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NieA_7
NIEA 7 vol4.jpg
NieA_7 DVD cover vol4
ニアアンダーセブン
(Nia Andā Sebun)
Genre Comedy-drama, Science fiction
TV anime
Director Tomokazu Tokoro
Studio GENCO
Licensor United States Canada Pioneer
Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Network United States Imaginasian
Original run 26 April 200019 July 2000
Episodes 13
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NieA_7 (ニアアンダーセブン Nia Andā Sebun ?), also known as NieA under 7, is a 13 episode anime series about Mayuko, a poor, introverted student who lives above a Japanese bathhouse, and NieA, a freeloading, freewheeling alien who lives in her closet and eats her food. The series begins on a light comedic tone (most of the early episodes are about schemes to rejuvenate the bathhouse), and deepens somewhat as it explores the evolving relationship between Mayuko and NieA, but the overall ending is upbeat.

The series touches lightly upon issues of discrimination, stereotypes, alienation, city life vs small town life, and assimilation. Mayuko, who attends a cram school, is a young girl living away from her family and expresses a lot of melancholy. NieA, who is apparently placed in an inferior class by her fellow aliens due to being a physical minority among them, immediately accuses anyone who calls her a 'stupid no-antenna' or the like, of discrimination. Other aliens adopt various stereotypical cultural styles, one chooses Indian dress and opens a convenience store, another chooses to associate herself with the Chinese revolution. This theme of the outsider alien is carried through in the brief comic live-action sequence which ends each episode, "Dalgit's Tidbit of Indian Information."

NieA_7 is based on a doujinshi by graphic designer Yoshitoshi ABe and published by Kadokawa Shoten. Much of NieA_7's staff was made up of people who had worked on Serial Experiments Lain (director Takuya Sato was the storyboard artist for Lain, Yoshitoshi ABe was the character designer for Lain, etc.); it is commonly supposed that they chose to do this light-hearted series to cool off after the dark and psychologically intense Serial Experiments Lain. This idea is further supported by the character Chiaki, a UFO fanatic who shares a name with Chiaki J. Konaka, the script writer for Lain.

Contents

Episodes

The episodes are:

  1. Alien & Launching UFO Bath
  2. Alien & Violence Cosmic Bath
  3. Alien & Radio Noise Bath
  4. Alien & Beginner Waitress Bath
  5. Alien & Dried Up Amusements Bath
  6. Alien & Rival Hot Spring Bath
  7. Mothership, Go-Con & Cloudy Skies Bath
  8. Melancholy & Cast-Off Summer Bath
  9. Close Encounter & After The Rain Bath
  10. Glow Of The Firefly & Nocturne Bath
  11. NieA_7 Bath (Former Part)
  12. NieA_7 Bath (LatterPart)
  13. Time Flows By In Enohana Bath

Releases

  • 2001-08-14 (USA Vol. 1 Poor Girl Blues)
  • 2001-09-04 (USA Vol. 2 Funky Water Blues)
  • 2001-12-11 (USA Vol. 3 Sayonora Blues)
  • 2002-02-12 (USA Vol. 4 Under Seven Blues)

Theme Songs

  • Opening Theme:
"Koko Made Oide (Come On Over Here)" by SION (except first episode, which had no opening)
  • Ending Theme:
"Venus to Chiisana Kamisama (Venus and a Small God)" by Maria Yamamoto and Seikou Kikuchi (except last episode, which had a different closing)

Characters

  • Mayuko Chigasaki
    Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Tricia Dickson (English)
Mayuko "Mayu" Chigasaki lives in a room at the Enohana Bathhouse. She is hardworking, polite, honest, and very self-conscious. Mayuko spends all of her time and energy just making ends meet. She shares an apartment with NieA who she often refers to as a "free loader".
  • NieA
    Voiced by: Yuko Miyamura (Japanese), J-Ray Hochfield (English)
NieA is a lower-class or "under-seven" alien; she has no antennae. She lives with Mayuko and builds spaceships out of junk. She shares an apartment with Mayu who she often gets into arguments with about money and food.
  • Genzo Someya
    Voiced by: Akira Okamori (Japanese), Josh Phillips (English)
  • Chada
    Voiced by: Allan Schintu (Japanese), Wil Castillo (English)
  • Momo Enoshima
    Voiced by: Chieko Ichikawa (Japanese), Linda Bendik (English)
  • Chiaki Komatsu
    Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa (Japanese), Zarah Little (English)
  • Shuhei Karita
    Voiced by: Hozumi Goda (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English)
  • Chie Karita
    Voiced by: Mari Ogasawara (Japanese), Lauren Bendik (English)
  • Kotomi Hiyama
    Voiced by: Rumi Ochiai (Japanese), Robyn Nolting (English)
  • Geronimo Hongo
    Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Japanese), Justin Gross (English)
  • Nenji Yoshioka
    Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo (Japanese), Eric Dare (English)
  • Karna
    Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese), Casey Strand (English)

References

Info on episodes, theme songs, releases, and voice actors from the ANN article.

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