|Togainu no Chi|
|Genre||Action, Romance, BL|
|Developer|| Nitro+chiral (PC)|
|Publisher|| Nitro+chiral (PC)|
Kadokawa Shoten (PS2,PSP)
|Genre||BL game,visual novel|
|Platform|| Windows |
|Written by||Kana Yamamoto|
|Published by|| ASCII Media Works (2008)|
|Original run||2005 –2008|
|Written by||Kabura Fuchii|
|Written by||Suguro Chayamachi|
|Original run||November 1,2006 –present|
|Anime television series|
|togainu no chi -Bloody Curs-|
|Directed by||Naoyuki Konno|
|Produced by||Atsuhiro Iwakami|
|Written by||Natsuko Takahashi|
|Music by|| Tomohisa Ishikawa |
|Studio||A-1 Pictures Inc.|
|Original run||October 7,2010 – December 23,2010|
Togainu no Chi (咎狗の血,lit. "Blood of the Reprimanded Dog") is a Japanese BL visual novel created by Nitro+CHiRAL. The plot centers on Akira,a young man who is made to participate in a deadly game called "Igura" (from "игра"/ "igra",Russian and Bulgarian for "game") in post-apocalyptic Japan in exchange for being freed from prison. His goal is to beat "Il Re" (Italian for "The King"),the strongest person in Igura. The game was originally released on PC as Togainu no Chi in 2005,with a PlayStation 2 version titled Togainu no Chi TRUE BLOOD being released on May 29,2008. A PlayStation Portable version was released on December 23,2010 under the name of Togainu no Chi True Blood Portable.
The game has been adapted into two manga series,a novel and a twelve episode anime series. In March 2010 as part of the Nitro+CHiRAL 5th anniversary an anime adaptation was announced for Togainu no Chi with production by Aniplex.The anime began airing on MBS and TBS on October 7,2010. Aniplex of America streamed and simulcast the series in North America on Anime News Network.
After being devastated in the third World War (known as The Third Division),Japan was divided in two:the CFC,which controls the east half of Japan,and Nikkouren,which controls the west. Several years after the end of the war,a crime organization called Vischio has taken control of the destroyed city of Toshima (formerly Tokyo,Japan's capital city),where they are holding a battle game known as Igura.
Igura is a vicious battle game that may result in the death or murder of participants. To participate,one must go to Toshima's palace,meet with a man named Arbitro,and tell him their reason for their decision to enter into Igura. Upon meeting with Arbitro,participants are given five dog tags,each engraved like a card in a standard deck of playing cards. One tag must hang from the participant's neck as proof of participation. Participants must then put their lives on the line to collect others' tags,with the goal being to collect a Straight or a Full House using cards 10 through Ace. (The game incorrectly refers to such a Straight as a Royal Flush,which is a poker hand that requires that all cards be of the same suit.) Tags representing cards less than 10 are referred to as "pig tags" and can be used in dedicated neutral zones to purchase sustenance,first aid supplies,and other essentials. If a participant collects a Straight or Full House consisting of the tags representing the cards 10 through Ace,they earn the right to challenge Il Re in battle.
The rules for combat dictate that battles must be between two participants with at least one non-participating witness present,and end when one combatant either dies or allows their back to touch the ground. The winner takes the loser's tags and is free to do as they please to the loser after that,often consisting of rape and resulting in the loser's death;however,many of the participants wantonly break the rules of the game. Two executioners,Gunji and Kiriwar,work for Arbitro,patrolling Toshima to kill rule breakers and to clean up the corpses of the fallen;however,they view themselves above the rules and often kill participants at their whims without consequences.
Many participants use a drug called "Rein," which temporarily boosts their strength significantly and gives them an advantage in battle;however,Rein has many side effects,is extremely addictive,and the withdrawal is unbearably unpleasant and can even be fatal. Il Re is involved in the distribution of Rein,which leads to him having a high level of wealth. If they defeat Il Re,they assume his position in distributing Rein and become incredibly wealthy,which is the primary motivation for many of the fighters who join Igura.
The game begins with the protagonist,a young man named Akira living in the CFC district of Japan and a champion in Bl@ster - a fighting game with much stricter rules and moderation than Igura - being falsely accused of murder and arrested. After some time in prison,a mysterious woman and man involved in the government visit him,offering him freedom from his sentence if he agrees to participate in Igura and defeat Il Re.
The story follows Akira's life in the harsh,lawless Toshima as he fights both to survive and to unravel the mysteries developing around him. The game has multiple endings,and binary decision points during the story determine which ending the player will achieve. Many of them are brutal,and the game contains themes around rape,BDSM,mutilation,and murder.
Three drama Cd's were released after the games release on Pc in 2005. Togainu no Chi Image drama CD vol 1 was released July 29,2005. This drama CD centers around Akira and Shiki's relationship. Togainu no Chi Image drama CD vol 2 was released August 26,2005. This drama CD centers around Akira and Keisuke's relationship. Togainu no Chi ANOTHER STORY ~ RIN was released December 29,2005. This drama CD centers around Rin.
A manga adaptation of Togainu no Chi,illustrated by Suguro Chayamachi,began serialization serialized in Comic B's LOG in January 2006,and is published by Enterbrain. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop in 2008.Another adaptation was illustrated by Yamamoto Kana and published by ASCII Media Works. This version focuses on Keisuke's storyline. The complete volume was released on July 22,2008.
A light novel Togainu no Chi written by Ikumi Kazuha (伊久美和葉) and Nitro+CHiRAL,illustrated by Tatana Kana (たたなかな) and Kazuki Tomomaya (かずきともまや),published by Biblos (ビブロス) was released February 3,2006.It contained sets of short stories dealing with the characters after the events in the game. An art book titled Togainu no Chi True Blood Official Fan Book containing game information,character profiles,artwork and voice actors' interviews was released on July 3,2008.
In March 2010 as part of the Nitro+CHiRAL 5th anniversary an anime adaptation was announced for Togainu no Chi with production by Aniplex.The anime began airing on MBS and TBS on October 7,2010. Aniplex of America will stream and simulcast the series in North America on Anime News Network. The first DVD was released on December 22,2010.
"Uro Yume" (虚夢)
|October 7, 2010|
|Akira,the series protagonist,is a participant in a fighting tournament called "Bl@ster," after a successful battle,he retires to his quarters. He's awakened from sleep when a group of police break into his room and pin the blame for a recent murder on him,a crime which carries a sentence of life imprisonment. With no way to defend himself against the charges,Akira waits in fear for his life. He's visited in jail by a woman named Emma who offers him the only alternative to a life spent in captivity - join a higher-stakes fighting competition,and defeat the man at the top. Faced with no other option,Akira gathers his things and leaves for the city of Toshima,where the Igura competition is held. He has nothing more than the clothes on his back and the dog tags that peg him as a participant,so when some thugs show up to harass him and take a hit of a drug giving them super powers,he has little recourse. He's only saved by a man dressed in black,who brutally murders his attackers with his sword. The man threatens Akira as well,only letting him leave with his life when Akira shows too much pride to beg for his life.|
|October 14, 2010|
|Akira wakes up and finds Keisuke entering the room he is staying at. After finding out that Keisuke followed him to Toshima and refuses to leave,he gives Keisuke his knife. They go for a walk where they find Rin fighting a man. They leave,but are soon caught up by Rin who claims that they need to pay for entering his area,however he would let them off this once because they are new. Akira asks where he can get a weapon,and Rin gives him his. Rin brings them to one of the neutral zones where they meet Motomi and got to know the drug,Line - on the way they met the executioner and Kau. Rin then brings them to Arbitro's Mansion so Keisuke can sign up. The mansion is filled with "pretty boys" statues. Keisuke leaves the mansion without pulling joining the game.|
|October 21, 2010|
|Keisuke finally gets his tags,and while exiting the mansion is attacked by Takeru. Akira defends them and Takeru runs off. Akira picks up a cross. Akira is dragged off by Takeru. Takeru is revealed to be an ex-Bl@ster and is playing the Igura because he wants to win and be rich. Takeru takes back his cross which is a memento from his dead sister. Takeru calls Akira Lost because after winning Bl@ster,he always seems to be without emotions.|
|October 28, 2010|
|Rin finds Akira after he was dragged off by Takeru. Soon they encounter Tomoyuki,who is someone from Rin's past. But he just ignores him and tells him to shut up. Akira and Rin have a short conversation as they get back to the hotel and meet up with Motomi. There Keisuke sees Akira and is happy is okay. Rin comes with a bag full of solids and water and asks them if they want to do something fun. They all eat and chat on the roof of a building. At nighttime,Shiki appears and slays a group Line addicts. One person yells that he has appeared and Rin jumps at hearing his name. Akira runs after Rin but instead encounters Shiki in a nearby alley. They have a short fight,which Akira end sup on the ground. Shiki picks him up and pins him against the wall,asking if he really wants to die. He then starts choking him,but Akira fights back by folding up and kicking him away. Shiki is amused by this and tells him he'll play with him again soon. As he walks off,Akira is oddly energized by this and states "So that's... Shiki."|
|November 4, 2010|
|A mysterious man offers Takeru the drug Line,which he takes. After waking and finding neither Rin nor Akira with him,Keisuke runs off to look for them while Akira is attacked and injured by a rain influenced group,only escaping (with a tag) when the leader of the group goes insane and collapses when he licks Akira's blood. Shiki meets with Arbitro,and the former gives the latter a black case full what appears to be enhanced Line . After Motomi saves Akira (who was wondering if he did that to the leader of the group) the trouble of an encounter with the Executioners,the two decide to go to the hotel,where they meet up with Rin and Keisuke. Akira,irritated by the way Keisuke always makes light of the situation and puts himself down,yells at Keisuke who,feeling useless,runs away.|
|November 11, 2010|
|A man (in the shadows) murders everyone in a club,meanwhile Takeru drinks Line. Akira goes around the city searching for Keisuke,Rin is back at the hotel,and overhears a conversation between line users. Akira continues to search and discovers the bodies of the men in the club,to which he is sickened. While walking into an alleyway he is attacked and beaten by Takeru;Takeru licks Akira’s blood and begins to choke then slowly retreats. Rin and Motomi have a conversation about drugs/city/life. Takeru thinks about his sister and regrets leaving her,but dreams of winning Igura for his family. He is then discovered by Keisuke,who superpowered on line,crushes Takeru's skull. Keisuke then goes to meet Akira;whom he knocks out and then carries him off.|
|November 18, 2010|
|It is revealed how Keisuke has changed,and why he had taken the drug line. After the flashback,Akira wakes up in the middle of an unknown house with his crazed best friend. After a long talk,Akira is knocked unconscious.|
|November 24, 2010|
|Shiki is revealed to be Rin's half-brother and betrayed Rin by killing all of his friends. After Rin falls of the bridge,he sees a set of tags that is almost a royal flush (only the jack is missing).|
|December 2, 2010|
|Keisuke shows Akira all the tags that he gotten,and stating his desire to see more emotions,particularly the “troubled,agonized,dying”face. They begin to fight,throughout the battle Akira tells Keisuke how he really felt all this time which angers Keisuke even more. Akira gets his weapon knocked out of his hands causing him to get cut and bleed. Some blood gets onto Keisuke’s face and mouth which causes him to suffocate. Akira get some black flashes of his past,and snaps back into reality. He finds out that Keisuke is still alive and brings him to a bed,Akira watches over Keisuke until sun rise where Rin finds them and takes off with their tags in order to fight Il re. Arbitro recognize the jack,but still allows Rin to fight.|
|December 9, 2010|
|Rin prepares to fight Il re which turns out to be Shiki but gets defeated quickly,Akira comes to the rescue as the military begins to bomb the place. Shiki saves Arbitro and questions him about Akira. Rin and Akira takes shelter in an abandoned warehouse where they agree to meet Motomi at the church - at first Rin refuse go and questions why Akira would help him after he betrayed him previously. Rin admits that he would have killed Keisuke to get the tags before. Akira points out that Rin refuse to believe in anyone anymore after Shiki betrayed him (at which Rin denied). Akira promise to not betray Rin and asks for his trust. Rin demands that he prove himself,which Akira counters by saying that Rin needs to trust him so he can prove himself. Rin threatens to kill Akira if he is betrayed. - Gunji and Kiriwar shows up. In order to escape,the two of them splits up,Gunji goes after Akira while Kiriwar goes after Rin. Akira gets beaten up badly and before he is killed,N comes to the rescue and carries him off to where Keisuke is. *Flashback* Akira meets Nano as a younger boy,in exchange for a promise to meet again,N gives him a knife *Return to present* Akira wakes up and finds Keisuke unconscious. Emma and Gwen shows up as they are on a mission to bring Premier (Nano) back with them,Emma admits to framing Akira for the murder and got him stuck in Toshima. She shoots Gwen for getting in her way then before she shoots Nano,he uses his arm to pierce through her body. Shiki shows up while Akira gets Keisuke and prepares to escape.|
|December 16, 2010|
|Shiki fights Nicole Premier,and ends up drinking Nicole's blood,from which Line is made,which would normally drive people crazy or kill them. Shiki survives and goes looking for Akira. All the while,Arbitro,Kau,Kiriwar and Gunji watches from the roof of a nearby building. Shiki finds Akira and Keisuke as they are fleeing to safety. When Shiki tries to force Akira to come with him,Keisuke tries to protect Akira,but is killed by Shiki.|
|December 23, 2010|
|After Keisuke's death Akira moves in to attack Shiki. They have an exchange blows before Rin arrives and tries to help but gets stabbed in the leg. Rin tells Akira to leave,but Akira says he won't leave Rin behind because that would be betraying Rin's trust in him. Nicole Premier suddenly reappears,saving Akira and Rin and helps them escape. Time Skip:Akira now has a "normal" job. Rin is in a hospital healing when Akira visits him and threatens to kill him if he breaks his promise of coming to visit him the next day. Outside of the hospital,Akira meets Motomi who invites him to go and eat with him. He tells Akira that there is a new Line and that their city may soon be overtaken by it. The episode ends with Akira going to fight Shiki (who is on a mountain surrounded by an open box of Line). Akira empathizes with the rest of society's wish to live. He recognizes the value of life only due to Keisuke's death. Akira says that:"This is not another person I am fighting. This is me".|
CHiRALmori was released January 25,2008 and also known as the Nitro+CHiRAL amusement disk.This PC game includes a Togainu no Chi minigame featuring chibi versions of the characters playing poker with their dog tags as well as two other minigames featuring characters from Lamento -Beyond the Void-.
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