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Kagerou Project
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Name
Kanji カゲロウプロジェクト
Rōmaji Kagerō Purojekuto
Series Information
Genre Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, Sci-fi, Slice Of Life, Tragedy
Writer Jin (Shizen no Teki-P)
Works
Music Albums:
Mekakucity Actors
Mekakucity Days
Mekakucity Records
Mekakucity Reload
Singles:
Children Record
daze / days
RED
OSTs:
Mekakucity M's
Kagerou Daze -in a day's-: Music Collection
Manga Kagerou Daze
Novel Kagerou Daze
Anime Mekakucity Actors
Kagerou Daze -in a day's-
Mekakucity Reload

Kagerou Project (カゲロウプロジェクト Kagerō Purojekuto) is a Japanese mixed-media project by Vocaloid music producer Jin (Shizen no Teki-P), featuring artists Sidu, Wannyanpoo, and Mahiro Satou. The series tells the story of the Mekakushi Dan, a group of teenagers with unusual powers called "Eye Abilities", and their struggle through numerous time loops. The story is set in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.[1][2][3][4]

Most songs were initially sung by the Vocaloid IA, while a few were sung by the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku , however, the third and most recent album, Mekakucity Reload, only features Miku. The project started on February 17, 2011 when the first song, Jinzou Enemy, was uploaded to Niconico, and Jin stated in a 2016 interview with T.  that "Kagerou Project Will Never End".[5] The story features several different routes which are told through media such as the aforementioned songs, a light novel and manga series both titled Kagerou Daze (カゲロウデイズ Kagerō Deizu), and several anime.

A spin-off to the main Kagerou Project story set 3 years later was announced on June 8, 2019, and is set to screen January 2020 titled Kagerou Daze "No.9", with art done by Sayuki.

Music

Main Article: Music
There have been nineteen songs uploaded to the Japanese video sharing site Niconico. While four songs are included exclusively on the Mekakucity Days album, three exclusives are included on Mekakucity Records, the single Children Record includes one more exclusive song together with instrumentals, and seven currently without MVs on Mekakucity Reload. All songs were written by Jin (Shizen no Teki-P) and together create the Music Route of the story, and is followed by the Manga, Novel, and Mekakucity Actors Routes. While some songs are missing them still, most songs feature MVs drawn by Sidu and Wannyanpoo, the two illustrators of Jin's team. An exception is Summertime Record, which was drawn by the artist Peco and directed by Sidu.

Manga

Main Article: Kagerou Daze
The Manga Route of Kagerou Daze (カゲロウデイズ Kagerō Deizu) was published monthly in the Japanese magazine Comic Gene and from June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2019. The story is illustrated by Mahiro Satou and featured thirteen volumes. It is a sequel to the Music Route[6] and is followed by the Novel Route[7]. The manga is licensed by Yen Press and was released starting in 2015.[8]

Light Novel

Main Article: Kagerou Daze
The eight-volume Kagerou Daze (カゲロウデイズ Kagerō Deizu) light novel series was published from March 30, 2012 to December 29, 2017. It is a sequel to the Manga Route and is followed by Mekakucity Actors. The novel is licensed by Yen Press under their Yen On imprint and was released from May 26, 2015 to December 18, 2018.

Anime

Main Article: Mekakucity Actors
Mekakucity Actors (メカクシティアクターズ Mekakushiti Akutāzu) had first been announced in the Children Record booklet. After receiving its title, the anime was announced to air on April 12, 2013 at midnight. During the "Live in Mekakucity" performance on August 15, it was announced the anime would be animated by Shaft and directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Yuki Yase[9]. The series consists of 12 episodes and is written by Jin. It is a sequel to the Music, Manga, and Novel Routes.


Main Article: Kagerou Daze -in a day's-
Kagerou Daze -in a day's- (カゲロウデイズ-in a day's- Kagerō Deizu -in a day's-) is a short anime film written and directed by Sidu that was released November 4, 2016. It was produced with MX4D presentation in mind.


Main Article: Mekakucity Reload
Mekakucity Reload (メカクシティリロード Mekakushiti Rirōdo) is an upcoming anime project announced at the end of the SEEK at MEKAKUCITY event on August 15, 2016.

Kagerou Daze "No.9"

Main Article: Kagerou Daze "No.9"
A spin-off to the main Kagerou Project story set 3 years later that was announced on June 8, 2019, and is set to screen January 2020 titled Kagerou Daze "No.9", with art by Sayuki.

Websites


Trivia

  • Jin originally wanted to name the series Mekakucity Project (メカクシティプロジェクトMekakushiti Purojekuto), but used Kagerou Daze as a temporary name that became too popular he couldn't change it.[11]
  • The franchise's name can be shortened to KagePro (カゲプロ Kagepuro).

References

  1. Konoha no Sekai Jijou - screen translations from music video
  2. Children Record Booklet - Momo's initial profile from the Children Record booklet also confirms she is with "Kashiwa Talent Agency".
  3. Jin's commentary for the instrumental track Kaien Panzermast states: "In Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, there's a panzermast called "Yuuyake, Koyake" that plays at sunset. I really like this theme, so I made it the main theme for this time's zone."
  4. Kagerou Daze manga chapter 57. Additional Memory III, confirms the remaining Mekakushi Dan relocate to a new temporary hideout elsewhere in Chiba, as they escape from Clearing Eyes in the 2nd Manga Route.
  5. Tatsuya T., volume 34. https://reijimitsurugi.tumblr.com/post/151896564676/so-this-got-published-in-t-a-theatre-culture
  6. http://mekakushidan.com/category/comic/sub_comic
  7. http://mekakushidan.com/category/novel/sub_novel
  8. Yen Press Announcements
  9. Tower Records Twitter
  10. https://twitter.com/jin_jin_suruyo/status/1058611039472734208
  11. Spoon.2Di Magazine

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