Busou Shinki

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Busou Shinki
武装神姫
Game
Busou Shinki: Battle Rondo
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
GenreMMP
ReleasedApril 23, 2007
Game
Busou Shinki Battle Masters
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedJuly 15, 2010
Game
Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2011
Manga
Busou Shinki 2036
Written byKonami
Published byASCII Media Works
MagazineBLADE
Original run2008 – ongoing
Volumes5
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal
 
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This article is about the toyline. For the anime, see Busou Shinki (anime).
Busou Shinki Brand Logo

Busou Shinki (武装神姫 Busō Shinki?, literally "armament god princess") is a product line of small, armored women action-figure toys manufactured by Konami Digital Entertainment first released in Japan in 2006. The figures can be configured in different poses and feature a variety of interchangeable parts. Many of the figures have been designed by noted Japanese artists. A few of the figures have been released for distribution outside Japan. Since their introduction this toy line has spawned a media franchise with video games, manga series, graphic novels, anime series, music, art books and other merchandise.

A collection of Busou Shinki figures

Features[edit]

The Busou Shinki action-figure designs all display the facial and body profile features of young adult women in stylized body armor. The figurines have considerable variation in body proportions and armor designs between models that reflects the artistic license given the different designers so there is no "typical look". The articulation style that the figurines use Konami has named 'MMS', or Multi Moveable System. The MMS body was designed by Masaki Asai (浅井真紀). MMS figures have multiple joints, similar to the Revoltech line, which give them a wide range of possible poses. Additionally, multiple body parts are interchangeable, allowing a wide variety of customization without tools. The typical Busou Shinki action figure is approximately 15 cm tall.

Busou Shinki product packages are divided into full sets and EX sets. Full sets come with a complete, painted MMS body and a variety of armor, weapons, and extra body parts. EX sets are meant to be expansion sets and thus do not tend to include the MMS body. 'Naked', unpainted or part painted MMS bodies may be purchased separately.

Busou Shinki figures are purported to be 1:1 scale models, as they were originally action-figure versions of the AI-controlled robots featured in the online video game Battle Rondo. The characters based on these action figures continue to be featured in other video games, manga and anime series in the size of the actual toys.

Toy line[edit]

Official Busou Shinki Releases[edit]

Wave 1

Japanese Release Date: 7 September 2006
US Release Date: 18 April 2007

Wave 2

Japanese Release Date: 28 September 2006
US Release Date: 22 March 2007

Wave 3

Japanese Release Date: 7 December 2006
US Release Date: 22 March 2007 (Note, this release consisted of Benio only)

Wave 4

Japanese Release Date: 22 February 2007

Wave 5

Japanese Release Date: 31 May 2007

Wave 6

Japanese Release Date: 30 August 2007

Wave 7

Japanese Release Date: 29 November 2007

Wave 8

Japanese Release Date: 5 April 2008

Wave 9

Japanese Release Date: 10 July 2008

Wave 10

Japanese Release Date: 20 November 2008

Wave 1 Renewal Version

Japanese Release Date: 4 December 2008

Wave 11

Japanese Release Date: 27 March 2010

Wave 12

Japanese Release Date: 30 September 2010

Wave 13

Japanese Release Date: 28 October 2010

Wave 14

Japanese Release Date: 16 December 2010

Wave 15

Japanese Release Date: 27 January 2011

Wave 16

Japanese Release Date: 24 February 2011

Wave 17

Japanese Release Date: 17 March 2011

Wave18

Japanese Release Date: 17 December 2011

Wave19

Japanese Release Date: 23 February 2012

Wave 20

Japanese Release Date: 15 March 2012

Light Armor Wave 1

Japanese Release Date: 4 October 2008

Light Armor Wave 2

Japanese Release Date: 30 October 2008

Light Armor Wave 3

Japanese Release Date: 29 February 2009

Light Armor Wave 4

Japanese Release Date: 25 February 2010

Special Releases

Japanese Release Date: 26 December 2008

Japanese Release Date: 26 March 2009

Japanese Release Date: 15 July 2010

LE Konami Style Japanese Exclusive, Special pack in with Busou Shinki Battle Masters Complete box, PSP game

Japanese Release Date: 22 September 2011

LE Konami Style Japanese Exclusive, Special pack in with Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2 Complete box, PSP game

Busou Shinki Variants[edit]

Several limited edition versions of the Busou Shinki figures have also been released. These variants sport alternate color schemes and additional parts.

MMS Naked Body Releases[edit]

Exclusively sold on the Konami Style Japan page, these are unpainted, featureless MMS Figures meant for use with EX sets or for customization. They come in a variety of colors and shades of skintone intended to match other MMS figures.

The MMS Naked bodies are available, like the Busou Shinki figures themselves, in three different body archetypes: MMS 1st, MMS 3rd (small) and MMS 3rd (tall). Although similar in form and construction, not all body parts are compatible among them.

Media[edit]

Busou Shinki
武装神姫
Game
Busou Shinki: Battle Rondo
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
GenreMMP
ReleasedApril 23, 2007
Game
Busou Shinki Battle Masters
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedJuly 15, 2010
Game
Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2
DeveloperKonami
PublisherKonami
PlatformPlayStation Portable
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2011
Manga
Busou Shinki 2036
Written byKonami
Published byASCII Media Works
MagazineBLADE
Original run2008 – ongoing
Volumes5
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Konami Digital Entertainment has used the successful action figure toy line designs as the basis for expansion into a number of other media, including video games, music, anime series, art books. graphic novels and a manga series. Only the anime TV series has been licensed for distribution outside of Japan.

Anime[edit]

Main article: Busou Shinki (anime)

Two anime series' have been released based directly on the Busou Shinki line of action figures. An original net animation (ONA) and a 12-episode TV series were released between 2011 and 2012. The ONA was originally released weekly, in ten 5-minute installments, online, as a promotion for the release of the Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2 video game and new models of the action figures. The ten installments were assembled into a 40-minute OVA that was subsequently streamed online and released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in Japan. The TV series was broadcast in Japan in 2012 and later released in individual DVD volumes. The TV series was licensed for distribution in North America by Sentai Filmworks and began streaming on Anime Network in 2012.

Video games[edit]

Several video games have been released, all derived from the Busou Shinki action figure product line.

Battle Rondo[edit]

On April 23, 2007 Konami released Battle Rondo using the online services of Diorama Studio. Battle Rondo was a free massively multiplayer online game set in the fictional Busou Shinki universe. By inputting a code that comes with each Busou Shinki figure, or by use of micropayments, players could unlock online versions of the figures, including their armor and weapons, as well as other gear.[1] The game was discontinued on August 31, 2011 and the Konami game support web pages were removed.[2][3]

Battle Masters[edit]

Busou Shinki Battle Masters was developed by Konami for the Sony PlayStation Portable released July 15, 2010. The release included a limited edition bundle with new action figures.[4] A sequel PSP game, Busou Shinki Battle Masters Mk.2 was released on September 22, 2011 that also included a limited edition bundle with new action figures.[5][6]

Manga and novels[edit]

Busou Shinki 2036 (武装神姫2036 Busou Shinki 2036?) is an ongoing manga series by BLADE featuring characters derived from the Busou Shinki product line. The first volume of the series was published by ASCII Media Works in 2008, with five volumes published as of February 2014.[7]

Manga volumes[edit]

No.Release dateISBN
01July 26, 2008ISBN 978-4048672030
02July 27, 2009ISBN 978-4048679756
03May 27, 2011ISBN 978-4048704335
04October 27, 2012ISBN 978-4048910606
05March 27, 2013ISBN 978-4048915090


Five graphic novels based on the game and anime series have been published by ASCII Media Works.

Novels
English titleRelease dateISBNFull titleReference
LOST DAYSDecember 17, 2011978-4094513134武装神姫 LOST DAYS (ガガガ文庫) [文庫][8]
2 STRAY DOGSSeptember 19, 2012978-4094513653武装神姫 2 STRAY DOGS (ガガガ文庫) [文庫][9]
3 GHOST DIGSApril 18, 2013978-4094514094武装神姫 3 GHOST DIGS (ガガガ文庫) [文庫][10]
ZERO 1March 27, 2010978-4048685153武装神姫 ZERO 1 (電撃コミックス) [コミック][11]
ZERO 2March 27, 2012978-4048863827武装神姫 ZERO 2 (電撃コミックス) [コミック][12]

Music[edit]

As of February 2014, ten CDs have been released, all derived from the anime TV series. Many of the individual tracks from the CDs are also available for sale by download in MP3 file format from online stores.

Four CD volumes of music have been released.

CD Music collections
VolumeRelease dateASINTitleReference
Volume 1December 26, 2012B00A5XWL7WラジオCD 武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。 Vol.1[13]
Volume 2August 7, 2013B00DDXWX60ラジオCD 武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。 Vol.2[14]
Volume 3November 20, 2013B00FFTEYL2ラジオCD 武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。 Vol.3[15]
Volume 4January 29, 2014B00GNWNS08ラジオCD 武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。 Vol.4[16]


Four "Maxi Single" CDs featuring the voice actresses of the anime TV series characters have been released.

CD "Maxi Single"
CharacterRelease dateASINTitleReference
LeneNovember 21, 2012B009HA5CMUTVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [姫] PEACE & LUCK[17]
InesNovember 21, 2012B009HA5AUOTVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [神] HA・CHA・ME・CHA☆QUEEN[18]
AnnNovember 21, 2012B009HA5CRUTVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [武] SKY GARDEN[19]
HinaNovember 21, 2012B009HA5BGCTVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [装] いきさき[20]


Also a TV series sound track CD, released December 5, 2012[21] and a "Scenes from..." CD released December 26, 2012.[22]


Art books[edit]

Hobby Japan has published two large format (11.6 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches) color art books related to the figurines and the art used in the video games. The first book of 175 pages was published November 11, 2011.[23] The second book of 97 pages was published June 25, 2013.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Busou Shinki Battle Rondo". GameFAQs. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "神姫NET終了のお知らせ" (in Japanese). Konami. Retrieved October 6, 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Battle Rondo To End In August". phpBB. June 19, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "武装神姫 BATTLE MASTERS" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Konami's Busou Shinki Moon Angel Episode 1 Streamed". Anime News Network. September 7, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ "武装神姫BATTLE MASTERS Mk.2" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ 武装神姫2036 5 (電撃コミックス) [コミック] (in Japanese). ISBN 978-4048915090. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "武装神姫 LOST DAYS (ガガガ文庫) [文庫]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "武装神姫 2 STRAY DOGS (ガガガ文庫) [文庫]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "武装神姫 3 GHOST DIGS (ガガガ文庫) [文庫]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "武装神姫ZERO 1 (電撃コミックス) [コミック]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "武装神姫ZERO 2 (電撃コミックス) [コミック]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ "ラジオCD 武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。Vol.1" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "ラジオCD 武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。Vol.2" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ "ラジオCD「武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。 Vol.3" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "ラジオCD「武装神姫 マスターのためのラジオです。 Vol.4" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ "TVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [姫] PEACE & LUCK" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ "TVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [神] HA・CHA・ME・CHA☆QUEEN" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ "TVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [武] SKY GARDEN" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "TVアニメ「武装神姫」Character Song Series [装] いきさき" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ "TVアニメ 武装神姫 オリジナルサウンドトラック [Soundtrack]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ "TVアニメ「武装神姫」アルバム TVアニメ「武装神姫」Scenes from BUSOUSHINKI" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "武装神姫アーカイブ (DENGEKI HOBBY BOOKS) [大型本]" (in Japanese). Amazon.com.jp. ISBN 978-4048706773. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  24. ^ "武装神姫アーカイブ2 TVアニメVer. (DENGEKI HOBBY BOOKS) [大型本]" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. ISBN 978-4048912426. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 

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