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Ariel (1989)

Eriaru visual (original title)


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Credited cast:
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Kazumi Kishida / Tomomi (voice)
Fumi Hirano ...
Simonne (voice)
Jûrôta Kosugi ...
Krest Saber Hargen (voice)
Mami Koyama ...
Mia Kawai (voice)
Tomoko Maruo ...
Nami (voice)
Eken Mine ...
Professor Amamoto (voice)
Yûko Mizutani ...
Aya Kishida (voice)
Osamu Saka ...
Dr. Kishida (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ...
Researcher A (voice)
Kaneto Shiozawa ...
Hauser (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Ragnas (voice)
Yumi Tôma ...
Mother (voice) (as Yumi Touma)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Demonova (voice)


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anime | alien invasion | See All (2) »


Animation | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

1 July 1989 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ariel  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Mia starts up her motorcycle,the tiny character on her key chain is that of Totoro from the film My Neighbor Totoro (1988). See more »


Followed by Deluxe Ariel (1991) See more »

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interesting concept that should have been developed further
9 December 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Central Park Media released this on videotape around 1996 but it is actually a 1989 anime based on a novel. In Japan these novels are mostly text with a few illustrations and many anime shows are based on such novels. The concept here is "girls who pilot a giant robot that looks like a woman". The story is a comedy and seems aimed at a very young audience. Therefore there is zero character development. Kazumi is the enthusiastic high school girl, Aya is the overly serious prep-school girl and Mia is the reluctant leader/university student. Their job is to protect the Earth from attack by the Gedo Corporation. These aliens rely on the monster-of-the-week for world conquest rather than conventional armies so the Ariel robot is the perfect counter. Why Dr. Kishida's grandaughters and niece are the ones chosen to pilot Ariel is never explained.

This show should be done again with a little more care because I think the concept is a good one. And I don't mean the subsequent release called Deluxe Ariel which is pretty much more of the same.

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