A Midnight Opera

A Midnight Opera  is an original English-language (OEL) manga by Hans Steinbach . It was published by Tokyopop in North America from November 8, 2005 to November 7, 2006.


The series focuses on two brothers, Ein and Leroux DeLaLune.


Born in Syria, Hans Steinbach lived in many countries, including Germany, France, Turkey and Canada, before moving to the United States; There is a major issue in Tokyopop after writing a major publisher in the States. Steinbach considered the story “a little too straight forward, too linear”.  [1]  Because it was very much focused on the missions Einblick with the Catholic Church, Steinbech rewrote it, with help from his editor at Tokyopop, to allow Einblick’s personality to develop. He changed Einblick from an assassin to “an undead, chain-smoking metalhead with a grudge”.  [1]  Steinbach Was inspired by  Phantom of the Opera  , since it combined horror and music, something Steinbach wanted to do for  A Midnight Opera . His goal for the series was “to combine fact and fiction, historical facts with fictitious (and not so fictitious) characters”.  [1]

Steinbach has been drawn by manga artists , especially Go Nagai and Akira Toriyama .  [2]  Additionally, he is influenced by classical and metal music as Yngwie Malmsteen and the Dark Moor bands , Metallica , Symphony X , Iron Maiden , Stratovarius , Blind Guardian , Rhapsody , and Judas Priest .  [1]


OEL manga

Written and Illustrated by Hans Steinbach ,  A Midnight Opera  was published in North America by Tokyopop from November 8, 2005 to November 7, 2006.  [3]  However, as of August 31, 2009, the series is out-of-print .  [4]  In New Zealand and Australia, the series is distributed by Madman Entertainment .  [5]  The series is also licensed in Germany by Tokyopop Germany ,  [6]  and in Hungary by Mangattack.  [7]

Volume list

No. Release date ISBN
01 November 8, 2005  [3] ISBN  978-1-59816-265-3
02 April 11, 2006  [3] ISBN  978-1-59816-471-8
03 November 7, 2006  [3] ISBN  978-1-4278-0007-7

Animated shorts

Menfond Electronic Art adapted  A Midnight Opera  into animated short episodes. The episodes premiered on My Space along with the short episodes of  Bizenghast  ,  I Luv Halloween  , and  Riding Shotgun  in summer 2007.  [8]


Midnight Opera  received mixed reviews from critics. About.com ‘s Katherine Luther praised the series as a “gothic horror manga full of thrills, chills and okays, a little gore” and more appropriate for older readers.  [9]  KJB of IGNstated: “Steinbach has managed to take all of these elements into account.  [10]  Manga Life’s Craig Johnson commented on the “brave and experimental” art and that “the story is not as revolutionary as the art … neither is it accessible.”  [11]  Zac Bertschy of Anime News NetworkHeavily Criticized the series as “[h] orrifically cliched and hackneyed, with laughably bad dialogue and interior art”, and wrote: “It’s hard to tell if  A Midnight Opera  is an exercise in plain marketing hubris- pandering directly to the Hot Topic crowd -or simply a case of the author taking himself and his work far too seriously and churning out cliché after cliche, convinced of his own genius, unaware of the tripe he’s created. ”  [12]


  1. ^ Jump up to: d   Ong Pang Kean, Benjamin (5 July 2005). “Hanzo’s A Midnight Opera” . Newsarama . Archived from the original on 21 November 2008 . Retrieved 30 January 2010 .
  2. Jump up^  “Manga + Comics: A Midnight Opera” . Tokyopop . Archived from the original on 11 January 2010 . Retrieved 16 January 2010 .  Though Hans has had no formal art training, he has been doing a lot of things in the past, he has been a world of talent, a world of passion, a passion for music … Hans’ art sensibilities have been strongly influenced by Japanese artists, especially Go Nagai (Devilman) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball)
  3. ^ Jump up to: d   “Manga + Comics: Book Catalog” . Tokyopop . Archived from the original on February 14, 2010 . Retrieved 16 January 2010 .
  4. Jump up^  “Corporate: Biz Dev” . Tokyopop . Archived from the original on 12 June 2010 . Retrieved 23 June 2010 .
  5. Jump up^  “A Midnight Opera (Manga)” . Madman Entertainment . Retrieved 16 January 2010 .
  6. Jump up^  “Bücher: Manga: A Midnight Opera” [Books: Manga: A Midnight Opera] (in German). Tokyopop Germany . Archived from the original on 4 August 2009 . Retrieved 17 January 2010 .
  7. Jump up^  “Ejfeli opera 1” (in Hungarian). Mangattack. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008 . Retrieved 17 January 2010 .
  8. Jump up^  “Tokyopop World Posts-Manga-Based Animation on MySpace” . Anime News Network . July 16, 2007 . Retrieved 10 January 2010 .
  9. Jump up^   Luther, Katherine (20 November 2005). “At Midnight Opera” . About.com . Retrieved 16 January 2010 .
  10. Jump up^   KJB (28 October 2005). “At Midnight Opera: Act 1 Review” . IGN . Retrieved 16 January 2010 .
  11. Jump up^   Johnson, Craig. “A Midnight Opera v1 Review” . Manga Life. Archived from the original on 17 May 2006 . Retrieved 17 January 2010 .
  12. Jump up^   Bertschy, Zac (25 October 2005). “A Midnight Opera – Review” . Anime News Network . Retrieved 17 January 2010 .

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