Kiba (TV series)

Kiba (牙-KIBA-, meaning fang, or if divided into Ki-Ba, a spiritual place), a Japanese anime series produced by Madhouse and Aniplex, began broadcasting on TV Tokyo on April 5, 2006. The series is directed by Hiroshi Kōjina with Upper Deck Japan, a trading card game company, as the main sponsor. The anime has been licensed by ADV Films for North American distribution.

Kiba
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Kiba key visual, featuring Zed
牙-KIBA-
Genre
Created byAniplex
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Kōjina
Produced by
  • Norio Yamakawa
  • Naoki Sasada
  • Eiichi Kamagata
Written by
Music byJun Miyake
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 2, 2006 March 25, 2007
Episodes51 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

The series is more violent than other trading-card-game-tie-in animations with many characters being killed. According to an interview with the March 2006 issue of Animage, Hiroshi Kōjina, the director, noted that the show "absolutely will not have any plot elements that carry favor to children".[4] The producer also commented that Kiba is not the type of show to put "human drama" on the back burner while concentrating on promotional tie-ins.[4] Kiba aired on Toonami Jetstream from July 14, 2008 to January 21, 2009.

PlotEdit

Zed, a 15-year-old boy who lives in a city called "Calm", is frustrated by his current situation in life; he feels that somewhere out there is a place where he can live more fully. One day, at the invitation of a mysterious wind, he dives into a space-time crevasse (portal), seeking the answers that might be there. Riding on the wind, he is transported to a war-torn world where magic users called "Shard Casters" fight endlessly with each other, using spells in the form of marble-like "Shards". He is transported to a country known as Templar.

With the power of the Shards, the Shard Casters are able to use spells and control monsters called "Spirits". Fascinated by that power, Zed aims to become a Shard Caster. However, he still doesn't know that residing in his body is "Amil Gaoul", a mighty Spirit with the power to influence the world's future. Amil Gaoul is one of the "Key Spirits" that, when together with the other Key Spirits, can destroy or save the world. There are a total of six Key Spirits: Amil Gaoul, Pronimo, Sachura, Monadi, Dynamis and Shadin.

Zed undergoes countless trials in order to find out who he really is and what is most important to him.

EpisodesEdit

MusicEdit

Opening themes
Transcription/translation Artist Episodes
Sanctuary Nami Tamaki 1-26
Hakanaku Tsuyoku Younha 27-51
Ending themes
Very Very Afromania 1-13
Solar Wind Snowkel 14-26
STAY GOLD Limelight 27-39
Sekai no Hate made/Until the end of the World Kozue Takada 40-51
Insert songs
Nakanaide Afromania 15
Image songs
Wind of Power / Zed Hiroyuki Yoshino n/a
Go Smiler / Roya Nana Mizuki n/a
Fate / Zed Jun Miyake n/a

Kiba Original Soundtrack 1Edit

  • CD 1:
  1. zed-fate
  2. zed-run
  3. roya-pas de bourree
  4. zymot
  5. templer-fear
  6. enemy
  7. zed-nostalgia
  8. zed-intense
  9. dawn
  10. templer-breeze
  11. templer-promenade
  12. roya-sentiment
  13. noa-intense
  14. noa-calmness
  15. battle-approach
  16. battle-bump
  17. battle-chase
  18. zed-friends
  19. mother
  20. shard-blaze
  21. shard-battle
  22. zed-regret
  23. urban
  24. zed-journey
  25. Sanctuary [TV ver.]
  26. Very Very [TV ver.]
  27. solar wind [TV ver.]
  • CD 2:
  1. Wind of Power
  2. Go Smiler

Kiba Original Soundtrack 2Edit

  • Disc 1
  1. zed-fate
  2. war
  3. plot
  4. joy
  5. scene-forest
  6. scene-lake
  7. scene-desert
  8. underground
  9. neotopia
  10. roya-romance
  11. fanfare
  12. roya-destiny
  13. noa-friends
  14. disaster
  15. darkness
  16. secret
  17. seekers
  18. shard-battle ~ perish
  19. universe
  20. tears
  21. anger
  22. zed-friends (alternative take)
  23. Hakanaku Tsuyoku (TV ver.)
  24. STAY GOLD (TV ver.)
  25. Sekai no Hate Made (TV ver.)
  • Disc 2
  1. Mei no Naki Kaze ni Fukarete
  2. Kaze no Fuku Basho

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Loo, Egan (July 15, 2008). "Toonami Jetstream Service Hosts Kiba Anime Online". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ a b 【季節を楽しむオススメ作品第2回】風薫る初夏に、新たな挑戦を! 風が人生を変えるドラマチックアニメ. Akiba Souken (in Japanese). Kakaku.com. May 17, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (December 7, 2012). "Upper Deck Ordered to Pay Aniplex US$3.9 Million+ for Kiba". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 11, 2018. Hiroshi Koujina and Madhouse's 51-episode Kiba alternate-world television anime series.
  4. ^ a b "Kiba Review". Anime Evo. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2016.

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