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Harmony Unleashed: Anthro Bunraku The Animation
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Genre: Action/Adventure
Comedy-drama
Romance
Science Fantasy
Supernatural
Slice of life
Format: Animated series
Hybrid Cartoon/Anime series
Created by: Aaron Montalvo
Lauren Faust
Hasbro
Devan Star
Developed by: Aaron Montalvo
Meghan McCarthy
Written by: Aaron Montalvo
Rob Renzetti
Meghan McCarthy
Joss Whedon
Nicole Dubuc
Greg Weisman
Dave Polsky
Brandon Auman
Marty Isenberg
M.A. Larson
Amy Keating Rogers
Jeff Tremaine
Rebecca Sugar
Simon Kinberg
Directed by: Hiroyuki Imaishi (Collaborative Director/Japanese Version General Director)
Jayson Thiessen (Supervising Director)
Chris Prynoski (Co-Director)
Voice Cast: Tara Strong
Brad Swaile
Matt Hill
Drew Nelson
Andrea Libman
Tabitha St. Germain
Nicole Oliver
David Kaye
Music by: Jamie Christopherson
Arrangers
Mervin Mathew (Season 1)
Bear McCreary (Season 2+)
Mick Gordon (Season 2+)
No. of Episodes: 74
Duration of Episodes: 30 minutes
Produced by: Masahiko Otsuka
Devon Cody
Aaron Montalvo
Hideyuki Kachi
Ryoichi Uchikoshi
Makoto Shiraishi
Executive Producers: Stephen Davis
Aaron Montalvo
Chris Prynoski
Chris Bartleman
Sander Schwartz
Christy Hui
Shuzo Shiota
Ken Iyadomi
Takaaki Kidani
Kantaro Tomiyama
Yuma Sakata
Narita Manami
Kazuya Masumoto
Shin Unozawa
Hiroshi Matsuura
Animation Production: Titmouse
Trigger
CG Animation:
Polygon Pictures
Sanzigen
Production Studio: DHX Media
ActionFliks MediaCorp (Season 2+)
Titmouse
Trigger
Aniplex
Bushiroad
Takara Tomy
Bandai Visual
Ultra Super Pictures
Kadokawa Shoten
Hasbro Studios
The Pony Network Originals
Distributed by: NaruIchi97/AtomicRanger97 Television Networks
Shout! Factory (DVD/BR Release)
Aniplex of America (Streaming Release)
Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Bushiroad, Takara Tomy (Japan)
FremantleMedia Enterprises (International)
Network: The Pony Network
AtomicRanger97 Network (Toonami)
TV Tokyo (Japanese dub)
Series Premiere Date: December 12, 2012 (Sneak Preview)
January 4, 2013 (Premiere)
Original Run: December 12, 2012 - present

Harmony Unleashed: Anthro Bunraku - The Animation (ハーモニーアンリーシュド:アンズロー文楽 - THE ANIMATION, Hāmonī anrīshudo: Anzurō bunraku Za Animeshon) is a Japanese-Canadian/American animated series produced by NaruIchi97/AtomicRanger97 Entertainment Studios Inc., Hasbro Studios, DHX Media, ActionFliks Media Group, Aniplex, Kadokawa, Bandai Visual, Bushiroad, Ultra Super Pictures, Takara Tomy, The Pony Network, Trigger and Titmouse, with distribution by FremantleMedia Enterprises based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Aaron Montalvo and devanstar, as well as the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic series created by Lauren Faust, and the dolls of the franchise by Hasbro.

The series is developed by its original creator alongside Meghan McCarthy, known for being the head writer of Season 3 and 4 of the Original FiM series.

McCarthy became the showrunner until 2013 due to honest controversy towards the bronies and season 4 development, For which Rob Renzetti, will be the showrunner alongside Montalvo, meaning that he not only is working on Gravity Falls but on the AB animated series as well.

In the Japanese release, Hiroto Ishikawa, localization director of the Japanese version of the FiM series is the Japanese showrunner alongside Hiroyuki Imaishi as chief director and supervising director. The show is rated TV-14 DLSV/TV-MA due to the comic's nature being mature-audienced with violence, sexual situations and language.

OverviewEdit

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In October 2012, A Japanese-American TV Series adaptation under the name of "Harmony Unleashed: Anthro Bunraku - The Animation" (ハーモニーアンリーシュド:アンズロー文楽 - THE ANIMATION, Hāmonī anrīshudo: Anzurō bunraku Za Animeshon) is confirmed by Titmouse, DHX Media, Bushiroad, The Pony Network and Hasbro Studios for a late 2012/early 2013 release under the development of Aaron Montalvo and Meghan McCarthy. With story edited by Aaron Montalvo and included people who involved in the series like Chris Prynoski (Megas XLR, Motorcity), Devon Cody and James Wootton (Ed Edd N Eddy), as well as Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill) as well as others, except Lauren Faust due to the main characters not getting romantic interests in Friendship Is Magic due to Romantic Plot Tumor in girls' shows made for kids of all ages. (despite her credit for creating FiM and that NaruIchi97 claimed the Harmony Unleashed is an unisex series like the Mecha genre despite MLP being of girls' demographic). The 2-part pilot episode will be released as a full hour sneak peek on The Pony Network at 9:00pm on December 12, 2012. The animated series is currently airing on both networks. The Original VA's are returning and reprising for this series as their characters who they voiced (both HPCS and MLP: FiM), except Kirby Morrow, now replaced by Brad Swaile (who voiced Ace in the 1980's My Little Pony Tales TV Series), who is the voice of Spike for this series only. And the voice director is by Aaron Montalvo and Terry Klassen. The series, unlike the original Friendship Is Magic Series will be animated by Titmouse Inc. and collaborated with Japanese animation studio Trigger, with the original character designers from the original series (Robin Mitchell, Mike Gilbert, Nicole Gauss, Rebecca Dart) adapting deviantart artist devanstar's (also known as PinkEquestria) character designs. The Music of the animated series is composed by Jamie Christopherson (Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) and Mervin Mathew only for season 1 and Bear McCreary for all seasons starting with its second season collaborated with music and songs produced by Daniel Ingram.

Japanese Dub AnnouncementEdit

In February 2013, NI97/AR97 ESI, Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Bushiroad, Kadokawa and Takara Tomy licensed the comic book and television animated series for a Japanese release airing on TV Tokyo, TV Aichi and AT-X and produced by Nikkatsu, Bushiroad, Takara Tomy, Kadokawa Pictures, Dentsu, Bandai Visual and Aniplex (as part of the Harmony Unleashed Production Committee)  in July 2013 in prior of the Friendship is Magic Series being aired in Japan. Suzuko Mimori, Ryoka Yuzuki and Izumi Kitta (part of the voice cast of the Japanese Dub of MLP:FIM) reprises their roles as Pinkie Pie and Trixie for this series as well as Rainbow Dash in the R63 Special Episode. Also others who reprise their roles are Maaya Sakamoto (Twilight Sparkle), Aya Hirano (Rarity), Tomokazu Sugita (Big Macintosh), Tomokazu Seki (Shining Armor), Minako Kotobuki (Babs Seed), Kujira (Zecora), Daisuke Namikawa (Dusk Shine), Junko Takeuchi (Applejack) and Norio Wakamoto (Discord), though they're not part of the original Japanese dub of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cast, but of some of the Harmony Unleashed series.

McCarthy's Departure and New Story EditorsEdit

Before Season 2 enters production, Meghan McCarthy left her position as story editor after its kindly dismissal permission to Montalvo due to working on Season 4 and also due to the bronies' backlash on her because of her "lies" on Sunset Shimmer and Flash Sentry not appearing on Season 4 of MLP: FiM when Equestria Girls is a canon follow-up of the Season 3 finale, despite the film not affecting Season 4 leading to the season 4 premiere. Meghan's departure leads Rob Renzetti to be the only one being the chief story editor until its announcement that Joss Whedon and Nicole Dubuc will work as story editors alongside Renzetti.

Voice CastEdit

Characters English VA Japanese VA Latin Spanish VA
Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong Maaya Sakamoto Carla Castaneda
Applejack Matt Hill Kenichi Suzumura Irwin Daayan
Rainbow Blitz Drew Nelson Showtaro Morikubo Eduardo Garza
Pinkie Pie Andrea Libman Suzuko Mimori Elsa Covian
Rarity Tabitha St. Germain Aya Hirano Christine Byrd
Fluttershy Andrea Libman Kana Hanazawa Leyla Rangel
Spike Brad Swaile Tetsuya Kakihara Victor Ugarte
Princess Celestia Nicole Oliver Rie Tanaka Rebeca Patino
Princess Luna Tabitha St. Germain Ayako Kawasumi Irene Jimenez
Kyuzat David Kaye Keiji Fujiwara Raul Anaya
Nightmare Moon Tabitha St. Germain Masako Katsuki Magda Giner
Discord John DeLancie Norio Wakamoto Enrique Cervantes
Queen Chrysalis Kathleen Barr Kikuko Inoue Irina Indigo
Trixie Kathleen Barr Ryoka Yuzuki Christine Byrd
Apple Bloom Michelle Creber Aya Endo Susana Moreno
Sweetie Belle Claire Corlett Mamiko Noto Hiromi Hayakawa
Scootaloo Madeleine Peters Junko Takeuchi Roxana Pastrana
Babs Seed Brynna Drummond Minako Kotobuki Maggie Vera
Big Macintosh Peter New Tomokazu Sugita Hector Moreno
Granny Smith Tabitha St. Germain Junko Takeuchi Diana Alonso
Shining Armor Andrew Francis Tomokazu Seki Jose Antonio Macias
Princess Cadance Britt McKillip Aki Toyosaki Romina Marroquin Payro
Cheerilee Nicole Oliver Keiko Nemoto Rosalba Sotelo
Mayor Mare Cathy Weseluck Yuriko Yamaguchi Alma Delia Perez
Zecora Brenda Chrichlow Kujira Gabriela Guzman
Derpy Hooves Tabitha St. Germain Rie Kugimiya Leyla Rangel
Spitfire Kelly Metzger Eri Kitamura Gabriela Guzman
Soarin' Matt Hill Noriaki Sugiyama Alfredo Gabriel Basurto
Snips Lee Tockar Ikkei Seta Miguel Angel Ruiz
Snails Richard Ian Cox Nobuyuki Hiyama Arturo Castaneda
Fancy Pants Trevor Devall Koichi Yamadera Jesus Barrero
Fleur De Lis Nicole Oliver Atsuko Tanaka Dulce Guerrero
Fleetfoot Vanessa Morgan Yui Horie Mayra Arellano
Iron Will Trevor Devall Hiroki Yasumoto Miguel Angel Ghigliazza
Lightning Dust Britt Irvin Yui Ishikawa Nycolle Gonzales
Night Light Eric Bauza Shigeru Chiba Gerardo Reyero
Narrator Patrick Stewart Fumihiko Tachiki Jose Luis Reza Arenas
Rule 63 Special Episode Cast
Characters English VA Japanese VA Latin Spanish VA
Dusk Shine Yuri Lowenthal Daisuke Namikawa Arturo Castaneda
Applejack Ashleigh Ball Junko Takeuchi Claudia Motta
Rainbow Dash Ashleigh Ball Izumi Kitta Analiz Sanchez
Bubble Berry Scott McCord Moriya Amanado Oscar Flores
Elusive Brad Swaile Hiroshi Kamiya Victor Ugarte
Butterscotch Samuel Vincent Yuki Kaji Jesus Guzman
Barbara Stephanie Anne Mills Yoko Hikasa Melissa Gedeon
Prince Solaris Peter Cullen Tessho Genda Blas Garcia
Prince Artemis Michael Adamwhaite Jun Fukuyama Miguel Angel Leal
Gleaming Shield Emilie-Claire Barlow Ayumi Fujimura Alondra Hidalgo
Prince Bolero Mark Hildreth Tatsuhisa Suzuki Ricardo Bautista
Apple Buck Maryke Hendrikse Yukari Kokubun Emilio Trevino
Sweepy Bell Phillip Corlett Chiwa Saito Paolo Filio
Scootaroll Kathleen Barr Junko Takeuchi Isabel Martinon
Bust Seed Jeremy Shada Yuki Kaji Bruno Coronel
Red Gala Macareina Ashleigh Ball Ami Koshimizu Laura Torres
Grandad Smith Ian James Corlett Fumihiko Tachiki Humberto Velez
Kyuzette Nicole Oliver Akeno Watanabe Marina Huerta

Episodes and AiringsEdit

Main article: Harmony Unleashed: Anthro Bunraku: The Animation/Episodes

The series has been planned for 24 episodes per season, and Final Wars to consist of 22 episodes as of 2014 due to having the AppleSpark redemption Arc and the Last Great Equestrian War to be 2 back to back telefilms set to air in Summer 2015.

The series aired as a sneak-peek in The Pony Network in December 12, 2012, and continued in January 4th, 2013, as well as adding in AtomicRanger97's Toonami in the same day they premiered on the Pony Network and in July 2013, the Japanese dub aired in Japan on TV Tokyo and in September it aired on AT-X. As of September 20, 2013, Aniplex of America, Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios will be distributing the Anthro Bunraku animated series for streaming the episodes at Hulu (bilingual and simulcast [Starting with S2, English Language]) and Crunchyroll (Japanese dubbed with Simulcast same time as Japan) and Netflix (releasing all complete seasons)

AiringsEdit

  • United States - The Pony Network, AtomicRanger97 Network, Crunchyroll (Japanese Dub)
  • Canada - G4, Teletoon at Night, My Little Jetstream, Crunchyroll (Japanese Dub)
  • Japan - TV Tokyo, TV Aichi, AT-X, TNT, Bandai Channel
  • Latin America - AtomicRanger97 Network, Boomerang, MTV, MovieCity Premieres, Teleamazonas (Ecuador), Canal 5 (Mexico)
  • Asia - Animax (All Asian Countries), ABS-CBN [Phillipines]
  • Europe - Adult Swim [Cartoon Network UK], 2x2 [Russia], MTV [Some European Countries]
  • Australia - ABC3, NaruIchi97 Television
  • Africa - NaruIchi97 Television
  • Korea - KBS, Tooniverse

MusicEdit

  • Music Composed by: Jamie Christopherson, Tetsuya Takahashi (Japanese Version)
  • Music Arrange by: Mervin Mathew (Season 1), Bear McCreary, Mick Gordon (Season 2-4)

ThemesEdit

English DubEdit

Japanese DubEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Concept and Planning: Trigger X Titmouse, NaruIchi97/AtomicRanger97 Entertainment Studios Inc. | 原案/企画:トリガー X ティットマウス、ナルイチ97/アトミックレンジャー97 エンタテインメント スタジオ
  • Original Creator: Aaron Montalvo | 原作/ストーリー原案: アーロン·モンタルボ
  • Graphic Novel Illustration and Original Character Design: Devanstar | 原作イラスト/キャラクター原案:devanstar
  • Based on Characters Created by: Hasbro, Lauren Faust, Meghan McCarthy, Bonnie Zacherle | キャラクター原作: ハスブロ, ローレン·ファウスト, メーガン·マッカーシー, ボニー·ザックアール
  • Developed for Television by: Aaron Montalvo and Meghan McCarthy | 開発:メーガン·マッカーシー&アーロンモンタルボ
  • Story Editors | シリーズ構成
    • Meghan McCarthy & Rob Renzetti (Season 1) | シリーズ構成:ロブ·レンゼッティ、メーガン·マッカーシー(シーズン1)
    • Rob Renzetti, Joss Whedon & Nicole Dubuc (Season 2-3) | シリーズ構成:ロブ·レンゼッティ、ジョス·ウェドン、ニコール·ダバック(シーズン2-3)
  • Japanese Story Editor: Shotaro Suga | 日本シリーズ構成:菅 正太郎
  • Character Designs: Robin Mitchell, Mike Gilbert, Nicole Gauss, Rebecca Dart | キャラクターデザイン:ロビン·ミッチェル、マイク·ギルバート、ニコール·ガウス、レベッカ·ダーツ
  • Animators/Animation Director: David Vandervoort, Akira Amemiya | アニメーター/作画監督:デヴィッド·ヴァンダーヴォート, 雨宮 哲
  • Art Director: Ridd Sorensen |
  • Japanese Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami | 音声監督:岩波良和
  • English Sound Director: Terry Klassen, Aaron Montalvo | 英語音声監督:テリー·クラッセン、アーロンモンタルボ
  • Latin Spanish Sound Director: Maggie Vera | スペイン語音声監督:マギー·ベラ
  • Sound Production: HALF H.P STUDIO (Japan), Voicebox Productions (NA), New Art Dub (LATAM) | 音響制作:ハーフH.P STUDIO(日本);ボイスボックスプロダクション(英語);ニューアートダブ(ラテンアメリカ)
  • Music: Jamie Christopherson | 音楽:ジェイミー·クリストファーソン
  • Music Arrange:
    • Mervin Mathew (Season 1) | 音楽アレンジ:マーヴィンマシュー(シーズン1)
    • Bear McCreary & Mick Gordon (Season 2-3) | 音楽アレンジ:ベアー·マクレアリー、ミック·ゴードン(シーズン2-3)
  • Music Supervisor/Assistant Composer: Daniel Ingram | 音楽スーパーバイザー:ダニエル·イングラム
  • Japanese Executive Producers: Masahiko Otsuka, Hiroaki Matsuura, Shuzo Shiota, Ken Iyadomi, Takaaki Kidani, Kantaro Tomiyama, Yuma Sakata, Narita Manami, Kazuya Masumoto, Shin Unozawa, Atsuhiro Iwakami, Kazumi Kawashiro | 日本制作: 大塚雅彦, 松浦 裕暁, 塩田修三, 弥富健一, 木谷高明, 富山貫太郎, 坂田雄馬, 愛美成田, 増本和也, 鵜之澤 伸, 岩上篤弘, 川城和実
  • Executive Producers: Stephen Davis, Aaron Montalvo, Chris Prynoski, Chris Bartleman, Sander Schwartz | エグゼクティブプロデューサー: スティーブン·デイビス, アーロンモンタルボ, クリス·ペノスキー, クリス·バトルマン, サンダー·シュワルツ
  • Producers: Devon Cody, Aaron Montalvo, Masahiko Otsuka | プロデューサー: デボン·コーディ、アーロン·モンタルボ、大塚雅彦
  • Japanese Version Producers: Hideyuki Kachi, Ryoichi Uchikoshi, Makoto Shiraishi (Japanese) | 日本プロデューサー:白石誠(テレビ東京), 打越領一, 可知秀幸
  • Animation Production: Titmouse, Trigger | アニメーション制作:トリガーXティットマウス
  • CGI Animation Production: Titmouse, Polygon Pictures, Sanzigen | CGアニメーション制作:ティットマウス、ポリゴン·ピクチュアス、サンジゲン
  • Director: Jayson Thiessen | シリーズディレクター: ジェイソン·ティーセン
  • Supervising Director: Chris Prynoski | 監督:クリス·ペノスキー
  • Japanese Version Director: Hiroto Ishikawa | 日本人監督:石川裕人
  • Collaborative Director/Japanese Version Chief Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi | 総監督: 今石洋之
  • American Production Committee: Hasbro Studios, DHX Media, Titmouse Inc., ActionFliks Media Corp, The Pony Network Original Production, NaruIchi97/AtomicRanger97 Entertainment Studios Inc. | アメリカ製作委員会:ハスブロ·スタジオ, DHXメディア, ティットマウス, アクションフリック メディア グループ, ポニー ネットワーク オリジナル, ナルイチ97/アトミックレンジャー97 エンタテインメント スタジオ
  • Japanese Production Committee: Bushiroad, Takara Tomy, Pony Canyon Enterprises, We've, Kadokawa Pictures, Ultra Super Pictures, Bandai Namco Games | 日本製作委員会:バンダイナムコゲームス, ブシロード, 角川書店, ポニーキャニオンエンタープライズ, ウルトラスーパーピクチャーズ, タカラトミー, ウィーブ
  • Production: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Aniplex, Bandai Visual | 製作: テレビ東京、電通、アニプレックス、バンダイビジュアル
  • Distribution: FremantleMedia Enterprises x NaruIchi97/AtomicRanger97 Entertainment Studios Inc. | 配給:フリーマントルメディアエンタープライズ X ナルイチ97/アトミックレンジャー97 エンタテインメント スタジオ
  • Licensing:
    • Aniplex of America (Streaming Rights); Shout! Factory (Home Video Rights; NA); Clear Vision (Home Video Rights; EU); Madman Entertainment (Home Video Rights; AUS); Aniplex, Bandai Visual (Home Video Rights; JP)
  • Subtitle Editor: Laura Wyrick (Aniplex US)

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