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Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kiminozo coverart.jpg
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien's original visual novel cover; depicted are the two female leads, Haruka Suzumiya (left) and Mitsuki Hayase (right).
君が望む永遠
Genre Drama, Romance, Tragedy
Game
Developer âge (PC)
Alchemist (DC)
Princess Soft (PS2)
Genre Dating sim, Eroge, Visual novel
Rating 18+ (PC)
Platform PC, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2
Released August 3, 2001 (PC CD)
September 26, 2002 (DC)
May 1, 2003 (PS2)
July 25, 2003 (PC DVD)
March 28, 2008 (Latest Edition)
TV anime
Director Tetsuya Watanabe
Studio Japan Studio Fantasia
Licensor United States Canada Funimation Entertainment
United Kingdom Revelation films
Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Russia XL Media
Germany Anime Virtual
France Anima
Philippines Hero TV
Network Japan Chiba TV, Kids Station, Mie TV, Sun TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama
Original run October 5, 2003January 4, 2004
Episodes 14
Original video animation
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~
Studio Brain's Base
Released December 21, 2007 (ep. 1)
March 25, 2008 (ep. 2)
June 25, 2008 (ep. 3)
December 19, 2008 (ep. 4)
Episodes 4
Anime and Manga Portal

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (君が望む永遠 ?, lit. The Eternity You Desire), abbreviated as Kimibou or Kiminozo, is a Japanese visual novel adventure game created by âge, first released in 2001 for the PC, which was later ported to the Dreamcast (by Alchemist) and PlayStation 2 (by Princess Soft) under the title Rumbling Hearts[1] as all-age versions. A Windows Vista-optimized version of the game, known as Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Latest Edition~, was released on March 28, 2008.[2]

The game was adapted into a fourteen-episode anime television series, first airing between October 5, 2003 and January 4, 2004. The three DVD volumes of the series were released in the United States in December 2006, February 2007, and March 2007 respectively. The series was also licensed for release by Revelation Films in the United Kingdom and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand, under the title "Rumbling Hearts - Kiminozo". It was one of the first anime shows to be officially made available for the iPod through the iTunes Store and is also available through Microsoft's Xbox Live Marketplace.

An anime OVA series called Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~[3] began its release on December 21, 2007. The booklet that accompanied the first DVD release revealed that the OVA series will be four episodes long. Promotional videos for the new OVA were posted on December 4, 2007.[4] The OVA series follows an alternate ending that centers around Haruka.

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien's title 君が望む永遠, due to its length, is usually reduced to "君望". This is officially read as "Kimibō", but many read it as "Kiminozo" instead. Both abbreviations are now considered to be acceptable, with "Kiminozo" being officially written as "君のぞ" instead (this is used in Kiminozo Radio). Early English-speaking fans of the series often shorten the title to "KGNE".

Contents

Characters

Takayuki Narumi (鳴海 孝之 Narumi Takayuki) ?, (Seiyū: Kishō Taniyama, VA: Kevin M. Connolly)
The protagonist. Takayuki Narumi meets Haruka a year before Mitsuki sets them up during their third year of high school. When he witnesses the still fresh pool of blood next to Haruka's bloodied hair ribbons lying among the shattered glass of the phone booth as the officer in charge of the scene identifies Haruka from her student ID, he develops posttraumatic stress disorder.[5] Later in the story, he works at a restaurant chain owned by the Sky Temple financial group called "The Family Restaurant", after having regressed in his studies due to the disorder resulting from the accident. In Haruka's absence, he gradually begins to develop a relationship with Mitsuki. In the game the player assumes this role and can choose to pursue and end up with most of the female characters.
Haruka Suzumiya (涼宮 遙 Suzumiya Haruka) ?, (Seiyū: Minami Kuribayashi, VA: Carrie Savage)
A shy, timid girl; Haruka is set up with Takayuki by her friend, Mitsuki, while she is in high school. The two quickly become close, and develop an intimate relationship. She is involved in a serious car accident and ends up in a coma. The main thrust of the story begins when she awakens three years later. She is afflicted with anterograde amnesia, and because of her delicate psyche, her family and Takayuki conceal the truth that three years have passed, which forms much of the tension in the series.
Mitsuki Hayase (速瀬 水月 Hayase Mitsuki) ?, (Seiyū: Chiaki Takahashi, credited as Tomoko Ishibashi; VA: Colleen Clinkenbeard)
Mitsuki is friends with both Takayuki and Haruka, but secretly she has feelings for Takayuki. In high school she was a competitive swimmer, but shortly after Haruka's accident, she finds herself leaving swimming to tend to Takayuki. She throws herself at Takayuki when he fails to climb out of his depression, and reveals her feelings for him.
Akane Suzumiya (涼宮 茜 Suzumiya Akane) ?, (Seiyū: Kaori Mizuhashi, credited as Tomomi Uehara, VA: Leah Clark)
Haruka's younger sister, she initially treats both Takayuki and Mitsuki as older siblings until she finds out they have been seeing each other behind the comatose Haruka's back. While Haruka is in the hospital, she visits her every day. She, like Mitsuki, is a competitive swimmer, but feels as if she can never match Mitsuki, who she initially looks up to. Later, there are hints given that Akane feels something more for Takayuki, but these are not explored fully in the series.
Shinji Taira (平 慎二 Taira Shinji) ?, (Seiyū: Masaki Andou, VA: David Wilson-Brown)
Friends with Takayuki, Haruka and Mitsuki in high school, he drifts off from the group after graduation, though he becomes an important character towards the end of the series. He sometimes presents a counter-balance to the drama of the rest of the characters, as his relationship with his girlfriend (who remains off-screen) seems to be going well.
Ayu Daikuuji (大空寺 あゆ Daikūji Ayu) ?, (Seiyū: Kiyomi Asai, VA: Luci Christian)
Mayu Tamano (玉野 まゆ Tamano Mayu) ?, (Seiyū: Kozue Yoshizumi, credited as Kyouko Yoshida, VA: Monica Rial)
Two waitresses who work at the same restaurant as Takayuki. Ayu is the surly daughter of the chief executive officer of the "Sky Temple" financial group, who owns and operates the restaurant chain, and is permitted to work at the restaurant as part of a market study by the financial group on the condition she does not reveal her identity[6] (the only reason she keeps her job). She works in order to experience society. Mayu is a soft-spoken but well-meaning klutz who has lost her parents and older brother. While in the game they served as one of the many love interests, in the anime they provide the only comic relief for this otherwise serious series. After the credits of several episodes in the series, a 30-second short known as the "Ayu-Mayu Theater" shows them in a comical situation totally irrelevant to the main story with all characters super deformed. They are also known as AyuAyu and MayuMayu.
Hotaru Amakawa (天川 蛍 Amakawa Hotaru) ?, (Seiyū: Satoko Kubota, VA: Alison Viktorin)
Fumio Hoshino (星乃 文緒 Hoshino Fumio) ?, (Fumie in the Funimation English version) (Seiyū: Hitomi, credited as Minami Hokuto , VA: Jamie Marchi)
Manami Homura (穂村 愛美 Homura Manami) ?, (Seiyū: Amako Mari, VA: Amy Rosenthal)
Three nurses at the hospital. Hotaru and Fumio attended nursing school together and are very close friends. Hotaru Amakawa suffers from a terminal illness that stopped her physical development and looks like a very young girl. The two are inseparable and Amakawa is often referred to as "Fumio's child" for a nickname, as Hotaru has a very child like stature where as Fumio has a very curvy and maternal stature. Manami, the green haired nurse, is a student nurse who attended the same high school, although two years behind, Takayuki. Manami has a very strong mothering instinct with a desire to take care of people, hence her chosen profession. In the game Manami is introduced in the first chapter and also is in love with Takayuki, but is also too shy to express her feelings for him. In the game, all three are potential love interests. The original Manami ending with the CD was so disturbing that fans wrote to the company calling the ending nightmarish, so in the DVD and PS2 versions of the game, a new ending was added for Manami. In the series, Manami's role is reduced to one line and several silent cameos including a spoof of Ringu in one "Ayu-Mayu Theater" segment where Manami comes out of the TV. Amakawa is given several short scenes in the hospital, where she drops many sexual innuendos into her conversations with Takayuki. Fumio is given a very important scene towards the end involving a conversation with Takayuki, over tea, regarding not realizing how much you love someone who is always by your side until they are gone.
Kouzuki Motoko (香月モトコ Motoko Kouzuki) ?, (Seiyū: Mariko Kobayashi)
The doctor in charge of Haruka.

Game

The game is played from the viewpoint of Takayuki with the player controlling his actions. Much of the game's dialog involves an introspective view of Takayuki's thoughts on what he is feeling and what he thinks the other characters might be thinking or feeling. The original PC version, Dreamcast version, PS2, and DVD versions of the game are played in two chapters, with the first chapter revolves around the events leading up to August 27 and the second chapter set 3 years later.

It is in the second chapter that the game allows the player to choose to pursue one of eight girls in the game and also has endings if the player chooses to pursue more than one of the girls at the same time. The original game and the Dreamcast version has 14 endings. Some fans complained that the Manami ending was too disturbing and nightmarish. In this ending, she kidnaps and tortures Takayuki, sodomizing and urinating on him while dressing him in girl's clothing while forcing him to undergo gender reassignment surgeries so he can be closer to his "Mommy" (Manami), reducing him to a child-like state. An additional ending was added for Manami where Takayuki professes his "Pure Love" for her and she becomes pregnant with his child. Two additional "bad" endings were added for Mitsuki in the DVD version. The Dreamcast and PS2 versions had the explicit sex scenes removed.

The Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 〜special FanDisk〜 released on June 25, 2004 contains "Kimi ga Nozomu Daiisshou (君が望む第一章 "The first chapter you desired"), a retelling of the first chapter of the game allowing for greater control over Takayuki's actions in the first chapter (allowing the player to prevent the accident or end up with someone else altogether). It also includes a collection of short stories featuring the game's various characters, a game version of True Lies from the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien Drama Theatre vol. 4 Radio Special, the Kiminozo Rajio Shucchouban (君のぞらじお出張版) radio special, a parody of Muv-Luv Extra called Muv-Nozo (マブノゾ) featuring Kimi ga Nozomu Eien's characters and a version of the puzzle game Marii no Okataduke 2: Ayumayu Funtou-hen (マリーのおかたづけ2 あゆまゆ奮闘編).

The game was re-released on March 28, 2008 in a Vista-enhanced edition known as Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 〜Latest Edition〜. In addition to being built on an improved game engine and featuring improved graphics, the re-release also included the story content of the Special FanDisk and an all-new third chapter for selected heroines.[7]

Chapter 1: July - August 27, 1998

With the exception of the Fandisk version, the first chapter is played like a prologue to the second chapter. Regardless of player actions; Mitsuki and Shinji set Takayuki up with the bashful Haruka. Takayuki ends up in bed with a nude sprawled out Haruka, but their relationship is not consummated due to performance anxiety. Mitsuki stops Takayuki on her birthday and has him buy her a ring which results in him being late for his date with Haruka,who ended up getting hit by a car at the end of the chapter.

Although the above events always take place there are quite a bit of decisions to make and the game spends quite a bit of time developing the type of relationships Takayuki has between Akane, Haruka, Mitsuki, and Manami (if the player doesn't choose to ignore her in this chapter).

Chapter 2: Three Years Later

There are no choices for the player to make until the shower scene involving Mitsuki and Takayuki on July 29'th. Mitsuki has been taking care of Takayuki and they have formed a sort of relationship. Takayuki has also taken a part time job at Daikuuji (Sky Temple) Family restaurant. After 3 years Haruka's father contacts Takayuki to tell him that Haruka has come out of her coma and is asking to see him. The player can choose to pursue a number of the female characters with the following endings:[8]

Haruka
  • Mitsuki sleeps with Shinji, then visits Haruka in the hospital and leaves the ring Takayuki originally bought for her birthday behind. She leaves town and becomes a teacher. Takayuki and Haruka end up together, with the four friends eventually meeting again on the hill, except the ring is on Haruka's left ring finger and Takayuki's hand is on her shoulder. The anime ~Next Season~ OVA series picks up from Mitsuki leaving.
Mitsuki
  • Good ending where Mitsuki and Takayuki have a child together. Haruka writes her children's book and Mitsuki reads it to her son (the television anime ending is a slightly modified version of this ending, leaving out the child, incorporating elements of Akane's good ending and Haruka's ending).
  • Mitsuki gets pregnant and Haruka dies.
  • Takayuki never forgives her for sleeping with Shinji and treats Mitsuki as a sex slave (DVD only).
  • Mitsuki performs sexual acts in a dog outfit (DVD only).
Akane
  • Good ending
  • Haruka becomes pregnant after she and Takayuki sleep together when she comes out of the first coma. Haruka doesn't come out of the second coma and Akane acts as a surrogate mother for Haruka's child.
  • Akane gets hit and ends up in a coma, with the cycle repeating itself (Haruka taking Mitsuki's place).
  • "Haruka as the hidden wife," where Akane tells Haruka about the relationship between herself and Takayuki after she comes out of the second coma. Haruka seduces Takayuki in the hospital and becomes his mistress.
Manami
  • A very disturbing ending which involves Manami kidnapping and torturing Takayuki.
  • Takayuki confesses his "Pure Love" for Manami and she ends up pregnant.
Amakawa
  • Amakawa looks like a little girl because of a serious terminal medical condition. Her wish is to find a boyfriend and have sex with him before she dies (which Takayuki does before she passes away).
Fumio
  • Bad ending only.

Ayu and Mayu have two endings each, one good and one bad.

Anime

A fourteen-episode TV anime based on the game and animated and produced by Studio Fantasia first aired across Japan from October 5, 2003 to January 4, 2004 with the erotic elements from the game greatly toned down and cut to two sex scenes with Takayuki and Haruka (the second mostly showing just a large scar on Haruka's chest running between her breasts post coma that isn't present in the game), three scenes with Mitsuki and Takayuki, a scene with Akane and Mitsuki (Not in the game) where Mitsuki is depicted nude on Takayuki's futon, and a scene with Mitsuki and Shinji (the latter two not being in the game).

The anime provides a realistic depiction of PTSD and presents a believable, although painful, depiction of the effects the disorder have on personal relationships of those who suffer through this disorder. The series consists of 3 timelines: The first one takes place before the accident, which is mostly contained in the first two episodes and covers the development of the relationship between Haruka, Mitsuki, Shinji, and Takayuki in their third year of high school (In Japan high school runs grades 10-12 with students entering high school at age 15 or 16). Akane is also introduced. Later episodes however do flashback prior to the beginning of this timeline and also flashback to this timeline itself and depict photographs of events that happen in this timeline but are not shown, for example the photograph of Mitsuki, Akane, Haruka, and Takayuki at the pool. This timeline ends with all the friends at the hospital with a shot of Takayuki collapsed on the floor and Mitsuki wearing the ring that Takayuki bought on her left ring finger, much like an engagement ring. Unlike the US, the left ring finger is not reserved for engagement, wedding, chastity rings, or less common promise rings in Japan.

The second timeline takes place one year after the accident. As a prelude to this, Takayuki arrives as the ambulance takes Haruka away from the scene and he witnesses the still fresh pool of blood next to Haruka's bloodied hair ribbons lying among the shattered glass of a phone booth as the officer in charge of the scene identifies Haruka from her student ID. This traumatic experience causes Takayuki's PTSD, which is portrayed in episode 5 of the series; this has affected him more than Mitsuki and Akane. Takayuki and Mitsuki both experience flashbacks, emotional detachment or numbing of feelings (emotional self-mortification or dissociation), insomnia, avoidance of reminders and extreme distress when exposed to the reminders ("triggers"), loss of appetite (Takayuki), feelings of misplaced guilt, memory loss (may appear as difficulty paying attention- Mitsuki), excessive startle responses (Animated as visual changes in the pupils of the eyes), clinical depression, and anxiety three years after Haruka's accident. Akane suffers from hypervigilance, misplaced guilt, and irritability. Haruka herself is left in a coma. At the end of this timeline Haruka's parents ban Takayuki from seeing Haruka after he tries to remove her while comatose from the hospital and Mitsuki offers herself sexually to Takayuki while he is at his emotional low point following the incident. Akane discovers Mitsuki in an unclothed state on Takayuki's futon the next day.

The third timeline takes place three years after the accident. Takayuki is now working part-time at a restaurant called "Sky temple", along with the comic relief characters Ayu & Mayu. Mitsuki and Takayuki have agreed to live together but have difficulty finding a new apartment. Eventually, Haruka reawakens from her coma, oblivious to the goings-on of the previous three years. In addition, she is diagnosed with anterograde amnesia. After having been awake for a month Haruka's memory is not improving. She can't remember anything that happens for more than a few moments and is stuck thinking it is three years ago as if time has stood still for her. Akane contacts Takayuki to inform him that Haruka has awakened. The doctor warns Takayuki and Mitsuki that her condition is very fragile and informs them of the condition of her memory before they enter the room. She tells them not to let her know that three years have passed because she feels the shock would damage her fragile psyche, possibly destroying her will to recover, and trigger a relapse. (which does when Akane tells Haruka that three years ave passed, Takayuki has been dating Mitsuki, and that everyone has been working to decieve Haruka, she then falls into another coma, although she wakes in a few days, but not the same way she was after the earlier coma.)

Haruka improves after seeing Takayuki, the only thing she can remember since the accident is Takayuki's visit. He sees her a second time and her parents tell him that although they have no right to ask him to continue to see their daughter, in fact they were surprised he even came to see her again, he is what she needs and asks that he visit as frequently as he can. Takayuki is conflicted with his feelings of guilt and responsibility and must choose between Mitsuki and Haruka. The bulk of the rest of the story focuses on the suffering of the characters because of this predicament. Takayuki chooses Mitsuki after saying farewell to Haruka.

The plot consists of a blend of multiple game storylines, mostly the Mitsuki storyline with a bit of Haruka's storyline mixed with elements from the Akane storyline. The general fate of Amakawa is also disclosed through one scene between Fumio and Takayuki and a line by Fumio at the end of the final episode indicating she died. Manami is limited to one line at the very end and several dialogless cameos. Materials not included in the game due to its perspective being in first person, such as depictions of Mitsuki having sex with Shinji (in certain routes) and Haruka telling Mitsuki that she has a crush on Takayuki while walking home, are also included.

Episodes

# Title Original air date
01 "Episode One - Friends to Lovers"
"Dai Ichi Wa" (第一話) 
October 5, 2003
02 "Episode Two - Waiting"
"Dai Ni Wa" (第二話) 
October 12, 2003
03 "Episode Three - Moving On"
"Dai San Wa" (第三話) 
October 19, 2003
04 "Episode Four - Betrayed by Love"
"Dai Yon Wa" (第四話) 
October 26, 2003
05 "Episode Five - Lead Astray"
"Dai Go Wa" (第五話) 
November 2, 2003
06 "Episode Six - Wishing"
"Dai Roku Wa" (第六話) 
November 9, 2003
07 "Episode Seven - Always Second Thoughts"
"Dai Nana Wa" (第七話) 
November 17, 2003
08 "Episode Eight - Old Scars are New"
"Dai Hachi Wa" (第八話) 
November 23, 2003
09 "Episode Nine - Unraveling"
"Dai Kyū Wa" (第九話) 
November 30, 2003
10 "Episode Ten - Impulses"
"Dai Jū Wa" (第十話) 
December 7, 2003
11 "Episode Eleven - Where the Blame Lies"
"Dai Jū-ichi Wa" (第十一話) 
December 14, 2003
12 "Episode Twelve - Friends to Enemies"
"Dai Jū-ni Wa" (第十二話) 
December 21, 2003
13 "Episode Thirteen - The Past Will Catch Up"
"Dai Jū-san Wa" (第十三話) 
December 28, 2003
14 "Final Episode - Mayauru's Gift"
"Saishū Wa" (最終話) 
January 4, 2004

English distribution

The anime was later licensed for American distribution by FUNimation Entertainment under the title Rumbling Hearts: Kiminozo.[9] Rumbling Hearts is the title of the game's theme song and the title of the PS2 release of the game.[10] while Kiminozo is an abbreviation for the name of the franchise. The North American release also used the tagline "Betrayal is a Bitch" included on the back of each DVD. The first two English dubbed episodes of the show are available for free, along with a significant amount of clips of the other episode, on the official FUNimation website.[11] The series also ran on the 24/7 line-up version of the FUNimation Channel but not on any of the syndicated blocks in 2007.

The writers for the English Dub took a very liberal approach while producing the script[12] taking creative license in many places resulting in an extremely interpretive script[13] for the English dub which at several points reworks the dialog to have the characters say the opposite thing. The writers took a different approach to the translation for the subtitle script in the North American release producing a script which is faithful to the original work, going as far as including honorifics. The English dub dialog is different from the subtitles provided on the same disk. Some examples include:

  • Leaving out exposition, such as in chapter 3 the exposition that Mitsuki and Takayuki have not seen each other in a long time.
  • Changes portions of the plot, like in episode five where Mitsuki strips naked and desperately offers herself as a replacement for Haruka to Takayuki by saying "Am I not good enough" in the subtitles, is a "Do you love me" in the dub. This plot point is important because it is revisited in episode twelve.
  • The English dub portrays Takayuki's and Mitsuki's relationship as heating up when Takayuki calls her at work the months before Haruka wakes up, but in the subtitles it is on shaky ground.
  • In episode two of the dub Takayuki has already read Mayauru's Gift, telling Haruka it is his favorite story. This creates a continuity error - if he already knew the plot, he would not need Haruka to tell it to him in the episode fourteen.
  • Ayu is made younger by making it so she just got her drivers license in the dub. In the subtitles she has had her drivers license for three years without an accident or ticket, "earning" her a golden license even though she has never driven. This makes her at least twenty-one years old as one must be at least eighteen years old to test for his or her driver's license in Japan[14]. It is also inferred in both versions that Mayu can also test for the drivers license.
  • Takayuki constantly refers to Mitsuki as "Babe" in the dub. In the subtitles he never refers to her by any pet names at all.
  • Expletives and epithets are added to the dub that are not in the subtitles. Examples: Shinji calls Takayuki a "tool" in episode one in the dub; the subtitles do not include this. Also, there are several instances where other characters refer to Mitsuki as a "bitch" in the dub but not the subtitles.

In addition to the differences in dialog there is also a difference in the displayed level of affect between the Japanese and English voicework. For the most part Takayuki's Japanese voice actor portrays him as severely emotionally-numbed (dissociated), consistent with PTSD (one of the major themes). The English voice actor does not perform the role this way.[15]

Theme songs

Opening theme
"Precious Memories" by Minami Kuribayashi (ep 3-13)
Ending themes
  1. "Rumbling Hearts" by Minami Kuribayashi (ep 2)
  2. "Hoshizora no Waltz" (The Waltz of the Starry Sky) by Minami Kuribayashi (ep 3-13)
  3. "Kimi ga Nozomu Eien" by MEGUMI (ep 14)
Inserts
"Nemuri Hime" by Minami Kurbayashi

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien ~Next Season~ (OVA)

The company that made the original game, âge, announced on August 25, 2006 that a new animated adaption of the game would be produced. The original video animation follows "Haruka's route", in contrast to the TV series' modified version of Mitsuki's ending. The solicitation for the series, animated by Brain's Base and distributed by Bandai Visual, followed on August 25, 2007. The first three episodes were released in both regular and special editions on December 21, 2007, on March 25, 2008, and on June 25, 2008 respectively.[16][17][18] The special editions contain a bonus CD soundtrack with each DVD and a different cover than the ones used in the normal editions. According to the website for the OVA series the fourth volume is scheduled to be released on December 19, 2008. This website was launched on December 4, 2007, and includes a promotional clip for the series.

Haruka Suzumiya awakens after a three-year coma. Time has deprived her of many important things, but one still remains: her lover, Takayuki Narumi. They visit various places they remember as if to recover the time that was lost. However, there is one place they refuse to visit: the phone booth in front of the Hiiragi-cho Station where Haruka had her accident three years ago.[19] The Next Season OVA series follows an alternate ending to the TV series where Takayuki chooses Haruka. This story was also featured in the 2008 re-release of the PC game, sub-titled ~Latest Edition~.

Theme songs

Ending themes
  1. "Next Season" by Minami Kuribayashi
  2. "Eternity" by Minami Kuribayashi.
The first ending song is also the opening song in the second and third OVAs.

Ayumayu Gekijou

Ayumayu Gekijou is a comedy "web anime" that was broadcasted from September 2006 to January 2007 on Kiminozo Radio's homepage.

The main characters are SD versions of, as the title might suggest, Ayu and Mayu, and various other characters (also SD) show up in each episode.

Though it's technically a Kimi ga Nozomu Eien show, many characters and even a senjutsuki (type-00 Takemikaduchi, Meiya custom) from Muv-Luv show up. The series contains many references to Muv-Luv (for example, in the second episode, Ayu uses an S-11 SDS and Haruka is turned into a 00 Unit) and the fourth episode is little more than a parody of Muv-Luv Alternative.

Ayumayu Gekijou characters

  • Ayu Daikuuji
    Voice: Kiyomi Asai (浅井 清己 Asai Kiyomi)
    From Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
  • Mayu Tamano
    Voice: Kozue Yoshizumi (吉住 梢 Yoshizumi Kozue)
    From Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
  • Kenzo Sakiyama (崎山 健三 Sakiyama Kenzō)
    Voice: Kazuo Oka (岡 和男 Oka Kazuo)
    From Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
  • Akane Suzumiya (涼宮 茜 Suzumiya Akane)
    Voice: Kaori Mizuhashi
    From Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
  • Miki Tamase (珠瀬 壬姫 Tamase Miki)
    Voice: Hitomi (ひと美)
    From Muv-Luv

Episodes

# Title Original air date
01 "Hakuchuu no Shikaku... sa." (白昼の死角...さ.) 
02 "Furikaereba Yatsu ga Iru... sa." (振り返れば奴がいる...さ.) 
03 "Ari yo Saraba... sa." (アリよさらば...さ.) 
04 "Ou-sama no Resutoran... sa." (王様のレストラン...さ.) 

Songs

  • Theme song: Koi no Bakudan Deito (恋の爆弾でいと)
    Singer: UYAMUYA
  • Episode 4 insert song: Carry On
    Singer: Endou Masaaki

Other appearances

Characters from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien can be seen in other works by âge.

Akane Maniax

Akane is the main heroine in the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien spinoff and Muv-Luv prequel, Akane Maniax.

Muv-Luv

Akane returns again in Muv-Luv, still a student in Hakuryou Hiiragi. Also, part of Kimi ga Nozomu Eien's opening theme (Precious Memories) is played whenever someone is hit by a car.

Muv-Luv Alternative

Mitsuki and Haruka return in Muv-Luv Alternative

Several of the Kimi ga Nozomu Eien characters return in the Alternate world sequel to Muv-Luv, Muv-Luv Alternative.

Haruka, Mitsuki, and Akane are members of special task force A-01, also known as the Isumi Valkyries, and Homura Manami is a nurse at the Yokohama base. Mitsuki and Akane pilot senjutsuki, but Haruka is the command post officer. Takayuki is also mentioned. He was killed in action prior to the start of the game, King of Hetare to the end.

In the epilogue, Haruka and Mitsuki can be seen walking around together near the station, Mitsuki with her pre-accident hairstyle. This suggests that the events of Kimi ga Nozomu Eien may be taken by future games to have never happened, allowing for Mitsuki and Haruka to show up as best friends in newer games as they did in Alternative. It also suggests that all of Kimi go Nozomu Eien takes place in the version of the Extra world corrupted by the flow of influence from the Alternative world (as the final Extra world is supposedly one restored to its rightful form). It is possible that Haruka's accident in Kimi ga Nozomu Eien was caused by the influence of Haruka's death in the Alternative world brought by Takeru to the Extra world (this theory assumes that cause and effect would be affected by things in the Alternative world that would happen in the future, though, as Haruka died after Takeru returned from the Extra world).

Haruka and Mitsuki both die in the Alternative world during the Yokohama base battle. Haruka is killed in action by one of the BETA while trying to shut down the hive reactor, and Mitsuki sacrifices herself to destroy it by manually detonating the S-11 bombs shortly after.

In the all-ages version of Muv-Luv Alternative, Mitsuki's death scene has full voice acting for Takeru added on.

Ayumayu Gekijou

Many Kimi ga Nozomu Eien characters can be seen in the web anime Ayumayu Gekijou.

References

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