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Cheeky Angel
Tenshi Na konamaiki.jpg
天使な小生意気
(Tenshi na Konamaiki)
Genre Romantic comedy
Manga
Author Hiroyuki Nishimori
Publisher Japan Shogakukan
English publisher United States Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday
Original run 19992003
Volumes 20
TV anime
Director Masaharu Okuwaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Network Japan TV Tokyo, Animax
Original run 4 June 200229 March 2003
Episodes 50
Anime and Manga Portal

Cheeky Angel (天使な小生意気 Tenshi na Konamaiki ?) is a comedy romance manga series by Hiroyuki Nishimori. It focuses on the adventures of a 15-year old schoolgirl Megumi Amatsuka, a popular and beautiful tomboy with a secret: she remembers being a boy whom a genie/trickster had changed into a girl. Only in the last volume is the trickster's trick fully revealed. Originally a serial in Shōnen Sunday, it has been collected in 20 tankōbon volumes and adapted as a 50-episode anime series. In 2001, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.[1]

Contents

Story

At the age of nine, Megumi was a typical boy-rampant, wild, loud and so on. One day he saved a man wearing a wizard cloak being chased and attacked by a gang of other children, which was then realized a sorcerer who could not do any magic. In return, Megumi receives a magic book that could grant him wishes. After accidentally bleeding on the book, a genie named Pierrot appeared and offered to grant Megumi one wish. Megumi, being the boy that he was, wished "I want to become the number one in the world. A real man! A man inside a man, please!". Pierrot, the jester/genie in the book told him he can and may grant the wish, and appeared to do what Megumi had asked, but turned out to be a whimsical trickster: Megumi became a woman of women instead of man of men. This left Megumi in rage and bewilderment, and Megumi threw the book into the river. Believing the only way to reverse the spell was with the book, Megumi began a 6 year long search when a psychic told her that she could find the book if she went to Furinkan High School.

Publications

Currently, Cheeky Angel manga is translated and published in English by VIZ MEDIA, with 20 volumes at the present time. However, the DVD Editions are still yet to be translated.

Characters

Megumi Amatsuka
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara
While physically an attractive female, she still retains her masculine mannerisms and fighting abilities, attracting the 'Megu-chan Protection Club', a group of misfit admirers. The viewer knows she used to be a he but was transformed into a girl, initially only knows this Miki, but the protection club quickly finds out. Out of all the men in Furinkan High, the only one who seems to make any headway is Genzo Sōga for his unparalleled willingness to do anything to prove himself to Megumi. A tomboy at heart, if she unintentionally displays any sort of affection for anyone, she is very quick to deny everything. At the end of the manga, it is revealed that she was and always had been a girl. One of the main reason why she wished to be a boy was because when they were younger, despite being stronger than Genzo, he injured himself to protect her, saying that it was because it is a man's duty to protect a girl.
Miki Hanakain
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto
Miki is Megumi's childhood friend and would do anything to help her. She is the only one that remembers the former Megumi and knows of the transformation. She does everything she can to turn Megumi into a better more feminine girl and even goes so far as to threaten to stop being Megumi's friend if she cuts her hair. Miki is extremely loyal to Megumi and has been at her side since pre-school, she even accepted an arranged marriage just so she could go to the same high school as Megumi.
Keiko Tanaka
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui
A spoiled brat and Megumi's rival. She shows up later in the series. She suffers a form of superiority complex. She hates Megumi because she realizes that everyone around her thinks Megumi is more beautiful than she is. Now she follows Megumi where ever she goes in hope of dis-proving Megumi's beauty.
Megumi's father (aka Megu-papa)
Voiced by: Banjou Ginga

His real name is unknown. Megu-papa is perverted like Yasuda, frequently seen entering Megumi's room through a secret entrances he creates without Megumi's permission.

Amatsuka Tsubasa
Voiced by: Megumi Urawa

Megumi's mother. Her work requires her to travel around the world, so she's rarely home.

Megu-chan Protection Club

Genzo Sōga
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
A very stubborn punk who has become Megumi's biggest admirer. The strongest in terms of physical power, Genzo is feared by many at school and various gangs in the city. The manga begins with Megumi, upset that this punk has mistreated his most recent girlfriend, beating Genzo up, the first person to do it since at least grade-school. On his 16th birthday he proposed to Megumi but he was rejected. In the manga, it shows that Genzo received his scar protecting Megu from falling glass while she was rescuing Miki from kidnappers.
Ichiro Fujiki
Voiced by: Issei Tanaka
An "average" boy trying to escape his reputation for being weird at his previous school. While not as physically strong as Genzo, he has fought to defend himself and Megumi on several occasions. Near the end of the series, he seemed to have accepted the role as Yoshimi's 'Prince'.
Tasuke Yasuda
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda
The "hentai" (perverted) and yet good-hearted nerd who nosebleeds when he gets too excited. Yasuda is the weakest when it comes to physical prowess, but his intelligence continue to surprise everyone and aids the group solving many problems. He has a little brother that looks like a mini version of him and the same personality.
Hitomonji Kobayashi
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
A samurai and arguably the most decent man in the pack. Kobayashi is the second strongest, having learned martial arts since childhood. Near the end of the series he seems to develop some feelings for Miki.

Theme songs

Opening
  • Grand Blue - Aiko Kitahara (episodes 1-26)
  • Sun rise train - Aiko Kitahara (episodes 27-50)
Ending
  • Whenever I think of you - U-ka saegusa IN db
  • It's for you - U-Ka Saegusa in db (episodes 15-26)
  • Tears go by - U-Ka Saegusa in db (eps 27-37)
  • Secret and Lies - U-Ka Saegusa in db (eps 38-49)
  • Grand Blue - Aiko Kitahara (ep 50)

Staff

  • Director: Masaharu Okuwaki
  • Music: Daisuke Ikeda
  • Original creator: Hiroyuki Nishimori
  • Character Design: Hideyuki Motohashi
  • Art director: Junichi Higashi
  • Director of Photography: Hitoshi Nishiyama
  • Animation producer: Tetsu Kojima
  • Chief Production Administrator: Keiichi Ishiyama
  • Editing: Akimitsu Okada
  • Executive producers:
    • Shinichiro Tsuzuki
    • Shunzo Kato
  • Literary Assistant: Youko Iizawa
  • Planning:
  • Producers:
    • Masahito Yoshioka
    • Noriko Kobayashi (TV Tokyo)
  • Scenario Producer: Junichi Iioka
  • Sound director: Yasuo Uragami
  • Sound Effects: Masakazu Yokoyama
  • Recording Studio: APU Studio
  • Sound Production: Audio Planning U
  • Theme Song Performers:
    • Aiko Kitahara
    • Yuuka Saegusa and band U-ka Saegusa in db

References

External links


Template:Safesubst:
天使な小生意気
(Tenshi na Konamaiki)
GenreRomantic comedy
Manga
Written by Hiroyuki Nishimori
Published by Template:Country data Japan Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Sunday
Original run 19992003
Volumes 20
TV anime
Directed by Masaharu Okuwaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Network Template:Country data Japan TV Tokyo, Animax
Original run 4 June 200229 March 2003
Episodes 50
Anime and Manga Portal

Cheeky Angel (天使な小生意気 Tenshi na Konamaiki?) is a comedy romance manga series by Hiroyuki Nishimori. It focuses on the adventures of a 15-year old schoolgirl Megumi Amatsuka, a popular and beautiful tomboy with a secret: she remembers being a boy. Only in the last volume is the trick fully revealed. Originally a serial in Shōnen Sunday, it has been collected in 20 tankōbon volumes and adapted as a 50-episode anime series. In 2001, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.[1]

Contents

Story

At the age of nine, Megumi is a typical boy. One day he saves a strange man from a gang of other children. In return, Megumi receives a book. After accidentally bleeding on the book, a genie named Pierrot appears and offers to grant him a wish. Megumi asks to be a man. Pierrot, a trickster instead turns Megumi into a woman. Megumi, furious, throws the book into the river. Believing the only way to reverse the spell is to retrieve the book, Megumi begins a 6 year long search but is told she can find it if she attends Furinkan High School.

Publications

Currently, Cheeky Angel manga is translated and published in English by VIZ MEDIA, with 20 volumes at the present time. However, the DVD Editions are still yet to be translated.

Characters

Megumi Amatsuka
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara
While physically an attractive female, she still retains her masculine mannerisms and fighting abilities, attracting the 'Megu-chan Protection Club', a group of misfit admirers. The viewer knows she used to be a he but was transformed into a girl, initially only knows this Miki, but the protection club quickly finds out. Out of all the men in Furinkan High, the only one who seems to make any headway is Genzo Sōga for his unparalleled willingness to do anything to prove himself to Megumi. A tomboy at heart, if she unintentionally displays any sort of affection for anyone, she is very quick to deny everything. At the end of the manga, it is revealed that she was and always had been a girl. One of the main reason why she wished to be a boy was because when they were younger, despite being stronger than Genzo, he injured himself to protect her, saying that it was because it is a man's duty to protect a girl.
Miki Hanakain
Voiced by: Makiko Ohmoto
Miki is Megumi's childhood friend and would do anything to help her. She is the only one that remembers the former Megumi and knows of the transformation. She does everything she can to turn Megumi into a better more feminine girl and even goes so far as to threaten to stop being Megumi's friend if she cuts her hair. Miki is extremely loyal to Megumi and has been at her side since pre-school, she even accepted an arranged marriage just so she could go to the same high school as Megumi.
Keiko Tanaka
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui
A spoiled brat and Megumi's rival. She shows up later in the series. She suffers a form of superiority complex. She hates Megumi because she realizes that everyone around her thinks Megumi is more beautiful than she is. Now she follows Megumi where ever she goes in hope of dis-proving Megumi's beauty.
Megumi's father (aka Megu-papa)
Voiced by: Banjou Ginga

His real name is unknown. Megu-papa is perverted like Yasuda, frequently seen entering Megumi's room through secret entrances he creates without Megumi's permission.

Amatsuka Tsubasa
Voiced by: Megumi Urawa

Megumi's mother. Her work requires her to travel around the world, so she's rarely home.

Megu-chan Protection Club

Genzo Sōga
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
A very stubborn punk who has become Megumi's biggest admirer. The strongest in terms of physical power, Genzo is feared by many at school and various gangs in the city. The manga begins with Megumi, upset that this punk has mistreated his most recent girlfriend, beating Genzo up, the first person to do it since at least grade-school. Soon after that incident, Genzo quickly falls in love for Megumi. On his 16th birthday he proposed to Megumi but he was rejected. In the manga, it shows that Genzo received his scar protecting Megu from falling glass while she was rescuing Miki from kidnappers.
Ichiro Fujiki
Voiced by: Kazunari Tanaka
An "average" boy trying to escape his reputation for being weird at his previous school. While not as physically strong as Genzo, he has fought to defend himself and Megumi on several occasions. Near the end of the series, he seemed to have accepted the role as Yoshimi's 'Prince'.
Tasuke Yasuda
Voiced by: Yuji Ueda
The "hentai" (perverted) and yet good-hearted nerd who nosebleeds when he gets too excited. Yasuda is the weakest when it comes to physical prowess, but his intelligence continues to surprise everyone and aids the group solving many problems. He has a little brother that looks like a mini version of him and the same personality.
Hitomonji Kobayashi
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
A samurai in-training and arguably the most decent man in the pack. Kobayashi is the second strongest, having learned martial arts since childhood. Near the end of the series he seems to develop some feelings for Miki.

Other Characters

Yoriko
Amatsuka's housemaid. She was first seen on episode 11 of the anime. She was always seen in the anime as Megumi's investigator and a substitute to Tsubasa in times of need. She even helped Megu by revising the rules of Yamato Nadeshiko cup in order to that the rules will be fair and square.
Takao Gakusan
First seen on episode 21 of the anime. He was Miki's supposed to be "fiance". He was beaten up by Genzo in a duel. In later episodes, he planned to kidnap Miki but he was defeated by Megu-group.
Reiko
A thief that Megumi met in Osaka. She was first seen on episode 13 of the anime. She was saved by Megumi in a near-death experience. Along with Megumi, Genzo, and Fujiki, they've helped the police caught a yakuza. In later episodes, she helped Megumi find magic books, a bone, and a scroll(Of course, she got it by stealing).
Yoshimi Shirasagi
Keiko's friend. In later episodes, she fell in love with Genzo because he saved her right in time. Somehow, the feelings changed when she was saved by Fujiki when she falls in a stair during their field trip in Kyoto and calls Fujiki her "prince".
Setsuka
Genzo's "Big" Sister. She was first seen on episode 26 of the anime. She saved Megumi when her brother tries to "make her happy". She was amazed on how Megumi changed Genzo from a deliquent to a good guy. She wants to be called by Megumi as "Onee-san".
Yanigizawa
A punk that Megumi and Genzo met during the Yamato Nadeshiko cup. He was first seen on episode 38 of the anime. He was defeated by Genzo. In later episodes, he was hired by Takao Gakusan to kidnap Miki.

Theme songs

Opening
  • Grand Blue - Aiko Kitahara (episodes 1-26)
  • Sun rise train - Aiko Kitahara (episodes 27-50)
Ending
  • Whenever I think of you - U-ka saegusa IN db
  • It's for you - U-Ka Saegusa in db (episodes 15-26)
  • Tears go by - U-Ka Saegusa in db (eps 27-37)
  • Secret and Lies - U-Ka Saegusa in db (eps 38-49)
  • Grand Blue - Aiko Kitahara (ep 50)

Staff

  • Director: Masaharu Okuwaki
  • Music: Daisuke Ikeda
  • Original creator: Hiroyuki Nishimori
  • Character Design: Hideyuki Motohashi
  • Art director: Junichi Higashi
  • Director of Photography: Hitoshi Nishiyama
  • Animation producer: Tetsu Kojima
  • Chief Production Administrator: Keiichi Ishiyama
  • Editing: Akimitsu Okada
  • Executive producers:
    • Shinichiro Tsuzuki
    • Shunzo Kato
  • Literary Assistant: Youko Iizawa
  • Planning:
  • Producers:
    • Masahito Yoshioka
    • Noriko Kobayashi (TV Tokyo)
  • Scenario Producer: Junichi Iioka
  • Sound director: Yasuo Uragami
  • Sound Effects: Masakazu Yokoyama
  • Recording Studio: APU Studio
  • Sound Production: Audio Planning U
  • Theme Song Performers:
    • Aiko Kitahara
    • Yuuka Saegusa and band U-ka Saegusa in db

References

External links








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