Polyphonica / Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica


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###Polyphonica / Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica

Genres: adventure, comedy, drama, romance, supernatural
Themes: harem, music, spirits, superpowers
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 12
Vintage: 2007-04-03 to 2007-06-19

Plot Summary: In the continent of Polyphonica, Spirits materialized in the world, surviving on the music that is played by humans, and lives together with them. While the spirits doesn’t appear often, some spirits has enough power to materialize in human or animal forms and live together with humans. Dantists, who play special music called “Commandia,” are widely respected in this world. They also usually are in contract with powerful spirits. The story of Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica revolves around the new Dantist, Phoron Tatara, the spirit that he made contract with, Corticarte Apa Lagranges, and their friends, in their daily life and work.

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###Polyphonica Crimson S / Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica Crimson S

Genres: adventure, comedy, drama, supernatural
Themes: music, school, spirits, superpowers, terrorists
Objectionable content: Mild
Number of episodes: 12
Vintage: 2009-04-04

Plot Summary: This story takes place before the previous season, when Phoron and the rest are still studying in the Commandia Academy. Story revolves around the four immense “Sousei Gakkis” that is used for the creation of the world.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

###MAIDEN JAPAN LICENSES POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S

HOUSTON, January 11, 2012— Entertainment label Maiden Japan has announced the license of the action comedy series POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S. Although based on the same light novel series as a previous POLYPHONICA series created by Ichiro Sakaki, (released in North America by Sentai Filmworks,) CRIMSON S is a newer and completely different series, set at a much earlier timeframe in the franchise chronology. Director Toshimasa Suzuki (HEROIC AGE) heads the all new creative team, while composition of the series is in the capable hands of Kenichi Kanemaki (PRETEAR, HELL GIRL.)

To bring law and order you need police, to make music you need musicians, and to make the former using the latter, you need a Dantist! Ever since he was visited by a mysterious spirit as a boy, Phoron’s wanted to become one of the elite battle bards who watch over the continent of Polyphonica. Yet even though he’s mastered the basic skills for singing the Commandia spells and operating a One-Man Orchestra, he’s been unable to summon the required spirit companion because of a promise he made to that first spirit: to sing only for her. But that silence is shattered and Phoron’s musical meanderings are over when his supernatural partner suddenly returns, intent on finalizing the ’contract’ they made twelve years ago! Which would be great except for one thing: she’s not just any spirit, but the dreaded Corticarte, the Crimson Annihilator! But what the heck, sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and duet! Get ready for a musical partnership with more than its share of discord and a distinctly martial beat in POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S!

POLYPHONICA CRIMSON S will soon be available through many digital outlets, with a home video release on subtitled DVD in spring 2012.

About Maiden Japan
Maiden Japan is a new and upcoming distributor of Japanese animation in North America, with a rapidly growing roster of releases that includes such hot new titles as GLASS MAIDEN, HIMAWARI!, RAY and PAPILLON ROSE. A sister company to live action Shock film specialist Switchblade Pictures (ATTACK GIRLS SWIM TEAM VS. THE UNDEAD, ZOMBIE HUNTER RIKA, SIREN), Maiden Japan’s digital product offerings may be found at iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Zune Marketplace, Anime Network, Playstation Network and YouTube.


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First two episodes are up on the online Player now.


#3

Liking it so far. I have the DVD preordered and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival.


#4

Premieres on VOD next week!


#5

im pretty hyped about this one… ive been lookin at buying it but ill wait to see a few episodes before i decide…

yoka


#6

There are a few available by subscription at this site.


#7

i already pay enuff for cable and the vod so my wifey says… i doubt she’d let me spring for a subscription …
and besides i only sit in front of the computer when i smoke…

yoka


#8

This is why I say I will never pay for an anime that a US company licensed and is releasing as sub-only. All they are selling is a glorified fansub. The anti-fansubbers say that the quality of the subbing is much higher since it is done by professionals. That they are going on the original scripts from the Japanese company, so their subtitle track will be the most accurate. THAT is what I’m supposed to be paying for.

Really?

I’m watching the first episode right now on TAN-OD and the supposedly “professional” subbers got Phoron’s nickname for Corticarte WRONG! Phron calls her “Cortie”, but the “professional” subbers say that he’s saying “Coatie”. Why in the world would he call her “Coatie”? And just to make sure it wasn’t a typo, I went farther into the episode and they continue to say he is calling her “Coatie” in the subtitles. Even if it was a typo, I’m also supposed to be paying for quality control so typos wouldn’t happen.

So tell me this, anti-fansubbers. When the supposedly “professional” subbers with the official japanese script can’t even spell a main character’s name properly, how can I trust that the rest of what they are saying is accurate? And if I can’t trust that, why should I fork over my money for it?

I’ll say it one more time. I will NOT spend one penny of my money on glorified fansubs these US companies are releasing. If it doesn’t have an english audio track, I’m not paying a dime for it.


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HAHA
Oh No! it probably ruined the entire show for you. I bet that “Coatie” name just made soo much difference to the story. I mean I think it is DEVASTATING to mess that up. I would not be able to watch after that. I might have to perform ritual suicide with such a terrible mistake.

I am sure they will miss you and your dime you were** not** spending anyhow.


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Funk, aces for a fantastic answer. LOL A bunch of us were laughing, made our day! :slight_smile:

As to the other’s comment, I’m not gonna waste my time on that. I could go on about companies being hit hard in this economic downturn and every company reducing costs to meet consumer demands of wanting cheaper - fans get what they pay for, they wanted cheap and did not support the releases where yes it was more expensive, but companies were able to pay the staff more and give them longer time tables. Basically some fans want their cake and eat it too… they pirate, undercutting the value of R1… then when R1 adjusts to the market as a result they do more of the same. So I doubt you’d care.

You have a track record of only coming in here to complain, and bitterly at that. Check the FAQ and rules - we have a no Fansub discussion policy here. We won’t spend anymore time on that nonsense and wasted debates such things create. It’s one thing to offer constructive criticism, which you have very right to do, if you think there are areas where you think Sentai’s contracted subtitle-production company have areas to improve on. But your constant trollish behavior as if you are owed something is just tiresome.

The admins will deal with you as they see fit. Ta-ta.


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Oh good,Dragoon, I was hoping I was not overstepping a line. I tried to keep my comments clean.


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Ehhh… don’t worry. I’ve said much, much worse to LPs! HAH!


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Cody lol indeed.

Funk, not at all! You’re aces. We encourage members to engage each other on a peer to peer level - even if it sparks tough debates. As long as no personal remarks or cussing happens.

Criticism of AN or the R1 industry is perfectly acceptable here, I may not agree and I’m not shy about telling XYZ member why… :wink: but one thing that we simply won’t tolerate is any promotion of illegal material.


#14

Crack that whip! :slight_smile:


#15

This series should have been a 26 episoder, it seems a bit rushed and cut off quickly.


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Unfortunately, that seems to happen a lot with 13 episode series. Destiny of The Shrine Maiden has the same problem. I can only think of a few 13 episode series that pulled it off well, like Elfen Lied, though I wouldn’t have objected to 26 episodes of that!


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Episode 3 -

I am really enjoying this show. I like all of the characters so far, and the story is good. The music is beautiful! I like how it’s used as a source of power in the series. However, the instruments are a bit weird and unorthodox, but they do tend to match the characters that use them.
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This episode dealt with an inheritance dispute between two brothers that want to succeed their father. Apparently they aren’t the sharing type. Their father sends them on a quest to retrieve his brief case from a sunken ship. Whoever gets the brief case will take over for him. One brother hires Phoron’s company, while the other brother hires an unlicensed Dantist that entered the country illegally, Dillen Akatsuki.
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There is an underwater fight that damages the diving bell that Phoron and Pelse are using. Coatie saves them, but Dillen takes Pelse and later tries to use her as leverage to get the brief case. Dillen’s contract spirit, Meilreet, seems reluctant to attack them, but is ordered to do so by Dillen. I really like when Coatie turns into the Crimson Annihilator; she’s the best character so far.
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It turns out that the brief case contained photos of the brothers when they were younger. From the picture shown, it also looked like they got along much better than they do now. I think their father was trying to give them a message, but they just didn’t get it. They were still fighting over the inheritance at the end.


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So we get the requisite beach episode early in this one. Not that I minded, everyone looked good in their bikinis and they were sure to include the gratuitous rear-views here and there. Then the flashback episode, complete with school uniforms. When do they go to a hot spring?

That said, I like this show, it’s interesting and funny. Although you wonder just what exactly it is that Phoron’s contracted to Coatie that she gets all of from him…


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Episode 4 -

This was a good background episode that explained a couple of things for me. Pelse and Prine are twins. Each has a small tuning fork given to them by their father as keepsakes. They think back to the day they visited The Torvas Divine Song Academy. As they take a tour of the school they will soon be attending, they go to the cafeteria and Phoron knocks into Pelse, spilling his tray on her.
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Eufinley takes the girls to the locker room and gives Pelse a uniform to wear while her clothes get cleaned. Pelse makes her sister wear a uniform too. As punishment, Phoron is made to continue showing them around the school and they come to the end of the tour outside at a sculpture. The girls read the quote at the base and question it, but Phoron doesn’t know the answer, other than it is part of the covenant between spirit and human.
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There is a scene of the Crimson Annihilator all chained up in a dungeon somewhere.
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When Pelse and Prine return to the hotel, Pelse realizes she lost her keepsake and makes Prine go back to the school with her to find it. It is night, the school is creepy and the girls have no idea where the locker room is. Phoron is in one of the classrooms, thinking back to his childhood. It turns out that he was raised in an orphanage and was bullied by the other children. The nun tells him that he should sing when he feels lonely and he sings on the roof that night. The Crimson Annihilator is drawn by his song and she tells him to sing only for her, kissing him. He remembers the song now and sings it.
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The girls eventually find the locker room and Pelse finds the tuning fork. They hear Phoron’s song and go to investigate. The Crimson Annihilator hears it too. The girls find Phoron and compliment his song, asking him to sing it again. He is shy and doesn’t want to, but the girls convince him to sing again. As he sings again, the Crimson Annihilator hears her song and is able to break out. It looks like she was chained under the sculpture. She comes to Phoron, but he thinks it is a mad spirit attacking them and runs, until one of the girls points out that it is a spirit in great pain.
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Phoron decides to play a divine song for it and leads the girls to the music room. He plays and calms the spirit and all the smaller spirits appear as well, drawn by his music. The spirit becomes Coatie. She walks over to him and kicks his shin! She scolds him for forgetting about her. He had thought it was a dream and she scolds him more because in forgetting her, she became small. When she realizes that he doesn’t even remember her, she hits his head. She also chases away all the little spirits, calling Phoron her property. She seems to be a very jealous spirit!
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The next day Phoron sees the girls off, a jealous Coatie at his side, protecting her “property”! I’m glad they explained all this. I have a better feel for what is going on now. However, I wonder how the Crimson Annihilator came to be chained beneath a sculpture. I hope they show more of her story too.


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I’ll actually be finishing the show tonight, I’ll edit this post with my final thoughts.

However before I do that, a warning to slow watchers, the show get really dull from around episodes 4-8.

So the show ended, the climax was not really a climax, the show just sort of ended on a two part story of the week. I do like the fact that the girl from the first episode was important to it. It just felt after the entire series the dude with the keyboard should have been involved somehow, and the group he works for.

All in all, an okay series 3/5, if it hadn’t been for that dull middle part and the blond haired twin I might have put it higher.