Twin Star Exorcists (双星の陰陽師,Sōsei no Onmyōji) is a Japanese shōnenmanga series written and illustrated by Yoshiaki Sukeno. The manga has been serialized in Shueisha'sJump Square magazine by Yoshiaki Sukeno since October 2013, with individual chapters collected into nineteen tankōbon volumes as of July 4, 2019. The story revolves around Rokuro Enmado and Benio Adashino, a pair of young and talented exorcists, who (according to a prophecy) are destined to marry and have a child that will be the ultimate exorcist.
Twin Star Exorcists
The cover of the first volume as published in Japan by Shueisha, featuring Rokuro Enmado (left) and Benio Adashino (right).
The series was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot, that ran from April 6, 2016 to March 29, 2017. The manga series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media, publishing the first volume in July 2015. A video game adaption of the same name was developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the PS Vita and released on January 26, 2017 in Japan.
As of December 2018, three light novels and two spin-off manga series have also been published and released in Japan.
Rokuro Enmado is a young boy who used to be a powerful aspiring exorcist, before a tragic incident left his friends dead and made him abandon the profession. One day, he has a fateful encounter with Benio Adashino, a girl around his age and a well known exorcist from the east. According to a prophecy, Rokuro and Benio are the "Twin Star Exorcists" and are destined to marry and have a daughter known as the "Miko" which will be the ultimate exorcist, capable of cleansing all evil spirits(Kegare) from the world and ending the war that has lasted over a millennium.
An anime television adaptation was announced on the January 2016 cover of Jump Square on December 4, 2015. The series is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi and written by Naruhisa Arakawa, with animation by Studio Pierrot. Additionally, Shishō Igarashi is serving as assistant director, Kikuko Sadakata is designing the characters, and Itsuko Takeda is serving as chief animation director. The series' first opening theme song is "Valkyrie -Ikusa Otome-" (Valkyrie -戦乙女-, lit. "Valkyrie -War Maiden-") by Wagakki Band, while the first ending theme is "Eyes" (アイズ,Aizu) by Hitomi Kaji. The second opening theme, "Re:Call", is performed by the idol groupi☆Ris, while the second ending theme, "Yadori-boshi" (宿り星) is performed by the two-man group Itowokashi (Kashitarō Itō and Ryō Miyada). The third opening theme, "sync" is performed by lol, while the third ending theme "Hide & Seek" is performed by Girlfriend. The fourth opening theme, "Kanadeai" is performed by Itowokoashi, while the fourth ending theme "Hotarubi" is performed by Wagakki Band.
The series began airing on April 6, 2016 on TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations, and later on AT-X. Animax Asia aired the series with English Subtitles. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series worldwide outside of Asia, and also released the series on Blu-ray + DVD with an English dub. Part 1 (Episodes 1-13) has been released on July 24, 2018 with a collector's box to store the later three parts, and Part 2 (Episodes 14-26) on September 18, 2018. Part 3 (Episodes 27-40) was released on November 13, 2018, and Part 4 (Episodes 41-50) on January 8, 2019. Chinese streaming site iQiyi has listed the series with fifty episodes.
A video game adaptation of the series from Bandai Namco Entertainment was announced on September 3, 2016. The battle adventure game was released for PlayStation Vita, and features Rokuro as a playable character. It features an alternate setup with five different girls as candidates for the title of Twin Star, including Benio, Mayura, and three other characters designed exclusively for the game by original creator Yoshiaki Sukeno. The game was released to Japan on January 26, 2017.
As of December 2018, three light novel adaptations have been published and released by JUMP j-BOOKS in Japan. The light novels are titled in the following order; Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko (双星の陰陽師 ―天縁若虎), Sōsei no Onmyōji: Shiga Kenbyaku (双星の陰陽師 ―士牙繭闢), and Sōsei no Onmyōji: Santen Haja (双星の陰陽師 ―三天破邪). Each novel features a back-story from the perspective of different characters from the main series, serving as prologues to the main story. The light novels are written by Hajime Tanaka and supervised by Yoshiaki Sukeno.
As of December 2018, two spin-off manga series have been published and released by Shueisha in Japan.
The first spin-off manga series, Sōsei no Onmyōji: SD Nyoritsuryō!! (双星の陰陽師 SD如律令!!) is a comedy spin-off comic, written by koppy (Twitter: @koppy1122) and supervised by Yoshiaki Sukeno. It is published at the official website of the original manga, as well as the magazine Saikyō Jump. The content of this manga is canon, showing personalities of many characters. The compiled volume was published and released on March 3, 2017 in Japan.
The second spin-off manga series, Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko: Nishoku Kokkeiga (双星の陰陽師 天縁若虎〜二色滑稽画) is a manga adaptation of the light novel, "Sōsei no Onmyōji: Tenen Jakko", written and illustrated by the same authors. The back-story focuses on the characters, Seigen Amawaka and Yukari Otomi. The spin-off series was launched by Yoshiaki Sukeno on Shueisha's Shonen Jump+ website on September 3, 2018. The compiled volume was published and released on December 4, 2018 in Japan.