Yugo (manga)

Summary

Yugo
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Manga volume 1 cover
勇午
(Yuugo)
GenrePolitical thriller[1]
Manga
Written byShinji Makari
Illustrated byShuu Akana
Published byKodansha
MagazineMonthly Afternoon
DemographicSeinen
Original run19942004
Volumes22
Manga
Yugo the Negotiator
Written byShinji Makari
Illustrated byShū Akana
Published byKodansha
MagazineEvening
DemographicSeinen
Original run20042015
Volumes19
Anime television series
Yugo the Negotiator
Directed by
Produced by
  • Rika Sasaki
  • Hitoshi Hayakawa
  • Shūji Yoshida
  • Satoshi Yamada
  • Shirō Hirano
  • Hidemi Terada
Written by
  • Kazuharu Sato (#1–6)
  • Kenichi Kanemaki (#7–13)
Music bySusumu Ueda
Studio
  • G&G Direction (#1–6)
  • Artland (#7–13)
Licensed by
Original networkKids Station
English networkAnime Network
Original run February 24, 2004 May 25, 2004
Episodes13
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Yugo (勇午, Yuugo) is a Japanese manga series written by Shinji Makari and illustrated by Akana Shu, serialized in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1994 to 2004. The series transferred to Kodansha's Evening magazine wherein the subtitle "the Negotiator" is added in. Subsequent compilations of the original manga also add this phrase.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series in 2004 as Yugo the Negotiator. The anime comprises the manga's first two major arcs, which fit within 13 episodes. The series follows Yugo Beppu, a hostage negotiator, in various cases around the world. Having both a very tough body and determination, and his keen insight, Yugo often goes to great length to rescue those he was asked to.

Plot

Yuugo Beppu is a master negotiator and mediator. Fluency in five languages, Socratic wit, and a deep understanding of human nature combined with top-level international connections make him a formidable operator. When a woman's father is seized by Dacoit bandits in Pakistan, Mayuko seeks Yuugo's help. After complex and dangerous negotiations, he secures his release. After this success Yuugo is called in to deal with yakuza in Japan, triads in Hong Kong, the IRA in Northern Ireland, and the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Siberia.

Media

Manga

Yugo, written by Shinji Makari and illustrated by Shuu Akana, was serialized in Kodansha's Monthly Afternoon magazine between 1994 and 2004. The chapters were compiled into 22 tankōbon volumes and published in the Kodansha's Afternoon KC line between June 23, 1994, and September 22, 2004.[2][3] From 2004 it started to be published as Yugo the Negotiator in Evening. The first volume was published on September 22, 2004 in the Evening KC line,[4] with subsequent volumes published in the KC Delux line.[5][6]

Anime

First announced in November 2003,[7] a 13-episode anime adaptation titled Yugo the Negotiator (勇午 ~交渉人~, Yuugo: Kōshōnin) was created. Produced in two parts, "Pakistan Chapter" (パキスタン編, Pakisutan Hen) and "Russia Chapter" (ロシア編, Roshia Hen), it had two animation studios, two directors, and two writers. G&G Direction produced the Pakistan Chapter with Seiji Kishi as director, and Kazuharu Sato as writer. Artland produced the Russia Chapter with Shinya Hanai as director and Kenichi Kanemaki as writer.[8] It was originally broadcast between February 24, and March 25, 2004 on Kids Station.[9][10] Six DVD volumes were released from May 25, to October 29, 2004 by Ken Media.[11]

ADV Films licensed the series for a North American release in March 2005,[12] releasing the first volume in both a regular edition and an edition with a box on July 26.[13][14] After releasing the last volume on March 21, 2006,[15] ADV released the complete series in a DVD box set on October 2, 2007,[16] and on March 24, 2009.[17] The first three episodes of Yugo the Negotiator were screened at the Barbican Centre on February 26, 2008 in London; Helen McCarthy, an anime expert, did an introduction of the show for the audience.[18]

Reception

Anime News Network's Theron Martin elected Yugo the "Best New Hero/Heroine" along with Kei Kurono of Gantz and Pacifica of Scrapped Princess. Martin declared he is "the most original hero: he deals with 'opponents' though his attention to understanding them and the sometimes-extreme actions he undertakes so that he can negotiate with them on their terms. A very slick, and very tough, individual."[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ "ADV Announces Welcome to the NHK and More for October 2". Anime News Network. August 20, 2007. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  2. ^ 勇午 (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  3. ^ 勇午 (22) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  4. ^ 勇午 下北半島編 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  5. ^ 勇午 北九州・対馬編 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  6. ^ 勇午 台湾編(4) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "New Anime". Anime News Network. November 3, 2003. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  8. ^ "Staff & Cast" (in Japanese). Yugo official anime site. Archived from the original on June 5, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  9. ^ 第1話「交渉人」 (in Japanese). Yugo official anime site. Archived from the original on June 17, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  10. ^ 最終話「ナージェンカのために」 (in Japanese). Yugo official anime site. Archived from the original on June 17, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "DVD/CD" (in Japanese). Yugo official anime site. Archived from the original on December 4, 2004. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  12. ^ "ADV Licenses Yugo the Negotiator". Anime News Network. March 7, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Yugo The Negotiator Release Changes". Anime News Network. May 5, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Beverdige, Chris (August 8, 2005). "Yugo the Negotiator Vol. #1 (also w/box)". Mania. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  15. ^ "Yugo The Negotiator Volume 4: Russia 2: Rebirth". ADV Films. Archived from the original on March 26, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  16. ^ Leary, Ben (October 17, 2007). "Yugo the Negotiator Complete Collection (Thinpak)". Mania. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  17. ^ "Yugo the Negotiator: Complete Collection (2007)". Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  18. ^ "Barbican - Yugo the Negotiator (15)".
  19. ^ "Key's Best of 2005 - 2005 Year in Review". Anime News Network. January 11, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2014.

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