Submarine 707 (サブマリン707, Sabumarin 707) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Satoru Ozawa and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday between 1963 and 1965. The manga series was adapted into two original video animations (OVA). The first OVA, titled Submarine 707: Deep Sea Fleet (深海の艦隊 サブマリン707, Shinkai no Kantai: Sabumarin 707), was produced by Knack Productions and released on 10 January 1997. The second OVA, titled Submarine 707R (サブマリン707R, Sabumarin 707R), consisted of two episodes produced by Group TAC and was released between 26 September 2003 and 28 April 2004.

Submarine 707
Cover of the DVD of the OVA Submarine 707R
(Sabumarin 707)
Written bySatoru Ozawa
Published byShogakukan
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run19631965
Original video animation
Submarine 707: Deep Sea Fleet
Directed byTeruo Kogure
Produced byNoriko Nishino
Written byHideyuki Matsubara
Music byMasakuni Kikuchi
StudioKnack Productions
Released10 January 1997
Runtime45 minutes
Original video animation
Submarine 707R
Directed byShōichi Masuo
Written byHiroshi Ōnogi
Music byYutaka Minobe
Hideaki Kobayashi
StudioGroup TAC
Licensed by
Released26 September 2003
Runtime45 minutes (each)

Plot Edit

In the near future, the world is at war: the USR (the Undersea Silence Revolution or the Underwater Silence Revolution) a mysterious organization led by Admiral Red and his powerful submarine UX, wants to stop human exploitation of the seas, having torpedoed many ships and ports. The world's navies unite and form the Peace Keeping Navy, or PKN, to fight the "terrorists". Every major UN member contributed a submarine, though the Japanese entry is an old clunker, the 707, and it is running late to the inaugural meeting. When the meeting finally begins, Admiral Red and the UX come to spoil the show with a spread of torpedoes. Arriving late in the battle, Captain Youhei Hayami steers the 707 into the way of a torpedo launched at the supercarrier that serves as the PKN's flagship. His ship is destroyed, but the flagship survives.

Six months later, Captain Hayami is given command of the salvaged and rebuilt 707, and takes a crew of old comrades and brand new cadets to sea to fight Admiral Red once more.

Characters Edit

Captain Yōhei Hayami
Voiced by Kōsei Tomita (707); Ben Hiura (707R,Japanese); Michael Sorich (707R,English): Maritime Self-Defense Force officer. The 707's captain.
Hayato Nango
Voiced by Tōru Furusawa (707); Hiroshi Yanaka (707R,Japanese); Roy Williams (707R,English): Maritime Self-Defense Officer which through the manga series went from third to second grade officer and later became the captain of the 717
Admiral Red Terakaizo Omar
Voiced by: Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese); Jamieson Price (English): Commander of the USR and the submarine UX

Release Edit

The first original attempt for an anime series based on the manga was planned back in 1964 but around the same time released as an audio drama on sonosheet (ソノシート, sonoshīto, a very thin-sized record).

In 1997, an OVA was released that titled Deep-sea Fleet Submarine 707 (深海の艦隊 サブマリン707, Sinkai no Kantai Sabumarin Nana Maru Nana) by Toei Doga. The "Submarine 707R" OVAs were released by Aniplex back in Sept. 26, 2003 (mission 01) and April 24, 2004 (mission 02).

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