Brigadoon: Marin to Melan (2000– )

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In the year 1969, strange things are happening on Earth: a strange formation known as Brigadoon has appeared in the sky. In addition mysterious alien machines called Monomakia descend from this formation to hunt down Marin Asagi... a normal junior high school girl who had been adopted by an elderly couple. Luckily, Marin discovers a strange blue ampoule in a shrine, which summons an alien protector: a sword-carrying, gun-slinging warrior named Melan Blue. Together, Marin and Melan must save the Earth and find out the purpose of these attacks, and at the same time deal with family crises, prejudice, police brutality, and furthermore come to an understanding in their relationship. Written by Tenchi

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Animation | Fantasy





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21 July 2000 (Japan)  »

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Brigadoon  »

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The show's setting in Yayoi, Tokyo 1969 was based on the neighborhoods that director Yoshitomo Yonetani and art director Takashi Nakamura once lived in. See more »


Deai o A-Ri-Ga-To
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A Very Different Robot Show
8 September 2008 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

I outgrew most sci-fi series involving robots years ago, but Brigadoon somehow seemed different.

The story begins by introducing Marin Asagi (voiced by Kaori, no last name), a very happy girl who delivers papers and daydreams a lot. She lives at a nagaya, a low income Japanese apartment complex, with the elderly woman who adopted her. Suddenly, a strange world appears in the sky, and killer robots attack Marin. Then a blue robot with a gun and sword for arms protects her. What's it all mean? You'll have to watch all 26 episodes to find out!

Tokyopop gave this series a 13+ rating when they released it on DVD in 2003. Certainly it's not appropriate for anyone younger than 13. The robots in this series are living weapons and they bleed purple blood. There's much purple blood splattered about in this show. There are also human casualties. Some viewers may also be offended by the frequency of "casual" nudity. It's hardly sexual in nature, but it's there. The most disturbing element, however, is child abuse. Marin is frequently beaten up by bullies, spit on, pushed off bridges, threatened with knives, guns and swords, shot at and - most disturbing of all - has her head pounded on a table repeatedly by the chief of police while the other officers have their backs turned, all because she won't cooperate! Anyone who has been through the same things will surely sympathize with poor Marin.

There's also a manga version credited to Nozomi Watase that tells an alternate version of these events. Not present is one of my favorite supporting characters from the anime, Midori Mano. Sumire Hanazono is renamed Hannah, and is less nice in the manga. Both versions are out of print, but well worth seeking out.

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