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Kiddy Grade

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Kiddy Grade (キディ・グレイド) is a 24-episode science fiction anime series produced in 2002 and created by gímik and Gonzo Digimation and directed by Keiji Gotoh. The series is licensed and distributed in North America by FUNimation Entertainment.

Kiddy Grade
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Éclair (left) and Lumière with LaMuse and Planet Aineias in the background.
キディ・グレイド
(Kidi Gureido)
GenreAdventure, Mystery, Science Fiction
Light novel
Kiddy Grade Pr. ("Pre-story")
Written byTomohiko Aoki
Illustrated byHidefumi Kimura
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicMale
ImprintKadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original runSeptember 1, 2001February 1, 2002
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byKeiji Gotoh
Written byHidefumi Kimura
Music byShirō Hamaguchi
StudioGonzo
Licensed by
Original networkFuji Television
English network
Original run October 8, 2002 March 18, 2003
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Manga
Kiddy Grade Reverse
Written byHIYOHIYO
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineShōnen Ace
PublishedMarch 1, 2003
Manga
Kiddy Grade Versus
Written byHidefumi Kimura
Illustrated byArikui Fujimaru
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineDragon Jr.
Original runMarch 1, 2003November 1, 2003
Volumes2
Light novel
Written byFumihiko Shimo
Illustrated byHidefumi Kimura
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicMale
ImprintKadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original runNovember 1, 2002September 1, 2003
Volumes3
Light novel
Kiddy Grade EX-Partner ("Extra story")
Written byHidefumi Kimura
Illustrated byMegumi Kadonosono
Published byKadokawa Shoten
PublishedSeptember 25, 2003
Light novel
Kiddy Grade Secret Affair
Written byHidefumi Kimura
Illustrated byMegumi Kadonosono
Published byKadokawa Shoten
PublishedJanuary 29, 2004
Anime film
Kiddy Grade -Ignition-
Directed byKeiji Gotoh
StudioGonzo
ReleasedApril 7, 2007
Runtime90 minutes
Anime film
Kiddy Grade -Maelstrom-
Directed byKeiji Gotoh
StudioGonzo
ReleasedJune 23, 2007
Runtime90 minutes
Anime film
Kiddy Grade -Truth Dawn-
Directed byKeiji Gotoh
StudioGonzo
ReleasedSeptember 1, 2007
Runtime90 minutes
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In October 2006 news of a Kiddy Grade sequel was announced, under the working title of Kiddy Grade 2 (キディ・グレイ) (K-G.2), to be animated by asread (Shuffle! anime).[1] On February 26, 2009 it was re-announced[2] under the new title Kiddy Girl-and (キディ・ガーランド, Kidi Gārando) along with news of a new manga adaptation, Kiddy Girl-and Pure (キディ・ガーランド ぴゅあ, Kidi Gārando Pyua). The sequel is set 50 years after the original series and introduces two new female protagonists, Ascœur (アスクール, Asukūru)[3] and Q-feuille (ク・フィーユ, Ku Fīyu).[4]

Contents

OverviewEdit

Story and settingEdit

Kiddy Grade takes place in a future where the human race has expanded and inhabits a multitude of planets in the universe with fantastic technology. Unsurprisingly, crime has grown alongside technology, and thus the Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT, German for "God") is formed as a sort of universal police force. Within this organization, there is a special (and secret) branch known as the ES Force (ES standing for "Encounter of Shadow-work"), consisting of twelve physically young people who possess amazing superpowers. Each ES member operates with another as a team, and the series' focus is a team of two low-level members, Éclair and Lumière. As the series progresses, they start to see the darker side of GOTT and its secrets.

CharactersEdit

Most of the central characters in the series are ES members of GOTT "Shadow Unit". The Shadow Unit is a group of superpowered individuals that acts as the elite enforcement division of GOTT and hence, of the Galactic Union. Their powers are ranked by "class", of which three are named in the series: C class is the lowest, S is high, and G is the highest. At the beginning of the series, it is believed that no ES member possesses G class abilities but it is later revealed to be false. ES members are organized in pairs of the same class and each is issued a customized and very advanced spaceship and a guard robot.

The protagonists of the series are Éclair and Lumière, a C class pair of ES agents, who have a long back-story together from before joining GOTT. Their past is gradually revealed throughout the series as they come to realize and accept it. Their spaceship is called La Muse (French: The Muse) and their guard robot is Donnerschlag (German: Thunderclap); both are also part of their back-story. As ES members, Éclair and Lumière report directly to the chief of GOTT, Eclipse, a strict and collected woman whose orders they cannot disobey. Often accompanying them in the early episodes is the Galactic Union auditor Armbrust (German: Crossbow) who appears to have multiple hidden agendas.

Other ES members are: Alv and Dvergr (S class), an arrogant pair who eventually become Éclair and Lumière's antagonists; Tweedledee and Tweedledum (S class), fraternal twins with a complicated relationship towards the protagonists; Viola and Cesario (C class) who are generally on good terms with Éclair and Lumière; Un-ou and A-ou (S class), former mercenaries with a long-standing rivalry with them; and Sinistra and Dextera (S class), a bishōnen pair held in high regard by all their colleagues for their professionalism. Also of note are Mercredi, Eclipse's personal assistant with a hidden agenda, and Chevalier d'Autriche, the Secretary General of GOTT whose past is intertwined with Éclair's.

MediaEdit

AnimeEdit

Kiddy Grade originally aired on Fuji Television in Japan from October 8, 2002 – March 18, 2003. The series ran for 24 episodes and was produced by Gonzo. The series currently airs on the FUNimation Channel in both its "syndicated block" and its 24-hour channel. In 2007, the series was re-released as three movies (each 80–90 minutes in length) to specific Japanese theatres.[5][6] The following are the individual titles for each film and their release dates.

  1. Ignition (initial screening April 8, 2007, DVD released July 27, 2007)
  2. Maelstrom (initial screening June 23, 2007, DVD released September 28, 2007)
  3. Truth Dawn (initial screening September 1, 2007, DVD released December 21, 2007)

CrewEdit

Theme songsEdit

  • Opening
  1. "Memories of the Future" (Mirai no Kioku) by Yuka
  • Ending
  1. "Future" by Little Viking

Print mediaEdit

The Kiddy Grade franchise started right in the form of a series of light novels, published by Kadokawa Shoten under the label of Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko from 1 September 2001 to 1 February 2002 and later collected into two volumes (Kiddy Grade Pr1, September 1, 2001 and Kiddy Grade Pr2, February 1, 2002). Following are other light novel dedicated to the characters of the series were published: Kiddy Grade, 3 volumes published from 1 November 2002 to 1 September 2003; Kiddy Grade EX-Partner, single volume published September 25, 2003; and finally Kiddy Grade Secret Affair, single volume published January 29, 2004.

The series was adapted into two manga series. The first, Kiddy Grade Reverse was made by Hiyohiyo and published in the magazine Shonen Ace of Kadokawa Shoten, before being collected in a single volume published on 1 March 2003. The second series, Kiddy Grade Versus was made by Hidefumi Kimura and Arikui Fujimaru and published in the magazine Dragon Jr Kadokawa Shoten, before being collected in two volumes published February 27, 2003 (the first volume) and 1 November 2003 ( the second volume).

ReceptionEdit

Reviews for Kiddy Grade are often mixed. As the main plot does not become apparent until mid-series (Episode 9), it has been criticized as being too slow, particularly when reviews are based on the first few episodes. Negative comments are also made about excessive fanservice, particularly in the case of Lumière. Despite her actual mental age, she has the appearance of a 10-year-old, and is often shown in a sexualized fashion. Fanservice is an ongoing quality of Kiddy Grade, but does occur less frequently as the series progresses.

Nevertheless, as a series it is usually given credit for high-quality animation and the strengths of the story in the later episodes.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Keiji Gotoh. "Gotoh Keiji Home Page" (in Japanese). pp. Goto Keiji Information. Retrieved October 26, 2006.
  2. ^ "キディ・ガーランド -WORKS ON WEB-" (in Japanese). Retrieved February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "キディ・ガーランド -WORKS ON WEB-" (in Japanese). pp. キディ・ガーランド データベース. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "キディ・ガーランド -WORKS ON WEB-" (in Japanese). pp. キディ・ガーランド データベース. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "Anime News Network". Retrieved February 21, 2007.
  6. ^ "Kiddy Grade Homepage" (in Japanese). Retrieved February 21, 2007.
  7. ^ Tiu, Diane. "Kiddy Grade". T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews. Retrieved March 25, 2011.

Further readingEdit

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