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Maps (マップス) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hasegawa Yuichi. It was serialized in the Gakken magazine Monthly Comic Nora from 1985 to 1994. The series was adapted into two anime original video animations (OVAs): the 1987 original, fully titled Maps: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi (マップス 伝説のさまよえる星人たち, lit. "Maps: Legendary Space Wanderers") in Japan, and the 1994 remake, simply titled Maps.

Maps
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The cover of the first volume of Maps
マップス
(Mappusu)
GenreScience fiction
Manga
Written byHasegawa Yuichi
Published byGakken
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Comic Nora
Original run19851994
Volumes17
Original video animation
Maps: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi
Directed byKeiji Hayakawa
Written byKenji Terada
Music byKohei Tanaka
StudioStudio Gallop
ReleasedJuly 14, 1987
Runtime51 minutes
Original video animation
Directed bySusumu Nishizawa
Written byMasaki Tsuji
Music byMasahiro Kawasaki
StudioTMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Released July 8, 1994 February 24, 1995
Episodes4 (List of episodes)
Manga
Maps Gaiden
Written byHasegawa Yuichi
Published byGakken
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Comic Nora
Original run19961997
Volumes2
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Contents

PlotEdit

Maps follows a normal Earth boy named Gen. He and his girlfriend Hoshimi meet Lipmira, a scantily-clad blonde woman from outer space, who tells Gen that he is the "mapman," meaning the map to a great treasure is coded in his genes. Gen and Hoshimi leave Earth with Lipmira to find the treasure, a quest shared by evil space people whom they are often compelled to fight against.[1] Notable aspects of the series are the spaceships (which look like giant silver angelic women, often described as "hood ornaments") and the robot women that control them, or more precisely embody them for dealings with regular-sized life forms (Lipmira is one of these robot embodiments). Each ship and its pilot have a distinct character, from playful to evil.

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Maps was written and illustrated by Hasegawa Yuichi.[2] It was serialized in the Gakken magazine Monthly Comic Nora from 1985 to 1994. A total of 17 tankōbon bound volumes were published in Japan between 1987 and 1995. Japan Media Factory re-released the manga in bunkoban format in 2003.

OVAsEdit

Two OVAs based on Maps have been created. The first, Maps: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijintachi, was produced by Studio Gallop, directed by Hayakawa Keiji, written by Kenji Terada, and musically scored by Kohei Tanaka. It was released exclusively in Japan on July 17, 1987. The second, simply titled Maps, was animated TMS Entertainment, directed by Nishizawa Susumu, written by Masaki Tsuji, and musically scored by Masahiro Kawasaki. It was released in Japan in four episodes split into two volumes on July 8, 1994 and February 24, 1995. An English version of this OVA was later licensed by ADV Films and distributed in North America.

EpisodesEdit

  1. Galactic Angel (ACT1 宇宙(あま)翔ける天使, Act 1: Ama Kakeru Tenshi)
  2. A Reward for the Travelers (ACT2 トラベラーの報酬, Act 2: Traveller no Hōshū)
  3. Six Ghost Ships (ACT3 六人の幽霊船, Act 3: Rokunin no Yūreisen)
  4. Revival of the Legend (ACT4 伝説の復活, Act 4: Densetsu no Fukkatsu)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Robinson, Tasha (November 23, 1998). "Anime Reviews: MAPS". Sci-Fi Weekly. Archived from the original on August 19, 2000. Retrieved 2011-06-25.
  2. ^ "Crossbone Gundam/MAPS' Hasegawa to Draw Raideen Manga". Anime News Network. May 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-06-08.

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