Rounin (TV series)

infobox television
show_name = Erik Matti's

caption = "Ang tele-epikong magdadala sa iyo sa hangganan ng imahinasyon"
A TV epic that will take you to the ends of imagination.
format = Drama, Romance, Action, Fantasy, Sci Fi
picture_format = 1080i HDTV
runtime = 25-30 mins.
creator = Erik Matti and Philip King
executive_producer = Joan del Rosario and Joven Tan
starring = "See Cast"
country = flagicon|Philippines Philippines
network = ABS-CBN
first_aired =April 16, 2007
last_aired =
July 26, 2007
num_episodes = 67 Episodes
website =
imdb_id = 0874660
tv_com_id =

"Rounin" was an ABS-CBN Philippine drama dubbed as tele-epiko [ "Rounin: An Epic on TV"] "Journal", Last Retrieved March 24, 2007.] or TV epic. It is a fantasy and martial arts series shown in Philippine TV and is said to be one of the most expensive locally-produced TV series aired in the Philippines. [ "Pag-iwas kay Rico, inamin ni Migz"] "Journal", Last Retrieved March 30, 2007.] It is also the first Filipino series shot using high-definition video technology. [ "ABS-CBN launches biggest TV project"] "Khaleej Times", Last Retrieved March 27, 2007.] It began airing on April 16, 2007 in ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block. The series is line produced by Reality Films while Larger Than Life Productions is handling post, visual effects, VFX supervision, mastering and grading. The series is shot using Panasonic’s HDP2 technology. [ "Larger Than Life brings DI to the Philippines with Nucoda Film Master"] "DigitalVision", Last Retrieved March 29, 2007.] Despite the media hype and promotions, the series only manage to attract attention on its firsts weeks. Rounin did not manage to beat its rival show in the ratings game and therefore was put to a later timeslot to make way to stronger shows. The move contributed to reaching even lower ratings to as low as 10% as its niche audience (predominantly younger viewers) think that the timeslot is very late. It became the lowest rating for a show in Mega Manila primetime slot.

They say the show was a flop because it casts Diether Ocampo

The series concluded on July 26, 2007.


Rounin is the story of an elite group of warriors who live in a place called Lumeria.It also happens to take place on a totally different planet.

The Rounin(s) are tasked to protect the city and its inhabitants against the threats of Helion, the City of Death. Each Rounin(s) specializes in a martial arts discipline, and is commanded by the master Rounin, the leader of Lumeria.

While battling their enemies, the Rounin strive to adhere to their tenents - one that they cannot fall in love with each other.

The show centers around the quest of a young Rounin warrior, Mythos, as he tries to piece together his past to unlock his true identity.

Cast and characters

Main Characters

The main cast and characters of the series are enumerated below.

Other Characters

* Rico Barrera as Amon
* TJ Trinidad as Xander
* Jeni Hernandez as Armana
* Mhyco Aquino as Lore
* Paw Diaz as Solana
* Janice Hung as Zelian
* Emilio Garcia as Pharus
* Juddah Paolo as Tyro
* Ronnie Lazaro as Mang Elli
* Owen Bowen as Young Creon
* Jairus Aquino as Young Mythos
* Sharlene San Pedro as Young Selene


The original soundtrack was released by Star Records which include ten tracks including the theme song entitled "Argos" which was composed and interpreted by the band, Bamboo. [ "Bamboo Rocks Rounin"] "Journal Online", Last Retrieved April 16, 2007.] Other tracks include the love theme for the series, entitled "Iniibig Kita" sung by Kitchie Nadal and "Tanging Ikaw" performed by Shamrock.

Also in the Rounin OST include 2006 Rockista grand prize grand winner, Bojo who sings "“Walang Hangganan," Acel Bisa (former vocalist of Moonstar 88) sings "“Sa Ngalan ng Pag-Ibig,”" Rock icon Kevin Roy, of Razorback performs "“Kailanpaman,”" and the superband, Sandwich sings "“Humanda Ka”" plus up and coming rock bands Bliss, Side Crash and North Groove performing "“I Think Of You,”" "“One Last Time”" and "“Nasaan Ka Na,”" respectively. [ "Bamboo Rocks Rounin"] "Journal Online", Last Retrieved April 16, 2007.]


On April 14, 2007, ABS-CBN aired a TV special entitled "The Making of Rounin: Ang Bagong Mitolohiya", a documentary on how "Rounin" was made and conceptualized. It was hosted by Luis Manzano and Anne Curtis.


"Rounin's" story actually began in November 2005, when writer Philip King and creative manager Rondel Lindayag pitched the idea of the heroic "Rounin of Lumeria" to ABS-CBN executives. So unique and impressive was this idea, then known as project "Mythos", it took them one and a half years to complete it. Searching for good location took them months until they finally found a 44-hectare abandoned cement factory in Binangonan, Rizal, and took two months to complete the cities of Helion, Lumeria, Vesta, Argos and Icarra. All of the cast went under three months of training martial arts.capoeira, muay thai, judo, kali, arnis and wushu. [ "'Rounin' ng Dos, ambisyoso!"] "Abante", Last Retrieved March 26, 2007.]


External links

* [ Rounin at the ABS-CBN Website]
*imdb title|0874660
* [ Rounin Official Website (Complete Episode Guide, Announcement and More)]

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