A 13-episode anime series
developed by RADIX and initially broadcast in 2003.
The plot is a bit difficult to wrap your brain around. In 2017, Earth satellites detect a gravitational anomaly coming from the direction of the constellation Lyra. When the signal is analyzed, it's revealed to be a transmission from the Voyager spacecraft, leading to the discovery of faster-than-light travel as well as a wormhole inside the core of Saturn's moon Titan. Others are soon discovered. Further exploration of these wormholes, or "inflation holes," results in the discovery, in the year 2197, of a planet ten parsecs from Titan which is dubbed the Quantum Core, which contains a wormhole identical to Titan's at its center and was apparently once occupied by a now-extinct alien species whose excessive use of wormhole travel resulted in the equatorial mass of the Core being burned away, leaving it in the shape of...well, an apple core.
Within 50 years, humanity has constructed a base on the Core, dubbed Watcher's Nest
. Not long after, an expedition beneath the planet's surface is attacked by a Ghoul - your garden-variety Eldritch Abomination
, origins and intentions unknown. The purpose of Watcher's Nest
is now twofold: Monitor the Core, and prevent any further incursion from the Ghoul. Autopsies and genetic research conducted by a group called Alchemy
reveal startling results when Ghoul genes are combined with animal DNA — and later with human DNA, resulting in the project being officially closed down.
Now a new squad of cadets is brought on board Watcher's Nest
to experience combat training, conspiracy and absurdly tight uniforms. Misaki, our heroine, is hardly cut out for the job — but trouble seems to find her, and she's being observed by parties unknown....
The original series was followed by a second 13-episode series, Divergence Eve: Misaki Chronicles
, in 2004. With the same set of characters and set in an alternative universe that Misaki created at the end of the original show
, Misaki Chronicles
is about the elite team at Watcher's Nest defeating Ghouls at different times in Earth's history.
This anime provides examples of:
- Anachronic Order: Confused by the first episode? You should be, as it takes place chronologically between episodes 12 and 13.
- Anime Hair: Compared to other animes the hair isn't too extreme but most defy physics.
- Balloon Belly: Misaki in the ending.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted with nipples but straight with the groin.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Jean-Luc LeBlanc.
- Big "NO!": In episode 10 Luxandra screams "no!" as she dies.
- Bridge Bunnies: Naturally, they bounce every time they turn around.
- Christmas Cake: Lyar von Ertiana, to her chagrin.
- Clothing Damage: Misaki's armour rips off her, leaving her naked.
- Conspicuous CG: Some of the
worst best uniquest you'll ever see.
- Cool Old Guy: Wolfgang Woerns, commander of Watcher's Nest.
- Deliberately Monochrome: Misaki's nightmare in episode 9.
- The Dragon: Prim Snowlight, to LeBlanc. Even though she isn't all that evil.
- Eaten Alive: Luxandra.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Ghoul.
- Empty Shell: Misaki becomes this in the final episode after remembering "her" death.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Dr. Kessler. Also LeBlanc - maybe.
- Expendable Clone: The clone of Misaki who dies in episode one.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Invoked by Bernard.
- Five-Man Band:
- French Jerk: LeBlanc.
- Gainaxing: Every plot-important woman save the Token Mini-Moe.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Not so much as go mad as LeBlanc's head explodes.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When Luxandra is Eaten Alive nothing is seen except the blood.
- Humongous Mecha: Rampart Armor.
- Ignorance Is Bliss: "The truth doesn't always save somebody."
- Immortality Seeker: LeBlanc's ultimate goal is to get unlimited power through the knowledge of the universe.
- Intrepid Reporter: Subverted. Bernard Firestar turns out to be a complete ass and gets himself shot by LeBlanc.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: This happens to anybody who leaves the military having learnt top secret information to stop it leaking. This happens to Suzanna.
- Latex Space Suit: Obviously.
- Meganekko: Prim.
- Mind-Control Device: LeBlanc uses a microchip to control Misaki's body since her "heart is empty".
- The Mole: Bernard.
- Nietzsche Wannabe: LeBlanc.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Except for the Fake-Out Make-Out there's no touching at all. No romance either.
- Not Using the Z Word: They are zombies. "Energy is sent to their brains while their bodies remain."
- People Jars: Hundreds of them kept by LeBlanc and, worst of all, they aren't dead.
- Put on a Bus: And memory-wiped to boot, such as Suzanna.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Kotoko-01. To the point that in one episode, she starts bleeding.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: LeBlanc, and sometimes Prim.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The ending theme of the first series and the opening theme of Misaki Chronicles are bouncy pop songs.
- Stripperiffic: Kotoko's pilot-suits in both seasons, the second even more so. Even her casual outfits tend to show a good amount of skin.
- The Starscream: Prim isn't all too happy about LeBlanc's plan and does try to ruin it for him.
- These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: In the final episode LeBlanc learns of all the knowledge in the entire universe and their head explodes.
- Token Mini-Moe: Kotoko
- Tomato in the Mirror: It's obvious to the audience from the start that there's something special about Misaki. All in all she's the second generation of generically altered humans (altered by the Ghoul) with makes them special in various ways. She is also a connexion to the Ghouls.
- It also turns out that Prim is one as well, but caused different results.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Prim has several degrees.
- Vapor Wear: The training outfits the cadets wear. Also there's Kotoko's...unusual style of pilot suits.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Bernard and Misaki.
- You Killed My Father: Misaki towards Ghouls in general.
- You Know Too Much: LeBlanc says this before he kills Bernard: "The rat has entered the forbidden zone."
- Your Head A Splode: LeBlanc in episode 13.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Misaki, Suzanna, Kotoko and Kiri.
Misaki Chronicles contains the following tropes:
- Badass Cape: Lyar's cape.
- Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Ghoul.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Jean-Luc LeBlanc is the villain again.
- Brain Uploading: LeBlanc throughout the new universe is littered through the computer system and manages to control it. Eventually a host body is created.
- Brutal Honesty: After Lyar says a heartfelt farewell to Kurenai-no-ha when she returns to the sort of future, Kotoko finds out what would happen to him he gets executed for trying to kill Toyotomi. She jokes about what would have happened had Lyar gone and helped him.
- Convenient Coma: Prim is in a coma throughout the series but she manages to connect herself to the computers in time to fight against LeBlanc.
- Cute Ghost Girl: The child version of the original Misaki... who was created by the original Misaki.
- Dead Person Conversation: Misaki with her dead father prior to the last episode which gives her a change of heart.
- Fan Service Pack: Kotoko
- Freudian Excuse: LeBlanc has mother issues.
- Ghost Memory: 1595-Misaki gets the memories of dead people. She experiences the death of the original Luxandra, because that was sort-of in the past.
- Distant Finale: Lyar is shown to be somewhere in her fifties and finds Misaki (the same age but no longer a ghost) again.
- I Never Told You My Name: Lyar asks Kurenai-no-ha how he knew her name; he says that he heard Kotoko say it, which was a lie.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Suzanna's previously erased memories are restored.
- Military School: Part of Misaki Chronicles takes place during the characters' training in the alternative universe.
- Mind Screw: They're travelling to the past of an alternative world while also being trapped outside of time... It gets complicated.
- Samurai: Kurenai-no-ha.
- Past Life Memories: The new Misaki remembers her previous self from the original anime.
- Ret Gone: After sending Lyar, Kotoko, and Suzanna back to the correct universe after she gets trapped, Misaki effectively does this to herself. Lyar is the only one who remembers her.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Misaki's goal is to save loads of people from dying in this new timeline, trying to find an alternative world "without sadness". She comes to the conclusion that this isn't possible.
- Trapped in the Past: There's a time limit for how long the barrier around Earth will remain open. If they stay too long whoever went down would become trapped. Though really the original Watcher's Nest has become trapped outside of time and has overlapped with another part.
- Vapor Wear: Kotoko again.