Tatsunoko Production Company known as Kabushiki gaisha Tatsunoko Purodakushon and shortened to Tatsunoko Pro, is a Japanese animation company. The studio's name has a double meaning in Japanese: "Tatsu's child" and "sea dragon", the inspiration for its seahorse logo. Tatsunoko's headquarters are in Tokyo; the studio was founded in October 1962 by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida and his brothers Kenji and Toyoharu. The studio's first production was the 1965 TV series Space Ace. Since many figures in the anime industry have worked with Tatsunoko, including Mizuho Nishikubo, Hiroshi Sasagawa, Koichi Mashimo, Katsuhisa Yamada, Hideaki Anno, Kazuo Yamazaki. Sasagawa is notable for bringing his fondness for comedy animation to the forefront in Tatsunoko series such as the Time Bokan franchise; the company licensed Macross to Harmony Gold, who produced Robotech. Takara acquired Tatsunoko on June 3, 2005 after purchasing an 88 percent stake and made the company a subsidiary. Production I. G was established in 1987 as I.
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Ninja Scroll is a 1993 Japanese animated jidaigeki-chanbara film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, starring the voices of Kōichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Daisuke Gōri, Toshihiko Seki and Shūichirō Moriyama. The film was a co-production between JVC, Toho and Animate, with Madhouse serving as the animation studio. Ninja Scroll was theatrically released in Japan on June 5, 1993, received an English-dubbed release in Western countries through Manga Entertainment in 1995; the film takes place in feudal Japan and follows Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary swordsman who battles the Eight Devils of Kimon, a team of ninjas with supernatural powers who are intent on overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate. During his quest, he is aided by Dakuan, an elderly but crafty government spy, Kagero, a Koga kunoichi whose body is infused with poisonous toxins. Ninja Scroll's story and style was influenced by the works of novelist Futaro Yamada and Western spy fiction, with Jubei's character being loosely inspired by the historical figure Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi.
Praised for its animation and action scenes, Ninja Scroll is regarded by many as one of the most influential anime films made. Alongside Akira and Ghost in the Shell, it was responsible for increasing the popularity of adult-oriented anime outside of Japan; the film has been cited by The Wachowskis as an influence on The Matrix franchise, resulted in Kawajiri contributing to two segments of the anthology film The Animatrix. A televised stand-alone sequel, Ninja Scroll: The Series, was aired in Japan in 2003. In Edo period-Japan, the Yamashiro clan mines gold in secret, sends a shipment to the Toyotomi Shogun of the Dark as payment for his protection; the Shogun of the Dark intends to use the gold to buy advanced Spanish weaponry and overthrow the current government, the Tokugawa Shogunate. The ship runs aground onto Mochizuki territory in a storm, the Eight Devils of Kimon, a ninja team with supernatural powers in the employ of the Yamashiro, kill the people of the nearby village of Shimoda to keep the gold shipment a secret.
While investigating the deaths, a Mochizuki Koga ninja team is massacred by the Devils. The sole survivor, Kagero, is captured by a Devil, who molests her, she is rescued by Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary ex-Yamashiro ninja, who fights and kills Tessai. Dakuan, a Tokugawa spy, blackmails Jubei into helping him kill the remaining Devils. To ensure his compliance, Dakuan stabs Jubei with a poisoned shuriken, promises to give him an antidote once the mission is complete. Jubei learns from Dakuan that the leader of the Devils is Himuro Gemma, the former Yamashiro ninja leader, who had ordered his team's members to kill each other to cover up the location of the goldmine five years earlier. Jubei, forced to kill his comrades to survive, decapitated Gemma in revenge. Jubei is attacked by another Devil, but he is saved by Kagero. Kagero agrees to work alongside Jubei and Dakuan, who informs Jubei that her body is infused with such deadly toxins that anyone who kisses or sleeps with her dies, why Jubei could kill Tessai.
The trio arrive in Shimoda, where they discover that the villagers died due to their water supply being poisoned, making it appear that they were killed by a plague. Jubei and Kagero fend off attacks from three of the Devils – Mushizo and Utsutsu Mujuro. After finding the beached ship, Kagero deduces that the gold has been taken to Kashima Harbour, where it will be transported to the Shogun of the Dark in another ship. Jubei and Dakuan arrive at Kashima, evacuated due to the townspeople's fear of the plague. While Jubei battles another Devil, Kagero sends a message to Sakaki Hyobu, the Mochizuki chamberlain, to bring his army to the harbour, she learns from Dakuan that Jubei's poisoning will only be cured if he copulates with her – the poisons in her body will counteract his. Kagero is captured by Shijima, Jubei kills him, rescuing her once more. Kagero asks Jubei to sleep with her to cure himself, he decides against it, upon the arrival of the Shogun of the Dark's envoy in a ship, he leaves to prevent the gold reaching its destination.
Kagero arrives to meet Sakaki. Enraged, Jubei is nearly killed by Yurimaru. A gunpowder-rigged rat, left as a trap by Zakuro for Yurimaru for rejecting her advances, kills him, allowing Jubei to escape, he finds Kagero. Before dying, Kagero gives Jubei her headband. Jubei and Dakuan board the departing ship. On board, Gemma reveals his true intentions to the Shogun of the Dark's envoy – he intends to use the gold to raise a ninja army to terrorize Japan, rather than serve as an ally to the Toyotomi. During an altercation with Zakuro and Dakuan set the ship ablaze; as Jubei and Gemma engage in a brutal fight, the gold becomes molten and engulfs Gemma, who sinks to the bottom of the sea. Afterwards, Dakuan thanks Jubei, expresses admiration for his and Kagero's humanity. Jubei resumes his vagabond lifestyle, with Kagero's headband tied around his sword's hilt. Jubei Kibagami: The main protagonist. A wisecracking, cynical figure with a strong moral sense, his skill and speed with his sword are such that he is able to attack opponents
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman is a Japanese animated franchise about a five-member superhero team created by Tatsuo Yoshida and produced by Tatsunoko Productions. The original anime series, which debuted in 1972, was eponymously entitled Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman and is best known in the English-speaking world as the adaptation entitled Battle of the Planets; the series had additional English adaptations with G-Force: Guardians of Space and ADV Films' uncut 2005 release. Tatsunoko uses the official translation Science Commando Gatchaman in related products and media; the original Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman series was followed by an animated film and two direct sequel series, Gatchaman II and Gatchaman Fighter. During the 1990s, episodes from both series were dubbed into English by Saban as Eagle Riders. In the years since, the franchise has spawned many different productions, some that were left unproduced or evolved from its development; this includes a 1994 original animated video remake, a cancelled 2011 animated film reboot by Imagi Animation Studios, a 2013 Japanese live-action film reboot by Nikkatsu Studios, various spinoffs, re-imaginings, merchandise.
Recurring themes of Gatchaman involve conservation and the responsible use of technology for progress. The series centers around five young superhero ninja employed by Kōzaburō Nambu of the fictitious International Science Organization to oppose an international terrorist organization of technologically advanced villains who are trying to control Earth's natural resources; the leader of Galactor is an androgynous, masked antagonist named Berg Katse, revealed to be a shape-shifting, mutant hermaphrodite acting on the orders of an alien superior. The most-common plot involves the Gatchaman team opposing giant monsters dispatched by Galactor to steal natural resources such as water, oil and uranium; these mechas are animal-based. The Science Ninja Team is aided by a squadron of combat pilots led by the enigmatic Red Impulse, revealed as Ken's father. Most of the team are except for Jinpei, they include the team leader and tactical expert. The main characters wear teen clothing with T-shirts numbered to show their rank in the team or caped, birdlike battle uniforms.
The Gatchaman team employ a unique style of violent, effective martial arts drawing on their ability to perform feats similar to their avian namesakes, such as high-speed running and flight, high jumping and silent attacks. This fighting system, known as Science Ninja Technique, is mentioned in the Japanese lyrics of the Gatchaman theme; the team members use signature weapons and mecha-style vehicles, each with a mundane, disguised form. To change modes, each member is equipped with a wrist device that, in addition to communications and tracking, enables a change when the proper gesture and voice command is given, their vehicles are docked in the team's main vehicle: the God Phoenix, a supersonic plane capable of underwater travel and space flight. The God Phoenix is armed with Bird Missiles, which are fired from a rack mounted atop the center section. After the original God Phoenix is destroyed by an octopus mecha, an improved version carries a pair of Super Bird Missiles in twin drop-down pods on the bottom center section.
The ship has an energy-beam weapon which opens the nose doors for the weapon apparatus mounted on the frame holding Joe's car. The plane can temporarily transform into a massive bird of flame to escape danger or attack, although the process endangers the team because of extreme pressure in the passenger cabin. Ken the Eagle Ken Washio, a pilot, is a leader of the Science Ninja Team. "Gatchaman" designates the team leader. Ken's father disappeared during a flight. Ken did not know his father, was raised by Dr. Nambu. Joe the Condor Joe Asakura is an Italian of Japanese descent. A race car driver, he is a sub-leader of the team. Joe was born the son of Giuseppe Asakura and his wife Caterina. Dr. Nambu named him Jō to hide him from Galactor and raised him as his son. Jun the Swan Jun is an American of Japanese descent. Raised in an orphanage, her last name is not disclosed in the anime. In her free time, she enjoys riding her motorcycle and runs Snack Bar J. Jinpei the Swallow Jinpei was an orphan, grew up with Jun.
His last name is not disclosed in the anime either, he lives in Snack Bar J with Jun. Ryu the Owl Ryu Nakanishi, a fisherman's son, is the manager of a yacht harbor and the main pilot of God Phoenix, he is the only person in the team. Created in the wake of the Henshin boom begun by Shotaro Ishinomori's Kamen Rider in 1971, Gatchaman was conceived as a blending of ninja adventure with science fiction, it was one of the most successful anime attempts to emulate the American superhero genre, with many of its conventions. In 1978, Tatsunoko released a condensed theatrical compilation of the first two-story arcs in the series with a
Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from or associated with Japan. The word anime is the Japanese term for animation. Outside Japan, anime refers to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes; the culturally abstract approach to the word's meaning may open up the possibility of anime produced in countries other than Japan. For simplicity, many Westerners view anime as a Japanese animation product; some scholars suggest defining anime as or quintessentially Japanese may be related to a new form of Orientalism. The earliest commercial Japanese animation dates to 1917, Japanese anime production has since continued to increase steadily; the characteristic anime art style emerged in the 1960s with the works of Osamu Tezuka and spread internationally in the late twentieth century, developing a large domestic and international audience. Anime is distributed theatrically, by way of television broadcasts, directly to home media, over the Internet.
It is classified into numerous genres targeting diverse broad and niche audiences. Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques that have been adapted over time in response to emergent technologies, it consists of an ideal story-telling mechanism, combining graphic art, characterization and other forms of imaginative and individualistic techniques. The production of anime focuses less on the animation of movement and more on the realism of settings as well as the use of camera effects, including panning and angle shots. Being hand-drawn, anime is separated from reality by a crucial gap of fiction that provides an ideal path for escapism that audiences can immerse themselves into with relative ease. Diverse art styles are used and character proportions and features can be quite varied, including characteristically large emotive or realistically sized eyes; the anime industry consists of over 430 production studios, including major names like Studio Ghibli and Toei Animation.
Despite comprising only a fraction of Japan's domestic film market, anime makes up a majority of Japanese DVD sales. It has seen international success after the rise of English-dubbed programming; this rise in international popularity has resulted in non-Japanese productions using the anime art style. Whether these works are anime-influenced animation or proper anime is a subject for debate amongst fans. Japanese anime accounts for 60% of the world's animated cartoon television shows, as of 2016. Anime is an art form animation, that includes all genres found in cinema, but it can be mistakenly classified as a genre. In Japanese, the term anime is used as a blanket term to refer to all forms of animation from around the world. In English, anime is more restrictively used to denote a "Japanese-style animated film or television entertainment" or as "a style of animation created in Japan"; the etymology of the word anime is disputed. The English term "animation" is written in Japanese katakana as アニメーション and is アニメ in its shortened form.
The pronunciation of anime in Japanese differs from pronunciations in other languages such as Standard English, which has different vowels and stress with regards to Japanese, where each mora carries equal stress. As with a few other Japanese words such as saké, Pokémon, Kobo Abé, English-language texts sometimes spell anime as animé, with an acute accent over the final e, to cue the reader to pronounce the letter, not to leave it silent as Standard English orthography may suggest; some sources claim that anime derives from the French term for animation dessin animé, but others believe this to be a myth derived from the French popularity of the medium in the late 1970s and 1980s. In English, anime—when used as a common noun—normally functions as a mass noun. Prior to the widespread use of anime, the term Japanimation was prevalent throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In the mid-1980s, the term anime began to supplant Japanimation. In general, the latter term now only appears in period works where it is used to distinguish and identify Japanese animation.
The word anime has been criticised, e.g. in 1987, when Hayao Miyazaki stated that he despised the truncated word anime because to him it represented the desolation of the Japanese animation industry. He equated the desolation with animators lacking motivation and with mass-produced, overly expressionistic products relying upon a fixed iconography of facial expressions and protracted and exaggerated action scenes but lacking depth and sophistication in that they do not attempt to convey emotion or thought; the first format of anime was theatrical viewing which began with commercial productions in 1917. The animated flips were crude and required played musical components before adding sound and vocal components to the production. On July 14, 1958, Nippon Television aired Mogura no Abanchūru, both the first televised and first color anime to debut, it wasn't until the 1960s when the first televised series were broadcast and it has remained a popular medium since. Works released in a direct to video format are called "original video animation" or "original animation video".
The emergence of the Internet has led some animators to distribute works online in a format called "original net anime". The home distribution of anime releases were
Clannad (visual novel)
Clannad is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key and released on April 28, 2004 for Windows PCs. While both of Key's first two previous works and Air, had been released first as adult games and censored for the younger market, Clannad was released with a rating for all ages, it was ported to the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles. An English version for Windows was released on Steam by Sekai Project in 2015; the story follows the life of Tomoya Okazaki, an average high school student who meets many people in his last year at school, including five girls, helps resolve their individual problems. The gameplay of Clannad follows a branching plot line which offers pre-determined scenarios with courses of interaction, focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters by the player character; the game was ranked as the best-selling PC game sold in Japan for the time of its release, charted in the national top 50 several more times afterwards.
Key went on to produce an adult spin-off titled Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life in November 2005, which expanded on the scenario of Tomoyo Sakagami, one of the five heroines from Clannad. Clannad has made several transitions to other media. There have been four manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works, Flex Comix, Fujimi Shobo and Jive. Comic anthologies, light novels and art books have been published, as have audio dramas and several albums of music. An animated film by Toei Animation was released in September 2007, followed by two anime series including two original video animation episodes by Kyoto Animation produced between 2007 and 2009. Both anime series and their accompanying OVAs are licensed by Sentai Filmworks and were released in North America in 2009; the animated adaptations have received high sales figures in Japan as well as critical acclaim abroad. Clannad is a romance visual novel in which the player assumes the role of Tomoya Okazaki. Much of its gameplay is spent on reading the story's dialogue.
Clannad follows a branching plot line with multiple endings. There are six main plot lines that the player will have the chance to experience, five which are available. Throughout gameplay, the player is given multiple options to choose from, text progression pauses at these points until a choice is made. To view all plot lines in their entirety, the player must replay the game multiple times and make different choices to change the plot progression; when first playing the game, the scenarios for all five heroines and additional smaller scenarios are available in what is called the School Life story arc. When the player completes a character's scenario, he or she receives an orb of light; when eight of these lights are obtained, the game's second story arc, called After Story, is made available. One of the lights reappears in After Story. To view the true ending of Clannad, all 13 lights must be obtained; the lights were meant to be items that players could use in the game, but since this increased the game's complexity, detracted from the storyline, the function of the lights was simplified and made less intrusive.
The first half of the story takes place at Hikarizaka Private High School, a fictional school located in Japan. Outside of the school, frequented locations include the bakery run by Nagisa's parents, the dormitory where Youhei Sunohara lives. Throughout the story, glimpses into an Illusionary World are shown; this world is devoid of all life except for a young girl, though she makes a body out of junk pieces through which the player can interact with her. The remaining half of the story takes place in the same city, after the conclusion of the first half. While the town's name was never directly mentioned, one can infer that the town's name is Hikarizaka based on the many companies and establishments that share this name. There are recurring themes; the main theme is the value of having a family, as the title of the series implies because the main scenario writer Jun Maeda mistakenly thought the name of the Irish band Clannad meant "clan" or "family" in Irish. Of the six main characters, Tomoya and Kotomi have no siblings, though their parents are major factors in their stories.
Nagisa's story was written to incorporate what Maeda described as a "perfect family" with a focus on mental consciousness. In Nagisa's story, there is a recurring appearance of "The Big Dango Family". Tomoya's and Nagisa's characters were written in a style to exemplify a "growth to adulthood" by the end of the story. Fuko's and Kyou's stories have their sisters playing an integral part, Tomoyo's story is influenced by her entire family. A minor motif of Irish words continues with the opening theme of the game, "Mag Mell", which means "plain of joy" and is connected with Irish mythology; the arrange album, a short music CD that contained remixed versions of songs in the game, bundled with the original game release was titled Mabinogi, a collection of prose stories from medieval Welsh manuscripts. The player assumes the role of the protagonist of Clannad. Tomoya has been labeled a delinquent, he is straightforward in his comments to others and will not hesitate to speak his mind if he comes off as rude during such times.
Despite this, Tomoya is loyal to his friends, and
No Game No Life
No Game No Life is a Japanese light novel series by Yū Kamiya. It is published under the MF Bunko J imprint with nine novels released between April 25, 2012, August 25, 2016; the author and his wife, Mashiro Hiiragi, adapted the novels into a manga series for Monthly Comic Alive in 2013. That year, an anime adaptation of No Game No Life by Madhouse was announced, it premiered on AT-X between April and July 2014, was simulcast outside Japan by Crunchyroll. An anime film adaptation of the sixth volume, No Game, No Life Zero, premiered on July 15, 2017. A spinoff manga, No Game No Life, Please!, focusing on the character Izuna, ran from May 27, 2015, to November 27, 2017. The No Game No Life franchise was localized in North America by several companies: Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, Sentai Filmworks the anime, Yen Press the light novel series; the series follows Sora and his younger stepsister Shiro, two hikikomori who make up the identity of Blank, an undefeated group of gamers. One day, they are victorious.
As a result, the god summons them to a reality that revolves around games. Intent on maintaining their reputation as the undefeated gamers and Shiro plan to conquer the sixteen ruling species and to usurp the god of games; the series began receiving recognition in 2014, when it appeared in Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! and had its volumes placed as one of the top thirty selling novels in Japan. It was reported in May 2017; the English localization of the manga and anime were well received: the manga adaptation appeared on The New York Times Manga Best Sellers. Sora and Shiro are two hikikomori step-siblings who are known in the online gaming world as Blank, an undefeated group of gamers. One day, they are challenged to a game of chess by a god from another reality; the two are offered to live in a world that centers around games. They accept, believing it to be a joke, are summoned to a reality known as Disboard. There, a spell known as the Ten Pledges prevents the citizens of Disboard from inflicting harm on one another, forcing them to resolve their differences by gambling with games whose rules and rewards are magically enforced.
In-game, rule enforcement only occurs when the method of cheating is acknowledged and outed by the opponent, allowing players to cheat through discreet methods. Sora and Shiro traverse to Elkia, the nation inhabited by humans, befriend the duchess Stephanie Dola. Learning about Elkia's decline, the two participate in a tournament to determine the next ruler. LN 1.4 Their next goal is to conquer all sixteen species. Sora and Shiro Sora is an eighteen-year-old male who excels at strategies and cold readings while his eleven-year-old stepsister, excels at calculations and logic. LN 3.0 Together, the two form the undefeated gaming identity Blank due to their trademark of using only spaces as their in-game names. After their parents died, the two no longer had emotional ties to society and became agoraphobic and hikikomori. LN 1.0 When the two are separated from each other, they begin to suffer panic attacks. LN 1.1 After Sora and Shiro are summoned to Disboard, they decide to uphold their undefeated reputation as Blank by defeating Tet.
Sora is voiced by Yoshitsugu Shiro by Ai Kayano. In Sentai Filmworks' English localization and Shiro are dubbed by Scott Gibbs and Caitlynn French respectively. A 2014 poll by Charapedia ranked Shiro and Sora as two of the most intelligent anime characters of all time. Stephanie Dola Stephanie is a teenage girl and granddaughter to the previous king of Elkia, the nation inhabited by humans, she lacks the intuition to win games. LN 2.1 Her grandfather was infamously known for giving up Elkia's land. As a result, Stephanie strives to restore the honor of her humanity; when Sora and Shiro are crowned, she becomes their assistant and deals with Elkia's economics and politics. They discover her grandfather kept hidden records on the other species which becomes an asset to their victories. LN 4.1 She is voiced by Yōko Hikasa and English dubbed by Sara Ornelas. Jibril Jibril is a powerful angelic race known for their ruthlessness. LN 2.1 Jibril is the youngest and most powerful of her species. LN 5.2 She won Elkia's library from Stephanie's grandfather in order to store her books and use it as a home.
LN 2.2 After losing to Sora and Shiro in a game of Shiritori, she becomes their slave, but is treated as an equal. LN 2.2 She provides magic or transportation necessities for the protagonists. On, she begins publishing novels based on Sora and Shiro which makes them famous among the flügels. LN 5.1 She is voiced by Yukari Tamura and English dubbed by Amelia Fischer. WarbeastThe warbeasts are kemonomimis with high physical abilities, they are ruled by a nameless Miko, a logical woman who helped the Eastern Federation flourish for the past fif
Parasyte is a science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki and published in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. The manga was published in North America by first Tokyopop Del Rey, Kodansha Comics; the manga has been adapted into two live-action films in Japan in 2014 and 2015. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse, titled Parasyte -the maxim-, aired in Japan between October 2014 and March 2015; the English-language dub aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block in America between October 2015 and April 2016. Parasyte centers on a male 17-year-old high school student named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. One night, strange worm-like creatures with drills as a'head' called Parasytes appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi's nose while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi wakes up, enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead.
In the Japanese version, it takes over his right hand and is named Migi, after the Japanese word for'right'. Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from travelling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality; as the duo encounter other Parasites, they capitalize on their strange situation and form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasites who attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi's human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasites, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi's help. Shinichi Izumi Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki, he must find a way to peacefully coexist with Migi, the Parasite which has taken over his hand, reconcile his desire to protect humanity from the Parasites with his desire to keep his own Parasite a secret in order to avoid being killed or used as a laboratory specimen. Like a superhero with a secret identity, he must find a way to explain away his Parasite-fighting activities, as well as the stress and grief they cause him, to his friends and family.
While forced to have Migi fight for him, Shinichi gains heightened abilities when trace cells of the Parasite course through his body, fights his own battles, with the two having an advantage in both being able to act independently and work as a team. Shinichi's retention of his humanity, despite becoming distant as a side-effect of Migi's cells, makes most of the other Parasites deem him a threat. After defeating Gotou, with Migi deciding to "go to sleep" indefinitely afterward, Shinichi attempts to live a normal life again while having an understanding of natural order from his experience. Masanori Harada, a 20-year-old student, wrote to the editor of the Monthly Afternoon noted that Shinichi acts calm when he is threatened and that he is "not human anymore!" Iwaaki responded, stating that Shinichi is accustomed to "close calls" because Migi calms Shinichi down during battle. The statement and response were printed in the April 1993 Afternoon. Shinichi is portrayed by Shota Sometani in the film.
Migi Voiced by: Aya Hirano, Rinka. Unlike "successful" Parasites, Migi has no desire to kill humans for sustenance, is nourished by the food Shinichi eats. Migi is, like other Parasites without emotion, his primary consideration is survival, he has threatened to kill other humans who pose a threat to his and Shinichi's secrecy. When he and Shinichi were first coming to terms, he threatened to remove Shinichi's other limbs in order to render him unable to place the two of them in danger. Migi can be reasoned with and has just as much reason to be mistrustful of other Parasites as does Shinichi. On the other hand, unlike Shinichi, Migi has no inclination to place himself at risk in order to protect other humans from Parasites, but Migi evolves over the course of the series, he becomes more human while able to temporarily separate from Shinichi's body. After the final battle with Gotou, having been absorbed by the Parasite prior to his defeat, Migi's composition is altered to the point that enters a deep sleep though he woke up to save Satomi without Shinichi's realization.
Iwaaki explained that while Migi appears to be Shinichi's weapon, in fact Migi is in control of the battle and orders around Shinichi. Iwaaki explained that Migi is able to order Shinichi since Shinichi is young and "needs guidance", while Migi would find difficulty if he became a part of a politician or a president of a company since in that scenario Migi and his host would argue a lot. An 18-year-old from Saitama Prefecture named "Midari" asked in the letters to the editor that if Migi took Shinichi's left hand, if he would have been named "Hidari". Iwaaki answered that it would be Hidari, but Iwaaki felt that the name would be similar to those of Bokuzen Hidari or Tenpei Hidari and the name would "bring to mind a doddering old man, so that wouldn't have been a good idea". Iwaaki said that the first man to clim