Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club
|Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club|
|Chapter 18 title page featuring the series' main characters.|
|Written by||Hidekaz Himaruya|
|Original run||June 13, 2003 - April 14, 2007 (On Hiatus)|
|Related series||Inaka no Nono|
Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club Pure
Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club (すすめ！きたこー放送部 Susume! Kitakou Housoubu , lit. "Progress! North Industry Broadcast Department") is a webmanga by Hidekaz Himaruya that predates the creation of his website, Kitayume, in March 2003. It has since launched several spinoffs and games.
The comic focuses on the broadcasting club at Koriyama Kitakou High School and the new student named Noto who attempts to bring the club back to its former glory. Himaruya, who was a teenager at the time he created the comic, stated that his motivation was to write a story to show how enjoyable the experience of broadcasting clubs was. But he also noted that the comic quickly became something bigger and took different twists.
A parallel version, entitled Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club Pure was launched in early 2004. While both comics share a number of the same characters, there are key differences between each version.
The series stars Noto Kanazawa, a new student at Koriyama Kitakou High School who joins the broadcasting club only to discover that it has been disbanded. It's sole member, Suzuka Akafuku - a self-proclaimed ninja - explains that the broadcasting club had become corrupted with power and the rest of the school had turned against it. Seeking to reinvent the club's image, Noto convinces class president Miyako Owari to allow the club to reestablish itself, and begins efforts to recruit new members and bring back the club to its former glory.
- Main article: List of Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club characters
The series is known for its colorful and extensive cast of characters, which initially included the broadcasting club of the high school and a few supporting characters (including the bizarre anthropomorphic pig teacher, Onyo J. Kaduo and Noto's Yakuza-affiliated best friend, Iriyoshi Toyama). Most students are named after a Japanese Prefecture, and some are based off of old character designs Himaruya had designed as anthromorphic representations (several of which would be recycled as minor characters in Hetalia: Axis Powers years later).
The cast was later expanded to include students at the competing schools Asaka/Azumi High School and Iwase Agricultural High School. A prominent later addition to the cast was Noto's childhood friend-turned-rival Wakasa Fukui.
Evolution of the Series
- See also: Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club Pure
While a self-contained comic in its first year, the cast began to expand with the additions of characters from the other schools' broadcasting clubs.
More changes were also reflected in the second game for Kitakou, labeled Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club Pure, with the setting changing from the city of Koriyama to Yokohama, along with the school being revamped as St. Modern Kitakou High School. The uniforms also changed in style, while the color scheme shifted from blue to red. The other schools introduced at the time were revamped as well. The second, parallel Kitakou comic (also labeled Pure) was created to deal with stories taking place in this universe. At this point, the original comic was placed on hold.
Two new strips of classic Kitakou (one unfinished) were drawn in 2007, casting attention back on the original universe. In 2008 the Pure page was removed from the site, and though Himaruya stated that he would revamp the pages they have yet to resurface. That same year the Kitakou site was revamped with a new banner that included Udonko Sanuki, a character that had only appeared in the Pure version.
- Main article: Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club (game)
The first Kitakou game was never completed and only exists in a demo format, though it is no longer downloadable on the Kitayume website. It uses the early character designs, as well as featuring guest roles from the students of Azumi and Iwase Schools. The player can choose between playing as the character of Wakasa or her henchman Mitake.
A list of voice actors for several characters appearing in the game are listed on the page for the game along with voice samples, though it is unknown whether any of them had been utilized at the point of the demo's release.
In late 2007, Himaruya announced that he was planning to put out a published version of Kitakou and would be redrawing the story. However, it appears that this idea has either been scrapped or postponed indefinitely, as there has been no news on Kitakou since (other than the webpage receiving a revamp in early 2008).
- Kitayume Official site for the original webcomic
|Works by Hidekaz Himaruya|
|Published Manga||Inaka no Nono (2003) · Hetalia: Axis Powers (2008 - 2013) · Chibisan Date (2009 - 2013) · Taishō-Era Romance - Quit It, Demon!! (2013 - 2014) · Hetalia: World☆Stars (2014 - present)|
|Web Manga||Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club (2003 - 2009) · Live A Live fancomic (2004) · Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club Pure (2004 - 2006) · Barjona Bombers (2004 - 2011) · MoeKan (2005 - 2006) · Shimojiro fancomic (2005 - 2006) · Bubutan (2005 - 2008) · Hetalia: Axis Powers (2006 - present)|
|Games||Barjona Bombers (2005 - 2010) · Notosama (2005 - 2009) · The Deserted House (2006) · Hetalia: Axis Powers (2007 - 2012)|
|Short Stories||Okinawa Heart (2006 - 2008)|
|Anime||Hetalia: Axis Powers (2009 - 2014)|
|Collaborations||Scary Story That Happened at a Countryside High School (2014 - present) · Aldnoah.Zero (2014)|