Steel Angel Kurumi
(鋼鉄天使くるみ, Kōtetsu Tenshi Kurumi
?) is a manga and anime series following the adventures of its titular character created by Kaishaku. Directed by Naohito Takahashi, animated by Oriental Light and Magic and produced by Pony Canyon with character designs by Yuriko Chiba and Yuji Ikeda and music by Toshihiko Sahashi, it has been translated and released in North America by ADV Films. In 2008 Crunchyroll announced it had partnered with Pony Canyon to release all Steel Angel Kurumi
series' for streaming and download.
The Kurumi series as a whole consists of the first show Steel Angel Kurumi
, four OVA episodes entitled Steel Angel Kurumi Encore
, and a second show by the name of Steel Angel Kurumi 2
, plus a sort-of dramatic prequel "Steel Angel Kurumi 0". A live-action version was made, titled Steel Angel Kurumi Pure
, but has a different continuity to the anime. This show was originally aired in Japan as part of WOWOW's Anime Complex.
The anime is a blend of action and romantic comedy. However, the show is often classified as ecchi
due to the focus on fanservice and panty shots.[by whom?
] The animation style features quick shifts between typical anime, dramatic still shots, and super deformed anime. The anime is set in an alternate history version of Japan during the 1920s, prior to World War II.
The story follows a young boy named Nakahito Kagura. He is pushed by a group of classmates to go into a house rumored to belong to a mad scientist. Inside, he comes across what seems to be a life-like doll. At the same time, the Japanese Army carries out an attack on the house. During the attack the "doll" falls over and Nakahito accidentally kisses it, causing it to awaken. The doll turns out to be the Steel Angel Kurumi, who is being hunted by the military for mysterious reasons.
Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Kira Vincent-Davis (English)