin Kaiten no Eiketsu Sakamoto Ryōma).
Aoi Mizusawa (水澤 葵, Mizusawa Aoi)
Voiced by: Lynn
Ren's classmate. After helping Ren out in his first real world Monster Strike battle, she begins to plan him joining her old Monster Strike team, having already given him a special ring that allows him to properly control the apparently real monsters. Her signature monsters are Fox Metal the Legend (狐穴のフォックスメタル, Koketsu no Fokkusu Metaru, voiced by Itaru Yamamoto) and Napoleon the Valiant (英雄 ナポレオン, Eiyū Naporeon, voiced by Eri Suzuki).
Akira Kagetsuki (影月 明, Kagetsuki Akira)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi
Another of Ren's classmates, and one of Aoi's now former teammates at playing Monster Strike competitively. He is a perfectionist who cannot see Ren as replacing their former fourth teammate Haruma. His signature monster is Kamui (神威), and he also has John Manjiro (ジョン万次郎, Jon Manjirō, voiced by Daiki Hamano).
Minami Wakaba (若葉 皆実, Wakaba Minami)
Voiced by: Juri Kimura
Another of Ren's classmates and one of Aoi's former Monster Strike teammates. She is very airheaded, and is an otaku who often mimics and references popular anime and manga. When she is introduced, she is under the control of the mysterious entity possessing people to lead to real life Monster Strike matches. Her signature monster is Dead Rabbits, Ltd. (デッドラビッツLtd., Deddo Rabittsu Rimiteddo, voiced by Chinami Hashimoto and Yuna Yoshino) and she also has Al-mi'raj (アルミラージ, Arumirāji).
Oragon (オラゴン)
Voiced by: Jun Fukushima/Atsushi Abe
A monster that Ren summons from his phone after Monster Strike is installed and he is facing off against a man possessed by the evil entity. Oragon claims to be the Prince of the Monster World who has come to the human world to become stronger, but most people believe he is simply a creation of the game.
Haruma Kagutsuchi (神倶土 春馬, Kagutsuchi Haruma)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono
Haruma was previously the fourth member of Aoi, Minami, and Akira's Monster Strike team until he moved out of Kaminohara for reasons they cannot remember. After Ren defeats Doom, it is hinted that Haruma is somehow responsible for his lost memories, as well as the memories of the others. They track Haruma down in Shibuya, only to be easily defeated in Monster Strike, resulting in his demand that they become the top players in Kaminohara before speaking to him, again. After they succeed, he still refuses, and it is revealed that he is being controlled by Memento Mori, the Spirit of War (木の闘神 メメント・モリ, Ki no Tōshin Memento Mori, voiced by Sayaka Ohara), one of the War Gods posing as his allegedly dead mother, so they seek to free him from her control. His signature monster is Underworld Rebel Lucy (反逆の堕天使 ルシファー, Hangyaku no Datenshi Rushifā, voiced by Yōko Hikasa).

Supporting charactersEdit

Taiyou Shirahama (白浜 太陽, Shirahama Taiyō)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi
A student from another homeroom in Ren and Aoi's middle school who appears to inform them about Minami's odd behavior. He seems to be aware of the mysterious figures leading people to be possessed. His signature monster is Loki, God of Mischief (狡知の神 ロキ, Kōchi no Kami Roki, voiced by Junichi Yanagita). He is secretly the number 1 player in all of Kaminohara, and is possessed by the War God Nirvana, Inferno of War (炎の闘神ニルヴァーナ, Honō no Tōshin Niruvāna, voiced by Takehito Koyasu).
Jun Nikaido (二階堂 純, Nikaidō Jun)
Voiced by: Shizuka Ishigami
Kaminohara Middle School's student council president. She is the 4th ranked MS player in the area and challenges the recently-formed MS Club members to determine the fate of their club. Her monster is Cherry Spirit Sakura (花ノ国の精 桜, Hana-no-Kuni no Sei Sakura, voiced by Ikumi Hayama).
Sanjo Takii (滝井 参仗, Takii Sanjō)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura
A jock at Kaminohara Middle School who is turned on by being put down by women. He is the 3rd ranked MS player in Kaminohara and attacks the group in the local history museum's Roman art wing, battling them with Dark Usurper Zeus (天邪神ダークゼウス, Tenjashin Dāku Zeusu, voiced by Rikiya Koyama).
Akane Noda (野田 茜, Noda Akane)
Voiced by: Rie Takahashi
A student at Kaminohara Middle School who is obsessed with Minami's family cafe. She even goes so far as to take a part time job at a rival chain store and provide bad service to get people to go to the Wakaba family store. She is the 2nd ranked MS player and uses Melodious Snow Bow (森の歌姫 白雪姫リボン, Mori no Utahime Shirayukihime Ribon, voiced by Yurika Kubo).
Mariko Kobayashi (小林 茉利子, Kobayashi Mariko)
Voiced by: Haruka Yamazaki
One of Haruma's new MS teammates. She is dressed in Harajuku fashion. She uses the monster Alice, Queen of Wonderland (不思議の国の女王アリス, Fushiginokuni no Joō Arisu, voiced by Haruka Watanabe).
Shino Ichinose (一ノ瀬 志乃, Ichinose Shino)
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi
One of Haruma's new teammates. She claims to have psychic powers that allow her to accurately predict the outcomes of her MS matches and often gets nosebleeds. Her monster is Himiko, Ruler of Yamatai (邪馬台国女王 卑弥呼, Yamataikoku Joō Himiko, voiced by Kaori Nazuka) who slide Evolves into Himiko, Queen of Wa (倭国の女王 卑弥呼, Wakoku no Joō Himiko).
Kaoru Owada (大和田 薫, Ōwada Kaoru)
Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi
Haruma's other MS teammate. He likes to show off his muscles, and believes a well-developed upper body is key to victory. His monster is Romeo Possessed (デモンズ・ロミオ, Demonzu Romio, voiced by Ryouta Takeuchi).

Other charactersEdit

Genma Kagutsuchi (神倶土 玄馬, Kagutsuchi Genma)
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda
Genma, otherwise known as "K", is the first champion of Kaminohara's MS Colosseum. He lures Ren and his friends to the colosseum to battle Izanami the Inviter (黄泉津大神 イザナミ, Yomotsu Ōkami Izanami, voiced by Asami Seto), who transforms into the corrupted Izanami Zero (イザナミ零, Izanami Zero). Genma is also possessed by one of the War Gods, Doom, the Tide of War (水の闘神ドゥーム, Mizu no Tōshin Dūmu, voiced by Kenta Miyake).
Karin Homura (焔 花梨, Homura Karin)
Voiced by: Rie Murakawa
Ren's little sister.
Mitsuki Homura (焔 三月, Homura Mitsuki)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
Ren's mother.
Dolph Wakaba (ドルフ若葉, Dorufu Wakaba)
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Mamiya
Minami's father. He runs the family café with Minami after. He dresses like a soldier but his personality far from tough and imposing as his appearance would suggest.
Lyra Kiskill (キスキル・リラ, Kisukiru Rira)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
A mysterious young woman Ren and his friends encounter on their trip to Okinawa. She is actually a monster who has been captured by the American military during their tests on weaponizing Monster Strike.
Lieutenant Amanda Jensen (アマンダ・ジェンセン中尉, Amanda Jensen Chūi)
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida
A lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. She is Dolph's friend's daughter who shows Ren, Aoi, Minami, and Akira around Okinawa. She is secretly trying to free Lyra Kiskill from her superiors in the Navy.
Colonel James Styles (ジェイムズ・スタイルズ大佐, Jeimuzu Sutairuzu Taisa)
Voiced by: Shō Hayami
An American military officer working with the company NADTDcom to find a way to control Monster Strike monsters for the American military's gain. He uses a powerful monster named Oceanus.

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Original air date
1"The First Strike!"
"Kore ga Hajime no Sutoraiku!" (これが始めのストライク!)
October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)
2"Slingshot Away! Call Me Oragon!"
"Yubi de Hippare! Oragon!" (指でヒッパレ!オラゴン!)
October 10, 2015 (2015-10-10)
3"Aoi Mizusawa's Secret"
"Mizusawa Aoi" (水澤葵)
October 17, 2015 (2015-10-17)
4"A Night at the Colloseum"
"Mayonaka no Monsuto Koroshiamu" (真夜中のモンストコロシアム)
October 24, 2015 (2015-10-24)
5"Mall Brawl"
"Shoppingu Mōru no Kettō!" (ショッピングモールの決闘!)
October 31, 2015 (2015-10-31)
6"The Glinting Blade"
"Senkō no Katana" (閃光の刃)
November 7, 2015 (2015-11-07)
7"Operation Recruit Akira"
"Kagetsuki Akira Kan'yū Keikaku!" (影月明 勧誘計画!)
November 14, 2015 (2015-11-14)
8"Evil Eye Minami"
"Jagan demo Wakaba Minami da zo!" (邪眼でも若葉皆実だぞ!)
November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21)
9"SOS! A Shocking Video?!"
"Aoi no Hazukashisugiru Dōga!" (葵の恥ずかしすぎる動画!)
November 28, 2015 (2015-11-28)
10"Shopfront Shocker"
"Shōten-gai Sensen Ijō Ari" (商店街戦線異状あり)
December 5, 2015 (2015-12-05)
11"Welcome, Minami!"
"Minami, Nakama Haittatte yo" (皆実、仲間入ったってよ)
December 12, 2015 (2015-12-12)
12"Ora-gone?!"
"Oragon Kiki Ippatsu!" (オラゴン危機一発!)
December 19, 2015 (2015-12-19)
13"Impossible Task"
"Chōzetsu Kōrin" (超絶降臨)
December 26, 2015 (2015-12-26)
14"Izanami"
"Izanami Shisu" (イザナミ死す)
January 2, 2016 (2016-01-02)
15"Beware the Warrior God"
"Tōshin Kōrin" (闘神降臨)
March 26, 2016 (2016-03-26)
16"Counter! A Strike Shot for the Ages!"
"Hankō no Sutoraiku Shotto" (反攻のストライクショット)
March 26, 2016 (2016-03-26)
17"Pieces of Memories"
"Kioku no Himitsu" (記憶の秘密)
April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)
18"Where Art Thou, Haruma?"
"Haruma o Sagase" (春馬を探せ)
April 9, 2016 (2016-04-09)
19"Lucy the Annihilator"
"Senmetsu no Rushifā" (殲滅のルシファー)
April 16, 2016 (2016-04-16)
20"From the Ring, Hope"
"Hikaru Sutoraiku Ringu" (光るストライクリング)
April 23, 2016 (2016-04-23)
21"Come One and All: MS Club"
"Kitare! Monsutobu" (きたれ!モンスト部)
April 30, 2016 (2016-04-30)
22"The Saber Amid the Blossoms"
"Hiken! Sakurafubuki" (秘剣!桜吹雪)
May 7, 2016 (2016-05-07)
23"Dark Usurper Zeus"
"Tenjashin Dāku Zeusu" (天邪神ダークゼウス)
May 14, 2016 (2016-05-14)
24"Melodious Snow Bow"
"Mori no Utahime Ribon" (森の歌姫リボン)
May 21, 2016 (2016-05-21)
25"Nirvana, Inferno of War"
"Honō no Tōshin Niruvāna" (炎の闘神ニルヴァーナ)
May 28, 2016 (2016-05-28)
26"Assemble, Assault, and Assail"
"Asu ni Mukatte Ute!" (アスに向かって撃て!)
June 4, 2016 (2016-06-04)
27"An Accidental Double Date"
"Gesu na Daburu Dēto" (ゲスなダブルデート)
June 11, 2016 (2016-06-11)
28"Booya! Return to Shibuya"
"Futatabi Shibuya e" (再び渋谷へ)
June 18, 2016 (2016-06-18)
29"Alice in a Mad Wonderland"
"Arisu In Maddorando" (アリス・イン・マッドランド)
June 25, 2016 (2016-06-25)
30"The Scarlet Shrine Maiden"
"Shintaku no Miko" (神託の巫女)
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02)
31"Blade Versus Gun"
"Kami no Yaiba to Akuma no Jūkō" (神の刃と悪魔の銃口)
July 9, 2016 (2016-07-09)
32"The Flock of Bahamut"
"Sen no Bahamūto" (千のバハムート)
July 16, 2016 (2016-07-16)
33"The Indomitable Dragon"
"Fumetsu no Doragonsupiritto" (不滅のドラゴンスピリット)
July 23, 2016 (2016-07-23)
34"Ryoma vs. Lucy"
"Ryōma vs Rushifā" (龍馬vsルシファー)
August 6, 2016 (2016-08-06)
35"Death's Embrace"
"Shi o Omoe" (死を想え)
August 13, 2016 (2016-08-13)
SP"Mermaid Rhapsody"
"Māmeido Rapusodi" (マーメイド・ラプソディ)
August 14, 2016 (2016-08-14)
36"The Imprisoned Lily"
"Higanbana no Rōgoku" (彼岸花の牢獄)
August 20, 2016 (2016-08-20)
37"In Darkness, Ryoma"
"Kuro no Sakamoto Ryōma" (黒の坂本龍馬)
August 27, 2016 (2016-08-27)
38"The Truth of K"
"Kei no Shinjitsu" (Kの真実)
September 3, 2016 (2016-09-03)
39"Akira and Haruma"
"Akira to Haruma" (明と春馬)
September 10, 2016 (2016-09-10)
40"Gather in Kaminohara! - You need help? I'm there! -"
"Kessei! Ribon shin'eitai?" (結成!リボン親衛隊?)
September 17, 2016 (2016-09-17)
41"XFLAG PARK"September 24, 2016 (2016-09-24)

FilmsEdit

There have been two anime films based on the Monster Strike anime series. Both films have grossed a combined ¥804,672,100 ($10.06 million) at the Japanese box office as of October 16, 2018.

Monster Strike The MovieEdit

An anime film adaptation titled Monster Strike The Movie was released on December 10, 2016.[37][38] The film grossed ¥740 million ($6.8 million) at the Japanese box office.[39]

Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no KanataEdit

A second anime film adaptation titled Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata is currently in production and it was released on October 5, 2018. Studio Orange is animating the film.[40] The film has grossed ¥64,672,100 yen ($3.26 million) in Japan as of October 16, 2018.[41]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  41. ^ "The Laws of the Universe: Part 1 Opens at #1, Natsume Film Falls to #5". Anime News Network. 2018-10-16.

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