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Nabari no Ou
Nabarinoo.jpg
The cover of the first volume of the original Japanese manga release
隠の王
Genre Action, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural
Manga
Author Yuhki Kamatani
Publisher Japan Square Enix
English publisher Canada United States Yen Press
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Monthly GFantasy
Original run 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 11 (List of volumes)
TV anime
Director Kunihisa Sugishima
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensor United States Canada Funimation Entertainment
Network Japan TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, TV Hokkaido, TV Setouchi, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting
Original run April 6September 28, 2008
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
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Nabari no Ou (隠の王 Nabari no Ō?, lit. Ruler of Nabari) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuhki Kamatani. The series premiered in Japan in Monthly GFantasy in 2004 and is currently still in serialization. Square Enix is also publishing the individual chapters in collected volumes with eleven volumes released as of June 2009. The series has been licensed for an English language release in North America by Yen Press. The first volume was released in May 2009.[1]

J.C.Staff created a twenty-six episode anime adaptation of the Nabari no Ou manga series. Directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, the series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2008. The episodes subsequently air on other TXN networks, including TV Aichi and TV Osaka. The series has been licensed by FUNimation. Part one of the complete series was released in the US on DVD September 22, 2009.

Contents

Plot

Set in the modern age, the story is about Miharu Rokujou, who just wanted to live a normal life and inherit an Okonomiyaki restaurant. At the moment, his biggest problem was the constant pestering from Kouichi Aizawa and Durandal Thobari Kumohira, who started a Nindō (忍道?, lit. "Way of the Ninja") Club. Miharu wanted nothing to do with "ninjas" and turns them down every time. But soon, he is attacked by an actual group of ninjas and is protected by Kouichi and Kumohira. There, Miharu learns of the hidden ninja world Nabari, the roles of his classmate and teacher in that world, and of the secret art Shinra Banshou (森羅万象 Shinrabanshō?, lit. "all things in nature") within him. The secret art, containing all the world's knowledge, is sorely coveted in Nabari. And because of that, Miharu cannot return to his normal life. He must become the "Ruler of Nabari" to survive.

Media

Manga

The manga series is written and illustrated by Yuhki Kamatani. It started serialization in the Japanese shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy in 2004. Square Enix released the first volume on November 27, 2004 and, as of June 27, 2009, eleven volume have been in Japan.[2] The manga has been licensed by Yen Press for distribution in English in North America. The manga will be serialized in Yen Press' Yen Plus anthology magazine, the first issue of which went on sale on July 29, 2008.[3] The first English volume of the manga was sold in May 2009.[1]

Anime

An anime adaptation directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, and animated by J.C.Staff premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2008.[4] The series aired weekly, with each episode subsequently airing on various other TXN networks, including TV Aichi, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TV Hokkaido[5] The series ran for a total of twenty-six episodes.[6]

On August 19, 2008 Funimation, on the behalf of d-rights, sent cease and desist orders to the fansub groups who were subtitling the series, to prevent copyright infringement, although the company did not have licensing rights at the time.[7]

On December 24, 2008, Funimation announced that they will be releasing the English dub of the anime in 2009. At Otakon 2009, the first episode was shown in English at a Funimation panel.[8] The first DVD was released September 22, 2009.[9]

Japanese Nabari no Ou manga tankōbon.

Reception

Nabari no Ou was a finalist in the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival and was a recommended title.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "NABARI NO OU by Yuhki Kamatani". Yen Press. http://yenpress.us/?page_id=450. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ "作家名別出版物一覧「か」" (in Japanese). Square Enix. http://www.square-enix.co.jp/magazine/lineup-book/sakkabetu/ka.html. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Yen Press Announces Titles to Run in Anthology Mag". Anime News Network. April 19, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-04-19/yen-announces-titles-to-run-in-anthology-magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Nabari no Ou (TV)". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=9102. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Official Nabari no Ou site - 放送情報 (Broadcasting information)" (in Japanese). nabari.tv. http://www.nabari.tv/onair.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  6. ^ "Official Nabari no Ou site - 各話紹介 (Episode introductions)" (in Japanese). nabari.tv. http://www.nabari.tv/story.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  7. ^ "3 Titles' Fansubs Pulled on Behalf of Japan's d-rights". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-08-11/3-titles-fansubs-pulled-on-behalf-of-japan-d-rights. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  8. ^ "New Show A-Go-Go: A Ten Day Countdown of New Anime for the New Year". Funimation. http://www.funimation.com/newshowagogo. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Nabari no Ou DVD Complete Series Part 1 (Hyb)". rightstuf.com. http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/3tX-ayoBACt42eglXC/browse/item/84226/4/0/0. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  10. ^ "2005 Japan Media Arts Festival". http://plaza.bunka.go.jp/english/festival/2005/recommend/magazine.php. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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