Aika R-16: Virgin Mission
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|AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission|
Promotional art for the AIKa R-16 OVA series
|アイカ・ルー16: バージン・ミション AIka R-16|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Katsuhiko Nishijima|
|Licensed by||Bandai Entertainment|
|Released||April 25, 2007|
|AIKa R-16: BORDER MISSION|
|Written by||Akira Suzuki|
|Published by||Hobby JAPAN|
|Original run||March 30, 2007 – ongoing|
AIKa R-16: Virgin Mission is an anime OVA series by Studio Fantasia. It is the prequel to the Agent Aika (AIKa) OVA series, also by Studio Fantasia. The series takes place 10 years before the events in Agent Aika. It is followed by a sequel OVA series, Aika Zero.
This series also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the original AIKa OVA.
High school student Aika Sumeragi, with her sharp mind and athletic body, has passed the C-class Salvager test and gotten a C-class Salvager license. Despite being sixteen years old now, she is still being treated as a child by Gozo. Having finally gotten a license, Aika started putting up posters offering her Salvager services. At that time her classmate and president of the Treasure Hunting Club, Eri Shinkai, posted a request for her. Aika gladly undertook Eri's request and boarded Eri's private cruiser. Onboard she learned about the mysterious girl called Karen who is the reason for the request. That night Aika was assaulted by high school girls and Karen was almost captured. What secret does Karen hold?
- Aika Sumeragi (皇藍華 Sumeragi Aika), 16 
- Aika's scientist parents did experiments to enhance the human body on her when she was younger. During one such experiment a large scale earthquake occurred and everyone in the lab except for Aika died. At that time she was rescued by Salvager Aido Gozo who took it upon himself to bring up Aika.
- In the future she helps Gozo in his business, but now she is a newbie C-class Salvager still in training. She is always late for school. Her behavior is somehow similar to Aida Rion, Gozo's daughter and her future "sidekick". She likes machines.
- Eri Shinkai (真海エリ Shinkai Eri), 16 
- She is the class president of Aika's class (1-A) as well as the founder and club president of the school's Treasure Hunting Club. Eri is also a mystery fanatic and comes from a very wealthy family.
- Knowing that Aika has a Class C license, she roped Aika in to help with the investigation of Karen's mystery.
- Karen Minamino (美波野カレン Minamino Karen), 17 
- Usually silent and seldom shows any facial expression, she talks only when necessary. On Eri's investigation, Karen's history is unknown.
- Karen has a butterfly insignia on her left breast. The insignia on magnification is made up of minute numbers which decodes to the sentence "the gate of the truth will be opened by the sleeping butterfly" and a map coordinate, which is where the group is heading to.
- Risako Nagisa (凪紗りさこ Nagisa Risako), 26 
- A teacher of the school Aika attends. Also the teacher advisor of Treasure Hunting Club. She turned out to be an enemy, having forced three students to attack Aika and Eri and kidnap Karen by means of electronic control devices. Her true identity is unknown but she is an agent from a mysterious organization sent to observe Karen.
- Voiced by: Naoko Suzuki (Japanese), Tara Platt (English)
- Gozo Aida (相田郷造 Aida Gōzo), 41 
- A Salvager that rescued Aika during the earthquake incident, brought her up and trained her in the ways of the Salvager.
- Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka (Japanese), Russel Thor (English)
- Although he is from a rich family, he works as a waiter on an Eri's private cruiser. A future Salvager and Aika admirer.
- Captain (船長)
- The captain of the cruiser "Regina Eri", the cruiser that the cast is on. He has orders to ensure that Eri returns safely. An excellent sniper with the M21 rifle.
- Midori, Aki, Kyōko (ミドリ, アキ, キョーコ)
- The three students controlled by Risako. Members of the Treasure Hunting Club.
- Voiced by: Nozomi Masu (Japanese), Jennifer Alyx (English),
- Voiced by: Kayo Sakata (Japanese), Laura Post (English),
- Voiced by: Mai Gotou (Japanese), Michelle Ann Dunphy (English)
- "Sailing To The Future" by Ami Koshimizu
- "Rise" by Ami Koshimizu