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DNA²
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Cover of the first volume
D・N・A² ~何処かで失くしたあいつのアイツ~
(Dī En Ei Tsū: Dokoka de Nakushita Aitsu no Aitsu)
Genre Harem, Science fiction
Manga
Written by Masakazu Katsura
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 19931994
Volumes 5
Anime television series
Directed by Jun'ichi Sakata
Written by Tatsuhiko Urahata
Music by Fujio Takano
Studio Madhouse
Studio Deen
Licensed by
Network NTV
English network Animax Asia
Original run October 7, 1994December 23, 1994
Episodes 12
Original video animation
Directed by Jun'ichi Sakata
Written by Tatsuhiko Urahata
Music by Fujio Takano
Studio Madhouse
Studio Deen
Released February 21, 1995June 25, 1995
Runtime 30 minutes per episode
Episodes 3
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DNA² (Japanese: D・N・A² ~何処かで失くしたあいつのアイツ~ Hepburn: Dī En Ei Tsū: Dokoka de Nakushita Aitsu no Aitsu?) is a science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Masakazu Katsura. It was serialized across Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine between 1993 and 1994, spanning a total of five tankōbon volumes.

DNA² was adapted into a 12-episode anime television series which ran on Nippon Television from October 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994. This was followed by a three-episode anime original video animation (OVA) in 1995. Produced by Madhouse and Studio Deen, the anime series was directed by Jun'ichi Sakata, whereas the character designer and animation director for the series was Kumiko Takahashi. DNA² has been broadcast in Japan by Animax, which has also aired the series across its respective networks worldwide, including its English-language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia. All 15 episodes were licensed in North America by Central Park Media until their closing in 2009. The five volumes and box set are out-of-print. Discotek Media has since re-licensed the series for a DVD release in 2014.[1]

Plot[edit]

Junta Momonari is a high school student with an unusual problem. Whenever he becomes sexually aroused by a woman, his "female allergy" kicks in, causing the poor boy to throw up. Needless to say, he is a complete failure with women, with no hope in sight. Then, one fateful day, Junta is confronted by an attractive girl in strange clothing who claims to be from the future.

The girl gives Junta her name as Karin Aoi, and tells him about how the world has become terribly overpopulated in her time, to the point where having more than one child is a crime punishable by death. At the root of the problem is a family of "Mega-Playboys": people with sexual charisma and impulses that lead each of them to have 100 children that carry the Mega-Playboy DNA, causing them and all their descendants to each have 100 children as well. All this started with a single Mega-Playboy, whom Karin has travelled back into the past to deal with.

Karin reveals to Junta that she is a "DNA Operator". Her job is to make alterations in people's DNA that will change their nature for the greater good of society. She intends to shoot the original Mega-Playboy with a DCM ("DNA Control Medicine") bullet that will alter his DNA in order to relieve him of his mega-playboy qualities, thus preventing the overpopulation problem from ever happening. She can then return to the future to receive the reward that will allow her to finally get the "nice husband, cute pet, and sweet, sweet home" she yearns for. She confirms Junta's identity, then, to his shock, promptly shoots him.

It seems that Junta, the boy who couldn't look at a naked woman without throwing up, was destined to become the original Mega-Playboy later in his life. Escaping back to her time machine, Karin arrives to a message from her boss in the future. Her hopes for a commendation on a job well done are dashed when her rather upset employer points out that the DCM bullet she was supposed to use on the Mega-Playboy was left behind in the future. By shooting Junta with the wrong DCM bullet—one which Karin planned on using to create an ideal husband—rather than eliminating the Mega-Playboy, Karin actually created him!

Now unable to return to the future until she sets things right, Karin decides to improvise by making Junta get together with the only girl who does not give him an allergic reaction: his childhood friend Ami Kurimoto (despite him not feeling any romantic affection for her, since he sees her more as a sister).

Characters[edit]

Junta Momonari (桃生 純太 Momonari Junta?)
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Japanese), Liam O'Brien (English)
A high school boy with a peculiar allergy to girls: he vomits when sexually aroused. He gains the ability to transform into the Mega-Playboy, practically at will, after being shot by Karin's first DCM bullet. However, each time he transforms, his Mega-Playboy DNA stabilizes more and more. O'Brien's portrayal of Junta and in other shows received a nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy at the American Anime Awards.[2]
Karin Aoi (葵 かりん Aoi Karin?)
Voiced by: Miina Tominaga (Japanese), Jessica Calvello (English)
A sixteen-year old DNA Operator from the overcrowded future, sent back in time in order to prevent the advent of the Mega-Playboy using DCM, however she brings back the wrong bullet from the future which accelerates Junta in becoming the Mega-Playboy. All she wants out of life is a nice husband, a cute pet, and a sweet home, but when she met Junta she falls in love with him–at first because of his Mega-Playboy powers, and finally because of him as a person.
Ami Kurimoto (栗本 亜美 Kurimoto Ami?)
Voiced by: Hiroko Kasahara (Japanese), Rachael Lillis (English)
Junta's childhood friend and schoolmate, and, except for two instances, the only girl who doesn't bring about an allergic reaction in him. She is also the only girl immune to the Mega-Playboy's ability to seduce women, something Karin considers a key part in the plan to stop the Mega-Playboy. If Junta and Ami stay together, she can nullify the Mega-Playboy's charms and the future won't be overcrowded.
Tomoko Saeki (佐伯 倫子 Saeki Tomoko?)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese), Veronica Lake (English)
One of the most popular and beautiful girls in Junta's school, and the ex-girlfriend of Ryuji. She falls in love with Junta because of his Mega-Playboy powers. Apart from this, she's a quite lonely girl; her mother died and her father works abroad.
Ryuji Sugashita (菅下 竜二 Sugashita Ryūji?)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (Japanese), Dan Green (English)
Tomoko's wealthy and possessive ex-boyfriend. Swears vengeance against Junta. Later gains powers that rival those of the Mega-Playboy after being accidentally shot by a second DCM bullet.
Kotomi Takanashi (高梨 ことみ Takanashi Kotomi?)
Voiced by: Hekiru Shiina (Japanese), Lotus (English)
A friend and classmate of Ami's who has an embarrassing problem similar to Junta's allergy: she farts whenever she gets nervous. Kotomi develops a crush on Junta due to his Mega-Playboy DNA. She and Junta spend some time together trying to help cure each other of their problems. She's very talented in gymnastics.
Yokomori (横森?)
Voiced by: Ryūsuke Ōbayashi (Japanese), Tristan Goddard (English)
Karin's boss from the future.
Oharu (おはる?)
Voiced by: Eiko Yamada (Japanese), Barry Banner (English)
The AI of Karin's time traveling ship.
Lulara Kawasaki (川崎 るらら Kawasaki Rurara?)
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (Japanese), Rebecca Miriam (English)
The Mega-Playboy's youngest daughter and Junta's 101st child (counting 純). In the anime, she is Junta's great-granddaughter.
Mori (?)
Voiced by: Jun Hazumi (Japanese), David Brimmer (English)
A government official from the future who wishes to use the Mega-Playboy and his descendants for his own purposes.
Kakimaro Someya (染屋 垣麿 Someya Kakimaro?)
Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (Japanese), Tom Wayland (English)
A friend of Junta who often pokes fun at Junta's bad luck with girls.
Ichigo Ichikawa (市川 一期 Ichikawa Ichigo?)
Voiced by: Hidehiro Kikuchi (Japanese), Jake Eisbart (English)
Another one of Junta's friends.
Chiyo Momonari (桃生 チヨ Momonari Chiyo?)
Voiced by: Hiroko Maruyama (Japanese), Lynna Dunham (English)
Junta's mother, she has raised him alone after being widowed. A kind woman, if somewhat of a meddler and tattletale sometimes.
Mako Iwasaki (岩崎 魔子 Iwasaki Mako?)

Competitor with Kotomi in gymnastics, tried to remove her competition with the help of her brother, a psychic interested in Junta's psychic soldier abilities. She appears only in the manga.

Release[edit]

The DNA² manga was published in Japanese magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump 1993 No. 36 through 1994 No. 29 and consists of 42 chapters collected in 5 tankōbon volumes:

No. Japan release date Japan ISBN
1 December 2, 1993[3] ISBN 4-08-871756-2
Karin Aoi is tasked to travel to the past in order to solve the world's overpopulation problem. The origin of the problem is Junta Momonari whose genes makes him an extreme womanizer dubbed as Mega Playboy (メガプレイボーイ Mega Pureibōi?); his genes are passed down to his a hundred descendants which causes a chain reaction. Karin shoots Junta with a DNA modifier which causes the Mega Playboy genes to awaken. Out of DNA modifiers, Karin decides to set Junta up with Ami Kurimoto, his childhood friend who is resistant to the Mega Playboy genes, in order to promote monogamy and destroy the Mega Playboy persona. Junta's Mega Playboy garners the love of Tomoko Saeki; in Envy, Ryuji Sugashita hires people to attack Junta. After his friends are hurt, Junta's Mega Playboy persona takes over and dispatches his attackers with psychic attacks.
2 April 4, 1994[4] ISBN 4-08-871757-0
Karin receives a new DNA modifier and attempts to shoot Junta, only to miss and hit Ryuji who discovers he has gained the ability to absorb other people's DNA into himself. Using his powers, he morphs into Junta and ruins his reputation with Ami and Tomoko. Afterwards, Ryuji absorbs Junta's powers and defeats him. Ami suggests Junta to learn how to use the Mega Playboy's powers while in his regular mindset in order to defeat Ryuji.
3 July 4, 1994[5] ISBN 4-08-871758-9
Ryuji gather's the school's females in order to publicly humiliate Junta in battle to win Tomoko's affection. Junta gains an early advantage, until Ryuji awakens his psychic abilities. Overwhelmed, Junta's Mega Playboy persona takes over and achieves victory. Ryuji gains a change of heart and expresses regret in his actions before being taken to the hospital.
4 October 4, 1994[6] ISBN 4-08-871759-7
Karin explains the Mega Playboy persona to Ami in order to convince her to her plan. Ami's friend, Kotomi Takanashi, wants to ask Junta on a date but she farts whenever she is nervous. Junta, with the Mega Playboy's influence, decides to help her overcome problem. Junta's actions garner the attention of a psychic user who wants to compare his abilities to Junta's.
5 February 3, 1995[7] ISBN 4-08-871760-0
The psychic user sabotages Kotomi's performance to antagonist Junta; He is easily defeated by Junta. Later Mori, a corrupt government employee from an alternate future, travels to the present. He has taken control of Junta's one-hundred descendants except for the 101st child; the 101st child is Junta and Karin's child, is the strongest among his siblings, and the only good child who actively opposes Mori's reign. Mori forces Junta's Mega Playboy personality to become dominant; the personality is later overcome by Junta. As a result, Mori's plan falls apart and he commits suicide. Karin decides to go on a date with Junta. She asks him who he likes, he replies her and Ami. In response, Karin shoots Junta with a DNA modifier, erases everyone's memories, and returns to the future.

Anime adaptation[edit]

TV episode titles[edit]

  1. "The Girl from the Future - Karin"
  2. "Mega-Playboy is Born! - Junta"
  3. "On the Night of the Festival - Ami"
  4. "Who Gets the Necklace? - Tomoko"
  5. "Don't Tell a Soul! - Kotomi"
  6. "What did Junta do to Kotomi?"
  7. "I Want to Give You All That I Have!"
  8. "You've Always Been at My Side"
  9. "The Shot to Ryuuji's Heart..."
  10. "Dangerous Ryuuji's Dangerous Power"
  11. "Don't Turn Into the Mega-Playboy"
  12. "Bye-Bye Mega-Playboy"

OVA episode titles[edit]

  1. "Another Time Machine"
  2. "The Thing Forgotten a Century from Now"
  3. "I'll Never Forget You"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discotek Adds DNA2, 1st Lupin III TV Special, Dragon Half OVA, Fatal Fury Specials". Anime News Network. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Finalists for the American Anime Awards". ICv2. 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  3. ^ "D・N・A² 1" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "D・N・A² 2" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "D・N・A² 3" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "D・N・A² 4" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "D・N・A² 5" (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 

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