Senyu (戦勇。, Sen'yū.) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Robinson Haruhara. It was adapted into an anime television series in 2013.[1] A second season was announced for the summer of 2013.[2]

Senyu
戦勇。
(Sen'yū.)
GenreComedy, fantasy
Manga
Written byRobinson Haruhara
DemographicShōnen
Original run2010 – present
Volumes6
Manga
Senyuu. Main Quest - Dai Isshou
Written byRobinson Haruhara
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineSuiyoubi no Sirius
Original run20142015
Volumes3
Manga
Senyuu. Main Quest - Dai Nishou
Written byRobinson Haruhara
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineSuiyoubi no Sirius
Original run20152017
Volumes6
Manga
Senyuu. JUMP SQUARE
Written byRobinson Haruhara
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineJump Square
Original run20102013
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byYutaka Yamamoto
Produced byAkira Sasaki
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music byMakoto Wakatabe
Daisuke Sakabe
StudioLiden Films & Ordet
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo, AT-X
Original run January 8, 2013 April 2, 2013
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Senyu 2
Directed byYutaka Yamamoto
Produced byAkira Sasaki
Written byMichiko Yokote
Music byMakoto Wakatabe
Daisuke Sakabe
StudioLiden Films & Ordet
Licensed by
Crunchyroll
Original networkTV Tokyo, AT-X
Original run July 2, 2013 September 24, 2013
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
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PlotEdit

1000 years ago, the Demon King caused a great amount of trouble for the human realm, but was sealed by the legendary hero Creasion. Now in the present, a large hole has appeared in the world, from which a large number of demons have emerged. The King has ordered the 75 probable descendants of the original hero to destroy the demons and save the world. Senyu follows the story of Alba, hero number 45, and his quest to save the world. Along the way he is accompanied by Royal Soldier Ross, who is less than helpful and whose semi antagonist antics provide humor. The plot contains a number of twists and turns, fitting the screwball nature of the manga/anime. Alba quickly teams up with the demon queen herself, a little pink haired girl who reveals the whole issue was an accident.

The series starts almost exclusively comedic, with episodic gags mainly involving Alba's bad luck and Ross abusing him. A more serialized story and plot starts to develop halfway into Volume 1, as an order of 12 powerful demons themed after the 12 months of the Gregorian Calendar starts making its move to revive the original Demon King. Simultaneously, other of the probable hero descendants also interfere, with lesser demons and government officials caught in the crossfire.

The past and origin of the world's affairs are explored in the second volume, as well as Creasion's role in history and his modern whereabouts. The third volume focuses on the remnants of the 12 demons, especially the strange machinations of one of them, Elf November. The fourth volume explores Elf's past and his complex involvement with existence as well as the true nature of several elements of the world. This volume concludes Senyu's main original storyline.

Volume 5 serves as an epilogue, tying up loose ends from the rest of the story and later shifting to a comedic slice of life where the characters are adapting to the world after all the changes brought in by the catastrophic events told in the past volumes.

CharactersEdit

Alba (アルバ, Aruba)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono

The main character in the first two volumes, albeit he still remains relevant in volumes 3 and 5. Alba is the 45th hero sent out by the king to stop the demon lord, and travels around with the soldier Ross, whom usually physically abuses him. He often acts as the straight man in tsukkomi routines.

Ross (ロス, Ros)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura

Ross is the soldier that was sent out with the 45th hero Alba to stop the Demon Lord. He often physically abuses Alba for comedic purposes and the two usually engage in tsukkomi. He knows more than he lets on and is one of the most important character during the whole manga's run.

Ruki (ルキ, Ruki)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano

Ruki is the Third Demon Lord. She is several hundred years old, but only became the new Demon Lord ten years ago, so identifies as being ten years old. While trying to make popcorn, she accidentally released all the monsters onto the human world, and is currently traveling around to bring back the twelve great demons.

Foyfoy (フォイフォイ, Foifoi)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura

The 23rd hero sent out by the King to stop the Demon Lord. He is initially antagonistic towards the trio, but later proves to be a noble and useful ally. In later chapters, he becomes the head butler of the castle, and in volume 3, the first-year teacher of the Hero Academy.

Janua Ein (ヤヌア アイン, Yanua Ain)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

One of the twelve demons that Ruki is searching for. Janua has super strength,and comically idolizes ninjas, basing his moves and mannerisms around them. He is very carefree and childish. He is close friends with Samejima, another, lower ranking demon. Janua isn't very loyal to the 12 demons and later on befriends and becomes an ally of sorts with the trio. He possess unique teletransportation abilities with next to no limitations, which makes him key in the plan of the 12 to revive the Demon king.

Dezember Zwolf (ディツェンバー・ツヴォルフ, Ditsenbaa Tsuvorufu)
Voiced by: Takayuki Kondō

One of the twelve demons that Ruki is searching for. The de facto leader of the 12 demons, he is a fanatic set out to revive the Demon King. To do this, he brought together the 12 demons, each of whom has an ability necessary for his plan (or direct firepower). He serves as the main antagonist of Volume 1 and early into volume 2. After so, he is a secondary enemy.

Elf November (エルフ・ノベンバー, Erufu Nobenbaa)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Okamoto

One of the twelve demons that Ruki is searching for. He's mischievous and his motivations are by far the most unclear in the series, both helping the heroes as well as backstabbing them and the other demons on a whim. Later revealed to be immensely powerful and deeply related to the past of the world. He serves as a supporting antagonist in volumes 1 and 2, later stepping up as the main villain in volume 3 and the protagonist in volume 4.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Senyuu is a web manga, serialized in the Japanese video sharing website Niconico, its name is a portmanteau of Senshi Yuusha which translates to Soldier Hero, it got a remake printed version of the first and second volumes titled Senyuu. Main Quest - Dai Isshou and Senyuu. Main Quest - Dai Nishou, as well as many spinoffs, such as Senyuu. JUMP SQUARE (Senyuu SQ) a manga set in a parallel alternate universe, and a couple of Oneshots, Senyuu. - Alba・Ross-hen Minato Machi no Eiyuu included in the BD release, and Senyuu. - Foyfoy・Rudolf-hen Mogura to Oashisu a doujinshi released by the author, both serve as prequels to the main storyline, following the stories of how each of Alba and Ross, and Foyfoy and Rudolf met.

AnimeEdit

An anime television series directed by Yutaka Yamamoto and produced by Liden Films and Ordet aired between January 8 and April 2, 2013. The opening theme is "THE MONSTERS" by JAM Project and the ending theme is "Believe -Eien no Link-" (Believe〜永遠のLink〜) by JAM Project.

Episode listEdit

No. Title Original air date
Season 1
1"The Hero Journeys Forth."
"Yuusha, Tabidatsu." (旅立つ。)
January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
The Demon King, Rchimedes, has been revived and the Hero and Royal Soldier are out there to level up.
2"The Hero's Encounter."
"Yuusha, Deau." (出会う。)
January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)
The Hero has to level up, and does it in the worst way...
3"The Hero Regrets."
"Yuusha, Kuyamu." (悔やむ。)
January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
The Demon King is out to destroy the world! Right?
4"The Hero Gets Flustered."
"Yuusha, Aseru." (焦る。)
January 29, 2013 (2013-01-29)
A new hero by the name of Foyfoy will stop the Demon King!
5"The Hero Gets Excited."
"Yuusha, Furuitatsu." (奮い立つ。)
February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
Everybody has their reason for stopping the Demon King, some not as honorable as others.
6"The Hero Runs."
"Yuusha, Kakeru." (駆ける。)
February 12, 2013 (2013-02-12)
Rudolf volunteers to tell the king the true nature of the Demon King, but that doesn't end very well.
7"The Hero is Shocked."
"Yuusha, Shinkan Su." (震撼す。)
February 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)
Ruki explains how there are twelve demons with magic that affects the world.
8"A Hero Gets Tried."
"Yuusha, Hihei Suru." (疲弊する。)
February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)
Janua tells how he was put in prison for accidentally tearing down a restaurant.
9"The Hero is at a Loss."
"Yuusha, Konwaku Suru." (困惑する。)
March 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)
Janua explains his request to the three.
10"The Hero Is Shocked."
"Yuusha, Kyougaku Suru." (驚愕する。)
March 12, 2013 (2013-03-12)
Even after saying his goodbyes, the witch Febuar Zwei will not let Janua leave as he is one of the chosen.
11"The Hero Gets Depressed."
"Yuusha, Meiru." (滅入る。)
March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)
The inmates have time for dodgeball while Hime deals with her Hero.
12"The Hero Gets Confused."
"Yuusha, Konran Suru." (混乱する。)
March 26, 2013 (2013-03-26)
With so many Heroes around, things still aren't getting done.
13"The Hero is Left Behind."
"Yuusha, Nokosareru." (残される。)
April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)
The true enemy is...
Season 2
14"The Hero Broods."
"Yuusha, Omoinayamu." (勇者, 思い悩む。)
July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02)
15"The Hero Is Stunned."
"Yuusha, Azen to Suru." (勇者, 唖然とする。)
July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)
16"The Hero Is Set Up."
"Yuusha, Hamerareru." (勇者, 嵌められる。)
July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)
17"The Hero Is Overwhelmed."
"Yuusha, Attou Sareru." (勇者, 圧倒される。)
July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)
18"The Hero Is Terrified."
"Yuusha, Senritsu Suru." (勇者, 戦慄する。)
July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)
19"The Hero Becomes Speechless."
"Yuusha, Zekku Suru." (勇者、絶句する。)
August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)
20"The Hero Falls Silent."
"Yuusha, Chinmoku Suru." (勇者、沈黙する。)
August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)
21"The Hero Transforms."
"Yuusha, Henbou Suru." (勇者、変貌する。)
August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)
22"The Hero Reunites."
"Yuusha, Saikai Suru." (勇者、再会する。)
August 27, 2013 (2013-08-27)
23"The Hero Falls."
"Yuusha, Tsukiru." (勇者, 尽きる。)
September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
24"The Hero Unleashed."
"Yuusha, Tokihanatsu." (勇者, 解き放つ。)
September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10)
25"The Hero Decides."
"Yuusha, Kettei Suru." (勇者, 決定する。)
September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)
26"The Hero Returns."
"Yuusha, Kikan Suru." (勇者、帰還する。)
September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kannagi's 'Yamakan' Helms Senyū Anime, Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
  2. ^ "'Senyu' Set For Second Season This Summer". The Fandom Post. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-02.

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