Cover of the first manga volume
|Genre||Science fiction, Action|
|Written by||Tomonori Inoue|
|Magazine||Young Magazine (former)
Monthly Young Magazine
|Original run||2008 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shingo Suzuki|
|Written by||Makoto Nakamura|
|Music by||Mikio Endō|
|Original run||October 2, 2013 – December 25, 2013|
Coppelion (コッペリオン Kopperion?) is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Tomonori Inoue. The story follows three high school girls who were genetically engineered to be impervious to radioactivity and sent to Tokyo after the city was contaminated by a nuclear accident. An anime adaption by GoHands aired from October 2, 2013 to December 25, 2013 in Japan with a simulcast airing on the same day in Asia on Animax Asia. Viz Media has licensed the anime for streaming and home video release in 2014 and is trying to license the manga for a 2015 release.
In 2016, a catastrophe occurs after a nuclear meltdown from the nearby Odaiba nuclear power plant contaminates Tokyo, forcing the government to order its citizens to evacuate. 20 years later, Tokyo has become a ghost town due to the high levels of radiation which the government has banned entry for anyone. When a distress signal is received from Tokyo, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force dispatches 3 teenage girls from the Dispatch 3rd Special Force Coppelion, who comprise the "Healthcare Team". Due to genetic engineering, the Coppelions are immune to radiation while also possessing special skills. Thus the Coppelions journey to the ruined capital to find survivors.
- Ibara Naruse (成瀬荊 Naruse Ibara?)
- Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu (Japanese), Erica Lindbeck (English)
- The leader of the Coppelion Rescue unit who possesses super strength and enhanced athletic abilities. She is a very accurate shooter with guns. She is a kind person, as indicated by her ready desire to help people and her reckless usage of the panacea "Ether" in saving those affected by the radiation. Although she initially used to take nutrient injections in place of consuming food like Haruto, she tasted a rice cake and appreciated normal food, consuming normal food after that, again like Haruto. She is the only character to speak in a Kansai dialect. In episode 11 of the anime, it is hinted that there might be a relationship between her and Haruto.
- Aoi Fukasaku (深作葵 Fukasaku Aoi?)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa (Japanese), Cassandra Lee Morris (English)
- A happy-go-lucky member of the Coppelion Rescue unit. Aoi is a good listener, willing to hear other's problems. She used to be bullied by the Ozu sisters back in school, leading to her intense fear of them. She possesses an escapist mindset, locking herself up in a storeroom of the planet in her belief that she impedes everyone else's work. She takes a liking to the robot Nosense, a guide to The Planet. She apparently possesses psychic abilities to the extent of levitation and force field production, but cannot finely control it. Under such conditions, her physical strength is increased but doesn't remember it.
- Taeko Nomura (野村タエ子 Nomura Taeko?)
- Voiced by: Satomi Akesaka (Japanese), Shelby Lindley (English)
- A member of the Coppelion Rescue unit who possesses heightened senses, especially eyesight, so much so that she has to wear special spectacles to tune down her vision. She befriends a feral dog during their mission. She is medically trained to some extent and has performed surgeries on Naruse Ibara when she was injured and has also helped in delivering Ibuki's child, although she was walked through the process by Granny Ayame.
- Haruto Kurosawa (黒澤遥人 Kurosawa Haruto?)
- Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Max Mittelman (English)
- A member of the Clean-up crew, the Coppelion Combat unit. He is skilled with the use of guns and explosives and making new ones. He initially possesses an aversion to "normal" humans, after being counselled by Ibara and the other members of the Healthcare Team, he develops a curiosity towards humans. In the penultimate episode, when Gojiro asks him why he helps humans, he answers "... we need you", and near the end of episode 11, there is an indication of a relationship between him and Ibara. He is thought to be dead.
- Kanon Ozu (小津歌音 Ozu Kanon?)
- Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese), Cherami Leigh (English)
- The elder sister of the Ozu Twins and member of the Coppelion Combat unit. Kanon possesses the DNA of electric eels which allows her to emit electricity from her body. The Ozu sisters are murderous psychopaths as the human they were cloned from was a famous actress who was also secretly a serial killer. She is afraid of going near water as she can get herself electrocuted.
- Shion Ozu (小津詩音 Ozu Shion?)
- Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese), Sarah Anne Williams (English)
- The younger sister of the Ozu Twins and member of the Coppelion Combat unit. She possesses strong bones and super strength, apparently even stronger than Ibara.
- Onihei Mishima (三島鬼兵 Mishima Onihei?)
- Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)
- A JGSDF colonel and the Coppelion's vice-principal. He lost his wife and daughter from the nuclear meltdown.
- Mushanokōji (武者小路 Mushanokōji?)
- Voiced by: Chafurin
- A scientist working with the JGSDF. He is portly and likes eating, to the extent that Vice-Principal Mishima can extract favours from him by bribing him with promises of sushi.
Coppelion began its serialization in Young Magazine from 2008 to May 7, 2012 before moving to Monthly Young Magazine. The series has currently been collected into twenty-one volumes by Kodansha. Coppelion Vol. 3 made it to the Oricon best seller chart at number 29 during the week of April 7, 2009. The manga is currently available in English as part of a subscription from Crunchyroll and Kodansha.  At Otakon 2014, Viz Media announced they are trying to license the manga for a potential print release in early 2015.
In September 2010, the 40th issue of Young Magazine announced that an anime television adaption of the manga was greenlighted, but due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, production of the anime was put on hold. The anime was later revived in 2013 and produced by Studio GoHands which aired from October 2, 2013 to December 25, 2013. The anime was also simulcasted aired in Asia on the same day as Japan by Animax Asia and licensed by Viz Media for North America on their online streaming service, Viz Anime, and also for home video release on 2014. Both the opening theme song "Angel" and the ending theme song "Tōku Made" (遠くまで?, "Far") are sung by angela. A second theme song, "Bye Bye All Right" by angela was used for the 13th episode.
"Ningyo (Kopperion)" (人形 (コッペリオン))
|October 2, 2013|
|The Coppelion Healthcare Team, composed of Ibara Naruse, Aoi Fukasaku and Taeko Nomura, who are teenage girls who have been genetically engineered to be immune to nuclear radiation, are sent to an abandoned and contaminated Tokyo after the JGSDF receives a distress signal from the city. After finding a survivor, who is dying from high levels of radiation, Ibara chooses to save the man and gives him a cure despite orders from her superior officer and vice-principal, Colonel Onihei Mishima, not to do anything. After the survivor is airlifted to safety, Aoi and Taeko question themselves as to whether they are even human which Ibara assures them they are. The next day, as the Coppelions continue to search for the origin of the distress signal, Onihei shows a live news of the power plant, also known as the Sarcophagus, that caused the nuclear meltdown. While Taeko goes to befriend a wild dog, Ibara and Aoi discover a survivor's body who died by committing suicide, only to be attacked by a feral wolf. After tranquilizing the wolf, Ibara and Aoi fear that the dog Taeko befriended might be feral as well and go to rescue her.|
|October 9, 2013|
|Ibara and Aoi find the dog injured and Taeko taken hostage by a survivor. After being subdued, the survivor, Mitsuo Kawabata, asks for their help in finding his daughter Miku. Mitsuo brings the Coppelions to his underground home at a hospital where he lives with his daughter and wife Yukiko, where they managed to survive thanks to a ration truck that came every week. Mitsuo reveals he didn't call for help because he, Yukiko and his late wife, Miku's mother, were prisoners who escaped during the confusion of the meltdown. Believing Miku might be at her late mother's grave in a stadium, Ibara, Taeko and Mitsuo head there while Aoi stays with Yukiko. Meanwhile, Onihei learns that the radiation suit from the survivor they rescued has better protection than theirs. Ibara and Taeko discover Miku is not in the stadium and learns from Aoi that Yukiko has disappeared. After learning from Aoi that Yukiko went to prison for killing her own child and wants to be a better mother for her step-daughter, Ibara realizes that Yukiko took Miku hostage because she didn't want to leave Tokyo. After tracking Yukiko to a leaning hotel thanks to Taeko's dog, Ibara confronts Yukiko, who reveals she doesn't want the family to be rescued because she's afraid she and her husband will be arrested, leaving their daughter alone. After convincing Yukiko for her step-daughter's sake, half of the hotel collapses, from which Ibara is able to save Miku due to Yukiko's sacrifice. Hoping to get Mitsuo from the stadium, Onihei sends Ibara by helicopter but due to the stadium's dangerous radiation levels, Mitsuo slowly dies, while remaining grateful to the Coppelions who rescued his daughter. Before Onihei leaves with the girl, Aoi apologizes to Miku that they could not save her parents but they must go to find other survivors. Miku thanks Ibara and wishes her luck.|
|October 16, 2013|
|The Coppelions meet the man whose been delivering supplies and radiation suits to the survivors, Doctor Denjiro Shiba, whom the girls learn from Onihei to be the scientist who designed the Obaida Nuclear Power Plant. Feeling responsible for the meltdown and how not all the survivors could escape Tokyo, Dr Denjiro tries to make amends by helping the survivors. However, with high level radiation spreading recently, Dr Denjiro and his assistant Kawata are unable to deliver supplies to the survivors which led them to use a distress signal to call for help. The Coppelions decide to help Dr Denjiro rescue the other survivors, but after he agrees to surrender himself to the authorities. Ibara tries to rescue a "Granny Ayame" from a museum but discovers that she has been kidnapped by two mercenaries for having seen them. Ibara tracks them to military airfield where the mercenaries try to bring Ayame into their B2 stealth jet. A gunfight ensues where Ibara manages to rescue Ayame while the men fly off on their jet. Wanting to interrogate them for answers, Dr. Denjiro and the Coppelions chase the jet on a jeep with Ibara armed with a missile launcher.|
|October 23, 2013|
|After a wild chase during which the jet attempts to kill them, Ibara manages to shoot it down after which it crash lands into a lake stadium. When the Coppelions arrive at the stadium, the mercenaries had just died. As they investigate the jet, they discover barrels of radioactive waste in the lake. They now realize what was going on. The mercenaries were working with Yellow Cake, a recycling waste company who had secretly been dumping radioactive waste from around the world into Tokyo, knowing no one would be coming there, , which ended up causing the recent rise in radiation levels. Ibara becomes angry upon learning about this while Dr Denjiro feels that everything is his fault and wants to atone for his faults. Fearing that Dr Denjiro might kill himself, Ibara tracks him to a shrine only to find him removing his helmet. With only ten minutes before the effects of the Ether's anti-radiation properties are gone, the Coppelions quickly drive him to the airfield to be evacuated by Onihei. However, the helicopter has yet to arrive. Dr Denjiro tells everyone to just let him die to atone for his sins but Ibara refuses. With a few seconds left, Onihei's helicopter arrives. He throws another Ether bullet to Ibara for saving Denjiro. As the helicopter gets Kawata and Ayame on board, Onihei helps Denjiro get on board despite the Doctor being indirectly responsible for his family's death during the meltdown. Denjiro apologies to the girls for the world they now live in and gives them a list of the other survivors in Tokyo. As the Coppelions continue their mission, Aoi and Taeko assure Ibara that they will always be there for her.|
|October 30, 2013|
|The Coppelions head to a JAXA facility to rescue the next group of survivors only to encounter a transport driven by Gojiro Kajii and his pregnant daughter Ibuki being attacked by the Ghosts of the 1st Division, a group of JGSDF soldiers who were left behind after Tokyo was sealed off, who have now started attacking other survivors. The Coppelions manage to rescue the Kajiis who are then picked up by their friends from the JAXA facility, Oyakata Kurobe and Gennai Ishikawa in an AMV. Taeko is shot protecting Ibuki and Ibara requests a medevac for the two. However, Prime Minister Natsume, upon learning the remnants of the 1st Division are still alive, refuses to send any rescue until the 1st Division is eliminated. With Onihei unable to help since he has to attend an important international conference that will last three days, Ibara and Aoi decide to stay with the JAXA survivors at their home in the "Planet", a giant dome filled with a non-irradiated plants and water. Meanwhile, Onihei orders Coppelion Haruto Kurosawa of the Mop-Up Squad to help Ibara.|
|November 6, 2013|
|As Haruto heads to Ibara's location, Aoi gets captured by the Commander of the Ghosts, Kunikida. Commander Kunikida demand that the Coppelions join them or they will never see Aoi again. Ibara realizes the Ghosts attacked the JAXA survivors in order to lure the Coppelions in a trap to capture them. Ibara and Oyakata heads to the 1st Division base at a park to rescue Aoi where she manages to hold Kunikida at gun point and orders him to release Aoi. Unfazed, the Commander dares Ibara to shoot him which she can't, and his troops beat her. Ibara is saved when Haruto arrives on his AMV and retrieves her while he is forced to leave Aoi behind. As Ibara regains consciousness, she and Haruto talk about their past. Thanks to a transmitter he placed on Aoi earlier, Ibara, Haruto, Gennai and Oyakata locate Aoi and the Ghosts moving to another base. With the Ghosts stopping at a nearby water treatment plant to retrieve barrels of radioactive waste, Ibara and Haruto begin their plan to rescue Aoi while Gennai and Oyakata distract the troops. However, Ibara is shocked to learn that Haruto and the Mop-Up Team were trained to kill people which she is against. Despite Haruto killing some troops, Ibara hopes to rescue Aoi without killing anyone but is caught by Kunikida. To her shock, she learns the 1st Division bodies have mutated and adapted to living in the radiation, hence they do not fear dying. Ibara tells him that she can help him but Kunikida orders one of his tanks to shoot them. Aoi manages to escape but she, Haruto, Gennai and Oyakata find Ibara heavily injured.|
|November 13, 2013|
|Haruto and Aoi manage to resuscitate Ibara using a defibrillator and bring her back to the Planet as Ibara is suffering blood loss due to a shrapnel wound. Taeko safely removes the shrapnel and Haruto donates his blood to Ibara as they both have the same blood type. Aoi, blaming herself for Ibara's injuries, locks herself in a storage room. Meanwhile, Haruto interrogates the Commander of the Ghosts who reveals that they are collecting radioactive wastes and putting it all in the Sarcophagus and will explode it, hoping to create a nuclear fallout for the whole country as revenge against the government for abandoning them, which is why they want the Coppelions since the radiations levels at the Sarcophagus are too high. Despite the Coppelions' warnings to Onihei, the government refuses to act while the expo is ongoing, fearing the news will make the Prime Minister lose face to the international community. When Ibuki reveals the baby is coming and the government won't send a medical specialist to deliver the baby until the expo's end, the group heads to a hospital in the center of the capital while Aoi and the Planet are left under care by the robotic caretaker Mr Nonsense. While still keeping an eye on the Commander, Haruto tries to contact his teammates, the Ozu Sisters but to no avail. However, the Ozu Sisters appear before Ibara and her entourage after trapping them using barrels of radioactive waste to stop their truck.|
|November 20, 2013|
|Shion and Kanon Ozu attacks Ibara's entourage, forcing the rest to hide to safety. As Ibara fights the Ozu sisters, the Taeko and rest learns from Haruto who reveals the origins of the Coppelions and the Ozu twins: the Coppelions are actually clones of humans who have died with immunity to radiation and special abilities added into their DNA and the Ozu sisters sadistic behavior is due to the "mother" they were clone from was an actress who was actually a serial killer. Ibara is captured by the Ozu sisters with the help of the Ghosts, revealing they have decided to ally with the Ghosts in their plans not just because they hate humans but also hate Ibara since their school days. Ibara manages to escape thanks to a noise grenade and she and her entourage commandeering a tank. With the Ozu sisters chasing them on their motorcycle, Ibara tricks Shion into using her super strength to hit a liquid hydrogen shell to trap her, and shoot a cannon shell at both sisters. While Shion gets knocked out, Kanon isn't and uses her powers of electricity to stun Ibara. Kanon reveals her hatred of humans came after eavesdropping a conversation between Haruto and Onihei that the Coppelions will someday die. With humans using them as dolls, Kanon wants them to die so the Coppelions will be the new dominant race. However, Ibara is unswayed and defeats Kanon by using an electric cable to diffuse her powers. As Ibara leaves the Ozu sisters tied up, Mr Nonsense consoles Aoi. Later, Haruto and the rest of the survivors at the Planet learn that due to the Ozu sisters placing barrels of radioactive waste around the city, the radiation is spreading due to an upcoming storm.|
|November 27, 2013|
|With radiation spreading to the Planet in two-three days and preventing the survivors from having any safe passage out, Ibara and Haruto come up with an idea to transport the survivors to safety by fixing and using the city's broken Rail transportation. But knowing the Ozu sisters will come after them once they are free, thanks to Kanon's tacking abilities, Ibara forms two teams; one team led by her will be a diversion for the Ozu Sisters while the others go and fix the power to the railway and escape. With Ibuki experiencing more labor pains, Taeko is afraid of delivering the baby until she is contacted by Granny Ayame by radio who tells her that she will help her deliver Ibuki's baby. As the Coppelions and the survivors prepare to evacuate the Planet for their escape plans, everyone has one last dinner inside the dome where Aoi finally comes out thanks to Mr Nonsense. Before they leave, Ibuki asks the Coppelions to rescue one more survivor, the baby's father, who is revealed to be the 1st Division Soldier who helped Aoi escape. Joined by Aoi and Mr Nonsense, Ibara and Haruto head out to draw out the Ozu sisters while Taeko, Ibuki, Gennai, Oyakata and Gojiro heads to the railway.|
|December 4, 2013|
|Ibara and her team manages to lure the Ozu Sisters and the Ghosts to a park while Gennai, Oyakata and Gojiro tries to fix the railway power lines while Taeko deals with Ibuki's water breaking. Unable to track them due to Haruto's traps, the Ozu Sisters head back to the Sarcophagus. To stop them, Mr Nonsense carries Aoi to bait the Sisters to chase them since they bullied Aoi in the past. When Mr Nonsense tries to protect Aoi from Shion, Aoi stands up to Shion, activating her teleportation powers before escaping on a paddle boat. With Shion distracted chasing Aoi at the lake, Ibara and Haruto try to find Ibuki's lover. However, they are captured by Kanon and the Ghosts, with Kanon electrocuting the two but they escape thanks to Ibuki's lover. After convincing him to join them for Ibuki and their child's sake, the three of them try to rendezvous with Aoi who is rescued from Shion by Mr Nonsense. Meanwhile, Gennai, Oyakata and Gojiro manage to fix the power lines but realizes the substation isn't sending electricity. With the storm forming early and for his daughter's sake, Gojiro volunteers to fix the substation, revealing he worked at the Obaida power plant, which was the cause of the accident. Ibara reunites with her team but the Ghosts summon a giant robot spider to the park.|
|December 11, 2013|
|As the robot spider chases after the team, Ibara and Haruto hold off the Ozu Sisters while Aoi climbs on the robot spider to open up its underbelly hatch to expose its engine and destroy it. However, the Ozu Sisters manage to beat Haruto and Ibara and Kanon shoots a electrical bolt on Aoi. But Aoi suddenly floats and absorbs Kanon's electricity and destroys the robot spider. With Ibara injured and Aoi unconscious after the battle, Haruto decides to go and help the repair team while promising a worried Ibara he will come back. After helping helping Gojiro fix the substation, Haruto and Gojiro head back only to encounter Kunikida who shoots Haruto. Kunikida explains his hatred of humanity was born after his best friend Natsume, who was then Minister of Defense during the meltdown, abandoned him and 1st Division. Oyakata rescues Haruto and Gojiro and leaves Kunikida alive after Haruto begs him to spare the Commander. With the power to the train restored and the storm coming, Haruto and the rest of the Repair team speed up the train. Noticing a lamp post is about to fall into their path, a seriously injured Haruto jumps out to stop it falling and tells the rest to get the other survivors. With the help of Kunikida, they are able to stop the lamp post from falling on the train. With no escape from the storm, Kunikida thanks Haruto for reminding him of his humanity while Haruto succumbs to his wounds before saying goodbye to Ibara.|
|December 18, 2013|
|The Ozu Sisters and the 1st Division corner Ibara and her team at the train station. Ibara tells them to surrender and join them since they're too injured from their last battle, but Kanon refuses and accuses Ibara for being ignorant on how the humans have treated the Coppelions. When the train arrives, Ibara's team manages to escape the sisters by blowing up the ceiling on top of them with the rest of the 1st Division deciding to join them to escape the storm. Meanwhile, upon learning Ibuki is having difficulties delivering the baby, Taeko decdies to perform a C-section to save both mother and child. Ibara breaks down in tears upon learning of Haruto's death but Aoi consoles her for the sake of all the survivors as they still need to help them escape from the capital. Ibara thanks Aoi and tells the survivors to get in the radioactive proof railcar as the train will enter a wall of radioactive fog. Elsewhere, Shion survives the ruble from the ceiling. She cries to Kanon the pain is unbearable, hating the fact they were born with these powers and begs her sister to kill her but Kanon refuses as she doesn't know what pain feels like. The train manages to get out of the radioactive area but the survivors celebration is short lived when a mad Kanon chases after them with the robot spider.|
|December 25, 2013|
|Kanon powers the robot spider with her electricity so she can kill Ibara and the others so she and her sister can died together later despite Shion protests that she is slowly killing herself. As Onihei and his men races to the old capital by helicopter, Ibara defends the train against Kanon attacks. Ibara tries to reason with Kanon but the latter refuses to listen and hates how the humans created and send them to a contaminated city to die, a world she and her sister doesn't want to live in. Despite being knock out by the robot spider's attack, Ibara manages to stop Kanon using Haruto's grenade to blow up a water tower above Kanon. With their robot damaged, Ibara, Aoi and Oyakata rescues Shion. Ibara ask Kanon to come with them but she refuses as there's nothing to live for but Ibara convinces her to live by starting they can learn to become friends. With the Ozu sisters rescued, the survivors continue their journey. Gennai, who is dying from radiation poisoning after rescuing Oyakata, passes away peacefully after finally seeing the sunset on the skyscrapers. Taeko reveals Ibuki's baby was successfully delivered which are revealed to be twins much to everyone's joy. As thanks for rescuing her and Shion, Kanon reveals to Ibara a location where the rescue team may land their copter. With all of the survivors rescued, Aoi, Ibara and Taeko says goodbye to the JAXA survivors but not before giving them a picture of the group before their departure and Ibara naming Ibuki's twins Riku and Sora. As they leave the capital, Onihei reveals a secret about the Coppelions which saddens the survivors. Ibara, Taeko and Aoi continue their mission to rescue more survivors, with Shion and Kanon joining them as well.|
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