|Written by||Hajime Segawa|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Magazine||Monthly Shōnen Ace|
|Original run||February 27,2010 –July 26,2016|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shigehito Takayanagi|
|Produced by||Atsushi Itou|
|Written by||Hideyuki Kurata|
|Music by||Evan Call|
|Original network||Tokyo MX,BS11,CTC,tvk,TV Saitama,Sun TV,TVQ,GBS,MTV|
|Original run||July 11,2014 – September 26,2014|
Tokyo ESP (東京ESP, Tōkyō Īesupī) is a Japanese manga series by Hajime Segawa. It began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine on February 26, 2010, and finished on July 26, 2016. It follows a high school girl named Rinka Urushiba who lives with her father in poor conditions. This leads her to work part-time as a waitress. Her life changes when she gains the ability to use extrasensory perception (ESP). An anime television series adaptation aired from July to September 2014.
Tokyo ESP begins with Rinka Urushiba as a fairly normal high school girl, though she is a bit poor and her father who is a police officer is her only family. This forces her to work part-time as a waitress after high school in order to raise money for them to secure rent and food. One day, she sees a penguin and some glowing fish swimming through the sky. Rinka might have thought it was a hallucination if there had not been another witness with her. This witness is a boy from her school with a strangely scratched-up face. Out of curiosity, she touches one of the glowing fish, which causes her to pass out. After she wakes up, she finds out that she has developed the power to phase through inanimate objects such as the floor of her apartment. She meets a fellow high school student named Kyotaro Azuma who has the ability to teleport. The two of them use their ESP powers to take on individuals who have decided to use them for evil. However, there is an organization that is planning a bigger scheme to secure utopia with their ranks consisting of strong ESP fighters and users.
Plans for Tokyo ESP started when Segawa was still doing his Ga-Rei manga, discussing ideas with his then editor and supervisor when the latter suggested that his next work should be based on superpowers.Segawa suggested that his protagonist should be based from someone in the Matrix series with the comical ability to use his fart as a weapon with the addition of drama before the supervisor told him to take out the farting ability. Segawa decided to go with the female lead like he did with the Ga-Rei manga series. During brainstorming, Segawa pitched an idea to his staff that the female could have fearsome superpowers due to the concern that the female lead will not be prominently known if a male character helps her out, which was met with some opposition from his supervisor again.
Tokyo ESP is written and illustrated by Hajime Segawa. It began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace magazine with the April 2010 issue.The first tankōbon volume was released on July 26, 2010, and thirteen volumes have been released as of June 22, 2015. The English translation for the manga was released as 2-in-1 volumes in America.
|No.||Original release date||Original ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||July 26, 2010||978-4-04-715488-9||October 6, 2015||9781941220603|
|2||November 26, 2010||978-4-04-715560-2||October 6, 2015||9781941220603|
|3||March 26, 2011||978-4-04-715654-8||December 8, 2015||9781941220610|
|4||August 26, 2011||978-4-04-715760-6||December 8, 2015||9781941220610|
|5||January 26, 2012||978-4-04-120097-1||February 2, 2016||9781942993001|
|6||June 26, 2012||978-4-04-120294-4||February 2, 2016||9781942993001|
|7||December 26, 2012||978-4-04-120528-0||April 5, 2016||9781942993018|
|8||May 25, 2013||978-4-04-120674-4||April 5, 2016||9781942993018|
|9||December 26, 2013||978-4-04-120954-7||June 14, 2016||9781942993025|
|10||June 26, 2014||978-4-04-121060-4||June 14, 2016||9781942993025|
|11||July 26, 2014||978-4-04-101910-8||August 23, 2016||9781942993032|
|12||October 24, 2014||978-4-04-101911-5||August 23, 2016||9781942993032|
|13||May 26, 2015||978-4-04-103062-2||November 15, 2016||9781942993568|
|14||October 26, 2015||9784041030776||November 15, 2016||9781942993568|
|15||April 26, 2016||9784041030783||April 25, 2017||9781945054181|
|16||September 26, 2016||9784041046814||April 25, 2017||9781945054181|
The opening theme song is "Tokyo Zero Hearts" (東京ゼロハーツ) performed by Faylan, while the ending theme is "Kyuusei Argyros" (救世Άργυρóϛ) by Yousei Teikoku.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
"Shiroi Shōjo" (白い少女)
|July 11, 2014|
|Tokyo has suddenly been taken over violently by espers. Amidst the destruction and terror as the metropolis of Tokyo falls, a name keeps surfacing. There is still hope. The White Girl will come to save the day.|
|2||"Girl Meets Boy"|
"Gāru Mītsu Bōi" (ガールミーツボーイ)
|July 18, 2014|
|Urushiba Rinka suddenly finds herself in the apartment below her home, completely naked! Rinka meets a mysterious boy who seems to know her as she tries to recall what happened to her. All the while, new threats begin to appear..|
|3||"Penguin and Girl"|
"Pengin to Shōjo" (ペンギンと少女)
|July 25, 2014|
|In order to find a way to return to normal, Rinka searches for the flying penguin with Kyotaro. She thinks about what it means to be a hero as she meets Murasaki and involves herself in various events. Has Rinka bitten off more than she can chew?|
|4||"The Rain, Ring, and Girl"|
"Ame to Yubiwa to Shōjo" (雨と指輪と少女)
|August 1, 2014|
|Rinka decides to stand and fight back in order to rescue Murasaki. The enemy reveals herself to be Azuma's adoptive sister who had disappeared two years ago with her father. Big things may have been set in motion long before Rinka and Azuma realized.|
|5||"Meeting, Phantom and Girl"|
"Deai, Maboroshi to Shōjo" (出会い,幻と少女)
|August 8, 2014|
|Rinka comes face to face with the Professor. He calls on her to join his crusade for a new world order and tells her of a miracle to come. Will Rinka respond to his invitation or ignore it completely? For what reason does she fight?|
|6||"Each Girl, Each Desire"|
"Sorezore no Shōjo, Sorezore no Omoi" (それぞれの少女, それぞれの思い)
|August 15, 2014|
|Around Rinka, each girl is fighting and standing strong next to their own beliefs. As she struggles with the aftermath and the loss of Azuma, Rinka meets her father's old combat teacher. Now, Rinka must decide what she stands for to move forward.|
|7||"Girls in the Rain"|
"Ame no naka no shōjo-tachi" (雨の中の少女達)
|August 22, 2014|
|Master Roshi introduces Ayumu, a curly haired young boy who hates women, to Rinka and Murasaki. Rinka must get stronger and defeat him in order to face off with Minami. Ayumu has his own problems, too. His mother is a politician who hates espers.|
|8||"Fruition, Girls Set into Motion"|
"Michiru toki, ugokidasu shōjo-tachi" (満ちる時, 動き出す少女達)
|August 29, 2014|
|Summer is coming to a close and the day of battle is coming near. The city of Tokyo is working to go against the existence of espers and Kyotaro continues his efforts to escape. All the while, the Professor continues to gather powerful allies.|
|9||"Attack, ESP Girls"|
"Shūgeki esupu gāruzu" (襲撃・ESPガールズ)
|September 5, 2014|
|With school back in session and Azuma-san back at her side, Rinka feels a momentary happiness. However, the Professor has other plans for them. Namely, a public execution of Rinka and Azuma, to crush any possible hope mankind may have imagined.|
|10||"In Bitter Lament..."|
"Dōkoku no naka de…" (慟哭のなかで…)
|September 12, 2014|
|Rinka wanders the town, lost and broken. At the same time, Kyotaro desperately tries to get back to Tokyo and confirm Rinka's safety. Minami tells Kyotaro what really happened to her mother and his parents.|
|11||"Tokyo Girls War"|
"Tokyo Girls War"
|September 19, 2014|
|Mass chaos ensues as the Professor takes over the parliament building. Though Rinka has lost her ESP powers, she still pushes forward to protect the people she treasures. Slowly, but surely, the White Girl and her crew gather for the ultimate battle!|
|12||"Tokyo ESP Girl"|
"Tōkyō ESP Shōjo" (東京ESP少女)
|September 26, 2014|
|The great battle is reaching its climax as everyone hurries to save the parliament from imminent doom. However, the Professor's true target is elsewhere and may change Tokyo's future completely. Rinka must fight to protect everything dear to her!|
Some of the merchandise being released by Kadokawa Shoten include phone cards, tumbles and drawings autographed by Segawa.
On June 12, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Culture listed Tokyo ESP among 38 anime and manga titles banned in China.
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