Majestic Prince (manga)

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Majestic Prince
Majestic Prince Manga Cover Volume 1.png
Cover of the first manga volume.
マジェスティックプリンス
(Majesutikku Purinsu)
GenreMecha, Science fiction, Comedy, Romance
Manga
Written byRando Ayamine
Illustrated byHikaru Niijima
Published byShogakukan
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Hero's
Original run2011 – ongoing
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Written byReiko Yoshida
Fumihiko Shimo
Music byToshiyuki Watanabe
StudioDogakobo, Orange
Licensed by
Hanabee
NetworkTokyo MX, tvk, KBS
(and 24 other TV stations), Anime Network
Original runApril 4, 2013September 19, 2013
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
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Majestic Prince
Majestic Prince Manga Cover Volume 1.png
Cover of the first manga volume.
マジェスティックプリンス
(Majesutikku Purinsu)
GenreMecha, Science fiction, Comedy, Romance
Manga
Written byRando Ayamine
Illustrated byHikaru Niijima
Published byShogakukan
DemographicSeinen
MagazineMonthly Hero's
Original run2011 – ongoing
Volumes4
Anime television series
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Written byReiko Yoshida
Fumihiko Shimo
Music byToshiyuki Watanabe
StudioDogakobo, Orange
Licensed by
Hanabee
NetworkTokyo MX, tvk, KBS
(and 24 other TV stations), Anime Network
Original runApril 4, 2013September 19, 2013
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Majestic Prince (マジェスティックプリンス Majesutikku Purinsu?) is a Japanese manga written by Rando Ayamine and illustrated by Hikaru Niijima. An anime adaptation was announced in the November 2012 issue of Weekly Hero's magazine under the expanded title of Galactic Armored Fleet Majestic Prince (銀河機攻隊 マジェスティックプリンス Ginga Kikōtai Majesutikku Purinsu?).[1] The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. It began airing on TV on April 4, 2013, and is being streamed with English subtitles by Crunchyroll[2] and the Anime Network.[3]

Plot[edit]

In the year 2110, humanity has expanded its frontier into space in its drive for new resources. Advances in genetic engineering research led to the establishment of the "MJP Project", which saw the creation of genetically enhanced humans known as the "evolved children", developed with the intention of allowing humans to adapt to the new frontier. However when Earth finds itself under threat by an extremely advanced but numerically inferior alien race called the Wulgaru, human forces decide to have the evolved children deployed as soldiers to fight on the front lines.

Team Rabbits, a quintet of evolved children whose troubling lack of teamwork and common sense prevents them from reaching their true potential, are selected as test pilots of cutting edge mobile battle suits called AHSMB (Advanced High Standard Multipurpose Battle Device), powered by the "JULIA system", a cutting edge technology whose effectiveness in combat is increased according to the survival instincts of whoever uses it. As they join forces to overcome their personal weaknesses and achieve their true potential, the members of Team Rabbits eventually assume a key role in mankind's effort to thwart the alien invasion of Earth.

Characters[edit]

Team Rabbits[edit]

Izuru Hitachi (ヒタチ・イズル Hitachi Izuru?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Aiba (Japanese), Houston Hayes (English)
16 year old Izuru is the main protagonist and leader of Team Rabbits, piloting the all-round mecha "Red 5". He is a positive thinker whose dream is to become a hero and he loves to draw manga. His pit crew is composed of some mechanics that act together as a family and quickly welcome him as part of them. Izuru is able to concentrate at a higher capacity due to his genetic enhancements.[4] Just like the other evolved children, his memories from before joining the military academy were erased. Despite this, Izuru somehow remembers about Teoria, and she mentions that they were very close in the past.
Toshikazu Asagi (アサギ・トシカズ Asagi Toshikazu?)
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), Corey Hartzog (English)
17 year old Toshikazu is the forward of Team Rabbits and the oldest member, piloting the attack oriented mecha "Blue 1". Able to process large amounts of data due to his genetic enhancements, Asagi usually assumes command of Team Rabbits when Izuru is unavailable, but he has an extreme case of stage fright and a chronically upset stomach. His pit crew is composed of three members of the same family, including a little girl. It is hinted that he may have feelings for Kei, and is later on revealed that his and Izuru's DNA came from the same person, Commander Simon, making them "brothers."
Kei Kugimiya (クギミヤ・ケイ Kugimiya Kei?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)
16 year old Kei is the control of Team Rabbits, piloting the sensor/radar oriented "Purple 2". She has a highly developed auditory perception and fast thinking due to her genetic enhancements, but to power up her special brain, she must consume high levels of glicose and thus her diet is composed exclusively of sweets. Her pit crew is composed of beautiful and dignified ladies, leaving Kei to give her best to look up to them. As the series progresses, she begins to show romantic interest in Izuru, and is uncomfortable with his closeness to Teoria.
Tamaki Irie (イリエ・タマキ Irie Tamaki?)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
15 year old Tamaki is the booster of Team Rabbits, piloting the heavily armored "Rose 3", a mecha designed to put enemy formations in disarray with its speed, taking advantage of her ability to withstand high levels of acceleration due to her genetic enhancements. A romantic convict, she has a tendency to ask men she finds handsome to be her boyfriend, without even getting to know them better, leading to her being always rejected. She did not know that Patrick was in love with her, but accepted his feelings after his death. Her pit crew is solely composed of fat and unattractive men, much to her dismay.
Ataru Suruga (スルガ・アタル Suruga Ataru?)
Voiced by: Junya Ikeda (Japanese), Tyler Galindo (English)
16 year old Ataru is the gunner of Team Rabbits, piloting the "Gold 4", specializing in sniping and long/middle range support fire. Thanks to his superior selective memory due to his genetic enhancements, Ataru is military geek, and his enthusiasm with military hardware usually annoys those around him, especially the girls he usually try to flirt with. However, this also makes of him one of the most versatile pilots, as he can easily choose the best load-out for each sortie from the vast kinds and variations of weapons at his disposal. His pit crew is composed of strong men that insist that he must build up some muscle.
Ange Kuroki (クロキ・アンジュ Kuroki Anju?)
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Kalin Coates (English)
15 year old Ange is the youngest member of Team Rabbits who joins halfway through the series piloting the "Black 6", specializing in mid-range artillery and close quarters combat. Ange's gender is never revealed and the rest of the team has divided opinions about it. Despite being farther skilled and better trained than the rest, Kuroki is usually shy when speaking to others, but displays a vicious and berserk demeanor when in battle. Ange's mecha has an automated maintenance system that dispenses the need of a pit crew most of the time.

Team Doberman[edit]

Randy Maxwell (ランディ・マクスウエル Randi Makusuueru?)
Voiced by: Anri Katsu (Japanese), Andrew Love (English)
Leader of Team Doberman who always wants to display a cool attitude. He quickly adopted the role of a brother/mentor figure to Izuru, encouraged him to trust his teammates' abilities.
Rakesh Chandrasekhar (ラケシュ・チャンドラセカール Rakeshu Chandorasekāru?)
Voiced by: Yuki Fujiwara (Japanese), Kyle Jones (English)
Sub-leader and the level-headed member of Team Doberman. He has a fiancee who seems to be little older than him and intends to marry her once the war is over.
Patrick Hoyle (パトリック・ホイル Patorikku Hoiru?)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (Japanese), Johnny DeLaCerda (English)
Youngest member of Team Doberman who later develops a huge crush for Tamaki.

GDF/MJP Staff[edit]

Simon Gato (シモン・ガトゥ Shimon Gotu?)
Voiced by: Hiroki Tōchi (Japanese), Jay Hickman (English)
Head of the MJP project responsible for the development of the JURIA System. It was him who chose Team Rabbits to take part in the project, claiming that their outstanding survival instincts and individual abilities shall eventually led them to become a force to be reckoned with once they overcome their personal weaknesses and lack of teamwork. It is later revealed that his DNA was used to produce both Izuru and Asagi, making him their biological father.
Rin Suzukaze (スズカゼ・リン Suzukaze Rin?)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Commander of Team Rabbits, she is doubtful at first of their capability to master the JURIA System, until their feats in battle prove otherwise. She is usually the most troubled by their antics.
Reika Saionji (西園寺 レイカ Saionji Reika?)
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)
Chief Mechanic of Team Rabbits, she is a kind and well endowed woman that is a long time friend of Rin's.
Siegfried von Vestannah (ジークフリート・フォン・ヴェスターナッハ Jīkufurīto von Vuesutanahha?)
Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima (Japanese), David Wald (English)
Member of the Godinion's bridge along Giuliano.
Giuliano Visconti (ジュリアーノ・ヴィスコンティ Juriāno Visconti?)
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), John Gremillion (English)
Member of the Godinion's bridge along Siegfried.
Teoria (テオーリア Teōria?)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
A member of the Wulgaru royal family who defected to help the humans, giving them the Wulgaru technology to build the AHSMB. She has met Izuru before his memory was erased and has shown great concern towards Izuru. Izuru has also mentioned that he finds her familiar to him. It is later revealed that she is the younger sister of Jiato and Garukie. She also gave the maternal DNA used to make Izuru possibly making her his biological mother and making Izuru half-Wulgaru.
When the location of the Gate the Wulguru were using to invade the solar system was located, at the cost of the lives of two members of Team Doberman, she revealed herself to the world's governments and volunteered to join in on the assault to destroy the gate and halt the invasion.
Daneel (ダニール Danīru?)
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (Japanese), Blake Shepard (English)
Teoria's aide who followed her after she defected from the Wulgaru.
Amane (アマネ Amane?)
Voiced by: Masumi Asano (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
A lieutenant of the GDF whose prowess in leadership earns her a quick rising in the military ranks. She is friends with Rin and Reika.

Wulgaru[edit]

Jiart (ジアート Jiāto?)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
Prince of the Wulgaru and brother of the king and Teoria, he has little care for the objectives and needs of his people and focuses himself on satisfy his desires, as he intends to only fight enemies that can quench his thirst for thrilling battles. Not impressed when confronting Team Rabbits at first, he lets them live claiming they are not even worthy to be killed by him. However, he finds in Izuru a worthy opponent during their second clash, to the point of sparing his life once more hoping to fight him again on a later occasion. He doesn't get along well with his Wulgaru companion only listening to his brother's word.
Garukie (ガルキエ Garukie?)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada (Japanese), Marty Fleck (English)
The current emperor of Wulgaru, being crowned the Emperor after the assassination of his father, the former emperor. He is the older brother of Jiart and Teoria. Has a good relationship with Jiart, being tolerate to Jiart's behaviour.
Klein (クレイン Kurein?)
Voiced by: Kazutomi Yamamoto (Japanese), Greg Ayres (English)
One of the commanders of the Wulgaru. Has a child-like appearance and is short tempered. He was killed in Episode 18.
Lada (ラダ Rada?)
Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki (Japanese), Patrick Poole (English)
One of the commanders of Wulgaru. Killed by Prince Jiart.
Lumez (ルメス Rumesu?)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), Ricardo Jose Contreras (English)
One of the commanders of Wulgaru. His clan serve under the royalty of Wulgaru and loyal to Prince Jiart.
Dolgana (ドルガナ Dorugana?)
Voiced by: Masanori Machida (Japanese), George Manley (English)
One of the commanders of Wulgaru.
Lutiel (ルティエル Rutieru?)
Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
One of the commanders of Wulgaru, the only female commander there. She and her fleet managed to kill Randy and Patrick while Team Doberman was doing a recon mission. Later on, she was killed by Team Rabbits sans Izuru in Episode 22.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

The opening theme for episodes 2 through 12 is "Watashi wa Sōzō-suru" (私は想像する?, "I Imagine") performed by Natsumi Kon. The ending theme for episodes 1 to 12 is "Sayonara tte Iu" (サヨナラっていう?, "I'll Say Goodbye") performed by Chiaki Ishikawa. Ishikawa also wrote and composed both songs. The opening and ending themes change on episode 13 to "PROMPT", performed by Kon, and "Arigatō. Tadaima." (アリガトウ。タダイマ。?, "Thank You. I'm Here.") performed by Yōko Hikasa and Yuka Iguchi as their characters Kei Kugimiya and Tamaki Irie, respectively. Episode 6 also features an insert song written by Ishikawa and performed by Kon titled "Kokoro" (ココロ?, "Heart"). "Bokutachi wa Ikiteiru (僕たちは生きている)" by Izuru Hitachi (Hiroki Aiba), Toshikaze Asagi (Shintaro Asanuma), Ataru Suruga (Junya Ikeda) is the 3rd ending, and supposedly runs from episode 16 to of episode 22.

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal airdate
1"Sortie"
"Shutsugeki" (出撃) 
April 4, 2013
Undina Base is under attack by the Wulgaru. With the heavy losses suffered by the UPI, the evacuation of the base is ordered with the help of the secret service, MJP. Meanwhile, in a mock combat, Team Rabbits perform miserably as usual, getting the worst grades once again. The team members fight among each other arguing that they can't work with each other. Team Rabbits is called into action to hold off the Wulgaru forces while the Undina Base is being evacuated. When the evacuation is completed, the team leader Izuru notices that there are still civilians left on the base and with no vessels available to evacuate them, Izuru decides to fight off the Wulgaru fleet recalling that his dream is to become a hero. After destroying much of the fleet, the rest of the Wulgaru fleet retreats. 
2"Heroes are Born"
"Hīrō Tanjō" (ヒーロー誕生) 
April 11, 2013
Having protected Undina Base, Team Rabbits is now being recognized as a group of young heroes. But life isn’t easy in the limelight. Will they be able to do their jobs with all of these reporters hounding at them? 
3"Surprise Attack"
"Kishū" (奇襲) 
April 18, 2013
After a series of physical exams indicate that Team Rabbits is in need of some R&R, they go on a short trip to a resort, and Izuru has a short meeting with a mysterious girl that seems familiar to him. Almost immediately upon coming back from the trip, they are ordered to attack what is believes to be a supply route. 
4"Loss"
"Sōjitsu" (喪失) 
April 25, 2013
Izuru shows true comradeship with his willingness to sacrifice himself to protect both Tamaki and Kei. But is self-sacrifice truly the right choice to make? Tensions grow taut as the pilots and crew brew over their last skirmish. 
5"Operation: Infiltrate a Planetoid Base"
"Shōwakusei Kichi Sennyū Sakusen" (小惑星基地潜入作戦) 
May 2, 2013
Team Rabbits and Team Doberman join forces in a covert operation to destroy an enemy base. However, the bomb is damaged during the infiltration and Ataru must work quickly to fix it while his companions risk their lives to protect him. 
6"Graduation"
"Sotsugyō" (卒業) 
May 9, 2013
Team Rabbits returns to Earth to graduate from the academy. As the group pack their things to leave the school for good, will they remain the Fail Five in the hearts of their classmates forever, or will they get one last chance to redeem themselves? 
7"Stronghold of Lust"
"Yokubō no Gajō" (欲望の牙城) 
May 16, 2013
The Wulgaru's main council is reunited. As they discuss their reasons for their attack on Earth and make plans the next battle, Team Rabbits start their lives as full-fledged members of the army, trying to get used with their new facilities and co-workers. 
8"Battle of Ceres"
"Keresu Taisen" (ケレス大戦) 
May 23, 2013
The Battle of Ceres begins, and once again Commander Komine's ineptitude and arrogance puts the entire operation in jeopardy, having the Earth forces fall prey to the Wulgaru's relentless offensive. Teams Rabbits and Doberman are dispatched to assist in the counterattack, but Izuru is forced to leave his friends' side and confront Prince Jiart in a duel, struggling to hold himself against his overwhelming power. 
9"Disclosure"
"Kaiji" (開示) 
May 30, 2013
Despite having the upper hand, the Wulgaru retreat, leaving heavy casualties on Earth's side. Izuru, in shock upon realizing the true nature of their enemies, is instructed by Rin to not reveal it to the others. Soon after, he has another encounter with the mysterious girl, and much to their surprise, Team Rabbits is informed that she is a Wulgaru who had warned mankind of the attack from their race, and their mecha were created using Wulgaru technology obtained from her. 
10"The Hunter and the Hunted"
"Karumono, Kararerumono" (狩るもの、狩られるもの) 
June 6, 2013
Team Rabbits learn from Teoria that mankind is one among several races created by the Wulgaru to serve as their prey in order to strengthen their species. Meanwhile, news of their exploits reach the Wulgaru's main council who recognize the Earthlings as the first race so far who made such a stand against them and starts addressing them by their name instead of labeling them as mere game. 
11"Operation: Ares"
"Operēshon Aresu" (オペレーション・アレス) 
June 13, 2013
A Wulgaru ship has crashed in Mars and Team Rabbits is assigned to escort Teoria's aide Daneel while he infiltrates it to retrieve its data, while dealing with several issues against them, like the unfavourable weather, the remaining enemy forces stationed there and the ship's fast decaying. 
12"Secret Mission"
"Shīkuretto Misshon" (シークレットミッション) 
June 20, 2013
Taking a break from battles, Team Rabbits has some free time to spend, except for Tamaki and Kei who take part in several PR events by request of the military. 
12.5"“Special Edition: It won’t end in Failure!!"
"Tokubetsuhen Zannen Nankade Owa Nai!!" (特別編「ザンネンなんかで終わんない!!」) 
June 27, 2013
A special program is held featuring Kei's voice actor Yōko Hikasa and Tamaki's voice actor Yuka Iguchi, discussing their impressions from the first twelve episodes including their favourite scenes. 
13"The Aloof Ace"
"Kokō no Ēsu" (孤高のエース) 
July 4, 2013
A new recruit, Ange Kuroki, joins the ranks of Team Rabbits. Shy at some moments and abrasive at others, Ange displays outstanding prowess in battle during their first mission together, but the rest of the team is rendered speechless while seeing Kuroki's true demeanor. 
14"AHSMB's Shadow"
"Asshu no Kage" (アッシュの影) 
July 11, 2013
Ange is invited to hang out with the rest of the team and they get astonished with the multiple talents of their new companion. After a brief meeting with Teoria, Izuru joins Team Rabbits in a mission to rescue Team Doberman's derelict ship. However, Jiart appears to resume his duel with Izuru, who pushes the capabilities of his unit to the limit with Teoria's words engraved into his heart. 
15"Defending Vesta"
"Vesuta Bōei" (ヴェスタ防衛) 
July 18, 2013
Following his clash with Jiart, Izuru awakens at the hospital, and his companions find that he is behaving differently from usual. With his unit severely damaged, Izuru must stay behind while the rest of Team Rabbits is dispatched to assist Team Doberman once more, but little they know that the Wulgaru's attack is just a distraction for one of them to gain access to the Earth's systems and obtain secret info regarding the MJP Project. 
16"Your Hero"
"Kimi no Hīrō" (君のヒーロー) 
July 25, 2013
Izuru is invited by Teoria for a dinner, but their meeting is cut short when a small enemy detachment slips by the defense lines intending to reach Earth. 
17"Defensive Battle at Cosmopolitan Academy (Beginning)"
"Toshi Gakuen Bōei Sen (Mae Hen)" (都市学園防衛戦(前篇)) 
August 1, 2013
Ange is sent to assist Team Doberman in the frontlines while the rest of Team Rabbits race against all odds to intercept the enemy forces before they reach the Academy. Meanwhile, Jiart realizes that Teoria, his sister, is on Earth under human custody. 
18"Defensive Battle at Cosmopolitan Academy (Conclusion)"
"Toshi Gakuen Bōei Sen (Kou Hen)" (都市学園防衛戦(後篇)) 
August 8, 2013
After a long and exausting battle, Team Rabbits succeed to defend the academy and defeat one of the Wulgaru's main commanders despite their units get damaged almost beyond repair. Meanwhile, Teoria hears from Daneel that Jiart had already learned that she is on Earth and is asking her to contact him. Back at the Wulgaru's base, another commander learns of Teoria's betrayal and Jiart resorts to extreme measures to silence him. 
19"Deep Recon"
"Dīpu Rīkon" (ディープリーコン) 
August 15, 2013
With Team Rabbits' units still under repairs, the pilots get some medical check-up, raising concerns about Izuru's condition. Meanwhile, Team Doberman is assigned to pinpoint the location of the Wulgaru's dimensional gate behind the enemy lines in a dangerous top secret mission that may turn into a one way trip for them. 
20"Genes of Destiny"
"Shukumei no Idenshi" (宿命の遺伝子) 
August 22, 2013
As the members of Team Rabbits mourn the tragic fate of Team Doberman, Izuru's condition keeps worsening, while Teoria reveals herself before the Earth's top governments to ask for their support in a decisive battle against the Wulgaru. Asagi is asked by Izuru's pit crew to perform some tests on his unit, and manages to activate it, which was not supposed to be possible by anyone except Izuru himself. Pressuring Rin for answers, Asagi learns from her the secret behind the MJP project and the truth behind his and Izuru's origins. 
21"Night before the Decisive Battle"
"Kessen Zenya" (決戦前夜) 
August 29, 2013
As both the Earth and Wulgaru forces make preparations for their final battle, Izuru refuses to stay behind despite his condition and is allowed to remain on standby at the Godinion. The other members of Team Rabbits then promise to do their best to ensure he does not need to sortie. Meanwhile, Teoria decides to join the battle as well, piloting her own unit to defend mankind against her own race. 
22"Operation: Heaven's Gate"
"Operēshon Hevunzu Gēto" (オペレーション・ヘヴンズ·ゲート) 
September 5, 2013
The members of Team Rabbits make a beeline to the Wulgaru's dimentional gate in an attempt to destroy it and stop the invasion, but another enemy commander stays in their way and Tamaki confronts her by herself to avenge her friend from Team Doberman. Once the enemy is defeated, all hope seems lost when their plan to bring down the gate ends in failure. 
23"Alea Iacta Est"
"Ārea Yakuta Esuto" (アーレア・ヤクタ・エスト) 
September 12, 2013
Instead of waiting for Izuru, Jiart joins the battle and blocks Team Rabbits' escape route, forcing Izuru to sortie. The fierce clash between Izuru and Jiart is interrupted when Teoria reveals herself before the Wulgaru, asking them to retreat. After successive failed attempts in destroying the dimentional gate, Commander Simon decides to ram the Star Rose into it in a last desperate move to stop the invasion. 
24"Flowers that Fall in Space"  September 19, 2013
The Earth forces protect the Star Rose as it approaches the gate, forcing the Wulgaru to launch a desperate attack to stop it. Pushed to the limit against Jiart, Izuru is about to get his mind overcome by his instincts until his friends call for him, allowing him to wake up and unlock the true power of his mecha. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Majestic Prince Space Robot Manga Has Anime in the Works". Anime News Network. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  2. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Majestic Prince Robot Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Watch Majestic Prince Anime". Anime Network. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Majestic Prince Episode 3 - Surprise Attack 5:47". Sentai Filmworks. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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