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Sorcerer Hunters

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Sorcerer Hunters 爆れつハンター, Bakuretsu Hantā is a light novel and manga series, written by Satoru Akahori and illustrated by Ray Omishi Akahori and Omishi also published Sorcerer Hunters Special, a one-volume story set sometime after the series' conclusion

In the United States the manga was serialized in MixxZine, replacing Ice Blade, which had ended1

Contents

  • 1 Story
  • 2 Themes
  • 3 Characters
    • 31 Main
      • 311 Haz Knights
    • 32 Supporting
    • 33 Enemies
  • 4 Criticisms
  • 5 Adaptations
  • 6 Media
    • 61 TV episode list
    • 62 Music
  • 7 References
  • 8 Further reading

Storyedit

Sorcerer Hunters is set on the Spooner Continent, where the populace is divided into two groups: the ordinary people, called the Parsoners, and the magic users, the Sorcerers Marked by the triangles on their foreheads, many Sorcerers dominate, exploit, torment, murder, and enslave the Parsoners of the Spooner Continent

The Sorcerer Hunters are a group of warriors who protect humans from the Sorcerers They are under the command of a holy woman who goes by the name of "Big Mama", the head of the popular Stella Church, who seeks to protect Parsoners from the gifted Sorcerers who have chosen to abuse their powers

The plot focuses on the adventures of a small family group of Sorcerer Hunters, including the Glace Brothers Carrot and his younger brother Marron, their childhood friends, the Misu Sisters Tira and her older sister Chocola, and Gateau Mocha

Themesedit

Family La Familia is one of the story's main themes, playing a very important role throughout the manga

Almost all character names are puns on the names of foods, particularly pastries

The style is usually a parody of fantasy clichés, but it occasionally satirizes pop culture in the broader sense For example, one entire chapter is a dedicated parody of the popular Iron Chef cooking show In another one, the characters drink a potion to make them the heroes of various anime series, such as Urusei Yatsura, Darkstalkers, Sailor Moon, and even literary classics, such as Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

Charactersedit

Mainedit

Carrot Glacé キャロット·グラッセ, Kyarotto Gurasse

  • Voiced by: Shinnosuke Furumoto Japanese; Brett Weaver English

The primary protagonist and the de facto leader of the Sorcerer Hunters, Carrot is an apparently powerless boy who carries a longsword, but almost never uses it due to extreme imprecision However, he does have one ace in the hole When he comes into contact with a Sorcerer's magic, his Aranju and Zoanthropy activate one of his 12 beast genes and transform him into a giant, out-of-control monster It takes Tira Misu to bring him back to his normal state in the animated series; in the manga, she wears Carrot's monster form down while his brother Marron pulls the magic out of Carrot Carrot's forms are based on the animals of the Chinese zodiac, and he has been known to transform twice during a fight

Carrot is a lascivious pervert with a ravenous libido; he propositions nearly every woman he sees with either a date or sex In fact, the only two women whom he does not pursue are Tira and Chocola, who really love him, and both of them take great offense to Carrot's lustful pursuits In his defense, Carrot doesn't view himself as being unfaithful to the Misu sisters; he has a brotherly love for them rather than a romantic type, and he feels uneasy with the notion of being with Tira or Chocola romantically and thus, uses this rationale to chase after other girls Unfortunately, this doesn't suit very well with the sisters, who think he ignores their affections As a result, when they are not in battle with sorcerers, Carrot is often the victim of the Misu sisters' barrage of whippings as punishment for his constant infidelity or what they perceive as infidelity towards them, which is another reason Carrot fears both the sisters Later in the series, he professes his love to both Tira and Chocola and even marries Tira at the end of the manga However, even though Chocola let her sister marry him, she's still bound and determined to bear Carrot's first child

Marron Glacé マロン·グラッセ, Maron Gurasse

  • Voiced by: Mitsuaki Madono Japanese; Jason Douglas English

Marron is Carrot's younger brother, although he appears to be older due to his height, as well as his docile, mature manner Unlike Carrot, Marron is a gentleman He is an expert practitioner of Eastern style magic, which does not require one to be born a Sorcerer He can conjure the Four Symbols Marron is also a very skilled swordsman, but he rarely uses his sword skills He is pursued by Gateau because of his beauty Despite being a male he's beautiful enough to catch Gateau's attention While he seems to mostly ignore Gateau's advances, there is a running gag with his overt, suspicious affection for his older brother, more pronounced in the manga than the anime Marron is said to be gay but is really more asexual

Growing up, Carrot always protected Marron from other kids who bullied him on account of his rather feminine looks Now in their teens, Marron returns the favor by taking out anyone who harms him, his friends, and especially his older brother Carrot

Though powerful, Marron does have some weak points shown better in the manga, such as a total lack of tolerance for alcohol He's named after the European confection

Gateau Mocha ガトー·モカ, Gatō Moka

  • Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada Japanese; Chris Corey episode 1-14, Andrew Klimko episode 15-26 English

The oldest of the five Sorcerer Hunters, Gateau was not raised in the Sorcerer Hunters' village on Mt Saint Hordic; as a result, he is one of the few to join in adulthood in the anime, he and Éclair grew up with the Glace brothers and Misu sisters His advantage is immense physical strength due to a lifetime of martial arts training; he is also partially immune to magic due to that strength Gateau's parents were killed by Sacher Torte, and his younger sister Eclair was abducted at that time; shortly afterwards, he met Chocola and joined her team

Gateau is excessively macho and also bisexual, as shown in the manga by his statement "Beauty transcends gender" He also has a libido that nearly rivals that of Carrot, the only main character to whom Gateau has no attraction Unlike Carrot, however, Gateau knows when to put his libido in check

Gateau's main hobby is exhibitionism, often stripping to a speedo and posing, accompanied by a cry of "Look at meee!" There's a running gag with him openly showing attraction to Marron due to his physical beauty, only to be ignored by the younger mystic

His first name means "cake" in French

Tira Misu ティラ·ミス, Tira Misu

  • Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara Japanese; Tamara Lo English

Tira, along with Chocola, was raised by Carrot and Marron's father and mother, Onion and Apricot She resembles Little Red Riding Hood, dressed in an oversized cloak and glasses

She seems very meek and shy, but reveals a bolder side of her personality in combat, pulling away her cloak and revealing her whip and leather Dominatrix gear She is very skilled with the whip and is the one who usually beats Carrot down after he transforms, turning him back to human form in the anime

Tira is deeply in love with Carrot, but due to her shy nature she isn't very up front until later in the manga, so her love for Carrot is an open secret Tira gets jealous when Carrot lusts after other girls, and along with her sister Chocola, she whips Carrot as punishment for his constant skirt-chasing Tira even gets miffed when she sees Chocola incessantly flirting with Carrot

In battle, Tira occasionally uses a whip She also has basic knowledge of Gaia's magic, which is derived from nature; magic she learned from Apricot Glace, though she is only able to heal with it Her dominatrix attire in the manga and OVAs is the traditional ensemble consisting of black leather stiletto-heel boots, bustiers, corsets, and spiked dog chains Her anime attire, however, has a more colorful style, consisting of a tight, skimpy, orange and white leotard with an emerald "tie", white gloves and heels In the manga, her dominatrix outfit changes often—sometimes even during the same story In the anime, she appeared in her manga outfit after being reborn

At the end of the manga, Tira finally admits her love to Carrot and marries him

Her name is a pun on the Italian dessert

Chocola Misu ショコラ·ミス, Shokora Misu, Chocolate Misu in ADV dub

  • Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani Japanese; Tiffany Grant English

Chocola is the sexy, straightforward, sometimes high-maintenance, short-tempered and somewhat nymphomaniac older sister of Tira She is madly in love with Carrot whom she calls "Darling" although there have been few times she's called Carrot by name and literally throws herself at him Often, Carrot is petrified of her and flees from her advances Still, she keeps a close bond with Tira, protecting her when it's needed and fighting in her name She and Gateau are a separate team early in the manga, but eventually all five form a single group

Chocola is a dominatrix like Tira, but is far more violent and savage than her sister, and is also able to turn Carrot back to normal in the anime—after beating him up even harder than Tira Her main weapon is her garrote and she is incredibly skilled with it It's suggested that her character was inspired by Lum from Urusei Yatsura

Chocola's dominatrix attire in the manga and OVAs resembles that of a Nazi German soldier It consists of a leather cap with the Nazi symbols of the eagle carrying the swastika as well as the Gestapo Death's Head, suspenders that barely cover her ample bust, leather pants and boots her dominatrix attire in the manga and OVAs is also reminiscent of that worn by Charlotte Rampling in the 1974 film The Night Porter However, in the anime television series, her attire is more reflective of a biker: a slightly modest red leather bra top, along with similar leather pants, boots and cap sans the Nazi symbol, with red gloves At the end of the anime, after being reborn, Chocola appears in her manga outfit with her sister

Even though she loves Carrot sincerely, Chocola is a very jealous girl and is quite vicious and ferocious towards Carrot when she catches him cheating on her, and whips him mercilessly though she is most vicious to those that harm her friends, in particular Tira and Carrot Normally, however, she is very amorous and romantic towards him, always smothering him in deep love and affection, which is the reason Carrot keeps his distance from her between the two sisters Chocola often has romantic/sexual dreams of her and Carrot together These shōjoesque fantasies usually feature Carrot as very well-groomed and debonair-looking, as well as often ending in Carrot making love to her; in which she often goes into complete ecstasy Oddly enough, her own image in these fantasies show her to be either meek or submissive, which is a big change from what she truly is

At the end of the manga, Chocola allows her sister to marry Carrot, though that doesn't stop her from trying to seduce him and bearing his children

An important part of the plot is that the five Sorcerer Hunters are reincarnations of five gods They are:

  • Carrot—Hakaishin, the god of Destruction which explains his beast forms
  • Marron—Yaksha, the god of the East who carries a sword explanation of Marron's rarely seen sword skills
  • Gateau—Karlman, the god of the North who resembles a god from Norse Mythology
  • Tira—Apros, the goddess of the West who's also a healer
  • Chocola—Qurin, the goddess of the South who resembles the Hindu goddess Kali

Carrot is the reincarnation of the Destruction god Hakaishin while the other four Hunters are the reincarnations of the four gods that subdued him, which explains why it takes Tira and/or Chocola as well as even Marron to bring Carrot back to his normal human form

Big Mama ビッグ·マム, Biggu Mamu

  • Voiced by: Sumi Shimamoto Japanese, Kelly Manison English, OVA, Sue Ulu English, TV

Big Mama is an imposing being with great magical abilities Her real name is Kanure Stella and she, alongside Sacher Torte, formed the Sorcerer Hunters, and henceforth dedicated her life to the punishment of evil Sorcerers The highest rank of the Sorcerer Hunters, the Haz Knights, are her personal bodyguards

Daughter ドーター, Dōtā

  • Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa Japanese; Kira Vincent Davis English

Also known as Dotta, she is Big Mama's messenger and assistant She is one of only two survivors of the Winged People She wears qipao, and usually has her hair up in small buns

Haz Knightsedit

The Haz Knights are the most elite Sorcerer Hunters, with amazing powers, augmented by magical armor Mille is the first to appear in the manga, while the others don't appear until volumes nine, ten and eleven

Mille Feuille ミルフィー·ユ, Mirufī Yu

  • Voiced by: Yasuyuki Hirata Japanese; Chris Patton English OVA

Also known as Milphey-uy, he is a transvestite who most often acts with Carrot's group and has a thorough knowledge of necromancy and all kind of magic His power comes from his Guardian Spirit, the Phoenix He is pansexual and constantly flings himself at both Onion and Carrot, which draws more ire from Tira and Chocola, and flirts with them, though he's also shown some degree of interest in Gateau and Marron

Cinnamon Tea シナモン·コーチャ, Shinamon Kōcha

A very youthful-looking blonde girl with a slow manner, she has the power of super speed

Chiffon Cake シフォン·ケーキ, Shifon Kēki

He is a master of magical chemistry, using test tubes and flasks as powerful magic explosives, as well as for other offensive and defensive uses

Kahlua Milk カルーア·ミルク, Karūa Miruku

This man is another highly skilled mystic, specializing in ice

Onion Glacé オニオン·グラッセ, Onion Gurasse

A former Haz Knight who left the group to raise a family He wields twin axes that can inflict serious damage He married Apricot Anzu, a fellow hunter and is Carrot and Marron's father His appearance is very similar to Carrot's, with the addition of a facial scar and a far more muscular body After the death of Apricot, it seems he has become as much of a lecher as his oldest son, at times Of the two he acts as if he dislikes Carrot, though adores Marron for the resemblance to his dead wife

Abricot Glacé née Anzu アプリコット·グラッセ, Apurikotto Gurasse

A former Sorcerer Hunteress who can change into her own outfit and uses a knife as well as nature magic She was "killed" long ago by the Lord of Darkness Almond Rasseru who possessed her body However, her soul escaped and inhabited a new one—that of a female artificial human named Mousse She becomes the head of the Stella Church at the end of the manga She is Onion's wife and the Glace brothers' mother

Supportingedit

Qui Shurein

A sorcerer of noble birth who is after the Crystal Magicians, who kidnapped his Parsoner girlfriend Audrey He becomes an ally of the Sorcerer Hunters during the Crystal Magicians' story arc, although Gateau is reluctant to trust him After the Magicians are defeated, he proposes to Audrey and vows to aid the Hunters whenever they ask

Shicho

Nicknamed the "Butterfly of Death", Shicho is a kunoichi ally of the Soga Clan who has poison in her blood

Potato Chips

A pint-sized sorcerer with a lisp, he looks far more like his father who makes an appearance in the manga

Salad Chips

Salad Chips is Potato's short and rather young-looking mother She is over 30 though looks no more than 12

Grand Pa

An elder at the village of hunters who resembles Yoda from Star Wars, he offers wisdom and support to Sorcerer Hunters though his true identity has a far darker twist see below in Enemies

Enemiesedit

The Crystal Magicians, who turn humans into gems used for mystical purposes They are appropriately named after jewels

  • Sapphire Regal

The first of the Crystal Magicians to appear He was responsible for kidnapping Qui Shurein's girlfriend Audrey and turning her into a gem He tries to do the same to Carrot, but is killed by Gateau

  • Emerald Ren

The leader of the Crystal Magicians Appearing initially as a mischievous young boy, he later reveals his true age and form a centuries-old man to the Sorcerer Hunters He is killed by Carrot

  • Diamond Ra

The most powerful of the Crystal Magicians He uses a magic void to draw Marron in, but is burned alive from within by Marron's phoenix spell

  • Ruby Rulan

Ra's lover She kisses Carrot and Gateau to place them under her control She later tries to trap Chocola into a crystal, but is impaled by Chocola's garotte

Sacher Torte ザッハ·トルテ, Zahha Torute pronounced "Zaha"

  • Voiced by: Banjō Ginga

A sorcerer doctor and wielder of the Plantina Energy, he was once an ally of Big Mama He helped found the Sorcerer Hunters, but eventually left because of differences between himself and Mama He is Chocola and Tira's adoptive father He's named after the Austrian dessert

  • Death Master

A powerful Necromancer He seeks the "Necronomicon", a book that will give him absolute control over the dead He is defeated by Carrot in his beast form and ultimately killed by Mille Feuille

The Sorcerer Hunter Killers

  • Steel Grey, who is made of liquid metal and can morph his body into a lethal weapon a la the T-1000 from T2
  • Moss Green, a female who has similar powers to Steel Grey
  • Gia Purple

The Five Guardian Spirits, assembled by Sacher to guard the Plantina Stones They are named after stars

  • Artail
  • Ice Vega, a master of ice and cold It was inspired by Mister Freeze from Batman
  • Sirius of the Wind, one of the Winged People He falls in love with Daughter and eventually surrenders to the hunters He goes to live with Daughter and they begin trying to make a family
  • Kengyu Kiba, a living suit of Samurai Armor
  • Deneb, once Éclair Mocha, Gateu's younger sister Sacher removed her memories, and she became Deneb of Sacher's guardian spirits She has strength to rival her brother's and some magical abilities, she eventually regains her memory and goes to live at Mt Saint Hordic with the Sorcerer Hunters Her character designer admits her inspiration was Cammy

Lendoll Carlsburg, the sonic gunslinger from the town of Tamales who gave the hunters all they could handle

Four Lords of Darkness, ancient demons who once terrorized the world

  • Almond Rasseru, the bodiless one who possessed Carrot's mother He is killed by Onion Glace
  • Gin Namba, the lover of Cashew Prize Gran Pa, she chose to reform to stay with him
  • Cashew Prize, the most ruthless of the four who reformed and became Gran Pa
  • Cool Mint, had the power to conjure dead people
  • Charlotte Stella, Kanure's little brother who is virtually all powerful Like Sacher Torte, he attempts to purify the world by reviving the God of Destruction within Carrot's body, but ultimately fails, and is instead killed by the deity

Criticismsedit

Many fans of the original manga disliked the anime version, viewing it as being unfaithful to the manga with its many differences in story adapted by Hiroyuki Kawasaki and character design adapted by Keiji Gotō There is some debate over whether Sorcerer Hunters was edited to match with Japanese broadcast standards for children's television or whether the show was altered to appeal more to younger audiences without controversy The OVA uses the original character designs, which are again adapted by Gotō Many characters who did not appear in the television series appeared in the OVA Also, Tira and Chocola who are 18 and 19 years old respectively look physically mature in their dominatrix alter egos

Adaptationsedit

Xebec later adapted Sorcerer Hunters as a 26-episode anime television series which aired on TV Tokyo from October 3, 1995 to March 3, 1996 In North America, the series is licensed by ADV Films

The TV series was followed by a three-episode original video animation OVA

Sorcerer Hunters has three releases in dramatic audio format in which the main roles are all performed by the same actors as in the TV series and OVA The first set, Sorcerer Hunters Whip I - V, was released on June 22, 1994 This was followed in 1995 by Sorcerer Hunters II, The Monthly Collection: 1st Season - 5th Season The third set, Sorcerer Hunters SP, came out in 1996

Mediaedit

TV episode listedit

# Title Original air date
1 "Float-Bridge of Love"
"Ai no Nanba Hashi" 愛のなんぱ橋 
October 3, 1995
2 "Red Flower of Life"
"Inochi Meshimase Akaki Hana" 命召しませ紅花 あかきはな 
October 10, 1995
3 "Unwritten Laws about Light and Dark"
"Kage to Hikari no Fubunritsu" 影と光の不文律 
October 17, 1995
4 "Fireworks Competition of Love"
"Ai no Hanabi Daikai da" 愛の花火大会だ 
October 24, 1995
5 "A Dreamy Girl at Lakeside"
"Kohan no Yume Shōjo" 湖畔の夢少女 
October 31, 1995
6 "Heresy of Love is Crystal"
"Itan no Ai wa Kurisutaru" 異端の愛は水晶 クリスタル 
November 7, 1995
7 "Love, as it Drifts"
"Ai, Nagereru mama" 愛、流れるまま 
November 14, 1995
8 "The Forbidden Fire"
"Kinjirareta Honō" 禁じられた炎 
November 21, 1995
9 "Labyrinth Opera House"
"Meikyū he no Opera Hausu" 迷宮への歌劇場 オペラハウス 
November 28, 1995
10 "To Love a Vagabond"
"Koisuredo Fūraibō" 恋すれど風来坊 
December 5, 1995
11 "Forbidden Fruit"
"Yurusarezaru Kajitsu" 許されざる果実 
December 12, 1995
12 "The Fossilized Warrior"
"Kaseki no Yūsha" 化石の勇者 
December 19, 1995
13 "In Between Dreams and Reality"
"Yume to Utsutsu no Hazama de" 夢と現 うつつ の間 はざま で 
December 26, 1995
14 "God's a Big Fool"
"Kamisama wa Dai Tawake" 神様は大たわけ 
January 2, 1996
15 "The First Reunion"
"Somete no Saikai" 初めての再会 
January 9, 1996
16 "The Great Hospital of Love"
"Ai no Dai Byōin da" 愛の大病院だ 
January 16, 1996
17 "Big Mama Once Again"
"Mamu, Futatabi" マム、再び 
January 23, 1996
18 "The Gods Within"
"Himerareshi Kamigami" 秘められし神々 
January 30, 1996
19 "Darling is a Love-Stricken Ass"
"Mahoroba no Dārin" まほろばの恋人ダーリン 
February 6, 1996
20 "The Boy Has Seen It"
"Shōnen wa Mita" 少年は見た 
February 13, 1996
21 "A Sleepless Night"
"Nemurenai Yoru" 眠れない夜 
February 20, 1996
22 "Sorcerer Hunter Spirits"
"Sōsarāhantā Supirittsu" 法族狩り精神 ソーサラーハンター·スピリッツ 
February 27, 1996
23 "The Foible of Kindness"
"Yashisa no Haiboku" 優しさの敗北 
March 5, 1996
24 "Overture of Destruction"
"Hametsu he no Jokyoku" 破滅への序曲 
March 12, 1996
25 "The Awakening of the Destroyer"
"Hakai Kami Fukkatsu" 破壊神復活 
March 19, 1996
26 "A Forgotten Piece from the Future"
"Mirai kara no Wasuremono" 未来からの忘れ物 
March 26, 1996

Musicedit

Opening theme
  • "What's Up Guys"
Lyrics by: Miho Matsuba Composition by: Sho Goshima and Toshiro Yabuki Arrangement by: Toshiro Yabuki Song by: Shinnosuke Furumoto and Megumi Hayashibara Ending theme
  • "MASK"
Lyrics and composition by: Masami Okui Arrangement by: Toshiro Yabuki and Tsutomu Ohira Song by: Masami Okui and Kasumi Matsumura

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "MIXX ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES "SORCERER HUNTERS"" Mixx Entertainment November 6, 1998 Retrieved on August 21, 2011

Further readingedit

  • Sorcerer Hunters Manga Volumes 1-13, the English translation by Tokyopop, First Edition
Preceded by
Wild Knights Gulkeeva
4/4/1995 – 9/26/1995
TV Tokyo Tuesday 18:00 Timeframe
Sorcerer Hunters

October 3, 1995 – March 26, 1996
Succeeded by
The Vision of Escaflowne
4/2/1996 – 9/24/1996

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