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Brigadoon
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BRIGADOON まりんとメラン
(Brigadoon: Marin to Melan)
Genre Mecha, Science fiction
TV anime
Director Yoshitomo Yonetani
Studio Sunrise
Network WOWOW
Original run July 21, 2000February 9, 2001
Episodes 26
Manga
Brigadoon
Author Nozomi Watase
Publisher United States Tokyopop
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Ace
Volumes 2
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BRIGADOON: marin & μελαν ( BRIGADOON まりんとメラン Burigadōn Marin to Meran ?) is a science fiction anime produced by the Sunrise company that ran from 2000-2001, and was adapted as a manga by Nozomi Watase. Its story takes place in Japan in 1969; it is about an orphan girl named Marin Asagi who befriends an alien being called Melan Blue.

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Plot

Marin is a typical junior high school girl with a loving adoptive family. Her life takes a drastic change when a mysterious mirage is seen in the sky above the entire Earth. Killer androids called Monomakia descend to Earth from the formation in the sky, which is called Brigadoon (named after a town in the musical of the same name, that only appears on Earth at certain times) and begin to hunt down Marin. As she seeks to escape, she discovers a blue "ampoule" in a shrine; from the ampoule comes a protector, a sword-carrying, gun-slinging alien called Melan Blue. Together they must save the Earth and deal with family crises, school prejudice and the police, and come to an understanding of Marin's past and Melan's unexplained mission, as well as learn to trust each other.

Characters

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Main characters

  • Marin Asagi (浅葱 まりん Asagi Marin ?)
Voiced by: Kaori (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
The 13-year-old heroine of the series. She's a happy fun-loving girl who likes to make people happy. Her life turns messy when Brigadoon appears in the sky and Monomakia Bronte start to attack her. She is an orphan and her real identity may shed some light on why she is targeted. She was dropped at the door of a tenement house; Grandma and her husband adopted her. Apparently, Marin carries something in her DNA called Creis, which Brigadoon needs to survive. She soon begins to fall in love with Melan and tries understand his thoughts and feelings. She hates war and fighting and she doesn't understand why the other Monomakia are fighting against each other. After her grandmother died she fell into deep depression and she was still getting over the loss of her grandfather. She falls out of depression after she learns that she could stop all this fighting by going to brigadoon so she left to save both worlds. It is later revealed that she is not the true ceris but is her ancestor even after learning that she still wants to hep Melan. Sometime trough the series she loses her eyesight but is able to see again when she is wearing cosmos and is able to change into anthing she sees.When marin goes to brigadoon a second time no one remembers her and melan ingures her very badly but he remember her again when she kisses him they then try to stop the renegade. She was later killed by the renegade but is brought back to life by the day of pasca and it even restored her eye sight. When she returns to earth with melan the portal between brigadoon and earth is closing and won't reopen intil another 100 years. Marin crys, begging for melan to take her with him and that she loves him then they share a kiss.
  • Melan Blue
Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka (Japanese), Tony Oliver (English)
Known as a Gun-Swordsman, Melan is the main hero of the series. Melan is tall and humanoid in appearance, wearing blue armor. A set of retractable wings extend from his back, apparently needed for flying. A narrow, single-edge sword is attached to his right arm and a powerful laser rifle is on his left. Melan has no actual hands. He can reach and grab objects, even a newspaper, with a set of mechanical tentacles that extend from his chest.
Melan is discovered by Marin and assigns himself the mission of protecting her from Monomakia Bronte that would seek to kill her. For what reason so, he doesn't talk about, apparently under orders of strict secrecy. A century ago, Melan stole Creis from Brigadoon and sent her to Earth to save her from renegades. Melan fought single-handedly against many other Monomakia. After defeating them all and safely hiding Creis, he was sealed into his ampule and kept at the Nezu Shrine where he was later released by Marin.
Melan is fairly emotionless and doesn't understand human life. Only after observing Marin for some time does he come to understand peace, play and even sadness. After a while Melan falls in love with Marin. After learning that Marin isn't the real creis he sets out to look for the real one but still wants to protect Marin he even asks Lolo not to involve her anymore. He become distraut and unfocused when ever marin is hurt usally blames himself when it happens. When Melan is taken back to brigadoon by the renegade Marin comes to brigadoon to save him but he doesn't remember her and tries to kill her and ends up injuring her very badly. But he remember her again when she kisses him.Then they try to stop the renegade. After Marin is killed Melan falls in deep depression and after she dies he consumes the power of cosmos and promises he will always be with Marin and bring a end to the renegade once and for all. He then goes to fight them while he was still holding Marin's body. But he soon dies too,after he dies he, Erin, and Pyon are brought to perform the ritural of pasca which brings them back to life along with everyone. then brings marin back to earth but has to leave because the portal between earth and brigadoon was closing. Both Marin and Melan began to cry and then they kissed.
  • Lolo
Voiced by: Mayumi Shintani
A green, cat-like creature from Brigadoon that aides Marin and Melan in their adventures. Strangely, Lolo appeared on Earth before Brigadoon did, by sending his consciousness there with a holographic projection Monomakia. Later on in the series, it is revealed that Lolo is the Chairman of the Life Improvement Committee in the Brigadoon Central Legislation. Apparently, Lolo's race can build and design new Monomakias which serve as their form of technology, and all the Monomakia who came after Marin were under orders from one of Lolo's fellow Legislation Members named Lulu. He apparently lost some his friends during the last Day of Pasca. He was trusted by one of his friends with creis but his friend ended dying from severe wounds from the renegade. After that lolo decide to work alone and started to push away anyone who tried to get close to him. The only people who are close to him are lala,lulu, and the head chairman. He seems to have a crush on lala cause at the end of pasca lala was licking his face.
  • Erin Garnet
Voiced by: Kae Araki
A female Gun-Swordsman who attempts to kill Melan, believing he betrayed their kind. Her sword is a rapier, and she launches disk weapons which can be used to reflect her lasers. She has obseviely and saicotic desire to kill. She even went as far as to come to earth with the momomakia ark and started to attack people. She is later sealed in her capsule but Marin let her out to talk to her telling melan would have never taken creis unless it was a good reason that should talk to him and find out why so she could resolve things with him. She's not really a bad person she showed that when she saved Moe by giving her the antidote to the growing momomakia that was inside her. When they found the creis Marin capsal she attacked Melan but he then he defeated her and she started to break down and cry in his arm saying that she has always loved him like a brother. He then tells her everything about why he took creis and Erin believes him but she begins questing about what's really happening on brigadoon but her and melan are later captured by the renegade brought back to brigadoon. She along with pyon later help Melan and Marin fight the renegade but is later killed by them as well.Her body is brought to the pasca ritural and everyone is brought back to life.
  • Pyon Silver
Voiced by: Yūji Takada
A third Gun-Swordsman, who works alongside Erin Garnet. Like Erin, he believes Melan is a traitor and is out to kill him. In a flashback, his bayonet sword is revealed to be named Excalibur. He's more calm about pursuing melan then Erin and doesn't have passionate rage to kill melan like erin does. He's the most mature of the guned swordman and the oldest. he used to think of melan as worthy partner and opponent before he took creis after he pyon thought he had shamed the gunned swordsman and should pay for his treachery. When erin was trying to kill melan on brigadoon he ask her to spare him so they could give trail and what his fate would be but she was too clouded by her rage. He along with erin later help melan and marin fight the renegade but killed by the renegade shortly after. His body is then brought to pasca ritural and everyone comes back to life.
  • Moto Asagi
Voiced by: Rikako Aikawa
Marin's adopted grandmother who takes care of her at their tenement house. She and her husband found marin abandoned on their doorstep and they decide to take care of her for that time they had just recently lost there son in the war. She is very strong and independent woman and cares about marin very much and will do anything to protect her. She also very wise and gives good advice to people. She dies of Episode 10, The Giant Monster's Brilliance.
  • Moe Kisaragi (如月 萌 Kisaragi Moe ?)
Voiced by: Ayaka Saitō
Marin's best friend. She lives in a large mansion, and her mother doesn't like Moe associating with Marin, since Marin is 'poor.' However, Moe's friendship stays strong with Marin. Once became possessed by a parasitic Monomakia and became a giant. Once when Marin was in trouble she found out she didn't Melan capsal so she race through a crowd, barefoot, and trough the rain to give it too her even though she was hurt.She is later infected with the growing momomakia and will grow intil she's will explod. So she ask Melan to kill her before that happens but she is then given the anitdote by Erin.
  • Midori Mano
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki
A teenage girl (appears about 16) who temporarily looks after Marin after she parts ways with Melan for a short period of time. Midori has been arrested several times, so she is instrumental in Marin's escape from a prison cell. A very mysterious and cool character, she says at one time "Just because somebody makes a few mistakes, suddenly they're treated like a criminal", possibly referring to either Marin or herself. When marin first meets midori she was being attacked in the park by a momomakia and midori protects her because she forgot melans capsal at home. She very good with a sword and always carries it around with her she used it against the momomakia that tried to kill Marin. Melan even ask her to protect her while he fought with Pyon.
  • Jun Tokita
Voiced by: Kae Araki
Marin's adult cousin who fell in love, but realized after leaving her family that she wasn't really in love with the man she left to be with. She returned to help people in her community, and winds up being together with the American man named Mike White.
  • Makoto Alo (亜呂 真 Aro Makoto ?)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa
Also called "Aloma" by Marin. A mysterious young man with green hair who already seems to know about the Monomakias. Usually seen eating, he appears to be involved with the construction of something called Rainbow Bridge. In one instance, he refers to Earth as "the Funny World", exactly the same as the Lolo-creatures of Brigadoon do, meaning that he may also be from Brigadoon. He cares about marin very much and tries to help her when he can.It latter to be reveled that he is the same race as lolo and in fact is one of his friends lulu we also learn at the end that he was the leader of the renegade. When lolo ask him why he did this he simply replied that if he didn't crate the renegade and some death and destruction then a greater tragedy would happen to both worlds. He then returns to earth in his human form to watch over marin. He revels even though marin isn't creis she is still blood relation too her basically she is her ancestor.

Enemies

Glossary

  • Monomakia - Also known as Bionic Machines. The monomakia are creatures engineered by Lolo's race, each of which is created for a specific purpose such as combat, assassination, transportation, etc.
  • Brigadoon - Once every 100 years, the worlds of Brigadoon and Earth share a dimensional space bubble. This phenomenon causes a dangerous event called Mutual Collapse. At the end of the series, it is revealed that Brigadoon is really a whole organism, and all things living in it are parasites. Aloma also reveals before the end that Earth actually IS the Brigadoon of distant past.
  • Creis - An unknown agent which seems to hold the key to stopping the destruction of both worlds somewhere in its DNA. Essential for The Day Of Pasca. Takes on the form of a girl who is Marin's near-exact twin. Aloma reveals that Marin is actually Creis's ancestor.
  • The Day of Pasca - A phrase much used in the series. Due to the context and how it is said, it seems that the Day of Pasca is a dangerous ritual that should not happen, and is a sort of last resort for saving the worlds. The falling of the Tower of Bronte to Earth alerted Melan Blue that the Day of Pasca was coming near.

Theme Songs

Opening Theme

"Blue of Wind, Green of Sea (Kaze no Ao, Umi no Midori) " by Ikuko

Ending Themes

"Rainbow Colored Treasure (Niji Iro no Takaramono)" by KAORI (eps. 1-25)
"Deai o A-RI-GA-TOU..." by KAORI (ep 26)

Trivia

  • Brigadoon has the same director and character design that worked on The King of Braves GaoGaiGar and Betterman.
  • Numerous episodes throughout the series show quick glimpses of several world cities. In a scene showing New York, the lower Manhattan skyline can be seen with a completed World Trade Center. Brigadoon takes place in 1969, meaning that the real World Trade Center would have still been under construction at the time.

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