Otogi Juushi Akazukin

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おとぎ銃士 赤ずきん

Fairy Musketeers Akazukin

Started off in 2005 as an anime OVA that came with a figure that Konami was selling. (Supposedly there are three episodes of the OVA).

In 2006 it was turned into a TV anime series (ignores the continuity of the OVA). Ran from July 1, 2006 - March 31, 2007.

There was also a manga series and some short novels. There was also a game released.

The Title

Otogi comes from the Japanese word for fairytales (otogibanashi). Juushi just means musketeers, a reference to the three musketeers. And Akazukin is the Japanese name for Red Riding Hood, it literally translates to "red hood".

Plot

Follows the adventure of a boy named Suzukaze Souta. As a child, he was told fairytales by his mother.

One day a man calls him the "Erde's Key" before transforming into a monster called a Nightmarian ナイトメアリアン. He's saved by a girl in a red helmet named Akazukin, one of the Three Musketeers of the Four Leaf Knights.

Characaters

Akazukin 赤ずきん - Tamura Yukari

Based on Red Riding Hood. One of the Three Musketeers. 14 years old.

Shirayukihime 白雪姫 - Tateno Kanako

Japanese name for "Snow White". A magician in the Three Musketeers. 14 years old.

Ibarahime いばら姫 - Sawashiro Miyuki

The Japanese name for Sleeping Beauty. Name means "Princess Briars". 14 years old.

Silver Wolf Val 銀狼ヴァル - Hiyama Nobuyuki 檜山修之, Kobayashi Mayuko 小林由美子 (Young)

Suzukaze Souta 鈴風 草太 - Kumai Motoko くまいもとこ (OVA, 1-25), Sanpei Yuuko 三瓶由布子 (26-39)

Ordinary boy from Erde. 14 years old.
The original voice actress had to leave due to illness.

Vocabulary

Erde - Earth where Souta is from. Name comes from the German word for "Earth". The world built on science.

Fandavele ファンダヴェーレ - The land where the fairy tale characters live. Their world is based on magic.

Jusshi~ / Jusui~ / Jussui~ じゅ〜しぃ〜 / じゅ〜すぃ〜 / じゅ〜すぅぃ〜 - A phrase that Akazukin likes to say. Something between juicy(ジューシー) and musketeer/juushi.

Zukkyun! ずっきゅ〜ん! - Another of Akazukin's phrases. Probably based on zukin.

The OVA

An OVA released with an Akazukin figure by Konami in 2005. Was originally going to be a three part OVA before it was scrapped and turned into the TV series. There are obvious merchandise differences, particularly with Akazukin's gear.

Page about the OVA

Cast

Spider Fang スパイダーファング - Yasumoto Hiroki

External Links

Konami page

TV-Tokyo Page