Real Drive


Real Drive Japanese: RD 潜脳調査室, Hepburn: Āru Dī Sennō Chōsashitsu, literally "RD Mind-Diving Investigation Office" is an anime TV series created by Production IG and Masamune Shirow known for the Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed franchises under the directorship of Kazuhiro Furuhashi, produced in collaboration with broadcaster Nippon Television NTV The series revolves around an information network known as "The Metal", and the series centers on Masamichi Haru, a paraplegic old man who was in a coma for 50 years after a test dive using Meta-Real technology went horribly wrong After awakening from his coma, he starts searching for the "answer in the sea"

The series aired on NTV and other channels from April 8, 2008 to October 1, 2008 A manga adaptation by Momotarou Miyano was serialized in Magazine Z from the April 2008 to January 2009, with two volumes sold between August 22, 2008 and February 23, 2009 by Kodansha A light novel adaptation by Yoshinobu Akita was published by Kodansha on August 5, 2008

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Characters
    • 21 Main characters
    • 22 Supporting characters
    • 23 Other characters
  • 3 Media
    • 31 Anime
    • 32 Manga
    • 33 Light novel
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Plotedit

2061 AD Fifty years have passed since mankind developed the Network society It was anticipated that this new infrastructure would realize a utopia where people connected with each other at the level of consciousness However, new social problems such as personal data leaks and proliferation of manipulated information began to surface Nevertheless, people still relied on the Network to exchange information, and proved unable to opt to abandon it

In due course, a new Network realm with more effective security measures was developed This was called Meta-Real Network, usually abbreviated as "the Metal"

The Metal accommodated personal memory data within protected virtual stand-alone organic cyber enclaves called bubble shells and eventually pervaded the everyday lives of people

However, people gradually learned to release and explore their instincts within the secure environment of the Metal The unleashed instincts pushed each individual's consciousness to drown in the sea of information and to be exposed to the pressures of desire Meanwhile, norms and regulations continued to bind their real world lives Thus, strange friction between the two worlds began to manifest themselves as aberrations beyond the bounds of the imaginable Experts who challenged the deep sea of the Metal to investigate and decipher such aberrations were called cyber divers

This is a story of a cyber diver, Masamichi Haru, who investigates the incidents that lie between Reality and the Metal

Charactersedit

Main charactersedit

The main characters of Real Drive, from left to right: Holon, Minamo Aoi, Masamichi Haru, Souta Aoi, and Eiichiro Kushima Masamichi Haru 波留 真理, Haru Masamichi Voiced by: Katsuji Mori The protagonist of the series A diver of the Metal and longtime friend of Eiichiro Kushima Masamichi was in a diving accident while testing an early Meta-Real technology, and was in a coma for 50 years before awakening as a paraplegic old man Since the incident, he began searching for the "answer in the sea" Towards the end of the series, he eventually regains his ability to walk Minamo Aoi 蒼井 ミナモ, Aoi Minamo Voiced by: Kanae Oki An intern hired by Masamichi Haru and sister of Souta Aoi Originally hired to replace Holon during a leave for maintenance, she became a permanent employee after she helped guide Masamichi back from a dive gone wrong Unlike the other humans and some animals in the story, she does not possess a Cyberbrain augmentation, and requires electronic accessories to access the Metal Souta Aoi 蒼井 ソウタ, Aoi Sōta Voiced by: Hiroki Takahashi, Aiko Aihashi child Employee of the EISF and brother of Minamo Aoi He begins to have feelings for Holon towards the end of the series Holon ホロン, Horon Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi An android who helps Masamichi Haru with daily life in his old age and assists him in his search for the "answer in the sea" Eiichiro Kushima 久島 永一朗, Kushima Eīchirō Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara The director of the Electronics Industry Physical and Chemical Research Institute and friend of Masamichi Haru While as old as Masamichi, his body has the appearance of a 28-year-old man It was revealed later in the series that Kushima chose to replace his original body with a prosthetic one, allowing him to continue his work beyond the limits allowed by the human body He has a spare body to which he transfers his consciousness during his usual body's maintenance, one which might be modeled after the young Haru Minamo remarked in episode 20 that his spare's appearance reminded her of Haru in his youth

Supporting charactersedit

Erica Patricia Takanami エリカ=パトリシア=タカナミ, Erika Patorishia Takanami Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru The Chairwoman and First Princess of Artificial Island, Secretary General of the Council, and Souta's love interest It is later revealed that Holon is modeled after her Jenny Yen ジェニー=円, Jenī En Voiced by: Naoya Uchida The Chairman of the Council's Advisory Committee Like Kushima, he, too, has a prosthetic body, but it has been upgraded for military use and is armed with a stun gun Mamoru Aoi 蒼井 衛, Aoi Mamoru Voiced by: Takashi Matsuyama The father of the Aoi siblings and chief of the Technical Section in the Department of Management at Denriken Following an incident that occurred when the Metal crashed in episode 9, he resigns from his post and works as one of the lab researchers

Other charactersedit

Operators Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi Androids employed at Denriken who control and monitor the Divers' status, as well as sudden changes within the Metal Like Holon, they all take the same appearance as Takanami Ayumu Fujiwara フジワラ アユム, Fujiwara Ayumu Voiced by: Kazuki Yao Eugene Fujiwara フジワラ ユージン, Fujiwara Yūjin Voiced by: Kenji Hamada Mizuho Aoi 蒼井 ミズホ, Aoi Mizuho Voiced by: Yūko Mizutani Souta and Minamo's mother Yoko Aoi 蒼井 洋子, Aoi Yōko Voiced by: Junko Midori Souta and Minamo's grandmother Sayaka Mikomoto 神子元 サヤカ, Mikomoto Sayaka Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe Minamo's classmate Yukino Ito 伊東 ユキノ, Itō Yukino Voiced by: Ai Nonaka Minamo's classmate

Mediaedit

Animeedit

Main article: List of Real Drive episodes

Real Drive is produced by Production IG under the directorship of Kazuhiro Furuhashi, with series composition by Junichi Fujisaku, music by Hideki Taniuchi and Yoshihisa Hirano, characters by Tetsuo Ueyama, and produced by Takeshi Wada Production IG, Toshio Nakatani NTV, Yasuo Ueda Vap, and Yousuke Kasahara The series aired 26 episodes on NTV, with subsequent broadcast runs on GyaO, STV, CTV, Animax, FBS, YTV, TV Shinshu, and Tochigi TV Thirteen DVD compilation volumes, each containing two episodes, were released by VAP between August 27, 2008 and August 21, 2009,1 with four DVD "Collector's Boxes" released between August 27, 2009 and May 22, 20091 The Collector's Boxes includes three to four disks, each containing two episodes, along with other bonus material

The opening theme for the series is "Wanderland" by 9mm Parabellum Bullet, while the series' ending theme is "Katahiza no Yogore" 片膝の汚れ, "Dirty Knee" by Last Alliance

Mangaedit

A manga adaptation of Real Drive, illustrated by Momotarou Miyano, was serialized in Magazine Z from the June 2008 issue Published on April 26, 2008 to the March 2009 issue Published on January 26, 2009 Two bound volumes were released by Kodansha between August 22, 2008 and February 23, 2009 under their Kodansha Comics Z imprint23

Light noveledit

A light novel adaptation, called Real Drive: Redeemable Dream RD 潜脳調査室 Redeemable Dream, Āru Dī Sennō Chōsashitsu: Redīmaburu Dorīmu, written by Yoshinobu Akita, was published by Kodansha on August 4, 20084

Receptionedit

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "Real Drive DVD Volumes" in Japanese NTV Retrieved July 17, 2012 
  2. ^ RD 潜脳調査室(1) in Japanese Kodansha Retrieved July 17, 2012 
  3. ^ RD 潜脳調査室(2) <完> in Japanese Kodansha Retrieved July 17, 2012 
  4. ^ "RD 潜脳調査室 Redeemable Dream" in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved July 17, 2012 

External linksedit

  • Official site Japanese
  • Production IG Site Worklist Japanese
  • Production IG Site Worklist English Translation Japanese
  • Real Drive anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • RD: Sennô chôsashitsu at the Internet Movie Database


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