|The Girl Who Leapt Through Space|
(Sora o Kakeru Shōjo)
|Created by||Hajime Yatate|
|Sora Kake Girl Prologue: Akiha|
|Written by||Hajime Yatate (original author)|
Ryō Suzukaze (story)
|Illustrated by||Kazuyuki Yoshizumi|
|Published||December 25, 2008|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masakazu Obara|
|Produced by||Naotake Furusato|
|Written by|| Jukki Hanada (1-14)|
Tatsuto Higuchi (9-26)
|Music by||Kenichi Sudo|
|Original network||TV Tokyo, AT-X, TV Aichi, TV Osaka|
|Original run||January 5, 2009 – June 29, 2009|
|Sora Kake Girl R|
|Written by||Kunihiko Okada|
|Original run||March 2009 – March 2010|
|Sora Kake Girl D|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Original run||April 2009 – January 2010|
|Written by||Tsukasa Seo|
|Illustrated by||Kazuyuki Yoshizumi|
|Original run||June 20, 2009 – August 20, 2009|
The Girl Who Leapt Through Space (Japanese: 宇宙をかける少女, Hepburn: Sora o Kakeru Shōjo, lit. "The Spacefaring Girl" and also abbreviated as "Sora Kake Girl") is a Japanese anime television series, created and produced by Sunrise. Based on the original concept by the Sunrise animation staff, the series is directed by Masakazu Obara and written by Jukki Hanada, overseeing a team of animators noted for their previous work on My-HiME and My-Otome .
The anime began airing in Japan on the TV Tokyo television network on January 5, 2009. The series is set in the far future where humans now live in space colonies orbiting far from Earth. A manga adaptation, Sora Kake Girl R, began serialization in the March 2009 issue of Ichijinsha's Comic Rex , and another manga, Sora Kake Girl D, began serialization in the April 2009 issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Daioh . A light novel adaptation began serialization in Ichijinsha's Chara Mel in December 2008, and an Internet radio show has also been created.
The anime series, produced by Sunrise and Bandai Visual, began airing in Japan on the TV Tokyo television network on January 5, 2009. "Rara Eve Shinseiki" (裸々イヴ新世紀, lit. "Naked Eve New Era"), performed by Ali Project, and the ending theme is "Sora wa Shōjo no Tomodachi sa (宇宙は少女のともだちさ, lit. "Space is a Girl's Friend") by Mako, Aya Endō, and Yui Makino. The opening theme's single was released on January 21, 2009 by Lantis and Geneon. The ending theme's single was released on February 4, 2009 by Lantis and King Records. The anime was licensed by Bandai Entertainment. At AmeCon 2010, European anime distributor Beez Entertainment announced that they had the distribution rights to the series, but when they closed, it became their last release. Following the 2012 closure of Bandai Entertainment, Sunrise announced at Otakon 2013, that Sentai Filmworks had rescued The Girl Who Leapt Through Space, along with a handful of other former Bandai Entertainment titles.The animation character designs and animation for the series is overseen by Yōsuke Kabashima, who converted the original character designs by Kazuyuki Yoshizumi, whereas the mecha designs are supervised by Kazutaka Miyatake, Jun'ichi Akutsu and Noriyuki Jinguji. The music for the series is composed by Ken'ichi Sudō, Tomoki Kikuya, and the JAM Project, with two pieces of theme music being used for the episodes; one opening theme and one ending theme. The opening theme is
The first volume of the series' original soundtrack was released on March 25, 2009, also by Lantis and King Records. A character song single featuring songs sung by Mako (Akiha Shishidō) was released on February 25, 2009. Two more character song singles sung by Aya Endō (Itsuki Kannagi) and Yui Makino (Honoka Kawai) was released on March 11, 2009.
Before the anime series aired, a light novel entitled Sora Kake Girl Prologue: Akiha (宇宙をかける少女 プロローグ〜秋葉〜, Sora o Kakeru Shōjo Purorōgu ~Akiha~) began serialization in volume seven of Ichijinsha's Chara Mel magazine sold on December 25, 2008.
A manga adaptation entitled Sora Kake Girl R (宇宙をかける少女R, Sora o Kakeru Shōjo R) written by Kunihiko Okada and illustrated by Kabocha began serialization in the March 2009 issue of Ichijinsha's shōnen manga magazine Comic Rex which was sold on February 9, 2009. A preview of the manga appeared in the February 2009 issue of Comic Rex released on January 9, 2009. A second manga entitled Sora Kake Girl D (宇宙をかける少女D, Sora o Kakeru Shōjo D) began serialization in the April 2009 issue of in ASCII Media Works' shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh sold on February 27, 2009.
An Internet radio show entitled Sora o Kakeru Radio (宇宙をかけるラジオ) produced by Lantis Web Radio and Beat Net Radio had a pre-broadcast on December 25, 2008. Regular broadcasting began on January 5, 2009 and is broadcast weekly on Monday. The show is hosted by Mako who plays Akiha Shishidō in the anime adaptation, and contains three corners, or parts, of each episode.
A video game titled Sora o Kakeru Shōjo Shooting (宇宙をかける少女シューティング) was released by I.T.L. in 2009 for Nintendo's now closed DSiWare shop. Critics noted the game play as similar to Konami's famous Gradius series.
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