The Evillious Chronicles,[note 1] also called the Evillious series, is an expansive dark fantasy multi-media series conceptualized by Akuno-P, originally told in song using the Vocaloid software. The Evillious story is composed of interconnected series and individual stories that are either tragic or macabre in nature and employs archetypal motifs from classical mythology, medieval history, and fairy tales.
While the Evillious name was not attached to the series until later on, the first known Evillious song, Ten Minute Love was posted on Nico Nico Douga by mothy on February 28, 2008. The next song, Wordplay, was posted on March 8 at the same year. Afterwards, mothy continued with new releases, including The Daughter of Evil, although the story did not earn much attention despite its whimsical tune yet peculiar plot.
Then, on April 29, less than a month after releasing The Daughter of Evil, mothy posted both its sequel and counterpart, dubbed The Servant of Evil. Gaining instant popularity, the unexpected tragedy behind The Daughter of Evil solidified the two songs as classics and continued to gain popularity in the following months.
Over that summer, he released the third line up in the series and later re-released the first two songs using the improved Rin and Len ACT 2 modules. With far more followers than before, "Akuno-P" began elaborating upon the plot ideas for the series in August, describing the characters and their actions in greater detail. Two months later, mothy continued posting works and released a new song in celebration of Rin and Len's first "birthday", titled "Re_birthday" on December 27, 2008.
Immediately, fan speculation connected the lyrics to the servant featured in The Servant of Evil, and mothy himself hinted at a connection, though never making a statement about whether or not it was part of the series. By this time, the idea for his Seven Deadly Sins Series was already being refined as a story mothy conceptualized long before was coming into fruition.
Using MEIKO for the vocal performance, mothy posted Evil Food Eater Conchita on March 5, 2009 and had already finalized the idea and direction he planned for this series concerning the Seven Deadly Sins. On March 23, The Servant of Evil had reached a million views on Nico Nico less than a year since its release.
On March 17, Akuno-P released his first album, Evils Theater. Included with the album was a booklet weaving the story of the "Collector" and his movie theater. Several months later, Akuno-P uploaded Moonlit Bear on June 22. Fans were perplexed by the narration of the story and noticed its implied connection to his earlier work, Tale of Abandonment on a Moonlit Night.
On November 28, The Daughter of Evil reached over a million views on Nico Nico Douga and the series was already expanding into musical plays and cosplay. For the theater group, mothy provided a new, unreleased song concerning the twins called Twiright Prank and names for each of the characters. In early December, The Tailor of Enbizaka was released, reaching over a hundred thousand views by Christmas.
Kicking off January, mothy continued to release new songs throughout the beginning of 2010 and began advertising Prelude to Forest and its most notable song, Heartbeat Clocktower. After the mini-album's release in February, mothy advertised Evils Forest, his next major album following the story started in Evils Theater. Uploaded to NND soon after its announcement was a new version of Heartbeat Clocktower.
By the release of Evils Forest, fans began speculating a connection between mothy's different songs, one further strengthened by the similarities between Banica Conchita and Master of the Graveyard in the song of the same name, as well as the similar themes and characters featured in Heartbeat Clocktower.
Soon after, on July 26, The Lunacy of Duke Venomania released as the fourth installment in the Seven Deadly Sins Series and became immensely popular. Less than a week later, mothy announced the first light novel as part of The Daughter of Evil series, based upon his original classic. Written to fully explain the story of the evil princess and her servant, the novels used names that were earlier used in the play adaptation, save for a few, and was the first time the story was to be explained through an official literary media.
A week after the novel's release, The Servant of Evil had already over two million views on Nico Nico Douga. One of the novel's peculiarities was the mention of "Vanika Conchita" and hints regarding Duke Venomania and connections to Heartbeat Clocktower and the Evils Theater story. As connections continued to be made, mothy announced on his blog Evils Kingdom, one of his largest and most well advertised albums.
Promoting the characters from the Seven Deadly Sins Series featured in the album, including two new unreleased songs featuring KAITO and Luka: Judgment of Corruption and Chrono Story. After the album's release in December, mothy released the second light novel in The Daughter of Evil series in February.
From the light novel and Evils Kingdom's complementary booklet, connections could be made between the different characters from mothy's Seven Deadly Sins, The Daughter of Evil, and Clockwork Lullaby Series among others. With their release, many of mothy's stories and their events were tied to the "Evillious" region, the setting of The Daughter of Evil novels.
On May 9, 2011, Akuno-P uploaded Chrono Story to his NND account and fully explained on his blog that the song tied to Tale of Abandonment on a Moonlit Night, Moonlit Bear, and The Lunacy of Duke Venomania. He also confirmed that the character of Elluka Clockworker featured in the song was the same one that appeared in the light novels. With this confirmation, nearly all of mothy's songs released at the time were directly tied to his newly revealed "Evillious" series.
On July 13, 2011, nearly a year after Venomania's song was posted on Nico Nico Douga, mothy announced his next major album, Evils Court, continuing the story of his previous albums. On August 13, The Lunacy of Duke Venomania achieved over a million views. In the succeeding month, Evils Court released with the second song in the Four Endings Series. Supplemented by a booklet narrated by Gammon Octo, the album further tied different songs into the Evillious universe.
Peering into the Past
Following the release of the last light novel in the The Daughter of Evil series' in March of 2012 and its complementary song posted a week later, much of what mothy called the "Evillious" series was told from its midway point, with context for both the times preceding and succeeding Story of Evil not delved into as deeply. Promoting his next light novel, based upon The Lunacy of Duke Venomania, mothy shifted much of his efforts into the past of Evillious' history.
Labeling the songs before Chrono Story as part of the "Original Sin Story", mothy preceded "Act 1" with the release of Escape of Salmhofer the Witch, elaborating upon the mother of the twins in Moonlit Bear. After the album itself released on August 11, 2012, The Daughter of Evil series' fanbook released later that month. At that point, over 800,000 copies of the first light novel series had been sold.
On December 4, mothy surprised fans with the release of Bloodstained Switch, telling the story of a mysterious patient who suffered from "Hereditary Evil Raiser Syndrome". The song made references to the characters of the Original Sin Story and the HER condition was mentioned again in The Lunacy of Duke Venomania's novel released later that month. On his blog, mothy revealed the release of "Act 2" to the Original Sin Story nearly a year since releasing Act 1.
A month later in September of 2013, the second Deadly Sins of Evil light novel was published. Soon after in December, the first guidebook for the series was released, including numerous short story adaptations of songs from the Original Sin Story and one prose elaborating on the creation of Evillious' world. The latest installment also promoted two new iterations for the novel series based on Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep and Fifth Pierrot.
Seven Sins Complete
The following June, mothy announced a new album was to be released at Summer Comic Market including the "Wrath" song in the Seven Deadly Sins series; The song was later uploaded on August 8, 2014 to NND, sharing the same name with the upcoming album: The Muzzle of Nemesis. Several weeks after the release of the album, mothy published his novel adaptation of Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep on August 27.
On December 12 of that year, Akuno-P announced a new album, Seven Crimes and Punishments, featuring all seven songs in his Seven Deadly Sins series to be released at the end of February, 2015. Promoting it as his second major album release since Evils Kingdom, mothy advertised a limited edition of the album including a new story written by him. Later on during Christmas, mothy posted a preview of the prologue for the album's limited edition story.
At the start of the New Year, mothy tweeted his plans to upload videos for one or two songs for promotion of his newest album. On January 31, he uploaded a PV for The Portrait Glassred Drew from the album. Following the song's release, mothy tweeted confirmation that another song video would be uploaded to celebrate the seventh anniversary of his song career. On February 13, the song PV for Seven Crimes and Punishments was posted, labeled as Clockwork Lullaby 7.
After the album and limited edition story were released on February 25, natalie posted its transcribed interview with Akuno-P. During the interview, mothy confirmed he currently planned to end his Evillious series in roughly five years. On March 19, mothy published Deadly Sins of Evil: Fifth Pierrot. On June 13, Akuno-P tweeted he would be attending Comic Market 88 and sell a new "Original Sin Story: Complete Edition" album at the convention. On August 7, PHP rereleased the first two The Daughter of Evil light novels under their new "VG" label with minor additions and changes by mothy. On December 21, mothy published Deadly Sins of Evil: The Tailor of Enbizaka.
On February 25, 2016, an e-book version of the Seven Crimes and Punishments story was released, featuring a new extra chapter. On May 4, mothy uploaded a PV for Ma Survival. On June 11, mothy tweeted that he would be selling a new album, Lucifenia Trinity at at Comic Market 90. On August 8, mothy released A Hero's Armor is Always Crimson and uploaded a PV for it online. On August 14, mothy released Lucifenia Trinity. Two weeks later on August 26, mothy published Deadly Sins of Evil: Judgment of Corruption. On September 21, mothy released That King was Born from Mud on EXIT TUNES' Vocalocreation album; a PV for it was uploaded around a month later on October 12.
The Evillious Chronicles is set on Bolganio, a fictional continent in the series' world, with a majority of actions taking place along its western region, Evillious. The story spans a timeline over 1500 years long, referring to the creation of the "Third Period" and transformation of the god Held into a tree over 500 years before the main story begins.
The Evillious region uses a calendar created to commemorate the birth of Hänsel and Gretel, the alleged saviors of the Magic Kingdom Levianta, preceding each year with "EC". The calendar since became the region's standard dating system, with all events occurring before it having their years preceded with "BT".
Over the course of Evillious' history, the technology and politics gradually progress in a fashion reminiscent of the Western world, developing from large empires and medieval dominions to countries and nations of a more modern era. While the Chronicles' original media, songs and song series stand largely on their own, the story as a whole revolves around the vessels of sin and those directly or indirectly affected by them. Similarly, many of the major historical events of the region are due to the vessels' influence, although unknown in the annals of history.
In the Evillious universe, magic is an arcane and dying art that consists of supernatural power present in certain human beings. While magic is implied to be learned by anyone, only those born with a strong magical connection have the talent and potential to learn more advanced or difficult spells. For more complex spells and rituals, an incantation is often recited. The moon is especially important in the casting of magic and magic is at its strongest during a full moon. After the Magic Kingdom's destruction, magic declined until few even believed in its existence, and even fewer practiced it.
Currently, there are over 50 songs connected to the Chronicles, seven of which have reached over a million views on their original Nico Nico Douga uploads. After the release of Wordplay, songs pertaining to the Chronicles were released in non-sequential order and with little context or explanation beyond brief descriptions by the author.
Currently, five official song series have been named by mothy and he has released fourteen albums or mini-albums with Evillious related songs. Several albums provide a supplementary booklet listing the songs and their stories and have added context and more detailed information to their contents.
- Original Sin Story
- Seven Deadly Sins Series
- The Daughter of Evil Series
- Clockwork Lullaby Series
- Four Endings Series
Since announcing his first light novel on his blog in July, 2010, mothy has written eight light novels and penned several short stories related to the characters or events. Following the completion of his first novel series, a schedule book compiling the information from the previous books was released shortly after his second novel series began publication.
The stories present in the light novels follow the events of the songs and expand upon the characters and settings featured in the song series. The information provided in each light novel elaborates upon the relationship between all the songs both within the series and the Evillious Chronicles as a whole. In cases where characters from the songs went unnamed or use an alias, official names were provided in the books.
Short Story Listing
Although the first official manga based on an Evillious song released in the form of a spin-off of The Servant of Evil, it wasn't until the release of The Daughter of Evil series' second novel that official Evillious manga began to appear. Most of the manga stories elaborate upon events not portrayed in the light novels, several being side stories that could not fit or were extraneous to the story being told in the novels.
Starting in April 2013, two serial manga were released in conjunction with each other on a monthly basis by G-Blitz Comics, parodying the characters or events of The Daughter of Evil series. The chapters were later compiled and released as two separate volumes each during the following two years before publication ceased. An adaptation of The Daughter of Evil light novels also began releasing as standalone volumes in February 2014.
Following the success of The Servant of Evil, many Evillious songs have received fanmade renditions across a variety of media. Due to the simplistic song PVs used for the original releases of mothy's early songs, many fans developed their own song videos that visually told the story based on their interpretation. After the release of The Daughter of Evil series, several events interpreted by fans were shown to be inconsistent with the official story written by mothy.
Similarly, many covers and fandubs by singers and Vocaloid producers exist within the Evillious fandom and reach wide popularity on their own. Mothy has shown his support for fans' zeal and has even advertised other producers' arrangements of his songs and later collaborated with them for Evillious songs, both canon and non-canon.
One producer, Jounetsu-P, released an entire album dedicated to mothy's Story of Evil and songs connected to it. Official artists for mothy have drawn illustrations and manga portraying their interpretations of events, including Ichika's Memento. As a result, many fans of Story of Evil remained largely unaware of its full song listing or its place in the much larger Evillious Chronicles. However, with the release of official light novels and manga, fans of Vocaloid and individual Evillious songs or series have helped enlighten and consolidate the fandom to Akuno-P's story.
The Evillious Chronicles heavily stresses the notion of "evil" and its underlying meaning. Oftentimes, characters that have committed heinous actions and are labeled as evil serve as titular characters with many songs, novels, and manga revolving around them. Akuno-P often has his characters consider the morality versus the justification of their deeds and even has several contemplate the exact meaning of evil, especially when confronted with complex moral dilemmas.
The reasons for each character being evil varies greatly, with some characters being portrayed and recognized as more sympathetic while others are completely monstrous. The series also supports the notion that tendencies to commit evil are sometimes ingrained in a character's personality and makes them more vulnerable or lenient to commit negative acts against humanity, and in one case are simply born with evil. Magic usually plays a role in triggering these tendencies and fully realizing the results of following those sinful lines of thought.
The individual stories within the series play upon the concept of free will versus fate, as character actions are given real consequence in the inevitability of the future. Rooted deeply in the themes present in tragedies and macabres, many characters desperately attempt to escape pain they have suffered or the loss of a loved one, committing evil to reach their ideals. Due to the consequences of their actions, their attempts backfire and lead to either the character's death or even greater loss, and ultimately are left in the same place from where they began.
The gear is symbolic of such free will, as one person's actions or life are represented by a gear in motion, causing a chain reaction that leads to the turning of other gears. The individual cogs form the overall direction of fate and actions that have been done cannot be changed, reflecting the consequences. Despite this, themes of redemption are present in mothy's works, with some character who regretted the evil person they were given a degree of forgiveness from others.
Coinciding with its influence of tragedy and macabre, mothy draws upon many aspects of classical mythology, including Judeo-Christian and Greek names and stories. Many aforementioned themes are derived from these mythologies along with fairy tales and other classic literature that mothy twists to show a darker or more twisted outcome.
The setting of the Evillious region itself parallels the European continent's classical and medieval history to an extent, with many states' geographic locations and culture reflecting real world countries, particularly in their feudal societies and influence from the Roman Empire. Similarly, the Bolganio continent's Eastern region is reminiscent of Asia and Evillious' perception of the area is reminiscent of European's view of the mysterious and largely unexplored Orient. Monarchies and other imperial powers present in Evillious are generally discredited and many members of nobility with large amounts of power are condemned as tyrannical, corrupt, or incompetent, including many of the owners of the vessels of sin. Remnants of aristocracies in the more modern Union State of Evillious are portrayed as leading to corrupt government systems.
Conceptualization and Origin
- The Chronicles' name is derived from the Evils Kingdom booklet's timeline labeled "Chronicles of Evillious", listing events occurring throughout the series.
- Due to the series' origins, many of the characters' names, appearance, and other characteristics are a reference to their representative Vocaloids.