Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (魔術士オーフェン, Majutsushi Ōfen, lit. "Sorceror Orphen") is a series of Japanese fantasy adventure light novel series written by Yoshinobu Akita. It was adapted into manga, three anime television series (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge, and Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (2020), and a video game.

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen
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Cover of the first DVD of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Spell of the Dragon.
魔術士オーフェン
(Majutsushi Ōfen)
GenreAdventure, comedy, fantasy[1]
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
Original runMay 1994September 2003
Volumes20
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
J-Novel Club
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
Original runFebruary 1996October 2003
Volumes13
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Mawarimichi
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
J-Novel Club
DemographicMale
ImprintKadokawa Mini Bunko
Original runNovember 1997September 1998
Volumes2
Manga
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byHajime Sawada
Published byFujimi Shobo
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineDragon Magazine
Original run19982001
Volumes8
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Watanabe
Produced by
  • Tetsuo Genshō
  • Michihisa Abe
  • Yūji Matsukura
Written by
  • Masashi Kubota
  • Mayori Sekijima
Music byHatake (Sharam Q)
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original networkTBS
English network
Original run October 3, 1998 March 27, 1999
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge
Directed byTōru Takahashi
Produced by
  • Tetsuo Genshō
  • Michihisa Abe
  • Yūji Matsukura
Written by
  • Masashi Kubota
  • Mayori Sekijima
Music byYasunori Iwasaki
StudioJ.C.Staff
Licensed by
Sentai Filmworks
Original networkTBS
English network
Adult Swim
Anime Network
Original run October 2, 1999 March 26, 2000
Episodes23 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Slayers x Orphen
Written by
Illustrated by
  • Rui Araizumi
  • Yuuya Kusaka
Published byFujimi Shobo
DemographicMale
ImprintFujimi Fantasia Bunko
MagazineDragon Magazine
Published2005
Light novel
Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi Shin
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
English publisher
J-Novel Club
DemographicMale
Original runSeptember 2011September 2015
Volumes10
Manga
Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi - Wa ga Mune de Nemure Bōrei
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byMuraji
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
MagazineComp Ace
Original runMarch 2017 – present
Volumes5
Manga
Majutsushi Orphen - Mubouhen
Written byYu Yagami
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
J-Novel Club
DemographicSeinen
MagazineComp Ace
Original runDecember 2018 – present
Volumes4
Manga
Majutsushi Orphen - Pre-hen
Written byYuriko Takakami
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicSeinen
MagazineComp Ace
Original runDecember 25, 2018 – present
Volumes2
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anthology
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
DemographicMale
PublishedNovember 30, 2019
Light novel
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Comicron's Plan
Written byYoshinobu Akita
Illustrated byYuuya Kusaka
Published byT.O Entertainment
DemographicMale
PublishedDecember 25, 2019
Anime television series
Directed byTakayuki Hamana
Produced byGenco
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byShinnosuke
StudioStudio Deen
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X, BS Fuji, Tokyo MX, Wowow
Original run January 7, 2020 – present
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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As of December 2019, the novels had over 14 million copies in circulation.

SynopsisEdit

The young man Orphen engages in money lending activities in the back streets of the commercial city of Totokanta. Once, he was known as one of the Tower of Fang's most promising black sorcerers. One day, Orphen was approached by Volkan and Dortin, who had a very profitable money making scheme set up. Under the guise of wealthy merchants, they set forth toward the Everlasting household to partake in a marriage fraud. But, there was one problem: Volcan's plan was full of holes, leading one of the sisters to find out about their plan too. Then suddenly, a huge monster attacks the mansion. Among all the commotion, one name rings out: Azalie. This monster was what he was looking for for five years: his older sister Azalie who transformed into a dragonic monster. Between those who seek to kill the monster and Orphen, giving everything to protect it, his peaceful days are at an end. Trying desperately to transform his sister, Azalie, back to her true form leads to a treacherous journey that, ultimately, allows Orphen to learn the vast secrets of his world.

MediaEdit

Light novelsEdit

After publishing an award-winning Japanese-style fantasy novel "Inside a sparkle from the snow" Yoshinobu Akita who possessed deep admiration for European and American literature started his work on a European-style fantasy about the magically created world of Orphen inhabited by characters with deep personalities that make a reader empathize with them.[citation needed]

The series Orphen came about when author Yoshinobu Akita with Yuuya Kusaka as illustrator created a series of light novels called "Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi." It consists of 20 novels which were first published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label in the Monthly Dragon Magazine between 1994–2003, and was the basis for the first anime and manga series. In September 2019, Yoshinobu Akita announced that in commemoration of the series' 25th anniversary, he will be writing a new novel for the main novella series titled "Sorcerer Stabber Orphen: Comicron's Plan", a prequel that takes place four years after Orphen departed the Tower of Fangs to search for Azalie. which will be released on 25 December 2019. On November 2019, a light novel known as the "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anthology" was also released. It features a collection of original stories written by the author, Yoshinobu Akita, as well as guest writers such as Hajime Kanzaka, Yutaka Kono, Koushi Tachibana, Miya Kazuki, and Yomi Hirasaka. Ryo Mizuno was in charge of commentary while the illustrations and cover were drawn by Yuuya Kusaka.[3]

Two years after the beginning of the main novel series, Yoshinobu Akita created a second series called "Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen," which is a collection of side-stories that depicted more light-hearted and comedic adventures that took place during Orphen's journey. The novel series spanned 13 volumes between 1996–2003, which were published the same way as the first series. In 2009, he published an additional chapter for the novel on Akita Yoshinobu's Sadami BOX, the author's personal website.[4]

On September 2011, T.O Entertainment released a brand new series of the Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi novels known as "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: New Stray Journey", which takes place more than two decades after the original series. Orphen is now older and is married to Claiomh Everlasting, both of whom give birth to three daughters that become Sorcerers. Majic is a Sorcerer lecturer at the new school that Orphen runs. Orphen is known as the "Demon King" due to his exploits in the original novels. The main protagonist of the new series is Mayor MacCredy, who is the son of Leticia MacCredy and Forte Puckingham. The novel spanned into 10 volumes between 2011-2015 . The books are published in a standard version and also a special edition version which comes with a behind the scenes booklet about the book and a Drama CD which is based on the new novel series itself.[5] The original Orphen novel series received a reprint as well.

The Slayers x Orphen novel was a special collaborative novel between Yoshinobu Akita and Hajime Kanzaka and was published in 2005. It was later reprinted in 2013.[6]

During their panel at Anime Expo 2018, J-Novel Club announced that they have licensed the light novels.[7]

MangaEdit

The manga adaptation was created by writer Yoshinobu Akita and artist Hajime Sawada. The first volume was released stateside by ADV Manga in March, 2005. The manga is split into two separate series: Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi, which is six volumes long, and the two volume side story known as Majutsushi Orphen MAX. The first volume of the manga series was released in 2005 by ADV Manga.

There is also a special manga that was released called "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Special Parody," or "Majutsushi O-fuen Haguretabi Spesharu Paarodi." It is a collection of doujinshi of Orphen put into one volume of Orphen.

A new manga adaptation based on the main novels (or the "Stray Journey" arc) was created and released by Yoshinobu Akita and illustrator Muraji in March 2017. In July 2018, Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the manga's license for English distribution.[8][9]

In August 2018, a manga adaptation based on the light novel spin-off series, "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Journey" or "Majutsushi Orphen: Mubouhen", was released. It will be written and illustrated by Yu Yagami (The author of Those Who Hunt Elves) [10]. On July 2019, J-Novel Club announced the acquisition of the manga's license for English distribution. [11]

On December 2018, Yuriko Takakami and Yoshinobu Akita released the first volume of a manga adaptation known as "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Pre-Arc" or "Majutsushi Orphen: Pre-hen", which adapts the side-stories from Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Journey light novels. The manga chronicles Orphen's childhood and misadventures at the Tower of Fangs with his fellow classmates.

AnimeEdit

The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime series was produced by TBS/Bandai and first released in Japan in 1999, then in North America on DVD by ADV Films in 2001. It is 24 episodes in length.

A second series called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge, or Orphen Revenge was later broadcast. The second anime series was released on DVD in North America in December 2003 by ADV Films. It is 23 episodes in length. In 2009, Sentai Filmworks released a box set featuring all 47 episodes of the two seasons of Orphen in an economic box set.[12] A 2-disc SD Blu-ray of the entire series was released on August 20, 2019.

A new TV anime adaptation has been announced to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary.[13] The series was initially set to premiere in 2019,[14] but was rescheduled to premiere in January 2020.

The new series premiered on January 7, 2020 on AT-X, BS Fuji, Tokyo MX, and Wowow.[15] The new series is animated by Studio Deen and directed by Takayuki Hamana, with Reiko Yoshida handling series composition, and Takahiko Yoshida designing the characters. Showtaro Morikubo reprised his role as Orphen, while the rest of the characters had new voice actors.[16]. Funimation has licensed the series for a simuldub.[17][18] It will run for 13 episodes, with an unaired episode to be bundled with the series' second Blu-ray volume on May 8, 2020.[19]

Video gameEdit

A single player console role-playing video game was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2000 by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan as Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and by Activision in North America and Europe as Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. It included a whole new adventure and a few video scenes with more sophistication but a minor difference in the voices and personalities of the characters. Reviews of the game were mixed.

ReceptionEdit

As of December 2019, the novels had over 14 million copies in circulation.[20][21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Stay Cozy with Funimation's Winter 2020 Lineup". Funimation. 26 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Light Novel Series Gets 1st New Volume in 4 Years".
  4. ^ http://www.tobooks.jp/akitabox/
  5. ^ "Official Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 25th Anniversary website".
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Loveridge, Lynzee; Pineda, Rafael Antonio (5 July 2018). "J-Novel Club Licenses Amagi Brilliant Park, Kokoro Connect, Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novels". Anime News Network. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  8. ^ ""Orphen" Is Resurrected in New Manga Release". Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  9. ^ Grainger, Jennifer (2018). "Seven Seas Announces Acquisition of Ten Licenses at Anime Expo 2018". Manga Tokyo. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  10. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-14/those-who-hunt-elves-yu-yagami-launches-manga-of-orphen-comedy-spinoff-novels/.135460
  11. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-06/j-novel-club-announces-licenses-of-7-new-light-novels-3-new-manga/.148735
  12. ^ Orphen Complete Collection (2009)
  13. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novels Get New TV Anime". Anime News Network. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Showtaro Morikubo Reprises Titular Role in New 2019 Sorcerous Stabber Orphen TV Anime". Anime News Network. 25 December 2018. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  15. ^ "New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's 3rd Promo Video Reveals More Cast, January 7 Debut". Anime News Network. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  16. ^ "New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime's 2nd Promo Reveals 10 Cast Members, DEEN Staff, January Debut". Anime News Network. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Stay Cozy with Funimation's Winter 2020 Lineup". Funimation. 26 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Funimation to Stream Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, A3!, Smile Down the Runway Anime". Anime News Network. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  19. ^ "New Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Anime Gets 13 TV Episodes, Unaired Episode". Anime News Network. 9 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Official Anime Site". Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  21. ^ TVアニメ「魔術士オーフェンはぐれ旅」公式 レジェンド声優 森久保祥太郎 新規撮り下ろしボイスが入ったAmazon Alexaスキル「オーフェントーク」サービス開始!!. The Asashi Shimbun (in Japanese). 23 December 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

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