Film Friday- Ceres, Celestial Legend

Film Friday- Ceres, Celestial Legend

Ceres: Celestial Legend, known in Japan as The Mystery of Ceres , is a fantasy shōjomanga series written by Yuu Watase. Studio Pierrot adapted the series into a twenty-four episode anime series that premiered in Japan on WOWOW on April 20, 2000 and ran until September 28, 2000. The anime series was also licensed by Viz, but has since been re-licensed by Discotek Media.

Characters

  • Aya Mikage: Aya is a sixteen-year-old high school girl and the protagonist of the story. She is a direct descendant and reincarnation of a Tennin named Ceres, who uses her as a medium for existence. The Mikage family considers Ceres a threat and continuously tries to take Aya’s life. Aya is horrified but determined to right the past wrongs of her family and recover Ceres’ hagoromo so that her family will no longer suffer in fear of her. She falls in love with Toya, and they conceive a child together. In the sequel Episode of Miku, Aya gives birth to a girl named Miku and, three years later, a boy named Aki-(Miku’s younger brother), who is the look-alike reincarnation of her late twin brother. She has blonde hair, light blue eyes and wears a small pair of red earrings that she had given to her brother.
  • Ceres: Ceres is a powerful Tennin (Celestial Maiden) from legend who married Mikagi, the founder of the Mikage family. While she is powerful and volatile, she needs her hagoromo (celestial robe) to recover her true form and full abilities. She has repeatedly attempted to manifest herself through certain female descendants of her bloodline when they reach the age of sixteen. Because her tragic past was misinterpreted by her descendants, her reincarnations are relentlessly killed by the Mikage family.
  • Toya: Toya is Aya’s main love interest in the series. He is a mysterious young man who has absolutely no memory of his past or his true nature; his only clues are two names: “Toya” (“ten nights”, his name), and “Mikage”. He originally works for Mikage International until he fell in love with Aya, rebelling against them to protect her. It is later revealed that he met Aya when she was a six-year-old child. Toya is the embodiment/offspring of the hagoromo of Ceres. He sacrifices the manna bestowed upon him by the celestial robe to give him immortality, saving Aya and protecting their two young children, Miku and Aki. He has pale white skin, brownish red hair, green eyes and is often seen wearing clip-on earrings on both his ears. His fighting outfit is a long forest green coat with a navy blue crop top, along with matching pants and black monk strap shoes.
  • Aki Mikage: Aki is Aya’s twin brother, a gentle and caring person who becomes a medium for the spirit of Mikagi, the founder of the Mikage family. Mikagi in Aki’s body aggressively pursues Aya and Ceres, and almost rapes Aya. In the end Aki sacrifices his life to destroy the violent and hateful spirit. In the sequel Episode of Miku, he is reborn and reincarnated as Aya and Toya’s second child Aki, and Miku’s younger brother. The uniform at her previous school Sarashina High School was a white polo shirt with an aqua marine vest and a grey skirt.
  • Suzumi Aogiri: A widow and a C-Genomer (Tennin descendant) from the Kansai region, Suzumi is the head of a branch of one of the Aogiri family’s schools of Japanese dance. She welcomes Aya into her household when she discovers Aya has become Ceres’ latest medium. Suzumi cannot become a Tennin like Aya, though she does possess some psychic/psionic abilities, such as clairvoyance, premonition, and powerful telekinesis. She is capable of making protective celestial amulets that possess enormous power.
  • Yūhi Aogiri: Yūhi is the adopted younger brother of Suzumi’s deceased husband Kazuma. Early in the series, he wears a headband enhanced with strong Tennin magic made by Suzumi, designating him Aya’s bodyguard. He has a strong unrequited love for Aya. Though attracted to Yūhi, Aya ultimately comes to see him as a close friend on a strictly platonic level, and Yūhi is able to accept the fact that Aya only loves Toya. Later, he begins to care deeply for Chidori Kuruma. A notable martial arts expert, he is also an extraordinary cook which had learned from his mother.
  • Kyū Oda, “Mrs. Q”: The Aogiri’s household help, “Mrs. Q” is a gnome-like woman known for her reckless driving and ridiculously ugly appearance, despite her consistent claims that she is a beautiful woman. She’s convinced that she and Toya are made for each other.
  • Chidori Kuruma: A C-Genomer from Tochigi Prefecture, Chidori is a cheerful high school girl who looks and acts child-like until she transforms into a Tennin. She cares very deeply for her younger brother, Shota, who was hospitalized upon her introduction into the story. She can transform into a Tennin at will or whenever she gets mad or upset. She seems to have developed deep romantic feelings for her crush Yūhi, and later dies for his sake just as she is about to confess that she had always cared for him. The Mikage scientists identify Chidori’s Tennin type as Pallas. She has wavy salmon pink hair that is often worn in two pigtails; her school uniform is a periwinkle colored blazer with a red tie, a navy blue skirt, and wears black socks with brown shoes.
  • Yuki Urakawa: Yuki is a high school girl and a C-Genomer who goes the same school as Yūhi and Aya. She is quiet and has a weak constitution, so she can’t transform into a Tennin, but she can manifest pyrokinesis. She has a relationship with her teacher Mr. Hayama, who is actually an agent sent by Mikage International to capture and eliminate Aya and Ceres. In the end, Urakawa burns the agent with her powers and hugs him, causing the fire to kill her as well. She wears a sailor styled school uniform that is red and yellow, complete with a grey bow tie, white socks and black shoes.
  • Miori Sahara: Miori is Aya’s distant cousin and a C-Genomer from Shizuoka Prefecture. She was Toya’s lover in a fake past that Kagami implanted in him who was mostly known as Toya Mizuki. She is an ordinary high school student of the co-ed Kaisei High School living a normal, happy life with her mother, until her mother was summoned by the Mikages and killed at the main house when Aya first transformed into Ceres. She pretends to become friends with Aya when Aya transfers to her school, then transforms into a Tennin to take on Aya (as Ceres) and avenge her mother’s death. She later commits suicide-(in front of a huge crowd) as her final act of “revenge” against Aya, to which Toya witnesses. Miori is identified by the Mikage scientists as possessing the same Tennin type as Aya. Here school uniform is a silver colored blazer with a black skirt, and a red ribbon.
  • Shuro Tsukasa: An Okinawan C-Genomer, Shuro was raised as a man by her family out of a fear that she would one day take away the family’s heirloom, Ceres’ hagoromo, and ascend to heaven. She is GeSANG’s famous pop star alongside her cousin Kei Tsukasa, who she is in love with. She dies near the end of the series while attempting to free the C-Genomes. Shuro has the ability to magnify her voice to an amplitude that can rupture a person’s heart when she transforms into a Tennin. Mikage scientists identify her as Tennin type Juno.
  • Kagami Mikage: Kagami is Aya’s distant cousin and director of the C-Project (Celestial Project) conducted by Mikage International. He is one of the few members of the Mikage family who wants to meet Ceres and does not fear her. At times he seems in love with her. Kagami wants to capture Ceres and study her, to harness the ability of the Tennin and learn their true nature. He aims to better humanity by creating a perfect human race, though his methods are less than moral. His personality developed from a tragic childhood, where his mother beat him for not being the best. He wears glasses, has dark grey hair, and wears a dark blue blazer, with a turquoise shirt and yellow tie underneath.
  • Alec / Alexander O. Howell: Alec is a Scottish scientist who studied in the U.S. and speaks Japanese with a thick accent. He is a certified genius with a very high IQ and a complete otaku. He works for Mikage International and provides advanced technology for the development of C-Project. As the project progresses, Alec finds that the situation is not what he expected, and tries to back out because of his own moral convictions. He has yellow colored hair with his bangs parted to the side, a pair of spectacles over his nose, and wears a red shirt with blue jeans and a lab coat.
  • Gladys Smithson: Gladys is an American colleague of Alec who also works for the C-Project at Mikage International. She’s responsible for the C-Genomer’s power growth and development. She dies when she puts herself between Mikagi and a pregnant Ceres. She has white hair that is worn in a bun and wears a magenta colored blazer with an orange dress underneath.
  • Wei Fei Li: Wei is a young, skilled martial artist from China hired by Mikage International. Wielding a vicious chain whip and various tiny throwing blades, he is often sent out to capture C-Genomers or perform other covert tasks. When Toya tries to leave the headquarters together with Aki, Wei is sent stop them, and Toya takes out his left eye and wear a white bandage to cover it up. Wei is Aki’s and Shiso’s caretaker and bodyguard, and Toya’s replacement. He seems to be calm most of the time and does not complain, but he harbors a grudge against Toya for his injury. He has dark green hair, brown skin, and grey eyes; his fighting outfit consists of a light purple Chinese styled coat with blue high healed boots.
  • Shiso Mikagi: The founder of the Mikage family, Mikagi, first lived during the Jōmon period of Japan. He began as a gentle, kind young man. Ceres falls in love with him, and when their family is attacked and he is ashamed of his inability to protect them, she grants him power. His growing strength drives him mad, and his love becomes an obsession that drives him to hide the hagoromo, causing Ceres to fear for her children’s safety. When she leaves, he chases her and kills their first child, so Ceres kills him, covering his body with lacerations that remain when he manifests in Aki. He will stop at nothing to make Ceres his again.
  • Assam: Assam is a young assassin from Indonesia hired by Kagami to replace and kill Toya. He wants the C-Project to stop using children as objects of war.
  • Shouta Kuruma: A 9-10 year old elementary school student and is Chidori’s younger brother, after getting involved in a terrible bus accident two years ago, he was (temporarily) paralyzed from the waist down causing him to use a wheelchair for mobility. When he met Toya at the hospital he was staying at, he saw him as one of his best friends; he stood up for the first time in episode 11 and he can also be seen walking in episodes 19 and 20, he has peach colored skin, hazel eyes, and chestnut brown hair. His dream career is to become a pilot and enjoys looking at the sky.
  • Miku Mikage: Aya and Toya’s daughter who turns 3 year old in Episode of Miku. Because of her young age, she has a tendency to mispronounce words even ones that are simple; on the manga covers she has red hair just like her father Toya, but in a bob cut. She is the big sister of Aki, a younger version of Aya’s brother.
  • Mrs. Mikage: Aya and Aki’s mother. After witnessing her daughter Aya transforming into Ceres, she ends up in a coma throughout the rest of the series due to psychlogical shock.
  • Mr. Mikage: Aya and Aki’s father. He died at the beginning of the series when he tried protecting Aya from getting killed by her evil grandfather, however he is shown in flashbacks.
  • Maya Hirobe: Is a bespectacled teenage girl and student at an all-girls school called Tsukashima High School. In the manga she met Aya after getting attacked by a strange dog; her picture is only shown once in the anime-(in episode 17).
  • Dr. Kurotsuka: A male doctor who runs a clinic in Niigata. After Toya was found unconscious at a nearby beach by a group of kids, Kurotsuka took care of him and nursed him back to health, that was until Toya escaped from the hospital and was trying to regain his memories; Despite his tough-looking appearance, he’s very friendly, has a sense of humor and was even kind enough to lend Toya his motorcycle to rescue Aya. He has sanpaku styled eyes, a tan skin complexion, and dark brown hair.

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