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Kamikaze Kaitō Jeane
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne volume 1.jpg
Cover of volume 1 of the original Japanese publication
神風怪盗ジャンヌ
(Kamikaze Kaitō Jannu)
Genre Kaitō, Magical Girl, Romance
Manga
Author Arina Tanemura
Publisher Japan Shueisha
English publisher United States Canada CMX Manga
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ribon Magazine
Original run February 1998July 2000
Volumes 7
TV anime
Director Atsunobu Umezawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan TV Asahi
Germany RTL II
Spain K3
Original run February 13, 1999January 29, 2000
Episodes 44
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Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne (神風怪盗ジャンヌ Kamikaze Kaitō Jannu ?, also known as Phantom-Thief Jeanne,) is a fantasy shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Arina Tanemura. The story is about the adventures of a high school girl, Maron Kusakabe, who is the reincarnation of Jeanne D'Arc and transforms into a magical girl kaito—phantom thief— to collect the scattered pieces of God's power which are also coveted by demons hiding in beautiful art works.[1]

The manga was published by Shueisha in Ribon between February 1998 and July 2000. The individual chapters were collected and published in seven tankōbon volumes. It is licensed for English-language release by CMX Manga. The series was adapted by Toei Animation as a 44-episode anime television series that was broadcast on TV Asahi from February 1999 to January 2000. The series was re-issued by Shueisha in 2007, with all chapters fitting into only 6 volumes, instead of the original 7; all volumes had new covers.

Contents

Plot

16-year-old high-school gymnast Maron Kusakabe is visited by the angel Finn Fish, who gives her a task. God's power is scattered across the Earth, and if He does not gather enough by the turn of the millennium, He will die. To block Him, the Devil has sent out agents to gather His power, which is the beauty in human hearts, in the form of chess pieces. With Fin's assistance, Maron transforms into the reincarnation of Jeanne D'Arc in order to hunt Demons hidden within works of art. When Maron defeats a Demon, the artwork disappears, and to the outside world it is as if she has stolen it, and she becomes known as a kaitō ("phantom-thief"). Maron's best friend is Miyako, the daughter of a police detective in charge of Jeanne's case.

As the series progresses, Maron and Miyako fall in love with new classmate Chiaki, who is also secretly a demon hunter, Kaitō Sinbad. Chiaki at first "fakes" falling in love to get closer to Maron, knowing Maron is Jeanne. Later he falls in love truthfully after realizing that Maron's worth the effort, even if she does "hate" him. Maron, on the other hand, is confused and does not know what "love" means because her parents abandoned her when she was around ten years old because they were having problems getting along, so no one taught her. As a result, she does not know how to respond to Chiaki's advances. Eventually, she realizes that Chiaki is not a bad guy after all. She is deeply hurt, however, when she learns that Chiaki is her rival, Sinbad, and that he only went after her because he knew she was Jeanne.

Adaptation

The manga relates in detail Finn Fish's background, expounding on Fin's relationships with other angels and the events that led to her becoming Maron's partner. This backstory of the angels is not shown in the anime.

Characters

Maron Kusakabe (日下部 まろん Kusakabe Maron ?)
The protagonist of the series, Maron is a 16-year-old high school student and rhythmic gymnastic who lives alone having been left by her parents to work at separate jobs. She encounters an angel named Finn Fish who gives her a mission from God to seal away Demons attempting to steal the beauty in human hearts to increase the devil's powers. Through a hair ribbon, she can transform into "Kaito Jeanne" (怪盗 ジャンヌ Kaitō Jannu ?), the reincarnation of Jeanne D'Arc, and capture the demons. Maron is depicted as a lonely young woman who hides her feelings behind a warm smile. She has no contact with her parents from years until they call during the series to tell her they are divorcing. Maron is close with her best friend Miyako, though she still holds herself at a some distance. Upon meeting her new neighbor, and later rival thief, Chiaki, Maron dislikes him and finds him to be a womanizer. As the series progresses, she falls in love with him and through their love, they are able to stop the devil. At the end of the series, Maron and Chiaki marry and have a daughter named Natsuki, who is a reincarnation of Finn. In the anime television series, Maron is voiced by Houko Kuwashima.
Chiaki Nagoya (名古屋稚空 Nagoya Chiaki ?)
Chiaki is a high school student who moves into Maron's and Miyako's building and transfers to their class, for the purposes of getting close to Maron to stop her from collecting the demons. He also met an angel, Access Time, who gave him the power to become "Kaito Sinbad" (怪盗 シンドバッド Kaitō Shindobaddo ?). Like Maron, Chiaki lives alone, having run away because he was tired of his father's continuing to marry new women after his mother's death. He later reconciles with his father after introducing him to Maron. It is eventually revealed that Chiaki was attempting to stop Maron because he knew of Finn's being an agent for the devil rather than God and was using Maron to help him. Initially he tries to seduce Maron to stop her, however as the series progresses he finds that he has actually fallen in love with her, and fights to regain her trust after she discovers he is also Kaito Sinbad. In the anime television series, Chiaki is voiced by Susumu Chiba.
Finn Fish (フィン·フィッシュ Fin Fisshu ?)
Finn Fish is the semi-angel who helps Maron detect demons and gave her the power to transform into Kaito Jeanne. As the series progresses, it is revealed that Fin is a fallen angel who was banished and sentenced to death after killing a human. The devil saved her from annihilation in return for he becoming his servant, and so she manipulates Maron into gather the chess pieces for the Devil. Later, Fin explains that she really wanted to live so she could see Access again, who she is love with. During the final battle with the Devil, Finn realizes her wrongs and sacrifices herself to save Maron. She is reincarnated as Natsuki, the daughter of Chiaki and Maron. In the anime adaptation, Fin was kidnapped and brainwashed by the Devil and did not realize she was working for him until all of the demons were collected. In the anime television series, Fin is voiced by Kumiko Nishihara.
Access Time (アクセス·タイム Akusesu Taimu ?)
Access Time is the dark angel who helps Chiaki detect demons and gave him the power to transform into Kaitō Sinbad. He is in love with Finn Fish and worked hard to become a full angel so he could be with her. When Fin is killed by the devil, he gives up his holy power to Finn to change her into a full angel so that she could be reincarnated as a human. He himself becomes a semi-angel and also dies. He is reborn as Shinji, the son of Miyako and Yamato. He recognizes Natsuki as the reincarnation of Fin by the earring she was born holding, and proposes to her on the spot. In the anime television series, Access is voiced by Akiko Yajima.
Miyako Todaiji (東大寺 都 Tōdaiji Miyako ?)
Miyako is Maron's classmate and best friend, who lives across the hall from Maron. Miyako's father is a police detective and, desiring to follow in his footsteps, Miyako frequently aids in trying to catch Jeanne. Stubborn and with a fierce temper, Miyako has been friends with Maron since childhood, though she notes during the series that even with her Maron is sometimes distant and that it bothers her. Eventually, Miyako reveals that she knew that Maron was Jeanne the whole time and that she only helps with trying to catch Jeanne so she could release her if she were caught. Miyako is initially in love with Chiaki, but gives up on him because she recognizes that he loves Maron. Later, Yamato confesses to her, but she believes he is only joking as he also was in love with Maron. He eventually convinces her of his sincerity and at the end of the series they marry and have a son named Shinji. In the anime adaptation, Miyako is unaware that Maron is Jeanne and is deeply hurt when Maron is forced to transform in front of her. The pain allows Fin to use Miyako to attack Maron, but Maron is eventually able to wake her up. In the anime television series, Miyako is voiced by Naoko Matsui.
Yamato Minazuki (水無月 大和 Minazuki Yamato ?)
Yamato is a classmate of Maron, Chiaki, and Miyako and the the class president. Because of his gentle, unassuming nature, he does not get much respect. He initially has a crush on Maron, but later gives up on her and comes to fall in love with Miyako while joining her in trying to catch Sinbad. When he confesses his feelings, Miyako angrily pushes him in a lake, thinking he is toying with her. Eventually he is able to convince her that his feelings are genuine and at the end of the series they are married with a son. In the anime adaptation, Yamato is depicted as being so innocent and pure of heart that he is particularly susceptible to demon possession. In the anime television series, Yamato is voiced by Naozumi Takahashi.
Noin Claude
Noin is a demon who disguises himself as history teacher Hijiri Shikaido, who teaches at Maron's school. Five hundred years ago, he was a knight who assisted the original Jeanne d'Arc and was in love with her. Unable to protect her from death, he gives his soul to the devil and vows to fall in love with Jeanne's reincarnated form. After he confirms Maron is Jeanne's reincarnation, he does fall in love with her and tries to interfere with her collecting, culminating in his attempting to rape her as she can only transform while she is still a virgin. When Maron travels back in time to meet Jeanne, he goes with her and regrets what he has done. In the anime adaptation, he dies protecting Maron, and is reunited with Jeanne. In the anime television series, Noin is voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi.

Media

Manga

Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne was published in Japan by Shueisha in Ribon Magazine in 30 chapters between February 1998 and July 2000, and collected in seven tankōbon volumes. Starting in July 2007, the series was reprinted kanzenban format in six volumes. It is licensed in North America by CMX Manga, in South Korea by Haksan Publish, in Indonesia by M&C Comics, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini, in Italy by Planet Manga, and in Germany, Sweden, Poland, and Finland by Egmont Publishing.

Volume list

No. Japan North America
Release date ISBN Release date ISBN
1 September 1998 ISBN 978-4-08-856100-4 October 26, 2005 ISBN 978-1-4012-0555-3
2 January 1999 ISBN 978-4-08-856120-2 January 25, 2006 ISBN 978-1-4012-0556-0
3 May 1999 ISBN 978-4-08-856142-4 April 26, 2006 ISBN 978-1-4012-0557-7
4 September 1999 ISBN 978-4-08-856163-9 July 26, 2006 ISBN 978-1-4012-0558-4
5 February 2000 ISBN 978-4-08-856189-9 September 27, 2006 ISBN 978-1-4012-0559-1
6 June 2000 ISBN 978-4-08-856211-7 November 15, 2006 ISBN 978-1-4012-0842-4
7 August 2000 ISBN 978-4-08-856221-6 January 17, 2007 ISBN 978-1-4012-0843-1

Anime

Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne was adapted Toei Animation as a 44-episode anime television series that was broadcast on TV Asahi from February 13, 1999 to January 29, 2000. The series was directed by Atsunobu Umezawa with music by Michiaki Kato, and starred Houko Kuwashima as Maron Kusakabe/"Kaito Jeanne". The opening themes are "Piece of Love" by Shazna for episodes 1–27 and "Dive into Shine" by Lastier for episodes 28–44, and the ending themes are "Haruka..." (ハルカ... ?) by Pierrot for episodes 1–27 and "Till The End" by Hibiki for episodes 28–44.[2]

The anime is licensed in Spain by Arait Multimedia, which has produced both Spanish and Catalan dubs, where it was broadcast on K3. It is licensed in Germany by Anime-Virtual, where it was broadcast on RTL II.

Episode list

# Title[3] Original airdate[3][4]
1 "The Angel with a Notice Card"
"Kaitō wa Yokokujō to Tomo ni" (怪盗は予告状とともに) 
February 13, 1999
2 "The Target Is Family Bond!"
"Target wa Oyako no Kizuna!?" (標的(ターゲット)は親子の絆!?) 
February 20, 1999
3 "An Encircling Net! The Whole Student Body Is the Enemy"
"Hōimō! Teki wa Zenkōseito" (包囲網!敵は全校生徒) 
February 27, 1999
4 "A Thief's Job Saves a Company, Too?"
"Dorobu Shigoto wa Kigyō mo Sukuu?" (泥棒仕事は企業も救う!?) 
March 6, 1999
5 "Emergency at the Airport!"
"Airport Hijōkeikai!" (エアポート非常警戒!) 
March 13, 1999
6 "The Partner in Crime Is a Mysterious Old Woman?"
"Aibou wa Nazo no Obaachan?" (相棒は謎のおばあちゃん) 
March 20, 1999
7 "Father-Daughter Detective Team! The Final Gamble"
"Oyako keiji! Saigo no kake" (親子刑事!最後の賭け) 
March 27, 1999
8 "Steal the Melody of Love!"
"Ai no Melody wo Nusume!" (愛のメロデイを盗め!) 
April 3, 1999
9 "The Heartless Checkmate"
"Hijō no Checkmate" (非情のチェックメイト) 
April 10, 1999
10 "The Masked Man! What Is His True Identity?"
"Kamen no otoko! Honmono wa Dare da" (仮面の男!本物は誰だ?) 
April 17, 1999
11 "Ah, the Beautiful Heart of an Officer"
"Aa, Utsukushiki Keimi no Kokoro" (ああ、美しき刑事の心) 
April 24, 1999
12 "The Pin Is Mightier Than the Sword!"
"Pin wa Ken Yori mo Tsuyoshi!" (ピンは剣よりも強し!) 
May 1, 1999
13 "The Angel of Hearts, with a Memory Loss Plant"
"Wasurenagusa no Heart Dorobou" (忘れな草のハート泥棒) 
May 8, 1999
14 "A Wedding Dress Is the Target"
"Target wa Wedding Dress" (ターゲットはウェディングドレス花嫁衣裳) 
May 15, 1999
15 "Shocking Confession of Love in the Amusement Park!"
"Yūenchi no Shōgeki Kokuhaku!" (遊園地の衝撃告白!) 
May 22, 1999
16 "A First Kiss Illuminated by Moonlight!"
"First Kiss wa Gekkō ni Kagayaku!" (ファースト初キスは月光に輝く!) 
May 29, 1999
17 "Sudden Intimacy! Love's Tempestuous Arrival"
"Kyuu Sekkin! Koi Hurricane Jouriku" (急接近!恋のハリケーン台風上陸) 
June 5, 1999
18 "The Angel Attacks Friendship's Medal"
"Akuma ga Osou Yūjō no Kunshō" (悪魔が襲う友情の勲章) 
June 12, 1999
19 "Seal! Evidence of Fatherly Love"
"Fūin! Chichi no Ai no Shōmei" (封印!父の愛のあかし証明) 
June 19, 1999
20 "The Day Courage and Hope Were Broken"
"Genki ni Yūki ga Kowareta Hi" (元気に勇気が壊れた日) 
June 26, 1999
21 "Miyako, Attacking Love and Friendship!"
"Miyako, Koi to Yūjō o Utsu!" (都、恋と友情を撃つ!) 
July 3, 1999
22 "Dive! Double Kaito Death"
"Dive! W(double) Kaitō shisu" (ダイブ!W(ダブル)怪盗死す) 
July 10, 1999
23 "Checkmate! The Magical Blue Butterfly"
"Sogeki (Checkmate)! Mashō no Aoi Chō (Blue Morpho)" (狙撃(チェックメイト)!魔性の青い蝶(ブルーモルフォ)) 
July 17, 1999
24 "Luxury Cruise Monkey Panic"
"Gōka Kyakusen Monkey Sōdō (Panic)" (豪華客船モンキー騒動(パニック)) 
August 7, 1999
25 "Ghost Story! Haunted Summer School"
"Kaidan! Yūrei Gakkō no Natsu" (怪談!幽霊学校の夏) 
August 14, 1999
26 "Infiltrate! Karakuri Ninja Castle"
"Sennyū! Karakuri Ninja Shiro" (潜入!カラクリ忍者城) 
August 21, 1999
27 "A Tearful Parting-Angel Finn"
"Namida no Owakare Tenshi Fin" (涙のお別れ 天使フィン) 
September 11, 1999
28 "Advent of the Angel! New Transformation"
"Akuma Kōrin! Shin Henshin no Toki" (悪魔降臨!新変身の時) 
September 18, 1999
29 "Totally Beautiful! The Mysterious Teacher Appears"
"Chō Bikei! Nazo no Sensei Tōjō" (超美形!謎の先生登場) 
September 25, 1999
30 "Defender, Burning with Renewed Spirit"
"Genki Fukkatsu de Moeru Toushi" (元気復活で燃える闘志) 
October 2, 1999
31 "Kaito Is Doing a Commercial!?"
"Kaitō Tsui ni CM Shutsuen!?" (怪盗ついにCM出演!?) 
October 9, 1999
32 "Kaito Jeanne Elimination Order!"
"Kaitō Jeanne Massatsu Shirei!!" (怪盗ジャンヌ抹殺指令!!) 
October 23, 1999
33 "Sinbad the Liar!"
"Usotsuki Sindbad!!" (嘘つきシンドバッド!!) 
October 30, 1999
34 "Confession of Separation! I'm Not Going to Trust Anyone!"
"Betsuri Sengen! Mou Daremo Shinjinai!!" (別離宣言!もう誰も信じない!!) 
November 6, 1999
35 "Jeanne: Revival of the Power of Love!"
"Jeanne Fukkatsu no Love Power!" (ジャンヌ復活のLOVEパワー!) 
November 13, 1999
36 "Is a Thief an Ally of a Cop!?"
"Dorobō wa Keiji no Mikata ka!?" (泥棒は刑事の味方か!?) 
November 20, 1999
37 "A Boy with a Demon's Heart"
"Akuma no Shinzō o Motsu Shōnen" (悪魔の心臓を持つ少年) 
November 27, 1999
38 "Decision!? Checkmate of Sorrow"
"Ketsudan!? Kanashimi no Fūin" (決断!?悲しみのチェックメイト封印) 
December 4, 1999
39 "Only One Wish! To Father and Mother"
"Negai wa Hitotsu! Chichi to Haha ni" (願いは一つ!父と母に) 
December 11, 1999
40 "Evil Transformation! Myst's Assault"
"Jaaku henshin! Mist mōkō" (邪悪変身!ミスト猛攻) 
December 18, 1999
41 "Reunion with Finn! Dramatic Nightmare"
"Saikai Fin!! Gekiba Akumu" (再会フィン!!劇的悪夢) 
January 8, 2000
42 "Kaito, Surpass Space and Time!"
"Kaitō, Jikū o Koeru!!" (怪盗、時空を越える!!) 
January 15, 2000
43 "Friendship Destroyed!? Final Battle at the Evil Castle of Ice"
"Yuujō Hōkai!? Mahyō Kessen" (友情崩壊!?魔氷城決戦) 
January 22, 2000
44 "You, Become God's Wind!"
"Nanji! Kamikaze to Nare!" (汝、神風となれ) 
January 29, 2000

References

  1. ^ "Latest Magical Girl Anime, Manga Based on Pachinko Game". Anime News Network. August 25, 2007. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-08-25/latest-magical-girl-anime-manga-based-on-pachinko-game. Retrieved August 11, 2008.  
  2. ^ "神風怪盗ジャンヌ" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/lineup/tv/jeanne/. Retrieved August 11, 2008.  
  3. ^ a b "神風怪盗ジャンヌ" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. http://member.toei-anim.co.jp/ctr/app/001/showSummryList.php?TVNAME=janne&tplname=janne_l. Retrieved August 11, 2008.  
  4. ^ "Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (TV)". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=362&page=25. Retrieved August 11, 2008.  

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