Seraphim Call characters.
|Genre||Slice of life story, Yuri|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomomi Mochizuki|
|Music by||Akifumi Tada|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||6 October 1999 – 22 December 1999|
Seraphim Call (セラフィムコール, Serafimu Kōru) is a Japanese anime series by Sunrise from 1999. Seraphim Call may be considered avant-garde in several respects. For example: it is an anthology of individual stories while most other anime is serialized. Other examples include a surprise ending that comes at the beginning of one of the stories, an episode seen entirely through the eyes of a plush toy, one is largely a Thunderbirds parody, and two nearly identical episodes from individual twin perspectives. The experimentation in plot structure can be very subtle often requiring the viewer to watch each episode twice before noticing it.
Each story takes place in the year 2010, in a futuristic city named Neo-Acropolis on an artificial island in Japan. Among the city's residents are 11 girls, each facing a different dilemma.
|#||Title||Original air date|
|01||"Yukina Kurimoto ~Sleeping Beauty Panic!~"|
"Kurimoto Yukina ~Nemurihime Panikku!~" (栗本雪菜 KURIMOTO YUKINA 〜眠り姫ぱにっく!〜)
|The police summon Yukina Kurimoto to defuse a bomb in Neo-Acropolis city, but her acute androphobia hinders her.|
|02||"Tanpopo Teramoto ~Margarine Crisis~"|
"Teramoto Tanpopo ~Māgarin Kikippatsu~" (寺本たんぽぽ TERAMOTO TANPOPO 〜マーガリン危機一髪〜)
|Unlike all her friends, Tanpopo Teramoto continues to believe in fairy-tales and talking stuffed animals; however, a day seen from one such toy's point of view demonstrates that one of Tanpopo's friends is losing patience with her.|
|03||"Chinami Ōse ~The Taste of Cake~"|
"Ōse Chinami ~Yōgashi no Aji~" (桜瀬ちなみ OHSE CHINAMI 〜洋菓子の味〜)
|When Chinami Ōse's divorced mother announces that she is marrying another man, Chinami challenges the suitor to a cooking contest, with the condition that her mother will not get remarried if Chinami wins.|
|04||"Hatsumi Kusunoki ~The Flying Angel~"|
"Kusunoki Hatsumi ~Hishō suru Tenshi~" (楠 初摘 KUSUNOKI HATSUMI 〜飛翔する天使〜)
|Hatsumi Kusunoki does not think that she could be pretty or feminine, but an artist named Miyabi attempts to show her otherwise by using her as a model for a painting.|
|05||"Shion Murasame ~To My Sister in My Dreams~"|
"Murasame Shion ~Yume no Naka no Imōto e~" (村雨紫苑 MURASAME SHION 〜夢の中の妹へ〜)
|Twin sisters Shion and Sakura Murasame receive a love letter, but a cigarette burn on the envelope conceals part of the recipient's name. Shion begins using a virtual reality device to "become" Sakura, asking herself questions about the letter that seemed to trouble her.|
|06||"Sakura Murasame ~To My Sister Inside Love~"|
"Murasame Sakura ~Ai no Naka no Ane e~" (村雨 桜 MURASAME SAKURA 〜愛の中の姉へ〜)
|The previous episode is shown from Sakura's point of view. Sakura possesses a machine that allows her to control her dreams, which she uses in a manner similar to Shion's virtual reality device.|
|07||"Saeno Hīragi ~The Paradox that is Me~"|
"Hīragi Saeno ~"Watashi" to iu Gyakusetsu~" (柊 彩乃 HIIRAGI SAENO 〜<私>という逆説〜)
|Saeno Hīragi, an English teacher, receives a book containing part of the value of pi from her deceased mathematics professor. After returning to the university at which he had taught, she goes backward in time and gives the book to herself as a child.|
|08||"Ayaka Rindō ~Acropolis International Rescue Team~"|
"Rindō Ayaka ~Akuroporisu Gokusai Kyūjotai~" (凛堂あやか RINDOH AYAKA 〜アクロポリス国際救助隊〜)
|At her father's instructions, Ayaka Rindō gets a job at a restaurant, only to neglect the job in favour of stopping jewel thieves.|
|09||"Kasumi Kurenai ~The Legend of a Girl~"|
"Kurenai Kasumi ~Aru Shōjo no Densetsu" (紅かすみ KURENAI KASUMI 〜ある少女の伝説〜)
|After a mysterious woman known as Kasumi Kurenai becomes famous in Neo-Acropolis, a news team begins conducting interviews in order to find out more about Kasumi, not realising that she is, in fact, one of their crew members.|
|10||"Kurumi Matsumoto ~Real Blue~"|
"Matsumoto Kurumi ~Riaru Burū~" (松本くるみ MATSUMOTO KURUMI 〜リアル·ブルー〜)
|High school student Kurumi Matsumoto works as a popular manga artist under a pen name. One day, her parents temporarily adopt the son of a friend, resulting in a situation similar to Kurumi's manga. However, her reality ends up quite different from the story she had written.|
|11||"Urara Tachibana ~The Inner World of Me~"|
"Tachibana Urara ~Uchinaru Sekai no Watashi~" (橘うらら TACHIBANA URARA 〜内なる世界の私〜)
|No characters besides Urara Tachibana (and her silhouetted father) are seen or heard in this episode. Urara struggles to deal with an assortment of problems, such as her mother's failing health and a confession of love from her childhood friend.|
|12||"~Sacred Night of the Seraphim~"|
"~Serafimutachi no Seiya~" (〜セラフィムたちの聖夜〜)
|The characters meet one by one and discuss the events that followed their respective episodes.|
Each episode has a different ending theme performed by the voice actress of the main character. The closing theme to the final episode is "I miss you" written and performed by "ancy".
|Episode||Character||Voice actress||Song title|
|1||Yukina Kurimoto||Hiroko Kasahara||"Yume mite mo ii ja nai"|
|2||Tanpopo Teramoto||Taeko Kawada||"Baby Pink na Asa"|
|3||Chinami Ōse||Akiko Yajima||"Sorekara..."|
|4||Hatsumi Kusunoki||Emiko Ito||"Viva! Onnanoko Domei"|
|5||Shion Murasame||Miki Nagasawa||"Now Is The Time"|
|6||Sakura Murasame||Chinami Nishimura||"50% no Balance"|
|7||Saeno Hīragi||Kyoko Tsuruno||"Return to Myself"|
|8||Ayaka Rindō||Rei Sakuma||"Surprise wa yamerarenai"|
|9||Kasumi Kurenai||Yu Asakawa||"Endless Tomorrow"|
|10||Kurumi Matsumoto||Ayako Kawasumi||"Album"|
|11||Urara Tachibana||Maria Yamamoto||"Yes, it's my true love"|
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