FACTOID # 1: Idaho produces more milk than Iowa, Indiana and Illinois combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Ceres, Celestial Legend
Ceres: Celestial Legend
妖しのセレス
(Ayashi no Ceres)
Genre Drama, Romance, Shoujo
Manga
Authored by Yuu Watase
Publisher Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd.

Flag of United States Viz Media
Flag of France Editions Tonkam
Flag of Spain Glénat
Flag of Italy Play Press
Flag of Germany EMA (Egmont Manga and Anime)
Image File history File links CeresDVDCover. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up romance, romantic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Shōjo (少女 lit. ... Manga )   is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. ... Yū Watase (渡瀬悠宇 Watase Yū, born March 5, 1970 in Osaka) is a Japanese shōjo manga author and artist. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... Headquarters of Shogakukan in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan Shogakukan ) is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, nonfiction, childrens DVDs, and other media in Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... This article deals with the American media company. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... Tonkam is a prominent French publisher of manga and was one of the first publishers of manga in French, issuing its first titles in 1994. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Spain. ... Glénat can refer to: Glénat, a commune in the Cantal département, in France Glénat, a publisher This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ...

Serialized in Shoujo Comic
Original run May 1996March [2000]
No. of volumes 14[1]
TV anime
Directed by Hajime Kamegaki
Studio Studio Pierrot
Network WOWOW
Flag of Hong Kong Flag of Philippines Flag of Republic of China AXN Asia
Anione and Champ
Original run 20 April 200028 September 2000
No. of episodes 24[2]

Ceres, Celestial Legend (妖しのセレス Ayashi-no-Seresu or Ayashi-no-Ceres?), is a 14-volume shōjo manga series by Yū Watase, the creator of the popular manga/anime series Fushigi Yūgi and Alice 19th. There is also the anime with the same title, which runs in 24 episodes in length. The manga is published in English by VIZ Media. The cover of the October 26, 1975 issue of Shōkomi Shōjo Comic (少女コミック, commonly abbreviated to 少コミ Shōkomi, Sho-Comi or Shōcomi) is a bimonthly shōjo manga magazine published in Japan since 1968. ... May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... For other uses, see Television (disambiguation). ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Founded in 1979, Studio Pierrot (スタジオぴえろ) is a Japanese animation company. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan_(bordered). ... WOWOW was the first private satellite broadcasting and pay TV station in Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Hong_Kong. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Philippines. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Singapore_(bordered). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Republic_of_China. ... AXN is a satellite television network owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, which launched on 21 September 1997. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_South_Korea_(bordered). ... Champ can refer to: An Irish dish of mashed potatoes and scallions (spring onions) The logo of the Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball team Champ (legend), a reputed lake monster living in Lake Champlain A shortened form of the word champion A variety of Erdinger wheat beer. ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shōjo or shoujo (少女 lit. ... Yū Watase (渡瀬悠宇 Watase Yū, born March 5, 1970 in Osaka) is a Japanese shōjo manga author and artist. ... Fushigi YÅ«gi (ふしぎ 遊戯; literally Mystery Game but usually rendered Mysterious Play) is a Japanese manga (later an anime) created by Yuu Watase and serialized in the manga magazine Shōjo Comic. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article deals with the American media company. ...


Ayashi no Ceres was serialized from 1996 to 2000 in the bi-weekly Japanese manga magazine Shōjo Comic. The original Japanese title is Ayashi no Ceres - Tenkū Otogizūshi, which the literal translation is "Bewitching Ceres - Heavenly Fairy Tale". The original title was changed for North American release. This is a listing, by country of publication and target audience, of manga magazines. ... The cover of the October 26, 1975 issue of Shōkomi Shōjo Comic (少女コミック, commonly abbreviated to 少コミ Shōkomi or Shōcomi) is a weekly shōjo manga magazine published in Japan since 1968. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ...


The name of the goddess comes from Ceres in Roman mythology. However, this story is completely unrelated to the grecoroman mythologies concerning Ceres and has nothing to do with the duties, powers, and rank of that goddess. In Roman mythology, Ceres was the goddess of growing plants (particularly cereals) and of motherly love. ... Roman mythology, the mythological beliefs of the people of Ancient Rome, can be considered as having two parts. ...

Contents

Story

The story revolves around a teenage girl named Aya and her twin brother Aki, members of the wealthy and powerful Mikage family.


On their sixteenth birthday, they are called to gather in their family home to be given a special present. The present was actually some sort of test -- which Aya failed. She is proven to be a reincarnation of a tennyō (celestial maiden), and when her hidden memory is jogged, she will transform into Ceres, the tennyō. According to the legend, if left to live, the reincarnation of Ceres will bring ruin upon the Mikage family. Aya quickly finds she is being hunted by her own family who plans to kill her. She is saved by Suzumi Aogiri, another tennyo descendant, Yūhi, a very energetic teenager and Suzumi's brother-in-law, and Tōya, a mysterious man with whom Aya soon falls in love. Tennin (天人) including the female tennyo (天女) (Sanskrit: apsara) are spirits found in Japanese Buddhism that are similar to Western angels or fairies. ...


Events escalate as Aya struggles to control Ceres and her brother gains the ability to manifest as the "Progenitor", the ancestor of the Mikage family who happen to have stolen Ceres' hagoromo (celestial robe) that will help her open the gate of heaven.


As Aya's allies increase, which include two tennyo like herself and the Aogiri family, and Tōya, she manages to reach a compromise with Ceres such that Ceres will not manifest herself without Aya's approval so long as Aya manages to recover Ceres' lost hagoromo.


Aya's quest to find Ceres' hagoromo wavers as she attempts to avoid her family, the advances of the Progenitor, and forces that threaten to tear her apart from Tōya, whose lost memory may be the key to finding Ceres' hagoromo. Toya soon learns that he was the organism that was created from the "hagoromo" or mana and his purpose was to return the mana back to Ceres. His love for Aya set him apart from everyone else.


Characters

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
Aya Mikage (御景妖 Mikage Aya?)
A sixteen-year-old girl at the beginning of the story who discovers she is a descendant of a tennyo named Ceres and is Ceres' latest medium for existence. The Mikage family takes this as a threat and continuously tries to take Aya's life. Her father is killed attempting to protect her. Her mother is forced into a coma for the majority of the series. While Aya is initially horrified that her life has been turned upside down, she is determined to right the past doings of her family and recover Ceres' hagoromo so that her family will no longer suffer in fear of Ceres.
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese), Mariette Sluyter (English)
Ceres (セレス?)
A celestial maiden, or tennyo, who married the Progenitor of the Mikage family. While she is extremely powerful and volatile, she seeks to recover her hagoromo, or celestial robe, to regain her powers. She has repeatedly attempted to manifest herself through certain female descendants of her line when they reach the age of sixteen, only to be thwarted each time as they are killed by the Mikage family. Ceres hides a tragic past misinterpreted by descendants who seek to kill Aya to stop Ceres for another generation.
Voiced by: Junko Iwao (Japanese), Onalea Gilbertson (English)
Tōya (十夜?)
A mysterious young man who has absolutely no memory of his past or the nature of his being; his only clue is the name "Mikage". He and Aya are drawn to one another, not only in love. Toya is the embodiment/offspring of the hagoromo which Ceres is searching for. As he regains his lost memories, he sacrifices the immortality bestowed upon him by the object to save Aya and his unborn child.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Victor Atelevich (English)
Aki Mikage (御景明 Mikage Aki?)
Aya's twin brother, a gentle and caring person who is subject to becoming a medium for the spirit of the Progenitor, the founder of the Mikage family who aggressively pursues Aya and Ceres. In the end he sacrifices his life to destroy the violent Progenitor's reincarnation.
Voiced by: Susumu Chiba (Japanese), Tommy Campbell (English)
Suzumi Aogiri (梧納涼 Aogiri Suzumi?)
A descendant of a tennyo from the Kansai region, Suzumi is a head of a branch of the one of the Aogiri family's schools of Japanese dance. She welcomes Aya into her household when she discovers Aya has become Ceres' latest medium. Suzumi cannot become a tennyo like Aya, though she does possess slight psychic powers like clairvoyance and telekinesis. She is capable of making protective charms for Yuhi as he strives to aid Aya.
Voiced by: Mayumi Asano (Japanese), Maizun Jayoussi (English)
Yūhi Aogiri (梧雄飛 Aogiri Yūhi?)
Suzumi's brother-in-law, the adopted younger brother of Suzumi's deceased husband. He has unrequited feelings for Aya, who comes to see him as a brother. A notable martial arts expert, he is also an extraordinary cook.
Voiced by: Kentarou Itou (Japanese), Matthew Erickson (English)
Mrs. Q/Kyu Oda (小田玖 Oda Kyū?)
The Aogiri's household help, a gnome-like woman known for her reckless driving and ridiculously ugly appearance, despite her consistent claims that she is a beautiful woman. She's convinced that Tōya and her are made for each other.
Voiced by: Kujira (Japanese), Doug McKeag (English)
Chidori Kuruma (来間千鳥 Kuruma Chidori?)
Another tennyo descendant, a sixteen year old girl who looks younger that she is until she transforms into a tennyo. Chidori cares deeply for her younger brother, Shouta, who was hospitalized upon her introduction into the story. She can transform into a tennyo at will. She seems to have feelings for Yūhi, as she dies for his sake.
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Carol-Anne Day (English)
Shuro Tsukasa (司珠呂 Tsukasa Shuro?)
A Okinawan tennyo descendant raised as a man by her family in fear that Shuro would one day take away the family's heirloom hagoromo and ascend to heaven. She is a famous pop star alongside her cousin Kei Tsukasa, who ends up being killed when Kagami released the C-Vector (a vector derived from the corpse of the first Ceres) nationwide. Shuro has the ability to magnify her voice to epic amplitudes when she transforms into a tennyo.
Voiced by: Shizuka Sasaki (Japanese), Elizabeth Stepkowski (English)
Kagami Mikage
Aya's distant cousin, he is one of the few members of the family who actually wants to meet Ceres and does not fear her. In fact, he almost seems in love with her. Kagami wishes to learn the true nature of tennyo in hopes of bettering humanity though his methods are less than moral.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Japanese), Dave Kelly (English)
Alexander "Alec" Howell
A Scottish scientist hired by Kagami, he is a certified genius with a very high IQ (240) and is a complete otaku. The only thing keeping him from doing his job ends up being his own moral convictions.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese), Jonathan Love (English)
The Progenitor
The founder of the Mikage family, a man from the Jomon period of Japan named Mikagi. He loved Ceres dearly, but at some point, that love became an obsession. In the legend, he hid her hagoromo in the ocean forcing her to become mortal. Ceres falls in love with him, to the point of granting him power after their family is attacked. The Progenitor grows strong, so much so that Ceres fears for her children's safety. When she leaves, he chases her and is killed by Ceres (after he kills their first child), who covers him with lacerations identical to the ones that appear on Aki Mikage when the Progentor manifests himself in his descendant. The Progenitor will stop at nothing to ensure Ceres is his again.
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese), Jonathan Love (English)
Assam
An young assassin from Indonesia hired by Kagami Mikage to kill Tōya after Tōya cut his ties with Kagami to join Aya. He is also a replacement for Tōya. His goal for the C-Project is to stop using children as objects of war.
Wei Feilee
A young man from China whose left eye was taken by Tōya. He is Aki's caretaker because he replaced Tōya. He seems to be calm most of the time, and does not complain.

The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Yumi Kakazu (かかず ゆみ Kakazu Yumi, born June 18, 1972) is a seiyÅ« who was born in Saitama. ... Junko Iwao (岩男 潤子 Iwao Junko, born February 18, 1970) is a seiyÅ« who has also released several CD albums as a J-pop singer. ... Katsuyuki Konishi (小西 克幸 Konishi Katsuyuki) is a Japanese voice actor (seiyÅ«) who was born on April 21, 1973 in Wakayama. ... Susumu Chiba ), born September 13, 1970, is a seiyÅ«. He is contracted under the Office Osawa Co. ... The Kansai (Japanese: 関西) region of Japan, also known as the Kinki region (近畿地方, Kinki-chihō), lies in the Southern-Central region of Japans main island, Honshu. ... Mayumi Asano ) is a seiyÅ« who was born on November 13, 1969 in Tokyo. ... Itou Kentarou (伊藤 健太郎) is a seiyu who was born January 3, 1974 in Tokyo. ... Matthew Erickson is a Canadian voice actor who works for Ocean Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Kujira is a Japanese actor and seiyuu. ... Ayako Kawasumi , born March 30, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan) is a highly prolific seiyÅ« and J-pop singer. ... Carol-Anne Day is a Canadian voice actress who is known for roles in English-dubbed anime. ... Okinawan may refer to: The languages or dialects of Okinawa (see: Ryukyuan languages, Okinawan language) The people of Okinawa (see: Ryukyuans) Of or relating to Okinawa This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Tomokazu Sugita (杉田 智和 Sugita Tomokazu) is a seiyÅ« who was born on October 11, 1980 in Saitama. ... Dave Kelly is one of the current co-hosts of Citytv Calgarys Breakfast Television. ... Otaku is a Japanese descriptive term sometimes used pejoratively to refer to people who are enthusiasts of certain pop cultural genres. ... Tomokazu Seki (é–¢ 智一 Seki Tomokazu, born September 8, 1972) is a popular voice actor (seiyÅ«) in Japan. ... Shinichiro Miki ) is a seiyÅ« who was born on March 18, 1968; in the city of Tokyo. ...

Manga Volumes

The volumes of the manga are each given a title in the Viz translation: The manga has been translated to English and released in the US by VIZ Media. This article deals with the American media company. ...

# Volume
1 Aya
2 Yūhi
3 Suzumi
4 Chidori
5 Mikage
6 Shuro
7 Maya
8 Miori
9 Progenitor
10 Monster
11 Maiden
12 Tōya
13 Tennyo
14 Hagoromo

Trivia

  • Ceres: Celestial Legend is based on a famous folktale that has appeared in various versions in the world, from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, and China, all the way to Scotland and Ireland and among the Plains Indians of North America.
  • The story always remains consistent in that a man (a fisherman, farmer, or woodcutter) will find an item belonging to an unearthly maiden (a tennyo, fairy, star fisher, merrow, selkie, etc.) and keeps it. The maiden is not able to return to her world because the man possesses the item (usually a garment) she needs (a celestial robe, a feathered cloak, a hat, a seal-skin... etc) and reluctantly marries him. However, she always recovers the item (often as a result of her children discovering it) and she returns to her world. Sometimes her children from earth will be taken with her and sometimes her husband will join her. Once the maiden returns to her world, she never returns to the earth.
  • This folktale is referenced in both manga and anime. Ceres is one such example. Others include the Korean Manhwa Faeries' Landing and the Inuyasha the Movie 2: Castle Through the Looking Glass

Merrow (from Gaelic murúch) or Murrough (Galloway) is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen of other cultures. ... Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures in Irish, Icelandic, and Scottish mythology that can transform themselves from seals to humans. ... Manhwa, in Korean, is a general term for comics and cartoons (including animated cartoons). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

References

  1. ^ Ceres, Celestial Legend (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2007-02-25.
  2. ^ Ceres, Celestial Legend at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia. Accessed 2007-02-25.

This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ...

Links

  • Viz's Page
  • Ceres, Celestial Legend Profile
  • Ayashi No Ceres Image Gallery
  • Celestial Sign - German Ayashi no Ceres Fanpage

  Results from FactBites:
 
Ceres, Celestial Legend - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1578 words)
Aya's quest to find Ceres' hagoromo wavers as she attempts to avoid her family, the advances of the Progenitor, and forces that threaten to tear her apart from Tōya, whose lost memory may be the key to finding Ceres' hagoromo.
Ceres falls in love with him, to the point of granting him power after their family is attacked.
Ceres: Celestial Legend is based on a famous folktale that has appeared in various versions in the world, from Japan, Korea, and China, all the way to Scotland and Ireland.
Absolute Anime / Ceres, Celestial Legend (678 words)
Ayashi no Ceres is about a girl named Aya Mikage who leads the life of a normal high school student until she turns 16.
Her hagoromo (celestial robe) was stolen by a fisherman named Mikage, and that began Cere's hatred (which has remained throughout her descendants).
Also, Toya is suppose to capture Ceres, but he eventually falls head over heals in love with her (well, not really Ceres, but Aya).
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m