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The Candidate for Goddess

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The Candidate for Goddess Japanese: 女神候補生, Hepburn: Megami Kōhosei is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki The series takes place in the distant future, where human beings live among space colonies and a single, inhabitable planet called Zion The plot follows Zero Enna and his fellow candidates as they try to prove themselves worthy of piloting the "Ingrids", also called "Goddesses" These gigantic, humanoid weapons are humanity's only significant defense against a hostile, alien threat known as "Victim"

The Candidate for Goddess was serialized in the monthly Wani Books magazine Comic Gum A total of 26 chapters were collected in five tankōbon volumes and released between 1997 and 2001 The manga was later translated into English and published in North America by Tokyopop and in Australian and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment The Candidate for Goddess was adapted into a 12-episode anime series directed by Mitsuru Hongo and produced by Xebec, a subsidiary of Production IG The adaptation aired on Japan's NHK BS2 satellite channel in early 2000 The anime series, entitled Pilot Candidate for its North American release, was broadcast briefly on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block in 2002 An original video animation OVA, serving as a thirteenth episode, was released in Japan in 2002, though it was not localized for North America

Since the debut of The Candidate for Goddess on Japanese television, a limited number of CDs and artbook illustrations for the series have been released Overall reception for The Candidate for Goddess has been mediocre Though its animation has been generally praised, its complex plot, compounded by its very short length, has been met with mixed criticism Reviewers were dismayed by the lack of storyline closure at the end of the television episodes and even its OVA extension

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Production
  • 3 Media
    • 31 Manga
    • 32 Anime and OVA
    • 33 CDs
    • 34 Other merchandise
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Plotedit

See also: List of The Candidate for Goddess characters

The Candidate for Goddess takes place a millennium after Star Year 4084, when a cataclysmic event called "Crisis of Systems" resulted in the annihilation of four planetary systems With Zion being the one planet left with the ability to sustain human life, humanity must cling to life in space colonies12 Now in Star Year 5030, Zion is under constant threat of invasion by extraterrestrial life forms dubbed "Victim" 犠牲者, Giseisha In order to combat their alien foes, humans have developed a quintet of giant, mechanized weapons called "Ingrids", or "Goddesses" due to their female, humanoid resemblance2 A school called the "Goddess Operation Academy GOA" is established to train the specific few which have the capability of piloting the Ingrids1 They are typically young men and must meet several requirements: They must be in good health, must be 14 to 16 years of age, must have an EO blood type, and must possess the potential for "EX", superhuman abilities which secondarily link the pilot's nerves to the Ingrid's interface12 As EX puts such a physical and mental strain on the pilot, replacements must be turned out by the GOA within a reasonable amount of time3 Each pilot is also partnered with a female repairer, who maintains the Ingrid and manually blocks painful feedback from the Ingrid to the pilot during missions12

The plot of The Candidate for Goddess primarily focuses on Zero Enna, a brash trainee who has recently left colony homelife with his mother in order to pursue his dream of becoming an Ingrid pilot2 Shortly after arriving at the GOA, Zero becomes lost and is subconsciously called to a hangar by a mysterious voice, suddenly finding himself within the cockpit of one of the Ingrids just before a Victim attack3 As each Ingrid is specifically calibrated for their pilot, this would normally mean death However, the Goddess instead links with Zero's nervous system and physically shows itself to him in a vision3 After a few moments, the Ingrid ends the link with Zero, and he is pulled free by the Ingrid's pilot, who then takes it into battle with the Victim Zero is rushed unconscious to the academy's sick bay

Productionedit

The original manga version of The Candidate for Goddess was written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki An anime television adaptation of The Candidate for Goddess was produced by Xebec, a subsidiary studio of Production IG, and directed by Mitsuru Hongo4 Shinichi Yamaoka was the show's character designer, having also worked on Martian Successor Nadesico Shingo Takeba and Junya Ishigaki acted as its main mecha designers, respectively credited for the anime series Gasaraki and the video game Xenogears4 The musical score for The Candidate for Goddess was created by Tomoyuki Asakawa, who previously composed for the television series The New Adventures of Kimba The White Lion and the film The Five Star Stories4

Hongo attempted to adapt the manga closely while integrating interesting story elements and 3D CGI animation, used in the battles between the Ingrids and Victim alongside the traditional cel animation5 Hongo felt the possibilities with the CGI were limitless; 3D director Tokumitsu Kifune did not think these portions of the show would not have been possible with 2D animation6 The manga series was still ongoing at the time of the anime's creation With only 12 television episodes produced, Xebec ended the series abruptly without giving the storyline closure7 Although a thirteenth episode in the form of an OVA continues where the television series left off, it still fails to conclude the narrative47 Hongo has expressed regret over the short length of the series8

Mediaedit

Mangaedit

Main article: List of The Candidate for Goddess chapters

The Candidate for Goddess was originally serialized in Comic Gum, a monthly Japanese manga magazine published by Wani Books The 26 chapters that comprise the series were compiled into five tankōbon volumes and released between August 1997 and November 2001910 All five volumes of the series were re-published in 2005 as part of the "Gum Comics Plus" imprint1112 Tokyopop acquired the series in early 2003 for an English distribution in North America13 All five volumes were published between April 14 and December 7, 20041415 The series was translated by Alethea and Athena Nibley and adapted by comic book writer Marv Wolfman16 The series has also been published in South Korea by Samyang Publishing,citation needed in France by Ki-oon,17 in Germany by Carlsen Comics18 and in Spain by Editorial Ivréa19

Anime and OVAedit

Main article: List of Pilot Candidate episodes

Twelve episodes of The Candidate for Goddess, beginning with "Curriculum 00" and ending with "Curriculum 11", were aired on Japan's NHK BS2 satellite channel from January 10 to March 27, 20002021 Bandai released the series on four DVD volumes from April 25 to July 25, 20002223 The thirteenth episode was released straight to DVD as an OVA in Japan on May 25, 2002 as Special Curriculum: The Candidate for Goddess421 A DVD box set titled Emotion the Best: The Candidate for Goddess was released by Bandai Visual in Japan on April 22, 2011 and includes all 12 episodes of the broadcast plus the OVA24

By early 2001, Bandai Entertainment acquired the North American distribution rights to The Candidate for Goddess with plans to air the series on Cartoon Network25 An English dubtitle was completed by Mix Magic, Inc in Hollywood, CA26 According to Bandai's Jerry Chu, the series was renamed Pilot Candidate because the company wanted to veer away from the term "goddess" for Cartoon Network's sake and because they believed the new title was more descriptive of the series27 The channel had originally intended to air the series on its popular afternoon anime block Toonami that fall, and had considered including a reversible cover or an alternate angle intro animation with the original title if fans requested it28 However, the anime was delayed and ultimately premiered on its late night Saturday Adult Swim block on February 23, 200229 Despite being broadcast on the more mature list of programming, Pilot Candidate was censored, including the removal of nudity, violence, tobacco use, and religious references3031 Four DVDs containing the series were released in North American stores between November 1, 2001 and May 21, 20023233 All twelve episodes of the series were released on the Pilot Candidate Complete Collection box set on October 11, 200534 On March 8, 2016, Discotek Media had announced their license to the series and the unreleased OVA to be released on June 28, 2016

CDsedit

A 29-song soundtrack CD of the background and vocal music for The Candidate for Goddess was released by Victor Entertainment in Japan on March 23, 200035 A CD Single for "Chance" was also published on February 2, 200036 "The Night Before Departure: Get a Dream!" 発進前夜 ~Get a Dream!~, a CD single by the artist Universe Form, was released by Victor on January 21, 2000, shortly after the anime's debut This CD also contains a preliminary drama track titled "Curriculum 05 Interview" ドラマ カリキュラム05「面接」37 The Candidate for Goddess Original Drama Album, released on July 26, 2000, features the Japanese voice actors portraying their respective characters in a drama38

Other merchandiseedit

In April 2000, Wani Books published a Japanese paperback guidebook to the anime series titled The Candidate for Goddess Visual Book 女神候補生ビジュアルブック, Megami Kōhosei Visual Book, which contains promotional material, artwork cels, and staff interviews39 In February 2002, Wani Books published The Candidate for Goddess Special Illustrations Box: Myth 女神候補生原画集スペシャルボックス「myth~神話~」, Megami Kōhosei Special Illustrations: Myth ~Myth~, a collector's set containing an artbook, an illustrations CD-ROM, and other collectables40 Sugisaki's artbook, Neutral, showcases her illustrations for The Candidate for Goddess as well from her other manga works Brain Powerd and DNAngel41 Bandai produced a single action figure set of Pilot Candidate as part of a toy line for its licensed properties42 The set contains the characters Zero and Kizna and the Ingrid Ernn-Laties43

Receptionedit

Overall critical reception for The Candidate for Goddess has been average Its primary high point for many reviewers has been the anime version's animation quality Protoculture Addicts staff contributor Miyako Matsuda enjoyed both the traditional cel animation and the 3D CGI, stating that the two styles blended nicely together2 Jeremy A Beard of THEM Anime Reviews and Anime News Network ANN reviewer Daniel DeLorme were equally pleased by the character designs and hand-drawn portions of the show344 However, Delorme felt the "primitive" look of the 3D mecha battles to be the biggest flaw of the series3 Beard, who appreciated the Ingrid designs themselves, did not think the CGI conformed with the rest of the animation and that the space combat sequences were not "particularly fluid"44 Beard further enjoyed the background music and ending theme of the anime, but that its opening theme did not fit with the visuals or feeling of the series44

Opinions for the plot of The Candidate for Goddess have varied DeLorme and Animerica columnist Benjamin Wright commented favorably on the show's pacing13 Both writers proclaimed that although the anime initially seemed "formaliac", it contained a generous amount of intricate mystery and character development Wright summarized, "Zero's trials and tribulations, his friendships and rivalries, and the mysteries of the GOA, the Ingrids, EX, and Zero's own past all worm their way into the viewer's mind and heart"1 Adversely, Beard did not feel the anime adaptation well-utilized the anime storyline template of mysterious aliens, an academic setting, a last line of defense, and other related devices44 Liann Cooper of ANN similarly found the manga version of The Candidate for Goddess to suffer from "a bad case of the 'been there done that' syndrome" with regard to its plot and characters45 Cooper additionally noted sloppy artwork, messy action scenes, and confusion when the narrative switches between the past and present46 Beard admitted some "irritation regarding unnecessary internal plot inconsistencies", such as the characters constantly voicing the importance of having only male pilots despite the most elite pilot being female, or having no explanation for Kizna being the only catgirl among all the humans44

A common complaint by the press is that the anime adaptation of The Candidate for Goddess ends on a cliffhanger132144 Wright and DeLorme were anxious for more of the television series after the build-up of several intriguing and unresolved plot elements and a "to be continued" message at its conclusion13 "Effective though Pilot Candidate is," Wright stated, "there's little satisfaction to be had in the end"1 Having criticized the incomplete storyline of the television episodes itself, Beard was heavily disappointed in the apparent continuation in the form of the single OVA episode, which he found did little to tie up the numerous, loose plot ends present at its close44 The Candidate for Goddess has yet to recommence AnimeNation journalist John Oppliger has attributed the deficient interest in continuing the anime, beyond its delayed OVA, to the mediocre ratings it received during its original Japanese broadcast21

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Wright, Benjamin April 2002 "Animerica Feature: Pilot Candidate" Animerica Viz Media 10 4 Archived from the original on 2004-04-04 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Matsuda, Miyako May–June 2001 "Anime Stories: Candidate for Goddess" Protoculture Addicts No 66 Protoculture Inc p 63 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h DeLorme, Daniel "Review: Pilot Candidate" Anime News Network Retrieved 2011-06-02 
  4. ^ a b c d e 女神候補生 The Candidate for Goddess in Japanese Production IG Archived from the original on June 27, 2009 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  5. ^ Hongo, Mitsuru May 21, 2002 Pilot Candidate Volume 4: The Test Director Interview DVD Bandai Entertainment ASIN B000065AYS 
  6. ^ Hongo, Mitsuru March 5, 2002 Pilot Candidate Volume 3: Working Together Director Interview DVD Bandai Entertainment ASIN B00005UO70 
  7. ^ a b Oppliger, John April 21, 2009 "Ask John: What Anime Seem to Have Ended Prematurely" AnimeNation Retrieved 2011-05-30 
  8. ^ Megami Kōhosei Visual Book in Japanese Wani Books April 2000 ISBN 978-4-8470-2566-2 
  9. ^ "女神候補生 01 Gum comics" The Candidate for Goddess 01 in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  10. ^ "女神候補生 01 Gum comics" The Candidate for Goddess 05 in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  11. ^ 女神候補生 01 ガムコミックスプラス The Candidate for Goddess 01 Gum Comics Plus in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  12. ^ 女神候補生 05 ガムコミックスプラス The Candidate for Goddess 05 Gum Comics Plus in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  13. ^ "New Tokyopop Manga Aquisitions sic" Anime News Network March 7, 2003 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  14. ^ "Candidate for Goddess, The: Volume 1" Tokyopop Archived from the original on December 10, 2004 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  15. ^ "Candidate for Goddess, The: Volume 5" Tokyopop Archived from the original on December 10, 2004 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  16. ^ Sugisaki, Yukiru April 14, 2004 Index The Candidate for Goddess 1 Tokyopop p 3 ISBN 1-59182-747-7 
  17. ^ "Candidate for Goddess, Tome 1 French Edition" Amazoncom Retrieved 2012-09-16 
  18. ^ "Candidate for Goddess 05" Amazoncom Retrieved 2012-09-16 
  19. ^ "Editorial Ivréa: The Candidate for Goddess" in Spanish Editorial Ivréa Retrieved 2012-09-16 
  20. ^ 女神候補生 The Candidate for Goddess in Japanese Production IG Archived from the original on June 26, 2009 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  21. ^ a b c d Oppliger, John October 29, 2002 "Ask John: Will There Be More Pilot Candidates" AnimeNation Retrieved 2011-05-30 
  22. ^ "女神候補生 Vol1" The Candidate for Goddess Vol1 in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  23. ^ "女神候補生 Vol1" The Candidate for Goddess Vol4 in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  24. ^ "EMOTION the Best Candidate Goddess DVD-BOX" in Japanese Bandai Visual Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  25. ^ "More Anime bound for Cartoon Network" Anime News Network January 5, 2001 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  26. ^ "Pilot Candidate Dubtitle" Anime News Network October 5, 2001 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  27. ^ Legion May 17, 2001 "E3 2001 Bandai Entertainment Interview" Anime Dream Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  28. ^ "Lots of Bandai News" Anime News Network April 5, 2001 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  29. ^ "Official Word on Adult Swim Action" Anime News Network January 22, 2002 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  30. ^ Pope, Kyle March 7, 2002 "The Edit List: Pilot Candidate - ep 2: In Tune" Anime News Network Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  31. ^ Pope, Kyle March 14, 2002 "The Edit List: Pilot Candidate - ep 3: EX" Anime News Network Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  32. ^ "Pilot Candidate V1 - The Academy" Bandai Entertainment Archived from the original on August 3, 2002 Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  33. ^ "Pilot Candidate V4 - The Test" Bandai Entertainment Archived from the original on June 5, 2002 Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  34. ^ "Pilot Candidate - The Complete Collection" Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  35. ^ 女神候補生 サントラ The Candidate for Goddess Soundtrack in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  36. ^ チャンス Chance in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  37. ^ "発進前夜 ~Get a dream! ~ NHKアニメーション「女神候補生」" The Night Before Departure: Get a Dream! NHK Animation "The Candidate for Goddess" in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  38. ^ 女神候補生 ドラマアルバム The Candidate for Goddess Original Drama Album in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  39. ^ 女神候補生ビジュアルブック The Candidate for Goddess Visual Book in Japanese Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-05-29 
  40. ^ "女神候補生原画集スペシャルボックス「myth~神話~」" The Candidate for Goddess Special Illustrations Box: Myth in Japanese Mandrake Retrieved 2011-06-05 
  41. ^ "Creator Profile" Tokyopop Archived from the original on January 23, 2005 Retrieved 2011-05-28 
  42. ^ "Bandai To Produce Anime Sets for US Market" ICV2 February 17, 2001 Retrieved 2010-10-28 
  43. ^ "Pilot Candidate: Zero, Kizuna and Ernn-Laties Figures" Amazoncom Retrieved 2011-06-04 
  44. ^ a b c d e f g Beard, Jeremy A "Reviews: Pilot Candidate" THEM Anime Reviews 40 Retrieved 2011-06-02 
  45. ^ Cooper, Liann June 3, 2004 "RIGHT TURN ONLY!! Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails" Anime News Network Retrieved 2011-06-01 
  46. ^ Liann Cooper August 27, 2004 "RIGHT TURN ONLY!! Shorter, but Sweeter!" Anime News Network Retrieved 2011-06-01 

External linksedit

  • The Candidate for Goddess at Production IG Japanese
  • The Candidate for Goddess at Tokyopop
  • The Candidate for Goddess manga at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Pilot Candidate anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia

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