Human Crossing

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Human Crossing
Human Crossing vol 1.JPG
First edition of Human Crossing, published by Shogakukan on October 1, 1981
人間交差点
(Ningen Kousaten)
Genre Slice of life story
Manga
Written by Masao Yajima
Illustrated by Kenshi Hirokane
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Original
Original run October 1, 1981March 1, 1991
Volumes 27 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Akira Kumeichi, Kazunari Kumi
Studio A.C.G.T
Licensed by Geneon
Network TV Tokyo
English network United States iaTV
Original run April 5, 2003June 28, 2003
Episodes 13
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Human Crossing (人間交差点 Ningen Kōsaten?) (aka. Human Scramble), is a Japanese manga written by Masao Yajima and illustrated by Kenshi Hirokane. The manga is about a series of unrelated stories of people's life and their lessons in life. Human Crossing received the 1985 Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general's manga.[1]

Manga[edit]

Shogakukan published Human Crossing in 27 bound volumes between October 1, 1981 and March 1, 1991.[2][3] The series was republished into 19 bound volumes between November 17, 1994 and June 15, 1996.[4][5]

Anime[edit]

The series was adapted into a 13-episode anime in 2003 by OB Planning.[6] Directed by Akira Kumeichi and Kazunari Kumi, it was broadcast on TV Tokyo between April 5, 2003 and June 28, 2003.[7] It was licensed by Geneon in 2004.[8] Each episode is a separate story of little relevance to each other. The anime is released in France by Kaze,[9] and in Taiwan by Muse Communication.[10]

The anime uses two pieces of theme song. "REVENGE ~Asu e no Chigai~" by Nana Katase is the opening theme, while "Believing" by Aki Asahina is the ending theme.

Geneon released a set of four DVDs for Human Crossing. They released the first DVD, Human Crossing - The 25th Hour on February 8, 2005,[11] the second DVD, Human Crossing, Vol. 2: The Cicadas of Winter on April 26, 2005,[12] the third DVD, Human Crossing, Vol. 3: Message in White on June 28, 2005,[13] and the fourth and final DVD, Human Crossing, Vol. 4: Instructor's Rain on August 30, 2005.[14]

On March 13, 2007, Geneon released Human Crossing: Complete Brick Pack, which contains all 4 DVDs of the anime.[15]

Episode listing[edit]

# Title Original air date
01 "The Wound"
"Kizu" (傷) 
April 5, 2003
02 "The 25th Hour"
"Hatsuyuki Ni Jū Go Ji" (初雪25時) 
April 12, 2003
03 "A Promise"
"Yakusoku" (約束) 
April 19, 2003
04 "Direction"
"Yukue" (行方) 
April 26, 2003
05 "The Cicadas of Winter"
"Fuyu no Semi" (冬の蝉) 
May 3, 2003
06 "The Beautiful Afterimage"
"Sougon Na Zanzō" (荘厳な残像) 
May 10, 2003
07 "Sidelined"
"Sasen" (左遷) 
May 17, 2003
08 "Message in White"
"Shiroi Henji (Messeeji)" (白い返事 (メッセージ)) 
May 24, 2003
09 "Smile"
"Bishō" (微笑) 
May 31, 2003
10 "Street"
"Machi" (街) 
June 7, 2003
11 "Whisper"
"Sasayaki" (ささやき) 
June 14, 2003
12 "Instructor's Rain"
"Kyōkan no Ame" (教官の雨) 
June 21, 2003
13 "Watershed"
"Bunsuirei" (分水嶺) 
June 28, 2003

Albums[edit]

Avex trax released a soundtrack CD on Human Crossing anime's ending theme called, Human Scramble - Believing, on June 4, 2003. The CD uses Bobby Caldwell, Marsga Randcliffe and Debra Shane lyrics. It was sung by Aki Asahina.[16] On July 16, 2003, Hiboom released a soundtrack CD for Human Scramble, containing the opening and ending themes of the anime.[17] On January 7, 2005, Universal Music released a CD for Human Scramble, which was sung by Shinji Tanimura.[18] On March 11, 2009, Universal Music created a SHM-CD version of Shinji Tanimura's 10-part album, which includes "Ningen Kosaten - Human Scramble".[19]

Reception[edit]

Anime News Network's Theron Martin criticizes the “The 25th Hour” episode, "which comes off as preachy, improbable, and forced" but he also commends the “Direction" episode for its "poignancy and emotional appeal" at the end.[20] Anime News Network's Carlo Santos criticizes the second DVD of Human Crossing because of its animation, labeling it "stiff" and "choppy".[21] Mania.com's Jennifer Rocks comments on the "stand-alone" nature of each episode more saying that it might be more rewarding if the anime is "viewed as a cultural study, rather than as pure entertainment".[22] DVD Talk's Don Houston commends the anime on its "background detail" and writes that many of the episodes have a "universal appeal".[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  2. ^ "人間交差点(ヒューマンスクランブル) 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  3. ^ "人間交差点(ヒューマンスクランブル) 27" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. ^ "人間交差点(ヒューマンスクランブル) 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  5. ^ "人間交差点(ヒューマンスクランブル) 19" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  6. ^ "人間交差点 - Human Scramble" (in Japanese). OB Planning. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  7. ^ "人間交差点 - Human Scramble" (in Japanese). OB Planning. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  8. ^ "Geneon Entertainment Licenses". Anime News Network. 2004-07-31. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  9. ^ "13 vies - Intégrale" (in French). kaze.fr. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  10. ^ "人間交差點收藏版套裝DVD" (in Taiwanese). e-muse.com.tw. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Human Crossing - The 25th Hour (Vol. 1)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  12. ^ "Human Crossing, Vol. 2: The Cicadas of Winter". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  13. ^ "Human Crossing, Vol. 3: Message in White". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  14. ^ "Human Crossing, Vol. 4: Instructor's Rain". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  15. ^ "Human Crossing: Complete Brick Pack". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  16. ^ "Human Scramble - Believing". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Human Scramble (Ningen Kosaten)". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  18. ^ "Ningen Kosaten - Human Scramble". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  19. ^ "Ningen Kosaten - Human Scramble - [SHM-CD] [Limited Release]". cdjapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  20. ^ Martin, Theorin (March 29, 2005). "Human Crossing DVD 1: The 25th Hour". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  21. ^ Santos, Carlo (May 8, 2005). "Human Crossing DVD 2: The Cicadas of Winter". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  22. ^ Rocks, Jennifer (August 22, 2007). "Human Crossing Box Set". Mania.com. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  23. ^ Houston, Don (September 19, 2005). "Human Crossing 3". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 

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