North American DVD cover of Garzey's Wing
|Genre||Fantasy, Action, Romance|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Yoshiyuki Tomino|
|Written by||Yoshiyuki Tomino|
|Studio||J.C.Staff, BMG Japan|
|Licensed by||U.S. Manga Corps|
|Released||September 21, 1996 – April 9, 1997|
|Runtime||30 minutes per episode|
Tales of Byston Well: Garzey's wing (バイストン・ウェル物語 ガーゼィの翼 Baisuton Weru Monogatari Gāzei no Tsubasa?) is a three episode anime OVA by Japanese director Yoshiyuki Tomino. The series was a flop in mainstream anime culture at the time of its release.
The protagonist Chris is abruptly whisked away to a parallel world called Byston Well while his physical body remains in his home world. Chris' spiritual manifestation travels to a new world, where he is thrust into a rebellion. Chris is told that he has a mystical power called "Garzey's wing", which causes large wings made of light to come out of his ankles, allowing him to fly and run quickly.
Chris is told to fight against slave owners and the King's army as the slaves of the Metomeus tribe make their escape from the palace at Izumido. The Ashigaba army fights back with horses, bows, and dinosaur-like creatures called War Beasts. The series centers around the slave's escape, the conflict between the King's army and the slaves, as well as Chris' struggle to make sense of his convoluted situation.
Chris exists simultaneously in Byston Well and the real world, and the two can communicate to each other through a necklace they both wear. Real-world Chris feels the bruises and pain Byston Well Chris experiences while fighting soldiers, and training he does in the real world allow him to learn it in Byston Well. While one Chris is in Byston Well surrounded by 12th and 13th century foreigners and being chased by a real army, earth Chris must do Chi exercises to strengthen his mind.
In the end, Chris fights off the army and saves Byston Well, but his spirit remains there. Meanwhile, in the real world Chris has gained the power of Garzey's wing himself, and takes a girl named Rumiko on a flying motorcycle ride.
- voiced by: Rick Nagel (English dub)
- Chris is the main character in the film. The story in based around him and his adventures in Byston Well. He is depicted as a regular half Japanese, half American boy who is trying to get into college but has already failed the college entrance exams twice now. He can turn into Garzey's Wing when he or someone that he cares about is in grave danger. He is easy-going, and his sword is unbelievably dull.
- voiced by: Suzy Prue (English dub)
- A close personal friend of Chris who helps him get through the rough times as he is fighting in Byston Well. Some viewers might be convinced that there is a romantic relationship between Chris and Rumiko, though it is never clearly stated in the dialog.
- voiced by: Keith Howard (English dub)
- The ruthless king, who lives in a palace in the city of Izumido, which was built on the backs of the countless slaves he has. Aware of the great powers of the Baraju Tree, King Fungun lets the slaves escape in hopes that they will lead him to the tree, where he then will be able to take it over from the Metomeus by force.
- voiced by: Harry Peerce (English dub)
- King Fungun's loyal advisor. Often dispenses useful but somewhat cynical information.
- voiced by: Greg Stuhr (English dub)
- General of the War beast army corp. Came back to assist the King after he caught wind of the attack while fighting the savage Western tribe.
Lord Gelgog Aji
- General of the Ashigaba who dies when a limestone cave collapses. He had a scruffy beard and shoulder length brown hair.
- voiced by: Amanda Goodman (English dub)
- A female warrior among the slaves. She takes a position of semi-leadership in the escape. She is able make contact with a hooded figure who is a valuable fighter for the cause. She also exemplifies an attitude of jealously towards the relationship between Chris and Hassan-san. She is able to overcome her jealousy through a single shot of her shown in inversed colours in episode 3.
- voiced by: Victoria Shea (English dub)
- The priestess who is able to summon Chris to Bryston Well, using the eight Earthenware bells made from special blue clay. It is questioned how such a devious mind can hide in such innocent beauty. A more serious indictment comes from the general of the war beasts when he accuses Hassan-san of being a fake maiden. Whether or not these claims have any backing has the potential to tarnish an otherwise wholesome reputation.
Aishe and Tance
- Aishe (pink hair), and Tance (green hair), are Hassan-san's children. While they claim their hands simply aren't enough to ring the eight bells, they are able to pull though in the end.
Lord Ketta Keras
- Supreme Commander of the Metomeus.
- A Metomeus lieutenant.
- A Metomeus lieutenant. Leader of the suicide squad.
- Leelince finds Giant Tawrad and he is able to come to the rescue of the Metomeus when all hope seems lost. He comes and goes in the later part of the series, fighting the war beasts because, like many other people, he is morally dissatisfied by the dictatorship in Byston Well. It is pointed out that he has distinctive facial features which are often associated with the Garode tribe in the North.
- Food gatherer leader for the Metomeus.
- Left money for the tribe somewhere, presumably near the Barju Tree.
- Hassan's assistant. Covers the bells so they can bake, and provides firewood.
- Hassan's guard.
- He helps with the invention of the uses and has a bowl cut.
Chris' other friends
- Chris' other friends show a true, genuine sense of friendship towards Chris. It is evident when they believe Chris and don't even question the possibility that Chris might be going crazy when he starts to feel sick and begins communicating with the Chris in Byston Well. One who is specifically named is Ms. Tarsier.
- The equivalent of fairies in the natural world. For some reason they are not trusted in Byston Well, which puts you under the impression that an event in the past may have resulted in a grudge between species (quite possibly when Drake Luft's war of aggression got so out of control that the Ferarios exiled all of the combatants to Upper Earth--uselessly, as all of them died during the final battle and their souls went right back to Byston Well). The Ferarios are accused of being tricky and mischievous creatures in Kastunga Hill.
- voiced by: Roxanne Beck (English dub)
The only Ferario depicted throughout the story, who guides Chris as he adapts to his new world. She is introduced when she gets tangled up in Chris's necklace as he is moving between the real world and Byston Well. She also provide sound advice to Chris and the others when faced with perilous situations.
- voiced by: Bobby Fung (English dub)
Grandmother to the main Ferario. She does not appear in the anime. She lives on Kastunga Hill with Falan Fa.
- These are the most feared of the War Beasts, because of the size, and vicious nature. They are about 30-35 feet tall, mainly brown and Grey, with a large orange spike on their head to use in battle.
- Reptilian creatures found in the Boundless Plains of Gabujuju.
- Smaller pink creatures used by the War Beast Army Corps. to carry single soldiers into close combat situations. Their descriptions are similar to those of dinosaurs commonly known as raptors.
Yamato Takeru no Mikoto
- A character that is mentioned numerous times throughout the movie, but never seen. The English voice actors have trouble with the pronunciation with this name in particular. He is most likely a reference to Yamato Takeru, of Japanese legend.
- While only having brief lines throughout the anime, His most notable role is in the introduction of Garzey's wing when Chris is taken away by the giant duck. The Narrator is controversially referred to as being a ghost when Chris breaks the fourth wall by asking him "WHAT THE WHO ARE YOU A DAMN GHOST!?" and the narrator/ghost replies with "Why do think this is the work of a ghost?" His true identity may forever remain a mystery to the viewers, but it is safe to assume that he might also be an eligible candidate in being the renowned and celebrated Yamato Takeru no Mikoto.
The film was unsuccessful everywhere when it came out, and was a low point of the career of the director Yoshiyuki Tomino, best known as the creator of the extremely successful Gundam franchise. The English dub was known for sounding awkward both in the translation and the voice acting. However, the music in the anime has been praised as being powerful and endearing[by whom?]. Notable pieces of music include the ending theme song "Wings Of My Heart" and the fight scene music between Chris and Rumiko.
- WINGS OF MY HEART (Ending Theme)
- Performance: Magesty
- Lyrics: Shiro Sagisu
- Composer/Arranger: Shiro Sagisu
- Yoshiyuki Tomino: Writer, Director, script, creator, storyboard.
- Shiro Sagisu: Music
- Kenichi Ohnuku: Character Design
- Kip Kaplan: ADR Director
- Reiko Matsuo: Translation
- John O'Donnell: Executive producer
- Stephanie Shalofsky: Producer
- Karel Havle: Dubbing Coordinator
- Christopher Sippel: Dubbing Manager
- Phil Bachoo: Production Assistant
- Aura Battler Dunbine and its sequel OVA also occur in the fictional land of Byston Well (technically, many centuries in the past; the chronologies of ABD and this anime do not match up).